Staff

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All full-time LEAP staff members are certified in CPR and first aid, and they must undergo at least 20 hours a year of continuing education as required by the state Department of Early Education and Care.

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Katie Hawkins
LEAP Director

I have a B.A. in early childhood education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an A.S. in art and have been certified in outdoor education through the Outdoor Leadership Program at Greenfield Community College. I’ve been working at LEAP for 13 years and love the new role I’ve been so honored to take on. I look forward to working with staff, parents and the community in making LEAP continue to excel as the amazing after-school program that it is and can be!

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Bob Gaudette
Bookkeeper

I was lucky enough to begin working at LEAP in August of 2015. I attended Bentley College (now a university) and majored in accounting. My job combines “working with the numbers” in the office, and interacting with the children during the day. It’s the best of both worlds! I keep pretty busy outside of LEAP with swimming, tennis, and golf. I am also involved with a couple of bands. The best time of the day is when the kids arrive with their eager faces looking forward to being here. That always makes me smile!

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Louise Rocourt
Assistant Director

I have been involved with LEAP in some way since 2004. This year I am excited to return to LEAP as the Assistant Director. The past three years I have been working in international sales to try out the corporate world, but my love for kids has brought me back to this wonderful program. I have worked with children of all ages and I’m eager to share with them my passion for arts and sports. I’m excited to assist Katie and work with the staff on new methods of teaching so that we can make LEAP the best it can be!

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Debbie Dellascio
Kindergarten Coordinator, Assistant Director

I started working at LEAP in the spring of 2016 and became the Kindergarten Coordinator at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. I have a BA in Sociology from UMASS, Lowell, and I love working with children of all age groups. In previous years I have worked at the YMCA in Newtown. I also have a passion for all things Halloween. I work as the Creative Director at Fright Kingdom in Nashua, New Hampshire, and I own my own business making props and costumes for various Haunted Attractions. I love learning new things from the students and spending time doing all sorts of different activities. LEAP is such a wonderful place to work and I’m so happy to be here!

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Danny Halkett
Group Leader

I am so excited to be returning to LEAP part time this year! Although I work full time as a custodian at the schools, I couldn’t give up the fun times here at LEAP. Every Wednesday I have some time to join the crew before work. Get ready for lots of LEGOs, Fort Building, and hiking around Lincoln—just a few of my specialties. In my free time, I’m taking classes at MCC towards my BS in business, and I love music and the great outdoors.

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Jordan Day
Group Leader

I’ve only been working at LEAP for a short amount of time, but I’ve been in Lincoln a while now. I graduated LS in 2014, have worked at the Commons in Lincoln Center. I also help coach soccer, and basketball for the Lincoln middle school. I love sports and I am psyched to run some recreational activities and get to know the kids better. In the future I am considering returning to school for sports management, but maybe I’ll find a new passion here at LEAP. Can’t wait for an awesome school year!

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Griffin Budd
Group Leader

I’m so excited to be back with LEAP for my 3rd year! I worked at Lincoln Day Camp over the summer and enjoyed the kids and the campus so much I just had to come back! This year, I will be a junior at Middlesex Community College, where I am considering majoring or adding a minor in early childhood education. I am a super outgoing and enthusiastic person. I love sports and nerdy things like Dragonball Z and Batman!

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Marisa DeAmicis
Group Leader

I’m so happy I get to be a part of LEAP this school year! After graduating from UMass Boston in 2016 with a double major in English and Anthropology, I started working at the Lincoln Smith and Brooks schools as a Special Education tutor. I was also the Arts and Crafts teacher this year at the Lincoln Summer Camp. All of the kids who attend LEAP are familiar faces to me, many of who I get to see everyday at school! I really love being a part of the Lincoln community and educating children is my biggest passion in life so I am very excited to work at LEAP this year!

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Logan Hallowell
Group Leader

I am elated to be joining Leap for my third year! I grew up in Lincoln and attended Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School for a little, before transferring over to Middlesex  School in Concord, MA, in order to pursue soccer and a rigorous education system. This included school on Saturdays. I graduated from Middlesex in 2015 and went on to play soccer at Union College in Schenectady, NY for 1 year before returning to Boston in order to act in a couple of movies: The Burning Woman and Pretty Woman (2018). My education presses onward via coding and other nightly/morning classes. The main reason I returned to Boston was to join Boston Cares, a non-profit that’s apart of the helping hands network. I’ve tutored adults and kids in math, science, English, and coached Lincoln youth soccer for two years. Get ready for homework to become fun-work! I am extremely grateful to be apart of such a wonderful team here at leap!!

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Jake Gotthelf
Group Leader

I’m super siked to be coming back to LEAP this year. I have been working with kids for over three years now ranging from kindergarten to 8th graders. I’ve worked at the Umana school in East Boston, ran basketball and baseball camps in Acton, and worked at a summer camp in Boxborough. I just spent a year at URI, and I am happy to be back home to further my education in the fall at Middlesex Community College. I am currently pursuing my degree in Early Education and child development and I am so happy to be working at LEAP to gain experience towards my future career goals. I have to thank my childhood friend Griffin, for he introduced me to this awesome program, and Katie for allowing me the opportunity to work with these amazing kids!

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                                   Caroline James                                   Group Leader

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                                  Emily Giroux                                    Arts director

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                                    Reythian Romero                                 Group Leader

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