My greatest pleasure as the Elementary Principal is getting to know each student; my door is open to provide a pep talk, offer congratulations on an achievement, or encourage someone to try harder.  My personal mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students at the Pan American School in Porto Alegre.

To help foster PAS’ vision to be an exemplary international learning community, I will have a focus on teaching and learning.  My goal is to visit every classroom at the beginning of the school year, so your children may mention that they have seen or met me in their classroom. I enjoy interacting with the students and having meaningful discussions with teachers in grade level meetings.

At the Pan American School of Porto Alegre, we follow the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) framework and we integrate the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards in Math to provide a rigorous multi-cultural curriculum for our students so that they are able to strive for excellence, and are inspired to become global and caring learners.

I look forward to getting to know the PAS community, through Open House Days, Parent information meetings, PAC (Parent Association) meetings, and the variety of events, which will occur throughout the school year. There will also be continued opportunities for parents to volunteer at school. I believe that all benefit when there is a strong home-school partnership.

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Annette Newsome
Pre-School and Elementary Principal