Shannon Ditto, Site Director
Andrew Tuminelli, Assistant Site Director
Shannon Ditto - Site Director
Shannon has been working in the performing arts and education fields for the past 14 years in her home state of Ohio, as well as Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 2009, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Performance and Theatre Production and Design. In 2011 she completed her Master of Arts in Multiple Age Theatre Education from Emerson College. In addition to providing support and leadership in extended learning programs, Shannon loves to create engaging hands on curriculum. Some of her favorite subjects are: STEAM, team building, and project based learning. Before becoming the Site Director at Bridge, Shannon was the Assistant Site Director at the Lextended Day at Hastings Site. In her free time, Shannon loves to spend time with her husband Dane and son Domenic.
Andrew Tuminelli - Assistant Site Director
Andrew has been with Lextended Day since September 2017. Andrew graduated from UMASS Lowell with a degree in Exercise Physiology. Andrew worked within the Woburn Public School system as a para-professional in the 8th grade special education program. He then applied as a lead teacher for Lextended Day at Harrington and worked at that site until he was promoted to the physical education specialist for our organization at the beginning of the 2018 school year. Andrew has always been an avid athlete with a long background in sports having played soccer and running track throughout his entire life. Andrew plans to have a great influence on our kids by keeping them physically active and setting strong examples of teamwork, leadership, as well as positivity. In his free time, Andrew is a DJ, running various events throughout Boston and the New England area.
June Gibbons — Lead Teacher
June Gibbons is in her third year at Lextended Day. She has worked with both Kindergarten and First Grade at Lextended Day at Bridge. She currently attends North Shore Community College, and her goal is to become a police officer after obtaining her degree. Her enthusiasm for working with children and her skills in addressing unique needs are evident everyday in her work at Lextended Day.
Lacey Dodge - Lead Teacher
Lacey has been an art lover for all her life. She has enjoyed time being a babysitter and nanny during her time going to high school and college. She has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Art Education from Bridgewater State University. She worked at a summer camp as an Art Director this past summer with kids aged from 5-16. This will be her first time working at Lextended Day and she's very excited to laugh with the kids and explore their imaginations through art making. In her spare time she loves to create in any way that she can. She is able to work with all types of media from pencils to recycled materials in sculpture.
Dayna Spinner, Age Group Coordinator
Dayna is an artist and art educator from New Hampshire. She has a BA in fine art from Brandeis University and a MAT in K-12 art education from Plymouth State University. Dayna has taught middle school art for the last 5 years, and prior to that worked at Hastings for Lextended Day. In addition to working with kids, Dayna also teaches classes at a paint bar in her neck of the woods. She is a painter (mainly watercolor), sculptor (clay and mixed media), and designer. She also has been involved with theater since she was 12 years old. Additionally, Dayna is an excitable goofball and nothing makes her happier than encouraging others to be the same.
Greg Kaplan — Lead Teacher
Greg is currently in his 8th year at Lextended Day. His main focus at our program is in the capacity of a sports and recreation instructor. He spends much of his time in the gym or outside with the children instructing various activities. Greg is a graduate of the University of Vermont, where he studied foreign languages. He also spent a semester abroad, studying at the University of Seville in Spain. Previous to working at Lextended Day, Greg spent many years employed in the editorial field and in office management. In his free time Greg enjoys running and Crossfit.
Cassandra Rush — Age Group Coordinator
Cassie is in her 4th year at Lextended Day at Bridge. She has worked as a babysitter families in Lexington for many years and is a student at Middlesex Community College. Prior to working at the Bridge site, she was a long time volunteer at the Bowman Site. She bring fun games, dance and cooking opportunities to Bridge. Her hobbies include skating, singing, drawing, dancing and cooking. She likes to roller blade and do crafts as well as help students with homework. Something cool you should know about her is that she's very good at puzzles. She also wants you to know she loves to play with kids, considers herself a big kid at heart, and has an easy time talking to children.
Nicole Nguyen- Lead Teacher
Nicole majored in Studio Art at Texas State University specializing in Ceramics and minored in Japanese. She has always been involved in some sort of art all her life including: arts and crafts, theater arts, culinary arts, and music. Her free time usually involves something creative whether it is creating an art piece, making jewelry, singing, writing a short story or novel, or coming up with a fun recipe. She has worked with or around children before at her jobs as a math/reading teacher and at Disney World.
Stefanie Hylander - Lead Teacher
Stefanie Hylander has many years experience as a childcare provider working with families and childcare settings. She’s also a Cosmetologist of ten years now styling for special events, shows, tv & stage productions, and has a certificate in fashion & theater makeup artistry. Stefanie loves to teach and actively incorporate her love of art, music, dance, sports, extra curricular activities and more. She participates in the activities and enjoys motivating and encouraging children to discover their talents and interests, build upon their skills, and develop their different strengths. She enjoys being part of the enrichment program leading a variety of activities helping children learn and grow. Stefanie is passionate about her work and is always building on all skills, continuing studies and coursework. Most recently earning her CDA in early childhood development & education studies from Middlesex Community College.