Enrichment Activities

 

Alice Deldonno

Alice received her BA in Studio Arts from the University of Rochester, and her MEd in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University.  She began teaching at Hayden in 2002, with one class, Papier-Mache, and over the years has developed an array of original classes, including Art & Architecture, Animal Art, Drawing, Interior Building Design and Art Lab.  Many of Alice's projects are prompted by images and ideas she sees in books, museums, newspapers, and nature.  She is constantly inspired by the enthusiasm and creativity of the children in her classes.  In addition to art-making at home (collage, decoupage, and pique assiette or broken pottery mosaic), Alice also loves taking long walks and hiking in the woods and mountains


Mai Dewees

Mai discovered her passion for pottery over a decade ago when she took a family ceramics class with her children.  Since then she has been studying both the creative and technical aspects of the craft.  Prior to teaching at Hayden, Mai spent several years as a volunteer pottery tech at Mudflat Studios while she worked on establishing her style as a ceramic artist.


shailini sisodia

Shailini Sisodia was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, and with her father being a well-known UN diplomat, the family lived all over the world. Massachusetts, however, has now been her home for the past few decades. A life long educator, Shailini taught at both Boston University and Northeastern University earlier in her career, and while she enjoyed that a great deal, she is currently living her true passion by teaching people how to cook food that is both delicious and nutritious. Toward that end, she teaches many different types of cuisines in her Boston area cooking classes, including at the well- known Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Kitchen and Boston Public Market. Shailini also volunteers with food related causes, and is a head chef for “Lexeatogether” right here in town. Most importantly, Shailini, or “Ms. S”, as her students call her, truly loves her cooking classes at Hayden Rec. Center!


Holly Brouillette

Holly Brouillette has been with Hayden since 2014.  She graduated from Westfield State University with a Bachelor Degree of Science in Biology, and went on to get her Masters of Education from Merrimack College.  During the school year she is a full-time Biology teacher at Waltham High School, and in the summer she works as the Director of the Minute Kids Camp.  Her love for science, crafts, and kids has led her to teach various enrichment classes at the Centre, with the hope of inspiring and educating our members!


Nancy Chando

BFA in Art and Psychology

Artist /Design Specialist

With several years of teaching art to students of all ages, pottery and slab building with clay is one of Nancy's favorite things to do!  She strives to encourage "all " to find their creative side while learning techniques and sharing ideas!

Nancy has hosted various types of art classes out of her home, as well as thought in homeschool co-ops, summer enhancement programs for children, and for Adults.  Additionally, she worked in advertising, logo design, and assisted contractors on custom jobs planning renovation designs, painting wall murals, and tile murals. Nancy also enjoys  gardening as a creative outlet, along with painting, and repurposing old furniture. Working for Pottery Barn Kids as a Design Specialist since 2010, Nancy continues to gain much experience and opportunity there to use art in many forms.  Nancy recognizes how art expands in many directions as a vital component of life, business, and our culture. One of her goals is to encourage others to cultivate their own creative potential and discover how that can flow into their personal interests too!

 

Gymnastics & Dance

 

kayla morris

Kayla graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Development.  For several years she has attended the regional and national Gymnastics Congress to gain more knowledge and insight to better the Hayden Gymnastics program, and recently completed courses through USA Gymnastics to become Director certified.  Working with children has always been a passion of Kayla’s and led her to becoming a gymnastics coach 15 years ago.  She was a gymnast for 16 years and competed for 8 years.  Kayla has a one and a half year old son who is very curious and loves to explore!   Additionally she has two dogs and six chickens.  When she’s not working she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new places. 


tracy borletto

Tracy graduated from Merrimack College with a BS in Sports Medicine.  Upon graduating she became an ACE certified personal trainer. As a child she was a competitive gymnast and swimmer. She has been coaching gymnastics for over 20 years to boys and girls from the toddler age to the high school age. She has coached all USA levels 1-10, Xcel, and varsity level high school gymnasts.  At all these levels she has had numerous State, Regional, and National competitors including several State Champions. In her spare time she loves to watch her two boys play sports and take Zumba class. She enjoys taking classes and clinics to keep our gymnastics program fun and safe!


Samantha Aucello

Samantha Aucello has been dancing for as long as she can remember.  She began her training at Lisa Liston School of Dance and received her degree in Dance from Salem State University in May of 2018.  While studying at Salem State, Samantha studied with Meghan McLyman, Betsy Miller, James Morrow, as well as performed in pieces choreographed by William (Bill) Evans and Nateli Ruiz.  Samantha was a choreographer for Salem State University’s Repertory Dance Theatre as well as Salem Dance Ensemble.  She created numerous tap, contemporary and jazz pieces.  She was a two-time Presidential Arts Scholarship winner as well as the recipient of the Meaghan Noel Scholarship for Dance.  Over the years, she has danced in many recitals, competed in numerous competitions, and performed in full length shows such as The Nutcracker. As a competitive dancer, she has won many high score and special awards. 

 Samantha has taught lyrical, ballet, tap, jazz, Acro, and hip hop classes to students of all ages at many different levels.  She graduated from the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston and the American Society’s Dance Education Training Course as the valedictorian of the class, receiving the Lila Frances Viles Award. Her passion for dance really shows whether she is on stage performing or teaching in a classroom.  She wants to be able to share her passion with others and can’t wait to show her love of dance to the world.

 
 

dakota Mammoli

Miss Koty began dancing at the age of 2 and studied all genres of dance at both a recreational and competitive level until graduating from high school. She went on to study at Bridgewater State University where she graduated with her BA in Dance. While in college she held the position of Vice President for Refined Movement dance club, Treasurer of the National Dance Education Organization Student Organization, and was an active member and choreographer for BSU’s Dance Company. She is currently a member of the National Dance Education Organization, of which she has both attended and presented at their annually held conferences. She continues to attend classes and yearly workshops to stay up to date in the dance teaching world and provide the best class experience for her students, and she is thrilled to be teaching back at Hayden! She is so excited to continue learning and dancing with her students this year!


lila ablimit

Lila Ablimit is a rising senior at Lexington High School and has been dancing hip hop for the past five years- three of those being on the Senior Hip Hop Team under the guidance of Ms. Chelsey at Hayden.  She has also participated in the K-pop dance club at LHS and founded an urban dance club at LHS her sophomore year.  She has also been working as a dance teaching assistant at Hayden and has taught her own hip hop workshops to young children in Lexington. 


Caz harrison

Caz Harrison says, “I want all my dancers to feel the pride and joy that ‘dancing your heart out’ engenders.”

Miss Caz took her first dance class at Hayden Recreation in 1991!  She continued her studies in both Lexington and Antwerp and then minored in Dance at UMass/Boston where she concentrated on hip-hop, jazz, lyrical and musical theater.

Currently, she works full time in early childhood education.

 

Josiah Hayden Pre-School

 

Katie Lundquist - Teacher

“Katie received her Bachelors of Science in early childhood education from Maranatha Baptist University. She has worked at Hayden since the beginning of 2019, and has been involved in education since graduating in 2015. Outside of work, Katie enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking with her husband as well as volunteering at her local church.”


 Laura Terilli - Director

Laura received her B.A. in Early Childhood Development from Lasell College. She has worked at Hayden since 2014 and has been the Director of Pre-School since 2016. She has worked as a teacher for over 19 years. Outside of Hayden, Laura is an active member of her community PTO and a soccer coach. She also enjoys trips to the beach and Disney with her husband and 2 sons, Colin and Cameron


Courtney Bartlett – Teacher

Courtney received her Masters in Elementary Education from Simmons College. She is licensed to teach PreK-6 but feels a deep connection to early childhood education. Courtney has been teaching for 6.5 years and this is her 3rd year as a Lead Teacher at Hayden.  Courtney has a background in theater and loves to sing and dance. Courtney has a deep connection to animal rights and has been a long-time vegetarian.  When she isn't at Hayden, Courtney is dancing and singing with her 4 year old daughter Riley and her husband.


Carolyn Stevens – Teacher

Carolyn received her B.S. in Recreation from Gordon College. While pursuing a M.E. in Education at Lesley University, she obtained her Massachusetts Teaching Certificate (1996).  After working for many years at the Fiske School in Lexington, Carolyn spent the last 20 years at home raising her 3 children, Madison, John and Jillian (and 2 dogs). She enjoys volunteer work in the athletic department at her children’s school, is a huge Boston sports fan and loves days spent on the beach in Cape Cod with her husband and their family.