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12 Directors of Doodle Bugs! Day 7: Cheektowaga Edition

December 15, 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.

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It’s time to celebrate Meagan Silverberg, Center Director at our Cheektowaga location! Ms. Meagan has been with Doodle Bugs! for almost 5 years. Over the course of her five years, she has climbed her way up the Doodle Career Ladder from Lead Teacher at our Clarence location to Assistant Director in Lancaster location and finally, her current role, Center Director at Cheektowaga. In 2015, Meagan was recognized as Doodle Bugs! Employee of the Year!

Prior to joining the Doodle Bugs! team, Meagan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Childhood Education & Special Education) and a minor in Literacy from Niagara University.

The thing Meagan loves most about Doodle Bugs!  is the relationships that are built with the children in her center’s care and their families.

“Building relationships is an integral part of creating a safe, engaging learning environment, and as a Center Director I cherish my relationships with all our families here in Cheektowaga.”

Meagan is honored to lead her Doodle Community in Cheektowaga for many reasons but says that the best part of her day is simply watching a child play– especially when they don’t realize she’s watching… #BestJobEver!

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It’s not just the children and families that benefit from Meagan’s expertise, her faculty does too! Check out what they had to say:

“Meagan is kind, caring, and easily approachable. Our center would not be what it is today without her helpful and can do attitude!”

“She’s a helpful resource to everyone in the center, and never stops helping and always doing everything she can!”

“Meagan helps by taking initiative in the classroom and helping everywhere she can. Meagan is constantly around the center to make sure that everything that is happening is helping our little ones develop and be as successful as they can be!”

 

12 Directors of Doodle Bugs! Day 6: Orchard Park Edition

December 14, 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.

We are halfway through our 12 Directors of Doodle Bugs! and although we already know we have an amazing group, taking the time to appreciate each one individually has made our hearts grow three sizes!

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Arlene McMaster is our Center Director at our Orchard Park location. Her education background includes a Bachelors Degree in Child and Special Education and a Masters in Differentiated Instruction. Ms. Arlene is a perfect example of climbing the Doodle Career Ladder! She began her tenure at Doodle Bugs! in Orchard Park as a Lead Teacher in 2009. Arlene was later promoted to Director Assistant at the Henrietta center in 2012 and soon after to Director. Arlene has since transferred back to the Orchard Park center where, as Director, she has cultivated a truly awesome community!

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Arlene is a vital resource. She consistently shares knowledge and expertise with team members and is an excellent role model. She recently trained several new managers, all while successfully executing the day-to-day operations of the Orchard Park center. We appreciate that Arlene continues to expand her knowledge by actively participating in learning and development opportunities offered by Doodle Bugs!

 

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Arlene’s favorite part of the day is getting into the classrooms to enjoy the children.

They make me laugh everyday! I love to laugh and have fun and the children in my center give me that every single day!

Arlene is an excellent leader and has grown an amazing community within her center. Her passion and leadership helps us achieve our mission to build a community of happy children, happy parents and happy teachers.

Arlene is incredibly approachable and one of the kindest bosses I’ve ever had.  I enjoy working for her every day. She is an inspiration and gives me the confidence to do better, to work better, and to be better. Arlene has welcomed me into the center with open arms.  She has been patient and understanding while I am continuing to learn and grow. – Jenna Cochrane

12 Directors of Doodle Bugs! Day 5: Webster Edition

December 13, 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.

Is it just us? Do the holidays make you feel extra mushy about all of your favorite people too? Today we’re feeling all kinds of ooey-gooey, mushiness about Miss Liz, Center Director at our Webster, NY location.

Liz has been a part of the Doodle Bugs! team for 8 years– 6 of which in her current role as Director. In 2011, she was honored as our Employee of the Year, a very deserving recognition. Prior to Doodle Bugs!, Liz earned her Masters Degree in Education and gained valuable experience from her role as an elementary teacher.

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In her center, Liz is affectionately known as “The Principal”. Parents often tell her stories about their children playing “Miss Liz” at home– one of her favorite compliments!  The best part of Liz’s day is when she’s making connections with the children. Sometimes, when she’s at her desk, a child will walk by her office and run in and just to give her a huge hug! Can you say #BestJobEver!?

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Liz gushes that the faculty, families and children in her center keep her excited to come to work everyday. We are all so fortunate to have Liz as a part of our Doodle Community. Her contagious, positive spirit and depth of early childhood experience are a vital part of our program.

“Liz is truly amazing! She genuinely cares about each employee and always has a ‘how can I help you’ attitude! Thank you, Liz, for all you do!”   -Jennifer Pierson

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12 Directors of Doodle Bugs! Day 4: Clarence Edition

December 12, 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.

Miss Angela Frost is the Center Director at our Clarence, NY location and a great example of someone who has climbed the Doodle Career Ladder. She began her journey with Doodle Bugs! as a teacher at the Orchard Park center. She was later promoted to Director Assistant at the Cheektowaga center and most recently to Director in Clarence. During her tenure, Angela has been recognized as the January 2016 Employee of the Month as well as a 2016 Employee of the Year nominee!

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In addition to her depth of Doodle Bugs! experience, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, a Masters of Science in Education and did her Post Graduate work in Special Education all at Buffalo State College.

If you ask Angela, she would say that being a Director at Doodle Bugs! is the #BestJobEver because she gets to smile all day long! She loves that every single Doodle Day is different but always full of love, learning, and surprises that make it not seem like “work”.

“Ensuring that we are delivering what we promise to families is my goal every day! The children, families, and teachers I work with are OUTSTANDING! Who could ask for more?”

 

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Miss Angela, also affectionately known as Miss Angie in her center, embodies the Doodle Spirit. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Some of her most memorable moments so far include: taking selfies with Mr. Doodle Bug on his birthday, 2015’s rockin’ new year’s eve dance party and doing the “Tooty Ta” with the children in her center. Plus, if you know Miss Angela, you know she is always using her own “Doodleism” in conversation– Doodletastic, Doodlerific, Doodleverse and Doodley!

Check out what some of Angela’s faculty has to say:

Not only is Angela a great director, but she is a great leader.  She consistently gives her all when trying to encourage and motivate others. She shows strong values and is exceptionally committed to living the Doodle Bugs Way! She does a great job acknowledging accompliments and most importantly, works to create and build relationships with each child and family in the center.

Angela is a very supportive Director; she is easy to talk to and offers advice and support with concerns. She recognizes strengths and provides guidance for areas that need improving. Angela had made my first two months here at Doodle Bugs! a very positive experience. She works very hard to make this center one to be recognized. I look forward to coming to work everyday!   – Laura

Angela is very serious about her job but also works to make sure everyday is fun– for the children and faculty! I enjoy coming to work knowing that if I need anything Angela will do her best to help me with whatever it is   – Miss Hannah

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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