Administrative Team

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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 is Bright Start’s Director.


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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Administrative Manager

Olly has been with Bright Start since 2018. Parents will be interacting with him on a daily basis regarding information about Bright Start, forms and schedules.

 Olly grew up and completed his Bachelor's Degree in the Waikato region of New Zealand. There he learned the importance of being outdoors and what we can learn from the world around us. Since leaving school he has worked as an educator for over 6 years - loving every minute of it.


When not at Bright Start, he

enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking, and coffee.

Teaching Staff



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.




Mr. Henke

Lars, who teaches 3rd grade at Bishop, begins his 2nd year at Brightstart and 5th year teaching at the elementary level in Massachusetts. Prior to moving to Arlington, Lars taught grades 4, 5, and 6 in Acton at Douglas Elementary School, which focused on project based learning. He got his masters of elementary teaching degree 2017 from Brandeis University after volunteer teaching in Lesotho and Thailand. 


The cornerstone of Lars's teaching is the social emotional wellbeing of the students; they need to be in a place where they feel safe, valued, and heard in order to to learn. That philosophy is the bedrock of all of my lessons. 


 Lars loves playing and watching sports, spending time with his dog (Bailey), and exploring all that New England has to offer! 


Ms. Wall

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.

Liz is returning for their second year at Bright Start. 

A 2016 graduate of Guilford College, in Greensboro, North Carolina, Liz majored in music with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies. 

Liz teaches music, as well as fiber arts; like knitting and crochet. 

As a classically trained vocalist, Liz hopes to encourage students to find their voice and pursue their dreams.



Melanie will be teaching creative writing in music. 


She has been working with children for 10+ years and looking forward to sharing her experience with the Bright Start community.


She enjoys all forms of arts, whether it be to draw, playing the ukelele, singing, or photography.


She encourages all children to tap into their creative side and show the world what wonderful creations can be made. 



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.



 Zach is a licensed MA Teacher K-12 who will be teaching Theatre and Performing Arts.


He graduated from UMass Boston with degrees in Theatre and History. He has performed and directed in Los Angeles and Boston and is going to focus on appreciating tech in theatre and collaborative storytelling.


He enjoys playing guitar, spending time outdoors and relaxing video games.


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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.




Julie is one of Bright Start's newest teachers! 

Teaching Assistants 



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

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