Mrs. Ilacqua grew up in San Jose, California. Her interest in education began during her high school years. Hoping to work with young people, inspire them to maintain their individuality, and foster a love of reading, she attended Chico State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She strayed from her intended path and after graduating worked in the technology space for about eight years. However, she reignited her interest in working with children after volunteering with The Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in Santa Cruz, California. She and her husband then moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, it was there that she returned to school to earn her teaching license. She has been teaching English ever since.
After the birth of her first child, she began to explore different educational philosophies and was especially drawn to the structure of forest schools in the Nordic region. During that explorative time, she discovered the teachings of Steiner and came to realize that the Waldorf philosophies on educating the whole child were everything that she wanted for herself and her family. After that, there was no turning back. She fervently began introducing Waldorf style activities and rhythm to her children’s days at home and she could be no happier to join the Nevada Sage Waldorf faculty. In addition to teaching, she likes to consider herself a fairly decent baker of sourdough bread, an experimenter in home fermentation, and an explorer of everything the Reno Tahoe area has to offer.