Alyssa Freda - Site Director
Alyssa comes to us from the Shore County Day School in Beverly, Mass where she has run their after school program for the last 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!
Rebecca Newhouse - Assistant Site Director
Rebecca 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, read books to learn more and cook meals for loved ones.
Mollie Rock - Teacher (Outdoors and Gym)
has been working at the Fiske site since 1994. Mollie currently lives in Burlington with her family. Mollie grew up in Lexington, attended Fiske (well before the new school was built), Diamond Middle School, and was a graduate of LHS. She went on to Bucknell University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology. Mollie spent her youth swimming for many different swim teams in the area, as well as coaching for both the Hanscom team and later for the Lexington town team. Mollie also played soccer for many years in Lexington, so, naturally it is fitting that Mollie plans many games and contests for the children of Lextended Day to play outside or in the gym. Mollie loves working at Lextended Day, and helping to foster an environment that nurtures the children's growth, self-esteem, and enthusiasm for learning.
Tracy Finn - Teacher (Art)
Tracy has been working at Lextended for many years. During this time, she has led group art projects for grades K-5. Her lesson plans are geared toward the “theme of the week” topics. She strives to foster creativity, fun and learning in all lessons. She has taught art in many settings over the course of her career. Tracy enjoys working with Lextended Day as unlike a traditional classroom setting, the children can choose to participate depending on their interest in a particular project. In Tracey’s time away from school, she continues to pursue her career as a professional artist, focusing on landscape oils. Her work can be viewed at www.tracyfinn.com. She also enjoys volunteering at the Peabody Essex Museum in the family programs group.
Kelly Doherty - Program Coordinator
Kelly is in her fourth year at Lextended! She is a resident of Lexington and graduate of the Lexington Public school system. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York College at Oswego with a bachelor’s degree in studio art and a minor in expressive arts therapy. One can often find her behind a camera lens as photography is her favorite medium. She comes from a large extended family that fills her days with much crafting and playing.
Shannon Grant - K Teacher
Shannon has been Lextended Day's Kindergarten Coordinator since March of 2015. Her primary goals are coordinating daily projects based on weekly themes for the kindergartners, and assisting with overseeing the children. Shannon is a graduate of Plymouth State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Physiology. She aspires to go to graduate school and study child-focused occupational therapy. On her spare time, she stays active by going on bike rides and hikes.
Michaela is a Keene State College graduate that works at Hastings during the school day and spends her afternoons in Fiske's Lextended Day program! She enjoys playing outside with the students, holding Chess competitions, and has a Graphic Design business on the side. Michaela also volunteers annually in the Dominican Republic helping out with youth programming.
Faith joined Lextended Day in the Fall of 2017. She is a graduate of Lexington High School and currently attends Middlesex Community College. She loves helping with outside free play and playing with the kids over a board game. One of her favorite hobbies is to take photographs of her friends.
Penny joined Lextended Day in the beginning of 2017! She has a large background working with adults and children with developmental disabilities. She enjoys playing board games with students and getting to know the children on a personal level!
Genevieve is a senior at Lexington High School. She loves kids and plans on studying Early Childhood Special Education in college. She hopes to be a kindergarten teacher in the future! She created an eight week drama program for the kindergarteners in Fiske Lextended Day, and she is thrilled to be working at Fiske Lextended Day after her volunteer experience!
This is Penny's first year at Lextended day! A retired Spanish teacher with over 25 years of experience, she has enjoyed the opportunity to work with children again. At Lextended she enjoys building a rapport with the children by playing one of one games and helping with outside free play. She especially enjoys Fiske's theme weeks and special events such as Olympic Day and Halloween week.
Andrew received his B.S. in Elementary Education and B.A. in English Literature from Bridgewater State University in 2017. Andrew spends his days working at the Memorial School in Burlington and his afternoons at Fiske's Lextended Day! He enjoys playing games with the students indoors, and running sports activities with students outside or in the gym. He can often be found outside playing kickball or coordinating a football game. In his free time Andrew enjoys playing hockey, golfing, and snowboarding. He also volunteers every winter as a snowboarding coach for the Special Olympics Ski and Ride team.