Mary Gardiner- Director
Mary is beginning her 24th year at LEDP and 14th year as LEDP 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 many years working as an LEDP Pre- K and as a 4/5/6 teacher. Mary enjoys music, especially John Denver, Irish Step Dancing, watching her children play Lacrosse and Basketball and spending time with her family, especially her husband Paul, and beautiful daughters Lauren and Bridget and dog Chloe. Lauren is 21 and is entering her Junior year at Regis College, studying Nursing and Bridget, is 16 years old and is a Junior in High School. Mary is looking forward to another year of wonderful memories with your children and lots of smiles and FUN!
Janet Harrington – Assistant Director
The 2019~20 school year will be Janet’s 13th year at LEDP! Janet began her years at LEDP as a teacher and coordinator in 4/5 then 4/5/6. When asked if she would be willing to move to 2/3 as coordinator, she was a little apprehensive, but easily made the transition. When configurations in LEDP changed, Janet was coordinator for 3rd grade and became part time assistant director for 2 years. This year Janet will be entering her 2nd year as full time Assistant Director and is looking forward to continuing to work with all LEDP groups and families.
Janet is a true Brookline native; being the 4th generation of her family to reside in Brookline. She was born in Brookline, attended Brookline Public Schools and raised her two sons here as well. Prior to LEDP, until budget cut became a reality, Janet worked with the reading specialists at Lawrence School in grades K-6 for twenty years. She also was Director of After Hours U for 2 years at Lawrence at Lincoln, was a teacher in the Lawrence homework club and has worked as an activities assistant at the Goddard House Alzheimer’s Unit. In 2005, after her husbands’ passing, Janet and her family established and she became President of a 501(3) C organization raising funds for brain cancer research with Dana Farber Cancer Institute becoming the main recipient of their fund raising efforts.
In her free time, Janet enjoys traveling, Boston sports, reading, spending time at the beach, and family time, which includes spoiling her granddaughters Drew and Milly and her grand dogs Louie and Macy. She is also eagerly awaiting a new addition to the family in November when Drew and Milly will be getting a new sibling.
Janet is excited about a new year and is looking forward to working with your children to make many happy childhood memories in LEDP!
Alicia Tynan ~ Kindergarten Coordinator
This is Alicia's sixth year working with LEDP. Alicia has a degree in Human Development and a Master's degree in Social Work both from Boston College. Starting this fall Alicia will begin to pursue a second Master’s degree in School Counseling. Prior to LEDP, 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 excited to be working with the Kindergarten group again and to start her sixth year at LEDP!
Donna Mattimoe ~ Kindergarten Teacher
Donna is so pleased to begin her 3rd year at LEDP. Prior to joining LEDP, Donna worked at the West Roxbury Community Center for 8 years starting as an instructor for a toddler art program, followed by teaching in the Small Wonders Early Education Program for 3 and 4 years old.. 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, and are the proud parents of 3 daughters, Erin, Bridget and Kate. Their home is a lot quieter (and cleaner) as they are officially “empty nested” as all are away at college. Donna enjoys traveling, baking and trying new restaurants. She is excited for the new school year and getting to know the kindergarten group.
Elena Mistreanu ~ Kindergarten Teacher
This is Elena’s 1st year at LEDP. She is self-motivated, loves meeting new people and altruistic. She holds a bachelors’ degree in Education Studies from I. Creanga State University (Moldova) and a master’s degree in psychology. Before coming to LEDP, she worked as a teacher assistant at The Goddard School for 2 years. She is a huge outdoors person, loves hiking, and just being in nature and loves baking. Elena loves working with children and she is so excited to work with kindergartens at LEDP.
Karen Boliver- 1st Grade Coordinator
Karen is happy to be returning to LEDP for a 13th year. She enjoys doing many new and fun activities with the 1st graders. In her spare time, Karen likes reading, exercising, and spending time with her family and friends. She is looking forward to a great year with the returning kids and getting to know the new kids too!
Jackie Rosa - 1st Grade Teacher
Jackie is excited to be returning to LEDP. This will be her 9th year in the 1st grade group, but she worked with our Pre-K children five years ago as well! Jackie is certified in Early Childhood Development and has graduated with an 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!
Christopher DeLeigh ~ 2nd Grade Coordinator
Mr. Chris has returned for year two, with grade three. Assembled again with the hippest of teams. More sun and more travel is the mantra this year. Following curiosities, as well as overcoming fears. Learning new skills, while honing the old. Excited to see how this year unfolds.
Emilia Forsythe - 2nd Grade Teacher
This is Emilia’s second year in LEDP. She is an avid comic book collector, botanist, and sushi enthusiast. Before discovering her passion for teaching, she earned her BFA at the Maine College of Art majoring in sculpture and literature. She primarily worked in welding and bronze casting but also really enjoyed glass blowing and printmaking. Being a visual learner, she understands the importance of art as a medium for teaching and reaching out to children. Creativity is a valuable way to communicate with kids and she is thrilled to be a part of the LEDP team!
Hannah Lanzkron- 2nd Grade Coordinator
This is Hannah’s first year with LEDP second grade, she is super excited to join the team! She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Stern College in New York. In her free time Hannah enjoys swimming, reading, and anything outdoors.
Kelly Smith ~ 3rd Grade Coordinator
Kelly is excited to start her third year at LEDP and her second year as a coordinator- this year for the 3rd grade group! She has a bachelor's degree in Mathematics with a minor in Teacher Education from Wellesley College. She has also worked in the past as a student-teacher, a substitute teacher, and a City Year corps member. In her free time, Kelly enjoys reading, biking, and playing and watching soccer. When she’s not at LEDP, she also loves spending time with her dog Kona.
Julie Schaeffer 3rd Grade Teacher
Julie joined the LEDP family in January 2020 and is thrilled to have started this journey with the 3rd grade team. Julie and her family - husband Bruno and doggo Asher - moved recently from Ithaca NY where Julie grew up amongst the dense forests and icy waterfalls of the finger lakes. Before moving to Brookline, Julie was an upper elementary teacher in a private Montessori school in upstate NY. In 2014 she graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Studio Art and minors in Anthropology and Art History. She then completed her AMI Montessori training and a Master’s in Elementary Education in 2017. Throughout her college years Julie coached elementary sports teams, participated on the College’s rowing, basketball, and track teams, and today continues to find joy and excitement in the active lifestyle that Boston and the LEDP kiddos supply on a daily basis! Julie is a lover of the outdoors, a passionate environmentalist, an avid cyclist, and enjoys a good home cooked meal with friends and family.
Irene Limlengo ~ 4/5/6 Coordinator
This is Irene’s 9th year working with LEDP! She also runs the Peer Mentoring Program in LEDP! Please, feel free to chat with her anytime with questions- she loves talking about her mentors! She previously worked at the Chestnut Hill After-School Program and currently 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
This is Sam’s third year at LEDP. 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 an afterschool program at the Haley Pilot School in Roslindale and Camp Ponkapoag in Hyde Park. During the summer time, is the director of the counselor-in-training program and teaches the Rock Band class at the Chestnut Hill School summer camp. Outside of work, Sam is the kind of person who takes on more hobbies than he has time for. He plays guitar in a punk band and enjoys nerdy tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons. Sam is very excited to return to LEDP this year, and looks forward to continue leading the Nerd Club with our older students!
Tatianna Lewis ~ 4/5/6 Teacher
This is Tatianna’s third year with LEDP and she’s excited to be joining 4/5/6 this year. Tatianna has worked in education for about eight 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. She is looking forward to learning, growing and exploring with the LEDP team and students.