Influencer of the Week: Taise Camargo, Panther Lake Elementary School

Taise Camargo is an English language learner paraprofessional at Panther Lake Elementary.

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Taise Camargo is an English language learner paraprofessional at Panther Lake Elementary. Camargo provides staff support in bilingual communication, works with kids providing basic instruction in reading and spelling, translates to parents, helps with student communication, and more. Principal Christine Szymanski said while Camargo works with students who speak a variety of languages, she does have a special connection with the Portuguese students as this is her native language. “She works really hard to ensure our students and families feel comfortable at school while they are learning English and adjusting to a new culture,” Szymanski said. 

What brought you to your school? 

After being a stay-at-home mom, I continued working toward my degree to where I could help others. After graduating, my son was old enough to start school, and I wanted to rejoin the workforce. I found a position here at Panther Lake Elementary, where I could help others, much like others helped me when I moved to the United States. 

What do you love most about your school?

I enjoy seeing the impact that I make with not only the children I work with but also their families and my fellow co-workers. The kids always smile and say, “Good morning,” to me as we pass each other in the halls.

What is your motivation?

I would have to say my family is my motivation. They have all been so supportive in everything I do. I try to bring this same support to my workplace.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The kids! When I find a way to gain their trust and help them through a hard situation, it relates to me and how I would want someone to be there to look out for my own child.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spend time with my family doing things around the house, exploring new cooking recipes to try or a quick weekend getaway.

Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school? 

I didn’t really have a favorite teacher. The people (who) had the most impact were the support staff. Why? I felt the support staff had that advantage to work one-on-one with me. I wasn’t just one of the students in a class.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

I always wanted to be a doctor. Why? I wanted to help people. It was only after I started down that path I was able to find a different way I could help others.

What is your favorite children’s book and why? 

“The Little Prince.” This book is full of life lessons.

What are your hobbies? 

I like to travel, create new projects on my Cricut and hunt for deals.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? 

Teleportation. If I could teleport I could visit anywhere or anyone in the blink of an eye. 

If you could only listen to three bands or artists for the rest of your life, what would they be and why? 

Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5 and Coldplay. They don’t have just one style, always something for every mood.

What was your go-to lunch as an elementary student? Any favorite snacks or special treats you remember?

Coxinha — these are from Brazil. Closest compared to chicken croquettes.

What is your favorite holiday and why? 

Christmas. Lights, decoration and family togetherness.

Who was your best friend when you were in school and why? Are you still in touch?

Nathalia. No, we lost touch over the years.



Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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