HEAD TEACHER - ROOTS/WILD NEST
Silvana began her work with young children during her college years back in 1996 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. Being Costa Rica well known for having progressive environmental and social policies, and widely considered one of the planet’s most sustainable countries, Silvana was able to become involved in volunteer and community service projects, helping vulnerable community while learning sustainable living in the peaceful rural areas of Costa Rica. Once graduated as a B.S.Ed. in Educational Science and earned her M.Ed. in Special Education, Silvana performed gratifying educational roles during her career as an educator, including as a ESL teacher, bilingual SLP school therapist and educational program coordinator.
During all these years working and navigating the fundamentals of traditional and alternative educational philosophies, Silvana was drawn back to Waldorf Philosophy. Waldorf, became a passion and it just grew along her educational and life journey. Her education continued with Foundation Studies workshops, classes and seminars throughout US and overseas contributing tremendously in her teaching career and deepening her love and commitment to Steiner Philosophy, Waldorf and Environmental and Sustainable Education.
Silvana has devoted her teaching professional career and experience to raise nature awareness through a sustainable and environmentally conscious schooling alternative and share her passion for Steiner philosophy, and Waldorf Education among parents and their children and other important stakeholders of education in her local community.
Rosewood Nature School is proud to be a part of the Waldorf Impulse worldwide and the first grassroots Waldorf Initiative in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Silvana delights in the abundance and the perfect chaos of the natural world; in children's boldness and strong passion for life. She feels blessed and grateful to have the opportunity to spend her days mothering, homemaking, homesteading and working on the school amidst the happy presence of her son, her husband and a wonderful and vibrant community of like-minded parents.
Silvana enjoys greatly the great outdoors, reading, volunteering with her son at local non-for-profit organizations. She loves spending time and learning about the animals from the sweet little hobby farm of the school, a good sip of homemade Rose water kefir, and Matcha tea, yoga and nature meditation, opera, traveling, learning from other cultures, creating and making through art, handwork and music.
She is grateful and eager to meet and receive with open arms each child and family that comes her way!
SCHOOL GROUNDS MANAGER
Andrew was born and raised in Upstate New York where he spent much of his childhood exploring wooded trails, creeks, loving and caring for farm animals in his parents 80-acre farm.
As a business graduate, farming and handy man capabilities Andrew brings to the school his business, mechanical, farm and interpersonal skills.