Brazilian Portuguese Classes
Meet the Team
Virginia Langhammer - Director and Teacher
Teaching Portuguese as a second language has become my passion since I moved to NYC in 2013.
Prior to opening my school in 2018, I taught at the top language schools in New York, where I worked with students from all over the world, helping them with their personal and professional goals.
I've been always passionate about languages. I speak Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish. My knowledge of foreign language learning gives me the best tools to help my students in their learning journey.
Now, I’m happy to introduce you to my team. In addition to years of experience as Portuguese teachers, they have also been trained by me to be in tune with Speaking Brazilian School style and standards.
I'm sure you'll learn a lot from them!
Venus Santos - Teacher and Content Creator
Hello! I'm Venus. Yes, this is my real name. :)
I'm Brazilian, from São Paulo, but I’ve lived for 3 years in Buenos Aires, Argentine, and in 2016, I moved to Lisbon, Portugal.
I've been teaching Portuguese as a second language since 1991. It's a great pleasure for me to help others learn my mother language and culture.
I have a lot of experience teaching Portuguese to Spanish speakers during the time I lived in Argentine, but I’ve also worked with students from many other countries.
I can’t wait to meet you and help you in your exciting journey of learning Portuguese!
Monica Schmidt - Teacher
Oi! My name is Monica Schmidt.
I’m originally from São Paulo, but I’ve lived in New York since 2004.
I earned a degree in language teaching (English and Portuguese) from PUC in São Paulo and later a master’s degree in Science of Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York.
I’ve been teaching Portuguese to children and adults from different nationalities for 18 years. I also prepare students for the Celpe-Bras exam. I’m a committed learner and I hope that my love of learning inspires my students.
I’m delighted to be part of the Speaking Brazilian School Team!
Gleice Vakhraneva - Teacher and Community Manager
Olá pessoal, meu nome é Gleice.
I was born in a mountain town in Rio de Janeiro State. But I consider myself a "mineira de coração" since I lived in Ouro Preto, MG for about 7 years.
In 2007 and moved to NY in search of an adventure and now this is the place I call home. I live in Westchester with my 7-year-old daughter and my husband. Professionally, I’ve been teaching Portuguese as a second language for about 11 years now. I also have a Master's degree in TESOL and have been teaching English as a second language for about 18 years.
I believe the best part of teaching a language is being able to share our cultures and broaden our views about the world. Espero te conhecer em breve!
WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY
“Virginia makes learning Portuguese a very enjoyable experience. The way she teaches is sensitive to my abilities and my style of learning. She explains each topic in several ways and helps me to understand the proper use of grammar in every day conversation.”
— Sam P. (New York)
10 hours of
online private classes.
20 hours of
online private classes.