Operations and Stafﬁng Consultant
Organization: HINGE Brokers
Kathe is the Founder and President of Bright Beginnings Preschools in Charlottesville, VA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Penn State and went on to complete early childhood coursework at the master’s level from the University of Virginia and James Madison University.
Founding Bright Beginnings in 1984, the school began as a small in-home, half-day preschool and, through Kathe’s hard work and dedication, grew into a full-service, full-time childcare center presently operating in three locations and serving more than 300 families. Additionally, Kathe developed the early childhood curriculum for Bright Beginnings and authored the Toddler Explorer curriculum as well.
Beyond Kathe’s dedication to the families her childcare business serves, she is also dedicated to the staff in her care. Kathe provides extensive training to her team through weekly meetings, full- day staff development seminars and annual childcare conferences—exceeding staff training hours required by licensing by 300%!
At HINGE, Kathe uses her operational and stafﬁng expertise to help fellow childcare business owners build positive company cultures, operate their centers more effectively and build strong teams by implementing improved recruiting, hiring and onboarding strategies.