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 17 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, 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 of 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. We moved to Georgia in 2018 when I began working at Primrose. 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 24 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. Sky has been with us for five years and brings laughter and joy to our school. Ms. Sky started here at Primrose as an assistant in Preschool and soon after moved into a Leadership position as the School and Marketing Coordinator. In her spare time, she loves crafting, traveling and spending time with family.

  • Mr. McKinney, Professional Development Mentor

    Mr. McKinney

    Professional Development Mentor

    Hello, my name is Caleb, but everyone calls me McKinney. Though I call Texas home, Primrose Schools has become a home away from home. You’ll always find me tinkering on a computer due to my interest in the Information Technology field.

    Yet I have a new passion, which has led me to be an Early Years Educator for almost 10 years now. As a Professional School Age Associate, I strive to find new teaching strategies that can be fun and new within the classroom. In every center I have worked in, the child will come to know my favorite word… Respect. It’s an honor to be a part of this community and work with such wonderful families in our Explorers Club Program.

  • 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. Alexis, Lead Older Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Alexis

    Lead Older Toddler Teacher

    My name is Alexis. I am 22 years old and live with my partner and two dogs. If I’m not at work, I’m outside, at the dog park, binge watching Netflix, or doing schoolwork. I am currently in school for Early Childhood Psychology. I am so excited to be working at the Primrose School of Acworth at Bentwater!

  • Ms. Keshia, Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Keshia

    Lead Early Preschool 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.

  • Ms. Kayla, Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Kayla

    Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Hello! My name is Kayla and I am so excited to work with your children! I began my early childhood career right here at Primrose School of Acworth at Bentwater in 2013. I was fresh out of high school and had only worked with children as a nanny, not having any of my own. Back then we could only use our last names and my Italian maiden name was difficult for my sweet two year olds to pronounce. We shortened it and the children began lovingly referringto me as Ms. Noni- and it stuck! I quickly fell in love with the Primrose way and began attending Georgia Northwestern Technical College to obtain my certificate in Early Childhood Education. In 2015, I married and gained a sweet loving step son named Colton. Devin and I later had our daughter Annikyn. After having Annikyn, I was a stay at home mom for three years! I dedicated all my time and education to teaching our young daughter and preparing her for PreK. I will cherish those years forever! For the last three years I have worked as a substitute teacher at elementary schools across Paulding County. Now that both my children are thriving in Elementary School, I am ready to dedicate my time to helping your children learn and grow here at Primrose. My favorite part of working in the Preschool Pathways classroom is seeing the children discover new things about themselves and the world around them every single day. It may come as a surprise that I actually love potty training too- my friends and family refer to me as the “Potty Training Queen!”In my free time I love to cheer on my Georgia Dawgs from the sidelines in Athens, go camping and boating, see my favorite artists in concert, and sit by the pool. I have a special love for children’s books and often spend my girl’s night out with friends sitting cross legged on the floor of Barnes and Noble- this is why Og the Bookworm is my favorite of our Primrose Friends! I can’t wait to get to know your family, teaching and nurturingyour children along their Preschool Pathway!

  • 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. 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.

  • Tommy and Amy Roper, Franchise Owner

    Tommy and Amy Roper

    Franchise Owner

    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 and character development, the Ropers are thrilled with the opportunity to join the Primrose family. Tommy and Amy are both natives of the greater Atlanta area. Tommy grew up in Grayson and attended South Gwinnett High School, while Amy grew up in Marietta and attended Pope High School. Tommy is a graduate of Columbus State University and Amy is a graduate of Georgia Southwestern State University. Tommy and Amy have been married since 2002 and have three terrific boys, Thomas, Aiden and Jackson. All three boys have had the privilege of attending Primrose School of Acworth at Bentwater.

    Tommy's professional experience over the past fifteen years has been in project, personnel and relationship management, as well as sales and marketing within both software development and the pharmaceutical industries. While Tommy has enjoyed success through his career, his true passion has been more expressed with the time he spends with his family and his involvement with his boys in the community. Amy, with her education and background in accounting, took a position in 2012 with Primrose School Franchising Company as a trainer for business operations. In this role, she found herself not only advising on the business side, but learning all about Primrose Schools from operations to curriculum.

    Open since 2004, Primrose School of Acworth at Bentwater has been an important asset to this area. "Along with delivering quality early education, we will continue to be an important partner and leader in this community", says Amy. "We are dedicated to giving children the best possible care, and we understand how important it is to provide a well-rounded learning experience in a safe and nurturing environment", adds Tommy. We invite you to the school to experience first-hand what differentiates Primrose School of Acworth at Bentwater from other child care centers. We also invite your child in for a 'Day of Discovery' that will allow them to 'test the waters' prior to enrollment. We look forward to meeting your family soon! Primrose School of Acworth at Bentwater is located at 3664 Cedarcrest Rd. Acworth, GA 30101. For more information please call (770) 529-3925.

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