Primrose School of Arrowhead

Our Staff

  • Mrs.  Pacheco, Director

    Mrs. Pacheco


    Hi. My name is Berta. I am the director here at Primrose School of Arrowhead. I have over 35 years experience in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) field. I began my career working in classrooms and eventually became Director. I value my time spent in the classroom and consider it the most rewarding part during my ECE career. I attended Adams State College in Colorado for two years, majoring in Early Childhood Education. I finished my education here in Arizona, receiving my degree in ECE from Central Arizona College. I recently obtained my Directors Certificate.

    During my early years as Director, I was blessed to have worked in a Christian school in Women's Ministry. I feel that I not only make a difference in the lives of the children, but in the lives of the teachers as well because of that experience.

    My teaching philosophy is quite simple. I want to provide a safe, fun, stimulating educational environment for all children to help achieve their developmental milestones without pressure. I strive to work alongside parents and teachers as a team to provide a positive experience for children. Most importantly, I love and respect each child we are trusted to care for each day.

  • Ms. Mason, Education Coach

    Ms. Mason

    Education Coach
  • Ms. Madge, Office Assistant

    Ms. Madge

    Office Assistant
  • Mrs. Furedy, Chef

    Mrs. Furedy

  • Ms.  Tanner, Lead Infant Teacher

    Ms. Tanner

    Lead Infant Teacher

    Hi! I'm Ms. Tanner! I have been working with children for several years and have 2 wonderful children of my own!

  • Mrs. Starnes, Assistant Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Starnes

    Assistant Infant Teacher
  • Mrs. Heusted, Lead Young Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Heusted

    Lead Young Toddler Teacher

    My name is Leslie Routhe. I’ve spend the last 25 years teaching young children of various ages. The toddler age group is the most rewarding for me.

  • Ms. Torres, Assistant Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Torres

    Assistant Young Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Beehler, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Beehler

    Lead Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Pacheco, Assistant Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Pacheco

    Assistant Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Soria, Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Soria

    Lead Early Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Diaz, Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Diaz

    Lead Early Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Aro, Early Preschool Closer

    Ms. Aro

    Early Preschool Closer
  • Ms. Mateo, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Mateo

    Lead Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Tellez, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Tellez

    Lead Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. DeAlejandro, Lead Pre K Teacher

    Ms. DeAlejandro

    Lead Pre K Teacher
  • Ms. Murillo, Lead Pre K Teacher

    Ms. Murillo

    Lead Pre K Teacher

    My name is Candace Murillo. I am the lead teacher in Preschool 2. I graduated from high school in 1999 and started my career in childcare immediately afterward. I have been in the childcare field for nearly 18 years! I believe my calling in life is to help develop the young minds of today into the successful minds of tomorrow. In my 18 years of childcare, I have seen children grow in many ways! I absolutely love using education as a way to build a child's curiosity, logical thinking skills, and creativity. I am returning to college to continue working toward a bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. I look forward to working with children everyday because it is never the same as the day before. These children play a huge part in my life and I wouldn't have it any other way!

  • Ms. Byrne, Assistant Pre K Teacher

    Ms. Byrne

    Assistant Pre K Teacher
  • Mrs. Witherspoon, Explorers Teacher

    Mrs. Witherspoon

    Explorers Teacher
  • Ms. Aguero, Floater

    Ms. Aguero

  • Mr. Pacheco, Bus Driver/Environmental Manager

    Mr. Pacheco

    Bus Driver/Environmental Manager
  • Victoria Fabuluje and Ayoola Akanni, Franchise Owner

    Victoria Fabuluje and Ayoola Akanni

    Franchise Owners

    We are Victoria Fabuluje and Ayoola Akanni, the proud new owners of Primrose School of Arrowhead. We are both originally from Nigeria, and we have four children together - Sophia, Precious, Myah and King Akanni. Victoria has her MBA in accounting and health system management and Ayoola has his Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity, both from Grand Canyon University. We are excited to be part of the Primrose family.

    We are progressive leaders, advocators, and innovators, with an extensive combined background in healthcare, finance and education. With our experience as the founders of iCare Health Services, LLC in Arizona working with developmentally disabled children and adults, we have overseen all areas of operation including policies and procedures, financial management, service delivery and operations, claims and billing, information technology, data analytics, human resources and contracts. 

    As the parents of four wonderful children, we are living through learning to be parents, making tons of mistakes and creating wonderful memories as we contribute to the foundation and lay the building blocks for their lives. We believe in a special quote from Elizabeth Warren, which says that “a good education is a foundation for a better future.”  Just like we build strong foundations for our homes to make them last for decades, the same approach should be followed for building a strong learning foundation for children, which will help inspire their love of learning as they grow up. 

    In 2017, when we had our third daughter and moved to our home, we struggled to find both a safe and educational environment that would provide the exceptional level of care we expect. That was when we first started to consider owning a childcare center. Once the opportunity surfaced, we did extensive research, visited various schools, asked many questions, attended various open houses and spoke with teachers and directors to better understand the daily life of a child in preschool settings. This was very overwhelming but the understanding that it is like what we do on a daily basis providing excellent care for the developmentally disabled children and adults in a safe, clean, fun and enriching environment gave us a great perspective.

    Primrose stood out amongst all others because of the Balanced Learning® approach and the brand’s belief that who children become is as important as what they know, which aligns with our beliefs. The exclusive early learning approach balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion. Primrose delivers more than a curriculum; it’s a life-changing early learning experience for children and their families. We are proud to deliver the Primrose experience to our children and families.

     Welcome to the Primrose School of Arrowhead family.

    – The Akannis

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