Rebecca Newhouse, Site Director
Peter Weeks, Assistant Site Director
Parent Board Member: Sarah Conrad
Site Director - Rebecca Newhouse
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. Rebecca started at Lextended Day as a teacher and served as the assistant site director at both the Hastings and Fiske sites.
Assistant Site Director - Peter Weeks
Peter received his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Environmental Studies from Hobart College in Geneva, NY. Since the start of his time working, he has been working with students ages 5-20 in a variety of organizations, including; Belmont Day School Camp, City Year Boston, SquashBusters Boston, Mass Audubon, and Outward Bound. His work experience and passion for the environment have influenced his drive to help educate children about the importance of the world around them and help spark future advocacy.
Outside of work Peter loves to spend as much time as possible outdoors hiking, camping, or skiing in the winter months. He is excited about the opportunity to support staff to make their toolkit the best it can be as well as empower students to feel comfortable with themselves and to learn to be positive influences for their peers.
Filis Warren - Art Coordinator
Filis has been working at Lextended Day for over 8 years. She is the Art Coordinator and has done a fantastic job providing teachers with the materials for all of the amazing projects and activities. Filis herself runs several popular clubs such as the sewing and puppet clubs. She is also the mastermind behind the delicious and nutritious snacks.
Susan Gallant - Kindergarten Coordinator
Susan supervises daily activities with our youngest children. She consults with other staff around art projects, gym activities, games and "Chill-out Time"; a period of relaxation and stories for the younger children. After earning two Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education (graduating Magna Cum Laude), she worked as an teacher in a licensed family day care program and taught part time in the Medford Public schools coordinating and teaching all art projects in a kindergarten classroom. After earning a Master's degree in counseling from Suffolk University in Boston, Susan worked as a substitute teacher (grades k-6) while concurrently caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease and another with a Non-verbal Learning disorder. During this time she also volunteered with Alzheimer patients at the Golden Living Nursing and Rehab Center in Lexington. Susan lives in Medford with her family.
Sarah Levitsky - 1st Grade Coordinator
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.
Laura Greene 2nd and 3rd Grade Teacher / Art Teacher
Laura holds a masters degree and professional license in early childhood education. She has been working at Lextended Day in various roles since 2006. She currently works with first, second and third graders doing art, science and games. Before working at Lextended Day, Laura taught kindergarten at a private school. She has also worked as a kindergarten assistant and in other after school programs. When she is not working, Laura enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves traveling and baking.
Nina Rich - Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher
Nina is a graduate of the Maria Hastings Elementary school and of Lextended Day. She is thrilled to have returned as a teacher. Nina's passions include art, music (she plays ukulele and guitar), and writing. She loves assisting our students in discovering the natural artist within each of them. She believes that all children ae creative and artistic. Nina graduated from Lexington High School in 2014 and currently lives in Lexington with her family.
Melissa Caraballo - KIndergarten through 5th Grade Teacher / Gym Teacher
After studying Criminal Justice at Salem State University, Melissa decided it just wasn't her passion, and began pursuing a career in education. Since then she has become EEC certified and has begun her coursework. Melissa has been in the childcare field for over a decade, working with students from three months to thirteen years old. "I love being a part of enriching minds and fulfilling my goal every day to help the children feel more empowered." When Melissa isn't at Lextended Day she is spending time with her two year old daughter Mya Rose. Together they explore new parks, beaches, and ice cream stands.
Alan Sutherland - 2nd and 3rd Grade Teacher / Robotics, Game Design, and Art Teacher
Alan received a B.F.A in Drawing and Sculpture from the University of Colorado, Boulder and received a Master's Degree in Art Education at Pratt Institute, NY. Prior to joining our staff, Alan worked as a substitute art teacher for the Lincoln Public Schools. Alan combines his time at Lextended Day with his work as an artist and electronic musician. Alan has composed music for the Cartoon Network and several years ago was named "Best Electronic Artist" by the Boston Phoenix In addition to conducting art activities with children, Alan is helping students learn chess strategies. He is the program's number one handyman, repairing carts and adapting furniture to our environment. Alan enjoys chess and is a member of the Winchester Chess Club. During winter months, Alan tries to hit the slopes with his snowboard at least once a week. Once an avid traveler, he now spends his resources renovating his Winchester home where he lives with his wife Lorraine, a dancer and choreographer, and their cat Butters.
Ashley Proia - 3rd Grade Assistant
I am currently a sophomore at Regis College pursuing a social work degree. I was previously an education major at Mount Ida College. After college, my hopes are to continue working with children and making a difference in their lives. I have worked with elementary aged students at the Boys and Girls Club for 3 years at both an after school and camp setting. Outside of school and work I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching movies, and doing crafts.
Sean Willett - 2-5 Assistant Gym Teacher
Sean is currently a Senior at UMass Lowell with a Major in Clinical Psychology and a Minor in Criminal Justice. Before starting at Lextended Day, he has worked with Children that are infants all the way up to the 8th grade level from various corporations. This includes Autism Learning Partners as a Behavioral Therapist out of Burlington, MA, the Saugus YMCA as a Camp Counselor as well as Odyssey Day School in Wakefield, MA as a Teacher’s Assistant. This experience has inspired him to pursue his goal of becoming a school psychologist and help children in various ways to be a great part of the world through his dedication and generosity.
In his free time Sean loves to spend time watching football with his friends and travel to different areas in the country with his family. Sean also loves to stay active and try as many new things as possible. He is motivated to make the most of the opportunity here at Lextended Day by building strong work relations with his fellow colleagues as well as instilling confidence and respect for others into the kids so that they can chase their goals and thrive at Lextended Day and beyond.