Primrose School Building

Primrose School of Arden Hills and Shoreview

Our Staff

  • Mrs. Jodi Mehta, Director of Operations

    Mrs. Jodi Mehta

    Director of Operations

    Hello Primrose Families! I am Jodi Mehta and I am excited to share a little about myself. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have several years of management experience and 10 years experience as a pre-school educator. I have been living abroad for the past 10 years and have just returned to Minnesota.

    In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, my two daughters and our pets. I love traveling, exploring new places and learning about other cultures.

    Hometown: White Bear Lake, MN

    Favorite food: Ka pao Moo

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family

    Favorite children’s book: Stone Soup

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy the Rooster

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know our Primrose families

  • Mrs. Whitney Walter, Director of Education

    Mrs. Whitney Walter

    Director of Education

    Hello! My name is Whitney Walter and I am excited to share a little about myself. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Winona State University and teaching is my deepest passion. I have a beautiful history with Primrose Schools, where I began my career in Early Childhood Education back in 2014. I love how our Primrose Balanced Learning curriculum is ever-evolving and how exquisitely organized the lessons and activities are.

    Outside of my love for teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Ben, our family, and our sweet dog, Max. I also love reading and expressing my creativity through photography and art.

    Hometown: Rochester, MN

    Favorite food: Pasta

    Favorite weekend activity: Thrifting and photography

    Favorite children’s book: The Velveteen Rabbit

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin the Bear

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Implementing ASQ – Ages & Stages Assessments



     

  • Ms. Nannet Zuradelli, Assistant Director

    Ms. Nannet Zuradelli

    Assistant Director

    Hi Primrose families! My name is Nannet, and I am excited to share a little about myself!

    I fell in love with early childhood education back in 2013 when I started my career in this field. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Leadership from Rasmussen College. I am a huge advocate for children, their families and their learning journey. I believe the foundation to a successful school path starts with us!

    In my free time, I like to spend time with my husband and our beautiful daughter. I enjoy walks at the park, practining yoga pr reading a book with a cup of coffee.

     

    Favorite food: Sushi
    Favorite weekend activitiy: Practicing yoga
    Favorite children's book: Becasue I had a teacher 
    Favorite character I relate to: Megy the Pig
    What I'm most excited about this school year: Getting to know and partnering with families and their kiddos!

  • Ms. Aly Cornish, Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Aly Cornish

    Administrative Assistant

    I love education! I have been working in Early Childhood Education for 5 years. I have a bachelor's degree from Concordia St. Paul in Psychology, and I am a huge people person. I love working with children and their families. I have 2 amazing dogs at home named Gracie Jane and Lola, and I love spending my free time outdoors on the lake or just being in nature! I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Hometown: Coon Rapids, MN

    Child care experience: 5 years as a Lead Teacher

    Education Background: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology

    Favorite food: Pineapple Pizza

    Favorite weekend activity: Being on the lake

    Favorite children’s book: The Napping House

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin the Dog

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Watching each child learn and grasp new concepts!

  • Ms. Julie Whiting, Assistant Infant Teacher

    Ms. Julie Whiting

    Assistant Infant Teacher

    My name is Ms. Julie and I am excited to share a little about myself! I grew up in New Brighton, Minnesota and I currently live in Lino Lakes. I attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I provided 3 years of private-licensed childcare and have worked in child-care settings for almost 7 years, primarily with pre-school children and infants! I am so excited to be working at Primrose Arden Hills and getting to know you and your children!

    Name:Julie Whiting
    Hometown: New Brighton, MN
    Child-care Experience: Almost 10 years
    Education: Bachelor's Degree, Psychology
    Favorite Food: Shrimp pasta
    Favorite Weekend Activity: Taking a walk with my husband and English Bulldog!
    Favorite Children's Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Primrose Character I Most Relate To: Billy the Duck
    What I'm Most Excited About: I am excited to continue watching our Infants grow, develop and learn while engaging in our daily activities!
    Best Way to Schedule Time to Talk: Email or ProCare message.

  • Ms. Barb Kubes, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Barb Kubes

    Toddler Teacher

    I’m Ms. Barb.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I grew up in Little Canada, MN. I have two children, a son who is 19 and a daughter who is 23. I’ve been working with children for over 30 years. I was a nanny, and then started working in Early Childhood Education. I’m very passionate about watching the children I teach learn and grow and I am excited to be about of the Primrose Family!
     

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.
     

    Favorite Food: Tacos

    Favorite weekend activity: Being with family and friends

    Favorite children’s book: The Kissing Hand

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og the Bookworm

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know the children

  • Ms. Cassi Christiansen, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Cassi Christiansen

    Toddler Teacher

    I grew up in White Bear Lake, MN. I received my Bachelors Degree in Family and Consumer Science Education from the University of Minnesota State, Mankato. I have been working here at Primrose for the past two years. I love how teaching brings curiosity to everyone. That’s why I love teaching the infants. They find everything exciting and new. Some fun facts about me are that I have a twin sister. I have an Australian Labradoodle named Flynn Oliver. My favorite colors are blue and purple and I love Hockey.
     

    Favorite food: Anti-Pasta Salad or Salmon

    Favorite weekend activity: Being with friends

    Favorite children’s book: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn or any Dr. Seuss book

    Primrose character I most relate to: Libby the Lamb

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Watching all the students grow and learn!

  • Mrs. Shereen Rocque, Early Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Shereen Rocque

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I grew up in Minneapolis, MN. I currently live in Shoreview where I live with my husband, son and 2 Bengals. I received my CDA in 2005 and have been working with children, ages 16 months to 36 months since 2001. I started my journey here at Primrose in July of 2021. My heart belongs to teaching young minds and guiding them through the tunnel of many opportunities.

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Being the light that shines on all the children and watching them shine brighter, seeing them express happiness through learning and hands on explorations.
     

    Favorite food: Chinese, Italian and Dark Chocolate

    Favorite weekend activity: Time with my family and 2 Bengal cats

    Favorite children’s book: Any Little Critters and How do dinosaurs say…

    Primrose character I most relate to: Peanut the Horse

  • Ms. Bailey Hanson, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Bailey Hanson

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I’m Ms. Bailey.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I grew up in Dassel, MN which is a small town west of Shoreview. I worked as a personal care assistant (PCA) there for 5 years. I have a liberal arts degree! I enjpy hanging out with my family and spending time with my new niece and nephew. I recently got married and my husband and I moved here for his job. That is how I found Primrose! I am so excited to work alongside other early childhood all professionals and educate all the kids!

     

    Favorite food: Pasta

    Favorite weekend activity: Being with family

    Favorite children’s book: Anything by Dr. Seuss

    Primrose character I most relate to: Katie the Cat

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know all of the kids!

  • Ms. Kim Nguyen, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Kim Nguyen

    Toddler Teacher

    I have a Bachelor's degree from the U of M in Youth Studies. I have worked with children for 5 years. I have a daughter who was born on August 21st, 2020. In my free time I like to spend it with my family, painting, sewing and listening to music. I grew up in Vadnais Heights and still live there! I am bilingual and can speak Vietnamese and English. I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family and I'm so excited to meet you all!

    Favorite food: I like all food

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family

    Favorite children’s book: The Book with No Pictures

    Primrose character I most relate to: Libby the Lamb

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting all the new parents and children and getting to know everyone!

  • Ms. Lexi Chute, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Lexi Chute

    Preschool Pathways Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Hello! My name is Lexi Chute and I would love to tell you all about me!

    I grew up and currently still live in Arden Hills. I recently graduated from the University of Phoenix with my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I have also received my CDA through Online Teachstone. When I was in high school, I graduated with my CNA degree. I have been working with children for 5 years! I chose Primrose for my long-term career path because of the quality curriculum for the children and because working with children has always been a passion of mine! I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Favorite food: Pasta and ice cream

    Favorite weekend activity: Painting and drawing

    Favorite children’s book: "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the Cow

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Teaching and watching my little friends grow!

  • Ms. Jessica Abraham, Assistant Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Jessica Abraham

    Assistant Preschool Pathways Teacher

    I grew up and currently still live in Arden Hills, MN. I recently graduated from Adrian College (MI) with my Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and a minor in Health Education.

    I'm excited to work with kids and watch them grow every day!

    Name: Jessie, Jess, or Jessica
    Hometown: Arden Hills, MN
    Childcare Experience: 1 year
    Education Background: Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Minor in Health Education
    Favorite Food: Strawberries
    Favorite Weekend Activity: Hula hooping and spending time with friends, family, and my dogs (Coco and Basil)
    Favorite Children's Book: "Fox in Socks" by Dr. Seuss
    Primrose Character I Most Relate to: Og the Book Worm
    What I'm Most Excited About This School Year: Building relationships with each student and meeting their families.
    Best Way to Schedule Time to Talk: Procare message

  • Mrs. Marlyn Lee, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Marlyn Lee

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I grew up on a tropical island with warm weather all year round until I was 16. Now, I can say that I have lived in Minnesota for 25 years with snow and freezing weather! I moved from the Philippines as an exchange scholar and graduated from Santa Ynez Valley in California. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of California in Berkeley. I became interested in teaching and decided to pursue my Elementary Education (K-6) teaching license from the University of Thomas. I then completed my Master’s Degree in English as a Second Language to better teach a diverse student population. I worked in the public school sector for 6 years.

    Primrose School has been a wonderful learning place! I started in 2020 and have loved it here ever since! Their balanced child development and wellness approach is the ideal combination for children to grow. I am excited to connect and work with your family!

    Favorite food: Spaghetti with meat balls

    Favorite weekend activity: Running around the lake

    Favorite children’s book: The Color Monster

    Primrose character I most relate to: Libby the Lamb

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Working with an awesome Primrose team

  • Ms. Ruby Kolbow, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Ruby Kolbow

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I’m so excited to be working here at Primrose! I have a degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University and I’ve been working with kids for about 8 years now. I’ve worked with all ages and am having such a great time getting to know everyone here. In my spare time I love being with my friends and family! If you see me in the hallways make sure to say hi! I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.
     

    Hometown: Forest Lake, MN

    Child care experience: 8 years

    Education Background: Century College, Concordia University with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Favorite food: Mexican food!

    Favorite weekend activity: Being with my family

    Favorite children’s book: Are You My Mother?

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin the Dog

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know the children and staff.

  • Mrs. Maryjean Downie, Teacher

    Mrs. Maryjean Downie

    Teacher

    I’m Ms. MJ.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA but I have lived in MN for 26 years. I worked with children of various ages for 15 years, the past 3 years I have worked in a preschool setting. I have a BA in English. I am so happy to be at a Primrose School! I am looking forward to meeting all of the Primrose families!

    Favorite food: Mexican

    Favorite weekend activity: Camping

    Favorite children’s book: Pete the Cat

    Primrose character I most relate to: Katie the Cat

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know the kiddos!

  • Ms. Ellie Bute, Teacher

    Ms. Ellie Bute

    Teacher

    Hi everyone! I’m Ellie! I grew up in New Ulm, Minnesota. I just graduated from the University of Minnesota with my B.S. in early childhood studies and developmental psychology. I’m now working toward my doctorate in occupational therapy! I’ve been working with kiddos ages 1-10 for the past ~7 years, and I am passionate about helping each individual grow and develop.

     

    Favorite food: Chicken-broccoli alfredo

    Favorite weekend activity: Gopher Game Day!!

    Favorite thing about working with children: I love learning about who they are and what they enjoy! Seeing what makes each child curious about and motivated to explore the environment around them is fascinating and so fun to be a part of!!

    Favorite children’s book: Going Places (by Peter and Paul Reynolds)

    In my personal time: I enjoy spending time with my friends, reading, and going to the gym

  • Ms. Lanisha Green, Teacher

    Ms. Lanisha Green

    Teacher

    I’m Ms. Lanisha. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.
     

    My name is Lanisha, I'm a mother of two sons. James is 20, he's going to school for psychology. Jaquez is 18, he just graduated from high school, and he works with the park board. He will attend a trade school for carpentry in the fall. My experience working with children is babysitting and raising my two sons with the help of their wonderful dad. I enjoy working with people, helping them or seeing that I made them happy and comfortable. I am excited to start a new career in childcare and could not think of a better place to start than Primrose! I can’t wait to learn more about all of the amazing families that attend this school.
     

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Teaching them new things, hearing their little laughs and watching the funny things they do. 
     

    Favorite children’s book: Danny and the dinosaur. 

    In My Personal Time: I clean my house and yard. I watch tv or visit my mom's house to help her with whatever she needs.

    Favorite Food: Shrimp and fish or something spicy.

    Favorite weekend activity: Bowling or home barbecue with family.

  • Ms. Rajini Kamboj, Teacher

    Ms. Rajini Kamboj

    Teacher

    I’m Ms. Rajini.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.
     

    I was born and brought up in northern part of India. I did my graduation in Science and Masters in English literature. I have experience in teaching students up to grade 8 in Science and English subjects. I like cooking, reading books and watching movies in my free time. I have an 11-year-old daughter, named Pranshi. In the last 10 years I have lived in multiple European countries including England, Luxembourg, Germany and France and I love traveling and interacting with people from different parts of the world.


    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!
     

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Children are so fun and keep me active all day! I see so many smiles and we celebrate the little things every day. 

    Favorite children’s book: Roald Dahl and Sudha Murty children's books.

    In My Personal Time: I like watching movies.

    Favorite Food: Indian Curry and Pizza

    Favorite weekend activity: Walking near the lake and shopping. 

  • Ms. Eva Thomas, Teacher

    Ms. Eva Thomas

    Teacher

    Hi! My name Eva and I wanted to tell you a little about myself. 

    I am starting my senior year at Bethel University studying social work! My goal is to become an lementary school social worker! In my free time, I love to go on walks with my dog, hanging out with friends and family, and having lake days at my cabin with my family. I love being with kids and their families, and I am very excited to be at Primrose!


    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.
     

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Seeing the world through their perspective!

    Favorite children’s book: Where The Wild Things Are

    In My Personal Time: Hanging out with my dog!

    Favorite Food: Breakfast Food

    Favorite weekend activity: Hanging out with friends and family and being outside

  • Ms. Nidhi Jain, Teacher

    Ms. Nidhi Jain

    Teacher

    I am Nidhi. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.


    I grew up in India and have been traveling the globe for the last 12 years before calling Minnesota my home since last year. I love this state, its people, lakes and more importantly Primrose staff and students. I completed my Bachelors in Arts from Delhi University, India. I love traveling and spending time with children. Primrose has been a wonderful place and I started working here in June 2022. It's my privilege to be part of this growing community and I'm excited to be working with you and your family.

     

    I can’t wait to learn more about you!

     

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Talking to them and engaging them in creative learning activities.

    Favorite children’s book: The Jungle Book

    In My Personal Time: Relaxing with family and watching movies.

    Favorite Food: Indian Vegetarian 

    Favorite weekend activity: Shopping and spending time with family.

  • Ms. Becca Lorenson, Teacher

    Ms. Becca Lorenson

    Teacher

    Hi everyone! My name is Becca!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself!

    I grew up in Howard Lake, a very small town west of the cities. I'm currently living in Arden Hills and I love the area. I'm attending Bethel University to get my Bachelors in Ministry, Biblical and Theological Studies, and Reconciliation Studies! I enjoy my studies and I hope to continue working with families and kids for a long time to come! 


    I absolutely love working at Primrose because I enjoy building connections with the children and families and loving them the best that I can. I love serving and supporting people! Outside of Primrose I enjoy running, biking, and getting coffee with people! 


    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

     

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: their joy!!

    Favorite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    In My Personal Time: I love running and painting!

    Favorite Food: mac and cheese

    Favorite weekend activity: hanging out with the people that mean most to me!!

  • Ms. Kiana Williams, Teacher

    Ms. Kiana Williams

    Teacher

    I’m Ms. Kiana.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.
     

    I’m a teacher from Vadnais Heights, MN. I started my college career pursuing nursing but after working with children at a daycare, I realized that my heart was in childcare and education. Since then, I have worked with students for over 6 years in a variety of capacities, from tutor, summer camp counselor and teacher assistant. I am excited to join the Primrose family and I look forward to getting to know all of you!

     

    Favorite Food: Pizza.

    Favorite weekend activity: Going to the movies with my friends.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love how children approach life with open hearts and open minds. It's so fun to watch them discover the world and grow as little people! It reminds me to stay curious and excited.

    In my personal time: I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, reading and writing and going on adventures. 

  • Ms. Kiya Moske, Teacher

    Ms. Kiya Moske

    Teacher

    I’m Ms. Kiya.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.
     

    Hi families! My name is Ms. Kiya and I'm excited about being able to take a second to share a little bit about me. I grew up quite a bit north from here, but I chose to come down here to help with my mother after my dads passing in October of 2021. I have 5 siblings and am the second oldest of 17 grandchildren, so being with and around kids has always been one of my favorite things. 

     

    I'm excited to get to know your kids and gain a greater connection with the families!

     

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Watching children learn new things and grow personally and developmentally

    Favorite children’s book: If you give a mouse a cookie 

    In My Personal Time: I enjoy hiking and taking pictures of everything!

    Favorite Food: Fettuccine Alfredo

    Favorite weekend activity: Hanging out with my momma and spending time outside. 

  • Ms. Ella Rose, Teacher

    Ms. Ella Rose

    Teacher

    I’m Ms. Eila.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hello Primrose families! I am Ms. Eila and I love spending everyday with your children! I have babysat and been a nanny for about 3 years prior to working at Primrose. I am born and raised in Minnesota. I am also the oldest of 5 siblings, so I have a lot of experience caring for children. 
     

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

     

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I enjoy spending time with them, they make me laugh

    Favorite children’s book: If you give a mouse a cookie

    In My Personal Time: I love to draw and take walks outside

    Favorite Food: Cereal

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my younger sister Luna

  • Ms. Amy Bassett, Teacher

    Ms. Amy Bassett

    Teacher

    Hi! My name is Amy Bassett. Here is a little about myself. 
     

    I have been part of Primrose for 10 years. I have done a variety of roles from Teacher to Assistant Director. I am excited to be a part of Arden Hills and I can’t wait to get to know all your children. I have two grown boys and in my free time I love spending time with them and my girlfriends. I love working with children and being able to watch them learn and grow. I am excited for the new school year.
     

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

     

    Favorite Food: Pasta
    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my children. Attending Weekend craft or festivals
    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children:  Watching them learn and grow.  Making connections and bonds with the children and their families.
    Favorite children’s book: Are You my mother?
    In My Personal Time: I like to spend with family and friends and catching up on something good on Netflix.

  • Ms. Hannah Rogers, Teacher

    Ms. Hannah Rogers

    Teacher

    Hello! I'm Hannah! Here is a little about myself.
     

    I grew up in Blaine, Mn. I have education in psychology and child development. I started babysitting kids around my neighborhood in middle school and have loved working with them ever since. I love crocheting, reading and going on walks with my son, Bradley and dog, Rosie.
     

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

     

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Getting to watch them learn and grow. 

    Favorite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

    In My Personal Time:  I love reading books and playing board games with my son.

    Favorite Food: Tacos

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family and friends

  • Ms. Emily Koren, Teacher

    Ms. Emily Koren

    Teacher

    Hi Primrose families! My name is Emily and I am excited to get to know you! Allow me to share a little bit about myself.

    I grew up on a hobby farm with my family in Taylors Falls. We’ve raised, and taken in, all sorts of animals both little and big. I’ve always had a love for lending a hand to those in need. Before Primrose, I’ve worked at a foster care program for vulnerable adults. Though most recently, I was an Elementary school paraprofessional in special education. Outside of Primrose, I have two ferrets named Nymeria and Lyanna. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my adorable nieces and nephew, dog sitting and finding new ways to be creative. My current favorite creative hobby is painting on canvas. I am so excited to work with you and watch the children learn and grow!

     

    Favorite Food: Jersey Mikes subs
    Favorite weekend activity: Reading and spending time with my family
    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Their creative enthusiasm to learning new things
    Favorite children’s book: The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
    In My Personal Time: I love to read, spend time with my family and find different ways to be artistic

  • Ms. Amanda Riser, Teacher

    Ms. Amanda Riser

    Teacher

    I'm Ms. Amanda.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.
     

    I grew up in St. Paul/ Blaine, Minnesota. I attended St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a focus on Communication Studies and Women's Studies. I currently live in Mounds View, Minnesota. I have 3 amazing sons; Leo (12), Romeo (8) & Melo (6)! We love to spend our family time at the beach, watching their favorite Marvel movies, playing/watching sports, drawing and making art projects, family bike rides, and of course cuddle time! 
     

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

     

    Favorite food: Taco Bell

    Favorite weekend activity: Exploring new parks with my sons.

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

    In my personal time: I love to clean. 

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know and spend time with all the children!

  • Saleem Karmaliani and Dr. Salima Mithani, Franchise Owner

    Saleem Karmaliani and Dr. Salima Mithani

    Franchise Owner

    Meet Saleem Karmaliani and Dr. Salima Mithani – dedicated parents of three daughters and active owners and operators of Primrose Schools located in the northern, central and southern neighborhoods of twin cities metropolis. 

    Primrose School of Prior Lake & Savage was the very first Primrose to open its doors in Minnesota in August 2006. With years of successfully serving the Prior Lake and Savage communities, the couple decided to organically grow into neighborhoods where the communities were still lacking high quality early childhood education and care. As a result they own Primrose School of South Minneapolis & RichfieldPrimrose School of Prior Lake and Savage, Primrose School of Arden Hills and Shoreview, Primrose School of Edina, and Primrose School of West Plymouth

    As parents of young children themselves, Karmalianis understand the importance of starting early to shape a child’s educational foundation and character. The couple, sees first hand, the difference early childhood education makes in young lives as they have themselves witnessed how Primrose School has positively impacted their own children. "We knew we wanted to deliver the same high-quality care and education for other families," said Saleem. Recognizing how challenging it was to find a quality, early childhood development program for their own children, Karmalianis embraced and continue to promote the Primrose mission with a well-balanced educational experience for the families they serve through these schools.

    Saleem holds graduate degrees in Education and Public Policy, while Salima practices the field of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Both are graduates of University of Minnesota and have been living in Twin Cities for 25 plus years. Together they have three daughters Cerena and twins Sophie and Sara. Karmalianis love sports and are die-hard fans of Gophers and Minnesota Vikings. The family loves to spend time outdoors and are frequent visitors to Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).

    “Our mission remains consistent with the Primrose model: to provide our families with the premier well balanced early childhood development experience in a safe and loving environment. We know this is only possible with our parents and teachers’ continued partnership and support” said Saleem. His past experience in Education as well as working for the government in the field of Human Services for over 15 years is practically evident in his day to day operations in their schools. Between their schools, Saleem leads a dedicated and professional team of over 120 employees managed by 12 highly qualified and caring leadership team members.

    “When we were introduced to Primrose for our own children, we immediately became enthralled with the curriculum, instruction methodologies and dedication of the teachers to develop each child emotionally and cognitively,” said Dr. Salima Mithani. The couple recognized that Saleem's experience in education combined with Primrose Schools's philosophy would allow their family to establish a strong model of early learning in Minnesota where parents and children would feel comfortable and part of a family.

    Both Saleem and Salima volunteer for local community organizations in the field of education and public services. Dr. Salima Mithani also served as the board member and treasurer of their children elementary school's PTO.

    Primrose School of Arden Hills and Shoreview opened its doors in October of 2019, and our teachers have been enthusiastically teaching the exclusive Balanced Learning system with STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) Program for children ages six weeks to 6 years old. Developed by and taught exclusively at Primrose Schools, Balanced Learning Curriculum blends teacher-directed and child-initiated activities with a special emphasis on character development in the schools.

    We hope to see you around at the school. For more information about Primrose School of Arden Hills and Shoreview please visit our Facebook page. For pointers for parents please visit https://www.primroseschools.com/blog

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