About Us: Staff
Our carefully selected, experienced staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of each child by providing a safe and caring environment. They take an active interest in promoting values of self-esteem, independence and mutual respect. Many are teaching professionals who work in Woburn and surrounding towns. All are trained in CPR, first aid and childhood development. The diversity in age and background of our staff helps to make the ASC "The place where kids have so much fun, they beg to stay later!"
Co-Director Carolyn Sharp-Hegarty has been in the child care field for over 25 years. She was on the Board of Directors when ASC began in 1995. After over 25 years in child care as preschool teacher, childcare director, group leader, after school site director and Education Coordinator, Carolyn rejoined the staff as a Group Leader in 2005. She became Co-Director in February of 2008 after the retirement of founder Leslie Hastings. Carolyn is the person to go to for questions about tuition as well as fundraisers and financial assistance for ASC. In addition to working at ASC ,Carolyn is an Instructional Assistant in the Lexington Public School system.
Co-Director Chris Serson has worked at the After School Club since 1997. She started as a substitute, became a Group Leader, and moved on to being the Swim Time Supervisor driving the children to the North Woburn pool, starting in 1997 during our first summer session. As the After School Club grew, so did the need for an additional administrator. In 2000 founder and Director Leslie Hastings put her to work in the office as her Co-Director. She has been there ever since enjoying the roles of activity planner, field trip guru, Excel queen, and her favorite role - bestower of hugs.
Beth Sharp is the Office Administrator and a van driver. She started at the ASC as a college intern in 2005. She soon moved into a group leader position in Room 4 and as time went on moved up to Room 6, 8, and then 10. From there she became the Homework Room educator and took over as swim supervisor in the summer. As of fall 2016, you can now find her in the office. She has a bachelor’s degree in Child Studies and a master’s degree in Elementary Education, both from Lesley University. When Beth is not working at the ASC she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.
This is April Bowen’s first year at the ASC. She is one of the Room 10 educators and loves working with children of different ages. In May, she graduated from Bridgewater State University with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education. Currently, she works as a special education teacher in Andover.
Jessica Rodrigues - is the Room 4 educator. She is an alumni of the After School Club, spending eight years here as a student, and enjoyed her experience very much. Currently, she is working on her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with the hopes of becoming a nurse. Jessica has always loved children and has great experience thanks to her seven nieces and nephews.
Katelin White has worked at the After School Club since 2009. She graduated from Worcester State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She is currently the Room 4 educator. As well as working here at the ASC, she works at the Burlington Early Childhood Center. She has worked there since 2011, supporting preschool age children as they develop their skills for kindergarten.
Krista Sorabella has worked as an educator at the After School Club summer program since 2014. Krista received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Saint Anselm College in 2016. She is working as a kindergarten paraprofessional in Bedford, NH. She is also one of the Room 10 educators at the ASC during the school year.
Mae Laroche - is the Room 8 educator and bottom of the hill greeter when children come off the bus. She has been with the ASC since 2015. Currently, she is also a respite caregiver for special needs children and young adults for Cambridge Family Children Services. Mae is a personal care assistant for Northeast Arc as well. She encourages positive thinking and building confidence to increase self-esteem. She enjoys participating in gym activities and promoting inclusion with the children.
Paula Ward - is a mother of three children, two daughters and a son. She worked in Belmont for thirteen years as a group leader at an afterschool program called BEDP. She coordinated engaging activities with the children such as weekly crafts, games and cooking classes. Some of her most popular activities were annual tea parties, carnivals, building winter wonderlands, ginger bread houses and haunted houses. And she continues those activities here at the After School Club much to the delight of the children.
Teresa Mayotte has worked at the After School Club as a group leader since September of 1995, when the program opened. She earned her degree in Elementary and Special Education over 30 years ago. Since 1971, Teresa has worked with children in so many other ways including Girl Scouts, religious education and the YMCA. And no she is not 102 years old! Teresa is a mother of three children, two boys and one girl. She is currently teaching third graders at St. Raphael School in Medford. She enjoys doing homework with the students at the ASC during the school year and being an educator in our summer program.
Summertime Educator Additions
Hallie Stone joined the After School Club in 2007 as a substitute during the summer, and in 2009 became a summer Group Leader. Hallie has a life-long love of caring for and educating children, and so working at the ASC in the summers is a perfect fit! During the school year, Hallie works as an elementary music teacher in Nashua, NH where she teaches grades 1 through 5 classroom music as well as a 4th and 5th grade chorus. She has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (2006) from the University of Southern Maine and a Master of Music in Music Education (2009) from UMASS - Lowell. Hallie has been involved with helping children through the United Methodist Church since her pre-teen years, and has known Carolyn and Leslie since she was 6 years old! She even volunteered as a "snack" helper her freshman year of high school at the ASC, where she met Chris! She is happy to be a part of the ASC family!
Alissa Leto started at the ASC in November of 2011. She has worked through the summer as well as vacations. Alissa currently works as a special education preschool teacher at the Shamrock Elementary School in Woburn during the school year. She has a master’s degree in Moderate Disabilities and a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
This is Curt Brodner’s first summer working at ASC but he’s been working in childcare for a few years now. First, he worked for Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and then for Temple Israel Center in White Plains, New York. He is currently going in his sophomore year studying Journalism at SUNY Purchase College. In his free time he likes to rock climb and hike.
This is Sarah Cumming’s first summer with the ASC and she is so excited to be here! Sarah recently graduated from Saint Anselm College with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education. Sarah hopes to teach Kindergarten during the school year!
Charlie Marquis is a new addition to the ASC staff this summer. He is currently enrolled in the History and Education programs at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He hopes to become a history teacher after graduating in December 2016. If he had a superpower it would be time control.