The Team

Alys Jasmine Robinson 

M.A. Education, SDSU

B.A. Liberal Studies, SDSU

Credentials: Reading Specialist, English, Elementary Education

TEFL certification, GATE certification

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 Teacher

Stefanny is a Costa Rican native with many years of child care and teaching experience. She loves teaching Spanish and integrating local culture into her curriculum. She is passionate spending time with her family and puppies, and living the Pura Vida lifestyle.


Chanel Nasca

Early Learning Teacher

Chanel is a certified teacher with many years of child care and teaching experience in local Costa Rican schools and US Montessori Schools. She is passionate about all four-legged creatures, spending time at the beach, and living life to the fullest

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