staffTodd and Veronica HunnicuttFranchise Ownerhttps://ucarecdn.com/3d165b90-c6d9-466e-9213-5bfea8190a1d/-/crop/220x143/0,24/-/preview/<p>Opening our school in 2008 and building our family of current and past students has been truly an honor. Originally from Texas, we moved to Arizona in 2001. We both attended Hardin-Simmons University and Todd received his CPA and later an MBA from Southern Methodist University. Todd held the position of Chief Financial Officer for multiple companies serving the financial services industry. Veronica was with State Farm for sixteen years before having the opportunity to be a stay at home mom. She has the unique perspective of having both a working career with children in preschool as well as children in a stay-at-home environment. We have two daughters, Kristen and Kathryn, both University of Arizona graduates. Kristen completed her Masters in Education in 2017 and taught in the Cincinnati school district for four years. She and her husband Andrew returned to Phoenix when he completed medical school. Kristen resumed her leadership role at the school in 2019. Kathryn will graduate from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University this May. She has accepted a position and will start her career here in Phoenix. Our greatest joy is simply spending time together as a family. </p><p>Our interest in opening a premier educational pre-school was twenty plus years in the making. As working parents, we had the rare fortune of finding quality educational child care. It helped to shape our children's lives and foster their love of education. Our girls thoroughly enjoyed their childcare experience. It is our goal for every parent to experience that same peace of mind. We recognize the importance parents place on the safety and education of their children. We are committed to living up to that trust by creating a happy and nurturing environment. As owners, we are actively involved and excited to deliver the best educational experience possible! We appreciate what it means to have an impact on a child's life and we always treat each child as if they are our own. This drives every decision we make.</p>
Opening our school in 2008 and building our family of current and past students has been truly an honor. Originally from Texas, we moved to Arizona in 2001. We both attended Hardin-Simmons Universi...
staffMrs. KniznerSchool Directorhttps://ucarecdn.com/363d912e-5e95-4c38-a32f-e231235a3f66/-/crop/2080x1658/65,0/-/resize/920x733/<p>I am originally from Pittsburgh Pa. As a family we have lived in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Illinois, back to Pennsylvania and now Arizona.I have been in Early Childhood Education for over forty years as a classroom teacher before moving into management. My first position was in the first Infant Care Center in Western Pennsylvania operated by Seton Hill College. I continued my teaching career after moving to Virginia at the Center for Early Education in Sterling.</p><p>My first management experience came after moving to Northern Illinois for the YMCA in Naperville as the Preschool Program Manager. Other responsibilities there included teaching a preschool program as well as the Mom & Tots gymnastics and swim program management. Back to Pennsylvania at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield campus childcare center in Camp Hill.I was promoted to Assistant Director after my first year. </p><p>What has turned out to be our final relocation brought us to Ahwatukee. I started as the Assistant Director at Valley Childcare & Learning Center in the East Valley. I was promoted to Director and continued in that role for over eleven years.</p><p>I have now been with Primrose Ahwatukee for over 11 years. I retired in 2016 but returned. I just can’t stay away, I can’t imagine doing anything else.</p>FalseTrueMrs. Knizner , School Director
staffMrs. OchoaDirector of Operationshttps://ucarecdn.com/dccd5252-39ec-4c45-a6bc-c52ad7fab34f/-/crop/771x614/0,127/-/preview/<p>I have spent most of my life in Ahwatukee, graduating from Desert Vista in 2008. My family opened the Primrose School of Ahwatukee when I was a senior in high school, and I have been involved ever since. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development and a minor in Business Administration in 2012. After graduating, I returned to the Primrose School of Ahwatukee as a management team member. In 2015, I moved to Cincinnati with my husband while he attended medical school. During this time, I received my master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, while teaching first grade in a Title I public school. This opportunity allowed me to truly understand every aspect of early childhood education from developing meaningful relationships with students to creating curriculum that meets the needs of a wide range of children. My husband and I returned to Phoenix in May of 2019 and I could not be more grateful to be back at the Primrose School of Ahwatukee!</p>FalseTrueMrs. Ochoa , Director of Operations
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staffMrs. PetrillaCurriculum Coordinatorhttps://ucarecdn.com/b8e5fe84-c1ae-438c-8875-1eaff4a279ff/-/crop/2636x2100/362,136/-/resize/920x733/<p>I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was five! In August of 2010 I graduated from ASU with a BA in Elementary Education. I have worked in a child care setting since 2005. I began teaching Pre-Kindergarten here at the Primrose School of Ahwatukee in January of 2012, and absolutely loved it! In 2017 I transitioned from a lead teacher to Curriculum Coordinator. I enjoy the opportunity to share what I have learned and have an ongoing impact on our students.</p>FalseTrueMrs. Petrilla , Curriculum Coordinator