Staff

Our Staff

Our staff are passionate and inspired national and international educators. While our international and high-level national staff are responsible for managing and enhancing Ba Futuru’s Early Childhood Education Program, they also spend regular and valuable time in our ECEF working directly with our educators and children.

Our leading educators are primarily responsible for planning and programming key lessons and activities within the ECEF’s settings, and have already acquired valuable theoretical and practical knowledge in education. Their work is supported by our teaching assistants and our cleaners.

In order to ensure children’s positive development and that the ECEF’s programs remain child-centered, planning, programming, child observations and assessments are an integral part of our work, and assist us to plan experiences and activities accordingly.

We evaluate children’s progress through an ongoing process which gives an insight into their interests, achievements and possible difficulties in learning, from which next steps in learning and teaching can be planned.

Studies have shown that play has a positive impact on children’s overall development and aids learning and teaching. Play enhances creativity and problem-solving, contributes to development of self- regulation, creates empathy, increases children’s vocabulary and numeracy skills and strengthens relationships with peers. At the ECEF we follow a learning and teaching approach based on play, participation and each child’s specific needs, interests and wants.

FullSizeRender (4)Joana Pimentel is leading our 4-6 year old classroom. Joana has a Master’s Degree in early childhood education and a bachelor’s degree in basic education. She has experience teaching kindergarten and first grade in Timor-Leste as well as in Portugal, and she speaks English fluently and her native language is Portuguese.


Bette FatimaBette Fatima is Ba Futuru’s preschool coordinator. She has been working with Ba Futuru’s various education programs for many years. Prior to beginning her work with Ba Futuru, she received training in photography, dance and drama.


Otavia Lujider da Silva

Otavia Lujider da Silva is an educator who works primarily with the 4-5 year old class. She has a Bachelor of Education from the UNTL’s Faculty of Teacher Training. She followed the Early Childhood Education training at the Green School in Bali, Indonesian. Moreover, she has been receiving mentoring and hands on training in early childhood education for over a year.


Mota

Ana “Mota” da Silva is an educator who works primarily with the 2-3 year old class. She is full of enthusiasm and love for the children. She followed the Early Childhood Education training at the Green School in Bali, Indonesian. Moreover, she has been receiving mentoring and hands on training in early childhood education for over a year.


Jacinto Maia is Ba Futuru's Educator Assistant. He has been working with Ba Futuru for 3 years and is wonderful at engaging children in fun games and educational activities.

Jacinto Maia is Ba Futuru’s Educator Assistant. He has been working with Ba Futuru for 3 years and is wonderful at engaging children in fun games and educational activities.


sharlene

Sharlene Callander is the international preschool teacher for the 2-3 year old class. She worked in New Zealand as an ‘in home’ educator
and coordinated the preschool Mainly Music Group and Playgroup in her community, and she has taught preschool for the Dili Sprouts 2-year old program for several years. She enjoys seeing children learn through music and play.


Octavia de Deus Maia

Octavia de Deus Maia is working as an Assistant Teacher at Ba Futuru’s preschool. Prior to working at Ba Futuru, Octavia worked at Saint Mary’s Child Development Center from 2015 through to 2016, as a teaching assistant. She graduated as an accountant from Tribuwana University, East Java in Indonesia.

Emilia Savio has been working with Ba Futuru on various education programs since 2005. She has a bachelor of arts in education from the Faculty of Teacher Training at UNTL. She also speaks very good English.

Emilia Savio has been working with Ba Futuru on various education programs since 2005. She has a Bachelor of Education from the Faculty of Teacher Training at UNTL.

Aria works in the 2-3 year old Sprouts classroom. She has been a nanny for 7 years and has completed early childhood training with the Alola Foundation. Aria is great at interacting with children and encouraging them to learn.


Luizinha de Jesus Maia

Luizinha “Gina” de Jesus Maia assists at the preschool with cleaning and preparing healthy food for the kids.

FullSizeRender (4)Jose Felix is the acting preschool coordinator and a lead educator. He has a bachelor’s degree in teaching from the Catholic Teacher’s College in Baucau. Prior to working with Ba Futuru, Jose worked as an assistant teacher at the Dili International School in Dili and worked for World Vision and ChildFund on early childhood education projects.