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 very excited to be celebrating her 25th year! 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. In addition to her administrative and dance teaching/choreography responsibilities, she oversees homework time and earned rivileges. 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 adults/teens, watching movies, reading books, and attending live performances.
Melissa Sine - Assistant Site Director and Drama Coordinator
Melissa has been at Harrington since 2000. Ms. Sine holds a B.A. in Theater from Temple University. Along with the drama program, she is a major contributor of daily homework time as well as all other aspects of the program. Outside of work she enjoys acting in local productions, playing tennis and traveling.
Sasha Letovsky - Kindergarten Coordinator
Sasha is in her first year at Lextended Day at Harrington. Sasha earned her B.S. in Exercise Science at Skidmore College, and continues to draw on her background in movement and wellness in teaching. Sasha’s work experience includes roles as a Montessori teaching assistant and as a movement and nature summer camp instructor. Sasha is also a multi-instrumentalist musician, singer and songwriter, and loves to share this passion with children.
Jane Hamilton - K 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 EEC certification. 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 studying Theatre and Communications at 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 Kindergarteners conducting art projects, drama games and dance while supporting her other staff members. Outside of work Ms. Cross loves to spend time dancing, playing volleyball, and enjoying the outdoors, with a little baking on the side. She also has been spending her summers choreographing for Tewksbury Summer Theater Program, a musical theater camp for kids. Allison is incredibly excited to be a part of this program and is excited to see what the year has in store!
Julia Arey - Kindergarten and 1st Grade Group Leader
Julia is new to the Lextended Day Program. She works mainly with the Kindergarten population but also assists with both Dance and Drama programs. As a recent graduate of Plymouth State University, in May of 2016, Julia received her BA in Theatre Arts with an option in Music Theatre Performance, and also completed a minor in Dance. 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 Grade Group Leader
Shannon works with our first grade population and has been with Lextended Day since March 2013. She graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2012 and is currently back in school, finishing up her degree to become an occupational therapy assistant, where she hopes to continue her work with children! She has had 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 moved up with last year’s kindergarten children to join them as 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 began working at Lextended Day at Harrington in the fall of 2016. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Rivier University and a M.Ed from Fitchburg State University. Mrs. Dundon is not new to Harrington School. She began working at Harrington in 1994 as a Grade 2 Teacher. For the past two years she has been at home with her toddler son, but is happy to be back. When Mrs. Dundon is not working, she enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her family.
April Hunt - 2nd Grade Group Leader
April has been on staff since August 2016. Ms. Hunt is finishing up her bachelor’s degree at Endicott College in Elementary Education with a concentration in Spanish language. Presently, she is student teaching in the second grade at North Andover Public Schools, as well as aiming to earn her certification and endorsement as an ESL specialist. Ms. Hunt works primarily with first graders at Lextended Day, however, enjoys working with each and every grade level. She contributes to the 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 Lextended Day, Ms. Hunt substitute teaches at Woburn Public Schools and spends her free time running, camping, or with family and friends.
Susan Mayer - 2nd Grade Group Leader
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.
Sean Gibbons -3rd-5th Grade Group Leader
Sean became a member of the Lextended Day at Harrington staff in September of 2016. Mr. Gibbons earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice: Violence Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell along with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Arabic Languages and Culture. Before joining the Lextended Day staff, Mr. Gibbons worked alongside local police agencies teaching self-defense classes to women and children. As part of his work with local law enforcement, Mr. Gibbons served as a mentor to children during “Friday Night Drop-Offs,” which provided a safe space for children to gather and play on Friday nights as an effort to keep them from trouble. Outside of work, Mr. Gibbons loves to enjoy the outdoors, biking, golfing, and hiking. Additionally, Mr. Gibbons enjoys music, movies, and art in all forms, but dealing mainly in pencil art as a sketch artist for law enforcement.
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 he decided to take the next step and work with children in a school setting. Mr. Marchant enjoys organizing games with a focus on fun, fairness and good sportsmanship. Jon 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 four 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. Outside of work, he likes watching and playing sports and being outdoors.