I was born in Salvador City, the city that is the best representation of the African continent in Brazil. It is one of the most Afro-based populations in the world outside of Africa. The majority of the population has African, European and Native American roots. I would say the main feature of Salvador is its beautiful diversity of people.
I grew up in a small, poor and non-traditional family in Brazil. I was raised by two women, my mother and grandmother, and from them I learned the word “woman” is synonymous with strength, perseverance and courage. Even with their insubstantial budget these two women fought hard to give me the best education possible because they believed the key to success is education. I am very grateful to them because I am the first person in my family to attend College.
It was in February 2008 that I started undergrad studies at Federal University of Bahia (the best University of my state and the 20th best University of Brazil) and graduated in August 2011 with a Bachelor degree in Mathematics.
I had a chance to attend a Linear Algebra summer course at State University of Campinas (the second best university in South America) a few months before to graduate. This experience motived me do to more and I decided to apply for some graduate schools.
I was 21 years old when I moved to São Paulo city, the fourth most populous city in the world, to do my masters at University of São Paulo. I took a flight right after my graduation ceremony leaving my family and everything behind to follow this dream. I graduated in February 2014 with a Master degree in Mathematics and 3 days later I started my PhD in Math at University of Sao Paulo.
While I was waiting for an agreement between University of Rochester and University of Sao Paulo ( to do two PhDs at the same time but with the same thesis) I took some graduate courses, summer course at IMPA, written exam, and oral exam as a PhD student at University of Sao Paulo and a lot of English classes.
In 2016, I could move to Rochester-NY to start a new PhD program at University of Rochester (2019). I also had to take more graduate courses, written exam, oral exam and finally I was able to start my research in math. I graduated in May 2019 with a Master degree in Mathematics and in August 2021 with a PhD in Math at the University of Rochester and University of São Paulo and my thesis work was on Falconer-type problems.
I worked hard to develop my teaching skills at the University of Rochester, focusing not only on in-person classes but also on teaching online, hybrid and web-enhanced classes. I earned an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award in March 2020, and my goal was to retain that same quality level when the University went online. When I discovered I would be teaching virtually over summer, I spent the spring adjusting my teaching approach for online learning. I adapted a variety of presentation techniques intended to make class more personal and engaging. These methods included building a light-board so my students could see me as I taught and using breakout rooms to encourage students to talk and learn together in small groups.
I am concerned with the many social problems permeating both the country and the world. Consequently, I spent the last three summers as an instructor for the Early Connection Opportunity (ECO) program in the Office of Minority Student Affairs. Helping students to engage in the academic, social, and cultural wealth of the University of Rochester community made me feel like I was doing a small part in the fight for a more just world. In 2019, I participated in math volunteer work in Ghana with the African Maths Initiative (AMI) program. Although I entered into this volunteer work to teach, it ended up being a meaningful experience that broadened my understanding of education in other parts of the world.