Primrose School of Algonquin

Our Staff

  • Ruthann  Dalzell, School Director

    Ruthann Dalzell

    School Director

    Ruthann Dalzell is our School Director at Primrose School of Algonquin, serving in this role since our school opened in January, 2011. Ruthann brings a wealth of experience to her position with over 20 years directing and teaching young students. She completed her Bachelor's Degree from Augustana College.

  • Wendy  Gallagher, Curriculum Director

    Wendy Gallagher

    Curriculum Director

    Mrs. Gallagher has her B.A. in Early Childhood Education and over 20 years experience teaching young students from infants to school age. She joined our faculty in the summer of 2012, leading our Early Preschool classroom. In the summer of 2014 we proudly promoted her to the Curriculum Director position, where she oversees the curriculum implementation in our Infant, Toddler and Early Preschool Classrooms.

  • Molly Taft, Assistant School Director

    Molly Taft

    Assistant School Director

    Molly Taft joins our school in July 2022 as our Assistant School Director.  She holds her B.S. degree in Child Development from Northern Illinois University.  Prior to joining our school, she has five years experience teaching and leading staff at another child care center.  

  • Sue  Lambert, Infant Teacher

    Sue Lambert

    Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Susan Lambert is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a B.A. in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education. With over to 20 years experience in our field, she has taught infants and also held management roles in another child care center. Mrs. Lambert joined our school when we opened in January 2011 as a teacher in our Young Infant Classroom.

  • Kate Bartels, Infant Teacher

    Kate Bartels

    Infant Teacher

    Ms. Kate Bartels joins our school in April 2018 as a teacher in our Infant Classroom. Ms. Bartels completed her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from McHenry Community College. Prior to joining our school, she has five years experience working in a child care setting at another preschool with young infants and toddlers.

  • Betsy Brink, Infant Teacher

    Betsy Brink

    Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Betsy Brink joins our school in August, 2021. She holds her B.A. degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University. Prior to joining our school, Mrs. Brink has 30 years experience in the early care and education field.

  • Brooke  Perez, Toddler Teacher

    Brooke Perez

    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Brooke Bending joins our faculty in the summer of 2014 to team teach in our Young Toddler Classroom. She completed her B.A. Degree in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Infant/Toddler education from Kendall College. She gained experience as a teacher since beginning her career in 2003, teaching young students in another child care program.

  • Erica Galetto, Assistant Teacher

    Erica Galetto

    Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Erica Galetto joins our school in August 2021 as an Assistant Teacher in our Toddler classroom. She is attending Harper College and studying Early Childhood Education.

  • Joan  Eigenbrod, Early Preschool Teacher

    Joan Eigenbrod

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Joan Eigenbrod joins our faculty in September 2013 to team teach in our Early Preschool I Classroom. She has an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from the Grand Canyon University. Her experience includes over 7 years working with students in a private school setting prior to joining our school.

  • Yessenia Magdaleno, Assistant Teacher

    Yessenia Magdaleno

    Assistant Teacher

    Mrs. Yessenia Magdaleno joins our school in October '21 to assist in the Early Preschool classroom. She is also a student at Harper Community College, taking early childhood education classes.

  • Erin Flynn, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Erin Flynn

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Mrs. Flynn has been part of the Primrose family of schools since August of 2018. She has her Bachelor's Degree from Judson University in Psychology and her Master's Degree in Education from North Park University. Prior to joining us, she has 17 years experience in the early education field.

  • Amanda Barnett, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Amanda Barnett

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Amanda Barnett joins our faculty in October 2016 to assist in our Infant and Toddler classrooms. She completed her B.S. in Counseling from Grace College and has prior experience as a teacher's aide in another preschool prior to joining our school.  In the fall of 2022, Ms. Barnett began teaching in our PreK class for the new school year.  

  • Jennifer Claggett, Assistant Teacher

    Jennifer Claggett

    Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Jennifer Claggett joins our school in May 2022 as an Assistant Teacher.  She is primarily in our Preschool classroom and also helpful in many classrooms.  

  • Danielle Jackson, Preschool Teacher

    Danielle Jackson

    Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Danielle Jackson joined our school when we opened, in January 2011. She has worked in the early childhood field for over six years prior to joining Primrose. Ms. Jackson is our Preschool 2 Teacher. She holds her CDA Preschool credential.

  • Stacey Terpening, Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Stacey Terpening

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Stacey Terpening joins our faculty in August 2015,spending her first six years teaching in Preschool. For the new school year of 2021, Mrs. Terpening will be the Pre-K 1 Teacher. Mrs. Terpening has her B.A. in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She taught for four years in the Schaumburg School District prior to joining our school.

  • Kristin  Nelson, Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Kristin Nelson

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Mrs. Kristin Nelson joined our school in the Fall of 2012 and is our Preschool Pathways Teacher. Mrs. Nelson has over 17 years experience working with young children in another child care setting. She has her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Illinois University.

  • Kayla Van Dike, Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Kayla Van Dike

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Kayla Van Dike joins our school in September, 2021 to team teach in the Pre-Kindergarten II classroom. She holds her B.A. Degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Illinois University. Prior to joining our school, she worked as a preschool teacher and para-professional in the elementary school setting.

  • Maureen Maguire, Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Maureen Maguire

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Maureen Maguire joins our school in September 2022 to team teach in our Private Pre-Kindergarten classroom.  She holds her Vocational Specialist Certificate in Early Childhood Education and over 40 years experience in our industry.  She taught at another Primrose School in Texas also prior to joining our school.  

  • Sharon Garling, Private Kindergarten Teacher

    Sharon Garling

    Private Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Sharon Garling joined our faculty in October of 2012. Mrs. Garling has her Bachelors Degree from Gustavis Adelphus College and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University. Mrs. Garling has over 20 years of experience including teaching Kindergarten in Abu Dhabi. Mrs. Garling teaches our Kindergarten students in our full day private Kindergarten program.

  • Lynn  Peterson, Explorer Teacher

    Lynn Peterson

    Explorer Teacher

    Ms Lynn. Peterson is our Explorer Teacher and has her B.A degree in Parks and Recreation from Western Illinois University. She has been working with children for over ten years, working with preschool and school-age children at another center. She joined our faculty when our school opened, in January 2011.

  • Mr. Kirk Finley, Support Staff

    Mr. Kirk Finley

    Support Staff

    Mr. Finley has been part of our Primrose support staff for many years, helping make sure everything works and our day is ready for students and staff. You will find him making small repairs, helping in the kitchen, keeping the campus clean and orderly and ensuring the classrooms have everything they need.

  • Maria Arias, Kitchen

    Maria Arias


    Mrs. Maria Arias joins our school in July, 2022 as part of our Kitchen team, preparing our meals and keeping our kitchen clean and tidy.  She has dedicated her career to the food service industry and is an integral part of our staff, ensuring our meals are delicious for our students.  

  • Zafreen Somani, Franchise Owner

    Zafreen Somani

    Franchise Owner

    Welcome to Primrose Schools!

    My name is Zafreen Somani, and I would like to start by saying thank you for trusting the wonderful staff at Primrose School of Algonquin.  I am super excited to be a part of your family and proud to be the owner of Primrose School of Algonquin.

    Being a woman entrepreneur, I look forward to working in a fun, educational, yet structured and nurturing environment for our children.  I studied Biology at Southern Polytechnic State University located in Georgia.  After my time there, I worked in the dental field for 6 years.  I helped grow revenue, market the business in the community, and educated children about oral hygiene.  During my dental practice, I had a wonderful opportunity arise and a chance to join my beloved father in the real estate business.  For the last 12 years, I have owned commercial and residential real estate properties.

    In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my Yorkie named Prince, who is 16 years old! I am currently a volunteer at a childcare center and have fallen in love with it in the past couple of years.  I have also worked with children in different capacities such as summer camp, girl scouts, football, and religious education.  I have a passion to work with children and be a role model for them!

    I look forward to working with the staff at Primrose and meeting each family individually so we can grow together in the upcoming years. 

    Zafreen Somani

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