Our Story

Teaching and learning have always been more than a career for me; they are a passion.

After completing my undergraduate degree in middle childhood education, I completed my Masters in curriculum and instruction with a focus in literacy.

Following my student teaching in the U.S., I taught English in Taiwan for a year.  Upon returning home to Bermuda, I started teaching at Sandys Secondary Middle School where I would often say I loved my job so much that it was hard to believe I was paid to do it; watching students discover their strengths and experience success was such a joy.  But then, after the birth of my second son, I decided it was time to ‘press pause’ on my teaching career in order to spend more time at home with my boys.

While I’ve always valued education, it’s been during this time at home with my boys that I’ve learned the importance of learning outside the classroom.  Unfortunately, as teachers, we are often limited in what we can do within our allotted time constraints, curricular demands and the four walls of our classroom. We often emphasize that a love for learning must be developed at home – that parents are a child’s first teacher.  In order for children to become lifelong learners, they need to be curious.  While curiosity can be cultivated in the classroom, it’s at home where the match is lit.

My hope is that Bright Isle will provide parents with tools that help them to ignite a passion within their children to explore, wonder, and discover through play and, thus, create a culture of learning at home.

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me via email: mscanlon@brightisle.com.

Thanks so much for your support.

Melanie

*You can read the Royal Gazette article about our launch here.