Primrose School of Carmel

Our Staff

  • Nicole Alvarado, Director

    Nicole Alvarado


    Hi! My name is Nicole Alvarado. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Children's Studies with a minor in Sociology. I have worked with children as a teacher, an administrator and a mother. I helped open the Primrose School at Gray Eagle in Fishers and am happy to now be at the Primrose School of Carmel. I am married and have four children all of whom have been in the Primrose program.

    I am committed to providing a positive learning environment for children and teachers and cherish the special moments I spend with children and their families. I love coming to work every day and I am dedicated to providing your children with the same warm, fun and educational experiences that my own children have enjoyed at Primrose. I invite you to come in and see why I am so passionate about our school!

  • Amy Gatewood, Assistant Director

    Amy Gatewood

    Assistant Director

    Hi! My name is Amy Gatewood. I have a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education Social Studies with a minor in History. I have worked in Early Childhood education for 13 years. My hobbies include hiking with my husband and our three dogs, kayaking, and nature photography. I love working with children and having a positive impact on those around me. I am overly excited to be a part of the Primrose family!

  • Megan Porten, Assistant Director of Education

    Megan Porten

    Assistant Director of Education

    I’m Megan Porten and I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I grew up in Avon, IN with one younger brother. I went to IU Bloomington, where I discovered my love for hiking in Southern Indiana. I love working with children and I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

  • Ms. Cramer, Office Assistant / Infant Teacher

    Ms. Cramer

    Office Assistant / Infant Teacher

    I’m Mrs. Cramer. I am originally from Toledo, Ohio. I married my high school sweetheart Lee, and together we have four children and two granddaughters. I began working in a Child Development Center in 1998. I have my CDA in infant through 3 year olds. I have spent 3 years working with 1-2 year olds and the rest with infants.

  • Ms. Ravelo, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Ravelo

    Infant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Yeny Ravelo and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself! I was born and raised in Venezuela, but moved to Indiana 5 years ago. My husband and I have been married for 9 years and have 2 beautiful children, Rylan and Rebecca. We love to spend time as a family outdoors; we love enjoying the day at the park or the beach!

  • Ms. Luper, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Luper

    Infant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Haylee, and I am so excited to tell you a bit about myself. I live in the small town in which I grew up; meaning I am still close to my friends from school. I am passionate about working with all children but especially love taking care of infants. On the weekends I love to spend time with friends, family, and my dog.

  • Ms. Dillon, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Dillon

    Infant Teacher

    Hello, my name is Mary Dillon. I am excited to tell you about myself! I have three grown daughters, and love spending time with my children and grandchildren. My previous experience includes both childcare and veterinary medicine. I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • Ms. Hanna, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Hanna

    Infant Teacher

    My name is Remonda Bolos, I am from Egypt. I was a teacher there for 16 years for Kindergarten and all primary stages. I then became a supervisor in the stages from first grade to fifth grade. I graduated from the faculty of the Art English department in 1996 and received a diploma in Translation in 1997. In 1998 I got my Pre-Masters in Drama. I have also published a book called "Easy to learn", this book helps kids in Kindergarten to be ready to go to primary stage school easily. I have been married for 19 years and I have 3 kids Shady, Youssef and Chantal.

  • Ms. Bouaziz, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Bouaziz

    Infant Teacher

    Hi, I’m a mother of two beautiful boys. A teenager and a preschooler that is attending Primrose and loving it! I am originally from Algeria, North Africa and lived in CA for 17 years. We have recently relocated to Carmel, IN. I like hiking and cooking; yet I love taking care of little ones as I watch the world through their eyes.

  • Ms. Eman

    Young Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Samatar, Young Toddler Teacher / Instructional Assistant

    Ms. Samatar

    Young Toddler Teacher / Instructional Assistant

    I'm orginally from Somalia and was born in Kuwait. I speak three different languages and I love traveling to new places. It is a joy to teach your children and I am eager to personally meet everyone.

  • Ms. Scruby, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Scruby

    Toddler Teacher

    Hi I’m Leanna Scruby and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. I have a passion for working with children and have been doing so for over 10 years. I’m from Carmel and currently live here with my family. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and am looking forward to meeting you and your family this school year.

  • Ms. LaTulip, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. LaTulip

    Toddler Teacher

    Hi, my name is Samantha LaTulip. I have seven siblings, and I am the oldest! I took four years of Japanese in school, and went to college for Psychology. I have four cats and one dog. I love watching Star Wars and playing Animal Crossing! I can’t wait to get to know you and your family.

  • Ms. Stephanoff, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Stephanoff

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hi, I’m Ms. Stephanoff and I’m so excited to take on this new adventure as a member of the Primrose team! I am the oldest of three sisters and love reading, gardening, and spending time with my family. I am so excited to be teaching your children!


  • Ms. Chowning, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Chowning

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hi, I’m Savannah Chowning, and I am excited to tell you a little bit about myself. My love for caring of children started when my little sister was born, and I was able to help my mom. I then started serving at my local church watching the babies during services. I hope to one day get my teaching license to become an elementary school teacher.

  • Ms. Salazar, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Salazar

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello! My name is Alicia Salazar. I grew up in Manila, Philippines and while there I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce. I’ve been married to my best friend and we have 3 beautiful children, two daughters and one son. I have been blessed as a grandmother with 8 wonderful grandchildren. I truly LOVE spending time with them! I really love working and being with kids!

  • Ms. D, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. D

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello! I hold a degree in Business and have a passion for working with children. I am actively involved in my church and have a heart for music. In my spare time I enjoy going to the movies and also love teaching piano. I am very excited to get to know your children and watch them grow!

  • Ms. Bejas, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Bejas

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Moustafa, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Moustafa

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Hi! My name is Nermine Moustafa. I am from Egypt and my hometown is Alexandria. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Alexandria University. I have studied the French language since kindergarten. A few of my other skilled areas are medical interpreting and francais scientifique. I love coloring with the kids and my goal is to create a positive environment for their educational needs.

  • Ms. Ezac, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Ezac

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    I'm Sarah. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I like to learn new things to improve myself everyday. I am currently studying to become a dental hygentist. While I have a passion for children and I am happy to be a part of this Primrose family.

  • Ms. Singh, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Singh

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi! My name is Smita Singh. I am originally from India and currently live in Carmel. I just love being around kids and enjoy their smiles. This position as a teacher is so extremely rewarding. As you will find I am kind an individual who is an open book. I cannot wait to get to know you and your family!


  • Ms. Abrahim, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Abrahim

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Nesmaa and I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I grew up in Egypt with my family; I have one brother and two sisters. I studied Faculty of Commerce and worked as a teacher for two years.

  • Ms. Ibrahim, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Ibrahim

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello! My name is Nermeen Ibrahim. I just moved to Indiana with my husband and my two young daughters. I am originally from Egypt. I finished my Bachelor's Degree in geography and I have my certificate from New Jersey City University in Geography Information System. I have also worked as a pre-kindergarten teacher for six years.

  • Ms. Rhodes, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Rhodes

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello, my name is Janaee' Rhodes! I am originally from Nashville, Tennessee. I’m a local poet here in Indianapolis and have a passion poetry. I love working with children and always have. Seeing the joy and happiness they have lightens my life. I have worked in childcare for two years and have loved every minute of it.

  • Ms. Marsh, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Marsh

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I’m Ms. Marsh. I grew up in Indianapolis and went to a local high school. I attended Marian University on the west side of Indy. I like to watch crime shows, ready mystery novels, and hang out with my friends on the weekends. I have been in education for a little over 3 years. I am extremely excited to be provided the opportunity to not only teach your children but learn from them too!


  • Ms. Hines, Instructional Assistant

    Ms. Hines

    Instructional Assistant

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

    My hometown is Terre Haute. I graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington campus with a Bachlor of Fine Arts degree and from the Maryland Institute, College of Art with a Master of Fine Arts degree. I have worked with children as a substitute teacher and classroom volunteer. I have served as a director of a mentoring program for at-risk children in Vigo County. I am married, and have one son that I dearly love!

    I can't wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • Ms. Harris, Instructional Assistant

    Ms. Harris

    Instructional Assistant
  • Ms. Wertz, Instructional Assistant

    Ms. Wertz

    Instructional Assistant

    Hi, my name is Alexandra Wertz. I am an only child but have always wanted a little sister. That is what has interested me in childcare. I have over five hundred hours of volunteer hours under my belt and have always loved caring for others. I love painting and drawing so I look forward to art time as it is always fun for me! I look forward to getting to know you and your child!


  • Ms. Perry, Instructional Assistant

    Ms. Perry

    Instructional Assistant
  • Scott and Mindy Smith, Franchise Owner

    Scott and Mindy Smith

    Franchise Owner

    Hello, we are Scott and Mindy Smith; the proud parents of a 19 year old son, Kaeden, and a 17 year old daughter, Khyla. We were very excited to have the opportunity to bring Primrose Schools to Indiana in 2007 with our first school, Primrose School at Gray Eagle. We were equally as excited to have opened our second school in the heart of the Carmel business district in 2010.

    As dual working parents ourselves, we know how important it is to find a warm and safe environment that will nurture your child and provide them with opportunities to socialize and learn. Our son Kaeden attended a Primrose School when we lived in Colorado; however job relocations moved us to central Indiana. We looked at several local preschools in the Fishers and Carmel areas, and enrolled our son in a reputable school. We assumed that the school would be the same as a Primrose School, but quickly realized how spoiled we were by Primrose. When we learned that we had a second child on the way, we began reassessing our childcare situation. We considered staying at home, changing schools, and in-home care, but none of these options provided everything we wanted. We kept wishing that someone would just build a Primrose School in Indiana - and, well, the rest is history.

    We are committed to providing the highest quality care and education for our own children as well as yours. We love children and believe that when it comes to children, compromising is not an option. If you are looking for a safe home away from home that is full of smiling faces and a professionally developed curriculum with proven results, we would love to meet you and tell you more about our Primrose School.

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