Primrose School Building

Primrose School of Ballwin

Our Staff

  • Ms. Sarah King, School Director

    Ms. Sarah King

    School Director

    Ms. King has been a critical part of our Leadership Team since we opened our doors to families. Her dedication to our school and love for the mission and beliefs of Primrose Schools is part of what makes her a strong member of our Leadership Team. She is always motivating teachers and engaging with children all while making sure our school operates to the our high standards on a daily basis.

    She possesses over ten years of experience in early childhood education and holds a Bachelor of General Studies with emphasis in Child Family Development and English. Her overflowing love for children and ability to know each of them on a personal level makes her heart shine through.

    In her spare time she enjoys spending time outside, reading and experimenting with new recipes.

  • Mrs. Sabrina Efthim, Assistant Director

    Mrs. Sabrina Efthim

    Assistant Director

    Mrs. Efthim has over ten years of experience working with children in academic and healthcare settings. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Human Services. Mrs. Efthim has always held a passion for providing exceptional care and service to children and their families. She loves to empower children to explore, be creative and live each day to the fullest. She is a certified child life specialist and car seat technician and enjoys working with the community.

  • Mrs. Janis Heutel, Assistant Director

    Mrs. Janis Heutel

    Assistant Director

    Mrs. Heutel has over ten years of experience working with children in early childhood education. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Development and Business Administration. Mrs. Heutel has a passion for working with children and watching them grow. She enjoys building relationships with Primrose Families and getting to know everyone that is a part of our school.

  • Ms. Shannon Schenk, Education Coach

    Ms. Shannon Schenk

    Education Coach

    Ms. Schenk has spent many years in the classroom teaching children in both elementary and early childhood. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Schenk has always had a passion for learning. She loves helping students explore and experience their “light bulb” moments. When she’s not teaching, you can find her taking her dog, Opie, to the dog park!

  • Ms. Rose Zanola, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Rose Zanola

    Infant Teacher

    Ms. Zanola has an abundance of experience working with infants and helping them reach their developmental milestones. She possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. Ms. Zanola enjoys forming bonds with the children in her class and building relationships with their parents. In her free time, Ms. Zanola enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

  • Ms. Nancy Pritchard, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Nancy Pritchard

    Infant Teacher

    Ms. Pritchard has nearly 20 years experience working in childcare. She enjoys coming to work each day because no two days are alike. Reading stories to the class is her favorite part of the day, especially if she is reading "The Giving Tree". Ms. Pritchard and her daughter like to spend time outside and relaxing on the weekends.

  • Ms. Jennifer Smith, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Jennifer Smith

    Infant Teacher

    Ms. Smith has a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Literacy and Psychology. She has over twenty years of experience working with and education children. When not teaching, Ms. Smith enjoying spending time with her daughter at the park, swimming and playing T-Ball.

  • Ms. Rachel Venegoni, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Rachel Venegoni

    Infant Teacher

    We are excited to have Ms. Venegoni here, at Primrose! She comes to us with many years of experience with infants. She also has an Associates in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Venegoni enjoys watching children grow and learn as they explore life. Ms. Venegoni's ideal weekend consists of boating while spending time with her boyfriend and dog.

  • Ms. Megan Barnes

    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. James comes to us with over five years experience in childcare. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a J.D. from Southern Illinois University. Her favorite part of the day is story time, especially when reading a Llama Llama book. Ms. James enjoys helping children learn new things each day. When she is not at work, you can find Ms. James spending time with her family and friends or relaxing at home crocheting and watching cooking shows. 

  • Ms. Elise Linz

    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Linz comes to us with over two years of childcare experience. Ms. Linz attended Maryville University, while there she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Psycholoy and a Minor in Education. Ms. Linz wanted to be a teacher ever since she was a young child. She wants to be the kind and gentle teacher she needed growing up. Her weekends are spent playing tennis or studying spirituality and philosophy. She also enjoys going out for sushi! We are thrilled to have Ms. Linz on our Primrose team! 

  • Ms. Jennifer Strain, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Jennifer Strain

    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Strain comes to us with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education. She has nearly ten years of experience in the classroom. She is drawn to the younger aged children because she believes that the sooner they begin to learn, the earlier they will start to blossom. Reading is one of her favorite relaxing activities, so of course she reads to the children whenever she can. "The Very Hungry Catapillar" by Eric Carle is her go to book while in a classroom. Furthermore, on weekends Ms. Strain loves to splurge on steak followed by a trip to the local ice cream shoppe!

  • Ms. Kandyce Mifflin

    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Mifflin comes to us with over five years experience in childcare. She is currently in school to become a social worker. Ms. Mifflin became a teacher to help children learn and grow. She enjoys spending time with her daughter when she is not working. On the weekends you can find Ms. Mifflin searching for the best potato skins in town.

  • Ms. Amela Nezirevic

    Wonder Support Teacher

    Ms. Nezirevic comes to us with 15 years of childcare experience. We are so happy to have Ms. Nezirevic working with our toddler age students. She is ready to jump in and make a difference in each one of the child's lives. When Ms. Nezirevic is not working, she is often taking her three children and fiance to different parks around St. Louis, MO. 

  • Ms. Malika Hamilton, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Malika Hamilton

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Hamilton has always loved working with children. She began babysitting when she was a teenager and soon after decided to make a career out of it. We are excited to have Ms. Hamilton at Primrose School of Ballwin! She strives to make the world a kinder place, so working along side children is the best place to start.

  • Mrs. Vicki Mayer, Wonder Support Teacher

    Mrs. Vicki Mayer

    Wonder Support Teacher

    Mrs. Mayer loves interacting with young children. After years of working in the business world as an accountant Mrs. Mayer has retired. Primrose School of Ballwin is thrilled to have Mrs. Mayer be a part of our Wonder Program as a support teacher. When she is not cuddling the babies, Mrs. Mayer is exploring the outdoors with her husband and snacking on chocolate.

  • Ms. Lexi Glaser

    Wonder Support Teacher

    Ms. Glaser is a student at Missouri State currently studying Early Childhood Development. She has worked with a variety of ages from infants to school aged children. Ms. Glaser first began working with children to help shape their hearts and minds. Her favorite stories to read to the children are The Very Hungry Caterpillar and A Bad Case of Stripes. When Ms. Glaser is not at work or school, she enjoys reading and being crafty.

  • Ms. Aswani Vellapalem

    Wonder Support Teacher

    Ms. Vellapalem is thrilled to be working at Primrose. She has stepped away from her typical line of work to join us. Ms. Vellapalem has worked with children during her schooling years as a volunteer teacher. She fell in love with how quickly she was able to connect with so many children. Her favorite children's book is Dream Big, Little One. On the weekends, you can find Ms. Vellapalem reading or relaxing with her family.  

  • Ms. Cindy Crosby

    Wonder Support Teacher

    Ms. Crosby has always had a calling for working with children on some level. Whether that be in the classroom or in her own home. Ms. Crosby has a huge heart and loves children! Over the years, she has found that a home with children is so much more cheerful. She currently has three children living at home, all of which were adopted. On her off hours, she enjoys attending their sporting events and spending time with them.

  • Ms. Eldina Merajic, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Eldina Merajic

    Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Merajic comes to us from a Primrose School in Indiana! We are thrilled to have her relocate to St. Louis and become a valued member of our team. She has worked with Primrose for six years now. Ms. Merajic loves working with preschool aged children as it is a very influential time in their lives. She hopes to make a positive impact each day to help young children grow. We love having Ms. Merajic!

  • Ms. Raelynn Hamilton, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Raelynn Hamilton

    Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Raelynn Hamilton graduates in May 2021 with her Associates in Education! She comes to us with over two years of early childhood experience and such a passion for students. Teaching is a path she always saw herself taking. We are so excited to welcome Ms. Hamilton to the Primrose Family!

  • Ms. Madison Roccia, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Madison Roccia

    Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Roccia has worked with the Preschool age children for over five years. She enjoys this age in particular because the children are at one of the most influential stages in their life. Ms. Roccia loves reading to the children and her favorite story to read is "The Good Egg" by Jory John. When Ms. Roccia is not in the classroom she finds happiness in spending time with her two young children. They often search for new parks in the area, what a fun way to spend their weekends!

  • Mrs. Belinda Alexander, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Belinda Alexander

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Alexander has her Associate’s in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree. She has over 16 years of experience working in Early Childhood centers as well as in the Fox School District. Mrs. Alexander enjoys serving at church and thrift shopping with her family in her free time.

  • Ms. Molly Rohrbach, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Molly Rohrbach

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Molly Rohrbach comes to Primrose with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Psychology. She enjoys working with all ages, but has the most experience with preschool through elementary. Ms. Rohrbach became a teacher to have a hand in the growth of a child and provide a positive impact on their life. We are thrilled to have Ms. Molly Rohrbach with us!

  • Ms. Amber Hirsch, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Amber Hirsch

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Hirsen comes to us with over eight years experience in childcare. She is preparing to graduate from Missouri State in the fall with a major in psychology and minor in criminology. Ms. Hirsen is excited to be working at Primrose and ready to help shape young minds. Her favorite childhood book is a classic, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." When Ms. Hirsen is not at work, you can find her visiting with friends or eating potatoes.

  • Ms. Lindsay Grabowski, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Lindsay Grabowski

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    We are so happy to have Ms. Grabowski join our team. She has worked with children in some fashion for over five years. She has experience with all ages, but you will likely find her with the Preschool through Pre-K ages. In her spare time, Ms. Grabowski enjoys watching her cousins play sports and searching for the best homemade mac and cheese recipe.

  • Ms. Meghan Smith

    Explorer Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Ms. Smith joins Primrose School of Ballwin with over six years of childcare experience. She was born and raised in the area, so she is happy to give back to the community and help young children learn about the world around them. Her favorite Primrose character is Mia! On weekends and evenings, you can find Ms. Smith enjoying tacos or watching a good movie at home. 

  • Ms. Emma Dill, Explorer Teacher

    Ms. Emma Dill

    Explorer Teacher

    Ms. Dill is pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys using her creativity and experience to expand the hands-on learning activities for the children’s interest in her classroom. She is passionate about working with children because every day is different which brings new excitement each day.

  • Ms. Christina Redington, Wonder and Venture Support Teacher

    Ms. Christina Redington

    Wonder and Venture Support Teacher

    Ms. Redington enjoys working with children of all ages. She has a degree in Educational Studies. Ms. Redington originally fell in love with teaching after she read to children. Watching their eyes light up when they learn something new is a kodak moment. Ms. Redington spends her weekend catching the newest movie.

  • Ms. Drea Brown

    Wonder and Venture Support Teacher

    Ms. Brown comes to us with over 6 years of childcare experience. She loves interacting with children and learning from them. Story time is her favorite part of the day, particularly when she gets to read "Good Night Moon". Ms. Brown is very active inside and outside of the classroom. When she is not playing with young children, you can guess she will be taking a hike with her family.

  • Ms. Katherine Howard, Venture Support Teacher

    Ms. Katherine Howard

    Venture Support Teacher

    Ms. Howard has had a passion for working with young children for years. Originally Ms. Howard planned on going to school for teaching. However, as she began taking college courses, she discovered her love for English and Communications. Now, Ms. Howard attends Maryville University where she is working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. After graduation she hopes to work in an environment where she can teach children proper English communication skills. In her spare time, Ms. Howard enjoys spending time with her horse!

  • Ms. Ellie Dunphy

    Venture Support Teacher

    Ms. Dunphy comes to us with a few years of childcare experience from another preschool. She loves helping children learn and watching them grow. Her favorite children's book is "Good Night Moon". On the weekends, Ms. Dunphy enjoys taking walks or exploring new hiking trails. 

  • Ms. Jannie Smith, Chef

    Ms. Jannie Smith

    Chef

    We are pleased to have Ms. Smith as a part of our Primrose team. Ms. Smith received an associates degree in culinary arts and also has taken college child development courses. Her favorite foods are soul food, seafood, BBQ and italian foods. Ms. Smith spends her time outside of the kitchen in a variety of ways: she enjoys walking her dog and hanging out with her friends.  

  • Kurtis and Michelle Parks - Brad and Christine Thompson, Franchise Owner

    Kurtis and Michelle Parks - Brad and Christine Thompson

    Franchise Owner

    Meet Brad and Christine Thompson and Kurtis and Michelle Parks - the proud owners of the Primrose School of Ballwin. These two couples believe strongly in the Primrose commitment to developing the whole child. They are honored to bring a premier early education experience to families living in West County.

    Christine and Michelle are educators, sisters and West County residents who are looking forward to changing the lives of children in their own community. Together they hold over fifteen years of teaching experience. Their strong understanding and value for education led them to their desire to open their own Primrose School.

    Both families place a strong value on education, which led them to have a deep appreciation for the balanced learning approach that combines purposeful play and nurturing guidance. They were also drawn to the Primrose belief that, who a child becomes is as important as what a child knows, which is emphasized in the thoughtful character education program that is unique to Primrose Schools.

    Christine and Brad Thompson have three children and they are looking forward to watching their children flourish in the Primrose environment both in the preschool and explorer programs. Their family enjoys traveling, exploring new places in St. Louis and being an active part of the Ballwin community.

    Michelle and Kurtis Parks are recently married and live in Wildwood. They enjoy being outdoors and love the hands-on curriculum Primrose provides. They look forward to building a school that their children will one day learn and grow in.

    The Thompson and Parks families are excited to bring this premier educational experience to the children in the West County area. We would love for you to be a part of our Primrose family and help your children build Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts.

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