Meet Our Staff

Debbie Degagne | Director

Debbie Degagne graduated from Fitchburg State College and has gradate courses from Suffolk University of Massachusetts. Debbie taught in the Boston Public Schools and joined Lollipop Tree in 1989.


Michelle Ryan | Director

Michelle Ryan joined the Lollipop Tree in 2008. She has courses from Fisher College and is continuing her education to earn her degree in Early Childhood Education. Michelle is a lead teacher in the 5-year-old classroom and runs our yoga program.


Melissa Belsky | Director

Melissa graduated from Fitchburg State College. She worked at Lollipop Tree from 2002-2008, through her college years and after her graduation. She moved to Ohio in 2008 and worked at KinderCare Learning Centers. She became the assistant director of her center in 2011. Melissa returned to the Lollipop Tree in 2013 and runs our music program and works in the 5-year-old classroom.


Andrea Marston

Andrea Martson joined the Lollipop Tree staff in 2009. She worked at Bright Horizons as
well as having her own home day care. Andrea is the lead teacher in the 3-year-old
program.


Marie Mullin

Marie Mullin is a graduate of Boston College with a B.S. in psychology and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education. In 1996 Marie introduced the full day enrichment program. Marie is now the lead teacher in the 4-year-old classroom


Juliana McAuliffe

Juliana McAuliffe joined the Lollipop Tree in 2019. She has her teachers certificate from EEC and continues to take Early Childhood classes. Juliana worked part time in the full day classroom and substituted in other classrooms as needed. Juliana is a teacher in the 5-year-old class.


Donna Knauber

Donna Knauber joined the Lollipop Tree in 2019. Donna has been substituting and volunteering at Lollipop Tree for many years. Donna is a teacher in the 4-year-old class


Julie Bartlett

Julie Bartlett joined the Lollipop Tree in September of 2018. She has her Master’s Degree in Education. Julie is a volunteer in the Braintree Public Schools and a Girl Scout Troop leader. She works in the 4-year-old class.


Lynsie DiTunno

Lynsie joined the Lollipop Tree staff in 2021. Lynsie is the lead teacher and director certified through the Dept. of Early Education and Care. Lynsie has years of experience working in preschools and has also worked as a nanny. Lynsie is continuing her education to earn her degree. Lynsie is a teacher in the 3-year-old class.


Amy Kelley

Amy Kelley joined the Lollipop Tree in 2021. Amy is a graduate from Fitchburg State University and has her certificate in Early Childhood Education. Amy is a teacher in the 4-year-old class.


Ellen Savage

Ellen joined the Lollipop Tree Staff in Septemner of 2019. Ellen has a B.A. in Psychology from UMass Boston. Ellen helps the children at lunch time and substitutes as needed.