Virtual School Leadership
John Mattek serves as the CEO, has guided Shining Star since its beginning in 2013, and is now leading the expansion of our vision through the virtual school. John holds an MBA in Educational Leadership from MSOE and a Master of Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. He strives to cultivate educational equity by growing high-quality, faith-based schools where children can shine.
Barry Ludvik serves as the Virtual Learning Director for Shining Star. Barry has an extensive depth and breadth of experience and knowledge in instructional technology. He holds a Bachelor of Education from UW-Madison and a Master of Education from Cardinal Stritch, with licenses for Wisconsin Teaching, Instructional Technology Coordination, and School Administration. He has served as the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Sheboygan Falls School District, Instructional Designer at Code to the Future (San Diego) and has been an Online Educator for the Wisconsin Virtual School for the past 18 years.
Ya-Ting Yang serves as the Instructional Technology Lead for Shining Star. Ya-Ting is a recent graduate from the Columbia University Teachers College with an MA in Instructional Technology and Media. She has great experience creating and facilitating personalized learning experiences for students with diverse backgrounds as an English teacher for Isoapple in New Jersey. Ya-Ting will also serve as a resource for our in-person learning for best practices in virtual instruction and digital technologies.