Primrose School at Naperville Crossings

Our Staff

  • Jennifer Martin, Director

    Jennifer Martin

    Director

    My name is Jennifer Martin and I am excited to be the Director of the Primrose School at Naperville Crossings. I graduated with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University. After working in higher education for the past fifteen years, I made the decision to return to one of my true passions, early childhood education. I have lived in the Naperville area for over thirty years and currently reside in Aurora with my husband David and daughter Lily. I am very excited to be a part of the Primrose family of dedicated staff and teachers. I look forward to meeting your family and making wonderful memories here at the Primrose School!

  • Ashley Krzeczkowski, Education Coach

    Ashley Krzeczkowski

    Education Coach

    My name is Ashley Krzeczkowski and I am the Education Coach here at the Primrose School at Naperville Crossings. I graduated with a B.S. degree in Human Development and Family Science with a minor in Children’s Studies from Illinois State University. I have worked in childcare since high school and always knew it was a passion of mine. I grew up and currently still live in Lockport. I love being a part of this Primrose family and educating students and teachers each day! I look forward to meeting new families and helping each child succeed here at Primrose!

  • Kaelin McKernan, Assistant Director

    Kaelin McKernan

    Assistant Director

    Hello!  My name is Kaelin McKernan, I am the Assistant Director here at the Primrose School of Naperville Crossings!  I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati in 2014.  When I graduated college I decided to stay in retail where I was a manager for 11 years.  After a long career I decided that I wanted to get back into my true passion, Early Childhood Education.  That’s where I began my journey here at Primrose two years ago.   I am originally from Cincinnati Ohio, but I relocated to Joliet in October 2021 where I live with my Fiance Taylor, and our dog Blue! The Primrose family has been a true blessing to me; I enjoy seeing all the smiling faces from the teachers and the children every single day!  I look forward to meeting new families and being a part of the Primrose TEAM!

  • Maritza Anaya, Preschool Lead Teacher

    Maritza Anaya

    Preschool Lead Teacher

    Hi! I’m Ms. Maritza!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself!  I have been working in childcare for about three and half years.  I’ve worked with all ages but have been with Preschool aged children for almost two and half years and LOVE it!  Fun fact about me is I am also a beginner nail artist!  I am currently looking into getting my nail technician license!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: 3.5 years.

    Education Background: CDA

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Their excitement and joy to learn new things, and their ability to always keep me laughing!

    Favorite children’s book: The Best Nest

    In My Personal Time: I love to spend time with friends and family!

  • Rohini Awal, Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    Rohini Awal

    Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    Hi! My name is Ms. Rohini! Welcome to Preschool Pathways!  I have a little over 5 years of experience teaching and this is my first year here at Primrose!  I am so excited to be here! I am married with two children, my daughter is 12 and my son is 10!  I am thrilled to get the opportunity to work with you child and be a part of their learning journey.  As a teacher my goal is to create a positive and nurturing environment where each child can thrive academically, socially and emotionally.  Together I know we can make this year a rewarding an memorable one for all!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: 6 years.

    Education Background: Masters in HR (MBA) and several ECE courses.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: The joy of witnessing their curiosity, innocence and limitless potential.

    Favorite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    In My Personal Time: I love to spend time with my family.  We love to play board games and watch movies together!

  • Stacy Bella, Preschool Lead Teacher

    Stacy Bella

    Preschool Lead Teacher

    I’m Stacy Bella!   I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    The kids call me Ms. Bella!  I am so excited to be teaching in Preschool One again this year.  I started at Primrose in July of 2015 in the Preschool Pathways Classroom.  I have helped out in just about every room here at Primrose!  I have lived in Naperville for 30 years with my husband Greg and our 4 children, Kayleigh, Ashley, Jessica and Jack and our dog Paisley.  In 2016 I was certified to be a behavioral line therapist, working to implement Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy one on one with children on the Autism spectrum both in home and office!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: 36 years.

    Education Background: Illinois State University for Early Childhood Education.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Their innocence and their excitement to discover new things!

    Favorite children’s book: Where The Wild Things Are

    In My Personal Time: I do yoga, take walks with my friends and see live theater in Chicago with my family!  Occasionally you might even see me riding my bike to Primrose!

  • Monique Brooks, Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Monique Brooks

    Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Hello! I’m Ms. Monique and I wanted to tell you a little about myself!  I am a proud mother of three, Kale (13), Mia (12) and Beau (7).  Along side my husband Ryan, we spend most of our time busy with sports and activities our children are involved in.  Prior to coming to Primrose I have spend the last 11 years working as a massage therapist.  I’m excited to be here and be a part of the Primrose family!  I welcome you to the Young Toddler Classroom!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: Raising 3 children of my own!

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Seeing them learn new skills and seeing their sweet little faces!

    Favorite children’s book:  The Little Mouts, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear.

    In My Personal Time: I love crafting, reading and doing NOTHING whenever possible! (:

  • Mia Burns, Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Mia Burns

    Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Hi! I’m Mia! I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself!

    Since the age of 15, I have personally cared for children of family members and family friends.  I even have 3 younger sisters!  My favorite thing about working with children is helping them learn and seeing the joy in their faces.  I am a graduate of Oswego East High school and have taken classes locally at Waubonsee Community College.  I can’t wait to make new friends here at Primrose and help all the children in my care learn and grow!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: 4 + years.

    Education Background: High School Graduate, currently attending college

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Seeing their joy when they learn something new!

    Favorite children’s book:  Elephant and Piggie

    In My Personal Time: I draw, paint, enjoy anime and video games!

  • Amy Christie, Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    Amy Christie

    Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    I’m Ms. Amyl!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I have been working with children for 3 years!  I started with toddlers and worked all the way up to 4 year olds.  I have enjoyed every minute of spending time with each child and watching them grow!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: 3 Years

    Education Background: CDA Certified and I am pursing a College degree in Social Work.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Seeing them happy and thriving!

    Favorite children’s book: Miss Nelson is Missing

    In My Personal Time: I like to spend time with family, swim and try new foods!

  • Susan Christy, Infant Lead Teacher

    Susan Christy

    Infant Lead Teacher

    I’m Susan!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I was born and raised in Hammond Indiana.  I have lived in the Chicagoland are since 1986 and currently live in Naperville!  I have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren and proudly can say they all go to Primrose!!  I have been with Primrose since the first day of opening 10 years ago.  Before joining Primrose I worked in a family owned daycare for 18 years a long side my co worker Devi, who I currently am working with now!! I enjoy working with infants, teaching them the curriculum and watching them reach their major milestones, it makes me so happy!!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: 36 Years.

    Education Background: Associates degree in Liberal Arts and an Early Childhood education degree from Purdue Calumet.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: The unconditional love they all give to us!

    Favorite children’s book: Old Black Witch & Little House on the Prairie.

    In My Personal Time: I love hanging out with my dog Denver, looking for antiques and spending time with all of my grandchildren!

  • Alyssa Deleon, Lead Teacher

    Alyssa Deleon

    Lead Teacher

    Hi! I’m Ms. Alyssa!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself!  I have experience starting as a Lead Teacher with infants.  I did that for about 2 years then moved to a two year old room!  I really enjoy being with children that are a little bit older, they are so fun teach! I have recently moved back into the Infant Classroom and have grown to love each and every child that enters my classroom.  I enjoy watching them learn everyday!  In my off time I spend a lot of time reading and traveling.  My favorite places to visit are the beach and Disneyworld!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: 8 Years.

    Education Background: Pursing a degree in Secondary Education

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: The bond and relationships that we create!

    Favorite children’s book: If you Give a Mouse a Cookie

    In My Personal Time: I love to travel to Disneyworld, spend time with my dogs and read!

  • Gauri Gadgil, Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Gauri Gadgil

    Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    I have worked previously in a College of Commerce for graduate students!  My special subject was accounting and management.  Teaching is my passion and I’ve always loved watching everyone learn something new!  That’s why I approached Primrose School.  Watching little ones grow is so rewarding!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: A few years.

    Education Background: Accounting and management

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Watching them grow right before my eyes!

    Favorite children’s book: Paint Me a Picture

    In My Personal Time: I love to sing!  I have learned classical Indian music.  I also love to listen to Indian music.

  • Julia Goldstein, Explorers Assistant Teacher

    Julia Goldstein

    Explorers Assistant Teacher

    I’m Julia!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I’m 25 years old and my biggest passion is helping children with mental health and self care!  I am attending Lewis University pursuing a Masters Degree in School Counseling.  My hobbies include, drawing/painting, dancing, playing video games and taking hikes and long walks.  I love staying active with my dog, Whiskey!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: By Your Side- 1 year Autism Daycare

    Education Background: NIU Bachelor’s, Lewis Masters

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Making an impact everyday and learning from them!

    Favorite children’s book: Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type

    In My Personal Time: I love to spend time with friends and family trying new places to eat.

  • Siba Hassoun, Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Siba Hassoun

    Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    I’m Ms. Siba!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I am a mother of four and a grandmother of two!  I have four years of experience here at Primrose!  I truly enjoy my time with children, as watching them grow into their little personalities is the most rewarding!  Every child brings so much to the classroom and I continue to learn from them ever day.  I look forward to working together and taking care of your little one in my classroom.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: 20 Plus years of child care experience.

    Education Background: Early Childhood classes

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love watching them get excited about learning!

    Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree

    In My Personal Time: Spending time with family and friends!

  • Brielle Humbird, Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Brielle Humbird

    Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Hello! I’m Ms. Brielle ! I wanted to tell you a little about myself!  I am a college student with a passion for healthcare and children!  I have always worked with people my entire life, whether it be bedside or daycare! I plan on getting my Bachelors Degree in Health Administration.  Although I’m not sure what job I will end up having in my future, I have hopes my experience will land me a job that fulfills everything I love! I’m excited to meet all the kiddos at Primrose!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: YMCA Daycare Assistant Teacher for 1.5 years.

    Education Background: Aurora University for my Bachelors in Health Administration.  Certified Nursing Assistant from Waubonsee Community College

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love learning new things everyday! They also say the funniest things!

    Favorite children’s book: Bark, George!

    In My Personal Time: I love working out, spending time with friends and listening to music!  I love going down to Kansas City and seeing my family there whenever I get the chance!

  • Priyanka Kadwaikar, Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher

    Priyanka Kadwaikar

    Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher

    Hello! I’m Priyanka!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself! 

    I moved to Naperville three years ago with my husband and two children.  I joined Primrose one year ago with sheer  interest in child development.  It has been a wonderful experience!  From seeing the Infants and Toddlers development to being with my coworkers Ms. Devi and Ms. Susan.  Everyday is a joyful moment for me to get involved with amazing kids and cohort!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: One year

    Education Background: Post-graduate diploma in Business Administration. I also have a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: They share their love for you in some way during the day, everyday!

    Favorite children’s book:  Brown Bear, Brown Bear

    In My Personal Time: I love to spend time with my family and friends!

  • Vishali Komatireddy, Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher

    Vishali Komatireddy

    Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher

    I’m Ms. Vishali !   I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I have been teaching for six years now at Primrose.  I’ve worked with students of various ages from Infants to Preschool Pathways!  I enjoy spending time with my family by watching movies, going out to eat and going on vacation!  I also enjoy cooking and trying various recipes.  I am a mother of 2 children. I realized working with children was my passion and it makes every day not feel like work!  I enjoy coming to teach, engage and communicate with all the children.  It’s amazing how welcoming all the children have been! I am so excited to have your child in my classroom!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: 15 Years.

    Education Background: High School Diploma

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Helping children (and their families) is the most rewarding!  I love learning from all of the children and getting to see them everyday!

    Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree

    In My Personal Time: Cooking and learning new things.

  • Zaina Koreshee, Explorers Assistant Teacher

    Zaina Koreshee

    Explorers Assistant Teacher

    Hi! I’m Ms. Zaina!  I am 19 years old and a student at Depaul University studying medicine.  I enjoy spending time with kids and teaching them all new things!  I am fairly new to Primrose but I have been loving every minute of it!  Getting to watch the kids grow up through the year is so rewarding!  I can’t wait to have a great  year with everyone!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: 6 Years.

    Education Background: Pre-Med at Depaul.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Meeting new children, learning new things about them and making the laugh!

    Favorite children’s book:  Pinkalicious

    In My Personal Time: I love to read, watch formula 1, and driving cars and motorcycles. My favorite thing to do is travel.

  • Mia Ledone, Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Mia Ledone

    Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Hi! I’m Mia! I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself!

    I’m so excited to be working with your family!!  I love working with children and watching them smile everyday when they learn something new!  Outside of working at Primrose, I like to spend my time taking spin classes and being with my dog, Cracker! He’s the best!  Prior to getting into childcare I actually spent time working and caring for animals for 5 years.  I have enjoyed my time here at Primrose so far and I'm glad to be a part of such a great team!  I’m excited to watch your little one grow while in my care!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: I worked at Small World Preschool.

    Education Background: Kaneland High School.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Watching them grow so much in the early years!

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

    In My Personal Time: I spend most of my time working out!

  • Heather Lewandowski, Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Heather Lewandowski

    Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Hello! I’m Ms. Heather!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.  My husband Bob and I have been married for 21 years as well as living in Naperville.  We 2 children, one is 19 years old and the other 16 years old!  We also have a 7 year old Chocolate Lab named Roxy, whom we love so much!  I’ve been on staff at our church for 10 years this June, as the Preschool Coordinator on Sunday mornings!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: 10 years!

    Education Background: BFA, Interior Design at Iowa State University.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Watching them grow and learn new things at school!

    Favorite children’s book: Any Richard Scarry’s Books

    In My Personal Time: I love walking my dog, hiking, bike riding and hosting get together’s with friends and family!  I also love to travel, read, spend time at the lake and recently, pickleball!

  • Alison Lupi, Assistant Teacher

    Alison Lupi

    Assistant Teacher

    Hi! I’m Ms. Alison! My friends here at Primrose call me Ms. Ali! I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself!

    I have always loved working with children.  Anytime I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was almost always a teacher!  Before coming to work here at Primrose I was a nanny for 3 years with the same family.  I enjoyed it very much and knew that I wanted to continue working with children on a daily basis. Joining Primrose has been great!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: A nanny for 3 years.

    Education Background: Some college.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Getting to sing all day with all the children!

    Favorite children’s book: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

    In My Personal Time: I love to read and do different crafts!

  • Chrystal Maranville, Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    Chrystal Maranville

    Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    Hello! I’m Ms. Chystal!  Welcome to Pre Kindergarten Two! I’d like to tell you a little about myself. I have worked as a resource teacher in the Geneva Public School District, volunteered extensively in child programs at Chapel Street Church.  I also have learned much of my experience from my own six children!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: Many years in the public school district and my church!

    Education Background: University of Nebraska

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Incorporating both play and social emotional aspects into everyday learning!

    Favorite children’s book:  How Do I Love You

    In My Personal Time: I enjoy cooking, walking and spending time with my children and grandchildren.

  • Sarah Martinez, Assistant Teacher

    Sarah Martinez

    Assistant Teacher

    Hello! I’m Ms. Sarah! I wanted to tell you a little about myself!  I am the oldest child out of 3 kids.  I’ve always had the role of being a big sister.  That’s where my love of working with children came to be!  I am so glad I joined the Primrose team!  I love working here and being around all the children!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: 5 years of nannying and 2 years of teaching.

    Education Background: Graduated highschool in 2022.  Currently working on my Early Childhood Education degree at JJC.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love seeing children grow and become their best selves.

    Favorite children’s book: Love You Forever

    In My Personal Time: I like to read and clean! I absolutely love cleaning!

  • Ashley Miller, Preschool Lead Teacher

    Ashley Miller

    Preschool Lead Teacher

    Hello! My name is Ms. Ashley and welcome to Preschool Two!  I just moved here to Naperville from Chesapeake, Virginia.  I worked at a Primrose there for 5 years!  I absolutely love working with children and am excited to be here in Preschool Two.  I look forward to spending this school year with you all and getting to know all the families!

    Child care experience: Five Years

    Education Background: Some college, working towards a Bachelors in Early Education.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love watching them grow and see their personalities bloom!

    Favorite children’s book:  The Color Monster

    In My Personal Time: I love to knit and draw. I’m active and love to go hiking and do jiu jitsu!

     

  • Marissa Mongardo, Early Preschool Lead Teacher

    Marissa Mongardo

    Early Preschool Lead Teacher

    Hi! I’m Ms. Marissa! I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself!

    I have always been in the healthcare field for as long as I can remember.  Taking care of others is something I take great pride and dedication in!  So as you can imagine taking care of little one brings me joy!  I love making children and adults feel happy and loved!  When I’m not here you can find me at home with my fiance, Matt and cuddling with our dog! I love that I have become a part of the Primrose family and look forward to spending time with you little one!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: Babysitting my baby cousins.

    Education Background: Certified Nursing Assistant.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Singing along to our favorite tunes!

    Favorite children’s book:  Love you Forever by Robert Munsch

    In My Personal Time: I love to color and read!

  • Abby Moore, Lead Teacher

    Abby Moore

    Lead Teacher

    I’m Abby!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I grew up in Plainfield Illinois.  Both of my parents are only children so I have a very small, close knit family.  I got married in September 2020!  We just moved into our house in Romeoville and have so many fixer upper plans coming up that we are excited about! We also have a dog named Duke who we adore!!  I have been here at Primrose for 3 years and I enjoy coming into work everyday and seeing all the little smiling faces!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: 10 years between Nanning and Childcare centers.

    Education Background: Some college.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Being a part of their growth and development along with getting them excited about learning.

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

    In My Personal Time: I love spending time with my dog Duke, friends and family!! I also love traveling and love reading a good book!

  • Radhika Natarajan, Young Toddler Lead Teacher

    Radhika Natarajan

    Young Toddler Lead Teacher

    I’m Radhika!   I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I just recently moved to Illinois from Maine!  I’m originally from India.  I moved to the United States after I got married in 2010.  I have a beautiful 11 year old daughter who I adore so much.  We just bought a house in Aurora.  In our free time as a family we love to go on hikes!  I am so excited to meet you and your little one!  Stop by anytime if you’d like to chat!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: 6 Years

    Education Background: Bachelor’s in Science

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Seeing them learn and grow!

    Favorite children’s book: Llama Llama

    In My Personal Time: Love to spend time with my daughter!

  • Mary Nizzi, Food Service Manager

    Mary Nizzi

    Food Service Manager

    I’m Ms. Mary!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I grew up in Minooka Illinois and am from a big farm family! I am 1 of 8 kids and I am the middle one!  I love living in the country and farmlands, I hope to get back there some day.  I have been cooking here at Primrose for 2 years!  I love going into all the classrooms and getting all the smiles and hugs from all the children!  I also have 2 children of my own, 2 boys and they are 24 & 21!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: Been cooking for 16 years!

    Education Background: I grew up on a farm with a big family, cooked for 12 years as a food prep at entrée kitchen.  I also did 2 years as a food prep cook at meal village!

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love to see them smile and be happy!

    Favorite children’s book: Mother Goose

    In My Personal Time: I love to bake and decorate cakes!!

  • Madison Oostman, Lead Teacher

    Madison Oostman

    Lead Teacher

    I’m Madison!   I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I am the oldest of 3 children and I am an aunt of the sweetest little boy!  I used to play hockey when I was younger and I love to play just about any sport.  I have been at Primrose for 2 years and been in the classrooms but also you may have seen me in the kitchen!  I love being at Primrose with the children and seeing them smile at me everyday!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: Special Olympics coach and 2 years is special education

    Education Background: High School Diploma.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love watching them grow and become who they are!

    Favorite children’s book: Junnie B. Jones.

    In My Personal Time: I love to read and spend time with my family!

  • Stephanie Primero, Toddler Lead Teacher

    Stephanie Primero

    Toddler Lead Teacher

    Hi! I’m Ms. Stephanie!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself!

     I’ve always wanted to teach! I enjoy doing what I love everyday and seeing children learn and accomplish new things!  It’s my favorite part about my job.  Before joining Primrose, I worked in retail and also taught Preschool while in my Early Childhood Education class in High School.  Outside of work, I spend time with my toddler!  I also enjoy drawing and painting!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: 3.5 years.

    Education Background: CDA

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Their excitement and joy to learn new things, and their ability to always keep me laughing!

    Favorite children’s book: The Best Nest

    In My Personal Time: I love to spend time with friends and family!

  • Doris Roberts, Assistant Teacher

    Doris Roberts

    Assistant Teacher

    Name: Doris Roberts

    Hometown: Plymouth, Michigan

    Child care experience: 10 years in daycare/Montessori as an Assistant Teacher

    Education Background: Attended Northwood Institute in Midland, MI and Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI

    Favorite food: Crab cakes

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my family

    Favorite children’s book: The Kissing Hand

    Primrose character I most relate to: Libby, we all need to take more time to just listen.

  • Desi Roszak, Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    Desi Roszak

    Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    I’m Desi!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I have been a Pre K Teacher for going on 4 years now.  I have a son in the Early Preschool 1 Classroom and I have a soon to be baby boy in the Infant Classroom!  I love spending time with family and traveling to new places.  I love to cook, spend time outside and shop at Target!  My favorite food is chicken and tacos.  I live in Plainfield and have a dog named Lola!  I love being a teacher an see all my students grow over the year!!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: Over 12 years of experience with children.

    Education Background: Bachelors in Sociology, I’ve taken many early childhood courses.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Seeing them learn new things and grow!

    Favorite children’s book: Where The Wild Things Are & If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

    In My Personal Time: Cook, spend time with my family, be outside and of course shopping!!

  • Karla Salazar, Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Karla Salazar

    Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Hi! I’m Karla! I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself!

    I am 23 years old and I am a mother to a baby girl!  I also have a puppy named Milo.  I’m the oldest of six children!  I have always taken care of children since I was old enough to remember.  However, working at Primrose is my first experience in a daycare setting.  I have learned that everyday there is something new and I look forward to coming to work everyday!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: 10 years of babysitting.

    Education Background: High school Diploma and some college.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Watching them achieve their milestones and have fun!

    Favorite children’s book: Miss Nelson is Missing

    In My Personal Time: I love watching new movies and trying new foods with my family.

  • Sridevi Saravanan, Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Sridevi Saravanan

    Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

    I’m Sridevi!   I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I have been living in Naperville for the past one and a half years.  I have always loved working with children and have a lot of experience with the toddler age group!  I have a daughter of my own who is five years old.  I have loved my time here at Primrose as an assistant teacher!  I am excited to get to have your child in my classroom.  I will enjoy helping them grow, learn and reach their major milestones!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: Kumon Math and Reading Naperville

    Education Background: Bachelor of Arts ( English)

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love that I get to give them all my love and care!

    Favorite children’s book: Story Books.

    In My Personal Time: I love doing crafts!

  • Courtney Shambley, Infant Assistant Teacher

    Courtney Shambley

    Infant Assistant Teacher

    I’m Courtney!   I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Each and every one of my students has a special place in my heart.  I view the time I spend with these little ones as priceless.  They may be small, but they mean the world to me.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: Babysitting my nephews and for friends in my congregation.

    Education Background: Some College

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Witnessing how they see the world and make connections.

    Favorite children’s book: Chicka- Chicka Boom Boom

    In My Personal Time: Sharing hope about the future with others!

  • Vijeya Subrahmanian, Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Vijeya Subrahmanian

    Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    I’m Ms. Vijeya!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I enjoy spending time with young children everyday.  Primrose School has given me the opportunity to make children’s lives better!  In addition to that, I learn very valuable lessons from the children.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: 6 Months

    Education Background: Bachelor’s and Masters of Science in Zoology.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love seeing them learn, play and grow!

    Favorite children’s book: If You Plant a Seed.

    In My Personal Time: I love to cook, listen to music and sing!

  • Sree Surapaneni, Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    Sree Surapaneni

    Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    I’m Sree!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    My husband, my son and I came to the United States from India in 1997!  We lived in Moline until 2003 and then moved to Naperville. I have been working as a Preschool teacher for the last 9 years and a Pre K teacher for a couple of years.  I enjoy my job as a teacher and there is not a day that goes by without hugs, smiles and their funny stories.  I look forward to having your child in my class and helping him or her learn new things everyday! I feel honored to have an opportunity to play a role at Primrose.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: 19+ years!

    Education Background: Bachelors in Science & Masters in Child Psychology.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Meeting new friends and all the fun and learning through the years!

    Favorite children’s book: Guess How Much I Love You.

    In My Personal Time: I love to go for a walk with some nice music and do some gardening!

  • Sneha Tumpalliwar, Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher

    Sneha Tumpalliwar

    Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher

    I’m Ms. Sneha!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I moved to the USA 10 years ago from India!  I have two beautiful girls, Ruhi and Kimaya, and a loving husband.  I joined Primrose a couple of months ago and surely it is a wonderful experience for me.  I love growing lovingly with the children, watching them explore new things and asking sweet questions while learning about the world!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: 10 years of home child care.

    Education Background: Masters in Business Administration.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I am so excited to watch children grow and develop into confident, self sufficient learners!

    Favorite children’s book: The Cat in the Hat.

    In My Personal Time: Baking, cooking and spending time with family and friends!

  • Tracey Vonnahme, Preschool Lead Teacher

    Tracey Vonnahme

    Preschool Lead Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    I’m Tracey!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hello! my Preschool Friends call me Ms. Tracey.   I grew up in Michigan, but have lived here in Naperville with my husband Chris since 1966. We have four children and a dog, Jenna, Kelly, Kara, Cole and then Yadi.  All my children are Ohio State Buckeyes!!  I love teaching Preschool!  The children are so eager to learn and express so much genuine joy in the simplest accomplishments.  They also have the best smiles ever!!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family!

    Child care experience: 15 years

    Education Background: B.A in Business

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I just really enjoy the funny things they all say!

    Favorite children’s book: Pete the Cat

    In My Personal Time: I love anything that allows me time with my family.  Walking my dog, riding bikes, playing tennis, board games, book store dates and movie nights!

  • Hannah Williams, Early Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Hannah Williams

    Early Preschool Assistant Teacher

    I’m Hannah!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I just recently moved to Illinois from Michigan and have been here at Primrose since October of 2021!  I recently just got married this past January in Jamaica! It was the most wonderful experience my husband and I have ever had!  After our wedding we decided to make Naperville our new home.  I love working with the Young Toddlers and am very excited to see what my future here at Primrose holds!  Feel free to stop in and chat with me!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: 3 years.

    Education Background: Working on my B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders!

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: The opportunity to watch them grow and learn. It’s extremely rewarding!

    Favorite children’s book: The Wonderful Things You Will Be.

    In My Personal Time: I love to read, play tennis and spend time with my dog Bitsy.

  • Devi Yarramasu, Infant Classroom Lead Teacher

    Devi Yarramasu

    Infant Classroom Lead Teacher

    I’m Devi!   I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I moved to the U.S.A 24 years ago with my husband and 2 children!  I can proudly say I joined Primrose 10 years ago and was there when we first opened!  I continue to work with Susan who I worked with in the past here at Primrose in the Infant Classroom.  I fell in love with the babies on day 1!  We work as a team teaching the babies with love and affection.  It’s so rewarding to see them reach their milestones as they learn and grow.  Their smiles are priceless and contagious!!

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: 19 Years.

    Education Background: Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Teaching them and watching them hit their major milestones!

    Favorite children’s book: Brown Bear Brown Bear

    In My Personal Time: Love to spend time with my family!

  • Jennifer and Dan Fu, Franchise Owner

    Jennifer and Dan Fu

    Franchise Owners

    Like many Primrose Schools franchise owners, Jennifer and Dan Fu were first introduced to the school as parents of a happy student. Originally living in Columbus, OH, Jennifer and Dan discovered Primrose when looking for childcare options for their son. It wasn't long before the Fu's fell in love with the Primrose School of Dublin and its approach to education. As a parent new to child care, I was surprised by how quickly I felt comfortable dropping my child off at Primrose, said Jennifer. The staff quickly won me over, and the whole experience had such a positive impact on my family. Noting Naperville's renowned emphasis on family and education, Jennifer and Dan relocated to the area to open a Primrose School of their own in 2009. In August 2012, the Fu's accomplished their goal of providing the very best child care options for area families with the opening of the Primrose School at Naperville Crossings. The Fu's children were the first students enrolled. We know what parents expect and deserve when it comes to their children's care and education because we've gone through it, Jennifer said. What really drew me to Primrose is that they consider all aspects of character development and provide the foundation to foster a love of learning. Jennifer is onsite at the school daily, meeting parents and students, helping the school's director manage the curriculum and ensuring that daily operations reflect the quality promised to their Primrose families. Opening the Primrose School at Naperville Crossings is a dream come true for us, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to share our passion for early childhood education with the community, said Jennifer.

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