Our Staff

Meet Our Educators
  • Our talented group of teachers come from rich and diverse backgrounds. From science, arts and crafts, to four-square, they do it all!  Their creativity, warmth, and respect for each other make RED the enriching and welcoming place it is each and every day.

  • Directors

    • Toby Greenfield
      Executive Director

      Toby Greenfield

      Executive Director

      This is Toby’s 9th year as Executive Director of RED. She holds dual BA degrees in Social Work and Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a Master’s degree in Education from Boston University. She’s worked in the field of education for over 20 years and can’t believe she’s that old. When she is not chasing kids around Runkle, she can be found chasing her 3 nephews or the perfect beach. She’s also a competitive poker player, and a decent photographer but refuses to take a selfie. She’s honored to be a part of the lives of so many wonderful children here at Runkle.

    • Matthew D'Agostino
      Associate Director

      Matthew D'Agostino

      Associate Director

      This is Matt’s 13th year at RED. Matt has his BS in Advertising and Psychology from Northern Arizona University, and his MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Vermont. He lives in Sudbury, MA with his wife, son and daughter. He enjoys writing, cooking, classic rock, and spending time in nature.

  • Teaching Staff

    • April Penn
      Honeybees Teacher (K)

      April Penn

      Honeybees Teacher (K)

      This is April’s 7th year at RED. She is a graduate of Hood College where she majored in English and minored in Philosophy. She is a local Boston poet, a story teller, and a former cross country runner who is an alum of the American Academy of Personal Training. She has a pet guinea pig named Zippy at home.

    • Shayna Frutkoff
      Honeybees Teacher (K)

      Shayna Frutkoff

      Honeybees Teacher (K)

      Shayna is very excited to be returning to the Honeybee team at RED! Shayna graduated from Northeastern University with a BA in Communications Studies and International Affairs. Before joining RED last winter, she spent a couple of months working as an English tutor in Spain before heading to Cape Cod for the summer to work at an overnight camp. Shayna enjoys being outside, doing art projects, and playing with her cat, Jack. She is looking forward to meeting all the new kindergarteners and seeing all the returning students!

    • Kaitlin Walker
      Honeybees Teacher (1st)

      Kaitlin Walker

      Honeybees Teacher (1st)

      Kaitlin is very excited to be back at RED for her fourth year working with the Honeybees! She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in English and a minor in Education. Outside of the classroom, Kaitlin coaches cheerleading at Needham High School and is also a Barre instructor. She enjoys the outdoors as well as running and doing arts and crafts. She is looking forward to another great year!

    • Anna Cohen
      Honeybees Teacher (1st)

      Anna Cohen

      Honeybees Teacher (1st)

      Anna is very excited to join the Honeybee team this year! With a background in Art Education, Anna has taught in after-school enrichment programs, preschools, and museums in both Vermont and the Boston Metro area. Anna enjoys exploring the outdoors, building structures of all sizes, creating with recycled materials, urban gardening, and the Celtics. She is looking forward to sharing these joys with the RED community!

    • Missy Dortenzio
      Crickets Teacher

      Missy Dortenzio

      Crickets Teacher

      This is Missy’s second rodeo with R.E.D. and she is ready to do some new and challenging activities with the Crickets this year. After graduating from UCONN (Go Huskies!) with a Masters in Education, she spent three years teaching Language Arts and coaching in Hartford, Connecticut. She spends her time exercising, talking about books, and eating a lot of tacos.

    • Aura Ortiz
      Crickets Teacher

      Aura Ortiz

      Crickets Teacher

      Aura Ortiz is excited to be joining the Crickets this year. She is a UMass Boston Alumni who majored in Studio Art and Dance. She has taught children mostly in dance, around the metro Boston area for the past 8 years. She is an energetic art enthusiast and has been trained classically in dance and in urban street styles since the age of 8. Some of her interests also include poetry, being goofy and eating chocolate.

    • Juliet Olivier
      Crickets Teacher

      Juliet Olivier

      Crickets Teacher

      Juliet started teaching at RED in 2010 and is thrilled to be back at RED after a brief and interesting hiatus at a Montessori school. She has greatly enjoyed reconnecting with Runkle students, past and present, and their families! A BFA graduate of Emerson College, she especially enjoys the arts both at RED and in her personal life. Juliet performs music and creates theatre pieces and live shows in the Boston scene. You might find her dancing, working on visual art, cooking, or at the beach. Be sure to say hi now that she’s back on the Crickets team!

    • Briana Shipley
      Crickets Teacher

      Briana Shipley

      Crickets Teacher

      Briana is thrilled to be starting her first year with RED and the crickets! Briana received her BA from Brigham Young University in Theatre Education and has taught students in both dance and theatre over the last few years. Briana enjoys directing, stage managing, singing, acting, and can’t get enough of Broadway! Other than being a huge theatre junkie, she can be found watching Doctor Who, reading, and going to museums of all sorts. She currently lives in Dorchester with her wife.

    • Aaron Butler
      Dragonflies Teacher

      Aaron Butler

      Dragonflies Teacher

      Aaron Cecchini-Butler is excited to get right to fun with the Dragonflies this year. He has a B.A. in Songwriting with a minor in history from Berklee College of Music and an MFA in Music Composition. He resides in Somerville with his wife Lauren (a Brookline school district music teacher) and their two Shiba Inus. In his free time he composes contemporary classical music and writes music theory articles.

    • Jess Liggero
      Dragonflies Teacher

      Jess Liggero

      Dragonflies Teacher

      This is the second year that Jess has been working with the Dragonflies. She holds a BFA in painting and drawing from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. In addition to making art, she is also an athlete. And has a passion for healthy eating/cooking. She is looking forward to sharing her diverse creative background and love of sports with the kids.

    • Daniel Christian
      Dragonflies Teacher

      Daniel Christian

      Dragonflies Teacher

      Daniel is very excited to join the R.E.D. program as a new member of the Dragonflies. Previously, Daniel taught children the importance of respect, discipline and perseverance while working with a youth martial arts program in Iowa. Daniel loves to travel and became a certified scuba diver while living in Hawaii. He enjoys spending time with his niece and nephew, going to Fenway Park to watch the Sox play and walking around Boston on a nice Fall afternoon. He is excited to meet all of the kids and make this school year a blast!