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About Our Staff

A Bright Horizons teacher is a nurturer as well as an educator, someone who encourages learning through exploration, and who understands the balance between what a child needs to feel safe and what she requires to reach her potential. Your child’s teacher is your partner. At Bright Horizons, families and teachers work together --celebrating successes, navigating challenges, and communicating daily about your child’s achievements and goals.

Meet Our Teachers

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  • Name: Alix Harada
  • I Teach: Kindergarten Prep
  • Teaching Since: 2008
  • I love teaching children because: It fosters a creativity and passion for learning that will last their entire lives.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Instructions by Neil Gaiman
  • Name: Kira Kitamura
  • I Teach: Preschool
  • Teaching Since: 2012
  • I love teaching children because: They see the world from a different perspective and are filled with curiosity and wonder. I love to see how they use their imagination to problem solve and create; and love how hilarious and honest they can be.
  • Favorite Children's Book: SkippyJon Jones
  • Name: Nicole Trabulsi
  • I Teach: Infants and Toddlers
  • Teaching Since: 2017
  • I love teaching children because: Laughing and playing with the children is so much fun, and watching their social and educational development is exhilarating!
  • Favorite Children's Book: Oh, The Places You'll Go!
  • Name: Patricia Hernandez
  • I Teach: Support Teacher
  • Teaching Since: 2008
  • I love teaching children because: I enjoy being a part of children’s growth and development. I enjoy the “a-ha!” moment when children discover the world around them.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Name: Rajeswari Rajupalepu
  • I Teach: Back-Up Care Teacher
  • Teaching Since: 2016
  • I love teaching children because: They are always enthusiastic, loving and creative. Each day is something new and different. They keep my mind young! It is my dream job!
  • Favorite Children's Book: Panchatantra Tales, Ramayana for Kids, Mahabharata for Kids
  • Name: Riley Bentley
  • I Teach: Infants and Toddlers
  • Teaching Since: 2003
  • I love teaching children because: Every minute of life counts as a time to learn and grow. It’s important for me to be an active role model for our children. They are our future!
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Diary of a Worm
  • Name: Stacey Elder
  • I Teach: 2007
  • Teaching Since: Young Preschool Teacher
  • I love teaching children because: They bring so much joy and laughter to the world. Their unconditional love teaches me so much and I love being able to see them learn.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Tikki Tikki Tembo
  • Name: Susie Luera
  • I Teach: Back-Up Care Teacher
  • Teaching Since: 1997
  • I love teaching children because: I love to see how the “light bulb” goes on in children’s heads. My slogan is “I mold my children for success in the world.”
  • Favorite Children's Book: Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Suess
  • Name: Usha Nayak
  • I Teach: Infants and Toddlers
  • Teaching Since: 2016
  • I love teaching children because: I have a passion for teaching children. It is so satisfying to see them develop cognitively. I believe that every child is different and I love to enjoy each and every moment with them.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Goodnight Moon
  • Name: Lauren W.
  • I Teach: Infants
  • Teaching Since: 2015
  • I love teaching children because: Teaching young children is a daily reminder to celebrate the simple things in life.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Love you Forever
  • Name: Estela Jimenez G.
  • I Teach: Infants and Toddlers
  • Teaching Since: 2007
  • I love teaching children because: I love to see how the children grow. I love seeing the hugs and smiles when people arrive to the classroom.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Goodnight Moon and No, David
  • Name: Holly V.
  • I Teach: Toddlers
  • Teaching Since: 1999
  • I love teaching children because: I see them grow and learn most from them. Also, I help them learn how to problem solve. Children ask me a lot of questions.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Good Night Moon
  • Name: Emma V.
  • I Teach: Infants and Toddlers
  • Teaching Since: 2016
  • I love teaching children because: I want to make a positive impact on each and every child. Children make me feel as though I can make a difference.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Guess How Much I Love You
  • Name: Ly Hai V.
  • I Teach: Twos/Transitioning Threes
  • Teaching Since: 2016
  • I love teaching children because: They have a natural curiosity about the world. I want to foster a lifelong love of learning.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Mr. Brown Can Moo. Can You?
  • Name: Cynthia M.
  • I Teach: Kindergarten Prep/Resource
  • Teaching Since: 2010
  • I love teaching children because: I love their curiosity about nature.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Where The Wild Things Are
  • Name: Tomoko Y.
  • I Teach: Resource Teacher
  • Teaching Since: 2001
  • I love teaching children because: I love watching all the children grow into "happy and healthy" people
  • Favorite Children's Book: Just The Two Of Us

Administration

  • Name: Mandy Cummando

    Position: Director

    In Education Since: 1993

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: I learn from children every day. I enjoy the way they experience the world with such wonder and honesty.

    Favorite Children's Book: SkippyJon Jones

  • Name: Monika Dukaczewska

    Position: Assistant Director

    In Education Since: 1999

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: I get a lot of support from my team and I have opportunity to grow.

    Favorite Children's Book: Goodnight Moon

  • Name: Corri Inouye

    Position: Education Coordinator

    In Education Since: 1997

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: I love to intregrate biophilic design with the educational playspace, raising stewards of the Earth and fostering good mental health.

    Favorite Children's Book: The Shape of You and Other Stuff & Poems in the Attic

  • Name: Olyvia Hernandez

    Position: Education Coordinator for Back Up Care

    In Education Since: 2005

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: Everyday is an opportunity to teach them something new.

    Favorite Children's Book: Corduroy and Where the Sidewalk Ends