STAFF BIOS:

DEDP Leadership Staff

Abbie Fennell
Program Director

This year marks Abbie's seventh year as Director of Driscoll Extended Day. Abbie has a Bachelor's Degree from Wheelock College in Human Development with a concentration in Elementary Education. Before joining DEDP, she was Director of External Programs for 10 years at the Pierce School Extended Day. She had worked at the Pierce School Extended Day and Pierce School for 18 years. Abbie enjoys cooking, knitting, and traveling. She is part of a set of quadruplets and she enjoys spending time with her siblings.

Vinny LaFrazia

Assistant Director

Vinny is thrilled to be returning to DEDP for his 21st year, each one of them a unique and exciting experience.  I feel fortunate to be allowed to be a part of so many children’s lives.  I am forever thankful to all the families and coworkers - past, present and future, who have allowed me this incredible opportunity. In my other life I enjoy playing golf and spending time with my wife and two children.

DEDP Classroom Coordinators

Zachary Fraielli

K Coordinator

Zach has recently graduated from Northeastern University where he majored in Human Services with a specialization in Family and Children's Services. In addition to DEDP he has worked in a variety of places with children. He is a former scholarship Cross Country/Track & Field athlete at NU. He enjoys staying fit and active, playing sports, spending time with family and friends, and watching the Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots. He is excited to be returning to the Kindergarten Team for his second year! Zach later plans on pursuing his Master's Degree in either Education or Child Life.

Amy Wells

Grades 1-2 Coordinator/Teacher

Amy Wells is starting her seventh year at DEDP. In the past six years she has been coordinator for both the K/1/2 program and the 3/4/5 program. This year she is excited to be leading the 1st and 2nd grade team and is looking forward to an exciting year of great actives, fun and learning with the children. Amy attended Wheelock College before transferring back to her home state of Vermont to finish her degree in Social Work at Champlain College. Before coming to DEDP, Amy worked with children with special needs in many different settings. She looks at things with a strength-based perspective and strives to create activities that foster social and developmental growth for all children.

 

Meredith Hofmaier

3rd Grade Coordinator

I’m a Massachusetts College of Art and Design graduate with a BA  in Painting & Community Arts Education. Over the summer I worked as Arts Coordinator, working with teens, at Brooks School Summer Program in North Andover. In addition to my passion for teaching, I also love illustrating & painting and working in my studio.  This will be my third year at Driscoll and I’m looking forward to working with the 3,4,5 team!  It will be a great school year!

Jason Kelly

4th and 5th Grade Coordinator

This is Jason’s 3rd year at DEDP. He is the new coordinator for the 4th and 5th Grades and this is his first year working with 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades. Jason recently graduated from Northeastern University in the spring of 2016. He is a licensed elementary school teacher for grades 1 through 6. He moved back home after college and live in Taunton, Ma. He is excited for the school year and working with the new grades!

DEDP Teachers

  

Roya Amigh

K Teacher

Roeya Amigh is an Iranian artist who earned a BFA and MFA in Tehran before completing a Master's in Fine Arts degree in 2012 at Boston University. Roeya's work has exhibited throughout New York, Massachusetts, Colorado, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. She has been attending in a different Artist-In-Residence such as Art Omi, The Millay Colony for the Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. She was a recipient of Vermont Studio Center Fellowship in 2015, and Ruth Katzman Scholarship in 2014, and Constantine Alajalov Scholarship in 2010-2012. She is currently living and working in Boston, MA.

Taryn Wallach

K Teacher

Taryn is very excited to be joining the DEDP team this year! She is also currently teaching elementary and middle school art in South Boston. As a teacher, Taryn encourages students to use problem solving and imaginative play during hands on art projects. She has a Bachelors degree in Art Education, from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Taryn is originally from New York City but has lived in many places since. She draws inspiration for her own art from all of the wonderful people she meets. She enjoys hiking, camping and taking Polaroid pictures.

Sarah Clay-Mendez

1-2 Teacher

Sarah, who is in a degree program for child psychology at Lesley, is delighted to be returning for her third year at DEDP!  Prior to Driscoll, she worked at an after school program in Waltham. An animal lover, Sarah has also been employed as a dog walker and is interested in pet therapy. Sarah is originally from the DC area and enjoys reading, being outside (especially in Maine!), walking her pug (Mr. Beasley), kayaking and being a new aunt. She is excited for another fantastic year!

John Carrabino

1/2 Teacher

John has several years of experience working at summer camps and he is ecstatic to start his first year at DEDP. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from UMass Amherst and is currently enrolled in an online post-baccalaureate program at Oregon State University for a second bachelor’s in computer science. In his spare time John enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, coding, and anything that involves the great outdoors.

Jillian Jones

1/2 Teacher

Jillian is very excited to be starting her first year as a 1-2 teacher at DEDP. She loves to spend time getting to know the children and planning fun activities. In the morning, she works as an assistant teacher in a BEEP classroom and was a substitute teacher in Brookline before that. She earned her degrees in English and Education from Simmons College. Jillian also loves music, reading, and exploring Boston and Brookline.

Emily Mogavero

3/4/5 Teacher

Emily is excited to be starting her first year at DEDP! She is also currently a Visitor Assistant at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Emily recently received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in studio art and art history. Emily has experience teaching at a number of museums including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. She also taught dance at an overnight camp in Maine.  When Emily is not teaching or making art, she enjoys dance, yoga, and planning events for the young adult group Moishe House.