Primrose School of Cedar Park West

Our Staff

  • Carrie Artus, Director

    Carrie Artus

    Director

    Hello, I’m Carrie Artus and I bring over 35 years of Early childhood experience to Primrose School of Cedar Park West. I have been with Primrose Schools for over 14 years. I have been the Director here at Cedar Park West since August 2015. I spent 10 years as the Director of the Primrose School of Round Rock at Forest Creek, and another year and 1/2 at the Primrose School of Round Rock. I was on the Preschool support staff at Great Hills Baptist church for over 5 years as well. During that time, I built positive relationships with the children, parents, staff, and franchisees. I am so excited about partnering with Team Fischer here at the Cedar Park area. I have had an awesome time here at CPW getting to know all our amazing families. I have learned so much over the years from all my Primrose connections. I really love that we make positive differences in the lives of young children, families and staff.

    On a more personal level…

    I was blessed to be married to my best friend for over 28 years until he passed away unexpectedly in 2008. I miss him dearly but enjoy watching “him” through our three grown children’s lives. We currently have 7 grandchildren, Aidan, Avery, Emmalee, Abigail, Hannah, Ellie and Benjamin. One of my greatest joys has been watching my granddaughters grow up as Primrose Kids!!

    In my spare time, I really enjoy watching sporting events. I am a Die-Hard (and we do, every year) Minnesota Viking, UT Longhorn, and Dallas/Texas Stars Hockey fan. I keep telling everyone “It’s our rebuilding decade”. I also love movies! You will frequently hear me asking staff “What movie?What movie?” for all those famous one liners.

    I look forward to many happy learning adventures with you and your family here at Primrose School of Cedar Park West.

  • Mongo Yang, Assistant Director

    Mongo Yang

    Assistant Director

    My name is Mongoshua, pronounced Mon-Go-Shua, AKA Mongo. I was born and raised in Merced, CA and lived in Redding, CA for seven years prior to moving to Austin in early 2018. I grew up in a rather large family with many brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and cousins! My siblings and I are the first generation born in the United States. My parents immigrated from Laos during the Vietnam War and settled in the West Coast where most of my family members are currently living. I won’t share what my ethnicity is, but I’ll share a hint (hint: Google “Secret War”).

    Education and Experiences-After high school, I attended a fashion institute in Sacramento, CA where I pursued a degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising. This is where I learned the history and designs of Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and the list continues. I quickly realized that fashion designing was more of a hobby than a career, so I took a different route. Though, I still hold fashion and all things beauty very closely to my heart.

    When I moved to Redding, CA in 2011, I gained a strong interest in Early Childhood Education. I studied Early Childhood Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences while working full-time as a Pre-K teacher; student taught at Shasta Head Start; and completed my student observation courses at a home day care. I experienced what it’s like to be in all three different Early Childhood Education environments.

    During my studies, I worked closely with my professors, mentors, and colleagues. These individuals taught and trained me to be the best Early Childhood Educator I could be. They taught me that patience, time and dedication, and a positive attitude are some of the keys to being successful. I hope to carry these traits with me wherever I go.

    Fast Forward-In 2018, Alex and I made the biggest decision of our eight years together (eight years at that time) to move to Austin. People often asked us why we moved to Austin. We moved here because of the job opportunities and we (more like I) fell in love with the city when visiting one of Alex’s clients in 2017. Austin brought and currently brings so much light into our social lives and I couldn’t imagine living elsewhere. I absolutely find joy exploring the food scene and meeting new friends.

    Very shortly after settling in Austin, Primrose School of Cedar Park West hired me to join their team. I was ecstatic to join such an amazing and high-quality school as the Preschool II Teacher. A few months later, I was given the opportunity to become the Assistant Director. It was bittersweet to say goodbye to such a wonderful classroom but the opportunity to be in a different role was even more exciting. I am grateful to be a part of the Primrose team and to be given the role to lead such an outstanding group of individuals!

  • Shay Thompson

    Parent Relations Coordinator

    My name is Shay Thompson and I was born and raised in North Austin. Our schools surrounding neighborhoods were my childhood stomping grounds. I've stayed and worked in this area in restraunts for my entire adult life. I came to Primrose in search of a more meaningful way to give back to the community.

    When I'm not giving my all at work, you can find me swimming or fishing at Bull Creek or at home snuggling with my two cats. I have a 14 year old named Err an a 5 year old named Kitty. They have been wonderful teachers at responsibility but their little furry bodies can't hold all the love I have to give, so I'm here to share that love with our Primrose families.

  • Stephanie Colvin, Kitchen Manager

    Stephanie Colvin

    Kitchen Manager

    My name is Stephanie Colvin. I lived in North Austin, Texas for 18 years. My passion for cooking started at a young age watching my grandma and my mother cooking dinner for the family. I've been in the service industry for 12 years and graduated from culinary school in 2012. Being part of a big family it was natural for me to have dreams of a family of my own. My husband and I welcomed our beautiful daughter Mia in 2015. When this beautiful creature came into my life I search for a way to combine my time with her and my passion for cooking. Primrose was a natural choice for myself professionally and my daughter educationally.

  • Mary Roman, Younger Infant Lead Teacher

    Mary Roman

    Younger Infant Lead Teacher

    Hello, my name is Mary Roman and I was born and raised in Harlingen, Texas a small town down south. I graduated from Harlingen High School and attended Texas Southmost College in Brownsville, Texas. I then began working for the H.I.S.D. in Harlingen for 22 years as a para-professional. I have one daughter named Priscilla. I retired and moved to Austin when my first grandson was born. Now I have another grandson! These two boys are the motor of my life. My oldest grandson is named Nicholas, and my youngest is “Baby J.” My daughter and my grandsons are all my life. About 10 years ago I found Primrose and I am so glad they hired me! And now, I am still here working in the same room, doing what I love to do… working with my little angels.

  • Star Gomez, Younger Infant Teacher

    Star Gomez

    Younger Infant Teacher
  • Camila Velez

    Summer Wonder Support Teacher

    I was born and raised in Miami Florida. I am also Hispanic and the oldest of 4.  My younger sister right after me had special needs, so while my mom helped take care of her with the nurses, I took responsibility in caring for my other two younger siblings throughtout the years.

    I have my Associate's degree in Pre-Nursing and I am trying to get into Nursing school to obtain my Bachelor's Degree. I would love to specialize in Neo-natal because of my love for babies.

    I have been in Texas since late 2019. I lived in Fort Worth for 11 months and have been in Austin ever since. For over a year now I have been babysitting this little boy named Darren who just made me want to pursue my career even more.

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  • Minnie Barry, Older Infant Lead Teacher

    Minnie Barry

    Older Infant Lead Teacher

    Hi! My name is Minnie Barry. I am super excited about being a part of Primrose. I am from the Lubbock area, a small town, Slaton. I have been married for 33 years, we have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

    I worked for Slaton ISD for 17 years, 6 years in the classroom and 11 as the school secretary. We moved to this area 6 years ago and fell in LOVE. I had the honor of taking care of my first grandson from 3 months until 2 years. That is when we knew it was time for him to be around other children. That's when Memo decided, I would make it a good transition for him and work at the same daycare. 3 years later here I am and Love it!! I believe in teaching through play, patience and lots of love for our little ones.

  • Thao Yano, Older Infant Teacher

    Thao Yano

    Older Infant Teacher

    Hi! My name is Thao Yano. I am from San Francisco. I relocated to the Austin area in June 2006. I have been a part of the Primrose family since April of 2019 as the Assistant Teacher in the Older Infants classroom. I have over 4 years’ experience working with Infants. I truly love working with the little ones and being part of this amazing school.

    In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and friends. I also love shopping and going snowboarding (although it’s hard to find snow in Texas). My favorite place to snowboard is Boston.

  • Kathy Wagner

    Wonder Support Staff
  • Laura Cardona, Toddler Lead Teacher

    Laura Cardona

    Toddler Lead Teacher

    My name is Laura. I was born in Colombia and moved to the USA in 2015. I have 7 years of experience with children. I am the Lead Teacher in the Toddler classroom. This will be my 3rd year with Primrose. I love my little ones with all my heart and love to watch them all explore, learn and have fun. It makes me very happy and proud to be a part of their lives. I am dedicated to the social and emotional development of every child and I will be sure each one receives all the care and love they deserve.

  • Jannie Garland, Toddler Teacher

    Jannie Garland

    Toddler Teacher
  • Morgaine Moore, Early Preschool 1 Co-Lead Teacher

    Morgaine Moore

    Early Preschool 1 Co-Lead Teacher

    Hello, my name is Morgaine Moore and I'm the assistant toddler teacher. I have over eight and a half years’ experience working with children.

    I love working with the toddlers here at Primrose. It brings me great joy to watch them learn new things every day.

    I have been with Primrose for a little over a year and a half. I'm so glad to be here where every day is a new adventure!!

  • Andrea Marquez

    Summer Wonder Support Teacher
  • Alicia Guerrero

    Summer Wonder Support Teacher

    Hi Ya'll! My name is Alicia, or what my nieces and nephews say..."Weesha!!" 

    I'm new to Primrose but know I will call this place home!  I'm excited to get to know all the children here.

    I have 3 children of my own and tons of experience with all ages. 

    When I'm not working I enjoy ANYTHING outdoors, working out and watching movies with the kids and fiance.

    I love animals, muscle cars and playing UNO.

    I'm very happy to be a part of the Primrose family!!

  • Zatzani Rodriguez

    Summer Wonder Support Teacher

    My name is Yatzani Rodriguez.  I was born and raised in Chicago Illnois.  I am the first and oldest daughter/niece/grand daughter/cousin in my family. I have taken care of all of the younger ones that came after me.

    Having taken care of my younger family members inspired me to pursue a career with children. I have always enjoyed being around children and seeing how they interact with others and the enviornment around them.

    In my spare time, I enjoy reading classic or nelodrama nevels. I also love movie watching especially with friends and family. Thankds to my grand mother I find myself baking treats for my family as well as a hobby.

     

  • Sydney Lyckman, Early Preschool 2 Lead Teacher

    Sydney Lyckman

    Early Preschool 2 Lead Teacher
  • Mary Esfandiari

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Shelbie West, Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    Shelbie West

    Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    Hello! My name is Shelbie West. I was born and raised in the small town of Liberty Hill. I am the Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher. I have been with Primrose for over 3 years and absolutely love working at Primrose/. I look forward to teaching my kiddos each and everyday.

    When I am not at work my husband and I love to travel the world and experience different cultures. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and I'm always on the lookout for a fun DIY project.

  • Jade Broussard

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Hi, I'm Jade. I'm a mommy of a handsome baby boy! I am the oldest of 12 siblings.

    I've had a tons of expereince babysitting and working with beautiful children. 

    When I'm not here at Primrose, I enjoy nature and being outside. I love traveling and playing tennis.

    Music is also a passon of mine.

    Thank you for entrusting me with your little one, I look forward to a wonderful year here at Primrose!

  • McKayla Hackney, Preschool 1 Co-Lead Teacher

    McKayla Hackney

    Preschool 1 Co-Lead Teacher
  • Kasi Penmatsa, Preschool 1 Co-Lead Teacher

    Kasi Penmatsa

    Preschool 1 Co-Lead Teacher
  • Sylvia Musharraf, Preschool 2 Lead Teacher

    Sylvia Musharraf

    Preschool 2 Lead Teacher
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  • Monika Chowdhary

    Preschool 2 Teacher

    Monika is my name and my nickname is MOM. I am very a very jolly and happy person.  I love my family very much. My husband is a very loving and caring person. I have 2 children. My son, Ishan is 6 years old and my daughter Ishnais 3.

    Before I joined the Primrose family, my daily activities included cooking and playing with my children. We enjoy family outings, like camping and hiking.

    My hobbies include painting, crafts, dance, sports and badminton.

    I am really enjoying my time with Ms. Sylvia in the Preschool 2 classroom.

  • Mariana Avila

    PreK Co-Lead Teacher
  • Alyssa Walker

    Pre-K Co-Lead Teacher

    Hello! I am a local Austinite new to the Cedar Park area. I have been working with Primrose Schools for a bit over two years and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

    I am a cat mom to three felines!

    When I am not at work I can be found at parks or swimming holes, usually with a book in my hand. I also enjoy escape rooms and art exibits/museums.

    I can't wait to learn all about my new students and their families!!

  • Kyndal Coppi

    Summer Venture Support Teacher

    Hi! My name of Ms. Kendal! I am 19 years old and a gradurate of Rouse High School.  I am currently a sophmore at Texas State University studing to become a physical therapist.

    I love floating the river, taking my dogs to the dog park and SHOPPING!!

    I enjoy playing volleyball and basketball and love to play pick up games with my friends. I have been babysitting since I was 13 and helped my mom run her inhome daycare.

    I love working with children!!

  • Bonnie Lemus, Private Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    Bonnie Lemus

    Private Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    Hello Primrose Families! My name is Bonnie Lemus and I am new to Primrose of Cedar Park West but not new to Primrose, as I worked at the Round Rock location for 13 years. My experience there was teaching Pre-Kindergarten class and other positions as well.

    One of the reasons that has kept me at Primrose is having my own children with me at Primrose and watching them grow and participate in the many educational programs Primrose has to offer and some of the best teachers any parent could ask for. I have also enjoyed building relationships with the families and being part of the growth of the children and siblings. It has been very rewarding for me personally and professionally. It is very rare to have that “warm feeling” when you walk into a place and feel like you are appreciated and respected for what I do as early childhood educator.

    When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family. I am happily married to my husband Mario of 21 years. We met in El Paso, TX which is where I am originally from. He was in the military stationed in Ft. Bliss in the Army. He is also a former Marine and a veteran of Desert Storm. We have two beautiful daughters. My oldest daughter Kassy, is 20 years old and attends ACC. She plans to transfer to North University in Denton, TX to obtain her degree in Interior Design. My youngest daughter is Breesa, she is 12 years old and is a 7th grade student at Wiley Middle School. We also have two dogs, Daisy and Donnie. Daisy is a Catahoula/lab mix and Donnie is a Blue Heeler/Australian Sheppard mix. They are very sweet and keep us busy. During my free time I love to cook! I can cook almost anything and like feeding people especially my friends! I also love watching movies! I learned this year how much I love football!!!! I am a 49er fan and have a lot of fun watching them play! Especially when they WIN!

    I am very happy to be here and look forward to meeting many more families and getting to know your children!

  • Megan Berry

    Explorers Summer Camp Teacher

    My name is Megan Berry and this is my first summer with Primrose.

    I am currently going into my sophomore year of college at UT!

    I am studying Education and hope to one day teach 2nd grade.

    In my free time I love reading, being outside and going to concerts. I am so excited for this summer and can't wait to get started.

  • Abbey Alcantar

    Explorers Teacher
  • Terri Landrith

    Venture Support Staff

    Hello, my name is Terri. I have 3 grown daughters, 4 grand children and 2 6 month old puppies.

    I like to stay involved in their lives so right now that means lots of soccer and baseball games. On the weekend I can be found watching their games or at the dog park with my dogs. I enjoy photography, scrapbooking and traveling.

    I have been a Preschool teacher on and off for close to 40 years. I was a subsitute for Leander and Lake Travis as well as a Sunday School teacher. Before joining the Primose family I worked in the after school program for the YMCA.  I am very excited to be part of the Primrose CPW family.

  • Casey Hamilton

    Venture Support Teacher

    My name is Casey. I come from a family that teaches. I enjoy working with children and watching their minds grow.

    Some of my hobbies are crafts, painting and reading.

    I grew up in the San Jose Bay area so as for sports I like the Giants.  I also am a Dallas Cowboy football fan.

    I hope to grow and learn as I teach your children here at Primrose School.

  • Jay and Robin Fischer, Franchise Owner

    Jay and Robin Fischer

    Franchise Owners

    We are Jay and Robin Fischer. Originally from Minnesota, we have been in the Austin area since 1998. We are the proud parents of three children, Bennett and Jackson (twin boys born in 2000) and Ella (born in 2003). After our sons were born we began looking for quality childcare where our children would be safe and happy and receive an excellent preschool education. Upon learning about Primrose, we made the decision to become franchise owners. We entered the Primrose family in late 2003, when we had the opportunity to purchase Primrose School of Round Rock and Primrose School of Round Rock at Forest Creek. In 2008, we opened our third location, Primrose School of Cedar Park West. In 2013 we chose to downsize and focus on the Cedar Park/Leander communities. In 2015 we opened Primrose School of Crystal Falls. We were fortunate to have all three of our children attend Primrose. Our twin boys are currently attending Texas A&M and our daughter is in her senior year. Robin is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a degree in Sociology. Prior to Primrose, Robin worked in the insurance industry as a Casualty Claims Manager. Jay has a business degree from the University of Minnesota and a MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to Primrose, Jay worked as a Program Manager for an information technology research firm. We are thrilled to be franchise owners and are excited about the opportunity to continue providing quality educational childcare to the Cedar Park/Leander community.

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