Our Current StaFF


At Brick It Up​, we are lucky to have a very knowledgeable, creative staff that helps foster the ideals of our company.  All of our staff undergoes careful screening and proprietary training prior to working with any of our students or materials.  

  • Julie Bruce - Party Coordinator: Uses her passion for team-building and education to blast through any enemy of fun.
  • Hilary Stockoski Lead Instructor:  Hilary is a licensed and experienced elementary educator who has extensive experience with using LEGO materials in an educational setting, and can bring fun to anywhere with some cool activities.
  • Michelle Sturgis - Lead Instructor:  Michelle is another licensed educator who brings an impressive enthusiasm to our events with an uncanny ability to provide a word of encouragement or additional challenge to maximize the educational content of our Brick It Up activities.
  • Jason Thomas - Lead Instructor: Jason is an extremely creative instructor with experience developing and maintaining curriculum through years of youth education.  He has worked with Brick It Up to facilitate many successful class and camp events!
  • Nichole Perry - Early Childhood Developmental Specialist: Brings extensive creative teaching experience with young children (even her own four children!) to Brick It Up, and works firsthand with our younger students to ensure they are getting the most from our offerings.
  • Jenny Taylor - Educational Consultant: Jenny is a K-8 licensed, current educator who is well-versed in the Common Core agenda and STEM principles, and has received a Master's Degree in advanced education.  She oversees and optimizes our curriculum from start to finish, masterfully allowing the children (and even adults!!) to learn about science, technology, physics, and even English in an amazingly fun way.
  • ​Victoria Funke - Master Builder: Victoria is a senior member of the TORC robotics team, and uses her LEGO knowledge for good in her masterful LEGO designs and instruction during our parties, classes, camps, and more!
  • Tyler Essenmacher - Master Builder: Tyler is an integral member of our team with his work on creative building, instructional design, and curriculum development.
  • Matthew OverturfMaster Builder:  Matthew uses his previous experience with Martial Arts and youth education to further the creative thinking of our students using hands-on LEGO® activities.
  • And More!


We also have current working relationships with multiple other amazing individuals, ranging from LEGO chefs to computer programmers to college professors at Kettering University.  All of these contacts and relationships are used to synthesize and continuously improve the educational material available for you and your family.

ben taylor

Brick director


Ben is the Brick director of Brick It Up, using his passion for education and creativity to synthesize programs that are as educational as they are fun.  Ben has been playing with LEGO® for nearly 30 years and has been involved as an educator for nearly 20 years.  

Gary Bruce

creative director


Gary is the operations manager of Brick It Up, overseeing the day to day activities of our facility.  He has extensive experience in engineering, the sciences, and LEGO®, and has been involved in teaching for over 30 years.  Gary has developed projects which drew on his professional experience and combined the elements of fun, challenge, and learning.