Student Teachers

Hello, my name is Emily Re. I am student teaching this year in 1st Grade with Ms. Weber. I have always had a passion for teaching and have been working for the past three summers at an extended school year program for children with special needs. I am grateful for everything I have learned while working there and am looking forward to what my student teaching at OLM will bring!


I am currently a senior at La Salle University majoring in Elementary Education, Special Education and American Studies. At La Salle, I enjoy staying busy. I participated in a service trip to Montana this past summer working in a school on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. I am also an officer in the Education Association and enjoy spending lots of time with my friends! I grew up just outside of Philadelphia with my parents and five siblings. I have always loved to travel so I am anxious to get to know the city of Rio and all of the staff and students at OLM.

This is a picture of my family, I am the second oldest. (I am on the end to the left)


My name is Samantha McGarry. I am a 4th grade student teacher this year at OLM working with Ms. Abreu.


I am from a suburban area just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I attend La Salle University in Philadelphia where I major in Elementary and Special Education. I come from a large family with five sisters and two brothers. We have two dogs, a cat, two rabbits and seven chickens that we love dearly. I was a competitive cheerleader for nine years. Currently, I teach gymnastics to children ages 3-17. My job allows me to have fun and stay active! Teaching has always been my passion. In my free time, I enjoy baking, reading, hiking and going to the beach.


I am beyond grateful for this amazing opportunity to complete my student teaching at OLM. Everyone at OLM has welcomed me with open arms, and I am excited to be working with such wonderful people. This experience will help me to become a better educator. I cannot wait to start my own career and impact and inspire my future students. Thank you, OLM, for allowing me into your home and showing me your beautiful country!



My name is Robert Rigler. I am from Lemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and am a student teacher from Lewis University. I am a Mathematics and Secondary Education double major with a minor in Español. I am so excited to be here in Rio de Janeiro and working at this wonderful school that is OLM! During my time here, I hope to become semi-fluent in Portuguese, and I hope all of you can help me with this. I already speak Spanish which is quite similar, but also very different from Portuguese in its pronunciation of its words.


In the short time that I have been in Rio, I am already falling in love with the nature, the mountains, and the beaches that it has to offer. We don’t have mountains and beaches in Chicago so this change of landscape and lifestyle has been absolutely amazing! In my free time I like to play Ultimate Frisbee, video games, board games, poker, and any other type of game/sport. I am a very competitive person and strive to be the best I can be in all that I do. Thank you for inviting me into your home with open arms; I truly feel the love and have been embracing every moment that I am here. I cannot wait to graduate in December and become a full-time high school math teacher wherever I end up. I hope to return to Rio one day soon! Who knows, in a few years, I may be back to live here permanently.


My name is Nicolette Chialdikas. I am from the super cold windy city Chicago! I currently attend Lewis University where I major in Middle Education Math. I was accepted to do my student teaching experience in Brazil at this wonderful school for three months! In December when I return home, I will graduate with my Bachelor’s degree. I plan to teach in Chicago for a few years and then move to Greece with my family to teach in an American school abroad. In my free time, I LOVE to cook and take pictures. I also love to do DIY projects at home, spend time with my family, and relax while watching old movies from the 80s and 90s. I am very optimistic and excited about my future with teaching! I cannot wait to impact students and grow as a teacher. 

In this picture, I visited the beautiful Tijuca National Park in Rio, Brazil