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.
Mary Girardi is our Office Administrator at the ASC and has been keeping us organized since 2002. She maintains the files and records assuring that all are free of error and up to date. She ensures that all children are accounted for and have made it safely into the building. She is the "go-to person" for any questions concerning whereabouts, how-to's and what-if's. Mary also fills in for group leaders and is quick to offer help wherever it may be needed. When she's not working at the ASC, Mary works at the Burlington Early Childhood Center, where she spends her mornings as a teacher's aide
Beth Sharp is the Room 10 Group Leader and a van driver. She has been with the ASC since 2005. In 2008, Beth received her master's degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University. She has a special interest in helping children develop better social skills and promoting healthy living. Previously, she started a fitness club at the ASC called "Food, Fit & Fun" which led to the ASC winning prizes from the New England Patriots. During the summer program, Beth has helped create the "Homeroom" time that teaches better social skills. She enjoys spending much of her free time with her husband, Paul and her son Dylan.
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 our homework helper making sure all of the kids have as much support as they need. As well as working here at the ASC, she works at the Burlington Early Childhood Center. She has worked there for one year, supporting preschool age children as they develop their skills for kindergarten.
Crystal Blais recently rejoined the ASC staff after a longer than usual maternity leave. Crystal is now the room 8 group leader and a van driver. Before working at the ASC, Crystal was a private child care provider for over 5 years. All of her free time is spent with her two daughters, Lillyana who is 3 and Layla who is one.
Alissa Leto started at the ASC in November of 2011. She has worked through the summer as well as the school year. Alissa also currently works in the Shamrock Elementary School as a paraprofessional. Previously, she worked as a lead preschool teacher in Bedford and at several summer camps. She has a bachelor’s degree in early Childhood and is going for her masters in Moderate Disabilities.
Kerri Tyndall is a new staff member at ASC and is the room 4 group leader. She is an instructional assistant at the Burlington Early Childhood Center in the mornings. Kerri has her degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Liberty University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Charlie and her family. She also enjoys all sports, playing piano and being “crafty”.
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 English as a second language to third graders at the Drewicz School in Lynn and enjoys working with kids at the ASC during the summer.
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!
Tara Tedesco has worked summers at the After School Club since 2002. She is currently our driver and swim time supervisor and enjoys watching the children swim and play. During the school year, she teaches 4th grade at the Hurld Elementary School here in Woburn.