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.

​Veronica Bahret

Assistant Director

Veronica joined Building Blocks as the Assistant Director in September, 2018. Veronica attended the University of Kansas for three years with coursework focused on Art Education with an emphasis in Jewelry/Metals. In 2011, she transferred to Ottawa University where she completed a bachelor’s in Business Administration. She has worked with children both in a daycare setting and as a nanny since 2003. In her free time, Veronica enjoys kayaking, camping, and spending time with her family, friends, and four dogs.​

Lead Teachers 

​Ms. Li
Infant Lead

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. 

Ms. Taylor
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 is also working on 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.

Ms. Megan

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. Lily

Infant/Toddler Lead

Ms. Lily has been working at Building Blocks since January 2018. Prior to working here, Ms. Lily spent a year as a classroom assistant in a first grade classroom. Ms. Lily also volunteered her time to tutor/mentor kids anywhere from the age of preschool to seventh grade. Ms. Lily has about two and a half years of college completed both at DePaul University in Chicago and The University of Kansas working towards a Bachelor’s of Social Work. In the near future, Ms. Lily plans to begin her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) as she’s realized how much children are her passion. In her free time Ms. Lily enjoys reading, spending time with her friends, family, and cat, and drinking way too much coffee. 

​Ms. Marka
Toddler Lead

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. Taylor 
Toddler-Preschool Lead

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 
Preschool Lead 

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
Preschool Lead

Ms Shelby started working at Building Blocks in 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 pursue her other passion which was working with children. Ms. Shelby has worked with all ages in our facility and has obtained her Child Development Associate Credential (C.D.A.) during the time she spent working in one of our Early Head Start classrooms. In her free time she enjoys listening to music (specifically 50's and country) as well as spending time with her family and pets. She enjoys seeing the smiling faces of kids in and out of her classroom. 

Mr. Walter
Pre-Kindergarten Lead

Mr. Walter started working at Building Blocks in October of 2017. He is originally from Panama City, Panama. About 15 years ago he moved to Great Bend Kansas with his family. Mr. Walter has been working with kids for about 7 years. Even though he had spent time working with kids, he didn’t know he wanted to pursue a career in education until 2 years ago. He has his Associates in Science degree with a concentration in Chemistry. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Science degree with a concentration in Biology at the University of Kansas. He is also part of the UKan Teach program though K.U. so he can eventually become a High School teacher. He absolutely loves both math and science and he is excited to integrate those topics into a lot of his lesson plans.  

​Ms. Aubree
School Age Program

Ms. Aubree has been working at Building Blocks since June 2017. She loves working with children and seeing the progress they can make. Ms. Aubree has lived in Kansas her whole life; she was born in Lawrence and now lives in Eudora. She is certified in BLS and is a certified First Responder and soon will be an EMT. Ms. Aubree hopes to eventually become a Paramedic. She has two dogs that she loves hanging out with; their names are Tiger and Buddy. Ms. Aubree loves watching TV, some of her favorite shows are: Greys Anatomy, Superstore, and the Office. Ms. Aubree loves traveling! Her favorite state is South Carolina because of the beautiful beaches surrounding Hilton Head Island.


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