Lextended Day has an array of specialist teachers in a variety of entertaining and educational disciplines. They will consistently visit each site and be sharing their passions regularly with your children.
Specialist Schedule at Programs here
Live Action Role Playing (LARP)
LARP is a type of role-playing game where the players physically act out their characters, interacting with one another while assuming the personas of the characters they create. Together with one or more storytellers to fill in the rest of the characters, world, and narrative, the players interactively engage in creating a story with the storytellers and each other. Larp overview and waiver form
Paul Spanagel has been playing in imaginary worlds as his primary occupation since the tender age of six. He earned his master's degree in informal learning at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, and worked for six years as part of the staff team at the Wizards & Warriors summer camp through Guard Up! In Burlington, three of which he served as their Director of Logistics and head plot writer. Just this last summer, he reprised his LARP storytelling role as director of logistics/plot for Dragon's Haven, a new teen summer camp in Spencer. He truly believes in the power of stories to shape how we interact with the world, and how we see ourselves.
The number one goal is to have fun! Alongside this, the aims for this program include creating a love and appreciation for the outdoors while developing respect for other living things through mindfulness, knowledge, and understanding. Children will learn life skills, build stronger executive functioning skills, develop leadership, enhance their problem-solving abilities, and use their senses - all while being active! Children will engage in both unstructured free play time and team-building games and initiatives run both indoors and out. Outdoor Education Waiver form
Tim Faucher received a Bachelor’s degree in adventure education/wilderness leadership from Prescott College. Tim has been with Lextended Day for five years now and has had the opportunity to work at all six locations. He has worked with children in a number of settings, all the way from the backwoods of Maine to the British Virgin Islands. Tim has facilitated groups through extensive outdoor activities ranging from a Junior Maine Guide program to sailing 52’ boats. He has also worked with the Bill Koch ski league based out of the Great Brook Ski Touring Center in Carlisle. Tim loves the outdoors and when he is not working you will most likely find him on a horse or in a canoe, but if you don’t see him in the canoe look for bubbles because he might just be hanging out under the water scuba diving. In the winter months, when not working, Tim enjoys alpine and Nordic skiing as well as roller-skating.
Maya Clarke has a master’s in elementary education from Lesley University. She has worked with all ages of children, from babies to middle school students. She enjoys science, art, and writing, spending time with her two boys, and gardening. She is looking forward to getting to know your children this year!
Cooking and Nutrition
This program is returning to Lextended Day for the 2019-2020 school year! Hilary Rush will run the program, a new position for her. Hilary has been working at the Bowman site for over twenty years. Hilary enjoys working directly with the children and this change will allow her to focus in an area that she is passionate about, children’s positive relationship with food. Hilary has a BA from Northeastern and a Masters from Walden University.
The cooking program will make delicious snacks and treats that use healthy ingredients. Hilary believes that kids will try and enjoy new things more readily when they have been involved in creating food. We will use ingredients like applesauce, greek yogurt, honey, and coconut oil for more natural sweetening and thickening in recipes. Another element is baking activities, again, including healthy ingredients. Small group sizes will allow the children to learn about the benefits of certain ingredients and to practice kitchen skills safely.
Hilary is excited to bring this program back in a new and exciting form!
Patrick McCormick is excited to return to Lextended Day as a Drama Specialist. He has taught and directed children in a variety of dramatic productions, a few of those being at our Bridge site. He enjoys teaching drama and hopes to help shape the next generation of theatre artists. In his free time, Patrick continues to act and is also working to relearn how to play the piano. He received his MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College. We are excited to bring Drama back to all of our programs throughout Lextended Day!
Social Emotional Coach
Sydney Balch has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Plymouth State University and is very excited to begin this new position at Lextended Day! She will have activities and strategies to assist students in learning more self-control, social and self-awareness, problem solving skills, and relationship skills. In the past, Sydney has worked with school-age children at a nonprofit after school and summer program in Lowell. In her free time, Sydney likes to collect and read Stephen King novels, craft, organize fundraisers for nonprofit organizations, and binge watch Grey’s Anatomy.