Primrose School of Pickerington

Our Staff

  • Mrs. Nichole Carpenter, Regional Director

    Mrs. Nichole Carpenter

    Regional Director

    Hello, my name is Mrs. Nichole Carpenter. I am the Regional Director here at the Primrose Schools. I graduated from Wittenberg University with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Childhood Education. I have worked in the child care environment in the past as a Kindergarten Teacher, but I have also worked with children of all ages. I worked with Primrose School of Reynoldsburg as the assistant director for three years. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my 3 beautiful daughters. I am excited to start my career with Primrose and look forward to meeting all the children and their families at the Primrose School of Reynoldsburg and watching them grow!

  • Mrs. Amy Armstead, School Director

    Mrs. Amy Armstead

    School 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 with any questions, comments, concerns, or feedback that you may have. I'm always available and would love to hear from you!

  • Mrs. Megan Stauffer, Executive Director of Operations

    Mrs. Megan Stauffer

    Executive Director of Operations

    Hello, I am Ms. Megan Stauffer and I am the Executive Director of Operstions for the Primrose School of Grandview, the Primrose School of Canal Winchester, the Primrose School of Reynoldsburg, the Primrose School at Pinnacle and the Primrose School of Columbus Downtown. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. I have been in a leadership position with Primrose the last several years. I was previously the Director at the Primrose School of Reynoldsburg as well as the Assistant Director and Curriculum Coordinator at the Primrose School at Pinnacle. Before that I was a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at the Primrose School of Hilliard at Mill Run and loved the Primrose philosophy. Before Primrose, I worked at Life Time Fitness as the Children's Activities Department Head for five years. I have always had a passion for children. I am now so happy to begin a new Primrose journey as the Regional School Director and continue making Primrose the Leader in Education and Care and knowing all of our special Primrose families!

  • Mrs. Lindsay Trent, Executive Director of Stakeholder Relations

    Mrs. Lindsay Trent

    Executive Director of Stakeholder Relations

    Hello, I am Mrs. Lindsay Trent. I am the Executive Director of Stakeholder Relations for the Primrose School of Grandview, the Primrose School of Pinnacle, Canal Winchester, Columbus Downtown and Reynoldsburg. I am the acting School Director here at the Primrose School at Pinnacle as well. I graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University. I have over sixteen years of experience working with children of all ages. Before coming to Pinnacle, I was a Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Curriculum Coordinator at another Primrose location. I am so excited to get to lead the Primrose School at Pinnacle with all of its amazing teachers and families!

  • ​Ms. Sophia Thompson, Assistant Director

    ​Ms. Sophia Thompson

    Assistant Director

    Hello! I am Sophia Thompson the assistant director at Primrose. I have 15+ 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. 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. Kayla Gilbert, Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Kayla Gilbert

    Administrative Assistant

    I’m Kayla Gilbert and I am the administrative assistant here at Primrose.  I was previously the food service teacher here and at another Primrose.  Prior to that, I worked as a nanny.  I have an Associate’s Degree from Columbus State Community College.  I have a son of my own and 2 fur babies who I enjoy spending time with any chance I get. I look foward to getting to know all the parents and families at Primrose School of Pickerington! 

  • ​Mrs. Cherie Dickey, Kindergarten Enrichment Teacher

    ​Mrs. Cherie Dickey

    Kindergarten Enrichment Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    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, a student at Bowling Green State and one son, Samuel, and HVAC student at Fairfield Career Center. "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! I am currently the Kindergarten Enrichment teacher and have been with Primrose School of Pickerington since 2014. I love working one-on-one with the children and watching as they build confidence as the school year progresses. 

    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.


    I love to travel, spend time with family, and sit in my hammock with a good book! 




  • Ms. Melinda Plemons, Pre-kindergarten 1 Teacher

    Ms. Melinda Plemons

    Pre-kindergarten 1 Teacher
  • 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 School of Pickerington team.

    I am the Pre-K 2 teacher. 

    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.

  • Ms. Kayli Curry, Pre-Kindergarten 2 Teacher

    Ms. Kayli Curry

    Pre-Kindergarten 2 Teacher
  • Ms. Kristen Johnson, Pre-Kindergarten Program Closer

    Ms. Kristen Johnson

    Pre-Kindergarten Program Closer
  • Ms. Autumn Glenn, Preschool 2 Teacher

    Ms. Autumn Glenn

    Preschool 2 Teacher

    Hi, my name is Autumn Glenn. I am a teacher in the Preschool 2 classroom. I have a degree in Human Development and Family Science and have been working in the childcare field for 5 years. My favorite thing about teaching is that I get to uplift and inspire children. I love being a positive and happy role model in their lives. In my free time I love to sing, dance, travel, swim, watch movies and hangout with friends. I look forward to meeting all my new friends. 

  • 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.

  • Mrs. Halle Anderson, Preschool 1 Teacher

    Mrs. Halle Anderson

    Preschool 1 Teacher

    Good Day! My name is Halle Anderson and I have been a teacher at Primrose School of Pickerington since January 2022. Previously at a Navy Child Development Center and volunteered extensively with youth sports, Sunday school and Scouts. I have 4 amazing children: Lydia (15), Sparrowe (14), Leonidas (11) and Iris (2). We are a military family and giant nerds. We love anime, Star Wars, traveling, and cosplaying. I love teaching and I am looking forward to having a silly goose time with you! 

  • Ms. Kate Fraley, Preschool 1 Teacher

    Ms. Kate Fraley

    Preschool 1 Teacher

    Hi, my name is Kate Fraley. I have worked with children most of my life, from being the oldest of four children to nannying over the summers. My favorite thing about working with children is experiencing the world through their eyes, as well as being able to watch them learn and grow. I am excited to be a part of the Primrose Pickerington team because of its uplifting work environment and amazing families. 

  • Ms. Samantha Speidel, Early Preschool 2 Teacher

    Ms. Samantha Speidel

    Early Preschool 2 Teacher

    Hi, my name is Samantha Speidel and being a teacher is something I have dreamt about since I was little. Now Primrose School of Pickerington has given me the opportuntiy to make this dream a reality. I am currently an Early Preschool 2 teacher but have spent time in all the classrooms over the past 4 years. The most rewarding thing about teaching for me is getting to watch as the children grow up and figure out who they want to be. 

  • 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. Randy is my wonderful husband of 33 years. I have a beautiful step-daughter, Morgan, a son-in-law, David, and a grandson, Carson. 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. 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!!!!

  • Mrs. Miranda Brown, Early Preschool 1 Teacher

    Mrs. Miranda Brown

    Early Preschool 1 Teacher

    Hello, my name is Miranda Brown and I am a teacher in the Early Preschool 1 classroom. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and I have worked with children for over thirty years, from babysitting, being a nanny and now as an Early Preschool teacher. I love the way children smile and talk. Watching them grow and knowing I had a small part in that is so rewarding. 

  • Ms. Alexis Dean, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Alexis Dean

    Toddler Teacher

    Hello, I am Alexis Dean. I am a graduate of Canal Winchester High School. While I don't have any children of my own, I have an amazing bonus daughter, Ella. On my days off you can find me at the fire house or a community event. I enjoy working with children because they create the best memories. I look forward to meeting all of you. 

  • Ms. Madison Ratliff, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Madison Ratliff

    Toddler Teacher


    My name is Madison Ratliff. I am a support staff teacher at Primrose School of Pickerington. In high school I did lots of babysitting but decided to go into nursing. I've known my whole life that I want to be a teacher so now I am pursuing that dream. I love watching children learn and grow and I am very excited to make a difference in their lives. 

  • Ms. McKenzie Whitacre, Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. McKenzie Whitacre

    Young Toddler Teacher

    Hi, my name is McKenzie Whitacre and I am a teacher in the Young Toddler classroom at Primrose School of Pickerington. I graduated in December 2021 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and minored in Child Development from BGSU. I have been working with children for more than four years, both in school and in childcare settings. I fell in love with teaching because I love to create positive experiences and loving environments for young children. Being able to come to work and see smiling faces everyday lets me know I made the right choice. 

    In my free time you could probably find me in Barnes and Noble looking for my next book or walking around Target. Reading and shopping are the keys to my heart. 

  • Mrs. Audrey Brackbill, Young Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Audrey Brackbill

    Young Toddler Teacher

    Hello, my name is Audrey Brackbill. I am one of the Young Toddler teachers at Primrose School of Pickerington. I have worked in childcare for more than three years. One of my favorite things about working with young children is watching them understand and use sign language to communicate. My favorite children's book is Dear Zoo or Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? In my free time I like to read or go on day adventures with my husband. I am so excited to meet you and your child! 

  • Mrs. Stacey Fry, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Stacey Fry

    Infant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Stacey Fry. I am looking forward to working with the children and families here at Primrose School of Pickerington as an Infant classroom teacher. I have a Bachelor of Specialized Studies degree from Ohio University Zanesville and have been working with children for 25 years. I love being an infant teacher because I get to see the babies take their first steps, say their first words and see their faces light up when they learn and try new things. 

  • Mrs. Luz Diaz, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Luz Diaz

    Infant Teacher

    Hola, my name is Luz Diaz. I am a teacher in the Infant classroom at Primrose School of Pickerington. I have worked in child care as well as being an LPN before coming to Primrose. Everyday I enjoy watching as these babies see or do something for the first time. I love reading and singing to them in Spanish. 

    In my free time I enjoy movies and being outdoors with friends and family. 

  • Mrs. Cheryl Patter-Strauss, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Cheryl Patter-Strauss

    Infant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Cheryl Patter-Strauss. I am an Infant classroom teacher at Primrose School of Pickerington. I started with Primrose on Valentine's Day 2022 but I have been working with children for 34 years. I am so happy to give the children all of my love and attention as well as watch them learn and grow while having fun. When I am not working I love to spend time with my husband and grown children and beloved pets, gardening and baking.  

  • Ms. Emma Beery, Explorer/Support Teacher

    Ms. Emma Beery

    Explorer/Support Teacher

    Hello! My name is Emma Beery, and I am one of the support staff members here at Primrose School of 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. My favorite thing about working with kids is seeing their faces light up when they learn something new. I can't wait to have my own classroom and I hope to teach first or second grade. I couldn't imagine doing anything other than working with children. 

  • Ms. Trayona Powell, Explorer/Support Teacher

    Ms. Trayona Powell

    Explorer/Support Teacher

    Hi, my name is Trayona Powell, or Ms. Tray as the littles call me. Over the years I have gained so much knowledge and experience with children from babysitting for family members, working at an extended care program, subbing in an early preschool classroom and working at a summer camp. I graduated from Watkins Memorial High School in 2021 and now I have joined the Primrose team with new opportunities to gain even more knowledge and form new bonds with children and their families. Working with children is all in all my favorite thing to do. Children are so eager to learn and you can learn so much from them as well. 

  • Ms. Tia Effinger, Support Teacher

    Ms. Tia Effinger

    Support Teacher

    Hi, my name is Tia Effinger. I am a Support Staff teacher at Primrose School of Pickerington. I have been working in childcare for the past 5 years. I love that I go to work everyday and help children learn and grow. I am so happy to be a part of the Primrose family. 

  • Ms. Judie Brenneman, Support Teacher

    Ms. Judie Brenneman

    Support Teacher


    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!



  • Ms. Hannah Herron, Support Teacher

    Ms. Hannah Herron

    Support Teacher

    Hello! I'm Hannah Herron and I am a support staff member here at Primrose. I have been at Primrose School of Pickerington since June of 2021. I love helping out wherever I am needed, and seeing all of the wonderful smiles from each child! It makes my day even better when I see the children and they get excited to show me some things they have learned from that day. Some information about me includes: I have seven siblings and I am the second oldest child in my family. I have been babysitting since I was about 12 years old. I will be graduating college in the spring of 2023, where I will be entering my next chapter of life of being an early elementary teacher. I love to travel and explore new places, I love to journal when I can, and I love to take pictures and go on hikes. I can't wait to get to know each family at Primrose! 

  • Ms. Tatiana Rivera, Support Teacher

    Ms. Tatiana Rivera

    Support Teacher
  • Mrs. Tiah Cressy, Support Teacher

    Mrs. Tiah Cressy

    Support Teacher

    Hi, my name is Tiah Cressy. I am a Support Staff teacher here at Primrose School of Pickerington. I have been working in childcare for the past 16 years!  My heart is full when I’m with these kids, watching them smile, play & grow everyday!  I’m married to my wonderful husband Jason and have 2 amazing children, Ella & Jacob!  I am so happy to be a part of the Primrose family.

  • Ms. Ashley Fontes-Mendez, Support Teacher

    Ms. Ashley Fontes-Mendez

    Support Teacher
  • Ms. Indiah Jackson, Food Service Teacher (cook)

    Ms. Indiah Jackson

    Food Service Teacher (cook)


    My name is Indiah Jackson and I am excited to be part of the Primrose Pickerington team.

    I am the cook. 

    I have my own catering business that keeps me busy in my free time. I also enjoy spending time with my family. 

    If you pass me in the hallway, don't hesitate to say "hello". I am looking forward to meeting all the families. 

  • 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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