Our Teachers

Juliana Menezes - from São Paulo, Brazil

Juliana is the academic director and founder of the Portuguese Language Centre and is an accredited Portuguese Language Teacher and Journalist. She has been teaching, researching and promoting the Portuguese language for over fifteen years.

Juliana is the principal Brazilian teacher in the school and has now taught more than 3000 students from over 30 different countries helping them to use Portuguese at work, in trips and in their interactions with family and friends from Brazil, Portugal, Angola and Mozambique.

Juliana has taught Portuguese in Brazil, Australia and in Ireland, where she has been living for twelve years. Here in Ireland she taught in UCD, National University of Ireland - Maynooth, Marino College and other language institutes and companies before realising her dream of opening her own school.

Here are some of her educational and personal achievements: 
Bachelor's Degree in Portuguese language teaching - 2000;
Postgraduate in Portuguese and Brazilian Literature - 2002;
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism - 2006;
Diploma in Video and Film Production - 2010;
Fiction and academic publications - since 1996.

For full CV: https://ie.linkedin.com/in/julianamenezesportuguese 


Paula Passarelli – from São Paulo, Brazil

Paula has been living in Ireland since 2016. She has a Bachelors Degree in Brazilian Portuguese and Portuguese Literature from Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL) and a Masters Degree in Brazilian Literature from Universidade de São Paulo (USP).

She has experience teaching Portuguese as a Foreign Language in Brazil and in Ireland.

Paula has worked as a Portuguese and literature teacher in Sao Paulo and has more than 10 years experience working as a proofreader and copyeditor for some of the biggest publishing houses in Brazil. She has also translated some books from English to Brazilian Portuguese.
She enjoys teaching and is passionate about the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture.


For full CV: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paula-passarelli-688295100/

Paula is teaching group, private, Skype and in-company classes at the Portuguese Language Centre.


Vanessa Regufe - from Porto, Portugal

Vanessa is a European Portuguese Teacher from the vibrant northern city of Porto. She was a Trainee Teacher (2014-15) both in Prague and Brno (Czech Republic) and since then she has been teaching students from all over the world, both at schools in the north of Portugal as well as with Instituto Camões.

Vanessa has a BA in Law from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade do Porto and an MA in Teaching Portuguese as a Second and Foreign language from Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto.

Vanessa is currently teaching group and private classes at the Portuguese Language Centre.


Fabiana Oliveira - from São Paulo, Brazil

Fabiana was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and teaches Brazilian Portuguese. She currently lives in Dublin, Ireland, which she considers her second home now having lived here for over seven years. Fabiana has a BA in Languages & Literatures from Mackenzie Presbyterian University, both in Portuguese and Spanish.

She has worked as a Portuguese teacher in São Paulo and Ireland and has more than eight years experience in teaching teenagers and adults from different nationalities and for various purposes. Fabiana enjoys teaching Portuguese and learning about foreign cultures.

Fabiana is teaching both group and private classes at the Portuguese Language Centre. 

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Paula Antunes - from Lisbon, Portugal

Paula Antunes is a European Portuguese Teacher, born and raised in Lisbon. She lives in Portugal and has several years experience teaching Portuguese as a foreign language.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Teaching Portuguese Language & Literature and a bachelor's degree in Portuguese Language & Literature, both from Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa.


She loves her job!

Paula is teaching both group and private classes at the Portuguese Language Centre. 

Management and Marketing

Liz Clooney - from Waterford, Ireland

Liz is the school business manager and has been working with the Portuguese Language Centre since August 2015.  She has a background in IT and education and understands the dynamics of a language school having taught English as a foreign language in Paris many moons ago.