After fifteen years of research, Mister Mac Behavioral Consultants, Inc. was approved by the Columbia County School District to open Lake City's first public charter school:"Shining Star Academy of the Arts".
Public charter schools are tuition-FREE, privately managed yet publicly funded schools.
Shining Star Academy serves students from Kindergarten through 7th grade.
Shining Star's unique, arts-infused curriculum gives students a winning edge both academically and socially. Research confirms this creative and diverse method as a key developmental strategy.
Early introduction to the arts has been shown to improve classroom discipline, thereby improving all aspects of the learning process.
Shining Star Academy of the Arts provides a safe, wholesome learning center where students are encouraged to embrace our slogan: "Listen, Learn, Do Your Best, and Have Fun".
Shining Star Academy of the Arts: where every student is a shining star!
Shining Star Academy of the Arts provides organized student supervision after school hours for a nominal fee. Arrangements can be made during formal registration.
Founder and Educational Leader Anthony J. Buzzella is a
native Floridian, born and raised in Miami-Dade County where he excelled
in both academics and the arts. He spent the summers of his high
school years working as a counselor at the University of Miami while
attending UM Summer Music Camp.
developed Florida’s original Sunland Training Center All-Mentally
Challenged Concert Band as a community service project while attending
Hialeah High School. He was a member of the Miami Youth Symphony,
All-County Band, Orchestra and Chorus under Miami-Dade music supervisor
Howard Doolin. Buzzella has been a professional musician and entertainer since the age of sixteen.
the years, he has shared the performance stage with several legendary
musicians and entertainers including: Pete Fountain, Eddie Miller,
Grandpa Jones, Alfonso Levy, Harry Wuest, Ben Champion, Gary Langford,
Kenny Rogers, Jerry Clower, Chubby Wise and many others.
educational background includes a Bachelor Degree in Music Education
with a minor in Psychology and Master of Educational Leadership Degree.
educational and business experiences include having taught music on the
elementary, middle, high school and college levels; serving as a
Community College vocational education counselor for disadvantaged
students, test administrator for Lake City Community College’s General
Education Degree (GED) program; acting County Coordinator for Adult
Education; administrator of a middle-high school alternative school for
at-risk students; two-term Board Member of the Columbia County School
District; educational grants writer; founder of MisterMac Behavioral
Consultants, Inc. a 501-C-3 non-profit and MADDFEST (Music Art Drama
Dance) Spring Arts Festival.
Shining Star Academy of the Arts is
the direct result of Buzzella’s life-long passion to provide
motivational instructional services targeting educational reform for
marginal adolescent children and artistically talented youth. The
original concept was inspired by Buzzella’s mentor and long-time friend,
the late Dr. Alfonso W. Levy.