Meet our Preschool Teachers

Andi Trocino

Preschool Director

With a depth of experience in early education within public and private school systems of Austin, Texas, Journey is proud to welcome Andi Trocino as the Preschool Director for Journey School Costa Rica.

After graduating Summa cum laude from Texas State University with a BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and certified in ESL and Pedagogy EC- 12th grades, Ms. Andi entered the Reggio Emilia world to explore her passion for valuing students as competent, creative researchers.

Yovania Nuñez Mendez 

Sprout Teacher (Birth - 2 Years Old)

Ms. Yovania is the primary Spanish teacher in the Journey Foundation program and remains 100% in-language and in-culture during the school day.

Sra. Yovania es Nicaraguense con 20 años de vivir en Costa Rica. Los estudios fueron de Teología y durante esos años de universidad, ella trabajó con niños. En el 2000, Sra. Yovania trabajé con CEPIA  hasta que tuve la oportunidad a trabajar en la escuela de Journey.

Las metas de meastra para Sra. Yovania son que los estudiantes aprendan que es el amor; que somos iguales; la importancia de compartir y que aunque seamos diferentes podemos aprender a vernos como familia

Silvia Castilla

Blossom Teacher (2-3 Years Old)

Ms. Silvia studied early education at Fidelitas University in San Jose and has been teaching young children for over 30 years. In her early career, she founded and directed a preschool in Escazu, a suburb of Costa Rica’s capital, called Kids Zoo Camp and most recently was the founder and director of Creative Garden, a Reggio-inspired preschool in Villarreal near Tamarindo.

Ms. Silvia has been with Journey School of Costa Rica since August 2018 as a preschool teacher.

Her goal as a teacher remains the same as it’s been for decades: to help students find their inner strengths and evolve as individuals.

Martina Vecchietti

Bonsai Teacher (3-4 Years Old)

Ms. Martina is from Italy and has lived in Costa Rica since 2017. She studied Educational Psychology and graduated with a degree in Science of Education and Child Learning with specialization courses in psychomotricity and Autism.

After years of professional experience within the classic educational system, Ms. Martina began searching for an approach that valued and respected the entire child. She believes all children are born with the means for knowledge, and that a teacher’s task is to guide and inspire that knowledge to fruition. In recent years, Ms. Martina has focused her professional experience towards the Montessori and Reggio Emilia approach.

Her biggest goal as a teacher this year is to help her children be independent and to give them respect and love.

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