The past year has been an uphill battle for small business, and the childcare industry has especially faced unprecedented challenges.
United Day School operates full-day daycare and nursery school in Beacon Falls, as well as before and after school care at two elementary schools. After childcare facilities shut down from March to June 2020, some teachers and administers chose not to return to work at United Day School.
“In the best of times, we learn to do a lot with very little,” said owner Wendy Oliveira. “During COVID-19, we’ve had to rely on each other like never before.”
Head teacher Michele Siemenski never hesitated. She jumped right in, and did it all – teaching, enrollment, licensing handling issues that arose, anything and everything. She even tackled messy art projects.
“She stepped up and stepped in, and no one had to ask her,” said Wendy. “She truly cares about each child and family. Parents and children alike love Miss. Michele.”
Michele learned fast and on the fly to keep United Day School operating, and she does it all with a positive attitude and a smile on her face.
“I honestly don't think we would have made it without her loyalty, support, help, and commitment,” Wendy said.
Thank you Michele for being an essential part of supporting kids and families in the face of COVID-19.
As part of Liberty Bank’s 1000 Thanks program, Michele received $1,000. Liberty Bank’s 1000 Thanks program is aimed at recognizing employees of Liberty Bank business customers for going above and beyond in the face of COVID-19. Michele was nominated by her boss as an exceptional employee whose efforts made a tremendous impact on her community and the business.
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