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Beginning Learners

Capturing the imagination of young children is at the heart of our preschool and kindergarten programs. With a focus on early literacy, math skills and social development, students are immersed in a predictable, developmentally appropriate learning environment. Practicing independence, working with friends, and becoming a part of a learning community complement the endless opportunities for academic growth.

Our Early Childhood Center includes junior pre-kindergarten (age 3), pre-kindergarten (age 4) and kindergarten (age 5). These students have their own Enchanted Forest Playground for recess and Early Childhood Gardens adjacent to their building. Throughout the year, children plant and harvest vegetables. They get to sample the bounty and share it with our community. The Bright School is proud our garden is the first Katie's Krops Garden in Tennessee. Katie's Krops is a non-profit organization that provides seeds and other support to help schools and individuals grow vegetables to donate to community organizations.

Junior Pre-Kindergarten

Promoting natural curiosity, well-designed play, purposeful discovery, and meaningful exploration are at the heart of our JPK classrooms. Focusing on social and emotional development, our program provides the fundamental building blocks for early development. The program includes Spanish, P.E., music, library, and yoga on a rotation basis. The daily schedule is designed to foster the social, physical, and cognitive development of our youngest learners. JPK students may be enrolled for three or five days a week with daily dismissal at 1 p.m. They bring lunch from home.

Pre-Kindergarten

A year of endless imagination, our PK students join their friends each day, eager to learn. A safe, nurturing environment promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of every student. A few of our pre-kindergarten traditions include a Thanksgiving feast, gingerbread man hunt, king and queen of hearts day, and luau in the spring. The program includes Spanish, P.E., music, library, art and shop, and yoga on a rotation basis. Every week in pre-kindergarten brings new opportunities for each child to learn and grow. The daily schedule includes lunch in the cafeteria and daily dismissal at 1 p.m.

Kindergarten

With enthusiasm and endless energy, our kindergarten students soar as learners. Kindergarten is a magical year that engages students’ imagination and builds their academic skills. Well-planned literacy and math workshops allow students to build a foundation for future academic success. The program includes daily P.E. and Spanish, music, library, art and shop and technology on a rotation basis. Having a fifth grade buddy and acting in a school play are highlights of the kindergarten year. Daily dismissal is at 3 p.m. 

After School

Our after school program, called Bright Afternoons, allows parents the flexibility of keeping their child at school longer during the day. We offer after school classes for preschool ages that last until 3 p.m., and Bright Afternoons is open until 6 p.m. every day. To learn more, visit our Bright Afternoons page.

Summer Program

We offer Bright Days, a summer program for early learners, starting in June and running through the first week of August. Bright Days is available to preschool age children to rising third graders in the community. To learn more, visit our Bright Days page.

Teachers

Cathy Hicks

Junior Pre-Kindergarten
Joined Bright faculty in 1994

Karen Thompson

Junior Pre-Kindergarten
Joined Bright faculty in 2000

Emily Hon

Pre-Kindergarten

Bright alumna '86
Joined Bright faculty in 1998
B.S., Vanderbilt University

Katie Shirley

Pre-Kindergarten

Joined Bright faculty in 2015
B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.Ed., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Jana Evans

Kindergarten

Joined Bright faculty in 2016
B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Bill Greene

Kindergarten

Joined Bright faculty in 2015
B.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Leisl Slaughter

Kindergarten

Joined Bright faculty in 2012
B.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Assistants

Chasity Robinson

Junior Pre-Kindergarten Assistant
Phone: 423-267-8546

Joined Bright faculty in 2017
Student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Kayla Greco

Junior Pre-Kindergarten Assistant

Joined Bright faculty in 2017
Student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Patrick Honan

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant

Joined Bright faculty in 2016
B.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Jasmine Mathews

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant

Joined Bright faculty in 2017
B.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Abbie Cook

Kindergarten Assistant

Joined Bright faculty in 2017
B.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Amy Hutcherson

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant

Joined Bright faculty in 2017
B.S., Vanderbilt University
M.Ed., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Kortney Gordon

Kindergarten Assistant

Joined Bright faculty in 2017
B.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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