Meet Our Instructors – STARTALK Portuguese Summer Camp

Jazmin Flores

Ms Flores is a fully bilingual Spanish and English speaker raised between Mexico and the United States, who acquired Portuguese in her teen years. Ms Flores has extensive experience teaching Portuguese language and Brazilian culture to both kids and adults. She has worked as a Portuguese instructor to military students attending intensive courses in Brazilian Portuguese at San Diego State University, and as a Portuguese language teaching assistant at Southwestern Community College, San Diego State University, and UCSD.

Ms Flores has extensive experience working with and teaching children, and she is an expert in Afro-Brazilian culture and the traditional martial art of capoeira. In 2008 she became the Vice-president of the “Associação de Capoeira e Cultura Afro Bahia-Brasil,” where she has since worked with various age groups, including children four years and up. From 2009 to 2012 she worked as a capoeira instructor in Tijuana, Mexico, teaching over 300 children ages 4-12. In 2014 she started working at “Happy Lunch Summer Camp” in Tijuana where she has taught capoeira, music, and an Afro-Brazilian indigenous warrior dance called “Maculelê” to children ages 3-12.

Ms Flores raises her two children in a Portuguese speaking home.

Simone Henriques

Ms Henriques was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she obtained her certificate as an elementary school teacher. She moved to San Diego in 1996 and has been working with young children since 1997. In 2009, she founded a Portuguese Language School in Point Loma for children ages 5 and up. She currently owns a childcare facility and has received her Supervisor Permit with the California State Board of Education. Ms Henriques has a degree in Political Science from San Diego State University. She also has two children attending public schools (elementary and high) in the US.

Points of Contact

Nadezda Novakovic, Portuguese Program Director

Cassia de Abreu, Program Co-director