About Bright Start Academy
Executive Director & Principal
As a loving Mother of five, including of a child on the Autism Spectrum, Allie opened Finding the Way & Bright Start Academy, Inc. 15 years ago with her sons needs as her drive. Allie has devoted her life and career since, into helping Corey and others in the same situation get the best support they need and deserve. Allie is a very positive, optimistic and goal orientated Mother helping her own son and other children of Bright Start Academy - autism school in Toronto, ON reach their full potential.
Vlad has over 9+ years of experience working with Children with Special Needs using Applied Behavior Analysis.
Vlad comes from working in the Philippines as an ABA Program Coordinator and has worked as an Associate Professor teaching college students how to effectively manage student behaviours. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Team!
Blessy Peniel Babu
Blessy has a passion from her childhood to render service to the community. She has completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Madras University, India and her graduate certificate in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Niagara College. She has also completed Early Childhood Education-Advanced Studies in Special Needs from Humber College and received the Blair Carter Award of Excellence for being the best student at placement.
Blessy has experience in providing and leading Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioural Intervention for children with Autism (IBI) and other developmental disabilities. She is currently working for her BCaBA certification along with the Registration of Social Work (RSW) in Ontario.
Hi my name is Taylor McFadden and I am excited to join Bright Start Academy this year as the teacher for the junior class. I know I can provide these pupils with the challenge that will push them and encourage their own further inquiries in the class. My experience with Literacy and Numeracy frameworks during my work with my Master of Education is another advantage with working with pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. In my recent masters dissertation I examined regions in Canada and Britain and their implementation of inclusive education. These are two regions which I have spent more formative years in the education systems and have amassed a solid understanding of both regions. This has helped provide an in-depth look at some aspects of inclusive education on an international level. With transparency in both regions I aimed to identify the issues in inclusive education and create an open dialogue which can be used for professional development in my field. I have a large passion for robotics and as such I will be implementing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) as often as possible in the classroom. I am a strong believer in teaching children applicable life skills and preparing them for life outside of the classroom. I am sure this will be a fantastic year and look forward to working with the talented staff at BSA.
VANESSA COLAVITA M.A., BCBA
Vanessa consults with our students that receive OAP funding or require additional support from a BCBA.
BA, B.Ed. Intermediate & Senior School Teacher
Cindy is a versatile teacher with many years of experience. She has taught in the public system in Newfoundland & Labrador, as well as in private schools in Ontario. She has a wide curriculum knowledge base and over the years, has taught everything from Drama to Business! She is tech-savvy and is well versed with computer support and integrating technology into the classroom. She has worked with a diverse range of students, as such; she is able to accommodate teaching to the learning style of the child. Cindy takes a cross-curricular approach to education, where students find that the topics learned in one course overlap with others. This helps consolidate learning. Cindy is also very involved in school life and hold the philosophy that “We don’t teach curriculum, we teach children!”