Primrose School Building

Primrose School of Ellicott City

Our Staff

  • Ms. Karen Mullen, School Director

    Ms. Karen Mullen

    School Director

    Hello Ellicott City! I am Karen Mullen, the director of this new and beautiful Primrose School of Ellicott City. I have 30 years of experience in early education and I hope to hear from you soon as I am happy to share any information you may need to make an early learning decision for your child. I have exciting opportunities to tell you about! You can reach me at director@PrimroseEllicottCity.com or call me at (240) 532-8699. I’m originally from Maryland and am happy to return to my roots and direct this amazing school. I have over 30 years of experience in the Early Childhood field and hold a Masters Degree in Education. I love spending time with my family that includes my three children and my four grandchildren. I enjoy training my standard poodle and look forward to all that the Baltimore area offers for exploration.

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

    Schedule a tour to know more !!

    Let’s get to know each other.

    Name: Karen Mullen

    Hometown: Cumberland, Maryland

    Childcare experience: 30 years

    Education Background: BS in Elementary Education, Masters Degree in Education

    Favorite food: Thai food

    Favorite weekend activity: Going to the dog park and shopping.

    Favorite children’s book: The Energy Bus

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy

    What I’m most excited about this school year: To fill our school with amazing children and lots of learning opportunities for all.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Call or email

  • Ms. Amanda Rooney, Education Coach

    Ms. Amanda Rooney

    Education Coach

    Let’s get to know each other.

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

    I’m so excited to be here at Primrose School of Ellicott City! I have worked in the public schools as a substitute, special education assistant, and kindergarten teacher. For the past three years, I was a kindergarten teacher at a private school in Clarksville. I come from a family of school professionals—teachers, assistants, Media specialists, and more!

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

    Name: Amanda Rooney

    Hometown: Savage, Maryland

    Child care experience: 7 years public school and 3 years private school

    Education Background: Associate’s in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education, Master’s in Educational Technology

    Favorite food: Seafood, Italian, Southern

    Favorite weekend activity: Reading books, walking my dog, visiting historical sites

    Favorite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I’m so excited to help the whole school have a WOW Primrose experience.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Email (education@primroseellicottcity.com) or call the school (410-200-9898).

  • Ms. Angie Mills, Education Coach and Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Angie Mills

    Education Coach and Early Preschool Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

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

    I’m originally from New York and happy I made the move to Maryland to be a teacher at this wonderful school. I have 25 years of experience in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I have an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I love spending time with my three children and brand new granddaughter. I absolutely enjoy reading and writing during my free time.

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

    Name: Angie Mills

    Hometown:Brooklyn, New York

    Child care experience: 25 years

    Education Background: Associate’s in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education

    Favorite food: Italian, Thai, and seafood

    Favorite weekend activity: Writing romance novels

    Favorite children’s book: The Snowy Day

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally

    What I’m most excited about this school year: My goal is to enhance the knowledge of all the children I’m in contact with.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Email

  • Ms. Kimberly Pavlovsky, Lead Teacher & Admin

    Ms. Kimberly Pavlovsky

    Lead Teacher & Admin

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Kimberly Pavlovsky and I’d like to tell you a little about myself.I have over 12 years of educational experience, primarily working with children 18 months through 3 years.I have a Bachelors degree in Communication from McDaniel College and an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education.I am also qualified as a Maryland teacher with all MSDE certifications.I have taught in a multitude of diverse learning environments which practice different curriculum theories, the most recent of which is Montessori.I am a passionate educator while nurturing children’s growth and development.

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

    Name: Ms. Kimberly Pavlovsky

    Hometown: Ellicott City, MD; Born in South Korea

    Childcare experience: 12 years

    Education Background: AA in Early Childhood Education, BA in Communications

    Favorite food: Italian food

    Favorite weekend activity: Hanging out with my sister!

    Favorite children’s book:Where The Wild Things Are

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin the Dog

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Continuing to grow as an individual this upcoming school year.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Email, call, or text me. Email: admin@primroseellicottcity.com

  • Mr. J, Food Service Teacher

    Mr. J

    Food Service Teacher

    I’m Mr. J and I’d like to tell you a little about myself. I used to work at a deli.

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

    My Favorite Things:

    Name: Mr. Jigarkumar R. Bhavsar

    Hometown: Ellicott City, Maryland

    Favorite food: Chips, nuts, chocolate, oranges, carrot juice

    Favorite weekend activity: Playing cricket, listening to music, and eating.

    Favorite children’s book: Seasonal books

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin the Dog

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Call the school

  • Mrs. Nilufa Hoque, Young Infant Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Nilufa Hoque

    Young Infant Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    Hello everyone, I’m Ms. Nilufa. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I was born and raised in Bangladesh but moved to the USA eighteen years ago. I have a Bachelors degree in History and completed my MSDE certifications. I have over six years experience in childcare.

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

    Name: Nilufa Hoque

    Hometown: Ellicott City, Maryland

    Child care experience: 6 years

    Education Background: BA in History

    Favorite weekend activity: Gardening and cooking

    Favorite children’s book: I Love You Because You’re You

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the Cow

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am looking forward to meeting a lot of new people and learning a lot of new things.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Email, text, or call


  • Mrs. Komal Patel, Young Infant Teacher's Aide

    Mrs. Komal Patel

    Young Infant Teacher's Aide

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Komalben Patel. Here are some great things about me. I am married with one daughter who is three years old. She attends the school, and her name is Pari.

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

    Name: Komalben J. Patel

    Hometown: India

    Childcare Experience: New to the field- 1st year

    Education Background: General Nursing and Midwifery

    Favorite food: Puffs and burgers

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my family and cooking

    Salty Snack: Puffs


  • Ms. Paola Morales, Older Infant Teacher

    Ms. Paola Morales

    Older Infant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

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

    I’m 22 years old. I currently enrolled in University. I just moved here from Houston, TX. I originally am from Puerto Rico. I have been loving my time in MD and I love working as an infant teacher. I believe this is an important stage for their development.

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

    Name: Paola K. Castro Morales

    Hometown: Quebradillas

    Child care experience: Primrose Schools for 2 years

    Education Background: BS in Criminal Justice

    Favorite food: Homemade fettuccine alfredo

    Favorite weekend activity: Going out to eat or sightseeing

    Favorite children’s book: Any “Pete the Cat” book

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og the Bookworm

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I’m most excited to get to know all the students this school year!

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Contact the front office- 410-200-9898

  • Mrs. Siva Kumari, Older Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Siva Kumari

    Older Infant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Siva Kumari. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I love spending time with my family that includes two children and my husband. I enjoy taking care of children.

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

    Name: Siva Kumari

    Hometown: Maryland

    Child care experience: 3 years

    Education Background: degree

    Favorite food: Indian food

    Favorite weekend activity: Shopping

    Favorite children’s book: The Cat in the Hat

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy the Duck

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I’m most excited to meet and take care of these wonderful children.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Call or e-mail

  • Mrs. Vijaya Muddana, Toddler 1 Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Vijaya Muddana

    Toddler 1 Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Vijaya Muddana. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I came from India. I have over 10 years of experience in early child care. I have a Bachelors degree in Language Arts. I love spending time with my family and friends, especially in spiritual activities.

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

    Name: Vijaya Muddana

    Hometown: Narasaraopet, India

    Child care experience: 10 years

    Education Background: Bachelors of Arts

    Favorite food: Chipotle

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family and friends.

    Favorite children’s book: Animal Babies

    Favorite color: White

    Primrose character I most relate to: Libby the Lamb

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Spending time with children.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Email or call

  • Ms. Ratnavali Dudla, Toddler 1 Aide

    Ms. Ratnavali Dudla

    Toddler 1 Aide

    Let’s get to know each other.

    Hello, my name is Ratna, Here’s a little about myself.

    I am from India but have stayed in Maryland for over ten years. Maryland is like a second home to me. I have 8 years of experience and two of those years are licensed home day care. I hold a degree which I earned in India. I enjoy spending time with my family. I look forward to working at Primrose!

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

    Name: Ratnavali Dudla

    Hometown: Ellicott City, Maryland

    Child Care experience: 8 years

    Education Background: Bachelors of Arts

    Favorite food: Chinese

    Favorite weekend activity: Watching movies

    Favorite children's book: Little Red Riding Hood

    Favorite colors: White and Green

    What I'm most excited about this school year: Getting back to a normal routine in school.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Call or email

  • Ms. Nirali Patel, Toddler 1 Teacher's Aide

    Ms. Nirali Patel

    Toddler 1 Teacher's Aide

    Let’s get to know each other.

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

    I have a loving family of a daughter and a husband. My daughter attends the school, and her name is Sayoni. I love cooking, going out and spending time with my family and exploring new places.I understand the value of good early childhood education and want to help the kids develop and grow.

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

    Name: Nirali Patel

    Hometown: Elkridge, MD

    Child Care experience: 1st year

    Education Background: Master in textile and clothing

    Favorite weekend activity: cooking, spending time with family

    Favorite children’s book: Goodnight Moon

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the Cow

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know the students and learning new things

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Email and Text

  • Ms. Harsha Thakker, Toddler 2 Lead Teacher

    Ms. Harsha Thakker

    Toddler 2 Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Harsha. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I am married and have two grown children. One daughter whose name is Jinal and a son whose name is Dhawanid. My daughter is 32 years old and is also married and my son is 24 years old and is engaged.

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

    Name: Harsha Thakker

    Hometown: Gujarat, India

    Child Care experience: 4.5 years working with Toddlers

    Education Background: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

    Favorite food: any spicy foods

    Favorite weekend activity: listening to music

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally the bunny- responsibility

    What I'm most excited about this school year: Getting to know my students and watching them learn and grow.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Message on Procare

  • Ms. Treshelle Whorley, Toddler 2 Teacher

    Ms. Treshelle Whorley

    Toddler 2 Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

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

    My favorite hobbies include playing basketball and video games. My favorite sweet treat is fruit snacks.

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

    Name: Treshelle Whorley

    Hometown: Baltimore, MD

    Child-care experience: 4 years

    Education Background: some college-Criminal Justice

    Favorite food: chicken

    Favorite weekend activity: playing video games and resting

    Favorite children's book: Brown bear, Brown bear what do you see?

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally the bunny

    What I'm most excited about this school year: Meeting new people and learning and growing with my friends.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Text/Call

  • Ms. Akoele Amouzou

    Toddler teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Akoele Ocloo-Amouzou.

    I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I don’t like eating sweet or salty snacks. I am from West Africa.

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

    Name: Ms. Akoele Ocloo-Amouzou

    Hometown: Togo( West Africa)

    Child-care experience: a few years

    Education Background: Associate of Arts in Business Administration

    Favorite food: Any Indian dish

    Favorite weekend activity: cooking, cleaning and exercise

    Favorite children's book: Alice in Wonderland

    Primrose character I most relate to: Libby the Lamb

    What I'm most excited about this school year: I’m looking forward to things getting back together- normalcy.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Message on Procare

  • Ms. Shehla Hammad, Early Preschool 1 Lead Teacher

    Ms. Shehla Hammad

    Early Preschool 1 Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Shehla Hammad. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I enjoy cooking and I am from Pakistan. My favorite sweet treat is cake. I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Shehla Hammad

    Hometown: Pakistan

    Child care experience: 3 years

    Education Background: high school graduate

    Favorite food: pizza

    Favorite weekend activity: exploring the area- going out

    Favorite children's book: Brown bear, Brown Bear: What do you See?

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally the Bunny

    What I'm most excited about this school year: Getting to know the kids and empower them through development

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Procare

  • Ms. Makenzie Lefko, Early Preschool 1  Teacher Aide

    Ms. Makenzie Lefko

    Early Preschool 1 Teacher Aide

    Let’s get to know each other.

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

    I am 23 years old and am attending school to earn my 90 hours certification. I have lived all over Maryland and recently moved back to Ellicott City. I have a younger sister.

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

    Name: Makenzie Lefko

    Hometown: Maryland

    Child-care experience: worked with kids since I was 18 years old

    Education Background: 90-hour certification

    Favorite food: potato chips

    Favorite weekend activity: hanging out with friends

    Favorite children's book: N/A

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally the Bunny

    “ responsibility”

    What I'm most excited about this school year: Working and getting to know all the students.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Procare

  • Ms.Teresa Payne, Early Preschool 2 Lead Teacher

    Ms.Teresa Payne

    Early Preschool 2 Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    Hello, my name is Teresa. I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. I’m a mom of three, ages 21, 19 and 15 years old. I’ve worked 30 years with preschool and school age children and 20 of those years were spent in my home preschool business.

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

    Name: Teresa Payne

    Hometown: Rockville, MD

    Education Background: some college and lots of hand-on experience

    Favorite Food: protein salads, Mexican and seafood

    Favorite weekend activity: relaxing and the outdoors

    Favorite children's book: Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom

    Primrose character I relate to: Libby the Lamb- fairness

    What I'm most excited about this school year: Getting adjusted and getting to meet all of the staff

    Best way to schedule time to talk: phone call or text

  • Mrs. Vineetha Thomas, Early Preschool 2 Teacher's Aide

    Mrs. Vineetha Thomas

    Early Preschool 2 Teacher's Aide

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Vineetha . I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I am from India. I belong to the Southern part of India. I speak many language fluently. I have two children.

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

    Name: Ms. Vineetha Thomas

    Hometown: India

    Child care experience: new to childcare

    Education Background: MSC. B Ed

    Favorite food: Ritz crackers and dark chocolates

    Favorite weekend activity: visiting places and watching movies

    Favorite children's book: Little Blue Truck

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally the bunny

    What I'm most excited about this school year: To make new friends

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Email or call

    (443) 453-6993

    vineethapthomas@gmail.com

  • Ms. Shaniqua Gantt, Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    Ms. Shaniqua Gantt

    Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Shaniqua. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. My hobbies include sleeping, swimming and basketball. My favorite salty snack is red hot chips and my favorite sweet treat to eat are Snickers.

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

    Name: Shaniqua Gantt

    Hometown: Baltimore City

    Child-care experience:12 years

    Education Background: Carver Vo- tech High School

    Favorite food: crafty crab

    Favorite weekend activity:sleeping and going out to eat (Texas Roadhouse)

    Favorite children's book: Eat Pete

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy the Rooster

    What I'm most excited about this school year: teaching a new age range

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Procare App

  • Ms. Bhuvaneswari Chandarasekaran, Preschool Pathways Teacher's Aide

    Ms. Bhuvaneswari Chandarasekaran

    Preschool Pathways Teacher's Aide

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Bono. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. My favorite color is black and green.I like taking care of children. I have two children that are girls in middle school. I enjoy reading books to other people. I have lived in Maryland for about 7 years.

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

    Name: Bhuvana Chandarasekaran

    Hometown: Chennai, India

    Child care experience: 2 years experience

    Education Background: Graduate

    Favorite food: seafood, salt fish and chicken fried rice

    Favorite weekend activity: Long drives

    Favorite children's book: Any Dr. Suess books

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally the Bunny

    What I'm most excited about this school year: Getting to know the kids and empower them through development

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Email or phone call to school during my lunch break

  • Mrs. Varsha Kajvey, Preschool 1 Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Varsha Kajvey

    Preschool 1 Lead Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Varsha Kajvey. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I am so excited to be a part of this school and to be your child’s teacher. We are going to have so much fun this year! I can’t wait to see how much your child grows in my class!

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

    Name: Ms. Varsha Kajvey

    Hometown: Bhopal, India

    Child care experience: one year

    Education Background: Bachelor of Education, Master of Arts

    Favorite food: Indian food and pizza

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family. Going for a walk.

    Favorite children’s book: The Wonderful Things You Will Be

    Primrose character I most relate to: Libby the Lamb

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know the students and families, learning new things, and working with the school team.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Email or text

  • Ms. Patrice Carter, Preschool 1 Lead Teacher

    Ms. Patrice Carter

    Preschool 1 Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    My name is Patrice Carter. Here are some great things about me. First, I absolutely love my afro. It's so poofy and fun! I am known for my creativity and the ability to be flexible in any situation. Ever since I was a child I have had a love for music. I can play at least 5 instruments. One day, I hope to own a trombone and learn the art of the instrument. I gained a love for children when I met my cousin when she was about 5 years old. I loved being able to explore and play and teach her the things that she wants to learn about like math.

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

    Name: Patrice Carter

    Hometown: Catonsville, MD

    Child care experience: 1-2 years

    Education Background: BS in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Concentration

    Favorite food: Fries

    Favorite weekend activity: Playing games

    Favorite children’s book: Captain Underpants series

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy the Duck

    What I’m most excited about this school year: To see students in my class grow and learn while having fun.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: E-mail

  • Mrs. Shehnaz Basha, Preschool 2 Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Shehnaz Basha

    Preschool 2 Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    Hello, my name is Ms. Shehnaz Basha. I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself.

    I am a very friendly, full of energy and enthusiastic person. I was raised in India and have an MBA M.Phil. in Management. My passion and zeal towards teaching made me work with children of all age groups; I have over 20 years of experience in teaching and I love my job!

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

    Name : Shehnaz Basha

    Hometown: Hyderabad, India

    Education Background: MBA M.Phil.(Management)

    Favorite weekend activity: Watching a movie

    Favorite children’s book: Are you, My Mother?

    Primrose character I relate to: Benjamin the Bear

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Taking up a new job in a new city and looking forward to making a big difference!

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Email or call

    Shehnaz.adams@gmail.com Ph: (513) 317-7211

  • Ms. Soumya Vemuri, Preschool 2 Teacher Aide

    Ms. Soumya Vemuri

    Preschool 2 Teacher Aide

    Let's get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Soumya. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I attended Towson University for a little bit. I recently moved back to this area from South Florida. I love music, art, painting, hiking and spending time with friends.

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

    Name: Soumya Vemuri

    Hometown: Ellicott City, MD

    Child-care experience: 5 years(2017)

    Education Background: some college- Towson University

    Favorite food: Chicken fettuccini Alfredo

    Favorite weekend activity: spending time with friends

    Favorite children's book: Rainbow Fish/The diary of a Worm

    Primrose character I most relate: Og the bookworm

    What I'm most excited about this school year: meeting all of the new kids and getting to know them

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Text or call (443)901-6370

  • Ms. Fouzia Ahmad, Pre-K 1 Lead Teacher

    Ms. Fouzia Ahmad

    Pre-K 1 Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Fouzia. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I have a loving husband and three amazing boys. I love going camping, hiking, and spending time with my family. Fall is my favorite season. I love seeing children learn new skills and the excitement that it brings.

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

    Name: Fouzia Ahmad

    Hometown: Ellicott City, Maryland

    Childcare experience: 15 years

    Education Background: Early Childhood Education

    Favorite food: Afghani food, Mediterranean cuisine

    Favorite weekend activity: Listening to music while cleaning

    Favorite children’s book: The Little Red Hen and The Three Little Pigs

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy the Rooster

    What I’m most excited about this school year: This year will be filled with educational opportunities that will guide children’s growth.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Procare

  • Ms. Aishwarya Ramanujam, Pre-K Teacher's Aide

    Ms. Aishwarya Ramanujam

    Pre-K Teacher's Aide

    Let’s get to know each other.

    Hello, my name is Ms. Aishwarya. Here’s a little about myself:

    I am an art lover that is also interested in gardening, painting, and coffee. I live in Ellicott City. It makes me happy to see children learn new skills.

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

    Name :Aishwarya Ramanujam

    Hometown: Tamil Nadu, India

    Education Background: MS Computer Science

    Favorite food:Veg. fried rice, Veg. biryani

    Favorite weekend activity: Gardening, painting

    Favorite children’s book: Corduroy

    Primrose character I relate to: Percy

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Help the children to learn new skills

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Email

  • Ms. Sara Ficzko, Pre-K 2 Lead Teacher

    Ms. Sara Ficzko

    Pre-K 2 Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Sara. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I love working with children. My favorite animal is a cat. I have an 11-year-old cat named Colby. I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. I also like the outdoors and going on walks and hikes.

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

    Name: Sara Ficzko

    Hometown: Elkridge.MD

    Childcare Experience: 5 years

    Education Background: AA Elementary/Special Education and BA in Psychology

    Favorite food: crab dip

    Favorite weekend activity: Watching movies

    Favorite children's book: Pete the Cat

    Primrose character I relate to: Libby the Lamb

    What I'm excited about this school year: To have fun while learning.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Procare


  • Ms. Amreen Basha

    Support Staff


    I’m Amreen Basha. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. My hometown is Cincinnati, Ohio. One of my hobbies is playing tennis and I am a high school student currently. I enjoy sweet treats like ice cream and popcorn.

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

    Name: Amreen Basha

    Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

    Education Background: High School student

    Favorite food: pasta

    Favorite weekend activity: hanging out with my friends

    Favorite children's book: Thank you, Mr. Falker

    Primrose Character I most relate to: Og the Bookworm

    What I'm most excited about this school year: I am most excited to experience new things

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Procare app

  • Mr. Muhammad Ali, Preschool  Support Staff

    Mr. Muhammad Ali

    Preschool Support Staff

    Let’s get to know each other.

    Hello everyone, my name is Muhammad Ali (I go by Ali). I have recently earned my bachelor degree in Biology & Health Administration and Policy. I enjoy singing, writing, and trying new things. I describe myself as a nature admirer who loves spending time in nature. One of my written quotes is “The Simplicity of nature holds great wisdom and power to heal one’s soul & spirit”.

    I have a strong passion for teaching. My favorite children's book is “Keeper and the Lost Keys”. I relate most to the Primrose character Erwin the Dog- his focus is on friendship.

    Name: Muhammad Ali ( Ali)

    Hometown: Ellicott City, MD; Born in Pakistan

    Childcare experience: 1 year

    Education Background: BA in Biology & Health Administration Policy

    Hobby:Poetry, Singing & Exercising

    Favorite Food: Pasta/Chinese

    Salty snack: Cashews

    Sweet treat: Strawberry Cheesecake/Pastries

    Fruit: Pomegranate

    Local Shop: Any place

    Restaurant: Any good cafe

    Color: Black & Grey

    Season: Winter & Fall

    Best Way to schedule time to talk: Call or email

  • Ms. Zakia Shakil, Support Staff

    Ms. Zakia Shakil

    Support Staff

    Let's get to know each other.

    I ’m Ms. Zakia. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I am from Pakistan. I enjoy traveling, shopping and cooking.

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

    Name: Zakia Shakil

    Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

    Child-care experience: 21 years

    Education Background: completed 2 years of college and GED

    Favorite food: BBQ items- beef, goat and chicken

    Favorite weekend activity: visiting close friends and watching tv

    Favorite children's book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy the Rooster

    What I'm most excited about this school year: The new curriculum and getting to meet new co-workers.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Face to face or in person

  • Ms. Chakira Bush

    Support Staff

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Chakira. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I am a wonderful person, who works hard on whatever I do. I like braiding hair.

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

    Name: Chakira Bush

    Hometown: Baltimore, MD

    Child care experience: multiple centers

    Education Background: High school

    Favorite food: alfredo

    Favorite weekend activity: enjoying family

    What I'm most excited about this school year: The new experiences and people

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Call


  • Falgun & Krishna Patel with Dev & Deeya, Franchise Owner

    Falgun & Krishna Patel with Dev & Deeya

    Franchise Owners

    We are Falgun & Krishna Patel, the proud owners of Primrose School of Ellicott City.

    We migrated to the United States 20 years ago and now live in Ellicott City, Maryland with our two lovely children, Dev and Deeya.

    Our Primrose story began in 2012 shortly after the birth of our first child. Growing up in India, it is not common to send a child to care centers, so when Dev was born, we were lost on what to do. As we searched for a quality child care center in the area, we quickly discovered there were limited options that provided the type of learning, safety and environment we desired for our son and a peace of mind for us as parents. At that moment, we realized there were likely many other parents going through a similar situation, and we knew we wanted to do something to improve this.

    As we started looking to build a business that would help other families and open an early childhood education center, something my father told me as a child continued to come to mind, “one may lose wealth, health and fame - but education and knowledge are the only things that stay with you forever.” So after three years of research, when we found Primrose Schools, we knew we wanted to be part of the Primrose family based on their desire to help build the right foundation for future learning and in life.

    Who children become is as important as what they know is a belief that is at the core of our Balanced Learning® approach. Our exclusive early learning approach balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion.

    We deliver more than a curriculum; it’s a life-changing early learning experience for children and their families!!

    We, along with our partners and family friends, Viral & Krupali Patel and Samir & Mital Patel are excited to welcome you and your family to our school, Primrose School of Ellicott City.

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