Dana Griffin has been passionately serving young children and their families since accepting her first Director position in 1994. She joined a regional for-profit child care provider in 1995 as a Center Director but was quickly promoted to a Regional Director, providing operations support for upwards of 12 schools.
Since relocating to Colorado in 2001, she has worked as an Education and Training Specialist, District Manager and Executive Director for a national child care company. She has earned awards for leading with integrity, outstanding customer retention and Director of the Year. She has presented on topics at local child care conferences and at the national conference for the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Dana earned her BA from the University of Rochester, NY and is Large Center Director Qualified in the State of Colorado.
We feel very fortunate to have Dana join the Primrose School at the DTC team, as we work together to provide the highest quality education and care for every child enrolled.
Ashley joins the Primrose School at the DTC management team after serving as the Director for the Primrose School of Wellington in Flower Mound, TX for the past five years. She is extremely familiar with the excellent education and philosophy of Primrose and believes strongly that she can deliver the best educational child care to the community here at the Denver Tech Center.
As a Colorado native and University of Northern Colorado grad, Ashley is excited to be back home and very much looks forward to meeting with you and your family to assist in transitioning your child to the Primrose School at the DTC!
We’re thrilled to have her join our team and know that your family will benefit tremendously from her energy, commitment, and deep knowledge of Primrose’s Balanced Learning philosophy.
Ms. Marzzieh Farzam earned her degree in obstetrics in Iran and was a practicing midwife in both Iran and Italy prior to immigrating to the United States with her husband, son and daughter back in 2001. She is Early Childhood Teacher qualified and has over 6 years of experience teaching infants and toddlers in a licensed child care setting. Ms. Farzam is a Primary Teacher with our Infant program.
Ms. Teresa Johnson has her Associates Degree from Mt. San Antonio College, CA and completed her Early Childhood Education coursework through Arapahoe Community College. Ms. Johnson spent over six years with a corporate child care company as a teacher, Assistant Director and Center Director. Ms. Johnson joined our team at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year.
Ms. Johnson is an Auxiliary Teacher and also will assist with administrative duties as needed.
Ms. Angela Huff earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Language Audiology from the University of Northern Colorado. She spent six years as a teacher working with children ages 6 weeks through preschool on both the Langley and Buckley Air Force Base. Ms. Huff joined our Primrose – DTC team at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year as an Assistant Teacher while she finished her Early Childhood Teacher and Infant Nursery Supervisor qualifications. Ms. Huff’s primary teaching assignment is with our Infant program.
Ms. Kelly Murphy graduated from CSU with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She is currently in school to earn her Master’s Degree. Ms. Murphy transferred to our Primrose School prior to our Grand Opening. Ms. Murphy brings her knowledge of Primrose’s Balanced Learning ® philosophy and her passion for teaching children under the age of 18 months to our Primrose School. Ms. Murphy is a Primary Teacher and serves as the Supervisor of our Infant Programs.
Ms. LaTanya Rose joined our Primrose – DTC team during the Summer of 2013. Ms. Rose is Early Childhood Teacher qualified with over five years of experience as an Infant Teacher for other licensed child care programs along with college level coursework in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Rose is a Primary Teacher for our Infant programs.
Ms. Emily Steen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and recently relocated to Denver to attend Graduate School. Ms. Steen has prior experience as a Lead Preschool and Lead Infant Teacher. She joined the Primrose – DTC team as an Assistant Auxiliary Teacher primarily supporting the Infant and Toddler programs.
Ms. Lynda Hutchinson graduated from CU- Boulder in December 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a minor in French. She returned to school in the spring of 2013 to complete her ECE coursework to be Early Childhood Teacher qualified in the State of Colorado. She will earn her Infant Nursery Supervisor qualifications in 2014. Ms. Hutchinson was a nanny throughout her college career. She has always loved children and she is excited to finally be a part of the Primrose – DTC team. Ms. Hutchinson is a Primary Teacher in our Infant Program.
Ms. Maria Szakos is Early Childhood Teacher Qualified completed the required work hours and college level coursework to earn her Infant Nursery Supervisor qualification as well. All of Ms. Szakos’ experience working with young children in a licensed child care setting has been teaching and caring for children ages 6 weeks to 2 years. Ms. Szakos has been trained as an Auxiliary Teacher and will focus primarily on supporting the Infant and Toddler classrooms.
Ms. Tracy Rains earned her BS in Art Education and is also a Certified Nursing Assistant. Her teaching and caregiver background provides a nice compliment to the requirements for an Assistant Auxiliary Teacher. As an Assistant Auxiliary Teacher, Ms. Rains provides support to the Infant, Toddler and Early Preschool programs.
Ms. Christine Rubbo has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for 7 years and loves working with children ages 2 and under. She earned both her Early Childhood Teacher Qualification and Infant Nursery Supervisor Qualification prior to joining our Primrose team. She is a Primary Teacher for our Toddler program and enjoys providing support to our Infant program as needed.
Ms. Carman joined our teaching team at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year. She earned her BA while living in the Phillipines and completed her coursework to be Early Childhood Teacher qualified after immigrating to the United States. She has worked in licensed child care as an Infant and Toddler Teacher since 2010.
Ms. Carman is an Auxiliary Teacher providing support to the Infant and Toddler programs and will transition to a Primary Teacher for the Young Toddler Program.
Laura Naus joined our teaching staff shortly after our school opened. She is Early Childhood Teacher qualified and is in school to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Metro State University. Ms. Naus has worked in child care for over five years and was recommended to Primrose School at the Denver Tech Center by several parents of her former students. Ms. Naus is a Primary Teacher for our Toddler program.
Ms. Mantanona joined our teaching team at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year. She earned her BS in Human Development and Family Studies from CSU. She is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Master’s Degree program at the University of Colorado – Denver.
Ms. Mantanona works part-time for Primrose – DTC as an Early Childhood Teacher supporting our Toddler programs.
Ms. Rosin earned her bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and spent six years as a Speech & Language Pathology Assistant for Aurora Public Schools in their Early Childhood and Elementary programs. She has completed college level Early Childhood Education coursework to earn her Early Childhood Teacher qualifications. Ms. Rosin is a Primary Teacher for our Toddler programs.
Ms. Kathleen Chambers graduated from Regis University with a Masters in Specialized Education with Teacher Licensure and a Masters in Creative Writing with an emphasis in art and music therapy. She is in the process of being certified as a Child Life Specialist at CSU and certified as a clinical musician with Harps for Healing, LLC. My BA is in Youth Guidance. Ms. Chambers has five years of experience working in the early childhood education field. She taught English in China and also taught one year of high school with at-risk youth. Ms. Chambers is a Primary Teacher for our Early Preschool Programs.
Ms. Carrie Powell joined out teaching staff at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver . Ms. Powell has served as a Teacher’s Aide, Teacher and Caregiver to children in both a licensed child care and private elementary school setting. She is an Auxiliary Teacher primarily working with our Early Preschool, Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs.
Ms. May joined our teaching team at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year. She earned her BA from Metropolitan State College of Denver after completing an Associates Degree in ECE from the Community College of Aurora. Ms. May has her Professional Teacher’s License, in addition to her Early Childhood Teacher and Infant Nursery Supervisor qualifications. She has taught elementary school for Denver Public Schools and a private academy. She also has previous experience teaching children ages 6 weeks to 5 years in licensed child care programs. Ms. May is a Primary Teacher for our Early Preschool programs.
Ms. Tina Carlevato joined the Primrose School at the Denver Tech Center in the Summer of 2013. She has her Associates Degree from Arapahoe Community College and has worked as an Assistant Teacher in a licensed child care setting. She has volunteered for Reach Out and Read and the Special Olympics. Ms. Carlevato is an Assistant Teacher for our Early Preschool Programs.
Ms. Lisa Fleming grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and earned a B.S. in Elementary Education. She decided she wanted to be a teacher from the time she was in middle school and has never wavered from that desire and passion. She moved to Colorado in 1982 and was a substitute teacher for 10 years for preschool through 6th grade. She spent 2009 – 2012 as a preschool teacher for Aurora Public Schools prior to joining our team. Ms. Fleming is a Primary Teacher for our Preschool Program.
Ms. McConnell joined our teaching team at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year. She earned her Early Childhood Teacher qualification in 2011 and has been employed in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2007. Ms. McConnell has provided care and education for children ages 2 to 13. Ms. McConnell is an Auxiliary Teacher providing support to the Toddler through Pre-Kindergarten programs.
Ms. Kathleen (Katie) Palmquist graduated from the University of Colorado in August 2103 with her BA in Early Childhood Education. While attending school she worked as an Early Childhood Teacher developing and implementing lesson plans for a classroom of mixed ages 2 ½ to 5 years. Prior to that, she was employed as a Teacher’s Aid providing education and care to children ages 1 ½ to 5 years.
Ms. Palmquist joined the Primrose – DTC teaching staff at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year. She is a Primary Teacher for the Preschool Program.
Ms. Smelter joined our teaching team at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year. She earned her BA in Elementary Education/Special Education from the University of Arizona, Flagstaff. Ms. Smelter worked at a Primrose School as an Assistant Teacher during her breaks from school. After completing her degree, she taught in the public schools prior to relocating from Arizona. Ms. Smelter is a Primary Teacher in our Pre-Kindergarten Program.
Ms. Anita Durham is Early Childhood Teacher qualified with over ten years of experience teaching children ages 3 and younger. She completed ECE coursework through Arapahoe Community College. She joined the Primrose – DTC team at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year. While qualified as a Lead Teacher, Ms. Durham serves a Naptime Nanny/Teacher’s Aide.
Ms. Scheibe joined our teaching team at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year. She earned her BA from Columbia College Chicago with an Early Childhood Education Minor. She has been a teacher and Artistic Director for a Chicago-based children recreation center and a teacher for a private preschool. Ms. Scheibe is a Primary Teacher for our Pre-Kindergarten program.
Ms. Tonia DeWitt is the Chef for Primrose School at the Denver Tech Center. She is responsible for preparing and serving all of the meals offered throughout the day. Ms. DeWitt has experience working in the food service industry as a baker and line cook. To best support our school, Ms. DeWitt has been trained both as a Chef and as a Teacher’s Aide to provide assistance wherever needed.