Primrose School Building

Primrose School of Garden Oaks

Our Staff

  • Melissa Lee, Area Director

    Melissa Lee

    Area Director

    My name is Melissa Lee, and I have been a part of the Primrose family since March 2014. I have been the Director for about 5 years now. I started out in childcare about 11 years ago working with school-age children. Through my years of experience, I found a true love working with children. Just recently, I became a mother myself, to a wonderful little boy named Lathan. I have my Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sam Houston State University. When I started college, I had a professional plan all carved out; however, once I entered childcare I feel that I found my passion. I love working here with my Primrose family.

  • Nicole Verbit, Area Education Director

    Nicole Verbit

    Area Education Director

    Hello! My name is Ms. Nicole and I am the Area Education Director for Primrose Lakeshore. I am originally from Houston, Texas and became apart of the Primrose Family since 2012. I have a BFA from Texas Tech University in Art Education, Early Childhood and a total of 12 years of childcare experience. On the weekends, I enjoy playing outside with my three children. My favorite food is sushi and my favorite children's book is "Mouse Paint" and "The Giving Tree". The Primrose Pal I most relate to is Erwin the Dog because I too love art and making new friends! I am most excited to watch your children discover new wonders in the classroom.

  • Jennifer Thames-Gates, Director

    Jennifer Thames-Gates

    Director

    My name is Jennifer Thames Gates and my friends call me Jeni. I have been working in The field of Early Childhood Education for about 35 years. I have taught Pre- Kindergarten 3 and 4 and Kindergarten . For 22 years, I was the Director of Memorial Crème de la Crème . I am excited to be part of the Primrose family!

    I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and am a Certified Director. I also work with The American Red Cross as CPR/ First Aid and CPR instructor.

    When not working I love being with my husband and my three children and supporting their activities- As they are all grown up, l fill my empty nest by coaching The CheerAbilities Team - The Rainboas of Stars Vipers Katy.

    I enjoy the Garden Oaks area and love getting to try all of the restaurants in the area!

  • Britney Holley-Davidson, Director

    Britney Holley-Davidson

    Director

    Hello, my name is Britney and I am the Co-Director here at the Primrose School of Garden Oaks. I joined Primrose in July 2021, and have 15 years of childcare experience prior to joining Primrose. On the weekends I enjoy spending time at home and at the pool. I am excited to meet all of our families and getting to know everyone.

  • Luisa Soto Villamil, Curriculum Coordinator

    Luisa Soto Villamil

    Curriculum Coordinator

    Ms. Luisa is from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She joined the Primrose family in September 2020 and has worked in childcare for a year prior to joining us. Luisa holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. Her favorite food are hamburgers and loves to spend time outdoors and at the beach. Her favorite book is The Three Little Pigs and most relates to Erwin the Dog.

  • Anahi Garcia, Administrative Assistant

    Anahi Garcia

    Administrative Assistant

    Hi, my name is Anahi Garcia! I am the Administrative Assistant at the Primrose School of Garden Oaks. I joined the Primrose family back in 2019 at the Primrose School at Lakeshore as the Explorers teachers! I am currently a student at the University of Houston studying Business Administration in Management, with then goal to graduate in December 2022. Go Coogs! I enjoy spending my time on the weekends with my family and friends cheering on the Astros. I am excited to meet and know all of my families!

  • Kaitlyn Bothmann, Administrative Assistant

    Kaitlyn Bothmann

    Administrative Assistant

    Hi, I'm Kaitlyn Bothmann and I would like to introduce myself! I am originally from Houston, Tx. I have a year of childcare experience and am currently enrolled at the University of Phoenix. I love Chick-Fil-A and on the weekend I enjoy my time with my beautiful daughter while watching movies and napping! My favorite children's book is The Places You'll Go by Dr. Suess. I can't wait to get to know every single of our students and families!

  • Jiovanna Cirlos, Young Infants Teacher

    Jiovanna Cirlos

    Young Infants Teacher

    Ms. Jiovanna Cirlos was born in Houston, Texas. She joined the Primrose family in September 2020 and has 5 previous year in childcare. She holds a HS diploma and is currently getting her degree in Education. Her favorite foods are Steak and Whataburger and enjoys to watch baseball and go fishing on the weekends. Ms. Jiovanna's favorite book is The cat in the hat and most related to Og the bookworm.

  • Kimaani McKenzie, Young Infant Teacher

    Kimaani McKenzie

    Young Infant Teacher

    Ms. Kim is originally from Houston. She had 2+ years of childcare experience. She is now a CNA and graduated from a trade school and because a child care provider. She loves to each nachos and enjoys taking adventures on then weekend. Her favorite childrens book is Green eggs and ham. She most relates to Percy the Rooster amd is excited to help her students develop.

  • Stephanie Speaker, Young Infant Teacher

    Stephanie Speaker

    Young Infant Teacher

    Hi my name is Stephanie Speaker and I am a young infant teacher! I have 3 years of childcare experience prior to joining Primrose in August 2021. My favorite thing to do on the weekends is watch movies and go out with my husband! I enjoy Sushi and my favorite book is Corduroy! I can't wait to get to know all my friends!

  • Joyce Nwokolo, Older Infants Teacher

    Joyce Nwokolo

    Older Infants Teacher

    Mrs. Joyce Nwokolo is from Navasota, Texas. She joined the Primrose family in September 2020 and has 30 year experience in childcare. She holds a high school diploma. Her favorite foods are Spaghetti with green beans and corn bread. She enjoys to listen to music, watch movies, and have dinner with loved ones.

  • Lourdes Garcia, Older Infants Teacher

    Lourdes Garcia

    Older Infants Teacher

    Ms. Lourdes is from Houston, Texas. She studied as a nurse assistant and currently has 20+ years in childcare experience. She loves Chinese food and spending time with her family on the weekends. Her favorite children's book is The Rainbow Fish and most relates to Og the Bookworm. She is so excited to see her babies grown and develop!

  • Cecillia Guichard, Infant Support Staff

    Cecillia Guichard

    Infant Support Staff
  • Artayvaya Ashton, Older Infant Teacher

    Artayvaya Ashton

    Older Infant Teacher
  • Luz De La Rosa, Toddler 1 Teacher

    Luz De La Rosa

    Toddler 1 Teacher

    Ms. Luz is from Mexico! She has 29 years in childcare experience and hold a GED. She loves her some Italian Food and also enjoys spending time with her grandbabies. Her favorite children's book is Red Hat and most relates to Erwin the dog and Ally the Bunny. She is super excited to start her Primrose experience and meet new kids and watch them grow and develop.

  • Ana Santander, Toddler 1 Teacher

    Ana Santander

    Toddler 1 Teacher
  • Tatianna Sanchez, Toddler 1 Teacher

    Tatianna Sanchez

    Toddler 1 Teacher
  • Angie Rodriguez, Toddler 2 Teacher

    Angie Rodriguez

    Toddler 2 Teacher

    Ms. Angie Rodriguez is from Houston, Texas. She joined our Primrose family in September 2020 and has 2 years of previous experience in childcare. She has a high school diploma and enjoys to eat pizza. Her favorite weekend activity is to watch movies. Her favorite children's book is the Rainbow Fish and most relates to Og the Bookworm.

  • Da'aysha "Rene" Fleming, Toddler 2 Teacher

    Da'aysha "Rene" Fleming

    Toddler 2 Teacher

    Hi my name is Da'aysha Fleming and I am a toddler teacher. I have 5 years of childcare experience prior to joining the Primrose family in November 2021. On the weekends I enjoy going out for lunch with friends and family. I love seafood and my favorite book is the 3 little pigs. I am so excited to meet all my new friends.

  • Elva Hernandez, Toddler 2 Teacher

    Elva Hernandez

    Toddler 2 Teacher
  • Veronica Rijos, Toddler 2 Teacher

    Veronica Rijos

    Toddler 2 Teacher

    Hi my name is Veronica and I am a Toddler teacher! I joined the Primrose family back in October 2021 and have a year and a half of previous child care experience. I am originally from Veracruz before relocating to Houston. My favorite food is sushi and I enjoy watching movies on the weekends.

  • Jasmine Rodriguez, Early Preschool Teacher

    Jasmine Rodriguez

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Jasmine Rodriguez is from Houston, Texas. She joined our Primrose family in September 2020 and has 2 years of previous experience in childcare. She has a high school diploma and enjoys to eat pizza. Her favorite weekend activity is to watch baseball and play soccer. Her favorite children's book is the series of Clifford the Big Red Dog and most relates to Mia the mouse.

  • Carmen Alvarez, Early Preschool Teacher

    Carmen Alvarez

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hi, name is Carmen Alvarez and I am a Early Preschool teacher! I joined the Primrose family back in March 2021 and am currently enrolled in college. My favorite food is Pizza and on the weekends I enjoy relaxing and watching movies. My favorite children's book is The Hungry Caterpillar.

  • Krista Parker, Early Preschool Teacher

    Krista Parker

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Sheika Dooley, Early Preschool 1 Teacher

    Sheika Dooley

    Early Preschool 1 Teacher

    Hi, my name is Shieka Dooley and I am the Early Preschool 1 teacher. I am from Katy, Tx and joined the Primrose family back in February of 2021. My favorite food is Chicken and on the weekends I enjoy relaxing with family and eating! My favorite childrens book is Green eggs and ham and I most relate to Megy the pig.

  • Jazmine Sheridan, Early Preschool 1 Teacher

    Jazmine Sheridan

    Early Preschool 1 Teacher

    Hi my name Jazmine and I am an Infant teacher. I have 5 years of previous childcare experience prior to joining Primrose in July 2021. On the weekends I enjoy spending my time playing volleyball and eating my favorite foods which are Pizza and Mexican Food! My favorite children's book is The Rainbow Fish and I most relate to Og the Bookworm.

  • Zoe Barnes, Early Preschool 1 Teacher

    Zoe Barnes

    Early Preschool 1 Teacher

    Ms. Zoe is originally from Albany, Georgia before relocating to Houston. Ms. Zoe has most of her experience in babysitting and holds a High School Diploma. Zoe's favorite food is chicken sandwiches and enjoys painting and doing make up on the weekends. Her favorite book is rainbow fish and most relates to Og the bookworm! She's so excited to getting to know all of the kids!

  • Yulma de la Rosa, Early Preschool 2 Teacher

    Yulma de la Rosa

    Early Preschool 2 Teacher

    Ms. Yulma De La Rosa is from Chepas, Mexico. She joined our Primrose family in September 2020 and has 3 1/2 years of previous experience in childcare. She has a high school diploma and enjoys to eat chicken. Her favorite weekend activity is to sleep. Her favorite children's book is the Rainbow Fish and most relates to Mia the mouse she enjoys the outdoors.

  • Jasmyne Molinar, Early Preschool 2 Teacher

    Jasmyne Molinar

    Early Preschool 2 Teacher

    Ms. Jasmyne is from Houston, Texas. She has most of her experience in babysitting and is exciting to start her early childcare experience here with us! She is currently enrolled in college and is studying to be Radiology Technician. She loves Fettuccine Alfredo from Olive Garden. On the weekend she enjoys spending time with her family and puppy or watching Netflix! Her favorite book is If you give a mouse a cookie. She most relates to Mia the mouse because she loves the outdoors! This school year she is excited for her kiddos to learn and grow!

  • Stephanie Argueta, Early Preschool 2 Teacher

    Stephanie Argueta

    Early Preschool 2 Teacher
  • Miriam Saba, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Miriam Saba

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Miriam is from Guatemala, Mexico. She has 20+ years in childcare experience and loves to eat all sorts of casseroles. On the weekend she loves to stay home and spend time with her family. Her favorite book is Dragons Love Tacos. She most relates to Erwin the dog and is happy to get to know all her new coworkers and new kiddos!

  • Lundy Castro, Preschool Pathways Taecher

    Lundy Castro

    Preschool Pathways Taecher

    Hi, my name is Lundy and I am a Preschool Pathways teacher. I joined the Primrose family back in August 2021. I love Chicken Alfredo and I spend my time on the weekends with my family going to the Flea Market. My favorite Children's book is "Oh, the places you'll go" and I mostly relate to Billy the Duck.

  • Alondra Rojas, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Alondra Rojas

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Hi my name is Alondra Rojas and I am a Preschool Pathways teacher. I joined the Primrose family in April 2021. On the weekends I enjoy spending my time reading, watching movies, being with my family and eating my favorite food, Japanese Ramen. My favorite book is Goodnight Moon and I most relate to Molly the Cow.

  • Kayla Nelson, Preschool 1 Teacher

    Kayla Nelson

    Preschool 1 Teacher

    Ms. Kayla is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana before relocating to Houston! She has 2 and a half years in childcare experience prior to her joining the Primrose Family. She currently hold a High School diploma and is enrolled for a Nursing School. Her favorite food is Mexican and Sushi. She likes to use her weekends to relax and enjoys all Dr. Seuss books. She most relates to Megy the pig and is most excited to getting to watch the kids grow.

  • Jacaria Brown, Preschool 1 Teacher

    Jacaria Brown

    Preschool 1 Teacher
  • Mykhaela Brown, Preschool 1 Teacher

    Mykhaela Brown

    Preschool 1 Teacher
  • Julia Miller, Preschool 2 Teacher

    Julia Miller

    Preschool 2 Teacher

    Hello my name is Julia Miller and I am the Preschool 2 teacher. I have a Bachelors Degree in Theater & English w/ my teaching certification nd my Masters. I have worked in childcare for about 20 years now and joined the Primrose School of Garden Oaks in 2021. My favorite food is Mexican, Asian, and Indian and I enjoy watching Movies, coloring, reading, and taking walks on the weekends. My favorite children's books are Laura Wilder's book series, Little bear, Pooh Stories, and all multicultural books. I most relate to Og the bookworm. I cant wait to meet all my friends!

  • Arizbeth Juarez, Preschool 2 Teacher

    Arizbeth Juarez

    Preschool 2 Teacher

    Hi, my name is Arizbeth but I go by Ari! I am from Channelview, Texas. I joined the Primrose family back in April 2021 and have grown tremendously! I started off as a support teacher that helped when families were unable to enter the building then showed interest in our Preschool program. I am now the Preschool 2 teacher and I am excited to know all my friends and help them grow academically. Some of our favorite things consist of journaling and reading the giving tree.

  • Brittany Raspberry, Preschool 2 Teacher

    Brittany Raspberry

    Preschool 2 Teacher
  • Nice Goodwin, Pre Kindergarten Teacher

    Nice Goodwin

    Pre Kindergarten Teacher
  • Khionna Hudson

    Pre Kindergarten Teacher
  • Maria Tobias, Explorer's Teacher

    Maria Tobias

    Explorer's Teacher

    Ms. Maria Tobias is from Houston, Texas. She joined the Primrose family in September 2020 and have 10 years of experience in childcare. Her favorite foods are seafood and Chinese and likes to shop on the weekends. Her favorite children's book is Llama Llama Red Pajama and most related to Og the Bookworm!

  • Raykeia Pittman, Explorer's Teacher

    Raykeia Pittman

    Explorer's Teacher

    Ms. Raykeia is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. She joined the Primrose family in September of 2020 adn has 5+ years in childcare experience. She currently holds a Bachelors degree in Biology and is taking Nursing classes at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her favorite foods are Pasta and Seafood. She enjoys spending tome with her family and friends. She loves all the Dr. Seuss books and most relates to Libby the Lamb.

  • Erick Roberson, Explorer's Teacher

    Erick Roberson

    Explorer's Teacher
  • Wendy Carr, Explorer's Teacher

    Wendy Carr

    Explorer's Teacher
  • Shari Patterson, Support Staff

    Shari Patterson

    Support Staff

    Hi my name is Shari Patterson! I have 20 years to childcare experience prior to joining Primrose in September 2021.On the weekends I like to go to church, shop and eat some good BBQ! I enjoy The Three Little Pigs and I most relate to Billy the Duck!

  • Katie Crowell, Support Teacher

    Katie Crowell

    Support Teacher

    Hi my name is Katie Crowell! I have 20+ years of childcare experience prior to joining Primrose in March 2021. I received my BBA from Hardin-Simmons University in 2012. Some of my favorite things consist of Cheetos, pasta, and relaxing at home with my family. My favorite children's book is Goodnight moon and I most relate to Percy the Rooster.

  • Jassiria Perez, Support Staff

    Jassiria Perez

    Support Staff
  • Jace Threlkeld, Substitute Teacher

    Jace Threlkeld

    Substitute Teacher

    Jace is originally from Evanston, Illinois before coming to Houston! Jaces' experience comes mainly with kids from 3-5 years old. Them is currently enrolled in H.C.C. for Arts & Humanities. Thems favorite food is Thai food and loves to go hiking and enjoys going to the dog park. Jace's favorite children's book is Kipper the Dog Book series and most related to Benjamin the Bear. Them is excited to get to know all the kiddos and teaching them the most them can!

  • Larry and Brandi Muse, Franchise Owner

    Larry and Brandi Muse

    Franchise Owner

    Meet Brandi and Larry Muse – proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Garden Oaks! As lifelong residents of the greater Houston community and seasoned school leaders, they are thrilled to open their third Primrose school and provide the Primrose Experience of premier early education and care to more local children and families.

    Prior to becoming Franchise Owners, the Muses each had successful careers – Larry worked for a large wireless communications company, and Brandi was a teacher in a local elementary school for more than eight years. But after their son was born in 2002, the Muses wanted to make a family-focused career change, so they decided go into business together. They wanted their careers to make a difference in the lives of children and families, and when they found Primrose Schools, Brandi and Larry knew they’d found what they were searching for.

    “After our first encounter with Primrose Schools, we immediately knew that opening a school was what we wanted and needed to do,” Brandi said. “Our family values align with the Primrose values, and as an educator, I knew the incredible Balanced Learning® program would give children the strong foundation they need to succeed both academically and in life.”

    In spring 2005, Brandi and Larry opened the doors of Primrose School at Summerwood. The school, which was recognized with the Primrose Presidential Award in 2012, soon became known not only for its excellent educational opportunities, but also for its warm culture and support of the local community. In spring 2016, they opened their second location, Primrose School at Lakeshore. Both schools are generous supporters of the local school district and are proud partners of several charities and sports teams. The Muses look forward to extending this caring culture and commitment to education at Primrose School of Garden Oaks.

    When they aren’t spending time in their schools, Brandi and Larry stay busy in leadership roles in their community, serving on leadership councils for Primrose Schools, volunteering for local charities and cheering on their children at sporting events. Their son, Corbin, is an avid basketball player, and their daughter, Jade, is a competitive cheerleader. Both Corbin and Jade are Primrose alumni.

    “We’ve seen first-hand the impact Primrose had in our own children’s lives and the lives of so many others, so if there’s one thing we know about Primrose, it’s that what we do here works,” Larry said. “We value the safety and nurturing of our students above all else, and when children graduate from Primrose, they are prepared for future success.”

    At each of their schools, the Muses are committed to providing students with a safe and nurturing environment to learn and grow their Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts® while providing parents with peace of mind, knowing their children are well cared for and receiving a premiere education.


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