A Little About Shannon

Shannon Kelly’s passion for foreign languages started early. After winning a scholarship to study in Germany at 15, she spent a whirlwind few months immersed in a culture entirely ‘other’. The experience dramatically changed her perspective, sparking a love for exploring other cultures.

 A decade on, Shannon and her young family relocated to New York City, where their days were spent in a melting pot of language and culture. She quickly noticed how much of an impact living in such a diverse city was having on her toddlers, with curiosity, empathy and creativity being cultivated by the day. She also saw how navigating different cultures was equipping her toddlers for the globally connected world they were already beginning to shape.

 Upon returning to Sydney, however, continuing this cultural education proved difficult in a city where neighbourhoods are a lot more spread out and isolated. After discovering there were no fun, interactive early childhood language programs for her children to take part in, she set out to create them herself. Utilising her background in communications, and in partnership with early childhood experts, ‘The Cultured Kid’ was born. The program was quickly adopted by daycare centres across the city, cementing Shannon’s aim of every child having the chance to revel in the joy of exploring foreign cultures, no matter where they live.


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