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 6 years

Staff

Walime Kontou Djeri

Associate Teacher

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

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 4 years

Wobblers

Staff

Ana Lopez

Associate Teacher

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

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 4 years

Staff

MARIA LEMUS BRAGANZA

Associate Teacher

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

Work Experience:
Early Childhood for over 2 years

Staff

CHERYL ST. HILAIRE

Associate Teacher

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

Work Experience:
Early Childhood for over 2 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
Discovery

Education:

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

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 5 Years
Secondary Education for 18 years

Staff

Marco Reyes

Associate Teacher

Education:
Child Development Associate
CPR/ First Aid Certificate

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 2 years

Explorers

Staff

Jacqueline Nelson

Lead Teacher
Explorers 2

Education: 
Child Development Associate 
Interior Decorating Design

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for
33 years

Staff

Arlene Capers

Associate Teacher

Education:
Child Development Associate
CPR/ First Aid Certificate

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 33 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

Associate Teacher

Education:
Child Development Associate
CPR/ First Aid Certificate

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 10 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.

Staff

Elmer Sison

Preschool Teacher
Innovators 1 CLASS

Pre-K

Education:
Bachelor in Psychology
Master of Arts in Special Education 39 Units

CDA

Work Experience:
 Early Childhood for 20 yrs.

Motto:
Dream Big and Go for it!

Float Staff

Staff

DODJI SHALLEY

Float Teacher

Education:
Office Support Specialist 
Child Development Associate 

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for
4 years & 9 months

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

Staff

Fatoumata Sylla

Float Teacher

Education:
AA units (in school at present)
CPR/First Aid Certificate

Work Experience:
Early Childhood Teacher for 2 years

Staff

Ronnece Martin

Float Teacher

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

Work Experience:
Early Childhood for over 2 years