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 (Pictured with office assistant/sub, Sam Bensley) 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.
Kindergarten and Grade 1 Teaching Team
Zachary Fraielli: K1/1st Grade Coordinator/Group Leader
Zach just finished his Masters in Early Childhood Education at UMass Boston. He completed his undergrad at Northeastern University and graduated with a degree in Human Services. He is excited to join DEDP for another year as he studies for his MTELs. Zach wants to become a kindergarten or first grade teacher in the near future! He has worked with many children and families in the Boston community at places such as, John Winthrop School, Driscoll School, Curley K-8, and United South End Settlements. He enjoys being active, watching sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Zach is thrilled to reconnect with children and families at DEDP as he pursues his goal of becoming a full-time teacher!
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
Jordan is super excited to be returning to her third year at DEDP. She graduated from Northeastern University last December with her Bachelors of Science in Human Services and Psychology. Jordan works with third grade during the school day and is very excited to be working with Kindergarten and first grade this year at DEDP! In her spare time she loves reading, playing guitar and singing, and spending time with her friends. She looks forward to pursuing a career in Education and is excited for a wonderful school year ahead!
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.
Kelly Prister: Northeastern Co-op/Grade 2 Assistant Group Leader(Picture coming soon!)
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
Before becoming a part of DEDP, Lexie was an English teacher in Taiwan! She taught first through ninth grade in the city of Changhua. This is her first year at DEDP and she is so thrilled to be a part of this team! She majored in Social Psychology at UMass Boston and minored in English. Aside from DEDP, Lexie is an online ESL teacher and a dog walker. Her favorite things are music, yoga, food, and her dog Lily.
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.
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.
Renee Gardner: Northeaster Co-op Office
Assistant/Sub (Picture coming soon!)
Renee is one of our two Northeastern University co-ops at DEDP. She is in her final year of her undergraduate schooling and will be graduating in May with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She has completed two other co-ops: one at Pine Street Inn and the second in Northeastern’s student center. Within the next couple years, she hopes to pursue a Master of Education at Lesley University with a focus in either middle or high school English teaching. Renee is very excited to join the DEDP team and looks forward to working closely with DEDP’s students, staff, and parents. Outside of DEDP, she enjoys cats, fitness, watching football, traveling, cooking, and being with friends and family.