Primrose School at Austin Village

Our Staff

  • Ms. Olivia McCoy, Director

    Ms. Olivia McCoy


    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. Alisha DeBetta, Assistant Director

    Ms. Alisha DeBetta

    Assistant Director

    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 busy! She absolutely loves working with children. "Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him." - Psalm 127:3

  • Ms. Jessica Castillo, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Jessica Castillo

    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. June Patterson, Infant Teacher

    Ms. June Patterson

    Infant Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Ms. June Patterson is originally from Buffalo, NY. She lives in Indian Trail with her husband, children, and dog, Charles. She has a bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and has much experience with children, including 6 of her own, and 8 years with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. She finds working with children both important and rewarding. 

  • Ms. Jasmin Miller, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Jasmin Miller

    Toddler 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.

  • Mrs. Jenna Stoutenburgh, Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Jenna Stoutenburgh

    Toddler 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. Summer Dougherty, Support Teacher

    Ms. Summer Dougherty

    Support Teacher

    Ms. Summer Dougherty is from Matthews, North Carolina. She has a bachelor's degree in social work. She loves working with children because she wants to help children learn and grow. She has two dogs, Felix and Stella, that she spoils way too much. One random fact is that she teaches herself how to use American Sign Language.

  • Ms. Brittany Miller

    Toddler Teacher

    Brittany was born and raised in Matthews, North Carolina.  She graduated high school in 2011 and has her lead teacher certification.  She loves working with children and them them learn and grow as well as helping them navigate their big emotions.  She is married and has a son named Waylon as well as a dog named Dolly.  She is looking forward to connecting with parents and being part of the Primrose family.

  • Ms. Sheila Collins, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Sheila Collins

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Sheila Collins has three wonderful children and a special needs daughter.  She has a wonderful finace.  She has been in the field of early childhood education for over 20 years.  She really loves what she does as a teacher and seeing the difference she can make in a child's life.  Ms. Collins is from Monroe, North Carolina.  She loves spending time with family, shopping, travelling and just enjoying life to the fullest.

  • Ms. Caroline Duncan, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Caroline Duncan

    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Caroline Duncan has been working in Early Childhood Education for over ten years.  She is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in K-6 Education at UNCC.  If she's not at work teaching you will find her at home playing with her three cats, one dog and 5 lizards.

  • Ms. Oxana Johnson

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Oxana is from Iowa City, Iowa.  She has finished about two years of college and has worked with children for about 6 years.  The enjoyment Oxana receives when seeing a child learning new material and using it on a day-to-day basis is what makes her driven to go to work.  Oxana is married and they have one beautiful daughter together.

  • Ms. Cornelia Nirean, Support Teacher

    Ms. Cornelia Nirean

    Support Teacher

    Ms. Cornelia Nirean is from Crocmaz, Moldova, but moved to the United States in 2009.  Shs is currently enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte pursuing an Elementary Education degree.  Though she first started in the Architecture program, she realized that working with children has always been her passion.

  • Mrs. Amanda Medrano, Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Amanda Medrano

    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. JaTeira Brisco, Support Teacher

    Ms. JaTeira Brisco

    Support 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. Christy Funderburk, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Christy Funderburk

    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. Brittany Isaacson

    Preschool Teacher

    My name is Brittany Isaacson.  I am from Charlotte with a background in Bank Management.  I am new to the daycare profession.  After having my son my passion has become helping him and the other Primrose students grow into their best selves.  My hobbies are gardening and I love being outside with my husband, son and our dog, Smoak

  • Ms. Daira Ramos, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Daira Ramos

    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. Magali Garcia, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Magali Garcia

    Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Carol Aguilar

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Carol Aguilar is from Monroe, North Carolina. She graduated from Wingate University in 2021 with a BA in Human Services. Ms. Carol Aguilar enjoys working with children because she learns as much from them as they learn from her. On the weekend, Ms. Aguilar enjoys playing video games and sleeping. 

  • Ms. Michelle Warren, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Michelle Warren

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Michelle Warren grew up in the state of Maine.  She recently moved to North Caroina three years ago.  She earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development where she has four years of experience in early preschool, ten years of experience in Special Education, and three years as a Literacy Specialist.  She loves working with early childhood to help children grow academically, verbally, physically, and socially/emotionally.  She has two daughters ages 7 and 4 and they all enjoy going to the beach, playing at the park, nature walks, and swimming.  In her spare time reading is what she enjoys most.

  • Ms. Marisa Cash, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Marisa Cash

    Pre-Kindergarten 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, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Andrea Santillo

    Pre-Kindergarten 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. Tamara Dixon, Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Tamara Dixon

    Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Tamara Dixon is from Durham, North Carolina but recently moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. She became the first in her family to attend and graduate from a four-year university! she loves her alma mater, Winston-Salem State University! Her passion for working with children grew even more when she had her daughter, Nova. Ms. Dixon is excited to become part of the Primrose family!

  • 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. Zoie Randall, Support Teacher

    Ms. Zoie Randall

    Support 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. Diana Stoianov

    Support Teacher

    Diana was born in Ukraine and moved to America when she was 3.  She has worked with kids for the past 2 years and decided to make it a career.  She loves seeing young minds grow and guide them in the right direction.  Diana is big on family time and church.  In her free time she loves working out.

  • Ms. Gail Helms

    Support Teacher

    I have three children ages 27, 25, and 22 and I have two grandaughters ages 3 years and 2 months that are are my whole world.

  • 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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