Primrose School of Acworth at Bentwater

Our Staff

  • Ms. Valerie Santana, Director

    Ms. Valerie Santana


    Mrs. Santana is such a positive addition to our staff. Her bubbly personality always leaves a smile on everyone's face. Mrs. Santana came to us from Chicago with her one year old daughter, Scarlett, in 2013. She started as an Assistant Teacher in our Infant room and has since served our school in many capacities. She was our Administrative Assistant, Assistant Director and was promoted to Director in 2016. Mrs. Santana is very family oriented and in her spare time tries to spend as much time with her husband and daughter as possible. They love going to the movies and taking small family trips together.

    Mrs. Santana absolutely loves our school and is completely committed to helping it be a fun, friendly and welcoming atmosphere where children can learn and grow in a safe and caring environment! Watching the children in the school grow and develop gives her such wonderful feeling of pride and accomplishment. She takes so much joy watching them meet their milestones and witnessing their academic achievements.

    We are so lucky to have Mrs. Santana and her family here at Primrose School at Bentwater! Mrs. Santana has certifications in CPR/First Aid and Fire Safety and has obtained her Child Development Associate.

  • Ms. Jenn Arthur, Assistant Director

    Ms. Jenn Arthur

    Assistant Director

    Hello! My name is Jenn Arthur and I am so excited to be a part of the Bentwater team and school! I have been working in the Early Childhood Field for a combined total of 16 years. I grew up in the Panhandle of Florida where I also met and married my husband. We have 4 amazing children ranging in ages from 14 to 6 years old. I enjoy being a Football wife (go Mustangs), spending time with my family, traveling and crafting!

    I began my career in Early Childhood in 2006 working as a three year old teacher. I realized very quickly that I had just begun my lifelong passion working with children! I truly enjoy watching them learn and grow into talented, ambitious young people! In 2010, when my family moved to Jacksonville, I began teaching in infants, ones, twos, threes and later teaching Pre-Kindergarten. I was quickly moved into leadership rolls soon after and then took on the Assistant Director position. I truly enjoy being able to support our school and families in any way possible each and every day!

  • Ms. Tonya Ledbetter, Education Coach

    Ms. Tonya Ledbetter

    Education Coach

    My name is Tonya Ledbetter and I am excited to be on the Primrose School of Acworth at Bentwater Team. I am originally from Joliet, Illinois. I have lived in Georgia for 13 years with my family and we have really enjoyed calling Georgia our home. I began my Primrose journey as a teacher at the Primrose Kennesaw North with a tenure of 10 years. Children are my passion and I bring 20 years of early childhood education experience with me to Primrose School of Acworth at Bentwater. Children are the future and I am proud to be able to say that I have had an opportunity to be a blessing to so many young minds and their families. As the Educational Coach, I hope to bring my love for children and my many years of experience to help guide more teachers to be the best teachers they can be. I am over joyed and enthusiastic about working with the team and families here at Primrose School of Acworth at Bentwater!

  • Ms. Sky Elrod, School and Marketing Coordinator

    Ms. Sky Elrod

    School and Marketing Coordinator
  • Ms. C, Lead Young Infant Teacher

    Ms. C

    Lead Young Infant Teacher

    Cheryl Cranmer, better known as "Ms. C" is a great asset to the Primrose Bentwater family. She has earned her CDA and has more than 20 years of experience in child care. She strives to make each parent at the Primrose School at Bentwater to feel completely at ease, with the comfort of knowing their baby is loved, safe, and is being cared for by the next best thing to Mom and Dad. She is originally from Macon, Georgia, but has lived in seven states, although she considers Georgia her home. Mrs. C. has been with our school since 2005, she has certifications in CPR/First Aid and Fire Safety.

  • Ms. Kelly, Lead Older Infant Teacher

    Ms. Kelly

    Lead Older Infant Teacher

    Hello, my name is Kelly Raczkowski! I was born and raised in Kennesaw, Georgia. After I graduated from North Cobb High School, I spent two years at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, Georgia. I came back to Atlanta in 2010 and started my career in child care.

    I enjoy watching college football and professional hockey on the weekends. I have two spoiled dogs. Lilly, who is a mutt and is 12 years old, and Jaxon who is a 9 year old American Bulldog. I love taking them for walks in the park.

    In my spare time, I help my mother fix up her home and I also love to bake desserts!

  • Ms. McKenzie, Lead Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. McKenzie

    Lead Young Toddler Teacher

    My name is McKenzie and I have been working with children for a little over 6 years. When I'm not working, you can find me shopping or at the lake. I am a dog mom to a eight-year-old Weimaraner who is my best friend. I love trying new foods or cool restaurants around us. I try to go to the beach any chance I get. I have been in the Dallas area for about 4 years. I cannot wait to watch all the kids learn and grow.

  • Ms. Ashley, Lead Older Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Ashley

    Lead Older Toddler Teacher

    My name is Ashley Ableman. I am 21 years old and I have a passion for working with children! Being a teacher has always been the job of my dreams! I am currently in the process of receiving my Child Development Associate. I am so happy for the opportunity to work at Primrose with all of the wonderful students and staff who make this school amazing!

  • Ms. Courtney, Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Courtney

    Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Hello! My name is Courtney, I am 23 years old and graduated last Spring (May of 2020) from Washington State University. It has been my dream to work with children since I was a young child. While doing my undergrad, I worked at an accredited childcare facility with children ages 6 weeks through fifth grade. After graduating, I became an assistant teacher in the Early Preschool classroom at the center. At the end of May 2021, I decided I wanted to explore a new area and packed my car and moved cross country to Cartersville, Georgia. I love traveling and exploring, and I am very excited to try new restaurants so make sure you let me know what your family’s favorite is!

  • Mrs. Kristi Lane, Lead Preschool I Teacher

    Mrs. Kristi Lane

    Lead Preschool I Teacher

    Hello, my name is Kristi Lane! I am originally from Rome, Georgia but relocated to Dallas 27 years ago. I have been married for 30 years and have 3 children and 2 grandchildren who are the loves of my life! I have always been drawn to working with children. I started teaching preschool 30 years ago.

    I worked at Primrose School at Brookstone for several years before joining the Primrose Bentwater Team. I have also been a school director for several years at another childcare center. Primrose School is a such great school and I am so happy to have the opportunity to love and teach your children!

  • Mrs. Markert, Lead Preschool II Teacher

    Mrs. Markert

    Lead Preschool II Teacher

    Hello, my name is Tammy Markert. I have been a Primrose teacher for 14 years here at Bentwater. I grew up in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and attended Christ for the Nations Institute, where I earned an Associate’s Degree in Biblical Theology. I have been married over 30 years to my husband Larry. We have two adult children, Jason and Rochelle who are the light of my life. I have lived in Buffalo, NY, Pittsburgh, PA, Long Island, NY, and for the past 20 years in Kennesaw, GA. I have my CDA and have worked in all areas of the child care industry. I also hold certifications in CPR/First Aid and Fire Safety. The three year olds are my absolute favorite age! The children never cease to amaze me on a daily basis. I always learn something new!

  • Ms. Wes, Lead Pre-Kindergarten I Teacher

    Ms. Wes

    Lead Pre-Kindergarten I Teacher

    Mrs. Antoine, also better known as "Mrs. Wes" by her co-workers, students and parents, has a quiet confidence. She loves her job and most importantly, she loves each one of her students. She takes care and pride in working with each of them on an individual basis. Mrs. Wes has an uncanny ability to make each student feel that they are the most important; identifying specific individual needs and celebrating even the smallest accomplishments. Holding a Bachelors degree in Social work, and graduating at the top of her class, she has completed courses in graduate studies as well. Parents appreciate Mrs. Wes' command of her classroom, but they also love the gentle way she connects with their children. After moving to GA, from New York in 2004, she extended her family and had a daughter who is the absolute light of her life. In her spare time, and when not spending time with her family, she actually likes to clean her house! Mrs. Wes also enjoys reading, and truly loves circle-time and spending time reading to her students. In her words, "I love the Primrose character "Og" because he is a reader like myself. We both believe reading builds character." Mrs. Antoine has certifications in CPR/First Aid and Fire Safety.

  • Mrs. Michelle, Lead Pre-Kindergarten II Teacher

    Mrs. Michelle

    Lead Pre-Kindergarten II Teacher

    Hello! I am Michelle Maier. I am so grateful and excited to be a part of the Primrose Bentwater family. My time in education started in college. My best friend’s mother owned a church preschool and I worked there teaching the three-year old class throughout college. I attended the University of Akron, where I studied Elementary Education with a special focus in Children's Literature. I have enjoyed teaching for more than 30 years off and on while raising three wonderful children.

    Originally, I lived in Ohio for 40 years where I met my husband Bob and with his job moved to Florida for seven years and now Atlanta. Within the first month of living in Kennesaw, I found Primrose school of Kennesaw North. Where I have been working for the last five years, the last two teaching Private Prekindergarten. I had heard so many great things about Primrose Schools and was thrilled to be able to be a part of such a well-rounded school program. This last year we moved to a quieter place in Dallas right next to a beautiful forest. When a Private Pre-kindergarten position opened at Bentwater it was an easy decision to make being closer to home and knowing I would continue to work with Amy and Tommy Roper who I respect tremendously.

    In my spare time I have a passion for animals (two rescue fur babies) especially reptiles and spiders. I also enjoy hiking, going to museums, watching Nat Geo, history channel, and reading.

  • Mrs. Orfe, Lead Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Orfe

    Lead Kindergarten Teacher

    I was born in Austell, Georgia but lived in Acworth, Georgia most of my life. I love hanging out with friends and family, especially if it’s a sporting event. I recently graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor degree in Elementary Education. I love children and have always wanted to be a teacher since I was a child. I am so excited to meet and teach your child this year.

  • Ms. Keshia, Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Keshia

    Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    My name is Keshia Greely. I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to Georgia in 2005. I have worked for Primrose for 6 years! I also hold certification in First Aid, CPR, and Fire Safety. I enjoy spending time with my furry friend, Roxie and walking the mountains.

  • Mr. Alexandar McKinney, Lead Explorer Teacher

    Mr. Alexandar McKinney

    Lead Explorer Teacher

    Hello, my name is Alexandar McKinney! I was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. My family moved to Texas and that really became my home. You’ll always find me on my computer due to my interest in the Information Technology field.

    Now with a passion with early childhood education, I strive to apply and teach! In every center I have worked in, my favorite word is always “respect”. It is an honor to work with the Primrose School at Bentwater team and families!

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Meet Tommy and Amy Roper - dedicated and passionate parents and the proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Acworth at Bentwater. Understanding the value of quality early childhood education a...

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