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The crew who loves children

Our fabulous Management Team oversees the day-to-day operations of Bright Start Learning Center & Preschool. We are fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated team, and we encourage you to get to know these wonderful ladies.

Melissa Swanston
Melissa Swanston, Center Director
Greetings! My name is Melissa Swanston, I am the Director of Bright Start Learning Center and previously served as a director at both KinderCare and Children of America. I grew up in New York City, where I studied Early Childhood Education at Brooklyn College. Prior to taking on my first role as a director, I taught preschool and pre-kindergarten while residing in both New York City as well as Northern Virginia. Teaching has always been a passion of mine, and from an early age, I aspired to work with children. I am a proud “boy mom” – my son Jelani attends Bright Start’s virtual hybrid program for school-agers and he loves it! For fun, I enjoy spending quality time with my son, family and friends, being active, reading, interior design and listening to music.
Cynthia Collier
Cynthia Collier Director of Operations and Facilities
Hello, my name is Cynthia Collier, I am the Director of Operations and Facilities. I have been with Bright Start since the beginning in 2005. I,started as a Teacher Assistant and, over the years, I have moved up the ladder. I, along with my husband David, moved to the area in 2001 from Dayton, Ohio. I have been married to my wonderful husband David for 42 years. I am a proud mom of two, and a grandmother of four! I enjoy travelling, cooking and spending time with my family.
Liliana Siguenza
Liliana Siguenza, Administrator
Hello, my name is Liliana Siguenza, I joined the Bright Start family in May of 2019 where I took on the role as a Teacher Assistant, and eventually joined the administrative team. I grew up here in Northern Virginia, and I am currently attending George Mason University. I am pursuing a degree in the education field, with the goal of one day becoming an elementary school teacher. During my free time, I enjoy going to concerts, running and hanging out with my friends.