Ellen Grinder, Site Director
Melissa Sine, Assistant Site Director
(781) 860-5821 (phone)
Ellen Grinder - Site Director and Dance Coordinator Ellen has been employed at Lextended Day at Harrington since 1993 and is happy to be observing her 26th year there! She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Salem State College with a Presidential Scholarship and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College. Until its closure in 2015, Ellen served as the Senior Company Director at the Donna Miceli Dance Center where she was a member of their faculty teaching jazz, contemporary, musical theater, tap, hip hop, and acro/gymnastics since 1985. Other prior relevant experience includes working with the Wilmington Recreation Department, running their Summer Playground Program and conducting multiple yearly sessions of gymnastics (and other active/movement-based) programming. She was an Academic Tutor at the Shawsheen Elementary School and co-coached Wilmington High School’s varsity gymnastics team. When she’s not working here, Ms. Grinder enjoys teaching dance to teens & adults, watching movies, reading books, and attending live performances.
Melissa Sine - Assistant Site Director and Drama Coordinator Melissa has been at Harrington since 2000. She grew up in Pennsylvania and holds a B.A. in Theater from Temple University. Before moving to Massachusetts, she spent a few years in Minneapolis and was a teacher/performer with CLIMB theater and taught at the ECHO Elliot school. Outside of work, she enjoys acting in local productions, gardening, and traveling.
Sasha Letovsky - Kindergarten Coordinator Sasha is in her second year coordinating the kindergarten program at Lextended Day at Harrington. She earned her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science at Skidmore College '15, and continues to incorporate her passion for wellness into her teaching. Sasha's curriculum at Lextended Day includes a blend of yoga and mindfulness, music education and American Sign Language. Sasha has taught in a variety of settings in the early childhood sphere, including roles as a Montessori classroom teaching assistant, music and movement specialist, and summer camp instructor. In her spare time, Sasha is a singer/songwriter, writes and performs songs for guitar and banjo, and enjoys spending time outdoors.
Jane Hamilton - Kindergarten Group Leader Jane joined Lextended day in August of 2016. She works with the kindergarten population coordinating art projects and facilitating other programming activities. Jane earned her B.F.A. degree from Boston University and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. In addition to teaching at Lextended day, Jane works for the Carlisle Public School system as a Paraprofessional in the integrated preschool. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, taking photographs, playing tennis, attending cultural events, and going for walks with her beagle, Winston.
Allison Cross - 3rd-5th Grade Group Leader Allison started working at Lextended Day in September of 2016. While taking a break from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Allison hopes to use her skills to add to the wonderful staff at Harrington. She spends her days at Lextended Day working with the children doing art projects, drama games, and dancing while supporting her other staff members. Outside of work Ms. Cross loves to spend time being outdoors, dancing, playing volleyball, and baking whenever she gets the chance. When she does return to Umass, Allison wishes to pursue a career in Environmental Conservation and plans to try and save the world one day at a time. She also spends her summers choreographing for the Tewksbury Summer Theater Program, a musical theater camp for kids in Tewksbury, MA. Allison is incredibly excited to be a part of this program and is excited to see what the year has in store.
Julia Arey - 1st Grade Group Leader Julia just started her second school year with the Lextended Day Program. She works mainly with the First Grade population but also assists with both Dance and Drama programs, as well as Art Center projects. Julia received her BA in Theatre Arts with an option in Music Theatre Performance, and also completed a minor in Dance at Plymouth State University. During her summers, Julia works with the Derryfield Repertory Theatre in Manchester, NH as a camp counselor and a performer. Aside from teaching, acting, singing, and dancing, Julia also loves playing with her two beagles.
Shannon Fraser - 2nd- 5th Grade Group Leader Shannon has been with Lextended Day since March 2013. She graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2012. Shannon is employed with Marblehead Public Schools, working full time as an occupational therapy assistant with elementary and high school students. She has had many years of experience working with children inside and outside the traditional classroom setting. Aside from work and school, she is also a certified spin instructor and loves teaching classes at different gyms on the weekends. When she is not at work, school or teaching spin classes, she enjoys spending time with her family/friends, going to concerts, reading and traveling.
Lauren Ham - 1st Grade Coordinator Lauren joined Lextended Day at Harrington in August of 2015. Mrs. Ham studied at Westfield State University and American International College and holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and a M.Ed in Special Education. Since 2008, she has worked in kindergarten and preschool settings as a kindergarten assistant and classroom teacher. Mrs. Ham works with the first graders, planning experiences such as art activities, songs, and academic enrichment. When she is not working, Mrs. Ham enjoys baking, being outside, and spending time with her family. She enjoys being a member of the Lextended Day team and to being part of the learning and growing experiences of the children.
Denise Dundon - 1st Grade Group Leader Mrs. Dundon has been with Lextended Day at Harrington since the fall fo 2016. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Rivier University and a M.Ed from Fitchburg State University. Mrs. Dundon worked as a grade 2 teacher here at Harrington prior to working at Lextended. For the past several years she has been home with her now 4 year old son. When Mrs. Dundon is not working, she enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her family.
April Hunt - 2nd-5th Grade Group Leader April has been on staff since August 2016. Sheholds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Endicott College, with a minor in the Spanish language. Presently, she is teaching 2nd grade in her hometown, Woburn, as well as working in support of other group leaders at Lextended Day. April contributes to each team with her knowledge and ability to implement grade level appropriate content in all subjects, as well as with her love of teaching literacy. Outside of work, she spends her free time running, camping, or with family and friends.
Susan Mayer - K-5th Grade Group Leader/Art Specialist Susan has been on our staff since 2007, but has known the program far longer, as her own daughter attended many years ago. Ms. Mayer has a degree in Sociology from the State University of NY at Buffalo, and is a DEEC-certified lead preschool teacher. She has worked in the fields of educational and science publishing, and as a software and medical technical writer. She volunteered for many years at a homeless shelter, providing art projects and running a summer book club for children. Currently she enjoys taking studio art classes such as Drawing and Printmaking at Middlesex Community College in Bedford.
Hayley Cheng - Kindergarten Group Leader Hayley is in her first year as a Lextended Day staff member. She earned her degree in Fine Art Painting at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Aside from being a painter, Hayley is a classically trained pianist. Hayley has previously taught private piano lessons for ages 6-10. Outside of work, she enjoys performing piano, attending musical performances, and attending art gallery openings.
Jon Marchant - PE Coordinator Jon has worked for Lextended Day Since September 2015. He graduated in 2009 from Roanoke College with a B.A. in History. After working with children in a summer camp setting for three years, Jon decided to take the next step and work with children in a school setting. He has also worked with teenagers in a Teen Adventures program over the summer where he lead groups on hiking, camping and rafting trips. Jon enjoys organizing games with a focus on fun, fairness and good sportsmanship. He enjoys playing sports outside, hiking and playing video games.
Sharon Reid - Kindergarten and 1st Grade Group Leader Sharon has been employed with the Lexington Public Schools since 2009 and with Lextended Day since 2014. She received a Master’s in Business Administration from Montreat College in Charlotte, North Carolina and is also a certified Paralegal. She has many years of experience in accounting, grants management, budget management, and supervising others. She worked in the Charlotte Mecklenburg County Public School System for five years before relocating to Cambridge, MA. She currently works during the school day at Harrington as a Special Education (SPED) Instructional Assistant, (she has worked as a one to one, in an inclusion class and in mainstream classroom settings) and works Summer School at Fiske Elementary. Sharon enjoys working with children and is looking forward to someday becoming a Special Educator within the Massachusetts School System. In her spare time, she takes golf lessons, enjoys reading, interior decorating, and shopping for antiques. She is excited to be a part of the Lextended Day team and is looking forward to participating in the children’s everyday learning experience.
Michael Ronan -3rd- 5th Grade Group Leader/Behavioral Specialist Michael has been at Lextended Day at Harrington since December 2016. He graduated from Umass Lowell with a B.A. in History and Legal Studies and completed his Master’s Degree in Special Education at Cambridge College. Mike has spent five years working in special education before coming to work at the Harrington School in 2016. Mike works at Harrington as a Special Education Class Instructional Assistant in a special education classroom. He also is a tutor at Sylvan Learning Center. Outside of work, he likes watching and playing sports and being outdoors.
Alyssa Guida- 3rd-5th Grade Group Leader Alyssa is in her first year as a Lextended Day staff member. Alyssa earned her B.A. in Theatre, with emphases in Musical Theatre and Secondary Theatre Education, from the University of New Hampshire in 2016. The following year, she earned her M.Ed. in Secondary Education from UNH. Alyssa is a certified Theatre teacher in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She recently became a substitute for Lexington Public Schools. For the past three summers, Alyssa has been the director of the Tewksbury Summer Theatre Program, creating musical productions with students from 1st-12th grade. In addition to participating in and attending theatrical productions, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and being outdoors.
Laura Modahl-2nd Grade Group Leader
Ms. Modahl has worked with children in an after school setting for 17 years. She enjoys creating inventive activities with the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) initiative in mind. Her experiences learning abroad in France and Spain allow her to share language through her enrichment teaching. Ms. Modahl graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Art History. Ms. Modahl is an avid photographer and has shown her work in galleries and small venues. She has a background in design and worked in New York as a designer in the 1990’s after earning a certificate in multimedia at New York University. These skills are reflected now in the paper cutout children’s books that she makes. She is inspired by the art of Henry Matisse and the illustrations of Steve Jenkins. She finds joy in working with children. Her hope is to encourage them in their curiosity and foster their growth.
Jenna Moore- 2nd Grade Group Leader Jenna joined our Lextended Day team in October of this year. She graduated in 2014 from Mississippi State University with a B.S in Psychology and an emphasis in Child and Adolescent Development. After receiving her degree, Mrs. Moore worked as a residential advisor to the Mississippi Children’s Home until she recently relocated to Massachusetts with her Husband. Mrs. Moore also worked as an employment coach for individuals with disabilities before joining the Lextended Day staff as a 2nd grade assistant group leader. Outside of work, Jenna enjoys live theatre, reading, hiking, cooking, and painting. Jenna is very excited to be joining us and looks forward to sharing her love of the arts with children through projects that promote creativity, expression and individuality.
Andrew Tuminelli - 2nd Grade Group Leader Andrew is one of the newest members of our staff here at Lextended Day at Harrington, beginning at our site in September 2017. Andrew graduated from Umass Lowell in 2015 with a degree in Exercise Physiology. After graduation, Andrew became a substitute teacher in the Woburn Public School system and was soon promoted to a full time para-professional position with the 8th grade special education program at the Joyce Middle School, where he currently works during the day. Having played soccer and running track throughout his life, Andrew is an avid athlete with a long background in sports. He hopes to maximize his influence on our children here when contributing to our programming by focusing on keeping them physically active and setting strong examples of teamwork, leadership, and positivity. In his free time, Andrew is a DJ, running various events throughout Boston and the New England area and we plan to incorporate his musical knowledge into some fun activities at Lextended Day.