Our Faculty & Staff
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.