Primrose School of Harmony on the Lakes

Our Staff

  • Leann Ingram, Director

    Leann Ingram

    Director

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

    I have worked in childcare for 24 years with all ages. I have 15 years experience in leadership. I am a mother of three boys and 4 step children. My free time is spent outdoors supporting my children in their sporting events of football and track and field. Go Dragons! I also enjoy doing event planning at my church with our youth group. What can I say? I love children.

    Name: Leann Ingram

    Hometown: Cumming, Georgia

    Child care experience: 24 Years

    Education Background: Child's Development Associates

    Favorite food: Pasta

    Favorite weekend activity: Activities with my boys

    Favorite children’s book: Oh! The Places You Will Go!

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy the Rooster

    What I’m most excited about this school year: setting the foundation for a bright education and growing our school!!

    What I like most about Primrose Harmony: I love the family atmosphere

    Best way to schedule time to talk: During my work hours or email me at director@primroseharmony.com

  • Coach  Dean Gearing, Assistant Director of Operations

    Coach Dean Gearing

    Assistant Director of Operations

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

    You see, at Primrose Schools we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

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

    Name: Dean Gearing

    Hometown: Canton, Georgia

    Child care experience: 16+ years

    Education Background: Bachelors in Psychology Christian Counseling and minor in Christian Ministries from Liberty University

    Favorite food: Popcorn

    Favorite weekend activity: Reading and doing puzzles

    Favorite children’s book: The Couch Potato

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy the Duck

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I look forward to help the school grow in anyway I can.

    What I like most about Primrose Harmony: I love the family atmosphere here. We all love and support one another

    Best way to schedule time to talk: During my work hours or email me at operations@primroseharmony.com

  • Jaclyn Ernst, Assistant Director of Education

    Jaclyn Ernst

    Assistant Director of Education

    I’m Mrs. Jaclyn Ernst. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

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

    Name: Jaclyn Ernst

    Hometown: Parkland, Florida

    Child care experience: 15+ years

    Education Background: B.S. Early and Elementary Childhood Education, T-4 (Teaching Certificate)

    Favorite food: Anything Italian

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my family, watching Braves baseball, and going to the lake.

    Favorite children’s book: Anything Pete the Cat

    Primrose character I most relate to: Mia the Mouse

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Watching the teachers grow and learn

    Best way to schedule time to talk: During my work hours or email me at education@primroseharmony.com

  • Sarah Dowling

    Administrative Assistant

    Sarah is originally from Nashville, TN. and has been in Georgia for about 11 years. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 13 years! They have two fur babies, a Great Dane/Catahoula mix named Arvi and a black lab named Zeke. She is a huge sports fan. Nashville Predators hockey, Braves baseball and college football, sorry GA fans, she is a Carolina Gamecock.

     

    Sarah has worked in childcare since she was 16 with all different ages. Her favorite class is the toddlers! She loves how curious they are, and the conversations she has with them! She has previously worked with Primrose Kennesaw North; and was there for 6 years.  She ventured off to become a pediatric dental assistant a few years ago. She loves educating children on dental health, but felt her heart was not in it anymore. She decided to make my way back home to Primrose and is eager to learn and grow with the Harmony team!  She currently has her CDA certification, and she is working towards an associate degree in Education.

     

  • Cindy Stith, Younger Infant Lead Teacher

    Cindy Stith

    Younger Infant Lead Teacher

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

    You see, at Primrose Schools we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

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

    Name: Cindy Stith

    Hometown: Fulton, Missouri

    Child care experience: 25 Years

    Education Background: High School

    Favorite food:Chinese, crunch master crackers

    Favorite weekend activity: watching my grandson play baseball and my granddaughters at gymnastic meets.

    Favorite children’s book: I’ll Love You Forever

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin, Og and Erwin

    What I’m most excited about this school year: meeting new people and watching these babies learn and grow.

    What I like most about Primrose Harmony: I love how you are appreciated for the work we do. Children love coming here!

    Best way to schedule time to talk: During my work hours.

  • Andrea Nazar, Younger Infant Assistant

    Andrea Nazar

    Younger Infant Assistant
    Apple of Our Eye
  • Amari Kellog

    Younger Infant Assistant Teacher
  • Grayce Murdock, Older Infant Teacher

    Grayce Murdock

    Older Infant Teacher

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

    I have been in childcare for 2 1/2 years. I enjoy being a teacher and watching my children grow. I also enjoy building a bond with the families. I am so excited to see where this year takes us.

    Name: Grayce Teems

    Hometown: Acworth, GA

    Child care experience: 2 1/2 years

    Education Background: I plan to pursue my Child's Developmental Associates (CDA) soon

    Favorite food: Wings

    Favorite weekend activity: Hanging out with friends

    Favorite children’s book: Anything Dr. Seuss

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally the Bunny and Peanut the Pony

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Watching the children grow

    What I like most about Primrose Harmony: We are all family

    Best way to schedule time to talk: During my work hours.

  • Danielle Hanenburg

    Older Infant Lead Teacher
  • Taylor Tipton, Older Infant Assistant Teacher

    Taylor Tipton

    Older Infant Assistant Teacher

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

    I am a student at Chatahooche Tech about to transfer to Kennesaw State University to obtain my Bachelors in Elementary Education. I've been around children all my life, and I absolutely love working with them.

    Name: Taylor Tipton

    Hometown: Clayton Community, Georgia

    Child care experience: I worked for Cherokee County School distric as an ASP teacher and a subsitute for 2 years

    Education Background: Going to obtain my Bachelor's in Elementary Education and i'm getting my TCC this Summer

    Favorite food: Mozzerella Sticks and Ice Cream

    Favorite weekend activity: Going to the mountains and spending time with my family

    Favorite children’s Book: There was an old lady who swallowed a fly

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy the Rooster

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Watching my children grow

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Via Procare or During my work hours.

  • Morgan Millsaps, Toddler Lead Teacher

    Morgan Millsaps

    Toddler Lead Teacher
  • Claudia Valiente, Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Claudia Valiente

    Toddler Assistant Teacher
  • Teagan Harris

    Toddler Assistant Teacher
  • Madelynne Dunlop, Young Toddler Lead Teacher

    Madelynne Dunlop

    Young Toddler Lead Teacher
  • Gracia Valiente, Early Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Gracia Valiente

    Early Preschool Assistant Teacher
  • Fabiola Valiente-Byrd, Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    Fabiola Valiente-Byrd

    Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    I’m Mrs. Fabiola (Fabi). I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I love to sing. I also enjoy going to theme parks and on adventures with my family. I am an animal lover. I am a dancer and I love to do art. I give everything i do in life 200%. I am bilingual and I speak spanish.

    Name: Fabiola Valiente-Byrd

    Hometown: Canton, Ga

    Child care experience: 2 1/2 year

    Education Background: Child's Development Associates

    Favorite food: Spanish and Soul Food

    Favorite weekend activity: Having fun with family

    Favorite children’s book: Hands are not for hitting

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the Cow

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I'm excited for new beginnings and setting new

    Best way to schedule time to talk: During my work hours.

  • Makiah Jackson, Preschool Pathways Assistant

    Makiah Jackson

    Preschool Pathways Assistant
  • Samantha Waight, Preschool Pathways 2 Lead Teacher

    Samantha Waight

    Preschool Pathways 2 Lead Teacher

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

    I am a mother of a six year old, and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends on the weekends. I am a very social person. I am a dedicated and determined worker. I always strive to exceed my goals as an educator. I feel this is the best way to create a learning environment for students and co-workers to succeed.

    Name: Samantha Waight

    Hometown: Manila, Philippines

    Child care experience: 15+ years

    Education Background: Child's Development Associates in progress

    Favorite food: Anything. I love food.

    Favorite weekend activity: spending time with friends and family

    Favorite children’s book: "Sam I Am" (Dr. Seuss)

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the Cow/Ally the Bunny

    What I’m most excited about this school year: meeting new people and new students

    Best way to schedule time to talk: During my work hours.

  • Jalen Mosteller

    Preschool Pathways 2 Assistant Teacher
  • Taylor Weaver

    Preschool Pathways 2 Assistant Teacher
  • Haley Logan, Preschool One Lead Teacher

    Haley Logan

    Preschool One Lead Teacher

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

    I cannot wait to meet you and your child. We will have a lot of fun this year. I love to bake and create things with the children. I cannot wait to get to know you and your child.

    Name: Haley Logan

    Hometown: Kennesaw, Ga

    Child care experience: 1 year

    Education Background: Culinary Arts Degree

    Favorite food: Chocolate Covered Pretzels (Gluten Free)

    Favorite weekend activity: Grocery Shopping

    Favorite children’s book: Is Your Mama a Llama

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally The Bunny

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to learn each different kid in my class and getting to make memories with them and accomplish milestones with them

    Best way to schedule time to talk: During my work hours.

  • Yasemin Eskins

    Preschool 1 Co-Lead Techer
  • Desiree Poole Martin, Preschool Two Lead Teacher

    Desiree Poole Martin

    Preschool Two Lead Teacher
  • Iliana Ramos

    Preschool 2 Assistant Teacher
  • Andrew Williamson, Private Pre-K Assistant

    Andrew Williamson

    Private Pre-K Assistant

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

    I am an avid runner and I want to do a running club here at Primrose Harmony. I also like to golf and play tennis. Candy is one of my favorite food.

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

    Name: Andrew Williams

    Hometown: Jasper, Ga

    Child care experience: 1 year

    Education Background: I'm going to get my Child's Development Associates (CDA)

    Favorite food: Tacos

    Favorite weekend activity: Running

    Favorite children’s book: I'll Walk With You

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin the Bear

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I cannot wait to get to know all of your children

    Best way to schedule time to talk: During my work hours.

  • Valerie Martinez, Private Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Valerie Martinez

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

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

    I enjoy spending time with my sisters. I love everything Disney. I am currently in my 1st year of College at Chattahoochee Technical College. I love working with all types of children.

    Name: Valerie Martinez

    Hometown: Canton, Ga

    Child care experience: 1 1/2 year

    Education Background: Technical Certificate of Credit

    Favorite food: All Pasta

    Favorite weekend activity: Going to the movies and getting my nails done

    Favorite children’s book: The Rainbow Fish

    Primrose character I most relate to: Mia the Mouse

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to learn each child in my class and getting to make memories with them and accomplish milestones with them

    Best way to schedule time to talk: During my work hours.

  • Amanda McGraw, Private Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    Amanda McGraw

    Private Kindergarten Lead Teacher

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

    I have a bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Reinhardt University, and I am currently working on my Masters in Elementary Education from Georgia Southern. I have been at Primrose Harmony on the Lakes for over 10 years now. I have been married to my wonderful husband (and High School Sweetheart) Richard for 9 years. We have an awesome son Josh, who is 11.

    Name: Amanda McGraw

    Hometown: Smyrna, Georgia

    Child care experience: 10+ Years (Infants - 1st Grade)

    Education Background: B.S. in Early Childhood Education

    Favorite food: All the carbs (Pasta, Bread, and potatoes)

    Favorite weekend activity: Watching football, hiking, and board games with family, and reading

    Favorite children’s Book: Giraffe's Can't Dance

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy the Duck (I Love to Sing)

    What I’m most excited about this school year: The new challenge of Kindergarten

    Best way to schedule time to talk: During my work hours.

  • Ivy Keats

    Private Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
  • Grace Morton

    Private Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
  • Kayla Godwin

    Support Staff
  • Monica Laquaglia, Food Service Director

    Monica Laquaglia

    Food Service Director
  • Jan Sylvester, Custodian

    Jan Sylvester

    Custodian
  • Alaina Harris, Support Staff

    Alaina Harris

    Support Staff
  • Ansley Lawton, Support Staff

    Ansley Lawton

    Support Staff
  • Kim Barnett, Franchise Owner

    Kim Barnett

    Franchise Owner

    Hello, I am Kim Barnett, the proud owner of Primrose School of Harmony on the Lakes.

    I was first introduced to Primrose in 2009, and immediately fell in love with the way that Primrose brings the best in educational child care to families and children; through a curriculum and focus on character development and partnerships formed with parents. I understand the importance of working with the staff and the families to constantly strive to create the best environment for children. Whether its social emotional development, curriculum, nutrition or a safe environment, every aspect needs to be at its absolute best in order to help children develop and grow.

    Prior to becoming a franchise owner, I was a Primrose teacher. I joined Primrose School of East Cobb at Sprayberry in 2009 as a Kindergarten teacher, before becoming the school’s executive director. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University, I have taught all ages from infant to adult and have over thirty years of experience in a career crossing education and business operations.I am committed to helping teachers of young children provide a positive, nurturing environment where children can develop a natural love of learning.

    “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.

    I am excited to meet you and your family!

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