Primrose School of Pickerington

Our Staff

  • Mrs. Michelle McKinney, Director

    Mrs. Michelle McKinney


    Hi, my name is Michelle McKinney. I am the Director here at the Primrose School of Pickerington. I have earned a Bachelors Degree from The Ohio State University in English Pre-Education. I have worked at Primrose since January of 2010, first as a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher and then as the Director since 2013. I have loved each of these positions within our school, but find my current roll as a Director to be rewarding in that I get the pleasure of getting to know all of our students, and their families too!

    My husband and I live in Pickerington and have two beautiful daughters who attend the school as well. Our oldest is in our Explorers Club program for before/after school care and our youngest joined our family in the fall of 2017 and is now in our Preschool classroom. I count it as one of my biggest blessings to be able to share the wonderful staff and curriculum that we offer with them!

    Please stop by my desk or send me an email ( with any questions, comments, concerns, or feedback that you may have. I'm always available would love to hear from you!

  • Mrs. Amy Armstead, Assistant Director

    Mrs. Amy Armstead

    Assistant Director

    Hi!! My name is Amy and I am proud to be a part of the leadership team here at Primrose School of Pickerington. I graduated with my bachelors degree in early childhood education. I worked in retail management for several years and was previously a Pre-K 2 teacher at the Polaris location, which I found to be very rewarding. I truly love my position at Primrose, as I have the ability to interact with the children in every age group and watch how they grow from year to year.

    My husband and I live in the Pickerington area and have a young daughter, who also attends Primrose. We are all huge Cleveland Cavaliers fans and love to take roadtrips to Cleveland to catch a game.

    I enjoy getting to know all the families and children at our school. Please stop by the front desk or send me an email ( with any questions, comments, concerns, or feedback that you may have. I'm always available and would love to hear from you!

  • ​Mrs. Liz Love, Education Coach

    ​Mrs. Liz Love

    Education Coach

    Hello! My name is Liz Love and I am the Education coach. I have been with Primrose since 2014! I am married to a wonderful Police officer and we have two beautiful daughters. I have worked with children for many years in various settings from home care to centers as well as care for my own daughter. I attended Ohio University and obtained an Associates degree in Child Development. I find such joy in watching children grow and develop. Knowing that I played a small part in their development overjoys me! I look forward to working with the wonderful staff and you the parent as we help your child grow! One of my favorite quote’s states “The child is truly a miraculous being, and this should be felt deeply by the educator.”- Maria Montessori. I believe in that statement fully and know that with this belief our school will be full of love, learning, excitement, growth, and happiness!

  • ​Ms. Sophia Thompson, Administrative Assistant/School Photographer

    ​Ms. Sophia Thompson

    Administrative Assistant/School Photographer

    Hello! I am Sophia Thompson the administrative assistant at Primrose. I have 10+ years experience in childcare working at various centers, as well as, raising beautiful children of my own! I really enjoy working with children because of their intrinsic excitement towards learning. They are so eager to learn, even with the most silly of things, their eyes light up and it is just the most wonderful sight! Primrose School of Pickerington is a wonderful place to work because of the structured environment and the supportive and positive staff. If you ever have any questions, feel free to stop by the front desk to chat!

  • Mrs. Stacey Fry, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Stacey Fry

    Infant Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye
  • Mrs. Luz Diaz, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Luz Diaz

    Infant Teacher
  • Mrs. Cheryl Patter-Strauss, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Cheryl Patter-Strauss

    Infant Teacher
  • Ms. Audrey Dean, Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Audrey Dean

    Young Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. McKenzie Whitacre, Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. McKenzie Whitacre

    Young Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Tia Effinger, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Tia Effinger

    Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Markiea Jones, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Markiea Jones

    Toddler Teacher
  • Mrs. Miranda Brown, Early Preschool 1 Teacher

    Mrs. Miranda Brown

    Early Preschool 1 Teacher
  • Mrs. Amie Azbell, Early Preschool 2 Teacher

    Mrs. Amie Azbell

    Early Preschool 2 Teacher

    Hi, my name is Amie Azbell. I am an Early Preschool 2 teacher here at Primrose School of Pickerington. I have an associate’s degree from Ohio University-Lancaster in Child Development, Early childhood education. I have worked in Early childhood education for the the last 20+ years. I worked at Head Start for fifteen years; my age group I worked with there was three to five year olds. I also ran a before and after school childcare program at the West After School Center in Lancaster working with ages five to nine. I had a friend tell me about Primrose School of Pickerington and how awesome it was to work here. I knew it was time for a change, but what a change it has been. I knew from the very day that this was where my new chapter was about to begin. I cannot wait to get to work now because I know when I get here I am greeted by the most wonderful administration I have ever had in all my years of teaching. Parents tell us on a regular basis how grateful they are to us for taking such great care of their babies, that means the world to me to know that we are doing is right! I love Primrose for so many reasons; the staff of amazing dedicated women, parent involvement, and an incredible curriculum geared towards each age group individually, a wonderful clean working environment, and supplies are always abundant. Our administration shows their appreciation for their staff on a daily basis by incentives, generous amounts of praise and genuine caring about each and every staff member. Now I want to talk about our amazing owners, Ashley and Luke are the most caring, generous and hands on people I have ever had the privilege to meet. It is wonderful to see children who have moved on to the next classrooms run down the hall for kisses and hugs from us, or stop into our classroom just to say hi! This job is now my forever home I cannot see myself working anywhere else!!!!

  • Ms. Samantha Speidel, Early Preschool 2 Teacher

    Ms. Samantha Speidel

    Early Preschool 2 Teacher
  • Mrs. Halle Anderson, Preschool 1 Teacher

    Mrs. Halle Anderson

    Preschool 1 Teacher
  • Ms. Kim Lines, Preschool 2 Teacher

    Ms. Kim Lines

    Preschool 2 Teacher

    Hi, my name is Kim Lines. I am a Preschool 2 teacher. My educational background is in music education; I have a bachelor's of music degree from Bowling Green State University. Since graduating from college, I have found a place in early childhood education and enjoy teaching young children. My previous experience includes 8 years teaching pre-kindergarten and 1 year teaching preschool. I like watching the children in my class learn and grow and am grateful to have the privilege of helping them explore their world and engage in their learning. I am happy to be at the Primrose School of Pickerington because of the supportive environment and balanced curriculum.

  • Ms. Autumn Glenn, Preschool 2 Teacher

    Ms. Autumn Glenn

    Preschool 2 Teacher
  • Mrs. Allie Lowers, Pre-Kindergarten 2 Teacher

    Mrs. Allie Lowers

    Pre-Kindergarten 2 Teacher

    Hi, my name is Allie Stanley. I am a Pre-Kindergarten teacher here at Primrose School of Pickerington. I have my Bachelor's Degree from Bowling Green State University in "Intervention Specialties". I have some previous experience working in early childhood education as well. I love working with children of this age group because it is extraordinary watching them gain insight to everything new as they learn with such enthusiasm.

    Primrose is the perfect school for me because the administrative staff is so supportive of their teachers. All the teachers here at Primrose are eager to teach and to learn from their students each and every day.

    I'm very excited about being on board for the coming school year while helping the students develop new skill sets over the next year!

  • Mrs. Tilaksha Patel, Pre-Kindergarten 2 Teacher

    Mrs. Tilaksha Patel

    Pre-Kindergarten 2 Teacher


    My name is Tilaksha Patel and I’m proud to be part of Primrose of Pickerington team.

    I’m the co teacher with Mrs. Lowers in Pre-K 2 class.

    I was born and raised in Bolton, United Kingdom where I studied early childcare. I moved to Pickerington in 2003 after getting married to my husband in United Kingdom. We have two girls, Keira 15 and Anya 11.

    I have over 20 + years of childcare experience and I absolutely love it. I love to watch children learn and grow everyday at their own pace. I’m grateful I can be part of their world and see all their accomplishments.

  • ​Mrs. Cherie Dickey, Kindergarten Enrichment Teacher

    ​Mrs. Cherie Dickey

    Kindergarten Enrichment Teacher

    My name is Cherie Dickey and I'm excited to be joining the Primrose Pickerington team! Originally from southern Ohio, my husband and I have been married for 19 years. We have one daughter, Faith, and one son, Samuel. "Oliver", our lovable Cocker Spaniel and our moody cat "Princess Lolly Longtail" complete our home.

    I have earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Arizona State University. My most recent position was in an Arizona elementary school as a preschool assistant teacher. I loved being in the classroom working and playing with all our little friends. I learned just as much from my students as they learned from me!

    We are a proud military family. My husband, Jeremy, recently retired from the United States Air Force after serving our country for 20 years. We've throughly enjoyed and appreciated our time serving. Many friends and memories have been made along our journey.

    My family is happy to be settling down in our new home, and we're ready to begin a new adventure here in Pickerington!

  • Ms. Kayla Gilbert, Cook

    Ms. Kayla Gilbert

  • Ms. Judie Brenneman, Support Staff

    Ms. Judie Brenneman

    Support Staff


    I was privileged to be an infant teacher at Primrose Pickerington for two and a half years.  I'm returning to the Primrose family and couldn't be happier. My practical experience stems from having four children, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  I am a life-long learner as well as a lifelong teacher.  I enjoy interacting with children, having fun with them and giving them lots of hugs. Children simply want to know that they are loved unconditionally and I intend to do that every day!


    Judie Brenneman, LMT, AS

    "Travel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice and narrow-mindedness." (Mark Twain)

  • Ms. Hannah Harrison, Support Staff

    Ms. Hannah Harrison

    Support Staff
  • Ms. Hannah Herron, Support Staff

    Ms. Hannah Herron

    Support Staff
  • Ms. Emma Beery, Support Staff

    Ms. Emma Beery

    Support Staff

    Hello! My name is Emma Beery, and I am one of the support staff members here at Primrose Pickerington. This means I get to float around to all of the classrooms and gain experience in each age group. I am currently working on getting my bachelors in Early Childhood Education at Ohio University Lancaster. I hope to teach Kindergarten after graduation. My favorite thing about working with kids is seeing their faces light up when they learn something new.

  • Mrs. Erica Pleiman, Support Staff

    Mrs. Erica Pleiman

    Support Staff
  • Ms. Laci Quehl, Support Staff

    Ms. Laci Quehl

    Support Staff
  • Ms. Symphonee Johnson, Support Staff

    Ms. Symphonee Johnson

    Support Staff

    Hi, my name is Symphonee and I am the new support teacher here at Primrose of Pickerington! I have been working with children of all ages for over ten years. I love being able to put a smile on a child's face and watching them grow into the person they are becoming. I am so excited to work with the staff and families of Primrose! 

  • Ms. Tatiana Rivera, Support Staff

    Ms. Tatiana Rivera

    Support Staff
  • Natosha and Ehab Eskander, Franchise Owner

    Natosha and Ehab Eskander

    Franchise Owners

    Hello, we are Natosha and Ehab Eskander, the proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Pickerington. Since opening our first preschool, the Primrose School at Pinnacle in December, 2009, we have seen the positive influence of the school’s top-notch teachers and curriculum on our own children, our students and the community. So we are truly honored to extend the Primrose experience to more children and families that live or work in the Pickerington area.

    As parents, we understand how difficult it can be to find a safe, nurturing and educational environment where you can leave your children while you’re away at work. When we discovered Primrose, we instantly felt the welcoming environment that we know parents are looking for. We fell in love with the curriculum, the focus on character development and the partnerships formed with parents. The school made such an impact on us that we decided to open our very own. In fact, two of our children graduated from our Private Kindergarten program at the Primrose School at Pinnacle.

    The importance of education has always been stressed throughout our lives and Primrose embodies all the values that we hold dear. We have seen how a quality early education foundation has positively impacted our children and we hope to share the benefits with your family.

    We look forward to meeting you!

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