About Us

Who does Recessway serve?

Recess is for small groups of children Ages 5-10, who are learning in a remote or blended environment and may have limited opportunities for relaxed socialization with their peers. 


What are the benefits of  Recessway?

Through “Recess,” children develop important social emotional skills including leadership, turn-taking, partnering, choice-making, communication, and collaboration.


We use easy-to-find materials from the home to create fun, learning, and confidence, while building connection with others. 

What is the "way" of Recessway?

Recessway draws much of its successful method from the federally funded and researched EASE program, which provides arts-based professional development for Special Education and Inclusion Teachers.   This method began as a partnership with New York City's District 75 under the name CASTA (Communication and Socialization Through the Arts) in 2008.


Recessway builds on these researched strategies with games and activities designed for remote learning.  Our "Recess Guides" offer a wealth of experience in creating meaningful interactions that foster connection, growth, and joy. It is a way and a practice that builds independence and meaningful opportunities for socializing with others. 

Who is Recessway?

Recessway is currently led by Melanie Goodreaux, a Master Teaching Artist, and an Arts, Communication and Socialization Specialist. She has over 20 years of experience in Arts Education and professional development, serving as an educator with some of the most prestigious Arts and Education institutions in New York City, including Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Creative Theatrics, Whitebird Productions, UAP, CUNY, and Girls Write Now. She is known and well-loved for her highly creative techniques, and her warm, engaging, and innovative teaching style. She is the author of A Poem as Big as New York City, a work where she adapted thousands of lines of poetry of New York City children into a single poem that was published as an award-winning book. She founded Recessway to meet the needs of our current times, fully understanding each person's deep need for connection, play, recognition, and meaningful socialization.