Our Primary school consists of Kindergarten through 6th grade.


mrs. viviane rabelo (Kindergarten)


Mrs. Viviane Carvalho Amarante Rabelo  has been an educator for 12 years and has been at RIS for the past 7 . She is Brazilian and speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish. Viviane loves to travel and enjoys meeting people from other countries and learning from them. She lived in Atlanta, Georgia for 6 months while studying English at Mercer University. Pedagogy at Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), People Management at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and Educational Psychology at Universidade Cândido Mendes (UCAM).

Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”


mS. RACHEAL LEIR (1st grade)


Racheal Leir has started her fifth year as an educator, and this will be her second year at RIS. Racheal attended college at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, majoring in Elementary Education. She completed her student teaching at Togher Girls National School, an all girls Catholic school in Ireland.  She is passionate about teaching, and enjoys being apart of the RIS family.

Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

mrs. rOBErta galváo (2nd grade)


Mrs. Roberta Galvão has been teaching for 22 years and has been teaching at RIS for 7 years. Mrs. Galváo speaks English, Portuguese and basic Spanish. She has been to Morro de Sao Paulo, New York City and she loves sailing and visiting new places with her family.  She received her education from the Universidade Estacio de Sá graduação Pedagogia and Universidade Cândido Mendes Pos graduação em neurociência da educação. 

Job 42:5 (NIV)

“My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.”


ms. mEREDITH KASHTI (3rd grade)


Ms. Merdith Kashti just joined RIS from the United States where she has been teaching for 4 years. She attended Heidelberg University for her Undergraduate degree and Grand Canyon University for her Master's. She has visited Rio 5 times in the past two years and absolutely fell in love with the country! She has also been to Mexico, Belize, Bahamas and 17 states within the United States.

Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”




Ms Renata Simoes Barros has recently returned to Brazil after living for three and half years in the United States. During those years she had unique experiences and priceless moments in New York, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. Miss Barros has her MEd in Curriculum & Instruction at Houston Baptist University and a Marketing degree from Estacio de Sa University. She speaks Portuguese, English and basic Spanish. Her work experience recently has been in volunteering for 2 years as a first grade teacher and also as a mentor for at-risk students in Houston.

2nd Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”


mrS. CAMILLA OLIVEIRA (5th grade)


Mrs. Camilla Oliveira has been teaching for 25 years. She speaks both English and Portuguese.  She has not only lived in Rio but spent her childhood living in London, England and the Sao Paulo. She has been blessed with the opportunities to travel to many different places, but the place she loved the most and hopes to return to is Scotland.  Mrs. Oliveira want to travel more and would love to visit Greece and Sicily because she love the sea.

Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."


ms. Rebeka Aytenfisu (6th grade)


Ms. Rebeka Aytenfisu joins us from Canada. She has taught for 2 years and speaks English, French and Intermediate Spanish. Ms. Aytenfisu lived in Bogota, Colombia for one year and has travelled throughout South America, Europe and North America and she has been to Egypt and Ethiopia. She attended the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Romans 8:28 (NIV)

"And we know that in al things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."