Meet our Staff

Administrator Team

Staff

Marcia St. Hilaire Finn

Managing Owner Director

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing/Director Certificate

Work Experience:
Registered Nurse for 23 years
Managing Owner Director of Bright Start Bilingual Center for 13 years

Motto:
Embrace every child and foster their uniqueness

Staff

Veronica Wright

Education Director

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education 
MS classes in Early Childhood Education
Work Experience:
40+ years as Preschool Director/Assistant Director
Taught in DC Public Schools and Early Childcare

Motto:
“If I can help somobody along the way, then my living shall not be in vain”
“Hail to the REDSKINS”

Staff

Liberty Aquino

Program and Website Coordinator

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education 
MA  in Literature


Work Experience:

6 + years Program Director 
22 years  Private and Public High School Teacher and Online Teacher

Motto:
“To teach is to touch lives forever”

Pooh Nursery

Staff

Joselyn Castellanos

Lead Teacher

Education:
Child Development Associate (CDA)
CPR/ First Aid Certificate

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 3 years

Staff

Cheryl St. Hilaire

Teacher Assistant

Education:
Child Development Associate (CDA)
CPR/ First Aid Certificate

Work Experience:
Early Childhood for over 2 years

Staff

Maria Lemus Braganza

Teacher Assistant

Education:
Child Development Associate (CDA)
CPR/ First Aid Certificate

Work Experience:
Early Childhood for over 2 years

Wobblers

Staff

Walime Kontou Djeri

Lead Teacher

Education:
Child Development Associate (CDA)
Certified Home and Health Aid

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 3 years

Staff

Cecilia Bautista

Asst. Teacher 

Education:
Child Development Associate (CDA)

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 3 years

 

 

Staff

Eunice Lopez

Associate Teacher

Education:
Child Development Associate (CDA)
First Aid/CPR Certified

Work Experience:
Early Childhood teacher for 7 years

Staff

Omelia Molina

Associate Teacher/ Asst. Chef

Education:
Child Development Associate (CDA)
First Aid/CPR Certified/ Certified Food Handler

Work Experience:
Early Childhood teacher for 5 years

Discovery

Staff

Evelyn Garcia

Lead Teacher

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
Master of Science in Educational Management

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 4 Years
Secondary Education for 18 years

Staff

Ana Lopez

Associate Teacher

Education:
Child Development Associate (CDA)
CPR/ First Aid Certificate

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 3 years

Explorers

Staff

Honorata De Jesus

Lead Teacher
Explorers 2



Education:
Bachelor of Secondary in Education
Master of Arts in Special Education
Licensed Teacher
Certificate in Library Science

Work Experience:
Preschool Teacher 3 years
High School Teacher 20 years

Staff

Marco Reyes

Co - Teacher
Explorers 2



Education:
Child Development Associate
CPR/ First Aid Certificate

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 2 years

Staff

Nicanora Odilao

Lead Teacher
Explorers 1



Education: 
Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education
Master of Professional Studies in Educational
Management; Licensed Teacher

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for
4 years
Secondary Teacher for
25 years

Staff

Ileana Torres

Asst. Teacher
Explorers 1



Education:
Child Development Associate
CPR/ First Aid Certificate

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 10 years

Staff

Arlene Capers

Lead Teacher
Explorers 2



Education:
Child Development Associate
CPR/ First Aid Certificate

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 33 years

Innovators

Staff

Thea De Jesus

Preschool Teacher
Innovators 2 CLASS

Pre-K

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Licensed Teacher
Certificate in Special Education

Work Experience:
Preschool teacher 

Motto:

No two children are alike.

Staff

Laurence Sansano

Preschool Teacher
Innovators 2 CLASS

Pre-K

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Master of Arts in Teaching English and Math
Licensed Teacher
Certificate in Special Education

Work Experience:
Preschool teacher 7 years
Elementary Grades 18 years

Motto:
“Children must be taught HOW TO THINK,
Not what to think.”

Staff

Kirtley Luanne Sansano

Preschool Teacher
Innovators 1 CLASS

Pre-K

 

Education:
Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood

Work Experience:
Early Childhood for a year

Motto:
Every child is special.

Venneranda De Los Santos

Preschool Teacher

Innovators 1 Class  

Pre-K

Education:
Bachelor in Secondary Education
Major: General Science
Master of Arts in Science Education

Work Experience:
Preschool teacher 4 years
Science High School Teacher for 10 years

Motto:
Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember.
Involve me and I understand.

Staff

Jacqueline Nelson

Associate Teacher

Explorers 2

Education: 
Child Development Associate 
Interior Decorating Design

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for
33 years

Float Staff

Staff

Dodji Shalley

Float Teacher

Education:
Office Support Specialist 
Child Development Associate 

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for
3 years

Staff

Annie Aaron

Float Teacher

Education:
Certified Food Manager
CPR/First Aid Certificate

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 3 years
Chef for 3 years