Staff Bios


Melissa Connelly is the founder and head teacher of Melissa’s Playschool. She has been working with children in one capacity or another for over thirty years as a pediatric nurse, public school teacher and psychiatric child therapist. She holds a BS degree in nursing, a MS degree in education and keeps her R.N. license current. She also holds an MFA in creative writing.



IMG_3656 Ty Matsushita is a native New Yorker who is happy to be bringing joy to the children of the city he loves. Ty got his start working with kids at the Windsock Theatre Camp at the Weathervane Theater in Whitefield, NH, where he has helped to unlock kids’ inner creativity for the past six years. He earned a BA in International Relations from SUNY Geneseo. Ty has continued his work in early childhood education through Melissa’s Playschool and with the P.S. 154 After School program.




Jenny Burrill has been teaching yoga to adults and children for 15 years. She has an MFA in dance, certification in Kundalini yoga and is a licensed massage therapist. She is the author of Temple of True: a Breathing Meditation, for kids and their adults





Dan Vonnegut began playing drums and guitar atnine years old. He has a B.A. in music. For 15 years he has been a professional drummer and multi-instrument teacher. He is trained in Music Together and has taught groups of children in various settings. His two children are graduates of Melissa’s Playschool and love music! 

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