Meet the Bright Futures educators

Cheryl Curtis

Cheryl Curtis

Director

Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, College of St. Rose

Graduate work in MS Education from New England University

Cheryl has a love of children and enjoys building confidence in their ability to learn.

She especially focuses on teaching to all of the learning differences in order to assist each child in achieving success.

Montessori Certified

Cheryl is MAT certified and certified in CPR and First Aid.

ccurtis@brightfuturesllc.net

Gwen Eshler

Gwen Eshler

3 Year Old Classroom

BA Psychology Roberts Wesleyan College / MS

Education Albany State University / NYS

Certification Elementary Teacher / NYS

Certification Reading Teacher

Montessori Certified

CPR and First Aid Certified

She has spent her career teaching children & young adults to learn & grow academically. She has a passion to inspire learning.

geschler@brightfuturesllc.net

Valerie Dutcher

Valerie Dutcher

18 Month Old Classroom

Val is a retired second grade teacher, who previously taught in the Mayfield District.

She enjoys spending time with her family, crocheting, reading, and traveling.

Val brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Center, and we are honored to have her.

Bachelors Degree in B-6 PE

Masters in Literacy

Montessori Certified

CPR and First Aid Certified

vdutcher@brightfuturesllc.net

Melanie Lathrop

Melanie Lathrop

4-5 Year Old Pre-K Classroom

Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Fulton Montgomery Community College

BS in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children Concentration in Visual Art from SUNY Brockport

Teaching Assistant Certification

Montessori Certified

CPR and First Aid Certified – MAT Certified

mlathrop@brightfuturesllc.net

Lanette Scharr

Lanette Scharr

2 Year Old Classroom

 

 

 

Holly Reynolds

Holly Reynolds

2 Year Old Classroom

 

 

 

Amanda Simonds

Infant Room

Amanda has experience working with children ranging from infant to teens for over 20 years.

She has run programs in Head Start, has a CNA in Nursing, and has worked as a firefighter and volunteer in an ambulance squad.

Amanda is very nurturing and goes above and beyond for students.

Montessori Certified

First Aid and CPR Certified

Beth Hines

18 Month Old Classroom

Beth has several years experience in Special Education and childcare.  She is a very compassionate individual who bring her creativity and enthusiasm to the classroom.

Beth develops caring relationships with her students and teaches them to be independent, learning from the world around them.

Montessori Certified

First Aid and CPR Certified

Samantha Coppola

Samantha Coppola

3 Year Old Classroom

Samantha has 15 years experience working with children ranging in age from infant to 12 years old.  She loves to bring science and math into the classroom by cooking and working with food, hands on learning and sensory play.

Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education

Minor in Geology

First Aid and CPR Certified

 

 

Emily Baldwin

Emily Baldwin

Infant Room

Emily has several years experience working with children ranging from infants to school age in a variety of settings.

She has been a part of several mission trips to orphanages in third world countries and has organized child focused events in her community.

Emily’s heart for people coupled with her love of teaching and creative spirit have made her a great addition to our team.

Sarah Hafter

3 Year Old Classroom

Sarah has worked with children in a variety of settings.  She loves using hands on learning in the classroom letting children explore and learn for themselves.  She is a very caring and compassionate teacher who actively engages in learning and play.

Sarah enjoys reading and playing with her dog Piper.

Bachelors Degree in Earth Science

First Aid and CPR Certified

Kathy Kelly

4-5 Year Old PreK Classroom

Kathy has countless years of experience caring for children, and does so in an extremely nurturing manner.

She has volunteered in a variety of capacities, most of which involve her children.  She comes to Bright Futures from a life skills program where she served as the Director of Education.

Associates Degree from Fulton Montgomery Community College

Montessori Certified

First Aid and CPR Certified