Experience & Proven results

We’re a team of dedicated teachers and our purpose is to improve your fluency

One of the things we value most at Step1 is the great atmosphere we are able to create at our school.

Our friendly, helpful staff will go out of their way to make sure that every aspect of your stay exceeds your expectations.

We care about your linguistic progress and know that quality teachers are a fundamental part of the language learning process. This will greatly affect how quickly you’ll learn Portuguese.

Our teachers are selected for their outgoing and dynamic personalities, their patience, creativity, friendliness and, most importantly, for their enthusiasm for teaching their language.

As you can see from the following profiles, our team comes from a variety of backgrounds. What they have in common, though, is a passion for teaching and a genuine interest in sharing their language and culture with you.

Larissa

Larissa

Portuguese and Spanish

Larissa is a very sweet and caring person. Students immediately feel this warmth in her classes and it helps them progress more naturally towards improving theirs conversational skills. She has become a teacher because she loves to interact with people and assist them in their goal of learning Portuguese. Ana Paula is the typical Brazilian teacher: warm, friendly, ready to go out of her way to help students. Larissa graduated in Spanish at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina.

Diego

Diego

Portuguese and English

Diego is a very talented teacher, a natural if you will. It doesn’t matter if you’re studying Portuguese for the first time or if you are already at an advanced level, he always finds a perfect way to make you learn a lot more Portuguese in a fun and effective manner. He enjoys very much having the opportunity to exchange experiences with his foreign students. Diego also loves Brazilan literature and the many writer from our mother land Portugal. Being an English teacher, he also delights reading British and American Literature.

Maria

Maria

Portuguese and English

Maria has a degree in English and Portuguese. She is a teacher who will always push you to your limits. She is very friendly and absolutely loves her work and the exchange of ideas and information about other countries. She also loves the Brazilian culture and the Portuguese language and she´s always anxious to share her knowledge with her students.

Miguel

Miguel

English / Course coordinator

Miguel founded Step1 in 1998. He really enjoys interacting with people from other cultures. He passionate about English literature and loves learning languages. He is also the person you‘ll interact with while emailing or calling the school. Miguel’s job is to make sure your course runs smoothly and that you will accomplish your goals while in Florianópolis.

Fran

Fran

Homestay and activities coordinator

Fran is a dedicated secretary. But that would be an understatement. She‘s a lot more than that. She’s a great multitasker besides being the person that greets students when they arrive at the school on the first day. She strives to make a new student‘s stay the most comfortable and rewarding experience possible. She’s loves learning about new cultures, history and interacting with foreign travelers is very fulfilling.