• Introducing New Teachers 2020-21

    Brighton Central School District is pleased to welcome four teachers and one counselor to the District for the 2020-21 school year. These new faculty members will complement the high-quality staff that already support our students on a daily basis.

    The new teachers and counselors were carefully chosen after engaging in a rigorous selection process. Based upon their instructional competence, subject-area knowledge, and their enthusiasm for lifelong learning, it is clear that these individuals continually strive for excellence, both in their students’ lives and their own.

    Upon hiring, these educators quickly recognized the District’s commitment to their success as they were introduced to Brighton’s induction program, which was created in 1997. The induction program is a three-year continuous series of professional development activities where new teachers are introduced to Brighton’s curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices, as well as its processes and structures. Regardless of previous experience, any new teacher or counselor employed in the District half-time or more is entitled to a mentor who is an experienced educator in the same subject or grade. This year’s program was modified to accommodate the demands of remote learning. New teachers focused their work on learning the tools and structures required of a hybrid model. The Director of the Teacher Center and mentors met with the new teachers online via Zoom to give them a need to know orientation. The goal is to meet with them in person in the future to celebrate and welcome them.

    The induction program continues with regular meetings between mentors and the new faculty members. The pairs periodically observe one another and they meet, at a minimum, once per cycle to reflect on instructional practices. New faculty members also participate in quarterly mentoring activities. Through their work with experienced colleagues, this program supports continuous professional growth, provides invaluable resources, and fosters collegiality. The program teaches educators to talk about teaching, best practices, and innovative techniques. The District-supported induction program also ensures that our students receive consistent quality educational services. The District’s competitive selection process, the induction program, and the high quality of programs and services continue the long tradition of excellence in Brighton schools. 

    New Teachers 2020-21

    French Road Elementary School (FRES)

    Laura Anderson

    Ana Brightful

    Brighton High School (BHS)

    Travis Figueroa

    Marissa Meehan

    TCMS and BHS

    Emily Trowbridge

Mrs. Laura Anderson

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Mrs. Laura Anderson

Laura Anderson is a music teacher at French Road Elementary School. Mrs. Anderson previously taught in Fairport’s Martha Brown Middle School and the Riverside School District in Illinois She enjoys learning about all of her students and helping them to creatively explore music. Christine Cole is her mentor.

Mrs. Anderson earned a bachelor’s in music education from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign and a master’s in music education from the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago.

She grew up and spent most of her life in the Chicago area before moving to Rochester three years ago. When she’s not teaching, Mrs. Anderson enjoys singing with different performing groups around town.

Mrs. Ana Brightful

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Mrs. Ana Brightful

Ana Brightful is an English as a New Language (ENL) teacher at French Road Elementary School. Mrs. Brightful previously was an ENL and bilingual teacher in Rochester schools. She loves watching students’ confidence grow when they successfully apply skills they’ve learned in the ENL classroom to the mainstream setting. Killeen Higgins is her mentor.

Mrs. Brightful earned a B.S. in education from SUNY Geneseo and M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Nazareth College. She also studied abroad in Spain and completed teacher practicum in Peru.

She is a proud Brighton resident with two children in the District. Her family has a certified therapy dog named Cosmo. Mrs. Brightful is a Peruvian American and has a passion for incorporating culturally diverse children’s literature into her classroom and at home.

Mr. Travis Figueroa

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Mr. Travis Figueroa

Travis Figueroa is a school counselor at Brighton High School. He previously was a counselor at an elementary and high school in Greece Central Schools. Mr. Figueroa enjoys making connections with students, problem solving, and setting all types of individual and community goals. Holly Juliano is his mentor. 

Mr. Figueroa earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester, an M.S. in counseling from SUNY Albany, and a Certificate of Advanced Study from SUNY Albany. 

He is a proud husband and father to two children. His family loves dogs and helps organizations like Joyful Rescues. Mr. Figueroa enjoys playing all sports and qualified to run in the Spartan World Championship event in Athens the last two years, but was unable to attend due to injury and COVID-19 travel restrictions. He was raised in New York City and grew up working in his parents’ restaurant, fostering his love of cooking.  

Ms. Marissa Meehan

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Ms. Marissa Meehan

Marissa Meehan is a math teacher at Brighton High School. She teaches geometry and math in the AIM program. Ms. Meehan previously taught math in the Lyons middle and high schools. She enjoys making connections with students and helping them be successful. Brian Slocum is her mentor.

Ms. Meehan earned a B.A. in mathematics education from St. John Fisher College and an M.S. in mathematics education from SUNY Brockport. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

She grew up on a farm in Watkins Glen. In college, Ms. Meehan was a member of the cheerleading team and vice president of the math club. She has a puggle named Penny and enjoys hiking, camping, being outside, and spending time with friends and family.

Ms. Emily Trowbridge

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Ms. Emily Trowbridge

Emily Trowbridge is an English Language Arts (ELA) teacher at Twelve Corners Middle School and Brighton High School. She will teach both eighth and ninth grade. Ms. Trowbridge previously student taught in West Irondequoit and Rochester schools. She enjoys connecting with students and using their interests to fuel learning.

Ms. Trowbridge earned both a B.A. in English and psychology and M.S. in teaching and curriculum from the University of Rochester.

She grew up in Stowe, Vermont and moved to Rochester for college and has stayed in the area. Ms. Trowbridge loves skiing and getting outside as much as possible in the warmer months. She has a dog named Kiyah who loves to run around the block and go on hikes.