Our Staff

Dana Griffin
Executive Director

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 Cione
Assistant Director

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. Angela Huff
Primary Infant Teacher

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. Marzzieh Farzam
Primary Infant Teacher

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. 

 

 

Magdalena (Alena) Sena
Assistant Infant/Wobbler Teacher

Ms. Sena joined our teaching team in March of 2014. She has previous work experience in licensed child care centers and was an Assistant Teacher for a sister Primrose School located in Highlands Ranch. Ms. Sena plans to enroll in the local community college to complete the coursework required to earn her Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) certification. She hopes to be ECT qualified by 2015.

Ms. Sena is an Assistant Teacher supporting the Infant and Wobbler programs.

Ms. LaTanya Rose
Primary Infant Teacher

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. 

 

Lynda Hutchinson
Primary Wobbler Teacher

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 finally be a part of the Primrose – DTC team.

Patty Casullo
Primary Auxiliary Teacher for Wobblers and Early Preschool

Ms. Casullo joined our teaching team in January of 2014. Ms. Casullo earned her dual Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Human Development /Family Studies and Business Administration. She was a nanny throughout college and completed a teaching internship with a sister Primrose School during the summer of 2013.

Ms. Casullo is currently serving as an Auxiliary Teacher and will support all classrooms and age groups here at Primrose DTC. She will transition to a Primary Teaching position as student enrollment requires.

Rhea Zwiebach
Assistant Young Toddler Teacher

Ms. Zwiebach joined our teaching team in March of 2014. She attended the University of Colorado – Boulder where she earned dual degrees in Sociology and English. Ms. Zweibach has held several long-term nanny positions while working her way through college. She is preparing to enroll in early childhood education courses through the local community college to earn her Early Childhood Teacher certification by fall of 2014.

Ms. Zwiebach is an Assistant Teacher in our Young Toddler classroom.

Ms. Chrystal Rosin
Primary Toddler Teacher

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. Laura Naus
Primary Toddler Teacher

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.

 

Kelli Gonzalez
Primary Toddler Teacher

Ms. Gonzalez joined our teaching team at the beginning of 2014. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education from Brigham Young University – Idaho. She served as a nanny prior to attending college and while attending BYU – Idaho she held a position as a Developmental Paraprofessional working with young children with special needs. Upon graduation she worked as a Developmental Specialist and Service Coordinator for Easter Seals, Nevada. She relocated to Colorado at the end of 2013.

Ms. Gonzalez is a Primary Teacher for our Toddler Blue classroom. 

Lindsey Hayden
Assistant Toddler Teacher

Ms. Hayden joined our teaching team at the end of 2013. Ms. Hayden earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. During her college years she served as a Program Assistant and Day Camp Counselor providing education and care to young children for the local Parks Department and Boys and Girls Club. She is currently enrolled in classes to earn her Early Childhood Teacher qualification for the State of Colorado.

Ms. Hayden is an Assistant Auxiliary Teacher supporting the Infant and Toddler programs.

Ms. Emily Steen
Infant/Toddler Auxiliary Teacher

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. Christine Rubbo
Primary Early Preschool Teacher

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 Early Preschool program.

 

 

Ms. Carrie Powell
Early Preschool and Preschool Auxiliary Teacher

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. Kathleen Chambers
Primary Early Preschool Teacher

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. 

Cathryn Schmidt
Assistant Auxiliary Teacher for Early Preschool

Ms. Schmidt joined our team at the end of 2013. She is currently attending the University of Northern Colorado Center for Urban Development to earn her degree in Early Childhood Education. She has prior experience as a nanny, lifeguard and children’s swim instructor.

Ms. Schmidt is an Assistant Auxiliary Teacher primarily supporting the Early Preschool Program.

Ms. Lisa Fleming
Primary Preschool Teacher

 

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. 

Umadevi Challapalli
Primary Pre-Kindergarten/Preschool Auxiliary Teacher

Ms. Challapalli earned her BA and MBA in India. Once she immigrated to the United States, she earned her Early Childhood Teacher qualifications through Arapahoe Community College. For over five years, she taught preschool for a mixed age group of students ages 2½ to 6.

Ms. Challapalli is an Auxiliary Teacher for the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs.

Ms. Aubrelyn McConnell
Preschool Auxiliary Teacher

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 Early Preschool and Preschool Programs. 

Ms. Katie Palmquist
Primary Preschool Teacher

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.  

 

Katherine Nester
Primary Pre-Kindergarten & Preschool Auxiliary Teacher

Ms. Nester joined our team in March of 2014. She earned her BS in Elementary Education from Millikin University and then completed her Master’s in Education from University of Missouri – St. Louis. She taught 2nd grade for two years in addition to almost 8 years of experience teaching preschool.

Ms. Nester is a Primary Auxiliary Teacher supporting all programs from Toddlers to Pre-Kindergarten.

Hazel Mateo
Primary Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Mateo joined our team in March of 2014. Ms. Mateo earned her BA from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico with an emphasis in Child Development and Psychology. She is a licensed teacher in the State of Colorado with an Early Childhood Teaching credential. Ms. Mateo has spent 4 years teaching preschool at Samuel’s Elementary, before that she was a Teaching Fellow for Denver Public Schools.

Ms. Mateo is a Primary Teacher for our Pre-Kindergarten program.

Ms. Allison Smelter
Primary Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

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
Teacher's Aide

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.  

 

Donna Wilkins
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Wilkins joined our team at the beginning of 2014 as a part-time Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining Primrose DTC, Ms. Wilkins worked 23 years as a receptionist and school nurse delegate for Englewood Public School District. Ms. Wilkins will be available each day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to greet families, answer phones and support the teachers and management team as needed.

Ms. Tonia DeWitt
Chef

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.  

 

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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