When considering a preschool or kindergarten it is important to look at the experience of the staff and the length of time teachers have been at the school. Bright Spot teachers are not only highly qualified, but have a considerable amount of experience and are committed to the Bright Spot experience.
Tanya Bentman is the head teacher for the Kindergarten class. She has been part of the Bright Spot family for 6 years. Her previous experience includes teaching kindergarten in the Upper Darby School District.
Stacey Pierce is the head teacher for the four day Pre-Kindergarten program. This is her first year as part of the Bright Spot family. Her previous experience includes 7 years teaching in Charlotte, North Carolina and 8 years teaching in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.
Barbara Hennessey is the head teacher for the three day (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) four year old extended/traditional Pre-K class. She also is an assistant teacher in the (Tuesday/Thursday) extended/traditional three year old class. This is her second year as part of the Bright Spot family. Her previous experience includes teaching Early Childhood in Montessori and Head Start programs.
Cyndi Lyn O'Brien is the head teacher for the extended/traditional two day (Tuesday/Thursday) three year old classroom. She assists teaching in the three day (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) extended/traditional four year old classroom. She has been part of the Bright Spot family for 8 years. Cyndi Lyn has her masters in special education and has over 23 years of teaching experience.
Chris Heininger teaches the 2-day, 3-day, and 4/5-day reading enrichment programs. Chris has been a member of the Bright Spot family for 12 years. She was an assistant teacher prior to creating and teaching the reading enrichment program. As a Wilson Reading System certified teacher, Chris developed the multisensory reading enrichment program with the idea that learning to read is fun and active.
Mary Barbuto offers an opportunity for the children to develop basic music skills through singing, rhythm activities, and creative movement. She has been part of the Bright Spot family for 9 years. Mary brings over 23 years of experience working with children in various musical settings.
Mrs. Davidson, Teacher Emeritae
Sue Davidson is the co-founder of Bright Spot Preschool & Kindergarten in 1976. Sue became the owner in 1978 and converted the school to a non-profit education program. She was the head teacher of one of the top rated preschools in Eastern Massachusetts and also served as a coach at Dover Country Day School. Sue retired in June, 2013 after more than forty years of teaching in early childhood education. She will remain on as Bright Spots' Board of Director through 2018.
Kristen Grohe and Marla Kline are teacher's aides and are an invaluable part of the Bright Spot family. They assist the head teachers with classroom activities, preparing materials and providing extra assistance or monitoring of the students.