Primrose School of Cottage Grove

Our Staff

  • Mr. Arora, Owner/CEO

    Mr. Arora

    Owner/CEO

    Hi, I am Mr. Arora. I am the CEO and Owner and love being able to work both operations and the business side. It is such a joy seeing young minds grow while mentoring.

  • Mrs. Arora, Owner

    Mrs. Arora

    Owner

    Hi, I am Ms. Arora. I am Primrose School of Cottage Grove Owner and Director. I love having the opportunity to provide a robust curriculum to children which embeds character development and watching children learn and grow. I also love being able to mentor and coach teachers to help them reach their goals.

  • Ms. Borst, Director

    Ms. Borst

    Director

    Hello, I'm Ms. Borst.

    I have over 13 years of early education experience working at multiple different centers. I live in Woodbury with my 3 year old son and love being outside and being active in health and fitness.

  • Mrs. Kilsdonk, Education Coach

    Mrs. Kilsdonk

    Education Coach

    Hello, I’m Mrs. Kilsdonk.

    I have been married for over 27 years and together we have three wonderful boys. We love to watch movies together and then rate them all year long and at the end of the year we have our very own Oscar Award ceremony. I love watching little minds grow and learning; my favorite part is when a child finally understands or “gets it”. Whatever that is that we are working on that “aha!” moment is so rewarding.

     

  • Ms. Kiewel, Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Kiewel

    Administrative Assistant

    Hello, I'm Ms. Kiewel.

    I graduated from Concordia St. Paul in 2021 with a B.A in marketing. I enjoy playing volleyball and played throughout college. I have five years of childcare experience working as an assistant teacher. I'm looking forward to beginning a new role and being apart of the Primrose team!

     

  • , Infant Teacher

    Infant Teacher

    Hello, I’m Ms. Myers. I’ve worked for a few years in early childhood, with all ages. I love working with children because you get to see all their smiling faces.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

  • , Infant Teacher

    Infant Teacher

    Hello, I’m Ms. Duong.

    I am from Vietnam and have over 20 years of early education experience. I love working with children and I want to be a positive person in their lives and guide them in the right direction.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

  • , Infant Teacher

    Infant Teacher

    Hello, I'm Ms. Power.

    During high school, I worked for a childcare center and learned how to become a teachers aide. I realized my love of working with children and later worked at another center.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • , Infant Teacher

    Infant Teacher

    Hi, I'm Ms. Roberts.

    I have worked in childcare for two years and I have a high school diploma. I love doing what I do because I love making a difference in a child's life. It's amazing to watch a child grow and learn and and I love the relationships I am able to make.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • , Infant Teacher

    Infant Teacher

    Hello, I'm Ms. Engler.

    I have been babysitting since I was about 9, I’ve always had a passion for taking care of babies. I love what I do because I enjoy watching infants grow up and learn their personality and become more independent.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • , Toddler Teacher

    Toddler Teacher

    Hello, I’m Ms. Pavek.

    I have worked with kids since high school, I did internships and summer programs, and it turned into my passion! I am the oldest of six kids and have a child myself.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

  • , Toddler Teacher

    Toddler Teacher

    Hi, I'm Ms. Jamison.

    I’ve always had a love for helping children. I’ve nannied for many years, and tutored children here and there. I love that I can make a difference in young lives and also influence future generations!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • , Toddler Teacher

    Toddler Teacher

    Hello, I'm Ms. Cruz.

    I'm from South St. Paul, MN where I attented high school and now pursuing a degree. I began babysitting when I was younger and always loved working with children and helping them grow.

    I can't wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • , Toddler Teacher

    Toddler Teacher

    Hello, I’m Ms. Coy.  

    I grew up in Thailand and have more than 20 years of experience working with children. I’m excited to work with children. I am looking forward to getting to know the children and helping them to grow.

    I can't wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • , Early Preschool Teacher

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello, I’m Ms. Rutzen.

    I have been student teaching kindergarten since high school and continued it in college. Completing half of an education degree taught me a lot about development and determining what the child needs.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

  • , Early Preschool Teacher

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello, I’m Mr. Capetillo.

    I have been working with kids for at least three years. I love getting to know the children I’m working with.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

  • , Preschool Pathway Teacher

    Preschool Pathway Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Hello, I’m Ms. Adam.

    I am from Woodbury, MN. I have been helping shape children’s lives through exploration, empowering of natural skills, and supporting early child education for the past 16 years. I have a sincere love for children, their well being, and their developmental growth. I am excited to work in an environment that supports all of those things.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

  • , Preschool Pathway Teacher

    Preschool Pathway Teacher

    Hi, I'm Ms. Johnson.

    I took an early childhood education class in high school and I've also taught 3-6 year old tumbling classes! I love cheerleading and have also taught a mini cheer team. I'm excited to get to know all of the kids and make a difference in their lives.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • , Preschool Teacher

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello, I’m Ms. Pemberton.

    I’m excited to work with children. I am looking forward to getting to know the children and helping them to grow.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

  • , Preschool Teacher

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello, I’m Ms. Skaar.

    I have more than 4 years working as an Elementary PE teacher. My mom has been in education for over 30 years and I want to follow in her footsteps. I love working with children.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

  • , Preschool Teacher

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello, I'm Mr. Larson.

    I'm excited to work with children and help them reach their full potential. I enjoy teaching them new things and creating a fun and safe environment for them!

    I can't wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • , Preschool Teacher

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello, I’m Mrs. Kale. 

    I grew up in India and have worked with children for 4 years. I’m excited to work with children. I am looking forward to getting to know the children and helping them to grow.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • , Pre-K Teacher

    Pre-K Teacher

    Hello, I’m Ms. Biehl.

    I am from Indianapolis, IN and have a Bachelors of Science in Early Education. I have worked at a hospital childcare and a lab school at Weber State University in Utah. I have taught preschoolers and trained college students. I love working with children and watching them learn and grow!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

  • , Pre-K Teacher

    Pre-K Teacher

    Hello, I’m Ms. Tsering.

    I have worked with children of all ages in different settings; from their homes to an assistant teacher to working in a non-profit organization. I love working with children and the passion for helping and watching them learn, grow and achieve in each step, even if its small is very rewarding.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

  • , Explorer Teacher

    Explorer Teacher

    Hello, I'm Ms. Tjernagel.

    I love working with young children as they learn, grow and experience new skills for life! I have a B.S. in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music. I have been teaching for more than 20 years with 13 years in preschool. The joy and excitement never grows old!

    I can't wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • , Support Teacher

    Support Teacher

    Hello, I’m Ms. Olson.

    I have worked as a babysitter/nanny since I was 15. My mom was an elementary teacher so I’ve always had the opportunity to help out there. I love working with kids because of how unique and fun each of them are.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

  • , Support Teacher

    Support Teacher

    Hello, I’m Ms. Lund.

    I just graduated from Park High School and plan to continue my education after taking a year off. I love working with kids and have previous babysitting experience! In my free time I like to hang out with friends and skateboard.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • , Support Teacher

    Support Teacher

    Hello, I'm Ms. Reiman.

    I have previous experience babysitting and I'm excited to get to know all the families and kids at Primrose! I moved to the U.S from Mexico when I was 10 years old and now I'm pursuing a degree in the medical field! 

    I can't wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • Mickey and Melinda Arora, Franchise Owner

    Mickey and Melinda Arora

    Franchise Owner

    Meet Melinda and Mickey Arora, proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Cottage Grove. As long time Cottage Grove residents, they are excited to bring the nation’s leading early education and care provider to their neighborhood.

    Before Mickey and Melinda’s first son was born in 2012, the couple began to look for a premier high-quality child care option that provided a nurturing atmosphere, as they both worked full-time. They fell in love with Primrose while on a tour of one of the schools. From the moment they walked in, they knew Primrose was the caliber of early education and care they wanted for their growing family. But Cottage Grove did not have the high-quality education that Primrose offers, so they decided to help their local community fulfill that need by becoming Franchise Owners of their own Primrose school.

    “We’ve had a desire to start our own business for a long time, but once we had children, our dream changed into opening a business that would help them and our local community,” said Melinda. “We knew Primrose was the right opportunity for our family because we believe in the benefits and values of the Balanced Learning® approach and love the nurturing environment that a Primrose school provides to children as the leaders in early education.”

    The couple met on the tennis courts, and the rest is history! After getting married more than 13 years ago, they moved to Cottage Grove. Mickey graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and holds a master’s degree in technology management from the University of St. Thomas. Melinda has a bachelor’s degree in marketing management and a mini MBA from St. Thomas. She will run the day-to-day operations of the school, and Mickey will support with the schools’ technology and other business activities. In their down time, the couple still stay active by playing friendly games of tennis and taking long walks with their family. Spending time together as a family is the most treasured part of their day.

    “As working parents ourselves, we understand that children are the most precious beings in anyone’s life, and as parents, you want the highest quality care for them while you’re away at work,” said Mickey. “We had dreamed of bringing Primrose to Cottage Grove, and throughout our four-year journey from concept to construction, we knew that we could not give up on bringing the premier education to our deserving community. That’s why we are opening this school: to provide excellent early education that also focuses on developing character in children to more families in our local community.”

    Primrose School of Cottage Grove will feature the Primrose Schools exclusive Balanced Learning approach. The research-informed approach blends purposeful play with nurturing guidance to encourage curiosity, confidence and compassion. Mickey and Melinda’s sons will both get to attend the new school and take part in the Primrose Experience.

    Primrose School of Cottage Grove is located at 6927 Pine Arbor Drive South, Cottage Grove, MN. To learn more, please visit www.PrimroseCottageGrove.com.

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