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. Sue

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Ms. Sue

Crozet Co-Director, Opening and Closing Supervisor

A lifelong Crozet native, Miss Sue graduated from Albemarle High School in 1968 and had a career in business and as a nursing caregiver for the elderly before joining Bright Beginnings in 2001. We met her when she was the grandmother of one of our students and we feel in love with her exuberant and positive personality and caring nature. Her wonderful energy is contagious and she joined our team and was able to contribute immediately. She learned early childhood and developmentally appropriate practices, curriculum development and licensing standards and easily engaged with children, families and co-workers. Sue multitasks like a pro and easily moves from soothing a child at drop off to communicating a policy to her staff to answering parent’s questions. After initially working as a teaching assistant, Sue quickly was promoted to lead teacher spending many years with our infants and later our toddlers, before moving into opening and closing our building, managing inventory and handling the day to day behind the scenes details, to assistant director. She now serves as co-director and as usual manages her responsibilities with ease, a big smile and renewed enthusiasm each day. When you meet her, you will LOVE her! Do you know that we call her the Mayor of Crozet? She knows everyone!

What we love about Sue:
  • Her incredible work ethic and reliability- she works daily from 7am- 6pm. Really!
  • Her huge laugh, big hugs and can do attitude
  • Her ability to get along with absolutely everyone
  • Her loving nature and willingness to help anyone, anytime. Really!
  • Fun Facts:
    • Sue has been with Bright Beginnings since 2001
    • Sue is certified in CPR, First Aid and MAT trained
    • Sue is a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)
    • Sue works hard to continue her education and is enrolled in a CDA program as well as a child care success training
    • Sue is a great baker- she’s our resident Pizza Chef! Twice each week she makes Sicilian style pizza for our kiddos- she uses the herbs from our organic garden to make it yummier!
    • She LOVES KIDDOS! Sue has 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. And at least 100 other chickadees from our Crozet school, not to mention the staff and parents she nurtures!

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!
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