mr. marcelo cecchi (p.e.)

Marcelo Cecchi has been a part of the RIS family for 5 years but has taught for 30. Originally from Brazil, he has taught at other international schools in Rio before coming to be part of the RIS family. He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish and received his education from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and post graduate degree from Framingham State University. He has traveled internationally to the United States, Argentina and his favorite, 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. elisa fairbairn (counselor)

Elisa Fairbairn has been part of the RIS family for 3 and a half years but has been working in counseling for 8. She attended PUC-Rio and speaks Portuguese, English, and French, and in her free time she travels to Sao Paulo, goes to the beach, and enjoys time with friends and family.  She lived in France (Paris and Nice) during College to study French. Ms. Fairbairn has traveled quite a but but mainly in Europe, she has also been to Central and South America and the United States. 

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.”



Mr. Angelo Gomes is in his second year at RIS. He has been teaching music for 16 years. Mr. Gomes speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish and received his education from UNESA-RJ and Elite Musical affiliated at CBM-Rj (Piano). He enjoys attending the International Fair of Music in Sao Paulo and loves new challenges.

          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.”

mrs. jassana k. isaac-penn (art)

Mrs. Penn is in her first year of teaching at Rio International School. She just recently moved to Rio from New York. Mrs. Penn received her education from Adelphi University and is excited to be living in Brazil and working at an International School.

1 John 4:8 (NIV)

"God is Love"


Ms. Jackie Iensue (lIBRARIAN)

Jackie Iensue has been part of the RIS family for 12 years, and her favorite part of her job is learning and teaching about God’s word everyday. Born in San Francisco, CA, USA, and grew up in Rio, she returned to New Jersey, USA, and lived there for 20 years. Ms. Iensue is happy to be at RIS because God called her to work here and it has been the biggest blessing in her life! She has traveled quite a bit but her favorite place to visit has been Toronto, Canada.

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.”


mrs. adriana oliveira da silva (inclusion education)

Adriana Oliveira has been part of the RIS family for 9 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. She chose 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!”


mr. filipe orlando

Mr. Filipe Orlando has been working in education for 11 years. He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish and received his education from Brighton University in the United Kingdom. At the age of 12 Mr. Orlando began attending trips with CISV and became a leader at the age of 18. and has continued working with them. He enjoys traveling and has been to the UK, USA, West and East Europe, Colombia and Honduras.  

John 11:35 (NIV)
"Jesus wept."

ms. lauren vining (english language development)

Ms. Vining has been teaching for two years in the United States and has recently moved to Rio de Janeiro to be apart of the RIS family. She received her education from the University of Louisville (Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, concentration in Special Education Learning & Behavior Disorders) and Pennsylvania State University (Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis). She speaks English and basic Portuguese. Ms. Vining loves to travel. She has been to Kenya, Morocco, Botswana, South Africa, Indonesia, Belize, and Amsterdam.  Africa has always had a special place in her heart and Morocco is the most exotic/interesting place she has been to.

Proverbs 3:6

"Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."