Primrose School of Harmony on the Lakes

Our Staff

  • Leann Ingram, Director

    Leann Ingram

    Director

    Let’s get to know each other.

     

    I’m Leann IngramI 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 management. I am a mother of 3 boys and 4 step children. My free time is spent outdoors supporting my children in their sports, football, and track and field (Go Dragons)! I also enjoy doing events at my church with our youth group. What can I say? I love kids.

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

     

    Child care experience: 24 years

    Education Background:  CDA

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children:I love to see them smile, and to see them grow throughout the year.

    Favorite children’s book: Oh, The Places You’ll Go.

    In My Personal Time: Ilike to design things, spend time with my family and church.

  • Coach  Dean Gearing, Assistant Director of Operations

    Coach Dean Gearing

    Assistant Director of Operations

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

    I have been working with children since I was 14. I can never get enough. I have a nephew and 5 godsons. It is a prvilage to see young children grow and develop. Once they have smiles on their faces because of an accomplishment, it puts a smile on your face. It has been an adventure ever since i stepped into Primrose Harmony. I am so grateful to be a part of this team of very talented individuals.

     

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

     

    Child care experience: 17 years

    Education Background:  CDA, Bachelors of Psychology: Christian Counseling

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love to see them smile, and the energy that all of them have.

    Favorite children’s book: The Day the Crayon Quit

    In My Personal Time: I love to read, write, and do puzzzles.

     

  • Jaclyn Ernst, Assistant Director of Education

    Jaclyn Ernst

    Assistant Director of Education

    Let’s get to know each other.

    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 have two daughters that attend Primrose Harmony on the Lakes. I love to help all the children grow and develop.

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

     

    Child care experience: 20+ years, 12 years at Primrose Harmony

    Education Background:  Bachelors in Early and Elementary education, Current T-4 teaching Certificate

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Watching them learn and grow

    Favorite children’s book: Pete the Cat

    In My Personal Time: I renjoy spending time with family, being outside, and watching sports (Especially the Braves)

  • Sarah Dowling, Administrative Assistant

    Sarah Dowling

    Administrative Assistant

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

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

    I have worked in childcare since I was 16 with all different ages. My favorite class is toddlers! I love how curious they are, and the conversations i have with them! SI have previously worked with Primrose Kennesaw North; and I was there for 6 years.   I have 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.

     

    Child care experience: 20+ Years

    Education Background:  Child's Development Associates (CDA), working on my Associates in Education

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: When they have that "Aha" moment

    Favorite children’s book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    In My Personal Time: I like to spend time with my husband, watch college football (Go Gamecocks), and hokey (Go Preds!)

  • 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.

    Child care experience: 25+ Year s

    Education Background: Child's Development Associates (CDA)

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love to see them grow and develop.

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

    In My Personal Time: I like to watch my grandson play baseball and my granddaughters in gymnastics. 

     

  • Gabrielle Gamble

    Infant Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

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

    I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. I have an outgoing, bubbly, and loving personality. I enjoy basketball and football, go DAWGS! My favorite food is Italian and Mexican. I look forward to watching your babies grow and develop.

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

     

    Child care experience: 6+ years

    Education Background: Currently attending University of Phoenix for Early Childhood Education

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Watching them grow and bonding with the children and the parents, and seeing them happy as well as creating a happy place for them.

    Favorite children’s book: June B. Jones and If you give a mouse a cookie

    In My Personal Time: I enjoy reading and writing as well as spending time with my loved ones.

  • Lymaris Torres

    Lead Older infant Teacher

    Hi, I’m Lymaris. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I am an originally from SaJuan, Puerto Rico. i have lived in the United States for 19 years. I have 2 children. My daughter is 13, and my son is 11. I am blessed to be a part of the Primrose Harmony team. 

     

    Child care experience: 16+ years with a variety of ages.

    Education Background: I took Intro to Education 

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love to see them grow and learn.

    Favorite children’s book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear

    In My Personal Time: I like to enjoy nature hikes, and I like to spend quality time with my family.

     

  • Andrea Nazar, Younger Infant Assistant

    Andrea Nazar

    Younger Infant Assistant

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

     

    I'm from Venezula. I have a twin named David. I speak Spanish and Portuguese. I am learning  American Sign Language. I play the drums. I am a childcare volunteer at edificadores de Vida church and serve on the camera and light crew.

     

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

     

    Child care experience: 2 years

    Education Background:  Working on my Child's Development Associates (CDA)

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love to give them love.

    Favorite children’s book: The Little Prince

    In My Personal Time: I like to embroider

  • Kimberly Kiddoo

    Lead Toddler Teacher
  • Teagan Harris, Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Teagan Harris

    Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Teagan Harris.  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.

     

    Child care experience: 1 year

    Education Background:  Associates in Early Childhood Education

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love watching them develop.

    Favorite children’s book: One Fish, Two Fish

    In My Personal Time: I like to watch movies instead.

     

  • Kim Leiding

    Toddler Assistant Teacher

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

    I have worked with childrenmy whole life, and I now have 5 of my own. I homeschool my youngest kids currently.

    I cannot wait to meet your family.

     

    Child care experience: 20+ years as teacher and Director

    Education Background:  Associates of Arts in Education

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love to read and sing with the children.

    Favorite children’s book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear

    In My Personal Time:I like to spend time with family, play card and board games, bible study, and spending time with my church family.

  • Madelynne Dunlop

    Young Toddler Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

     

    I’m Madelynne Dunlop.  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.

    Child care experience: 3 years

    Education Background: Working on my CDA

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love to see their journey, and to see tham grow into such beautiful people.

    Favorite children’s book:Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    In My Personal Time: I enjoy singing, playing various instruments, and unwinding with some TV.

  • Daisha Figueroa, Early Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Daisha Figueroa

    Early Preschool Assistant Teacher

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

    I love to read manga book and sometimes watch scary movies.

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

     

    Child care experience: 1 years

    Education Background: High School diploma

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: every child keeps it fun in the classroom

    Favorite children’s book: Corduroy

    In My Personal Time: I enjoy reading books and playing with my cat sage

  • Gracia Valiente, Early Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Gracia Valiente

    Early Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ansley Lawton.  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.

    Child care experience: 1 year

    Education Background:  Working on my CDA

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Watching them grow

    Favorite children’s book: CAt in the Hat

    In My Personal Time: I like to play video games

  • Makiah Jackson, Preschool Pathways A Lead Teacher

    Makiah Jackson

    Preschool Pathways A Lead Teacher
  • Elizabeth Hemmings

    Preschool Pathways A Assistant Teacher
  • Samantha Waight, Preschool Pathways B Lead Teacher

    Samantha Waight

    Preschool Pathways B 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.

    Child care experience: 15+ years

    Education Background:  CDA in progress

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love to see them smile and grow

    Favorite children’s book: Sam I AM

    In My Personal Time: I like to spend time with my family, and I love to go on adventures.

  • Stephanie Cooke

    Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher
  • Claudia Valiente, Preschool Pathways B Assistant Teacher

    Claudia Valiente

    Preschool Pathways B Assistant Teacher

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    My name is Claudia Valiente and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. I'm a teacher who seeks a good relationship with every child. This starts by giving every child the attention that they deserve, and helping them to feel protected and loved. I also love to get them to smile. It is the best feeling to get when a child smiles. Your children are the future and this takes a partnership between the both of us. Thank you for considering to be a part of the Primrose Harmony family.

     

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

     

    Child care experience: 1 year

    Education Background: Architect degree from El Salvador

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love their little personalities, and to dance and sing with them.

    Favorite children’s book: I Love You Through and Through

    In My Personal Time: I like to cook, and I love to spend time with my family.

  • Taylor Weaver, Preschool Pathways B Assistant Teacher

    Taylor Weaver

    Preschool Pathways B Assistant Teacher

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

    I just graduated High School, and I am going to Chattahooche Technical College to become a RN. I am also pursuing my Teacher Credintial Certificate (TCC). I'm the oldest out of 9 kids in my family, and I love being with the children each and every day.

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

     

    Child care experience:3 years

    Education Background:  Attending Chattahooche Technical College

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love to bond with them

    Favorite children’s book: Rainbow Fish 

    In My Personal Time: I like to spend time with my family.

  • 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 am a very creative person. I also have a dog and a cat. 

    I cannot wait to get to know you and your child.

     

    Child care experience: 1 year

    Education Background:  Associates in Culinary Arts

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: There is never a dull moment.

    Favorite children’s book: Is Your Momma a Lllama

    In My Personal Time: I like to bake.

  • Abby Madsen

    Preschool 1 Assistant Teacher

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

    I have a puppy named Malcom and he goes by “Mac.” He is a great Pyranose Mik.

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

     

    Child care experience: 1 year, and I also taught swim lesson, and a I was math tutor.

    Education Background:  I'm currently on a break from Ga Tech.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love their little personalities.

    Favorite children’s book: Oh, The Places You’ll Go.

    In My Personal Time: I read.

  • Fabiola Valiente-Byrd, Preschool 2 Lead Teacher

    Fabiola Valiente-Byrd

    Preschool 2 Lead Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

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    I’m Fabiola "Fabbie" Valiente-Byrd.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I love to sing. I enjoy going to theme parks and adventures with my family. I am an animal lover. I am a dancer and I love to do art. I like to put 200% into everything that I do. I have an amazing husband and two daughters. 

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

     

    Child care experience: 13 years

    Education Background:  Child's Development Associates (CDA)

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love to see them smile and grow.

    Favorite children’s book: Oh, The Places You’ll Go.

    In My Personal Time: i love to spend quality time with my family.

     

  • Iliana Ramos, Preschool 2 Assistant Teacher

    Iliana Ramos

    Preschool 2 Assistant Teacher

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

     

    I am a twin. I love the color green. I am humble yet shy person. I love new things

     

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

     

    Child care experience: 1 year

    Education Background:  Working on my Child's Development Associates (CDA)

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: It is fun and exciting. Everyday is different.

    Favorite children’s book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See

    In My Personal Time: I love read books, practice nail (gel), and mini sewing projects

  • Halie Dumas, Private Pre-K Lead Teacher

    Halie Dumas

    Private Pre-K Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

     

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

    I am married to my best friend and we are raising two sweet boys. I am Canton born and raised, and I love our community. I am truly happiest in my classroom with my kiddos. Primrose Harmony is my home away from home and I couldn't be happier to be here!

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

     

    Child care experience: 10 years

    Education Background:  B.A. Early Education

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love to make connections with interest and our curriculumn - It's magical.

    Favorite children’s book: "The Hipponotamus

    In My Personal Time: I like spending time with family, reading, and organizing.

  • Andrew Williamson, Private Pre-K Assistant

    Andrew Williamson

    Private Pre-K Assistant

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

    I am an avid runner. I also went to Primrose Harmony when i was little. I wanted to come back and have the same affect on my children as Primrose had on me.

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

     

    Child care experience: 2 years

    Education Background:  Working on my Child Development Associates (CDA)

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children:I love to see them smile and their burts of energy.

    Favorite children’s book: The Bad Seed

    In My Personal Time: I like to run, Golf, and hang out with my friends.

  • 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

    Ivy Keats

    Private Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

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

    I love to be around children. I also have a cat.

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

     

    Child care experience: 1 Year

    Education Background: Bachelors of Science: Special Education/Masters of Art in Education

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love to see their wonder about the world and their growth during a year.

    Favorite children’s book: Alice in Wonderland

    In My Personal Time: I like to read and play with my cat.

  • Monica Laquaglia, Food Service Director

    Monica Laquaglia

    Food Service Director
  • Kayla Godwin, Support Staff

    Kayla Godwin

    Support Staff

    Let’s get to know each other.

     

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

    I'm in my second year of college at Kennesaw State University. I'm currently pursuing my Bachelor's degree in Elementery School Education. I ldoing outdoor activities and spending time with my family and friends. I cannot wait to meet all the kids and see their personalities shine thorugh.

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

     

    Child care experience: 1 year

    Education Background:  Currently Attending KSU

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love their silly personalities.

    Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree

    In My Personal Time: I love spending time with family and friends.

  • Jan Sylvester, Custodian

    Jan Sylvester

    Custodian
  • Alaina Harris, Support Staff

    Alaina Harris

    Support Staff
  • Desiree Poole Martin, Support Staff

    Desiree Poole Martin

    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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