Heidi Lou Mayer Reis

Heidi Lou Mayer Reis

Experienced EFL teacher at Casa Thomas Jefferson- Brazil

Work History

Work History
Mar 2006 - Present

EFL teacher

Casa Thomas Jefferson  

I have chosen to work at Casa Thomas Jefferson because of its profile. Casa Thomas Jefferson is a nonprofit Bi-national Center,  founded in 1963. This means that its primary goal is to promote cultural exchange between the people of the American continents : Brazil and the United States . This exchange occurs through English language teaching and the promotion of the culture of both countries. Therefore, in addition to the regular and special courses , prepared in accordance with modern teaching techniques , the institution offers a number of services that are available to the community .For over five decades  it's amazing work has been recognized by the US Embassy , which has given  CTJ the certificate of excellence in its field in Brazil. In 2015, CTJ was the only bi-national center in the world to be recognized by the US Department of State as an "American Space". With this, the  CTJ  American Space provides a welcoming environment where students ,  parents and the local community can connect and learn about the American culture and language by creating memorable experiences through activities, exhibits, and programs. Digital Media, Maker Activities, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, US History and Culture, Health, Environment, Education and Education Diplomacy are the main focus of the CTJ American Space.

Being 100% bilingual ( Portuguese- English ) and having lived in many different places around the world, has made me a highly experienced EFL teacher. It has brought me to work with students with a great variety of backgrounds. In addition, I find myself teaching  all levels of English with a wide number of goals. Some examples are English for traveling; English for studying abroad; basic , intermediate and advanced writing; translation Portuguese/English; preparation for job interviews; preparation for the TOEFL, SAT, GRE and the Michigan. In addition to teaching, I have the responsibility to elaborate assessments  as well as write out reports . Another thing I've been involved in is accompanying students abroad, helping them adapt to the new culture , filling out forms, arranging their room and board, tutoring their studies and giving them emotional support.

One more thing I would like to point out is that I feel it's important to be part of innovation. So being,  I'm a member of the BRAZ- TESOL in Brazil, along with being a founder of the GEG Brasilia, which is a non profit Google community of educators that like to use technology in class.

    Apr 1984 - Mar 2006

    EFL teacher

    Interamericano Brazil- Estados Unidos de Curitiba

     Being an EFL ( (English as a Foreign Language) teacher envolves not only teaching the English language, but also the American culture itself. In the area for a long time and constantly enriching my knowledge, I became envolved with English student's theater, Translation ( English/Portuguese) and preparing proffesionals for job interviews as well as for the TOEFL, SAT, GRE and the Michigan.

    Feb 1984 - Apr 1984

    Educational USA Advising Office Assistant

    Casa Thomas Jefferson

    The Education USA Advising Center (EAC) provides quality, timely, accurate, unbiased information about all accredited U.S. higher education institutions for people wishing to study in the U.S. EAC provides accurate, comprehensive, current, and unbiased information on educational opportunities in the United States.

    Education

    Education
    1978 - Present

    Agronomy Engineering

    Universidade de Brasilia UnB

    Having lived in many different places around Brazil, gave me the opportunity to take the same undergraduate degree in more than one university.

    1972 - 1977

    High school

    Colegio Objetivo

    I did all of my high school in Brazil.

    Jan 1962 - 1971

    Elementary school

    PK Young Elementary School

    In 1972 I moved to Brazil.

    Skills

    Skills

    Bilingual: Portuguese - English

    I am 100 % bilingual. I can speak, read, write and understand both English and Portuguese. I'm totally fluent in both languages.

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