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!
Meet Our Team ~
Melina has had extensive experience with working with children ranging from 6 months – 16 years and has a certificate 3 in child care services. As a Child Care educator, Melina has a strong personal appreciation of the value of education. Melina believes educational and purposeful activities are a crucial link in the building of foundations necessary to encourage individuals to aspire and achieve their personal best.
Melina now has strong experience in child care of children aged 6 months onwards, with a focus on providing fun, safe and educational experiences for children of all ages. She believes that all children deserve to feel safe and comfortable at all times whilst being engaged in fun, social and educational activities.
Melina possesses a valid First Aid certificate, with qualifications including Applying First Aid, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management, and Working with children Blue card.
She really enjoys engaging with children and their families, and is happy to give plenty of positive, constructive feedback about each child’s workshop experience!