Primrose School at Austin Village

Our Staff

  • Ms. Kim Odom, Director

    Ms. Kim Odom

    Director

    Ms. Odom grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY and moved to Charlotte during high school. She received a Bachelors in English from Appalachian State and a Masters in Education from UNC Chapel Hill. She has worked with children of all ages in various capacities since graduating college but found her true passion in Early Childhood Education.

    Kim originally joined Primrose in 2013 as a classroom teacher but took time off after having her second son (who is a Primrose graduate!) She returned in 2015 and moved into the Assistant Director position in 2017. Kim loves the opportunity to create a positive culture of learning for the teachers and children and finds no greater joy than sharing her day with your little ones.

    When not at work, Kim spends her time with her fiance and her boys and also spends countless hours at soccer fields. She has 3 fur babies (a Chocolate lab and 2 cats) and loves to be outside camping, hiking or by a fire.

  • Ms. Danielle Antal, Assistant Director

    Ms. Danielle Antal

    Assistant Director

    Ms. Danielle Lancaster was born in small town, Newberry, South Carolina and lived most of her life in a smaller town, Prosperity, SC. She graduated from Newberry College in 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She moved to Charlotte in 2014 with her aunt who was a director of a child care facility and that's where her passion to work with children began. She has since worked with all ages from infant to 5th grade. Ms.Lancaster enjoys spending her free time shopping, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends. Ms. Lancaster is so happy to be a member of the Primrose family!

  • Ms. Jasmin Miller, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Jasmin Miller

    Infant Teacher

    Ms. Jasmin Miller is from a small town in New York but moved to North Carolina in 2013. She has 4 children, two of which are her bonus children. She is currently in school working to get her associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. Jasmin has been working in this field for over 4 years. She loves to watch the children learn and grow into amazing little humans.

  • Ms. Jessica Castillo, Support Infant Teacher

    Ms. Jessica Castillo

    Support Infant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Jessica and I am from Monroe, North Carolina. I love working with children because you get to experience new moments with them such as new words and new activities. I have a 3 year-old-son, a dog, and a cat. I also like to read books.

  • Ms. Zoie Randall, Older Infant Teacher

    Ms. Zoie Randall

    Older Infant Teacher

    Ms. Zoie Randall is from Thomasville, North Carolina but has lived in Charlotte for the last 15 years. She is currently enrolled in school for Pharmacy Tech. She loves to cook and spend time with her two children.

  • Ms. Alisha DeBetta, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Alisha DeBetta

    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Alisha DeBetta is a Charlottean from Matthews, NC. She grew up with a very large Italian family. She loves gardening, the Chicago Cubs, and snuggling up with a good book. She has three children who keep her buys! She absolutely loves working with children. "Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him." - Psalm 127:3

  • Ms. JaTeira Brisco, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. JaTeira Brisco

    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Brisco was born on July 27th in Cambridge, Maryland. She moved to Charlotte when she was 13 years old. She graduated from Providence High School and then attended Ultimate Medical Academy where she studied Health and Human Services. She enjoys spending time with her fiance and three year old son Kaiden. She and her fiance plan to get married this summer in Myrtle Beach and they hope to expand their family. She is so excited to be a member of the Primrose team!

  • Ms. Brandie Buckner, Support Teacher

    Ms. Brandie Buckner

    Support Teacher

    Ms. Brandie Buckner is 28 years old and was born in Dunn, North Carolina and raised in Dillion, South Carolina. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 2016. She has been working in childcare for almost six years now. Ms. Buckner is currently working full time with CMS as a Pre-K lead teacher and working on getting her teaching license. She loves working with children and and seeing their faces light up when they learn something new. She likes to do DIY projects, shop, an listen to music in her free time. She has one dog who is a husky named Sasha.

  • Ms. Amanda Ruggiero, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Amanda Ruggiero

    Toddler Teacher

    Amanda has her Associate's Degree and has several years of experience working with children. Prior to joining us at Primrose at Austin Village, she worked as a nanny and then decided to pursue working with children in a larger setting. She loves going to the beach and hopes to move there one day!

  • Ms. Olivia McCoy, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Olivia McCoy

    Toddler Teacher

    Olivia McCoy was born and raised in Union County. She is enrolled in SPCC currently for Early Childhood Education. She has been working in childcare for 28 years. Ms. McCoy loves getting to know the parents, working with the children, showing them new things that can bring them closer. Ms. McCoy is a single mom of a five year old boy. They have one cat and five glowfish. They love to play outside, go camping, do art, and spend time with family.

  • Ms. Daira Ramos, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Daira Ramos

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Ramos was born in California and raised in Charlotte but currently resides in Monroe. She graduated from Central Piedmont Community College with an Associate in Arts degree and then furthered her education at South Piedmont Community College. She holds a Preschool Certificate and an Infant/ Toddler certificate. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, her husband and her two fur babies.

  • Ms. Victoria Spivey, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Victoria Spivey

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Victoria Spivey was raised in the small town of Kitty Hawk, located in the Outer Banks. She moved to Charlotte around two years ago and is currently seeking higher education through CPCC. She began her first job as a babysitter at the age of fourteen. She went on to babysit, and nanny, for multiple families throughout her years and she believes that many lifelong skills are formed during these vital, fundamental years. Therefore, getting a chance to make an impact on someone at this time in their life is truly valued, and seen as a privilege to her.

  • Ms. Mary Grace Olinick, Support Teacher

    Ms. Mary Grace Olinick

    Support Teacher

    Mary Grace is from Charlotte, NC. She has her associates degree in piano and used to be a piano teacher. She comes from a family of 8 and loves being around little ones. Her favorite age group is 2 year olds. Mary grace lives on her own with her beautiful cat, Saphira.

  • Ms. Christy Funderburk, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Christy Funderburk

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Christy Funderburk was born and raised in West Virginia. She has been in North Carolina for over 20 years. She is a mother of two children. In her free time, she enjoys church activities, spending time with her family, making crafts, and listening to all kinds of music. She has worked with all ages of children for over 20 years. She loves being with children laughing and learning together.

  • Ms. Reagan Price, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Reagan Price

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Reagan Price is from Unionville, North Carolina. She is currently enrolled in school to be an Ultrasound Tech. She loves shopping in sleeping in and her puppy named "Chewey". She loves to be trusting and loving for the children.

  • Mrs. Bethany Plyler, Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Bethany Plyler

    Preschool Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Mrs. Bethany Plyler was born and raised in Union County and has three boys. She is the oldest of nine children and loves being outdoors. She is married to her high school sweetheart. She spends most of her time baking or playing with her children. She is so excited to meet new families at Primrose.

  • Ms. Jamie Thomas, Support Teacher

    Ms. Jamie Thomas

    Support Teacher

    Ms. Jamie Thomas is from Monroe, North Carolina. She is currently enrolled in college and working towards a pediatric nursing degree. Jamie has one son who loves to spend his time outside. 

  • Ms. Marisa Cash, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Marisa Cash

    Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Marisa Cash was born in Lexington, Kentucky. She has traveled a lot and lived all over the United States, including Hawaii. She has five children and two grandchildren. Ms. Cash loves working with children because of their curiosity and eagerness to always learn something new, and their unconditional acceptance and love. Her oldest son is a United States Marine and lives in California. She loves to read and spend time with her family.

  • Ms. Andrea Santillo, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Andrea Santillo

    Preschool Teacher

    Andrea is from Monroe, NC and has her Early Childhood/ Preschool certification. She loves working with children and helping them grow and learn new things every day. Some of her favorite things to do are read, shop and hike.

  • Ms. Hannah Frazier, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Hannah Frazier

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Miss. Hannah Frazier was born in Monroe, North Carolina. She attended Stallings Elementary and Porter Ridge Middle & High School. Hannah loves working with children to see their character develop. Miss Frazier not only has a big heart for children, but also for animals. In her free time, she lvoes taking car rides with her dog Clara.

  • Ms. Jenna Miller, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Jenna Miller

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Miller is a floater on the staff at Primrose School at Austin Village. She has the privilege to work with almost all students on campus. Ms. Miller grew up in Monroe, North Carolina, and has since stayed in th area to work and attend South Piedmont Community College with a final goal of earning an Elementary Education degree from Wingate University. She was blessed to know at an early age that she wanted to work with young children. She later realized teaching was the path best fit for her. She began volunteering at Central Church at 12 years old in the nursery. This was just the beginning as she was offered a babysitting job within the next two years. At 17 years old, Ms. Miller began working as a nanny for two young children, then shortly after joined the Primrose staff. Ms. Miller is beyond excited to teach and grow with every student. They are truly the highlight of every day.

  • Mrs. Katrina Laffey, Pre- Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Katrina Laffey

    Pre- Kindergarten Teacher

    Katrina Laffey was born and raised in Utica, NY and moved to Charlotte in 1997. Katrina attended CPCC where she studied Early Childhood Education. She feels blessed to have over 20 years of experience working with children from birth to 12 years of age. When Katrina is not at Primrose she is enjoying time with her husband Mike and their three daughters, Michaela, Emma, and Jordan, and their dog Mac.

  • Ms. Madison Gault, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Madison Gault

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Gault is from Indian Trail born and raised. She has an Associate's degree in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources. She has worked with children for 7 years and has been with us at Primrose for 3 and 1/2 years. She loves working with children and enjoys watching their minds grow and develop over the years! She enjoys going to the beach with her family and is a huge Tennessee Volunteers fan! She also loves crafting and making things DIY!

  • Ms. Damita  Moss, Explorers Teacher

    Ms. Damita Moss

    Explorers Teacher

    Ms. Damita Moss is from Waldorf, MD and moved to Charlotte with her two sons in the summer of 2007. Ms. Moss has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 20 years. She opened her own licensed day care center on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC in 1994. The ages she nurtured were from six weeks to 12 years of age. She was an Assistant Director for a school age department at Melwood Nazarene Day Care Center for over 8 years. She learned a great deal about herself when she became a stay at home mother. She has learned how to love, nurture unconditionally and foster emotional growth in a safe environment. This is why she became a professional educator.

  • Ms. Tanya Patterson, Support Teacher

    Ms. Tanya Patterson

    Support Teacher

    Mrs. Patterson is from Indian Trail, North Carolina. She has lived in Union County for almost her whole life. She graduated from Piedmont High School in 1992, and enjoyed a year course at Stanly Community College. Mrs. Patterson started working in the school system and worked in the After-School Program she worked at Porter Ridge Elementary and Hemby Bridge Elementary. When COVID hit and all the schools locked-down, several UCPS after-school programs closed and Mrs. Patterson started working in childcare centers. She enjoyed working with small children and helping them learn and grow. Currently, she is working at Primrose and she really enjoys it. Mrs. Patterson has been married for 24 years and has one daughter and one son. Her daughter attends Wingate University and her son attends Porter Ridge High School. She enjoys spending time with her family and new baby black lab puppy named Layla.

  • Ms. Casey Wortha

    Support Teacher
  • Mrs. Jenna Stoutenburgh

    Support Teacher

    Mrs. Jenna Stoutenburgh grew up near the Catskill Mountains in New York. She moved to North Carolina with her husband and two month old in hopes of providing a better future. She now lives in Monroe with her husband, two children and their dog. Jenna has always been around children and started babysitting at the age of 14. She loves all age groups and enjoys watching them learn new things. She is excited to meet the families at Primrose.

  • Ms. Hannah Mackey, Support Teacher

    Ms. Hannah Mackey

    Support Teacher
  • Ms. Delaney Murphy, Older Infant Teacher

    Ms. Delaney Murphy

    Older Infant Teacher

    Delaney is a Charlotte native, living here for her whole life. She graduated Metrolina Christian Academy in 2021 and in the fall obtained her Nursin Assitatnt certification. She loves spending time with her friends on the weekend and in the summer, spends her free time at the pool. She's currently in Pharmacy Technician school. She is so excited to ge to know everyone!

  • Ms. Emma Leggett, Support Teacher

    Ms. Emma Leggett

    Support Teacher
  • Jennifer and Mark Dennis, Franchise Owner

    Jennifer and Mark Dennis

    Franchise Owners

    South Charlotte residents Mark and Jennifer Dennis both graduated from Virginia Tech with accounting degrees and began successful careers in accounting and business. So what led the couple to embark on a venture into education? After an 11-year career in the corporate world, Jennifer became a mom who found herself disappointed with local child care options for her first daughter. "I was surprised with how difficult it was to find day care in my area and overwhelmed with the waiting lists for infant care," said Jennifer. "So I took matters into my own hands and became a stay-at-home mom." As Jennifer enjoyed watching her two daughters learn and grow in her care, she was also inspired to look into a career in early childhood education. Jennifer learned about the Primrose Schools franchise opportunity through college friends who opened their own Primrose in Virginia. After traveling to Acworth, GA to meet with the Primrose Schools executive team, the Dennis' signed on to open a new Primrose School at Austin Village in Matthews, NC. "When we sat down with the Primrose Schools education team, we were fascinated with the amount of research and passion behind the network's nationally accredited curriculum," said Jennifer. "We instantly saw the positive impact that we could have on the lives of children and parents in our community by bringing a Primrose School to the Matthews and Weddington area." Jennifer spent two years preparing to handle the day-to-day operation of the new school. By volunteering at a nearby Primrose in the Charlotte market, Jennifer has learned all about the culture and curriculum that makes Primrose a leader in early childhood education. She has received 18 credits in Early Childhood Education and also has her North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential.

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