Laying the Foundation for Tomorrow

The school leadership formulates policies focused on student learning with the goal to make EAR a point of reference for outstanding pedagogy both locally and nationally.

The American School of Recife is led by a Superintendent with the able assistance of the Senior Leadership Team, consisting of the ECC/Elementary Principal, the Secondary Principal, the Brazilian Department Director, and the Business Manager. EAR’s mission and vision are present in all school decisions. This senior leadership team reports to the Superintendent, who reports to the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees are responsible for the strategic direction of the school. It is a partially self-perpetuating Board and partially elected. Board members must have at least one child studying at the institution. The Board focuses on the school’s strategic planning and delegates the school’s day-to-day operations to the Superintendent. The Superintendent is not a voting member of the Board but attends all meetings and acts as a visible representative of the Board.

The Board of Trustees determines the school’s mission and strategic policies and acts legally and ethically in the best interests of students. The EAR Board is comprised of 5 elected members, 2 appointed members, and 1 representative member appointed by the US Consulate. The officers of the Board are President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Vice-Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-Secretary, and Vogel.

The 10 basic responsibilities of the Board of Trustees

– Determine the school’s mission and purpose

– Select the Superintendent

– Provide proper financial oversight

– Ensure adequate resources

– Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability

– Ensure effective organizational planning

– Recruit and orient new board members

– Enhance the organization’s public standing

– Determine, monitor, and strengthen school programs and services

– Support the Superintendent and their performance


President: Maria Elisa de Andrade Soares

Vice-President: Márcio Blanc Mendes

Treasurer: André Gustavo D. A. Oliveira

Vice-Treasurer: Wedja Danielle de M. H. Pires

Secretary: Marina M. P. Rebêlo

Vice-Secretary: Fernanda M. Neumann Henrique

Vogal: Thiago Magalhães

Member of the Consulate: Joshua Hatch


Superintendent: Peter Klam

ECC / ES Principal: Daniel Conzelman

Secondary Principal: Vacant

Brazilian Studies Director: Quintino Orengo

Business Manager: Danilo Bortolomais