Vinny LaFrazia: Assistant Director

 

I am thrilled to be at DEDP for my 26th 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 will be 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, cooking, and spending time with my wife and two children.

 

 

Kindergarten and Grade 1 Teaching Team

 

 

Megan Woodsmall: Kindergarten Group Leader Interim Assistant Director and K/1 Coordinator    

 

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.

 

 Julia Santos:Kindergarten Group Leader

 

Julia recently received her Masters from Suffolk University and her Bachelors from Westfield State University. In the mornings Julia is working at Driscoll as a long term substitute in one of the first grade classrooms. At DEDP she is a K/1 Group leader. In her free time Julia enjoys scrolling through Pinterest for exciting and creative projects.

 

Amber Stahl: Kindergarten group Leader

Amber is excited to join DEDP for her first year.  She got her Bachelor's Degree at Wittenberg University in French and History and since graduating she has worked in childcare in South Korea. Amber enjoys hanging out with her two cats (brought back from South Korea), reading books, playing games, and trying new things. 

 

 

Sarah Clay-Mendez: Grade 1 Group Leader

 

Sarah is excited to be returning to DEDP for her 6th year! In the last five 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, when she is not with children, you can find her walking dogs (including her own), getting lost hiking in woods, and reading.

 

Banalata Janeway: Grade 1 Group Leader 

 

My name Banalata (Bana for short) means forest flower. Bana is a graduate of Boston University with a major in Psychology. She joins DEDP for her first year and is excited to be part DEDP staff. She likes to play soccer, dabble in art, and read.

 

 

Grade 2 and 3 Teaching Team

 Thomas Reid: Grade 2 group leader and 2/3 Coordinator

 

Thomas is a musician, composer, and educator from Charlottesville, Virginia. This is his second year as a coordinator with DEDP. He loves making all kinds of sounds, from electric guitar shrieks and squeals, synthesized beeps and boops, beatboxed boom-naps. His favorite thing is to make music with students, but he also loves comic books, video games, all things sci-fi, tacos, and jokes. Come chat about MIDI sequencing, loops and sampling, and anything else in the world of audio!
 

Lindsay Welch: Grade 2 Group Leader

 

Born and raised in San Francisco, Lindsay moved across the country to earn her B.A. in History from Bowdoin College. 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. Lindsay currently spends her mornings working as a float teacher at a local preschool. This is Lindsay's second year at DEDP and she looks forward to many more enjoyable and educational activities! 

 

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 camp counselor, workshop instructor and Theatre and Music Director for grades K-12. Outside of DEDP Alicia Ruth enjoys reading, singing and trying every seasonal treat from Trader Joe's.

 

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.

 

Evan Lynch: Grade 2 Assistant Group Leader

 

Evan is the spring semester Co-op at DEDP, and is very excited to be part of the team! Born and raised in New York City, Boston is the first new place he has lived. He is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology with a Behavioral Neuroscience at Northeastern. He has a ton of experience working with kids, including time spent at Camp Sangamon in Vermont and coaching at basketball and baseball clinics. He keeps himself busy in his free time, playing basketball, watching sports and making music. 

 

Grade 4-5 Teaching Team

 

 

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.

 

Office Assistants/Subs

 

Kelly Prister:  Assistant Group Leader

 

Kelly is one of the new Northeastern Co-ops this spring. She is a third year Anthropology B.A. candidate who is involved on campus through Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity; The N-Zone, the student basketball cheering section; and Jumpstart, an AmeriCorps program. Kelly has been working with kids for years through multiple summer camp programs and volunteering opportunities, and is hoping to pursue a career in teaching. In her spare time, she loves to attend spin class, hang out with friends, and explore Boston and its surrounding areas.
Kyetesie Heller: Assistant Group Leader
Kyetesie (pronounced Kite-c) just joined DEDP as a float/substitute. She’s a senior at Simmons University studying Psychology and Education, in hopes to be a first or second grade teacher in an inclusive classroom. She enjoys music, yoga, and exploring our beautiful city. She is so excited to continue to know the staff and the kiddos at DEDP!
Caitlin Stahl: Office Assistant