Primrose School of Johnstown Road

Our Staff

  • Ms. Lindsay LaGamba, School Director

    Ms. Lindsay LaGamba

    School Director

    I am from Gahanna, Ohio.I began in childcare in 2008 at the Primrose School of Johnstown Road as a Young Toddler Teacher. I was also the Toddler Teacher for two years at a different school. Most recently, I’ve been the Assistant Director at the Primrose School of West Chester in Cincinnati. I have my Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science with a minor in Early Childhood Education from the Ohio State University and a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton. On the weekends, I enjoy cooking and hosting family and friends. I’m excited about meeting all of the staff, families, and children and getting to know everyone in our Primrose family!

  • Mrs. Megan Stauffer, Executive Director of Operations

    Mrs. Megan Stauffer

    Executive Director of Operations

    Hello, I am Ms. Megan Stauffer and I am the Executive Director of Operstions for the Primrose School of Grandview, the Primrose School of Canal Winchester, the Primrose School of Reynoldsburg, the Primrose School at Pinnacle and the Primrose School of Columbus Downtown. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. I have been in a leadership position with Primrose the last several years. I was previously the Director at the Primrose School of Reynoldsburg as well as the Assistant Director and Curriculum Coordinator at the Primrose School at Pinnacle. Before that I was a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at the Primrose School of Hilliard at Mill Run and loved the Primrose philosophy. Before Primrose, I worked at Life Time Fitness as the Children's Activities Department Head for five years. I have always had a passion for children. I am now so happy to begin a new Primrose journey as the Regional School Director and continue making Primrose the Leader in Education and Care and knowing all of our special Primrose families!

  • Mrs. Lindsay Trent, Executive Director of Stakeholder Relations

    Mrs. Lindsay Trent

    Executive Director of Stakeholder Relations

    Hello, I am Mrs. Lindsay Trent. I am the Executive Director of Stakeholder Relations for the Primrose School of Grandview, the Primrose School of Pinnacle, Canal Winchester, Columbus Downtown and Reynoldsburg. I am the acting School Director here at the Primrose School at Pinnacle as well. I graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University. I have over sixteen years of experience working with children of all ages. Before coming to Pinnacle, I was a Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Curriculum Coordinator at another Primrose location. I am so excited to get to lead the Primrose School at Pinnacle with all of its amazing teachers and families!

  • Mrs. Nichole Carpenter, Regional Director

    Mrs. Nichole Carpenter

    Regional Director

    Hello, my name is Mrs. Nichole Carpenter. I am the Regional Director here at the Primrose Schools. I graduated from Wittenberg University with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Childhood Education. I have worked in the child care environment in the past as a Kindergarten Teacher, but I have also worked with children of all ages. I worked with Primrose School of Reynoldsburg as the assistant director for three years then worked for four years as the director. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my 3 beautiful daughters. I am excited to start my career with Primrose and look forward to meeting all the children and their families at the Primrose School of Reynoldsburg and watching them grow!

  • Ms. Chiresse Eggleston, Assistant Director

    Ms. Chiresse Eggleston

    Assistant Director

    My name is Chiresse, I was born in Queens, NY, and was raised in Richmond, VA. I now live in Columbus, Ohio with my husband and our 9 year old daughter. I’ve been working in the child care field since 2008, working mainly with infants. I received my Associate of Arts Degree in IT in 2014, and my Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering. The Primrose character I most relate to is Benjamin. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, doing crafts and spending time with my family. I also love traveling to visit our families in Michigan and Virginia.

  • Mr. Chad Lape, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mr. Chad Lape

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I'm Chad Lape and I am a Pre-Kindergarten teacher here at Primrose.  I have been working with children for 37 years as an educator and a gymnastics coach.  I was a member of the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team from 1983-87 and part of the ‘85 NCAA Championship Team.  I spent nine months living in England and I have also lived in Oregon and Washington where I enjoyed sail boarding and some mountain climbing.   I have three grown children, a daughter and twin boys.  My wife, Jenn, and I live in the woods in Johnstown with our fluffy dog, Daisy, and our loud cat, Echo.

  • Ms. Justine Zaborowski, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Justine Zaborowski

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I'm Justine Zaborowski and I am a Pre-Kindergarten teacher.  I graduated from Kent State with an Early Childhood Education degree and have spent the last 9 years teaching, 6 of which have been with Primrose!  I love helping the children learn new things and enjoy seeing them grow throughout the school year.  The children fill the classroom with so much joy and make it a great place to be!

  • Ms. Alli Pennell, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Alli Pennell

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I'm Alli Pennell and I’m a Pre-K teacher here at Primrose.  I moved from Arizona to Ohio after I got married in September 2019.  I was an elementary teacher in Arizona and really missed being in a classroom, so when I heard about Primrose, I jumped at the chance!  It was a big leap from 5th grade to Pre-K, but I have loved every minute of it.  These kids show so much love, it brings me back every year.  When I’m not hanging out with my Pre-K kids, I enjoy playing with my 2 dogs, Flash and Walle.  I also enjoy photography, cooking, and traveling back to Arizona to visit all my family!

  • Ms. Shelby Veppert, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Shelby Veppert

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I'm Shelby Veppert and I’m a Pre-Kindergarten teacher here at Primrose.  I’m originally from Rootstown, Ohio where I lived until moving to Columbus to attend college.  After graduating in 2012, I began working at Primrose of Johnstown Road and have been here ever since!  I love teaching and it’s really become my passion.  My favorite part is getting to know the families-even teaching multiple kids from each family!  I know that going to work each day, I’ll never have a dull moment!

  • Ms. Faith Scott, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Faith Scott

    Preschool Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    I have always worked with kids for as long as I can remember from babysitting to being a nanny.  I have always known it was what I wanted to do.  My favorite thing about this job is that moment when you’re teaching, and they look at you excited because they learned something new.  That moment is worth it for me because I was able to do something way bigger than just myself.  This year I’m looking forward to growing as a teacher.  I’m ready to keep learning and I’m so thankful to have an amazing work family who believes in me and always has my back.

  • Ms. Morgan Simmons, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Morgan Simmons

    Preschool Teacher

    I’m a Preschool teacher here at Primrose.  I have over 10 years’ experience working with children.  One of my favorite experiences was teaching English while working at a school in Sri Lanka.  I received my Bachelor of Arts in English from Vassar College.  I received a Fulbright Scholarship after graduating and had a chance to explore Southeast Asia.  I’m eager to witness all the knowledge my students begin to manifest throughout the year.  It’s a marvelous process that I’m honored to be a part of.  Watching the unique gifts of children unfold in front of your eyes is the most magical opportunity.

  • Ms. Kiara Grier, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Kiara Grier

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I'm Kiara Grier and I am an Early Preschool teacher, but have spent time in all of the classrooms over the years.  I am currently taking online classes at Notre Dame College to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.  I have worked with children most of my life, from babysitting to being a nanny.  I have been at Primrose for almost 4 years and I have loved every minute of it.  What I love most about teaching is watching the children learn, grow, the bonds we create, and knowing that we are making a difference in their lives.  My hobbies are traveling and spending time with my family.  I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know new families.

  • Ms. Hadley Soderquist, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Hadley Soderquist

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I'm Hadley Soderquist and I am a teacher in Early Preschool 2!  I received my CDA credential in 2021, and I have been working in childcare for 8 years with all different age groups.  My favorite thing about teaching is seeing my friends learn and grow!  In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband, listening to music, watching movies, and going to King’s Island.  I am looking forward to growing together with all of my friends this year!

  • Ms. Megan Tittle, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Megan Tittle

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I'm Megan Tittle and I am an Early Preschool teacher here at Primrose.  I have worked in childcare for about a year now.  I graduated from Central Crossing High School in 2020.  My favorite thing about working with kids is getting to see them grow and make such big strides!  In my free time, I love to read, watch sports, and try new recipes!

  • Ms. Julia Sloan, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Julia Sloan

    Toddler Teacher

    I'm Julia Sloan and I am a Toddler teacher here at Primrose.  My education includes a Bachelor’s in communications with an emphasis in media/film.  I did a lot of babysitting during school and have worked in childcare for the last 2 years.  What I love about teaching is getting to watch kids grow and become more self-aware.  Things I do for fun include baking, reading, writing, and going to concerts.  I have ambitions to write my own novel someday.  I am most look forward to spending time with the kids and getting to watch them grow!

  • Ms. Kara Reno, Young Infant Teacher

    Ms. Kara Reno

    Young Infant Teacher

    I'm Kara Reno and I am an infant teacher here at Primrose.  I have worked in childcare for over 28 years now with children of all ages.  My passion outside of work is music and singing.  I am a member of my church choir, a female barbershop chorus, and a barbershop quartet.  I also love to hang out with my group of friends.  I enjoy reading, kayaking, and hiking when the weather is nice.

  • Ms. Hunter Lovelace, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Hunter Lovelace

    Infant Teacher

    I’m Hunter Lovelace and I’m a teacher in the Young Infant room.  I have worked in childcare for about a year and a half.  I earned my high school diploma in 2019.  I love teaching in the Young Infant room because I get to see them reach so many different milestones during this age.  In my free time, I like to read books, explore vintage shops, go ice skating, and stay in with  my cat, Buttons.  This year at Primrose I am most looking forward to getting to know each child’s personality and to watch them learn and grow!

  • Mr. Kirk Findley, Explorers Teacher

    Mr. Kirk Findley

    Explorers Teacher

    I'm Kirk Findley and I’m a support teacher here at Primrose but spend most of my time in Explorers.  I have worked in childcare for over 5 years now.  I attended Sinclair Community College before transferring to the University of Dayton.  In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors and watching F1 racing.  I also like to go hiking and explore various state parks.  I love what I do and where I work and love getting to meet different families and children

  • Ms. Amy Ward, Explorers Teacher

    Ms. Amy Ward

    Explorers Teacher

    I'm Amy Ward and I am an Explorer’s teacher here at Primrose.  I am a Gahanna Lincoln graduate and attended Ohio State School of Cosmetology.  I have worked with children for the last 10 years and have found it to be the most rewarding career experience.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my daughter and family.  A few hobbies of mine are visiting record/book stores, watching documentaries, and going on small outdoor adventures.  This  year at Primrose, I look forward to watching our center grow and meeting all the new children and families!

  • Ms. Darcy Willits, Support Teacher

    Ms. Darcy Willits

    Support Teacher

    I'm Darcy Willits and I’m a support teacher at Primrose.  I have worked in childcare for over 23 years with children of various ages.  I  have taken several child development courses through Central Ohio Technical College.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, Cate.  I also love to take walks and try new restaurants.  I’m really looking forward to meeting all of the new families here at Primrose!

  • Ms. Zara Shahzad

    Support Teacher
  • Mr. Nathan Trussel, Support Teacher

    Mr. Nathan Trussel

    Support Teacher

    I'm Nathan Trussel and I am a support teacher at Primrose.  I am a 2nd year student at Kent State.  I don’t have much teaching experience yet but I have always been a natural leader and teacher.  I love helping out with my family and all of the little ones.  I love art, photography, dogs, and working with a team.  I’m hoping to find my passion for education and childcare.  Helping develop the people of the world is exciting and an honor.

  • Mr. Bill McKinnis, Food Service Teacher

    Mr. Bill McKinnis

    Food Service Teacher

    I'm Bill McKinnis and I am the food service teacher at Primrose.  I am a combat veteran from the Gulf War Operation Desert Storm.  I received my culinary degree in the military.  I worked for the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections as a food service supervisor as well as serving as the chef for a fraternity at Ohio Wesleyan University in addition to a few other food service positions but I absolutely love getting to serve the children of Primrose!

  • Natosha and Ehab Eskander, Franchise Owner

    Natosha and Ehab Eskander

    Franchise Owners

    Hello, we are Natosha and Ehab Eskander, the proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Johnstown Road. Since opening our first preschool, the Primrose School at Pinnacle in December, 2009, we have seen the positive influence of the school’s top-notch teachers and curriculum on our own children, our students and the community. So we are truly honored to extend the Primrose experience to more children and families that live or work in the Gahanna area.

    As parents, we understand how difficult it can be to find a safe, nurturing and educational environment where you can leave your children while you’re away at work. When we discovered Primrose, we instantly felt the welcoming environment that we know parents are looking for. We fell in love with the curriculum, the focus on character development and the partnerships formed with parents. The school made such an impact on us that we decided to open our very own. In fact, two of our children graduated from our Private Kindergarten program at the Primrose School at Pinnacle.

    The importance of education has always been stressed throughout our lives and Primrose embodies all the values that we hold dear. We have seen how a quality early education foundation has positively impacted our children and we hope to share the benefits with your family.

    We look forward to meeting you!

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