Isaiah 43:2-3a (NIV)

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God.”

mr. jonathan spengler (art)

Jonathan Spengler has been in the RIS for 2 years. His favorite food is churrasco, and his favorite part of teaching is teaching drawing. Originally from South Africa, the coolest place Jonathan has ever been is Paraty, RJ. The amazing location, the international staff and student body were what drew him to work at RIS. He speaks English, Afrikaans, Portuguese, and French.

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”


mr. marcelo cecchi (p.e.)

Marcelo Cecchi has been a part of the RIS family for 4 years, and his favorite part of his job is being able to interact with the students. Originally from Brazil, he has taught at other international schools in Rio before coming to be part of the RIS family. His favorite food is pizza, but in his free time he likes to do physical activities. The coolest place he’s ever been is Greece.

1st Corinthians 6:19 (NIV)

“Don’t you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? The Spirit is in you, and you have received the Spirit from God. You do not belong to yourselves.”


ms. rachel weight (english language development)

Rachel Weight has been in the RIS family for 2 years.The coolest place she has been is Semuc Champey in Guatemala. She chose to work at RIS because of location, location, location, and her favorite part of her job is when students finally understand something they have been working really hard on.

Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain”

mrs. adriana oliveira da silva (inclusion education)

Adriana Oliveira has been part of the RIS family for 8 years. Her favorite part of her job is having conversations and working one-on-one with the students. Adriana is from Rio, and her favorite place is Buzios, and her favorite foods are salad and stroganoff. She choose RIS because of the Christian and international atmosphere. In her free time, she likes to travel with her husband and listen to music.

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

ms. elisa fairbairn (counselor)

Elisa Fairbairn has been part of the RIS family for 2 and a half years. She chose to work at RIS because of the positive work environment and the sense of community. Elisa speaks Portuguese, English, and French, and in her free time she travels to Sao Paulo, goes to the beach, and enjoys friends and family. Her favorite food is fruta do Conde and her favorite place in Fernando de Noronha island. She loves connecting with the students, seeing them grow, and help them figure out their purpose in life.

1st Corinthians 13 (NIV)
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Ms. Jackie Iensue (lIBRARIAN)

Jackie Iensue has been part of the RIS family for 11 years, and her favorite part of her job is learning and teaching about God’s word everyday. In her free time she likes to listen to music. Born in the US, and grew up in Rio, she decided to work at RIS because God called her to work here and it was the biggest blessing in her life! The coolest place she has ever been is Toronto, Canada, and she loves Italian, Chinese, and Brazilian food.

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”