Primrose School of Cornelius

Our Staff

  • Mrs.Tiffany Jenkins, Director

    Mrs.Tiffany Jenkins

    Director

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Mrs. Tiffany Jenkins.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    My name is Mrs. Tiffany Jenkins. I am a proud graduate of The Ohio State University where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Psychology. We relocated to the Cornelius area from Ohio in 2010 to be closer to our family here. My husband Pete and I have two amazing daughters, Avery and Madison! I started here at Primrose of Cornelius in the fall of 2010 and have truly enjoyed watching all of the children at our school grow and develop. I look forward to getting to know our families and children each year.

    Name: Tiffany Jenkins

    Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

    Child care experience: 9 years

    Education Background: B.A. Psychology-The Ohio State University; NC Administrator Level III Credentials; NCECC

    Favorite food: Italian or Cheesecake

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my husband Pete and my two girls, Avery and Madison and our puppy, Winnie

    Favorite children’s book: I Love You Through and Through

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy the Rooster

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Having another amazing year and continuing to grow our Primrose Family!

  • Mrs. Janet Simpson, Curriculum Coordinator

    Mrs. Janet Simpson

    Curriculum Coordinator

    I’m Mrs. Janet Simpson.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Janet Simpson

    Hometown: Canton, Ohio

    Child care experience: 14 years

    Education Background: Associates Degree Early Childhood Education; NC Early Childhood Credentials

    Favorite food: Pasta

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending quality time with my family

    Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree

    Primrose character I most relate to: Peanut the Pony

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to work with all the children in the school

  • Mrs. Cassie Watton, Administrative Assistant

    Mrs. Cassie Watton

    Administrative Assistant

    I’m Cassie Watton, I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Cassie Watton

    Hometown: Budd Lake, NJ

    Child care experience:4+ years at Primrose

    Education Background: I have a bachelor degree in Psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent development

    Favorite food: Mexican

    Favorite weekend activity: Taking trips & exploring different places

    Favorite children’s book: The Missing Piece by Shell Silverstein

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og, I love to read!

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Helping children learn and grow.

  • Ms. Jasmine Stark, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Jasmine Stark

    Infant Teacher

    I’m Jasmine Stark.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Jasmine Stark

    Hometown: Cornelius, NC

    Child care experience:4 years

    Education Background: NCEC Credentials

    Favorite food: Chinese

    Favorite weekend activity: Hanging out with my kids

    Favorite children’s book: Love you forever

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally the Bunny

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Being apart of your little ones first year

  • Ms. Holly DeMao, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Holly DeMao

    Infant Teacher

    I’m Holly DeMao.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hometown: Pittsburg, PA

    Child care experience: 15+ years

    Education Background: Elementary Education

    Favorite food: Mexican

    Favorite weekend activity Hanging at the lake

    Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally the Bunny

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting new friends!

  • Ms. Jaime Cox, Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Jaime Cox

    Young Toddler Teacher

    I’m Ms. Cox.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hometown: Apex, NC

    Child care experience: 10 years

    Education Background: Currently working on AA

    Favorite food: Sushi

    Favorite weekend activity: Reading

    Favorite children’s book: Where the Wild Things Are

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og the Bookworm

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting new people and sharing new experiences with the kids!

  • Ms. Ariana St. Germain, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Ariana St. Germain

    Toddler Teacher

    I’m Ariana St. Germain.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hometown: Norton, Massachusetts

    Child care experience: 1 year

    Education Background: Currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Development Program at SCC

    Favorite food: Pasta

    Favorite weekend activity: Bringing my dogs to the park

    Favorite children’s book: Any book by Dr. Seuss

    Primrose character I most relate to:Billy the Duck

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting all my new friends and learning lots of new things

  • Ms. Gabriella Brang, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Gabriella Brang

    Toddler Teacher
    Name: Gabriella Cardenas-Brang

    Hometown: Prescott, Arizona/ Arvada, Colorado

    Child care experience: 2 years at Primrose in Arizona, 2years Nanny

    Education Background: Studying in pre nursing and Early Childhood Education

    Favorite food: any brunch food

    Favorite weekend activity: spending time with my daughter

    Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin the Bear

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Teaching toddlers and watching them grow.

  • Ms. Jennifer Fisher, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Jennifer Fisher

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I’m Jennifer Fisher.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hometown: Hillsborough, NJ

    Child care experience: 1yr. Child care & 10yrs. Private child care

    Education Background: Liberal Arts, Interior Design Associates Degrees

    Favorite food: Sushi

    Favorite weekend activity: Family time, visits at the lake

    Favorite children’s book: The Real Mother Goose

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the Cow

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Laughing and bonding with my class

  • Ms. Lasheena Gill, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Lasheena Gill

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I’m Lasheena Gill.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hometown: Mooresville, NC

    Child care experience:8years as a Sunday School Teacher

    Education Background: Currently enrolled at UAGC

    Favorite food: Mexican

    Favorite weekend activity:Relaxing spending time with family.

    Favorite children’s book: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

    Primrose character I most relate to:Kaite

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting all my new friends and watching them grown and learn.

  • Mrs. Holli Nash, Early Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Holli Nash

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I’m Mrs. Nash.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hometown: Cornelius, NC

    Child care experience: 19 years

    Education Background: Degree in Early Childhood Education

    Favorite food: Cupcakes

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my husband and daughter.

    Favorite children’s book:Balloonia by Audry Wood

    Primrose character I most relate to: Katie

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know the children and families and watching them grow and learn.

  • Mrs. Jenica Poindexter, Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Jenica Poindexter

    Preschool Teacher

    I’m Jenica Poindexter.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.


    Hometown: Statesville, NC

    Child care experience: First job in Child care

    Education Background: Bachelors Degree in Psychology

    Favorite food: Pasta

    Favorite weekend activity: Watching movies

    Favorite children’s book: Down by the Bay

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the Cow

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I’m excited about getting to know the children and watching them grow!

  • Mrs. Taylor Stapleton, Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Taylor Stapleton

    Preschool Teacher

    I’m Taylor Stapleton.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hometown: Paintsville, KY

    Child care experience:New to this career field!

    Education Background: Bachelors degree in Social Work

    Favorite food: Pasta

    Favorite weekend activity: Playing with my three fur babies

    Favorite children’s book: there was an old lady who swallowed a fly

    Primrose character I most relate to: Katie the cat

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know all my new friends!

  • Mrs. Allison Fraleigh, Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Allison Fraleigh

    Preschool Teacher

    I’m Allison Fraleigh.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Allison Fraleigh

    Hometown: Hyde Park, NY

    Child care experience: 16 years

    Education Background:AA Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education

    Favorite food: Mexican

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my family and daughter Emma

    Favorite children’s book: Polar Express

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og the Bookworm

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Watching your child grow and have a great year!

  • Mrs. Connie Baker, Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Connie Baker

    Preschool Teacher
    I’m Connie Baker.I wanted to tell you a little about myself

    Hometown: Illinois

    Child care experience: 30+ years

    Education Background: 2 years at McHenry County College

    Favorite food: Sushi and BBQ chicken on the grill

    Favorite weekend activity: enjoying movies, riding bikes, reading, and swimming with my husband and our twins.

    Favorite children’s book: The Otis the tractor series

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy the Duck and Og

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Building new relationships with families

  • Ms. Alena Strahan, Pre-K Teacher

    Ms. Alena Strahan

    Pre-K Teacher

    I’m Alena Strahan. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hometown: Kannapolis, NC

    Child care experience: 6 years

    Education Background: Western Carolina University

    Favorite food: French Onion Soup

    Favorite weekend activity: Campfire with Family

    Favorite children’s book: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy the Duck

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know all the kids and seeing them grow!

  • Ms. Katelyn Lark, Pre-K Teacher

    Ms. Katelyn Lark

    Pre-K Teacher

    I’m Katelyn Lark.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hometown: Oceanside, NY

    Child care experience: 5 Years

    Education Background: Associates in Liberal Arts

    Favorite food: Mexican

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with friends and family.

    Favorite children’s book: Dragons Love Tacos

    Primrose character I most relate to: Katie the Cat

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know each child while watching them grow and learn.

  • Mrs. Dawn Inman, Pre-K Teacher

    Mrs. Dawn Inman

    Pre-K Teacher

    I’m Dawn Inman.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Dawn Inman

    Hometown: Binghampton, NY

    Child care experience: 16 years

    Education Background: NCEC Credential

    Favorite food: Mexican (Latin) ad Italian

    Favorite weekend activity: Being on the lake and enjoying music

    Favorite children’s book: Oh The Places You’ll Go

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og the Bookworm

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know our class!

  • Mrs. Morgan Branch, Pre-K Teacher

    Mrs. Morgan Branch

    Pre-K Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye


    I’m Morgan Branch.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hometown: Douglasville, GA

    Child care experience: 7 years

    Education Background: Bachelor in Social Science

    Favorite food: Steak

    Favorite weekend activity: Shopping

    Favorite children’s book: Green eggs and Ham

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the Cow

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting and getting to know all of our preschoolers!

  • Ms. Renee Moore, Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Renee Moore

    Kindergarten Teacher

    I’m Renee Moore.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hometown: Ravenna, OH

    Child care experience: Since 1999

    Education Background: BA Child Development

    Favorite food: Pasta

    Favorite weekend activity: Going to my son Ryder’s baseball games

    Favorite children’s book: I’ll Love You Forever

    Primrose character I most relate to: Peanut the Pony

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Watching my Kindergarten class grow and excel to get ready to start school.

  • Mrs. Isis De La Fuente, Kindergarten Assistant

    Mrs. Isis De La Fuente

    Kindergarten Assistant

    I’m Isis De La Fuente.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Isis De La Fuente

    Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico

    Child care experience: 1 ½ years

    Education Background: AA Administrative Assistant

    Favorite food: Hamburgers

    Favorite weekend activity: Running and Reading

    Favorite children’s book: The Sleeping Beauty

    Primrose character I most relate to: Arturo the Burro

    What I’m most excited about this school year: For the children to learn more words in Spanish!

  • Ms. Wendy Ayala, Chef

    Ms. Wendy Ayala

    Chef

    I’m Ms. Ayala Cancel.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hometown: Carolina, Puerto Rico

    Child care experience: 13 years

    Education Background: BA Early Childhood & Primary Education

    Favorite food: Puerto Rican Food

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my family, cooking, baking and eating together

    Favorite children’s book: Dr. Seuss’s ABC

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally the Bunny

    What I’m most excited about this school year:Preparing healthy food for the children!

  • Mrs. Venola Hall, Teacher Assistant

    Mrs. Venola Hall

    Teacher Assistant

    I’m Venola Hall. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Venola Hall

    Hometown: Davidson, NC

    Child care experience: 20+ Years

    Education Background: NCEC Credential

    Favorite food: Crab Legs, Pecan Sandies, and Fruits & Vegetables

    Favorite weekend activity: Shopping and spending time with my family and friends

    Favorite children’s book: any Pete the Cat Book

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the Cow

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know all of the new staff and families!

  • Ms. Hayley Gruce, Teacher Assistant

    Ms. Hayley Gruce

    Teacher Assistant

    I'm Hayley Gruce. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Haley Gruce

    Hometown: Davidson, NC

    Child care experience: 6 years

    Education Background: Associates of Applied Science

    Favorite food: Chocolate

    Favorite weekend activity: Reading

    Favorite children’s book: If you give a Cat a Cupcake

    Primrose character I most relate to: Katie the Cat

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Making lots of new friends.

  • Ms. Molly Pierson, Teacher Assistant

    Ms. Molly Pierson

    Teacher Assistant

    I’m Molly Pierson.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hometown: Mooresville, NC

    Child care experience: Babysitter for multiple families since 2011

    Education Background: NCECC

    Favorite food: Chicken

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my family

    Favorite children’s book: Pete the Cat books!

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the Cow

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Watching children grow and finding my strengths within child care.

  • Fred and Cheryl Jenkins, Franchise Owner

    Fred and Cheryl Jenkins

    Franchise Owners

    Fred and Cheryl Jenkins are the owners and operators of Primrose School of Cornelius. The Jenkins relocated from Southern California in 2004 to Charlotte with their two golden retrievers. Fred is an executive with a financial firm and Cheryl has been an elementary school teacher for the past seventeen years, with thirteen of those years in a kindergarten classroom. The Jenkins have four grown children - three sons and a daughter - and nine grand children! The Jenkins understand the importance and need of quality child care. As their own children struggled with finding an appropriate place for their grandchildren to attend, they decided that a quality child care/preschool was something that they could not only provide for their own children but for other parents as well. Primrose offered the chance for them to fulfill that dream.

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