Brandi Watterson, Owner
Brandi Watterson has been a resident of The Woodlands since 2007, along with her husband, Daniel Watterson, and their three beautiful girls, Hailey, Ashley & Zoe. They have owned Brighton Academy since 2009, and have always operated the preschool from the mindset of a “parent’s perspective.” Throughout the years, and to this day, you will hear Brandi say, “If I would not have my child in this preschool, then something has to change.” They have a love for children, and desire to provide an atmosphere that encompasses a positive, nurturing learning environment, while teaching the children to live beyond themselves by doing projects that give back to our community & beyond. Through the “Brighton Our Community” & “Brighton Our World” Campaigns, families & children are able to give back and make a positive difference in the lives of others, which is very dear to their heart. Brighton Academy is much more than a preschool to The Watterson’s; it is a place where children discover their full potential, learn to be leaders in our community and families feel assured that their children are well taken care of and loved. They consider it an honor to be a part of this first step into their educational years.
Leela Collier, Executive Director/Director-Indian Springs
Leela Collier has lived in The Woodlands since 1976 and completed her studies at Sam Houston State in Business Administration. She has over 20 years of experience in customer service, business management and teaching. When not at Brighton, she can be found outdoors in some type of adventurous activity with her husband and four children. Leela loves her job at Brighton because she “has the opportunity to become part of a huge family at Brighton and to be honest I love little kid hugs. They are the best!”
Jacqueline Lawson, Director-Panther Creek
Jacqueline Lawson has lived in the Conroe/ The Woodlands area her entire life. While studying education at Lone Star College and Sam Houston University she learned how to teach and encourage children to their fullest potential. Jacqueline has been with Brighton Academy since 2012 as a teacher and is so excited to expand her cheerfulness and knowledge to more than just one classroom as a Director.
Medhlin Mendez, Director-Lone Star College Montgomery
Medhlin Mendez has been with Brighton Academy since 2015 and has had the privilege of teaching and watching a group of students transition into kindergarten. With a passion for helping kids reach their highest potential, Medhlin’s goal for every student is for them to feel unstoppable in every stage of life and to develop a desire to learn more about anything and everything. When she is not with children at work or church she enjoys going on spontaneous adventures throughout Texas.
Jenny Jackson – Marketing Coordinator
Jenny Jackson graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Speech Communications with a minor in Psychology. In addition to her education, she has over ten years of experience in communications and marketing in a variety of industries. When she’s not giving tours at Brighton or arranging a community outreach project you can find her chasing her twin boys, who graduated from Brighton in 2018, enjoying the outdoors.
Find out more about our team and why we love Brighton Academy, please contact us.