Rafael is a visiting scholar at Harvard Graduate School of Education and doctoral candidate at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. Rafael has always been passionate about education and fascinated about understanding why and how people learn. He started as a Math teacher assistant in a pre-college school and has graduated an Industrial Engineering, which was followed by his Master thesis about curriculum reform in Engineering Education. Rafael also worked as a Project Manager at Colégio Israelita, a K-12 school in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where now he is the Head of the High School. Rafael is co-founder and director of Autonomia, an organization focused on developing student autonomy in learning, through the study habit, and teacher autonomy through study workshops. Within other accomplishments, Rafael has developed innovative projects such as the “Project Management Office Inside the School” and several teacher training workshops about active learning, data-driven decision-making, and project management for educators. Rafael believes that any organizational culture can be changed when all people are heard and committed to the same cause: that every child and adult is capable of learning.