Meet Ryan Sawtell

Meet Ryan Sawtell
Avenues São Paulo Creative Team

Portrait  of Ryan Sawtell

Ryan Sawtell

Ryan Sawtell joins Avenues São Paulo as a lead World Course educator for Os Primeiros. In August he will join the full faculty to teach Mastery in the Secondary Division.

Most recently, Ryan worked at Harlem Village Academies High, where he taught Theory of Knowledge, Spanish, and European Art and Architecture. In this role he collaborated across academic departments to develop learner-centered curricula that link content knowledge and skills with relevant local and global issues.  

During his time at Harlem Village Academies, Ryan took on additional leadership roles as a grade-level leader,  academic coordinator, chair for the world languages department and associate director. In these positions, he oversaw academic data, alignment with the International Baccalaureate program, led professional development and supported the school’s transition to a larger new facility.

Previously, Ryan worked in Plano, Texas, at Plano Senior High School. While teaching Spanish, he also wrote curriculum and developed assessments, lessons and resources for the school district.

Ryan started his career as a Spanish teacher at Minnetonka High School in his native Minnesota.  

Ryan earned  his bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Spanish education at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has a master of education degree from the University of North Texas, with a specialization in curriculum and instruction, and a minor in technology. In his most recent graduate studies at Columbia University Teachers College, Ryan has explored research interests in learning, public pedagogy and urban education. Ryan has presented several times on foreign language learning at conferences around the United States, and has been awarded as Teacher of the Year at the Samsung Hope for Children Gala.

A world traveler, Ryan has travelled to 28 countries on five continents, and taught, studied and worked for periods of time in Hangzhou, China, Guatemala and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

In his free time, Ryan enjoys exploring São Paulo, trying new cuisines, traveling the world, reading and stargazing.



A Day in Nursery and Pre-K
Daniela Pannuti, Associate Division Head

The educational philosophy of the early childhood years at Avenues is based on an underlying respect for the individual child. With this in mind, we provide an environment rich in opportunities for each child to grow in their understanding of language and how to work and play with others.


Meet Sylvia Guimarães
Avenues São Paulo Creative Team

Sylvia Guimarães has joined Avenues São Paulo as director of community engagement. Sylvia has extensive experience in education outreach, non-profit management, and social justice initiatives, especially in regards to literacy.