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Pedagogical Team
MADELINE RAYNOLDS
Headmaster

Born in the United States, Madeline has over thirty years’ experience teaching English language and literature in various parts of the world, including the United States, China, Italy, Portugal, and Brazil. She is now the Director of Escola Eleva Barra, having served before as International Program Principal at Escola Eleva Botafogo. Madeline has qualifications from NYU, Dartmouth College, and Middlebury College, with extensive experience in curriculum design and teacher leadership at the schools where she has worked. She believes we must reflect on the future of education to develop the set of skills necessary for the 21st century.

ISABELLA SÁ
Pedagogical Director of Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education

Isabella graduated in Psychology in Brazil, specialized in Child Development at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, London, and Master of Guidance and Educational Counseling In A Systematic Approach, from Long Island University, New York. A psycho-pedagogue with training in School Management, Isabella believes in the continuous formation of educators and is currently deepening her studies in Neuroscience and the Bilingual Brain.

PAULO ABREU
PEDAGOGICAL DIRECTOR OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

Paulo brings to Escola Eleva his many years’ experience in the teaching, training, and international certification of teachers of English. With a degree in language and literature, he spent seventeen years at Britannia Premium English Institute, which he left as Academic Director to join the Escola Eleva team. His core mission now is to apply his experience and knowledge to overseeing the development of the children in our bilingual community.

PRISCILA CANTERI
PEDAGOGICAL COORDINATOR OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

With a degree in education from Mackenzie, São Paulo, Priscila is a specialist in the management and development of teachers. For the last sixteen years, she has worked as a teacher and education coordinator at several schools, including Os Batutinhas, Escola Eleva, and Santi (São Paulo). Her continuing education includes courses in the neurosciences, reading development, training of literacy educators, and project-based learning. A great exponent of our literacy methodology and a specialist in each childhood and elementary curricula, Priscila is also involved in integrating Brazilian culture into Escola Eleva’s international curriculum.

BRUNA DONIDA
PEDAGOGICAL DIRECTOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

With a degree in education from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, a degree in psychopedagogy from CEPERJ, and training in the Pikler-Loczy method in Paris, Bruna has amassed considerable experience in family assistance, school operational management, and teacher leadership. She worked at the early childhood education space Os Batutinhas for 20 years and is now heading the early childhood education team at Escola Eleva.

PATRICIA TEPEDINO
PEDAGOGICAL COORDINATOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

An undergraduate in psychopedagogy at Instituto Pró Saber-RJ and a specialist in family assistance, Patricia has been with Escola Eleva Botafogo since it opened its doors, in 2016, in the Pedagogy and Administration department. Since the first child enrolled at Escola Eleva, Patricia has engaged with the families who seek out our school in the hope of a new kind of education of excellence. She brings to our new unit a proven record of accomplishment in personalized care and the formation of a competent team and a school community that embodies our values. Passionate about education, she could just as easily give lessons in Negotiation to the high school students or Yoga to the kindergarten kids.

Cristiane Sanches
COORDINATOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION

Cristiane is a Data Processing Technology Graduate and a Master in Information Technology from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. She worked as coordinator of IT projects in the NGO Sociedade Digital, and as technical-pedagogical coordinator of the NAVE-RJ digital games programming course.