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SGAS 605 Conjunto E, Lotes 34/37 | Brasilia, DF 70200-650 Brazil | 55 (61) 3442-9700

Student Services

Welcome to the Student Services Department!  We are very excited to be working with your child as they develop as learners and citizens here at EAB.  Consistent with our school mission, our office endeavors to holistically promote the welfare of your child.  With our mission in mind, we strive to support your child's academic, social, and career development from a student-centered perspective.

Our ultimate goal is to work in partnership with you and your child.  We cannot overemphasize your critical role in serving as the child’s liaison between school and home.  The middle and high school years are a pivotal time for adolescents as they develop and mature cognitively, physically and socially. We understand that this may present new challenges at home, as your child naturally begins to seek a degree of independence. Our office seeks to work with you as you help your child develop and plan for their future.  So please do not hesitate to seek us out. 

Communication with you is critical, and provides us the vital information we need to effectively support your child.  Our doors are always open and we encourage you to call, e-mail or drop in at a time that is convenient for you. Our office for Upper School is located adjacent to the iCommons, across the courtyard from the main office. The Lower School office is located inside the Lower School iCommons. We look forward to working with you and your child during their time at EAB.

Heidi Mermis-Cava
Psychologist
Amy Narayan
Lower School Learning Specialist
Janini Lopes
Lower School Learning Specialist
Bio
Janini has been an EAB employee since August of 2012 where she worked as a 5th grade Teaching Assistant. As a TA, she had the opportunity to work with several very talented teachers who contributed for her to pursue her passion in the educational field.
Janini has a degree in Pedagogy from Universidade Paulista and has been acting as a Lower School Learning Support Teacher since August 2016 . In addition to that she has also had training at the Lindamood-Bell Institute in Miami for Visualizing and Verbalizing (a program designed in helping students to develop their language comprehension and expression skills) as well as the Seeing-Stars program which focuses on giving students strategies on decoding and encoding.
Elana Miller
Upper School Learning Specialist
Debora Santos
Lower School Counselor
Bio
Débora Santos became part of the EAB family in 2002-03. In 2012 she assumed the role of the Lower School Counselor. She studied Psychology at the Universidade Paulista and has attended professional development opportunities at the Counseling Training Center (CTC), American School Counselor Association (ASCA), Character Counts Organization and AAIE / NSU International Child Protection Leadership Team Training. In addition, she has completed specialization courses in School Psychology, Psicodiagnóstico, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children test (WISC), and Neuropsychological evaluation at the Centro de Orientação Psicológica e Pedagógica (CENOPP).

The Lower School Counselor works with kids from K3 through 5th grade. The focus is on the students' emotional well-being, academic success, personal, social and global development. In order to provide a comprehensive counseling program, our counselor's services include the following: individual sessions, small group meetings, guidance classes and parent workshops. Furthermore, she is responsible for co-coordinating the Character Counts Program. She serves the students with love and dedication, always doing her best to meet students’ needs.
Isabel Mader
Middle School Counselor
Bio
Isabel Mader has been passionately working with children in Education since the age of eighteen when she started working as a Ballet Teacher and as an English teacher in a few of the best specialized schools in Brasilia. While completing her undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Brasilia (UnB), she worked for three years and a half as a Counselor Assistant at Colégio DROMOS, where she left family and friends. She gladly joined the EAB family at the beginning of the 2011/12 school year where she works as a Middle School Counselor. Ms. Mader oversees the Advanced Services Office, Student Council and Advisory Program at EAB among her many responsibilities. She has a specialization in Psicopedagogia, from UnB, and is dedicated to best support and serve the Middle School students at EAB.
Gavin Hornbuckle
High School Counselor
Bio
Originally from the US, Gavin has worked as a counselor in Singapore, South Korea and now Brazil. His first international teaching experience came as an International Baccalaureate History teacher at Colegio Americano de Quito in Ecuador. He then taught US History, Geography and Economics in Mexico City. After returning to the US to pursue a graduate degree, he taught United States and World History at Snowden International High School in Boston, Massachusetts and Advanced Placement United States Government and World History at Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona.
In addition to teaching secondary school, Gavin worked in international higher education as well, most working with professors and administrators at universities across the United States to develop study abroad programs for their students. In 2002-2003 was as a resident director of a study abroad program for US university students who were studying in Havana, Cuba and in Merida, Mexico. In addition to these positions, he has been a travel writer, researching and writing the Honduras and El Salvador sections of Let’s Go travel guides. Gavin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Political Science and teaching certification from Iowa State University, a Master’s in Education from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Minnesota.
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