About Bright Star

Learning is an adventure!

At BRIGHT STAR, your child discovers the joys of learning in a happy, secure and totally non-competitive atmosphere.

We encourage creativity and curiosity. As the children begin to explore the mysteries of the beautiful world around them, an excitement is created which is the foundation of learning. This enjoyment will last a lifetime!

We believe in letting each work individually at his or her own pace. Learning is geared toward the interest of each child. Individual attention is given to those who have special needs and to the gifted learner. The highest standard of child centered education will be offered to fit each child’s learning style. We also specialize in working with families that have concerns dealing with adoption and languages other than English.

We are helping to ensure that every child’s Bright Star will shine!



Lori Bader - Director Of Education

Lori Bader has been the Educational Director of Bright Star Academy for over 20 years. Lori has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Science dual degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Lori has had extensive experience teaching ages birth- sixth grade, and specializes in Early Childhood. Lori has been involved in the community such as past PTA president, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and volunteering in a reading program in the Freeport School District. Lori was awarded the Nassau County Volunteer of the Year Award for her community service. Lori continues to grow as an educator by attending classes, conferences and workshops.

Lori councils families with anything from “potty training” to assisting families with the process of evaluations for special needs, the gifted learner, behaviors and everyday parenting.

Lori serves as a mentor and trainer to her staff. She mentors new teachers and collaborates with her staff to create a wonderful program where children are able to flourish and start their journey on a lifelong love of learning and discovering.



Marilyn Cawal - Director of Administration

Marilyn Cawal has had 31 years of Early Childhood experience. Marilyn has been the Director of Bright Star Academy since 1986. Marilyn was responsible for creating and implementing the Bright Star Academy Handbook and Policies. Marilyn has expanded the program to include eight classrooms and a staff of twenty two. Marilyn has many years of practical experience in and out of the classroom. Marilyn exhibits her love for the children, their education and emotional well-being in her daily dedication to Bright Star Academy. Marilyn has the responsibility to oversee the professional staff and the administrative duties that align with the Academy. Marilyn’s expertise is in working with young children and their families to create an environment where children learn and grow.