Our Staff

Parisa Kelly

Parisa is the owner of Starlight School. She holds a California teaching credential from San Francisco State University and is a member of the American Montessori Society. Parisa holds an American Montessori Society 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.


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.