Primrose School Building

Primrose School of Bel Air

Our Staff

  • Rikin Parikh, Onsite Franchise Owner

    Rikin Parikh

    Onsite Franchise Owner

    Rikin Parikh, our on-site franchise owner, has lived in Bel Air and worked in Harford County for the past 15 years. A UMBC graduate in Mechanical Engineering, he lives in Bel Air with his wife and their rescue pup. He became interested in childcare when he and his wife decided that it is time to grow their family. Research into early childcare options within the Bel Air community showed that the options were limited. Like every parent, he wanted to do right by his child and expanded his search to national brands. He soon realized that Primrose's well balanced early childcare and learning approach was unmatched. Since then he has worked tirelessly to bring Primrose to Bel Air. Rikin is looking forward to creating a family environment at Primrose of Bel Air for all your little ones :)

  • Chelsea Mealey, Director

    Chelsea Mealey

    Director

    I'm Ms. Chelsea. I'm so excited to be apart of this beautiful school! I cannot wait to get to know all of the families and children that grow with us. Primrose has so much to offer, and our staff is so excited to be here!

    My childcare experience started about 6 years ago. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from Towson University, I decided I wanted to work with children. Since then, I have obtained my CDA (Child Development Association Credential), 45/hr Infant & Toddler, 90/hr Preschool, and School Age certifications. The health and safety of your child is always essential, and with that, I have certifications in Medication Administration, Child Care & COVID19, Basic Health & Safety, and ADA.

    Building a school with a caring, passionate staff, and happy families is my first priority. I cannot wait to see how much your child will learn and grow with Primrose's incredible curriculum and character development practices.


  • Heather Randall, Assistant Director

    Heather Randall

    Assistant Director

    I'm Heather. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I joined the Primrose Leadership Team in July 2021 as Assistant Director. I have had teacher and leadership roles in the early childhood community for the past 15 years. Throughout the past 15 years, I have earned my 45 HR Infant/Toddler, 90 HR Preschool, Medication Administration, and CPR.

    I am the mother of two girls and a toddler! I most enjoy spending time with my children and our rescue pup, Lacey.

    My favorite thing about Primrose is the wonderful sense of community we have. I'm so excited to meet all new Primrose families, as well as being an integral part of your child's early childhood education.

  • Danielle Holmes, Curriculum Director

    Danielle Holmes

    Curriculum Director

    Hi, my name is Danielle. I am so excited to be a part of the Primrose family. I have a true passion for making learning fun and helping children grow.

    When I'm not teaching, you can find me exploring fun new places and spending quality time with my family. I have worked as an Early Childhood Educator for over 10 years. I have attended countless workshops, trainings, and hold many different certifications. I have recently obtained my Child Development Associate (CDA). I am Infant, Preschool, and Director qualified.

    I'm always continuing to further my education and applying new knowledge to the classroom. My favorite part about Primrose is the amazing curriculum and passionate staff. After learning more about the Balanced Learning curriculum, I knew it would be the perfect fit for me!

    I look forward to assisting you and your child with any questions regarding learning at Primrose School of Bel Air.

  • Debi Suitt, Lead Infant Teacher

    Debi Suitt

    Lead Infant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Debi. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I have been an Early Childhood educator for 32 years. I started this career path because I felt it would be an enjoyable experience. I enjoy working with children and helping them as they learn and grow, their smiles, hugs, and seeing them learn are the best rewards as a teacher.

    I am a Lead Teacher certified for Infants and Toddlers, Preschool and School-Age. I briefly ran a Kindergarten classroom, which was a wonderful experience. 

    I have earned my CDA for Infants and Toddler. I am currently a level 5 in the Maryland Credential Program. Also, a mentor for Trauma Informed Practices and peer support. I am currently enrolled at HCC to purse my Early Childhood Education Degree and plan to graduate in 2024. 

    I volunteer for the Sharing the Gift program through Harford County Public Library as a reader to children in the childcare setting. 

    I am married, my husband and I have been together for 28 years, we have a son and a lot of pets. I enjoy spending time with my family and playing eight and nine ball. 

  • Payton Pross, Lead Infant Teacher

    Payton Pross

    Lead Infant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Payton. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I work in the Infant 1 Classroom at Primrose! I completed my high school education at C Milton Wright High School and took classes focused on child care and education. I studied at Harford Community College for 2 years and took classes on communications and early childhood education.

    I have obtained my 45 HR Infant/Toddler and 90 HR Preschool certification. I am up to date with CPR/First Aid and Basic Health & Safety certifications. Keeping our babies safe and healthy is very important to me. Working with infants is such a rewarding experience.

    Working for Primrose School has been an amazing opportunity. The students, the staff and the leadership team are all fantastic! I love being part of a such a passionate, loving & nurturing school!

  • Lisa Evans, Lead Infant Teacher

    Lisa Evans

    Lead Infant Teacher

    Hello, my name is Lisa Evans. I am married with 3 girls, one of which shares my love for children and teaches toddlers. I started this journey into the wondrous world of working with children over 30 years ago. I happened upon this career by working part time at a neighbors preschool when I was in Highschool.

    I have lived all over the world and provided childcare service to Military families. I have always been drawn to this profession and still enjoy it everyday. My certifications and credentials include a 45 hour Infant/Toddler certificate as well as a 90 hour Preschool certification.

    I fell in love with Primrose the second I saw the building. When I walked through the front door it felt like home. The balanced curriculum enables the teachers to spend more time interacting and bonding with each child. I look forward to meeting everyone and I am so excited to help your child grow and learn.

  • Patty Hammond, Infant Teacher

    Patty Hammond

    Infant Teacher
  • Candace Anello, Lead Infant Teacher

    Candace Anello

    Lead Infant Teacher

    Hi! My name is Candace, but everyone calls me "Candy." I love spending time with my family and I enjoy reading and going to the ocean.

    I have been in the Early Childhood education field for 32 years. I have my Child Development Associate (CDA) in Infants and Toddlers. I am also certified for Preschool and School-Age children. Some of my trainings are Infant/Child CPR and First Aid, Medication Administration, Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Basic Health and Safety, Childcare, Covid-19 Training, American Disabilities Act(ADA), and Supporting Breastfeeding Practices.

    For the past 16 years, I have worked with Infants and toddlers, and this is where my heart truly belongs.

    The best part of Primrose is how welcome they make you feel and always knowing that you are appreciated. I look forward to caring for your child and watching them learn and grow.

  • Brittany Randall, Lead Infant Teacher

    Brittany Randall

    Lead Infant Teacher

    My name is Brittany Randall and I’ve been working with children from infants to preteens professionally for over 10 years. I spent many years being a personal nanny and then I transitioned to my first center in 2019 when my husband left the military. I’m a mom of 2 and I love being able to work at a school where my kids can attend. I truly enjoy working with young kids and I’m so excited to start this new chapter at The Primrose School of Bel Air.

     

  • Amera Saleem, Wonder Support Teacher

    Amera Saleem

    Wonder Support Teacher

    Hi, my name is Amera Saleem. I am a toddler teacher here at Primrose. 

    This is my first year to start my career in Childcare. I am so excited to be a part of Primrose School. I have a Bachelors Degree in Applied Linguistics. It's my passion to work with kids. Especially, the little ones. 

     

    I'm looking forward to be your teacher and part of your growth! 

  • Sukhi Kaur, Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher

    Sukhi Kaur

    Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher

    Hi, I'm Sukhi and I am so excited to be working with the Toddlers here at Primrose. Previously, I worked at Good Shepherd in the Toddler Room. I have my 90 hour Preschool certification and my 45 Infant/Toddler certification. I am CPR/First Aid certified.

    I have 2 children, ages 6 and 9. I have a passion for working with children and I am looking forward to meeting you all!

  • Sonya Webb, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Sonya Webb

    Lead Toddler Teacher

    I've been a Preschool Teacher for nearly 25 years. In additon to the current state requirements, I also hold the 90 Hour Preschool, Infant and Toddler, School Age and Director's Administration Certifications. I have experince working with all age groups, icluding special needs. I have extremely enjoyed working with toddlers in the past few years. 

    I am the Mother of 5 and "Mimi" of 8, including our recent set of twins. I enjoyed going to concerts (ususally 80's groups), traveling, and church activities. 

    I love being a part of the Primrose family and looking forward to getting to know your families, educating, and helping to nurture your child!  

  • Pamela Walker, Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Pamela Walker

    Lead Early Preschool Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Hi, my name is Pam. I am excited about joining the Primrose family. I truly enjoy seeing children explore, learn and grow.

    I began my childcare journey many years ago and pursued a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson. In addition, I hold my 90 hour certification, First Aid & CPR, Medication Administration, Childcare & COVID19, Basic Health & Safety and ADA and a level 6 in the State Credential Program.

    When I am not in the classroom I enjoy spending time with my 2 children and fiance.

  • Michelle Adams, Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Michelle Adams

    Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Hi I am Michelle. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I grew up in Bel Air MD. I graduated from University of Delaware with a BS in Human Resources. I was in retail management for 19 years before embarking in child care.

    I started my career with Primrose in September 2022. I love to see the light bulb light up when a child learns something new.

    I am a mother of a 19 year old college student. She is going to school in Orlando to ultimately work for Disney. I love Minnie Mouse and frogs.

  • Klohe List, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Klohe List

    Lead Preschool Teacher

    I am 19 years old, and I have been working with kids for 7 years now. I couldn't ask for a better job than being a teacher! 

    I started my journey with kids when I was 12 by babysitting. I contiuned my Early Childhood education by taking the "Working with Child" class during all four years of high school at Norht Harford. I have my 90 Hour, Breast Feeding, Field Trip, 9 Hour Communication Certification and CPR. 

    I manage the Primrose Tik Tok and social media pictures. I love the relationships I not only built with the children but, also the staff here at Primrose! 

  • Jayden Paolino, Wonder Support Teacher

    Jayden Paolino

    Wonder Support Teacher

    Hi, my name is Jayden! I started my Early Childhood Education career in High School. I'm currently enrolled in the Nursing Program at HCC.

    I'm excited to be a part of the Primrose family and further my experience with children. 

  • Morgan Randolph, Wonder Support Teacher

    Morgan Randolph

    Wonder Support Teacher

    My name is Morgan Randolph. I am from Baltimore, MD and graduated with a BFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from Towson University. I was a professional dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and have taught dance to children and adults ages 2 and up.

    I started my career in Child Care in 2017, after falling in love with the students that I taught a dance camp. I fell in love with Primrose the moment I walked through the doors. Everyone was so welcoming and I love the unique, nurturing learning environment.

  • Sarah Pietruszka, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Sarah Pietruszka

    Lead Preschool Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Sarah. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I’m a mom of 2. I’ve been in childcare for 5 years. I have many childcare certifications and am pursuing my degree in Early Childhood Education. I also work at HotSpots as a before and after school care director.

    My ultimate goal is to become a social worker and give back to my community.

    While at primrose I’ve worked in many of the classrooms including EPS2 and now Pathways.

  • Melissa Zurawski, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Melissa Zurawski

    Lead Preschool Teacher

    Let's get to know each other.

    I'm Ms. Melissa. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Being new to the Primrose School, I have already felt the sense of family while working alongside my co teachers. This feeling of family will surely continue with the children. I look forward to learning, teaching, and growing with each child and will support and respect them like my own, as we start this new year together!

    Hometown: Bel Air, Maryland
    Child care experience: 12 years teaching experience
    Education background: Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
    Favorite food: Pasta
    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my family
    Favorite children's book: Is Your Mama a Llama?
    Primrose character I most relate to: Og the Bookworm, he loves to read and promote caring!
    What I'm most excited about this school year: Implementing the Primrose curriciulm and watching children learn






     

  • Debbie Chaudhry, Preschool Teacher

    Debbie Chaudhry

    Preschool Teacher
  • Denna Walstrum, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Denna Walstrum

    Lead Preschool Teacher

    My name is Denna Walstrum. I have lived in Harford County for 23 years. My journey in childcare started at Aberdeen High School, where I obtained my 90 HR certification and my 9 hour communication in the Working with Children 1 & 2 program.

    I also have my ADA, CPR/ First aid, Basic health and Safety, COVID-19 Training, and Medication Adminstration. I have now been in childcare since 2019, I started my journey in childcare because I love working with children and being able to have an impact on their growth and development. I can’t wait to meet your family :)

  • Kassie Sines, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Kassie Sines

    Lead Preschool Teacher

    My name is Kassie Sines I have lived in Baltimore county majority of my life, I moved to Harford County for a couple years and now live back in Baltimore county. My journey in childcare started my sophomore year of high school at Joppatowne High school where I took the Working with Children program.

    Being in that program gave me the opportunity to gain my 90 HR preschool certification and also my 9 hour communication certificate. Since then I knew childcare was the place for me to be. Some other credentials I have are 45 HR Infant and Toddlers, Breastfeeding, ADA, CPR/First Aid, Basic Health and Safety, COVID-19 Training and Medication Administration.

    The growth and safety of your children are very important to me. Seeing the children’s faces light up and being able to make such an impact is the most rewarding thing about working in childcare. I can’t wait to meet your family :)

  • Shalonda McCall, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Shalonda McCall

    Lead Toddler Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Shalonda. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I am a Lead Teacher here at Primrose School of Belair. I’ve currently been with Primrose for 5 months teaching Preschool. It’s been rewarding seeing the growth and achievements of each individual student and bringing joy to our parents.

    I hold many qualifications in Early Childhood Education. This been a long profession of mine for over 15 years. I am certified with CPR/First Aid, 90 HR Preschool, ADA, Basic Health & Safety, 45 HR Infant and Toddler, Breastfeeding, 45 HR Director Administration and I’m currently enrolled in my 45 HR School age course. My goal has always been to provide exceptional care and education for all students. I have great interest in obtaining my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I’m currently in the process of credentialing and always exploring opportunities to continue my education. I’m looking forward to many great fun educational years with Primrose students.

  • Colleen Curry, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Colleen Curry

    Lead Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Ms. Colleen. I am a lead preschool teacher at Primrose School of Bel Air. I have been teaching Preschool and Pre-K for 20 years now.

    My certifications include 90 HR Preschool, ADA, Basic Health & Safety, COVID-19 Training, CPR/First Aid, and Minimizing Challenging Behaviors. Although I love all ages, my passion is teaching older children. At Primrose, your child will have the opportunity to engage in many fun and rewarding learning experiences. My philosophy is that each child is unique, therefore, they learn and thrive at their own pace.

    I believe that kids are our future, and I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.

  • Gabriela Anaya, Wonder and Venture Support Teacher

    Gabriela Anaya

    Wonder and Venture Support Teacher
  • Samina Khawar, Venture Support Teacher

    Samina Khawar

    Venture Support Teacher

    I'm Samina. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I have my Master's Degree in Education and 35 years of teaching experience. 

    I have a true passion fro teaching children. I love helping them learn and grow in their education. My goal for each child is to help them create a sense of citizenship and responsibility. 

    I'm looking forward to creating many education experiences here at Primrose. 

     

     

  • Connie Sullivan, Wonder and Venture Support Teacher

    Connie Sullivan

    Wonder and Venture Support Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Connie. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I have been working with children for 35 years. I love to watch them grow and change. I have my 90 HR Preschool certification, ADA, and Breast-Feeding certification.

    I live in Bel Air, MD and have two grown children and four grand children.

    I am new to Primrose school. I enjoy working here so much!

  • Katie Gibson, Venture Support Teacher

    Katie Gibson

    Venture Support Teacher

    Hi, my name is Katie! This is my first position working in a childcare facility but I immediately felt at home and like I belonged here at Primrose. Primrose has allowed me to fully grow as a teacher and has made my love for caring for children grow even more! I look forward to continuing my journey here at Primrose and creating wonderful memories with your children!

  • Alyssa Heinbaugh, Wonder Support Teacher

    Alyssa Heinbaugh

    Wonder Support Teacher

    Hi! I'm a high school student working part time at Primrose. I enjoy helping children learn and grow. 

    In my spare time I enjoy dancing. I'm looking forward to helping your chidlren in their educational experiences. 

  • Harley Clarke, Wonder Support Teacher

    Harley Clarke

    Wonder Support Teacher
  • Ezry Dever, Wonder Support Teacher

    Ezry Dever

    Wonder Support Teacher
  • Julianna Jackson, Wonder Support Teacher

    Julianna Jackson

    Wonder Support Teacher

    Hi my name is Julianna Jackson, but I go by Juls. This will be my first year here at primrose and in a preschool setting in general. However, I have been babysitting for quite awhile and I also have completed the Working With Children Program in high school which allowed me to receive my 90 hours certificate. I also am CPR and first aid certified. I am excited to further my experience in early childhood education. 

  • Leah Kuemmel, Wonder Support Teacher

    Leah Kuemmel

    Wonder Support Teacher
  • Vivek Parikh, Rikin Parikh, Anand Patel, Pranav Gandhi, Franchise Owner

    Vivek Parikh, Rikin Parikh, Anand Patel, Pranav Gandhi

    Franchise Owners

    Welcome to Primrose School of Bel Air

    Like many Americans, we, the proud owners of Primrose, share the dream of becoming successful by working hard and giving back to the community. As our family grew, we started searching for childcare options within our community that provided a good balance of strong curriculum and a nurturing culture. We quickly realized the options were limited and decided to do something about it. Primrose had everything that we were looking for; great culture, perfect curriculum, strong history, and a well-balanced approach. Primrose's approach to early childcare and education contributes to an enriched learning environment. Each one of us is a parent, and our need to do right by our children is a driving force behind our decisions everyday.

    We're excited to bring the first Primrose School to our Bel Air community, and are privileged by the opportunity to make a positive difference in your family's lives. We are committed to creating a family atmosphere at our school by providing a Balanced Learning approach of purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion. We deliver more than a curriculum; it is a life-changing early learning experience for children and their families. Primrose's unique nurturing approach will allow your child to develop into a joyful and confident learner who is prepared for success both in school, and in life.

    Primrose School of Bel Air is an independently owned business operated by a dedicated group of individuals who are committed to providing the highest quality of balanced learning for the children in our community.

    We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our Primrose family!

    - Owners

    Vivek Parikh, Rikin Parikh, Anand Patel and Pranav Gandhi

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