Our Staff

Bright Beginnings is dedicated to meeting the immediate needs of children and families living in homelessness.

The BBI staff is deeply committed to quality early childhood education for homeless children and supporting their families with the services they need for healthy living. Our staff is well prepared to address the complex needs of our children and families. We set the bar high by requiring all lead teachers to hold a four-year degree in early childhood education or a similar focus of study, as well as experience working with young children in a classroom setting. We believe investing in our staff is important for the continued success of our young learners and, therefore, require all staff to complete at least 24 hours of professional development each year.

Meet our Executive Director

Marla Dean, a passionate educator and community leader, is the current Executive Director of Bright Beginnings, committed to the success and development of children and families in underserved communities.
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Our Staff

Darin Allen  Director of Development
Sandra Ames Finance & Accounting Manager
Joanne Badgett  Home Visitor
Kendra Ball Teacher
Durrell Becton Workforce Development Specialist
Ida Bryant  Home Visitor
Jeanay Bullock Workforce Development Manager
Carlo Castillo  Data & Continuous Improvement Manager
Arthur Darby, III Workforce Development Specialist
Pamela Dean Administrative Assistant (MLK site)
April Martin Deputy Director of Programs
Valerie Fleming Evening Care Coordinator
Hillary Garner Human Resources Manager
Cynthia Gary Temporary Office Assistant
Michelle George Administrative Assistant
Sylvia Guerrero Instructional Coach/Master Teacher
Jamie Holloway Acting Health, Wellness & Disabilities Manager
Precious Homer-Williams Enrollment Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator
Keisha Jackson Deputy Director of Finance & Operations
Porsha James Health Services Assistant
Nathan Johnson Health Services Assistant
Carmen Jones Information Technology  Specialist
Maurice Lane Facilities Coordinator
Darian Lasenby Social Services Assistant
Bianca Lopez Home Visitor
Diamond Pennington Family Advocate
Tamara Perez Home-based Services Manager
Carolyn Pruitt Instructional Coach/Master Teacher
Michela Roberts, MPP Development Specialist
Charnice Robinson Family Advocate
Renee Sally Operations Manager
Shanay Taylor Substitute Teacher
Shaquita Tillman Education Director
Ebony Tuzon Home Visitor
Shania Walker Substitute Teacher
LaChe’ Washington Family Advocate
Ashley Williams Health and Wellness Coordinator

BBI Teaching Team

Debra Barber
Sinknesh Bayou
Denise Day
Natalie Fleming
Juanita Goins
Summer Grimes
Linda Harrison
Earnika Hedgeman
Tamia Hines
Alona Leibowitz
Mernique McNeill
Yenework Mola
Mikela Moore
Ethel Morgan
Roseline Nwoko
Yvonne Owens
Tara Perry
Marilyn Plummer
Robin Thompson
Helen Tinner
Natalie Wilson