Directress, Olivia Chen (Mrs. Olivia) holds a Master of Science Degree, a Montessori Certificate for teaching children 3-6-years old from the American Montessori Society, a Guided Montessori Studies certificate for ages 6-12, an Advanced Director Credential, and has over 30 years of experience teaching children 0-14 and adults up to the age of 94. She also has a Montessori certification for teaching children 6-12-years old.
Blessed Star teachers must have a Child Development Association (CDA) Credential or be in the process of obtaining an A.A., B.A. or M.A. Degree or a Montessori Certificate. All teaching staff must complete a 45-hour Introductory Childcare Course and 20 hours of continuing education annually. Our teachers are CPR and First-Aid Certified.
In accordance with the Florida Ethics in Education Act and Section 1006.061(1), Florida Statutes, all employees have a duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Employees will have immunity from liability if they report abuse and have a duty to comply with child protective investigations as per the policy stated instructions in the BSMC Ethical Police – Child Abuse Policy.
Failure to report abuse or misconduct is grounds for disciplinary action.
All employees and administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student. Examples of misconduct include obscene language, drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating or testing violations, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors.
Reports of misconduct of employees should be made to:
Chief School Administrator, (850) 476-9208.
All employees and agents have an affirmative duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Call 1-800-96-ABUSE or report online at: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/report.
For more information about Teaching and Professional Practices Services from the Florida Department of Education, visit FloridaSchoolChoice.org.