Beyond a Brick was founded in 2012 with the idea to build up young minds through the use of LEGO® Education. LEGO® Education explores real world challenges and seek solutions by fostering and facilitating deficiencies found in a traditional classroom environment.


We at Beyond a Brick believe that learning is by doing. Through 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.

Paula Suchomski


Paula graduated a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Finance with honors from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. She additionally earned a teaching certificate in mathematics from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas.


She has taught upper level math for 30 years at the middle school, high school, home school, community college, and private tutoring levels.


Paula is the Assistant Director to Operational Partners and Judge Advisor Tennessee FIRST LEGO®  League Tournament Committee. She is also Department Head of STEM competitions 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, Missouri and Houston, Texas.


She is a proud mother of three, a military wife of 30 years, and enjoys teaching all ages.

Robin Marsh


Robin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville Tennessee. She has been a LEGO® educator for more than 15 years. 


She serves as the assistant judge/advisor for the FIRST LEGO® League competition in Tennessee. Robin also assists in the LEGO™ competitions at the Tennessee Valley Fair.


Robin 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.

Amanda Burnette

Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, grades K-8, and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Interdisciplinary Skills from Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee. She taught second grade for two years and first grade for eight years.


She has worked with Beyond a Brick since 2015 beginning with educational classes, University of Tennessee's Summer KidsU Camp, and assisting with LEGO® robotics classes. 


She has judged the Tennessee FIRST LEGO® League Championship for several years and most recently served has Head Judge of Projects.


She has been happily married for over a decade and has three children. She is always "BEYOND" excited to see the way LEGO® bricks inspires the creativity and depth of understanding in students of all ages.

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