Alys Jasmine Robinson
Founder, Director, Curriculum Specialist
M.A. Education, SDSU
B.A. Liberal Studies, SDSU
Credentials: Reading Specialist, English, Elementary Education (California)
TEFL certification, GATE certification
Advisory Board Member: The Sloth Institute
Member of the Association of Transformational Leadership
Alys Robinson founded Life Project Education after departing from a ten-year career in the public school system in San Diego, California. Seeking opportunities for a less-restrictive, holistic teaching environment, she found home in Costa Rica where her own life project organically began to unfold. After a year of working as a TEFL teacher trainer and administrator, she connected with local families and began offering private tutoring and small-group project-based learning opportunities. Encouraged by local families, dissatisfied with public and private schools locally, Life Project Education evolved into an 8-student, 3-teacher private holistic home education center. Gaining attention for its heart-centered, customized approach to learning, Life Project has expanded to include 18 full-time students, 6 team members, international visitors, volunteer specialists, community conservation partners, a thriving internship and fellowship program, and is on track to receiving status as a Costa Rican NGO by 2019.
Based on her graduate studies, and a deep intuition for how children should be nurtured, she has adopted elements of Rudolf Steiner, Maria Montessori, project-based learning, STEM education, gifted education, world learning, free schooling, and place-based learning to create a dynamic education center governed by the best interest of children.
Stefanny Avalos Madrigal
Spanish and Costa Rican Cultures Teacher, Administrative Assistant
Stefanny is the heart of Life Project Education! Supporting the program since day one, Stefanny has shown deep commitment to her evolving path as an holistic educator and Spanish language and culture specialist. With many years of child care and teaching experience, Stefanny is an absolute natural with children. She is passionate about teaching Spanish to both native speakers as well as beginners and has an incredible track record for building comfort, confidence, and quick acquisition of the language. Outside of school, Stefanny loves spending time with her family and puppies, and living the Pura Vida lifestyle.
Sarah Elizabeth Cohen
Early Years Teacher
B.A. Communications, College of Charleston
M.A. Early Childhood Education, University of Pittsburgh
Credentials: Elementary Education (Pennsylvania)
World Teach Volunteer, Costa Rica 2015-16
Sarah is the newest member of the Life Project family and has arrived with a deep commitment to holistic principles such as project-based learning, mindfulness, and promoting a community spirit of learning starting with individual children and expanding to the local and global community. After completing a year long residency as an English teacher with World Teach in Manuel Antonio, Sarah returned to Pennsylvania to dive deeper into her advanced studies. After obtaining an advanced degree in Education, Sarah eagerly relocated back to Costa Rica, finding home at Life Project. Sarah has a specific talent and passion for differentiating curriculum to accommodate each child’s unique ability and interest. She especially loved teaching reading and writing to young children, nurturing a lifelong joy and enthusiasm for literature. When she is not busy in the classroom, Sarah loves to run and spend time at Playa Manuel Antonio. Hot sauce is her spirit animal. Welcome back Sarah!
Daniel Luis Trongale
Wilderness Education Specialist (Seasonal)
B.A. Environmental Science, Naropa University
Specialization: Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development in Agriculture
Credentials: Elementary Education (Colorado)
Certified Wilderness First Responder and Field Guide