Primrose School of Plano at Preston Meadow

Our Staff

  • Dr. Noel Rigley, Franchise Owner

    Dr. Noel Rigley

    Franchise Owner

    Hi! My name is Dr. Noel J. Rigley PhD, my daughters Maya Ann and Meira Ariane, come from three generations of early childhood educators. We are passionate about early childhood education and we are committed to serving the educational needs of every community we touch. As a family of educators, we are the proud owners of Primrose Schools of Frisco West, Klyde Warren Park, Park Cities, Preston Meadow, Prestonwood, Primrose School of Plano at Deefield, Temple, and Waco at Woodway. I am eager for you to learn more about our Balanced Learning Approach when you visit our school. Prior to our Primrose journey, becoming a parent was the start of understanding the importance of sharing milestones and precious moments with a select few. Knowing that having good quality childcare would be a home away from home, meant care that would help my children become individuals who could positively influence their immediate environment and future generations. We have always felt our values should be above standard, and during our childcare search, we were underwhelmed with our findings. My wife and I were excited to discover a Primrose for our girls where our standards were not only met but surpassed!

    Our Primrose journey began when our oldest daughter Maya was born, but it wasn’t until the birth of our second daughter, Meira, that I decided to couple my experience with my passion for early childhood education to open our first Primrose School in 2003! Since then, we have had the honor and privilege of becoming the proud owners of 7 schools. As an owner, I feel it is important that I am involved in every aspect of our schools, from the curriculum implementation to the menu. In providing a home away from home for our families, our highest priority is the health, safety and growth of our staff and students, as well as providing superior customer service to our families.

    Our schools are committed to making a difference in the communities we serve and are actively involved in supporting several local foundations and charities. As a family, we enjoy “traveling with a purpose.” Most recently, our travels took us through Myanmar and Zimbabwe, where we visited various schools. We particularly enjoy visiting schools across the world to deepen our understanding of education across cultures and to offer help to schools in need.

    As a long-term resident of Dallas, Texas, our family loves to spend time reading books across all genres, cooking family recipes, going on walks with our dog Roxy, and traveling. Maya, my older daughter, graduated from the University of Texas, where she double majored in government and history with minors in Business and English. She is a Fulbright scholar and is planning to attend law school next year. My youngest daughter, Meira, is also at the University of Texas as a sophomore, majoring in business.

    We hope you soon become a part of our family and that we can share in the joy of seeing your little one grow into a bright influencer of their generation!

    I look forward to personally meeting you soon.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Noel J. Rigley PhD

  • Mr. Alan Arbabi, Operating Partner

    Mr. Alan Arbabi

    Operating Partner

    Dear Primrose Parents,

    Our names are Alan and Kelly Arbabi and we, along with Dr. Noel Rigley, are the proud owners of Primrose School of Plano at Deerfield. We are honored to become part of your early childhood education and care experience and look forward to partnering with you in your child’s early learning journey.

    First and foremost, we are educators. Throughout our long and distinguished careers in education, we have worked to serve students, assist families, and support teachers. We understand that a child’s development starts with nurturing childcare and a quality early childhood education. This is the basis for a child’s educational journey. We are dedicated to making the education at Primrose of Plano at Deerfield an exceptional experience for your child.

    I first became engaged in early child education when his oldest son was of preschool age. He acquired his first Primrose School in 2002 where he gained over a decade of experience leading the school. Because he has always believed in the benefits of a Primrose education, all four of Alan and Kelly’s children, Alec, Ali, Quinn and Erin, have attended Primrose Schools. Alan has worked in public education for the past 25 years and is completing his sixth and last year as principal of McKinney High School. In addition, he has experience as a middle school principal, an assistant principal, and a music teacher. Dedicated to his own educational growth, he is completing his doctorate in Educational Leadership. He continues to be a proud Eagle Scout and to have served his country in the United States Army Reserves.

    Sincerely,

    Alan Arbabi, M. Ed

  • Vatsala Kumar, Executive Director

    Vatsala Kumar

    Executive Director

    Hi, my name is Vatsala Kumar! 

    I have had the pleasure to grow within Dr. Rigley’s schools as a teacher and take on a greater role as a leadership team member. I am so very fortunate to be able to return to Preston Meadow! I have my family to thank for their support, love, and patience as I step back into the school as its Executive Director. 

    My experiences within the education industry commenced more than 9 years ago. My Primrose journey with the Rigley schools began more than 6 years ago as a teacher and as a Primrose parent. I have been fortunate to grow as an educator and leader. My career has been led by my passion and commitment to inspiring students; to instill confidence among all children. 

    I feel Primrose’s culture mirrors of my own; I truly believe that Primrose is making a difference in the life of its students and families.

     Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your child’s future!

     

  • Josie Kurien, Assistant Director

    Josie Kurien

    Assistant Director

    Hi, my name is Josie Kurien, and I am thrilled to be the Assistant Director at Primrose School of Plano at Preston Meadow. I was born and raised in Wylie, TX and graduated from Wylie East High School. I achieved my esthetics license from ITS Beauty Institute. I am an awesome mom to my daughter, Novah.

    I have over 7 years of Early Childcare Education experience, working with all age groups and over 3 years with the Rigley group as a teacher and office manager. I love watching the children grow and learn. Over the years, it’s been my passion and looking forward to working towards my CDA to further my career in Early Childhood.

    I am so excited to be part of the Primrose School of Plano at Preston Meadow family as it gives me the opportunity to do what I love to support our amazing teachers and parents. Providing support to my colleagues and seeing happy families bring so much joy!

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

  • Stephanie Woodard, Education Coach

    Stephanie Woodard

    Education Coach

    Hi!  My name is Stephanie Woodward and I am the Education Director at Primrose School of Plano at Preston Meadow!  I have over 20 years of experience in childcare.  I have been a teacher at Primrose schools since 2003. My children have been my inspiration; they inspire me to be a better person, and a better teacher, every day! I am positive and try to carry that positivity into the classroom.

    I am very excited to bring my classroom experiences to my new Leadership role as your Education Director!  My goal is to carry on your child’s positive classroom experiences and support them through their Primrose journey.  As an experienced teacher, I look forward to digging into our classrooms and supporting your child’s teachers, to provide them with my best so that they can give your child their best each day. I look forward to partnering with you and influencing your positive Primrose experiences.

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

  • Norma Brown, Director of Admissions

    Norma Brown

    Director of Admissions

    Hi, I am excited to welcome you to our Preston Meadow family! My name is Norma Brown, my husband, Michael, and I are originally from El Paso, Texas. We have made Plano our home along with our 3 incredible children for more than 20 years. We are now proud Grandparents of 3 amazing grandchildren!   

    Personally, Primrose has been a positive influence in the next generation of our growing family. My eldest granddaughter is a graduate of Primrose of Preston Meadow! I look forward to our youngest grandchild also attending Primrose. What an amazing opportunity Dr. Rigley has provided our family!  

    My early childcare experience exceeds 35 years. I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Rigley’s group for more than 13 years. My Primrose career began as an Infant teacher and I have been able to grow in my school experiences as I continue to learn from the remarkable leaders within Primrose, our staff, our parents, and our students.  Children are my love and passion! Their love, empathy, honesty, and joy are remarkable! I am fortunate to share in their daily discoveries and exuberance!  

    Together, our Preston Meadow team will continue to strive to provide your children, our future leaders, with a strong foundation built on integrity, love, compassion, and Primrose principles. Thank you for the privilege.  

  • Maria Ramirez, Executive Chef

    Maria Ramirez

    Executive Chef

    Experience: I became a part of the Primrose at Preston Meadow family in 2015 and I have been working with children for 5 years.

    Education: I have my high school diploma and am always eager to learn!

    Passion: My passions include cooking, gardening and reading.

    Hobbies: I enjoy watching Netflix, knitting and pottery.

  • Maddie Killion, Support Teacher

    Maddie Killion

    Support Teacher

    Experience: I became a part of the Primrose at Preston Meadow family in 2022 and I have been working with children for 1 year.

    Education: I graduated from Plano Senior High in 2020, and I am currently enrolled at Collin College for an Early Childhood Education degree.

    Passion: My passions include working with children and using creativity to help them flourish and develop.

    Hobbies: I enjoy relaxing with my family, going to the park with my son, and baking.

  • Nagham Muttairi, Support Teacher

    Nagham Muttairi

    Support Teacher

    I'm Nagham and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself.

    I was born in Iraq. I recieved my education at Collin College. I love being able to be apart of watching children learn and grow. I have 3 years of early childhood education experience and I have been apart of the Primrose School of Preston Meadow since July 2023.

    I can't wait to learn more about you and your family. 

  • Amy Melville, Infant Teacher

    Amy Melville

    Infant Teacher

    Experience: I became a part of the Primrose at Preston Meadow family in 2021 and I have been working with children for almost 30 years.

    Education: I have my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Angelo State University.

    Passion: My passions include working with Infants and watching them grow into independent toddlers!

    Hobbies: I enjoy baking and cooking.I also enjoy spending time in Branson, Missouri.

  • Bin Zhu (Nancy), Infant Teacher

    Bin Zhu (Nancy)

    Infant Teacher

    Experience: I began working in childcare in 2023

    Education: I graduated from JiLin University in China. I also have an associates degree in Public Relation

    Passions: My passions include playing with children and spending time with my family 

    Hobbies: I enjoy traveling, watching tv, camping, and gardening

  • Maithili Joshi, Infant Teacher

    Maithili Joshi

    Infant Teacher

    Experience: I became a part of the Primrose at Preston Meadow family in 2018 and I have been working with children for over 6 years.

    Education: I have a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, a Masters of Science in Marine Biology and my CDA certification.

    Passions: My passions include working and taking care of infants

    Hobbies: I enjoy the arts, designing & creativity.

  • Rashmi Choudhary, Infant Teacher

    Rashmi Choudhary

    Infant Teacher

    I'm Rashmi and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself.

    I was born in India. I have a Bachelors in Art and Education that i recieved in New Delhi, India. I have been working with children since 2012 and I have 9 years of early childhood education experience. I have been with the Primrose School of Preston Meadow since July 2023. 

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

     

  • Thien Truong, Toddler Teacher

    Thien Truong

    Toddler Teacher

    Experience: I became a part of the Primrose at Preston Meadow family in 2021 and I have been working with children for 4 years.

    Education: I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

    Passions: My passions include keeping the Earth clean (reduce, reuse, recycle), traveling the world, learning about different cultures, and spending time with my daughter.

    Hobbies: I enjoy gardening, cooking, camping, painting, and board games.

  • Fernanda Ponce, Toddler Teacher

    Fernanda Ponce

    Toddler Teacher

    Experience: I became a part of the Primrose at Preston Meadow family in 2022and I have been working with children for 7 years.

    Education: I graduated from High School #23, Unit San Pedro in Mexico.

    Passion: My passions include cooking, drawing, and digital arts.

    Hobbies: I enjoy exercise, crafts, and painting.

  • Jaydyn West, Toddler Teacher

    Jaydyn West

    Toddler Teacher

    Experience: I have been working in childcare since 2017 and became a part of the Primrose Preston Meadow Family in 2022. 

    Education: I graduated from the Sachse Highschool in 2017. 

    Passions: I am passionate about spreading kindness whenever I can. I believe in truly being kind to any and everyone; you never know how something so small can mean so much to someone else. 

    Hobbies: I enjoy drawing and painting 

  • Chelsie Solis, Toddler Teacher

    Chelsie Solis

    Toddler Teacher

    I'm Chelsie and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. 

    I was born in Irving, Tx. I have 4 years of early childhood education experience and I have been apart of The Primrose School of Preston Meadow family since April 2023. I love being in the classroom and making it a positive experience for these little ones. 

    I can't wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Favorite Food: Seafood

    Favorite Hobby: Adventures with family to create new memories

    Favorite Color: Purple

    Favorite Childhood Show: That's So Raven

    Primrose Character I most relate to: Erwin the Dog

  • Enereyda Alavarez, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Enereyda Alavarez

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Experience: I joined Primrose in August 2022. I have 11 years of experience working with children 

    Education: I graduated from Plano East Senior High 

    Passion: I am passionate about learning new skills. I also am passionate about traveling. 

    Hobbies: I enjoy going to the movies and spending time with my family and friends 

  • Shantinique "Shanty" Winters, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Shantinique "Shanty" Winters

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    I'm Shanty and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. 

    I was born in Alabama. I really enjoy being in the classroom and watching children learn and grow. I have over 3 years of early childhood education experience and I have been part of the Primrose School of Preston Meadow family since March 2023.

    I am excited to learn more about you and your family. 

     

    Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers and Seafood Boils

    Favorite Hobby: Reading Books

    Favorite Color: Purple

    Favorite Childhood Show: The Office

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og The Book Worm

  • Aneth "Sol" Puentes, Preschool Teacher

    Aneth "Sol" Puentes

    Preschool Teacher

    Im Ms. Sol and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. 

    I was born in Columbia. I have a degree in Respiratory Therapy and an Associates in Child Development (CDA) that I received at Jose Maria Vargas University in Pembroke Pines, Florida. I have 17 years of early childhood education experience and have been with The Primrose School of Preston Meadow Family since July 2023. We learn from children everyday and I love seeing them learn and grow.

    I can't wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Favorite Food: Salads and Smoothies

    Favorite Hobby: Swimming 

    Favorite Childhood show: Tom and Jerry 

    Primrose Character I most relate to: Percy 

  • Esther Essombe, Kindergarten & Explorers Teacher

    Esther Essombe

    Kindergarten & Explorers Teacher

    Experience: I became a part of the Primrose at Preston Meadow family in 2017 and I have been working with children for 4 years.

    Education: I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication of Organization. I am pursing my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development.

    Passion: My passions include music, watching movies, documentaries on TV and stand up comedy.

    Hobbies: I enjoy being around children and my family. I like to decorate my home, shop, travel, create menus and watch soccer.

  • Alba Barrios de Borges, Preschool Teacher

    Alba Barrios de Borges

    Preschool Teacher

    Experience: I became a part of the Primrose at Preston Meadow family in 2021 and I have been working with children for 3 years.

    Education: I have a Sociology degree from Venezuela.

    Passions: I love working with children.

    Hobbies: I enjoy reading all kinds of books, but especially biographies.

  • Bryn Francis, Preschool Teacher

    Bryn Francis

    Preschool Teacher

    I am Ms. Bryn and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. 

    I was born in Odessa, Tx. I received my CNA and a Phlebotomist license in Canyon Tx. I have 2 years of early childhood education experience and love how these little ones keep you on your toes. I have been with the Preston Meadow Familly since May 2023 and I can't wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Favorite Food: I can never decide- I love food!

    Favorite Hobby: Anything outside of watching movies

    Favorite Color: Green and Blue 

    Favorite Childhood Show: Spongebob Squarepants

    Primrose Character I most relate to: Og- I love to read!

  • Pam Ryburn, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Pam Ryburn

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Experience: I became a part of the Primrose at Preston Meadow family in 2018 and I have been working with children for over 20 years.

    Education: I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business & Accounting from Grayson County College & a degree in Radio and Broadcasting from Columbia School of Broadcasting.

    Passion: My passions include spending time with my family and relaxing & enjoying coffee.

    Hobbies: I enjoy spending hours coloring with gel pens in coloring books.

  • Anita Aravind, Support Teacher

    Anita Aravind

    Support Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    I'm Anita and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself.

    I was born and  received my education in India. I feel that we can learn from children and I love being a part of their learning journey. I have been apart of the Primrose School of Preston Meadow family since March of 2023. 

    I can't wait to learn more about you and your family. 

    Favorite Food: Indian Food 

    Favorite Hobby: Traveling and Listening to Music

    Favorite Color: White 

    Primrose Character I most relate to: Molly the Cow

  • Emilia Rodriguez, Early Preschool Teacher

    Emilia Rodriguez

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I'm Emilia and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself.

    I was born in Colombia. I am very dedicated to my job as a being an educator and watching children grow. I have 6 years of early childhood education experience and I have been part of the Primrose School of Preston Meadow family since August 2023. 

    I am excited to learn more about you and your family.

     

    Favorite Food: Salads

    Favorite Hobby: Listening to Music and Reading

    Favorite Colors: Red

    Favorite Childhood Show: Soap Operas

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally the Bunny 

  • Stephanie Jimenez, Early Preschool Teacher

    Stephanie Jimenez

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I'm Stephanie and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. 

    I was born in Plano Tx. I have 1 year of early childhood education experience. I am eager to learn more about my students and their families. I have been with Primrose School of Preston Meadow family since November 2023. 

    Favorite Food: Pizza 

    Favorite Hobby: Doing my makeup and nails

    Favorite Colors: Pink

    Favorite Childhood Show: ICarly and Hannah Montana

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin the Dog 

  • Dr. Noel Rigley, PhD, Franchise Owner

    Dr. Noel Rigley, PhD

    Franchise Owners

    Hi! My name is Dr. Noel J. Rigley PhD, my daughters Maya Ann and Meira Ariane, come from three generations of early childhood educators. We are passionate about early childhood education and we are committed to serving the educational needs of every community we touch. As a family of educators, we are the proud owners of Primrose Schools of Frisco West, Klyde Warren Park, Park Cities, Preston Meadow, Prestonwood, Primrose School of Plano at Deefield, Temple, and Waco at Woodway. I am eager for you to learn more about our Balanced Learning Approach when you visit our school. Prior to our Primrose journey, becoming a parent was the start of understanding the importance of sharing milestones and precious moments with a select few. Knowing that having good quality childcare would be a home away from home, meant care that would help my children become individuals who could positively influence their immediate environment and future generations. We have always felt our values should be above standard, and during our childcare search, we were underwhelmed with our findings. My wife and I were excited to discover a Primrose for our girls where our standards were not only met but surpassed!

    Our Primrose journey began when our oldest daughter Maya was born, but it wasn’t until the birth of our second daughter, Meira, that I decided to couple my experience with my passion for early childhood education to open our first Primrose School in 2003! Since then, we have had the honor and privilege of becoming the proud owners of 7 schools. As an owner, I feel it is important that I am involved in every aspect of our schools, from the curriculum implementation to the menu. In providing a home away from home for our families, our highest priority is the health, safety and growth of our staff and students, as well as providing superior customer service to our families.

    Our schools are committed to making a difference in the communities we serve and are actively involved in supporting several local foundations and charities. As a family, we enjoy “traveling with a purpose.” Most recently, our travels took us through Myanmar and Zimbabwe, where we visited various schools. We particularly enjoy visiting schools across the world to deepen our understanding of education across cultures and to offer help to schools in need.

    As a long-term resident of Dallas, Texas, our family loves to spend time reading books across all genres, cooking family recipes, going on walks with our dog Roxy, and traveling. Maya, my older daughter, graduated from the University of Texas, where she double majored in government and history with minors in Business and English. She is a Fulbright scholar and is planning to attend law school next year. My youngest daughter, Meira, is also at the University of Texas as a sophomore, majoring in business.

    We hope you soon become a part of our family and that we can share in the joy of seeing your little one grow into a bright influencer of their generation!

    I look forward to personally meeting you soon.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Noel J. Rigley PhD

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