Miss Nellie Kufal was the founder of San Silvestre School. She arrived in Peru after the First World War and in 1932 she began teaching a small group of children in her home in Martir Olaya. In 1938 she decided to found the school and make her classes official.
Initially she planned to call the school Cambridge House, but the Ministry of Education established that it had to be a Spanish name. She called it San Silvestre in memory of her only brother who had been a member of the Order of San Silvestre.
Miss Nellie Kufal was a very special person, accomplished and well-prepared. She could speak French, English, German, Latin, perfect Spanish and some Flemish. Despite being a very strict person, she never shouted at her pupils; she was very caring and earned their love and respect.
Miss Kufal died in 1944, after dedicating more than 12 years of her life to San Silvestre.