Primrose School of North Olathe

Our Staff

  • Ms. Shandra, School Director

    Ms. Shandra

    School Director

    My name is Shandra Gibson, School Director here at Primrose School of North Olathe. I am a certified Master teacher with 25 years of experience in Early Childhood.I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, but lived in Mercer, MO a small town in Northern Missouri for almost 30 years. I am the proud mother of two children; my son, Bryce and his wife, are having their first child in May 2019 and my daughter, Jemma attends Meadow Lane and loves children with exceptionalities. We proudly volunteer with our area Special Olympics. .

    For many years I have been an active advocate for high quality, universal and consistent early education for all children. My heart and passion is in early childhood education and it is evident in every aspect of my life. I have dedicated my personal and professional life to children of all ages.It is such an honor to have this opportunity to be apart of a kind, loving, caring and respectful early childhood community focused on safety and quality care and education for all Primrose friends and families.

  • Mr. Strother, Education Coach

    Mr. Strother

    Education Coach

    Mr. Strother has been with our school for 5 years and is

    Hello, my name is Mr. Strother! I am the Curriculum Coordinator here at Primrose School of North Olathe. I am in charge of overseeing the implementation of our curriculum in all of the classrooms, supporting, training, coaching all of our teaching staff along with conducting classroom observations throughout the day. I started here at the Primrose School of North Olathe in 2016 and was the Lead Teacher in Preschool for 4 years! I absolutely loved spending my days in there with all the 3 and 4 year olds. Although I miss the classroom some days, I really enjoy working up front. I get to spend time in all the classrooms and form a bond with each and every child and family! I am soaking up all the knowledge I can in hopes for one day owning my own school!

    My father was in the military while I was growing up so I have lived in many different states and even countries. I am married to my beautiful wife, Lauren. Together we have two dogs, Remmy and Stink, who we love playing with! In our free time we love traveling around the metro area and finding new resturants, stores, and activities to do! We are big into sports and spend our weekends with our family watching football, especially Alabama and the Chiefs!

    I grauduated from Olathe Northwest in 2010 and went on to Butler County Community College where I played football as well as attend school for Early Childhood Education. I worked with children at another facility before finding Primrose! I am so happy to be here and continue learning more about

  • Ms. Czaplewski, Assistant Director

    Ms. Czaplewski

    Assistant Director

    Hello and welcome to Primrose! My name is Kristan Czaplewski and I am the Operations Manager! I started here in June of 2017 as a support teacher. I was in each classroom and got to meet all the children and their families. In August of 2018 I was moved up to help the office with many different tasks. I enjoyed helping with the operations side of things while still visiting the classrooms daily. Then in September 2019 I was able to take the position of Operations Manager. My favorite part about my job is all the different hats I get to wear. I get to be a nurse, friend, teacher, secretary, plumber, and so much more! I truly love my job here at Primrose School of North Olathe!

    A little bit about me outside of Primrose! I have my CNA and have worked in a couple of nursing homes. I have two older sisters, Makenzie and Danyel, as well as 4 dogs, Delaney, Harley, Niko, and Arrow. My whole family was born in Nebraska! We are a die-hard Husker family! Football of course is my favorite sport! My family is super close and are my best friends! I love taking road trips and seeing new places. I’ve only been out of the country once and that was to Costa Rica!

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

  • Ms. S., Early Pre-School Lead Teacher

    Ms. S.

    Early Pre-School Lead Teacher

    Ms. S. has 5 years experience working with children and has been a teacher at our school for nearly 5 years. She also has a Associates Degree with an emphasis in Education. Ms. S. wants her children to feel safe, loved and happy during their day with us. Her favorite part of the day is circle time because the children get so excited to hold the flag and dress Benjamin the bear. Ms. S's favorite part of our program is implementing Wonder Time 2 (Early Art Masters) because she loves doing art projects with the children. Her favorite Primrose Puppet is Erwin the dog because he is our art puppet friend. Her goal for her children is to enjoy the reading centers as much as she does. She believes there is so much you can learn from reading a book – she loves story time as much as her children do.

  • Ms. R., Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    Ms. R.

    Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    Ms. R. has 34 years of experience working with children, primarily in Kindergarten. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. In 2018 she was a Kansas Teacher of the Year Elementary Nominee. Ms. R. wants her children to feel safe and loved, in her classroom the children learn together, play together, love and care for each other. Her favorite part of the day is story time, she loves to read and wants to give the gift of books and reading to her children. Ms. R’s favorite part of the Primrose Program is our small group (math & reading) instruction, it’s a time that she can nurture learning and have some individual conversations with her children to help build relationships and to help them learn. Her favorite Primrose Puppet friend is Og who likes to instill the joy of learning. Ms. R’s goal for her children are to have them take their love of learning and empathy for others with them. She believes her job is to start them on the right path for their educational journey – building the foundation for social and academic success.

  • Ms. N., Toddlers Lead Teacher

    Ms. N.

    Toddlers Lead Teacher

    Ms. N. has been working at our school since the summer of 2018. Her favorite part of the day is implementing all the different wonder times, especially the Early Art Masters program. She believes art can be messy but a great hands on way to learn. She also enjoys implementing our music program and feels it is a great teaching tool. Ms. N wants her children to feel loved, safe and comfortable. She believes the more comfortable they are the more confident and excited they are about learning. Ms. N’s favorite part of our program is doing the Circle Time, the children really enjoy the name songs we sing and love saying good morning to their friends. Her favorite Primrose puppet is Billy the Duck, because he loves to sing and dance. Ms. N’s goal for her children is to want them to know how much she loves teaching them and how excited she is to see them grow. She wants them to learn how to start speaking for themselves and grow their independence.

  • Ms. H., Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    Ms. H.

    Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    Ms. H. has been teaching at our school for nearly 2 years. She has a BA Degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She would like for her children to feel engaged in the curriculum and excited to learn and grow. Ms. H’s favorite part of the day is when she gets to do Small Groups (math and reading) and have the one on one interactions with friends, that’s when she gets to see their personalities. Her favorite part of the Primrose Program is that it lets children learn through play. Children stay engaged while learning so much about the world around them. Ms. H’s favorite Primrose Puppet friend is Molly the cow, because she teaches us about respect which is an essential trait in all aspects of life. Ms. H’s goals for her children are for them to leave with the confidence that they can continue to grow and learn in the next stages of life. She wants them to feel accomplished and proud of the work they put in while her care.

  • Ms. G., Early Pre-School Lead Teacher

    Ms. G.

    Early Pre-School Lead Teacher

    Ms. G. has been teaching at our school for over 3 years. She wants to be able to have a bond with our children and have them feel excited to walk into the room and see what we are learning or what new art project we will create. Most importantly she wants them to feel safe and loved. Her favorite part of the day is Wonder Time 2, which is art. She enjoys seeing the children being creative and seeing them get very excited about painting. Ms. G’s favorite part of the Primrose Program is our curriculum as it teaches the children all year around and watching them learn is a joy. Her favorite Primrose Puppet friend is Arturo, because he likes to teach others about different cultures. Ms. G’s goals for her children are for them to know that they are all special, unique and smart. She hopes that they will remember her for all the great memories they made together and take the knowledge they learned in her class and grow from there as they get older.

  • Mr. S., Pre-School Lead Teacher

    Mr. S.

    Pre-School Lead Teacher

    Mr. S. has been working at our school for over 4 years. He is working on completing his Bachelors Degree in History and Education. Mr. S. wants the children in his care to feel safe, loved and excited to learn. His favorite part of the day is when the children get dropped off as he enjoys greeting everyone and letting them know how much fun they are going to have that day. His favorite part of the Primrose Program is our STEAM Project Time, he enjoys seeing the children get excited for the science activities that we do and enjoys seeing them have so much fun while learning. Mr. S’s favorite Primrose Puppet friend is Arturo, because he teaches us about different cultures and languages. Mr. S.’s goals for his children are to know that it is okay to be yourself. He wants them to be able to understand their emotions and have the tools to express how they are feeling.

  • Ms. G., Infant Lead Teacher

    Ms. G.

    Infant Lead Teacher

    Ms. G. has been working children in for over 23 years and has been working at our school for nearly 3 years. Ms. G. is currently working on completing her CDA. She wants her children to feel happy and safe. Ms. G.'s favorite part of the day is art, because she loves to engage with the babies during this play time. Her favorite part of the Primrose Program is our Rhythm and Notes music class, because she loves music and it makes the babies happy. Her favorite Primrose Puppet friend is Billy the Duck because he enjoys to sing to the babies when we are in the classroom. Her goals for her children as they get older are to enjoy books, as she loves to read to them everyday – she hopes they will learn the joys of reading as they get older.

  • Ms. B., Pre-School Assistant Teacher

    Ms. B.

    Pre-School Assistant Teacher

    Ms. B. has been teaching at our school for 4 years.She have over 9 years teaching experience.Ms. B.’s favorite part of the day is reflection time.She loves getting to sit down with her children at the end of the day to hear what their favorite part of the day was.Ms. B.’s favorite part of the Primrose Program is ‘noggin joggin’ – where we get talk about new things and connect them to things we have learned in the past. Her favorite Primrose Puppet friend is Erwin, because he is all about friendship and she always try to encourage being kind towards others.Ms. B.’s wants all her children to feel safe, loved and understood.Her goals for her children are for them to slowly be able to understand their own emotions.She wants them to be able to express themselves through both creative and emotional ways.

  • Ms. S.

    After School Lead Teacher

    Ms. S. has been working in the childcare and preschool setting for over 45 years. She has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood. Ms. S. wants her children to feel safe and loved while in her care. Her favorite part of the day is when the children are in Zone Time, she loves to see the children having fun while learning. Ms. S.’s favorite part of the Primrose Program is reading aloud - because it gives a chance for the children to read and it also helps to have children discuss the book. Her favorite Primrose Puppet friend is Molly, because she helps us teach about respecting others. Ms. S's goals for her children include having them form trusting relationships, create warm-supportive interactions and to cope with experiences that are challenging and frustrating.

  • Ms. G.

    Toddler Lead Teacher

    Ms. G has been working with children for over 40 years and has a Bachelors Degree.She has been working in our school since summer 2018 and has also worked as a Director over multi-centers in central Kansas before moving to our area in 2018.Ms. G wants her children to feel loved, safe and valued.Her favorite part of the day is when the kids are happy and having fun learning.Ms. G’s favorite part of the Primrose Program is Noggin Joggin as it gets our day started with much fun with songs, learning and fun.Her favorite Primrose Puppet is Ally, because they both share a birthday.Ms. G’s goals for her children or for her to feel like she has helped them establish confidence and trust in people, to have learned how to treat people with care and respect.She also wants them to know that she genuinely cares about them.

  • Ms. K

    Support Lead Teacher

    Ms. K has been teaching young children for over 20 years and has been at our school for over 3 years.She also has a Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.Ms. K’s favorite part of the day in implementing our Rhythm and Notes Music Program, because she loves to sing and dance.Her favorite part of the Primrose Program is going into the classrooms and greeting them all with a big smile and having fun conversations with them.Ms. K’s favorite Primrose Puppet friend is Libby, because Libby believes in fairness.Ms. K wants her children to feel safe, loved and wanted while here at the school.Ms. K goals for her children are to get along and accept others for who they are.

  • Kal, Ami and Sunita Sanjanwala, Franchise Owner

    Kal, Ami and Sunita Sanjanwala

    Franchise Owner

    Hello! We are the Sanjanwala family, proud Owners of Primrose School of North Olathe. Longtime residents of the Kansas City area and avid supporters of Primrose, our family team is made up of husband and wife, Kal and Ami, and sister-in-law, Sunita. We opened our first school, Primrose School of Overland Park, in March of 2013 and are thrilled to extend the premier high-quality early education and care to the families of the Olathe & Lenexa communities.

    Recently we were honored to be selected, thru a series of evaluations and observations by University of Kansas officials - conducted at our North Olathe and Overland Park locations, to bring our premier high-quality and safe educational childcare services to their employees. The Primrose School at KU Medical Center is our third location and a proud achievement and a direct result of our dedication to bringing the highest quality of care to families in our area.

    As former and current Primrose parents, we understand the importance of ensuring your children are in a loving and nurturing environment where they have the support they need to reach their fullest potential. We’ve seen firsthand the importance of early childhood education and the value of building a strong foundation for future learning, so we’re thrilled to bring the Primrose experience to other families in our community.

    We’re committed to creating a family atmosphere in our school by providing parents with peace of mind and fostering an environment where children can grow their Active Minds, Healthy Bodies andHappy Hearts® through the exclusive Balanced Learning®curriculum of Primrose Schools.

    We look forward to bringing high-quality early education and care to the North Olathe community and can’t wait to meet and welcome you to our Primrose family!

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