Abbie Fennell: Program Director

 

This year marks Abbie's ninth 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 23rd year, each one of them a unique and exciting experience.  He feels fortunate to be allowed to be a part of so many children’s lives.  He is forever thankful to all the families and coworkers - past, present and future, who have allowed me this incredible opportunity. In his other life I enjoy playing golf, cooking, and spending time with my wife and two children.

 

 

Emma Petner: Office Assistant and Assistant Group Leader (Floater)  M, W, F

 

This will be Emma’s first year working in DEDP although she did do a practicum within the program my freshman year in college. She graduated from Wheelock College in 2015 with her Bachelor's in Math as well as her Massachusetts teaching license. She worked in Chelsea and Lawrence before coming to Driscoll School where she is a first grade paraprofessional during the school day. She is from Hawai'i and therefore loves to spend her free time outdoors and at the beach on the weekends if the weather permits. She also love reading books and wishes she could have a puppy in my current apartment.

Kindergarten and Grade 1 Teaching Team

Zachary Fraielli: K1/1st Grade Coordinator/Group Leader

Bio coming soon!

 

Megan Woodsmall: Kindergarten Group Leader     

 

 Megan is excited to join DEDP for her first year! She received a Bachelor's in Communications from Indiana University in 2012 and has worked in childcare and as a barista since then. Most recently, she worked at a preschool in Colorado, spending time also skiing, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. She moved to Boston last fall and is currently working on exploring the city and tasting all the coffee New England has to offer.

 

Jordan Kellogg: Kindergarten Group Leader

 

Bio coming soon!

 

Emily O'hara: Assistant Kindergarten Group Leader

 

This is Emily’s second year at DEDP and is very excited to be back. She went to UNH to study applied animal science concentrating in equine management.  She loves working with kids of all ages. She also works in a preschool during the mornings with 3, and 4 year olds. When she is not working, she enjoys being in the outside and is a huge sports fan. 

 

Sarah Clay-Mendez: Grade 1 Group Leader

 

Sarah is excited to be returning to DEDP for her 5th year! In the last four years she has worked with kindergarten through 2nd grade, and this year is with first. Prior to coming to Driscoll, she worked at an afterschool program in Waltham. Originally from the DC area, Sarah is currently attending Lesley University where she is getting her degree in child psychology. When not with children, you can find her walking dogs (including her own), getting lost hiking in woods, and reading.   

 

Annalee Wilson: Grade 1 Group Leader

 

This is Annalee's first year at DEDP and she is super excited to be part of such an energetic and positive team! Annalee grew up in New Hampshire along with her three siblings, four cats, and her dog. She started gymnastics at a young age and continued throughout high school. At her gym, she was given the opportunity to coach the recreational classes and lead the summer camp. Annalee then moved out to Indiana to attend Earlham College and graduated with a degree in psychology. During her time at Earlham, she continued her passion for athletics by joining her school's track and field team. Annalee hopes to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology and become a child psychologist. Outside of work, Annalee enjoys running, spending time outdoors, and eating pasta.

 

Grade 2 and 3 Teaching Team

Amy Wells:  Coordinator Grade 2-3/ Grade 2 Group Leader 

 

Amy is going on her ninth year here at DEDP, she has enjoyed watching children grow and learning throughout the years. Before coming to DEDP, Amy lived in Vermont where she was born and raised. She obtained her degree in Social Work, from Champlain College, but also spent some of her college years at Wheelock College, where she fell in love with Boston, and eventually found her way back here. Amy started watching children at 12 and has spent the rest of life working with children in one way or another. In her free time Amy enjoys cooking, being active and spending time with friends and family.

 

Ubumu Imahira: Northeastern Co-op/Grade 2 Assistant Group Leader

 

Hello! My name is Ubumi. I am a co-op student from Northeastern University, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in psychology. I was born and raised in Japan. I love to dance (hip-hop), travel the world, spend time outdoors, and teaching children. It's my job to create a learning environment that promotes fun, growth, and a sense of family with children in DEDP. I look forward to working with you and your child this year!

 

Lindsay Welch: Grade 3 Group Leader

 

Born and raised in San Francisco, Lindsay moved across the country to earn her B.A. in History from Bowdoin College. Her interest in education began when she became a Peer Tutor at her high school and volunteered at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit that helps students develop their writing skills.


Since college, Lindsay has served as a City Year AmeriCorps Member in a third-grade classroom and worked in sales and customer support at an education technology company. Outside of DEDP, Lindsay currently tutors high school students for standardized tests and works as a substitute teacher. She is thrilled to be a part of the Driscoll community and help bring enjoyable and educational activities to DEDP students!

 

Alicia Ruth Jackson: Grade 3 Group Leader

 

Alicia Ruth is so excited to be back for another fun filled year at DEDP!

 

She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama where she received a degree in Theatre Performance from Faulkner University. She has several years of experience in childcare and education including roles as a camp counselor, workshop instructor, and Theatre & Music Director for grades K4-12. Outside of DEDP Alicia Ruth enjoys reading, singing, and hanging out with her 9 year-old pug named Rosie.

 

Linda Tammaro: Grade 3 Group Leader

 

 

My name is Linda Price Tammaro. I have two children ages 14 and 19 and we live in Melrose.  Once my son became a freshman in college, I decided to go back to college as well - I am halfway through my bachelor's degree at Northeastern University.  I enjoy baking, reading, traveling, sunshine and sleeping (!) I also belong to the Melrose Running Club and enjoy our local YMCA gym. I've worked as a paralegal before my children were born, and then worked for the City of Melrose as the site coordinator for our after school program. I am happy to work in Brookline and enjoy your children a great deal.  Looking forward to a fun year ahead!

 

 

Mason Waltner:  Grade 3 Assistant Group Leader

 

 

Mason loves working with students of all ages. He is excited to return to working with 3rd graders at DEDP as well as his job in the middle school at Driscoll School. He loves helping kids learn new things, whether it's in math and science or cooking and crafts. He studied Environmental Geosciences at Boston College and has worked as a camp counselor, substitute teacher, and Paraprofessional in the past. In his free time, He loves playing (and teaching) board games of all kinds and cooking whenever he has the time.

Grade 4-5 Teaching Team

Thomas Reid: Grade 4-5 Coordinator/ Grade 4 Group Leader

 

Thomas Reid was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and moved to Boston to study Music Technology and Composition at Northeastern University. He loves to make music of all types and hopes to make music making and technology more accessible for kids. Thomas' other interests include cooking, comic books, movies, games and making jokes.

 

Alexia Viglione: Grade 4 Group Leader

 

Bio coming soon!

 

Spencer Benson: Grade 5 Group Leader

 

Spencer has worked at DEDP for two years now, and loves working with his 4th and 5th graders.  He graduated from UNH in 2015 with a BA in English, and has worked in elementary schools in both NH and MA for going on 4 years. Spencer loves to write and play music, enjoy a film or read an exciting book, or sit down and play a card or tabletop game with friends.  Spencer is a bonafide lover of all cats, and hopes that this year he will get a cat of his own.

 

Office Assistants/Subs

Aryn Coon: Office Assistant/Assistant Group Leader (Floater) M, T, Th, F

 

(Picture Coming Soon!)

This is Aryn’s first year at DEDP and she is loving working in the community here. Aryn is from Brunswick, Maine and has a degree in psychology from the University of Vermont. After college Aryn followed her passion for vegetable farming in Maine for two years before moving to Cambridge. In Cambridge Aryn is working towards combining her love for farming with her interest in education and working with children. When she is not working she is typically cooking, hiking, playing board games, or spending time with her new dog.

 

Sam Bensley: Office Assistant/Assistant Group Leader (Floater) W, Th, F

 

Sam (Pictured with Assistant Director Vinny LaFrazia) is back at DEDP after taking two years off to coach alpine ski racing.  He is excited to see familiar faces and meet all the new ones. He will be working Wednesday-Friday, helping out all over DEDP.  When not at DEDP he is a student at Boston College School of Social Work and the Athletic Director at Beaver Summer Camp. He is enjoying raising a new puppy and loves exploring the mountains in summer and winter.