Ellen Weiss – Director

Welcome to BASCP! I am thrilled to be back in person this year and am excited to see all of the faces. I look forward to getting reacquainted with old friends and meeting new friends. So far, I have loved getting to greet all of the parents at pick up!

William Chamberland – Assistant Director

Hello, my name is William Chamberland, and I am returning for a fabulous 14th year at Bowen After School. This year I look forward to developing our programs community through our curriculum with staff and students.  I have a passion for creating innovative experiences through hands on learning that promote reflection and revision. Please feel free to contact me with any inquiries regarding your student’s day at our afterschool.

Alan Pedersen – Program Coordinator

My name is Alan Pedersen, and I’m happy to be back as a Coordinator at BASCP after a year away. I spent my year away working at Franklin Elementary as a Special Education Teaching Assistant and really getting into running. BASCP has been my work home since 2011 and I’m so excited to be with Bowen students again.

Stars (Kindergarten & 1st Grade Team)


Hi this is Imge! I have 3 years of experience in BASCP. I live in Needham with my family, and I am very excited to be back working with the K-1 stars.


Hi, my name is Jibek and I work with the K-1 Stars this year. This will be my first year working at BASCP. I am also from Newton, and I graduated from Newton South High School, so I’m looking forward to being a part of the Newton Public Schools again.

Comets & Satellites (2nd & 3rd Grade Team)


Hi! My name is Claire, and I am excited to be part of BASCP! I love working with young people and inspiring them to be creative. I am passionate about art and marine science. I hope to study marine biology in Australia!


Hello! My name is Landis Williams. I am a senior at Berklee College of Music. I just recently moved to Boston from Connecticut. This is my 5th year working with elementary students. I am super excited to be working with the 2-3 students.


Lou has been a part of Newton After School for 39 years, and he has been in childcare for 45 years. He has worked with children from 18 months to high school and is comfortable with all ages. He has done almost every job in childcare there is. He was an Assistant Teacher, Preschool Teacher, After School Teacher, Head Teacher, Coordinator, Assistant Director, and Director. Throughout it all, he has always done daily activities with children. It’s his favorite part of the job and the most fun! Activities he enjoys doing with students include sports (especially basketball and non-competitive/competitive gym games), gardening (his group once grew a 133 pound pumpkin), walking and running clubs, science, woodworking, sculpture clubs, and musical instruments. Lou has three children – all of whom are in their 30’s and were in the classroom with him in preschool and elementary after school. He also has three grandchildren ages 2, 3, & 6. Lou’s hobbies include vegetable gardening, going to Red Sox games, watching Patriots and Penn State football games, and playing the trumpet, harmonica, and recorder.

Ozone (4th & 5th Grade Team)


My name is Andrè (Drè) Sumler. I’m originally from Teaneck New Jersey. I’m a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music. In my free time I’m an active musician across the East Coast.


Hello! My name is Cam. This is my first year working at BASCP and I am super excited to be working with the 4th and 5th graders. I love to paint, play music, and talk about all things nature. I am currently working with handling birds such as owls, falcons, and hawks. I’m looking forward to this school year!