Primrose School of Buckhead

Our Staff

  • Mrs. Lori Martin, School Director

    Mrs. Lori Martin

    School Director

    Mrs. Martin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Management from Florida State and a TCC in Early Childhood Program Administration. She is an accomplished mother of two and a proud owner of Shih-Tzu named Digger. Ms. Martin's husband is a martial arts aficionado with a Black Belt in Karate. With over 25 years of experience in owning and managing childcare centers in both Florida and Georgia, Mrs. Martin is an experienced leader who strives for excellence and building trusted relationships.

  • Ms. Juana Gomez, Assistant Director

    Ms. Juana Gomez

    Assistant Director

    Ms. Gomez joined our team in 2018, and her passion for working with children and commitment to education were immediately evident. Ms. Gomez can command every classroom she goes to offer assistance in, and we are so grateful to have her as part of our Leadership Team.

  • Ms. Lauren Bryans

    Opening Manager
  • Ms. Maria Suriel, Chef

    Ms. Maria Suriel


    Chef Suriel joined Primrose School of Buckhead in 2018. She is originally from the Dominican Republic and has been working with children, in various capacities, for more than a decade.

  • Mrs. Mehrnia Noori - Khajavi, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Mehrnia Noori - Khajavi

    Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Noori joined Primrose Buckhead in early 2017, and has over twenty five years of experience in working with children. In her own words, "I have worked with children from an early age, and no job has ever brought me as much joy as helping children learn and grow". Mrs. Noori holds a BA in Interior Design from Peruja University, Italy and lives in Marietta, GA.

  • Ms. Tamecia Nash

    Infant Teacher
  • Ms. Maria Bello-Nequiz, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Maria Bello-Nequiz

    Infant Teacher

    Ms. Bello joined Primrose Buckhead in 2019, and has served as both Infant and Toddler teacher. She does have a passion of working with our youngest students, and her experience teaching toddlers helps her guide the students to thrive beyond the Infant classroom.

  • Ms. Barbara Willis, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Barbara Willis

    Infant Teacher

    Ms. Barbara is a returning teacher to Primrose Buckhead, having previously served in the same capacity as Infant Teacher. Ms. Barbara holds a CDA credential in Infant Toddler Education, and has over a decade of experience working with young children.

  • Laura Padron-Gomez

    Infant/Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Courtney McDonald

    Infant/Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Courtney joined Primrose School of Buckhead in the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year and she is the embodiment of our "Approach Each Day with Joy" principle of service. No matter what, she will always have a smile on her face and strive to be the best care taker and educator for her students. Ms. Courtney holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and is excited to guide children through daily discoveries during their formative years at Primrose School of Buckhead.

  • Ms. Jerica Boston, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Jerica Boston

    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Jerica joined Primrose Buckhead in 2021, and she loves guiding her students to new discoveries each and every day.

  • Ms. Blanca Hernandez, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Blanca Hernandez

    Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Janet Gomez

    Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Jennifer Cruz

    Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Zaria Chester, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Zaria Chester

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Chester is a student at Georgia State University, currently working towards completing her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Chester holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, and joined Primrose Buckhead in 2018. She enjoys working with young children and is one of our Lead Teachers in the Early Preschool Program.

  • Ms. Nailah Rasheed, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Nailah Rasheed

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Jodi Williams

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Jodi joined Primrose Buckhead for the 2021-2022 school year. She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from Kennesaw State and a M.S. in Marketing from Georgia State. Ms. Jodi is an attentive and dedicated teacher, who enjoys seeing her students learn and develop confidence and independence skills while in her care.

  • Ms. D'Maurya Skinner

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Adriana Montemayor, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Adriana Montemayor

    Preschool Pathways Teacher
  • Ms. Sady Alvarez, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Sady Alvarez

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Sady joined Primrose Buckhead in 2021. She holds a Bachelor degree in Information Systems Management and a CDA in Preschool Bi-Lingual Education, and has 7 years of experience working with preschool-age children.

  • Ms. Ife Islam

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Ife joined Primrose School of Buckhead for the 2021-2022 school year and is a current student of Georgia State University, pursuing a degree in Middle-Grades Education.

  • Ms. Gloria Lazaro, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Gloria Lazaro

    Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Brandi Mars

    Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Pepper Forman, PreK Lead Teacher

    Ms. Pepper Forman

    PreK Lead Teacher

    Ms. Forman joined Primrose Buckhead in 2019 and has served as a Lead PreK teacher since 2011. She is originally from California and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, Communication, and History.

  • Ms. Ukota Denise Hosley

    PreK Teacher
  • Ms. Egle Osorio, Support Staff

    Ms. Egle Osorio

    Support Staff

    Ms. Osorio is originally from Venezuela and joined Primrose School of Buckhead in 2018. She loves working with children, is always attentive to their needs, and is eager to help them meet their developmental milestones while in her care. Ms. Osorio holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English as a Secondary Language.

  • Ms. Iyana Rose, Support Staff

    Ms. Iyana Rose

    Support Staff
  • Chris and Irina Fofiu, Franchise Owner

    Chris and Irina Fofiu

    Franchise Owners

    Meet Irina and Chris Fofiu – proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Buckhead. As longtime members of the Atlanta community, they are thrilled to offer premier early education and care to Buckhead families.

    When Irina and Chris were expecting their first daughter, Karina, the search for the perfect quality early education and care provider was surprisingly difficult. The couple worked long and hard to find the best option that provided a high-quality education, yet also a nurturing environment. The family finally found a great fit in Primrose Schools. Although they did not have a school in their neighborhood, they were immediately impressed by Primrose’s Balanced Learning® curriculum, caring atmosphere and highly engaging staff. Looking to fill a need for quality child care in their family and in the community, the Fofius decided to open their own Primrose school in Buckhead.

    “After touring a Primrose school and learning about the impact the exclusive Balanced Learning® curriculum and character development program have on a child’s cognitive, social and emotional development, we immediately knew Primrose was the right fit for our family and community,” said Irina. “We are looking forward to making a tangible difference in the lives of children and families that reside and work in Buckhead.”

    Originally from Romania, Irina and Chris both came to Atlanta after graduating high school and attended Georgia Tech. They met in college, while Irina was pursuing a degree in Building Construction and Chris was studying Computer Science. Education has always been a very important value in the Fofiu family; the couple made a promise to themselves to one day give families with young children access to quality and trusted early childhood education. And they’re delighted to finally extend that commitment to their community.

    “My parents, both university level professors, instilled in me the desire to learn and teach, and I’ve always felt driven to help children through education and entrepreneurship,” said Irina.

    The Fofiu’s goal is to offer an atmosphere that will foster a love of learning and help children grow their Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®. The couple is committed to creating an environment that is seen as an extension of the families they will be serving, providing parents with peace of mind knowing their children are well cared for while receiving a premier education. Irina and Chris hope that Primrose School of Buckhead will also provide a solution for parents who work in the area and wish to remain near their children throughout the day.

    At the school, Irina handles the day-to-day operations, working closely with parents, children and staff, while Chris supports the school remotely as he continues his career in IT and business analytics. The couple's two children, Karina and Sofia, attend the Westminster Schools, and Sofia is a proud graduate of Primrose School of Buckhead.

    Irina and Chris look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the Primrose family!

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