Alison Banks – 4 Year Olds

Miss. Ali holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She taught in multiple preschools before becoming a stay at home mom. She lives in Springboro with her husband Zac, and her four children Ella (9), Aubrey (8), Zane (5), and Bennett (2). Three of which are Bright Beginnings alumni. This will be Ali’s first year at Bright Beginnings. She loves working with children and is excited to finally be back in the classroom!

Heather Beachy  – Kindergarten Exploration
Miss Heather has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University.  She has taught at Bright Beginnings for 15 years.  Mrs. Heather loves to hike and ski, but mostly enjoys watching her own kids play a variety of sports. “Teaching has brought me such great joy.  It is a true blessing to be surrounded by God’s children.  Watching a young child experience something for the first time is precious.  Nothing really compares to the joy and excitement children feel.  Teaching at Bright Beginnings has allowed me to remember just how fantastic life can be through the joy of children.”
Debbie Cottongym – 3 year olds

Miss Debbie graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kindergarten/Elementary Education.  She taught for 10 years in early childhood through 2nd grade.  After taking a break to raise her children, she returned to teaching at Bright Beginnings.  She has also been in charge of Springboro’s Sunshine Camp for the past 23 years.  Mrs. Debbie is married and the mother to three children ages 20 to 23.  She enjoys gardening, walking, running, biking, working out and reading. 

Anne Fries – 4 year olds

Miss Anne has lived in Springboro for the last 7 years with my husband and 3 boys. All three of her kiddos went to Bright Beginnings; her youngest son is in the 4’s class next door with Miss Tonya! She loves to go hiking and creeking with her. This is her first year teaching at Bright Beginnings, but she previously taught first grade at a school in Columbus. Miss Anne has a B.S. Early Childhood Education, Miami University and a Masters in Education from Ashland University in Literacy.

Tonya Getz – 4 year olds
Miss Tonya is a 5th generation “Daytonian” returning to Springboro after 13 years stationed in Colorado and Florida with her husband, Tommy and two girls, Stella (8) and Gia (5). They also have a basset hound, Beatrice (13). Miss Tonya has a Masters in Education and this will be her third year teaching preschool. In college, she volunteered as a youth camp counselor on military bases in Japan, Italy, Germany & Hawaii. She also taught English as a second language and has a minor in Spanish. 
Denise Jenks – Stepping Stones Extension

Miss Denise was an elementary school teacher for 38 years.  She taught 1-5 graders during that time. She lives in Germantown but is often seen in the Springboro and Centerville areas to attend activities of her 3 grandchildren. Denise decided to substitute at Bright Beginnings because she is very familiar with the school since 2 of her grandchildren went here.  She knows many of the families who send children here and knows the teachers and staff. She loves to be around children and watch them grow and learn. 

Ashley Harper – Stepping Stones

Miss Ashley has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Wright State University.  She has spent her time since graduating as a substitute teacher, foster parent, Sunday school teacher at her church, and preschool teacher at Primrose.  Most recently, she has been a stay-at-home mom to her three girls, Zariyah, Raelynn, and Sadie.  Ashley and her husband, Adam, have called Springboro home for the past seven years, and look forward to spending many more years here.  In her extra time, she loves spending time with her church family, watching the Green Bay Packers, and taking naps!

Amy Ingalls – Kid’s Morning Out
Miss Amy studied communications at Miami University. She has eight years of experience as a mom and caregiver in her home. This is her Fourth year working at Bright Beginnings. After both of her children graduated from Bright Beginnings, she wanted to stay involved with the school.  She loves to travel with her husband and two daughters.  When time permits, she enjoys reading and scrap booking.
Debbie Petry – Stepping Stones
The 2021/2022 school year is Miss Debbie’s 19th year teaching at Bright Beginnings.  She also taught in the public schools for seven years.  She has a current teaching certificate (K-8) and a Master in Curriculum and Instruction.  Mrs. Debbie is the mother of two college-aged sons.
Meghan Ruffing – 3 year olds
Miss Meghan holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ohio University, and has a current teaching license in grades 1-8. She taught elementary school for nine years before staying home with her children who all attended Bright Beginnings! Miss Meghan joined the Bright Beginnings staff three years ago when her son was in Stepping Stones. She lives in Springboro with her husband, Doug, and their three kids- Ella (13), Maddie (11) and Will (9). She absolutely loves working with children!
Trina Townsend – 3 Year Olds & 4 Year Olds
Miss Trina grew up about 40 from Springboro and graduated from Wilmington College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She also has a Masters in Education and Endorsement in Special Education. Miss Trina and her husband, Terry, and live in Springboro and they have 4 boys that attend Springboro Schools. They are involved with lots of sports & activities which keeps them very busy.
Miss Trina’s favorite things include Disney, the color blue, watching her boys play sports, travel, and taking  walks outside! She is so excited  to teach your children this year.