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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.

Program Leadership

Kyla McMahon, Director of Children’s Programs she/her/hers

Kyla grew up in the small town of Merrimac, Massachusetts, which is where she currently resides with her wife and their one-year-old mini Goldendoodle. Kyla has a passion for supporting children and families. She has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Child, Family, and Community Studies, and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. She has worked with children in a variety of roles, including as a childcare provider, a general education teacher, a special education teacher, and a supervisor of a large summer program. When she isn’t working, Kyla enjoys spending time at the beach or pool, walking her dog, and adventuring with her family. She is thrilled to be joining the Agassiz Baldwin Community as the Director of Children’s Programs and looks forward to ensuring that every child feels included, supported, and engaged while here!

Cory Munro Shea, Director of Maud Morgan Arts she/her/hers

Cory Munro Shea is a working artist and arts administrator residing in Cambridge Massachusetts. Her artwork has appeared in several galleries across the New England area. In 2016 Shea graduated from Boston University with her masters in Arts Administration. Most recently Shea has turned her passion for interior design and vintage home decor into a side hustle, Munro Market. Participating in ‘Pop Up Shops’ around Massachusetts. When she is not coordinating artists, or creating new pieces of artwork, she can be found perusing flea markets with her family; hoarding plants and lounging with her husband and their small, wild dog, Bruin. Contact Cory.

Jamie McCann, Kindergarten Site Director he/him/his

Jamie McCann was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He and his three brothers were all campers/afterschoolers at ABC growing up, and all loved their time here enough to come back and work whenever possible. He graduated from UMass Amherst with degrees in Communication Disorders and Jazz Guitar, and has worked with youth musical theatre groups in Cambridge, Amherst, and Hadley in pit bands and musical production. In his spare time he loves to get outside and do anything active, but isn’t averse to exploring the great indoors as well. Contact Jamie.

Jessica Leach, Director of Communications & Outreach she/her/hers

Jess Leach was born and raised in Rhode Island and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Boston University. She joined Agassiz Baldwin Community as an afterschool teacher in 2016 and became Registration Coordinator in 2018. She is thrilled to continue her work at ABC in the new position of Communications & Outreach Director. Whether it’s helping families register for children’s program, sharing updates on social media, or publishing our monthly newsletter, The Whistler, she finds great joy in helping make ABC a welcoming, inclusive place for everyone. In her free time, she is often reading, experimenting with vegan recipes or caring for her many houseplants. Contact Jess.

Teaching Staff

Adam Ciampi he/him/his

Adam Ciampi is a Massachusetts native and holds a degree in mathematics with minors in education and psychology from Lesley University.  He has worked in many educational settings, with a wide range of age groups, including teaching at Agassiz Baldwin Community for five years. When Adam is not working with kids, you can find him watching and participating in competitive sports including baseball, basketball and volleyball. He also enjoys playing guitar and writing songs.

Allegra Fletcher she/ella

Allegra Fletcher is an Afro Caribbean Latina artist, educator, scholar and community cultivator. Her work aims to center the experiences and perspectives of marginalized peoples while promoting equity between persons, across communities, and within institutions. She served Agassiz Baldwin Community as both a Teacher and the 1st-5th Grade Site Director. She most recently worked as the Project Manager for Black Voices Boston through Celebrity Series Boston and as the Executive Director of Arts Connect International. Allegra holds her BA from Bryn Mawr College in Italian and Education and her EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently a Masters of Theology student at Boston University School of Theology.

Emily McDonnell she/her/hers

Emily Jane McDonnell, a film score composer originally from Western Australia, started playing piano at 5 years old. She has studied classical piano performance including contemporary classical as well as rock, blues and jazz. Emily holds Bachelor Degrees in Music Technology and Production from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Music Composition from Brighton University (UK). Currently she is studying her Masters of Music in Music Education and Autism at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Emily is known for her score in the film ‘Zero’ (Warner Brother Studios) as well as the scores in ‘Amazing Australia’, ‘Norway’ and ‘Killer Bird’. She is currently on board as the composer in the feature film ‘We Are Lost’.

Emily has taught piano for 7 years. Her students learn classical techniques to improve motor skills while learning rhythm and sight reading while creating their own pieces of music and playing musical games.

Emmaline Lipka she/her/hers

Emmaline Lipka was born and raised in Vermont and recently graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in painting. She loves teaching kids new forms of painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Showing them that their voices can be heard in more ways than they may realize. On her own time Emmaline enjoys gardening, knitting, and cooking and is always open to trying something new!

Evan Caldwell he/him/his

Evan was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He is new to Boston and a recent graduate of Bennington College where he studied drama, music, and anything else they would let him (from conspiracy theories to coral reef biology!). Evan is passionate about accessibility and inclusivity in the arts, and wants to continue pursuing those goals here in Boston. He loves playwriting, dogs, pastelitos, the Atlantic Ocean, and singing silly songs with his bandmates. Evan got his start in children’s theater so he’s excited to work with kids again!

Hallie Kaszas she/her/hers

Hallie is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she earned a degree in Music Education. She is a passionate educator and musician, and plays several instruments – piano, ukulele, guitar, clarinet, and of course, voice! She hails from Toronto, Canada, but has made her home here in Boston. Hallie cannot wait to start another summer at the Outback program, and is excited integrate tons of fun musical games into the daily activities! In her spare time, Hallie tends to her many houseplants, goes for long bike rides, and cooks lots of delicious food.

Jahnavi Zondervan she/her/hers

Jahnavi was a camper at Outback for almost six summers! She loves to sing, dance, make art, and learn all new things. She’s super excited to return as a teacher at Outback!

Jennifer Nova she/her/hers

Jennifer was born in Boston, MA, studied English at Bowdoin College and completed her Masters at Lesley University in Expressive Arts Therapy with a specialization in Drama Therapy. Jennifer enjoys integrating all art forms to inspire children and youth to engage in dynamic storytelling and play.

Marcus Aviles he/him/his

Marcus was born and raised in Boston, MA. Marcus who at only 25 years of age has dedicated almost 11 years of his life to child care and development. Marcus has aspirations of one day owning and running his own program for families who need it the most.

Meggie Burns she/her/hers

Meggie Burns was born and raised in a small town in Connecticut where she grew up playing soccer and enjoying the outdoors nearly every weekend. Meggie has her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont and has always been passionate about working with kids and leading them to feel confident in their skin! When not at work, you can find Meggie hiking, camping, skiing, or doing just about anything outdoors with her goofy dog, Leddy.

Nia Callender she/her/hers

Nia Callender is a Cambridge native who is currently pursuing degrees in Sociology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University in Providence, RI. She loves working with kids of all ages and is so excited to join the Outback team this summer! Outside of school, Nia loves to dance and has experience in modern, jazz, hip hop and latin dance styles and is excited to bring dance to Outback in any capacity. She also enjoys long walks, yoga, playing soccer, learning new languages and traveling!

Nick Paolini he/him/his

Nick holds a bachelors degree in social work and has been working in camps and after school programs for several years. He’s excited to make the jump to Baldwin and start meeting a new community of families!

Sasha Wolf she/her/hers

Sasha is excited to be back at Agassiz-Baldwin for another year! Born and raised in the Boston area, she is currently pursuing a Master’s at Lesley University with a focus on elementary special education. Sasha’s favorite clubs have included Project Runway (fashion design), Edible Science (cooking), and 7 Wonders (board game). 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.

Stephanie Guevara she/her/hers

Stephanie was born and raised in Everett, Massachusetts and is currently a Lesley University student working her way towards her bachelors degree in Psychology. She started out as a teacher assistant and quickly realized her passion for working with children. Through her previous experiences in music, dance, acting and journalism, she has been able to obtain many skills she hopes to share with everyone around her. On her own time, Stephanie loves books, music, pizza and coffee!

Texas Trinity they/them/theirs

Texas Trinity is a 22 year old nonbinary queer multimedia performance artist and beyond! A recent acquisition to the Maud Morgan team, Texas is living and creating in Boston, a recent graduate from MassArt with a BFA in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM). When not wandering about the city exploring and looking for materials for art, Texas can be found clowning around creating makeup looks in the comfort of their home with a cup of coffee.

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