Melinda Bossenmeyer, President and Founder

Founder/President Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D.

Past President and Founder of Peaceful Playgrounds Inc.

Hi! You may know me by my social media name, the RECESS DOCTOR but my real name is Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D.  I spent 29 years in public schools in California as a teacher, principal, and county office administrator.

When I finished my doctoral work at U.C.L.A.  I was a principal struggling with the discipline problems that most schools face as a result of the recess and the playground. Remembering that recess was MY favorite activity at school I set out to make it an enjoyable place for staff and students alike.

What I discovered may surprise you.  Through observation and research on the playground, I learned that most playground problems can be synthesized into 5 main areas which I call the Peaceful Playgrounds Creed.  These problems and my solutions make up the Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program today.

  1. Conflict Resolution
  2. Rules
  3. Equipment
  4. Expectations
  5. Designs.

I invite you to view the video overview of the Peaceful Playgrounds Program that shares what I learned and what you can do to improve your playground.

#1 Problem on School Playgrounds

Decide today to get rid of those hassles and headaches that take the fun out of play and eat into your day.

Join us in bringing the Peaceful Playgrounds Program to your students and your community and enjoy the benefits of active kids who are more focused, more calm, and ready to learn.

Here’s a little secret that I learned along the way: Healthier students make better learners.

Peaceful Playgrounds to Serve on Head Start Body Start Board
Peaceful Playgrounds to Serve on Head Start Body Start Board

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Recess Doctor

Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer AKA “the Recess Doctor


Vita -Melinda-Bossenmeyer  Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer- Past President and Founder of Peaceful Playgrounds, Inc.






Margaret “Maggie” Hensley, B.S., COTA

Executive Director

Maggie Hensley

Margaret Hensley


Mrs. Hensley looks forward to sharing her expertise in movement, physiology, rehabilitation, and

children’s motor learning in coordinating Peaceful Playgrounds’ programs and services.

  • B.S. of Science with an emphasis on recreation and minor in psychology.
  • A.S. of science with an emphasis on occupational therapy assistant.
  • Licensed COTA(certified occupational therapy assistant).
  • Gymnastics competitive coach/recreation coach/private instructor for approximately 18 years.


Carrie Flint

Master Trainer

Carrie Flint, Master Trainer

Carrie has worked for Peaceful Playgrounds for the last 14 years.  She coordinates onsite training and also conducts Peaceful Playgrounds Webinars.

Carrie was an elementary and adaptive physical education teacher.  She draws on her own unique teaching experience, she shares teaching strategies, creative lessons, and shares her own music.  Her expertise is not just on quality physical education but how to help non-physical educators (classroom teachers) teach lessons that are “doable”.  Carrie’s passion and enthusiasm are contagious for she is an experienced speaker and presenter.  She has given well over 100 trainings and presentations on physical education in local, statewide, and national settings including 3 National SHAPE Conferences (NC, Minneapolis, & Boston)

Carrie also presents for the Bureau of Education Research on “101 Strategies to Strengthen You Physical Education Program”  She has written a book with all her helpful tips and travels all over the country sharing her passion.


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