Primrose School of Chanhassen

Our Staff

  • Mrs. Erica Fouquette, Director

    Mrs. Erica Fouquette

    Director

    Bio coming soon

  • Mrs. Lynne Thompson, Director of Operations

    Mrs. Lynne Thompson

    Director of Operations

    Bio coming soon

  • Mrs. Katie Wilmes, Education Coach

    Mrs. Katie Wilmes

    Education Coach

    Hi! My name is Katie Wilmes. I live in Carver, MN with my husband, 2 children and cat. We have a 3 year old daughter who is in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom and a 3 year old little boy who is in the Preschool classroom. I grew up in Plymouth, MN and am one of four children. I’m pretty much a homebody and enjoy just being at home with my family. My dream was always to become a mother and raise my kids so I’m pretty much living my dream. ☺️

    I hold a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University. Though I originally moved up to Bemidji to attend college I ended up falling in love with the people and community and ended up living there for about 10 years before moving back to the cities.

    I’ve worked with kids as far back as I can remember as a babysitter, a nanny, a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) for a young girl with autism, and I worked at The Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area for 7 years. After that I taught preschool at a childcare center in Rosemount, MN. Before I became an Infant and Young Toddler here at Primrose Chanhassen, I took the opportunity to be a stay-at-home parent. As much as I love being home with my kids I felt it was time for them to start learning about what else the world can offer. Full time care for them meant full time work for me and what luck to come upon Primrose of Chanhassen.

    Now I am excited to take on the position of Education Coach and help mentor our teachers to help guide them through the developmental and education process to continue to growth of our future leaders.

  • Ms. Kara Spates, Infants & Young Toddlers Teacher

    Ms. Kara Spates

    Infants & Young Toddlers Teacher

    Welcome to our Infant and Young Toddler classroom! My name is Ms. Kara Spates and I am looking forward to helping the little ones learn and grow. I wanted to work for Primrose because of their structure, their values and the way they introduce lessons.

    I grew up in a small town in northern Minnesota and I am very family oriented. I have one older sister and younger twin brothers. I have a Bachelors Degree in Biology & Nursing that I received from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. I moved to Apple Valley as my family had all migrated there prior to me moving.

    I enjoy reading, quilting, diamond painting, riding my bike, swimming and spending time with friends and family.

    I am excited to embark on this academic journey with all of you!

  • Mrs. Tiffany Harrison, Infant and Young Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Tiffany Harrison

    Infant and Young Toddler Teacher

    I am Tiffany Harrison and I am so excited to join the Primrose Chanhassen family! This is my first year teaching, however I have worked with disabled adults and volunteered at many family daycare centers. I love helping people so much that I even began my own cleaning company in 2015. In 2016, my husband and I found our perfect home in Chaska where we are raising our daughter and little yorkie.

    It brings me great joy to have the opportunity to work in each classroom as an additional teacher to assist our current teachers and best of all get to know each child and all the families here at Primrose. I'm eager to learn new teaching techniques and sharing the tools I have learned from my experience. I look forward to meeting each member of this inviting community, don't be shy and say "Hi" to me!

  • Ms. CandyAnn Herme, Infant and Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. CandyAnn Herme

    Infant and Young Toddler Teacher

    Bio coming soon!

  • Ms. Lisa Kociemba, Toddler & Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Lisa Kociemba

    Toddler & Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Lisa Kociemba and I am excited to work with the Toddlers here at Primrose! I currently live in Chaska and have lived in Anoka, but I grew up in Fridley with my 4 siblings. I have a fiancé' name Brad and a 14 year old daughter named Haley as well as a dog named Maisey. I went to Rasmussen College for Child development and I have been in childcare for 15 years. I have worked at many places but I'm excited to be at Primrose.

    In my free time I enjoy spending my time with my family and we are all home bodies so we watch movies together or in the summer go fishing and swimming. I like to exercise, read books, listen to music and I am learning to play the guitar on top of already knowing how to play the flute and piano.

    I love working with kids because I love the connection I get with them! I love watching how much they grow in a short time and I also love how excited they get when they see my face.

  • Ms. Isabel Hines, Toddler/Early Preschool Teacher Aide

    Ms. Isabel Hines

    Toddler/Early Preschool Teacher Aide

    Hello everyone!

    My name is Isabel Hines and welcome to the Toddler & Early Preschool classroom at the Primrose School of Chanhassen! I grew up in St. Bonifacius, MN and I am so excited to join this community and get to know all of you as we begin our educational journey at Primrose.

  • Ms. Autumn Kosec, Toddler & Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Autumn Kosec

    Toddler & Early Preschool Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Welcome to Early Preschool at the Primrose School of Chanhassen! I am so excited to have you in our classroom. My name is Ms. Autumn Kosec and I am excited to begin this educational journey with you. I spent my first two years of college studying at the University of Wisconsin of River Falls. Now, I am currently attending the University of Minnesota.

    I have two cats named Muffin and Angel. In my free time, I love to go shopping, hanging out with my friends and family and I love to paint whenever I get the chance.

    I am excited to get to know all of you and embark on this academic adventure with you!

     

  • Ms. Chantra-Lee Jackson, Preschool Pathways & Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Chantra-Lee Jackson

    Preschool Pathways & Preschool Teacher

    Hello everyone!

    My name is Ms. Jackson. I am excited to get to know all of you and embark on so many fun learning opportunities. A little about myself, I am a proud mother of two girls, ages 16 and 12. I have been working with kids of all ages for the past 20 years and it has been nothing short of rewarding in every aspect.

    In my free time, I love to spend time with family and friends, being active outside and have movie days with my daughters! I love to take vacations to the ocean any chance I get.

    I am excited for our journey together at Primrose!

  • Amarja Babtiwale, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Amarja Babtiwale

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Welcome to Pathways friends! I am so excited to be your teacher!

    I am Miss A. and I am from India where I received my masters degree from Pune University. I use to teach at the Primrose School of Eden Prairie in 2016 and still have great memories from there. A little fun fact about me is that I teach Japanese in the evenings and on the weekend. In my free time I love to make mandala designs and spend time with my family. I am so excited to be here at Primrose Chanhassen!

  • Mrs. Heather Jameson, Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Heather Jameson

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Heather Jameson. I was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. I attended the University of Alaska, Southeast for 2 years then I attended the University of Oregon for 1 year. After that, I moved to Mankato, MN and finished my Elementary Education Degree there.

    Mankato is also where I met my husband Matt. We moved to Apple Valley where I finished my student teaching. At the time, I had a friend who worked for Primrose in a Pre-K classroom and told me to apply. Five years later, I still love it at Primrose!

    A few years after working at Primrose, Matt and I bought a house in Bloomington, which is much closer then Apple Valley, and we have enjoyed the past year celebrating our first year of marriage although we have been together for over a decade!

    I am so happy to be a part of the Primrose family and look forward to getting to know all of you!

  • Ms. Brooke Herman, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Brooke Herman

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello Primrose families!

    My name is Ms. Brooke Herman and I am a teacher in the Preschool classroom at the Primrose School of Chanhassen. I grew up in Carver, Minnesota and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Spanish. I am currently pondering pursuing a Masters in Educational Psychology.

    I have a passion for learning and am excited to implement what I have learned to contribute to your child's growth at Primrose. In my free time, I love to play volleyball, play music, and to play games with my friends and family.

    I am excited to be a part of your children's educational journey. I look forward to developing a relationship with you and your child as well as fostering a fun and engaging learning environment!

  • Ms. Blythe Lust, Preschool Pathways and Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Blythe Lust

    Preschool Pathways and Preschool Teacher

    Hey y'all! I am so glad to be a teacher in the Preschool and Preschool Pathways classes! This is my first year at Primrose, but I have been in early childhood education for a few years now. I attended St. Edward's University in Austin Texas. Before that, I grew up in Omaha Nebraska showing cattle in 4-H. I love singing, baking, exploring, climbing trees, swimming, being creative and hanging with my dog Midnight. So come say "Hi", tell me what's on your mind, feel free to ask me questions because I promise to always be by your side!

  • Ms. Allison Muehlbauer, Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Allison Muehlbauer

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello!

    My name is Allison Muehlbauer and I am excited to begin my journey with you at the Primrose School of Chanhassen. This is my first year teaching at Primrose and I am so excited! I grew up in Maple Grove, Minnesota and now live in Otsego. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Minnesota State University-Moorhead and have spent the past 5 years working with and teaching children.

    I have a dog named Murphy at home and I like to spend time with my family and friends in my free time!

    I can't wait to get to know all of you as we begin this new school year!

  • Mrs. Swathi Kaparthi, Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Swathi Kaparthi

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Welcome!

    I am so excited to be joining your child on his or her learning journey. Private Pre-Kindergarten is an exciting time for your child and a crucial part of setting up future success in school. I look forward to getting to know each student and supporting them in their learning.

    I did my Masters in Business Management then spent 3 years working in a staffing company. Later, I decided to become a teacher and began working with children. I have been working with and teaching children for 5 years now. I live in Eden Prairie with my husband and daughter. I love to spend my free time with my family, watch a game, go on nature walks and visit new places!


  • DeAnna Juan, Pre-Kindergarten Aide

    DeAnna Juan

    Pre-Kindergarten Aide

    Hi! My name is DeAnna Juan. I grew up and lived in Pleasanton, CA and I just moved to Chaska, MN. I graduated high school early and attended Las Positas College in Livermore, CA where I was pursuing my Associate in Arts for Transfer in Psychology. I planned on transferring to UC Davis but I then got recruited to the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis for cheerleading. I decided to take this semester off because I want to complete the rest of my classes at the university, where I’ll now be pursuing my Bachelors in Biopsychology as well as in Nursing. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my dog named Cali or working out. I also have a little sister at home and I enjoy playing with her and her friends, which is why I wanted to get a job working with children. I’m very excited to start working as a teachers aid at Primrose of Chanhassen for the experience and to gain better knowledge of working with children!

  • Chef Laura Buckman, Chef Laura

    Chef Laura Buckman

    Chef Laura

    HI! My name is Laura Buckman and I am very excited to be the Chef at Primrose School of Chanhassen!

    I graduated from Le Cordon Bleu 10 years ago with a Baking and Pastry Degree. I have been passionate about baking and cooking for as long as I can remember. My uncle owns a donut shop in Byron, MN and as a kid my idea of a fun summer break was waking up at 2 am and making donuts! I even almost burned my house down in elementary school after being inspired by the food network and attempting to fry chicken. So I believe cooking has always been in the cards for me, I just needed some training. Since graduation I have been working in scratch bakeries focusing on natural foods being a cook, baker, and a cake decorator.

    Other than food my great love in life is animals. I have two dogs, a Papillon and a Pomeranian, and 2 cats. I have fostered over 15 other animals in the last year as well. If I am not in the kitchen or laying in a pile of animals, you can find me messing around in my garden, reading true crime books, or playing dinosaurs with my nephew.

    I am looking forward to sharing my passion for great tasting quality foods and to help create an exciting healthy relationship with food for all the kids I have the pleasure of cooking for!

  • Chef Edward Devine-Forsberg, Chef Ed

    Chef Edward Devine-Forsberg

    Chef Ed

    Hello!

    My name is Edward Devine-Forsberg but you might know me as Chef Ed. I was born in Chicago but raised in Minnesota. I have been working in restaurants since I was 15 years old. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in 2002, I bounced around Minnesota fine tuning my craft and finding my niche. After trying my hand at steak houses, hotels & resorts, burger bars, and even up-scale movie theatres; a fit was found in owning an all-day-brunch food truck.

    Unfortunately, handling the tribulations of the Covid pandemic proved difficult for a new business. Undeterred, I came across an opportunity at Primrose Schools and am excited for the chance to bring fun and nutritious meals to the kids of Primrose.

    I am excited to being my journey at Primrose and to teach our youth about different kinds of foods and opening their horizons to new and tasty foods.

  • Ben and Lisa Adams, Franchise Owner

    Ben and Lisa Adams

    Franchise Owners

    It was easy to see. . .children were not ready for first grade. This was the conclusion that former first grade teacher Lisa Adams, MaED came to each September as children came into her classroom, unprepared socially and academically. But why? A preschool education can be the most important foundation a child can have since the majority of their brain is developed by age four. So when she and her husband began planning their own family in 2003, a quest was born. First locally and eventually nationwide, Lisa searched for researched-based education and quality care with an emphasis on social/emotional skills. What the Adams' sought, and finally found, was Primrose Schools. The Adams' could easily see the Primrose difference and decided to bring the country's best private preschool to Eden Prairie in 2007. The program that was developed at Primrose School of Eden Prairie was adopted by the entire Southwest Metro with such enthusiasm that a sister campus was built in Chanhassen to make the Primrose Experience available to more students and families. The Primrose School of Eden Prairie was built for Ben and Lisa's son Allen, who was born in 2005. After completing the entire program, Allen graduated in 2012 and happily started first grade very well prepared. The Primrose School of Chanhassen is built for you the families who live in our community. Benjamin and Lisa Adams want to share the Primrose experience with you.

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