She is the Director and lead teacher at Rosewood Nature School. Silvana began her work with young children -and passion for nature, 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. Upon finalizing college as a B.S.Ed. in Educational Science and earned her M.Ed. in Special Education, Silvana performed gratifying educational roles, including the ESL teacher at elementary, high school and adult level, kindergarten and elementary teacher in the public and private system, as a 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 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 increase nature awareness and share her passion for Steiner philosophy, and Waldorf Education among parents and their children and other important stakeholders of education. She created the Charlotte Waldorf and Nature homeschool co-op and Wild Child Forest School co-op back in 2015.
Silvana now dedicates her efforts to bring a holistic, nurturing, intentional, sustainable and environmentally conscious schooling alternative for children and their families in her local community through Rosewood Nature School. Rosewood 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 and of humanity; in children's innocence, wonder, openness, creativity, imagination, 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!