Primrose School Building

Primrose School at Shadow Canyon

Our Staff

  • Maria Emmanuelli, Franchise Owner/Director

    Maria Emmanuelli

    Franchise Owner/Director

    Hello! I am Maria Emmanuelli. When my parents (José & Nydia) and I first heard about Primrose Schools, I was inspired. Primrose's early learning approach balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion. Both of my children are Primrose graduates - they were able to develop a sense of confidence in the classroom and an advanced comprehension for learning that has remained with them throughout school and beyond.

    I’ve been Director of our school since it opened in April of 2005. Having earned Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from UC Denver and licensure in Early Childhood Special Education, I have over 20 years experience in education and business operations. 

    Providing a foundation for learning and life and, above all, a safe, loving and nurturing environment for your children is our priority! We are committed to making a difference the lives of our children, families, staff and community, ensuring that they receive the best our Primrose School has to offer.

    I always tell everyone that Primrose is my second home, and I hope that we can make it your family's second home too. I look forward to welcoming you into our Primrose family!

  • Natalie Jensen, Director

    Natalie Jensen


    Hi, my name is Natalie Jensen. I am from the Bay Area, but have been in Colorado since 1994.

    I attended the University of Nevada-Reno, on a soccer scholarship. I have my bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with an emphasis in Early Childhood. My minor is in Psychology. Prior to working for Primrose, I worked for an early intervention program for the state of Nevada aiding families with children with developmental disabilities.

    I have been with our Primrose school since 2006 where I began my journey as an Early Childhood teacher in the Preschool class and became Director in 2008. I also currently play the role of a Primrose parent, as my daughters Brailynn and Camdyn attend the school.

    I feel so fortunate to be a part of each child’s development, and even more fortunate for the relationships that are built with the children and their families. I look forward to getting to know your family!

  • Natreece Baumgartner, Director

    Natreece Baumgartner


    Hi! I'm Natreece Baumgartner. I joined the Primrose Shadow Canyon family, originally, in September of 2006 where I started as an afternoon teacher aide and then quickly invested in advancing to become an early childhood educator. I immediately fell in love with the way Primrose brings the best in educational child care to families and children.

    I took a break to explore Human Resources but found that I was missing Primrose and returned to a Primrose in Colorado Springs where I was the Director for three years. I have been affiliated with Primrose Schools for over fifteen years and am very excited to return back to where I first started! 

    I have twin children who attend Primrose, and they both love it! I enjoy spending time with my boys doing all things active such as trampoline places, sports or the pool!

    I understand the importance of working with the staff and families to constantly strive to create the best environment for children. I am beyond excited to get to know each family and child here at Primrose School at Shadow Canyon!


  • Jose C Emmanuelli, Franchise Owner/Building and Site Manager

    Jose C Emmanuelli

    Franchise Owner/Building and Site Manager
  • José and Nydia Emmanuelli, Franchise Owner

    José and Nydia Emmanuelli

    Franchise Owners

    We began our search in finding quality child care when our daughter Maria announced we were going to be grandparents…and our lives have never been the same! When Maria realized that she needed quality care for her son and was not able to find anything that met her needs, we were living in Texas at the time and there we discovered Primrose Schools. The moment Nydia walked into that Primrose School, she realized that this was exactly what she wanted for our grandchildren. We moved back to Denver and in April of 2005, we opened the Primrose School at Shadow Canyon. We are proud that both of our grandchildren are Primrose graduates, and we were here to watch them grow every day!

    We believe who children become is as important as what they know. We are committed to the Primrose Schools balanced approach of purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers. We strive to offer social, emotional, physical, and intellectual early childhood development that will instill in each child a positive self-esteem and a love of learning. Not only are Primrose Schools academically accredited, like leading elementary and secondary schools are, but the focus that Primrose puts on character development and values is evident as well. Our students are well prepared for elementary school and beyond.

    We warmly welcome you and your children to Primrose School at Shadow Canyon.

    José & Nydia Emmanuelli

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