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
  • 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. Tori Lundeen, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Tori Lundeen

    Infant Teacher

    I was adopted from Cambodia when I was three months old, and was raised in Bloomington, Minnesota. I’m a student pursuing a BSN in nursing. I have a heart for taking care of people, especiallybabies. I’m so excited to play with the infants here at Primrose, and to watch them learn and grow. I can’t wait to meet you and your kiddos!

    Hometown: Bloomington, MN

    Child care experience: 1 year

    Education Background: Currently pursuing a nursing degree at The University of Northwestern - St. Paul, and hoping to become a postpartum or a NICU nurse

    Favorite food: Carne Asada Tacos

    Favorite weekend activity: Reading or watching a romcom

    Favorite children’s book: Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og the Bookworm

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I’m excited to get to know different Primrose families and to walk alongside them.

  • Ms. Dehlia Austin, Assistant Infant Teacher

    Ms. Dehlia Austin

    Assistant Infant Teacher
  • Ms. Anna Molenaar, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Anna Molenaar

    Infant Teacher

    I discovered early childhood education after graduating with my undergraduate degree in creative writing, while looking for an inspiring and engaging career that would feed my curiosity. Spending time with young children and helping them learn and explore has truly become a passion, and I love the new things I learn every day. I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family

    Hometown: Shoreview, MN

    Child care experience: 2 years

    Education Background: B.S from University of Northwestern

    Favorite food: Sweet treats

    Favorite weekend activity: Going to the library

    Favorite children’s book: Winnie the Pooh

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og the Bookworm

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting new friends and learning with them!

  • Ms. Barb Kubes, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Barb Kubes

    Toddler Teacher
  • 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.

    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

    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.

  • Ms. Bailey Hanson, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Bailey Hanson

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Mrs. Kim Nguyen, Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. 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. Maggie Faber, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Maggie Faber

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I'm a born and raised Minnesotan. I grew up in a small town which gave me a passion for wanting to be a teacher or in the education field. I have bachelor's degree from Concordia St. Paul in Elementary Education. I have worked with kids as young as zero years old to 12 years old for 3 years. I can't wait to have your child apart of my class! If you have any questions, please let me know or shoot me a message on Procare. I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Favorite food: Cheese, pasta, and seafood

    Favorite weekend activity: Reading, Traveling, Sports

    Favorite children’s book: I love you so much

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin the Dog

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know all the kids on a deeper level!

  • Ms. Natasha Evans, Assistant Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Natasha Evans

    Assistant Early Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Lexi Chute, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Lexi Chute

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    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

  • Ms. Alyssa Younker, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Alyssa Younker

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello Preschool families! I am so excited to be your child’s preschool teacher! I recently graduated from Winona State University with a bachelor's degree Elementary Education. I currently live in Blaine, MN with my significant other and my 2 cats, Remus and Luna. I love to be creative, paint, and do DIY projects around my apartment. I wanted to be a teacher almost my entire life and when I came to Primrose, I knew this is where I wanted to be. I am so excited to share this experience with you and your child. I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Hometown: Mounds View, MN

    Child care experience:

    Education Background: B.S Elementary Education - Winona State University

    Favorite food: Mashed Potatoes

    Favorite weekend activity: Playing with my 2 cats, Remus and Luna

    Favorite children’s book: Ms. Nelson is Missing

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin the Dog

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know all of the students and watch them grow!

  • 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! Imoved 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 1 ½ years ago and have loved it here.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. Amanda Zurn, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Amanda Zurn

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello! My name is Ms. Amanda and I started working at Primrose April 2021. I have 5 years of experience working in a child care setting and I received my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in May 2019. I also received a minor in Spanish, which represents my passion for the Spanish language/ culture and ties into the Mucho Mundo curriculum taught at Primrose. Also, I grew up in this area, so I want to provide young children with a quality educational experience in a community that I live in.Name: Amanda

    Hometown: Little Canada, MN

    Child care experience: Volunteering at summer camps and 5 years at another child care center

    Education Background: Bachelor’s degree(4 years) in Early Childhood Education from UW: Stout

    Favorite food: Tacos and Pizza

    Favorite weekend activity: Going on walks, watching movies, listening to music, and spending time with friends

    Favorite children’s book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin the Dog

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Engaging in creative and meaningful learning experiences with the children and interacting using the Spanish language!

  • Ms. Rachel Amundson, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Rachel Amundson

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I grew up in Oakdale, MN. I recently graduated from Duluth with dual licensure for birth to age 8 in both general education and special education. I previously worked for the past 4 years in a mixed group of ages 4-12. I am excited to gain lead teaching experience as part of the Primrose family and am always happy to answer any questions you may have! I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Favorite food: cheeseburgers, seafood

    Favorite weekend activity: Reading, Video Games, Swimming

    Favorite children’s book: Oh The Places You'll Go!

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin the Dog- Forming strong relationships is important to me!

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Building relationships with students and having a fun time learning together!

  • 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.

  • Ms. Allie Nyblom, Private Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Allie Nyblom

    Private Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello families! I am so excited to spend this school year with all these wonderful kindergarteners. I graduated from The College of Saint Scholastica in May with my bachelor's degree in elementary education and am thrilled to use what I learned there in the classroom here at Primrose! I recently just moved to New Brighton with my significant other and our two cats. I have always had a passion for working with children and cannot wait to see what this school year holds for all of us. I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Hometown: Lino Lakes, MN

    Child care experience: 5+ years of experience

    Education Background: B.S in elementary education from The College of Saint Scholastica

    Favorite food: Wontons

    Favorite weekend activity: Hiking

    Favorite children’s book: The Day the Crayons Quit

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og the Bookworm

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

  • Mr. Brian Golembiewski, Venture Program Support and Bus Driver

    Mr. Brian Golembiewski

    Venture Program Support and Bus Driver

    Hi friends and family! My name is Brian and I am very excited to be guiding the wonderful young people who are just starting on their own journeys here at Primrose! My wife and I just moved here to Minnesota and are living in Mound. We have three fur babies ages 12 and ½, 10, and 7 years old. Their names are Sonny, Harley, and Libby Mae. I love movies, especially sci-fi and fantasy, and my favorite things to do are spending time with my wife, cooking, and playing with my dogs. I am looking forward to meeting you all and being a positive influence on your children!

    Hometown: Mound, MN (Originally from Michigan)

    Education Background: GIS certification; Schoolcraft College School for Culinary Arts

    Favorite food: Ribeye Steak with Baked Potato and Sauteed Mushrooms in Wine

    Favorite weekend activity: Playing with my dogs

    Favorite children’s book: Clifford the Big Red Dog

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy the Rooster

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Helping each child I interact with grow into the next phase of their development

  • Ms. Ashley Bowen, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Ashley Bowen

    Infant Teacher
  • 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. These schools are actively serving neighborhoods within and close to the cities of Arden Hills, Prior Lake, Richfield, Savage, South Minneapolis and Shoreview

    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 & Richfield and Primrose School of Prior Lake and Savage.

    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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