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12 Directors of Doodle Bugs! Day 3: Henrietta Edition

December 9, 2016

This month we are taking a moment to recognize the 12 Center Directors from our corporate locations. Being the leader of a child care center is a big job. Not only are Directors overseeing their team, and the daily operations in the center, they are also role models, nurturers, cheerleaders and teachers for all of the children in the building.

Welcome to day 3 of the 12 Directors of Doodle Bugs! Today we’re highlighting Miss Kara Matzel, Center Director at our Henrietta, NY location.


Miss Kara joined the Doodle Bugs! team this year and brings loads of expertise with her. She has over 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelors of Science Degree in Childhood Education and Special Education and a Masters of Management Degree.

Kara began her tenure during Summer Camp this year and comments that it’s been an adventure since day one! Every day she looks forward to the smiles, hugs and greetings from the children in her center. For her, making those connections is the best part of every day.





Being able to work with such an incredible team is another highlight for Kara and it seems the feeling is mutual. Check out what her faculty had to say:

Kara is one of the most kind and caring people I have ever met. She always puts everyone else’s needs before her own.

Kara loves to make special visits in our classroom and my friends love it!

Kara shows her appreciation for our hard work by always coming around to our rooms and thanking us!

Kara shows understanding and patience all day!

Kara is so nice and caring. She truly loves her job and it shows every day.

Kara is very understanding! She shows true affection for the children as well and the staff. Always offering a helping hand.

Kara is very helpful! She is very caring towards all of the children!

Kara is dedicated to the success of her center. She cares about each and every child and staff member!

Kara works very hard!

Kara always recognizes when you are doing a great job and is open about concerns.

Kara has a great sense of humor!

Kara is so kind and makes a point to help out whenever needed!

Kara is very helpful and very concerned with what every teacher needs. It helps the day run smoother.

Kara is always super friendly and is always willing to help if needed!

Kara always has a helping hand with great ideas!

Kara listens and supports her teachers.

Kara always asks and offers help for anything in our classroom.

12 Directors of Doodle Bugs! Day 2: East Amherst Edition

December 8, 2016

This month we are taking a moment to recognize the 12 Center Directors from our corporate locations. Being the leader of a child care center is a big job. Not only are Directors overseeing their team, and the daily operations in the center, they are also role models, nurturers, cheerleaders and teachers for all of the children in the building.


It’s day two of the 12 Directors of Doodle Bugs! and today we are hopping over to our East Amherst, NY location to celebrate Center Director, Miss Ann Kinney! Ann has been a part of our team for two years. Prior to her Director role, she spent 9 years in an elementary school teaching grades 2 and 4 in addition to 5 years in early childhood education. Ann also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Development and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. Her expertise is a huge asset to our program.

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When asked what her favorite part of each day is, Ann gushed, “I absolutely love being able to connect with a family by letting them know about a special moment  I shared with their child”. It’s the relationships with the families and children in her center that put a smile on Miss Ann’s face every day.



Ann is proud of the attention to detail at Doodle Bugs! because it helps parents feel confident that their child’s best interests are always a priority.

Miss Ann has some big fans in her center– just check out what her team had to say:

“Miss Ann is easy to talk to, and is always there when we need her.” –Miss Amanda

“Miss Ann is a dedicated, caring, and extraordinary person! She always puts the needs of others before her own. We are very lucky to have her.” –Miss Nicole J.

“Miss Ann has taught me so much in the few months I have been at East Amherst! She is a great role model, that motivates me to become a great Director one day!” -Miss Christine



12 Directors of Doodle Bugs! McCandless Edition

December 7, 2016

This month we are taking a moment to recognize the 12 Center Directors from our corporate locations. Being the leader of a child care center is a big job. Not only are Directors overseeing their team, and the daily operations in the center, they are also role models, nurturers, cheerleaders and teachers for all of the children in the building.

On day 1 of our 12 Days of Doodle Directors we are excited to celebrate Miss Laura Walzer, Center Director at our McCandless, PA location!


Miss Laura has been the Director in McCandless for 2 years and came to Doodle Bugs! with a lot of expertise. In addition to her 7 years of prior experience in early childhood education, she has a Masters of Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati and Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Dayton.


If you ask Laura, the best part of her day is getting into the classrooms and building relationships with the children. In fact, the faculty and children in her center affectionately call her “Teacher Boss”.

Laura is proud to send her own son to Doodle Bugs! and be able to personally witness the positive impact the program is having on him.


Being a part of a great team and being to work with good friends is important to Laura. “I have an amazing Director Assistant, Leah, who has been with me from the beginning– she can finish my sentences and is always right there with me. I don’t know what I would do without her.”


But, you don’t have to take it from us, just listen to what some of her team members have to say:

I can’t say enough about Laura. I affectionately call her the “Director of the Universe.” None of the day-to-day stressors seem to get her down. In addition to being a great role model, she is also approachable with my concerns. Another thing I love is that she has often given me a hug because she’s genuinely missed me after an absence.    – Tracy Price

She cares about her employees and stands by their side, even during the tough times.  – Jansen Hartmann and Marina Rozick

Laura puts everything she has into our center. She knows every single person that walks through the door and can greet them by name! The bond she creates with her colleagues is admirable. She is simply the best!  – Abbey Bucci

She strives every day to be the absolute best for the children, families, and teachers. We love you, Laura!  – Emma Hartman

Laura is the heart of our center. She is not only a great mentor but a great friend to all! She puts Doodle Bugs first and does anything and everything she can to make sure the center is running as smoothly as possible!  – Leah Sharlow

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 278

December 6, 2016


It’s time to celebrate our Employee of the Month for December, Miss Brittany Strouse! Miss Brittany exhibits the Doodle Bugs! Way in everything she does. Her pre-kindergarten classroom is impressive. The space is always clean, engaging and energetic. Not only does her room look amazing, she cultivates a respectful and safe environment for the children in her care.

Miss Brittany is a wonderful team member. She is continually positive, demonstrates drive, and is always helpful. Her fellow teachers truly appreciate that they can count on her as a mentor and cheerleader. Currently, Miss Brittany is working with the teachers to increase the quality of the Tadpoles daily reports sent out at her center– just one example of how she continues to go above and beyond. Brittany is also one of our Mentors for her peers and participates in the Doodle Bugs! Leadership Program.

We are thrilled to have Miss Brittany on our team, her positive energy cultivates a community of Happy Children, Happy Parents and Happy Teachers every day!

Happy December!

December 1, 2016


December is here and we have officially entered into the holiday season!

The preschool, pre-k and school age children have started practicing songs for our annual Milk & Cookies: Holiday Sing Along event on Wednesday, December 14! Make sure to mark your calendars to join us that evening for this sweet family tradition. In addition to the children’s performances, we’ll also be serving dinner and decorating (and eating!) cookies.





Also happening this month, all of our centers are collection sites for new, unwrapped toys. You have until December 16th to give. After that, your donations will be distributed to children in need within our communities through Toys for Tots (Buffalo, Rochester and Palm Beach County) and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. We are so grateful to have such generous, thoughtful families at Doodle Bugs! Thank you!

Our December newsletter is now available and will be sent home with families this week. Or, take a peek here!


Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 277

November 1, 2016

We hope you all are recovering from Halloween Monday. What a way to kick off the week!


We are thrilled to announce our November Employee of the Month for this week’s Team Tuesday. Congratulations to Miss Nicole James, a very deserving member of our Doodle Faculty! Nicole is our Front Desk & Teacher Assistant at our East Amherst, NY Center.



Nicole wears many hats. In addition to her teacher role, she seamlessly manages operational tasks and center closing duties at our East Amherst center each day. Nicole’s peers are continuously impressed by her dedication and willingness to go above and beyond. Her ability to anticipate the needs of others, whether it be helping a teacher with behavior management or pitching in to clean a classroom, makes her a huge asset to the team. Parents are so appreciative of Nicole’s thoughtfulness. She always has a quick story about a child or a friendly remark for the families. She does a wonderful job forming bonds and lasting relationships with children in all age groups. We truly appreciate Nicole’s eagerness and excitement to learn new things that help her continue to grow. She is a Center Ambassador, member of the Bug Squad, on the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres playroom staff and is planning to become a mentor for her peers.

Way to go, Nicole! Doodle Bugs! is so happy to have you on our team.




Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 276

October 25, 2016

So, by now you’ve probably heard that Doodle Bugs! has Happy Parents! One of the reasons our Doodle Parents are so happy is because they feel connected to their child’s day– even when they’re at work. At Doodle Bugs!, we LOVE being able to share our Doodle Day and one of the ways we can do this is through our electronic daily reporting on Tadpoles! With Tadpoles, our teachers not only send notes about every child’s day, but they’re also sending photos and videos! How amazing is that?

Our Team Tuesday recognition this week goes to two teachers at our Clarence, NY location, Miss Hannah and Miss Laura, who have sent over 100 photos during the first week of school! Since then, they have sent another 600 photos on tadpoles! That’s 700 photos for one classroom in only two months! No doubt, these teachers are delivering a personalized experience to the families of the children in their care.


Last week, one of the children in Miss Hannah and Miss Laura’s classroom celebrated her third birthday. Hannah and Laura attached ELEVEN birthday photos to her daily report! As a parent, it’s so hard to feel like you’re “missing out” while at work–particularly on special occasions like a birthday. Being able to give parents a glimpse into our day with photos and videos is priceless.


Thank you, Miss Hannah and Miss Laura for CONTINUALLY delivering a personalized experience! You are truly making a Doodle Difference!!!