BBLC Staff

Patricia Sprague- Director

SPRAGUE, BRANDON; (Staff)63Ms. Patty has been with BBLC since 2009. She started off as an assistant in our Lion Classroom (2-3 year olds). In 2010, she graduated from NMSU with a degree in Elementary Education and became a teacher in the Zebra Classroom (18-24 Months). Then in the fall of 2013 she became Director. She has had a love of children from ayoung age and has always wanted to work with them. She loves being with preschool and getting to work with all the amazing children, and be around adults who want to do the same thing.

Ms. Patty is originally from Colorado and moved to Las Cruces to pursue her education. While attending NMSU she met her husband, Brandon. They  have a beautiful little girl and a handsome baby boy. She loves being a mom and being able to work where she does. She learns so much from the staff, families, and children at BBLC.

Rachel Torres- Teacher (Giraffe/Pre-k Class)

IMG_1368Ms. Rachel has been teaching at BBLC since 2010. She has three children of her own and has been married for 11 years. Ms. Rachel is currently enrolled at Bethel University to obtain a Masters of Arts in Children & Family Ministries. She also serves as the Children’s Ministry Director at the church she has been a member of since 2008. Ms. Rachel has a calling and passion to work with children and loves her job at BBLC.

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Pattie Burnam- Teacher (Giraffe/Pre-k Class)

IMG_1370Ms. Pattie is returning to BBLC for her 2nd year. She has taught in Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico. She is retired from the Las Cruces Public Schools, has a degree in Elementary Education, and a Masters in Reading. She has been married for 38 years and has 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren. She can’t wait to see the smiles and learning that will take place at BBLC this year!

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Papia Biswas- Teacher (Giraffe/ Pre-k Class)

IMG_1372Ms. Papia is in her 1st full year as a BBLC Teacher. She joins us after her family relocated here to the United States from Bangladesh, India. She is married and has one daughter who is in the 3rd grade. She loves working with children and has 5 years previous teaching experience. She is excited to be working in such a loving environment and for all the new experiences this year will bring.

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Ashley McMaster- Teacher (Monkey Class)

IMG_1365Ms. Ashley is a new teacher to BBLC. She is originally from Dexter, NM where she was raised on an alfalfa farm for 21 years. She has 3 siblings; one older sister, an older brother, and a little brother. Her older sister lives here in Las Cruces with her and her brothers both serve in the Army. Her parents have been married for over 30 years. She comes to Las Cruces to start a new chapter in her life and is really excited to be working with the children and families of BBLC.

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 Elba Nieto- Teacher (Monkey Class)

IMG_1364Ms. Elba Nieto is so happy to at Bright Beginnings this year! She has been here in Las Cruces for 2 years, and is really enjoying it. She grew up in Texas with her mom and step-dad, and has 5 younger siblings. Her family is the most important thing in her life, and they’re all very close. She has been working with kids her whole life. She taught Sunday school, ran VBS, babysat, and has ran a tutoring program. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in child and family studies from Baylor University and she also has her masters in Mental Health Therapy with a specialty in childhood disorders from UTEP. She is so excited to work in the Monkey’s class this year, and enrich the kids lives in whatever way she can.

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Kyle Alcachupas- Assistant Teacher (Monkey Class)

IMG_1363Ms. Kyle Alcachupas is one of the teachers in the Monkeys classroom. She is 24 years old and currently going to school for her degree in Early childhood education. She has been working with kids for about 2 years, and before working with kids she was serving active duty in the United States Marine Corps and to this day continues serving but on the reserve side. There are two sides to her. She is very loving and compassionate when it comes to the kids and teaching them something and there is the hardworking dedicated person who will go out of her way to make sure things get done that need to be done. Watching a child learn and fully grasp something is the most enjoyable thing for her. It is like having that light switch come on in a dark room, makes things clear. She has a great support system which is her family without them she wouldn’t the person she is today.

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Maritza Sanchez- Teacher (Tiger Class)

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Susan Enger- Teacher (Tiger CLass)

IMG_1360Originally from the Mississippi Delta, Susan Enger lived in El Paso, Texas for 40 years before retiring to Las Cruces last January. She worked in Healthcare for most of her career. She and her husband, Paul, have one son who she enjoyed homeschooling for several years. She spent many vacations with her cousin in Leland, MS helping her at the Leland United Methodist Child Development Center. Her love for children and her experience at the Leland CDC led her to her job as assistant teacher of the Tiger Class at BBLC.

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Kim Hernandez- Teacher (Lion Class)

IMG_1373Ms. Kim Hernandez has lived in Las Cruces, NM for about 3 years. She is originally from Aurora, CO. She has been working with children for 16 years. She currently teaches in the 2-3 year old classroom, and also works in the church nursery on Sunday mornings. She has her degree in medical assisting but found out she did not like the medical field as much as she loves teaching young children. She is currently getting her degree in early childhood education. She has two beautiful daughters ages 6 and 9 years old along with her amazing husband.

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Amanda Lamberti- Assistant Teacher (Lion Class)

IMG_1375Ms. Amanda is an assistant teacher in the 2-3 year old Lion Class. She began her journey working with children in the sports community, as a soccer coach, two years ago. She started working at Bright Beginnings in March of 2016. She absolutely has a passion to work with kids. She is currently a full time student at NMSU, working on her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders. Albuquerque, New Mexico is her home town. Although she does not have children, she has two fur children, Kush her white cat, and Clue her stubborn dachshund. She is very excited to meet everyone and ready to enjoy this school year!

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Gloria Vasquez- Teacher (Zebra Class)

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Diana Briones- Teacher (Zebra Class)

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Ms. Diana has been with BBLC for 4 years now. She really enjoys working with our wee little ones. All together, she has been working with children for about 16 years, from ages 6 weeks -12 years old. She has 2 lovely daughter of her own, ages 11 and 5. They are the joy in her life. She enjoys spending time with them and her family.

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Drima Placencio- Floater 

IMG_1376Ms. Drima is so excited to be joining us for another year at BBLC. She is originally from Maui, but gre up in New Mexico. She is married with 3 adoring kids; Jacob 24, Alexis 22, and Andrew 20. During her time here at BBLC she has worked in the Lion class and is now our floater. This means you will be seeing her all over as she helps fill-in in all the classrooms and doing other miscellaneous jobs and tasks. She loves working with children, and feels it is so rewarding to know that she can make a difference in a childs life as we watch them grow into amzing little people. She thanks you for sharing your children with us as they are turly a blessing. She knows it will be an amazing year!

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Courtney Prahl- Floater

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