Primrose School of Mt. Juliet

Our Staff

  • Lindsey Jones, Executive Director

    Lindsey Jones

    Executive Director

    I have taught in both Chicago and Nashville for 10+ years before starting with Primrose in 2019. I am incredibly passionate about children and Early Education and have obtained my Masters in Early Education Administration and Management.

    I have called Cleveland, Chicago, and Rome my home before moving to Nashville. Other than my passion for children, I absolutely love traveling and have been to over 50 countries. I look forward to welcoming you to Primrose School of Mt. Juliet!

  • Jennifer Ramos, Assistant Director

    Jennifer Ramos

    Assistant Director

    Ms. Ramos is a Nashville native, with a passion for early childhood education. As a mom of two beautiful daughters, she values education, comfort, and safety in a school setting- which are qualities that she values in Primrose! Her free time includes:anything outside, playing with her daughters, and reading!

  • Kayshonda Lucas, Education Coach

    Kayshonda Lucas

    Education Coach

    Ms. Lucas has been working in childcare since 2007. She started her career with the YMCA. She has been employed with Primrose Schools for over 8 years. She has her Early Childhood Education certification, and believes in teaching young children because the fundamentals they learn will follow them through adulthood.

  • Hannah Sage, Administrative Assistant

    Hannah Sage

    Administrative Assistant

    Mrs. Sage is from Mt. Juliet and enjoys working with the Primrose team! She has many years of experience working in child care as a Sunday School teacher and in our school. She has a bachelor’s in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Mrs. Sage enjoys working with children because of their excitement for learning new information. On the weekends, Mrs. Sage enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her pets.

  • Anna Lukassen, Infant Teacher

    Anna Lukassen

    Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Anna is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Her favorite place to visit during the Summer is the beach. She is married to her best friend, and they have a five-year-old lab named Emmett. Anna enjoys taking Emmett on long walks, reading, and listening to podcasts in her spare time.

     

  • Tamina Bakhramova, Infant Teacher

    Tamina Bakhramova

    Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Tamina grew up in Uzbekistan. She has two boys and a little girl. She loves to spend her free time with her children. They enjoy going to new places, walking the parks, traveling to visit their family and friends, reading together, and decorating their house. Tamina is so excited to be a part of the Primrose family!

  • Mikayla Purvis, Infant/Toddler Support Teacher

    Mikayla Purvis

    Infant/Toddler Support Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Ms. Purvis comes to us with over eight years of child care experience. She is currently working on her degree in civil engineering. Her favorite thing about working with infants is watching them grow and meet their developmental milestones! Ms. Purvis enjoys watching Ohio State football and making home decor crafts!

  • Vidya Jayaraj, Young Toddler Teacher

    Vidya Jayaraj

    Young Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Vidya is a full-time mother to an energetic 7-year-old boy. She loves kids and enjoys being engaged with them; teaching and learning at the same time. She is a happy, arts and crafts person and absolutely loves to draw, paint, and be creative with simple craft work. She loves being outdoors, travelling, camping, and hiking with her husband and son.

  • Rachel May, Young Toddler Teacher

    Rachel May

    Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Rachel has been working with kids for 4 years. In her free time, she likes to swim and hike sometimes. She also love naps, scrapbooking, and reading. Ms. Rachel grew up in Indiana where she first disovered her love of working with children. She also loves getting to know new people and seeing new places. We're so excited to have her on our team! 

  • Courtney Eddy, Toddler Teacher

    Courtney Eddy

    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Courtney is so excited to be a part of the Toddler classroom teaching team. She is 29 years old and grew up here in TN. She absolutely loves watching kids learn and grow and am excited to be a teacher here at Primrose!

    Welcome to the team, Courtney! 

  • Beth Arwood, Early Preschool Teacher

    Beth Arwood

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Arwood has over 15 years of experience in child care and is excited to be here at Primrose School of Mt. Juliet. She loves having a hand in watching children learn and grow. Beth is originally from Arkansas- but has been in Tennessee with her husband and two beautiful daughters for 13 years.

  • Toni Michaelson, Early Preschool Teacher

    Toni Michaelson

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Michaelson comes to use with over 23 years of early child care experience. Mrs. Michaelson finds joy in watching her students figure out the world around them. She also enjoys seeing the developmental changes that take place from the time students enter her class to the time they "graduate" to the next class. In her spare time she spends her time at sporting events for her three children.

  • Alexis Biery, Early Preschool Support Teacher

    Alexis Biery

    Early Preschool Support Teacher

    Ms. Alexis moved from Northern Virginia originally and moved here with her fiance in October 2020. She graduated from Radford University in 2019 wit a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentraions in English and Special Education. She has worked in childcare/teaching for 3 years and was an intern at a private school after college. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiance and friends. She also enjoys reading, stand up comedy shows, and flying home to see their parents, neices, and mephews! 

    We're so glad Ms. Alexis is part of our team! 

  • Raven Taylor, Early Preschool Teacher

    Raven Taylor

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Raven was born and raised in Jackson, TN where she completed high school and gained much of her childcare experience. She is a full time mother of a 4 year old amazing little boy! She spends most of her free time traveling or just with family on different adventures. With over 10 years of experience with children, she finds helping them find themselves to be the most enjoyable. She is a firm believer of leading by example. She is extremely honored and excited to teach and spend time with your child!

  • Stephanie Connell, Early Preschool Teacher

    Stephanie Connell

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Stephanie has four nephews and two nieces and has been helping with her family and the children at church for close to ten years. She has a small white dog named Caesar who she considers her son since she does not have any children of her on yet. She has worked in retail for most of her adulthood and enjoyed helping out with children when she has the chance. She is excited to continue teaching in EP2! 

    Welcome to the team, Ms. Stephanie! 

  • Briana Johnson, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Briana Johnson

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Briana is an energetic, fun, and creative person. She loves trying new things and perfecting old ones. She is often called innovative for her problem-solving skills. She likes to think outside the box and find new ways to complete certain tasks.

     

  • Allie Overby, Preschool Teacher

    Allie Overby

    Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Overby is 25 years old and has an energetic dog! She feels as though connecting and helping kids to learn is very natural for her. She has a little brother who was born with Asperger’s Syndrome and has struggled a lot in life, but this has motivated and inspired her to help our future generation! She is currently in the middle of learning Sign Language also!

  • Susanne Lukassen, Preschool Teacher

    Susanne Lukassen

    Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Lukassen is very excited to be part of Primrose family. She has an Associates degree in Child Development and has over 16 years of experience in Early Childhood, and has been with Primrose for many years. She hopes to create an encouraging learning atmosphere for the students to learn and grow in. She enjoys boating with friends and family.

  • Kari Lawyer, Preschool Teacher

    Kari Lawyer

    Preschool Teacher

    My name is Kari Lawyer, and I am so excited to be a Preschool Teacher at Primrose School of Mt. Juliet!

    I am a Nashville native- with a heart and passion for educating children! I have 17 years of childcare experience with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age! I have also been a nanny for several families- which was a great learning experience for me. In my free time, I can be found spending time with my friends, and my dog!

     

  • Shelby Seely, Preschool Teacher

    Shelby Seely

    Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Shelby is from Greenbrier, TN. She has four children- three daughters and one son. Ever since she was a little girl, she always dreamed about becoming a teacher. She is so happy to have the chance to do it at such a great school! She is very friendly, loving, outgoing and super excited about this journey!

  • Bryhana Patel, Preschool Support Teacher

    Bryhana Patel

    Preschool Support Teacher

    Ms. Bryhana is originally from Texas. She loves spending time with family and friends. She is very family oriented! She has always loved working with children and can't wait to continue her passion with Primrose!

  • Kelley Hartzfeld, Pre Kindergarten Teacher

    Kelley Hartzfeld

    Pre Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Hartzfeld says teaching is one of her true passions and she is beyond excited to be joining Primrose. Creating a full, fun, and creative day with the students is her main goal. She loves working with all ages but says Pre-K is such an engaging, creative, and energetic class! Mrs. Hartzfeld has taught a variety of ages from infants to middle school but really enjoys Preschool and Pre-K!

  • Dalila Cantrell, Pre Kindergarten Teacher

    Dalila Cantrell

    Pre Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Dalila is my first year teaching professionally, and she was beyond proud and excited to find that Primrose’s curriculum so closely mirrors her own values. She is excited to being this new journey this school year!

    Welcome to the team Ms. Dalila! 

  • Lina Hardalova, Pre Kindergarten Teacher

    Lina Hardalova

    Pre Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Hardalova is originally from Sofia, Bulgaria but calls Mt. Juliet her current residence. She has over 16+ years of experience working with children of all ages. Ms. Hardalova has been with Primrose of Mt. Juliet since the very beginning. She can’t wait to greet each family every morning and watch a whole new set of children learn and grow. She loves teaching all age groups, but she enjoys being in the 3 year olds classroom because of the various, fun activities she can do with the class. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and playing with her pets.

  • Sara Brown, Pre Kindergarten Teacher

    Sara Brown

    Pre Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Brown comes to us with over 8 years of child care experience. Her favorite thing about working in the early education field is watching children grow not only academically but also emotionally as well. She has lived in Mt. Juliet her entire life!

  • Shyla Lee, Kindergarten Teacher

    Shyla Lee

    Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Lee comes to us with over 17 years of education experience, as a Mothers Day Out teacher, library assistant, and third grade grade teacher in MNPS. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and is licensed to teach grades Kindergarten - 5th. Her favorite things about teaching this age group including developing  early literacy skills and building pro social ways to interact with each other. She loves the purpose and priorities of the Primrose curriculum and how it encourages age appropriate development of lifelong learners! Her hobbies include running, reading, and cooking. Her family has lived in Nashville for 18 years now and includes her husband David, four sons, and one daughter in law.

  • Kim Lanier, Chef

    Kim Lanier

    Chef

    Ms. Kim is a 29 year old mother to two boys. She is very passionate and ambitious about cooking! She is detail-oriented person with seven years of experience in the dietary field. She is so excited to be a part of the Primrose family!

  • Vonne Atkinson, Support Teacher

    Vonne Atkinson

    Support Teacher

    Ms. Vonne is passionate about fitness, she LOVES Pilates and running. She has two daughters ages five and eleven. She enjoys nature, meditation, and crystals. Ms. Vonne is a positive person and she enjoys being around fun, positive humans!

  • Karen Connell-Dunn, Support Teacher

    Karen Connell-Dunn

    Support Teacher

    My name is Karen Connell-Dunn and I am thrilled to be one of the teachers at Primrose School of Mt. Juliet!

    I have many years of early childhood education experience and love the ability to teach! As a teacher, I am to create a loving and caring environment for students to become academically curious and grow.

    During my free-time, I enjoy riding motorcycles with my husband, and spending time with my grandson!

     

  • Christine Mays, Support Teacher

    Christine Mays

    Support Teacher

    I am a support teacher and enjoy working with the students at Primrose! My experience in child care includes being the nursery director at a church, and having my own children and grandchildren. I've enjoyed working at Primrose for more than 5 years now because of our commitment to invest in our children's lives.

  • Victoria Lee, Support Teacher

    Victoria Lee

    Support Teacher

    Mrs. Victoria likes to create and observe art and art forms. She also enjoys nature and outdoor activities. She married her high school sweetheart in 2018. She love kids and their child-like wonder. Victoria aspires to be like them.

  • Daniela Hernandez, Support Teacher

    Daniela Hernandez

    Support Teacher

    Ms. Dany loves Primrose! She thinks it is so fun here. She love being around all the children and Ms. Dany can’t wait to see where this new journey takes her!

  • Annette Page, Support Teacher

    Annette Page

    Support Teacher

    Ms. Annette loves working with children. She has 2 boys of her own, 6 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Her favorite weekend activity is visiting with family and friends at Panera. She has 3 years of experience working in childcare.Ms. Annette enjoys doing oil painting during her free time.

  • Barbara Morgan, Substitute Teacher

    Barbara Morgan

    Substitute Teacher

    Ms. Morgan is from O’Fallon, IL and is excited to be at Primrose Mt. Juliet. She has over 20 years of experience in child care, including as a Pre-K teacher and as a director for child education at a church. She believes in creating a welcoming environment for her students to help them grow and learn. On the weekends, Ms. Morgan enjoys hiking, camping, and antiquing.

  • Krupa Patel, Mohit and Bejal Patel

    Franchise Owners

    Welcome to Primrose School of Mt Juliet!

    We are the proud owners, Krupa Patel, Mohit and Bejal Patel of Primrose School of Mt. Juliet.

    Before becoming a Primrose Franchise Owner, Krupa worked as a sustainability and environmental awareness educator where she had the privilege of spearheading some wonderful programs for both K-12 aged children and adults. In this role, Krupa combined her two passions - education, and her love for the environment. Along with her full-time educator positions, Krupa has also managed her family’s hospitality business. For Krupa, education is not only about a quality curriculum. It is also about sparking joy that encourages curiosity and play - this is what will help children of all ages learn and connect to real-world experiences.

    When her family friends, Mohit and Bejal, introduced her to Primrose Schools, she found their values aligned closely, and she knew becoming a Franchise Owner with Primrose was something she wanted to pursue. Krupa was drawn to Primrose’s Balanced Learning® approach to education which encourages children to learn through curiosity, play, and creativity to instill confidence and develop skills and traits.

    Mohit and his wife, Bejal, Patel live in the Bay Area but are closely connected to Nashville, as their parents live here. An engineer by profession, Mohit has earned a Master of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University in bioinformatics where he graduated with honors. In his career previously, he went from supporting various military agencies to managing a team for a multi-billion-dollar company. His wife, Bejal, has a Master’s in Communications and childcare Site-Supervisor permit in California. She is an enthusiastic communications specialist with experience in corporate communications, public relations, branding and media analysis for many Fortune 500 companies. Their family’s legacy of providing high-quality education led them to open their Primrose school. Today, they used their privilege to make an impact in the lives of teachers, children, and families. They are also owners of Primrose School of Evergreen and co-own Primrose School of Bothell in California.

    Who children become is as important as what they know is a belief that is at the core of our Balanced Learning approach. Our exclusive early learning approach balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion. We deliver more than a curriculum; it’s a life-changing early learning experience for children and their families.

    We are excited to meet you and your family!

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