Leadership Team

Nancy Walsh

Chief Operating Officer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 860-580-7925 ext. 2127

Nancy is the Chief Operating Office of Educational Playcare. Nancy started her career at Educational Playcare in 2015 as Executive Director and has been leading center operations and the opening of new facilities. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Connecticut’s School of Human Development and Family Studies. Nancy has been working in the field of early childhood education since 2001 in various capacities such as Regional Human Resource Manager and District Manager throughout the United States.

Nancy’s passion is making sure the right people are in the right place to support Educational Playcare’s mission of providing the highest quality care for our families and the best workplace environment possible for our employees.

When Nancy is not at work, she adores spending time with her large extended family and pretending she is on a cooking show in her own kitchen.

Carrie Ridel

Regional Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 860-580-7925 ext. 2128

Carrie holds a master’s degree in education from Arizona State University. She holds a state of Connecticut Head Teacher certificate, is an approved educational consultant for the state of Connecticut, and a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Carrie has been working in the early childhood field since 1991. She has been with Educational Playcare since 2004, starting out as a teacher and eventually becoming Director of our Avon location in 2007. She was the Center Director for 8 years before becoming a Regional Director.

Drawing on all of this experience, Carrie now coaches our Directors to achieve the same level of success while providing the highest quality of care to the children in our centers.

In her free time, Carrie enjoys scrapbooking and spending time with her family. She particularly enjoys vacationing at Disney World.

Patrice Lanae Harrison

Health Consultant

Patrice Lanae Harrison is CEO and founder of Ivy League Healthcare Consultants (“Ivy League”), a healthcare consulting company specializing in supporting childcare facilities throughout the state of Connecticut since 2010. Born and raised in Hamden, Connecticut, Ms. Harrison is a 2005 graduate of Boston College where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. In 2007, she earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University School of Nursing and is currently both a Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with a specialty in Family. She is also an active American Heart Association CPR instructor.

Working in various health care settings, Ms. Harrison has served as the presiding nurse and/or nurse practitioner at a school-based health clinic, residential behavioral center for children and long-term care facility. She also served as a nursing instructor in Connecticut for many years, which encompasses one of her many passions, education. Currently, she enjoys providing consultation to childcare centers where she offers guidance and training to staff to ensure that children play and learn in a healthy and safe environment. Through onsite and telephone consultation, she provides expertise on the physical, developmental and socio-emotional aspects of child growth and development.

Ms. Harrison is an active member of the Church of God & Saints of Christ and currently the president of the Church’s National Medical Team. She has traveled extensively both domestically and internationally, most notably a missionary trip to South Africa. Traveling is one of her many passions as well as spending time and creating memories with her children aged eleven and nine as well as her three year old foster child.

Jenna Minton

Regional Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 860-580-7925 ext. 2116

Jenna has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2003 and started her career as an infant teacher. She has been an administrator in the field since 2004. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University and is a proud member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Jenna lives in Farmington with her husband, John and two children. Her son John, and daughter Julianna, both attend Educational Playcare in Farmington. She is originally from Long Island, New York and is a loyal fan of the New York Jets. When she is not at work, Jenna loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Jenna truly enjoys supporting our Directors in ensuring that we are providing a high-quality experience for the children, families, and teachers in our schools.

Michele Sinatra

Regional Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 860-580-7925

Michele has been in the field of early childhood education for more than ten years. She began her career as a preschool teacher and became a Center Director in 2008. She loves seeing all of the smiling faces of the children at each of the centers that she visits as Regional Director.

Michele holds a bachelor degree in child studies with a concentration in early childhood education. She also holds a Connecticut Director’s Credential and she is certified in infant/child CPR, first aid, medication administration and the use of epi-pens. Michele  also holds a  ServSafe Certification and a Head Teacher Certificate from the state of Connecticut. Michele is also a member of the NAEYC and CT Charts-a-Course.

Michele is a big advocate for cancer research. Her mother is a survivor of breast cancer and finding a cure is very important to her. She supports St. Jude’s Cancer Research Hospital and the Relay for Life campaign.

Michele is a mother of two children and has a very supportive husband. She is very proud of her son, Eric, who is serving in the United States Army. Michele is an active member of the Girl Scouts of America and is the leader of her daughter’s troop. In her free time, Michele enjoys hiking and spending time with her family.

Kelly Peasley

Health Consultant
Email: [email protected]

Kelly Peasley is a Health Consultant for Educational Playcare. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication sciences degree from the University of Connecticut in 1988 then went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Connecticut in 1995. Before joining Educational Playcare, Kelly was a school nurse for grade Pre-K to 8th grade for 12 years.

As Health Consultant, a full-time position, Kelly visits Educational Playcare centers on a weekly basis to provide support and assist in assuring that health-related paperwork and requirements set forth by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood meet the state requirements. She observes children and communicates with teachers regarding their health and development. Kelly provides information regarding common childhood illnesses and teaches medication administration classes so that medication-certified staff may administer emergency medications as necessary.

Kelly lives in Plainfield with her three children. She enjoys her two chihuahuas, spending time at the beach, traveling, reading, going to concerts, and discovering new restaurants.

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