Our Team

Looking Up to Our Leaders

Our teachers and aides possess a wide range of teaching experiences with children and families and are the cornerstones of the Creative Playschool team.

Early childhood teaching is a continuous process of planning and observing. Teachers plan activities and experiences that help children learn. As teachers observe, they learn about the children and can plan new activities and teaching strategies to challenge the children even further. We believe our teachers and aides, working in partnership with you, will enable your child to flourish.


Melissa Stedman
Program Facilitator

Melissa, our program Facilitator,  has 2 children, Emily 26 and Aidan 21.  She has  B.A in Psychology and a degree from UMASS and an Early Childhood teacher certification degree from Westfield State University.  She is a certified public school early childhood/special education teacher  and has  been involved in teaching Early childhood education for going on 19 years.  She taught special education  in an integrated preschool in Massachusetts for 10 years and then moved to Ct to take a job as a director and full time teacher at the preschool in Pine Point School in Stonington Ct. for 4 years.

She is currently a half time special education teacher at the Integrated Preschool at Lillie B. Haynes.  This is her 3rd year as the program facilitator for Creative Playschool.  In her free time she loves to hike with her dogs Ranger ans Sadie, enjoy the CT. coastline  and cook for family and friends. 



Jean Bradley
Head Teacher

Jean received a B.A. in English from Connecticut College and a Masters Degree in Education from The George Washington University. She taught fourth and fifth grades in Fairfax County, VA for years before moving back to Connecticut in 1998. She enjoys teaching children of all ages but readily admits that working with preschoolers is her favorite!!! Jean joined our staff in 2013 and is in her seventh year of teaching at Creative. 

Jean was an active member of the Creative Playschool community from 1999 until 2005, serving as Enrollment Officer and Vice President. She has been happily married to her husband Chase for twenty six years and has four children: Drew (23), Cara (21), Zachary (19) and Matthew (16). In her spare time, Jean loves to run, hike with her dogs, travel with her family and shop for games and crafts for her classroom!!!



Sarah Patterson
Head Teacher

Sarah received a B.A. in Family Studies from The University of Connecticut and her Teaching Certification and Masters Degree in Education from Sacred Heart University.  Sarah joined our staff in 2018 and is in her second year of teaching at Creative. She is passionate about Creative's cooperative philosophy, and their play based approach to learning.

Sarah was an active member of the Creative Playschool community from 2006 until 2008, serving as Enrollment Office and Vice President . Her son Mason attended Creative during that time, and is currently in First Grade. When Sarah is not teaching, she enjoys traveling,movies,and spending time with her family and friends.



Laura Schultz
Classroom Aide

Laura joined the Creative Playschool staff as a teacher’s aide in 2017. Laura attended Pittsburg State University and the Savannah College of Art and Design towards a degree in Graphic Design. She was an active member of the Creative Playschool community from 2014-2016 serving as Co-President while her daughter was a student.

Laura lives in East Lyme with her husband, David, son, Beck (13) and daughter, Harper (8). She enjoys traveling, visiting the beach any time of year and can often be found on the sidelines of her children’s soccer and lacrosse games.



MaryLu Clark
Classroom Aide

Marylu Clark holds a BA from Eastern Connecticut State University. She is also certified from the school of Hartford Ballet and American Ballet theater’s Teacher Certification programs.

She has been working with children for 30 years and is happy to be joining the Creative Playschool team!



Lauren Sharrio
Classroom Aide

Lauren is a current student at Post University and is working towards earning her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education.

Alongside her daughter attending Creative in the past, she has served on the Board as a Fundraiser Officer. Lauren, her husband, and two children live in Waterford, Ct. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.



Doreen Rhein
Classroom Aide

Doreen received a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University.  She joined the Creative staff in 2018 as a Teacher’s Aide.  Prior to joining the staff, Doreen was an active member of the Creative Playschool community while her daughters attended from 2017-2018. 

Doreen lives in East Lyme with her husband, son, and triplet daughters.  She enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, and crafting.