Staff Bios

Laureen Raftes, Site Coordinator.

 Mrs. Raftes has served as Site-Coordinator, for the past eight years, at the Lowell Extended Day Program, here in Watertown. .  This is her first year as Site-Coordinator at Cunniff Elementary. Her commitment is to provide High Quality After School Programming for children attending Watertown Public Schools. Mrs. Raftes received  BFA  undergrad and graduate degrees, and in the past seven years, Extensive Professional Development and Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education , from Mass Bay Junior College, Spring 2013 


Renee Anzaldi, Lead Teacher.

Renee returns as Lead Teacher of CEDP. She works for the Town Recreation Department summer programs.She currently works also as an Instructional Aide in the Early Childhood Program at Hosmer.

Deanna Gaumond, Instructional Aide.

Deanna  is a student at Lesley University, working on her Master in Early Childhood Education ,and received her Bachelor of Science from Worcester State College in 1996.

Jennifer Hegerich, Lead Teacher

Jenn served as Lead Teacher at the Lowell Extended day Program for two years. She works as a 1:1 aide at the Hosmer Elementary school.She has a Masters of Education and Bachelor of Science.

Melissa Lee,Instructional Aide and Building Monitor . bio coming soon

Jeannette Blanco, Instructional Aide. bio coming soon


Bridget Kimmins,Before School Program Coordinator.

Bridget has served since 1998, and is an Instructional Aide in the Pk classroom, during the school day at the Cunniff Elementary School.

Amy Dempsey,Lead Teacher.

Amy has her BA from Bridgewater State University where she majored in English and minored in Special Education. She is currently working on her Master's of Education at Cambridge College and spent more than a year working as a Teacher's Assistant at a preschool in Weymouth, MA. Before joining us at 2:30, Amy is a classroom aid at a preschool in Burlington, MA.



Jennifer Park, IA.

Jennifer  has a BA in psychology from UMass Amherst. She also her TEFL certification and is starting her Master's in elementary ed at UMass Boston. Before coming to Extended Day, Jennifer was a Liaison Officer to the Korean Embassy in DC and the US State Department in NY for the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea and taught elementary english in Seoul.This is Jen's second year at the Cunniff Extended Day Program.


Karen Bloomer, IA.

Karen works at Watertown High School during the school day and has also worked as a teacher's assistant at the EDCO Collaborative. She has also worked at the Home for Little Wanders and the Gaebler Children's Center. This is Karen's third year at the Cunniff Extended Day Program.


Nicole Sapienza,Building Monitor. 

Nicole returns for a second year.She received a Bachelor of Professional Studies in 2007, and is working on her Master of Social Work at Boston University.


Ellen Basile, 1:1 Aide.

Ellen Basile has been working with children in Watertown for over 20 years.  She has a BA from Northeastern University in Modern Languages as well as advanced certification in Applied Behavior Analysis and studies in language and civilization at the University of Paris.  Ellen has been a long term substitute teacher, an instructor in the evening school and currently serves as an Instructional Assistant in the Connections Program at the Hosmer School.    In addition, she is a music practice coach for students, organizing practice routines and providing practice support.  This will be her third year at the Cunniff program.

Laurie Walsh, IA,

Laurie is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a BS in Medical Technology. She most recently worked at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical center in Boston as well as MGH. She has volunteered at the Lowell School and has also served on the Elementary Curriculum Committee for Math, Reading and Writing and as a parent representative on the Middle School Curriculum Committee. This is Laurie's third year at the Cunniff Extended Day Program


Crista Logakis, High School intern.

 Crista is a Junior at Watertown High School ,and works with the 2nd/3rd Grade Group two days a week, giving support to the Lead Teacher. This is her second year at Extended day.