Mill Creek | Bright Beginnings Preschool

"I love the autonomy that we are allowed in the classroom. The curriculum we are provided allows each individual teacher to be creative and truly make a worthwhile experience for the children." -Ms. Taylor

Brooklyn Stanley

Mill Creek Program Director

Early Childhood Background:

Brooklyn comes to us with a B.S degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, over 400 in-classroom internship hours completed, and many years of being a full time nanny. This is her first year directing a licensed preschool. We are excited to have her join the Bright Beginnings Family. Brooklyn loves theway children view the world. She loves watching them excel academically, socially and developmentally.

What We Love About Brooklyn:
  • She is super creative!
  • She always has a smile on her face
  • She is incredibly hard working
  • Her fresh outlook and point of view
Fun Facts:
  • Brooklyn was born and raised in Alabama
  • Her favorite type of food is Italian!
  • She is left handed
  • Brooklyn loves to read

Lauren Tucker

Admissions Director

Lauren's Background:

Lauren was born and raised in Charlottesville and attended Monticello High School, right down the road from Mill Creek! She comes to us with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Radford University and six years of experience as an Assistant Director in another local licensed preschool. Lauren loves child care and early childhood education because it’s exciting and constantly changing! Her favorite part of working with children is the relationships she makes with the children and their families! Lauren has a positive and calm attitude and very caring customer service.

What We Love About Lauren
  • She is super organized!
  • She is a great communicator to her staff and parents
  • She is empathetic and always ready to lend a listening ear
  • She is creative and has awesome crafting capabilities which makes her a big hit with the kiddos when she comes to help out in a classroom
  • She is CPR and First Aid Certified
Fun Facts:
  • She’s a book worm! Her favorite day of the week is Bookmobile Day! Yes the bookmobile visits us!
  • She’s a C-Ville local and has our Southern Hospitality down pat
  • Her favorite type of food is Mexican and Ice Cream
  • Outside of work, Lauren loves spending time with her childhood friends- that’s because if your grow up here, you’ll never leave!

Nancy Quarles

Director Support

Nancy graduated from Louisa County High School and attended Piedmont Virginia Community College, CATEC of Charlottesville as well as National Business College. Nancy is a natural nurturer and worked as an elderly caregiver at the Colonnades Retirement Home for many years before pursuing a career in early childhood education. Nancy has over 10 years experience teaching preschool, specializing in infants, toddlers and twos.

Bright Beginnings Background

Ms. Nancy has been with our Bright Beginnings family since 2011. She has taught infants, toddlers and twos and served as Assistant Director and Opening Supervisor at Mill Creek. She is always requested by parents for her calm and nurturing demeanor. Ms. Nancy is the go to person at Bright Beginnings in the early mornings! She wears a lot of hats at Bright Beginnings including supervising inventory and supplies, cooking and baking and moving from one location to another as needed to fill in for directors.

What we love about Ms. Nancy:
  • She’s an early bird arriving at school at 6:45am each day!
  • Her calm and gentle, sweet, soft nature.
  • Her loving guidance with parents as their children embark on school for the first time.
  • Her multitasking abilities.
  • She loves organizing and cleaning and is the first person we call when setting up a new classroom
  • Her loyalty and willingness to help
Fun Facts:
  • Ms. Nancy came from a large family with 3 brothers and 5 sisters.
  • Ms. Nancy loves to watch television, enjoys walking, reading and crossword puzzles.
  • Ms. Nancy enjoys football and basketball and her favorite teams are the Washington Redskins and LA Lakers.
  • Ms. Nancy's niece, Ms. Heather also works at Bright Beginnings!