Introducing the team at BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Hobart –
Angela Hawkins and Kylie Kumpulainen
Angela is a primary school teacher who has taught both overseas and in Melbourne. She grew up in Hobart, before moving to Melbourne to complete her university studies. She has recently returned to Hobart with her two young daughters and husband. Angela’s Working With Children Check number is 977850379.
Kylie completed a Bachelor of Business Degree and has been working at the Department of Human Services for the last 13 years. Kylie is married and has two young children, a son who is six and a daughter who is 2. Her son is obsessed with LEGO® and this is what attracted her to beginning the BRICKS 4 KIDZ® journey. Kylie’s Working With Children Check number is 815687280.
Angela and Kylie are excited to introduce this exciting new venture that is BRICKS 4 KIDZ® to Hobart. They are now working together to establish and grow the business and spread the love of LEGO®.
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 below for download.