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.
Who leads the team on the Sunshine Coast?
Gavin studied Communications at Southampton Solent University in the UK and spent the early part of his career working in London for Credit Suisse and Sun Life of Canada Asset Management. Following a year travelling Australia with his wife, they decided to emigrate to the Sunshine Coast.
Over the past decade Gavin has worked in Brisbane for the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and Toll Mining Logistics but has now made the move to not just live in Paradise but work here too.
In October 2014 Gavin founded The Kragle Creative, the first franchisee for BRICKS 4 KIDZ® in Queensland, and is now working to establish and grow the business in this part of the world.
Gavin’s Working With Children Check number is WWC0271146E. Stacey has the Education and Care First Aid qualification from St John Ambulance Australia, endorsed by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
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