Code Breaker Inc. began in 2010 as a consulting business owned and operated by Brian Aspinall. As an elementary educator holding a degree in Computer Science, Brian sought out to highlight the importance of exposing young people to the principles of coding and computational thinking to prepare them for their rapidly changing future. In 2015 he made the move to higher education where he continues to spread his message.
Following the release of his books Code Breaker and Block Breaker, Brian had an idea for a children’s book, Think Like a Coder, which he ultimately decided to publish under the Code Breaker brand in 2019. That same year, he connected with educator and speaker, Daphne McMenemy, who would soon after publish Gracie with Brian and Code Breaker Inc. His fourth book, Risk Taker, was released under the brand early the following year.
In 2020, Brian saw his consulting business come to a complete stand still as the world faced a global pandemic. On March 13th, 2020, schools across the globe closed their doors, forcing a massive shift in how education and professional development would be delivered for the foreseeable future. Code Breaker Inc. had to pivot to survive.
Brian took on his first publishing project outside the children’s book space with Staying Grounded by Dr. Michael Hynes. After working together on Gracie and informally on Risk Taker, Daphne took on the role of editor for the company. They released their first project just a month later. By the end of 2020, Code Breaker Inc. published 20 books between their Leadership Series and Kid Collection with Aspinall as Founder and CEO and McMenemy as Managing Director.
Code Breaker Inc. has become a consulting and publishing powerhouse in the education space. Offering professional development from an array of backgrounds, experiences, cultures and climates and providing quality leadership, consulting, keynotes, and workshops, the company embodies its mission statement in every way.
Breaking code isn’t just about programming, it is about disrupting the status quo. It is about challenging social norms. It is about having critical conversations. It is about challenging systematic beliefs. It is about educating the whole child – mind, body and soul.
You can’t teach people everything they need to know. The best you can do is position them where they can find what they need to know, when they need to know it.Seymour Papert