Mary Gardiner ~ Director

Mary is looking forward to her 24th year at LEDP, and 12th year as Director. Mary received her B.A. in Elementary Education and Moderate Special Needs from Curry College in Milton, MA. Since graduating, Mary has taught in a preschool for two years before working as a teacher’s aide for special needs students in the Lawrence School. She spent 14 years working as an LEDP Pre- K and 4/5/6 teacher . Mary enjoys music, Irish Step Dancing and spending time with her husband Paul, and beautiful daughters Lauren,19 who just started her Freshman year at Regis College and Bridget, almost 15 years old who is a Freshman in High School. Mary looks forward to another exciting and successful year at LEDP.

Donna Mattimoe ~ K Coordinator

Donna is so pleased to begin her first year at LEDP.  Prior to joining LEDP, Donna worked at the West Roxbury Community Center for 8 years.  She started as an instructor/coordinator for a toddler art program for 3 years, followed by 5 years as a teacher in the Small Wonders Early Education Program for 3 and 4 year olds. 

 

Donna and her husband Peter are both Brookline natives (educated at Pierce, Lawrence and Brookline High.)  She has a special place in her heart for Brookline, and is thrilled to be back "home".  They are proud parents of 3 daughters, Erin (20), Bridget (18) and Kate (16).  Their home is a lot quieter (and cleaner) now that 2 out of 3 daughters are away at college!

 

Outside of LEDP, Donna enjoys watching her daughters pursue their individual passions which include art, musical theatre, softball and dance.  Through the years of raising her daughters, being involved in their school was very important.  She also enjoys travel, baking, and trying new restaurants.

 

Having lost her Mom to Alzheimer's and many close family members to cancer, Donna feels a strong commitment to support these foundations/associations. 

 

Abby Burns ~ K Teacher

Abigail is very excited to be joining the LEDP team as a Kindergarten teacher. Before moving to Boston, she lived in Detroit, where she began working with children at the tender age of 14. She loves activities that involve art, music, and movement. In addition to working at LEDP, Abigail is also a graduate student at Simmons College in the History/Archives Management dual degree program. In her (extremely rare) free time, she enjoys puttering around the house, visiting museums, and dragging her friends and family to thrift stores.

 

Esther Rosa ~ K Teacher

 

Esther is looking forward to her fourth year at LEDP.  Esther has 17 years experience working in Childhood Education. She enjoys spending time with her family, visiting the sights of the city, vacationing in Florida.  She is motivated and looks forward to working with your child, in a fun and learning environment.

 

 

 

Kara Kuntz ~ Teacher

 

Kara is thrilled to be starting her second year at LEDP with the 1st grade group! She also supports students in the K-3 learning center during the school day, and is working towards a graduate degree in special education. In her free time, Kara enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, and getting lost in the woods.

 

 

Karen Boliver ~ 1 Coordinator

 

Karen is happy to be returning to LEDP for a 11th year. She enjoys doing many activities with 1st graders.  In her spare time, Karen likes reading, exercising, and exploring Boston. She is looking forward to a great year with the returning kids and getting to know the new kids too!

 

 

Jackie Rosa ~ 1 Teacher

 

Jackie is excited to be returning to LEDP. This will be her seventh year in the 1st grade group, but she worked with our Pre-K children four years ago as well! Jackie is certified in Early Childhood Development and has graduated and holds a Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development. Jackie has three children and 2 dogs named Neko and Olaf! She enjoys the summer months and is looking forward to this school year working with your children!

 

 

 

 

Alicia Tynan ~ 2nd Grade Coordinator

 

This is Alicia's fourth year working with LEDP.  Alicia has a degree in Human Development and a Master's degree in Social Work both from Boston College.  Alicia worked as a one-on-one aide at Lincoln-Eliot in Newton for a year and worked as an assistant teacher at the Italian Home for Children School in Jamaica Plain for 7 years.  During her free time Alicia enjoys working out, traveling, reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.  Alicia is looking forward to another year as 2nd Grade Coordinator and is excited to start her fourth year with LEDP!

 

 

Tatianna Lewis ~ 2nd Teacher

This is Tatianna’s first year with LEDP and she’s excited to be joining the team. She’ll be joining Alicia and Chris working with second graders this year. Tatianna has worked in education for about seven years from high school into adulthood. She loves painting, drawing and designing. She’s most proud of successfully completing 1700 hours of service with CIty Year Boston serving with the Henry Grew Elementary School in Hyde Park in 2016. As she continues to pursue her bachelors part time, she’s looking forward to learning, growing and exploring along side the LEDP team and students.

 

Christopher DeLeigh ~ 2nd Teacher
Christopher De Leigh, the eldest of three
who hails from the mountains, the land of the green.
In search of higher learning, he settled in Boston
where he can be found eating and or adventuring quite often.
A fan of most music, especially when LIVE
an outdoors, loves traveling, and cooking kind of guy.
Who's seen more movies than Ebert, and an endless collection of sneakers
Word has it, he's in the highest rank of hip teachers.

Janet Harrington ~ 3rd Coordinator/Assistant Director

 

This will be Janet’s 11th year with LEDP. She will be working as coordinator/teacher with the 3rd grade group.  Prior to coming to LEDP, Janet was on staff of the Lawrence School as the reading assistant with Linda Goldman and Jeanne Chin working with students in grades k-6.  For several years, Janet worked in the homework program with students in grades 4-7 and held the position of After Hours U Director for two years while at Lawrence @ Lincoln. She also has had the opportunity to work as an Activities Assistant in the Alzheimer’s Unit at the Goddard House in Brookline.   In 2007 Janet established and was President of a 501 (3) c organization raising funds for brain cancer research at Dana Farber Institute. This year will be Janet’s third year working with Mary as Assistant Director of LEDP.  In her free time Janet loves to spend time reading, enjoying summers on the beach and spending time with her family and especially her granddaughter, Drew.  Janet is looking forward to another exciting year at LEDP.

 

 

Kelly Smith ~ 3rd Teacher

Kelly is really excited to be starting her first year at LEDP with the 3rd grade group! She has a bachelor's degree in Mathematics with a minor in Teacher Education from Wellesley College. She just finished up her year of service with City Year Boston where she worked with 7th & 8th graders as a tutor, mentor, and classroom support at a school in Jamaica Plain. She has also worked in the past as a student-teacher and a substitute teacher. In her free time, Kelly enjoys reading, biking, and playing and watching soccer.

 

Randee Siegel ~ 3rd Teacher

Randee is very excited to be at LEDP for her first year! Before joining the awesome LEDP team, Randee's experience began at Reena, an organization that seeks to enhance the quality of life for both children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Since moving to Boston last summer to pursue a degree in Social Work, Randee has worked at a program in Newton for children and teens with autism as well as a counselor at a sleep away camp in Maine.
When Randee is not having fun at LEDP or working on school assignments, she is likely playing video games, trying new food or spending time with her dog Luna."

 

Irene Limlengo ~ 4/5/6 Coordinator

This is Irene’s seventh year working with LEDP.  She previously worked at the Chestnut Hill After-School Program and works at their creative arts and sports program in the summer as their Lower Camp Division director. She graduated from Emmanuel College with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and was an assistant track and field coach for five years. In her free time she loves listening to music, reading and really doing anything active! Irene is also a massive Celtics fan! Go C's! Having previously worked with the K/1 group, Irene is excited to continue working with the 4/5/6 group!

 

 

 

 

Sam Mitchell ~ 4/5/6 Teacher

Originally from Manchester, NH, Sam has been working with children in Boston and Brookline since 2009.  He joined City Year Boston just after high school and worked at a YMCA summer camp and afterschool program while he studied Elementary Education and Philosophy at Wheelock College.  After college, Sam worked at the YMCA as an Out-of-School-Time Director for his afterschool program at the Haley Pilot School in Roslindale and Camp Ponkapoag in Hyde Park. Outside of work, Sam is the kind of person who takes on more hobbies than he has time for.  He plays guitar in a kid-friendly punk rock band, participates in the Society for Creative Anachronism, and plays nerdy tabletop roleplaying and board games.  Sam is very excited to be working at LEDP this year, and hopes to have tons of fun in the 4/5/6 group!

 

 

Bianca is excited to be returning to 4/5/6 this year. In the morning, she works at the Ferryway School in Malden as an Academic Support Teacher with younger children. Also, from 2014-2016,  she worked as a paraprofessional at the Lawrence School. Bianca graduated from Merrimack College with her M.Ed in Moderate Disabilities, and has a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Southern New Hampshire University. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, reading, listening to music, and playing guitar. Bianca looks forward to working with returning 4/5/6 kids, and the new 4th graders!

 


Staff fun!