Rising Program Director (2025)/ Sunflower Bridge Guide/ Social Media Director
Irena grew up in Macedonia, where she had a childhood full of freedom, nature and old fashioned play in the neighborhood streets. She is a mama of a little boy named Phoenix, passionate gardener, traveler and has a great love for cooking and adventures.
Since 2013, when she began volunteering at a preschool in Nashville, Tennessee, Irena has been a loving, gentle guide for families and children. Before she began her playful journey as a member of the Sunflower staff family in 2016, she worked as a VPK teacher at a learning center in Boca Raton for six months. She also spent a year volunteering at The Children’s Garden in Delray Beach, assisting children in connection with nature, sharing gardening tips, and facilitating birthday parties.
She holds a Child Development Associate and Directors Credentials. Her extensive experience shows through the connections and trust she has created with the families she feels honored to have met, worked with, and guided over the last 11 years.
Her teaching style is based on respect and trust for the individual, community building and child-led learning through play, nature and the arts.