Barbara Staffier, Site Director
Cindy Contarino, Assistant Site Director
Barbara Staffier- Site Director
Barbara received a B.S. in Community Recreation from Northeastern University’s Boston Bouve College. Barbara joined the Lextended Day program in 1999 as the Estabrook Site Coordinator and in the Spring of 2013 was made the Site Director. She is very familiar with the Lexington community and is committed to the youth of the town. From 1978 – 1999 Barbara was employed by the Hayden Recreation Center where she held several positions including Director of the Hayden After School Program. Barbara loves all aspects of the after school environment and building relationships with the children and their families. Barbara enjoys spending her free time with family, friends and training her Boxer.
Cindy Contarino -Assistant Site Director
Cindy grew up in rural North Carolina. She studied Juvenile Counseling and later became Assistant Director of Kinder Care. She worked at Estabrook Elementary School for several years in the office and in student support. She is the mother of four children. Cindy's hobbies are gardening and interior decorating. She is happiest planning and cooking dinners for her family and friends.
Cindy Collen - Kindergarten and 1st Grade Teacher
Cindy received a MS in Education Administration/Human Service Management from Wheelock College, Boston, MA and a BS in Elementary Education K-8 from SUNY at Plattsburgh, NY and graduated with educational honors. Her sophomore year she studied abroad at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands where she focused her research on comparative educational systems. Cindy managed childcare centers and preschool-kindergarten programs for over 20 years, five of those years as a Kindergarten teacher/director. Her experiences included directing two Harvard affiliated centers and three Head Start programs and Regional Manager of Bright Horizons/Family Solutions, Inc. She served as treasurer of National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and coordinated the BostonAEYC Kindergarten Conference. In her spare time, she participates in many sports, especially swimming and skiing. In addition, she likes traveling, theatre, music and dance. Cindy and her husband live in Concord. She tremendously enjoys the children and families at Lextended Day.
Carol Roche - 1st Grade Teacher
Carol joined the Lextended Day team in 2015. She received an Associate Degree in Computer Programming many years ago. She returned to college as an adult and received an Associate in Science Degree in Early Childhood from Middlesex Community College. She is teacher certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services. Carol has worked as an instructional assistant at Estabrook since 2005.
Sarah Levitsky - 1st Grade Teacher
Sarah is really excited to be working at Lextended Day and getting to know all the children in the program. She is from Harvard Massachusetts and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Suffolk University. She loves working with children and helping them reach their personal and educational goals.
Michelle Corapi - 2nd to 5th Grade Teacher
Michelle is a Stoneham native and graduate of Mass Art with a BFA in Painting and Sculpture. She worked with a non-profit called Washed Ashore that is located in Bandon, Oregon. The project's goal was to create sculptures out of collected beach debris to spread awareness of ocean and water way pollution. Michelle was able to travel to various zoos and aquariums to help install and uninstall sculptures at all three Sea Worlds, Mystic CT and the San Francisco Zoo. She has experience in teaching volunteers of various ages as a workshop teacher. She taught for a time at the regional high school in Coos Bay Oregon while welding the frames for Washed Ashore Projects.
Michelle looks forward to working with the Lextended Day Program at Estabrook as their Art Teacher. She's excited to come up with art projects that will empower each child in a fun and creative way.
Sammantha Sylvester - Coordinator
Sammantha holds a BFA in Art Education from UMASS Dartmouth. She holds a teaching license in Visual Arts (PreK-8) and an EEC certification of lead teacher. In the years following college graduation, she has worked in several schools holding positions such as Kindergarten teacher and art instructor. She has also continued her painting career as an artist and teacher for PaintNite, Boston. When she's not busy at work or with her art, she loves to travel with her husband, Daniel, and their black lab, Miranda.
Jenny Patrick graduated in 2010 from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth with a Bachelors in Crime and Justice Studies. She advocates on the belief that providing high-quality early education is essential to creating responsible individuals and establishing stronger communities. She looks forward to sharing her passions of cooking and being outdoors and is excited to work with the children, parents, and staff to make it a memorable experience for everyone.
Devon Colton holds a BFA from Boston Conservatory. With a background in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, she choreographed Taste of Regret and Spirit of Freedom. Colton has performed excerpts from Merce Cunningham in Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Martha Graham’s Steps in the Street; and Paul Taylor’s The Rite of Spring; and was an assistant dance instructor at the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance.