Amanda Kirk is the Operations Director for our schools. She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree from Texas Lutheran University and moved to Austin. She began her Early Childhood journey as a 3-4 year old teacher and worked her way up in that company to School Age Manager. In 2009, Ms. Kirk decided to move back to Houston. She began at the Primrose School of Pearland Parkway as the Private Pre-Kindergarten 1 teacher in October of that year. Since then, she has moved up as Administrative Assistant for that school and then as Area Curriculum Coordinator for the Primrose Schools under the franchise owners. During her time as an Area Curriculum Coordinator, she helped train teachers on how to implement the Primrose curriculum. Now as Operations Director, she travel the schools helping in all aspects of the building. Ms. Kirk loves the journey that she is still on with Early Childhood and hopes to be with Primrose for many more years to come.
Mrs. Sanderson began working for Primrose in August of 2012. She is a certified Texas teacher and holds a Master's Degree in Education from the University of St. Thomas. She taught in both the Private Pre-Kindergarten and Private Kindergarten classrooms prior to moving into the position of Curriculum Coordinator. Mrs. Sanderson is passionate about the Primrose Balanced Learning approach as it encourages children to explore and learn on their own while providing that nurturing guidance that young children need. Her educational background, experience, and her passion is what makes her an effective role model to our teachers.
Now as the Director of Education, Mrs. Sanderson serves as the education coach for all new and current teachers. She leads by example and works closely with our teachers to ensure the highest of standards in our classrooms. In her free time, Mrs. Sanderson enjoys reading with her two sons and watching movies.
Ms. Vanessa is our school’s Business Administrator. She holds her industrial engineering degree and has joined our Primrose team having ten years of experience at her previous company. Ms. Vanessa is in charge of the day-to-day aspects of Primrose that go on behind the scenes. Her responsibilities include billing and taking care of our financial accounts, maintenance, and the daily operations that ensures our school is running smoothly. With Ms. Vanessa’s experience, commitment, and dedication, our school stands strong and is maintained inside and out to the utmost quality. Not only does she do this for our school, but also five more schools under our franchise owners in the greater Houston area. She holds quite the critical role here at Primrose! We are so lucky to have her.
Ms. Heather Martinez is our Infant teacher and she has about 9 years of childcare experience! Ms. Heather believes that what separates our Primrose School from other schools is the love in the air for teaching and the children in our care. The little smiles she receives from her students when she walks in to her classroom every day is what motivates her. Some fun facts about Ms. Heather include her love for cooking and interest in remaking old furniture! She also has two children: a 10-year old and an 8-year old.
We are Sotirios and Estela Papadopulos: proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School at Greenway Plaza.
We first discovered Primrose Schools while searching for childcare for our daughter, Estefania. We were busy with the demands that came with operating our own business and we wanted to ensure that our daughter was being well cared for and it was also important to us that she receive quality education. When we learned about Primrose Schools and what was offered, we immediately knew we had found something special and so both of our children, Estefania and Alexandre, ended up being Primrose graduates. Our experience with Primrose inspired us to offer leading education and care to families in the greater Houston area. Fast-forward 20 years later, Estefania obtained her Masters’ degree in Business Administration with a minor in psychology at the University of St. Thomas while our son, Alex, is currently studying at Houston Baptist University with a concentration in business. Alex is also a racecar driver in IMSA [International Motor Sports Association] allowing him the opportunity to compete in races all across the country. His positive demeanor and “never-give-up” attitude have left nothing but good things to be said by all whom Alex has worked with in the car racing world.
Today, we are the proud owners of six Primrose School locations throughout greater Houston. Our excitement continues as we are dedicated to bringing the best possible early education and care to families that live and work in the communities we serve. We are committed to creating a warm and nurturing atmosphere in our schools that enable children to exercise their active minds, healthy bodies and happy hearts.
Our latest big news and with the utmost pride and joy, we are so happy to welcome our “once-little” Primrose daughter to continue our legacy and what we believe Primrose to be. Since Estefania officially joined the team, she has displayed grace, warmth, and a passion for creating a positive influence for any and all children who step into our schools. She is dedicated to supporting all six schools so surely you will see her around to welcome you with a smile!
Finally, thank you for your interest in our school. We are beyond delighted to have the opportunity to provide (what we believe to be) the best early education and care to the youngest citizens of Houston. We can't wait to meet you and welcome you to our Primrose School at Greenway Plaza family!