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.


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!


Bob Gaudette

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!


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!


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!


Jake Gotthelf
Group Leader

I’m super psyched 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!

Group Leader

Nick Reinhardt

Group Leader


Vianavi Romero

Group Leader


Bridget Crosby

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