mrs. Bronwyn Coneglan (MATH/BIBLE/GEOGRAPHY) 

Mrs. Coneglan has over 10 years experience teaching elementary, middle school and adults. English is her first language and she is learning Portuguese. She has lived in New Zealand and Australia, and has traveled to many different countries. She attended the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."


ms. valeria genaro (english)

Ms. Valeria Genaro has been an educator for 34 years and in the RIS family for the past 5. She loves being able to share God’s word and pray freely at school. Originally from Brazil, she attended university at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (U.F.R.J.) She has traveled to England and speaks both English and Portuguese.

2nd Corinthians 12:9a (NIV)

“But he said to me, “My grace is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.”


mr. francis koolman (ENGLISH)

Mr. Koolman has been an educator for 7 years and is new to RIS. He is Dutch and lived in Curacao.  He speaks English, Spanish and Papiamentu. Mr. Koolman received his education at Florida International University.

Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."


MR. xavier perez-hall (MATH/SCIENCE)

 Mr. Perez-Hall joins our internationally diverse faculty this year. He is currently teaching Math, Science 7, and Economics/
Personal Finance. He was born in New York and  received his college degree from  the University of Colorado. Mr. Perez-Hall has been teaching for the past three years and just completed a teaching contract in Thailand before moving to Rio de Janeiro. He has traveled to South Korea, Greece and Germany recently. Mr. Perez-Hall is a blue belt in jiujitsu, plays the guitar and enjoys spicy foods. His favorite thing about Rio so far is our beautiful beaches!

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."



Mrs. Marcia Ferreira dos Santos Souza has been and educator for 16 years and has worked at RIS for the past 8 years. Prior to RIS Mrs. Souza worked for the British School of Rio and Everest. She is Brazilian and speaks Portuguese, English and speaks basic Spanish. Mrs. Souza just recently visited the United States to attend an AP Chemistry course at the University of South Florida. She received her education at Fundação T. E. Souza Marques: Bachelor's and Licentiate in Chemistry.         

2 Corinthians 5:17

  "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[ The old has gone, the new is here!"


Mr. Luciano Dalcol Viana has been teaching since he was in College, as a volunteer teacher at Community Pre-Vestibular Courses (the Brazilian version of SAT Prep Courses). After receiving his Bachelors in Geography and Education he taught at The British School in Rio de Janeiro, in 2010. Later he began teaching at Our Lady of Mercy School, also in Rio de Janeiro, where he stayed for five years, teaching both Geography and History. Prior to teaching in Rio he worked on an Italian cruise ship for nine months where he spent most of the time in the Mediterranean Sea traveling from place to place. After this experience, he lived 2.5 years in Phoenix, AZ, working and studying. He returned to Brazil to finish his undergraduate studies and went to Tarragona, a city near to Barcelona, in Spain. There he started a Master’s program, but he paused his studies for one big reason: he fell in love with the woman who became his wife, he then returned to Brazil. In total, he lived four years abroad and visited 16 countries. He speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian, and Catalan.  He just began teaching at Rio International School this August and is very happy to be part of our community!

Proverbs 4:6-7  (NIV)

'Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.'"