Steven Beyer, Head of School
Photo and Bio coming soon.
Liza Castro, Administrative Assistant
Photo and bio in progress.
Ms. Mary, Toddler Teacher, Kingfisher Room
Bio in progress.
Ms. Raquel, Toddler Teachers Aid, Kingfisher Room
Raquel was born in the Mountain Province of the Phillipines. She received her BS in Agroforestry in March 2000 from Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC). She continued her eduaitonal pursuits at MPSPC and became a licensed teacher in 2002.
She arrived in Saipan in 2004 with her family. She began working at Brilliant Star in 2006 as a commercial cleaner, along with her husband, Hilbert.
From 2009-11, Raquel became the Lower El Morning Assistant. From 2011-15, she was a part-time Substitute Teacher's Assistant, and she became the full time Lower El Teacher's Assistant 2016-17. Currently, Raquel is the Toddler Teacher's Aid to Ms. Mary in the Kingfisher Room.
Raquel is married to Hilbert and together they have two lovely daughters, Joyce and Hayden, both of whom love to draw.
Ms. De Leon , Primary Teacher, Dragonfly Room
Victoria deLeon has come to Saipan from Springfield, Massachusetts. Originally from Texas, she has lived on and traveled through 6 of the 7 continents and is happy now to have the opportunity to live and teach on this lovely Pacific island very near the Equator.
She has primarily worked as an AMI Montessori teacher, a Head of Curriculum, and a Reading Coordinator (3-6 and 6-9). Ms. de Leon has also been a cross cultural trainer of youth who are preparing for service projects around the world. After retiring from decades of teaching, she landed her dream job at the Dr. Seuss Memorial Museum as the assistant manager of retail.
People she has been honored to meet include primatologist, Jane Goodall, musicians Seals and Crofts, Richard St. Barbe Baker, English forester and environmental activist, and Caesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer.
Finding inspiration from a myriad of sources, some of her favorite quotes are:
Lilo and Stitch: “Ohana! Ohana means family. No one is left behind and no one is forgotten.”
The venerable Dr. Seuss: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
The Baha’i Faith, (of which she is a follower): “… man should know his own self and recognize that which leadeth unto loftiness or lowliness, glory or abasement, wealth or poverty.”
Ms. Shanshan, Primary Teachers Aid, Dragonfly Room
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 Bhudda's self cultivaton.
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.
Ms. Kamakshi , Primary Teacher, Hibiscus Room
Bio in Progress.
Ms. Patricia , Primary Teachers Aid, Hibiscus Room
Bio in Progress.
Ms. Sara, Lower Elementary Teacher, Eagleray Room
Ms. Sara was born and raised in New York, where she was homeschooled by her mother until she enrolled in a community college at age 16. Her mother had a very similar teaching approach to Dr. Montessori's and how she raised her and her five other siblings. While it was not the Montessori method, it inspired her to want to become a teacher.
Sara received her bachelor degree in Family Studies, Services to Children at Towson University out side of Baltimore City, Maryland. She moved to Brooklyn, NY where she started teaching at a private preschool. While living in Brooklyn, she received her Masters degree in Health and Physical Education from Brooklyn College.
Sara taught preschool for a decade before moving Saipan. She taught Health at Northern Marianas College for a year and a half, and then moved to the public school system where she taught High School Health and P.E.
When Sara was offered a teaching position at Brilliant Star Montessori, the only Montessori school on island, she was very excited.
Sara has two beautiful daughters, both of whom attend Brilliant Star and she feels blessed to watch them grow and bloom every day.
Ms. Tina, Lower Elementary Teachers Aid, Eagleray Room
Bio in Progress.
Ms. Lindsay, Upper Elementary Teacher, Fanihi Room
Ms. Lindsay is the Upper Elementary teacher. Her 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 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.
Ms. Xinmei, Lower/Upper Elementary Mandarin Teacher
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. She 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, and she is currently workin on obtaining her GED.
Being active is synonomous 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.
Mr. Hilbert, Custodial Engineer
Born in Benguet, Phillilpines, Hilbert graduated in 1999 from Saint Louis University with a BS in Management.
Hilbert arrived in Saipan in 2004 and beagan 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.