Life at Avenues

The Avenues São Paulo Leadership Team Welcomes You


From left to right: Lisa Lund Peixoto, director of admissions; Hamilton Clark, head of school; Cristine Conforti, head of Brazilian program; Alan Greenberg, co-founder; Anne Baldisseri, head of Primary Division; Juliana Salles, director of talent; John Ciallelo, head of Secondary Division and Luciana D'Angelo, director of operations and administration.

Meet Your Leadership Team

Meet your Colleagues

Meet Taísa Barros

Taísa Nunes Barros joins Avenues São Paulo as an English teacher for Os Primeiros. In August, she will join the full faculty as a language support teacher in the Secondary Division. A native of Rio, Taísa’s career has been guided by language education in Portuguese and English across the United States and Brazil.

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Meet Ana Paula Giorgi

Ana Paula Giorgi joins Avenues São Paulo as a science teacher for Os Primeiros. She is also a science teacher for Avenues Online. In August, she will join the full faculty as a science teacher for the Primary Division. Ana Paula earned her PhD at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in geography and specialized in conservation science and environmental education. She has 20 years of experience developing and implementing socio-environmental programs, and 10 years of experience overseeing travel programs in the field.

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Meet Cristina Oliveira

Cristina Oliveira joins Avenues São Paulo as a wellness and movement teacher, and family contact for Os Primeiros. In August 2018, she will teach wellness and movement in the Primary Division. Prior to joining Avenues, Cristina worked for eight years at St. Paul’s School, mostly recently as head of junior enrichment.

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Meet Samantha de Silva

Samantha de Silva joins Avenues São Paulo as a lead science educator for Os Primeiros. In August she will join the full faculty to teach science in the Secondary Division. Prior to joining Avenues, Samantha worked for the United Nations International School (UNIS) in New York for as a science and health teacher for grades 6 through 8. During this time, Samantha implemented a differentiated, learner-focused and experiential science and health curriculum, and facilitated the social and emotional growth of 7th grade students through an inclusive advisory program.

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Meet 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 teaching 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.  

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Meet Jamie Tuttle

Jamie Tuttle will be joining Avenues São Paulo in August 2018 as dean of students for the Secondary Division. Jamie brings nearly 20 years of experience in helping students develop socially, emotionally and academically throughout the United States and in São Paulo. Jamie looks to the whole child and works collaboratively with others to ensure that all students become positive, engaged and ethical citizens.

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Explore Your Campus

Classrooms and Hallways

Each time we visit the Avenues São Paulo construction site, we see remarkable new developments. In the past few months, spaces started to take shape. Now, we see real classrooms and hallways. It is exciting to see how our architecture and design teams truly created spaces that reflect our core principles of innovation, sustainability and student-centered pedagogy.

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Team Campus Tour

Recently, faculty and staff of Avenues São Paulo had the opportunity to tour their future home. Outfitted in hard hats and goggles, groups followed English or Portuguese-language tours given by the lead architects and engineers. As they explored carefully-designed future classrooms, hallways and open spaces, beautiful weather provided for fantastic views of the São Paulo skyline

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New Interior Views

Have an inside look at the Avenues São Paulo campus, a 40,000-square-meter, state-of-the-art educational facility. The award-winning São Paulo architecture and interior design firms, Aflalo/Gasperini, Dante Della Manna and EKF Arquitetura de Exteriores, worked closely with Avenues designers, to build a campus that reflects Avenues’ core principles of innovation, sustainability, and student-centered pedagogy.

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Campus Time Lapse

Construction continues to progress nicely at our beautiful Cidade Jardim campus which will soon be both a home for our community and a city landmark that São Paulo can be proud of. Our time-lapse video allows you to see Avenues São Paulo come to life.

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Construction Update - December

Construction continues to progress nicely at our beautiful Cidade Jardim campus which will soon be both a home for our community and a city landmark that São Paulo can be proud of.

Recently, we conducted a tour of the new campus for our current Avenues São Paulo team, as well as our new faculty and staff members. All who attended were amazed at how quickly the construction has progressed, at how large and spacious the school will be, and how well designed the campus is for all of our needs. 

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Construction Update - November

Work continues at a rapid pace on our campus in Cidade Jardim. It is thrilling to see the progress as our campus takes shape. Just this past week, windows and raised flooring began to be installed. In the coming weeks, we will be providing you with greater insight and visibility into construction progress and the amazing learning spaces being built...stay tuned! The completed building will be truly spectacular and we are eager to welcome our families to it for the first time.

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Construction Update - October

Construction of our beautiful campus continues to gather momentum towards our 2018–19 school year opening. September was another good month with significant progress being made on this front. The structure of the new expansion to the existing building has progressed ahead of schedule with completion of the structure now anticipated by the end of October. Among other elements, this magnificent extension will house a gymnasium and theater.

The renovation of the existing building is now at the stage where the actual classroom walls and ceilings are beginning to take shape. In addition, the state-of-the-art mechanical, electrical and plumbing work has begun.

I am also happy to announce that the installation of our new modern façade commenced in early October with the installation of the first external panels. The panels are being manufactured locally and we expect the new façade to quickly take shape.

Manpower on site continues to increase with a whole range of new activities starting throughout the building. Installation of the new roof covering will also begin in October. Further, the three levels of the basement are being completed, after which they will house much of the heavy equipment for our mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

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Construction Update - August

Construction of our beautiful campus remains on track for the 2018-19 school year opening. Our construction team has been hard at work at our site and momentum is building as four of our most important construction milestones near completion. 

The first includes the demolition of the interior and completion of some structural alterations to the existing building. This puts us in a position to commence the installation of the necessary mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) infrastructure that befits a modern school. The second is the removal of the original façade from the existing building and the award of the contract for constructing the new façade. This will enable us to construct a new modern façade that will distinguish our campus as a beautiful addition to the São Paulo skyline. The third is the completion of the foundations and basement for the new building, which will allow the construction of the new superstructure. This new building will be joined seamlessly with the original structure. The fourth milestone is the award of the MEP contract to one of Sao Paulo’s leading subcontractors. 

With these structural alterations and foundation work now largely complete, we look forward to making continued progress on the new indoor and outdoor gymnasiums, performance theatre, grand outdoor patio and seeing our classrooms starting to take shape.

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Meet Anne Baldisseri, Head of Primary Division

"Every time I read the Avenues mission statement, I can’t help but feel excitement. It is a mission statement that talks to the student. Reading it makes me want to be a student all over again. I want to have the confidence to strive for what I’m passionate about and be an artist even if I lack conventional artistic talent. I want to make a difference in the world and build a life that will transcend the ordinary."

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Meet Cristine Conforti, our Head of Brazilian Program

Describe your role at Avenues São Paulo.
At once challenging and delightful, my role will oversee the integration of the Avenues New York and São Paulo academic programs. This exciting task will assemble cultures, languages and learning around the shared curricula of our two campuses. Avenues is a radar beam, an antennae capturing and tuning into the fast-moving world of innovation and the pursuit of understanding.

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