Thankful for Our Teachers

by Renee Ford

November is a month known for being thankful, and it’s no surprise that we are very thankful for the teachers who spend time with us in the summer to offer engaging and high-quality camps. From the moment Bright Lights was created in 1987, we have relied on teachers to make our program great. And I truly believe our teachers set us apart, as they provide not only the expertise displayed in their everyday teaching, but also exhibit an enthusiasm for learning and discovery that is the core of our mission. 

What’s involved in being a Bright Lights teacher? 

In one word – FUN! You teach a subject that interests you and allows a “deep dive” for students to gain hands-on experiences. Some teachers have an idea for a new camp when applying, while others prefer to teach an existing camp and incorporate their own knowledge and enthusiasm into the subject. Either way, we’ll work with you to create a high-interest camp that makes you happy to teach and attract students with similar interests. 

Do I have to be teaching in a school to apply? 

While many of our teachers work within school settings, we don’t require a teaching license to apply. We have many instructors who are members of the community and have a skill to share or are retired professionals looking to inspire the next generation. We even have pre-service teachers still in school, who appreciate having some classroom experience to add to their professional knowledge. 

What type of person makes a good Bright Lights teacher? 

We’re looking for people who like to work with students in grades K-8 (you usually get to pick the level), are passionate about a topic and can provide challenging and fun activities in the classroom. You can request which week you teach based on your schedule, choosing a half-day morning (9:00 am-12:00 noon) or afternoon (1:00-4:00 pm) time slot. You can even co-teach with a friend! 

Is there training? 

Yes! We have many resources to help you prepare to teach and answer questions along the way. We offer on-site training in April focused on specific Bright Lights topics and protocols. 

Is this a volunteer position? 

No! You’re paid to teach each half-day or full-day camp. There are even bonuses available after you’ve taught Bright Lights for one year, plus we pay for materials and supplies. 

How do I apply? 

Online teacher registration is now open – just visit the Teacher page on our website and click on the “Complete this Form” button. You’ll provide some information and be contacted to schedule an interview. We hope you—like our students—will try something new this summer and check out what Bright Lights has to offer!