FOUNDING DIRECTOR/LEAD TEACHER - ROOTS/WILD NEST
In addition of her work as a co-founder or Rosewood Nature School, the first grassroots Waldorf Initiative in Charlotte, Silvana is the lead teacher of our Early Childhood Program. As a therapist and teacher, Silvana has more than 20 years of experience working with children and families. This journey began many years ago back in early nineties in a holistic preschool setting located along the slopes of Escazu Hill in the charming and picturesque town of San Miguel de Escazu, Costa Rica. There, Silvana had the wonderful opportunity to become involved with the local communities working as a teacher. Her work , was immensely enriched by the amazing opportunities she found helping vulnerable populations to thrive. She volunteered in a big array of community service projects while deepening her love for nature, community, holistic education and sustainable simple living, and enjoying greatly her life in the peaceful rural areas of Costa Rica.
Silvana holds a Bachelor of Educational Sciences and a Master in Special Education and Learning Disabilities. Through her career as a teacher and therapist, Silvana has performed satisfying educational roles working with children and their families and other important stakeholders of our greater community including those from marginalized populations fostering, as well, opportunities to develop a deep connection to nature that can result is a commitment to and sense of stewardship for the future health of our planet. Her education has continued with Waldorf Pedagogy, workshops and seminars throughout US and overseas which has contributed tremendously in her teaching career deepening her love and commitment to Steiner Philosophy, Waldorf and Environmental and Sustainable Education.
Silvana has a passion for the great outdoors, Waldorf Education, reading, kneading, traveling and learning from other cultures, community outreach and volunteering. She loves spending her time working with parents and children and other members of our community in the developing of our grassroots Waldorf Community Initiative in Charlotte. Silvana lives in Charlotte with her dear husband and spirited boy surrounded by the love of all the sweet Rosewood animals.
Director of Campus Development/Administration Manager
Andrew was born and raised in Upstate New York where he spent much of his childhood exploring wooded trails, creeks and loving and caring for the farm animals in his parents 80-acre farm.
Andrew hold a Bachelor in Business Administration. He takes active roles in the life of the school while organizing and developing the outdoor infrastructure, while sharing farming and wonderful building skills. Andrew brings to the school his business, mechanical, administrative and interpersonal skills.