Administrative Team

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Andrea

Director

As Bright Start's founder and Director, Andrea has always been passionate about teaching and children. She has dedicated her life to bringing out the gifts and talents of every child, helping children communicate empathically, think critically and express themselves creatively. 

​Andrea’s career began in education.  After receiving her B.A. from Goucher College in Elementary Education and Applied Music (piano), she pursued a Masters’ Degree in Gifted Education from Johns Hopkins University.

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Lyndsay

Administrative Manager

Lyndsay is Bright Start’s Administrative Manager. Parents will be interacting with her on a daily basis regarding information about their children, forms and schedules. Lyndsay first joined Bright Start in 2013 as a drama teacher and helped produce several plays for students K-5 th grade.

 

She graduated from Plymouth State University with a bachelor's degree in MusicalTheatre Performance and from Emerson College with a master's degree in Theatre Education. Lyndsay is a two-time bone cancer survivor who has written several blogs and spoken at Dana Farber events about her journey.

 

She lives in Chelmsford, MA with her husband Jim, two sons and yellow lab Sadie.

 

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Spencer

Operations Manager/ Teacher

Spencer has been with Bright Start since 2014 where he has worn many hats and played many games! Bringing experiences from improv stages all around Boston, musical jams with his talented coworkers, and any field, court, or

gym he can find, Spencer most enjoys creating games for Bright Starters that challenge the body, mind, and imagination. And he loves playing basketball and

Knock Out with the kids and anyone who is willing to participate.

 

His newest endeavor has been as Bright Start’s Operations Manager, where he

tackles scheduling, coordination, and trying to make each and every day as smooth, safe, and FUN as possible.

Teaching Staff

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Valerie

Valerie has worked with children for over twenty five years in a variety of educational and art settings. She is a Massachusetts certified art teacher and holds a Master’s degree in education. Valerie enjoys working and exploring art with every age group. She gets many of her teaching ideas from books, galleries, museums and other artists, and brings these inspirations to share with her students. When she is not at Bright Start she can be found in her studio or riding her bike.

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Ellen

Ellen loves helping Bright Start children explore different art techniques including sculpture, collage, fibers and painting/drawing. A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, she completed her art education coursework at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. When not teaching at Bright Start, she can be found at her studio in Waltham making sculptural baskets. Ellen is married with two adult sons and is the owner of Bella, a ball-obsessed rescue dog from Mississippi.

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Olly

Olly grew up and completed his Bachelors Degree in the Waikato region of New Zealand. There he learned the importance of being outdoors and learning from the environment and world around us. Since leaving school he has worked as an educator for over 4 years - loving every minute of it. As a teacher at Bright Start, he loves to share his passion for the outside world with each child through outdoor play and a group focus on geography, culture and history.

 

When not teaching, he

enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking and coffee.

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Jeanne 

Jeanne has been involved in education for over 47 years.  After retiring 6 years ago from the classroom, she became a kindergarten teaching assistant.  This year she is working with the third graders as a large group support educator. Her experience spans grades kindergarten through third grade.  After attending Westfield State University to earn her undergraduate degree, she got her master’s degree in education at Cambridge College.  The best part of her job is to find new ways to excite children about learning.  It is so wonderful to see the “Aha!” moment when a student gets it.  She looks forward to continue teaching and learning with all the Bright Start students. 

 

Her favorite activities are reading, walking, spending time at the beach, and mostly spending

time with her grandchildren, Jacob and Chloe.

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Adriana 

Adriana is a certified teacher who has worked in education over the past four years. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Keene State College. During the day, she works as a Teaching Assistant at Bishop to support students in the classroom.

 

Adriana leads STEM activities that teach scientific principles in a fun, hands-on way. In her group, students are presented with a task or challenge they must solve. This is done by building structures, designing devices, and experimenting with different materials. Her favorite part about teaching STEM is that students can show their creativity because there is no right or wrong way to solve a problem.

In her free time, Adriana likes to bake desserts, read books, play with her family dog, and spend time with her friends.

 

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Carol

Before coming to Bright Start, Carol worked at an afterschool program in Newton for 3 years.  During that time, she worked with students to create original plays and puppet shows such as, Mean Teachers or the Curse of the Ancient Green Pyramid," "Halloween Heroes," “Rainforest Protectors” and " The House of Haunted Dreams.”

 

Carol believes that drama is a great way to build community among students and develop their imaginations and creativity.  Her main goals are to help students feel comfortable performing, have fun, and speak loudly enough for the audience to hear them!

 

Carol has also worked as an assistant teacher in the Cambridge and Newton public schools and with drama organizations such as the Wheelock Family Theater and Beyond the Fourth Wall in Cambridge.

 

Carol has an undergraduate degree from Hampshire College and a Master’s degree in technology and education from Harvard and also from Wheelock College in elementary and special education.

 

In her free time, Carol loves to travel, salsa dance and spend time with her adult children.

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Angelique

Angelique is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor's degree in Recreation Management Policy, Program and Event Management with a minor in Psychology. Angelique's focus is to bring environmental awareness to the Bright Start after school program's students with a creative arrangement of nature-based activities and earth science. Teaching students about their connection to the physical world is a great passion of Angelique's. Angelique has worked with children in various settings including an overnight summer camp on Lake Ossipee, NH, volunteering in her local parks and recreation programs, local festivals and events and nannying for 10+ years. When Angelique is not teaching at Bright Start, you can find her painting, creating with other mediums, and playing with her dog, Lycan.

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Yvie

Yvie is a recent graduate of U mass Lowell. She hopes to bring her knowledge of physical, mental and environmental wellness into her group activities with Bright Start.

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Liz

Liz is excited to be teaching music at Bright Start this year! She has an undergraduate degree in Music - vocal performance, from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. 

She has also spent time living in London and exploring Europe through the lens of music history. 

 

Her experience working with children comes from an outdoor education and summer camp background. 

As a prolific knitter, Liz also hopes to share her love of fiber arts with students. 

Pictured is one of her cats, Snacks. 

Teaching Assistants 

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Lettie

Lettie is a Bright Start alumni, returning as a wonderful teaching assistant to all grades. 

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Hannah

Hannah is a high school senior planning to study education next year at University. Currently she is working closely with Jeannie, in integrating our new kindergarteners into Bright Start.

Teaching Assistants 

Custodial Services 

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Kenny

Kenny is an integral part of the Bright Start team. He keeps our learning space in tip top shape throughout the whole school year.