Cassandra Mayhugh, M.S.W.
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.
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. After working with the toddlers for 5 years, she decided it was time to move into management.
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. Taylor has been with Building Blocks since 2016. She started out as an assistant in the Early Head Start program and now has worked her way up to becoming a lead. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 2016 and is currently working on her Early Childhood Education degree at JCCC. Taylor has obtained her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). Her favorite part of the job is watching the kids grow and learn. She also likes the connections she makes with kids and parents.
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. Jade has been working at Building Blocks since June of 2018. She started as an assistant in the infant room and has worked her way up, getting lead qualified, and becoming the lead teacher for a mixed age group of kids. Ms. Jade graduated from Perry-Lecompton High School in May of 2018 and plans to begin her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) in the future. Ms. Jade has found that working with children is one of her many passions along with animals and creating art. She also enjoys spending lots of time with her nieces and nephew and her puppy Diamond.
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Ms. Taylor has worked at Building Blocks since August 2017. She has more than two years of childcare experience, and a Bachelor’s degree in Design from the University of Kansas. She inspires her classroom with creativity and enthusiasm, offering artistic opportunities to bond and collaborate with the children in her care. She recently became engaged to the father of her cat, Citrus, and hopes one day to publish her own illustrated children’s books.
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. Allison has been working at Building Blocks since July 2018, starting as an assistant in the infant room. She has been working with children most of her life. She started off with just babysitting after school and on her free time, then moving on to teaching at the daycare. Ms. Allison graduated from Lawrence High School in May of 2018. She was a performing arts kid. She still enjoys singing and doing theater in her spare time, and was even accepted into a NYC performing arts school! In her free time Allison enjoys watching Netflix, skateboarding, dancing, and playing with her pets. She has two cats, Cleo and Squeak, and a dog named Thor. Her favorite part about working with kids is seeing how creative they can be and how eager they are to learn.
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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