The BRICKS 4 KIDZ® model was founded by Michelle Cote in St. Augustine, Florida. Michelle started an after-school Spanish class (outside the school system). In the spring of 2008 while filling out the forms to become a “School Board Vendor,” teaching Spanish at the school the following school year, Michelle noticed a category on the form for “creative science.” Her son loves to play with LEGO® bricks, and she thought to herself, “Maybe I could lead a creative science LEGO® class too”. Michelle was awarded the bid for both the after-school Spanish and the creative science LEGO® class. That summer Michelle advertised a Spanish camp and a LEGO® camp. She had three children sign up for the Spanish camp, but 35 children signed up for the LEGO® camp!
After seeing the excitement over the LEGO® bricks, Michelle decided to go with the LEGO® after-school class – and it took off. Michelle found herself at three different primary schools with an average of 20 students in each class every week. Now Michelle does over 20 after-school classes a week, plus school incursions, programs during the school holidays and bunches of birthday parties every weekend!
Today BRICKS 4 KIDZ® has over 600 locations in 35 countries. BRICKS 4 KIDZ® is a Child Safe Child Friendly organisation and our number one priority in any activity is the safety of children under our supervision. Our Child Safe Child Friendly policy is available here for download.
Brad is passionate about making a difference with kids. He is Newcastle born and bred with 4 kids of his own. Brad has filled various customer service and sales roles in engineering based companies during his career and has two diploma level qualifications including a Diploma in Environmental Science and an Advanced Diploma in Business Management. This mix of knowledge and experience coupled with a passion for helping kids allows Brad to relate to kids of all ages when discussing Science and Engineering concepts. Brad now provides fun and educational workshops for kids at a number of schools and across a variety of ages.
Brad and Jo started Bricks 4 Kidz in Lake Macquarie and Newcastle in September 2016 with the vision of helping kids development and being able to give back to the community. Brad’s working with children check number is WWC0777461E.
Jo has spent the majority of her life working in care environments. Jo worked for many years in aged care before making the change over to childcare and has never looked back. Jo has worked in childcare for the past 8 years as well as being mum to her own 2 kids. While the kids were young Jo ran a home based family daycare for three years looking after children aged from infant to 5 years old. Once the kids were at school age, Jo started a traineeship in childcare with Wallsend Community Preschool. Jo gained valuable experience working within the early years learning framework (EYLF) and developed a passion for working with special needs children. Jo has a real passion for working with and caring for children and a particular passion for working with special needs kids. Jo’s working with children check number is WWC0542886E.
Sonia Carpenter BA, MTeach (Sec),
Sonia has always wanted to be a teacher and work with children because she loves learning and loves helping others to learn as well. She is a passionate advocate for effective communication and enjoys public speaking.
After school she went straight to University and loved it. She decided that to be the best teacher possible she should learn as much as she could first, and then train separately in teaching, so she first completed a Bachelor of Arts (majors in English and Ancient History). Sonia followed this with a Master of Teaching with Distinction (majors in Secondary English and History Education). She knew that language and communication were the areas that she believed as a teacher, she could truly enrich lives, so Sonia also studied a Master of Educational Studies with Distinction (majoring in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – TESOL).
Sonia has an employment history in various roles including customer service, student mentoring, marketing, educational administration, tutoring and teaching. She six years’ experience in private and small group tutoring of English, humanities and Academic skills, and eight years’ experience in customer service.
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Do you come from an educational or care background? Are you interested in working with kids? Do you want to try something different?
Why not try a Bricks 4 Kidz Franchise – new and established territories available. Click here to enquire or call Brad on 0499 006 056