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Meet the BASEC @ Burbank Team

Belmont BASEC at Burbank – Workshops for kids!

Andrew Mountford, Executive Director
Andrew Mountford, Executive Director

Andrew Mountford

Executive Director
Since 2004, Andrew has been the director of after school programming at the Burbank School. With Kendra Blitz and volunteer parents from the community, he founded the BASEC organization in 2010. Andrew completed his undergraduate studies in politics, economics and law at Brandeis University and his Masters of Education from Lesley University.

Sarah McEllin, Site Director
Sarah McEllin, Site Director

Sarah McEllin

Site Director
Sarah has been with BASEC since 2010. She has a hand in all of BASEC’s programming and is a go-to for parents, students (and teachers!) for questions and correspondence. She moved from head of Operations to the Burbank Site Director in 2019!

Ellen McEllin, Director of Student Programming
Ellen McEllin, Director of Student Programming

Ellen McEllin

Director of Student Programming
Ellen has been with BASEC and BBASP (its predecessor) since 1999. She is also a classroom aid in 3rd and 4th grade at the Burbank. Ellen is the main point of contact for BASEC @ Burbank Workshops and tutoring and begins her role as Director of Student Programming in 2019!

Amber Tillson, Operations Director
Amber Tillson, Operations Director

Amber Tillson

Operations Director
Amber, a California native, earned her Bachelors Degree from UC Santa Cruz (Go Slugs!) in 2009. Since moving to New England, she has held various leadership roles in local nonprofits with a focus on youth work and hunger relief. She grew up volunteering with her mother and sisters and attributes her deep passion for community engagement to these formative experiences. She has been with BASEC since 2014 and takes the lead in Operations in 2019!

Annie Gladfelter, Director of Community Education and Engagement
Annie Gladfelter, Director of Community Education and Engagement

Annie Gladfelter

Director of Community Education and Engagement
Annie G. is in her third year at BASEC. Before coming to BASEC, she taught for 5 years in the Cambridge Public Schools and worked in after school programming for over 10 years. Annie G. also has her M.Ed in Out-of-School Time Program Development and Improvement. Her work passions include science with kids and professional development.

Evan Eckstrom, Performing Arts Specialist
Evan Eckstrom, Performing Arts Specialist

Evan Eckstrom

Performing Arts Specialist
Evan has been a specialist at BASEC @ Burbank since 2014. He was trained in theater at the University of New Hampshire and in Improv Boston’s comedy school. Evan has been involved in the grass roots performance art scene in Boston for the past 6 years.

Danny MacAuley, Sports Specialist
Danny MacAuley, Sports Specialist

Danny MacAuley

Sports Specialist
Danny has been with BASEC since 2015. He has a B.S. in Sports Management from Adelphi University. He has previously worked for the New York Islanders and the PGA Tour, as well as serving as the Assistant Director of a summer camp for 4 years.

Felisia Sainz, Visual Arts Specialist
Felisia Sainz, Visual Arts Specialist

Felisia Sainz

Visual Arts Specialist
Felisia joined the BASEC team in 2017! She is also a freelance artist and illustrator!

Ola Jachtorowicz, STEM Specialist
Ola Jachtorowicz, STEM Specialist

Ola Jachtorowicz

STEM Specialist
Ola joined the BASEC team in 2018. She has a B.A. in Biology from Boston College. Since then, she has pursued her dual interests in science communication and instructional design. Her experience includes managing the Life Sciences editorial team at the Journal of Visualized Experiments and developing adult learning workshops for RAIN Group. She leads BASEC students in hands-on, inquiry-based enrichment activities — from making slime to engineering rockets!

Alex Mattos, Family Engagement Specialist
Alex Mattos, Family Engagement Specialist

Alex Mattos

Family Engagement Specialist
Alex, a Belmont native, has been with BASEC since 2008. She is working on her undergraduate degree at Middlesex Community College.

Jan Toscano, Kindergarten Educator
Jan Toscano, Kindergarten Educator

Jan Toscano

Kindergarten Educator
Jan has been with BASEC and BBASP (its predecessor) since 1988! She also teaches at Belmont Cooperative Nursery School.


Vana Keledjian

Kindergarten Educator
This is Vana’s first year at BASEC. We are thrilled to have her joining the BASEC kindergarten team!


Sam Taber

Kindergarten Educator
Since 2015, Sam has played the dual role as piano teacher and kindergarten educator with BASEC. He is proud to be part of the arts team and contribute musically to the program throughout the school year, during vacation camp, and for special productions. Sam is a local freelance musician who plays regularly around New England. He has a B.A. in history from Boston University.

Noreen Sacca, Educator
Noreen Sacca, Educator

Noreen Sacca

Educator
Noreen has been with BASEC and BBASP (its predecessor) since 1998. She is also the Burbank School’s secretary.

Kathy McClallen, Educator
Kathy McClallen, Educator

Kathy McClallen

Educator
Kathy has been with BASEC and BBASP (its predecessor) since 1999. During the school day, she is a kindergarten classroom aide at the Burbank School. Kathy is also one of our before school teachers.

Karen Shea, Educator
Karen Shea, Educator

Karen Shea

Educator
Karen has been at Burbank School as an aide since 2007. Previously, she was Director of a child care center in Downtown Boston before having her two sons. She spends a lot of her free time at Belmont High football, lacrosse, and rugby games. She has been with BASEC as a before and after school educator since 2011.

Vicky O'Regan, Educator
Vicky O’Regan, Educator

Vicky O’Regan

Educator
Vicky has been with BASEC since 2003. During the school day, she is the Reading Specialist at the Burbank School. Vicky is also one of our before school teachers.

Elaine Arvanitis, Educator
Elaine Arvanitis, Educator

Elaine Arvanitis

Educator
Elaine has been with BASEC since 2014. During the school day, she is a classroom aide at the Burbank School. Elaine is also one of our before school teachers.

Derrick Schmidt, Educator

Derrick Schmidt

Educator
Derrick graduated with a B.A in History from Penn State Abington. He has experience as a Behavior Therapist for children with special needs in multiple settings. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at Brandeis University.

Kate MacAuley, Educator
Kate MacAuley, Educator

Kate MacAuley

Educator
Kate joins our at BASEC while working on her undergraduate degree. She has worked at BASEC throughout high school at BHS and attended BASEC when she attended the Burbank!

Robyn Greenberg, Educator
Robyn Greenberg, Educator

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Robyn Greenberg

Educator
Robyn has been with BASEC since 2015. She is also a classroom aide at the Burbank School.


Grace Ramey

Educator
This is Grace’s first year as an Educator at BASEC, after starring as an Assistant Educator for almost 3 years.


Kelsey Higbie

Educator
This is Kelsey’s first year as an Educator at BASEC. She is also a classroom assistant in kindergarten at Burbank.



Assistant Educators

Julia Cantor, Emmett Dahlberg, Samantha Dignan, Tori Dignan, Anthony Haddad, Soren Hallet, Georgia Kermond, Sam MacFadyen, Carla Maier, Caroline McLaughlin, Chloe Park, Jennifer Yu


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