Bottega Team

This is the team that will guide and nurture the Bottega Children through their knowledge process. Meet Our Founders & Directors

Sylvia D.A.,M.Ed

Founder and Director Education

Associates Degree in Business Administration and Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Miami Dade College, Bachelors of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Florida International University and a Master’s Degree in Education from The University of Florida.

Nationality Cuban/American Philosophy of Education

Sylvia’s philosophy of education has evolved through the years as she has studied, researched, and worked with children and families. She has dedicated her professional life to creating a village in support of our families. Sylvia believes that young children are born learning. That is why she created a school where as soon as you walk in, you know this place is special. A place where children are filled with joy, where children express their creativity, their emotions are valued and their theories are researched.

All with the support of an incredible team!

Carmen S.

Assistant Director / Family Liaison Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Literature. Master’s Degree in Social Psychology

Nationality Venezuelan Philosophy of Education

Carmen is a natural communicator, which allows her to effectively serve as a liaison between families and faculty. She believes that all children have the right to be treated with respect and love and that they each have a special place in the community. Her background in social psychology allows her to connect with children, as well as parents embarking in the marvelous journey of raising a child, with all the questions and challenges that brings along. Her experience as an educator, mother and administrator allows her to juggle the different hats she wears at Bottega, keeping the child as the main priority, parents informed and supported, and the office running smoothly.

Claudia H

Atelierista & Pedagogita Education

Masters of Art and Sciences Early Childhood & Catechetic. Certification on Infant Mental Health, Graphic Design, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Early Childhood Owner & Creative Director of Play Works

Nationality Venezuelan/American Philosophy of Education

As a young professional, at an intuitive level, Claudia strongly believed that teaching had much more to do with discovering the wealth of knowledge that lays within a person and nurturing their thinking and desire to express it, than about handing over volumes of information to commit to memory. As her professional journey continued, her formation nurtured that intuition with philosophical frameworks that built her strong understanding about the process of learning. A process which understands the potential that exists within human being, especially children – Children unconstrained and free beings – willing to take risks and approach unknown frontiers and challenge known convention. The capability and promise of humanity is what sparks her love and mission in education – Her philosophy of education, stems from her years observing children’s astounding and extraordinary strengths and capabilities. She finds that when children are provided the time and space they need to experiment and explore their creativity, they tap into their inner artist/genius and feel free to express themselves. For over 20 years, her work as an educator, been to support schools; the child, the teacher and the parent, so that together as a Community of Learners, they may pursue complexity and richness of thought and express it through multiple languages; color, clay, song and dance. It is her life’s joy and love to co-design opportunities to engage teachers and parents to join children in the wonderful and joyful journey of discovery, exploration and wonder!