MEET OUR TEAM

Jennifer LaMaina
DIRECTOR

Originally from Manhattan and now living and raising a family in Aquebogue, Jennifer is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who graduated from Fordham University in 2011. Her resume includes working for Child Protection Services of New York City and the Family Service League, and she is currently an active member of the Parent Leadership Initiative (PLI). In 2015, Jennifer saw an opportunity to fill a niche in the community by offering top-tier Childcare with a central focus on play, learning, love, and nutrition. Jennifer is committed to ensuring that she and her staff work with parents and guardians to guarantee each one of our children have the greatest
opportunity for growth and development.

Sheldine Bryant
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Originally from Barbados "Ms. Shelly" has over fifteen years of childcare experience. From teacher to Assistant Director, Ms. Shelly is well versed in the day to day management and procedures required to operate our facility. Her love for outdoor activity is passed to our students through creative and engaging events, crafts and learning experiences. "Being part of the Bright & Early team is very fulfilling and rewarding as I get to spend my day in an environment where teachers and staff alike share a common goal which is to ensure our children are safe, loved and nurtured.

Fabiola Valcin
TEACHER

"Miss Fabby" graduated from CUNY York College with a Bachelors Degree in Health Sciences in spring of 2015 and is currently enrolled at Long Island University pursuing a masters in Childhood and Special Education. Fabiola realized she wanted to work with children through her experience as a camp counselor as well as a Kid Club Supervisor. "I have a love for reading that I share with our children. To see them mesmerized from a story we are reading together is just awesome!" Fabiola's calm and patience, combined with a bright sense of humor contributes immensely to our program.

Lauren Johnson
PRE-K TEACHER

Joined the BED Team as a Pre-K Teacher in August 2019. Lauren received her M.S. in Childhood Education and literacy from Long Island University. Before moving to Jamesport with her husband and two sons, Lauren worked for many years as a Pre-K Teacher in Smithtown. With a positive attitude and creativity, she has such an impact on the children's development.

Marianne McClean
PRESCHOOL TEACHER

A Brooklyn transplant Marianne now lives in Mattituck. Her education and experience includes studies in Early Childhood Development, operating her own Private Learning Center and completion of the Montessori Teacher Training Program. Marianne brings over thirty years of teaching children from the ages of 3 - 5 years old coupled with a passion for guiding independence, communication skills and focus to our children. "Miss M" looks to enable each of our children to overcome what once was a fear or a challenge. Be it a confident voice, better communication with classmates or to become an overall better student, her experience, warmth and direction provide the platform for this growth.

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