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Cindy Cochran, Afternoon A.C.E., Lunch Bunch Coordinator and Administrative Staff Mrs. Cindy has a B.A. in Management and Communications from Wright State University.  Prior to joining Bright Beginnings, she was a sales manager for a software/hardware firm and a stay at home mom.  She has been with Bright Beginnings for eight years.  Mrs. Cindy loves the energy of the kids – their smiles, their laughter, their absolute love of everything.  And, of course, their big hugs!  She and her husband have four children and dalmatian/lab mix dog.  Her family spends a lot of time fundraising and raising awareness for The Children’s Tumor Foundation because one of her children has Neurofibromatosis Type 1, a genetic disorder.  She loves running and being active.  The family enjoys boating on the Ohio River and Lake Cumberland.  They also love their summer vacation at Wild Dunes, SC

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Emily Cormier, Afternoon A.C.E Ms. Emily has a degree in Art Education from Miami University.  She has worked Creation Camps at Bright Beginnings the past four summers and this is her third year as an ACE teacher.  She loves art, which has always been a passion for her.  She especially loves painting, drawing and decorating.   Ms. Emily’s favorite thing about teaching is seeing “the light bulb” come on – once kids get the idea and go on with that on their own!  She also loves when kids develop her ideas further and push the main idea into something new.  Her favorite teaching moments are when student teach each other and learn from one another.  Also, anytime a child has a positive happy experience, those are always good memories.

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Lisa Cormier – Morning A.C.E.

Mrs. Lisa has 17 years of experience in the preschool/day care field.  She attend Foothill Junior College and Long Beach State University in California.  She has always loved the saying ”To teach is to touch a life forever.”  However, she believes that children “teach” me.  “Every day with children, makes my heart smile.  We never should forget that children are God’s gift and miracles to all of us.”  Mrs. Lisa’s hobbies include antiques, reading and sitting in the sun.
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Theresa Gebhardt – Morning and Afternoon A.C.E. 
 
Mrs. Theresa has been with Bright Beginnings for six years.  She also works as an office assistant two days a week and helps with Lunch Bunch.  Her background is in human resources.  She really enjoys working with the A.C.E. students because they are starting to explore new interests.  Mrs. Theresa enjoys the diversity of her position – every day is different!
Jordan Hanson – Afternoon A.C.E.
 
This is Miss Jordan’s second year with A.C.E.  She is a recent graduate from Miami University where she earned a Bachelor of Science.  Miss Jordan loves being able to watch children grow with what they are learning.  She loves being outside and doing activities like kayaking, camping and sand volleyball.  She also loves to play hockey, which she has been doing for 17 years.
Debbie Henson – Morning A.C.E.
 
This is Miss Debbie’s second year at Bright Beginnings. She was a stay at home mom to her 3 wonderful children for 19 years. I enjoy coming to work everyday and working with the children. The kids are truly a blessing to work with.
 
 
 
Hailey Henson – Afternoon A.C.E.
This is Miss Hailey’s third year at Bright Beginnings. She is currently attending Miami University studying law. She enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. She finds joy in working with children everyday.
Sarah Knapp – Morning and Afternoon A.C.E.
 
This is Miss Sarah’s second year at Bright Beginnings. She recently moved to Springboro from New york where she worked at a preschool with Pre-K four year olds, and loved it. “Coming to work everyday with children is rewarding and a blessing, I love watching them grow.” When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her two children and family. They love doing outdoor activities.

Shelly Houser – Morning and Afternoon A.C.E.

Mrs. Shelley has been with Bright Beginnings for eight years.  She has a B.A. in History from the University of Southern Illinois.  “My objective as an A.C.E. coordinator is to guide the children during the before and after school time in a fun and loving Christian environment. “  She organizes the mission projects for A.C.E. and encourages the children in developing compassion to help others.  As a United States Navy veteran, she is very patriotic and avidly supports our military.  She enjoys gardening and transforming her yard with a colorful theme and solar lights each year.  Reading a good book or playing “Words with Friends” is one of her favorite past times. 
Stefi Kalbacher  –  Morning A.C.E.
 
Mrs. Stefi has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Science in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University.  She taught Kindergarten – 3rd grades for 8 years in Virginia and 2nd grade for 6 years in Springboro.  She says, “I love being there when someone has that “aha moment” – the time when he/she understands a concept or conquers a challenge.  When working with children, one is able to witness such moments and the huge smiles that usually accompany them.  It’s an incredibly rewarding experience!”  Mrs. Stefi enjoys spending time with her family.  They love sharing time together on their boat – water skiing, wake boarding and wake surfing.  They also enjoy snow skiing in the winter.
Maegan Landreville – Afternoon A.C.E.
This is Miss Maegan’s second year at Bright Beginnings. She has a Special Education degree from the Ohio State University. “The best thing about being in the classroom is hearing a child say I did it! With a big smile on his or her face.” Miss Maegan loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys being outdoors and going on roadtrips with friends, especially when it involves the beach:-)!
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Harold Perry Mr. Harold is the A.C.E. program bus driver and serves as the custodian for the church and pre-school.  He is a retired law enforcement officer for the city of Dayton, having served for 35 years.  He feels an important part of his job is to teach the children bus etiquette.  He has been married 40 years and is the father of two and grandfather of five.  He enjoys spending time with his family, gardening and raising his pet pygmy goats.  He is also a big Bengals and Reds fan.
Grace Pisula – Morning and Afternoon A.C.E.
This is Miss Grace’s 4th year at Bright Beginnings. She is currently a student at Sinclair Community College. She has been with ACE and Bright Beginnings since she was 19 years old. She loves spending time with her fiancé and their three children. You’ll most likely spot them at Apex Church or at The K. Miss Grace is a big OSU and Cincinnati Reds fan. She’s always known that she wanted to work with children since she was adopted at the age of 9. Teaching children is truly her passion. Miss Grace says “Every child deserves the opportunity to see the light and future God has given them, for some kids, that’s hard to see and I believe it’s our job to reassure and teach them that God is always there for us. There’s no greater joy than watching a child discover their light!”
Ashley West – Morning and Afternoon A.C.E.
 
This is Miss Ashley’s second year at Bright Beginnings. She loves travel and photography as well as spending time with family and friends. Miss Ashley loves working with kids everyday and she finds joy in watching them learn and grow!
Ian Crosen – Morning and Afternoon A.C.E.
 
Ian is an alumni of Bright Beginnings and a recent graduate of Springboro High school. He has been a teen helper for the A.C.E. program for many years, as well as a teen mentor for the 6th grade Endeavor program and a summer camp counselor.. Ian is a student of the University of Dayton /Sinclair Academy studying Finance. He is also a leader of our Endeavor program.
 
Steven Stalcup – Morning and Afternoon A.C.E.
 
Steven is a 2018 graduate of Springboro High School. He is currently attending Wright State University studying motion pictures. During his free time, he enjoys listening to music, photography, playing basketball and soccer, and travelling to big cities with his family.