Barbara Staffier, Site Director
Gabrielle Grasso, 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.
Gabrielle Grasso - Assistant Site Director
Gabrielle received her BA in Early Childhood Education, and has been providing school age child care for the past 12 years. She began her career in 2005 as an Assistant Teacher at an Arlington after school program, A Place to Grow. Over the years, she worked her way up to Lead Teacher of grades K-3 and eventually Site Coordinator of the program. Gabrielle stayed in this role from 2014-2017 before joining the Lextended Day team. She has always loved working in an after school setting where play, creativity, and social and emotional skills are most important. Gabrielle truly values the relationships that are formed with children and families and is excited to get to know all of you! She currently resides in Woburn, and in her free time enjoys music, movies, and spending time with 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.
Joan lives in Chelmsford with her husband, daughter, and son. She has been teaching Preschool 9 years and enjoys doing all kinds of crafts with them, as well as some science experiments. She has many hobbies including quilting, stitchery, and is currently learning how to crochet. Joan loves spending time with her family and friends, and she loves anything Disney!!
Sarah is an Art teacher at Lexington Elementary schools and an Artist. Her hobbies include painting, sculpting, drawing, playing music and poetry.
Ry graduated from Lyndon State College with a degree in Music Business & Industry and loves applying his knowledge of Music towards working with kids. Along with music, Ry is passionate about sports, having been a varsity Basketball Captain and played team sports his whole life. He enjoys instilling values like teamwork in children through games. Ry has spent the majority of his life working with children at YMCA camps. Working mostly at "Camp Yomechas" in Middleboro, MA where he also attended summer camp for years before becoming a counselor himself.
Linda is a graduate from Lesley University with a BFA in Animation. She enjoys the company of children and likes to help bring out their imagination and creative side. It is no surprise, with her background, that she is passionate about drawing, cartooning, storytelling, concept creation and more!
An empathetic, enthusiastic, creative and team oriented individual. Monica has previously studied at Plymouth State University, majoring in Musical Theatre and dance with a minor in Dance Education. Other credits include Middlesex Community College, where she plans to finish off her Associates degree in Theatre Arts and Education. Although Monica has years of experience in teaching children’s dance classes with International Dance Project for The Alexander Children’s Theatre School, Monica’s heart and other talents stem from her previous history of working in activities for people with disabilities and Dementia. Through music and art, Monica was able to utilize her strengths of creativity and empathy, in hopes of making moments count with seniors with disabilities, memory impairment or dementia. In her free time, Monica dedicates her time by supporting organizations that prioritizes mental health in hopes of promoting a positive mental health society.
Liz holds a Bachelors degree in English from Umass Boston. She has been working in after school for six years, and adores children and enjoys providing them with a fun and relaxed after school experience. She is a master of Arts and crafts and loves teaching kids how to make guacamole and bruschetta. There is nothing Liz loves more than joking around and laughing and making up silly stories. She likes to spend her down time hanging out at home with her husband Dave and toddler Sam, enjoying tasty snacks and reading the same board book over and over. Liz lives to love and laugh!