1411 East 1850 Road Lawrence, KS 66046



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 Rockhold
Assistant Director

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. 


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 in infant, child, and adult first aid / CPR, childhood illnesses, basic child development, safe sleep practices, as well as abuse and neglect. In addition to these trainings, employees are required to complete a minimum of 10 early childhood in-service hours per year.

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. Chayme
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 6 weeks to 2 years in our EHS program. Ms. Chayme is currently working on her Child Development Associate credential (CDA) and has a career goal of obtaining her directors license. Ms. Chayme's favorite part of working in child care is watching the children learn and grow. 

​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. Trish
Toddler Co-Lead

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. 

​Ms. MaKaila
Toddler-Preschool Lead

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 
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. Kristen
Preschool Lead

Ms. Kristen has been working at Building Blocks since May of 2016. She began working in the child care field while still in college. Prior to her time at Building Blocks she has spent 5 years working in other licensed facilities. She has worked with all age groups ranging from 2 to 5 years in age. She was previously the lead in a 2 and 3 year old classroom and now she has the opportunity to work with preschoolers.  Ms. Kristen is also earning her CDA and has been accepted to Washburn University to pursue her degree in Early Childhood Education. Her favorite part of working with children is to watch them learn and grow.  She also enjoys the questions the children ask about anything and everything.

Ms. Paula
Pre-Kindergarten Lead

Ms. Paula began working at Building Blocks in June 2016 as an assistant in the preschool and pre-kindergarten classrooms. She started her career in child care by working part time at child care facilities while in high school and eventually moved on to full time lead teaching positions. She continued to work in child care until the birth of her son, at which point she became a stay at home mom for the next 18 years. Changes over the years led her back into the work field in 2016 and she immediately decided that she wanted to go back to working with children. She has worked with a variety of age groups over the years, but preschoolers through kindergarteners have always been her absolute favorites, so she was delighted to be given the opportunity to lead our pre-kindergarten class. Ms. Paula loves seeing how proud and happy the kids are when they learn something new and she enjoys watching them exercise their amazing imaginations.

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School Age Program

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