Primrose School of Amarillo Southwest

Our Staff

  • Mrs. Lopez, Director

    Mrs. Lopez

    Director

    Mrs. Lopez joined the Primrose School of Amarillo Southwest in June of 2019. She is an Amarillo native and considers this town her forever home. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing games, volunteering time at her church, and enjoys nature.

    Mrs. Lopez holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Education from West Texas A&M. She has worked in the early childhood field for over 15 years. Her favorite part of working with children is watching them explore a new concept and seeing their face light up when it is understood. Mrs. Lopez was excited to join Primrose because of their focus on high quality curriculum and overall character development.

    When you enter our school, you are welcomed as family and greeted with smiling faces. This sense of belonging begins with Mrs. Lopez. She is caring, compassionate, and hardworking. We are beyond thrilled to have Mrs. Lopez as our Director. Thank you, Mrs. Lopez, for creating a home away for home for every student, family, and teacher.

  • Ms.Pena, Education Director

    Ms.Pena

    Education Director

    Ms. Pena joined the Primrose School of Amarillo Southwest in July of 2019. She was born in Amarillo, but grew up in Belen, New Mexico. Thankful to be back, she now looks forward to raising her children in the Panhandle. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, spending time with family, and continuously learning.

    Ms. Pena holds an Associates in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with children for over 15 years. Ms. Pena believes children are amazing people and deserve to be understood, regardless of age. Her favorite part of working with children is seeing the amount of knowledge they acquire in such a short amount of time. Ms. Pena could not wait to join Primrose because of their reputation. Primrose creates an environment that promotes curiosity as well as character development.

    Ms. Pena works hard to help teachers find their own path when working with students and is key to making sure students meet their full potential here at Primrose. She believes that learning thrives when there is fun and works tirelessly to ensure teachers are providing enriching centers that foster growth and development. We are so lucky to have her here at Primrose and could not be the high-quality school we are without her.

  • Ms. Sanchez, Lead Infant Teacher

    Ms. Sanchez

    Lead Infant Teacher

    Ms. Sanchez is our Infant lead teacher she chose Primrose because she wanted a fun place to learn and grow as a teacher. She loves spending time teaching and loving on the babies in the infant room. 

    Ms. Sanchez was born in Mexico but grew up in Branson Missouri. She now calls Amarillo home. She comes to us with 2 1/2 years of childcare experience and cannot wait to learn and grow here at Primrose!

  • Mrs. Evans, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Evans

    Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Evans has been with Primrose since September of 2021. She was born and raised in Amarillo TX. She loves to spend time with her husband and 4 children and loves to shop in her downtime. Mrs. Evans has worked with children since she was a teenager and has loved getting to take care of the infants at Primrose. She enjoys seeing all the milestones they achieve and loves all the cuddles. We are so thankful she is a part of our Primrose family!

  • Mrs. Robinson, Infant Teacher Assistant

    Mrs. Robinson

    Infant Teacher Assistant

    Ms. Robinson is one of the assistants in our Infant classroom and a wonderful addition to our Primrose Family! Ms. Robinson has over 16 years of early childhood experience and has worked in several childcare center in the Amarillo and Canyon area. Ms. Robinson loves watching the babies grow and learn and building trusted relationships with them. Ms. Robinson loves spending time with her family and her dog. Ms. Robinson joined the Primrose family in August of 2021 and we are so thankful to have her!

    "I never dreamed of working here, but I called one day and was hired during my 1st interview. I believe Primrose chose me."

  • Ms. Murguia, Lead Young Toddler

    Ms. Murguia

    Lead Young Toddler

    Ms. Murguia joined Primrose School in September 2021. She was born and raised here in Amarillo Texas. She started working with children through programs in high school and has continued doing so since then. Ms. Murguia is currently a WTAMU student, pursuing a bachelor's in education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three dogs, and cooking. Watching children grow and learn is the best part of the job.

  • Ms. Moore, Young Toddler Assistant

    Ms. Moore

    Young Toddler Assistant

    Ms. Moore is or young toddler assistant and has grown up in Amarillo most of her life. She has been involved in educational aspects in the past by helping others through tutoring and after school services. Currently she attends Amarillo College and is going for a degree in education. Ms. Moore is excited to be here at Primrose and her biggest take away is how sweet and cuddly all the students in her room are. We are happy to have Ms. Moore as a part of our Primrose team! 

  • Ms. Feese, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Feese

    Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Feese joined the Primrose School of Amarillo Southwest in December of 2019. Ms. Feese calls Amarillo home and enjoys spending time with family in her spare time.

    Ms. Feese is certified in the Primrose proprietary Wonder Curriculum Program and is currently taking classes towards a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys working for Primrose because of our well balanced curriculum for children birth to tweleve years old. Ms. Feese has a peaceful nature and amazing patience.

    We could not be any luckier to have a teacher as amazing as Ms. Feese. The enviornment she creates in her class becomes our students second home.

  • Ms. Gutierrez, Toddler Assistant

    Ms. Gutierrez

    Toddler Assistant

    Ms. Gutierrez joined the Primrose School of Amarillo Southwest in November of 2022. She is originally from Dumas, but now calls Amarillo home. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, reading, coloring, word search puzzles, and spending time with her family. Ms. Gutierrez has a wonderful son who just turned five this past December. 

    Ms. Gutierrez enjoys working with all groups but has truly enjoyed being in the infant and toddler rooms. She loves to see her students grow, learn, and reach milestones every day! What she loves most about Primrose is being able to see all the learning that takes place and how students develop as they move through the program. We are so happy to have Ms. Gutierrez as a part of our Primrose family! 

  • Ms. Holtman, Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Holtman

    Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Holtman is our Early Preschool lead teacher and is originally from Dalhart TX, and now calls Canyon, TX home. She attended West Texas A&M University and received her Bachelor’s in Music. In her spare time she loves to listen to music and spend time with her husband and her puppy. Mrs. Holtman enjoys working with children because she loves to watch them grow and expand their knowledge. She also loves how every single child is unique in their own ways. The reason why Mrs. Holtman chose Primrose was because of how amazed she was about how this school helps children grow mentally, “by having curriculum everyday”, and physically by using “thumbs up”. She loves the environment at Primrose and loves working with her team members. Mrs. Holtman is very excited to learn and grow more here at Primrose.

  • Ms. Landeros, Early Preschool Assistant

    Ms. Landeros

    Early Preschool Assistant

    Ms. Landeros joined the Primrose School of Amarillo Southwest in November of 2022. She Is originally from Perryton, TX but now calls Canyon home. In her spare time she enjoys going hiking, camping, and writing. Ms. Landeros is currently working on a degree in Biochemistry at West Texas A& M University. She enjoys working with children to better understand the developmental aspects that childcare and education bring. Ms. Landeros takes a lot of love and passion in working within a classroom setting. 

  • Mrs. Cruz, Lead Pathways Teacher

    Mrs. Cruz

    Lead Pathways Teacher

    Ms.Cruz joined our Primrose of Amarillo SW family in July of 2021 but has been with the Primrose brand for almost 5 years! Ms.Cruz is from Friona, TX but now calls Amarillo home. She has a degree in criminal justice and specialized in children. Ms. Cruz has a wonderful passion for teaching all ages and enjoys watching them learn and grow. Ms. Cruz has loved the Primrose brand for years and is certified in the proprietary wonder and venture program! Ms. She says her favorite part about Primrose is curriculum, values we teach and instill and the team she gets to work with!

     

    Welcome to Primrose of Amarillo SW Ms. Cruz, we are so lucky to have you!

  • Ms. Villarreal, Lead Preschool 1 Teacher

    Ms. Villarreal

    Lead Preschool 1 Teacher

    Ms. Villarreal joined the Primrose School of Amarillo Southwest in August of 2021. She is originally from Bovina, but now calls Amarillo home. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time and trying new things with her boyfriend and their daughter.

    Ms. Villarreal holds a Bachelor’s degree of Applied Science with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from Wayland Baptist University. She plans to go back to school next semester to get her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education! She enjoys working with children because they are so fun, and always keep the day interesting. She is very passionate and has worked hard her whole life to be a teacher, she is always finding new ways to make learning fun and easy for each kid she teaches!

    Welcome to the Primrose family Ms. Villarreal, we are so excited to have you!

  • Mrs. Craft, Co-Lead Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Craft

    Co-Lead Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Craft joined our Primrose School in November 2022 and is a local, born and raised here in Amarillo, Texas. She started working with children through her church and continued from there, having more than 6 years of experience working with students from infant through middle school. Mrs. Craft recently graduated from WTAMU with her Bachelors in Science, with an emphasis on EC-6th education. In her free time, she enjoys playing pickle ball and board games, traveling to the mountains, and camping. She likes working with students because they are such a light to the world. They show up every day being uniquely themselves and it is such a reward to see their growth. Mrs. Craft chose Primrose because of the atmosphere and curriculum that help students thrive and succeed. We are so happy to have Mrs. Craft as a part of our team! 

  • Mrs. Martinez, Lead Prekindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Martinez

    Lead Prekindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Martinez joined Primrose School of Amarillo in November of 2022. She is well traveled and excited to be here in Texas. She has a son named Jacob that is 11 years old. Mrs. Martinez comes to us with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Columbia College and has been working with children for about 15 years.  Mrs. Martinez enjoys working with children because of those light bulb moments that they have. Those moments when a child figures out something about the world around them and the excitement they show on their faces. We are so excited to have Mrs. Martinez as a new part of our team! 

     

     

     

     

  • Ms. Stewart, PreKindergarten Assistant

    Ms. Stewart

    PreKindergarten Assistant

    Ms. Stewart is our PreKindergarten assistant and comes to us with 7 years of previous childcare experience. She was born and raised here in Amarillo and has a bachelors in Christian Education. In her free time she enjoys reading books and baking tasty treats! She enjoys working at Primrose because she gets to see first hand the growth students have throughout the year. We are so excited to have Ms. Stewart as a part of our Primrose family!

  • Mrs. Walderman, Lead Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Walderman

    Lead Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Walderman joined the Primrose family in March of 2021. She is a New York native who has spent most of her life living in Colorado. She moved to Amarillo with her husband and two pups a few months ago. She graduated from Western State in Gunnison Colorado with a BA in early education with an emphasis in social studies. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and exploring new places with her little family. She loves to be outside, loves to cook (and eat), and loves cheering on the sod poodles!

    Mrs. Walderman is the Lead in our Kindergarten room and is working towards her certification in the Primrose Proprietary Venture Curriculum Program. She is a certified teacher, using her classroom knowledge as our first ever Kindergarten lead teacher. Mrs. Walderman spent her first three years out of college teaching first grade in Colorado. She loves working with kids because they are genuine and hilarious and keep her on her toes. Seeing a kid do something new for the first time in her classrooms is a feeling she will always love. We are so happy to have Mrs. Walderman as a part of our Primrose family!

  • Ms. Smith, Float

    Ms. Smith

    Float

    Ms. Smith is originally from Borger, TX. but now calls Canyon home. She is currently attending West Texas A&M and spends her free time reading books and watching movies. Ms. Smith loves working with children because she enjoys watching and helping the kids learn and grow, just like her teachers did for her. 

    Ms. Smith loves the warm Primrose environment and hopes to learn a lot while she is here. We are so happy to have you as a part of our team!

  • Ms. Hawkins, Float

    Ms. Hawkins

    Float

    Ms. Hawkins is a local and grew up here in Amarillo, TX. She is currently attending Amarillo College and working towards a degree in Education with plans to graduate in May. In her free time reading Ms. Hawkins enjoys reading books and painting. Ms. Hawkins loves working with children because of the reward you get watching them learn and grow and she chose Primrose for the warm environment and the passion everyone has for the kids. 

  • Ms. Nevarez, Float

    Ms. Nevarez

    Float

    Ms. Nevarez was born and raised in Amarillo and is attending West Texas A&M to get a bachelors of science in bilingual education focusing on early childhood through sixth grade.

    In her free time she enjoys painting, baking, and watching movies. 

    Ms. Nevarez has always had a passion for working with children and she loves to see them learn and grow. She strives to see their eyes light up and a smile spread across their faces as they continue to learn and succeed. 

    Ms. Nevarez chose Primrose because she knew she wanted to work somewhere she would love and could use her talents and skills to help children grow.

  • Ms. Dawn, Chef

    Ms. Dawn

    Chef

    Ms. Dawn joined the Primrose family in December of 2021. She was born and raised here in Amarillo. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, reading and cooking. She enjoys working with children and seeing their sweet faces light up when she delivers their meals and snacks. She enjoys getting to see all the things they have learned that day. Her favorite part of her day is cooking healthy and delicious food for all of our little friends!

  • Ms. Conoley, Assistant Chef

    Ms. Conoley

    Assistant Chef

    Ms. Conoley is originally from New Mexico but moved to Amarillo with her family in 2005. She is a mother of two and ejoys reading, and doing art projects and playing games with her children.

    Ms. Conoley worked in fast food for many years as a shift leader, manager, cook, cashier, as well as inventory, and cleaning. 

    She enjoys working with children because she loves to see their faces light up when they see her. She loves helping everyone out and is glad Primrose gave her a chance!

  • Ravi & Nikki Patel, Franchise Owner

    Ravi & Nikki Patel

    Franchise Owners

    Hello 806! We are Ravi & Nikki Patel, your local Primrose of Amarillo Southwest owners! Ravi and I have been together since 2008 and married for 9 years! We have a 2-year-old son named Riyan who is absolutely obsessed with school!

    I have a bachelor’s degree in business from Wichita State University, although my education and background are in business my passion has always been children and education. My journey in early childhood education started at the age of 15 as an assistant teacher after school and worked my way up to assistant director before graduating college. I decided I wanted to be in the child care business at the age of 18 and I have purposely taken all my steps towards that goal since. When Ravi and I started researching franchises a family friend mentioned Primrose to us and we never looked back. Primrose shares the same values, love for children, culture and importance of a good foundation early on as we do. We truly believe the importance of birth through 5 foundational skills.

    Ravi graduated for Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s in finance – real estate then went on to pursue his MBA at UT Dallas with an emphasis in organizational behavior and marketing. Currently, Ravi has taken over the family business of managing and developing hotels. Ravi will continue his career with the family business but will be assisting me at Primrose with accounting and technical support. I will be managing the day to day operations along with a leadership team and support staff. We are so excited to share our dream come true with our hometown!

    We look forward to you and your family becoming a part of our Family.

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