We have some really exciting news and want to shout it from the rooftops! Doodle Community, please join me in celebrating our new dynamic duo at our Clarence, NY location!
A huge round of applause for Angela Frost on her promotion to Clarence Center Director and a big congratulations to Kaitlyn Snell on her promotion to Clarence Director Assistant! Both of these women are exceptional examples of climbing our Doodle Career Ladder!
Angela began her tenure with Doodle Bugs! as a Lead Teacher at our Orchard Park center. After some time at the classroom level, she was was promoted to Director Assistant at our Cheektowaga location. Now, we are thrilled that our Clarence community will benefit from her expertise.
“Whatever Angela is doing, she commits 100%. It’s clear that she is passionate about early childhood learning and committed to excellence.” Said Anthony Insinna, President/CEO of Doodle Bugs!
Angela’s education background combined with her Doodle Bugs! experience is a perfect fit for our Early Childhood Learning center. She attended Buffalo State College where she earned a Master’s degree in Literacy (Birth-Grade 12) and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education.
“Angela brought her can-do attitude and stepped up to fulfill a leadership role. She has made it a point to introduce herself to each parent and faculty member and is a strong example of what the 10 foot rule looks like!” said Kate Bordonaro, a long-time member of our Administrative team.
Kaitlyn Snell began at Doodle Bugs! as a Lead Toddler Teacher. She gained vital operational experience during her time in the classroom.
“Kaitlyn has been at our center for a few weeks now and fits right in! She is kind, considerate and always smiling. Kaitlyn is always on top of things at the front desk and is always checking on the teachers in the rooms to see if they need anything.” said Miss Katie, a member of the Clarence faculty.
Miss Kaitlyn’s education includes a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Curriculum and Instruction from Buffalo State College and a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood and Special Education from Geneseo College.
The combination of their early childhood expertise, leadership qualities and desire for excellence will greatly benefit the entire center. We are so proud of both Angela and Kaitlyn and are confident that the duo will be a wonderful addition to our Clarence facility.
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?