Brett Tavana began working with EMU Bright Futures in 2014, opening the first site at Hoover Elementary. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a focus in Elementary Education and Mathematics, the opportunity to work in his hometown was too good to pass up. His experience in a variety of educational and childcare settings has inspired an interest in bridging traditional and nontraditional learning. Having grown up watching Bill Nye and Mr. Rogers, he hopes students will learn that the answer to life’s biggest questions can often be found in themselves.
At Hoover Bright Futures, families can expect dedicated staff, student-centered offerings, and a commitment to helping every student work toward their best self. This develops in many ways. First and foremost, building relationships with students ensures a foundation of mutual respect and caring. This makes the challenges of growing, academically and emotionally, more achievable with peers and adults to lean on.
In addition, there are a wide variety of activities provided to encourage students to try new things and gain new experiences in a supportive way. At Hoover Elementary, we have a large assortment of clubs for students, including movie making, painting, math games, acting, engineering, team sports, and creative writing – just to name a few! We promote the importance of being responsible and respectful to each other and ourselves. Bright Futures also understands the significance of involving families and school staff in our program, which is why we our family events celebrate the support and community that we have built together.