Ellen Grinder, Site Director
Melissa Sine, Assistant Site Director
Parent Board Member: Rebecca Farnham
(781) 860-0012 ext. 63135
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 27th 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 has been in her role as Kindergarten Coordinator at the Harrington School for three years. This year, Sasha looks forward to sharing classroom space with first grade! Sasha earned her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science at Skidmore College '15, and continues to incorporate her passion for wellness into her teaching. Sasha enjoys offering a range of enrichment activities including yoga, meditation, music and American Sign Language education (and by popular demand, origami ). Sasha has taught in a variety of settings in the early childhood sphere, including roles as a Montessori classroom teacher's assistant and early childhood Music & Movement specialist. In her spare time, Sasha is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and enjoys spending time outdoors!
Allison Cross - 2nd-5th Grade Coordinator 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 - Kindergarten and 1st Grade Coordinator Julia just started her third 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.
Marelyn Ramos- Kindergarten and 1st Grade Assistant Group Leader Marelyn is new to Lextended Day and is starting her first year with us at Harrington. She is a native Spanish speaker from El Salvador. Since graduating High School she worked as a paralegal and interpreter for an immigration law firm in Boston. She has always wanted to pursue a career in childhood education and is eager to share her ideas and culture with the children. In her free time Marelyn enjoys reading, spending time with friends & family, being outdoors and going to the movies.
Alexandra DiMauro - Kindergarten-5th Grade Group Leader Alex is a recent graduate from Lesley University’s College of Art and Design program. She is an artist from Woburn. At Lesley she was a fine arts major with a minor in art history. She ran competitively in high school and college where she was captain of cross country and track.
Hayley Cheng - Kindergarten-5th Grade Group Leader Hayley is in her second 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.
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 second 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.
Jenna Haller - 2nd-5th Grade Group Leader Jenna joined our Lextended Day team in October of 2017. 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, Jenna worked as a residential adviser to the Mississippi Children’s Home until she recently relocated to Massachusetts. She 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 theater, 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.
Kayley Nelson - 2nd-5th Grade Group Leader Kayley is one of our newest staff members and is starting her first year at Lextended Day. She graduated with a B.S. from Lesley University and is currently continuing her education to earn a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy. In the past, Kayley has worked at multiple after-school programs in the Cambridge/Boston area, a day center for people with disabilities, and spent a summer running her own art camp at an art center in Washington state. Throughout her time in Cambridge, she also worked at a paint-your-own pottery shop! In Kayley’s spare time, she enjoys traveling to national parks, hiking mountains, creating art, working on her photography skills, and knitting. She is so excited to be a part of the Lextended Day team.