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..


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.


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Danielle Anderson-Craig graduated from the University of Southern California with an American studies & ethnicity/Philosophy degree. In an attempt to spend more time with her 4 year old goddaughter, she took a job at her play based preschool as a teacher shortly after college. Realizing her love for teaching, she then rooted herself in the world of the child, returning to school and becoming a highly skilled early childhood educator, an advocate for young learners, and a resource to families.

Danielle fell in love with the Montessori method and approach after visiting Fountainhead Montessori and immediately accepted a position there as the childcare director, starting her Montessori training and immersing herself in the words and ways of Montessori’s vision for peace and education. Montessori’s philosophy and pedagogy have been vital to her personhood and path, not only as a teacher, but as a human being. She believes an ideal education is one that encourages illuminated minds, capable hands, and compassionate hearts.

She has been in the Montessori environment, wearing many hats as a lead teacher, afterschool director, and Spanish teacher, for over 12 years and could not imagine a life without serving community as a teacher of young children.

When she isn’t teaching she is traveling, learning languages, and writing books for children. Her travels have taken her to Central America, Europe, Asia, and Indonesia. She most recently was living in Thailand for 2 years developing a Montessori inspired early childhood education program and training teachers new to the ECE field.

She is thrilled to be back home in the Bay Area and looks forward to an incredible year at Starlight Montessori!


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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..

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.

Jessica Daniels

Screen Shot 2017-09-19 at 3.13.06 PMJessica first came to the Starlight as the teacher for the Music Together Program.  Her dedication and love of this program started 10 years ago in 2007 while enrolled in classes for with her son. She later became an instructor for Music Together in the summer of 2013 has been teaching music with Starlight for the past two years.

Her love of children has also brought her to our school in other capacities. This past school year she has also had an opportunity to join our team and sub on occasion when needed. It was during this time that her dream of being an early childhood educator in a classroom setting was re-awakened. She has made the decision to join us full time and dedicate her time to perusing courses in the Montessori method.

Jessica is a mother, who’s ten year old son is a 5th grader at Mary Farmer school. With the birth of her son, her true nature was actualized. It was through his eyes that the world opened up to her and gave her the true meaning and purpose of her life. It is her belief that all children have beauty within them. As a guide she has promised to provide a safe space for each and every child to grow and blossom into the phenomenal beings that they already are.