Lower School Principal at Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil
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Lower School Principal
Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Appointed - Nate Swenson
Feb 24, 2017
Apr 3, 2017


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of Nigel Winnard, incoming Head of School at the American School of Rio de Janeiro (EARJ) and the EARJ Search Committee, we are pleased to announce that following an extensive international search, which attracted many excellent candidates, Mr. Nate Swenson has been appointed Lower School Principal and Mr. Jamie Robb has been appointed Middle and Upper School Principal, effective August 2017.

Nate brings to the position extensive international and US experience in teaching and leadership, including as an elementary principal in Minnesota public schools, middle school principal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and currently as elementary principal at the Busan International Foreign School, Korea. A wide range of teaching roles in elementary classrooms and as a technology coordinator and integrationist have provided Nate with a strong understanding of the learning process.  A keen proponent of professional development and inclusive leadership, Nate has participated in recent trainings with Adaptive Schools, Responsive Classroom, Response to Intervention, and the PYP and MYP.

He earned a B.A. from Gustavus Aldophus College and his MA and Principal Licensure from St. Marys University, Minneapolis, where he has also been an adjunct professor.  Nate and his wife, Amy, an elementary teacher, will be joined in Rio by their daughter, a high school student.

Mr. Robb is currently Secondary School Principal of the Busan International Foreign School in Busan, Korea. Prior to his current position, he was High School Principal at the American International School in Kuwait. He has also held several teaching and administrative positions in Canada prior to his positions overseas.

Mr. Robb earned a B.A. in Physical and Health Education from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Toronto. He also has a Specialist in Special Education from the University of Toronto.

We extend our good wishes to Nate and Jamie and, on behalf of the American School of Rio community thank all candidates who expressed an interest in these positions and everyone who has assisted and supported the search process.


Julie Ryan and Ralph Jahr, Senior Associates

Search Associates


American School of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil 
Seeks: Lower School Principal 

Effective: July 2017 
Application Deadline: April 3, 2017

For Full Details about the position click here.

To Apply:

Candidates should send the information listed below as a single PDF file attached to Jryan@searchassociates.com

  • A one page letter of application describing your interest in the position at EARJ, listing your strengths as a candidate and how your qualifications and experience align with the profile of the desired candidate.
  • A statement of educational beliefs and leadership style (no longer than one page).
  • A current resume not to exceed two pages.
  • Contact details of 3-5 referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent Head of School, who can be contacted confidentially.

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