StarShine Academy—History Making Innovations in K-12 Education

Oct 1, 2014 by Joe Houchin

Have you ever had the exhilarating experience of attending an event wherein shortly after arriving you got this awe-inspired feeling that you were a part of something that was going to be bigger than you could possibly have imagined?

Maybe it was the sheer number of qualified attendees, or their enthusiastic interaction that displayed a depth of understanding and appreciation of the subject matter being presented. Maybe it was how every question and comment early on emphasized a grasp of the profound importance of what was being revealed. Maybe it was a combination of all those that made you know you could be witness to history in the making.

Late in the afternoon of Tuesday the 12th of August 2014 it was a combination of all the above that permeated through the Los Volcanes convention and meeting facility on the 2nd floor of the Sonoran Sky beach front Condominium Resort in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. To a group of 34, K through 12, education leaders of this quaint seaside village the anticipation was positively contagious as they assembled to learn as much as possible about the breakthrough StarShine Academy educational system that has received worldwide acclaim since it was introduced to the world over 12 years ago. Surely a lot of the excitement, and one reason the Puerto Peñasco mayor’s wife, First Lady Rafaela Félix de Figueroa chose to sit in the first row, was because the program was being presented by none other than the creator and founder of StarShine Academy, Patricia (Trish) McCarty, who with her husband Steve are Sonoran Resort owners and part time residents.

With a trio of highly successful and internationally recognized non-profit schools including Santa Fe, New Mexico StarShine Secondary School, StarShine School, South Sudan, Africa and the 4.5 acre state-of-the-art “Eco-Village” campus of StarShine Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix campus was purposely located in a disadvantaged urban part of the city and has grown by 500% in the last three years, receiving numerous national and international awards for innovative educational processes that are based strictly on StarShine Academy’s 15 Guiding Principles. These Principles are included in their entirety at www.starshineacademy.org due to the role they’ve played in revamping educational thinking around the world and the completeness with which they describe the StarShine mission.

The bottom line on Trish McCarty’s presentation to the educational leaders of Puerto Peñasco is that she has chosen this community as the potential next center for the spread of StarShine’s immensely important educational innovations that build “more than great students,” they build “great people wanting to spend their lives learning, changing and improving.”

To learn even more about the non-profit StarShine Academy programs, educational philosophy and news visit: www.starshineacademy.org.

And for a truly fascinating read to learn more about the most interesting Trish McCarty, including her amazing career, qualifications as well as her bestselling books go to: www.trishmccarty.com. (Someone needs to write a book about this phenomenal person!)

Being chosen as the initial location in Mexico to provide StarShine’s compassionate, advanced and life-changing educational system to the K-12 youth is an opportunity for Puerto Peñasco to become more than a world class tourist paradise. This community can now become the pace setter for modern education throughout the country of Mexico.

This article is brought to you by the Sonoran Resorts Sales Group, www.sonoranresorts.mx, Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing.

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