It’s that time of the year again, back to school! As our Doodle families are preparing for another school year, we are also saying, “See you soon!” to some of our Doodle faculty as they head back to college!
Doodle Bugs! prides itself on having some of the most demanding educational requirements–ensuring that we hire strong early education candidates. Additionally, we continually encourage our faculty to participate in our various professional development opportunities and allow schedule flexibility for those pursuing higher education.
We want to thank those pursuing higher education for choosing to share their expertise with Doodle Bugs! Have a wonderful semester and we can’t wait to have you back over winter break!
Let’s give a big virtual high-five to each of the college-bound ladies listed below:
Name: Taylor Hess
School: Medaille College
Major: Elementary Education
Taylor will be student teaching in local elementary schools this semester!
Name: Amanda Pepe
School: Fredonia State
Major: Early Childhood & Childhood Education (Dual Major)
Name: Sarah Gaczewski
School: Mercyhurst University
Major: Childhood/Special Education (Dual Major)
Name: Jillian Wojtan
Center: West Amherst
School: State University of New York at Fredonia
Major: Childhood Inclusive Education
Name: Brianna Saltzman
Center: East Amherst
School: Grand Canyon University
Major: Athletic Training
Name: Emma Schum
School: Nazareth College
Major: Occupational Therapy
Name: Torie Rymarczyk
School: Kent State University
Major: Early Childhood Education
Name: Katherine Chandler
School: West Penn Hospital School of Nursing
Major: Pursuing a degree in Nursing
We are so proud to share this news with you all! This month, Miss Katie Fiocca, a Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher at our Webster location, was promoted to Rochester Program Coordinator! Let’s hear it for Miss Katie!
In her new role as Program Coordinator, Katie will provide coaching and support to classroom teachers and assistants in all age groups.
While in her postition as Lead Pre-Kindergarten, Katie successfully completed the Leadership 101 program, Doodle Mentoring program and was an active member of the Bug Squad– our community events team.
While we’ll miss having Katie in her Pre-Kindergarten classroom, we are thrilled that she will be bringing her expertise to all programs throughout our Rochester centers. Katie adds “I am so excited for this next step on my professional journey!”
We love this example of another employee climbing the Doodle Career Ladder and look forward to seeing Katie in her new role. Way to go, Katie!
We are so excited to announce Ambassador Program 2.0! Last year, our inaugural year of the concept, turned out to be such a great experience. We all learned so much and it left us anxious to introduce a new and improved version of the program. The first meeting was held last week and it was awesome! We had representation from all 13 of our centers which includes the regions of Buffalo, NY, Rochester, NY, Pittsburgh, PA and South Florida.
Let’s hear from one of our Ambassadors herself, Kelsey Short from our Orchard Park location:
The Ambassador meeting was so interesting, empowering and fun! It was exciting to have the opportunity to decide what we want the Program to bring to our centers and the company as a whole.
This forum was a great way to discuss with other centers, what our goals are and how we plan on accomplishing them. Caroline [Director of Customer Relations] began the meeting by asking us to define what the ambassadors would be–such a great conversation starter! We were able to dig into what we wanted to do as the Ambassadors and all the ways we could promote excellence company-wide.
The guest speakers at the meeting inspired us about what we could accomplish. I loved Toni’s [Doodle Bugs! Education Specialist] training on how to build resilience and bounce back quickly. We learned that by building connections, accepting change, working toward a goal and keeping a clear head and open mind, we can bounce back and recover quickly from all situations.
We also heard from Christina [Director of Education]–who always delivers an inspiring session; Ruby [Recruitment Specialist]; Kate [Marketing Manager] and Lindsay [Behavior Specialist].
The mission of the Ambassador program is to unite the centers and to find our common goals. Caroline had us each set 30, 60 and 90-day goals as Ambassadors. I have already started implementing mine and I am really excited to bring my feedback to the next meeting. The entire concept of the Ambassador program is wonderful–I feel inspired and empowered and am so excited to see where this leads!
Thank you, Kelsey and all of our Ambassadors for your dedication to continued excellence at Doodle Bugs! We look forward to all the ways that your hard work will benefit the entire Doodle Community. Here’s to a great year ahead!
We’re taking a moment this Team Tuesday to recognize an exemplary Doodle Team Member, Miss Taylor! Taylor’s excellence has caught the attention of parents, fellow team members, and management in her center. Here’s what they had to say:
Miss Taylor, a lead toddler teacher at the Clarence, NY Center, lives the Doodle Bugs! Way in everything that she does. Parents often gush about Miss Taylor’s dedication to the children and her classroom.
Taylor is a team player who always helps to welcome new faculty members to the center by sharing her knowledge and expertise with them. We really appreciate that Taylor is always adaptable to changes in the workplace and approaches each day with a smile. Her positive attitude is contagious and greatly appreciated by Clarence children, parents, and faculty alike.
Additionally, Miss Taylor is a Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres playroom team member–where she provides gameday care for players’ children. Miss Taylor is also making strides in our Leadership Program.
Thank you, Taylor, for your wonderful influence on the Doodle community. We are so glad you are a part of the team!
We have been very busy in our training center this summer– which we like to refer to as Doodle U! Last week, some of our new and recently promoted managers gathered for a full day of professional development.
In the morning, participants were welcomed with a #PinterestWorthy welcome gift.
Staying true to our play-based learning methodology, we jumped right in to some fun, interactive exercises.
During the seminar, our Customer Relations team facilitated a totally interactive Effective Communication session where managers participated in various activities that demonstrated these principles first hand.
Doodle Bugs! Behavior Specialist Lindsay Leusch, also shared her expertise with the group. The intention of her Behavior Matrix training was to marry mangers’ understanding of Positive Behavior Support (PBS) practices and their expectations within the classroom, for both children and teachers. The history leading up to the development of the matrix was shared with managers, as well as the final product, which will be launched company-wide in the coming weeks. There was thoughtful discussion with managers on how to train, support, and extend teachers’ understanding of these behavioral expectations, providing greater insight on the positive and consistent application these rules moving forward.
We are excited for our new managers and are thrilled to have had the opportunity to build upon their expertise and give them the tools they need to help their centers reach their highest potential. Can we give them all a big, virtual high-five?
In celebration of Taste of Doodleville week at Doodle Day Camp, our Buffalo-area centers welcomed local author, Lisa Abbott, for a fun reading of her book, I Dig Figs. The story took summer campers on a nutritional journey through the alphabet, introducing a healthy food for each letter along with their nutritional benefits. In addition to the story, Lisa brought several foods for the children to touch and smell. We touched and smelled ginger root, figs, turmeric, kale and more!
Miss Lisa is an educator who has taught children from kindergarten through grade 6 and her experience was evident. She did a wonderful job engaging with each curious child during her visit.
Lisa received her M.Ed. from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She also received training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to practice as a Health Coach. Nutrition and fitness have always been an important part of her life and has a vested interest in teaching children of all ages how to make healthy choices in order to lead healthy lives.
Our mission at Doodle Bugs! is to is to build a community of happy children, happy parents and happy teachers. We recognize that healthy children are happy children and are thrilled to have had the opportunity to bring in an author whose values and expertise compliment ours! Wellness develops naturally when careful attention is given to nutrition, fitness and other healthy habits.
To learn more about Lisa Abbott and her book, I Dig Figs, visit Facebook.
We are having a blast this summer! And, you know what they say– time flies when you’re having fun.
Our August Newsletter is now available for download and will be going home with all families within in the next week.
In this month’s issue, we’re talking family-fun summer events including; Lake Worth Turns 2!, our annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social and a few community celebrations. All of which are great (and FREE!) opportunities for some summer fun.
Here’s a peak at the themes our centers will be celebrating during the month of August:
NY & PA Centers
Week of August 1: Taste of Doodleville
Week of August 8: Game Time
Week of August 15: Out of this World
Week of August 22: What’s Your Superpower?
Week of August 29: Carnival Days
Lake Worth Center
Week of August 1: Taste of Doodleville
Week of August 8: Carnival Days
Week of August 15: 2016-2017 School Year begins!
We’re also excited to introduce Ruby, our Recruitment Specialist, to the team. We know that having the best teachers in early childhood education is what makes our program shine and we are committed to finding, attracting, retaining and growing excellent teachers.We look forward to all the ways Ruby’s recruitment initiatives will contribute to our mission of happy children, happy parents and happy teachers.