Primrose School at Austin Village

Our Staff

  • Ms. Lisa Harrell

  • Mrs. Danielle Antal, Assistant Director

    Mrs. Danielle Antal

    Assistant Director

    Mrs. Danielle Antal was born in a 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 bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She moved to Charlotte in 2014 with her aunt who was a director of a childcare facility. She has since worked with all ages from infant to 5th grade. Mrs. Antal enjoys spending her free time shopping, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Antal got married in April 2022 to her now husband, Zak, they live in Matthews with their two cats.

  • Ms. Alisha DeBetta, Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Alisha DeBetta

    Administrative Assistant

    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.

  • Mrs. Bethany Plyler, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Bethany Plyler

    Infant Teacher

    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. Hannah Frazier, Support Teacher

    Ms. Hannah Frazier

    Support 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.

  • Mrs. Jenna Stoutenburgh, Support Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Jenna Stoutenburgh

    Support Infant 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. Jasmin Miller, Support Teacher

    Ms. Jasmin Miller

    Support 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. Emma Leggett, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Emma Leggett

    Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. June Patterson, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. June Patterson

    Toddler Teacher

    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. 

  • 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. 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. Tamara Dixon, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Tamara Dixon

    Early Preschool 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. Hannah Mackey, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Hannah Mackey

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hannah was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She is a Fort Mill High School graduate and after highschool, she persued an education degree at Winthrop University. Hannah has had a love for the early childhood field from a young age. She is really looking forward to getting to know our Primrose families! In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and her two dogs, Roscoe and Rosie!

  • Ms. Lindsay Toal, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Lindsay Toal

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Lindsay Toal is from Matthews, North Carolina. She has education and experience in Early Childhood Education, child care, as well as the healthcare field. She has two children of her own and loves playing with children! She also has two dogs and loves exploring the outdoors.

  • Ms. Lydia Womack, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Lydia Womack

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Lydia Womack is from Monroe, North Carolina. She attended Piedmont High School and is currently attending SPCC. She's previously volunteered in childcare at a local church. Ms. Womack loves watching children grow and become passionate about learning. She spends time traveling up the coast of North Carolina frequently as she visits her boyfriend who is stationed in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She loves to travel, sing, and spend time with her dog Bella.

  • 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. 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. 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. 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. Damita Moss, Explorers Teacher

    Ms. Damita Moss

    Explorers Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    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. 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. Casey Wortha

    Support Teacher
  • Ms. Nishee Patel, Support Teacher

    Ms. Nishee Patel

    Support Teacher

    My name is Nishee Patel and I am proud to be part of the Primrose family. I am from India, Gujarat. I received a Master's Degree in Commerce from the Gujarat University of India. I did substitute teaching at The Learning Center in Stallings. I have a true passion for working with school-age children, helping them progress in all areas of their development. I want to create a positive and fun environment! I like to work with children because they are innocent, honest, and loving. They definitely can make you laugh! My hobbies are art, crafting, cooking, and beauty services. I took cosmetology courses in India. I have been married for 18 years and have two fantastic children who are 7 and 12. I always like to spend time with my family. Thank you Primrose for all your love and support, I always try to do my best!

  • Ms. Jennifer Cassidy

    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.

    Read More