Hi! I’m Donna Doyle, Proprietor of Kids Country for
over twenty-three years. In 1991 I and my [then] partner
Mary opened up Kids Country in Albrightsville. We then expanded to the Mt. Pocono area. From that time to today I have had the joy of watching children enrolled at Kids Country as infants and toddlers and see them grow into fine young adults. Being the oldest of eight children and a mother of two I had quite a bit of childcare-giving experience before Kids Country but I have been truly blessed by this wonderful experience working with the children, parents and staff! It’s what keeps me young.
Please take a moment to meet the rest of the team!
LINDA ALLMOND FRAILEY | DIRECTOR
Biography: I am the Director at Kids Country. I have attained my Pennsylvania Director Credential, a degree in Early Childhood Education, and I continue to take courses to keep me informed on the newest educational standards. I have been a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society/ Beta Beta Chi Chapter since 2001. I have over twenty years of experience in the childcare field, including four years working solely as a TSS (Therapeutic Support Staff). As a TSS I was responsible for providing one-on-one mental health services to at-risk children. I have a love for learning, therefore I create an environment that encourages staff and students to be inspired to become lifelong learners.
ERIN SHICK | GROUP SUPERVISOR
Biography: I have been working at Kids Country since August 2012. I began working with children in 2001 as a Nanny, and have worked with children from infants to 5th grade students over the last 13 years. I am passionate about teaching and enjoy creating fun, hands-on activities that enhance the learning experience. My hope is to create a positive, pleasant and loving atmosphere for all children. I earned my Associate's Degree in Elementary Education at Northampton Community College and then went on to earn my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University. I obtained my PA Teacher Certification in grades K-6 and plan to start working toward earning a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Fun Fact: In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family (my husband and my two awesome kids), reading, and baking.
ERIKA KLAMMER | GROUP SUPERVISOR, CURRICULUM PLANNER
Biography: I have been working with children of various ages for the past fourteen years. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from St. John’s University in Staten Island, N.Y. In 2014 I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Touro College in Manhattan, N.Y. I am an active member of the International Honor Society for Education (Kappa Delta Pi). I am currently licensed to teach in the state of Pennsylvania as well as New York. I’ve recently taken the position of Curriculum Developer for the Pre-K classrooms.
Fun Fact: As a teacher I strongly believe all children are capable of learning and that classrooms should be an interesting, fun yet challenging place where children can grow academically as well as socially.
NATACHA BOIRARD | ASST. GROUP SUPERVISOR, LEAD TEACHER
Biography: I was born on St. Martin and raised in Queens, N.Y. I am married and we have three children. My youngest child attends Kids Country. Being a parent I’ve come to understand the importance of quality early childhood development. Working at Kids Country is a great learning experience for myself as well. I have recently become Lead Teacher for the Infant/Toddler classrooms.
Fun Fact: I enjoy time with family and friends, and love to bake and cook!
CHRISTINA WHITE | ASST. GROUP SUPERVISOR, LEAD TEACHER
Biography: I have been employed by Kids Country for the past five years and have a total of eight years in childcare. I have obtained my CDA (Child Development Associate) Degree and I’m enrolled in Northampton Community College seeking my Early Childhood Education Associates Degree. I have recently advanced to Lead Teacher in our Pre-K classrooms.
Fun Fact: I’m married with two great children who keep me very busy during my off time!
GINA CARR | ASST. GROUP SUPERVISOR, CURRICULUM DEVELOPER
Biography: I have been employed in the childcare field for over 18 years. I have been a teacher at Kids Country for about a year and have recently added Curriculum Developer for the Toddler room to my resume. I have obtained my CDA (Child Development Associate) Degree.
Fun Fact: I am married with two young children and two dogs.
CASSIE GIRGENTI | AIDE
Biography: Growing up, I was a good student and loved cheerleading from the age of five until I graduated high school. I graduated from West High School in 2013 and attended Penn State Hazelton for a semester. I then transferred to Northampton Community College where I’m presently attending . My goal in two years is to transfer to East Stroudsburg University where I plan to graduate with a degree in Speech Pathology. I currently work at Kids Country where I enjoy spending time with the children every day. I learn a lot from them!
Fun Fact: I am the youngest of four girls in my family. I have two nieces and three nephews and I adore them all.
BRENDA HAYNES | ASST. GROUP SUPERVISOR
Biography: I have three wonderful children and four grandchildren, two of which are twin girls. I have been in childcare for more than seven years; six of those have been with Kids Country. I earned my CDA (Child Sevelopment Associate) Degree in 2013. I am the infant room teacher so I understand how important child development is.
Fun Fact: I enjoy reading, needle point and oil painting in my spare time.
SHELBY LUNDELL | ASST. GROUP SUPERVISOR
Biography: I’ve been employed by Kids Country for two years. I have obtained my CDA (Child Development Associate) Degree and am continuing my education in pursuit of an Associate's Degree in Early Education.
Fun Fact: When I am not working or babysitting to earn extra money, I enjoy outdoor activities such as boating, hiking and four wheeling.
MELISSA CLARK-VALLANT | ASST. GROUP SUPERVISOR
Biography: I have an Associate's Degree in Special Education: para educator. I am attending Keystone College to complete my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been working with children for the past fourteen years and I divide my time now between Kids Country and Intermediate Unite 20 as an Associate Teacher in the Early Intervention Program. This will be my sixth year in the Verbal Behavior Program. I also have three years experience as a TSS (Therapeutic Support Staff).
Fun Fact: In my spare time I enjoy singing and dancing.
LETITIA ZUNIGA | ASST. GROUP SUPERVISOR
Biography: I have been employed in childcare for the past 15 years, thirteen years have been with Kids Country. My responsibilities are split between school-age and infants.
Fun Fact: My husband our two children and I enjoy boating and swimming in our free time and just hanging out with each other in the cold months.