Primrose School of Midtown at Colony Square

Our Staff

  • Hailey Sandbach, Director

    Hailey Sandbach

    Director

    Mrs. Sandbach is from Atlanta, GA. She has over 10 years of experience working with children and holds her B.S. in Elementary Education from Western Carolina University.



  • LaKeisha Patterson, Education Director

    LaKeisha Patterson

    Education Director

    Mrs. Keisha is from Atlanta, GA. She has over 13 years of child care experience. she holds her CDA in Infant and Toddler Care and has completed some college courses at Kaplan University in Business Management


  • Pat Valleroy, Operations Coordinator

    Pat Valleroy

    Operations Coordinator

    Name: Pat Valleroy

    Hometown: Birmingham, AL

    Child care experience: Over 30 years of teaching esperience in preschool, kindergarden, and second grade.

    Education: AA in Early Childhood and CDA.

    Favorite sports team: Alabama Crimson Tide!!!

    Favorite food: Cheesecake :)

    Favorite weekend activity: Exploring midtown and having time with my family.

    Favorite children’s book: Green Eggs and Ham

  • Angela Maingot, Infant Teacher

    Angela Maingot

    Infant Teacher

    Name: Angela Maingot

    Hometown: Trinidad & Tobago

    Child care experience: I have over twenty seven years of experience working with children.

    Education: I hold my CDA and have completed some college courses.

    Favorite sports team:N/A

    Favorite food: Curry Chicken and Rice, roti, lamb, rice and red bean

    Favorite weekend activity: Going to the movies and shopping at Macys

    Favorite children’s book: Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am excited to meet my new babies!

  • Veronica Blair, Infant Teacher

    Veronica Blair

    Infant Teacher

    Name: Veronica Blair

    Hometown: Humboldt, Tennessee

    Child care experience: I have worked in childcare for eight years.

    Education: I have my bachelor’s degree and completed three years of a doctorate in chiropractic medicine

    Favorite sports team: Atlanta Falcons

    Favorite food: Nachos

    Favorite weekend activity: Shopping and sleeping

    Favorite children’s book: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I’m excited about getting to know the new babies and their families

  • Nicole Nickols, Infant Teacher

    Nicole Nickols

    Infant Teacher

    Name: Nikki Nickols

    Hometown: Compton, CA

    Child care experience: I have 18 years of child care experience.

    Education: BA in General Studies with a minor in Child Development.

    Favorite sports team: LA Lakers

    Favorite food: Mexican

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family & friends.

    Favorite children’s book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting the new families watching the children grow.

  • Deeanne Seelig, Older Infant Teacher

    Deeanne Seelig

    Older Infant Teacher

    Name: Deeanne Seelig

    Hometown: Clarkesville, GA

    Child care experience: 10 years

    Education Background: TCC in child development from Columbus Tech

    Favorite food: French Fries

    Favorite weekend activity: Live concerts and naps.

    Favorite children’s book: Horton Hears a Who

    What I’m most excited about this school year is watching the children’s personalities develop and shine.
  • Janelle Thompkins, Older Infant Teacher

    Janelle Thompkins

    Older Infant Teacher

    Name: Janelle Thompkins

    Hometown: Sacramento, CA

    Child care experience: I have fifteen years of experience in childcare.

    Education: I have my high school diploma.

    Favorite sports team: San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Saints, and the Oakland A’s.

    Favorite food: Italian

    Favorite weekend activity: Working out and relaxing!

    Favorite children’s book: “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know the students, parents and my fellow teachers!
  • Lillie Jones, Older Infant Teacher

    Lillie Jones

    Older Infant Teacher

    Name: Lillie Jones

    Hometown: Atlanta, GA

    Child care experience: I have worked in the early childhood education field for over 20 years. I’ve also been an assistant director.

    Education: I received my CDA in 2000 and Early Childhood Diploma in 2014. I am currently enrolled in school to get my Associates Degree in Business Management.

    Favorite sports team: Atlanta Falcons, Rise UP!

    Favorite food: Seafood; especially crab legs

    Favorite weekend activity: Bowling, shopping, spending time in the park

    Favorite children’s book: Corduroy

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Moving to our new school; and getting acquainted with my students!

  • Hermoine Vallery, Older Infant Teacher

    Hermoine Vallery

    Older Infant Teacher

    I’m Ms. Vallery and I wanted to tell you a little about myself.I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Hermoine "Val" Vallery

    Hometown: New Orleans

    Child care experience: I have 14 years of experience working with all ages.

    Education: Bachelors in English with a minor in sociology.

    Favorite sports team: The New Orleans "Who Dat" and The New Orleans Pelicans.

    Favorite food: Chinese foods, Pizza, Dunkin Donuts coffee

    Favorite weekend activity: Going skating, dancing, listening to music, and going out to eat.

    Favorite children’s book: "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" by Eric Carle and "Are You My Mother" by P.D. Eastman.

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting new families, growing along with my journey here at Primrose, having new experiences.

  • Shamel Wood, Toddler Teacher

    Shamel Wood

    Toddler Teacher

    I’m Ms. Shamel. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Shamel Wood

    Hometown: Niagara Falls, NY

    Child care experience: After school and summer programs for the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club. Coached biddy league basketball.

    Education Background: High school

    Favorite food: Tacos

    Favorite weekend activity: Hiking and crocheting

    Favorite children’s book: Green Eggs and Ham

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Contributing to and observing the growth of everyone at Primrose.
  • Shondrica Pope-Jones, Toddler Teacher

    Shondrica Pope-Jones

    Toddler Teacher

    Name: Shondrica Pope-Jones

    Hometown: Atlanta, GA

    Child care experience: I have been in the childcare field for 11 years. Infants and Toddlers have always been my main focus. I have had the pleasure of working with other age groups as well.

    Education: I hold a CDA in Infant/Toddler care. I am currently obtaining a degree in Early childhood care and education at Atlanta Technical College.

    Favorite sports team: Atlanta Hawks

    Favorite food: Seafood

    Favorite weekend activity: Games and movie nights with my husband and kids.

    Favorite children’s book: “Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See”

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Being able to spend another year making memories with my precious toddlers

  • Meranda Reed, Early Preschool Teacher

    Meranda Reed

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Name: Meranda Reed

    Hometown: Atlanta, GA

    Child care experience: I have 4 years of experience.

    Education: I went to Kennesaw State University and I have my associates degree.

    Favorite sports team: New Orleans Saints

    Favorite food: Wings and rice. I also like curry goat.

    Favorite weekend activity: Shopping and spending time with my boo!

    Favorite children’s book: Pete the Cat books

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Watching my kiddos learn and their mind grow more and more!!!

  • Brea'Nyia Glover, Early Preschool Teacher

    Brea'Nyia Glover

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Name: Brea’Nyia Glover

    Hometown: McDonough, GA

    Child care experience: I have worked with children professionally since January 2021

    Education Background: High School Diploma

    Favorite food: PIzza

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family

    Favorite children’s book: Calm Down Time

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting and getting to know everyone, especially the children.

  • Chelsi Hart, Early Support Teacher

    Chelsi Hart

    Early Support Teacher

    Name: Chelsi Hart

    Hometown: Atlanta, GA

    Child care experience: I have over ten years of experience in childcare.

    Education Background: I have a CDA in early childhood development.

    Favorite sports team: The Warriors!

    Favorite food: Nachos

    Favorite weekend activity: I love hanging out with my family and friends.

    Favorite children’s book: “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know the students and staff.

  • Ta'Kiara Knox, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ta'Kiara Knox

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Name: Ta’Kiara Knox

    Hometown: Atlanta, GA

    Child care experience: I have been working with children since May 2019

    Education Background: CDA

    Favorite food: Seafood

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family

    Favorite children’s book: Judy Moody

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am excited to learn more and grow within Primrose.

  • Cece Young, Early Preschool Teacher

    Cece Young

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Name: CeCe Young

    Hometown: Lithonia, GA

    Child care experience: I have four years of experience in childcare.

    Education Background: I am a Junior at Georgia Gwinnett College majoring in Pre Elementary Education.

    Favorite Food: Catfish

    Favorite sports team: LA Lakers

    Favorite weekend activity: Quality time with my family!

    Favorite children’s book: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    What I’m most excited about this school year:I am excited to meet the children and their families!
  • Cassandra Pickett, Pathways Teacher

    Cassandra Pickett

    Pathways Teacher

    Name: Cassandra Pickett

    Hometown: Atlanta, GA

    Child care experience: I have over 17 years working in the child care industry.

    Education: Working towards completing her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education

    Favorite sports team: Atlanta, Falcons

    Favorite food: Mac & Cheese, Yams, Cookies

    Favorite weekend activity: Enjoying my children’s weekend activities (dance and football)

    Favorite children’s book: Pete the Cat

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I’m most excited about learning in a new environment and looking forward to great things to come!

  • Taniesha Alexander, Pathways Teacher

    Taniesha Alexander

    Pathways Teacher

    Name: Taniesha Alexander

    Hometown: Atlanta, GA

    Child care experience: I’ve been working with children from 5 years.

    Education: Complete some coursed in early childhood education at Atlanta Technical College

    Favorite sports team: Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons

    Favorite food: Spaghetti

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending quality time with my son

    Favorite children’s book: Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to witness the children make new discoveries!

  • Breyona Reeves, Pathways Teacher

    Breyona Reeves

    Pathways Teacher

    Name: Breyona Reeves

    Hometown:Atlanta, GA

    Child care experience:I’ve worked with children professionally for the past year.

    Education Background: Atlanta Metropolitan College

    Favorite food: Mac and cheese, oxtails with gravy

    Favorite weekend activity:Movies and spending time with my daughter

    Favorite children’s book: Amelia, Bedelia

    What I’m most excited about this school year:I I am excited to meet all of the children, and help them grow to be the best they can be.
  • Kenya Poussaint, Preschool Teacher

    Kenya Poussaint

    Preschool Teacher

    Name: Kenya Poussaint

    Hometown: Bronx, New York

    Child care experience: I have over 22 years of experience working in the childcare field.

    Education: CDA

    Favorite food: Shrimp

    Favorite weekend activity: Shopping and traveling

    Favorite children’s book: Rainbow Fish

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I’m excited about getting to know my new students/families!

  • Patrice Hayes, Preschool Teacher

    Patrice Hayes

    Preschool Teacher

    Name: Patrice Hayes

    Hometown:Sacramento, CA

    Childcare experience: I have worked in childcare for over 11 years.

    Education experience: I have complete some classes at Morris Brown College

    Favorite sports team: Any California team

    Favorite food: I love Mexican and Italian

    Favorite weekend activity: I love shopping, reading and spending time with friends

    Favorite children’s book: The Fancy Nancy series

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Building new relationships with the families and watching the children as they grow.

  • Vanessa Matias, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Vanessa Matias

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Name: Vanessa Matias

    Hometown: Originally from Brooklyn, New York, now reside in Douglasville, GA

    Child care experience: I have ten years with the NYC Board of Education and eleven years with Primrose Midtown

    Education: Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and my CDA

    Favorite sports team: N/A

    Favorite food: Chinese and Latin Caribbean

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my family

    Favorite children’s book: Eric Carl Books & Disney Classics

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Being able to be a part of Preschool 2’s growing and learning experiences!

  • Danny Lauby, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Danny Lauby

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Name: Danny Lauby

    Hometown: Chicago/Atlanta

    Child care experience: I have worked with preschool age children since 2017

    Education: B.A. in Psychology

    Favorite sports team: University of Alabama Crimson Tide

    Favorite food: Coffee

    Favorite weekend activity: Having a movie marathon

    Favorite children’s book: Fox In Socks

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know the students

  • Alexandria Holmes, Kindergarten Teacher

    Alexandria Holmes

    Kindergarten Teacher

    Name: Alexandria Holmes

    Hometown: Hurricane, WV

    Child care experience: I worked with children Infant-9 years old for 5 years. I was a first grade teacher for a year. I have been teaching at Primrose since July 2019.

    Education Background: I got my masters of the arts degree in Elementary Education at West Virginia University.

    Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo

    Favorite weekend activity: Going out to eat and trying new places.

    Favorite children’s book: Pete the Cat

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am most excited to meet and work with all my new students.

  • Iris Bradley, Kindergarten Teacher

    Iris Bradley

    Kindergarten Teacher

    I'm Ms. Iris and I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I can't wait to learn more about your family.

    Name: Iris Bradley

    Hometown: Chicago, IL

    Child care experience: 25 Years

    Education: High school, CDA, and 2 years of college

    Favorite sports team: Chicago Bulls

    Favorite food: Italian

    Favorite weekend activity: Whatever I choose to do!

    Favorite children’s book: "The Book with No Pictures"

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am always excited about new beginnings.

  • Keana West, Older Infant Teacher

    Keana West

    Older Infant Teacher

    Name: Keana West

    Hometown: Atlanta, GA

    Child care experience: I have over 6 years of experience in childcare

    Education Background:I’m currently in school for Early Childhood Education Degree

    Favorite sports team: LA Rams!

    Favorite food: Pasta

    Favorite weekend activity: Shopping and spending time with family.

    Favorite children’s book: “There’s a Wokket in My Pocket

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am most excited to get to know the staff and the little ones!!
  • Katori Moore, Support Teacher

    Katori Moore

    Support Teacher

    Name: Katori Moore

    Hometown:Madison, GA

    Child care experience:3 years of internship at Morgan County Primary School along with 1.5 years of in home childcare with Care.com.

    Education Background:Currently attending Georgia State University as a pre-nursing major

    Favorite food: Alfredo

    Favorite weekend activity:Reading and Sleeping

    Favorite children’s book:Corduroy

    What I’m most excited about this school year:Getting to know the children and watch them grow into their personality as an individual.
  • DaJuana Powell-Manuel, Support Teacher

    DaJuana Powell-Manuel

    Support Teacher

    Name: DaJuana Powell-Manuel

    Hometown:Atlanta, GA

    Child care experience: I hold over 25 years of experience working in the child care industry.

    Education: CDA and Associates training

    Favorite sports team: None

    Favorite food:Mexican Food

    Favorite weekend activity: Walking

    Favorite children’s book: Abiyoyo and The Gingerbread Girl

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I’m most excited about building relationships with my families!


  • Deborah Johnson, Support Teacher

    Deborah Johnson

    Support Teacher

    Name: Deborah Johnson

    Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

    Child care experience: I have ten years of experience in childcare.

    Education: I have my BA Degree in Recreation Education.

    Favorite sports team: LA Rams

    Favorite food: Seafood

    Favorite weekend activity: Going to the movies!

    Favorite children’s book: “Pete the Cat”

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Teaching children skills to become independent.
  • Keri and Carl Stoltz, Franchise Owner

    Keri and Carl Stoltz

    Franchise Owners

    My name is Keri Stoltz and my husband Carl and I became Primrose franchisees with the goal of bringing a Primrose School to the Atlanta in-town area. We live in Morningside and watched many of our friends struggle to find quality child care and early childhood education programs in-town. We became parents ourselves when we welcomed our beautiful baby boy on November 11, 2008 and faced the same challenge. After more than 10 years as a corporate employee with Primrose Schools, I made the move to the franchise side and Carl and I opened the Primrose School in Midtown. The true challenge to bringing Primrose to the in-town neighborhood was site location. After a long search and many meetings with developers, we were excited to be a part of Colony Square at the corner of Peachtree Street and 14th Street. Our campus is a bit of a departure from the standard Primrose School you would find in the suburban areas. (There are over 350 Primrose Schools serving families across the country and 40 right here in suburban Atlanta.) There may be some things that are done differently to meet the needs of in-town families, but be assured that the delivery of an accredited, quality educational child care experience is consistent with the Primrose standards of excellence. We are now a family of four and have celebrated our fifth anniversary of serving Midtown families. We have a blast working with a professional and fun group of ladies who dedicate their time and attention to over 170 adorable little boys and girls. We feel blessed to have developed wonderful relationships with our over 100 families and look forward to continuing to provide excellent care and service through the Primrose School of Midtown.

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