Faculty and Board / Facultad y Junta Directiva

Faculty – Breana Sylvester

Dr. Breana Sylvester

School Director / Lead Guide

Our lead Montessori guide and school director, Dr. Breana Sylvester, has taught in a variety of settings and worked with learners ages 2 to adult.  She has a Masters in teaching, and a doctorate in Educational Psychology, and an Early Childhood Montessori Certificate from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.  Her favorite parts of teaching in the Montessori environment are the watching children’s social abilities grow, and helping children develop a lifelong love of learning.  Breana is committed to growing a thriving learning community, where parents feel welcomed, heard, and involved in their children’s school lives.  Please feel free to email her at [email protected] with questions about our school program.

Erin Thompson

Erin Thompson

Erin Thompson has over a decade of experience in public and private elementary educational institutions, including four years in Wuhan, China teaching ESL to students of varying ages. Having a passion for music and arts her entire life, Erin is a classically trained vocalist, painter, and plays several instruments. Teaching has been the perfect opportunity to combine her love of children and the arts; helping children tap into their own creative potential. She uses her range of experience and skills to facilitate and bring an enrichment to outdoor student activities, whether games, music, art, gardening, and most importantly, having fun in a safe and open environment!

Apple Gonzalez – Toddler Guide

Miss Apple

Analiz “Apple” Gonzalez is our toddler group lead. She is patient and caring with our youngest learners. Apple is fluent in Spanish and loves teaching both Spanish and Art during morning circle times. Miss Apple has two chidren currently enrolled with us!

Milagros Flores de Luna


Milagros started working at Growing Curiosity after helping take care of Breana’s son for several months, she greets each of our children with care and affection. She was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and moved to the United States at age 16, where she grew up in Southern California. She has been teaching our older kids Spanish, and we are so grateful she joined our team!

Facultad: Directora- Dra. Breana Sylvester

Nuestra guía principal de Montessori y Directora de la Escuela, Dra. Breana Sylvester, ha enseñado en una multitud de entornos y trabajó con los estudiantes de edades 2 años a adultos. Tiene una Maestría en Enseñanzas y un Doctorado en Educación Psicológica y un certificado Montessori de la Primera Infancia del Centro de Estudios de Montessori Guiados. Sus partes favoritas de la enseñanza en el ambiente Montessori es ver crecer a las habilidades sociales y ayudar a que los niños desarrollen un amor de por vida del aprendizaje. 

Board of Directors



I’m so proud to be a part of the Growing Curiosity team as we bring our mission to life. I love being part of a community of people who work together for each other and for future generations. To paraphrase a famous Greek proverb: I can’t imagine anything in life I’d rather accomplish than to plant a tree whose shade someone else might sit under one day. I’ve been with Growing Curiosity since it was no more than an idea, and I’m excited to see it take root and become a reality.

Estoy muy orgulloso de ser parte del equipo de Growing Curiosity mientras llevamos nuestra misión a la vida. Me encanta ser parte de una comunidad de personas que trabajan juntas el uno para el otro y para las generaciones futuras. Parafraseando un famoso proverbio griego: No puedo imaginar nada en la vida que prefiero lograr que plantar un árbol cuya sombra alguien más podría sentarse bajo un día. He estado con Growing Curiosity ya que no era más que una idea, y estoy emocionado de ver que se arraiga y se convierta en una realidad.


Hi, my name is Josephina Cienfuegos.  I am from Phoenix, Arizona and attended Arizona State University where I received my Bachelors of Arts Degree in English as a Second Language Elementary Education in 2010. I am an educator with KIPP Austin and am currently teaching middle school math.    I know that every student is capable of success regardless of a students’ economic background or lack of privilege.  I have been teaching at Title I schools since the start of my career 7 years ago.

Hola, me llamo Josephina Cienfuegos. Soy de Phoenix, Arizona y asistí a la Universidad Estatal de Arizona donde recibí mis Licenciatura en Artes en Inglés como Segundo Idioma de Educación Primaria en 2010. Soy un educador con KIPP Austin y actualmente estoy enseñando matemáticas de escuela media. Sé que cada estudiante es capaz de tener éxito sin importar el nivel económico de los estudiantes o la falta de privilegio. He estado enseñando en las escuelas Title I desde el comienzo de mi carrera hace 7 años.



Hello, my name is Abbey Pelosi. I am a medical social worker who is very interested in resiliency. I am passionate about empowering others and I find it rewarding to help others be vulnerable and grow. I am grateful to be a part of Growing Curiosity and look forward to seeing the community grow.

Hola, mi nombre es Abbey Pelosi. Soy un trabajador social médico que está muy interesado en la resistencia. Soy un apasionado de potenciar a otros y me parece gratificante ayudar a otros a ser vulnerables y crecer. Estoy agradecido de ser parte de Growing Curiosity y espero ver la comunidad crecer.


I am very happy to serve this beautiful community.  Working in education for more than fifteen years and pursuing a masters in clinical mental health counseling has brought me many opportunities to learn about children and families. I believe Growing Curiosity provides an ideal environment to empower children to become the humble, conscientious and creative leaders our world needs.

Estoy muy feliz de servir esta hermosa comunidad. Trabajar en educación por más de quince años y perseguir una maestría en consejería clínica de salud mental me ha brindado muchas oportunidades de aprender sobre niños y familias. Creo que Curiosidad Creciente provee un ambiente ideal para empoderar a los niños y convertirlos en los líderes humildes, conscientes y creativos que nuestro mundo necesita.