Mary Gardiner ~ Director
Mary is beginning her 26th year at LEDP and 16th 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, spending time with her family, especially her husband Paul, and beautiful daughters Lauren and Bridget and her little puppy Hope! Lauren is 23 and is in her senior year at Regis College, studying Nursing and Bridget is 18 years old and is a freshman at Roger William University in Rhode Island. Mary is looking forward to another year of wonderful memories with your children and lots of smiles and FUN during LEDP!
Janet Harrington ~ Assistant Director
The 2021-2022 school year will be Janet’s 15th 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 4nd 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 fundraising efforts.
In her free time, Janet enjoys traveling, Boston sports, reading, spending time at the beach, and family time, which includes spoiling her grandchildren, Drew and Milly and Duke and her grand dogs Louie and Macy. She is also eagerly awaiting a new addition to the family in February when Drew, Milly and Duke 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 eighth year working at LEDP. Alicia has a degree in Human Development and a master’s degree in Social Work both from Boston College. Alicia is currently in her last year of her School Counseling master’s degree and is excited to be doing her internship here at Lawrence. 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 eager to be working with the kindergarten group and to start her eighth year at LEDP!
Abigail Lanzkron ~ Kindergarten Teacher
Abbi is starting her first year at LEDP! Abbi is studying at Massbay majoring in computer science and minoring in studio art. Abbi has worked in education for almost 10 years in various programs from summer camps to youth enrichment including JCC and the Chestnut Hill School summer program. There, Abbi enjoyed working with pre -k and kindergarten and with special needs groups. Besides Abbi’s passion for education, she is a dancer and enjoys any type of gaming from video games to board games! Abbi is excited to begin working with LEDP, and looks forward to an amazing year with the kindergarten group!
Karen Boliver ~ 1st Grade Coordinator
Karen is happy to be returning to LEDP for a 15th 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 11th year in the 1st grade group, but she worked with our Pre-K and K children 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 Mango and Olaf! She enjoys the summer months and is looking forward to this school year working with your children!
Emilia Forsythe ~ 2nd Grade Teacher
My name is Emilia Ariel Forsythe and this is my third year working in LEDP! I am an avid comic book collector, botanist, and insect enthusiast. Before discovering my passion for teaching, I earned my BFA at the main College of Art majoring in sculpture and literature. I primarily worked in welding and bronze casting but also really enjoyed glass blowing and printmaking. Being a visual learner, I understand the importance of art as a medium for teaching and reaching out to children. Creativity is a valuable means of communication and education. I look forward to our school year and am thrilled to be a part of the LEDP team once again!
Mary Bready ~ 2/3 teacher
This is Mary’s first year at LEDP. Mary graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in political science and gender studies. She previously worked at St. Mary’s Nursery School in Philadelphia for three years and then was an Americorps volunteer with the Paraclete Center and East Boston Social Centers. In her free time, Mary enjoys playing soccer, baking, reading, and spending time with her friends. She is excited to be working with the 2/3 group at LEDP this year.
Irene Limlengo ~ 4/5/6 Coordinator
This is Irene’s 11th 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 where she also participated in the track and field program. After graduating Irene stayed on as an assistant coach- focusing on sprinting and jumping events! In her free time she loves listening to music, reading, watching Boston sports and really doing anything active- especially with her new pup, Andi! Irene looks forward to another wonderful year in LEDP!
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!