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Perhaps the most important feature of our children’s programs is teaching staff who are caring and attentive, competent, and creative. The staff consists of full-time Site Directors and a talented group of  teachers —together a diverse collection of musicians, dancers, art educators, and more.

Meet the Program Leadership

Meet the Preschool Program Staff

Meet the Outback Program Staff

Meet the Volunteers

Program Leadership

Andrea Breen, Director of Children’s Programs

Andrea was born and raised in Southeastern Massachusetts. She graduated from Wheelock College with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and began her work in out-of-school time programming in Cambridge over five years ago. Andrea is passionate about providing inclusive programming that allows for children to confidently explore new interests while being supported both socially and developmentally.

In her free time, Andrea can be found spending time with family and friends, playing various board games, riding her bike, and attempting to replicate her mother and grandmother’s recipes.

Allegra Fletcher, Afternoon Site Director

Born in Boston, Allegra has also lived in New Orleans and Honduras and spent two years traveling Europe while teaching English and leading worship in Milan, Italy. Allegra manages her own Etsy shop Play Day Crafts where she sells perler bead accessories. She loves all things Italian, arts and crafts, learning and teaching languages, recording podcasts, and writing songs on guitar and piano. On most days you can find her at the Justice House of Prayer/Hilltop Church in Cambridge where she leads worship and serves as a local missionary.

Samantha Eaton, Morning Site Director

Samantha Eaton v2Samantha Eaton brings over ten years of experience as an educator and administrator to the role of Early Education Site Director. She earned her BFA in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in 2006 and has worked with children of all ages in schools, community programs, and nonprofit programs throughout her career. While she loves teaching, Samantha discovered her skills and passions extended beyond the classroom as she began to mentor staff and provide administrative support to her colleagues. Her strengths include planning and curriculum, behavior management, and creative problem solving.

Originally from Lowell, Samantha recently returned to the Boston area after spending five years living in Washington DC. In her free time, she enjoys painting, cooking, and relaxing at the beach.

Ashley Yee, Registration Manager

Originally from Weymouth, MA, Ashley Yee received her BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. As an undergraduate student, Ashley worked for an early education non-profit, gaining both direct service and administrative experience in preschools, local colleges, and the national office in Boston. Following graduation, Ashley worked on editorial teams at educational publishers Pearson and Cengage Learning. She continues to freelance edit and is happy to be back working with children and their families, supporting the development of programming that celebrates creativity and inclusion. She is inspired daily by the staff and teachers of Agassiz Baldwin and welcomes new families to explore the great resources ABC’s Children’s Programs and Maud Morgan Arts can provide.

Currently residing in Framingham, Ashley enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and Bassetweiler Nala. Free time is spent reading, cooking, traveling, and tackling home improvements.

Preschool Program Staff (School Year)

Sarai Warsoff, Co-Lead Teacher

Sarai Warsoff is a graduate of Brandeis University with a BA in Sociology and Theater Arts. Sarai has a unique background in both early education and theater education. Last year, Sarai joined the Sacramento Street Preschool teaching team as the assistant teacher. Prior to working as the assistant teacher at Sacramento Street Preschool, Sarai was an assistant teacher at a local program that served children ages 6 months through preschool.

In the Boston area, Sarai teaches dance at Stoneham Theatre and has worked as a drama teacher at Agassiz Baldwin Community’s Afterschool. Sarai believes that all types of play are forms of drama and loves working with children because children are always unapologetically themselves. She looks forward to exploring the preschoolers’ creativity through different forms of artistic expression such as puppetry, dance, narratives, and musical instruments. When not working with children, Sarai can be found choreographing and dancing, seeing local theater, or cooking.

Alice Turkel, Co-Lead Teacher

Prior to joining the Sacramento Street Preschool lead teaching staff, Alice held art classes for toddlers and preschoolers at Maud Morgan Arts while also teaching woodworking to students from K through 5th grade. Before teaching at Maud Morgan Arts, Alice worked as a theatrical carpenter and cabinetmaker, taught weaving and woodworking, and served six terms on the Cambridge School Committee.

She holds a degree from Boston University in Woodworking and Furniture Design; while there she became certified to teach both art and industrial arts. Her family includes her husband Mitch Ryerson, known for designing and building wooden playground structures, and three children (two daughters in their early 3

0s and a son about to start college). Alice is looking forward to making our preschool an engaging, fun, and exciting place to make friends and start learning how great going to school can be.

Aleigha Howland, Program Coordinator and Art Teacher

From Boston, Aleigha was raised in the south shore and went on to earn her BFA in 2008 from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, majoring in Photography. Aleigha extensively explored mediums such as bookmaking, printmaking, painting and ceramics. She has a background in early childhood care and has worked creatively with children in after school programs, summer programs, art center programs, fundraiser and volunteer settings. Aleigha holds Lead Teacher certification from Massachusetts EEC in care for infants through preschool as well as school age qualifications. There is nothing more rewarding for her than the glowing smile on a child’s face when they learn something new or achieve a goal and realize what they are capable of.

Aleigha has personal work on display in multiple exhibitions and has won several awards. Her work is on display in the home of the president of Lesley University and is archived at the Boston Public Library. Though life would be void without producing her own art work, Aleigha’s highest passion lies in creating with children.

School Age Program Staff

Adam Ciampi, Outback Teacher

Adam-Ciampi-Teacher 2015Adam Ciampi is a recent graduate from Lesley University with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and minors in both education and psychology. He represented Lesley on the baseball diamond for all four years. During his time at Lesley, Adam was able to experience a variety of classrooms, ranging from all age groups. Originally from Westford, Massachusetts, Adam enjoys writing and playing music as well as playing competitive sports such as volleyball and baseball.

Allison Meneley, Dance and Drama Instructor

Allison grew up in Livermore, California. She received her BA in Drama at UC Irvine, learning and teaching in afterschool and theater arts programs in the Bay Area. She moved to the east coast two months ago to pursue her MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She is excited to introduce theater games and dance routines to Agassiz Baldwin’s afterschoolers. Hobbies include reading, choreography, dance, singing, performing, baking, and playing!

Bill Ward, Piano Teacher

Bill Ward is a multi-instrumentalist who’s work spans a variety of genres, including classical, jazz, and world music. He has performed live on WGBH’s Eric In The Evening and Brazil’s Radio Nacional, as well as at venues such as the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, and Clube do Choro (Brasília, Brazil), along with his wife, Brazilian singer Anna Borges. After undergraduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory with Dan Wall and Sanford Margolis, he is currently working toward a Master’s in Piano Performance at Boston University, studying under Boaz Sharon and Gila Goldstein.

Hanni Morgentaler, Outback Teacher

Hanni Morgentaler is from Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Burlington College in Burlington, Vermont and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services. Hanni is certified in Reiki I and II, and enjoys exploring the healing arts. Her passions include singing, free styling, photography, drawing, painting, videography, philosophy, beatboxing, enjoying live music, going on adventures, and having fun!

Jess Leach, Outback Teacher

Jess Leach was born in the tiny but mighty state of Rhode Island and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Boston University. She joined Agassiz Baldwin Community in 2016 as a teacher and coached the afterschool’s first ever Odyssey of the Mind team in 2017.  In addition to her work as with kids, Jess also creates press releases for Chandler Gallery shows and assists Phoebe Sinclair in facilitating Agassiz Neighborhood Council meetings and publishing our monthly newsletter, The Whistler. This fall, she is excited to take her work in a new direction in her role as Registration Coordinator. When she’s not writing or working with kids, Jess can be found reading true crime novels, making lots of Italian food, hanging at a local brewery or bingeing a Netflix series.

K.C. Nogueira, Outback Teacher

image1K.C. Nogueira is an undergraduate student at Lesley University where he studies special education. He was born and raised in New Jersey and spent many a summer on the beach. He has two younger brothers and a dog named Pepper, whom he loves very much. He also loves music (of all genres) and is probably air-drumming along to his favorite song right now. When K.C. is not at Afterschool, he can probably be found riding his skateboard, studying, or watching the Food Network. This is his second year at ABC and he is really excited for what’s ahead!

Kelsey Chaplain, Outback Teacher

Kelsey is convinced they learn more from their students than they teach. They love to collaborate on murals, bestiaries, and books especially, and often find that kindergarteners have whole galaxies in their heads. Kelsey grew up in the backyard of the Matfield River in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts and went to school there from first grade through twelfth. They focused on art and writing growing up, trying to self-publish as much as one can in a small town, and they continue to do the same today in Cambridge and Medford. Kelsey also went to Sebago Lake, Maine very often growing up and channels that love of nature every day. They maintain a personal art practice and hope to continue to work as an illustrator, poet, author, political organizer, caretaker, and maker of anything.

Kelsey Rice, Outback Teacher

Kelsey moved from Alabama to Boston over six years ago after studying creative writing at the University of AL at Birmingham. Since her first job as a gymnastics teacher for elementary students, she has greatly enjoyed working with children and witnessing just how much the arts can impact their minds and souls.

She enjoys crafting, collecting vintage clothing, New England summers, film photography, and cuddling with her cat Nya.

Mike Ring, Piano Instructor

Mike was born in Lima, Peru and adopted to the U.S. in 1989. Following graduation at Webster University in St. Louis in May of 2013 with a master’s degree in piano performance, Mike held a private piano studio and taught music at the Language Immersion School in St. Louis. Recently moved to Boston, Mike is currently a graduate student at Boston College pursuing a Master of Social Work with specializations in immigration and policy. Mike is highly interested in creating joint programs for students, combining music with different fields in higher education that support ever growing diverse populations. Mike is an avid runner, biker, outdoorsman, and enjoys traveling abroad learning about different cultures. When time allows, Mike composes classical music for choir, piano, and strings, and is currently waiting on the publishing of recently performed works.

Sarah Gardner, Outback Teacher

Sarah-Gardner-Teacher-2015Sarah Gardner is from Holden, MA. She is in her junior year at Lesley University studying early childhood education with a specialization in early intervention. In fall of 2014, Sarah was hired as an assistant teacher at the Sacramento Street Preschool within the Agassiz Baldwin Community as a work study position. Now Sarah works at our Afterschool. In her free time, Sarah enjoys acting, taking part in musicals, shopping, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. Sarah is also highly interested in arts and crafts and children’s literature.

Sasha Wolf, Outback Teacher

Sasha is excited to be back at Agassiz for another year! Born and raised in the Boston area, she is currently pursuing a MEd at Lesley University with a focus on elementary/special education. Sasha’s favorite choices/clubs include Project Runway (fashion design), Edible Science (cooking), and Floor Hockey. She speaks Russian and French in addition to English, and loves learning new languages and sharing them with others. Sasha also enjoys longboard skateboarding, soccer, ice hockey, and reading/collecting antique books.

Shrija Sriram, Kindergarten Coordinator

Shrija SriramShrija Sriram found the Agassiz Baldwin Community through her internship at the Sacramento Street Preschool. Originally from Chicago, Shrija moved to Cambridge when she began her undergraduate studies at Lesley University. She graduated from Lesley University in May of 2016 with a degree in child studies and education. In her spare time, Shrija enjoys reading outside and exploring various areas of nature around Boston.

Volunteers (School Year)

Annette Needle, Cooking with Kids

Annette with kidsAnnette Needle loves to cook and share her love of cooking and good food. A retired social worker and health care consultant, Annette spends her time with her three granddaughters, supporting her husband Peter’s financial planning practice, and traveling. Through cooking, Annette relaxes, creates, and takes care! Annette brings to Cooking With Kids lessons she has learned in cooking classes in France, Italy, Vietnam, and right here at home, along with her experimental and creative approach to creating simple, but good food. Annette loves how excited the kids become when a dish that the kids expected to be a disaster because of the ingredients turns out to be a true winner!

 

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