About Shine

DSC_2879The Shine Project Foundation is a public benefit non-profit 501 (c)3 based in Carlsbad, California.  Our goal is to help all children with special needs SHINE!

Mission: The Shine Project Foundation hopes to bridge the gap between families with children with special needs and local communities by partnering with businesses and organizations to provide special enrichment events and opportunities like our signature Shine Beach Fun Day, Shine Arts Showcase and Dance, and Shine Field day and Family Picnic. These events help to connect families with local resources, spread awareness and outreach in the community, and promote a healthy, active, creative life and well being for all children with special needs.  All of our events are free to special needs families and made possible with community support, donations, sponsorships, and volunteers.

Our story:  In the summer of 2014, Rob and Cheryl Williams, long time educators of children with special needs and Dual Language immersion in the Oceanside and Encinitas Unified School districts, decided to not only put their careers on hold to travel with their 2 children, Kirra 11 and Kai 8,  on epic road trip adventure through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and finally to Costa Rica to live for a year, but also decided that this experience would be a wonderful spring board to help children in need and The Shine Project Foundation came into fruition.

Credentials:  Cheryl Williams has her Master’s Degree in Special Education and is a National Board Certified Special Education Teacher for students with severe to moderate disabilities.  She has been teaching for the Oceanside Unified School District for 16 years at Stuart Mesa Elementary School.

Rob Williams is an International Baccalaureate and Dual Language Immersion Teacher (Spanish/English) with a Master’s Degree in Education who was recognized for the San Diego County Teacher of the Year distinction for the Encinitas School District 2013.  He has been working for the Encinitas Unified School District for 10 years at Capri Elementary and now Ocean Knoll Elementary School.