Primrose School of Paramus

Our Staff

  • Nicole Bussanich, Director

    Nicole Bussanich

    Director

    Hello, my nameNicole Bussanich.

    I am excited to be working at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for over 15 years. I love helping children grow and explore. I attended Ramapo College and received a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Working with children is my passion.

    I have two wonderful children who are my world! My family and I love spending time playing board games, watch movies and play outside. I am excited to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    I love spending time teaching my children to cook and bake. I also enjoy doing story time with them every night before bed.

  • Jasmine Figueroa, Assistant Director

    Jasmine Figueroa

    Assistant Director
  • Essence Daniels, Administrative Assistant

    Essence Daniels

    Administrative Assistant
  • Karina Maldonado

    Administrative Assistant

    Hello, my name is Karina.

    I am excited to be working at the front desk, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for many years. I love helping children be creative and learn. I attrnded Passaic County Community College and received an Associates degree in Liberal Arts: Early Childhood Education. Working with children is rewarding and I love their energy.

    I love spending time blinging, crafting, browsing pinterest and helping fellow small business friends out. I also love helping fellow small business friends out. I also love exploring new places and watching my favorite tv shows and movies.

    I am very excited to be a part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

  • Amanda Turro, Office and Curriculum Coordinator

    Amanda Turro

    Office and Curriculum Coordinator

    Hello, my name is Amanda Turro.

    I have always had passion for working with children. I started over 12 years ago working in a child care center. I enjoy working with children of all ages. I have my CDA in Early Childhood Education and look forward to furthering my career as an Educator.

    I have been married for 6 years and we welcomed our first son in Decembe 2017r. Our favorite family vacation trip is Disney. In my spare time I enjoy taking the dog for walks and going down the shore with my family.

    I am very excited to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus .

  • Linda Abdulsamad, Office and Curriculum Coordinator

    Linda Abdulsamad

    Office and Curriculum Coordinator

    Hello, my name is Linda Abdulsamad.

    I am excited to be working in the Toddler classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for over nine years. I enjoy helping children explore and grow. I am attending Grand Canyon University and will be receiving a degree in Early Childhood Education. Working with children is my passion!

    I love spending time reading, running and shopping. I am happy and lucky to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    On a personal note, I enjoy traveling with my husband and trying international foods.

  • Pablo Ortez, Head Chef

    Pablo Ortez

    Head Chef

    I am Pablo Ortez, The Head Chef at The Primrose school of Paramus. I graduated from the Art Institute of Washington with my Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. I began my cooking career as a Prep Cook prior to becoming a Head Chef. I enjoy cooking and am known for following all Health & Safety Guidelines.

    As Head Chef, accuracy, quality assurance, pace and food consistency are paramount to me. It is vital to me to provide our students with a clean, safe and healthy environment in which I prepare wonderful and well balanced meals for them as well as for our staff.

    In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family. I look forward to getting to know all of the students and parents.

    I am so lucky to be the Head Chef at The Primrose School of Paramus! I love keeping our students and staff safe, healthy, and strong!

  • Jazzmeeka Mixon, Assistant Chef

    Jazzmeeka Mixon

    Assistant Chef

    Hello, my name is Jazzmeeka,

    I've been certified in food saftey since 2016. I've been certified in food safety since 2016. I've worked in numerous restaurants previous to starting here as the new co-chef. I also was a Toddler Teacher at Primrose located in TN. I obtained my degree in Healthcare Management in 2015.

    In a addition, I am a mother of 3 beautiful children. So I for sure enjoy the fact I can still interact with all of there beautiful children here while ensuring they receive great tasting food.

  • Teresa Montag, Infant Teacher

    Teresa Montag

    Infant Teacher

    Hello, my name is Teresa.

    I am excited to be working in the infant classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for over twenty years. I love helping children develop and grow. Working with children is my passion.

    I have two wonderful children who are my treasures. My family and I love spending time reading, exploring and discovering.

    I am proud to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    On a personal note, I am looking forward to working with the children of Primrose and watching them flourish. My goal is to have happy children who are proud of each new accomplishment.

  • Norka Villalona, Infant Teacher

    Norka Villalona

    Infant Teacher

    Hello, My name is Norka.

    I am excited to be working in the Infant classroom at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for more than 10 years. I love helping children grow and learn. I received my CDA and am CDA certified. Working with children is fun and lovable.

    My family and I love spending time teaching, loving and caring. I am excited to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    I really love being part of the Primrose School of Paramus. I loved my first day! I love working withthe infants and how they got attached to me and how I interact with them.

  • Josephine Parisi, Infant Teacher

    Josephine Parisi

    Infant Teacher

    Hello, my name is Josephine Parisi. I am excited to be working in the Infant classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus.

    I have been working in childcare for over 20 years. I love helping children learn and grow. I attended Bueno Aires Argentina College and received a degree in Social Studies. Working with children is my passion.

    I have one wonderful child in my life, who is my everything. My family and I love spending time playing volley ball and Roller Blading. I am honored to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    On a Personal Note: I was a stay at home mother for 10 years and realized nothing makes me more happy than being around children.

  • Wahidi Mojgan

    Infant Support

    Hello my name is Mojgan,

    I am excited to be working in the Infant 2 classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in the childcare for 32 years. I love helping children learn and grow. I attended Queens & Rockland college and received an Associates in Liberal Science. Working with children is very exciting and enjoyable.

    On a personal note I have 3 wonderful children who are my heart. Nothing makes me happier than kids. I had my own Daycare. I was very excited when i opened it. My family has a lot of kids. If I had another chance to have another I wouldn't pass it up. My family and I love spending time playing with children and having the best time. I am very proud to be a part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

  • Genesis Avelar, Young Toddler Teacher

    Genesis Avelar

    Young Toddler Teacher

    Hello my name is Genesis,

    Iam excited to be working in the Young Toddler classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for seven years. I love helping children learn and grow. I attended Hudson Community College and received an Associates in Early childhood education. Working with children is so rewarding.

    My favorite day of the week is Sunday and in my spare time, my family and i love spending time playing the ukulele, singing, and dancing. We also love going out for breakfast, having picnics at the park, and spending time at the beach on sunny days.

    I am really excited to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

  • Alysha Camacho-Maldonado, Young Toddler Teacher

    Alysha Camacho-Maldonado

    Young Toddler Teacher

    Hello, my name is Alysha,

    I am excited to be working in the Young Toddler classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for three and half years. I love helping children discover new things and grow. I attended Marymount Manhattan college and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theater, Costume design, and Dance! Working with children is so rewarding.

    In my spare time, my family and I love spending time playing games, trying new things and visiting new places.

    I am so happy to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

  • Kristine Ippoito, Toddler Teacher

    Kristine Ippoito

    Toddler Teacher

    Hellow my name is Kristine Ippolito,

    I am excited to be working in Toddler 2 classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for 17 years. I love helping children grow and learn. Working with chidlren is my passion.

    My family and I love spending time hiking, going to street fairs and going to country concerts. I also love spending time with my twin sister, who also works at Primrose, and hanging out with my best friend and god son.

  • Lillian Hanagan, Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Lillian Hanagan

    Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Hello my name is Lillian Hanagan,

    I am excited to be working in the Toddler 2 classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for 2 years. I love helping children play and learn. I attended Southern New Hampshire University and received a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Working with children is a joy. I am grateful to be a part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    On a personal note young children and their world are fascinating to me, and I am happy to be able to observe closely and interact with them. I especially love to work with this age group as they are learning to speak.  

  • Crystal Espejo, Toddler Teacher

    Crystal Espejo

    Toddler Teacher

    Hello, my name is Crystal Espejo.

    I am excited to be working in the Toddler Classroom at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for six years. I love helping children grow and learned. I attended Lincoln Culinary Institute and received an Associates Degree. Working with children is an honor.

    I love spending time playing games, cooking and taking naps. I am ecstatic to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

  • Alanah Henriquez, Toddler Teacher

    Alanah Henriquez

    Toddler Teacher

    Hello, my name is Alanah Henriques.

    I am excited to be working in the Toddler Classroom at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for four years. I love helping children learn and play. I attended Felician College and received a Bachelors in Social Behavioral Services. Working with children is my passion.

    I love spending time playing pool, reading and being adventurous. I am elated to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    On a personal note: I have been surrounded by children my entire life! I am beyond excited to begin my journey.

  • Krystine Tooker, Early Preschool Teacher

    Krystine Tooker

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello my name is Ms. Krystine Tooker.

    I am excited to be working in the Early Preschool classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for 10 years. I love helping children explore and learn new things. I attended William Paterson University and received a Bachelors in English Literature and Elmentary Education. Working with children is my passion. My family and I love spending time with each other, watching movies and exploring new places. I am so excited to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    On a personal note, I love teaching and watching young minds grasp lessons and grow! I am so excited to help each and every student I encounter form a love a learning.

  • Madison Kelly, Early Preschool Teacher

    Madison Kelly

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello my name is Madison Kelly,

    I am excited to working in the Early Preschool classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for 2 years. I love helping children explore and prosper. I attended Pennsylvania State University Collage and received a Bachelors in Human Development and Family Study. Working with children is rewarding. I love spending time traveling, hiking and listening to music. I am so excited to be a part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    On a personal note I have always loved working with children. I enjoy spending my free time with friends and family. I am looking forward to teaching and working with the children at Primrose.

  • Angeli Lillman, Assistant Teacher

    Angeli Lillman

    Assistant Teacher

    Hello my name is Angeli Lillman.

    Iam excited to be working in the Early Preschool classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for 1 year. I love helping children grown and understand thier emotions. I attended The College of Saint Rose and received a Bachelors in Social Work. Working with chidlren is rewarding. I love spending time playing seeing plays and musicals, going to the beach and playing games. I am thrilled to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    On a personal note I have been working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities over the last 5 years. I rescued a chiweenie puppy her name is Lucy. When I am not working I am crafting for my small business.

  • Lorena Van Kluyve, Early Preschool Teacher

    Lorena Van Kluyve

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello my name is Lorena Van Kluyve.

    I am excited to be working in the Early Preschool classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for 3 years. I love helping children learn and grow. I attended Technological of Antioquia University and received a Bacherlors Degree in Childhood Education. Working with children is my passion. I love traveling and spending time with family and friends. Iam very happy to be apart of the Primrose School of Paramus. 

    On a personal note I feel blessed having the opportunity to guide these beautiful chidlren in a classroom full of love, friendship, and trust.

  • Saralyn Arp, Early Preschool Teacher

    Saralyn Arp

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello my name is Saralyn Arp.

    I am excited to be working in the Early Preschool 2 classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for many years. I love helping children learn and grow. I attended Bergen Community College and received an Associates Degree in Education. Working with chidlren is my heart!

     

    I have four wonderful chidlren who are my pride and joy. My family and I love spending time playing board games, hiking, and being creative. My family and I also love the outdoor, we spend lots of time walking and enjoying nature. Being a parent and grandparent have been joys of my life. Seeing the world through the eyes of children is wonderful. Iam so happy to have found this school and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with my class. I am very excited to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

  • Kemisha Douglas, Early Preschool Teacher

    Kemisha Douglas

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello my name is Kemish Douglas,

    I am excited to be working in the Early Preschool classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus, I have been working in childcare for 6 years. I love helping children explore and learn. I attended The Mico University College/University and received a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. Working with children is my passion. I have four wonderful children who are my word. My family and I love spending time playing ball, and video/computer game. I am delighted tobe part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    On a personal note I will always be the teacher whom I would want my children to have.

  • Luz Munoz, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Luz Munoz

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    I am excited to be working in the Preschool Classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in Early Childhood Education for over fifteen years. I love helping children learn!

    I attended Miami Dade College and received a certificate in Early Childhood Education.

    I have three wonderful children who are my heart. My family and I love spending time playing music, talking and traveling. I am so happy to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    On a Personal Note: I discovered that a career in Early Education was what I wanted to do while working in a Ronald McDonald House, I worked there for 12 years. In 2002, I returned to school and completed a certificate program for Early Education. I look forward to continuing my career caring for and educating children at Primrose School of Paramus.

  • Mareli Mesa, Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher

    Mareli Mesa

    Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher

    Hello, my name is Mareli Mesa.

    I am excited to be working in the Preschool Pathways classroom at the Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for 16 years. I love helping children learn and grow. I attended Bergen Tech Education Program and received a CDA in Child Development. Working with children is a learning process.

    I have two wonderful children who are my world. My family and I love spending time playing games, going on trips and spending time together.

    I am happy to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

  • Shanthi Herbert, Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher

    Shanthi Herbert

    Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher

    Hello my name is Shanthi Herbert.

    I am excited to be working in the Preschool Pathways classroom of Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for two years. I love helping children learn and grow. I attended B Com in India and received a Bachelors Degre in Commerce. Working with children is a pleasure. I have two wonderful children that are twin boys and are my world. My family and I love spending time playing games and be with my family for everything. I am proud to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    On a personal note I am running a charity in my own country of India for disabled kids.

  • Chante Morris, Preschool Teacher

    Chante Morris

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Chante Morris.

    I am excited to be working in the Preschool Pathways classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for over two years.

    Working with children is exciting and I love helping children reach their learning potential each day. I attended Benedict College and received a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Development.

    I love spending time traveling, shopping, and just having fun. My favorite place to travel to is Jamaica to visit my family.

    I am very excited to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

  • Junghye Lee, Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Junghye Lee

    Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Hello, my name is Junghye Lee.

    I am excited to be working as a teacher assistant at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for over a year. It is a true pleasure to work with children. I love helping children develop and learn every day. I attended the Sung Shin Women’s College and received a Bachelors Degree in Music. I have also acquired my CDA.

    I have two wonderful children who are both attending college. My family and I love spending time together.

    I am very excited to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

  • Fanny Oviedo, Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Fanny Oviedo

    Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Hello my name is Fanny Oviedo.

    I am excited to be working in childcare for 15 years. I love helping children develop and learn. I attended Passaic Community College and rceived a CDA. Working with children provides me with the opportunity to develop a new purpose each day.

    I have two wonderful children who are my everything. My family and I love spending time playing outdoors, watching movies, and listening to music. 

    I am excited to be a part of the Primrose School of Primrose.

  • Reatha Atkins, Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Reatha Atkins

    Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Hello my name is Reatha Atkins.

    I am excited to be working in the Preschool 2 classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in the childcare for 9 years. I love helping children succeed and express themselves. I attended Lehman College and recived a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Early Childhood Education. Working with children is my passion.

    I love spending time playing with children during free play and out door time. I look forward to working as a team to help children excel physically, mentally and emotionally. I am excited to bring ideas and learn from other staff too. I love warm, loving, and caring environments for us as a whole because it makes learning and growing and unforgettable expriences. I am delighted to be part of the Primrose. 

  • Megan Tindall, Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Megan Tindall

    Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Hello, my name is Megan.

    I am excited to be working in the Early Kindergarten classroom at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for 15 years. I love helping children learn and assist them in developing the skills needed to be successful know and the future.

    I attended East Stroudsburg University and received a degree in Early Childhood. Working with children is rewarding. I am thrilled to be part of the Primrose Team!

    On a personal note: In my spare time I like to go hiking and going to the gym. I love spending time with my family and friends. Especially my two nephews and niece. I also, love to travel and trying new restaurants.

  • Dipika Khatri, Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Dipika Khatri

    Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Hello, my name is Dipika Khatri.

    I am excited to be working at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for over two years.

    I love helping children grow and develop. I attended Mumbai University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Working with children is truly rewarding.

    I have two wonderful children who are my life. My family and I love spending time playing board games, traveling and watching movies.

    I am honored to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus Family.

    On a Personal Note: I have been married for eleven years. I love cooking, trying different foods and listening to music.

  • Arielle Ippolito, Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Arielle Ippolito

    Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Hello my name is Arielle Ippolito,

    I am excited to be working in the Pre-K classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for 17 years. I love helping children grow and develop. Working with chidlren is my passion.

    I have a wonderful twin sister who also works at Primrose. My family and I love spending time baking

    I am excited to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus. 

  • Aruksha Patel, Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher

    Aruksha Patel

    Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher

    Hello my name is Arushka Patel.

    I am excited to be working as a Support Teacher at Primrose School of Paramus. I love helping children grow and learn. I attended Kingsborough Community College and received an Associates Degree in Business.

    Working with children is a pleasure.

    I have three wonderful children who are my pride and joy. My family and I love spending time playing games, reading, and traveling.

    I am honored to be a part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    On a Personal Note: I have been happily married for nineteen years. I love to cook, watch movies and listen to music.

  • Sade Grier, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Sade Grier

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello my name is Sade Grier,

    I am excited to be working in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for 12 years. I love helping children learn, be happy, and thrive. I attended Caldwell University and received a B.A. in Social Studies. Working with children is my passion.

    My family and I love spending time watching movies and bowling. i am the oldest of 3 and I have five wonder god daughter. 

    I am blessed to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

  • Svitlana Chaykivska, Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Svitlana Chaykivska

    Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Hello, my name is Svitlana Chaykivska. I am looking forward to be working as a teacher in the Pre-Kindergarten Classroom at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been teaching since 1987. I love helping children learn and succeed. I attended Kean University and received a BA in Early Childhood Education and English.


    Working with children is rewarding. I have two wonderful children who are my life. My family and I love spending time together. In my spare time I like to read, embroidery work and bake. I am so excited to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus!

  • Karen Watley

    Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Hello my name is Karen.

    I am excited to be working in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for 43+ years. I love helping children indulge and discover. I attended William Paterson University and received a B.A. in Speech Pathology K-12/ Grad 32: Elementary Education K-8. Working with children is fulfilling.

    I have 3 wonderful adult children. My family and I live separately and have busy schedules. i am excited to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    On a personal note, there is always room to learn in many avenues capturing the interest and attention of students so that they can show their best effort is important.

  • Ellisse Steeley, Support Teacher

    Ellisse Steeley

    Support Teacher
  • Diana Villafana

    Support Teacher
  • Donika Dhima, Support Teacher

    Donika Dhima

    Support Teacher

    Hello, my name is Donika.

    I am excited to be working in the classrooms, at Primrose School of Paramus. I have been working in childcare for many years. I love helping children grown and develop. I attended 4 years of University and received and Bachelors of Science in nursing. Working with children is wonderful. I have 2 wonderful children who are my inspiration. My family and I love spending time playing games, hiking and reading. I am amazed and proud to be part of the Primrose School of Paramus.

    On a personal note, for me being part of Primrose School of Paramus is a privilege and I take pride. I feel highly valued by a wonderful staff and colleagues. I love to give my best to help them.

  • Janani Rajendran

    Support Teacher
  • Rocco & Nisha Varma

    Franchise Owner

    Hello Friends,

    We are Rocco & Nisha Varma - the proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Paramus. Passionate about educating our youth for a better future, we value the importance of the high-quality, educational child care that Primrose Schools provides. We discovered Primrose Schools after searching for a way to give children and families the best possible early childhood education experience. We were incredibly impressed with the unmatched curriculum, teaching method and shared beliefs of those involved with Primrose Schools. We quickly became avid supporters of the brand and its dedication to partnering with parents to set children up for success in school and in life. We are devoted to bringing the best possible child care experience to the Paramus community and providing children with a solid foundation to excel in the future. We understand the importance of instilling a love of learning throughout a child's early years, and we believe this is essential to building a new generation of bright citizens. We are active volunteers and participants in a variety of community organizations and philanthropic events and are eager to give families an essential, solid foundation through the Primrose curriculum and its unique, comprehensive teaching methods. Primrose School of Paramus will be the seventh Primrose school in New Jersey and will feature the exclusive Balanced Learning system for children ages six weeks to 5 years old. Developed by and taught exclusively at Primrose Schools, Balanced Learning blends teacher-directed and child-initiated activities with a special emphasis on character development in the schools. The goal of shaping young people who are prepared for success in learning and in life also filters into the Primrose Explorers after-school program for students up to age 12. Primrose Schools is The Leader in Early Education and Care and we are committed to delivering the best possible experience when it comes to your child's education. We look forward to meeting you!

    Sincerely,

    Nisha & Rocco Varma

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