Primrose School of Long Grove

Our Staff

  • Ms. Kirsten Hess, Director

    Ms. Kirsten Hess

    Director

    Hi, my name is Kirsten Hess, I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 30 years playing the roles of teacher, Assistant Director and Director. I recently earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Leadership from Rasmussen College where I was awarded Summa Cum Laude. I also have a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin Parkside. I have worked as a Director and Assistant Director in both a corporate early education school and with a franchise school.

    I have always had a passion for working with children and helping create an environment where they can learn, grow, and explore. I enjoy becoming an extension of your family as you will be part of mine.

    My husband (Eric) and I enjoy all things outdoors! We love being near the beach or water. In my spare time, I enjoy doing boot camp / CrossFit and doing obstacle courses preferably in the mud. I love to snow ski and one of my favorite places to be in the mountains of Colorado. My family means the world to me. We are very close and love spending time together.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: CrossFit (Bootcamp), Skiing
    • Fast Food Chain: Culver’s
    • Color: Navy Blue
    • Candy: Swedish Fish
    • Snack: Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • Food: Steak
    • Drink: Water or Sprite
  • Ms. Melanie Detloff, Assistant Director

    Ms. Melanie Detloff

    Assistant Director

    I have been in the education field for over 14 years. I joined the Primrose School of Long Grove in August of 2018 as a Preschool Teacher. I have loved every minute of being in the classroom interacting and helping children learn and develop.

    I’m excited to be able to expand my role of being the Assistant Director. I look forward to helping each child and their families grow and thrive here at Primrose! My son, Max attends Primrose and will be in the Preschool classroom this Fall. In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Crafts & Baking
    • Fast Food Chain: Panera Bread
    • Color: Green
    • Candy: Caramello
    • Snack: Chips and Salsa
    • Food: Anything Italian
    • Drink: Sprite
  • Ms. Suzanne Keck, Education Coach

    Ms. Suzanne Keck

    Education Coach

    I have been working in the Early Childhood Education field since 2013 and have worked with children from infants to elementary aged students. I have had the privilege of working with many different teachers and using many different teaching philosophies over the years. I joined the Primrose School of Long Grove in 2018 as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher and have fallen in love with the Balanced Learning Curriculum. I am thrilled to grow into the role of Education Coach and to be able to support our teachers. Teachers are the heart of our school and I will strive to provide them with strategies and tools for success!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Reading, Swimming, Puzzles, Coloring Books, & Netflix
    • Fast Food Chain: Wendy’s
    • Color: Indigo
    • Candy: Sweet Tarts
    • Snack: Salt & Vinegar Chips
    • Food: Potatoes
    • Drink: Iced Tea or San Pellegrino Limonata
  • Tara Baugh, Infant Teacher

    Tara Baugh

    Infant Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    I’ve lived in Illinois my whole life and was born in Chicago. I have a younger brother who is 17 and a tabby cat named Jack. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family in my free time, and I also love dessert it's definitely my favorite meal.

    I’ve worked in childcare for the last 5 years. I started babysitting and then later on realized early childhood education was more of my thing. I just love watching children grow throughout their learning experience and seeing how far they have come is just amazing.

    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Spending Time With Friends and Family
    • Fast Food Chain: Culvers
    • Color: Purple
    • Candy: Kit-Kat Bar
    • Snack: Chips and Hummus
    • Food: Buffalo Wings
    • Drink: Lemonade
  • Marisol Eloiza, Infant Teacher

    Marisol Eloiza

    Infant Teacher

    I have been working with children for over six years; I earned my associate degree in 2016. I have worked with children of all ages, from infants up to elementary students. My favorite students to work with are our infants! Building trusted relationships with infants helps them in all aspects of their development, social, emotional, and physical. I love working with infants and helping them achieve their milestones.

    I spend most of my free time with my pit-terrier Luna, taking her on long walks and playing fetch. I will be returning to school this fall and will be prioritizing my time studying. When I’m not working on homework, I watch a good movie, work out, or listen to a crime podcast. Also, I’m a big foodie, so trying new food and restaurants is a must!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Working Out, Dancing & Singing
    • Fast Food Chain: Chick - fil -A
    • Color: Green
    • Candy: Airhead Extremes
    • Snack: Chocolate Covered Bananas
    • Food: Chinese
    • Drink: Sweet Tea
  • Amy Delve, Infant Teacher

    Amy Delve

    Infant Teacher

    I was born in Chicago, and I have lived in the suburbs my entire life. My parents are from Romania, so I spoke only Romanian until starting school!

    I have worked with children for several years, and I look forward to seeing all of the new and exciting things happening everyday!

    In my free time, I like to hike with my family and eat.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Hiking and Napping
    • Fast Food Chain: Burger King
    • Color: Baby Pink
    • Candy: Skittles
    • Snack: Takis
    • Food: Potatoes
    • Drink: Matcha Latte with Soy Milk
  • Linda Herdman, Infant Teacher

    Linda Herdman

    Infant Teacher

    I live in Round Lake Beach with my husband, Larry. We have four children: Kyle, Jessica, Danielle and Brett who have all successfully left the nest. Before I met my husband, I took classes in Early Childhood Development, with the hopes of becoming a teacher.

    My love of children has always been a part of my life. I found opportunities to teach not only my four children, but I was also a Room Parent, a reading volunteer, and spent three years as an AYSO soccer coach. I also had my own, in-home day care for many years.

    Now that my nest is empty, I am finally able to do what I was born to do – Teach!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Macrame
    • Fast Food Chain: Chili's
    • Color: Lavendar
    • Candy: Chocolate
    • Snack: Yogurt
    • Food: Cheese
    • Drink: Coffee
  • Lauren Praner, Infant Teacher

    Lauren Praner

    Infant Teacher

    I live in Port Barrington with my husband and our two dogs, Mac and Moose .Working with children has always been a passion of mine, since I first started babysitting at age thirteen. I am really excited to continue my love and dedication for Early Childhood Education here at Primrose. My personality if very friendly and upbeat. I look forward to making sure that your child is always having fun while here at school. My favorite part of working with children is helping them reach a milestone or learn something new! In my spare time, I love being outside. I spend a lot of time at the dog park in Wauconda. I love doing puzzles, camping over the summer and playing with my four year old niece Riley.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Camping, Walking My Dogs, Puzzles
    • Fast Food Chain: Potbelly
    • Color: Red
    • Candy: White Chocolate Kit – Kat Bars
    • Snack: Popcorn (Extra Butter)
    • Food: Chili or Tacos
    • Drink: Milk
  • Aleksandra Szymanska, Infant Teacher

    Aleksandra Szymanska

    Infant Teacher

    I was born in Todz, Poland and moved to Chicago when I was seven years old. In 2007 I moved to McHenry with my family and the small town became my home. Working with children and making a difference in their lives has always been my passion. I am currently working on my Associates in Early Childhood Education. I’ve been working with children since I was 19 years old.

    In my free time I love to spend time with my five year old son, Jonathan, my boyfriend, and my cat, Bella. I also enjoy scrapbooking, painting, and watching movies.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Scrapbooking
    • Fast Food Chain: McDonald’s
    • Color: Purple & Turquoise
    • Candy: Skittles
    • Snack: Cheddar Popcorn
    • Food: Pizza & Chicken Fettucine Alfredo
    • Drink: Lipton Tea
  • Nadine Ferguson, Toddler Teacher

    Nadine Ferguson

    Toddler Teacher

    I was born and raised in Des Plaines, IL and now live in Palatine. I currently have my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Oakton Community College. I will also be graduating this year from Northeastern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Education studies. I have worked in Early Childhood Education for 4 years and I have grown to love and care for each student that I teach. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, playing with my cat Odin or watching home improvement shows on T.V.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Dancing, Reading, Doing My Nails and Hair
    • Fast Food Chain: Steak and Shake
    • Color: Purple
    • Candy: Kit – Kat Bars
    • Snack: Popcorn
    • Food: Puerto Rican Food
    • Drink: Pink Lemonade
  • Patricia Koziara, Toddler Teacher

    Patricia Koziara

    Toddler Teacher

    I was born in a small town in Poland and moved here when I was five years old. I have by Associates degree and am currently attending UIC to complete my Bachelors in Child Psychology. I have worked with children of all ages for around 10 years now.

    I love working with children because there is never a dull moment around them. Nothing brings me more joy than to see each child learn and grow into their own unique personality.

    In my free time, you can find me somewhere outside, preferably by the beach. I enjoy traveling to new places and experiencing new things. I also love spending time with my family and friends.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Rollerblading
    • Fast Food Chain: Chipotle
    • Color: Purple & Black
    • Candy: Sweet Tart Ropes – Cherry Flavor
    • Snack: Flaming Hot Cheetos
    • Food: Mexican
    • Drink: Tea & Coca Cola
  • Aubrie Sloan, Toddler Teacher

    Aubrie Sloan

    Toddler Teacher

    I grew up in Streamwood, IL and currently reside in Rolling Meadows. I have two and a half years of experience working with Infants, Toddlers and Two-Year Olds in a childcare setting. I obtained my CDA Credential in October of 2019. Before teaching, I babysat and nannied for a few families as well as helped with Sunday School at my church.

    In my spare time, I enjoy being with family and friends, practicing guitar and ukulele, watching movies and TV shows, painting, going on walks and bike rides, and attending live shows. I have a cat named Gilly and a hermit crab named Hopper. Another activity I enjoy doing is volunteering, whether it’s helping the less fortunate or get animals adopted.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Painting, Guitar and Ukulele, Watching Movies
    • Fast Food Chain: Taco Bell
    • Color: Purple
    • Candy: Swedish Fish
    • Snack: Cheese and Crackers
    • Food: BBQ Beef Brisket
    • Drink: Boba Tea
  • Nicole Clement, Early Preschool Teacher

    Nicole Clement

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I am a graduate of Harper College with an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a teacher because I have always enjoyed being around children of all ages. It is fun getting to know each child’s unique personality and see their excitement in learning new things.

    Taking care of others has always come naturally to me – maybe because I grew up with three brothers. I have a large extended family with many aunts, uncles and cousins that I see often since they all live in the area. Family is important to me.

    In my free time I like to play with my dog, Callie, spend times with friends and family, and clean and organize.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Shopping, Walking my Dog
    • Fast Food: Chick- Fil - A
    • Color: Rose Gold
    • Candy: Hershey’s Chocolate
    • Snack: Oreo
    • Food: Pasta, Chicken Sandwiches, French Fries
    • Drink: Diet Coke
  • Angela McDaniels, Early Preschool Teacher

    Angela McDaniels

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I graduated from Western Illinois University in 2018, when I moved to Palatine. I was born in Chicago IL and I have a 12-year-old daughter named, Karia and a baby boy on the way. I love kids and have been working with them for about 8 years. My first job in high school was at a summer camp working with children .Before that I was babysitting children in my family and loving it!

    I love working with young children because I believe that this is the most important part of their life. They are learning things that they will take with them throughout life, and I love knowing that I was a part of that!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Walking & Watching T.V.
    • Fast Food Chain: Culver’s
    • Color: Purple
    • Candy: Kit Kat
    • Snack: Hot Chips
    • Food: Pizza
    • Drink: Water
  • Constantina Mitropoulos, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Constantina Mitropoulos

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    I am happy to be a part of the Primrose School of Long Grove Family! I was raised in Lake Zurich, IL and I went to school at the College of Lake County. I have my Associates of Art from there with a focus on Early Childhood Education.

    I started working with children when I was 15 years old, doing everything from babysitting to coaching. I have been working in the early childhood education field since 2017.

    In my free time, I love taking care of my animals and playing video games!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Video Games
    • Fast Food Chain: Taco Bell
    • Color: Red & Black
    • Candy: Reese’s & Three Musketeers
    • Snack: Nutella & Bread
    • Food: Mexican Food / Greek Food
    • Drink: Iced Coffee (w/French Vanilla)
  • Nicole Niedzwiecki, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Nicole Niedzwiecki

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

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

    I was born in Palatine and grew up in Lake Zurich. I've been babysitting and working with children since I was eleven. I’ve also nannied for quite a few years.

    I have many hobbies. I enjoy singing, playing my acoustic guitar, watching shows, movies and reading comic books. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family. Making people laugh and smile is one of my favorite things to do!

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

  • Yeni Aguirre, Early Preschool - Pathways Teacher

    Yeni Aguirre

    Early Preschool - Pathways Teacher

    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Running and Lifting
    • Fast Food Chain: Popeye's
    • Color: Pink
    • Candy: Ferrero Roche
    • Snack: Clif Bars
    • Food: Shrimp Alfredo
    • Drink: Gatorade or Water
  • Gaby Garcia, Wonder Program Teacher

    Gaby Garcia

    Wonder Program Teacher

    I grew up in Bolingbrook, IL and moved to the McHenry area back in 2014. I’ve experienced working and interacting with children of all ages since 2010. Throughout the years I have taken a variety of Early Childhood Education College Courses to familiarize the appropriate needs for each age group. Not only do I enjoy building positive relationships with children, but I also enjoy building it with adults/families. My goal is to make a positive impact in people’s lives of all ages. I’m thrilled to be part of the Primrose team and care for your children!

    During my free time I enjoy spending it with my loved ones. I also love drawing/painting, baking/cooking, watching movies, and traveling.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Spending time with my family
    • Fast Food Chain: Panda Express or Portillo's
    • Color: Purple
    • Candy: Kit - Kat
    • Snack: Carmel or Cheddar Popcorn
    • Food: Mexican
    • Drink: Iced Coffee
  • Simona Sabau, Preschool Teacher

    Simona Sabau

    Preschool Teacher

    I was born and raised in the wonderful medieval city of Sibiu, Romania, where I prepared all of my life to become a teacher. My dream came true and I taught elementary school children for 12 years before I moved to Illinois to join my husband. We have one daughter. Since I moved here, I worked in early childhood education with children of various ages, from infants to kindergarten.

    To this day, I wake up every morning being thankful for how fortunate I am to be able to work with young children, to help them improve their communication, motor, and social skills on a daily basis, and to be able to learn from them every day how amazing it feels to be open to new experiences in a structured environment. Being part of a professional, talented team makes it that much more exciting to work at Primrose, doing our best to create a solid foundation for your children’s education.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Gardening, Listening to Music, Baking
    • Fast Food Chain: Taco Bell
    • Color: Red
    • Candy: M&Ms
    • Snack: Ice Cream
    • Food: Chicken
    • Drink: Lemonade
  • Jessica Ceja, Preschool Teacher

    Jessica Ceja

    Preschool Teacher

    I grew up in Wheeling and have lived there my entire life. I am currently working on getting my Child Development Associate certificate. I have working in childcare over three years. I LOVE seeing the children’s growth from the beginning to the end. I knew at a young age that I loved working with young children, and I am happy that I am able to continue with my passion.

    During my free time I like being with my family and friends. I love doing make-up and creating new ideas.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Reading Books
    • Fast Food Chain: Chipotle
    • Color: Pink
    • Candy: Chocolate
    • Snack: Fruit Salad
    • Food: Mexican
    • Drink: Starbucks Strawberry Refresher
  • Zoey Trujillo, Preschool Teacher

    Zoey Trujillo

    Preschool Teacher

    I have lived in Wheeling for the past 10 years, and I have a three-year-old son named Caesar. Last March I completed my Associated in Child Development. I have been working with children for almost two years and I absolutely enjoy every minute of it! I have worked with various age groups and mastered many skills because of it.

    I LOVE watching my students blossom and master new skills. Seeing them become excited for learning is what reminds me why I love teaching!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Clean & Cook
    • Fast Food Chain: Cane's Chicken
    • Color: Blue
    • Candy: Crunch
    • Snack: Popcorn
    • Food: Mexican
    • Drink: Water
  • Cristina Pallos, Preschool Teacher

    Cristina Pallos

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi, my name is Cristina Pallos and I am from Romania. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal and Administrative Science and a Master in International an EU Law from “Dimitrie Cantemir” University in Bucharest.

    The idea of becoming an early education teacher began when I had to enroll my 3-year-old daughter in Preschool. Now, three years later working with children I am very glad that I chose this path.

    I believe there is a great reward that goes along with a teacher’s role. Taking care of children, keeping them safe, while helping them to develop skills and learn to become grown-ups is a great opportunity and responsibility. These are the daily goals found and applied at Primrose.

    In my free time I love to spend quality time with my little girl and my husband.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Cooking and Watching Movies
    • Fast Food Chain: Starbucks
    • Color: Navy Blue
    • Candy: Werther's Chewy Caramels
    • Snack: Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels
    • Food: Romanian Beef Salad
      • Drink: Iced Coffee
  • Stormy Acuna, PreKindergarten Teacher

    Stormy Acuna

    PreKindergarten Teacher

    I grew up in Buffalo, Missouri, but I was born in California. I have an associates degree in Social Science, and I am currently working on my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education.

    My Husband is in the U. S. Navy, so we have moved around a lot. However, I have worked with children across the country for close to 17 years!

    I have three kids of my own ranging in age from thirteen to nine .I have homeschooled them for about six years.

    I am, excited to work with, play with and learn with your children!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Art, Singing, Writing, Gaming & Photography
    • Fast Food Chain: Chipotle
    • Color: Black & Pink
    • Candy: Sugar Free Hershey's
    • Snack: Chees & Pepperoni
    • Food: Asian Foods
    • Drink: Coffee or Tea
  • Cailin Cosgrove, PreKindergarten Teacher

    Cailin Cosgrove

    PreKindergarten Teacher

    I am from Chicago, IL and have been working with children for about 8 years. I attended Illinois State University with a major in Early Childhood Education. I met my fiancé at ISU and recently moved back to his hometown of Lake Zurich. Since then, I have worked in childcare facilities and as a nanny. I plan on going to school for Child Development and ultimately running my own childcare facility!

    I love working with young children because I think they are all just so kind and open minded. Having the opportunity to witness and guide their exploration of the world around them is my favorite part about childcare! I spend all of my free time with my dog, and my family currently fosters dogs from overseas. I enjoy hiking and watching stand-up comedy!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Hiking & Comedy
    • Fast Food Chain: Panda Express
    • Color: Green
    • Candy: Dark Chocolate
    • Snack: Sunchips
    • Food: Tacos
    • Drink: Iced Coffee
  • Stephanie Morales, PreKindergarten Teacher

    Stephanie Morales

    PreKindergarten Teacher

    I am pursuing my associates in Early Childhood Education. In the past year I accomplished my CDA and in 2016 I received my ECE. I have been working with Pre-kindergarten for almost two years. I cannot wait for many more! I enjoy writing, painting, and reading, my favorite children’s book is A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon.

    I am thrilled to be a part of these children’s lives and be the one to help them succeed every day!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Drawing, Painting, Writing
    • Fast Food Chain: Chick-Fil-A
    • Color: Pink
    • Candy: Swedish Fish
    • Snack: White Chocolate Covered Pretzels
    • Food: Sushi
    • Drink: Pink Lemonade
  • Monica Rodriguez, PreKindergarten Teacher

    Monica Rodriguez

    PreKindergarten Teacher

    I am the mother to five wonderful children. My oldest daughter, Claudia and my oldest son, Juan both attend Mundelein High School. My younger three children, Brandon, Jose, and Miguel attend West Oak and Diamond Lake Schools. I was born and raised in Illinois and have raised my family here as well.

    I have been in the Early Childhood field since 2004. I enjoy working with children of all ages and have experienced all ages throughout the years. I am looking forward to continuing my education in Elementary Education.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Soccer Mom, Watching Movies
    • Fast Food Chain: Mexican Food
    • Color: Lavender
    • Candy: Caramello
    • Snack: Cool Ranch Doritos
    • Food: Fettuccini with Alfredo and Broccoli
    • Drink: Fruit Punch
  • Sunita Toke, Prekindergarten Teacher

    Sunita Toke

    Prekindergarten Teacher

    I have been teaching as a Montessori trained preschool teacher for last 20 years. I started as an assistant teacher and made my way up to preschool teacher and the Director at my previous job.

    Teaching preschool children is my most passionate job, my most favorite ages are infants & preschool children. However, I enjoy being with children of other ages as well. My husband and I have lived in Long Grove for last 9 years. We have two grown up daughters. I really enjoy being part of the Primrose family.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Travel, Reading & Crosswords
    • Fast Food Chain: Panera
    • Color: Pink
    • Candy: Toffee
    • Snack: Potato Chips
    • Food: Pizza
      • Drink: Coconut Water
  • Heather Hartmann, Private Kindergarten Teacher

    Heather Hartmann

    Private Kindergarten Teacher

    I grew up and live in Fox Lake with my family. I have two brothers, two nephews, and one niece, along with my parents who all live in the area. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, scrapbooking, and crocheting.

    I have been teaching for eighteen years, Eleven of those years with Kindergarten, and seven years with Preschool. I enjoy helping children and watching them grow each and every day.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Crocheting & Scrapbooking
    • Fast Food Chain: China City
    • Color: Green & Yellow
    • Candy: Peanut Butter Cups
    • Snack: Popcorn
    • Food: Fruits
    • Drink: Ice Tea & Lemonade
  • Lucia Jaime - Duran, Explorers Teacher

    Lucia Jaime - Duran

    Explorers Teacher

    I grew up in California until I was seven years old. I moved to Nevada for tow years, and I have finally settled down in the suburbs of Chicago.

    I enjoy working with kids .I have been working in Child Development programs since I graduated for college in 2016. I have experience with School Age children, Preschool children, and Toddlers.

    I am currently single, but I enjoy spending time reading, going to the movies and music festivals!

  • Susan Polonsky, Venture Program Teacher

    Susan Polonsky

    Venture Program Teacher

    I have taught for nine years, all ages in the area of Special Education. I was a paraprofessional and Job Coach for 26 years. I retired in June of 2021 but decided that I wanted to keep working part-time.

    I have two sons, Jordan and Robert. Jordan recently moved to Mundelein with his family. He has two children, my grandchildren, Maybeline and Sol. Robert, my youngest son, lives in Los Angeles. He works for Disney and spends a lot of his time at DisneyLand.

    One fun fact about me is that I have recently learned to play the Ukulele. I can now play about 10 to 12 songs!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Shopping
    • Fast Food Chain: McDonald's
    • Color: Purple
    • Candy: Hershey Bar
    • Snack: Popcorn
    • Food: Chinese
    • Drink: Diet Pepsi
  • Maria Rocha, Chef

    Maria Rocha

    Chef

    I was raised in Mundelein, IL. I got married in September 2003. We have two children Jesus and Denise. I have been working in Early Childhood Education for the past 5 years, I've worked in Toddlers, Two's and School Age Students. What I enjoy the most about my job is working with the children.

    In my free time I like to go to the movies, go walking to the park and spend time with my husband and family.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Walking
    • Fast Food Chain: McDonald’s
    • Color: Purple
    • Candy: Snickers
    • Snack: Anything
    • Food: Pizza
    • Drink: Coke
  • McKenna Larsen, Staff Support

    McKenna Larsen

    Staff Support

    I was born in Evanston and raised in Grayslake. I am currently a student at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein. I absolutely love working with children, so that's what brought me to Primrose to work part time.

    I would love to pursue working with children after/during college, so this is the perfect place for me! In my free time, you can find me at my dance studio, spending time with my friends and family, or reading books with my cat, Ocean.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Dance, Reading, Hiking
    • Fast Food Chain: Noodles & Company
    • Color: Periwinkle
    • Candy: Peanut Butter Cup
    • Snack: Fruit Snacks
    • Food: Strawberries
    • Drink: Peach Tea
  • Andrew Wierzchon, Staff Support

    Andrew Wierzchon

    Staff Support

    I was born in Chicago and have lived in Wauconda since I was two. I am currently attending Carmel Catholic High School and I just work here part time.

    When I am not working or at school, you can usually find me doing something Lacrosse related. I play lacrosse for Carmel and also for a club team, Team One. In my free time I also enjoy X-box and reading.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Reading, Video Games, Lacrosse
    • Fast Food: Chipotle
    • Color: Blue
    • Candy: Reese Peanut Butter Cups
    • Snack: Trail Mix
    • Food: Chicken
    • Drink: Water
  • Abbey Helfand, Seasonal Teacher

    Abbey Helfand

    Seasonal Teacher

    I live in Vernon Hills, IL and I am currently studying exercise science at Illinois State University. After I graduate, I hope to do a nursing accelerated program to get my bachelors pf science in nursing.

    I have been working with children from infancy to school age for about seven years, so I am so excited to now be a part of the Primrose team!

    In my free time, I love binge watching my favorite shows and taking my dog, Kobe for walks and to the dog park!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Reading, Playing Guitar, Going on Walks and Excercise
    • Fast Food Chain: Panda Express
    • Color: Blue
    • Candy: Sweet-tarts
    • Snack: Goldfish
    • Food: Mac & Cheese
    • Drink: Diet Coke
  • Courtney Callen, Seasonal Teacher

    Courtney Callen

    Seasonal Teacher

    I was born and raised in Buffalo Grove and I am currently working towards my degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education at Illinois State University. I have worked with children for several years and love it because every day is different and there is never a dull moment! I am excited to spend time with the children here at Primrose and watch them learn and grow.

    My favorite thing to do in my free time is spend time with my tuxedo cat, Bob! I also love to watch movies, spend time with family and friends, run, sew, and do DIY projects!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Running, OrangeTheory, Crafts, DIYs
    • Fast Food Chain: Chipotle
    • Color: Pink
    • Candy: Oreos & Reese's
    • Snack: Goldfish
    • Food: Bananas
    • Drink: Water!

Franchise Owner

Meet Jenny Wierzchon – proud Franchise Owner of Primrose School of Long Grove. As a long-time Chicagoland resident and an experienced early childhood educator, Jenny is thrilled to bring the Primro...

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