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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.





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