Starfish Academy Staff
Amy Robinson M.Ed.
Early Childhood Education DirectorAmy Robinson M.Ed.Amy earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a focus of Mathematics and Language Arts from Oakland University in 2002. She went on to achieve her Master's Degree in 2008, also from Oakland University, with a focus on Early Childhood Education.
Early Childhood Education Director
Amy has been working with children for over 30 years. She has supervised and supported multiple early childhood education sites for over 15 years in her home state of Michigan, Arizona, and the state of Washington.
Stephanie Essex, LMHC
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation SupervisorStephanie Essex, LMHCStephanie earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of South Florida in 2012. She went on to achieve her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Argosy University in 2018. Stephanie is currently a certified parent educator for the Circle of Security parenting program and has been working with children for over four years. Previously, she worked for Kids and Families Matter where she provided supervised visitation services to children and families in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Stephanie enjoys being active and exploring nature. She finds that frequent bike rides, hikes, and nature walks improve her state of mind and help her feel more relaxed at work and home.
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Supervisor
Starfish Academy North Port Site DirectorLaura RivelliLaura earned her Certification in Child Development at the Teacher's College at Columbia University in NYC. In 2016 she earned the Early Literacy for Family Engagement Award from The Collaboration for Literacy Development in Louiville, Kentucky.
Starfish Academy North Port Site Director
Laura will reach a milestone in 2024 as it will make 30 years in the field of education of young children. New York City is where she began her career with Head Start and Universal Pre K in her hometown of Staten Island, NY.
Laura loves to read and travel on her vacations. It is through theses things she gains her knowledge for culture and customs to connect with her families that she serves. Making a connection with families in her community helps her to learn more about her students.
Linda Tobiassen, RMHI
Early Childhood Mental Health ConsultantLinda Tobiassen, RMHILinda earned her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from National Louis University in 2021. Linda focuses on developing the whole child by working with parents, caregivers, and teachers. In the past year, she has worked with groups of young children to develop social-emotional learning skills. Linda strives to be present and genuine with her clients in order to give them a safe space to explore. She enjoys golf, going to the beach, and spending time with her family. She finds that running improves her mental health which helps her to live a balanced lifestyle.
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant