Primrose School of Gainesville

Our Staff

  • Amanda Holcomb, Area Director

    Amanda Holcomb

    Area Director

    Our Area Director, Amanda Holcomb, has been with Primrose Schools since 2002! Mrs. Amanda started her journey as the Lead Teacher of the Early Preschool class at our Gainesville school, and then served as the Operations Director for over 8 years. In 2012, she was promoted to Area Director. Amanda is married and has a son, Carson, who is now a high school graduate. Carson attended the Primrose School of Gainesville since he was 6 weeks old. He was a 2009-2010 Private Kindergarten graduate. Amanda is a true asset to all of our schools.

  • Elysha Hunter, Director

    Elysha Hunter


    Mrs. Elysha Hunter has been a part of our leadership team since October, 2003. She started with Primrose as our Preschool 2 Lead Teacher in July, 2001. Mrs. Elysha has also taught Private Pre-Kindergarten at our school. Elysha has her CDA certificate in Early Childhood Education. Elysha oversees all curriculum training and ongoing continual education for our staff. She and her husband, Brian, are parents to a son, Brock. Brock is a 2013-2014 Private Kindergarten graduate.

  • Sandra Marvin, Operations Director

    Sandra Marvin

    Operations Director

    Ms. Sandra Marvin is our Operations Director. She has been with the Primrose School of Gainesville since January, 2006. She was quickly promoted from teaching in our Preschool 1 class to a member of the management team. Sandra has her CDA credential, and is such a hard working and dedicated member of our staff. She is always willing to go that extra mile to ensure the task is taken care of. She is a mother of three wonderful children, Carson, Raynin, and Ryott.

  • Amy McConnell, Curriculum Coach

    Amy McConnell

    Curriculum Coach
  • Christin Simmons, Chef and Manager

    Christin Simmons

    Chef and Manager

    Mrs. Christin Simmons joined the Primrose School of Gainesville and it's management team as the school's closer in January, 2013. She has been a great asset to our management staff. Christin is also the school's chef. She prepares delicious and nutritious meals to our students each day. Mrs. Christin Simmons is always here in the afternoon to greet each parent with a smile when they walk in, and a warm good bye to each child when they leave. We are very lucky to have her as part of our Primrose staff! Christin is also a Primrose mommy! She has two sons, Hayden and Easton.

  • Barbie Maloney, Closing Manager

    Barbie Maloney

    Closing Manager
  • Annaleise Jones, Infant Lead Teacher

    Annaleise Jones

    Infant Lead Teacher
  • Whitley Wright, Infant Assistant Teacher

    Whitley Wright

    Infant Assistant Teacher
  • Amy Diaz-Gallardo, Infant Assistant Teacher

    Amy Diaz-Gallardo

    Infant Assistant Teacher
  • Michelle Koblan, Infant Assistant Teacher

    Michelle Koblan

    Infant Assistant Teacher
  • Kristen Marcal, Infant Assistant Teacher

    Kristen Marcal

    Infant Assistant Teacher
  • Savannah McElreath, Toddler Lead Teacher

    Savannah McElreath

    Toddler Lead Teacher
  • Alayne Arnold, Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Alayne Arnold

    Toddler Assistant Teacher
  • Yolibeth Lawson, Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Yolibeth Lawson

    Toddler Assistant Teacher
  • Jasmine Dills, Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Jasmine Dills

    Toddler Assistant Teacher
  • Alyssa Miller, Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Alyssa Miller

    Toddler Assistant Teacher
  • Emily Gutierrez, Early Preschool Lead Teacher

    Emily Gutierrez

    Early Preschool Lead Teacher
  • Stephani Gonzalez, Early Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Stephani Gonzalez

    Early Preschool Assistant Teacher
  • Mikayla Ledford, Early Preschool Lead Teacher

    Mikayla Ledford

    Early Preschool Lead Teacher
  • Brittney Souza, Early Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Brittney Souza

    Early Preschool Assistant Teacher
  • Abigail Ausburn, Early Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Abigail Ausburn

    Early Preschool Assistant Teacher
  • Mia Hendrix, Preschool Lead Teacher

    Mia Hendrix

    Preschool Lead Teacher
  • Lameka Motes, Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Lameka Motes

    Preschool Assistant Teacher
  • Madison McCliment, Preschool Lead Teacher

    Madison McCliment

    Preschool Lead Teacher
  • Hannah Asher, Preschool 2 Assistant Teacher

    Hannah Asher

    Preschool 2 Assistant Teacher
  • Madison Popphan, Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Madison Popphan

    Preschool Assistant Teacher
  • Kristi Shiver, Private Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    Kristi Shiver

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher
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  • Isabella Burgess, Private Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Isabella Burgess

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
  • Alexius Motes, Explorers Club Lead Teacher

    Alexius Motes

    Explorers Club Lead Teacher
  • Adriana Gonzalez, Team Support

    Adriana Gonzalez

    Team Support
  • Jenifer and John McKnight, Franchise Owner

    Jenifer and John McKnight

    Franchise Owners

    The Primrose School of Gainesville is independently owned and operated by Jenifer and John McKnight. The McKnight's also own and operate the Primrose Schools of Buford and Braselton .All three schools are accredited by Cognia, a high distinction very few preschools can attain. They have been Primrose owners for over 23 years. The McKnight's were a Primrose family long before they became Primrose owners. Before joining the Primrose Family, John enjoyed a long and successful career as a Broadcast Journalist at both WSB and WGNX-TV in Atlanta. John has been honored with numerous journalism awards, including Emmy's and AP awards. He has also been honored for his long and active commitment to the community. Jenifer is a graduate of Georgia State University, and she previously worked as a writer, producer, and reporter at WGNX-TV in Atlanta. Jenifer and John have two children, Sean and Caitlin who grew up in Primrose Schools. John also has two older children, Jonathan and Andy. Jonathan has three children, Anna, Matthew, and Evelina. Anna and Matthew are also proud former Primrose students. Jenifer has served as the Advisory Council Chairperson representing all Primrose Schools. John has served as the Co-op representative for the Atlanta market, and even helped create it. The McKnight's are also the winners of the President’s Award! This high honor was awarded by the Primrose Schools Franchising Company for the outstanding reputation of the school, their commitment to the franchise organization, and to the communities they serve. They have also been honored each year for having schools that contribute among the highest in the system to the Primrose Children's Foundation through our annual Spring Fling Carnivals. All three of their schools serve as On Site Training Schools for new franchisees. The McKnight's are thrilled to bring Primrose Excellence to the Gainesville community.

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