Primrose School of Prestmont

Our Staff

  • Kelsie Howell, Director

    Kelsie Howell

    Director

    My name is Kelsie Howell and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and welcome you to Primrose School of Prestmont. I am thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of a positive early education program that strives to set a foundation for lifelong learning. After joining the Primrose Schools in 2017, I can truly see the quality of care provided by Primrose through their curriculum and staff and it is my goal to ensure that we are providing the quality you expect from your partner in early care and education.

    Let’s get to know each other: I began my career in early childcare in 2012. I graduated Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Education. I married my wonderful husband, Scott, in 2018 and we have two fur baby Boxers, Brody and Harvey that we love to spoil.

    Favorite children’s book: A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og, because of his caring nature, compassion, and gratitude for those around him.

    What I love most about working with children: I love getting the opportunity to watch their imagination come to life as they learn and grow every day.

  • Krista Cline, Assistant Director

    Krista Cline

    Assistant Director

    Let’s get to know each other: I have been a resident of Frisco for the past 7 years and have a love for children, as I have three daughters at home! I joined the Prestmont family as a teacher back in 2016 and took a short break in 2020 to finish my B.S. in Business Administration. With over 7 years of childcare and preschool experience, I am so thankful for the opportunity to join the Leadership Team and support our teachers and families!

    Favorite children’s book: The Kissing Hand

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy the Duck, because I absolutely love music!

    What I love most about working with children: I love having the opportunity to watch children develop, grow, and grasp concepts right before our very eyes. 

  • ​Yvonne Ochoa, Classroom Excellence Supervisor

    ​Yvonne Ochoa

    Classroom Excellence Supervisor

    Let’s get to know each other: I’ve been with Primrose since 2012. Being a mom is the greatest gift. Although, my children are somewhat grown up, I cherish everyday I am able to be their mother. I love spending time with family and going back home to California to see the rest of our family. I like to relax by reading a good book, listening to music and watching movies. My favorite movie is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

    Favorite children’s book: Love You Forever

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the cow, because I love to practice being kind to myself and others.

    What I love most about working with children: I love the connection we’re able to build with the children. I also love watching them learn and grown into little independent people!

  • ​Guadalupe Rivera, Chef

    ​Guadalupe Rivera

    Chef

    Let’s get to know each other: I’ve been with Primrose since 2004. I truly enjoy working with the entire staff. Seeing all the wonderful children brightens my day.

    Favorite children’s book: The Three Bears

    Primrose character I most relate to: Arturo, because I enjoy helping teachers and children learn to speak Spanish.

    What I love most about working with children: I love seeing how excited the children get when I deliver their meals and snacks.

  • ​Andria Boggas, Infant Lead Teacher

    ​Andria Boggas

    Infant Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other: I’ve been with Primrose since 2006. I am a very loving and sweet person, and love to travel. I am also a grandmother to 3. My son RJ also attends Primrose, it is such a joy to be able to work where he goes to school.

    Favorite children’s book: Guess How Much I Love You, and The Cat in The Hat

    Primrose character I most relate to: Katie because I am always being a mommy and directing the children.

    What I love most about working with children: I truly love watching the children learn and grow. Seeing the children get excited when they accomplish their work is amazing.

  • Raji Madheswaran

    Infant Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other: I have two children of my own, a brave boy who is 13 years old and a sweet girl who is 5. Both of my kids fulfill my life in so many ways. My family and I moved to Texas 5 years ago, and I began my career after my daughter started school. I love working with infants and enjoy watching them grow and helping them meet every milestone. 

    Favorite children’s book: The Ants and the Grasshopper

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og, because I love to read books!

    What I love most about working with children: I love working with children because I have the opportunity to help them grow independently and build their confidence to explore the world around them! 

  • Shirin Derakhshan, Infant Assistant Teacher

    Shirin Derakhshan

    Infant Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other: I have a bachelor's degree in Physics and I have about 5 years of teaching experience at high school in my home country. I am interested in art and I have painted with oil paint for many years. Also I have a face painting certificate. I enjoy nature in the spring. My life is my two beautiful daughters.

    Favorite children’s book: The Three Little Pigs & The fuzzy Duckling

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin, because I love art and handcrafts too. I love to make crafts with the children.

    What I love most about working with children: I have a good feeling when I am with the kids and I enjoy watching the kids learn and grow.

  • Hamdam Baghinejadkhaghazani, Infant Assistant Teacher

    Hamdam Baghinejadkhaghazani

    Infant Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other. I moved to America two years ago. I am originally from Iran. I am married to my wonderful husband and I love working with children.

    Favorite children’s book: Three Little Pigs

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og, because I love to read.

    What I love most about working children: Children are so funny and I love watching them learn new things.

  • Fariha Doost, Infant Assistant Teacher

    Fariha Doost

    Infant Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other:  I have two years of experience working in a private school in Afghanistan. I am a positive minded and hard working person! I a always eager to learn from others' experiences. I love being around children and listening to music. I also have a three-year-old daughter of my own. 

    Favorite children’s book: Goodnight Moon

    Primrose character I most relate to: Mia, because she is so positive! 

    What I love most about working with children: I genuinely enjoy working with children. They are always honest, and being around them gives me patience and happiness. 

  • Celeste Gonzalez, Young Toddler Lead Teacher

    Celeste Gonzalez

    Young Toddler Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other: I have been working with children for over 8 years. I have experience with all ages and absolutely love every age group! I recently graduated from cosmetology school and I am working on getting a teaching degree. I have a dog named Batman, two sisters, and one brother.

    Favorite children’s book: The Velveteen Rabbit & Miss Nelson is Missing!

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy, because I love to sing and tap to the rhythm of any song.

    What I love most about working with children: I love their huge imaginations and watching them grow! Each day brings new excitements.

  • Sitlali Delgado, Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Sitlali Delgado

    Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other: I have been in childcare for 3 years. I am a mother of two beautiful children who keep me super busy! We love the outdoors and enjoy long walks at the park.

    Favorite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy, because I love to listen to music!

    What I love most about working with children: I truly love watching the children grow and learn new things.

  • Andrea Cordova, Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Andrea Cordova

    Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other: My goal is to be Kindergarten teacher. In my free time, I enjoy working out and listening to music. Hiking is also something I like to do since it is good for my health and it allows me to see the amazing things that exist in the world. 

    Favorite children’s book: The Rainbow Fish

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin, because I enjoy being outside and in nature. I love to explore the outdoors and see multiple insects and wildlife. 

    What I love most about working with children: I cherish working with children because I get to play with them and enjoy activities with them as they develop. 

  • Maria Woodrum, Early Preschool I Lead Teacher

    Maria Woodrum

    Early Preschool I Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I have been working for Primrose since 2015 and have 10 years of experience working in childcare. I have 2 handsome boys, 1 beautiful baby girl, and an amazing husband that I married in 2019. I love working with children & I hope to one day further my education into becoming a kindergarten teacher.

    Favorite children’s book: I love you Forever

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly, because I love to look at the positive side of everything.

    What I love most about working with children: I love teaching my little friends new and fun things like counting, colors, & shapes.

  • Jenny Li, Early Preschool I Assistant Teacher

    Jenny Li

    Early Preschool I Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other: I am a kind and gentle person. In my free time, I love to sing, draw, and cook!  

    Favorite children’s book: Andersen's Fairy Tales, Goodnight Moon, and Love You Forever

    Primrose character I most relate to: Libby, because she is calm and thoughtful. She likes to listen to Primrose students and respect others. I also am a sheep in the Chinese Zodiac.

    What I love most about working with children: I look forward to working with children for the rest of my life since I love kids. I 

  • Crystal Gonzalez, Early Preschool I Assistant Teacher

    Crystal Gonzalez

    Early Preschool I Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’ve been with Primrose since 2013. I have 12 years of childcare experience. I have a very close family who have all been working with children for years. I have an awesome dog named Yuki. I was born in Dallas but raised here in Frisco my entire life.

    Favorite children’s book: The Kissing Hand

    Primrose character I most relate to: I most relate to Peanut the Pony because I love spelling and love trying to learn new languages.

    What I love most about working with children:

    I love when their eyes light up when they accomplish something new! Helping children understand the world around them and absorb all that we have to teach them about caring for one another and being happy.

  • Mireya Rivera, Early Preschool II Lead Teacher

    Mireya Rivera

    Early Preschool II Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other: I’ve been with Primrose since 2017. I’m 19 years old. I have a puppy named Max that I love! On my days off I take Max to the dog park. Max and I are best friends and enjoy to walk trails and go for runs. I’ve always wanted to become a vet and hope to become one later in life. I have a passion for animals.

    Favorite children’s book: The Wheels on the Bus

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin, I enjoy getting to spend my free time outside with my puppy Max and walking the trails.

    What I love most about working with children: Getting to know each child’s characteristics when I have the opportunity of meeting him or her.

  • Vanessa Alanis, Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    Vanessa Alanis

    Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I have been with Primrose since February 2019. I am married and have 3 beautiful girls, Melanie, Amelia, and Ariella. We have 2 family dogs: Bruno and Khalessi. I am a certified medical assistant and will someday continue school to become a nurse and work in the NICU.

    Favorite children’s book: The Rainbow Fish

    Primrose character I most relate to: Katie, because I like to help children learn new things.

    What I love most about working with children: I love to help kids achieve their potential and put a smile on their face.

  • Valerie Alanis, Preschool I Lead Teacher

    Valerie Alanis

    Preschool I Lead Teacher

    Let's get to know each other:

    I’ve been with Primrose since 2019. I have 2 years of childcare experience. I have 2 wonderful nieces who are my world. I was in Choir for 7 years and love singing with the children any chance I get. I plan on continuing my education to either become an Art teacher or a Counselor to help children.

    Favorite children's book: Stellaluna

    Primrose character I most relate to: Primrose character I most relate to: I most relate to Erwin because we both love to do anything that involves art. I can draw all day and love to help children with drawing or crafts

    What I love most about working with children: Being able to see their smiles and hear their laughs gives me a sense of purpose to keep going. Being there with them when they accomplish something new is an amazing feeling.

  • Mehrunisa Kheraj, Preschool II Assistant Teacher

    Mehrunisa Kheraj

    Preschool II Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I love exploring the world and learning more about the different cultures. I have traveled to many countries and look forward to traveling to many more in my life

    Favorite children’s book:

    “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch

    Primrose character I most relate to:

    Ally, because I take on any responsibility. I put my whole heart into everything I do.

    What I love most about working with children:

    They are always eager to learn about the world they live in. The children genuinely enjoy gathering information and it makes me proud to be a part of that.

  • Sheila Cruz, Preschool II Lead Teacher

    Sheila Cruz

    Preschool II Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I have over 10 years of childcare experience. I love working with children and watching them grow. On my free time I enjoy to spend time with my family.

    Favorite children’s book: The Story of Ferdinand

    Primrose character I most relate to: Arturo the Burro, because I enjoy teaching kids Spanish.

    What I love most about working with children: I enjoy watching kids grow up and learn to talk. I love children

  • Jasmine Ramirez, Preschool II Assistant Teacher

    Jasmine Ramirez

    Preschool II Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other: My name is Jasmine and I have a three year old son that I love so much. I also have a pet hamster. On my days off I love going to the park! 

    Favorite children’s book: Oh the Places You'll Go! 

    Primrose character I most relate to: Libby, because I am thoughtful and listen to others' opinions before making a decision. 

    What I love most about working with children: I love working with children because I want to help them achieve their goals and enjoy watching them grow. 

  • Araya Martin, Pre-Kindergarten I Lead Teacher

    Araya Martin

    Pre-Kindergarten I Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other: I’ve been with Primrose as of February 2019.I was born in South Texas and grew up as a military kid.I was able to travel and live in other states .And a whole other country!We came back to South Texas, where I finished my childhood.I am married and have aspirations to become an ER nurse.

    Favorite children’s book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy the Duck,because I live for music and love to dance to my own tune!

    What I love most about working with children: I love having an impact on their lives and helping them grow.

  • Cassandra Cardenas, Pre-K I Assistant Teacher

    Cassandra Cardenas

    Pre-K I Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other: I have a son who is 14 years old, named Julian. My favorite food to eat is Chick-fil-A and Whataburger. I love to go to the park with my son and am very family oriented. 

    Favorite children’s book: Beauty and the Beast

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly, because I love math and anything to do with numbers. 

    What I love most about working with children: I love that they all have their own sense of humor, different characteristics, and unique personalities. 

  • Lilia Pedroza, Explorer Lead Teacher

    Lilia Pedroza

    Explorer Lead Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other: I enjoy spending time with my fiance and daughter fishing, hiking, and hunting. My fiance says that I am kind, caring, strong, and independent. I enjoy watching movies and TV shows with my family when we are not outdoors. Other activities that I enjoy doing are serving at our church, going on road trips, and adventuring as a family. 

    Favorite children’s book: A Bad Case of Stripes

    Primrose character I most relate to: I relate to Og for my care and compassion, dedication to education, and my love of service to my students and family. 

    What I love most about working with children: I love working with children simply to better our future. Children are our future to our nation and world. 

  • Malaimathy Manoharan, Pre-Kindergarten II Assistant Teacher and Explorer Teacher

    Malaimathy Manoharan

    Pre-Kindergarten II Assistant Teacher and Explorer Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I am so excited to be part of the Primrose Prestmont team. I graduated with my Master's in Information Technology and Management. In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband and two boys.

    Favorite children’s book: Arthur's Reading Race

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally, because we both like to think before we act.

    What I love most about working with children: Being with children brings me happiness!

  • Gabby Jamarillo, Explorer Teacher

    Gabby Jamarillo

    Explorer Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I have been with Primrose since 2015. I am so happy to be at Prestmont! I have 10 years of childcare experience. I love spending time with my family. I love to travel and learn new things! I love what I do and make every day a learning experience for children.

    Favorite children’s book: The Rainbow Fish

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy, because I am a Team Leader!

    What I love most about working with children: I love seeing children grow and learn something new every day!

  • Viviana Castillo Marin, Assistant Teacher

    Viviana Castillo Marin

    Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other: I studied child psychology for 5 years in Ecuador. I love music and am the blissful mother of a one year old little girl. 

    Favorite children’s book: El Aguimista 

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og, because I love to read! 

    What I love most about working with children: I love the fact that we are their example to follow, so we have the chance to give our best to have the best of them in the future.

  • Wendy Mendez, Assistant Teacher

    Wendy Mendez

    Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other: I love kids! I enjoy spending time with them, teaching them new things, and having fun together. I also love learning new things too!

    Favorite children’s book: Little Red Riding Hood

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og because I love to read!

    What I love most about working with children: I love that I get to help them learn new things while spending quality time with them. 

  • DeDee and Kevin Gebhardt, Franchise Owner

    DeDee and Kevin Gebhardt

    Franchise Owners

    Meet DeDee and Kevin Gebhardt – proud Franchise Owners of 3 Primrose Schools in Frisco, Primrose School of Prestmont, Primrose Griffin Parc and Primrose Main & Teel.

    As longtime residents of Frisco, this dynamic couple is committed to serving their community by helping develop the next generation of leaders through high-quality care and education.

    Kevin and DeDee have a very large family with 6 children and now 9 grandchildren, who all attend their Primrose Schools.

    DeDee and Kevin are extremely passionate about exceptional care, early education and close family relationships. They feel strongly that a solid foundation is vital for future success in life.

    The Gebhardt’s both come from the corporate world where they held successful executive careers “As a career mom with six children, I personally understand the difficult journey and rollercoaster of emotions parents go through to find the perfect balance of quality care and education for their children” said DeDee. “That’s why we feel very strongly that we’re in the best position to provide the nurturing and safe environment that is focused on working parent’s needs.”

    But what truly sets the Gebhardt’s’ schools apart are their commitment to families and their ability to recruit, develop and mentor the best leadership teams in the industry... Building on a strong foundation of 30 years leading people, the Gebhardts’ invest in, empower and inspire School Directors, leadership teams and teachers to serve families in ways that are personal and one-of-a-kind – just like every child. They have created a culture that emphasizes great people, servant leadership and exceptional service at the highest standards.

    “Kevin and I are dedicated to bringing our Primrose of Prestmont families a level of service and trust that is unique in the industry - for us, this is not just a business, it’s a mission and we are grateful to have the opportunity to serve your family in a way that makes a difference.”

    From the moment you meet DeDee and Kevin, you’ll know their passion for education and care is a force to be reckoned with, but their staff and teachers are also as committed to offering an atmosphere where children can grow their Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®.

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