The BRICKS 4 KIDZ® model was founded by Michelle Cote in St. Augustine, Florida. Michelle initially started an after-school Spanish class in the spring of 2008, and then thought to herself, “My son loves to play with LEGO® – maybe I could lead a creative science LEGO® after-school workshop too”. Michelle launched both the after-school Spanish class and the LEGO® workshop. She had three children sign up for the Spanish class, but 35 children signed up for the LEGO® workshop!
Today BRICKS 4 KIDZ® has over 750 locations in 45 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.
Since 2010, I have been teaching guitar lessons as well as broader multi-instrumental ensemble education for students as young as the age of 4. I also have a regular performance schedule, with an interest in musical theatre. A career highlight is playing the lead guitar role in Matt Byrne Media’s production of ‘We Will Rock You’ in June/July 2018.
My view on child education takes a student centric approach, with a high priority placed on maintaining a child’s intrinsic motivation to learn. Fundamental to this is valuing the individual needs of each child and working towards their strengths and goals with personalised interaction to cultivate creativity, imagination, and the development of fine motor skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.
In childhood, Lego was my favourite past time. My Lego Harry Potter sets and some very old handed down bricks became prized possessions.
I completed a Bachelor of Education in 2014. While studying, I was given the opportunity to work in an Adelaide primary school, providing learning support for children with learning difficulties. Here I developed my interest and love for mathematics and learned the great importance of play-based learning.
Now, as an aunty to two Lego lovers, I am up to my elbows in Lego Minecraft. Lego Star Wars and creative building.
I’m Danielle! I’ve been working with children in educational settings for the past 3 years. I’m studying to become a teacher.
Before teaching, I worked with young people in wellbeing for approximately 5 years.
In my spare time, I like to walk my dog Maisi. I also have a pet cat Millie but she doesn’t like being walked further than the backyard. I thoroughly enjoy ‘dad jokes’.
My name is Woody and I hold both a Master of Teaching and a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences. I have predominantly taught mathematics across four separate schools.
I believe that STEM skills are highly important for 21st century success where for example, space exploration, artificial intelligence and business intelligence advances will require much scientific, technological and ICT literacy.
In my free time I like playing soccer and guitar.
I graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Education (Primary and Middle School) in 2018. I have previously worked in an OSHC and as an SSO in a primary school.
I have a passion for working with young people and aspire to make a positive difference in their lives. I love travelling, reading, going up the river and spending time with my family and friends.
‘Hey I’m Danni! I have completed a Bachelor of Music and am currently studying a Masters of Primary Teaching at Flinders University. I love working with children and watching them learn and grow.
I have a strong passion for education and am continually looking for creative ways to integrate play into learning. My hobbies include dancing, playing piano and hanging out with my dog Zoe.