Primrose School of South Riding

Our Staff

  • Mrs. De Silva, Director

    Mrs. De Silva


    Mrs. De Silva is the School Director at Primrose School of South Riding  She is a dedicated, nurturing, and collaborative educator with over a decade of early childhood and administrative experience including twelve years as Head of School of a Montessori school prior to joining the Primrose family. Mrs. De Silva holds an Early Childhood Degree from the American Montessori Society, in addition to graduating with the academic distinction, cum laude with Bachelors of Science Degree in Marketing. Her passion in early childhood education began at a very young age where she was often volunteering in her mother’s preschool classroom. By witnessing first hand the profound impact she had on the children in her care instantly enlightened Mrs. De Silva to a philosophy of learning to nurture and inspire the little minds of our future.  Mrs. De Silva has a son who attends Primrose. When she is not at Primrose, she can be found spending time with her family enjoying green spaces, reading, traveling, exploring museums, and trying new recipes.  

  • Mrs. Lekas, Assistant Director

    Mrs. Lekas

    Assistant Director

    Mrs. Lekas is very committed and well educated with the Primrose way. Mrs. Lekas is the Assistant Director and cares about the standards and care of each and every child here at the Primrose School of South Riding. Mrs. Lekas is working toward obtaining a degree in Applied Science Early Childhood Development. She has worked in the Early Childhood Education for more than 15 years.

    As a mother of twin boys, Mrs. Lekas knows how important it is to have a warm and caring environment. She thinks its bests to encourage children to do their absolute best. That is why she has chosen Primrose as a school not only for her liking but the liking of others. "It is a safe environment, and you can feel the warm when walking into any Primrose School". The environment at the school is friendly and outgoing.

  • Mrs. Love, Education Coach

    Mrs. Love

    Education Coach
  • Ms. Rochford, Office Manager

    Ms. Rochford

    Office Manager
  • Mrs. Martinez, Office Manager

    Mrs. Martinez

    Office Manager
  • Mrs. Cortes, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Cortes

    Infant Teacher

    Ms. Cortes is an Infant Teacher at the Primrose School of South Riding. Ms. Cortes has experience in both of our infant classrooms and is currently enjoying teaching in the young infant classroom. Ms. Cortes completed her studies in Puerto Rico before relocating to Northern VA. Ms. Cortes would love to obtain her CDA and plans to work toward that goal. Her favorite thing about Primrose is all of the extracurricular activities such as the parades, the Primrose Patch, and Spring Fling. After work, Ms. Cortes enjoys going for walks, watching reality TV and cooking shows. She also loves spending time with her children.

  • Mrs. Galicia, Older Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Galicia

    Older Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Galicia is an Older Infant Teacher at the Primrose School of South Riding. Mrs. Galicia has over 10 years' experience working with children. She loves watching them grow and achieve success. During her free time, Mrs. Galicia loves spending time with her husband and two sons, Gerson Jr., 18 and Jason, 7.

  • Mrs. Lemus, Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Lemus

    Toddler Teacher
  • Mrs. Ulvan, Early Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Ulvan

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Slahta, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Slahta

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Helfenstein, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Helfenstein

    Preschool Pathways Teacher
  • Mrs. Nutakki, Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Nutakki

    Preschool Teacher
  • Mrs. Somasundaram, Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Somasundaram

    Preschool Teacher
  • Mrs. Stanfield-Hobbs, Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Stanfield-Hobbs

    Preschool Teacher
  • Mrs. Natarajan, Support Teacher

    Mrs. Natarajan

    Support Teacher
  • Mrs. Jabbar, Pre-K Teacher

    Mrs. Jabbar

    Pre-K Teacher
  • Mrs. Gavin, Private Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Gavin

    Private Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Gavin is the Private Kindergarten teacher at the Primrose School of South Riding. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting, and a Masters Degree in Education. Additionally, she holds a Virginia State Teaching License and is certified to teach PreK - 8. In addition to working as our Kindergarten teacher since the 2014-2015 school year, Mrs. Gavin taught Pre-K students for five years and 2nd grade for 5 years. Her favorite part about Primrose is the children she teaches as well as their supportive families. Outside of Primrose, Mrs. Gavin enjoys watching her children play sports and spending time with her family.

  • Mrs. D'Souza, Kindergarten Co-Teacher

    Mrs. D'Souza

    Kindergarten Co-Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye
  • Mrs. Sharma, Support Teacher

    Mrs. Sharma

    Support Teacher
  • Mrs. Izadi, Support Teacher

    Mrs. Izadi

    Support Teacher
  • Mrs. Gummalla, Chef

    Mrs. Gummalla

  • Mr.Ty, Explorers


  • Mrs. Qureshi, Early Preschool Support Teacher

    Mrs. Qureshi

    Early Preschool Support Teacher
  • Mrs. Nikam, Support Teacher

    Mrs. Nikam

    Support Teacher
  • Mrs. Barcenas, Infant Support

    Mrs. Barcenas

    Infant Support
  • Mrs. Servellon, Housekeeper

    Mrs. Servellon

  • Mrs. Agarwal, Explorers Teacher

    Mrs. Agarwal

    Explorers Teacher
  • Ms. Findley, Support Teacher

    Ms. Findley

    Support Teacher
  • Mrs. Devkota, Infant Support Teacher

    Mrs. Devkota

    Infant Support Teacher
  • Mrs. Sundararajan, Support Teacher

    Mrs. Sundararajan

    Support Teacher
  • Mrs. Prabhu, Early Preschool Support Teacher

    Mrs. Prabhu

    Early Preschool Support Teacher
  • Mrs. Mula, Support Teacher

    Mrs. Mula

    Support Teacher
  • Amanda and Eric McDaniel, Franchise Owner

    Amanda and Eric McDaniel

    Franchise Owners

    Hello, we are Amanda and Eric McDaniel, the seasoned Franchise Owners of Primrose Schools in South Riding and Aldie. With over a decade of expertise in early childhood education, we are dedicated to creating a safe and nurturing environment where children can thrive.  As parents, we understand the importance of quality educational child care and found that in Primrose Schools. The exceptional curriculum, teaching methods, and passion of those involved in the brand deeply impressed us, and we felt compelled to bring this wonderful experience to more families.

    We started our journey in early childhood education with the opening of Primrose School of Atlee Commons in Hanover County in 2008, and then expanded to the Primrose School of South Riding. Our passion for instilling a love of learning in children's early years has now led us to open our second location, Primrose School of Aldie. Our commitment to providing the best possible care and preparing children for future success is evident in all that we do.

    As leaders in educational child care, we are passionate about positively impacting the lives of families in the South Riding and Aldie communities. We invite you to experience the Primrose difference and look forward to meeting you soon.

    Amanda McDaniel
    M.S., Physics, University of Virginia
    B.S., Physics, Virginia Tech

    Eric McDaniel
    Ph.D., Physics, University of Virginia
    B.S., Physics, West Virginia University

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