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.
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.