Where children reach for the stars!


Where children reach for the stars!


Where children reach for the stars!


Where children reach for the stars!

Starbright Staff
Teachers at Starbright are educated (and certified) to know what the developmental levels of children are. They have the knowledge to set up learning experiences and they interact with the children to extend their thinking and learning skills. All lead teachers at Starbright have been selected for their expertise and enthusiasm in teaching young children. Lead instructors are highly experienced in early childhood education. Most hold a certificate or degree in child development. Many teacher assistants are enrolled at the University of Alaska and participate in education courses.
Starbright was founded by Kim Borgatta, an early childhood specialist.
Jennifer Reeves-HodgeOwner/Director
Jennifer has been at Starbright since 1991 where she was mentored under the previous owner Dr. Kim Borgatta.Jen took over ownership from Kim in 2002 and has continued the philosophy of a high quality and developmentally appropriate preschool and kindergarten program for young children.Jen holds both an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and the National Administrators Credential. She spends much of her day working behind the scenes with Starbright's daily operations.Jen is available for questions regarding children, financial accounts or the overall general functioning of Starbright.Jen has an open door policy so you can call or stop by anytime if you need to speak to her.If she in unavailable, touch base with Missy Conley and she will be happy to assist you with anything.Jen's hours are 9:30a.m. - 5:30p.m. or as needed.

Missy Conley
Opening Supervisor/
Fish Room Lead Teacher

Missy has been at Starbright since 1997, she is one of the finest. With her ability to address and nurture each and every child's individual needs, she serves as a mentor to us all. She has set up her classroom to serve as a strong foundation for Kindergarten readiness skills. Missy holds an Associates is Early Childhood Education from UAA. Missy has created a classroom conducive to exploration, hands on learning experiences, structure, curriculum based activities and child independence. If Jen isn't around, Missy is a good person to look to for help with questions for concerns. Missy's hours are 6:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. daily.

Hannah Godwin
Fish Room Assistant

Starbright welcomed Hannah to our family in 2010 just out of High School. Since then, Hannah has really grown as a teacher and learned a lot of techniques that she utilizes daily in the Fish Room. She loves sitting down playing a good game with her Fish room friends. Hannah is attending the Career College to complete a degree as a Medical Assistant.Hannah's hours are 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m.

Yorkie Terrier

Daphne spends much of her day chewing, eating, sleeping and best of all giving love. She is an exciting new addition to our Starbright family. Her hours are the same as Jen’s
M-F from 9:00am-6:00pm.

Wendy Hogan
Seal Pup Lead Teacher

Wendy spreads a level of energy and enthusiasm wherever she is… always willing to meet, greet and offer support to children and parents of all ages. She has been with Starbright since 2001. Wendy makes preschool very exciting and fun for everyone, even the staff. She has grown tremendously over the years and is very excited to be teaching our Sealpup children. Wendy brings a theatrical element to the class as she observes and records the ever changing developmental stages of our youngest classroom.. Wendy holds a Child Development Associates Certificate, CDA. Her
are from 8:00a.m.- 4:30p.m.

Jarrett Tucker
Seal Pup Assistant

Known affectionately as the "Ginger Giant," Jarrett is now a full year into teaching here at Starbright. He started as a UAA student observing the classroom and loved it so much he stayed! In addition to being a full-time student in Early Childhood Education, Jarrett is an active Eagle Scout. His hours are typically 9:30a.m.-6:00p.m. depending on his active UAA schedule.

Abi Schneck
Morning Sealpup Assistant

Abi is our newest member of the Starbright family. She is attending UAA working towards a degree in Elementary Education. We love Abi’s happy attitude, every day she comes in with a smile and brightens all of our day. She is very attentive to the Seal pups and is learning a lot working with Teacher Wendy. Abi spends her spare time babysitting, and teaching her Sunday school group, as well as working with children with Special needs. Her Hours are 7:30a.m.-10a.m. Floating some afternoons.

Christina Chappell
Afternoon Kindergarten Assistant

Christina came to Starbright family in 2009 and is a full-time UAA student finishing up her Early Education Degree, student teaching the Spring of 2014. Go Christina! Christina arrives at nap and creates wonderful art projects for your children as well as interacts all afternoon playing, reading and dancing with the children. Christina accompanies the Kindergarten on field trips and Friday swim days. Her hours are 1:00p.m-5:00p.m.

Missy Walters
Kindergarten Teacher

Missy has been at Starbright since 2006. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from UAA. Missy is a master at demonstrating consistency and offering a positive learning environment for children. She has developed an exceptional reading program and responds attentively to individualize developmental abilities. In addition to the classroom learning, she also is excited to take her children swimming every Friday and teach vital water skills. Best Kindergarten Teacher in town! Her hours are 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

Omorro Hogan
School Age Teacher/Floating Teacher

Omorro has worked for Starbright on and off for 11 years total. We are so happy to have happy, eager to teach and learn men in our facility. Omorro is a one of a kind teacher he loves to sit and play games with his children, he has a love for music and is a fantastic chess player. He drives to pick up school age children in the afternoons
Omorro works from 9:00a.m.- 5:00p.m.

Sonya Hagmuller
Bearcub Lead Teacher

Sonya started her Starbright journey as the Lead in the School–Age room. She made the transition from the older kiddos to the ever so active Bearcub room and has truly found her calling. Her gentle nature promotes a sense of safety and security in the classroom as she facilitates the children in developing into their fullest potential. Sonya works hard on strengthening fine motor skills and setting a foundation with our Phonics curriculum, the Letter People. Sonya is actively working towards her CDA and hopes to complete it in the coming year.Her hours are9:00a.m.- 5:30 p.m. daily.

Kourtney Kirk
Bear Cub Assistant/Closing Supervisor

You will see Kourtney's smiling face helping out in the Bearcubs every day. She is always quick to start up a game or read a book with your children. Kourtney shows great patience and truly enjoys working with young children. She offers a calm demeanor which is an excellent balance when paired up with Sonya in our busy Bearcub classroom. She is also our Closing Teacher so you can leave any message with Kourtney and I will get it. Her hours are10:00a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily.

Sheri Hays
Morning BearCub Assistant/
Cook Extraordinaire

Sheri comes to the Starbright family with a natural ability to work with children. Being a mother of four herself, she offers nurturing reassurance as she works in the Bearcub room in the early morning helping children say good-bye to their moms and dads. She is always there to give a hug or a smile and foster child-directed learning time. Sheri then transitions into the kitchen to make those yummy, healthy lunches for our hungry kiddos. Sheri's hours are M-F from 6:30a.m.-3:00p.m.

Jamie Byers Starbright Alumni Student Floating Teacher

Jamie attended Starbright when she was just a preschooler and we are so excited she came back to work with us after all these years. Jaime is a gentle, quiet, bright and very ambitious young lady. She is attending UAA while she decides where she will finish pursuing a Degree in the Medical field. She loves moving from room to room and working with all different age levels here at Starbright. Jamie’s hours vary day to day. Mainly you will see her in the afternoons a few days a week.

Erika Lenorman
Starbright Alumni Floating Assistant Teacher

Erika is a Starbright Kindergarten Graduate! We are so thrilled to have her back here teaching, learning and growing with us. Erika brings a happy, smile and fresh spirit to Starbight. She is always willing to get down and dirty with the day’s activities. Erika is attending UAA to pursue an Degree in Art, we are very pleased she gets to share her creative side with all of us. You will see her closing down the school with Kourtney daily. ½ - 4 ½ Her hours are M/W 2:30-6:30p.m. T/TH 10:00a.m.-6:30p.m.

Denali Kangas
School Age Teacher/Driver

Denali is a returning Starbright staff member. We are happy to have her back on board with us. She has been a Toddler Teacher for a few years in Anchorage as well as a Nanny. Denali has a real flare for art, sign language, spanish and cleaning! She has taken on a new role as School age driver and she still gets to be creative with her class daily. Her hours are 2:00p.m.-6:00p.m.