Public School SIG

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SIG Mission: 

Engage the main stakeholders in public education, third and private sectors on the need of improved teacher development programs and initiatives for English language teachers in public schools - raise awareness on the pressing need of investment of time and resources on the continued development and education of of pre and in-service public schools English language teachers bearing in mind the demands brought about by the Base Nacional Comum Curricular (BNCC) - Encourage and support initiatives aimed at raising the awareness of and improving the practices of English language teachers teaching in public schools settings - Disseminate the best practices and improvements in ELT in public schools - Integrate professionals in the private ELT areas with those in public schools to promote collaboration and cooperation

SIG Team

Maria Valésia Silva da Silva

Maria Valésia Silva da Silva works at the University of Caxias do Sul, and worked at a  Public School as a teacher, Computing Classroom coordinator, a teacher trainer at Referencial Curricular-RS (2009), and Base Nacional Comum Curricular (since 2016) in the 22 municipalities where the University of Caxias do Sul develops its activities. She is currently President of BRAZ-TESOL / RS Chapter, Leader of BRAZ-TESOL Public School SIG, and is a university professor of English, practicum classes, and tutor of final projects. Maria Valésia lives in Caxias do Sul (RS) and she loves travelling around.


Maria Valésia Silva da SilvaPublic School SIG Leader

Elen Cristina Fernandes da Costa



Elen Cristina Fernandes da CostaCoordinator

Marcia Zanbom Farias

Marcia Zambon Farias has worked at public schools, since 1998. In the beginning, she worked at elementary schools in the countryside of her home town and at high school. Since 2000, she has been working just with high school. She worked for more than 11 years at University of Caxias do Sul in the course of languages. She is currently treasurer of BRAZ-TESOL / RS Chapter. She has worked at Santa Catarina High School, in Caxias do Sul (RS) since 2005.


Marcia Zanbom Farias Coordinator

Luiz Afonso Reis Baddini

Luiz Afonso Reis Baddini has a degree in Languages (Portuguese and English), Pedagogy, postgraduate degrees in Human Resources Management and Digital Technologies and Innovation in Education. He is a Public-School English Teacher from the São Paulo Secretariat of Education. He holds ARELS (Oxford University), ECPE (Michigan University), CAE, TKT (Cambridge University). He has worked as a Cambridge / Michigan Language Assessment evaluator in Bilingual Schools and Binational Centres. He has also performed as a Teacher Trainer for Teaching and learning process management as well as the use of resources for language teaching. He is currently coordinating a project of Educational Technology Support at the São Paulo Secretariat of Education.


Luiz Afonso Reis BaddiniCoordinator

Itamar José Bressan

Itamar José Bressan has a degree in Portuguese and English language, a Master's degree in Education and he is a Ph.D. student in Linguistics. He works at Mato Grosso State Secretariat of Education, where is in charge of professional development policies. Member of Apliemt - Mato Grosso English Language Teachers Association, International Exchange Alumni and He was the English language curriculum writer of Mato Grosso. He has an interest in researching Young and Adult Education, language teaching, and Portuguese as a welcoming language. Currently Connected Education Innovation Program coordinator and secretary of Mato Grosso Educational State Forum.


Itamar José BressanCoordinator