Staff Bios

Laureen Raftes, Site Coordinator.

Mrs. Raftes has served as Site-Coordinator, for the past nine years, at the Lowell Extended Day Program, here in Watertown. . This is her second 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 eight years, Extensive Professional Development and Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education , from Mass Bay Junior College, Spring 2013

Returning Staff:

Deanna Gaumond, Instructional Assistant

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 Assistant. bio coming soon

Jeannette Blanco, Instructional Assistant. 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.

Josephine Delaney, Before School Assistant. Bio coming soon

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, Instructional Assistant

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, Instructional Assistant

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, Instructional Assistant

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.

Laurie Walsh, Lead Teacher

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

New Staff:

Charles Siegler, Lead Teacher. Bio coming soon

Alaina Antonelli, Instructional Assistant. Bio coming soon.

Jocelyn Ferraro,Instructional Assistant. Bio coming soon

Michelle Gallego, Instructional Assistant. Bio coming soon

Regina Driver, Building Monitor. Bio coming soon

Stephanie Ciccarelli, Morning Building Monitor. Bio coming soon.