Crozet | Bright Beginnings Preschool

"I love working at Bright Beginnings because I love to see the children learn. The looks on their faces are priceless when they learn something new. Children are the future and I like that I can be a part of shaping that future!" -Ms. Kathy

Ms. Margaret

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Ms. Margaret

Crozet Lead Pre-K Teacher, Curriculum Program Director

Miss Margaret graduated from Walnut Preparatory School in Natic, MA in 1973 and attended Cazenovia College studying Psychology. She later trained as a Physician’s Assistant and worked in biology labs at Syracuse University. Miss Margaret has training in various aspects of early childhood philosophy and parenting including Montessori and Parent Effectiveness training. Margaret has over 20 years of experience having taught in both Head Start as well as a local Montessori school before starting at Bright Beginnings in 2002. Margaret previously taught pre-kindergarten at our Mill Creek location before being promoted to Program Director at Mill Creek. After taking a sabbatical to help raise her grandson William, she returned to our Crozet location as lead teacher and curriculum director in 2013. Margaret is a wealth of knowledge in regards to children’s literature, easily choosing titles that supplement our award winning curriculum. The quality of her classroom is evident just from standing outside of her door. The entrance to her classroom is constantly decorated and informative and is always enhanced with children’s artwork.

What we love about Margaret:
  • She has a great way with words. She is a writer and has an extensive vocabulary – you can tell by her family newsletters
  • Her classroom! We want to play and learn there.
  • Her sense of humor – such a dry wit, listen carefully to keep up with her.
  • Her unique way of giving parents advice in a no-nonsense honest way as well as her ability to use a variety of early childhood techniques to meet the needs of students.
  • We love how engaged Margaret is with our developing curriculum and is a children’s literature expert. She is our resident school librarian.
Fun Facts:
  • Margaret has two daughters, Anne and Meg and a grandson, William
  • Margaret, Meg and William live together with an elderly cat (Xavier), a ferret named Tucker, a fish named Ponyo and a kitten named Labryinth
  • She moved to Charlottesville from LA in 1984
  • Her favorite scent is sandalwood
  • Margaret loves baking, gardening, films and her favorite season is autumn.

Ms. Summer

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Ms. Summer

Crozet Lead 3's and 4's Teacher

Summer graduated from Amherst, Virginia High School in 1996 and received a General Studies diploma from Central Virginia Community College in 1998. After marrying her high school sweetheart, Jason, in 1998 Summer moved around the country as an Army wife living in Maryland, Texas and Arizona before moving back to Virginia. During her travels as an Army wife, Summer worked as an HR payroll rep as well as a currency analyst for Bank of America. Summer joined Bright Beginnings in 2011 as a pre-school teacher assistant for one year before being promoted to lead teacher. Summer has taught twos, threes and pre-kindergarten and brings her perky and personable personality to us each day. Summer is a team leader within our staff always willing to mentor a new teacher and welcome new students and their families. Summer plans original and creative learning experiences for the students with plenty of hands on cooking, outdoor and arts and crafts projects. Summer is First Aid and CPR trained.

What we love about Summer:

  • Her passion for teaching, Summer is a natural.
  • Her huge smile.
  • Her reliability and commitment to the staff and families at our Crozet location.
  • Her vibrant personality, it’s hard not to smile around Summer.
  • Her pride in her two children, Jake and Alexis.
  • She’s the life of the party, bubbly, energetic and fun.

Fun Facts:

  • Summer is a crazy sports fan! Her favorite teams are the Washington Nationals and the Redskins!
  • Summer is a baseball and softball mama! Both her kiddos play ball and she is their most avid fan!
  • Summer loves beach vacations and plays Bunco with her neighborhood lady friends once a month- Girls Night Out!