Our Staff

Parisa Kelly

Parisa is the owner of Starlight School. She holds a California teaching credential from San Francisco State University. Parisa and Starlight Montessori Preschool are both members of the American Montessori Society as well as the Bay Area Montessori Association.Parisa holds a Montessori Primary certificate through Fountainhead Montessori and Cal-State East Bay.

She has owned Starlight School since 1998 and has worked as a Montessori teacher since 1996. She has served as a teacher in public elementary schools, a provider of in-home child care, and a behavior specialist for a private school.

Julie Daigle

Julie Daigle is a Teacher, Reiki Master, Intuitive Healer, Writer and Spiritual Guide. Her passion is teaching and helping others to connect with their Soul’s blueprint.
Besides being a Preschool teacher, Julie is a life coach. She offers her clients two unique Coaching Programs:
Is a coaching program that empowers children and adults to discover and live out their passions.  It is Julie’s belief that when people focus on their passions every day that they will experience immense joy and a clear sense of purpose. (Coming soon) www.discoveryourtreasures.com
This program teaches Caregivers how to BE consistently loving, kind and compassionate to themselves and others. (Coming soon) www.chaostocompassion.com
Julie is also gifted with extraordinary intuitive abilities and offers intuitive readings that help heal emotional, mental, physical and spiritual blocks.

Ashley Willmann

I am a Bay Area Native and just recently moved to Benicia. I live with my husband, my son and daughter, and our poodle. I have been working with young children for seventeen years, starting when I was in high school, and continued because of how much I love doing it. I studied Early Childhood Development at Chabot College.

I taught at a Montessori preschool in Berkeley for ten years. Most recently, I was teaching at a Reggio-Emilia inspired school.

I am very excited to join the Starlight Montessori community!

I love spending time with my family, listening to Audible books, and being outside in nature.

Halima Buksh

I started teaching after receiving my BA in English linguistics in Morocco, and a International Montessori Teaching Diploma from North American Montessori Center NAMC from BC, Canada. I enjoy teaching and working with young children. I believe that early childhood education is so important, because it is the time when a child is shaping his/her personality, develop order, concentration and independence.
I worked as a head teacher with children ages 3-6 for 5 years in a full Montessori school and an inspired American Montessori pre-k in Morocco before I moved to the states. I also have been teaching Arabic language, art and craft to students ages 8-14 years old.
I cherish quality time with my family (Husband and daughter), and in my free time, I enjoy baking, traveling, nature and art and craft.
I am very excited to be part of the Starlight Montessori team!