Meet our Teachers


Lynne Andren

Boston College, School of Education, MA in Reading from Columbia Teachers College
Mother of 3 girls
Lynne's favorite pastime is cooking and baking with her girls.


Lisa Boots

Northwestern University
Mother of three
Lisa's favorite pastime is running, cooking, and photography.


Mary Canaday

Denison University, Pace University School of Law
Mother of three
Mary's favorite book is "Endurance".


Antoinette Cowels

Boston College, Masters in Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence University
Mother of three
Antoinette's favorite pastime is spending time with her family and beach time on Nantucket.



Christine Daly

Fairfield University
Mother of three
Christine's favorite pastime is skiing with her family.


Rachel Donovan

Union College
Mother of two
Rachel's favorite pastime is watching my kids play hockey.


Dot Gifford

Fairfield University
Mother of three
Dot's favorite pastime is walking every morning with her friend.


Trish Jermain

Springfield College
Mother of five
Trish's favorite hobbies:  arts and crafts, needlepoint and gardening.


Rosemary Jordan

University of Dayton
Mother of two girls
Rosemary's favorite pastime is spending time with her family and summer at the Jersey Shore.


Megan McCarthy

College of the Holy Cross, NYU - MBA
Mother of three
Megan's favorite children’s movie is Pixar's Cars.


Cara Rachinsky

Southern Connecticut State University, BS, Masters in Speech Therapy
Mother of two boys
Cara's favorite children's book: "Oh, The Places You’ll Go", by Dr. Seuss.


Amy Saggese

Suffolk University
Mother of two boys
Amy's favorite children's book: "The Wide Mouth Frog" by Keith Faulkner.


Megan Trygg

University of Vermont
Mother of three
Megan's favorite pastime is working in her garden.


Joanne Woodring

College of New Rochelle
Mother of two
Joanne's favorite pastime is oil and watercolor painting.

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What our Parents say

I have been SO impressed by Playdates, above and beyond…..The quality and warmth of the teachers, the communication, the professionalism. Playdates is a special part of the community and I am so happy we have had the chance to be a part of it. Thank you for what you do! I have also made great friends through it. 

T.H. - Darien


It’s been an amazing year for Una with Amy & Dot and her first group of very best friends. Thank you, Amy and Dot, for bringing so much joy to Una’s life and teaching her how to be a friend. We will miss you.

B. M. - Darien


I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you. I was more than impressed with my daughter’s summer camp experience. I appreciated your attention to detail (especially the home visits before camp started - really helped to make my daughter feel more comfortable), and your well planned out days. My daughter came home every day with a new, sweet song that she learned, a clever project that she did, and so many fun stories to tell. Thank you for a wonderful Summer. My only wish is that it didn’t end so soon.

Please also send my thanks to Ms. Katie and Ms. Mia. They were wonderful. They dove right in and loved and played with the kids as though they had been with them for months.

I’m excited that I have another, younger daughter that I can sign up for Playdates when she’s older.

K. F. - Darien