Our Team

Meet our

Managing Directors

Carolina Poniaczyk


Carolina is an Early Childhood Educator and graduated from the Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia in 2016.

She has over 20 years of experience running her own successful business and she holds an MBA in Marketing. Her passion for education awakened 15 years ago when her first son was born.

Being a mom of 4 combined with her experience creating the desire to open Stars for Life.

A place where children are loved and cared for and guarantees all the tools they need for learning and developing healthy minds.

Carolina speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Adriana Sestini


Adriana is an Early Childhood Educator, holding a bachelor’s degree in Education, specializing in Early Childhood Education and School administration, and a specialization degree in Psycho-pedagogy.

She has been working in education for more than 20 years, not only teaching but also as head of the department and helping daycare owners create childcare-focused curriculum.

Her passion for education started at an early age with volunteer participation in poverty communities.

In addition to being an Educator, she has 3 children who embraced the daily goal of making the world a better place.

Adriana speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish

Meet our

Qualified Teachers

Early Childhood Educators

Ms. Maricela Ochoa

Maricela has recently graduated as an Early Childhood Educator from Vancouver Career College in 2020, she says being an ECE has been the best decision that she has ever made. Since she started on the field, her passion for the children has been growing and one of her goals is to help or teach them at any stage of their life. She is from Honduras and she has been in Canada since 2012. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, watch a movie, and go for a run.

Maricela speaks English and Spanish

Ms. Lais

Laís has 5 years of experience working with children. During this time, she was able to work with kids from Early Childhood Education to Middle School. Two of her previous roles as an Educator was working as a teacher assistant at Maple Bear. As a bilingual teacher at a Daycare she helped feed toddlers, lead activities by telling or reading stories, teaching English songs with physical activities. Laís also used to help the teachers to write some observations regarding the children in care and during classes helped them prepare crafts. Laís really likes to spend most of her time reading books and watching movies. One of her biggest dreams is to accomplish herself professionally by having a relevant career in education. With this accomplishment, make other dreams come true.

Lais speaks English and Portuguese

Ms. Bianca

Bianca has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education since 2011 and has been working with children for over 15 years. She loves her job, and chose to be a teacher for the love of being with children and the pleasure of helping them grow. At the age of 16 , Bianca started her career working with babies aged 3 months to 1 year old and since then she has been learning and adding new experiences! She worked for 5 years with preschoolers developing pedagogical and specific skills for this age group, understanding, assisting with tasks and teaching appropriate content to each age, as well as artistic and historical projects. After motherhood, Bianca practiced even more the aspect of care, attention, affection in addition to the pedagogical aspect with her students. She arrived in Canada two years ago. Now, Bianca is finally being able to return to doing what she loves and makes her feel fulfilled and happy: teaching in a Daycare setting. Bianca is extremely grateful for the opportunity to work and learn with Stars for Life.

Bianca speaks English and Portuguese

Ms. Christine Jeong

Christine has been in the early childhood field for 4 years, and in the past has worked as a lead teacher in a toddler and preschool classroom in Vancouver, where she lived after college. She has a Diploma in early childhood education from MTI Community College. She also has a Bachelor's degree in music from South Korea University. Recently she concluded the Montessori Assistant Certificate as well. Christine has a passion for early learning, especially enriching young minds through play and conscious experiences. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, doing yoga, and enjoying life with her family and friends.

Christine speaks English and Korean

Early Childhood Educator Assistants

Ms. Bia Milochi

Teacher Assistant

Beatriz Milochi is from Brazil. She is an international student and enjoys being around children. She always dreamed of living abroad and decided to change her life by coming to Canada and earning her first certificate in Early Childcare Education assistant in 2023 in Vancouver. She has been working with us since May 2023.

In her free time, she likes listening to music, reading books, and staying with friends. She is patient and loves to stay with kids creating a good connection with them.

She likes to be called Bia.

Bia speaks English and Portuguese.

Ms. Ana Beatriz

Teacher Assistant

Ana Beatriz is from the vibrant nation of Brazil and brings to our team over five years of expertise in the field of early childhood education. Ana Beatriz has always had a special fondness for children, and she decided to embark on a life-changing journey. Her path led her to Canada, where she dedicated herself to her passion.

In 2023, Ana Beatriz achieved a significant milestone by earning her first certificate in Early Childcare Education Assistant in the picturesque city of Vancouver. Since February 2023, she has been a valued member of our team, contributing her knowledge and heartfelt dedication to our childcare community.

During her leisure hours, Ana Beatriz enjoys listening to music, reading books, and cherishing moments with friends. Her innate patience and unwavering affection for children enable her to form genuine connections with the young minds in her care. Ana Beatriz prefers to be called “Bia.”

Fluent in both Portuguese and English, Bia’s bilingual capabilities enrich our daycare environment, fostering an inclusive and supportive atmosphere for children and their families. We are fortunate to have her on our team, and she plays a pivotal role in nurturing the growth and development of the children in our care.

Ms. Bia enriches our daycare environment with her enthusiastic energy, kindness and patience. She is always aware of the children’s needs and is ready to help whenever needed.

Bia speaks English and Portuguese.

Ms. Giuliana

Teacher Assistant

Giuliana has three years of experience working with children, particularly with music. She brings an unique perspective to nurturing young minds.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music, which she completed in Brazil, and firmly believes that music is a powerful tool for children’s learning and growth. Giuliana has a genuine love for children, which is evident in her volunteer work at the local church, where she dedicates her Friday evenings. She also engaged in similar volunteer work with children in Brazil.

In addition to English, Giuliana is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, which aids her in effectively communicating with children and meeting their diverse needs. She is committed to expanding her language skills in the future, with a keen interest in learning Hindi (she already knows some words) and Catalan.

Beyond her dedication to working with children, Giuliana has a passion for arts. During her time living in Winnipeg, she gained valuable experience selling her art. Her ultimate goal is to combine her artistic and musical skills with her passion for childhood education to build a fulfilling career as a teacher.

Giuliana speaks English, Spanish  and Portuguese.n