Our Team

At Expressions After School, we have a family of qualified and caring staff. Each with their own strengths, our team works everyday to ensure your child feels comfortable and enjoys every minute they are in our care. Every member of the staff is First Aid and CPR certified and EEC licensed.

 
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Amy Saltalamacchia

C.E.O., Owner

Amy holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Akron, and Masters in Education from Curry College and has been an important part of the Needham Community since 1996. She is active within her church (Carter U.M.C.), the Needham Community Council, and many other arts and humanities organizations within the Boston area. In addition, before she opened Expressions, she worked in the non-profit sector as a consultant on Arts and Humanities and piloted a successful new initiative, Creative Arts Camp and the "Art meeting Education" program. Her career in child care spans over 18 years. Amy is responsible for the overall operations of Expressions After School. She coordinates all lesson plans, program activities and manages the Expressions staff. She is a unique hands-on business owner who is involved in the day-to-day activities with Expressions children. In her free time, Amy is wife and mother to two daughters.

Dana Taylor

Business Manager

Dana Taylor has been dedicated to the Expressions team and the Needham community. She grew up in Needham, MA as one of five siblings. Currently, Dana is a proud mother of three.

Stephanie Zello

Program Director, Theater and Sewing Director

Stephanie Zello is a graduate of Johnson State College with a degree in Theatre and Drama. She was awarded the technical theatre award from her college and a merit award in directing from the American College Theatre Festival. Steph loves all aspects of theatre and, just to name a few, has previously acted in Early Frost (Hannah), directed A Streetcar Named Desire, stage managed Into The Woods, and was a stitcher/dresser for The Little Foxes. When she is not doing theatre, Steph enjoys comic books, movies, cooking/baking and sewing. She is so excited to be teaching Theatre and Sewing!

Megan Bush

Program Director, Visual Arts Director

Megan Bush is responsible for the Visual Arts club here at Expressions. With a passion for the arts and all things creative, she encourages students to explore their minds and expand their ideas of what art is. She loves to help them bring out their own unique art styles, while teaching the basics of past masters. Megan grew up in Mendon, Massachusetts, with her family and many doggies. Some of her interests include traveling, visiting museums and reading.

Scott Labrie

Program Director, Sports Director

Scott is a recent graduate of Elms College where he earned a degree in both Sports Management and Business Management, as well as a Minor in Coaching. At Elms, Scott was member of the soccer and baseball team. Scott’s experience as a coach and a college athlete feed his passion for youth sports. Aside from sports, Scott enjoys hiking, listening to music, eating food, and spending time with his family and friends.

Sophia Toland

Marketing and Social Media Director

Sophie grew up in Minnesota where she found a love for and career in childcare and development as an assistant teacher and tutor.  She spent some time studying Journalism and Strategic Communications at the University of Kansas. She has a passion for reading, writing, drawing and all things creative.  She just moved to the Back Bay in Boston with her puppy, Dobby, and loves the city.  When she is not at Expressions, Sophie is probably watching college basketball, cracking open a new book or spending time with her family. 

Shawn Harris

Program Director, Sports and Teen Center Director

Shawn is the director of the sports program as well as the teen center. He is proudly working towards his associate’s degree in teaching pre-K-8th from the Community College of Rhode Island. Shawn is coming to us with a great deal of experience working with children and teens both with sports and general child care. In Woonsocket, RI, he was the Middle School Girls’ Basketball Head Coach and was promoted to the Woonsocket High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Head Coach, and he was part of the Woonsocket Boys and Girls Club teen staff but was promoted to the Athletic and Teen Director, while being a teaching assistant at High Road School in Providence, RI for 2 years.  Shawn also works as an Overnight Residential Councilor at the Brandon Resident Treatment Center in Natick, MA. and is currently the 2018-2019 King Philip High School Boys’ Junior Varsity Basketball Head Coach. He is also the current 15U, 16U, 17U Metro West Swarm Boy’s Head Coach. Some of his favorite teams include: Football: New England Patriots, Baseball: New York Yankees, Basketball: Dallas Mavericks. 

Michaela McMillan

Group Leader, Dance and Arts and Crafts Director

Michaela is a current junior at UMass Boston studying media production and photo journalism. She is responsible for the arts and crafts and dance clubs at Expressions. Michaela graduated from Dedham High School where she played softball, ice hockey and field hockey. In her free time she enjoys photography, movies, and hiking.