Staff

Mrs. Starr - Owner/Principal

Mrs. Starr was an entrepreneur for 13 years before selling her business and moving out of Florida. She then worked for the local school board’s district office for five years before returning to Florida. Her experience with the school board has been invaluable to the opening and operating of Shining Starr Learning Academy. The school is both personal and business for Mrs. Starr as both of her children are enrolled in the school. She opened the school on January 9, 2017, to help her daughter and other children who need to be taught in different ways. That way may be different for each student, which is why SSLA uses different methods of teaching until the student understands the material. She is blessed and very appreciative for the wonderful staff and parental support she has in educating our leaders of the future.  She is active in her parish, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Community, and has been a Girl Scout leader since October 2012. She has served on many boards of directors and currently serves on the Harbour City Girl Scout team.

Mrs. Shelton - K - 4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Shelton graduated with a master's in elementary education from Georgian Court University. She has been trained in the Orton Gillingham reading program's Project Read and the Barton Reading and Spelling Program. Both are multi-sensory, structured, and sequential programs designed for intense intervention to help dyslexic and struggling readers. Mrs. Shelton’s teaching experience is with kindergarten and 2nd grade and was the lead teacher in a mainstreamed inclusive classroom. Additional teaching experience includes Camp Invention (a summer science camp), summer remediation homeschooling, evaluation of entering kindergarten students, and one-on-one tutoring. Mrs. Shelton took time off from classroom teaching to raise her three children. One of her children has dyslexia, one has ADD, and one is gifted with extreme and unpredictable emotions. She has done extensive research in these areas to help her children in the classroom and in life.  She is still dedicated to her family, but now that her children are a bit older, she is ready to help other children and families. Mrs. Shelton began volunteering at SSLA in January 2019 and joined us permanently in April 2019.  

Mrs. Leon - K-4th Grade Assistant

Mrs. Leon received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Concordia College and her Master of Professional Studies in special education and reading from Manhattanville College in New York.  Mrs. Leon has 20 years of experience teaching first, second, and third grade in New York and Connecticut.  Since relocating to Florida in 2010, she has been a first grade reading teacher at a Montessori school and a Title 1 tutor for private schools, where she worked with children individually and in groups.  Mrs. Leon likes to describe herself as a hands-on learning teacher who loves to watch her students gain confidence and show excitement for learning.  She has two children, a daughter in college and a son in high school who has severe anxiety and was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of five. Her husband is retired from the military, and she volunteers at the VFW.  Mrs. Leon joined the SSLA team in August 2019.

Mrs. Cantwell - 4th - 6th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Cantwell graduated from the University of Vermont in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication sciences. She is originally from Connecticut, where she has taught social skills and various other subjects at the Foundation School for the past ten years. Mrs. Cantwell is also passionate about community involvement and daily living skills, as she believes that learning extends far beyond the classroom walls. Mrs. Cantwell joins the SSLA family in August 2019. 

Mrs. Bialobrzeski 4th - 8th Grade Teacher

 Mrs. Bialobrzeski received her Bachelor of Arts from Ashford University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, majoring in history with a child development concentration. Originally from Kentucky, she has worked with children for the past fifteen years, during which time she was a substitute in the DODEA school system, head coach for multiple programs including CYSS and PAL, a private school physical education teacher, and a volunteer with multiple youth groups, all while supporting her family and her husband in his military career as they traveled the world. Now that her children are a bit older, she is excited to merge her life experience and her love for hands-on learning by teaching our amazing students. Mrs. Bialobrzeski joined the SSLA family in August 2019.

 

Ms. Minot - 8th - 12th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Minot graduated in 1996 from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education with an art concentration. She taught students in grades 3 through 6 in both public and private schools for over nine years. Additional teaching experience includes being a Gifted Services teacher and a homeschool teacher. She has taught earth, life, and physical science through an interdisciplinary approach. Her math instruction has included creative problem solving, hands-on learning, and algebraic thinking. Mrs. Minot is committed to the social and intellectual growth and development of her students. She is a dedicated teacher who creates a warm and inviting learning environment for her students and believes all children can succeed.  She has also served as a rRoom parent and was active in the PTO.  Mrs. Minot joined the SSLA staff in October 2018.

Mrs. Tessari - Reading Specialist

Mrs. Tessari is a retired United States Postal Service employee. She wanted to fulfill her life-long dream of working with children so she joined the Brevard County School District as an instructional assistant.  She worked with students of varying disabilities for fourteen years. She was a youth group leader for middle and high school girls for seven years at her local church. She served as a room mom for her grandson's classroom and led a social gathering class for the middle school grades at SSLA in the 2018-19 school year. She loves reading and enjoys watching the students read and gain confidence as they progress. She reads with many of our students one-on-one weekly.  Mrs. Tessari joined the SSLA staff in April  2019.