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Team Tuesday: Issue #220

February 24, 2015

TT_02.24.15In today’s edition of Team Tuesday, we are pleased to feature Brian Cohen, a valued member of the McCandless team.

As an assistant teacher, Brian works in several different classrooms, making a positive impact on multiple children and their families. McCandless center director, Laura Walzer, happily shares:

“I have had parents from each of these classrooms take the time to e-mail me or call me to talk about how wonderful Brian is. I am truly impressed with Mr. Brian and the connections he has made (and can make) with children of all ages.”

With thoughtful communication skills and a can-do attitude, Brian is clearly committed to building a community of  happy children, happy parents, and happy teachers. Thank you, Brian, for demonstrating that you truly CARE.


Team Tuesday: Issue #219

February 10, 2015

lanaIn today’s edition of Team Tuesday, we are pleased to feature Lana Gelin, a talented infant team member at the Webster center. Families instantly feel “at home” in Lana’s classroom and greatly appreciate her kind, thoughtful interactions with children and adults alike. Lana clearly views parents as partners in their baby’s care and prioritizes open communication with families.

Recently, a parent shared these kind words, which beautifully sum up the “doodle experience” with Lana:

I hope she knows she is an amazing caretaker and I appreciate everything she does not only for (my baby), but in her communications with me. I told her but I really mean it…Lana exceeds my expectations daily.

I really think Lana is amazing and you and your staff go above and beyond for us. We appreciate you all so much.

Center Director, Liz Vandetti, was quick to point out that the center “receives feedback like this about Lana all the time!”

Thank you, Lana, for being such an asset to the Webster team. The doodle community is truly a better place because you CARE.


Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #218

January 6, 2015

Meagan SewardFor this week’s edition of Team Tuesday, we would like to highlight Meagan Seward, director assistant at our Lancaster location.

We recently received a phone call and email from a Lancaster parent who wanted to specifically recognize Meagan for her outstanding work. Here is her testimonial:

To follow up from our phone call today, on behalf of myself, and several other parents whose children attend the Doodle Dugs at the Lancaster/Depew location, I would like to recognize the outstanding work of Megan, interim director.  The word used by parents to describe her is “genuine.”  She is so kind and giving to the parents and the children.  Miraculously, Megan knows the details of each child and at any time can tell you a funny or interesting story or tidbit about your child and his/her development.  As a parent, this means so much to think that someone other than ourselves is interested in our child and genuinely cares about their day and their progress – especially from the director of the program.

Megan is also extremely professional.  She is a fantastic interim director.  She is responsive and helpful.  She seems to always be working and available. She is visible at the front of the building when you enter to greet the parent and child.  If she is not near the front of the building (and even if she is) she usually is working with a teacher or holding/speaking with a child.  She can also be seen in the classroom helping.  Megan seems never afraid to roll up her sleeves and help others.  Also, it appears that she is well liked and respected by the staff. 

We have had three children attend the Doodle Bugs program (with another on the way) – and as far as directors are concerned – we have been most impressed by Megan and hope that she is always at our location!  Please find some way to recognize and reward Megan for her achievements.

Thank you,

Jennifer Beckage

Thank you, Meagan! The doodle community is a better place because you CARE!


Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #217

December 30, 2014

For this week’s edition of Team Tuesday, we would like to highlight all the infant teachers at our McCandless, PA location. infant teacher1

Our administrative office recently received a phone call from a parent praising the infant faculty for their dedication to the care of the children in the classroom. She raved about how wonderful they are and that she was reassured she could leave her children in such loving hands.   infant teacher 3

We really enjoy hearing testimonials from our parents about teachers that make an impact on them and their children. infant teacher 2We’re very proud to recognize these specific faculty members for not only their loving nature and kindness to the littlest doodle bugs, but also their commitment to uphold our doodle differences and values. The infant room teachers have gone above and beyond and we thank them for their efforts.  The doodle community is a better place because you CARE!


Here Comes Santa Claus…

December 16, 2014

Here come Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus Lane! Santa Claus will be stopping by our centers for a special visit with the children! Check below for your center specific dates and times. FullSizeRender2

West Amherst: Tuesday, December 23rd at 10:00 a.m.

Penfield: Thursday, December 18th at 11:15 a.m.

Webster: Tuesday, December 16th at 10:00 a.m.

Cheektowaga: Friday, December 19th at 10:00 a.m.

Clarence: Monday, December 22nd and Tuesday, December 23rd at 10:00 a.m.

East Amherst: Wednesday, December 18th at 3:00 p.m.

Henrietta: Tuesday, December 23rd at 2:30 p.m.

Lake Worth: Tuesday, December 23rd at 10:00 a.m.

McCandless: Tuesday, December 23rd at 10:00 a.m.

Victor: Wednesday, December 24th at 10:00 a.m.

Lancaster: Monday, December 22nd at 10:00 a.m.

If your center is not listed please see the director for more information.

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #216

December 16, 2014

For this week’s edition of Team Tuesday, we would like to highlight Jazmin Rodoplh, a teacher assistant in the preschool classroom at our Lancaster, NY location.103_5373

Miss Jazmin is a creative and fun-loving teacher who is always dedicated to helping her students learn through engaging, messy, and hands-on activities. She is such a flexible employee and is always the first to volunteer whenever anyone needs a helping hand. You can always find Miss Jazmin fully involved in a creative art project or running around outside with her students. She goes out of her way to make sure they are not only learning through play, but that they are comfortable and happy. It is evident how much the children love being around her through their smiles and laughter.

The Doodle Bugs! Lancaster team is very lucky to have a faculty member as loving and exciting as her. Thank you, Jazmin, for all your efforts and making the doodle community a better place.


Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 215

December 2, 2014

For this week’s edition of Team Tuesday, we would like to highlight Malorie Cummings, a lead teacher in the toddler classroom at our Cheektowaga, NY location.Malorie

Over the last two years, Malorie has demonstrated her dedication to early childhood education and the Doodle Bugs! community. Malorie is very attentive to her children’s needs and is always willing to lend a helping hand – whether it be through a center event, taking the lead on an initiative, or giving hugs to the kiddos. Her warm smile is very welcoming to her students, families and faculty members. She takes time during evenings and weekends to participate in our doodle community initiatives through our Bug Squad program. It’s a true indication of how she puts her heart into her work and her every day at the center.

Malorie’s work ethic and positive personality is what makes her so deserving of this recognition. The doodle community is a better place because you CARE!




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