Primrose School Building

Primrose School of Carol Stream

Our Staff

  • Ms. Mims, School Excellence Counselor

    Ms. Mims

    School Excellence Counselor

    Hello, my name is Jacqueline Mims. I am the School Excellence Counselor for Primrose School of Carol Stream. I am a veteran of the Early Childhood industry, with over 32 years of experience,both teaching and directing. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Grambling State University in Louisiana.I have an Illinois Type 3 Teaching Certificate, and Illinois Director Credential 1 and 2, and an Early Childhood Education Preschool Credential Level 5. My husband and I have lived in Hanover Park for the past 35 years. We have one son, a daughter-in-law and one amazing grandson.

    Working with children is my passion. Assisting children to find their path in education gives me pride and a deep sense of satisfaction. Being a part of their lifelong educational discovery warms my heart. I always strive to put the students first to ensure we all succeed. My goal is for children to see that they are an important part the world and its growth. As I get to know the children, I also strive to make the parents a large part of their child’s growth,challenges and success.

    I am excited to be a part of the Primrose School of Carol Stream Leadership Team. I am confident that the team will be a positive addition to Carol Stream and the surrounding communities. I know that children are the future and we must inspire them to do their very best. I am confident that with education and preparation, our children will become bold, confident and successful adults. I believe that the partnership with Primrose School of Carol Stream holds great expectation. Our children will never stop dreaming, stop believing or stop succeeding.

  • Ms. Jeffries, Education Coach

    Ms. Jeffries

    Education Coach

    Hi my name is Brennan Jeffries. I am a former “military brat” and have lived in many places from growing up in northern Italy to the sweltering yet beloved Texas heat. Washington, DC is the place that I call “home” here in the U.S. but in the fall of 2022, my 4 year-old son Jett and I added Chicago to the list of places we call home. In our free time we love to travel, experience new cultures, enjoy music and art as a family!


    Although I have a Bachelors of Arts degree, I believe that continued education is one of the greatest things you can give yourself. I am also pursuing my second degree in Early Childhood Education Administration at the University of Arizona. I have over 14 years of experience in the field 7 of which I served as a center director for schools on the East Coast. I have also served as a teacher and curriculum specialist which is why I am beyond excited about my role as Education Coach here at Primrose Carol Stream!


    I truly love what I do and value the impact that early childhood educators make on children and their families. It is truly a privilege to be entrusted with the well-being and learning experience of your little ones each and every day. I believe that each moment ,seemingly big or small, is an opportunity to make connections that will last a lifetime. Whether I am diving into a messy art project with the toddlers, exchanging smiles and song with the infants, running on the playground with Preschool, or training staff, I can truly say that my work is truly fulfilling.


    Jett and I are beyond proud to be a part of the Primrose family and Carol Stream community. I think it is evident that the Vaghani Family’s passion for quality care and education has created a solid foundation to carry out the vision and mission of Primrose Schools. 

  • Ms. Santiago, School Co-Ordinator

    Ms. Santiago

    School Co-Ordinator

    My name is Aundrea but you can me Andi. I have been in the medical field for over 15 years working  and volunteering with seniors. I have also been a faith formation teacher for over 3 years. I am so excited to be a part of the Primrose team.  I love working with children and seeing the wonder in their eyes and forming great relationships. It is a great feeling knowing that I am molding our children for the future. 

    Hometown: Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Childcare Experience: 3 Years Faith Formation, Nanny

    Education: Diploma and Caregiver List University and come college courses

    Favorite Food: Hawaiian Food and Thai

    Favorite Weekend Activity: Cook, Bake, Volunteer with Dupage Meals on Wheels and Friendly Senior Wellness Calls/Visits

    Favorite Children's Book: I love you to the moon and back

    Primrose Favorite Character: Og - the Bookworm

    What I am most excited about: Forming relationships with students and parents


  • Ms. Cruz

    Director of Childhood Nutrition

    Ms. Cruz has been a part of our school since November of last year and has been a great addition to our team. She enjoys being with the children and is a great team player! She is always looking for a way to help. Her biggest strength is multi-tasking and working with others to achieve goals. She graduated from Rasmussen College in 2014 as a Pharmacy Technician and worked in Walgreen Pharmacy for six years. Having conquered being a pharmacy tech for years, she found herself looking for new opportunities and challenges that would facilitate her growth and also support her family. She found her passion for cooking after her children began loving the foods that she made and transitioned to the food industry. This is where she gained knowledge and experience in customer service, food prep, health and safety, and different handling procedures.

    Ms. Cruz is 28, has a family of 3, including herself and her three children. She enjoys spending time with them, listening to music, and watching Netflix.


  • Vibhuti Vaghani, Franchise Owner

    Vibhuti Vaghani

    Franchise Owner

    I am Vibhuti Vaghani, the proud owner of Primrose School of Carol Stream. My husband, Vishal, and I are blessed with two boys. As a parent, I value early childhood education because I was taught that education is the foundation of life when growing up. Education shapes who we are and what we aspire to be. When we were looking for schools for our oldest son, there weren’t any schools that wowed us. Due to very limited options in our neighborhood, we enrolled our children at a nearby school. My oldest son started reading at age four, which was incredible to see as a parent! My youngest son was using sign language to communicate with us. Once I saw the difference it made in their lives, I was convinced that early childhood education plays a key role in the first five years of a child’s life. I knew that I wanted to do something that was more meaningful, to wake up each day with a purpose and to make a difference in our community. Early Childhood Education easily became the path that I wanted to pursue. I looked at all the childcare centers that were franchises and found my calling with Primrose. Primrose took early childhood education to another level. Their focus was on a “whole child”. A child that would learn how to be kind, compassionate and confident. A child that would be nurtured to develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. Primrose calls this Balanced Learning®. The Balanced Learning® Approach is exclusive to Primrose. It is a research-based blend of teacher guided and child-initiated activities with an emphasis on character development. “Who children become is as important as what they know” is at the core of the Balanced Learning. Thus began my journey into bringing exceptional childcare into my community.

    Primrose CEO Jo Kirchner is a huge inspiration to me because she started out with four Primrose Schools in Atlanta to over 375 Schools in the United States. Her mission to bring quality education and care to every child in America motivated me to open my own Primrose School and to deliver the best and most trusted early education and care for the children and families in my community.

    We are Dunkin Franchisees and together we have successfully operated our business for ten years. We built our first ground up Dunkin in Carol Stream and the love we received from this community was beyond our imagination. This is why building our first school in Carol Stream was extremely important to us. Giving back to this community and building relationships has been a priority for us and will always be.

    I am thrilled to bring The Primrose Experience to the community of Carol Stream. Our goal is to provide the right foundation and spark light bulb moments so children can grow their active minds, healthy bodies and happy hearts while providing peace of mind for our parents. We deliver more than a curriculum; it’s a life-changing early learning experience for children and their families.

    We are excited to welcome you to the Primrose Family.

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