Primrose School of Plano at Deerfield

Our Staff

  • Mrs. Terri Johnson, Executive Director

    Mrs. Terri Johnson

    Executive Director

    My name is Terri Johnson, and I am the Executive Director for Primrose School of Plano at Deerfield. I have been in early childhood education for over 25 years, and have served in many capacities, most recently with our Primrose Corporate Office. My husband, Thomas, has a background in nursing and works with Wellpoint Amerigroup. Thomas and I have two children, Takoyia (a graduate of Prairie View A&M University) and Thomas “Rashad” (a grad student at Tulane University). We have been married for 25 years.


    I look forward to getting to know you and your child, and am always available if you have any questions. My goal is for my school to exceed your expectations and for us to be a home-away-from-home for your little one. My leadership team, staff and I will always strive to continue providing the best practices, and will always do our very best to communicate clearly and earn your trust.

    "We know all too well how hard it is to leave your children in the care of people you don’t know or trust; but we can assure you, we will make it our priority to partner with you, so we can support your child(ren’s) development and put your mind at ease. We are honored and looking forward to meeting you to build an extended family."

  • Mrs. Charmaine Harris, Assistant Director

    Mrs. Charmaine Harris

    Assistant Director
  • Mrs. Susanne Cottenden

    Education Coach
  • Ms. Corrine Maddox

    Office Manager

    I’m Ms. Corrine. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hi! My name is Corrine! I have five year of experience working with special needs friends, and have been with Primrose since 2020.  I've grown up in the Primrose family my entire life, and I am ecstatic to be at Primrose of Plano at Deerfield.  I cannot wait to see where this takes me!

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

    Child care experience: Since 2015

    Education Background: Mansfield Legacy High School

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Getting to know their personalities

    Favorite children’s book:  Brown Bear, Brown Bear

    In My Personal Time: Like to hang out friends and sleep

  • Ms. Angelique Howard, Preschool Pathways

    Ms. Angelique Howard

    Preschool Pathways
    Apple of Our Eye

    I’m  Ms. Angie I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    My hometown is Chicago, Illinois. I’ve been with Primrose since 1997. My mother is my inspiration, and I would definitely say my father is my hero.  I love working at Primrose School of Deerfield.  What makes me passionate about my work here at Primrose is watching my students grow!

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

    Child care experience:  25+ years

    Education Background:  GED

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Watching them learn

    Favorite children’s book: Charlotte's Web

    In My Personal Time: Hang out with friends

  • Mrs. Isabel Perez Soto, Older Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Isabel Perez Soto

    Older Infant Teacher

    I’m Mrs. Isabel.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I live in Plano, TX with my husband and two children. I am from Venezuela, but I moved to New York and lived there for six years. In Venezuela, I studied advertising for three years and received my degree in Marketing.  I can speak two languages, both English and Spanish. I love working with infants because

    Child care experience: Since 2007

    Education Background: Degree in Marketing from IUNP

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Connecting with and loving of children!

    Favorite children’s book: Praying for your Children

    In My Personal Time: I love to spend time with my children

  • Mrs. Stephanie Woodard, Young Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Stephanie Woodard

    Young Toddler Teacher

    I’m Mrs. Stephanie. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    My hometown is Plano Texas and I have over 20 years of experience in childcare. I have been with Primrose since 2003. My own children are my inspiration. They inspire me to be a better teacher every day!  I’m a positive person and I try to make every day in my classroom a fun learning experience for my children!  

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

    Child care experience: Since 2001

    Education Background: Plano East High School

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: To be a part of their educational journey

    Favorite children’s book: Love You Forever

    In My Personal Time: I love to dance and workout!

  • Mrs. Cecelia Perera, Older Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Cecelia Perera

    Older Toddler Teacher

    I’m Mrs. Cecelia.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    My hometown is Plano, Texas, but I am from Sri Lanka. I have over fifteen years of childcare experience and have been with Primrose since 1993. Mother Theresa is my inspiration, and I would definitely say my hero is my father. In my spare time I love to read.

    What makes me passionate about my work here at Primrose is the Primrose curriculum, and my students and their parents with whom I interact with on a daily basis

  • Mrs. Kathy Gagnon, Degreed Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Kathy Gagnon

    Degreed Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I’m Mrs. Kathy.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I've been with Primrose School of Plano at Deerfield since 2017.  My hometown is Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. I currently reside in McKinney, Texas. I have over 15 years of teaching experience and I have been with Primrose of Plano at Deerfield since 2017. Children bring so much joy to my life. Watching my students grow inspires me to be a better teacher. My goal is to create a safe, warm learning environment where students will grow to their potential. I also hope to instill a lifelong love for learning in each child. I have two children of my own which I love with all of my heart!

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

    Child care experience: 15 + years

    Education Background: University of Winnipeg

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Watching them learn and grow

    Favorite children’s book: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    In My Personal Time: Spend time with my family

  • Ms.Catherine Johnson | Chef, Team Member Since 2021

    Ms.Catherine Johnson | Chef

    Team Member Since 2021

    I'm Ms. Johnson. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    My hometown is Houston, Texas. I have over 20 years in the food management industry, and previous Primrose experience from 2015-2017. My inspiration is being able to infuse my passion for cooking and the well being of children in the same place. I would definitely say my father is my hero, as he has always worked with children for as long as I can remember from the time there was the "boys only", now boys and girls club, and then for over 20 years as head superintendent for city parks and recreation when he retired; I literally grew up watching him give service and pour out love to all children. My spare time is usually full of my work in ministry and helping those with spiritual guidance.

    What makes me passionate about my work here at Primrose is knowing that I aid in the nutritional value of the children which allows them to stay focused during their education process.

  • Ms. Maria Cobos, Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Maria Cobos

    Young Toddler Teacher

    I’m Ms. Maria. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hello, my name is Maria C. I am fortunate to have joined Primrose in 2022 and look forward to meeting all the amazing children at Primrose. I have worked with kids for two years but have been a big sister almost my entire life. I am currently working to get my associates degree in sciences. All the kids I have worked with have always left an imprint in my life and I hope I could leave one on the children to come. Don't be strangers! Stop by and say hi!

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

    Child care experience: Since 2022

    Education Background: Allen High School, attending college

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Their affection

    Favorite children’s book: Dr. Seuss

    In My Personal Time: I like to watch movies

  • Ms. Cora Chastain, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Cora Chastain

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I’m Ms. Cora.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hello! My name is Cora and I am a fur baby momma to one very spoiled rotten dog. I have always had a special love for working with and around children, as I believe they truly are our future. I've photographed newborns and taught theatre to elementary aged students. Being with Primrose has grown my love for kids, and teaching and I can’t wait to grow with the school and your children. My core values are creativity, individuality, and respect.

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

    Child care experience: I have 5 years of experience working with children in unconventional classroom settings, like teaching children's theatre and improv classes.

    Education Background: Attended the University of North Texas.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Working with children is the most rewarding experience because you are literally helping shape the future. Everyday is different, you never know what you're going to get when you walk through those doors.

    Favorite children’s book: Where the Wild Things Are

    In My Personal Time: I am a digital artist and photographer.

     

  • Ms. Musrath Jehan, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Musrath Jehan

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I’m Ms. J.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hello, my name is Musrath Jehan. I have a daughter who is 23 years old, independent and lives in Atlanta. I joined as a kindergarten teacher in India and taught children until sixth grade. I was an elementary school teacher for over 13 years. I was born and raised in Bangalore, the IT Capital.  I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bangalore University.

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

    Child care experience: 15 years +

    Education Background: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: their company

    Favorite children’s book: All the fairytales

    In My Personal Time: Cook. I’m a very good cook of Indian food cuisine.

  • Ms. Rossy Naranjo, Young Infant Teacher

    Ms. Rossy Naranjo

    Young Infant Teacher

    I’m Ms. Rossy. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hello my name is Rosie. I am so excited to have started my early childhood career at Primrose School of Plano at Deerfield! I’m thrilled to get to know everyone.  I have a dog named Frankie who is two years old.  I love working in the young toddler room and the infant room.  I am a hard worker and love to teach children.

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

    Child care experience: Since 2022

    Education Background: Plano Senior High School, Collin College

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Playing with them and watching them learn

    Favorite children’s book: The Rainbow Fish

     In My Personal Time: I really love reading!

  • Mr. Travis Kitchens, Pre-Kindergarten Floater Teacher

    Mr. Travis Kitchens

    Pre-Kindergarten Floater Teacher

    I’m Mr. Travis.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    My name is Travis, I have been an actor for over a decade now and I definitely believe theater has helped develop the skills to interact, adapt, and teach children.  When I’m not acting, I enjoy movies, comic books, Halloween, and music. Every year when Halloween rolls around I hope to make it to the greatest and spookiest time for the kids! 

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

    Child care experience: Since 2020

    Education Background: The Colony High School

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love making kids laugh

    Favorite children’s book: Goosebumps and Horton Hears a Who

    In My Personal Time:  I enjoy acting, playing video and watching professional wresting

  • Ms. Zoe Johnson, Older Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Zoe Johnson

    Older Toddler Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

     

    I’m Ms. Zoe.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hello, my name is Zoe Johnson. I graduated high school in 2021, and I love working with children. I was born in Dallas, and I have lived in Nacogdoches, TX, and Shreveport, LA. I moved to Frisco in 2017. I am also working on my real estate license. I’m excited to be part of the Primrose Family of Plano and Deerfield.

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

    Child care experience: Since 2022

    Education Background: Frisco High School

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love when they sing and dance

    Favorite children’s book: Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom

    In My Personal Time: Spending time with family and friends

  • Ms. Rita Trottman

    Older Infant Teacher

    I’m Ms. Rita.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hi, my name is Rita! I am a mom of two kiddos, age six and nine. I joined Primrose of Deerfield in 2022 and I can’t wait to make so many great memories here! Although I have years of experience working with every age group, I love working with infants the most! I currently attending OSU-OKC to become a stenographer – so working with the babies is my fun time! 

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

    Child care experience: Since 2017

    Education Background: Berkner High School and Oklahoma State University, OKC.

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Seeing them light up when they have a new experience

    Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree

    In My Personal Time: I love to relax and watch movies with my kids

  • Mrs. Blanca Rebolloso, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Blanca Rebolloso

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I’m Mrs. Blanca.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hello, my name is Blanca. I have three daughters and two grandkids. I'm from Leon, Gto, Mexico, but have lived in Garland, TX for 27 years. I have a business degree, and I really enjoy working with kids. My favorite colors are blue, white, and grey. I enjoy spending my free time reading, exercising, and I love listening to music!

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

    Child care experience: Since 2021

    Education Background: Bachelors degree in Business

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Dancing with the kids!

    Favorite children’s book: Dr. Suess

    In My Personal Time: Reading, walking, and spending time with my family

  • Ms. Alicia Tinny, Degreed Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Alicia Tinny

    Degreed Preschool Teacher

    I’m Ms. Alicia. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hello, my name is Alicia Tinny. I joined primrose in 2022 and I’m beyond excited to start my journey here I currently teach in the preschool classroom. I grew up in Florida and attended Pasco Hernando State College where I received my associates of arts bachelors degree in early childhood education. Feel free to stop by and say hello. I look forward to getting to know your wonderful children.

    Child care experience: Since 2022

    Education Background: Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Watching them learn and grown.

    Favorite children’s book: Goodnight Moon

    In My Personal Time: I love to workout and hang out with my fiancée

  • Ms. Brittney Bayless, Young Infant Teacher

    Ms. Brittney Bayless

    Young Infant Teacher

    I’m Ms. Brittney. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I’ve been working with children my whole life, I was basically born into it! I love kids and it fills my heart with joy to watch them grow. I believe the children are our future. I feel very fortunate to work alongside such a dedicated and warm hearted group of teachers here Primrose.

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

    Child care experience: Since 2022

    Education Background: Mansfield Legacy High School

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Their sweet snuggles

    Favorite children’s book: Chrysanthemum

    In My Personal Time: I like to spend my time with loved ones. I also enjoy hiking, camping, and basically anything that allows me to be surrounded by the beauty of nature.

  • Ms. Briana Smith, Older Infant Teacher

    Ms. Briana Smith

    Older Infant Teacher

    I’m Ms. Briana. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hi! My name is Briana Smith. I recently relocated to the area from Peachtree city Georgia. I am an active bio chem student who loves creating and spoiling babies in my classroom. I have been six years of training in American Sign Language and can speak fluent French.  I began my journey with Primrose in 2021 and can’t wait to get to know all of families and see your smiling faces!  Please stop by and say hello!

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

    Child care experience: Since 2020

    Education Background: Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from Georgia State

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Children make me happy because they are always happy

    Favorite children’s book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    In My Personal Time: I love to bake

  • Ms. Marissa Rose, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Marissa Rose

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I’m Marissa.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hi, I’m Mrs. Marissa. I am a mama of one kiddo, five dogs, one snake, one rat, and one Beardie.  My daughter, Aralee, comes to Primrose with me as a student and is the joy of my life.  I grew up in the small town of Howe, TX. It has been a dream of mine to teacher and work with children. I like to focus on manners, creativity, and build a child’s self-esteem in my classroom.  Please never hesitate to ask me any question. My door will always be open!

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

    Child care experience: Since 2022

    Education Background: Howe High School

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I enjoy that I get to work with the future of our country. I'm helping them grow and learn.

    Favorite children’s book: The Cat in the Hat

    In My Personal Time: I love to explore new fishing places. Be with my family. I love to bake.

  • Ms. Rita Hossain Afzal, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Rita Hossain Afzal

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I’m Ms. Rita. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hello, I am Ms. Rita. I was born in Bangladesh and have been living in the US since 1981. I completed my Bachelors degree in history. I am CDA and Montessori certified. I have been teaching since 2001. I find inspiration every day through the working with children. I always believe in having fun while learning and being patient and understanding while I teach. I have one daughter and three grandchildren. They are the source of my joy!

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

    Child care experience: 20+ years

    Education Background: Bachelors degree in History

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: When I can see them learning.  I also love getting hugs!

    Favorite children’s book: Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud

    In My Personal Time: my hobbies include singing, traveling, and spending quality time with my grandchildren.

  • Ms. Perpetue Mwizerwa

    Young Toddler Teacher

    I’m Mrs. Perpetue. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hello, my name is Perpetue, you can call Petue. I have two beautiful girls that attend Primrose with me!  I am so happy to join Primrose because the Primrose’s reputation is the best.  I have nearly a decade of experience in childcare. I was born in Nyanza, Rwanda, Africa, and have been in the US since 2016 - it is my home now.  I look forward to coming into work every day. Please feel free to say hello.  I look forward to working with your children!

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

    Child care experience: Since 2014

    Education Background:

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I enjoy watching them learn and grow!

    Favorite children’s book: 100 Favorite Farm Animals

    In My Personal Time: I like to spend time with my family

  • Ms. Esmee Oani

    Preschool Teacher Floater

    I’m Ms. Esmee.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Hi my name is as Esmee Oani! I graduated from Plano West High School in 2022. I was part of my school's education and training program where I am given the chance to work with elementary aged students as well as teach, observe, and write lesson plans. I was also the secretary treasurer of the TAFE or the Texas Association for Future Educators. Outside of school, I was part of the varsity color guard team at Plano West! I grew up abroad, in Greece, Indonesia, Taiwan, and now Texas. I love teaching, so I plan to go to college to earn my degree in education. I look forward to working at Primrose!

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

    Child care experience: Since 2021

    Education Background: Kingston University in London, UK

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: That they ask me questions and they are so curious!

    Favorite children’s book: Pinkolicious

    In My Personal Time: I love to read!

  • Kelly and Alan Arbabi, Franchise Owner

    Kelly and Alan Arbabi

    Franchise Owners

    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.

    About Us:

    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.

    Alan Arbabi 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.

    Kelly Arbabi's experience in teaching, leadership, and family relationships is the perfect fit for the Primrose Standard of Excellence. While raising their two youngest preschool-aged children, Kelly went back to school to and earned her master’s degree in Marriage, Family and Couples Counseling.  Prior to becoming a therapist, Kelly's passion for teaching and volleyball led her to McKinney Boyd High School as a business teacher and head volleyball coach. Having played collegiate volleyball, she used her skills and experience to develop Boyd’s program into a perennial powerhouse and led the school to multiple district championships and trips to the state tournament. After their youngest child was born, she spent a few years at home devoting her time and energy to her family and the care of their children.

    Dr. Noel Rigley is the recipient of the prestigious Primrose Schools Franchising Company’s Rising Star Award and National Platinum Donor Award for 2016, 2017, and 2018. As the owner of Primrose Schools of Frisco West, Klyde Warren Park, Park Cities, Preston Meadow, Prestonwood, Temple, and Waco at Woodway, he is dedicated to the importance of early childhood education and literacy and is in partnership with many local and national non-profit organizations.

    Please stop by the office to say hello! We look forward to personally meeting you soon.

    Sincerely,

    Alan Arbabi, M. Ed., Kelly Arbabi M. Ed., and Noel Rigley, PhD

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