We’re a school created by women who are passionate about languages, communication and culture.

Patrícia Bernardes

Founder of Tagarela, she has been a Portuguese teacher since 2012. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese Studies and Education (with a license to teach) from the University of São Paulo, and a post-graduate diploma in Cultural Management from the same university.

She started giving classes at language schools and courses preparing students for university entrance exams. She also worked as coordinator of a Portuguese course for Arabic-speaking refugees in the city of São Paulo for three years.

Apart from Brazil, she has also lived in the United States, Germany and France, and has always been very interested in other cultures and languages.

She is passionate about Brazilian culture and about music and literature.

Elisa Pike

Graduate in French Studies from the University of Warwick and master of Slavery and Liberation from the University of Nottingham, Elisa has been teaching English to foreigners since 2016, when she worked as an English Language Assistant with the British Council in France.

Born in Bristol and raised in Cambridge, England, she moved to São Paulo in 2017. She speaks Portuguese and is married to a Brazilian, loves to travel, is passionate about languages and cultures and is very interested in history, literature and politics.

Nathália Moriyama

Bachelor of Portuguese, Spanish and Education (licensed to teach) from USP. I have taught Portuguese to foreigners and Spanish for around ten years, with experience in language schools, in-company, private and online classes.

Elaine Phillipe

Translator, qualified in Portuguese and Education (licensed to teach) through Ulbra, holder of the Diplôme Supérieur d’Études Françaises Modernes, Literature option from the Alliance Française in Paris, Bachelor of Economics from Mackenzie University with a specialisation in Financial and Tributary Law from São Judas Tadeu University. She is currently studying for a master’s in Applied Linguistics at Unicamp. She gave in-company Portuguese as a foreign language classes in Chartres and Le Mans (France) and has taught French in Brazil.

She lived in France from 1990 to 2002, where she worked as an English and Portuguese teacher for Langues Stratégies (Chartres) and as Production Manager for Cosmo Traducteurs Conseils (Paris). She lived in Argentina from 2011 to 2013, where she worked as a freelance translator and a private Portuguese teacher. She currently serves as a Portuguese as an additional language and French teacher. She also serves with the Adus Institute to support refugees as a Portuguese teacher for people affected by forced migration.