In September 2006, Mrs. Melody Hanna took a leap of courage and faith and became founding Principal of Genesis Academy, her own school. Of course, this was a logical outgrowth of a life of service in the field of education, marked by solid preparation in academia and experiences both varied and relevant religiously and socially.
To make that launching step Mrs. Hanna consulted with others for the articulation of the philosophical and pedagogical ideas she recognized to be fundamentally important to guide her for strategic action. Reading those statements of her understanding of her undertaking is instructive to educators of vast experience in the field.
Mrs. Hanna is graduate of Aquinas College where she completed her high school diploma. For thirty-three (33) years she prepared herself for being a pioneer educator. Mrs. Hanna studied in Illinois, USA for the Illinois Teaching Certificate and baccalaureate degree in Illinois, USA, and earned her postgraduate degree in Education in Curriculum and Instruction and Learning and Technology from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bahamas Cohort graduating with highest honors.
Genesis Academy opened its doors on September 6, 2006 with 14 students, 3 full-time teachers and 4 part-time subject specialists. The school started in a two story former resident converted to accommodate 6 classrooms, a reading center, computer lab, administration office, 3 restrooms and a kitchen. The numbers tripled the following year to 43.
In the fall of 2008 a second campus was opened with 6 classrooms, a 110 seat school hall, administration office, 2 restrooms and a kitchen, large play area, 10 full-time teachers and 4 part-time subject specialists and a student body of 83.
In the fall of 2013, a third campus opened for the high school. The campus houses 8 classrooms; a radio broadcast studio a TV/Video production studio, a science lab, administration office, locker room, kitchen and 2 restrooms.
The three campuses are interconnected. Each campus is outfitted with state-of-the-art technology including interactive white boards, Wi-Fi and fully internet equipped, computer and audio-visual equipment. Even though the school started during very lean years of the Bahamian economy, it was able to grow to date a student body of 156, 17 full-time teachers, 2 full time teacher-aides, 8 part time subject specialists, 3 custodians, and an office/business administrator in just nine short years.