Primrose School of Apple Valley

Our Staff

  • Mrs. Durbin, Director of Education

    Mrs. Durbin

    Director of Education

    Meet Amanda, Director of Education at the Primrose School of Apple Valley. Amanda has over 19 years of experience in the field of early childhood education. While her passion for education began at an early age, her career in education started while she was earning her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at the Ohio Valley University. While pursuing her education degree, Amanda became a School-Age Administrator for a childcare facility in Ohio. She continued in that role for five years, during which time Amanda became the Lead Preschool teacher with a brand new preschool that opened nearby. Amanda played an integral part in preparing the Preschool to open and helped lead it to become known as one of the highest quality care options in the area.

    In 2006, Amanda met her husband Adam and relocated to North Dakota to begin their family. While living in Grand Forks, she became the first person to open and run a private, multi-site preschool and childcare. After successfully running the business for over seven years, Amanda and her family relocated to Minnesota for her husband’s career. Shortly after moving to Minnesota, Amanda was selected to be a Lead Preschool Teacher at a Primrose School. While in this role for two years, she fell in love with the wonderful opportunities, trust, and programs Primrose Schools has to offer. Amanda is thrilled to be the Director of the Primrose School of Apple Valley.

    Amanda and her husband Adam reside in the Rosemount community with their four children: Taylor, Brennen, Payton, and Anaka.


    Amanda joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2015.

  • Mrs. Nelsen, Assistant Director

    Mrs. Nelsen

    Assistant Director

    Meet Ms. Tara- She holds a Bachlor's Degree in Elementary Education from UMD. She has 15 years of experience teaching in public school, creative play based child care centers and Montessori based child care centers. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running (mostly after her sons), and anything near water. Her family consists of her husband, Trent, 3 boys and a pug named Truman.

    Tara's favorite book is Miss Nelson is Missing.

    She joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2015.

  • Mrs. Taylor, Administrative Assistant

    Mrs. Taylor

    Administrative Assistant

    Hi, my name is Mrs. Taylor. I have my B.S. in Sociology with a post-baccalaureate Teacher certification. I have 20 years of experience working with children and I have 2 teenagers of my own. My husband is originally from Australia so we like to visit every couple of years. In my free time I enjoy hiking and crafting.

    Favorite children’s book: Rattletrap Car.

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2020.

  • Mrs. Barber, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Barber

    Infant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Mrs. Barber. I live in Lakeville with my family of six. I have four children and over the years I have volunteered in my children’s schools. I have also worked as a Lead Teacher in a Montessori school. Some of my favorite foods are mangos and avocados. My family and I enjoy going on family road trips. We also love going to the beach!

    Favorite children’s book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2021.

  • Mrs. Wertheimer, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Wertheimer

    Infant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Mrs. Wertheimer. I have a B.S. degree in Business with a minor is psychology from Purdue University – Fort Wayne. I have been working with children for 10 years. In my free time I love going to sporting events and doing various activities with my husband and our two daughter (who also attend Primrose)!

    Favorite children’s book: Corduroy

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2021.

  • Mrs. Clethen, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Clethen

    Infant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Mrs. Clethen. I have a Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Superior in Sociology. I have been working with children for the last 19 years. I live in Inver Grove Heights with my husband and our 5 children.

    In my spare time, which doesn’t come often with 5 busy kids, I love being creative. I do a lot of arts and crafts and I enjoy sewing. I also enjoy listening to music and spending time outside with my family.

    Favorite children’s book: The Monster At The End Of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover.

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2019.

  • Mrs. Singewald, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Singewald

    Infant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ms. Singewald. I have 4 years of post secondary school, including 1 year in elementary education. I have 2 years of experience working with children. I grew up in St. Peter, MN. I am a big Disney fanatic and I watch a lot of Disney+ in my free time. I also enjoy baking on the weekends. My favorite food to eat is tator tot hot dish.

    Favorite children’s book: The Stinky Cheese Man

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2019.

  • Ms. Rustman, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Rustman

    Infant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ms. Rustman. I am originally from St. Peter Minnesota. I recently moved to the cities to work at Primrose Apple Valley. I have my B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from St. Mary’s University. I have always worked with children, starting with babysitting at age 11. In my free time I like to bake, watch Netflix, go on walks and to read.

    Favorite Children’s Book: Love You Forever.

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2020.

  • Mrs. Anderson, Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Anderson

    Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Callison, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Callison

    Toddler Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ms. Callison! I grew up in a small town North of the cities. I have an Associates Degree in Literal Arts and Science. I have 7 years of experience working with children. We had what we called a “hobby farm”. On our farm we had pigs, ducks, chickens, cats, dogs, and my horse. There were animals everywhere! I knew teaching was where my passion lied at an early age. I always enjoy spending time with the youngest children in my family. A few of my favorite things include photography, animals of all sorts, hiking, and traveling. Iceland was hands down the best adventure I’ve had!

    Favorite Children’s Author: Dr. Seuss

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2021.

  • Ms. Pritzlaff, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Pritzlaff

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ms. Pritzlaff. I grew up in Lakeville, MN. I currently live in Eagan, MN. I have a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the Wisconsin University – Eau Claire. I am now pursuing my M.S. in teaching from Liberty University. I will graduate in December 2022. I have been working with children for 10 years.

    An interesting fact about me is that I played college hockey for Wisconsin – Eau Claire and I still enjoy playing in my free time. Now I coach 15A St. Louis Park girls. I love to go on runs and golf. I also love finding new places to hike!

    Favorite Children’s Book: The Giving Tree

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2020.


  • Ms. Proell, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Proell

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ms. Proell. I am from Sauk Centre but currently live in Bloomington. I attended St. Cloud State University and focused my studies on Early Childhood Education as well as Art Education. I have been working with children for 3 years.

    I love to spend my time doing anything creative such as drawing, coloring, and painting. I also love to read, and watch movies. Something interesting about myself is that I can juggle!

    Favorite children’s book: Where the Wild Things Are

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2021.

  • Ms. Hall, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Hall

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ms. Hall. I originally grew up in Sartell, MN before moving to Apple Valley. I have my Preschool CDA. I also have a B.S. in Rehabilitation Human Services with an emphasis on Speech Therapy and a Minor Psychology. I have been a nanny for 5 years and I have worked in childcare for 7 years.

    Favorite Children’s Book: Nibbles the Monster and the Gerald and Piggy series books.

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2020.

  • Mrs. Jacobs, Early Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Jacobs

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hi, my name is Mrs. Jacobs. I was born and raised in MN. I have a B.A. in Elementary Education from Mankato State. I have been working in the early education field for 20 years! My favorite foods include all vegetables, chicken alfredo and anything I make with my children. I currently live in Farmington with my husband and 2 boys. We also live with 2 cats and 2 Guinea pigs. On the weekends we enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, playing catch and swimming.

    Favorite Children’s Book: Make Way For Ducklings

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2020.

  • Ms. Kiihn, Toddler/Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Kiihn

    Toddler/Early Preschool Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ms. Kiihn. I have my Associates Degree in Child Development from South Central College. I am currently working towards my B.S. in Early Childhood Education at Metropolitan State University. I have 7 years of experience in early childhood education. Working with children is a huge passion of mine and I am always excited to learn and grow with the children in my care.

    Favorite children’s books: Mercer Mayer Books, Dr. Suess Books and the Bernstein Bears Books.

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2017.

  • Ms. Mcgrail, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Mcgrail

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ms. Mcgrail. I grew up in Farmington, MN. I currently attend Normandale Community College. I have 5 years of child care experience. My favorite food of all time is potatoes! An interesting fact about myself is I am the youngest in my family, and I can do the splits. My favorite weekend activity is shopping. I also enjoy watching movies on the couch!

    Favorite children’s book: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2022.

  • Ms. Sanchez, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Sanchez

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ms. Sanchez. I am from Brownsville, Texas. I have graduated high school, and currently attend Inver Hills Community College for Psychology. I am going on my second year. I have been working with children for about 9 years.

    I have two cats at home, and one looks like Garfield. My favorite food is Pho! I like to spend my weekends hanging out with friends and family as well as doing homework!

    Favorite Children’s Book: Green Eggs and Ham.

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2021.

  • Ms. Ash, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Ash

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ms. Ash. I grew up in Eagan, MN. I recently graduated from Moody Bible Institute, in Chicago, with a Bachelors degree in Children and Family Ministry. I have 8 years of experience working with children. My favorite food is any kind of pasta! In my free time I love to paint and hangout with my friends and family.

    Favorite children’s book: Geronimo Stilton

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2022.

  • Ms. Saucedo, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Saucedo

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ms. Saucedo. I currently live in Rosemount. I have been working in the preschool setting for 7 years. I have had my CDA since 2017. I have a passion for watching children learn and grow! My favorite food is pasta. My favorite weekend activities include hanging out with my friends and family. I also enjoy going shopping.

    Favorite children’s book: The Bad Seed

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2021.

  • Mrs. Loewen, Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Loewen

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi, my name is Mrs. Loewen. I received my B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Biology from the University of Wisconsin - Riverfalls. I have been working with children for 9 years.I have a beautiful baby girl named Ashlyn, who is my pride and joy. I have a passion for painting and drawing.I love eating sushi and bacon and on the weekends I go paddle boarding. I am excited to better develop my teaching skills this year, in addition to creating a positive, safe environment for my students.

    Favorite Children’s Book: Nibbles the Book Monster

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2017.

  • Ms. Brodil, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Brodil

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ms. Brodil. I have lived in Apple Valley my entire life! I studied Early Childhood and Youth Development at the Dakota County Technical College. I have been working with children for 11 years.

    I love animals so I have 2 big dogs and a cat. I love to read stories and do crafts in my spare time. I am excited to work at Primrose School of Apple Valley, with my mom, Mrs. Brodil!

    Favorite Children’s Book: Giraffes Don’t Dance

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2022.

  • Ms. Monahan, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Monahan

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ms. Monahan. I am from La Crosse, Wisconsin. I have a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with Endorsements in Reading and Early Childhood Education at Wartburg College. I have two years of experience working in the early childhood education field. I love to eat spaghetti and I can wiggle my nose like a rabbit. I also have a love for reading and painting.

    Favorite children’s book: The Rainbow Fish

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2021.

  • Mrs. Portz, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Portz

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hi, my name is Mrs. Portz. I grew up on the east side of St. Paul and I have been working with children for 20 years. My experience includes working at a K-8 charter school in Northeast Minneapolis (ISD # 917) for 12 years, working in special education and at various childcare centers. I am close to completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. I love spending time with my husband, going to concerts and traveling around the world. We are trying to visit all of the baseball stadiums in the US and Canada.

    Favorite Children’s Book: Paddington Bear.

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2018.

  • Mrs. Kuck, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Kuck

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hi, my name is Mrs. Kuck. I have a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of MN – Duluth. I have 7 years of experience working in childcare. I grew up in Rosemount, MN. I spend my time going to the zoo and other fun places with my two children. A fun fact about me is that I was a gymnast for 15 years. I am excited to be working with my sister, Ms. Schlukebier, at the Primrose School of Apple Valley.

    Favorite Children’s Book: Dragon’s Love Tacos.

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2019.

  • Mrs. Pendergast, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Pendergast

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hi, my name is Mrs. Pendergast. I’m from Belle Plaine, MN. I have an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have 10 years of experience in child care. I love teaching and I also work with children at the YMCA. During my free time I enjoy cooking, catching up with friends, watching scary movies, and spending time with my husband, my husky, and my two cats.

    Favorite Children’s Book: Achoo! Good Manners Can Be Contagious.

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2017.

  • Mrs. Faaumu, Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Faaumu

    Kindergarten Teacher

    Hi, my name is Mrs. Faaumu. I am a native Hawaiian from the island of Maui. I have 5 years of experience working in the childcare setting along with many years of babysitting. I have a B.S in Psychology from the University of Oregon. I also have a Masters of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Western New Mexico University. Minnesota will be the 7th state that I have lived in since 2017. In my free time I love hanging out and watching football with my husband and son.

    Favorite Children’s Book: Are You My Mother?

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2021.

  • Mr. Downs, Explorers Teacher

    Mr. Downs

    Explorers Teacher

    Hi, my name is Mr. Downs. I grew up in Farmington, MN. I hold my B.A in History from the University of Minnesota. I have 3 years of experience working with children.

    I am a Vegan and enjoy eating vegan pizza. On the weekends you will find me playing music, working out or watching TV with my significant other, Bretanne. We had our first child April 23rd. She shares a birthday with her mom. We are very excited to be parents!

    Favorite children’s book: Darth Vader

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2021.

  • Ms. Morrow, Explorers Teacher

    Ms. Morrow

    Explorers Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ms. Morrow! I was born in Michigan but have lived in Minnesota since I was 5 years old. I have an Elementary Education degree from MSU-Mankato.

    I love sweets and Chinese food. I also share a birthday with my younger sister, even though we are two years apart! In my free time I like to go for walks, or to the gym, visit the zoo, read books, and watch TV. My favorite season is Autumn!

    Favorite children’s book: Don’t Forget the Oatmeal!

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2021.

  • Mrs. Brodil, Support Staff

    Mrs. Brodil

    Support Staff

    Hi, my name is Mrs. Brodil. I have lived in Apple Valley for 43 years. I grew up in St. Louis Park. I have been a childcare provider for nearly 25 years and additionally have taken some college courses. My favorite food is salads. I love history, creative writing, art, animals, and of course children! I also enjoy spending time with my family.

    Favorite Children’s Book: Mr. Silly Pants

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2021.

  • Mrs. Case-Candell

    Support Staff
  • Mr. Harding, Support Staff

    Mr. Harding

    Support Staff

    Hi, my name is Mr. Harding. I was born in Norway to a British Father and Norwegian Mother. I have a Bachelors Degree in Photo Journalism and a Bachelors Degree in Rhetoric. I also have 1 year of experience working in Early Childhood Education. I do not have a favorite food because I love all foods. Something interesting about myself is that I have hundreds of photos published online and in print, as well as in movies. My favorite weekend activity is to be lazy with my wife, dog, and cats.

    Favorite children’s book: Hooway for Wadney Wat

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2021.

  • Mrs. Jerome, Support Staff

    Mrs. Jerome

    Support Staff

    Hi, my name is Ms. Jerome. I grew up in Bigfork, MN. I now live in Apple Valley with my husband Jon and our daughter Adaline. I graduated from Bemidji State University with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. I have over 10 years of child care experience.

    On the weekends we love hanging out with family, including my identical twin sister. I love the outdoors and the Green Bay Packers. I also love the band Trampled By Turtles and love watching them preform live!

    Favorite Children’s Book: King Hugo’s Huge Ego

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2022.

  • Ms. Meyen

    Support Staff
  • Ms. Ozmun

    Support Staff
  • Ms. Rajagopalan, Support Staff

    Ms. Rajagopalan

    Support Staff

    Hi, my name is Ms. Raj. I have a Masters Degree in Family and Consumer Science along with an Associates Degree in Child Development with a focus on infants and toddlers. I have over 20 years of experience working with children.

    I have a daughter who is an Assistant District Attorney in California.In my leisure time I love to hike with my boyfriend, Terry. I also like to write, read, go on walks and spend time with my cat.

    Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2017.

  • Ms. Reardon, Support Staff

    Ms. Reardon

    Support Staff

    Hi, my name is Ms. Reardon. I was raised in Hastings, MN until I was in 1st grade. I have since moved 10 times, eventually landing in Apple Valley, MN. I am finishing my last year in High School and plan to start college this coming fall. I am excited to work with children this summer and hope to return for my college breaks.

    Being so close to the cities, my older sister and I enjoy walking around and looking at all of the cool buildings and shops!

    Favorite Children’s Book: Green Eggs and Ham

    I joined Primrose School of Apple Valley in 2022.

  • Ms. Schwartz

    Support Staff
  • Ms. Velasco

    Support Staff
  • Melisa and Vincent Schultz, Franchise Owner

    Melisa and Vincent Schultz

    Franchise Owners

    Meet Melisa and Vincent Schultz – proud Franchise Owners of the Primrose School of Apple Valley. Committed to excellence in every aspect of their school, this entrepreneurial pair is delighted to bring high-quality early education and care to the children and families in Apple Valley and the surrounding communities.

    The couple first discovered Primrose Schools after learning that they were expecting their first child, Madelyn. Although Melisa and Vincent began their child care search early and toured many care facilities in the area, they both left each tour unsatisfied with the lack of basic care and the quality of education each location provided. Towards the end of their search, they visited a Primrose school and instantly felt a sense of family and trust that was missing from other options in the community. Once Madelyn was born, she was enrolled at the local Primrose school.

    After a few months of Madelyn attending the Primrose school, Melisa and Vincent were impressed by the growth and development in her social, emotional, and cognitive skills. They began to realize and appreciate the positive impact the Balanced Learning® curriculum had on their daughter and family. Melisa and Vincent also discovered that they were completely aligned with the vision and mindset of Primrose, which is to provide high-quality education for all children to equip them for a brighter future.

    “Vincent always had an entrepreneurial spirit and throughout our marriage would come to me with various ideas for our own business, but nothing ever felt quite right,” said Melisa. “We knew that whatever our business endeavor would be, it had to mirror our passion for making a lasting positive change in the children and families of our community. Finally, I asked him, ‘What if we opened a Primrose school?’”

    They then investigated the process and ultimately turned their dream into reality in 2013 when the husband and wife team officially became franchise owners. Vincent and Melisa have spent hours working on the design of their school, poring over every detail to ensure it is optimized for the health and safety of every student. They believe that the environment they have created allows for the best possible learning opportunities for students. Melisa and Vincent thought of everything, including: a water filtration system for the school, an air exchange system to continually provide fresh air, and a special playground turf system that is softer and provides more cushion than other playground options.

    Prior to joining Primrose, Melisa practiced medicine in Endocrinology as a physician assistant (PA-C) for six years. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in bacteriology with a business certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then attended The George Washington University where she earned a Master of Science in Health Sciences degree and a physician assistant certificate. Vincent also attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Vincent is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and was formerly an audit manager. He was also an assurance senior with a Big 4 accounting firm.

    Melisa and Vincent are thrilled to partner with parents in Apple Valley and the surrounding communities. They are committed to providing children with a safe and nurturing environment where children can learn and grow into happy, confident adults. Primrose School of Apple Valley will offer the Primrose exclusive, research-informed, Balanced Learning® curriculum, which blends teacher-guided, child-initiated learning and play with a focus on character development in Infant through private Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. In addition, the school will provide before and after school programs and an education focused summer camp for students up to 12 years of age. At the school, Melisa will handle the day-to-day operations by working closely with parents, children, and staff to create a nurturing, supportive, and collaborative environment. Vincent will also play an active role in supporting the new school. Their children, Madelyn, Scarlett and Quintin attend the Primrose School of Apple Valley.

    The Primrose School of Apple Valley opened January 2016 and is located at 15455 Embry Path. For more information, visit www.PrimroseAppleValley.com.

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