We had the good fortune of connecting with Melanie Hopps and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melanie, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Our families have been impacted by one of the most traumatic experiences of our generation-a worldwide pandemic due to COVID-19. The Kinder Patch Learning Academy was established to provide families with an opportunity to virtually educate their children in the safest environment possible- their home. During these times of uncertainty, as a parent and as an educator, it was imperative for me to consider the livelihood of our children. The relationship between all of my students parents and I, has always extended beyond the classroom. After hearing and sharing our deepest concerns about the risks involved with children returning to the classroom, I felt compelled to make an impact in a positive way. Starting The Kinder Patch Learning Academy, has provided me the opportunity to pursue my passion to educate young learners. Although, during these unorthodox times we are faced with more challenges, it has, also, unlocked the potential to for young learners & educators to embrace creativity in their virtual classroom environment. The world has now been introduced to a new way to mold “little learners into future leaders,” and I’m grateful I have a front row seat. According to research studies, the global E-learning Market is a Billion Dollar Industry and is projected to reach $374.3 Billion by 2026. Understanding the market research, allows me to gauge the true scalability of my business over the next 5 years. With the licensing of my curriculum, I look to increase opportunities that expand the experience for online learning for primary education based on proven skills that work.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
After graduating UGA, I began my career as an aspiring journalist, working for local network affiliates. However, I wrote an article at the age of 14 discussing my desires to work with children. My heart has always leaned towards the light of children, and some have suggested that I am graced for a career in education. Realizing my passion for children, I decided to pursue the requirements & certifications necessary to operate in my gifts within the classroom. I began teaching in 2007, and I have taught in public & private education sectors. I have worked with disadvantaged children, and children of high socioeconomic status. I have directly seen the disparities between education and the need for more customized curriculum in the school system. All of my experiences have led me to the privilege I have now, the ability to customize curriculum based on the needs of my students. My mission with The Kinder Patch Learning Academy ™ is to inspire children to learn through creative confidence. In educational curriculum, there is no “one style fits all.” But rather, we as administrators, educators, and parents, need to identify these gaps and begin strategizing how we can develop a series of curriculum that serves all students.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have to give a shout out to The Getaway house in Suches, Georgia. Everyone needs an opportunity to get away and unwind. The getaway house offers a quaint, intimate opportunity to unwind in the mountains all while following COVID guidelines. In addition, I am an avid Avalon visitor. While in Avalon, we would unwind at the Woodhouse Day Spa and have drinks in the Avalon Hotel bar and dinner at South City Kitchen.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would personally like to shout out my 3 daughters London, Charlie, & Harlowe for allowing mommy to make the sacrifices necessary to build an impactful business. They have been tremendous in supporting me and my efforts (leaving inspirational notes for me to find, and affirming success over my business). My parents & sister have always encouraged me and a few of my friends have been instrumental in their efforts behind the scenes. I am delighted to represent the BUNCEE virtual learning platform as one of their 2020-21 ambassadors. Also, the mentorship I have received in my Balance Above Everything, BAE, accountability group has been inspirational as well.
Instagram: @thekinderpatch @mother.of.hip.hopps