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 

New Staff

Renee Anzaldi, Lead Teacher, served as the Building Monitor at the Lowell Extended Day Program last year, and has worked 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, 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, 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

Returning Staff

Bridget Kimmins,Before School Program Coordinator, 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,returns for a second year to CEDP. She 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.

Jessica Guay, Lead Instructor, has her BS in Education and Interdisciplinary Studies from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She has more than four years of classroom experience as a student teacher, intern, and substitute. While studying at MCLA, Jessie played on the tennis team and was a member of the Dance Company.This is Jessica's second year at the Cunniff Extended Day Program.

Jennifer Park, IA, 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 Jenn's second year at the Cunniff Extended Day Program.

Karen Bloomer, IA, 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, returns for a second year, and is part of the regular school day at the Hosmer Elementary School.

Laurie Walsh, IA, 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.