Primrose School of Nashville Midtown

Our Staff

  • Dakara Barton, Director of Operations

    Dakara Barton

    Director of Operations

    Ms. Dakara was born and raised in Lebanon, Kentucky. She received her bachelor's degree in Child Psychology from Western Kentucky University. Ms. Dakara has been working with children for over five years and has been with Primrose since August 2012. Before coming up into Management, Ms. Dakara has been a teacher in almost every one of our programs! She feels children are such a joy to work with and loves helping lead them, in the right direction, to becoming well-rounded individuals.

  • Donna Buchanan, Director of Education

    Donna Buchanan

    Director of Education

    Donna was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She is a graduate from the University of Memphis with a degree in Psychology. From an early age, Donna has always gravitated towards children and their inspiring little minds. In 2011, she began her career as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Primrose School of Brentwood. This is where her love for what Primrose stood for began. Donna is thrilled to embark this journey with all our little loved ones down the Primrose path to excellence!

  • Sandy Mining, Employee Trainer

    Sandy Mining

    Employee Trainer

    Ms. Sandy was born in California but grew up in Ipswich, England. Her family moved to Texas when she was 12 and lived there until a few years ago. She finally convinced her husband of 13 years to move to the beautiful state of Tennessee. Ms. Sandy loves Tennessee for many reasons, mainly because her parents now live here, and there are actually four seasons! She has a little boy named Payton Jack who is her everything! Being a parent is so wonderful and made her realize that every moment is a teachable moment and this is why Ms. Sandy loves her job. Ms. Sandy has her Child Development Associates Degree for infant-toddlers, and has been in the childcare field for many years! She loves the look on a child's face when they master a task, and there is nothing better than their smile and excitement.

  • Taylor Zell, Assistant Director

    Taylor Zell

    Assistant Director

    Ms. Taylor was raised in Hendersonville and completed her Early Childhood Degree from APSU in 2016. She taught in Clarksville for three years and joined the Primrose team in May 2019. Ms. Taylors loves showing children how exciting learning can be. Ms. Taylor loves hiking, kayaking, and having fun with three pets. She is so excited to be joining the Primrose team!

  • Sarah Shanaman, Hiring Coordinator

    Sarah Shanaman

    Hiring Coordinator

    Sarah is a Nashville native. She graduated from Belmont University in 2008 with a degree in Music Education. She has enjoyed working with children and aiding them in their education.

    Sarah joined Primrose School of Brentwood in the fall of 2010 as an Early Preschool teacher. During her time at Primrose School of Brentwood she served as the Assistant Director for two years. Since joining the Primrose family, Sarah and her husband have added to their family too! They have a little girl that loves her time in the Primrose classroom.

    Sarah is excited to be the director, and a part of the Primrose School of Nashville Midtown team. She looks forward to watching your children learn and grow!

  • Chelsea Grishaber, Education Coach

    Chelsea Grishaber

    Education Coach

    Ms. Chelsea was born in Phoenix, AZ and then later moved to TN in 1997. She is currently pursuing her degree in English and Early Childhood Education. Ms. Chelsea hopes to one day become a first grade teacher! She joined Primrose School of Brentwood in August of 2012 and Primrose School of Midtown in May of 2022. Ms. Chelsea loves children and enjoys helping them learn and grow!

  • Savannah Wright, Administrative Assistant

    Savannah Wright

    Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Savannah was raised in the arid high desert of Southern California. She attended the University of California at San Diego to study International Relations. She is inexplicably obsessed with Russian culture and all things Japanese. Once a chef, she now cooks only for her small Irish family and three dogs, Pig, Pony, and Donkey Kong. A former Primrose teacher, she just couldn’t keep away, she is excited to be back for more fun with our Primrose Family!

  • Ms. Connie, Chef

    Ms. Connie


    Ms. Connie is from California but graduated form Mt. Juliet in 2009 and attended Ashworth College with a degree in Private Investigation. Connie and her husband have five beautiful children together, countless cats, dogs, and farm animals. During her spare time, she love to ride her motorcycle and horseback riding. She loves working at Primrose and making yummy, nutritious meals for all of the little ones. She loves to being a smile to their face!

  • Ms. Katie, Chef

    Ms. Katie


    Ms. Katie was born and raised in Sinton, Texas. She received her Pastry Chef Certification from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas. Ms. Katie joined the Primrose Midtown staff in the spring of 2022. Prior to coming on board she worked in the hospitality industry for 11 years at different hotels, restaurants, and bakeries. She spends most of her free time chasing after her two sons, Phoenix and Bodhi.

  • Ms. Isabelle, Infant A

    Ms. Isabelle

    Infant A

    Ms. Isabelle was raised in Nashville. When she is not teaching at Primrose, she loves to play her cello and has been involved in several orchestras. She is passionate about working with children and is excited to be a part of the Primrose Team

  • Ms. Connie, Support Staff

    Ms. Connie

    Support Staff

    Ms. Connie is from Pulaski, TN. Teaching young children has always been a dream of hers. When she is not working, she is accompanied by her nieces and nephews. She loves spending her free time with them and with her fiancé. She loves reading and writing stories. She is so excited to be part of the Primrose Team. She cant wait to help her students learn and grow!

  • Ms. Allencia, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Allencia

    Infant Teacher

    Ms. Allencia was born in Nashville, TN. Her love for children filled her heart in 2019 when she started at Primrose. She worked at Primrose for one year and has since returned! She is back and ready to bring the fun and love to our classrooms. Ms. Allencia has found her way home to further her education in early childhood development! During her free time, she enjoys the sun, music, and a good notebook to write poetry. She is so excited to back at Primrose!

  • Ms.Kaitlyn, Toddler Teacher


    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Kaitlyn was born and raised in Nashville where she attended Hillwood High school and graduated in 2018. She loves to work with children, see them grow, and learn new things. When she is not working she loves to hike, swim, go to the park, and watch movies. She is so excited to be a part of the Primrose team!

  • Ms. Lisa, Support Staff

    Ms. Lisa

    Support Staff
  • Ms. Sabrina, Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Sabrina

    Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Sabrina moved from New York in 2009 to study Music and Social Work at Lipscomb University. She is a big fan of comedy and spends a lot of time going to comedy shows around Nashville. She has 2 crazy cats, Quiz and Phil Collins, who love to cuddle and chase laser lights. She loves working with children and is so happy to be a part of the Primrose team.

  • Ms. Kenia, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Kenia

    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Kenia was born in Nashville, TN. She was raised by Salvadorian parents and speaks Spanish fluently. She graduated from Glencliff High School in 2016. She has realized that her passion is to be in a classroom setting - teaching and helping! During her free time, she enjoys spending time to herself and watching movies. Ms. Kenia is happy to be part of the Primrose Team!

  • Ms. Paula, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Paula

    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Paula was born and raised in Nashville. She lived in a small town called Asheboro in North Carolina for a year and recently moved back. During her free time, Ms. Paul enjoys reading books, hiking, and exploring the new areas in Nashville. She also enjoys doing acrylic nails. Ms. Paula recently joined the Primrose team and is very excited to get to know each and every one of her students!

  • Ms. Laura, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Laura

    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Laura was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She has her bachelor's degree in business administration in 2020. Ms. Laura began working at Primrose in August 2021. She loves reading, artwork, singing, and playing dungeons and dragons in her free time! She is thrilled to be part of the Primrose team!

  • Ms. Tamara, Support Staff

    Ms. Tamara

    Support Staff

    Ms. Tamara was born and raised in Northport, Alabama. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in early elementary education. Mrs. Tamara joined Primrose in February 2022, where she loves helping children learn, explore, grow academically and socially. During her free time, she likes to read and go running or hiking with her husband, Adam. Mrs. Tamara is so ecstatic to be part if the Primrose School of Nashville Midtown Team!

  • Ms. Kaitie, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Kaitie

    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Kaitie was born and raised in Evansville, IN. She attended Indiana State University where she studied theater with an acting concentration. She recently moved to Nashville for a new beginning. She is so excited to learn about her new home. MS. Kaitie loves working with kids and has a passion of sharing her love of singing and performing with everyone around her. during her free time she loves to sing, play board games, and play with her sweet nephews! Ms. Kaitie is so happy to be apart of the Primrose Family!

  • Ms. Mackaia, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Mackaia

    Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Mackaia was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She graduated from Hillwood High School in 2018. She enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. She is so incredibly excited for this school year. She looks forward to watching your children grow!

  • Ms. Alexis, Support Staff

    Ms. Alexis

    Support Staff

    Alexis was born in Nashville and raised in Hickman County. She graduated from East Hickman High and she is currently enrolled in Nashville State. She has one dog that she loves very much. She enjoys hiking and swimming. Her favorite colors are blue and orange. Her favorite food is pasta. She loves learning new things about life. She hopes to teach first grade!

  • Ms. Mako, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Mako

    Preschool Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Ms. Mako was born in Kenya. She came to the United States in 2005 and has lived in Nashville since she arrived. English is her second language! She loves living in Nashville and adapting to a new country and different cultures. She likes to read, travel, and the outdoors. She loves working and playing with children. She has lots of nieces and nephews so being around kiddos is very natural for her. She is so happy to be part of the Primrose Team!

  • Ms. Alicia, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Alicia

    Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Alicia as born in Fort Lauderdale Florida. She moved to Brooklyn, New York at a very young age and spent most of her time there. She is the fifth oldest of fourteen children! Ms. Alicia has two children and joined the United States Air force! She feels privileged to join the Primrose Family with her kiddos!

  • Ms. Savannah, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Savannah

    Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Savannah was born and raised in Mississippi. She graduated from Mississippi State in 2019. She has been in childcare for five years. She loves helping them learn and grow. She moved to Nashville with her teacup poodle, Noah in January of 2020. She is so excited to be part of the Primrose Team!

  • Ms. Olivia, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Olivia

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Olivia was born and raised on a farm in Ohio. She has a love for reaching and taking care of children and babies! She has a lot of experience working with different ages, as she used to be a nanny. Ms. Olivia loves singing more than anything! She is also a Godmother to her best friend but also her niece. Ms. Olivia loves to find peace in nature and praying no matter the challenge. She looks forward to helping Primrose children learn, develop, and have smiling faces everyday! Anything is possible with God

  • Ms. Mandi, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Mandi

    Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Mandi grew up in Chattanooga, TN. She moved to Nashville in 2010. She met her husband the following year and they now have three beautiful children together. They also two have two grandchildren! She enjoys bike riding and fishing on the weekend. Her hobbies include drawing, reading, and watching her favorite NFL team, The Denver Broncos (and Tennessee Titans!). She has two pets at home that she loves to cuddle! She loves children and adores teaching. Her friends in the neighborhood call her " Mother Goose". She is so excited to be part of the Primrose Team!

  • Ms. Destiny, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Destiny

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Destiny has worked in childcare since 2016. Teaching is her passion. She absolutely loves working at Primrose!

  • Ms. Teryn, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Teryn

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Teryn is from Nashville, TN and is a current student at Grand Canyon University. She is double majoring in early childhood education and exceptional education. A few things that she enjoys include: art, literature, and music. She is also extremely passionate about expanding her knowledge in the wonderful world of childcare, and she is so excited to join the Primrose team.

  • Ms. Destine, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Destine

    Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Destine is a Tennessee State University alumni. There she studied Health Information Management. After graduating she decided to enter the world of education. She worked at an early education center and fell in love with the little ones. She went back to school and received a Masters of Arts in Teaching at Trevecca University. She taught K-2 for five years and she has two beautiful and intelligent children ~ Beau & Zuri. They are her pride and joy. She also enjoys traveling and the outdoors.

  • Ms. Shelly, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Shelly

    Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Shelly has been a Nashville resident for over 30 years. She is the wife of one, mother of three, and grandmother of four. A graduate of Liberty University, with her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies concentrates in Ministry, Business, and Education. Ms. Shelly loves children and just people in general regardless of age or background! She enjoys the challenge of discovering each child's special interests and unique personalities. Shelly's hobbies and past times include traveling, movies, baking, and reading.

  • Ms. Alyssa, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Alyssa

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Alyssa was born in Indiana and moved often because of the military. She has attended a total of 9 schools! She attended APSU in 2014 before deciding to nanny full-time instead. Ms. Alyssa has always enjoyed working with children and watching them learn and grow. She loves music, dance parties, and arts and crafts! In her free time, she likes to cuddle up on the couch with her daughter and watch Disney movies. Ms. Alyssa started at Primrose in December 2021 and is excited to be part of the team!

  • Ms. Takara, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Takara

    Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Takara is very excited to call Primrose her new home. She considers herself very lucky to have a job that she truly enjoys. She loves being able to smile and laugh each day! She was born in Memphis, TN but grew up in a military family so she moved around a lot as a child. Family is very important to her. She is the eldest sister so naturally nurturing comes second nature to her. In addition to her lovely family, she has three pets that bring her so much joy. She has an energetic puppy named Nigel and three turtles! Aside from teaching, she loves to thrift shop and cook new recipes from Pinterest! She's always lending a helping hand to anyone in need. She is so excited to work diligently with lots of love this year, as the kids are our future. She is so proud to be part of this step ladder to success alongside of them!

  • Ms. Kayla, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Kayla

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Kayla D. was born in Baltimore, Maryland and lived in Georgia for a short period as well. She is a proud God Mother of 4 lovely children. She came to Nashville to attend Fisk University, where she is studying financial economics. When she’s not working or doing homework, she likes to spend her free time doing to the park, reading fiction novels and binge watching Game of Thrones. Ms. Kayla joined our team in October of 2017 and is excited to watch your little ones grow.

  • Ms. Courtney, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Courtney

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Courtney has been teaching early childhood for 6+ years, and absolutely adores her job!

    When she's not teaching kiddos you can find her on the water kayaking, canoeing or swimming. One of the big reasons she moved to Nashville over 6 years ago is for the live music scene, and loves gong to as many concerts as she can.

    Her biggest hobby is cosplay- dressing up as Marvel and Star Wars characters, going to conventions and interacting with all of the kids while in full costume!

  • Ms. Demetra, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Demetra

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Demetra is a native of Nashville, TN. She has been in childcare for over 10+ years! She started in high school. She graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in Mass Communication/Theatre with a minor in Dance. She has been in several commercials, done voiceovers, television series, and theatre! She is ecstatic to return to her love of teaching! She wants to use her degree of the arts and combine it with education to make learning fun for the little ones at Primrose! Ms. Demetra joined Primrose School of Nashville Midtown in December 2015. She is so excited to be a part of the team!

  • Ms. Laura, Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Laura

    Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Laura is from Ohio, where she graduated from Kent State University. She has a bachelors of science in early childhood education with a minor in special education of mild to moderate disabilities. Miss Laura has worked with preschool, kindergarten, second grade, and fourth grade students. She loves to help students feel excited about learning. During her free time, she loves ukulele. painting, and working at Comic Cons. Miss Laura is excited to discover all that Nashville has to offer and is thrilled to be part of the Primroe Family!

  • Ms. Nancy, Assistant Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Nancy

    Assistant Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Nancy was born and raised in Franklin, TN. She is a mother of two and a grandmother of two. She also has two great grandkids! She loves working with children. During her free time she likes to read, go to museums, to the lake and park! She loves being part of our Primrose Family!

  • Ms. Emily, Support Staff

    Ms. Emily

    Support Staff

    Ms. Emily was born and raised in Nashville, Tn. She graduated from Nashville Christian High School in 2002. Ms. Emily started at Primrose Midtown on Nov. 30, 2020. She has always loved being around kids! She started babysitting neighborhood kids when she was thirteen years old. She volunteers at C-kids working with prek and kindergarten kiddos. She loves being part of the Primrose Family!

  • Ms. Gequita, Support Staff

    Ms. Gequita

    Support Staff

    Ms. Gequita was born in rural West Tennessee in a town of about one thousand people! She has five wonderful siblings, all of whom she is very close with. She went to college and majored in Special Education. She has three wonderful kiddos and six grandchildren! She loves traveling and plans to visit all 50 states. She has curently visited 39 of them!

  • Ms. Madelyn, Support Staff

    Ms. Madelyn

    Support Staff

    Ms. Madelyn has lived in Nashville her whole life. Her goal is to be a teacher. During her free time, she likes to enjoy new coffee shops, walking her dog, and listening to music. Madelyn is looking forward to working alongside the Primrose Family!

  • Ms. Cassandra, Support Staff

    Ms. Cassandra

    Support Staff

    Ms. Cassandra was raised in Nashville, TN. She graduated from Lipscomb University with a Masters of Arts in Leadership. She started working at Primrose in June of 2022. She loves learning and helping children be the best that they can be! During her free time, she likes to play Suduko, attending concerts, and other adventurous activities. Ms. Cassandra is elated to be part of the Primrose Team!

  • Amy James and Susan Davis, Franchise Owner

    Amy James and Susan Davis

    Franchise Owners

    Susan and I met while teaching at the Primrose School of Cool Springs. We were so impressed with the Balanced Learning curriculum and the fun, loving atmosphere that we knew we wanted to be a part of this wonderful program. We decided in 2006 after experiencing what many other daycare facilities offered that we wanted to make the Primrose experience available for more children in our area. Our Brentwood location opened in May of 2010. We believe passionately in early childhood education and the life-long benefits children gain when they are given a solid foundation. We are so excited to become a part of the growing Midtown community and to partner with you to provide a safe, fun, learning environment for your child! We look forward to meeting you soon!

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