Hilary Rush, Site Director
Scott Sanchez, Assistant Site Director
Parent Board Members: Kristen Grant and Stacey Caravella
Site Director - Hilary Rush
Hilary was born in London, England and came over to the U.S to study Psychology and Education at Northeastern University back in the 1990s. She also has her Master's degree in Educational Psychology. While at Northeastern she took on a part-time position with the Bowman Extended Day Program and never left! She moved up from Teacher to Coordinator to Assistant Director and for the last four years she has been the Site Director of the program. Hilary has three teenage children; Taylor, Chandler and Cassie. In her free time she loves to spend time with her dogs and watch sports, especially hockey and football.
Assistant Site Director - Scott Sanchez
Scott grew up in Winthrop, MA and currently lives in Easton, MA. He graduated from Salem State College in 2000 with a BS in Sports, Fitness and Leisure. With 20 years in the after school field, Scott most recently held the position as the Assistant Program Director of the Wellesley Community Children's Center where he worked for 12 years. As a former high school basketball coach and avid sports fan he still enjoys the opportunity to be active as much as possible. His hobbies include animated movie making, music production and spending time with friends. The majority of his time is spent with his wife and three young children.
Nikoleta Hatzis - Kindergarten Coordinator
Nikoleta grew up in Medford, MA. She attended Boston College, where she majored in History. In addition to Lextended Day, she tutor's in math and reading. She can speak Greek, and in her spare time likes to travel, hike, cook, read, and spend time with family and friends. Her plan is to become a middle school teacher one day.
Amy Nowosielski - Kindergarten Teacher
Amy grew up in Woburn and lives there still with her fiancé and three young children. She has worked in child care in many roles such as a nanny and class room volunteer. Amy would like to be an elementary teacher one day. Amy also enjoys reading, spending time with her family and traveling.
Lilian Lee - 1st Grade Teacher
Lilian grew up in Lexington, MA. She graduated with a BS in Early Childhood Education from Boston University. Lilian has a variety of experiences working with children as an after school teacher, student teacher, teacher’s assistant, camp counselor, and Jumpstart Corps Member. In addition to Lextended Day, she is currently a Kindergarten Assistant at Bowman. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature, photography, traveling, and baking delicious treats.
Jaclyn Salamone - 2nd Grade Lead Teacher
Jaclyn grew up in Burlington Mass and has experienced living across the country in CA where she was a Nanny. She has been in the childcare field for 24 years with positions ranging from nanny, preschool teacher to after-school group leader. She is going on her fourth school year here at Lextended! Jaclyn also works as a Real Estate Agent and volunteers for many animal rescue groups. She loves traveling, caring for animals(especially her cat and hedgehog) and spending time with her family and friends.
Laura - 2nd Grade Teacher
This is Laura's second year at Lextended Day! Laura has a BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Outside of Lextended day she tutors students, ranging from kindergarten to high school aged, who are unable to attend school due to emotional, medical, or disciplinary reasons. Laura also enjoys practicing Kundalini Yoga and Meditation which she is certified to teach.
Whitney Simpson - 3rd Grade Lead Teacher
Whitney is from Eugene, Oregon, and recently moved to the Boston area. She works with our second-graders. Whitney studied history and English at the University of Portland, where she was active in the Honors Program, worked on the student history journal, and tutored writing. She has volunteered teaching and mentoring children for nine years and values being able to guide young people as they grow up. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, spending time with others, traveling, and drinking tea.
Audrey Hughes - 3rd Grade Teacher
Audrey joins Lextended day with over fifteen years of experience working with children in the performing arts. Her passion for dance brought her to New York City where she studied Jazz, Ballet and Theater dance styles for three years at Steps on Broadway and Broadway dance center. While in New York she also pursued music in local venues, learning songwriting from playing amongst fellow musicians and joining the scene and continues to do so here in Boston. She was a competitive gymnast in her youth and moved on to coach many beginner through advanced level gymnasts throughout New England in dance studios and gymnastics facilities. In her free time she can be found picking out a fantastic looking bunch of kale at the local farmers markets or seeing a local art gallery opening. Her passion for creativity moves and shifts as she grows in her life and she is delighted to share in the joyous conversations that children offer and continuous learning from one another at every age. She believes in the importance of choice and freedom for children and welcomes the opportunity to help provide a space for our youth to flourish, gain social skills and become adults who contribute positively to society.
Malory Walsh - 4th Grade Teacher
Malory Graduated from Arlington Catholic High School in 2014 and currently living in Medford, Ma and studying Early Childhood at Middlesex Community College in Bedford, MA. As well as working at Lextended Day, Malory is a care giver for different families as well as her own. Malory enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching and going to sports games (Patriots especially. ) She hopes to one day to become an elementary school teacher.
Jessica Howell - 4th Grade Teacher
Jess grew up in Newton, New Hampshire and recently moved to Medford, MA. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where she studied Psychology and Education. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Moderate Disabilities at Merrimack College. Aside from working at Lextended Day, Jess is an Instructional Assistant at Clarke Middle School. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, interior decorating, and drawing.
Whitney Pierre - 4th & 5th Grade Coordinator
Whitney grew up in Lawrence, MA and is currently studying Human Services at Middlesex Community College in Bedford. Whitney has experience working as an assistant dance teacher at Helene Joy School of Dance in Middleton, MA and as an after-school group volunteer. She works with our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders here at Lextended and also teaches our students dance. Whitney enjoys working with children as well as spending time with her family and friends and traveling.
Eric Rehm - 5th Grade Teacher / Events Coordinator
Eric is an active advocate for the arts and education. He has a B.A. in English and Theater from UMass Amherst and has worked in after school enrichment for over six years. Eric has designed many events and projects in his time as an educator, from mural making to directing theatrical productions to designing student-led haunted houses. He has organized dozens of field trips and taught workshops in art and theater. He loves to cultivate the arts in young minds , fostering positive social experiences while allowing the imagination to flourish. Eric tries to remain creative in his spare time; he is a classically trained singer, he paints and doodles and every now and again joins the cast of a musical or play.
Brianna Bond - Floating Teacher
Brianna grew up on Acton. She attended American University where she received a degree in Health Promotion. She continues her studies to become a Health Education Specialist. She enjoys spending time with friends, cooking, cake decorating, and dancing.