Primrose School of Kennesaw North

Our Staff

  • Amanda Stratford, Director

    Amanda Stratford


    My name is Amanda Stratford and I am so excited to be your Primrose Kennesaw North Director! I have over 25 years of childcare experience with 20 years in a director’s role. I started my journey at Primrose 25 years ago and after a small detour with another company, I am excited to be home and part of such an amazing family.

    I have two awesome daughters, Katlyn and Audrey. Katlyn is Primrose Alumni from 8 weeks until she started middle school. Katlyn and her husband Brad have three beautiful daughters, Ezra, Arwen and Selah. Audrey was adopted by my husband and I 9 years ago. She is in the Army and based our of El Paso Texas. I am married to my best friend, Billy. In our fun time we enjoy hiking, kayaking, shopping in unique shops and The Georgia Bulldogs. We have one fur baby of our own and one grand-furbaby.

    I look forward to seeing your children grow and learn. I can’t wait to see what they teach me!!

    Primrose Proud!!!

  • Amy Whatley-Moore, Assistant Director of Education

    Amy Whatley-Moore

    Assistant Director of Education

    Hello! I am Amy Whatley-Moore. I am so excited to be a part of the Primrose Kennesaw North family. My time in education started as a child. My father was an educator in Albuquerque, New Mexico where I grew up. I always imagined myself as a teacher so I planned to head to college on that career path. God had other plans for me and I’m so glad he did. I had 2 children very young and moved to Georgia when I was 24. I was eager to get my oldest son in a preschool program before he was ready for kindergarten. I was so lucky to find a wonderful church based preschool and that is where my journey to teaching really started. I took a job as an assistant at the preschool and the following year took over as a lead teacher for the 4 year old class. I continued teaching preschool for the next 10 years and loved every minute of it. I decided I was ready to finish my degree and teach ‘big’ school. I enrolled at Mercer University in their education program and received my bachelor’s degree in 2005. I was able to land a 2nd grade position at the school I was student teaching, and continued teaching in various grades there until 2018. I loved teaching but was looking for a change. I still wanted to be in the education arena but longed for something different. I went to work for an education advocacy group in Cobb County. I enjoyed the work and loved helping teachers have a voice in their classroom and career however I missed the day to day experiences with children, families and colleagues. I had heard so many great things about Primrose schools and when this opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t pass it up! I am thrilled to be able to join a team that is so focused on early education. I have seen the overwhelming benefits of early education and the future successes they bring for students and families. I am thrilled to continue my career in with the Leader in Educational Childcare, Primrose Schools!

    In my spare time I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family. I am married with 3 adult sons, one daughter-in-law, one future daughter-in-law, one granddaughter, one grandson and another granddaughter on the way and 2 fur babies that keep me busy!

  • Amber Goodman, Operations Coordinator

    Amber Goodman

    Operations Coordinator
  • Ms. Brigette Updegrove, Young Infant Teacher

    Ms. Brigette Updegrove

    Young Infant Teacher
  • Ms. Jo Brown, Older Infant Teacher

    Ms. Jo Brown

    Older Infant Teacher
  • Ms. Dana Lupsan, Assistant Infant Teacher

    Ms. Dana Lupsan

    Assistant Infant Teacher
  • Ms. Lexi Crain, Infant Support Staff

    Ms. Lexi Crain

    Infant Support Staff
  • Ms. Fernanda Trejo, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Fernanda Trejo

    Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Kim Rencher, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Kim Rencher

    Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Victoria Rowland, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Victoria Rowland

    Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Keisha Jackson, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Keisha Jackson

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Angie Rodriquez, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Angie Rodriquez

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. McKenzie Krause, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. McKenzie Krause

    Preschool Pathways Teacher
  • Ms. Yadira Reyes-Hernandez, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Yadira Reyes-Hernandez

    Preschool Pathways Teacher
  • Ms. Taylor Bass, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Taylor Bass

    Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Erica Chinwong, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Erica Chinwong

    Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Katlyn Dalton, Private Prekindergarten I Teacher

    Ms. Katlyn Dalton

    Private Prekindergarten I Teacher
  • Ms. Madeline Hardman, Private Prekindergarten II Teacher

    Ms. Madeline Hardman

    Private Prekindergarten II Teacher
  • Ms. Dina Lawson, Private Prekindergarten II Teacher

    Ms. Dina Lawson

    Private Prekindergarten II Teacher
  • Tommy and Amy Roper, Franchise Owner

    Tommy and Amy Roper

    Franchise Owners

    Meet Tommy and Amy Roper - dedicated and passionate parents and the proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Kennesaw North. Understanding the value of quality early childhood education and character development, the Ropers are thrilled with the opportunity to join the Primrose family. Tommy and Amy are both natives of the greater Atlanta area. Tommy grew up in Grayson and attended South Gwinnett High School, while Amy grew up in Marietta and attended Pope High School. Tommy is a graduate of Columbus State University and Amy is a graduate of Georgia Southwestern State University. Tommy and Amy have been married since 2002 and have three terrific boys, Thomas, Aiden and Jackson. All three boys have had the privilege of attending Primrose School of Kennesaw North.

    Tommy's professional experience over the past fifteen years has been in project, personnel and relationship management, as well as sales and marketing within both software development and the pharmaceutical industries. While Tommy has enjoyed success through his career, his true passion has been more expressed with the time he spends with his family and his involvement with his boys in the community, coaching youth sports. He enjoys bringing his passion to Primrose School of Kennesaw North. Amy, with her education and background in accounting, took a position in 2012 with Primrose School Franchising Company as a trainer for business operations. In this role, she found herself not only advising on the business side, but learning all about Primrose Schools from operations to curriculum. Amy loves that she has the opportunity to combine her love for children and her Primrose experience to operate Primrose School of Kennesaw North to its highest potential. Open since 1999, Primrose School of Kennesaw North has been an important asset to this area. "Along with delivering quality early education, we will continue to be an important partner and leader in this community", says Amy. "We are dedicated to giving children the best possible care, and we understand how important it is to provide a well-rounded learning experience in a safe and nurturing environment", adds Tommy. We invite you to the school to experience first-hand what differentiates Primrose School of Kennesaw North from other child care centers. We also invite your child in for a 'Day of Discovery' that will allow them to 'test the waters' prior to enrollment. We look forward to meeting your family soon! Primrose School of Kennesaw North is located at 3054 N. Main Street Kennesaw, GA 30144. For more information please visit or call (770) 218-3500.

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