Staff & Teachers
Bright Futures Academy is staffed by a full-time principal, eight full-time teachers and two additional support staff.
Andrea Martinez is a servant-leader at the helm of Bright Futures Academy. She has a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in business management. A 22-year veteran of education, she is proudly serving at the Academy for the fifth school year, second year as principal. Ms. Martinez was born and raised in the same inner city neighborhoods of Atlanta as the students she now serves. Her most prized endeavors are inspiring young people to value and believe in themselves as they grow into productive and impactful citizens of society. She is indeed a gifted mentor who profoundly influence the students of Bright Futures Academy.
MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER
DR. NWAKA “NIKI” UGOKWE
Dr. Nwaka “Niki” Ugokwe teaches middle school English. Dr. Ugokwe attended American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a master’s degree in toxicology and a doctorate in biochemistry. Dr. Ugokwe later earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University. Her passion is teaching; she has taught all levels, from preschool, where she worked with special needs students, to college as an adjunct professor and research fellow. At Bright Futures, she has taught high school science and middle school English language arts summer recovery. Her role as a teacher is to create a conducive learning environment for all students—this means accommodating and modifying teaching techniques and strategies to help all students achieve in the classroom
Paul Johnson is Bright Futures Academy’s high school history teacher. He is a graduate of Albany State University in Albany, Georgia, where he received his bachelor’s degree in middle grades education. A native Atlanta resident, Mr. Johnson values the opportunities that education and a diverse atmosphere can provide students. As a veteran educator, Mr. Johnson serves with honor in the unique education environment that Bright Futures offers its students. Mr. Johnson has a deep passion and understanding for the social sciences, especially history. He believes that we can truly impact our future by learning from the successes and failures of those who have ventured before us. He understands that social interaction is key to building relationships with all people. Mr. Johnson enjoys family time, sports, and working on classic cars in his free time. He believes that the best teachers constantly seek knowledge for themselves to help others.
Adonnis Jules serves as the Bible Teacher for both Middle School and High School students at Bright Futures Academy. He is a graduate of Mercer University with a MBA, MDiv. and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Education. Mr. Jules comes to BFA with over 12 years of experience working with students which includes serving as a mentor in both Rockdale and Dekalb County School Systems; being a youth pastor to teens and young adults; and as a teacher in the classroom. His greatest joy is exposing students to new information whether it be historically, culturally, or biblically. He doesn’t want his students to simply “know” information, but be able to embody and apply it so that it can always prove its value in their lives. Mr. Jules’ passion for learning is evident in everything he does and he wishes to spark that same passion in the hearts of his students so that they will always continue to grow beyond the classroom.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BIBLE, HEALTH, AND P.E. TEACHER
William Young is the middle school Bible and health and P.E. teacher at Bright Futures Academy. Mr. Young is a graduate of Hampton University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He was also an outstanding letterman in basketball. He is proud to have been a chaplain in the NBA for all 30 teams. In addition, Mr. Young has spent more than 20 years in Christian education and served as an educator in public schools. Mr. Young was raised and educated in Newark, New Jersey. He believes in the scripture Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” He believes that as an educator, one becomes a teacher, parent, and counselor, but above all a role model. Mr. Young also believes in preparing students for life’s journey in critical thinking and problem solving. His educational approach embraces his commitment to the Lord and youth development.
Davionne Longman brings over 5 years of customer service and non-profit experience to the Bright Futures family. As an administrative assistant, she works very closely with the administrative team to ensure excellence, overall efficiency, as well as the development of new ideas and strategies. A native Floridian, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends. One of her favorite quotes is by Adam Grant, “The culture of a workplace, an organizations values, norms and practices- have a huge impact on happiness and success”.
HIGH SCHOOL MATH TEACHER
Angela Noh is committed to student success inside and outside of the classroom. Ms. Noh currently serves as the high school math teacher at Bright Futures Academy, covering subjects from algebra 1 to precalculus. She is an honors graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. She was born and raised in the city she now serves and is hopeful for the bright future of Atlanta. Ms. Noh’s previous teaching experience includes all grade levels of high school math, middle school English, and Bible study at her local church’s Sunday School. She believes that every student has unlimited potential and that it is a teacher’s privilege and duty to identify and draw out that potential. She thoroughly enjoys teaching and believes that learning can and should be a fun and fulfilling experience. She hopes to exemplify this every day to her students so they, too, will be excited to continuously learn and grow.
MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER
Nicole Nelson is the middle school social studies teacher at Bright Futures Academy. She holds a degree in middle school education with concentrations in science and social studies from Georgia Southern University. This will be her fifth year in the classroom. Originally, she began her teaching experiences in Savannah, Georgia, but recently moved to Atlanta. Mrs. Nelson’s teaching philosophy is that everyone is a teacher, and everyone is a learner. She passionately believes that every student can expand their knowledge by actively participating in the world around them. Outside of school, Mrs. Nelson enjoys spending time in nature with her husband and two adorable dogs.