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OUR STAFF

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TERRA ALLEN

Terra Allen joins the Brilliant Star team as principal this school year. She is committed to leading the school forward and supporting a community of learning that reflects global excellence. She will work to see that Brilliant Star's vision of the entire community coming together to lift the child towards a future of growth, advocacy for humanity, a love for our planet, and ethical citizenship is realized. Terra is a long-term CNMI resident and edcucator. She firmly believes in the importance of early, inquiry-led, self-directed learning for our little ones. Her son will be in the Toddler class this year. 

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LIZA CASTRO

Office Manager
admin@brilliantstar.org

Bio coming soon! 

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MS. LINDSAY 

Upper Elementary Lead Teacher, Fanihi Room
fanihi@brilliantstar.org

Ms. Lindsay’s Montessori journey began in 2004 when she took her first job in a rural Montana school district that had adopted the Montessori curriculum for their K-3 program. Ms. Lindsay completed her Lower Elementary Montessori training through the Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest and her Upper Elementary training through the North American Montessori Center. She also holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education through Willamette University.

Two of the things that Ms. Lindsay really loves about teaching are that (1) she is continually challenged to learn more about the world around her as she prepares for her day at work, and (2) the joy and enthusiasm that her students have for learning about the world around them.

Ms. Lindsay comes from a family of Montessori educators and is also the product of a Montessori education. Montessori philosophy and methodology are a way of life for her in addition to the way of teaching.

Interacting with all living creatures, being outdoors and exploring the world around her are just a few of Ms. Lindsay's interests. She also loves traveling and eating new and interesting foods wherever she goes. During her free time, she gardens, gets creative in her kitchen and spends time playing with her precious family.

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MS. PENELOPE

Lower Elementary Lead Teacher, Eagleray Room
eagleray@brilliantstar.org

Bio coming soon!

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MS. SHANSHAN 

Primary Lead Teacher, Dragonfly Room
dragonfly@brilliantstar.org

Shanshan was born in Tianjin, China. At the age of 17, she moved to Saipan with her dad and brother, joining her mother who had already been here for 10 years as a refugee. Everyone in Shanshan's family is a refugee because they believe in Falun Dafa, an advanced practice of Buddha’s self-cultivation.

In 2009, Shanshan became a Falan Dafa believer and joined the Brilliant Star team. Initially, she worked part time in the Toddler room. Later, she transitioned into the Primary room as an assistant and Mandarin teacher, where she continues to work. In May 2017, Shanshan completed her Montessori training program at North American Montessori Center and received her Montessori teacher's certificate.

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MS. XINMEI

Primary Lead Teacher, Hibiscus Room
hibiscus@brilliantstar.org

We are very excited to announce that Xinmei will be the lead teacher for one of our primary classes this year! Xinmei is from China. She attended Jianxi Sheji College of Education. She has been a kindergarten teacher at Jianxi Fuzhou and a high school teacher at Jinxi Huanyu.

Xinmei moved to Saipan and joined the Brilliant Star team in 2012 and has worked in the Primary, Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms in her time with us as a Teacher's assistant and Mandarin Teacher.

In 2016, Xinmei received her Montessori Teacher's Certificate from the North America Montessori Center. 

Being active is synonymous with Xinmei. She is a Mandarin instructor in her spare time. Her love of diving keeps her busy on the weekends, and she was a diving instructor for 3 years. She has also worked as a tour guide with Marianas Trekking, and all of this in her spare time while she continues to work for Brilliant Star. Brilliant Star loves Xinmei and knows this year will be transformative for her and her students. 

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MS. MARY

Toddler Lead Teacher, Kingfisher Room
kingfisher@brilliantstar.org

Bio coming soon!

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MS. JOYCE

Infant Teacher, Kingfisher Room
missyan@brilliantstar.org

Bio coming soon!

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MR. STEVEN

 Grant Manager
mrsteven@brilliantstar.org

Steven grew up in Colorado with his parents and younger sister. After graduating from Western State College of Colorado in 2004, he  moved to Oregon where he was an Arborist for 4 years.  After returning to school and earning his Master of Arts in Education in 2010, he moved to the beautiful island of Saipan.  Steven 8 and before becoming the Elementary School Principal at SIS. He then had the privilege to take on the role as Principal of Brilliant Star Montessori School in 2019.

Steven spends his free time with his wife and two young children, spear fishing, playing ultimate frisbee, and woodworking.

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MS. RAQUEL

Toddler Teaching Assistant, Kingfisher Room
missraquel@brilliantstar.org

Bio coming soon!

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MS. PATRICIA

 Teaching Assistant
misspatricia@brilliantstar.org

Bio coming soon!

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MS. LILI

 Primary Teaching Assistant, Dragonfly Room
misslily@brilliantstar.org

Bio coming soon!

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MS. REMY

Teaching Assistant
missremy@brilliantstar.org

Bio coming soon!

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MR. HILBERT

 Custodial Engineer

Born in Benguet, Philippines, Hilbert graduated in 1999 from Saint Louis University with a BS in Management.

Hilbert arrived in Saipan in 2004 and began working at Brilliant Star in 2006 as a Custodial Engineer where he is completely responsible for the maintenance and care of the outdoor and classroom spaces. He is a tradesman in many areas, including, but not limited to, carpentry, plumbing, and painting.

Hilbert is married to Raquel and they have two beautiful daughters, Joyce and Hayden.

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