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Kelly has been with Primrose School of Edina since February 2013 where she began her career as an Early Preschool teacher for 2 years, became an Assistant Director, and finally the School Director where she has found her passion for providing a quality, loving education experience for all families and students. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and double minored in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She has over 14 years of experience working in a childcare based setting. Kelly loves working with children and seeing them learn and develop in their exceptional ways through a variety of learning experiences.
Ms. Nixt began her career with Primrose School of Edina in August of 2014 where she started in our Early Preschool classroom for 2 years and then taught in our Preschool program for 2 years. In August 2018 she became the Director of Education and Training where she gets to continue to share her love of teaching with both our Edina school and West Plymouth school. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stout with a bachelor’s degree in human development and Family studies, a minor in Child Psychology, and a concentration in Early Childhood. She has over 18 years of experience working in a child care-based setting. Ms. Nixt has a great passion for Early Childhood; she loves watching children explore our enhanced learning centers, engage in our STEAM based learning activities, and seeing the light bulbs moments happen daily in each of our classrooms.
Ms. Matlock is an Assistant Director at our Primrose School of Edina. She has two degrees in the Early Childhood field, one from AAS-Saint Paul College and Metro State University. Ms. Matlock has been a Pre-K teacher with Primrose for the past 6 years. With her years of experience and schooling, Ms. Matlock can't wait to collaborate with Primrose. In her free time she loves to explore what Minnesota has to offer, especially in the summer, her favorite season.
Ms. Youngberg joined our team in February of 2022. Prior to her joining our Infant team, Ms. Youngberg worked in our Young Toddler classroom. Ms. Youngberg is currently towards her CDA. She has a passion for working with young children especially with the infant age group. She loves seeing the light bulb going off along with their smile. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 2 boys, who are 12 and 15.
Ms. Warren joined our team in September of 2022 where she is a teacher in our Infant A classroom. Ms. Warren is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is currently working on getting her degree in nursing. In her spare time, Ms. Warren enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves working with the infants and is excited to get know them as they begin their Primrose journey.
Ms. Long joined our team in November of 2014 where she is a teacher in our Infant B classroom! Ms. Long is from Hunan, China. She now lives in Edina with her husband and two sons. She previously was in a nurse before starting her career in Early Childhood Education. She has been working in the Early Education for the last 16 years and has spent 8 of those years working in our Infants. Over the years, she loves getting to know all the students and their families. She excited to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on our students. In her spare time, she loves to go shopping, watching TV, and spending time with her family.
Ms. Hunter joined our team in September of 2021, where she is a teacher in our Infant classroom! Ms. Hunter is originally from Shiner, Texas and currently lives with her family in Richfield, Minnesota. She has always loved being around kids and wanted to be a teacher when she was growing up. She has a Communication degree and is currently working towards her CDA. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and being outside when the weather is nice.
Ms. Rosas joined our team in October of 2022 where she is the Support teacher between our Infant A and Infant B classrooms! Ms. Rosas is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her first childcare experience was in high school, at her daughter's daycare and she fell in love with the atmosphere. She also loves to travel, and her dream is travel to many places she can around the world. Ms. Rosas loves to read. She also loves to go to concerts with her partner and/or friends.
Ms. Roess joined our team in September of 2022 where she is a teacher in our Infant and Toddler classroom. Ms. Roess has a degree in Communications but has been involved in Early Childhood Education one way or another her whole life. Ms. Roess and her husband currently reside in Burnsville with their dog, Ollie. She has 2 children, Madeline and John. She also currently teaches Musikgarten in the mornings. Making music with young children is her passion!
Ms. Lombardy joined our team in Sept of 2022 where she is a teacher in our Toddler A classroom. Ms. Lombardy resides in Eden Prairie with her sassiest cat name Toulouse. She recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology. She loves antiques and period dramas like Downtown Abbey and Alias Grace. She is also a huge Harry Potter fan. She dislikes bugs very much but love laying in the hammock, hikes, and swimming.
Ms. Buchanan joined our team in November of 2019 where she is a teacher in our Toddler B classroom! Ms. Buchanan currently resides in Brooklyn Center with her cat Rezzy. She has been working in childcare since 2015 and wants to continue making an impact in children’s lives. Her favorite things to do in her spare time is watching Marvel movies! She also loves to spend time with her niece and nephew. She enjoys getting to be a special part in your child’s life and building a bond as they grow in her class. Ms. Buchanan is excited to work with your family this school year.
Ms. Lucas joined our team in September of 2020. Prior to her joining our Toddler B classroom, Ms. Lucas worked in our Young Toddler classroom. Before coming to Primrose, Ms. Lucas worked as an Assistant Teacher and a camp counselor. She has always enjoyed working with children. Her family and friends mean everything to her! Fun fact about Ms. Lucas; her sister, Ms. Parlier is a Preschool teacher at our school! Ms. Lucas is excited to get to know your families and continue to grow relationships with all of our families!
Ms. Campos joined our team in May of 2021. Prior to her being a teacher in our Early Preschool, Ms. Campos worked as our Support Teacher for our Early Preschool/Preschool Pathways classroom. Ms. Campos is currently working towards her CDA. She moved to Minnesota from Georgia in 2020 with her husband. She enjoys going on long walks with her puppy spike. Target is literally her second home! She also loves to travel and try new foods. Her favorite month is December because it is holiday season as well as her birthday month! She loves the cold weather bud really dislike snow!
Ms. Simmons joined our team in April of 2022 where she is an Aide in our Preschool Pathways classroom! Ms. Simmons is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. She loves working with children stems from their complex developmental abilities. She loves seeing the way they see the world! She also loves anything Halloween and Disney!
Ms. Rucker joined our team in October of 2022, where she is a teacher in our Preschool Pathways classroom! Ms. Rucker currently resides in Minneapolis. She is also work towards her CDA. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family. Ms. Rucker is looking forward getting to know her children in her classroom as well as their families.
Ms. Parlier joined our team in August of 2019. Prior to her joining our team, she worked at Primrose school of Rochester. Ms. Parlier worked as a teacher in our Preschool Pathways classroom before joining our Preschool team. Ms. Parlier graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Winona State University; however, she found a deep passion for working with Early Childhood Education after starting at Primrose Schools. Her favorite time of the day is Og’s Story Time and Early Art Masters! She can’t wait to meet all the wonderful friends joining this class this year. She is also excited for all the growth and fun going to happen this upcoming school year.
Ms. Toivonen aka Ms. T joined our team in November of 2019. Ms. Parlier worked as a teacher in our Preschool Pathways classroom before joining our Preschool team. Ms. Toivonen currently resides in Fridley, Minnesota with her husband and 2 cats; Lous and Draco. She has always had passion for teaching, especially for Early Childhood Education. The light bulb moments and the magic of learning are everything! When she is not in the classroom you will find her spending time with family, studying, or checking out museums and Taco Trucks with her husband.
Ms. Lindquist joined our team in August of 2018. Before find her home in Preschool B, Ms. Lindquist worked as Support Teacher in Preschool classrooms and Early Preschool/Preschool Pathways classroom. and where she is a teacher in our Infant B classroom! She attended Minnesota State University Mankato, majoring in Special Education! Ms. Lindquist has a passion for Education & LOVES watching her students thrive! In her spare time, she loves being outside & always enjoys reading a good mystery/thriller! She lives with her fiancé & her four legged, furry children (Jack & Maddie). She is so excited to meet you & share her love for education with everyone!
Ms. Kambil joined our team in February of 2019, where she is a teacher in Preschool B classroom! Ms. Kambil currently resides in Eden Prairie with her family. She has a 3-year-old puppy name Rari, who likes chewing on her slippers. She loves to take long walks with him too! She loos forward to a fulfilled educational year with her Primrose friends.
Ms. White joined our team in February of 2022 where she is the Support Teacher between our Preschool A and Preschool B classrooms! Ms. Currently is attending college online. In her spare time, she loves food and sleeping when she can! She also loves music! Ms. White looks forward to working with your children and families.
Ms. Schramm joined our team in September of 2021 where she is a teacher in our Preschool C classroom! Ms. Schramm has a Bachelor’s Degree in HDFS from North Dakota State University. She has a son, Syre, who attends Primrose as well! She loves being a mom but find the challenges too! You can always catch her drinking coffee almost everyday! Is a HUGE sports fan, especially when it comes to basketball & football! She also loves going on adventures and traveling with her family. Ms. Schramm loves what she does because she know she is making a difference in kids lives!
Ms. Bunay joined our team in January of 2022, where she is a teacher in our Preschool C classroom! Ms. Bunay currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is currently working towards her CDA. In her spare time, painting with her friends. Holidays are favorite because she loves spending them with her family. She also loves to travel, especially to Mexico and Ecuador.
Ms. Harrison joined our team in May of 2018 where she is a teacher in our Pre K A classroom! Ms. Harrison is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has a Bachelors of Art in Elementary from the University of Iowa. She has worked briefly as a substitute teacher before fining her niche in Early Childhood Education. In 2018, she was in the top 10 for the National Childcare Teacher of the year ward before re-locating to Minnesota. She enjoys reading, watching movies, kayaking, baking, and spending time with her husband and cat, Dragon.
Ms. Puri joined our team in September of 2021 where she is the Support teacher between our Pre K A and Pre K B classrooms! Ms. Puri is originally from India and came to Minnesota in February of 2019. She lives with her husband, Raj and son, Tanush. She completed her masters and childcare diploma from India. She loves to sing, cook, paint, dance, and draw. Her dream is to visit Switzerland!
Ms. Herje joined our team in November of 2021. On Fridays, Ms. Herje works in our Toddler B classroom. Ms. Herje is currently working towards her Bachelors degree in Interior Design at University of Minnesota. Ms. Herje has a dog, Koda who she loves very much! She enjoys making art – painting, drawing, sketching!
Meet Saleem Karmaliani and Dr. Salima Mithani – dedicated parents of three daughters and active owners and operators of Primrose Schools located in the northern, central and southern neighborhoods of twin cities metropolis.
Primrose School of Prior Lake & Savage was the very first Primrose to open its doors in Minnesota in August 2006. With years of successfully serving the Prior Lake and Savage communities, the couple decided to organically grow into neighborhoods where the communities were still lacking high quality early childhood education and care. As a result they own Primrose School of South Minneapolis & Richfield, Primrose School of Prior Lake and Savage, Primrose School of Arden Hills and Shoreview, Primrose School of Edina, and Primrose School of West Plymouth
As parents of young children themselves, Karmalianis understand the importance of starting early to shape a child’s educational foundation and character. The couple, sees first hand, the difference early childhood education makes in young lives as they have themselves witnessed how Primrose School has positively impacted their own children. "We knew we wanted to deliver the same high-quality care and education for other families," said Saleem. Recognizing how challenging it was to find a quality, early childhood development program for their own children, Karmalianis embraced and continue to promote the Primrose mission with a well-balanced educational experience for the families they serve through these schools.
Saleem holds graduate degrees in Education and Public Policy, while Salima practices the field of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Both are graduates of University of Minnesota and have been living in Twin Cities for 25 plus years. Together they have three daughters Cerena and twins Sophie and Sara. Karmalianis love sports and are die-hard fans of Gophers and Minnesota Vikings. The family loves to spend time outdoors and are frequent visitors to Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).
“Our mission remains consistent with the Primrose model: to provide our families with the premier well balanced early childhood development experience in a safe and loving environment. We know this is only possible with our parents and teachers’ continued partnership and support” said Saleem. His past experience in Education as well as working for the government in the field of Human Services for over 15 years is practically evident in his day to day operations in their schools. Between their schools, Saleem leads a dedicated and professional team of over 120 employees managed by 12 highly qualified and caring leadership team members.
“When we were introduced to Primrose for our own children, we immediately became enthralled with the curriculum, instruction methodologies and dedication of the teachers to develop each child emotionally and cognitively,” said Dr. Salima Mithani. The couple recognized that Saleem's experience in education combined with Primrose Schools's philosophy would allow their family to establish a strong model of early learning in Minnesota where parents and children would feel comfortable and part of a family.
Both Saleem and Salima volunteer for local community organizations in the field of education and public services. Dr. Salima Mithani also served as the board member and treasurer of their children elementary school's PTO.