Meet Our Staff
We have a great team of educated teachers to help your children in their early development!
Jennifer Whittington, Director and Owner
Director and Owner Jennifer Whittington, started Bright Beginnings Childcare out of her family home. Jen's commitment to quality childcare evolved when her own children were infants and needed care. Jen values family time and enjoys outdoor activities including trips to the beach, biking, and hiking with her husband, Josh, and their children Madison and Chase.
Jen has over 10 years of experience working with children in both the corporate and family home childcare environments. Jen has a certificate in childcare Administration, Certificate in Early Childhood Development, Infant/Toddler, CPR/First Aid, Level 5 credentialed by MSDE and many other annual training classes. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Ms. Ashleigh O'Neill
Ms. Ashleigh Bender is our Lead Preschool Teacher. She has a certificate in Early Childhood Development, 90 clock hour, 45 hour Infant/Toddler certificate, CPR First Aid and Level 4 credentialed. Ms. Ashleigh is very creative and always thinking out of the box to have fun with our little ones. Ms. Ashleigh has been teaching all ages for 10 years. She is married and has a son named Remington, age 6 .
Ms. Kennadee Hinzman
Ms. Kennadee Hinzman has worked here for 2 years as an aide in all the classrooms. She is certified in CPR/First Aid ,Basic Health and Safety, and several other trainings. Ms. Kennadee is creative, nurturing, and outgoing. She has been a nanny and in childcare for a couple years. Ms. Kennadee is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Art. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family, baking and being an artist.
Ms. Kellie Humphrey
Ms. Kellie Humphrey is an Aide in our Infant room. She has a certificate in Early Childhood Development 90 clock hour, School Age, Basic Health and Safety, ADA, CPR First Aid and many other trainings. She is working on becoming Maryland State Credentialed to further her education. Ms. Kellie is very creative in the classroom and nurturing with the babies. Ms. Kellie has been teaching all ages for more than 10 years. Ms. Kellie has a daughter, Karleigh, age 16 and a son Colbey, age 10. Ms. Kellie enjoys motocross and sprint car racing and spend time with her kids on the weekends.
Mrs. Keleigh Chaney
Mrs. Keleigh Chaney is our Lead Infant Teacher. She is certified in Child Development 90 hour, and Infant/Toddler 45 Hour, School Age, CPR and First Aid, Medication Administration, Emergency Preparedness, is Maryland State credentialed at Level 4, and many more trainings. Mrs. Keleigh has been in childcare for 12 years and has worked with children of all ages. Mrs. Keleigh is excited to help your children with their first year milestones! Mrs. Keleigh is married and has a 6-year-old daughter, Matilda.
Ms. Amber Coleman
Ms. Amber Coleman is our Lead Two's Teacher. She is Maryland credentialed at a level 3. She is certified in CPR and First Aid, American Disability Act, Basic Health and Safety, Supporting Breastfeeding, Child Development 90 hour, and Infant/Toddler 45 Hour. Ms. Amber has been in childcare for 13 years. She enjoys working with the two year old's and helping them grow thru this very fun and active year. Ms. Amber has a daughter Ashlyn, age 13 and a son Stephen, age 7. In her spare time she loves to read and watch crime dramas.
Ms. Amaya Shirley
Ms. Amaya Shirley has worked here for 2 years as an Aide in the two's room. Ms. Amaya is a 2019 graduate of Washington County Technical High School. She completed the Early Childhood Professions Program at WCTHS. She is pursuing a degree in Child Psychology. She is certified in CPR/First Aid. Ms. Amaya enjoys working with all ages and is dedicated in helping your children learn and achieve developmentally appropriate goals. During her spare time she loves to play softball. She is a pitcher for the River City Rippers. She also enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.