Our preschool classes are made up of 14-16 children and our infant and toddler classes are made up of 6-8 children. Each classroom has a lead teacher, an associate teacher and an assistant teacher. Children are broken up into two groups and assigned a primary teacher in order to receive one-on-one and small group instruction. All three teachers have specific roles in the classroom but work together as a team. Teachers meet often to discuss opportunities for learning and development of the children. All the teachers at Bright Start have education and training specific to early childhood education.
Amy Bowers- Lead Preschool Teacher 4's
Amy has her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Development from Western Michigan University. She has almost 10 years of experience working with children ages birth to 5 in both the classroom and home visiting setting, She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, doing DIY projects, scrapbooking, and loves country music. Amy has a love for preschool and believes that children learn best through hands on experiences, in a natural environment that sets up a love of learning for all.
Nikki Wesorick - Lead Toddler Teacher
Nikki has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development from the University of Houston. She has worked in the Early Childhood field for over 20 years. Her work has been as a lead toddler and preschool teacher in school settings and conducting home visits as Early Intervention Developmental Specialist and as a Family Outreach Advocate. She has worked in a variety of settings with a diverse population of families. Nikki enjoys working both one on one with children and families and in group settings.
Andrea Hulsey - Associate Preschool Teacher 4's
Andrea has her Associate’s Degree in Child Development and is currently in her last year of her Bachelor’s Program for Early Childhood Education at Ferris State University . She has many years of experience working with all ages of children in the daycare and preschool setting. She enjoys traveling with her fiancé, crafting and spending time outdoors. Andrea believes that children learn best by playing ing and exploring in an environment full of possibilities.
Erin Perlick- Associate Preschool Teacher 3's
Erin joined Bright Start in the Spring of 2016 as an assistant in our infant/toddler room. Since then Erin has worked with all ages of children. Currently Erin is the associate teacher in our preschool 3 room and she also helps with children during extended care. Erin is a student at Kellogg Community College and will soon obtain her associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Erin is recently married and enjoys camping, hiking, and walking her dog.