My name is Claudio Fleury Curado Sasse, which I find a very long name. Some people call me Claudio, others Fleury, others Sasse. I am 36 years old and I was born in Goiânia. I have been living in Brasilia for 16 years, I am not married and don’t have any kids. My family still lives in Goiânia and I visit them often.
I love living in Brasilia. I moved here in 1994, to study at Universidade de Brasilia. I had already taken three years of Civil Engineering when I decided I wanted to be an Architect. I graduated in 2000, and worked as an architect until 2005. Nowadays I only get involved with architecture in very special occasions, for my family or friends, for example.
When I was 11, in the 5th grade, I had English and French classes. I loved French, but I hated English and simply could not understand it. I almost flunked 5th grade because of English, so I started an English course to help me in school. That was when I discovered English and how easy it was. I learned that it was useful, and knowing English was something extraordinary for me. With English I could read American magazines, not to mention the songs, which I could understand.
Today I am really glad I almost flunked English, because it was a turning point in my life. The first time I taught English was in 1991. While I was taking Civil Engineering I took a course for English teachers, and had some more classroom experience. Shortly after that I moved to Brasilia.
In Brasilia, while I was in college, I worked as a trainee architect and an English teacher. In 2005, however, when I started working at Casa Thomas Jefferson, I realized that I really wanted to be an English teacher. I took the Teacher Development Course, and I soon got involved with technology in education. I have never studied or lived abroad, and I like to tell it to my students. You don’t actually need to spend time abroad to learn English, but it definitely helps.
English teachers don’t have much free time. Whenever I have some extra time, I read books and comics, I surf the net and watch movies. If I really want to relax, I do some crosswords, and I especially like the difficult ones. I love listening to jazz, classical music and some pop. It helps me concentrate when I am preparing classes or studying.
Well, it’s time I finished this. I did not intend to make this a long introduction, but I really wanted it to show you a bit about who I am and how I got here. Thanks to your questions, I had a lot to write about.