I started teaching languages and literacies as a secondary school teacher in my home country (Portugal) in 1999. My experience working with students from different backgrounds in an inclusive setting moved me into wanting to learn more about how to respond to students' differences and needs in literacy, especially in writing. Thus, I moved to the UK and completed a Master of Education in Special Educational Needs at the University of Leeds looking at strategy instruction to support writing development and difficulties in writing. In the UK, I was also privileged to teach English in primary and secondary schools, which enabled me to learn more about what works for teaching literacy. Subsequently, I returned to Portugal to complete a PhD in Educational Psychology, testing evidence-based practices to teach writing in middle schools.
I currently work as a Research Associate at the School of Education, Murdoch University, acting also as a unit coordinator of units in the field of literary learning and teaching. I am very interested in research on writing development and writing instruction, and in teaching and mentoring graduate students with interests in literacy development, writing instruction, and self-regulated learning.