Brighton Leadership


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!”

Robyn McMinn, Director-Panther Creek

Robyn has led and organized programs for children in our community since 2010. Robyn is passionate about early childhood education, and holds a degree in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Houston. When she isn’t at Brighton, Robyn loves reading, watching documentaries, and relaxing at home with her husband Jason and daughter Lily.

Medhlin Mendez, Director-Brighton Academy at Woodlands Christian

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.

Rachel Tilton, Director-Lone Star College Montgomery

Rachel Tilton grew up in Spring, Texas and has been with Brighton Academy since 2018. She’s had the pleasure of working with children for over 10 years and could not imagine doing anything else. When Rachel is not working she enjoys playing with her son and spending time with her family.

Ashley Hebert, Office Assistant-Panther Creek

Ashley Hebert has been at Brighton since 2018. Ashley is an educator who believes in intentional teaching along with purposeful learning. She did all of her schooling in her hometown of Meaux, Louisiana where she discovered her devotion to early childhood education.

Neida Arellano, Office Assistant-Indian Springs

Neida Arellano is a family woman with a love for helping children. Neida was born and raised in Venezuela and moved to Texas in 2011. She has been with Brighton as both a teacher and office assistant. When Neida isn’t at work she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and bonus son; being a foster parent has been a wonderful addition to her life.


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.

Misty Moon-Harty, MA, LLPC– Behavioral Specialist

Misty obtained her master’s degree in counseling from Spring Arbor University. She has 20+ years working with families in a variety of dynamics to achieve independence, security and confidenceMisty is originally from the Mid-West where she has lived for the majority of her life prior to moving to Houston. She and her husband have 9 adult children and 15 grandchildren and enjoy every opportunity they can get spending time with each other and making new memories.

Jacqueline Lawson, Curriculum Specialist

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 then as Director at Brighton Academy Panther Creek. She is excited to lend her years of experience to the curriculum aspect of Brighton.