Primrose School of Pleasanton

Our Staff

  • Nikki Custino, Director

    Nikki Custino

    Director

    Please meet Ms. Custino she was a teacher in our Pre-Kindergarten classroom. In 2017, she was promoted to be the Education Coach. She took on her new role as Assistant Director in June 2018 and most recently in July (2021) she took on the role of Director. Ms. Custino is from San Lorenzo, CA. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Art Studies specializing in Special Education from California State University, East Bay. Her favorite food is tacos. She spends her weekends reading. Ms. Custino's favorite Primrose character is OG the bookworm. Please stop by to say Hello!

  • Falguni Buddhdev, Assistant Director

    Falguni Buddhdev

    Assistant Director

    Ms. Falguni has been in the field of Early Childhood education for more than 15 years. She has worked as a lead teacher at several leading Bay Area schools. Along with extensive teaching experience, she also has worked as an Education Coach and have mentored and coached teachers for successful implementation of the curriculum. Ms. Falguni has led and supported various administrative functions as an Assistant Director for a successful childcare program

  • Monika Paul, Education Coach

    Monika Paul

    Education Coach
  • Carmelita Baron, Infant Teacher

    Carmelita Baron

    Infant Teacher

    Meet Ms. Baron. Ms. Baron is from Philippines. She has worked with children for 10 years. She has a B.S. in Business Administration. Her favorite food is all kinds. She loves to spend her weekends brisk walking. Her favorite Primrose character is Billy the Duck. She is most excited about building and maintaining relationship with children that is based on kindness and patience. Also providing an environment that promotes exploration and joy for learning.

  • Masami Zamora, Older Infant Teacher

    Masami Zamora

    Older Infant Teacher

    Please meet Ms. Zamora from our Older Infant classroom. Ms. Zamora is originally from Tokyo, Japan. She has 7 years of experience working in childcare. She has an Associate's Degree in Preschool Education from Shukugawa Junior College. Her favorite food is Sushi. She loves to spend her weekends making quilts and knitting. Her favorite Primrose character is Molly the Cow. Please stop by the Older Infant room to say hello!

  • Geok Peng Chua, Older Infant Teacher

    Geok Peng Chua

    Older Infant Teacher
  • Maria Romo, Toddler Teacher

    Maria Romo

    Toddler Teacher
  • Josselyn Luna, Toddler Teacher

    Josselyn Luna

    Toddler Teacher
  • Carla Ramirez, Early Preschool Teacher

    Carla Ramirez

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Meet Ms. Ramirez. Ms. Ramirez is from Oakland, CA. She has worked with children for 3 years. She is working on her B.S. in Early Childhood Development. Her favorite food is pasta. She loves to spend her weekends practicing Tae Kwon Do. Her favorite Primrose character is Libby the Lamb. Her favorite children's book is "Corduroy by Don Freeman." She is most excited about seeing the children grow, learn and discover the world around them.

  • Artreassa Anderson, Early Preschool Teacher

    Artreassa Anderson

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Meet Ms. Anderson. Ms. Anderson is from Philippines. She has worked with children for 2 years. She has a B.S. in Business and earned her Early Childhood Education teacher permit from Chabot College. . Her favorite food is pizza. She loves to spend her weekends cooking and doing arts and crafts. Her favorite children's book is "Little Red Riding Hood." Her favorite Primrose character is Og the Bookworm. She is most excited about joining the Primrose team and working with the children and families in EPS.

  • Melaina Maranan, Early Preschool Teacher

    Melaina Maranan

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • ​Lisa How, Preschool Teacher

    ​Lisa How

    Preschool Teacher

    Please meet Ms. How! Ms. How is from Tracy, California. She has worked in childcare for 22 years. She completed her Early Childhood Education from Ohlone College and Delta College. Her favorite food is Italian food. She loves to spend time outdoors with her family on the weekends. Her favorite Primrose character is Mia the Mouse because she is the mascot for Thumbs Up! Outdoor play. Ms. How is most excited about educating our 3 year old students!

  • Shanell Coleman, Early Preschool Teacher

    Shanell Coleman

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Rafat Siddiqui, Preschool Teacher

    Rafat Siddiqui

    Preschool Teacher

    Meet Ms. Siddiqui. Ms. Siddiqui is from Pakistan. She has worked with children for 2 years. She has A.A. in Business. Her favorite food is Thai food. She loves to spend her weekends relaxing with a good book. Her favorite Primrose character is Peanut the Horse. Her favorite children's book is "Goldilocks and the three bears." She is most excited about playing with the kids and having fun!

  • Pragyan Barik, Preschool Teacher

    Pragyan Barik

    Preschool Teacher
  • ​Nada Turkalj, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    ​Nada Turkalj

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Nada Turkalj

    Pre K Teacher

    Meet Ms. Turkalj, our Pre k Teacher. She comes to us with over 15 years of experience working with Pre Kindergarten. She has a BA in Chemistry from the University of Zagreb and has taken her Early Childhood classes at Las Positas College. Ms. Turkalj lives in Pleasanton with her husband and three children. She enjoys knitting, cooking, reading and spending time with her family. We are so excited to have her be part of our school! Come by the Pre-K class and see the big smiles on all the childrens' faces as they learn and engage in different fun activities.

  • Mitali Rodricks, Teacher

    Mitali Rodricks

    Teacher
  • Devi Subramanian, Teacher

    Devi Subramanian

    Teacher
  • Maria Osmani

    Toddler Teacher
  • Sofia Pollard

    Preschool Teacher
  • Yesenia Padilla

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Fatima Muazu

    Infant Teacher
  • Nick and Samina Kurji

    Franchise Owner

    Meet Nick and Samina Kurji, proud new Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Pleasanton. Impressed by the quality of education Primrose provides, the Kurjis are thrilled with the opportunity to bring the first Primrose school to the Tri-Valley community and to the state of California. A family friend first introduced Nick and Samina to Primrose while they were living in Dallas. During a vacation in California, the Kurjis noticed a high demand for premium early education options in the Bay Area. Their passion for education and desire to bring the Primrose Experience to more families motivated the long-time Dallas residents to relocate to Pleasanton. As parents, we understand the importance of instilling a love of learning during a child's early years, and we believe this is essential to building a new generation of bright citizens, says Nick. After learning about the unmatched curriculum, teaching methods and passion of those involved with Primrose, we quickly became avid supporters of the brand and we are committed to providing the Tri-Valley community with the best child care experience possible. Nick is a proven business owner, previously operating retail stores nationwide. Samina earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree but chose to stay home with their three children to play a full-time role in their development. She also enjoys practicing Kenpo karate, in which she has earned a first degree black belt. Nick and Samina will both be involved in daily operations of the new Pleasanton school, the first of several schools the Kurjis plan to open in California. Along with a strong background in business, Nick and Samina are very involved in community service. The family's ultimate goal is to help less fortunate families find ways to provide their children the quality early education they deserve. Primrose School of Pleasanton is featuring the exclusive Balanced Learning¬ system for children ages 6 weeks to 5-years-old. Developed by and taught exclusively at Primrose Schools, Balanced Learning blends teacher-directed and child-initiated activities with a special emphasis on character development in the schools. Primrose School of Pleasanton is now open, please call to book a tour of our beautiful campus or visit our website for more information. Primrose School of Pleasanton is located at 7110 Koll Center Parkway. For more information, visit www.primroseschools.com/schools/pleasanton.

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