Primrose School Building

Primrose School of Plainfield

Our Staff

  • Ms. Melissa Hiesmayr, Preschool Assistant Director

    Ms. Melissa Hiesmayr

    Preschool Assistant Director

    I am Missy Hiesmayr. I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. I am a mother of 2 little ladies, Isabelle is 7 and Victoria is 5. In addition to our little girls, my husband and I have a little doggy named Nellie. She is a fluffy, white bichon frise.

    I started working in Early Childhood Industry 7 years ago when my daughter Isabelle was born. I found that I really loved working with children and decided to go back to school and get my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE). I really enjoy my job and find a great deal of joy in coming to work every day to nurture the minds of our children. In addition to my Associates in ECE, I also have a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Biology. I look forward to working with Primrose Families!

  • Ms. Dhilma Emmanuelli, Service Excellence Director

    Ms. Dhilma Emmanuelli

    Service Excellence Director

    My name is Dhilma Emmanuelli and I have a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Sociology with an emphasis in education from the University of Puerto Rico. I have over 20 years of experience working with young children. I currently reside in Plainfield with my teenage daughter. I decided to come work at Primrose because the curriculum is the best I have ever seen. It focuses on the the whole child development and incorporates character development. I truly love the family atmosphere here at Primrose. I relate to the happy hearts character Erwin because of the friendships he builds with others and Arturo because I love teaching the Spanish language.

  • Ms. Michele Pinto, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Michele Pinto

    Infant Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    I am Ms. Michele Pinto. I am a mom of 3 daughters, Julia, Madeline, and Mina. Also, I have 2 dogs named Lancelot and Sadie. I love to spend my free time with my family. I like traveling, being active and enjoying nature. I have an Associate of Arts Degree and have been working in Early childhood Education for many years. Being a teacher brings me joy because I love watching children explore the world with a fresh perspective.

  • Ms. Caitlin Lewis, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Caitlin Lewis

    Infant Teacher

    My name is Caitlyn Lewis. The children call me Ms. Lewis and I have over 5 years experience in early childhood and have been in the infant room for over 2 years now! I have always been around children through family and friends and I love every moment of it! I am currently planning my wedding for 2022 and I love traveling and meeting new people. I cannot wait to meet you and your child(ren) and be a part of the Primrose family!

  • Ms. Diana Guicho, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Diana Guicho

    Infant Teacher

    My name is Diana Guicho, I am extremely pleased to teach your child(ren)! I have experience working in the childcare field for over five years with the One Hope United and the Jugando Se Aprende organizations. I graduated from St. Augustine College with my Early Childhood Education associates and am pursuing my Bachelors in Social work.During my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my children. I am so excited to be a part of the Primrose family and apply the Balanced Learning Approach!

  • Ms. Soffia Dube, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Soffia Dube

    Toddler Teacher

    I am Ms. Soffia Dube. I am a mother of 2 children, Raunav and Viyona. I have a Bachelors and Masters in Human Resource Management. In addition, I am the author of 3 books on Human Resource Management. I taught topics on Human Resources for Bachelors and Masters students. I love children and I am passionate about teaching children. I am hardworking, honest, patient and dedicated. These are a few of my greatest strengths.

  • Ms. Khadija Sheikh, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Khadija Sheikh

    Toddler Teacher

    I am a blessed human being. I am happy, content, and very much thankful for everything. I am Teacher qualified and have completed ECE coursework. I have attended school oversees and I am very happy to be part of the Primrose family. Teaching is my passion and I love watching the children learn new things! I love watching the children light up when they learn something new! That “lightbulb” moment is simply the best!

  • Ms. Valeria Carbajal, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Valeria Carbajal

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Valeria Carbajal. I just started my journey in the Early Childhood field. I have earned my CDA and am currently working to get my Associate’s degree. I can’t wait to get to know more about the children in my class, help them learn and grow. We are going to have a lot of fun!!

  • Ms. Jocelyn Manzano, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Jocelyn Manzano

    Early Preschool Teacher

    My name is Jocelyn Manzano. I am 19 years old and I love working with children. This is my first official job working in a licensed early childcare setting but I am currently enrolled in Joliet Junior College to get my Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Development. I am so excited to get my career started.

  • Mr. Najee Finner, Early Preschool Teacher

    Mr. Najee Finner

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello, I am Mr. Finner! I graduated from Walther Lutheran High School. I attended Claflin University and currently am a Sophomore at Southern University at New Orleans as an Educational studies major with a double minor in Criminal Justice and Business Management. I have been a youth/adult mentor for 12 years and have coached baseball and football for 11 years. I work with 2 non-profit youth mentoring programs and a youth organization geared towards helping children with special needs and Autism. I am so excited to extend my knowledge here at Primrose and learn even more here!

  • Ms. Sri Sudha Yerneni, Early Preshool Teacher

    Ms. Sri Sudha Yerneni

    Early Preshool Teacher

    My name is Sri Sudha Yerneni. I am a mother of a 16-year old son. I love to spend time watching TV, reading books, and spending time with my family. I have a Masters degree in Commerce and am currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education through Ashworth College. I have 8 years of experience working with children and have enjoyed every minute of it. Working at Primrose is a natural fit for me because they follow the same philosophies of education as I do.

  • Ms. Sarah Grenton, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Sarah Grenton

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    My name is Sarah Grenton. I have a three year old daughter. I enjoy spending time with my family and working out. I have 6 years of childcare experience and now, I am working towards getting my teaching degree. I have a passion for early childhood education and I believe that Primrose was the best choice in pursuing my career.

  • Ms. Tamarra Malone, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Tamarra Malone

    Preschool Teacher

    I am Ms. Malone, Preschool teacher at Primrose School of Plainfield. I am currently attending Joliet Junior College (JJC) for my Bachelor's Degree in Education. I want to eventually work as a second grade teacher. I have prior experience working with children in a Montessori childcare program for infants to four year old's. In my free time I like to spend time with my family and friends.

  • Ms. Morgan Griffin, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Morgan Griffin

    Preschool Teacher

    My name is Ms. Griffin! I am 20 years old and the oldest of four siblings. I love working with children and teaching them many new things while watching them learn and grow. I am currently pursuing Bachelors in Elementary Education from JJC. I have 2 year of experience teaching children.

  • Ms. Jennifer Tillman, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Jennifer Tillman

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello! I am Ms. Tillman. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and many years of experience working with children from public schools, daycares, and early learning centers. I have 9 years of experience in ECE. I also have 6 of my own children! In my free time I love spending time with family, going out to eat, the movies, or the zoo! I enjoy gluten free pizza and coffee! I am very excited to be a part of Primrose and meet all the children and families!

  • Ms. Christina Saracco, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Christina Saracco

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello! My name is Christina Saracco. I am 24 years old and have a five year old daughter! I started my journey working with children my junior year of high school and continued my career in education after high school and throughout college. I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have experience teaching infants all the way through school age children. My favorite part of teaching is seeing my students learn something new everyday!

  • Ms. Tiffany Johnson, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Tiffany Johnson

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello, I’m Ms. Johnson the teacher in the Pre Kindergarten classroom. I grew up in Joliet, IL and currently live there. I went to Joliet Junior College where I received my Associate Degree. I have worked with children for over 8 years. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my niece who is 8 and nephew who is 3. I’m excited to meet all the new smiling faces in my class this year!

  • Ms. Andrea McCarthy, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Andrea McCarthy

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I’m married with 3 children and we live in Plainfield. I have many years of experience teaching Pre-K, Kindergarten, and being a Director at a preschool in Joliet. I took some time off from teaching to raise my three children. During that time, I taught preschool to children in my home. I love my time at Primrose spent with these preschool children! I really enjoy watching the children learn each day and the improvements they make week by week!! I look forward to learning more about you and your child.

  • Ms. Elyssa Sanchez, Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Elyssa Sanchez

    Kindergarten Teacher

    Hi, families! I am Ms. Elyssa Sanchez, the Kindergarten teacher at Primrose School of Plainfield. I graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education with special education letter approval. In my free time, I enjoy being with family and friends, as well as, spending time outside, making crafts, and baking! I have always been passionate about teaching children to enjoy learning as much as I do!

    At Primrose, we use purposeful play and nurturing guidance to inspire children to think in many ways to help them be successful. In my teaching, I focus on each child to help them love learning and be successful and excel throughout their years. I love teaching children to learn something new everyday and watching their excitement when they have achieved their goals. I look forward to working with you and your child.

  • Ms. Jayla Hodo, Explorers Teacher

    Ms. Jayla Hodo

    Explorers Teacher

    Greetings and most humble salutations, my name is Ms. Hodo! I am an elementary education major with two endorsements in ESL and special education from Lewis University hailing all the way from Lynwood, IL, and I’m so excited to be your child’s teacher! I’ve fallen in love with the art of teaching at a very young age. Prior to physically teaching my own classroom, I would align my stuffed animals against the wall and pretend to have school with them. That passion then drove me to educate my younger relatives and assist in the education field as much and often as possible. Being an open, nurturing, and flexible individual has equipped me perfectly for this job. My scope of experience ranges from teaching at previous childcare centers all the way through high school settings. In my free time from school and teaching, I love to watch Grey’s Anatomy. I am truly a teacher by day and a “surgeon” by night! I can’t wait to build a rapport with you, your family, and my students. With an all-hands-on-deck approach, we can successfully enrich the students, and work to excel inside and outside of the classroom. I look forward to connecting with each and every one of you as we blossom into a family and uphold Primrose's excellence!

  • Ms. Stephany Ponce, Venture Program Teacher

    Ms. Stephany Ponce

    Venture Program Teacher

    My name is Ms. Stephany Ponce. I am 20 years old. I am currently working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education. Teaching and being around children has always been my passion. I enjoy watching the children grow both educationally and independently. In my free time, I enjoy exploring new places, spending time outdoors, and being with my family/friends.

  • Ms. Reyna Luna, Wonder Program Teacher

    Ms. Reyna Luna

    Wonder Program Teacher

    My name is Ms. Reyna Luna. I have 2 boys with one more on the way, which I am very excited about. I have 7+ years experience working in the Early Childhood field. I love being in child care and getting to see the many different personalities.

  • Ms. Rumaysa Khan, Venture Program Teacher

    Ms. Rumaysa Khan

    Venture Program Teacher

    My name is Rumaysa Khan I am currently attending Joliet Junior College and I will be transferring to Lewis in the spring of 2022. My major is elementary education, and I have always had a passion for teaching. I have 3 siblings and have been living in Plainfield since I was 5. I have a lot of experience with kids, I started babysitting when I was 14. Once I was a little older I started volunteering at my local mosque’s Sunday school. I learned a lot from volunteering there, it taught me discipline and how rewarding it is to be a teacher. I worked at another center for about 2 years as a pre-k teacher, before coming to Primrose and I cannot wait to teach the children using the balanced learning approach!

  • Ms. Vijaya Yegappan, Venture Program Teacher

    Ms. Vijaya Yegappan

    Venture Program Teacher

    I am Ms. Vijaya and I am passionate about children. I am blessed with a loving family - a husband, a son and a daughter. I was born and brought up in India and I moved US after getting married. I have worked in retail industry and ran an in-home day care. I decided to come work for Primrose so I can fulfill my desire to be with children and impact their life positively.

  • Ms. Allyson Burns, Venture Program teacher

    Ms. Allyson Burns

    Venture Program teacher

    My name is Ms. Burns. I recently earned my Associate’s degree from JJC. I will be transferring to Lewis in Spring 2022 and am majoring in Elementary Education. I have always loved the thought of being a teacher. I started babysitting at a young age and loved it! I have 2 younger brothers and have taught them a lot of skills before they entered Kindergarten. I have experience working with children through my church at vacation bible school. The experience taught me patience and discipline and overall I am super excited to be teaching at Primrose and build relationships with the students!

  • Ms. Marlene Baslious, Wonder Program Teacher

    Ms. Marlene Baslious

    Wonder Program Teacher

    My name is Marleen Baslious. I am married and have three children; 5 year old twin daughter and son as well as a two-year old daughter. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. Being a teacher has always been very important to me.

  • Ms. Cassidy Tillman

    Wonder Program Teacher
  • Ms. Adriana Acevedo

    Wonder Program Teacher
  • Harleen and Ravi Arora, Franchise Owner

    Harleen and Ravi Arora

    Franchise Owners

    Meet Harleen Kaur and Ravi Arora, proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Plainfield. As longtime Chicago residents, the couple is excited to offer the Primrose-exclusive Balanced Learning® approach to the children of Plainfield and the greater Chicago suburbs.

    The Arora family was first introduced to Primrose Schools in 2014 while looking for child care for their son, Veer. They were not satisfied by the early education options along their commute to work, so a family friend suggested the couple visit a Primrose school, even though it was a little out of their way. From the moment they stepped inside Primrose, Harleen and Ravi fell in love with both the Balanced Learning approach and the warm feel of the school. The couple were wowed by the Primrose Experience®, which they quickly realized offered exceptional education and care for their son and peace of mind for themselves as parents. They immediately enrolled their son and became Primrose parents.

    As they watched their son grow both academically and emotionally, they realized that more communities in the Chicago area deserved access to the same, excellent Primrose Experience. After some time and consideration, the Aroras decided to open a school of their own in Plainfield.

    Education has always played an important role in their lives. In fact, Harleen and Ravi met in middle school and have been friends ever since. The two moved away from one another to complete their college degrees and reconnected years later, before getting married in 2008. Both Harleen and Ravi came from families who placed an emphasis on the value of higher education, and as a result, they are both passionate about education and believe it is imperative to success.

    Harleen has a MBA in finance and master’s in accounting from the University of Akron. Her previous job involved managing a multi-million-dollar budget for a reputable bank as a control officer, and prior to that, she was a finance and accounting consultant. Ravi received a bachelor’s degree at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and gained his master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. He currently works as a director of engineering for an IT group in Chicago. They will each put their passion for lifelong learning and education and their business backgrounds to use in their school, where Harleen manages day-to-day operations and Ravi serves as an advisor and provides technology support.

    Plainfield is a growing community with many new families, and the Aroras look forward to providing them with a premier early education and care experience. Their own son, Veer, was also among the first students enrolled at Primrose School of Plainfield. Harleen and Ravi are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for all the children in Plainfield to learn and grow their Active Minds, Healthy Bodies, and Happy Hearts®. They look forward to helping children develop a strong foundation and love for future learning by practicing concepts in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) as part of the Balanced Learning approach, which combines purposeful play with nurturing guidance. The Aroras also want to provide parents with the peace of mind that comes from knowing their children are well-cared for while receiving a high-quality early education.

    The Aroras would love to invite you to join their Primrose family!

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