I was born and raised in Brazil, where I earned my B.Sc. in Computer Science. I was a junior in college when I became a language teacher, teaching EFL in my extra time and designing a computer game to teach Portuguese as an additional language as an undergraduate RA. I embraced my teaching career full-time after graduation, and have taught in different contexts since then. I earned my MA in TESOL from The New School in New York in 2012, and for two years afterward I taught ESL to adult immigrants in New Jersey. My experience working with immigrants has highlighted to me the importance of sociocultural learning and intercultural communication. My research goal is to study human cognitive, language, literacy and learning processes in both formal and informal instructional contexts so that I can design instructional procedures that enhance additional language learning. I am also a TA in the Spanish and Portuguese Department.