Primrose School of Druid Hills

Our Staff

  • Elizabeth Bennett, Executive Director

    Elizabeth Bennett

    Executive Director

    We are so excited to have Ms. Bennett as our Executive Director! Elizabeth began working with Primrose Schools in Lawrenceville in 1998 and continued her career with Primrose when she and her husband moved to Greensboro, NC in 2003. She has experience as a Lead Teacher serving various age groups, and then joined the Leadership Team at her school in 2005. She served as the Director of the Primrose School of Brassfield for nine years, where she was responsible for overseeing daily operations, following and implementing state licensing requirements, hiring and developing teachers and maintaining enrollment. She most recently became the Curriculum Director and Senior Administrator for both Greensboro locations, Primrose Schools of New Irving Park and Brassfield, in January of 2016.

    Ms. Bennett has two young children who started at Primrose when they were each six weeks old and are a part of our Explorers program. She also recently welcomed a third baby girl to the family who attends our infant program. Throughout her time with Primrose, her attention and focus on high standards has been driven by her desire to provide the best educational environment for young children.

  • Jennifer Bullard, Curriculum Director

    Jennifer Bullard

    Curriculum Director

    Like all of our leadership team here at Primrose School of Druid Hills, Mrs. Bullard has a passion for teaching and developing young children. She has worked with preschoolers for over 20 years, most recently as a teacher at a private preschool. She felt the call to teach at a young age when her 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Harper, inspired her to dream big! She has a background in Family and Consumer Science, is Reggio Certified, and holds a Child Development Associates Certification. She is happily married to her loving husband of 25 years and is the proud mother of three sons whom she cherishes dearly. Mrs. Bullard is grateful to have a role that allows her to draw on the elements of teaching through watching others inspire and captivate young learners.


  • Jasmine McDaniel-Smalls, Assistant Director

    Jasmine McDaniel-Smalls

    Assistant Director

    Mrs. Smalls began her career with Primrose Schools in Douglasville, GA in 2008. Prior to becoming the Assistant Director at Druid Hills, she was a Lead Teacher for the Preschool classroom at the Brookhaven location. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree at Phoenix University. Mrs. Smalls joined Primrose because of the philosophy that who children become is just as important as what they know. She believes strongly in the Balanced Learning curriculum and the foundation it creates for young children. We are so excited that she chose to continue her career with Druid Hills as the Assistant Director!

    In her leisure time, Mrs. Smalls loves to shop and spend time with her family and friends.


  • Jen Brown, Assistant Director

    Jen Brown

    Assistant Director

    Ms. Jen joins us with a wealth of knowledge and twenty years of childcare experience; sixteen of those years serving as a Site Manager and Director of Operations for multiple Gymboree Play & Music locations in the Atlanta area.  Ms. Jen earned her bachelor’s degree in Health & Exercise Science at Furman University.  She was introduced to Primrose in 2021 when she joined the leadership team at the Primrose School of Dunwoody.  She looks forward to continuing her Primrose experience as she gets to know the families and staff here at the Druid Hills location! 

  • Ikia Williams, Head Chef

    Ikia Williams

    Head Chef

    I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and relocated to Atlanta in January 2023.  I am a wife and mother or 3 boys.  I have been cooking for over 8 years and I have been cooking professionally for 6 years.  I attended Philabundance Community Kitchen and obtained my Managerial ServSafe.  I have worked in several restaurants and also worked as an Assistant Chef/Dietary Specialist at Overbrook School for the Blind.  I also own my own catering business.  I enjoy cooking, it has always been my passion! 

  • Yesha Mckay, Infant Teacher

    Yesha Mckay

    Infant Teacher

    My name is Yesha McKay-Jackson, and I am a teacher at Primrose School of Druid Hills. Here’s a little about myself: I am originally from California, but Atlanta has been my home for almost 20 years now. I studied undergrad at Tuskegee University and California Baptist University earning my BA in English with an emphasis in Education. I've worked with children in some capacity my entire professional career. My experience ranges from teaching English at the high school level, to matching students with private tutors to prep for the SAT and ACT with Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions as the Pre College Director. I've been working specifically in Early Childhood Education for several years, most recently earning my CDA in Infant/Toddler. I love children and enjoy guilding them through their development. I look forward to fostering a positive and creative learning environment for the children here at Primrose Druid Hills. I know we will have a fun-filled school year together! I am excited to be a part of the Primrose Druid Hills family.

  • Gillian Napier-Wright, Infant Teacher

    Gillian Napier-Wright

    Infant Teacher

    Hello my name is Gillian Napier-Wright. ( Ms. Gill for short)

    I am very excited to be a part of Primrose! I love seeing children being happy, loved and watching them grow. I enjoy working with infants and helping them develop. I can't wait to build a relationship with your children!

  • Harriet Graham, Infant Teacher

    Harriet Graham

    Infant Teacher

    My name is Harriett Graham. l am originally from Miami FL, but Augusta Ga. has been my home for the last 29 years. I have an associate degree in public service with a major in early childhood. I obtained a Bachelors in human resources in December 2013. I have extensive experience working with diverse families in a variety of settings, from teaching, center director, to family social worker. Upon relocating to Atlanta at the end of 2022, l was excited to start in a teaching position at Primrose of Druid Hills. I look forward to promoting health and wellness of the children in my care, and I am excited to be a part of the Primrose family!

     

  • Samantha Richardson, Infant Teacher

    Samantha Richardson

    Infant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Samantha Richardson; but you can call me, Mrs. Sam. I come to Primrose School with 11 years of service with my CDA credentials having worked at military installations as a Child Youth Program Assistant during this time. I am happy to be a part of the Primrose family and to have the privilege to be a part of your child's learning experience.

  • Deanna Howard, Infant Teacher

    Deanna Howard

    Infant Teacher

    Hello! I am a Mother of three (my Sweet 3 year old Daughter & her two fur brothers )! “Fun, Friendly & Nurturing” is my motto; children learn through play and should be able to express themselves in a way that describes them best! I’ve always had a passion for working with children; I have TCC in Early Childhood Education with 11 years experience hands on in the field from Classroom Teaching to Private Nannying! I moved to Atlanta after High School to attend Georgia State University, in a town not knowing anyone, so working as a nanny allowed me to gain families who are now like family to me! Within the next couple of years I plan to own my own Nannying Agency connecting families with great Educated, Nannies with experience like myself! I look forward to meeting and working with your family while continuing to grow with more experience and opening more doors to future success for myself!

     

  • Rachael Wilson, Infant Teacher

    Rachael Wilson

    Infant Teacher

    Hello, my name is Rachael Wilson and I have been working with children for over 5 years now. I love to watch them learn and grow! I am born and raised in Georgia. I look forward to meeting your family and getting to know your child.

  • Kennedy Hicks, Infant Teacher

    Kennedy Hicks

    Infant Teacher

    I am extremely excited to be a part of the Primrose School of Druid Hills staff!  I have followed the Early Childhood Development pathway since my freshman year in high school.  My passion is helping children and watching them develop and prosper as they grow.  My goal is to make sure that each and every child thinks of Primrose as their second home!  

  • Katherine Zarralanga, Infant Teacher

    Katherine Zarralanga

    Infant Teacher

    I’ve been working with children for almost 2 years and I love everything about it, I love watching them grow and develop! I will soon be starting college to become a veterinarian.I can’t wait to get to know the families and kids at Primrose School!

  • Emawaysh Defru, Infant Teacher

    Emawaysh Defru

    Infant Teacher

    My name is Ms. Defru, and I am originally from Ethiopia. I have 2 beautiful children of my own, and I love working with the younger children each day to show them love and care for them. I am happy to be a part of the Primrose team!

  • Megan Lins, Toddler Teacher

    Megan Lins

    Toddler Teacher

    My name is Megan Lins, and I’m very excited to be a part of the Primrose family! I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and just moved back to the Atlanta area after spending a few years in Savannah. I have always loved working with children, especially infants, and between baby-sitting, helping in the nurseries at churches I have attended, and teaching, I have over 10 years of experience working with children of all ages. I can’t wait to care for and get to know you and your children.

  • Ka'Shauna Johnson, Toddler Teacher

    Ka'Shauna Johnson

    Toddler Teacher

    My name is Ka’Shauna Johnson and I am a student at Georgia State University, majoring in early childhood education. I genuinely enjoy teaching and engaging with kids and becoming an inspiration to them in a learning environment. I look forward to getting to know the families here!

  • Vicki Watchulonis, Toddler Teacher

    Vicki Watchulonis

    Toddler Teacher

    My name is Vicki Watchulonis, and I am new to the Primrose school. I love working with little ones and have 8 years of Preschool teaching experience. As a mom of one child in college and another nearly there, I know how important early childhood education is to success in school. Thank you for trusting me to care for and teach your precious children.

  • Hat-Har "Hattie" Wiggs, Toddler Teacher

    Hat-Har "Hattie" Wiggs

    Toddler Teacher

    I have been working in childcare for a little over 4 years. I have also been a dance coach for grade school children for the past two years. I have always enjoyed watching the growth and development of young children. I'm in the process of getting my CDA and can't wait to get to know my new friends at Primrose!

  • Iyanni Heywood, Toddler Teacher

    Iyanni Heywood

    Toddler Teacher

    I’m a rising junior at the Savannah State University majoring in Early Childhood Education with a minor science. I have been working with tiny tots for over three years and many more to come! I love watching the little ones grow and learn, they have always brought me joy. I can’t wait to get to know more about my new tiny friends, thank you for trusting me to teach your little ones!

     

  • Marcela Morales, Toddler Teacher

    Marcela Morales

    Toddler Teacher

    I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA.  In my free time, I love spending time with my family, as well as taking my daughter to the park.  I have been working with children for two years, and I love it!  I enjoy seeing them grow and learn new things day by day.  I'm looking forward to getting to know the children and families at Primrose School of Druid Hills!  

  • Naiesha Houston-Brooks, Early Preschool Teacher

    Naiesha Houston-Brooks

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I am very excited to work here at Primrose School of Druid Hills!  I have just moved to Atlanta from New Jersey, where I worked for the Primrose School of Mountainside for almost 9 years.  I started out in the Early Preschool class and finished as a PreK assistant teacher.  I have worked with children for almost 20 years!  I am a mother of 3 college students (one graduate and two currently enrolled).  I love children, and enjoy shaping their little minds and helping them learn and grow!  

  • Louisa Smith, Early Preschool Teacher

    Louisa Smith

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Louisa Smith. I have worked with children for several years. I am excited to learn the Balanced Learning curriculum, teach it to our young students, and see how they grow and thrive! I am currently enrolled in the Child Development Associate's program, and hope to graduate this year. I am excited to be a part of the Druid Hills team! I cannot wait to get to know you and your families.

  • Johnnita Desmond, Early Preschool Teacher

    Johnnita Desmond

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Johnnita Desmond. I am a native of Atlanta, and have worked in childcare for 7 years. I received my Bachelor's degree in Early Learning from Mercer University. In my leisure time I enjoy spending time with my family. I also enjoy watching football and basketball games. My passion has always been to work with children. I believe children are the most precious gift, and that they learn best in a loving and safe environment. I am looking forward to meeting your family and being a part of Primrose Druid Hills.

  • Monica Griffin, Early Preschool Teacher

    Monica Griffin

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I have been teaching Early Childhood Education for over 20 plus years! I'm currently in school to obtain my degree in Childhood Education. Teaching isn't just a "job" for me, this is my career, and I love what I do! I'm so eager to teach your precious children and get to know your families!

  • Caressa Pearce, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Caressa Pearce

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    I am currently a student at Georgia State University pursuing my degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been working with children for almost 10 years as a teacher and caregiver. While working in my church’s child care program, I gained a lot more love and compassion for teaching.

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

  • Zainab Sallah, EPS and Pathways Teacher

    Zainab Sallah

    EPS and Pathways Teacher

    My name is Zainab Sallah, but you can call me "Ms. Zay!" I have been working with children for over 3 years, and am currently pursuing my nursing degree from Georgia State University. I love to read and meet new people. I grew up here in Atlanta, and am looking forward to caring for your children and family.

  • Rosa Diaz, Early Preschool Teacher

    Rosa Diaz

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I am so excited to join the staff at the Primrose School of Druid HIlls! My goals are to keep growing professionally, and to show the children in my classroom that school is their second home. It is very important to me to show love and passion each day and to spread joy and happiness to the children, parents, and my co-workers.

  • Shaquita Clark, Preschool Teacher

    Shaquita Clark

    Preschool Teacher

    My name is Ms. Shaquita Clark, and I joined Primrose School of Druid Hills as the Lead Teacher in the Preschool 1 classroom in the summer of 2020. I have over 13 years of teaching experience, with the past 10 years being with Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten children. I have a Bachelors Degree, and look forward to continuing to develop my teaching experience through the Balanced Learning curriculum and getting to know the children. I have a school aged daughter and am originally from Atlanta. I look forward to getting to know your family!

  • Chrisiah Clark, Preschool Teacher

    Chrisiah Clark

    Preschool Teacher

    Welcome to our team!  Details coming soon!  

  • Carolina Soto, Preschool Teacher

    Carolina Soto

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Carolina Soto and I am the Preschool 2 lead teacher at Primrose of Druid Hills. was born and raised in Georgia, and my parents were born in Mexico. I have a younger brother and an older sister. I received my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University and will be graduating with my Bachelors Degree in the near future. During my spare time, I love to spend time with family and friends, go on road trips, attend concerts, and graphic design. It fascinates me to watch children grow and discover the world in their own way. I’m excited to be a part of the Primrose School of Druid Hills team, and I can’t wait to meet your family and help your child grow!

  • Magdelena Kidd, Preschool Teacher

    Magdelena Kidd

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello my name is Magdalena Kidd. I am originally from the island of Saint Lucia, but I lived in New York most recently. I have over 20 years of experience working with children. I am passionate about children, and love to see them smile. I am looking forward to continuing my early childhood journey in my new role as a Preschool teacher with the Primrose family.

  • Lucy Ndukwe, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Lucy Ndukwe

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    My name is Lucy Ndukwe. I am married and blessed with two beautiful girls. I joined the Primrose family because I am a firm believer in how children learn through the Balanced Learning curriculum. I earned my degree in Early Childhood Education at Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am currently working on my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. It warms my heart to see that children are provided with love, safety and nurturing care. I enjoy working with Pre-Kindergartners and watching them grow. I look forward to meeting you!

  • Naya West, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Naya West

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    I am so excited to join this school as the assistant teacher for the Pre-Kindergarten 1 class. Born and raised here in Georgia, I attended college and earned my B.F.A in Performing Arts and used that degree to pursue my career in working with children. My goal is to use my skills to help the children develop their minds and use their imagination and knowledge through song, dance, and creativity. I’m very excited to be a part of this fantastic team!

  • Camesha Walker, PreK Teacher

    Camesha Walker

    PreK Teacher

    I  was born and raised here in Atlanta Georgia.  I have a BA in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy working with children and watching them grow from day to day. It is always my goal to help each child reach their full potential as I know that the learning curve is different for each individual. It brings such joy to my heart to see the transformation and hard work each child puts in as they flourish into a little scholar. I am extremely excited to be a part of the Primrose School of Druid Hills team and to learn the Primrose way.

  • Sharon Toussaint, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Sharon Toussaint

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I’m Sharon Toussaint and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Primrose Family! I have high hopes of being a positive light in my student’s lives and being able to work closely with them and their parents, all while gaining full exposure as an educator. I am originally from Chicago, IL and have lived in Atlanta, GA for 4 years. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with 7 years of experience in education. My interests/likes are astrology (I’m an Aquarius), spending time outdoors, reading African-American literature, and creating mixes/playlists (I was a DJ in my past life). I believe in creating a positive and welcoming atmosphere for students to meet their full potential. I believe that all students possess their own ways of being unique and it’s my job to create an environment where students can thrive. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this community and be an advocate for the students and watching them grow every step of the way.  

  • Dominique Harris, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Dominique Harris

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello, my name is Dominique Harris and I have been working with children since 2009. I started off as a10th grade English tutor in California and I've had a passion for working with youth ever since. For 4 years, I've worked with children from ages 3-12 years of age. This school year I look forward to building positive relationships with the children and their families!

  • Tamara Thornton, Private Kindergarten Teacher

    Tamara Thornton

    Private Kindergarten Teacher

    I am excited about joining the excellent staff of Primrose of Druid Hills. I was born in Dallas, Texas, but moved to Georgia when I was seven. I grew up in Stone Mountain, and I currently reside in Doraville. I am a retired teacher of the DeKalb County School District. I have 30 years experience of teaching first and second grade. I have my Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Georgia. Then I attended Clark Atlanta University and earned my Master's degree in Early Childhood Education. My favorite things to do are reading, watching movies, dancing, being involved with my Women's Group at church, and spending time with family and friends. I am dedicated to creating an enjoyable, inviting, and dynamic learning environment to motivate students to learn and want to be good citizens.

  • Lucrecia Garcia, Support Teacher

    Lucrecia Garcia

    Support Teacher

    Hola! My name is Lucrecia Garcia. I am from Guatemala, and I have lived in Georgia for 10 plus years. I have over 30 years of childcare experience. I am very passionate about children because of the love they give back to us each and every day. I look forward to seeing their smiling faces everyday, and I also love introducing children to new vocabulary in Spanish. I am very excited to be a part of the Primrose Druid Hills team, and I look forward to getting to know your family.

  • Laura and Paul Stechmesser, Franchise Owner

    Laura and Paul Stechmesser

    Franchise Owner

    Meet Laura and Paul Stechmesser — proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Druid Hills. As with everyone in the Primrose Schools family, the Stechmessers believe that who children become is as important as what they know. They are excited to bring the thoughtful curriculum and impressive character-building focus of the Balanced Learning® approach to the Druid Hills community.

    “When we had our first child, it was a challenge to find nurturing child care with an educational component in our neighborhood,” said Laura. “A friend of mine told me how well her children were doing at Primrose; not only were they excelling academically, but they were building life skills and good character as well. I knew that was exactly what we needed in the Druid Hills community.”

    A Clemson graduate and a University of Tennessee alum, Laura and Paul met in Atlanta and have been married for more than 10 years. They are incredibly proud of their three children: Lilly, Luke and Mary Hazel. Paul manages the Coca-Cola Studios design team at The Coca-Cola Company. Laura left a prosperous career in logistics and supply chain management to fulfill her dream of owning a Primrose school in her beloved community. 

    “We love this community and are invested in helping children grow into future leaders,” said Laura. “Parents here genuinely value education, and Paul and I are confident that the high-quality, Balanced Learning curriculum at Primrose Schools is uniquely positioned to set up local children for future success in school and in life. When our children are equipped with the tools they need to thrive, the whole community benefits.”

    The school features the Balanced Learning curriculum in infant through Pre-Kindergarten classrooms and the Primrose Explorers after-school program for students up to age 10. All three of Laura and Paul’s children have attended the school in the Primrose Explorers program and currently the Pre-Kindergarten program. Developed and taught exclusively at Primrose Schools, the research-informed curriculum blends purposeful play with nurturing guidance to develop curious, compassionate and creative individuals.

    “For our family, opening Primrose School of Druid Hills was a proud moment, and we’re excited to give back to a loving community that has given us so much,” said Laura. “We want to welcome parents, teachers, community members and students alike to our Primrose family!”

    Primrose School of Druid Hills is located at 2910 North Druid Hills Road.

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