Tammie Bernal and Tapatha Cooksey are not only identical twin sisters they are now partners in business. As a twin sister team and both retired teachers, they have just opened their doors to Bright Learners Preschool. We asked them a few questions about how this adventurous undertaking came about, and why they have decided to do this now.
Where did the idea come from?
We have been elementary educators for a combined 34 years. We know first hand the difference a quality preschool experience has on children. Teaching is our calling and working together has always been our dream. In true twin fashion, we had the same idea at the same time! One day out of the blue, Tammie texted Tapatha, “I really wish we could do something together.” Tapatha instantly replied, “I was JUST thinking that!” We took that as a sign. We quickly realized what we wanted to do… Open our own preschool!
Tapatha and her husband recently built their forever home in Boerne. They fell in love with the small town charm and family oriented community. We knew Boerne would also be the perfect place for our dream preschool. We are excited to provide a safe, nurturing, and engaging learning environment for your child.
What challenges have you experienced as you have geared up for your opening?
By far the greatest challenge we experienced was finding the right space. Thankfully our realtor, Steven Gillespie, was able to find us the perfect location. It is in a brand new building so we were able to customize the interior to our exact specifications. The open concept is ideal for structured whole class lessons, differentiated small group activities, and ample opportunities for discovery through purposeful play. Plus, it is located on S. School Street. That totally sealed the deal!
What makes Bright Learners Preschool unique?
Every small class is taught by two highly qualified teachers using research based curriculum. Your child will develop a love of learning while receiving a well rounded education. We will celebrate every step of your child’s progress toward their social, emotional, and academic goals. You will receive daily photos and updates through our family communication app. The app is also used to support our health and safety protocols, which include a daily health screening and paperless check in and check out.
What programs do you offer?
We are proud to offer Preschool, Prekindergarten, and After School Enrichment programs.
Our Preschool classes are designed for 14 learners ages 3-5. Our primary goal is to provide your child an “introduction to school” with differentiated structured activities and free choice center time. Our Prekindergarten Class is designed for 14 learners ages 4-5. Our primary goal is to provide your child the foundation for a successful school career.
Our After School Enrichment classes are designed for 14 learners ages 3-5. Our primary goal is to provide your child an opportunity to explore and develop creativity in a fun and engaging environment.
How has the community responded?
The community has responded with open arms. We joined the Chamber of Commerce and have received warm wishes for success. People have noted that since Boerne is rapidly growing, there has never been a better time for a new high quality preschool. Bright Learners Preschool is an excellent choice.
As we go through 2021, what short-term goals do you have?
Our primary short-term goals are to build our reputation as a high quality preschool by serving families and building community partnerships.
Tell us about your long-term goals…
Our long-term goals include offering Parent Night Out events, expanding our After School Enrichment classes, and enrolling for Summer School. We also look forward to being in a position to give back to the community.
Anything to say to the local community?
Owning and operating Bright Learners Preschool is a dream come true for us. We bring a wealth of experience, positivity, patience, and a commitment to providing your child the best preschool experience. Please contact us with any questions and/or to schedule a visit. We look forward to helping your child shine bright!