Primrose School of The Lakes at Blaine

Our Staff

  • Justin, Center Director


    Center Director

    Hello, my name is Justin.

    I am excited to be here at Primrose! I have an Elementary Education Degree from Concordia University, St. Paul, and have over 20 years’ experience working with children. In those years I have been in the classroom as a teacher, on the sports field as a coach, and in childcare as a Lead staff. I have been married for 14 years to my beautiful wife, and we have 6 wonderful kids, 4 boys and 2 girls. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and being in the Minnesota outdoors. I am also a big sports fan, Go Vikings!!

  • Maggie, Assistant Director of Operations


    Assistant Director of Operations

    Hi, I'm Maggie. I have worked in the childcare field for over 9 years. I have taught Infants to School Age in multiple different centers and to me, Primrose is by far the best. They have an amazing curriculum that I have not seen anything similar to at any other center. I am very excited to be in a position to help keep our school running smoothly. I absolutely love being a part of the Primrose family and having the chance to help other join as well!

  • Shacreya, Assistant Director of Marketing


    Assistant Director of Marketing

    Hi! My name is Shacreya.

    I am honored and blessed to be at Primrose School of The Lakes at Blaine. I started my journey here as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher; was promoted and now work on the Leadership Management Team! I really enjoy what I do!

    I have worked in the childcare industry for 6+ years. I have both taught children and have worked in administration. I have always had a passion for caring for children and watching them learn and grow, I have the best job!

    In 2011 I graduated form Concordia St. Paul University with an Associates of Arts Degree, GO BEARS!

    I am happily married to my incredible husband and he and I share a beautiful son; I LOVE being a mom! I am from the suburbs of Mahtomedi MN; however, I now live in the Hugo area. I enjoy church, spending time with my family, singing, fashion and fitness! With my spare time you will probably find me doing something outdoors or enjoying a good-old Minnesota bone fire. I also like going for long walks outside and discovering new fun things and places to visit in Minnesota!

  • Alex, Education Training Coach


    Education Training Coach

    Hi, my name is Alex, and I am so excited to be joining the leadership team! I received my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the U of M in 2014 and have worked in various childcare centers, homes and school since then.

    I live with my husband and two sons, and we enjoy family walks and movie nights!

  • Taylor, Administrative Assistant


    Administrative Assistant

    I was born and raised in California, however in June of 2018, my family and I made the cross-country venture to Minnesota. I have a daughter who has been enrolled here at Primrose sense she was four years old; she is currently participates in our Sunrise/Sunset program. I have been with this amazing company for four plus years and have worked in various positions throughout the center. I started my journey here started as a center aide, assistant teacher to a lead teacher. I have my Child Development Associates Certificate (CDA) and Personalized Care Assistance license (PCA). I enjoy working with kids of all ages and look forward to continuing this journey with the Primrose family.

  • Jillian, School Head Chef


    School Head Chef

    Hi, my name is Jillian and I am a mom of two boys! I have both an 11-old-year-oldand a 12-year-old.

    I love being active and spending time with my family, I also enjoy gardening and cooking. I have worked in the culinary industry for over 18 years in a various kitchen settings. I have worked for Walt Disney, country clubs and other restaurants as well.

    Most weekends you can find me at the hockey arena or at the cabin in the summer months!

    I am excited about being here and starting this journey with my new Primrose family.

  • Ismael, School Chef


    School Chef

    Let’s get to know each other.

    Hey! My name Ismael and I am excited to get to know everybody here at Primrose! I am a very caring and easy-going person, enjoy getting to know knew people and I like to help others whenever possible. Like being challenged, learning and discovering new things.

    I am bilingual and speak both English and Spanish. I grew up in the Anoka MN area and attended Anoka-Ramsey Community College after high school.

    I have experience in the food industry and am eager to start my cooking journey here, creating and making delicious meals!

  • Ms. Murphy, Lead Infant Teacher

    Ms. Murphy

    Lead Infant Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Hi, my name is Kate and I have been working at Primrose as a co-lead teacher in the younger infant room since April 2010. I have really enjoyed getting to know the staff and families here and am excited to meet many more. I went to the University of Minnesota, working on a degree in Geography. I have worked in child care for five years and with infants for the past four years. I truly love my job. My husband and I live in Blaine with our cat, Kanga. In my spare time I enjoy snowboarding, wake boarding, surfing, and hanging out with my wonderful family and friends!

  • Ms. Simon, Lead Infant Teacher

    Ms. Simon

    Lead Infant Teacher

    Hi, I’m Debbie. I have worked in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1990. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from National Louis University. I moved to Minnesota from Chicago 8 years ago. Most of my experience is with toddlers to 3 year olds. In my free time, I love doing puzzles and watching sports. Being from Chicago I do root for the Cubs and Bears. I also love cuddling with my cat Matty.

  • Ms. Smallman, Lead Infant Teacher

    Ms. Smallman

    Lead Infant Teacher

    I am Monique and I am so excited to be working at Primrose School of The Lakes at Blaine. I'm originally from New York but relocated to Minnesota with my family 3 years ago. I'm working on finishing college and I'm so excited to be a part of the early education of such wonderful children.

  • Ms. Pettis, Lead Infant Teacher

    Ms. Pettis

    Lead Infant Teacher

    Hi my name is cassie!

    I have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin Stout. I have been an infant teacher for the last 8 years. After College I started teaching in an infant classroom in Eau Claire Wisconsin, I am newer to MN area and am excited to now be teaching here at Primrose School of The Lakes at Blaine! With my free time, I enjoy exploring and camping!

  • Ms. Davis, Lead Infant Teacher

    Ms. Davis

    Lead Infant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I am very excited to be joining the staff and students here at Primrose. I recently graduated from Saint Cloud State University with a degree in community psychology. My last semester of college I interned with a residential treatment center where I gained experience working with children with mental health disorders. I come from a very large family where I gained a lot of my experience working with young children. I have been directing the fall color guard and winter guard at Coon Rapids High School for the past four years. Through this experience, I have had the opportunity to work with middle school and high school students. Teaching young children is something I have always wanted to do, and I am thankful to have found that opportunity with Primrose.

  • Ms. Stafford, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Stafford

    Lead Toddler Teacher

    I'm Jodi. I'm a single mother of two boys, Jesse (30) and Trevor (16). I also have a niece who has five children. She is like a daughter to me. I love children and am very excited to be here at Primrose School of The Lakes at Blaine. I enjoy watching TV and movies. I love "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance." I have a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. I spent 9 years working in a church nursery part-time.

  • Ms. Hoffmann, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Hoffmann

    Lead Toddler Teacher

    My name is Karen. I graduated from St. Cloud University in 1999 with a degree in Elementary Education. I am a licensed school teacher. This last year I was very busy. I moved into a new house and got married. I have been working with children since I graduated from college. I have been with Primrose for 5 years working in the Explorer program. I am very excited to work with your younger children.

  • Ms. Collier, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Collier

    Lead Toddler Teacher

    I’m 23 years old. I have always had a passion working with children and dogs! I am a avid dog walker and I like to tan and swim at my parents, house on the lake!

  • Ms. Andersen, Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Andersen

    Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Hi, my name is Samantha, and I am excited to be here at Primrose School of The Lakes at Blaine. I am the 3rd oldest out of 22 children, but my younger siblings will say that I am the oldest. I have 2 children; one is 8 years old and the other 4 years old. I also have two stepchildren who are 10 and 17! I have been babysitting for over 15 years, and really enjoy working with children. I look forward to getting to know my co-workers, the students, and families.

  • Ms. Montes, Aide Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Montes

    Aide Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Kesaia recently moved to Minnesota from Iowa 5 years ago. I am a first-time mother and love to spend time with my family. I enjoy sports especially anything Vikings related, GO Vikes! With my free time I love attending Vikings games. I love to go on nature walks during my favorite season (Fall and I have a love for dogs and any animals). I have a passion for working with younger children and love to watch children as they play and discover new and exciting events every day. I am so excited to work with my Primrose family and get to know each of my new student and their families.

  • Ms. Bishop, Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Bishop

    Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher

    My name is Lisa. I have been in the early childhood field since 1998. I have worked with ages ranging from infants to school age. I have a 19 year old who has just started college. I enjoy spending time outside with my friends and family.

  • Ms. Eitel, Aide Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Eitel

    Aide Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Hi! My name is Renee, I live in Ramsey with my wonderful husband john, we have been together since 1994, we share two sons Tyler, Luke, and have a kitty named Boba. In my home we love to entertain; have fun with our family and friends!

  • Ms. Tipler, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Tipler

    Lead Preschool Teacher

    Hi I'm Connie Tipler! I graduated from Rasmussen Collage in 2007 with a degree in child care development. I have been in the child care field since 1998. I live in Blaine and share one son (Chris); who is the light of my life. I enjoy the outdoors and exploring new restaurants, in my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and crocheting.

  • Ms. Jones, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Jones

    Lead Preschool Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    Hi! I’m Kelli.

    I have been working in childcare for the past 30 years with children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 12 years. I am excited to dig into this new opportunity here at Primrose and watch the children learn and grow. I have been married for 30 years and have 3 children. I also have a granddaughter who is the light of my life!

    I enjoy reading, working out and trying new adventures. I am also an avid MN Wild fan and a state fair lover!

  • Ms. John, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Ms. John

    Lead Preschool Teacher

    I'm Tracy. I have worked in child care since 1999. I have worked with children of all ages, but I have spent the majority of the time as a preschool teacher. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stout with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education.

    I currently live in St. Paul but plan on moving to St. Francis in the near future. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends, read, spend time outdoors, and watch sports.

  • Ms. Pearson, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Pearson

    Lead Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Walton-Jones, Aide Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Walton-Jones

    Aide Preschool Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    Hi, my name is Makayla, I am excited to be here at Primrose! I have two dogs and one cat, and I just love spending time with them! I am a mother of one and my boyfriend Hayden and I am excited to watch my little one grow!

    What I look forward to most as I begin my journey here at Primrose; is getting to know all my peers!

  • Ms. Williams, Lead Private Pre-Kindergartner Teacher

    Ms. Williams

    Lead Private Pre-Kindergartner Teacher

    Hi my name is Briana Williams, and I am so happy to be here at Primrose Blaine. I come from a big family and love when I get to spend time with them, I really enjoy watching my younger cousins. I don’t have any children yet but in spending time with my cousins. They sparked my interest and opened the door to me realizing how much I love working with children.

    I enjoy coloring, painting, trying new things and most of all spending time with my fiancé.

  • Ms. Frary, Lead Private Pre-Kindergartner Teacher

    Ms. Frary

    Lead Private Pre-Kindergartner Teacher

    Hi there, my name is Brittany

    I love animals and have two dog named Sage and Dazey. I like to go on outdoor walks and enjoy nature with my dogs, I also like to go on hikes, and I enjoy sports and really anything outside. I am new here to Minnesota and so far, am enjoying my stay I am originally from Littleton Colorado.

    I have 3+ years of experience with children most of my background has been babysitting. However, I am excited about being in a childcare setting and getting to know my students!

  • Ms. White, Lead Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. White

    Lead Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hi there my name is Cindy but my student call me Ms. White.

    I have a degree in early childhood education from V-W stout. I have been a classroom teacher for both ages, preschool and pre-K for 37 years.

    I was born and raised in Blaine, MN however now live in
    Coon Rapids, MN.

  • Ms. Lee-Nadeau, Lead Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Lee-Nadeau

    Lead Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Bio coming soon!

  • Ms. McGill, Lead Private Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. McGill

    Lead Private Kindergarten Teacher

    Hi I am Darienne and I am the Private Kindergarten Teacher! I started my journey here at Primrose as a preschool teacher, I have since worked in the Pre-K classrooms and now am looking forward to being the Kindergarten teacher! I love Kindergarten and all the exploring, learning and fun we get to have.

    I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Library Science. I love to read books and cannot wait to expose you to many new reading adventures. I grew up in Kittanning, PA and I love to go home to visit my family as often as I can. My parents and my younger sister still live there, along with my niece and nephews. I enjoy visiting my family throughout the U.S.

  • Ms. Smallman, Lead Explorers Teacher

    Ms. Smallman

    Lead Explorers Teacher

    I am a wife, mother of a college student and a professional educator. I have always enjoyed being around and working with children. When my daughter was old enough to begin school, I began working with developmentally disabled children. I have learned much from the children I work with and the process continues to provide me great joy and personal satisfaction.

  • Ms. Saari, Lead School Support Teacher

    Ms. Saari

    Lead School Support Teacher

    Hi, I'm Mary! My husband and I live in Ramsey and I'm the mother of two young adult sons. After working as an elementary teacher, I started doing home child care when my youngest was born. That's when I realized my heart was really with the younger children. I've been blessed to work mostly with infants and toddlers and love working with young families! I look forward to meeting you and helping your child thrive!

  • Ms. Branitski, Lead School Support Teacher

    Ms. Branitski

    Lead School Support Teacher

    My name is Alyssa Branitski.I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I possess experience working as a reading specialist at Chisago Lakes Primary and Center-view Elementary School in Spring Lake Park. I have been married to my wonderful husband Anthony for almost 15 years and he is currently a Phy. Ed and Health educator in the Fridley district. I have two amazing kids named Brayden (9) and Avayah (7) attending Northpoint this school year. I was blessed to have my own childcare for six years, so I could watch them grow and see them develop into their sweet little personalities. My hobbies include running and weight training classes at Fitaholic Fitness.

  • Ms. Maripally, Assistant School Support Teacher

    Ms. Maripally

    Assistant School Support Teacher

    I have been with Primrose since January 2010. I look forward to being here working and learning new things. I believe good experiences are to be gained here at Primrose. One of the best private childcare/preschool providers I have ever worked for. The Director is great, nice and caring. Co-workers are friendly and willing to help. Cheerful, nice, clean environment. Kids love to be here, especially my own daughter. I have a Bachelors of Science Degree from India. I also have teaching experience in Montessori Schools. I am happily married. We have two children, Rituik and Sriti. I like to play Bingo with my kids and spend time with them.

  • Ms. Aljabari, Aide School Support Teacher

    Ms. Aljabari

    Aide School Support Teacher

    Bio coming soon!

  • Ms. Hansen, Aide School Support Teacher

    Ms. Hansen

    Aide School Support Teacher

    Bio Coming Soon!

  • Bruce and Betty Vonderohe, Franchise Owner

    Bruce and Betty Vonderohe

    Franchise Owners

    Hello! We are Bruce & Betty Vonderohe, the proud owners of the Primrose School of The Lakes at Blaine, Minnesota. As Parents and Grandparents, we have always been concerned about Quality Child Care for our children and grandchildren. We strongly believe in the importance that children be in a high quality child-care and educational environment that feels like home. Our daughters have been involved in child care, child education or child physical development activities for many years. One of our daughters, who had just had her first child, received a brochure in the mail from Primrose Schools. She convinced us to investigate the quality care and opportunities that Primrose presented. At the time, there were no Primrose Schools in Minnesota so we took a trip to Georgia for a visit to the Company and tour one of their schools. Education has always been a big part of our lives. We know that children benefit significantly more with quality classroom materials presented by certified and trained staff that have educationally based backgrounds. We were very impressed with the differences that we had seen at the Primrose Schools. The teachers were academically accredited, like leading elementary and secondary schools and it really showed in their focus on each child's development of character and values. They create a positive setting, allowing children to likewise respond positively. We felt Primrose would give us the opportunity to embrace our love for child-care education and development in a family business. Stop by and visit or give us a call. We look forward to partnering with your family to make this one of your best decisions ever for educational child-care. Bruce & Betty

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