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

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

Antoinette Nellis

Antoinette Nellis

2 Year Old Classroom

Antoinette currently teaches in the two year old room.  Previous to that, she taught in the three year old room at Bright Futures.

Antoinette comes to us with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, SUNY Oneonta, after having earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Canton.  She has over twenty years of teaching experience, ranging from infants to GED classes.  . 

 

Kathy Kelly

18 Month Old 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

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

 

 

Julia Nellis

18 Month Old Classroom/PreK Classroom

 Julia has been an Assistant Teacher in Bright Futures’ PreK classroom, and is currently covering a position in the Waddler Room.

Julia graduated from Jacksonville, North Carolina, and began her career in child care when she moved back to the area in 2015.  Julia has a gentle, kind demeanor with all of the children and throughly enjoys her time here.

Amanda Simonds

3 Year Old Classroom

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

Aubrey Bellinger

Aubrey Bellinger

Infant Room

Aubrey began working at Bright Futures in march of 2021 in the three year old classroom, eventually spending time in the Toddler Room and Infant Room. 

Aubrey has experience in a children’s camp setting, along with child care at her church.  She currently is enrolled in the International Montessori Center in order to earn a teaching diploma.  

Aubrey connects very well with all of the children that she comes in contact with, and is very knowledgable in regards to their emotional well-being.  She is an ideal candidate for the teaching practices of the Montessori Method. 

 

 

Ashley Burton

Ashley Burton

2 Year Old Classroom

 Ashley is currently the Assistant Teacher in the Toddler Room and has worked in the Three Year Old and Infant Rooms at Bright Futures, also. Prior to working at Bright Futures, Ashley worked with autistic children for three years in New York City, and has worked in a local day care for two years. She has an Associates Degree in Human Services from Herkimer County Community College, Ashley has a love of children and is extremely patient and understanding. She has one daughter who is a student at Bright Futures and resides in Gloversville.

 

 

Amy Proctor

Amy Proctor

3 Year Old Classroom

We have recently welcomed Amy back to our team at Bright Futures. Amy earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and a Masters in Education with a minor in Reading and Literacy. Amy has worked for HFM BOCES for 12 years in grades Pre-K through 12. Amy is an asset to our Center, and our students benefit greatly from her energy, enthusiasm and talent. Amy has two daughters, a son and two granddaughters. She resides in Mayfield.

 

 

Madison Paul

Madison Paul

3 Year Old Classroom

Madison “Maddie” Paul is currently a Teaching Assistant in Bright Futures Three Year Old Classroom.

Maddie received an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science, along with a plaque of completion from PTech.  She has experience working with children from age 6 months to 5 years of age.

Maddie loves to build a rapport with the children and is increasingly helpful with meeting their needs, whatever they may be.

 

 

Melanie Barz

Melanie Barz

Infant Room

Melanie is the Assistant Teacher in the Infant Room. Melanie has a wealth of experience with children, and has excelled particularly with Art Education and assisting the children with using their imagination. She has worked with children for fifteen years of all ages, and has two daughters of her own. Melanie resides in Mayfield.