Primrose School of Middleton

Our Staff

  • Mrs. Pivonka, Director

    Mrs. Pivonka

    Director

    Mrs. Pivonka is excited to be part of Primrose School of Middleton. She will be working as part of the Leadership Team.

    Mrs. Pivonka received her teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin -Whitewater. She has worked in the early childhood field for over 25 years. She started her journey as a 2-year-old teacher and has held almost every position from teacher to director to administrator.

    Mrs. Pivonka lives in Monroe with her husband, Frank. Together they have 5 grown children and 2 amazing grandchildren. Mrs. Pivonka and her husband own a small Chicago style restaurant in Monroe called Frank’s Franks. They are both very involved in their community and give back as much as they can. On weekends in the summer they take their food trailer to a variety of festivals in southern Wisconsin.

    Primrose School of Middleton is a great place for children to grow and learn and she is happy to be a part of the Primrose family.

  • Ms. Wolff, Assistant Director

    Ms. Wolff

    Assistant Director

    Rachel Wolff started at the Primrose School of Middleton in April 2021. She started working in the Early Childhood field in 2004 and graduated from Illinois State University in 2007 with a Bachelor Degree in Human Development and Family Resources. Ms. Wolff moved to Madison from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago in August of 2019. She has worked with all ages of children Infant through School Age, and is continuously looking for new ways to grow within the childcare profession. Ms. Wolff is excited for the opportunity to be on the Leadership Team at the Primrose School of Middleton because of the supportive family atmosphere, and enriching learning environment. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time hiking or working on various DIY and craft projects.

  • Mrs. Engelkes, Administrative Assistant

    Mrs. Engelkes

    Administrative Assistant

    Mrs. Engelkes came to Primrose School of Middleton with experience substituting and helping in classrooms K-12 in the Middleton-Cross Plains School District since 2011. She has a passion for working with children and providing them with a nurturing environment.

    Mrs. Engelkes was a stay at home mom since 2000 when her first son was born. During that time, she also volunteered with the school district her children were part of.

    Mrs. Engelkes lives in the Middleton community with her husband, Jeff and their three children, Justin, Taylor, and Brady. She enjoys attending all of their activities including lots of travel for hockey and gymnastics.

    Mrs. Engelkes started at Primrose in September of 2016. She is excited to be part of the Primrose family and to have the opportunity to build relationships with students across the school.

  • Mrs. Morrissette, Remote Administrative Assistant

    Mrs. Morrissette

    Remote Administrative Assistant

    Mrs. Morrissette started with Primrose School of Middleton on the opening team in August 2016. In February 2018, she relocated back to Minnesota with her husband, but has continued as part of our team working remotely completing administrative duties.

    Mrs. Morrissette started her early childhood journey in 2012 and had been part of the Primrose family previously, in Woodbury, Minnesota. She fell in love with the Primrose curriculum and the family feel Primrose provided. She moved to the Madison area with her husband in 2015 and was thrilled to learn about the opening of the Middleton location. She graduated with her Early Childhood Education degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2016.

    Mrs. Morrissette has a passion for organization and attention to detail. These skills, along with strong leadership and a desire to work with all families, children, and staff, makes her the perfect fit for our Leadership Team as the Administrative Assistant.

  • Mr. Wise, School Resource Teacher

    Mr. Wise

    School Resource Teacher
  • Ms. Schloesser, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Schloesser

    Infant Teacher
  • Ms. Helt, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Helt

    Infant Teacher
  • Ms. Taylor, Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Taylor

    Young Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Palmer, Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Palmer

    Young Toddler Teacher
  • Mrs. Patel, Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Patel

    Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Brann, Toddler Support Teacher

    Ms. Brann

    Toddler Support Teacher
  • Ms. Hannifan, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Hannifan

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Kayleigh Hannifan began at Primrose School of Middleton in November 2020. Ms. Hannifan is a UW Badger and she received her Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Communications in 2020. Kayleigh is an avid runner, enjoys reading so much that she has quite the library of books and enjoys baking when she can.

    Ms. Hannifan has many years of experience working with children being a summer nanny and lifeguard, several years of babysitting and almost 2 years in a childcare setting. She has worked with all ages up to 6 years old, but has been working in our Toddler 2 classroom. Ms. Hannifan has a very nurturing teaching style, paying close attention to the "why" and asks so many great questions that speak to children's reasoning skills. This has been great skill to have in our older Toddler classroom as children navigate through so many social situations and emotions. We are so excited to have Ms. Hannifan join our team with all the knowledge she brings to Primrose.

  • Ms. Hall, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Hall

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Autumn Hall began at Primrose School of Middleton in March of 2021. Ms. Hall is a graduate from UW- Madison with her Bachelors Degree in Social Work and is continuing her education to receive her Masters degree. While she is a busy student, she is also a busy mom to a sweet little girl, and enjoys spending time with her extended family and spending time outdoors exploring the world.

    Ms. Hall brings an upbeat and positive teaching style to the Toddler classroom. She has worked in childcare settings before, but also had lots of babysitting experience while growing up in northern Wisconsin. She is excited to be at Primrose to continue her journey in watching children grow and learn. We are so thrilled that Ms. Hall has chosen to join and grow with our Primrose family.

  • Mrs. Alexander, Wonder Program Support Teacher

    Mrs. Alexander

    Wonder Program Support Teacher
  • Mrs. Sasi, Early Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Sasi

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Malcolm, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Malcolm

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. McNeal, Wonder Program Support Teacher

    Ms. McNeal

    Wonder Program Support Teacher

    Ms. Brenadia (Nadia) McNeal began at Primrose School of Middleton in March 2021 and has been a bright and bubbly addition to our school. Ms. McNeal spent her early career utilizing her license as a Certified Nursing Assistant whiling working with elderly patients in various settings. She decided to venture out and join us at the other end of the age spectrum and take on our Wonder Program! Ms. McNeal loves spending time outside and enjoys writing whenever she has the time.

    Ms. McNeal has 10+ years of caring for children, whether they be a part of her family or helping her sister with her daycare growing up. She loves to stay busy and is enjoying learning a wealth of knowledge in her short time at Primrose School of Middleton. While Ms. McNeal is new to the profession, her teaching style is laid back and allows students to take the lead in their explorations throughout the day. We are so happy to have her positive personality added to our Toddler classroom!

  • Ms. Vils, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Vils

    Preschool Pathways Teacher
  • Mrs. Xavier, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Mrs. Xavier

    Preschool Pathways Teacher
  • Mrs. Elsiwick (Johnson), Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Elsiwick (Johnson)

    Preschool Teacher
  • Mrs. Jain, Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Jain

    Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Leatherberry, Preschool Support Teacher - Preschool 1

    Ms. Leatherberry

    Preschool Support Teacher - Preschool 1
  • Mr. Leggett, Preschool Teacher

    Mr. Leggett

    Preschool Teacher

    Mr. Leggett is very excited for the opportunity to teach at Primrose School. He is looking forward to working with the children and families in our Preschool 2 classroom. Mr. Leggett grew up in the Chicagoland area where he received most of his education.

    Mr. Leggett attended Olive Harvey Community College in 2013 and received his associate degree. He also completed his Child Development Associate (CDA) that included 120 hours of education and practicums. Mr. Leggett has also started his bachelor’s degree in education at Chicago State University.

    Mr. Leggett has over 13 years of experience at a variety of programs, and nothing brings him more happiness than caring for young children. He loves to see that “WOW” moment as the children explore in his classroom. When Mr. Leggett is not at Primrose, he loves cooking, spending time with his family and maintaining his athletic shoe obsession.

  • Ms. Clifford, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Clifford

    Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Hall, Preschool Support Teacher - Preschool 2

    Ms. Hall

    Preschool Support Teacher - Preschool 2
  • Mrs. Chaudhary, Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Chaudhary

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. C is excited to be a part of the Primrose family.

    She comes from India with her bachelor’s degree in Education and a master’s degree in Language Arts. Mrs. Chaudhary has been at Primrose of Middleton since April 2019. As of Spring 2022, Mrs. C has also obtained her Wisconsin DPI Teaching License. She continues her growth in education and her career. Starting as a support teacher in our preschool classrooms, then transitioning to a lead teacher position in Preschool 2, we are excited that as of March 2022, Mrs. C has now joined our Pre-Kindergarten teaching team and will lead our Pre-Kindergarten 1 classroom.

    Mrs. Chaudhary can most relate to Erwin because friendships are very important to her. She is most excited to continue to learn the Balanced Learning Curriculum and working with the children in her classroom.

  • Mr. Train, Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mr. Train

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
  • Ms. Washa, Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Washa

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Washa is proud to be a part of the Primrose family. She loves the Balanced Learning approach and the ability to inspire a love learning in young children. She looks forward to continued growth in her career at Primrose and continuing her own personal education. In addition to being a teacher in Preschool, Ms. Washa is also a Pod Leader for our Preschool classrooms.

    Ms. Washa has a Bachelor's in Psychology from Edgewood College. She has worked in the early childhood field for 10 years as a teacher and director in the Madison area. She lives with her long-term boyfriend and their two cats. In her spare time she is an avid kayaker, enjoys camping and being outdoors, gardening and trying out new recipes to cook.

  • Ms. Vajko, Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Vajko

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
  • Ms. Zimmermann, MCPASD 4K Teacher/Explorer Teacher

    Ms. Zimmermann

    MCPASD 4K Teacher/Explorer Teacher

    Ms. Zimmermann holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Political Science and Philosophy. She earned her teaching license, K-12 Multiple Subject CLADE credential from San Jose State University. Later, she completed her Early Childhood degree from Edgewood College.

    Ms. Zimmerman taught second grade for 4 years in San Jose, California. She then became homesick and returned to her hometown of Madison. She has worked as a substitute teacher in Middleton, Monona Grove, and the Madison School District for many years. During summers, she has taught summer school math, and has been an assistant art teacher at another preschool.

    She enjoys bicycling, reading, visiting with old friends and spending much time with her cat!

    Ms. Zimmermann is excited to be at Primrose and has found the staff to be warm, friendly, and helpful. She is impressed with Primrose’s commitment to building character, and the academics in an environment that is respectful of students, staff, and parents.

  • Ms. Morello, MCPASD 4K Assistant Teacher/Explorer Teacher

    Ms. Morello

    MCPASD 4K Assistant Teacher/Explorer Teacher
  • Mr. Choe, Explorer Teacher

    Mr. Choe

    Explorer Teacher

    Mr. Justin Choe joined our Primrose team in May 2020 when he began teaching our Explorers for Summer Adventure Club. Mr. Choe brings with him experience teaching as a Tae Kwon Do instructor. He has assisted with teaching at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in various Tae Kwon Do and self-defense courses. Beginning in July 2019, he became an official instructor at UW-Whitewater. In addition to working at the University, Mr. Choe also works with the City of Whitewater instructing a children’s Tae Kwon Do program.

    Mr. Choe graduated from Middleton High School in 2011, when he set his sights on a bachelor’s degree of the arts from UW Whitewater. His original goal was to become a Game Developer, but with ongoing training in martial arts, he awoke a new dream to teach! Upon graduating with his B.A. from Whitewater, he began pursuing his newfound passion for teaching, which led him to Primrose School of Middleton!

    Mr. Choe is excited to get to know all the students and begin helping them independently grow and develop, while sharing with them a new and fun ways to learn!

  • Mr. Turner, Food Service Assistant

    Mr. Turner

    Food Service Assistant

    Mr. Turner is excited to be working at a Primrose School in the food service area.Mr. Turner was born in Chicago, Illinois but moved to the Madison area shortly after.He has grown up in the Madison area, and graduated from Verona High School.

    Mr. Turner has a big family, he has 4 brothers and 2 sisters.He was involved with his siblings as they were growing up.Mr. Turner is working along side Chef Nick as the Food Service Assistant.

    In his spare time, Mr. Turner loves music.He is very much involved in writing and recording music.His dream is that some day you will hear his music on the local radio stations.

  • Chef Scot, School Chef/Food Service Manager

    Chef Scot

    School Chef/Food Service Manager
  • Amanda and Mark Kienbaum, Franchise Owner

    Amanda and Mark Kienbaum

    Franchise Owner

    Meet Amanda and Mark Kienbaum, parents to three young girls and proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Middleton. Longtime supporters of Primrose Schools, the Kienbaums are thrilled to bring the quality experience they know and love to the children and families of Middleton.

    Amanda was first introduced to Primrose Schools in 2006 when she accepted a director position at a Primrose school in Minnesota. She previously worked in children’s services, so she immediately warmed to the nurturing environment she observed at the school. Impressed and inspired by the Primrose commitment to serve each individual child and family, Amanda knew right away that she’d found the perfect fit — both for her career and for the care of her own children in the future.

    “What I love most about Primrose is we’re all truly focused on the child,” said Amanda. “The Balanced Learning® approach is unparalleled and its focus on character development helps each child set the foundation she needs for success. But the piece that has always stood out the most to me is the investment in each individual child and family.”

    Mark, too, has a past with Primrose Schools that began before the Kienbaums started exploring their options as Franchise Owners. In fact, Primrose is tied into the couple’s love story — they met through a colleague of Amanda while she was in her director position.

    “Back when Amanda and I met and she first introduced me to Primrose, I told her if I had kids, I would send them to Primrose right then and there,” Mark said. “That’s how strongly I felt about the brand from the very start.”

    For the Kienbaums, opening Primrose School of Middleton is a dream come true. They’re eager to bring Primrose to families in a community where they saw a distinct need for a premier, quality early education and care provider. Their own daughters, Myra, Eden and Emery, attend/have attended the school.

    Amanda, who graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a degree in child psychology, will bring her passion for serving children with years of experience in child education to the school. Mark will provide his expertise in marketing and finance to support the behind-the-scenes operations. A business graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, he grew up in Southern Wisconsin and has always believed Middleton is the perfect location to open a Primrose school.

    “Not only is this area home to one of the best school districts in the state, but it’s also a thriving business center,” said Mark. “Now, many commuting parents can have peace of mind knowing there is a premier child care option close to where they work that will fully prepare their children for success in school and life.”

    Amanda and Mark enjoy offering Middleton families a loving, warm atmosphere where their children can grow Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®. As Franchise Owners, their goal is to provide parents with an environment where they can feel good about leaving their children, knowing their little ones are receiving the best quality of care.

    Opened in August 2016, Primrose School of Middleton features the Balanced Learning curriculum in Infant through Private Pre-Kindergarten classrooms and the Primrose Explorers after-school and summer program for students through age 12. Developed and taught exclusively at Primrose Schools, the research-informed curriculum blends purposeful play with nurturing guidance to encourage curiosity, confidence and compassion.

    Primrose School of Middleton is located at 3000 Deming Way. For more information, visit www.PrimroseMiddleton.com.


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