Our Staff

Ashley Cione
Director

Ms. Cione earned her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and has been affiliated with Primrose Schools for over ten years.  Prior to opening our DTC school, Ms. Cione was director of a very well regarded Primrose School in suburban Dallas for nearly five years.  

As a Colorado native, Ms. Cione is very excited to be back home and we couldn't be more thrilled to have her lead our outstanding teaching team!  We know that your family will benefit tremendously from her positive energy, unwavering commitment, and deep knowledge of Primrose School’s Balanced Learning philosophy.  

In addition to managing our teachers and coordinating the school's overall operations, Ms. Cione leads the orientation for all new families and looks forward to welcoming you and your children to Primrose School at the DTC.

Kelly Willis
Assistant Director

Ms. Willis began her career with Primrose DTC in June, 2014.  

She initially served as a Primary Auxiliary Teacher and has supported all of our classrooms and programs in that capacity; however, given her strong rapport with her teaching colleagues and her outstanding qualities as an early childhood educator and mentor, Ms. Willis was promoted to Assistant Director in June, 2015.  In this capacity, Ms. Willis serves as a teaching coach to our faculty, facilitates a deeper understanding of our school's Balanced Learning philosophy and is responsible for the implementation of our accredited curriculum.

Ms. Willis earned her Early Childhood Teacher qualifications through the Community College of Denver and is continuing her education at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.  Ms. Willis has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education teaching children ages 5 and younger since 2008, and will soon complete her Large Center Director qualifications.

Katie Nester
Curriculum Coordinator

Ms. Nester joined our team in March, 2014. She earned her BS in Elementary Education from Millikin University and then completed her Master’s in Education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.  She taught 2nd grade for two years and has taught preschool for over ten years. 

As Curriculum Coordinator, Ms. Nester works alongside teachers in every classroom and ensures that Primrose School's accredited curriculum is implemented faithfully, passionately and creatively.  Ms. Nester is a tremendous in-school resource, who epitomize's our school's commitment to provide the very best in educational child care.

Martha Robertson
Office Manager

Prior to joining our team in May, 2014, Ms. Robertson operated her own in-home child care for six years where she provided care and education to children ages three and younger.  Ms. Robertson has also served as an Office Manager for a private othrodontic practice.

As our school's Office Manager, Ms. Robertson provides support to the management team while aiding the teachers and families at Primrose DTC. Her warm and welcoming presence in our reception embodies our school's commitment to excellent customer service, positive interpersonal engagement and sincere concern for the children at our school.  In addition to greeting all of our guests and enrolled families, Ms. Robertson is responible for managing all of our children's records, our medical administration processes and our healthy menu planning. 

Ms. Robertson has her Early Childhood Teaching credentials and is also pursuing coursework to achieve her Large Center Director certification.

Angela Huff
Primary Teacher, Infants

Ms. 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 is a Primary Teacher in our Infant Green classroom and is fully qualified as an Infant Nursery Supervisor.

Marzzieh Farzam
Primary Teacher, Infant Green

Ms. Farzam earned her degree in obstetrics while living in Persia and was a practicing midwife in both Persia and Italy prior to relocating to the United States with her husband, son and daughter in 2001.  While in the U.S., Ms. Farzam earned her Associates Degree and worked for Denver Public Schools for three years.  In addition, Ms. Farzam is qualfied as an Infant Nursery Supervisor and has over seven years experience teaching infants and toddlers in a licensed child care facility. 

Ms. Farzam is a Primary Teacher in our Infant Green classroom. 

LaTanya Rose
Primary Teacher, Infants

Ms. 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 Blue classroom.

Kristen Clark
Assistant Teacher, Infants

Ms. Clark joined the Primrose DTC teaching team in July of 2014.  She has an Associates’ Degree along with four years of experience as a Lead Infant Teacher for a national child care provider.  She looks forward to completing her Early Childhood Teacher coursework in the near future.

Ms. Clark is an Assistant Auxiliary Teacher supporting our Infant classrooms.

Stephanie Turpin
Primary Auxiliary Teacher, Infants
Shauna Forrest
Primary Teacher, Wobblers

Ms. Forrest joined our teaching team in April, 2014, serving initially as a Primary Auxiliary Teacher in our Infant and Toddler programs.  A mother of two, Ms. Forrest earned her Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) qualifications through Aurora Community College and has several years of experience teaching in Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with licensed child care programs.

As of June 2014, Ms. Forrest is a Primary Teacher of our Older Infant (Wobbler) Classroom.

Jenna Pauline
Assistant Wobbler Teacher
Amany Sabbagh
Primary Teacher, Young Toddlers
Catalina James
Primary Teacher, Young Toddlers

Ms. James joined our teaching team at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year, and initially served as a Primary Auxiliary Teacher in our Infant and Toddler programs.  Ms. James earned her BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Master’s Degree program at the University of Colorado – Denver.  

 

Ms. James is a Primary Teacher in our Young Toddler classroom.

Laura Naus
Primary Teacher, Toddlers

Ms. 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 in our Toddler Green classroom.

Lynda Hutchinson
Primary Teacher, Toddlers

Ms. 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 be a part of the Primrose DTC team.  

Ms. Hutchinson is a Primary Teacher in our Toddler Green classroom.  She is also pursuing her Large Center Director qualifications.

Sonal Suri
Primary Teacher, Toddlers

Ms. Suri joined the Primrose DTC teaching team in July of 2014.  She earned her BS while living in Mumbai, India and completed her Early Childhood Teacher qualifications through Arapahoe Community College.  She has 7 years of experience teaching children ages 12 months to 3 years in both Montessori and traditional child care settings.

Ms. Suri is a Primary Teacher in our Toddler Blue classroom. 

 

Kayla Dubosq
Assistant Teacher, Toddlers
Nikita Ritter
Assistant Auxiliary Teacher, Toddler
Abigayle Hanger
Primary Teacher, Early Preschool

Ms. Hanger joined the Primrose DTC teaching team in July, 2014.  She earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University, in Georgia.  While living in Georgia, Ms. Hanger taught two year olds at a licensed child care facility for two years. 

Ms. Hanger is a Primary Teacher in our Early Preschool Green classroom.

Lori Gray
Assistant Teacher, Early Preschool

Ms. Gray joined the Primrose DTC teaching team in July, 2014.  Ms. Gray taught Preschool in California for 15 years and also served as a Special Education Instructional Aide for the local school district.  She has completed over 24 credit hours in Early Childhood Education and looks forward to completing her Early Childhood Teacher coursework in the near future.

Ms. Gray is an Assistant Teacher in our Early Preschool Green classroom.

Marissa Ford
Primary Teacher, Early Preschool

Ms. Ford joined the Primrose DTC teaching team in August, 2014.  She earned her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado.   Besides her interest in teaching, Ms. Ford is also a gymnastics instructor teaching both private and group lessons for young children.

Ms. Ford is a Primary Teacher in our Early Preschool Blue classroom.

Ali Ross
Assistant Teacher, Early Preschool
Carrie Powell
Primary Auxiliary Teacher, Early & Junior Preschool

Ms. 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.

Ms. Powell is a Primary Auxiliary Teacher supporting our Early and Junior Preschool programs.

Anneliese Schlecht
Primary Teacher, Junior Preschool

Ms. Schlecht joined our team in September, 2014.  Ms. Schlecht earned her BA in Elementary and Special Education with an Early Childhood Education Certification from Northern Arizona University.  She has taught Early Preschool in a licensed child care setting in addition to her work as a dance instructor for young children. 

Ms. Schlecht is a Primary Teacher for our Junior Preschool classroom.

Lynda Whitlow
Primary Teacher, Junior Preschool
Nicole Kaufman
Assistant Auxiliary Teacher, Early Preschool & Junior Preschool
Lisa Fleming
Primary Teacher, Preschool

Ms. 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 in our Preschool Green classroom. 

Christina Ramos
Primary Teacher, Preschool
Kim Place
Primary Preschool Teacher
Aubrelyn McConnell
Primary Teacher, Preschool

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 a Primary Teacher in our Preschool Blue classroom.

Cathie Maimonis
Primary Teacher, Preschool

Ms. Maimonis joined our teaching team in September, 2014 shortly after relocating from Chicago.  Ms. Maimonis attended National Louis University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts with a dual major in Early Childhood Education and the Psychology of Human Development.  Prior to moving to Denver, Ms. Maimonis has been an Assistant Teacher, Lead Preschool Teacher and a Preschool Director. 

Ms. Maimonis is a Primary Teacher in our Preschool Blue classroom.

Rachael Ward
Afternoon Assistant Preschool Teacher
Katie Palmquist
Primary Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten

Ms. Palmquist graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in August 2013 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 1½ to 5 years.  

Ms. Palmquist joined the Primrose DTC teaching staff at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year and is a Primary Teacher for the Pre-Kindergarten Green classroom.  Ms. Palmquist is also fully qualified as a Large Center Director.

Paige Lasley
Primary Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten
Zoe Sykes
Assistant Auxiliary Teacher, All Programs
Bergen Reese
Assistant Auxiliary Teacher, All Programs
La'Kendra Chambers
Assistant Auxiliary Teacher, All Programs
Sara Robnett
Chef

Ms. Robnett joined the Primrose DTC team in July of 2014 as our School Chef.   She has worked in food service for local restaurants and as part of the Denver University Student Dining Services team.  Ms. Robnett has also completed volunteer hours working with young children.

Parent Testimonial

While both of our girls (ages 4 & 2) were enrolled only for a summer, it was an experience they still talk about to this day.  The teachers are first rate, and not only did they take a personal interest in the girls' education, they also made sure the girls were made to feel secure and welcome.  Everyone including Rick and the rest of the administrative team went out of their way to get our feedback. It was obvious from the girls' first days that the entire Primrose staff genuinely cares. We recommend Primrose DTC wholeheartedly and without hesitation. 

--Michael
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