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 in 10th grade. 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.
Mrs. Elysha Hunter has been our Curriculum Director 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 7th grade son, Brock. Brock is a 2013-2014 Private Kindergarten graduate.
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.
Mrs. Sonia Walker joined our team in August, 2017, and works with all three of our schools. Sonia has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Georgia. She has several years experience as an elementary school teacher, a summer camp counselor, and is the mother of a beautiful six-year-old little girl and two-year-old little boy. Sonia supports both our teaching and leadership staff.
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.
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 21 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.