Ms. Crichton is from Maple Grove, MN and currently owns a home in Champlin with her brand new husband (she is a newlywed!). She received an Associates of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Rasmussen College and is currently working on her Bachelors degree in Business Management. Ms. Crichton has been a part of the Primrose family since 2010. She started at the Primrose School of Maple Grove as a teacher in Toddlers and Early Preschool, and later transitioned into the role of Assistant Director at the Primrose School of Champlin Park. We are excited to have her back at Maple Grove! Ms. Crichton has a dog named Bella. In her spare time, Ms. Crichton enjoys working on her house, DIY projects, walking her dog, and reading.
Mr. Dombroski originates from Hartford, CT but moved to Houston, TX when he was 10 years old. He has an Education Degree from Concordia University, St. Paul for Kindergarten -8th grade with a middle level specialty in Science. Mr. Dombroski has thousands of hours of experience with kids in a school setting as well as 7 years of Primrose experience. In his spare time Mr. Dombroski enjoys working on computers, fishing, and reading.
Fun fact: Mr. Dombroski's favorite childhood cartoon was GI Joe
Ms. Jacobson is from Minnetonka, MN. She graduated from Minnetonka High School in 2000. She has prior experience in teaching and center management and also has worked as a nanny for many years. Ms. Jacobson enjoys playing darts, kickball, and just spending time with friends and family. She loves to laugh and joke around. Ms. Jacobson especially enjoys being around children as it gives her an excuse to be silly and have fun!
Fun fact: Ms. Jacobson's favorite cereal is Cocoa Puffs
Ms. Lee is from Roseville, MN and currently lives in Brooklyn Park. Ms. Lee attended Bethel University where she received a degree in Elementary Education. She has taught preschool and prekindergarten and worked for many years in early childhood. Ms. Lee and her husband, Bengt, have one son, Ezra, and a Border Collie, named Sugar. In her spare time, Ms. Lee enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports with her son, and watching sporting events.
Ms. Norman is from Winsted, MN where both of her parents still reside. She attended St. Cloud State University, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elective Studies. She has 12 years of teaching experience and began babysitting at the age of 11. Ms. Norman has 2 brothers and 4 nephews. In her spare time, Ms. Norman enjoys watching her nephews play baseball, shopping for school activities, and spending time with her friends & family.
Fun fact: Ms. Norman's favorite cereal is Lucky Charms and her favorite books are the Llama, Llama collections
Ms. Cruz is originally from Guatemala City, Guatemala. While there she attended Rafael Landivar University and obtained a degree in Business Administration. Ms. Cruz moved to the United States in 2011 and later obtained her CDA (Child Development Associate). She has been teaching or 6 years, working with Infants and Toddlers. Ms. Cruz also has a diploma in Child Psychology, and Music and Personal Motivation. On the weekends she gives private Spanish classes to children. Ms. Cruz has two daughters, one who lives in MN and is a fellow teacher here at Primrose, and the other who lives in Guatemala. In her free time, she enjoys talking with her family members who live in Guatemala, watching series on Netflix, listening to music, reading a good book, and watching her granddaughter play basketball.
Fun fact: Ms. Cruz's favorite restaurant is Olive Garden
Mr. Garry is from Robbinsdale, MN and graduated from Cooper High School. He attended Hennepin Community College for Child Care and has been working with children since he began babysitting at 14. He has also been a nanny for multiple families, and worked at other child care centers. In his free time, Mr. Garry enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys traveling, concerts, sporting events (especially the Twins, Wild and Vikings), and collecting Twins memorabilia.
Fun fact: Mr. Garry's favorite color is green
Ms. Strand is from Buffalo, MN. She is currently attending classes online at Central State University in Business Administration and Criminal Justice. She also has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from another university along with two Associates degrees in Business Management and Criminal Justice. Ms. Strand has been caring for children from infants to preschool since 2000 at various childcare centers, Sunday School, and being a nanny. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, shopping, going to dirt track car racing, and spending time with family and friends.
Fun fact: Ms. Strand's favorite color is pink
Ms. Kampa is originally from the Annandale area but now lives in Corcoran. She has an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and an Associates degree in Graphic Design. Ms. Kampa is married and has two daughters (Kira and Hailie), along with 2 dogs and 3 cats. In her free time, she enjoys baking and doing freelance graphic design work.
Fun fact: Ms. Kampa's favorite color is blue
Ms. Kelley was born in Illinois but raised in Minnesota. She has a son with special needs, and he has a service dog that is like a family pet. Ms. Kelley has many years experience in the child care industry and was also a nanny for several years. She has also worked with adults with disabilities. In her spare time, Ms. Kelley likes to walk, scrapbook and do other crafts, play card and board games, and spend time with family. Holidays and family get-togethers are very important to Ms. Kelley.
Fun fact: Ms. Kelley's favorite food is pizza and her favorite cereal is Cookie Crisp
Ms. Fry was born in London, England but raised in Brooklyn Park, MN where she has lived for 23 years. She is currently taking a break from school since the birth of her daughter, but plans to eventually get a degree in Education with the goal of being a Kindergarten teacher. Ms. Fry has been working with children since she was 15 years old, starting with babysitting and being a nanny, and also teaching in a school setting. Her hobbies include shopping, spending time with her daughter, and enjoying a good sports game on TV.
Fun fact: Ms. Fry's favorite candy is Peanut M&Ms
Ms. Peterson is from Plymouth, MN. She has a Bachelors degree in Human Resource and Non-Profit Management from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Peterson has previously been a nanny, and has been certified "world's best auntie" by her 12 nieces and nephews! She is currently engaged and looking forward to eventually tying the knot. Ms. Peterson and her fiance are avid bird watchers and have over 30 feeders in their yard along with a heated pond. In her free time she also enjoys watching movies and learning new recipes.
Fun fact: Ms. Peterson's favorite dessert is cheesecake
Ms. Coleman grew up in St. Michael, MN, but is now living in Rockford, MN. She has an AAS Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has 13 years of experience working with children of all ages. Ms. Coleman is married with three children. She has one step-son, Michael, and two daughters, Charley and Shelbey. In her spare time she likes hunting, camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and anything outside with her family!
Fun fact: Ms. Coleman's favorite children’s book is Going on a Bear Hunt, and her favorite childhood cartoon was Woody Wood Pecker
Ms. Rodriguez is originally from the Philippines. She was born there and adopted at the age of 13. Ms. Rodriguez has a big family... four sisters and four brothers along with 12 nieces and nephews. Ms. Rodriguez has a Medical Assistant Associates degree from Everest Institute. She has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 5 years. In her spare time, Ms. Rodriguez enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, being outdoors, and watching movies.
Fun fact: Ms. Rodriguez's favorite restaurant is Cheesecake Factory
Ms. Molden is from Bloomington, MN and graduated from Bloomington Jefferson High School. She attended Rasmussen College to get her certificate in Infant/Toddler Development. Ms. Molden has been working with children since she was very young and could babysit. She worked in the Bloomington Schools for 4 years before working at a childcare center for 12 years. In her spare time, Ms. Molden likes going to the movies, shopping, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.
Fun fact: Ms. Molden's favorite cereal is Lucky Charms
Ms. Larsen is from Grand Marais, MN. She has an Associate's degree from Lake Superior College. Ms. Larsen has been around kids her whole life and began babysitting when she was 12 years old, and also was a nanny to her niece for over 4 years. Additionally, she worked with children of all ages at the YMCA before becoming an Infant/Toddler teacher in a childcare center. Ms. Larsen has a cat named Autumn.
In her free time, Ms. Larsen enjoys spending time with family and friends, dancing, working out and shopping
Fun fact: Ms. Larsen's favorite candy is Skittles
Ms. Russell is from Brooklyn Park, MN. She has 7 years of childcare experience. Ms. Russell has her Associate degree in Education and hopes to obtain a Bachelor degree in Special Education. Ms. Russell has an older brother and two amazing nephews. She also has a cat named Myles because she thought it was a boy cat but later was surprised to learn it was a girl. In her free time, Ms. Russell enjoys shopping and watching movies.
Fun fact: Ms. Russell's favorite color is blue
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Ms. Welch is from Brooklyn Park, MN. She attended North Central University and has a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Studies. She also studied Early Childhood Eduction. Ms. Welch is the oldest of her family and has 3 siblings. She also has pet fish. In her free time, Ms. Welch enjoys craft projects, video games, shopping, and spending time with friends.
Fun fact: Ms. Welch's favorite color is pink
Ms. Tucker has always lived in the Twin Cities area. She attended Bethel University in St. Paul and received a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Tucker was a substitute teacher in the Anoka Hennepin School District and then a preschool teacher for many years. She has two teenage daughters who can now drive and love being on their own. In her free time, Ms. Tucker enjoys reading, watching Netflix and attending church.
Fun fact: Ms. Tucker's favorite candy is Snickers
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Ms. Hebert was born in Mesa, AZ and moved to Forney, TX in 2016. After a few years in Texas she moved back to Arizona and then eventually Minnesota in 2021. Ms. Hebert is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She also has a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant license. Ms. Hebert has two teenage sons (Aidan and Logan) and a black Lab and white Lab (Scarlett and Monroe). In her free time she enjoys reading, cleaning & organizing, spending time with her girlfriends, trying new wineries, and taking walks with her Labs.
Fun fact: Ms. Hebert's favorite cereal is Honey Nut Cheerios
Ms. Gross is from Moorhead, MN. She attended the University of St. Thomas and has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. She also has her Elementary Education license. Ms. Gross previously taught preschool at a child care center and that is what inspired her to get her K-6 license. Afterwards she taught Kindergarten for 3 years and Pre-Kindergarten for another 2. In her free time, Ms. Gross enjoys taking her dog for a walk (a miniature Dachsund named Baby), going out for dinner with family, and watching movies.
Fun fact: Ms. Gross' favorite beverage is lemon LaCroix
Ms. Kottke is from East Grand Forks, MN. She has a Bachelors degree in Education with a Kindergarten endorsement from University of North Dakota. She has worked with children for over 25 years. Ms. Kottke is married and has two children of her own (15 and 12 years of age). She also has a dog named Max. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at her cabin, reading, and attending and watching her childrens' activities.
Fun fact: Ms. Kottke's favorite dessert is ice cream
Ms. Elwood is from St. Paul, MN. She is studying Early Education at the College of Wooster in Ohio. She has been a nanny for several families in the past and has also been a helper in elementary schools classrooms. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
We are excited that Ms. Elwood is joining us for the summer!
Ms. Galindo is originally from Veracruz, Mexico and moved to Minnesota in 2002. She has her CDA (Child Development Associate) for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool. Ms. Galindo has two daughters, Mia and Mila, and has been married to her husband Alvaro since 2019. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, shopping, and spending time with her family.
Fun fact: Ms. Galindo's favorite candy is chocolate
Ms. Olson graduated from St. Cloud State University in Spring of 2016 with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. She grew up in Hanover, MN and has been babysitting and nannying since age 13. In her free time, Ms. Olson enjoys shopping, going for walks, and being with her friends and family.
Fun fact: Ms. Olson's favorite type of food is noodles
Ms. Anderson is from Rogers, MN. She has a bachelors degree in Art History from Augsburg University in Minneapolis. Ms. Anderson comes from a small family and has one sister. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, jigsaw puzzles, watching movies, and hanging out with friends and family.
Fun fact: Ms. Anderson's favorite dessert is cheesecake
Ms. Severson is from Rosemount, MN. She attended North Dakota State University and North Dakota State College of Science and earned an Associates degree in General/Liberal Arts. Ms. Severson has been working with children for 5 years, and enjoyed babysitting her cousins when she was younger. She has worked with children ages infant through 6th grade. Ms. Severson has a big family with one sister, 2 half sisters, and 2 step siblings. She also has a pet cat named Jude. In her free time, Ms. Severson loves dancing, spending time at her cabin, antiquing and DIY projects.
Fun fact: Ms. Severson's favorite color is green
Ms. Dombroski is from Hartford, CT. She worked in the life insurance industry for 20 years. She moved to Texas in 1996 where she worked for Shell Oil Co. Ms. Dombroski also worked and retired from Hewlett Packard in Texas and has over 45 years working in Customer Service. She then moved to Minnesota in 2016. Ms. Dombroski loves cats and dogs but does not currently have any pets. Her favorite thing to do is play and read with her grandchildren. In her free time, she also enjoys baking (especially pies), watching movies, and watching the New England Patriots.
Fun fact: Ms. Dombroski's favorite color is green
Ms. Lewis is from Brooklyn Park, MN. She is a student at Augsburg University and is studying English Secondary Education. Ms. Lewis started babysitting when she was 14 and has been working in child care since she was 16. She was also a nanny for two summers. Ms. Lewis lives with her parents, sister, and her two dogs Luna and Gino. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching TV shows and movies, going on long walks, shopping, playing with her dogs, and spending time with friends and family.
Fun fact: Ms. Lewis' favorite dessert is strawberry shortcake
Ms. Kaplan is originally from Golden Valley, MN and currently resides in Brooklyn Park. She has an Associates in Arts degree from North Hennepin Community College. Ms. Kaplan has one son (Josh) and one daughter (Kayla). In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family.
Bio coming soon!
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Ms. Ohland is from Excelsior, Minnesota. She has received her experience while working at several food related companies and is also food safe certified. Ms. Ohland has also worked in catering, a deli, private parties, and graduations. In her spare time, Ms. Ohland enjoys gardening, entertaining, and trying/tasting new recipes.
Fun fact: Ms. Ohland’s favorite food is homemade Chicken and Dumplings
My name is Joe Piket, and my wife Sarah and I are the Franchise Owners for the Primrose School of Maple Grove and the Primrose School of Champlin Park. We live in Maple Grove with our two children Riley and Gabrielle (when they are not away at college). As working parents, child care has been a part of Sarah and my lives since the birth of our children in 2000. Sarah and I, like many parents, have had to balance the demands of family and careers all the while wondering if having our children in child care all day was good for them. From our own experience, we clearly recognize the importance of quality child care and the impact it has on children’s lives. For the most part, I felt that the child care my children were getting was providing the basics of a safe, secure and happy environment. However, I always felt that something was missing from the local child care providers I entrusted my children with every day. That something missing was the learning component. With many children in child care for 8+ hours a day there was a great opportunity to teach them more about the world around them and to leverage their love for learning at a time in their lives when their capacity to learn was as great as it will ever be. This was the biggest reason I looked into how I could bring a Primrose School to Maple Grove. I realized that educational child care was what I wanted for my children but could not find in Maple Grove. And after talking to my friends and neighbors in the community, I realized it was what Maple Grove wanted as well. So with Sarah's support, I decided to leave my career in the corporate world to start the Primrose School of Maple Grove. I am excited to provide this beneficial service to my community and I look forward to talking to you about Primrose Schools and how it can serve the needs of your children and your family.