Playworks Program Roster Changes

  1. Updates

Playworks Metro Boston program welcomed some new players to the team this summer.

A veteran of both Playworks Baltimore and Detroit, Casey Kuzio took the reins of program director in July.

After a year of coordinating program at the Dever-McCormack K-8 School in Dorchester, Molly Smemo steps into a program manager role, joining the experienced trio of Amanda Drasny, Dominique Wilkins and Rebeca Pazo. Rounding out the office team is program associate Karleen Herbst, a recent graduate of Bentley University.

Working together to manage and support 32 school partnerships, the program team finally complete when our 33 coaches joined us in late August. The enthusiasm and energy among program coordinators has been palpable as we kick off the school year and bring healthy, meaningful play to over 15,000 students every day.

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August 1, 2022

2021-22 Year End Report ›

After two years of isolation and adapted schooling, our students and staff spent a full year together in school buildings. We continued innovating to meet the needs of students, schools, and partners. Our return to in-person events was filled with joy, and throughout it all, bringing the healing power of play to students across New…

three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

parent playing with kids outside
parent playing with kids outside

July 21, 2022

Games to play at home this summer ›

Are you looking for games to play at home using only things found around your house? Look no further! In case you haven’t heard – school’s out for summer! With long stretches of hot days still to come, you might be looking forward to playing some new games with your family or people in your…