Bright Lights Hires Experienced Educator Renee Ford as New Education Coordinator
Bright Lights (www.brightlights.org), Lincoln’s premiere summer learning program for children, recently hired Renee Ford as education coordinator. Ford most recently taught third grade in Stafford, Virginia, but began her teaching career in Lincoln at Campbell and Kooser Elementary Schools. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked in marketing and public relations in Lincoln.
Linda Birkes-Lance, Bright Lights executive director, says Ford brings the right set of skills to the education coordinator position. “Renee has been a classroom teacher and a leader at the schools where she has served,” said Birkes-Lance. “And her public relations experience will help us share the great work Bright Lights is doing in our community. She also taught at Bright Lights so she’s very familiar with the program.” As education coordinator, Ford is responsible for leading the summer program, including developing curriculum and hiring teachers. “This is the dream job. I’m able to combine my education experience with my public relations experience to help Bright Lights grow and serve more children in the future,” said Ford. “I can’t wait to start working with the teachers, staff, parents and students.”
Ford and her husband Rob have been living in Virginia with their two daughters for the past several years while Rob has been on a long-term National Guard assignment at the Pentagon. That assignment is ending and he will be returning to Nebraska soon.