Barbara Staffier, Site Director
Cindy Contarino, Assistant Site Director
Barbara Staffier, Site Director, 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, 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. Sheis 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 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 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.
Alissa Cordeiro is excited to join Lextended as a Drama instructor. She will also be leading yoga and kickboxing. Alissa received her BA in Theatre Performance (Musical Theatre Concentration) from Rhode Island College and spent four seasons touring, performing, and teaching as a Resident Artist with Shakesperience Productions, Inc., a Connecticut-based theatre company that worked to make Shakespeare and literature-based works accessible to all audiences through performances, talkbacks, and on-site workshops. After touring and living in NYC for a stretch, she relocated to Boston and has been a Teaching Artist with multiple schools and theatre companies ever since, including the Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, and the Jewish Community Day School of Boston. As an actress she has also performed with numerous companies in Boston as well as New Hampshire, and is a proud member of On With Living and Learning, a social justice theatre company whose flagship show, Hidden Faces of Courage, has been performed at venues in Boston and Cambridge, as well as at the State House. She is also an employee of Cambridge Historical Tours, leading tours as the resident suffragette, Alice Stone Blackwell. In her free time, Alissa enjoys actually having free time, but she also enjoys all things food-related, travel (sometimes food-related), and exercise (also sometimes food-related).
Sarah Herrick, known as Miss Sarah H, has had a love of teaching since the age of six, when she would teach lesson plans to her stuffed animals and baby sister. She believes education is vital to the success of all children and a necessary stepping stone for them to lead healthy, safe, and productive lives. Sarah graduated with a B.S. in Criminology and Justice Studies from UMass Lowell, where her classes and internships focused on violence prevention and empowering families and communities. Her passions include writing, laughing, and daily playground mediation. She is currently a K-1 teacher and Editor in Chief of Lextended’s monthly newsletter.
Christie Valihura, Activity Coordinator and Art Teacher, received her BFA in Graphic Design and Fine Arts from Keene State College, is a licensed art teacher in the state of Massachusetts and is also a graduate student at the New Hampshire Institute of Art where she studies Art Education. She has been with Lextended Day since 2007, and has co-directed the annual art show for the past three years. Christie also works in the mornings as an Art Specialist for Fiske and Estabrook Elementary Schools.
Jessica Druhan attended Bridgewater State University and Salem State University and majored in criminal justice. Before working for Lextended, she worked with children and teens in a behavioral home. Her favorite ways to spend her time is with her 5 year old daughter and her French bulldog. She loves drawing, hiking, and painting in her free time. Jessica loves to travel and hopes to move to South Dakota one day.
Sarah Levitsk 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 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 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.
Zachary Polizzi is a young aspiring educator from the Boston area. Teaching and serving youth is his passion in life and has been since he was a teenager. He looks forward to teaching and nurturing the growth of each and every student.
Kayla Proctor is a senior at Stonehill College, studying Elementary Education and Global Studies. She teaches science for all grades here at Lextended Day, and is excited to create experiments with the students and get them excited about science. Since her freshmen year, she has had a lot of experience working with students from K-5, and continues to learn from her students. She believes that creating hands-on experiments is the way to get students interested in the world around us.