Cassandra Mayhugh, MSW
Cassandra started as the After School Director at Building Blocks in July 2009 and was promoted to Assistant Director in January 2012. Effective June 2014 she was promoted to Director at Building Blocks. Cassandra graduated from the University of Kansas with her Bachelor's of Social Work in 2006 and graduated from Newman University with her Master's of Social Work in 2007. She has been working with children since the fall of 2002. Cassandra is currently certified for a Center Program Director for over 100 infant, toddler, preschool, and school age children. Before coming to Building Blocks she worked in the Lawrence Public School District for 7 years. She has received training in diversity, abuse and neglect, mediation, and family outreach to name a few.
Emily started working at Building Blocks in March of 2017 as the Assistant Director. She graduated from Ashford University in the winter of 2015 with a BA in Early Childhood Education, Administration. Along with her experience working in educational centers working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age, Emily also did one on one teaching for the program Parents as Teachers. This gave her experience working with children three and younger helping new families and high needs families. Over the past 11 years, Emily has also enjoyed being a nanny to a couple different families where she was able to watch them grow and develop preparing them for school. Emily is currently certified for a Center program Director for up to 100 infant, toddler, preschool, and school age children.
Ms. Li has been working at Building Blocks since July 2009. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Intervention from the University of Kansas. She has been working in the early childhood field since August of 2007. Ms. Li has earned the nickname "baby whisperer" in our facility. Whenever you enter her room the babies are super happy and calm. Ms. Li has 2 kids of her own. She loves the babies here like they are her own. Her favorite thing about working at Building Blocks is the warm, friendly, and welcoming environment.
Early Head Start Lead
Ms. Chayme started working at Building Blocks in January of 2015. She has been working with children since 2005. Over the past 10 years Ms. Chayme has worked her way up and has been a lead teacher for all different age groups. She currently is the lead teacher for a mixed age group of children ranging 12 months to 3 years in our first Early Head Start classroom. Ms. Chayme has her Child Development Associate credential (CDA) and had a career goal of obtaining her directors license. Her goal was met in 2017 when she completed her CDA and obtained her license for up to 100 infant, toddler, preschool, and school age children. Ms. Chayme's favorite part of working in child care is watching the children learn and grow.
Early Head Start Lead
Ms. Megan started working at Building Blocks in December 2016. Prior to her employment she enjoyed nannying for several different families since 2010. Ms. Megan started at Building Blocks working as a teaching assistant in our infant/toddler classrooms. She has worked her way up and became lead qualified for all different age groups. She is currently the lead teacher for a mixed age group of children ranging from 6 weeks to 3 years in our second Early Head Start classroom. Shortly after starting her work at Building Blocks she found that working with kids is her true passion. Megan is pursuing her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). Her favorite thing about working with children is the friendships she gains while helping kids learn and grow.
Ms. Marka has been working at Building Blocks in February of 2012. She began volunteering in the child care field while still in high school and got her first official child care job in 2009 promptly after graduation. She worked at a couple of local facilities before calling Building Blocks her professional home. Ms. Marka has completed many classes and trainings in the early childhood field. She has worked with all age groups ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years in age. Ms. Marka has moved from assistant to lead in our facility. She was previously the lead in one of our preschool classrooms when she discovered her passion for toddlers and decided that younger kids were more her style. Her favorite part of working at Building Blocks is watching the kids in her class grow.
Ms. MaKaila has been working with Building Blocks since June 2016. She loves working with all age groups but her passion is with 2-5 year olds. At her previous job Ms. MaKaila was called the "Nap Guru" because she can get any child to sleep and the "Dancing Queen" because she loves to dance and do physical activities with the children she works with. When Ms. MaKaila is not at work she loves to take her dog on the hiking trails at Clinton Lake and do lots of art projects.
Ms. Debbie started working at Building Blocks in 2010. A Lawrence native, she has taught preschoolers for over 30 years. She attained her Bachelor's degree from Kansas University focused on Early Childhood Development. She worked within the university's early childhood program supervising students completing practicum work. Ms. Debbie was the assistant director for a Montessori school while also teaching a classroom of 2 1/2 year olds. She kept this position for 7 years before having her own children. She then opened her own in-home preschool so she could work at home with her children. Ms. Debbie has also taught at The Lawrence Art Center and has always had an arts based classroom. Working with children has always been a passion as she finds her experiences teaching to be very rewarding.
Ms. Shelby has been working at Building Blocks since February of 2017. She came to Building Blocks after spending many years working on motorcycles. After fulfilling her passion to work on motorcycles she decided it was time to purse her other passion of working with children. Ms. Shelby has decided to return to school for Early Childhood Development. In her free time she enjoys listening to 50’s and country music as well as spending time with her family and pets. She is hopes to bring smiling faces in and out of her classroom.
Miss. Emily has been at Building Blocks since May 2017. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Services. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Washburn University. Before coming to Building Blocks she was a Para educator as well as an Assistant Teacher at Head Start. She has a true passion for children and great love for helping children with special needs. When she is not working she loves being outside on the farm and going on runs and bike rides with her dogs.
School Age Program
Ms. Trish has been with Building Blocks since the fall of 2014. She started as a lead preschool teacher within our facility but has recently found her new passion working with toddlers. You can frequently find Ms. Trish singing and dancing with the kids in her classroom. She currently holds a CNA and works in the evenings as a care taker. When she is not busy at work, Ms. Trish loves spending time with her two children.
All of our employees and volunteers are subject to a background check through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. All employees are also required to complete training on multiple topics including; signs of abuse/neglect, basic child development, safe sleep, prevention/control of infections diseases, signs/symptoms of childhood illnesses, prevention/response to emergencies due to food and other allergic reactions, building/premise safety, emergency preparedness, handling/storage of hazardous materials, precautions in transporting children as well as maintaining up to date infant, child, and adult first aid/CPR. In addition to these trainings, employees are required to complete a minimum of 16 early childhood in-service hours per year.
1411 East 1850 Road Lawrence, KS 66046