We were thankful to be interviewed and highlighted by The Clubhou.se of Augusta in their latest entrepreneurship article. Here's an excerpt.
theClubhou.se member Courtney Hatcher has started up Spark Academy here in Augusta. Spark Academy focuses on STEM education classes for children ages 3-10. Welcome, Courtney!
1. What is the business?
Spark Academy offers innovative, hands-on STEM enrichment learning for children ages 3-10. We focus on hands-on labs in beginning science concepts with tie-ins to engineering and math, and also offer LEGO robotics classes with WeDo computer programming. We offer summer camps and on-site, after-school enrichment with partners at various locations/schools around the area. More here: www.sparkacademygeorgia.com.
2. When and where did you found it?
I founded Spark because I have a love for teaching and I had seen how much fun my nephews were having and how much they were learning through the STEM enrichment classes they were taking in the Washington, D.C. area. I wanted my boys (4 and 6) to have a similar experience. So, I pursued licensing and I got certified in the ideaventions(R) curriculum. Soon after, I started Spark Academy in Augusta in April of 2015, created my own website and offered my first camps that summer.
3. Where is the business now?
We are now offering classes at Open Door Preschool, Augusta Prep, Episcopal Day School (EDS), and MAES Education Center. We are excited about new partnerships with The Clubhouse and Hope for Augusta starting this summer. I am hoping to grow slowly and sustainably. I have hired one teacher to teach alongside me and hope to add another in the next 6 -8 months.
4. What were you like in school?
I was the classic hard-worker; things didn’t always come easily, but I worked hard. I wish I had been more focused on curiosity and inquisitiveness and less about performance. I loved science and government, music and sports.
5. Any extra-curricular activities?
Currently, I am coaching my 8th year of Girls’ Lacrosse at Lakeside High School. I love the girls, building a team, coaching to character, and seeing them develop. We have grown from one team of 15 girls to two teams of 24 (JV and V) and have gone to the playoffs each of the last six years.
Read the full interview here.