Owner & Director

Colleen started Puddle Duck in 1989 in order to provide a quality, nurturing, learning environment for her own son. She is director certified through D.E.E.C., and is on her 25th year as owner of Puddle Duck.  Colleen has two grown sons that both graduated from Kindergarten at Puddle Duck.  Colleen wants each child to leave Puddle Duck with self confidence-especially in social situations, and the ability to problem solve.  To reach this goal Colleen works with each teacher to ensure that they plan an age-appropriate but challenging curriculum.  Colleen feels it is crucial for the staff to know each child's personality and manage their behaviors appropriately so that each child is successful.  Colleen introduced sign language into our program over five years ago to help with child confidence and classroom management.

Administration

Colleen Maloney-Benedix

Owner & Director

Colleen started Puddle Duck in 1989 in order to provide a quality, nurturing, learning environment for her own son. She is director certified through D.E.E.C., and is on her 25th year as owner of Puddle Duck.  Colleen has two grown sons that both graduated from Kindergarten at Puddle Duck.  Colleen wants each child to leave Puddle Duck with self confidence-especially in social situations, and the ability to problem solve.  To reach this goal Colleen works with each teacher to ensure that they plan an age-appropriate but challenging curriculum.  Colleen feels it is crucial for the staff to know each child's personality and manage their behaviors appropriately so that each child is successful.  Colleen introduced sign language into our program over five years ago to help with child confidence and classroom management.

Brianna Keeley

Assistant Director

Brianna has been at Puddle Duck since 2010.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and is licensed through second grade.  She is also Director II certified through the D.E.E.C.  Brianna started at Puddle Duck part time in college and commited to Puddle Duck full time upon graduating. She now shares her time between our classrooms and administrative duties in the office. Brianna understands the importance of a balance between fun and engaging developmental age appropriate activities and the importance of being responsible for one’s actions in the classroom for social/emotional development. 

Cindy Cierri

Office Manager

Cindy is the mother of two sons, 5 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Cindy is the office administrator at Puddle Duck, as well as an assistant in the early morning or when a classroom needs an extra hand.  Cindy has been employed at the school for over 20 years, and is integral to the smooth operation of Puddle Duck Day School.

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