|Professional Staff and Volunteers|
Director – Eileen Twiddy joined the Bright Start team on March 1, 2008. She has a BA in Elementary Education, a MSED in Education and a Child Development Associate Credential. She has over 25 years experiences in Early Childhood Education. For the past 20 years Eileen worked as Director of a Head Start program in upstate New York. She has also done adult education through Empire state college and The State University of New York. She is CPR and First Aid Certified.
Head Teacher -- Collette Desjardins comes to us with experience as an Educational Technician specializing in behavioral issues and children with special needs. While studying Special Education/Early Childhood Education, Collette worked as an In-Service Coordinator in the Windsor Elementary School, Windsor, Maine. Collette has also worked as a respite clerk and teacher assistant in a child care center and CDS (Child Development Services) located in Augusta, Maine. While there she was responsible for developing care plans for children with special needs, and assisting teachers, therapists, and parents with implementing those care plans. Collette is a Level 4 Direct Care Provider on the Maine Roads to Quality Registry. She is CPR and First Aid Certified.
Louise Keane came to us in August 2005 as an Educational Technician. She has been enrolled at KVCC (Kennebec Valley Community College) majoring in Special Education/Early childhood Education, specializing in Autism. She worked at the Windsor Elementary School for 8 years. Louise was also a substitute teacher for all of School Union 133. Louise is a Level 3 Direct Care Provider on the Maine Roads to Quality Registry. She is CPR and First Aid Certified.
Evelyn Lee joined our teaching team in February of 2007. She comes to us from Singapore, having moved to Bowdoinham in June of 2006. She has been trained in early childhood education in Singapore and in Australia. She worked in child care centers for 16 years in Singapore. Eve is a Level 7 Direct Care Provider on the Maine Roads to Quality Registry. She is CPR and First Aid Certified.
Donna Thiele joined the staff in July 2010. She has an assotiates degree in Education, Speech and Language. She has worked as a speech therapist, preschool teaching assistant and substitute teacher. She has provided speech services to several of our enrolled children. She has joined our team as a teacher with the older Butterfly group and also working with the K-Ready children.
Shirley Reese volunteered her time in 2000-2004 to Bright Start to develop and teach our K-Ready program and in 2004-2005 as Bright Start Director. Shirley is a “retired” elementary school teacher. She has a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in reading. Her experience in the classroom is in early elementary education. She has taught grades 1-3 in both traditional and non-traditional settings. She moved to Maine in 1999 with her husband Dick.
Vida Mitchell comes in once a week to read to our children all of the books she has come to love in her 20 years of teaching experience. She also was a substitute teacher for 6 years, and has 5 grandchildren.
Judy Diemer comes to us twice a week from the Independence Association. She helps with snack, does baking and helps out with other chores that need to be done.
Krista Bishop comes in to read to our children once a week. The Success by Six program offered to provide a reader, and we were fortunate enough to have Krista assigned to us.
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