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, Biking, & Netflix
    • Fast Food Chain: Wendy’s & Starbucks
    • Color: Indigo
    • Candy: Sour Candies (Sweetarts & Sprees)
    • Snack: Chips and Salsa, Pretzels, White Cheddar Popcorn
    • Food: Salmon, Broccoli, Mexican Food
    • Drink: San Pellegrino Limonata, Ice Tea (Unsweetened)
  • Tara Baugh, Infant Teacher

    Tara Baugh

    Infant Teacher

    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, Shopping, Getting my Hair & Nails Done
    • Fast Food Chain: Chik-Fil-A
    • Color: Purple
    • Candy: Milk Chocolate Ghirardelli Squares with Caramel
    • Snack: Dessert
    • Food: Buffalo Wings
    • Drink: Blue Gatorade
  • Cloe Bunch, Infant Teacher

    Cloe Bunch

    Infant Teacher

    I was born in Missouri and moved to North Chicago when I was 20.I am currently working on getting my CDA.I have two cats, Luna and Noah. In my free time I enjoy going on walks with my boyfriend and our cats. I also enjoy exercising.

    When I was in Middle School, I already knew that I wanted to work with children. I first started working with children when I was 18 , just as an extra set of hands. I instantly fell in love with watching them develop and grow into their little personalities. Working with children keeps me on my toes.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Reading, Watching TV
    • Fast Food Chain: Wendy's
    • Color: Baby Pink
    • Candy: Snickers
    • Snack: Pizza Rolls
    • Food: Ice Cream
    • Drink: Coke Zero
  • 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: Chipotle
    • Color: Baby Pink
    • Candy: Original Skittles
    • Snack: Jalapeno Kettle Chips
    • Food: Fries
    • Drink: Water
  • Alaisha Gooden, Infant Teacher

    Alaisha Gooden

    Infant Teacher

    I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and moved to Wheeling, Illinois in 2021. I have a little sister who is 7 years old. We love to sing together. I am currently studying to be a registered nurse at University of Illinois at Chicago. My goal is to become a pediatric nurse and want to get all the experience I can with children.

    My passion has always been to help others and bring joy to everyone around me. I can’t wait to see what I can do here at Primrose. In my free time, I love a good movie, going to dinner, and going on walks.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Singing
    • Fast Food Chain: Culver's
    • Color: Pink
    • Candy: Kit-Kat
    • Snack: Pretzels
    • Food: Wings
    • Drink: Iced Tea
  • 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: Walking My Dogs, Puzzles
    • Fast Food Chain: Potbelly
    • Color: Red
    • Candy: Wild Berry Skittles
    • Snack: Doritos (Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch)
    • Food: Chili
    • Drink: Orange Gatorade
  • 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 have a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Education studies from Northeastern Illinois University. I have worked in Early Childhood Education for 5 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 husband, my friends, and playing with my cat Odin or DIY projects shows on YouTube.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Dancing, Roller Skating
    • Fast Food Chain: Domino's
    • Color: Purple
    • Candy: Almond Joy
    • Snack: Popcorn
    • Food: Chinese & Mexican Food
    • Drink: Sweet Tea
  • 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: Shopping
    • Fast Food Chain: Chipotle
    • Color: Purple & Black
    • Candy: Sour Gummies
    • Snack: BBQ Kettle Cooked and Spicy Chips
    • Food: Italian and Mediteranian
    • Drink: Tea & Coca Cola
  • Yeni Aguirre, Early Preschool  Teacher

    Yeni Aguirre

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I grew up in Round Lake, IL and currently still live there. I went to school at the College of Lake County and got my Associate in Arts degree. I have worked with children of all ages from infants to school agers for the last 5 years. I enjoy being with all age groups.

    I love working with children because they are the future and it gives me a chance to shape their young minds. They grow and learn every day and use the skills they learn on a daily basis. Watching them grow is the most rewarding part of working with them.

    In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and working out. I did Cross Country for 6 years and enjoyed running every day. I currently still keep it as a hobby and run when I can. I like staying fit and keeping a healthy lifestyle.


    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
  • Aubrie Sloan, Early Preschool Teacher

    Aubrie Sloan

    Early Preschool Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    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, Going on Walks or Bike Rides
    • Fast Food Chain: Taco Bell
    • Color: Purple
    • Candy: Twix and Kit Kat
    • Snack: Oke Doke Corn Puffs
    • Food: Italian and Mexican
    • 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
    • Fast Food: Wendy's & McDonald's
    • Color: Light Blue
    • Candy: Twizzlers
    • Snack: Double Stuffed Oreos
    • Food: Italian or American Food
    • Drink: Diet Coke or Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refersher
  • Lindsey Guttman, Early Preschool Teacher

    Lindsey Guttman

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I grew up in Buffalo Grove and now live in Long Grove. I graduated from Stevenson High School. I have taken classes in Child Development, Early Education and Teaching.

    I have always loved kids ever since I was little, because they make me overjoyed when I am with them! My hobbies are playing video games and listening to music (specifically K-Pop).


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Listening to to Music, Playing Video Games, Talking to Friends
    • Fast Food Chain: Panda Express
    • Color: Blue, Green & Purple
    • Candy: Gummy Sweets (Bears, Peach Rings, Etc...)
    • Snack: Instant Noodles
    • Food: Asian Cuisine
    • Drink: Iced Tea and Bubble Tea
  • Melissa Kozak, Early Preschool Teacher

    Melissa Kozak

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I grew up in Northbrook and I now reside in Arlington Heights. I am currently going to school to complete my Associates degree in Early Childhood in Applied Sciences.

    I have experience with all age children, but my focus has been with children two and younger. I have worked in childcare for five years. I love watching the children learn and grow and become more independent. I love seeing them reach their developmental milestones.


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Music and Graphic Designing
    • Fast Food Chain: McDonald's
    • Color: Purple
    • Candy: M&Ms
    • Snack: Cheese Popcorn
    • Food: Ribs, Pasta
    • Drink: Monster
  • 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
    • Fast Food Chain: Panda Express
    • Color: Purple
    • Candy: Dark Chocolate
    • 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)
  • Natalie Reyes, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Natalie Reyes

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    I have been working with children since I was 18 years old. I was always interested in helping kids learn and seeing them be excited about learning! I am currently going to the College of Lake County for Early Childhood Education.

    I recently got married and move to Vernon Hills with my husband. In my free time I like to either go out and be adventurous or I like to stay in and watch movies. It depends on my mood!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Playing Video Games, Going For a Walk
    • Fast Food Chain: Chic-Fil-A
    • Color: Purple, Pink, Black & White
    • Candy: Swedish Fish
    • Snack: Hot Cheetos
    • Food: Tacos
    • Drink: Root Beer
  • 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
  • Donna Strom, Wonder Program Teacher

    Donna Strom

    Wonder Program Teacher

    I have lived in Arlington Heights for most of my life. I have been married for thirty-five years and I am the mother of four grown children, three boys and one girl. I have three grandsons, who are five years, three years, and three months old.

    In childcare I have worked with many different ages, mostly helping with disabled children. I have worked with disabled children through Little City, and Mark Lund for Children. I love working with children because they always teach us something new each day!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Reading, Horseback Riding, Knit
    • Fast Food Chain: Wendy's
    • Color: Red
    • Candy: Milky Way
    • Snack: Doritos
    • Food: Pizza
    • Drink: Pepsi
  • 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: Portillo's & Panera Bread
    • Color: Red
    • Candy: Lindt Truffles & Ferrero Rocher
    • Snack: Chocolate
    • Food: Pizza
    • 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: Baking
    • Fast Food Chain: Starbucks
    • Color: Dark Green
    • Candy: Crunch or Kit Kat
    • Snack: Popcorn
    • Food: Steak
    • Drink: Water and Coffee
  • 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: Painting, Singing, Writing, Gaming & Concerts
    • Fast Food Chain: Culver's
    • Color: Black & Pink
    • Candy: Sugar Free Anything Chocolate
    • Snack: Popcorn or Jerky
    • Food: Sushi
    • Drink: Unsweet Flavored 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
  • Hend Jarass, PreKindergarten Teacher

    Hend Jarass

    PreKindergarten Teacher

    I am the oldest daughter of five sisters and one brother. I got married in 2004 and have a very lovely family. My husband and I and have three kids, two boys (16 and 11) and one daughter (14). I have a golden doodle dog as well.

    I got my GED in the last couple years and have taken Early Childhood Education college classes (ECE 101, 102). I plan to continue education to get my college degree. I like travelling and I have plans to travel to Italy and Turkey. I am a kind person and love to help others.

    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Dancing and Watching Movies
    • Fast Food Chain: Noodles and Company
    • Color: Blue and Green
    • Candy: M&M's
    • Snack: Chips & Dip
    • Food: Italian & Middle Eastern Food
    • Drink: Coke
  • 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
  • Nichole Seiler, PreKindergarten Teacher

    Nichole Seiler

    PreKindergarten Teacher

    I was born in Tennessee and grew up in the Chicago Suburbs. I am a mom of a silly girl named Ariel. We love to sew, color and cook together in our free time.

    I have worked with children of many different ages. I have nannied and babysat off and on during my life. I love watching children grow and learn and seeing their big personalities blossom!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Sewing
    • Fast Food Chain: Panda Express
    • Color: Yellow
    • Candy: Dark Chocolate
    • Snack: Lays Pickle Chips
    • Food: Cheesecake
    • Drink: Dr. Pepper or Coffee
  • 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
  • Payton Baugh, Venture Program Teacher

    Payton Baugh

    Venture Program Teacher

    I was born in Highland Park ad I have lived in Lindenhurst my whole life. I graduated from Lakes Community High School and played football and basketball.

    Before I started here, I was a down-stocker at Menards, so this is a big change for me. I took this job because it seemed like a great place to work, and it seems I was right, because I really enjoy it here!


    Some of My Favorite Things:

    • Hobbies: Basketball, Reading, Working Out
    • Fast Food Chain: Popeyes
    • Color: Gold
    • Candy: Skittles
    • Snack: Honey Bun
    • Food: Buffalo Wings
    • Drink: Water
  • 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
  • Alethea Sanders, Kitchen and Support Teacher

    Alethea Sanders

    Kitchen and Support Teacher

    I was born in Kenosha, WI and I moved to Waukegan, IL in 2013.I currently live in Zion, where my finance Michael and I bought our first home.

    When I am not working, I am home tending to my rambunctious 2-year-old MJ, my 10-year-old Meliyah, and my 11-year-old De’Lonte.In my free time I sing, play piano, write poetry and children’s books. I have a pet dog named Jakoby, and a bearded dragon named Tarzan.

  • 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!
  • Jenny Wierzchon, Franchise Owner

    Jenny Wierzchon

    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 Primrose Experience of premier early education and care to the families of Long Grove.

    From the moment you meet Jenny, you know she has a special calling for early education and care. She comes from a long line of educators and spent her entire career serving in local schools. After years of commuting long hours for work in another town, she began searching for a career closer to home that would allow her to continue serving local children and families. For a time, her search was frustrating and fruitless, but that changed when a family friend and Primrose Franchise Owner introduced Jenny to Primrose Schools.

    “In all my years working in education, I have never encountered anything like what is offered at Primrose,” Jenny said. “The Balanced Learning® curriculum is high-quality, research-driven and fully implemented at Primrose, and students spend time learning subjects that aren’t always taught in schools, like art, music and character development. I knew immediately that Primrose had something special.”

    Drawing on her background in early childhood education and school direction, Jenny will handle all day-to-day activities and operations of the school, working closely with students, parents and the Long Grove community at large. She looks forward to being involved in all aspects of the school to ensure the same standards of quality and care are implemented in every classroom.

    Jenny’s two youngest children will attend the Explorers after-school program when they aren’t engaged with other extracurricular activities. Andrew is an avid lacrosse player, and Elise is a passionate student of aerial arts. Jenny’s oldest daughter, Suzanne, followed in her mother’s footsteps and is an early childhood educator herself.

    “Primrose and quality education resonates so deeply with me because educators have been in my family for generations,” Jenny said. “I’ve been able to recognize and appreciate the power of high-quality education and care and am so grateful and honored to be in a position to provide a great foundation for the children of Long Grove.”

    Jenny is committed to providing children with a safe and nurturing environment to learn and grow their Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts® while providing parents with peace of mind, knowing their children are well cared for and receiving a premier education.


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