Staff & Teachers

Bright Futures Academy is staffed by a full-time principal, nine full-time teachers and two additional support staff.

EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL

Markkus A. Marshall

Markkus Marshall is a passionate Executive Principal! He equips all learners with the knowledge and skills they need to demonstrate content mastery and improve their academic performance. He believes that all students will grow, succeed, and maximize their potential under his leadership, having positioned students to achieve at levels unparalleled.   

Mr. Marshall has led his students in receiving grants and awards exceeding $80,000 while being recognized by Gov. Haslam in 2014 (Governor’s Award), Nashville’s Mayor Barry, and the Tennessee House of Representatives.  His students were winners of the Ford STEM Community Challenge in 2016 and 2017, earning a trip to Ford Motor Headquarters to meet the company’s executives.   

Marrkus was nominated for the Academies of Nashville Lead Teacher of the Year in 2014.  His academy along with Louisiana Pacific Products won Partnership of the Year in 2016. Marrkus has conducted professional development sessions, serving as a speaker at the National Career Academy Coalition Convention in 2015.     

He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education at the University of Michigan and holds his Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University; his Master’s degree in Secondary Social Studies from Nova Southeastern University; and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Georgia State University.   

Marrkus is the proud father of a six-year-old daughter, Arian and four-year-old son, Asa. 

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM MANAGER

Davionne Longman

Davionne Longman brings over 6 years of customer service and non-profit experience to the Bright Futures family. As the CTE Program Manager, 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”.

ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST

Valarie Williams

Ms. Williams is the Administrative Assistant. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education, Voice and Piano. She is an avid Music lover, who taught school for 22 years.  She has a love for Education and helping students to grow, learn and think for themselves. Ms. Williams believes that everyone should always “Take time out to Enjoy the Music.”

HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE TEACHER

William Young

William Young is the high school Bible teacher. He also teaches Health and Physical Education. Mr. Young earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Hampton University. He was also an outstanding letterman in basketball. Mr. Young has spent more than 20 years in Christian education, served as an educator in public schools and is proud to have been a chaplain in the NBA. 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 was raised and educated in Newark, New Jersey.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BIBLE TEACHER

Anthony Brooks

Anthony Brooks is an ordained minister with over 30 years of experience in ministry. He is the Middle School Science Bible teacher. He holds a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Christian Counseling. Mr. Brooks is currently working on receiving his license and certification in Christian Counseling. He is a lover of the arts, music, and photography. He loves spending time with families and learning about other cultures. He just finished his first book entitled, “Single Christian: Endangered Species,” that he will self-publish by the end of the year. Mr. Brooks’ wife is Kellee, and they have two children, a daughter, Shanice, who is a graduate of UNCG, and a son, Kaleb, who is a Junior at FAMU. 

HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER

Sarah Jane Foley

Miss Sarah Jane Foley teaches all high school English courses, as well as 6th-grade reading. Ms. Foley graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Philosophy from University College London. Ms. Foley’s true passion, however, is teaching English at the secondary level. She is incredibly excited to work with the students at BFA and is looking forward to an amazing year.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER

Billie Saddler

Billie Lauren Saddler is the middle school English and Language Arts teacher. In addition to English and Language Arts, she has taught Statistics, Psychology, and Research seminars.  She earned a Masters and Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Howard University.  Her research examined social psychological perspectives on individuals’ reactions to policies and institutions in crises situations.  This marks her second year of service, as a teacher, at Bright Futures Academy.  Her goal is to creatively manage the learning environment to make course material self-relevant for each student and to positively impact students’ mastery of educational standards. 

HIGH SCHOOL MATH TEACHER

Markell Williams

Mr. Williams’ bio 

MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH TEACHER

Patsy E. Ridley

Patsy Earle-Ridley is an 8th-year Educator in the state of Georgia. She received her Bachelors degree in Journalism & Communications from North Carolina A&T State University. She received her Masters degree in Education from Walden University, along with a Graduate Certification in Teacher Leadership. Ms. Ridley has taught in Gwinnett, Dekalb, and Fulton County schools. She has also taught at Gwinnett Technical College. She has two grown sons. One who has a Bachelors & Masters degree in Public Health & Disaster Management, from the University of Georgia & the University of South Florida. Her youngest son is a Senior at Georgia Southern University. Her husband of 31 years has been a longstanding employee of IBM. She looks forward to a successful year with the students in Math and to bridge the gap of successful teaching, learning, and understanding. 

HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR

Craig Logan

Mr. Logan is excited to be the high school Science instructor. He has loved Science since elementary school.  Mr. Logan is from Virginia Beach, Virginia but has spent most of his life in Georgia.  He graduated from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina with a degree in Child and Family Development.  His passion for children also extends to athletics. His goal is to make sure students learn the most from his teachings. Mr. Logan’s favorite thing to see is his students engaged in what he has taught them. He believes that each child at Bright Futures Academy is special. He enjoys basketball, football, and track, and he is extremely grateful to be at Bright Futures Academy.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR

Patty Westmoreland

Patty Westmoreland is the middle school Science instructor. She previously served as a volunteer with the after-school program. Mrs. Westmoreland comes to education from a long career in finance. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Kennesaw State University and is currently studying for her Master’s in Accounting through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mrs. Westmoreland wanted to transition into education to serve the students of Atlanta and hopes that she can instill in students a life-long love of learning. In her free time, Mrs. Westmoreland enjoys traveling with her husband.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES INSTRUCTOR

Alanna Jules

Alanna Jules, or “Ms. Jay”, is a second-year instructor at Bright Futures Academy. She has a true passion for helping students of all ages and levels unlock their full potential and enriching young minds through patience, practice, critical thinking, and creative expression. She has a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, with over 15 years of industry experience as an accomplished Graphic Artist and Designer. Her knowledge and experience have given her the ability to cross vocational borders to educate through talks & lectures as well as hands-on training and demonstrations. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with loved ones, volunteering, unwinding with video games, and expressing herself artistically in any creative and nerdy way possible.

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