Our Faculty & Staff--***currently being updated for the 2019-2020 school year

Mr. Henry DiGiacinto, CEO

Mr. Guarn Sims, Principal

Ms. Brittany Nelson, Teacher (K)

This is my fifth year teaching at Bright Futures Academy and my eighth year as a Kindergarten teacher.  In 2003, I was a teacher for two year olds at ChildTime Learning Center before attending college at Florida State University.  I have a master's degree in Elementary Education from St. Thomas University.  While at FSU, I was a member of the Marching Chiefs and Circus.  After graduating with a degree in Political Science and Theatre, I went back to teaching two year olds.  I later decided to move up to VPK, and remained there until 2011.  I love spending my free time with my eight nieces and nephews.  I also like to travel, read, shop, and dance.  

Ms. Roseline Etienne, Teacher (1)

Hello, my name is Ms. Roseline Etienne. I have been at Bright Futures Academy for 6 years now and love every moment of it. I love teaching and being able to help students blossom into the beautiful person they are meant to be. I was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. In 1995, I moved down to Florida where I completed my education. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 and with my Masters in April 2019, both in Early Childhood Education. During my free time, I love to watch Netflix and ride my bike. I look forward to many more years of teaching the brilliant students at Bright Futures Academy. Every child has the passion to learn and the ability to grow into a wonderful person.  My goal is to teach my students to believe in themselves and the goals that they place with the help of their teacher. I am so ecstatic to be able to take part in this wonderful journey with you all. 

Ms. LaShae Brown, Teacher (1)

Ms. Kathleen Porter, Teacher (2)

My name is Kathleen Porter, and I will be your child's teacher for the upcoming school year! I am very excited to meet all of your little ones and guide them through second grade. First, I would like to provide some background information about myself. Before becoming a teacher, I worked in Administrative positions in the field of Advertising, Hospital; Administration, and Retail. I began teaching in 2001. This is my ninth year teaching 2nd grade at Bright Futures Academy. I taught 6th, 5th, and 4th grades prior to moving to 2nd grade. Previously, I taught 4th grade for 6 years at Liberty Elementary School in Toccoa, Georgia. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia, with my Major in Geology. I also have a Masters Degree in Library Science from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ms. Alexi Lockhart, Teacher (3)

Mrs. Suzanne Bayer, Teacher (5)

I have been a teacher for almost 20 years after receiving my Master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. I have been at Bright Futures for 8 years, teaching 1st and 4th grades before moving into Middle School Science. I am a Florida native with a brief move to New Jersey as a child and then to Texas after college. I enjoy reading, gardening, and all things related to the beach. I have one daughter who attends the University of Florida.

Mr. Howie Watkins, Teacher (6)

Mr. Christopher Berry, Teacher (7)

Mr. Joelle Bigham, Teacher (8)

Ms. Irene Long, ESE

Ms. Haley Patton, Art and Front Desk

Mrs. Annette Driver, Front Desk

Mrs. Judy Novoa, Data Processor and AfterCare

Ms. Lori Jackson, Teacher (4)

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