Aparecida Rivetti Principal of Maple Bear Alphaville. Founding partner and pedagogical director of Fernão Gaivota School (Colégio Fernão Gaivota). Graduated in pedagogy from USP, has over thirty years' experience in the educational area. Focus of interest: reading and writing acquisition within a socioconstructivist perspective (Piaget).
Breno Lerner Writer and general manager of Melhoramentos, one of the country's largest children's books publishing houses, where he's been working since 1989. Graduated in Business Administration, he's been a marketing teacher and has edited several books over the last twenty-five years. Worked at the publishing houses Abril and Globo.
Ciro de Figueiredo President of ANE - Associação A Natureza do Ensino. General Manager of Friburgo School (Colégio Friburgo) and Jean Piaget Educational Institute (Instituto Educacional Jean Piaget). Former president of the Private Schools Association Group (Grupo Associação de Escolas Particulares). Teacher at the university basic education.Graduated in philosophy and theology, with a postgraduate degree in communications. Is dedicated to the study of psychoanalysis and education, and teaching methodologies.
Prof. Doutor Francisco Gomes de Matos Graduated in literature and Law from the Federal University of Pernambuco (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco) and in linguistics from the University of Michigan at PUC São Paulo. Visiting professor at the University of Texas (Austin), Mexico, Ottawa, and Georgia (Athens, USA). President of the Council of ABA - Associação Brasil America, maintainer of Maple Bear Recife. Published several books, articles, works, and poems on humanism.
Professor Doutor José Luiz Dias Gherpelli Tenured Professor in Pediatric Neurology with USP's School of Medicine (Faculdade de Medicina da USP). PhD in Neurology from USP's School of Medicine. Doctor with the Pediatric Neurology Service at FMUSP's Hospital das Clínicas. Consultant in Neuropediatrics with the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein. President of the Pediatric Neurology Department of the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics. Supervisor of the PhD Course in Neurology at USP's School of Medicine.
Richard Debre Pedagogic Director and co-owner of Maple Bear Mogi das Cruzes. Graduated in Pedagogy from the University of Mogi das Cruzes with License to Child and Elementary Education. Undergraduate Research in Educational Psychology. Technician in Performing Arts. University Extension in Language Acquisition and Bilingualism at PUC-SP. International Experience: High School (Senior) in Vashon Island, WA, USA, at the Vashon Island High School, and Intercultural Program in Bradenton, FL, USA at Bollettieri. Practices horseback riding. Main focus: language acquisition in childhood, mathematics in early grades, and school psychology.
Virginia Balau Director of the Maple Bear Portuguese Language Program. Specialist in children literacy and consultant with the most prestigious schools. Graduated in Pedagogy from the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas) with a postgraduate degree in Education Psychology from PUC, São Paulo.
Yara Tandel Principal of Maple Bear Niterói. Art Educator, Clinic Psychomotor Specialist, Family and Couple Therapist, specialist in Cognitive Mediation. Postgraduation degree in Education. Dedicated to the development of models for the teaching-learning relationship during the eight years directing the Center for Pedagogical Activities (Centro de Atividades Pedagógicas) - (CAP-SP).