Susana was born in Coimbra in September 1985. When she was little she used to dream of being a pharmacist or psychologist. Upon reaching the age of choosing a profession she decided to follow on her mother's footsteps and became a teacher. This was in part because she had always been delighted with how her mother (and some of the teachers she had) fulfilled the mission to teach and pass on knowledge and manners but, more importantly, the ability to think and reflect to future generations.
Thus, she graduated as a primary school teacher and worked for about five months in an after school club. After this time she applied as a state school teacher and taught in several state schools over a period of five years (Aljustrel, Alcobaça, Beja, Leiria, Aljubarrota, Castro Marim, Lagoa de Santo André, Mafra and Sintra). Whilst working in these various schools, she taught Music and English classes as extracurricular activities. After moving around collecting personal and professional experiences, she faced unemployment and emigrated with her boyfriend to Edinburgh, in 2013.
She is currently a Lusofonias teacher, as well as working at the Peek a Boo nursery in Edinburgh and teaching privately Portuguese to adults.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, walking, swimming and traveling.
Susana thinks that what makes Lusofonias a special project is that it allows children of Portuguese descent the opportunity to learn and perfect the Portuguese language in a fun and interactive way. In addition, this project fosters the dissemination of Portuguese language and culture in Scotland.
Laiz Ferguson is a language teacher with a degree in Letters (Portuguese and English) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She has a Masters in Poetic Translation from the University of Nottingham, where she taught Portuguese as a foreign language to undergraduates at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. She was also a collaborator in educational projects involving critical pedagogies where she facilitated teacher training workshops on the Open Spaces for Dialogue and Enquiry Methodology. From Sept/2017, she will teach Portuguese at the University of Edinburgh.