CBK Staff

Our Staff


Head Director | Founder

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.  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.

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Studio Manager

Brancey Mora is a Brooklyn based artist and educator, she moved to New York from Los Angeles to pursue her passion for education and fine arts. She has worked at various museums and nonprofits, dedicating herself to education and artistic programming for students and local communities. In her own practice, Brancey works with watercolor and likes to explore incorporating different mediums and techniques into her work. She is so excited to be a part of the CBK team and encouraging the development and artistic growth of the CBK students.


Assistant Studio Manager | Lead Teacher

Malia Polsky has been creative since she can remember. Growing up it was dance and musical theater later transitioning into cinematic pursuits with a focus on costume design and jewelry. Currently a working ceramicist she is elated to be sharing her eclectic skill base with the next generation of artists at CBK.

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Creative Assistant | Lead Teacher

Austin has been taking art classes since the age of some of CBK’s youngest students. This experience of being introduced to visual arts at such an early age has shaped the person he is today. Austin’s creative focus has always been drawing and painting. However, he has also taken courses in printmaking, figure studies, pottery, animation, and art history (at Parsons in NY and DuCret School of Art in NJ). Since college, Austin has gone on to collaborate with various artists on multiple projects including a series of interior wall murals. In addition to creating art in his free time, Austin also participates in co-hosting/producing nonprofit art events for his surrounding communities. Austins passion for teaching children the fundamentals of art that were so vital to his own artistic journey is what ultimately brought him to Created By Kids


Lead Teacher

Haley’s background lies in math and science but she’s got the creative bug! She has worked with both textiles and weaving and enjoys working with kids. Haley will also be teaching Science where Created By Kids will create some amazing reactions!

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