Beyond a Brick™ helps bring the classroom alive with stimulating, media rich, dynamic, interactive content. Our STEM education solutions enable educators to cover a wide range of curriculum targets within science, technology, engineering and math in a fun, hands-on, and engaging way.
Our LEGO™-based solutions are designed to stimulate children's creativity, problem-solving and team-working skills. Students can explore problems and invent their own solutions. They can behave as young scientists and technical investigators, making their own discoveries all the way.
Robin and Paula currently teach STEM classes at many Knoxville area academic cooperatives including, Master's Monday, Lakeway Heritage Cooperative, Thursday Connection, Christian Cooperative, as well as at private schools like The Village Academy.
Robin Marsh has been a LEGO™ Educator for more than 12 years. Little did she know that her love/hate relationship with her children's LEGO™ bricks would someday insire her utilize them to help thousands of children learn STEM principles.
She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of the ISEA (International STEM Education Association). She is the co-owner of Beyond a Brick, a Stem education hub in Knoxville, Tennessee.
She serves as the assistant judge/advisor for the FIRST LEGO® League competition in Tennessee. Robin also is the director of the LEGO™ competition at the Tennessee Valley Fair.
She is passionate about watching children "blossom" through the avenue of Lego inspired education and encouraging them in the process.
She has three grown children, one dog and enjoys various outdoor actives.
Her latest enjoyment is collecting Lego mini-figurines. Favorite one? Captain America!
Paula Suchomski graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Finance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and earned a teaching certificate in mathematics from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, Belton, Texas.
She has taught upper level math for 30 years at the middle and high school, home school, community college and private tutoring levels.
Mrs. Suchomski is the Assistant Director to Operational Partners and Judge Advisor Tennessee FIRST LEGO™ League Tournament Committee. In addition, she is a member of the ISEA (International STEM Education Association) and was the assistant director of the LEGO™ competition at the Tennessee Valley Fair. She has judged the Tennessee FIRST LEGO™ League Championship, as well as the FIRST LEGO™ League World Festival. She has also served as head project judge at the First Lego™ League World Festival in St. Louis, MO and Houston, TX.
She is a proud mother of three, a military wife of 30 years and enjoys teaching all ages.
She received the Commander's Award for Public Service from the United States Army for dedication to provide comfort and morale support to the soldiers and their families as well as shipping humanitarian supplies to support civil military operations.
Jennifer is a 2005 Cum Laude graduate of Tennessee Technological University. Her degree is in Interdisciplinary studies with a focus in Human Learning. She taught Kindergarten in Anderson County Tennessee before "retiring" when her oldest son was born.
Jennifer and her family live in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains in beautiful East Tennessee. She is a stay at home/homeschooling mom who never outgrew her love of playing in the dirt, and playing outside. Jennifer and her family enjoy gardening, taking care of their chickens and sheep, playing with their cats and dogs, and living simply. Jennifer and her husband have two sons and are expecting their third miracle in the Fall of 2016.
Amanda has a Bachelor of Science degree in education, grades K-8, and a Master of Arts degree in educational interdisciplinary skills from Johnson University. She taught second grade for two years and has currently been teaching first grade for eight years. She teaches at Freedom Christian Academy where she has served on curriculum revision teams and serves as the lead educator for an accreditation school improvement subgroup. She founded two First Lego League after school Clubs at FCA and serves astheschoolsponsorandleadadministrativecoach. Amandaalsoco-teachesaweeklySTEAM engineering and architecture elective class at FCA for grades 5-8 with Robin. She worked with Robin and Paula this summer at the University of Tennessee summer KidsU camp assisting with Lego robotics camps. She taught a Lego WeDo class this summer at FCA's Kamp Kurious. She has judged the Tennessee FIRST LEGOTM League Championship for the past two years. She has been happily married for almost ten years and together they have a growing family with two young children and one on the way. Her 7 year old daughter and 4 year old son have loved playing and learning with Lego bricks. In just the few short years she has been teaching STEM groups she is "BEYOND" excited to see the way Lego bricks can inspire the creativity and depth of understanding in students of all ages.
WHO WE ARE
o Beyond a Brick, founded in 2012 with combined teaching experience of over 50 years, builds up young minds through the use of LEGO®Education to explore real world challenges and seek solutions by fostering and facilitating deficiencies found in a traditional classroom environment.
o We believe that learning is by doing and by using LEGO®Education, in addition to other tools, the world of STEM is brought to life by applying hands-on projects to real world challenges and creative solutions.
o We have extensive teaching experience in Title one schools with design and development of differentiated lessons which resulted in improving students’ participation and productivity.
o Co-partners with Tennessee FIRST®LEGO®League (FLL®), promoting FLL®for past ten years throughout the region and conducting coaches’ training and workshops. Provided teacher training in EV3 robotics. Veteran judges and head judge at the World Festival for past five years.
o STEM Educators, partnering with FLL®, The University of Tennessee, The MUSE, Oak Ridge Children’s Museum, Destination Imagination, Project Graduation, Girl Scouts, Classical Conversation, American Institute of Architects, private schools, libraries, corporations and hired as Title one teachers for The Village, an in-house treatment facility for troubled teens.
o Founders of the LEGO®Extravaganza at the Tennessee Valley Fair operating for 8 years and expanded to nationwide fairs.
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