Starlight Montessori

Our Staff

Alamo Location

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..


Silvia Cravero

Silvia was born in Buenos Aires Argentina. She has a background in early childhood education and over 25 years experience working with children ages 3 months to 7 years. Silvia holds a Montessori certificate from the International Montessori Council. From 2011 to 2016, she worked at The Renaissance School in Oakland as a Spanish Montessori Primary Teacher where she was responsible for planning curriculum and teaching 3-6 year olds using the Montessori Method. She planned individual lessons for 27 children in Spanish, integrated environmental awareness and sustainability within the teaching and learning process, planned summer camp itineraries incorporating fun and engaging activities while facilitating learning and provided English translation between teachers and parents when needed. Silvia is the mother of 3 children. She loves to dance, cook, bike, swim, garden and play soccer.


Marnie Brines Chapamarnie


Marnie started substituting for Starlight School in 2006 and joined the team full time in 2009 and is currently the lead teacher in the toddler program. She graduated from Holy Names University with a BA in Psychology, minoring in Child Development and holds a graduate level 2 year preprimary Montessori Certificate from St. Mary’s College. She also is a Master’s candidate in Early Childhood Education at St. Mary’s College. Marnie has been teaching as a Montessori preschool teacher since 1996.


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Amanda started substituting for Starlight School in 2013 and joined the team full time last October.

She graduated from College Of The Canyons with an AA in Art History, minoring in Child Development. Amanda has been teaching in public elementary schools as well as middle schools for seven years and is currently obtaining her Montessori credential.

She is a mom of two children that both attended a Montessori program in Tracy.


Benicia Location

Marissa Carillo

Marissa Carillo

Marissa first became involved with the Starlight family when she met the director/ owner, Head Teacher, Parisa Lo Bianco. Since then Marissa has worked at the Danville location over the 2014 summer as a teacher’s assistant. Marissa has also been working with Parisa to get the new Starlight School at Benicia up and running by December 2014. Marissa graduated high school with Honors and was the top of her class. She also volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul, where she served the poor and underprivileged. She is currently finishing Early Childhood Education coursework at Diablo Valley College, while working towards a Psychology Degree. Concurrently she is attending Fountainhead Montessori Adult Education in Dublin, Ca. She will be be able to bring what she learns in the classroom, to Starlight School and bring fresh eyes to the Montessori environment. Ever since she was in Kindergarten, she knew that she wanted to be a teacher and when she came upon the Montessori Philosophy a couple years ago, she fell in love with it. She has a warm, kind, and bubbly personality. She loves to explore and learn new things and she hopes to pass that passion for learning and life to the kids. She takes great pleasure in wanting to make a difference in children’s lives.


Julie Daigle

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 2.22.23 PMJulie dreamed of becoming a teacher, moving to California, and establishing a private school. She attended the University of Maine at Farmington where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood. Upon graduation, she moved to the San Francisco bay area and started her teaching career as a Teacher’s Assistant in a Montessori Preschool.

From 1989 – 1999, Julie joined the team at Growing Light Montessori School in Berkeley. She devoted 10 years teaching and directing the Toddler Program for children ages 18 months – 3 years.

In 1999, Julie became the owner/director of Kensington Montessori School. The school was in great need of revitalization. Within a year, the school had a thriving Toddler, Preschool & Kindergarten program.

In 2000, Julie decided to take a hiatus from teaching children. For the next 15 years, she brought her gifts and talents into the healthcare industry as an advocate for families dealing with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. She developed and implemented a revolutionary coaching program to help them maintain a high quality of life by having them focus on their passions.

Julie is a certified Reiki Master, a certified Passion Test Facilitator, and a Visionary.

Her JOY comes from inspiring herself and others to live out their highest potentials.