Shannon Ditto, Site Director
Eric Rhem, Assistant Site Director
Shannon Ditto - Site Director
Shannon has been working in the performing arts and education fields for the past 12 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. During her time as an Education Specialist, she provided reading interventions in 3rd grade classrooms, and led 5th grade and drama activities after school. Shannon has served as Site Director for Champions Extended Learning (Knowledge Universe) in Ohio and Massachusetts locations. 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.
Eric Rehm — Assistant Site Director
Eric is an active advocate for the arts and education. He has a B.A. in English and Theatre from Umass Amherst and has worked in after school enrichment for over four years. Eric has designed many events and projects in his time as an educator, from mural making to directing theatrical productions to running field days, and has taught workshops in art and theatre. He loves to cultivate the arts in young minds and provide a safe space for children to express themselves, 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.
Nari Kim — K and 1st Grade Teacher
Nari is an active pursuer of promoting safe and healthy environments for the minds and hearts of the youth. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and has gained experience as a preschool teacher for the past two years at Rainbow School at Ridgefield, New Jersey. She is currently studying her Masters in Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary at South Hamilton, MA. Previously, she actively volunteered in youth organizations and fields that focus on helping the youth achieve a healthy mindset.
In the long run, Nari is planning on pursuing a field that strongly focuses on mental health. She plans to specialize in a career that ties the concept of psychology with the active pursuit of living a wholesome life. She believes that a strong heart can encourage a strong mind and a strong mind can encourage a strong heart and wants to walk with people who also search for that kind of balance.
Laureen Sloman — K and 1st Grade Teacher
Laureen earned her Associate Degree in Secretarial Science/legal. She has made a career in this field and has enjoyed the opportunity to work in state government; a local hospital and currently works for Lexington Public Schools as a member of their support staff. She has dedicated her professional years to helping people of all ages. Laureen is a mother of three and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her children. She also enjoys the outdoors, camping, swimming, walking and gardening.
Lauren enjoys volunteering as a collection coordinator for Anton’s Coats for Kids. "I believe it is important to give back in any way that you are able." At Bridge Lextended, Laureen continues to foster kind relationships with the children and enjoys seeing their imaginations shine through all that they do and explore! The kids always have an exciting story to share!
June Gibbons — 1st Grade Teacher
June Gibbons is in her second year at Lextended Day. She is a recent graduate of Woburn High School. She worked with our Kindergarten team last year and will be working on the First Grade unit this fall. She is back in school for education, and was recipient of a hard earned scholarship toward this education. She enjoys working with students who have special needs. Her enthusiasm for working with children and her skills in addressing unique needs are evident everyday in her work at Lextended Day.
Eric Lozzi — 1st Grade Teacher
Eric is a dedicated leader and an advocate for education. Eric recently graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education from Plymouth State University. In his final semester, he student taught a group of 1st graders. There, he led various math, literacy, and science-based activities. He looks forward to applying his ideas and lesson plans from student teaching to the Lextended Day program. He values the play-based model Lextended Day uses and has seen positive results from play-based activities.
In his free time, you can find Eric reading online articles about football, baseball, or hockey. Eric is passionate about Boston sports teams. Eric also enjoys reading and one of his favorite books is “Out of My Mind,” by Sharon Draper. Eric appreciates the outdoors and enjoys swimming, kayaking, tubing, and hiking.
Christopher Ford — 2nd and 3rd Grade Teacher
Chris recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire, majoring in English Teaching with a minor in Writing. His passions include sports and nature, as he loves to run outdoor games and activities with the students. He also has an interest in theater and music, and has spent time acting in the past He spent the past two summers as the assistant camp director at a boating camp in nearby Stoneham.
Greg Kaplan — 2nd and 3rd Grade Teacher
Greg is currently in his seventh 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.
Dorothy Boudett — 2nd and 3rd Grade Assistant Teacher
Dorothy Boudett is a High School Senior with high energy and an interest in helping children. She came to Lextended Day at Bridge last year and has since made many bonds with our students. Dorothy assisted both the first grade and Kindergarten teachers last year and will be helping second and third grade teachers this year. She is an avid athlete and a strong runner. She takes physical health and well being seriously, making sure to set aside time to stay active, and she hopes to share this passion with the students.
Cassandra Rush — 4th and 5th Grade Teacher
Cassie has experience as a local babysitter. She has worked for 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.
Paul Spanagel — 4th and 5th Grade Lead Teacher
Paul is a believer in the power of intrinsically motivated and play-based learning for all ages. He has a Master's in teaching, learning, and leadership from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, and undergraduate degrees in Music and Drama from Vassar College. Over the past six years, he has worked with children and youth across many age groups with a focus on promoting critical reflection, compassion, and collaboration.
He loves working with children to support them in the pursuit of their passions, and helping them to forge connections between those passions and positive change. He is looking forward to helping contribute to a safe, supportive atmosphere that encourages children to both challenge and appreciate themselves as they learn and grow.
Tim Faucher- Floating Teacher and Outdoor Specialist
Tim received a Bachelor’s degree in adventure education/wilderness leadership from Prescott College. Tim has been with Lextended Day for four years now and has had the opportunity to work at all six locations. He has worked with children in a number of settings, all the way from the backwoods of Maine to the British Virgin Islands. Tim has facilitated groups through extensive outdoor activities ranging from a Junior Maine Guide program to sailing 52’ boats. He has also worked with the Bill Koch ski league based out of the Great Brook Ski Touring Center in Carlisle. Tim loves the outdoors and when he is not working you will most likely find him on a horse or in a canoe, but if you don’t see him in the canoe look for bubbles because he might just be hanging out under the water scuba diving. In the winter months, when not working, Tim enjoys alpine and Nordic skiing as well as roller-skating.