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Primrose School of Canton

Our Staff

  • Ms. ​Melissa Kerley, Director

    Ms. ​Melissa Kerley


    My name is Melissa Kerley and I am the Director at Primrose School of Canton. I come to Primrose with 17 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. My first ten years consisted of teaching pre-kindergarten, junior kindergarten, and private kindergarten. The past seven years have been in Early Education Administration - most recently working as a Director of a premier childcare facility. I currently live in Northville. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, horseback riding, and traveling.

    I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Art in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Michigan University. My favorite part of being a director is watching the children grow, learn, and play. I am excited to be at Primrose School of Canton and looking forward to making connections with the families and staff members!

  • Ms. Heather, Assistant Director

    Ms. Heather

    Assistant Director

    My name is Heather Smith and I am the Assistant Director at Primrose School of Canton. I come with 12 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. For six years, I worked as a Preschool teacher and Director of a Childcare Center and then I moved on to teaching Kindergarten at a Russian Private School. I have volunteered with different church organizations in Sunday School and as an Assistant Youth Pastor. I moved to Michigan in December of 2021 from Washington State, where I earned my Associates Degree in Applied Science at Edmonds College. I also hold a Child Development Associates Degree and am currently working on my BA in Early Education at WGU.

    I live Downriver with my boyfriend and our four children. We love to spend time as a family going on new adventures, crafting, and laughing. We are rarely at home sitting still and can often be found outside, when its warm of course. I chose Primrose because I am a huge fan of the Balanced Learning Curriculum and the impact it has on children's educational value, as well as the high standards in childcare. I am extremely excited to move into this new role and the privilege to work with each family and your wonderful children.

  • Ms. Claire, Teacher

    Ms. Claire

  • Ms. Carly, Teacher

    Ms. Carly

  • Ms. Tianna, Teacher

    Ms. Tianna

  • Ms. Chrishana

  • Ms. Artisha, Teacher

    Ms. Artisha

  • Ms. Emily

  • Ms. Amanda, Teacher

    Ms. Amanda

  • Ms. Jill, Teacher

    Ms. Jill

  • Ms. Julie, Teacher

    Ms. Julie

  • Ms. Kadesha, Teacher

    Ms. Kadesha

  • Ms. Shamika, Teacher

    Ms. Shamika

  • Ms. Neha, Teacher

    Ms. Neha

  • Ms. Hena, Teacher

    Ms. Hena

  • Ms. Perkita, Teacher

    Ms. Perkita

  • Ms. Shanelle, Teacher

    Ms. Shanelle

  • Ms. Korinn, Teacher

    Ms. Korinn

  • Ms. Olivia, Teacher

    Ms. Olivia

  • Ms. Monica, Teacher

    Ms. Monica

  • Ms. Drea, Teacher

    Ms. Drea

  • Ms. Sarah, Teacher

    Ms. Sarah

  • Ms. Brittany, Teacher

    Ms. Brittany

  • Ms. Daniella, Teacher

    Ms. Daniella

  • Ms. Medea, Teacher

    Ms. Medea

  • Chef Bennett, Chef

    Chef Bennett

  • Kunjan & Hemal Patel, Franchise Owner

    Kunjan & Hemal Patel

    Franchise Owner

    We are the Patel family, residents of Canton and the proud owners of the Primrose School of Canton. We are the parents to an adventurous 2-year old son and a curious newborn daughter.

    I am Kunjan and will be overseeing the school in Canton, with my husband Hemal. I completed my bachelor’s degree in engineering from Michigan State University and worked in the aviation field in the past and most recently as an operations executive of a non-profit organization in Detroit. Hemal attended Kent State University and has spent the past few years working in a leadership capacity in the Healthcare IT industry.

    Family values have been a top priority for us. While we enjoyed our careers in the corporate world, we also wanted to pursue an endeavor that would teach our children the importance of family and community, and Primrose Schools gave us that opportunity. Our Primrose journey began watching our nephews attending a Primrose School. We were amazed at the impact that Balanced Learning® curriculum had on their intellectual, social and emotional development. As we began our family, we noticed a lack of high-quality childcare options in our area. We decided to bring Primrose Schools to other families in Canton, as the first Primrose School in Michigan!

    “Who children become is as important as what they know,” is a belief that is at the core of our Balanced Learning® approach. Our exclusive early learning approach balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion. We deliver more than a curriculum; it’s a life-changing early learning experience for children and their families.

    We are excited to meet you and welcome you to the Primrose family!

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