Waleska graduated from University of São Paulo, Brazil with a natural resources teaching degree. Waleska completed a master’s in Environmental Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a focus on environmental education. Waleksa has conducted research into informal education and urban greening with vulnerable youth in Brazil. She also studied public policies, sustainable development, environmental education, and geoethical principles related to the conscience and daily life of society as related to the exploitation of natural resources. She was a graduate assistant working on the STEM Center’s National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) project, with a focus on soil pollution and educational research.