Rene Czika is the founder of Created by Kids, a company that reflects both her creative ambitions as well as her life long passion for teaching children. After graduating from Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA, Rene moved to Tempe, AZ and began working for a small company teaching pottery techniques to children of all ages.
A year later, after relocating to Washington, DC, she became an assistant teacher at Silver Spring Day School, where she truly fell in love with being part of a team in classroom setting. Both students and parents alike raved about the after school clay program, and after teaching in DC for 3 years Rene made the decision to move to NYC and start her own educational business.
With these experiences in mind, Created by Kids was born, offering services to children throughout Brooklyn. In only two years, Rene has expanded her curriculum from its initial ceramics focus to include jewelry-making. Of her unique, fun and innovative classes, Rene says, “I feel lucky to integrate both imagination and creativity into a child’s development. I am fortunate to be doing what I am passionate about and am excited to continue to expand my business in new directions.”
Adrienne Hloderwski is a New York native, born in Syracuse and moved to New York City nearly 6 years ago. She has a Bachelors in Anthropology and a Masters in Education which has inspired her love for community and work with children. Adrienne is also an avid potter and has a lifetime of experience sewing, crocheting, stamp and wood carving, jewelry making, and working with stained glass. Adrienne loves working with children of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds and looks forward to a fun and creative summer!
Lindsey's love of the arts started at a very young age, eventually culminating with a degree in media studies from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. She has been involved with Created By Kids since its inception, both with teaching and helping to develop CBK curriculum. She has also volunteered with children's mentoring programs like Camp Sunrise and Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls. Lindsey is a freelance music journalist and has written for The Village Voice, Stereogum, Brooklyn Magazine, and others. In her spare time, she enjoys playing competitive pinball.
Matt Micchia graduated in 2006 with a bachelors in business administration from the University of Toledo. After graduation Matt worked as an auditor and in 2010 moved to NYC to further his career. After several years o working at a wealth management office Matt decided to pursue his passion and open Created By Kids.