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.
Molly Juhlin, Director of Children’s Programs
Following graduation from Bowdoin College with a double major in Spanish and Latin American Studies, Molly Juhlin joined the New York City Teaching Fellows and taught 1st grade in the South Bronx. She moved to Boston and began working with Jumpstart, a non-profit dedicated to early education and kindergarten preparedness. Molly was the Site Manager for the Jumpstart program based at Emerson College and she trained and supported college volunteers as they served in preschool classrooms in the Boston area.
Molly first joined the Agassiz Baldwin team as the Science and Homework specialist with the Afterschool program and an Outback Kindergarten Teacher, before becoming Co-Lead Teacher with Sacramento Street Preschool. Her role as the Director of Children’s Programs allows her to support the multiple teaching teams as they create fun and nurturing learning environments.
Molly is a lifelong runner and tries to run along the Charles River every chance she gets. After growing up in rural Kansas, she has made Cambridge home since 2008. In the summer, Molly loves exploring, spending time outside, and visiting her family in Maine. In the winter, Molly tries to find the joy in shoveling snow and enjoys cooking.
Andrea Breen, School Age Site Director
Andrea was born and raised in Southeastern Massachusetts. She graduated from Wheelock College with a bachelor in Social Work and began her work in out-of-school time programming in Cambridge over three 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.
Samantha Eaton, Early Education Site Director
Samantha Eaton brings over nine 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.
Emily Somma, Kindergarten Coordinator
Emily Somma is returning to the Kindergarten After School program after spending some time living in the Bay Area. She started at Agassiz as a Kindergarten Afterschool teacher and then added the role of Afterschool Art Teacher, working within all of the children’s programs, and is excited to begin a new role in the Kindergarten Program as the Site Coordinator. She’s most looking forward to working with her fellow teachers to create a safe and enriching environment that supports kindergarteners’ unique personalities and vast imaginations.
An artist by training, she received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University in 2011. When she’s not at Agassiz, you can find her preserving food from her farm share, knitting, and spending time with her husband.
Ashley Yee, Registration Manager
Originally from Weymouth, MA, Ashley Yee received her B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. As an undergraduate student, Ashley worked for Jumpstart, 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 high-quality 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.
Clementine Jennings-Hess, Co-Lead Teacher
Clementine Jennings-Hess is thrilled to join the Agassiz Baldwin Community team as Preschool Co-teacher. She strives to implement a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum. In Reggio Emilia, Italy, teachers see education as research about child development, and they foster creative classroom communities.
The Nurtured Heart Approach also plays an important role in Clementine’s classroom and behavior management. This approach focuses on the greatness in children and gives them clear feedback on desired behavior with non-punitive consequences.
In addition to education, Clementine is passionate about co-operative housing, spiritual community, anti-oppression work, and dancing. She loves playing word games like Taboo and cooking dinner for her eleven housemates!
Marlene Boyette, Co-Lead Teacher
Originally from Clinton, MA, Marlene Boyette studied Early Childhood Education and Journalism at Fitchburg State University. After moving to the Boston area, Marlene worked as an educator and mentor with Citizen Schools, an assistant preschool teacher and play group facilitator at the YMCA and an after school teacher and certified children’s yoga instructor at Agassiz Baldwin Community. She has recently returned as part of the Agassiz preschool teaching team and is enthusiastic about supporting and nurturing both the development and innate playfulness of each child that she encounters.
In her free time, Marlene can be found exploring her surroundings in Jamaica Plain, facilitating community based yoga sessions for children and families, reading books about emotional, mental and physical wellness or cooking a meal with items purchased at local open or farmers markets. This fall, Marlene will begin training to become certified in Trauma Specific Yoga.
Shrija Sriram, Assistant Teacher
Shrija Sriram found the Agassiz Baldwin Community through her internship at the Sacramento Street Preschool. Shrija officially joined the Agassiz Baldwin team as a Kindergarten Teacher in the Outback Summer Program. Originally from Chicago, Shrija moved to Cambridge when she began her undergraduate studies at Lesley University. She graduated from Lesley University in May with a degree in child studies and education. In her spare time, Shrija enjoys reading outside and exploring various areas of nature around Boston
Emily Dattilo, Preschool Coordinator
Emily Dattilo was born and raised in rural Western Massachusetts. Emily, who has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember, graduated from Lesley University in 2010 with a degree in Child and Family Studies and Early Education. Emily was drawn to Agassiz for the Reggio Emilia-inspired, play-based learning approach that she feels passionately about. She has worked at Sacramento Street Preschool since 2011 and considers the big backyard for children to play in a huge plus!
When not teaching preschool, Emily enjoys running, baking cookies, reading, and spending time with her husband and dog.
Alice Turkel, Art Specialist
Alice Turkel has taught woodworking and other crafts to students from pre-school through college age. She has teaching experience in public school, private school, afterschool and summer camp settings. She has received three grants from the Cambridge Arts Council for her work with public school children.
Alice worked for many years as a stage carpenter and then a cabinetmaker before attending Boston University’s Program in Artisanry, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Woodworking and Furniture design. Alice is deeply invested in education for children and has served six terms as a member of the Cambridge School Committee.
Mallorey Caron, Art Teacher
Mallorey Caron has spent the majority of her years nestled within the mountains of the Berkshires before moving to Boston four years ago to study Fine Arts at Lesley University College of Art and Design. This past year, she was an intern at Maud Morgan Arts where she helped with several Kindergarten afterschool art classes. She hopes to share her passion for art and learning with the children she works with.
When Mallorey is not at Agassiz you can find her playing with her dogs, inspecting flowers under her microscope, and practicing Sign Language. She hopes to become an art teacher for hearing impaired youth.
Adam Ciampi, 3rd-5th Grade Teacher
Adam 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.
Jess Leach, 3rd-5th Grade Teacher
Born and raised in the tiny neighboring state of Rhode Island, Jessica Leach earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism at Boston University. Since then, she’s tirelessly pursued her dream of becoming a professional writer. Now, she hopes to share her passion for writing and publishing (particularly magazines) as a teacher with the Agassiz Baldwin Community.
In her free time, Jess can be found binge watching the latest Netflix craze, snuggling with her cat Frank, visiting breweries all over New England or going to as many concerts as her bank account will allow.
Sarai Warsoff, Drama Teacher
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Sarai Warsoff is a recent graduate of Brandeis University having received a BA in Sociology and Theater Arts. This past summer, Sarai was an education intern with Stoneham Theatre’s young company’s Summer Festival and is hoping to continue combining two of her favorite things, children and theater! When not working with children, Sarai can be found choreographing and dancing, seeing local theater, or cooking.
Lawrence Nkomo, 1st-2nd Grade Teacher
Lawrence was born, raised, and educated in Zimbabwe, which is in the Southern part of Africa. He speaks seven different languages: Ndebele, Shona, Sesotho, Tswana, Zulu, English and Xhosa. He loves his country and is a proud African. He goes to church, is also a part-time youth pastor at a Baptist church in Cambridgeport. He loves to take photos and play soccer and volleyball. He loves hanging out with different kinds of people and making new friends.
Sasha Wolf, 1st-2nd Grade Teacher
Sasha graduated Connecticut College with a degree in Slavic Studies and four years experience as a carpenter for theater department productions. 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.
Allegra Fletcher, 1st-2nd Grade Teacher
Born in Boston, Allegra has also lived in New Orleans and Honduras with family, and spent two years traveling Europe while teaching English in Milan, Italy after graduating from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in Italian and Education. An enthusiast of pretty much anything Italian, she also enjoys 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.
Lillian Rodriguez, 1st-2nd Grade Teacher
Lillian Rodriguez was born and raised in Connecticut, and moved to Cambridge after spending a year at an artist-residency in Florence, Italy. In 2015 she graduated with her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University with a minor in Art History. She also teaches ceramics in Brookline, and enjoys teaching art to students of all ages.
Lillian is a multi-media artist who has exhibited her work internationally and often writes poetry to complement her visual work. She also practices yoga, and enjoys teaching it to the After-School kids.
K.C. Nogueira, 1st-2nd Grade Teacher
K.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 first year at ABC and he is really excited for what’s ahead!
Tiffany Beaumont, Dance Teacher
Tiffany Beaumont has had a strong passion for dance since the age of 6. She is an Alum of the Boston Arts Academy and the University of Vermont. She’s been teaching dance and creating choreography from the age of 14. She was honored with the opportunity for her dance piece to be part of ACDFA 2014 (American College Dance Festival Association) that was held at Boston University. As her passion for dance continues, she currently takes dance classes to sharpen her dance skills. She hopes to further her education and attend graduate school to get her masters degree in Dance.
In her free time, you can find her serving at her church, choreographing, journaling, watching makeup tutorials on YouTube or spending time with family and friends.
Sarah Gardner, Kindergarten Teacher
Sarah Gardner is from Holden, MA. She is in her Junior year at Lesley University studying Early Childhood Education and Child Studies with a Specialization in Early Intervention. In Fall 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 as a Kindergarten teacher at Outback Summer Program.
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.
Hanni Morgentaler, Kindergarten Teacher
Hanni Morgentaler is from Boston, Massachusetts. She is a zesty free spirit who loves to celebrate life and live soulfully. She attended Burlington College in Burlington, Vermont and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services. She is passionate about contributing meaningfully to vibrant communities and positively influencing children to live happy and joyful lives. In her free time she enjoys creating art, photography, music, dance, music videos, and feeling zen.
Kaley Honeycutt, Kindergarten Teacher
Kaley Honeycutt is a graphic designer and signed musician from Orlando, Florida. She studied graphic design at Valencia College. Kaley has worked in childcare programs over the last four years through out Orlando as well as volunteered with multiple children’s organizations doing live music and events for kids including Northwest Kids, The Lovely Project, and Orlando Coalition for the Homeless. Kaley believes in encouraging creativity and self expression through music and art. In her free time she enjoys thrifting and volunteering at shows and art events around town.
Shrija Sriram, Kindergarten Teacher
Shrija 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 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)
Ellen Kramer, Cooking with Kids
Dr. Ellen Kramer volunteers with the Kindergarten Afterschool as part of Living Well Network’s Cooking With Kids program. Dr. Kramer wants the students to learn that making your own food is fun, yummy, and something every kid can do. While slicing, stirring, grating, sautéing, and tasting, Dr. Kramer and the students enjoy many opportunities to talk about where food comes from. They also make occasional outings to the nearby community garden to see foods growing. Dr. Kramer is a registered dietitian with over thirty years experience in the fields of nutrition and epidemiology, as a consultant, lecturer, and researcher.
Annette Needle, Cooking with Kids
Annette 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!