Exclusive Interviw with Viviane Bonfim

Hi Viviane! It is great to speak with you!

Let’s start with a bit about you! What is your teaching background?

Hi, Thanks for having me. My teaching background is very international. I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where my teaching career began. I have taught in Brazil, United States, and Portugal. I have always taught Elementary School and I have taught both Common Core and IB (International Baccalaureate) curriculum.

And now you are teaching in NYC! How has that experience been?

I love NY. It has been great teaching the youth of NY. I live in Manhattan and this is where my school is located and it is fantastic to teach children with diverse backgrounds and cultures. 

Do you have a favorite subject to teach?

I love reading, so my students know that I love teaching my students new reading strategies. My students are improving their reading skills, so I am safe to say that reading is my favorite subject to teach. 

Do you have any career goals you haven’t accomplished yet that you are working toward?

Yes, I do. I am working on my second master’s degree, this time focusing on leadership. I would like to become an instructional coach in the future and support teachers in the classroom. Also, I recently got certified in NY State. Now, I hold a Special Education certificate. 

What is a word of advice you would give to teachers just getting started in their careers?

Be flexible. I think when a teacher is flexible, career will run smoothly. So many things happen during a single teaching day for a teacher, you need to be flexible and be able to adjust your plan to new changes, which will always come. 

Thank you so much for your time!

Thank you for having me. 

End of Interview

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