Alyssa Freda, Site Director
Parent Board members: Michael Cramer and Karen Lin
Alyssa Freda - Site Director
Alyssa was previously the Site Director at Fiske for 2 years. Alyssa came to Lextended Day from the Shore County Day School in Beverly, Mass where she ran their after school program for 6 years. Alyssa grew the program in both size and scope and added a great deal of innovative programming including theater, science and technology, sports, and music. Also be sure to ask her about her time studying in Australia and helping with the Olympics!
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 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 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 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.
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.
Joan Harkin- K/1 Coordinator
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.
Linda Ferreira- Special Event Coordinator
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!
Shabari is a freelance artist who likes drawing, painting, crafts, as well as photography-She has also done Graphic Design Art from India! She has participated in various art shows, and will be graduating in May with her B.A. in Art Education. Shabari enjoys being around kids and is eager to assist them in exploring their creative side.
Maya has a master’s in elementary education from Lesley University. She has worked with all ages of children, from babies to middle school students. She enjoys science, art, and writing, spending time with her two boys, and gardening. She is looking forward to getting to know your children this year!
Laura holds a MEd in Elementary Education from Plymouth State University. She holds a teaching license in MA 1-6 and in NH K-6. During the day, she works at Estabrook as an Instructional Aid. Laura grew up in Dedham MA and currently lives in Chelmsford with her husband Jarrod, daughter Maddie and their dog Tuckerman.
Richard Alcott, AKA Mr. Rich-but-not-rich, is thrilled to be starting an education career with Lextended Day after ten years in the culinary industry. Before cooking, Richard trained under and interned for Rosann Weeks at Dreamchasers Theatre Arts, Inc. in Norwell, MA, for over a decade, where he learned the universal value & applications of theatre education. Richard currently lives in Nashua, NH, and he is very active with community theatre in the area, having contributed for another decade as an award-winning actor, stagehand, assistant director, dramaturg, and award-winning director for productions by Nashua Theatre Guild, Bedford Off-Broadway, and Ghostlight Theatre of New England. He has served on the board of directors of Ghostlight as Member-at-Large and Artistic Director.
Michelle has a BA in History from Salem State University and an M.Ed in Special Education from American International College. In addition to working for Lextended Day, she also works as an Instructional Assistant at Estabrook. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports (especially football!), attending trivia nights and trying out new recipes.
Laurie most recently became a resident of Westford after selling her home in Chelmsford of 25 years where she raised her son & daugher. She is also a grandmother to two beautiful granddaughters. She has been working at the Chelmsford Harrington Elementary School for the past couple of years with grades K-4. Laurie has most recently joined the Lextended Day team and is looking forward to working with and getting to know the children there!