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.
Assistant Director / Social Skills Coordinator / Music Therapist
Casey has always been a natural when working with children in any setting or capacity. He brings with him a wealth of creativity, enthusiasm and compassion that children with special needs instantly gravitate towards. Using his guitar, harmonica and imagination, he has created an interactive and educational music therapy program. Students engage in music activities that help them interact, socialize and work on ABA targets through song. He has also written many social songs that help teach children social skills in a fun and motivating way. “Where words fail, music speaks”, Hans Christian Andersen.
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.
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!”