Stephen Suduiko - Site Director
Site Director - Stephen Suduiko - Graduated Cum Laude from Suffolk University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and is currently in pursuit of his Master's degree in Human Resources Management. He has also attended Colorado and Alaska's Outward Bound Schools. A 14 year veteran of Lextended Day, Stephen's educational experience also includes two years as a Special Education teacher for Lowell Community Charter Public School and after school care coordinator for the Merrimack Valley YMCA. He is proud of Lextended Day's diverse curriculum of daily activities. An Avid hiker and mountaineer, Stephen has climbed all the peaks over 4000 ft. in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. He is currently working on the 46 4000 foot peaks in New York State, and climbing all the peaks during the Winter season. Stephen lives with his wife KC and his Labrador retriever Jed . He is the parent of twin boys.
Rebecca Newhouse, Assistant Site Director, received her B.A. in Studio Art from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH. She went on to receive an MFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Rebecca's deepest joys revolve around her personal studio practice and teaching others about art. She believes that play, experimentation, intuition, questioning and critical thinking are essential in making art, as well as the excitement of discovery. In her free time, Rebecca loves to see friends and share jokes, cook meals for loved ones and read books to learn more
As Kindergarten Coordinator, Susan Gallant supervises daily activities with our youngest children. She consults with other staff around art projects, gym activities, games and "Chill-out Time"; a period of relaxation and stories for the younger children. After earning two Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education (graduating Magna Cum Laude), she worked as an teacher in a licensed family day care program and taught part time in the Medford Public schools coordinating and teaching all art projects in a kindergarten classroom. After earning a Master's degree in counseling from Suffolk University in Boston, Susan worked as a substitute teacher (grades k-6) while concurrently caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease and another with a Non-verbal Learning disorder. During this time she also volunteered with Alzheimer patients at the Golden Living Nursing and Rehab Center in Lexington. Susan lives in Medford with her family.
Jamie Pezza holds an Associate's degree in Science from Middlesex Community College with a minor in music. She is gaining additional teaching experience as a substitute teacher for the Stoughton Public Schools. Jamie is a co-operative games teacher at the Hastings site and spent two years as a U-8 soccer coach. Jamie loves to visit and explore New England lighthouses, play piano, and spend time with her husband Chris and daughters, Lexi and Maddy, who keep her busy with their dance schedules.
Mitra Amin-Asgari earned her M.B.A. in finance and has a professional background working as a project accountant. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, baking and learning about new cultures. Few things bring her as much joy as working with kids and watching them succeed. Children represent the future generation and it is vital to provide them with sufficient mental and physical stimulation from a young age to allow them to explore their interests and creativity. She has had the pleasure of raising two children of her own, both of whom are currently enrolled in college pursuing scientific disciplines. She is especially looking forward to interacting with the students and facilitating their learning by providing an extremely positive environment in which they can flourish.
Alan Sutherland received a B.F.A in Drawing and Sculpture from the University of Colorado, Boulder and received a Master's Degree in Art Education at Pratt Institute, NY. Prior to joining our staff, Alan worked as a substitute art teacher for the Lincoln Public Schools. Alan combines his time at Lextended Day with his work as an artist and electronic musician. Alan has composed music for the Cartoon Network and several years ago was named "Best Electronic Artist" by the Boston Phoenix In addition to conducting art activities with children, Alan is helping enrollees learn chess strategies. He is the program's number one handyman, repairing carts and adapting furniture to our environment. Alan enjoys chess and is a member of the Winchester Chess Club. During winter months, Alan tries to hit the slopes with his snowboard at least once a week. Once an avid traveler, he now spends his resources renovating his Winchester home where he lives with his wife Lorraine, a dancer and choreographer, and their cat Butters.
Kristi Grout has worked in child care for over 2 decades in various roles both in public and private settings. She hopes to bring a fun and happy experience for the children while they are at Lextended Day. Her hobbies include: Music, being outdoors, cooking, spending time with family and friends.
Laura Greene holds a masters degree and professional license in early childhood education. She has been working at Lextended Day in various roles since 2006. She currently works with first, second and third graders doing art, science and games. Before working at Lextended Day, Laura taught kindergarten at a private school. She has also worked as a kindergarten assistant and in other after school programs. When she is not working, Laura enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves traveling and baking.
John Campbell grew up in Muncie, Indiana, where his parents worked for the creator of the comic strip Garfield. He moved to the East Coast to earn a degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. He works as a studio artist in Somerville and his work can be seen in galleries around the greater Boston area and at his website: johncampbell-art.com. His artwork has been featured on the covers of the journals Nature and Neuron. He is also a free-lance science illustrator, with work appearing in the pages of Current Biology, and in Harvard University research studies. In addition, he also assists his father in creating and cataloging The Puzzle Project, a conceptual work of art composed of over one thousand hand painted puzzle pieces cut from plywood. John began at Lextended Day in 2008.
Rocio Rodriguez has extensive experience working with children in the fields of music, languages (both French and Spanish) and Basic Yoga. She loves encouraging kids to be creative with learning through games, songs, and movement. Rocio is a professional Harp player and performs with local orchestras. She teaches Harp at all levels and Piano for beginners. She hopes to put on a musical performance for the children of Lextended Day at Bridge some point this year.