Primrose School of Carmel

Our Staff

  • Amy Gatewood, Director

    Amy Gatewood

    Director

    Hi! My name is Amy Gatewood. I have a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education Social Studies with a minor in History from Franklin College. I have worked in Early Childhood education for 15 years. During my time as a teacher, I received a CDA credential in preschool. I always strive to learn more about ways we can provide the best education and nurturing environment for all children in our care.

    I came to Primrose because of the welcoming feel from all the staff. That warm family feeling has continued in the years I have been here with my interactions with families and staff. 

    My hobbies include hiking with my husband and out two dogs, kayaking, and nature photography. I am excited to meet your family and welcome you to the Primrose family! 

     

  • Shayla Kline, Assistant Director

    Shayla Kline

    Assistant Director

    Hello, I'm Shayla! As you may know already, I am extremely excited to be apart of the Primrose family! I have worked with children for over 10 years of all ages. I hold my CDA in early childhood and have always had a passion to help children succeed. Beyond the doors of educating children, I have an online fashion boutique that is dear to my heart. In my free time I enjoy shopping, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends! I am eager to meet you and all our Primrose families!

  • Ms. Ibrahim, Education Coach

    Ms. Ibrahim

    Education Coach

    Hello! My name is Nermeen Ibrahim. We live in Westfield, with my husband, two daughters and son. 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. 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. Bai, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Bai

    Infant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Siting Bai and prefer you call me Ms. Bai.  I have three children.  I have been working in childcare for over a year.  I really like to spend time with kids. In my free time I love to grow flowers and vegetables.

  • Ms. Dillon, Infant Teacher/Instructional Assistant

    Ms. Dillon

    Infant Teacher/Instructional Assistant

    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, Older Infant Teacher

    Ms. Hanna

    Older 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. Cabral, Older Infant Teacher

    Ms. Cabral

    Older Infant Teacher

    Bio Coming Soon...

  • Ms. Mitchell, Young Toddler Teacher/Instructional Assistant

    Ms. Mitchell

    Young Toddler Teacher/Instructional Assistant

    Hi, I’m Ms. Tina.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.  I am married and have 4 children and 15 grandchildren! Needless to say, our family gatherings are “lively and I love it!  Before joining the Primrose family, I retired from an Early Learning Center at WWS where I cared for and taught precious infants and children up to the age of five years old.

  • Ms. Franco, Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Franco

    Young Toddler Teacher

     Hi, I’m Ariana Franco. Here is a little about me. I just moved to Indiana recently, from Dallas Texas. I am looking forward to exploring the area and trying out new coffee shops. I am excited to create new learning experiences for the children here at Primrose. Before moving to Indiana, I worked at a Primrose in Texas.

  • Ms. Namrta, Young Toddler Teacher/Instructional Assistant

    Ms. Namrta

    Young Toddler Teacher/Instructional Assistant

    Bio Coming Soon...

  • 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. Exantus, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Exantus

    Toddler Teacher

    Bio Coming Soon...

  • Ms. Sperandio

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Bio Coming Soon...

  • 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. Luper, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Luper

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hi, my name is Haylee Luper, and I am so excited to tell you a bit about myself. I live in the small town in which I grew up. My husband and I have one child whom we adore! He is a sweet boy and with the additional love of our precious dog. My passion for helping others has been identify strongly by educating children during their early stages of learning. Most of my experience is with infants at Primrose and now I am excited to be the new lead teacher in the early preschool classroom. 

  • Ms. Hawkins, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Hawkins

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Bio Coming Soon...

  • Ms. Phelobes, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Phelobes

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Hello! My name is Nora and I’m so glad to tell you a little about myself.  I recently moved from New Jersey to Carmel.  I worked at New Dreams Daycare for 6 years as well as a substitute teacher for 4 years.  I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in History while living in Egypt as well as a CDA once arriving to the United States.  I am currently working towards an early childhood/ elementary education degree.  I love to work with kids helping them to learn and grow. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work here at Primrose.

  • Ms. Henin, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Henin

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    I’m Marsa Henin and I wanted to tell you a little about myself.  I have four children and previously I lived in Virginia.  Once I moved to Indiana, I worked as a cook for an elementary school.  I love children and enjoy being apart of the educational experience!

  • Ms. Walters, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Walters

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi, my name is Sydney Walters and I would like to tell you a bit about myself. I grew up in Carmel and have been involved with working with children for years. I’ve led Vacation Bible School at my church for over eight years. I am finishing up my degree in Early Childhood Special Education at Ball State University. I love animals, creative arts, and science! I am so excited to get to know you and your family!

  • Ms. Awasthi, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Awasthi

    Preschool Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    My name is Seema Awasthi.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.  I love teaching children math and science.  I have a passion for teaching.   I try to approach each child’s learning based on their individual goals to reach the best possible outcome for every child.

  • Ms. Fuller, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Fuller

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi! My name is Sydni Fuller.  I graduated from Carmel High School in 2021.  I have one younger sibling.  I was born in Ohio and I have lived in Florida and Illinois as well.  I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

  • Ms. Bowman, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Bowman

    Preschool Teacher

    Bio coming soon...

  • Ms. Chowning, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Chowning

    Pre-Kindergarten 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.

  • Mr. Martin, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mr. Martin

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hi, I am Jarvis Martin. Here is a little more about me. I am from a small town in Michigan. I enjoy sports and the outdoors. I have a passion for working with children. I enjoy watching them grow and develop into their own person. I am excited to be here at Primrose!

  • Ms. Sharma, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Sharma

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hi! My name is Pallvi Sharma.  I am originally from India and currently living in Carmel.  I just love being around kids and enjoy their smiles.  I am the kind of person who is passionate for what I do.  I am hoping to deliver my best to the children.

  • Ms. Abrahim, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Abrahim

    Pre-Kindergarten 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. Swenson, Instructional Assistant

    Ms. Swenson

    Instructional Assistant

    Hi, I’m Shannon Swenson and I’m so excited to take on this new adventure as a member of the Primrose team!   I have four siblings and lived in Germany for two years when I was younger. I graduated from Brebeuf in 2021.  I love dogs and have 3 puppies of my own. Excited to meet you and your family!

     

  • Ms. Ezac, Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Ezac

    Assistant 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. Samatar, Instructional Assistant

    Ms. Samatar

    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. 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. Mora, Instructional Assistant

    Ms. Mora

    Instructional Assistant

    Hi, my name is Gabby Mora. I’m from Costa Rica, a beautiful country with amazing beaches and green mountains with lots of trees and animals.  I’m so excited to move to Carmel to meet new friends!  Being in nature and near the ocean is my happy place but I also enjoy trying and learning new things like food, places and cultures. I love yoga and mindfulness and enjoy arts and puzzles. I’m so excited to be here and share my experiences with new people.

  • Nicole and Israel Alvarado, Franchise Owner

    Nicole and Israel Alvarado

    Franchise Owners

    Hi! My name is Nicole Alvarado, and my husband Israel and I are the proud owners of the Primrose School of Carmel!

    I have a bachelor’s degree in children’s studies with a minor in sociology. Israel is an electrical engineer and has been connected to the Primrose community. We have four amazing children Blake, Kiersten, Nolan and Ryder, who have been nurtured and educated through the Primrose experience.

    I have worked with children as a teacher, an administrator and a mother. Our journey with Primrose began when I helped open the Primrose School at Gray Eagle in Fishers as a toddler teacher, later advancing to an administrative role. I furthered my Primrose path by helping open the Primrose School of Carmel in 2010 as its director. Our continuous love for Primrose has grown and it’s why we are excited to have our very own school.

    My passion for education has been my motivation to find a job that is not only an enjoyable working environment but also a true home for my own children. As a parent, your children come first and finding a place that feels like an extended home and has a foundation for early education is so particularly important.

    The Primrose approach to learning drives my dedication to providing a positive learning environment for the schools’ children and teachers and I cherish the special moments I get to spend with children and their families. I have found that my personality and leadership has brought the best out of the school’s staff and helped strengthen families’ commitment to the Primrose experience.

    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 your family!

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