The Yellow Room

Melissa Lennon


Melissa graduated from Washington and Lee with her BA in Psychology, and then earned her teaching certification from West Chester University upon realizing that early learning and brain development were what had intrigued her about psychology in the first place. She then worked for seven years as a teacher at the Agnes Irwin School. 

All of her children attended Playschool, and after being a parent helper for the many years they attended and then continuing as a full time substitute after they graduated, becoming a teacher in the Yellow Room was the next step!  She formally joined our staff as a Lead Teacher in 2017.

When not teaching, Melissa reads everything, tends bees, and makes ‘stuff’.  She lives in Phoenixville with her husband and three children.

Read More about Melissa in her Staff Spotlight interview.

Mauricette Houston

Mauricette has a B.A. in Art History/Museum Studies from the University of North Carolina. She has worked as an artist and art educator in the non-profit and private sectors, as well as having roles as a wilderness guide/counselor and nanny.

Mauricette has long believed that a child's work is play and that philosophy is what drew her family to Playschool. Since then she has served as a parent helper and Bazaar co-chair.

Mauricette lives in Phoenixville with her husband and two children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exploring art and design, gardening, traveling and being in nature with family and friends.