At Our Buddy’s Place, we take great care in choosing the best staff members to care for your children. Our teachers are qualified, compassionate and have a passion for nurturing young minds. As parents, it can be incredibly difficult to entrust your children’s care to a stranger. We fully understand how emotional it can be, and we hope that by getting to know our teachers and staff members you will come to think of them as we do: like family.
Our Owner & Director
Ms. Shirley (Gram)
Shirley Hough (Gram), is the founder and owner of Our Buddy’s Place. She has been working in childcare for over 30 years, having first opened an in-home daycare in 1987 and later establishing Our Buddy’s Place in 2008, a brick and mortar childcare and early learning center. She holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from WCCC, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Carlow University.
Her daughter Julie worked with her for many years establishing Our Buddy’s Place, eventually leaving in 2020 to pursue her dream of opening a coffee shop.
She has 6 children, 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. She was married for over 40 years to her late husband, Ernie, who passed in 2017.
Our Director, Ms. Flo has been in childcare for 30 years. She joined us at Our Buddy’s Place in 2008. Ms. Flo earned her Associates degree from WCCC and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s at Carlow University. She has also earned her Director’s Credential. She is married with 2 children, 3 step-children, and 13 grandchildren.
Julie is a mother of two from Mt. Pleasant, PA. She worked in the office department at County Market for nearly 30 years, before the store closed in early 2020, subsequently joining the Our Buddy’s Place staff.
Lead Teacher – Pre-K 1
Nicole graduated from Indiana University of PA in 2013 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She then continued her education, graduating with her Master’s Degree in Technology Education from California University of PA in 2015. She previously taught Special Education from 2013-2017 in Uniontown, PA and has been teaching Pre-K for 3 years at Our Buddy’s Place.
Assistant Teacher – Pre-K 1
Ms. Sami has worked at Our Buddy’s Place for 5 years. She obtained her associates degree from WCCC, and is planning to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Carlow University.
Lead Teacher – Pre-K 2
Rachel graduated from California University of PA with her Bachelor’s in Pre-K 4 Education and is currently pursuing her Reading Specialist Masters Degree. This will be Rachel’s fourth year of teaching Pre-K. She taught for two years in West Virginia and this will be her second year at Our Buddy’s Place.
Assistant Teacher – Pre-K 2
Lead Teacher – Pre-K 3
Assistant Teacher – Pre-K 3
“My husband and I have two children and two grandchildren, whom we love spending time with. I’ve always had a passion for children my whole life, watching them grow and learn new things. I enjoyed the unique bonds I have with them and being a part of their lives. Their smiles melt my heart. Thank you parents for giving me the opportunity to love and nourish your children.”
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