Our Team

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Cyndi Pereira, Director

As a young girl Cyndi (a.k.a Mother Nature) always knew there was a better way to educate people than the traditional school experience. Together with a fellow homeschool and freedom-in-education enthusiast, Meghan, she created Thrive in 2011. While she is excited to put together all the great academic and enrichment classes to provide choices for students and families, her true heart lies in the open structured/democratic free school model which is the basis for the Self-Directed STEAM program. The Thrive main campus provides a rich, peaceful environment combined with student interest-led projects where learning happens naturally all the time. 

Cyndi’s greatest joy is watching and facilitating those moments when a child discovers something new or has sparked an interest that encourages them to delve deeper into a subject. She loves being hands-on and doing messy projects with the kids. Cyndi is a homeschool mom to her two children who, also, enjoy spending their days at Thrive. 

Her experiences include running after-school programs, being the Camp Director of Camp Chico Creek, and putting on community events. She has a BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in Child Development. Cyndi’s goals include providing an environment where children feel respected, empowered, and free to make choices and gain the skill base needed to lead them into a happy and fulfilling future. She also strives to empower parents to make the choices that are best for their families.