Mr. Henderson holds an AA Degree in Childcare and Guidance, a Bachelors of Science in Child Development and Masters in Education with an emphasis in technology, all from Southeast Missouri State University. He has more than 10 years of formal experience in the field including teaching, leadership and teacher preparation. He enjoys using the skills he has gained throughout his career to empower children and teachers to be leaders in today’s society. In his free time, Mr. Henderson likes to travel and spend time with family.
Ms. Hepper received her Bachelors Degree in Child Development from Southeast Missouri State University and has worked with children for over 5 years. She enjoys helping children develop important life skills and forming trusting relationships with students to support them educationally, socially, and emotionally. Her favorite things to teach include the solar system, shapes, and how to write! Ms. Hepper is from St. Louis and is a life-long Cardinals fan. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, painting, and going to the movies. She is excited to be teaching at Primrose and help our students be successful learners.
Ms. Wolfe brings a wealth of experience, with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and minors in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from Concordia University. She has over 40 years of experience in early childhood education, including teaching and administration. Most of her career has been spent in a director's role, helping teachers excel, creating a nurturing environment, and building strong relationships with families. Ms. Wolfe's expertise and dedication will be invaluable as we continue to provide a nurturing and enriching educational environment for your children.
In her free time, Ms. Wolfe enjoys spending time with her two sons, traveling, and reading.
Ms. Crandall moved back to the St. Charles area after living in Kansas City, MO for 12 years. She has over 8 years of classroom experience in early childhood education. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at University of Missouri – Kansas City. During Ms. Crandall’s tenure as a teacher on UMKC’s campus, she served as a mentor teacher to practicum students. As a mentor teacher, she observed and coached teacher candidates in creating a facilitating lesson plans, building relationships with children and parents and meeting curriculum goals. She was also an adjunct professor at UMKC where she taught a course on assessment and observation to teacher candidates. The focus of this course was on ASQ, child portfolios and behavior screenings.
Ms. Crandall loves watching children explore their world and make connections with the people around them. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her dog, Amos, travel, and do anything outdoors; but her favorite is hiking and paddle boarding. Ms. Crandall is excited to be a part of the Primrose Family!
Ms. Alyssa Volz was born in St. Louis and later moved to St. Charles which she considers “home”. While she has a love for children, she specifically enjoys the administrative side of Primrose as well as engaging with families and teachers. Ms. Volz holds an associates degree from St. Charles Community college and has taken several child development courses.
Ms. Volz has a passion for helping others and loves to engage with children. In her free time, she likes to craft, and spend time with family and friends and her dog Leela!
Mrs. Day-Smith has nearly 10 years of experience in early childhood education. She has held positions as a 2nd grade teacher and kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Day-Smith has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Southeast Missouri State University and is certified to teach birth through 6th grade.
Mrs. Day-Smith grew up in small town in Southeast Missouri, but she currently lives in St. Louis with her husband and twin son and daughter. Mrs. Day-Smith is passionate about building a peaceful classroom community where everyone feels safe to be themselves, explore, and learn. She is excited to be a part of the Primrose team as they deliver passionate and high quality care to their families.
Ms. Jones is currently in school pursuing a degree in counseling at Maryville University. In addition to being the eldest of five children in her family, she also has experience in childcare, after school programs, and summer programs. Ms. Jones’ lifelong love for children and community is what led her to the Explorers Classroom at Primrose.
Ms. Jones was born is St. Charles, MO, but grew up in Okinawa, Japan. She also spent some time in Las Vegas, NV before her step father retired from the Air Force and they moved back to Missouri. Ms. Jones’ experiences abroad increased her love for children and their families. Ms. Jones feels privileged to spend her days witnessing children grow and develop through the balanced curriculum at Primrose.
Mrs. Mallinson has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood: Child and Family Services from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has over ten years in early childhood education. Mrs. Mallinson loves to watch students explore and learn through play. She was born and raised in the St. Louis area and married her high school sweetheart. She has two amazing puppies and loves to go on new adventures. Mrs. Mallinson loves to teach and has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. She loves building relationships with children and families.
Ms. Dorsam graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors degree in Child Development. She has nearly 5 years experience in early childhood education.
Ms. Dorsam loves to connect with children and watch them use their creative minds. She was born and raised in St. Louis and in her free time, she loves to be active and travel.
Introducing Mrs. Berman, an accomplished educator with over a decade of diverse experience in education. Holding a Bachelors of Elementary Education from Lindenwood University, Mrs. Berman is driven by her love for nurturing young minds and contributing to their educational growth.
As a devoted parent of two school-age children herself, Mrs. Berman not only understands the academic needs of her students but also values the importance of strong family partnerships. Outside of her teaching role, she enjoys reading, crafting, and cherishing moments with her family. Mrs. Berman is eagerly excited to connect with and support the families of Primrose, bringing her expertise, passion, and commitment to fostering a positive and enriching learning journey for each child.
Mrs. Cruz is native to Puerto Rico and moved to St. Louis in 2017. Spanish is her first language. Mrs. Cruz has been working with children for nearly 10 years and has completed college course work in Early Childhood Education. Her work with children has ranged from teaching in a preschool setting to tutoring elementary aged children. She also has had the opportunity to travel Central America with her church to help teachers in other countries. Mrs. Cruz loves to help children build a strong foundation that includes love and compassion.
In her free time, Mrs. Cruz enjoys spending time with her husband. Together, they especially love to travel. Interior design is a passion of hers as well. She loves Fall and Christmas and looks forward to sharing in these seasons with the children at Primrose.
Mrs. Kyttle has nearly 10 years of experience in the field of early childhood education including the role of lead pre-kindergarten teacher. She is currently pursuing a degree in education. Her natural ability to connect with children and manage a classroom make her a wonderful additional to our preschool team!
Mrs. Kyttle is originally from Wisconsin but has lived in the St. Louis area since 2014. In her free time she likes to travel and spend time making memories with her friends and family.
Ms. Meneses has over 6 years of professional experience working with children in an early childhood education setting. Ms. Meneses attended Missouri Western State University and obtained a bachelors degree in early childhood education. She enjoys working with children to help them learn and grow into outstanding citizens.
In Ms. Meneses free time, she enjoys taking her dog on walks, gardening, and reading. Ms. Meneses enjoys being part of the Primrose family and its balanced approach to teaching and learning.
Ms. MacKenzie Patterson has been working in Early Childhood Education since 2018 while at she attended the University of Missouri. There she studied Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Family and Lifespan Development. After school Ms. Patterson moved home to work at the University School for Young Children where she worked under Mr. Henderson. In 2020 Ms. Patterson moved to St. Louis to reconnect with friends from college. Ms. Patterson discovered her love for teaching while attending school. She loves having the privilege to watch children reach their goals! To her, watching her students reach a milestone is so exciting and it’s even more exciting to see how proud they are when they reach a goal! Ms. Patterson is excited to be a part of the Primrose Family to help guide the students on their learning adventure!
Mr. Jae Kim is a recent graduate from UMSL with a degree in Early Childhood Education. He has experience working with children of various ages, from preschool to fourth grade. Mr. Jae is passionate about equipping children with the necessary tools for growth and learning at an early age. He believes that fostering a love for learning in children will benefit them in the future. In his free time, Mr. Jae enjoys exploring different cultures through food and taking his dog Yoshi for walks. He is thrilled to be a part of Primrose and share his enthusiasm for learning with his students.
Mrs. Saheli Sen has been in the early childhood field for more than 3 years. She has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in English literature and has a diploma in elementary education. She moved to Saint Louis from India a couple of years ago along with her husband. She loves teaching children and feels every child has a different need in terms of learning. Mrs. Sen is excited to help her students become self-confident, curious and reach their full potential. In her free time, she loves to cook and be creative with arts & crafts. She is delighted to be part of the Primrose Family and guide her students to a brighter future.
Mrs. Wright has a bachelors degree in Intercultural Studies. This led to her family living in the United Kingdom for six years where she worked with children in a church and within the community. After returning to the US in 2021, Mrs. Wright began her masters degree in Mental Health. She has a passion for understanding culture and development. She has a desire to create a safe and fun learning atmosphere where kids can build resilience in their early years of life that will continue to grow as they do.
In her free time, Mrs. Wright loves spending time with her husband and four children. She also enjoys quiet activities like reading and crafting.
Mrs. Ramamoorthy holds a Master's degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor's degree in Teachers' Education and brings a unique blend of academic and educational expertise to our team.
Having worked as a middle school teacher in India, Mrs. Ramamoorthy has valuable experience in the field of education. Additionally, her personal life is enriched by her adorable 5-year-old daughter, currently flourishing in Kindergarten.
Mrs. Ramamoorthy finds immense joy in working with children, and this passion stems from her own experiences as a parent. Choosing Primrose was a natural decision inspired by positive recommendations, the well-balanced curriculum, and warm reception from the staff.
Outside the classroom, Mrs. Ramamoorthy indulges in various hobbies, including cooking, playing tennis and volleyball, and expressing her creativity through painting. In her free time, you can find her enjoying quality moments watching TV and playing with my daughter.
Ms. Blanchard has nearly 10 years of child care experience. Ms. Blanchard was drawn to a career in pediatrics at a young age. Her love of early childhood education started after completing high school and blossomed even more after having her son. She took her passion and love of children and started her career working at a local learning center when her son was a baby. She is excited to be part of the Primrose family. In her free time, Ms. Blanchard loves spending time with her son at the park and having game nights with her sisters and brother.
Mrs. Farnwalt is a highly educated and motivated individual with a diverse background. She holds a bachelor's degree in international business and is currently pursuing a second bachelor's degree. Originally from China, Mrs. Farnwalt recently relocated to the St. Charles area from Columbus, Ohio, along with her husband and their two-year-old daughter, who attends Primrose.
One of Mrs. Farnwalt's greatest joys in teaching is observing the unique and creative ways in which children think. She finds it truly fascinating to witness their problem-solving approaches and listen to their explanations of various concepts in their own words.In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, biking and baking sweets. Mrs. Farnwalt is excited about the opportunity to work with all the families at Primrose and looks forward to fostering a nurturing and engaging learning environment.
Ms. Robinson is a highly experienced educator with over seven years of teaching experience. She has worked with students of various age groups, both in elementary and preschool settings. Ms. Robinson is passionate about guiding her students towards becoming compassionate, responsible, and independent individuals. Currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Elementary Education at Liberty University, she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership.
Outside of the classroom, Ms. Robinson enjoys immersing herself in language studies and exploring different cultures. She cherishes quality time spent with her loved ones and is an avid traveler. Additionally, she actively contributes to her community and finds joy in gaming. Ms. Robinson's diverse interests and dedication to her students make her a valuable asset to any educational institution.
Ms. Echo Dunton’s passion to work with children began at a young age when she would babysit for family and friends. She is currently pursuing her degree in early childhood end elementary education. Her favorite part of being a teacher is building meaningful relationships with children and their parents. She also loves to foster friendships amongst the children in her class to help them learn how to build and maintain relationships throughout their life.
In her free time, Ms. Dunton loves watching movies, spending time with her friends and family, and making art. Ms. Dunton loves being a member of the Primrose team!
Ms. Bamert joined Primrose after retiring as a Kindergarten Teacher. She taught kindergarten at a local elementary school for nearly 30 years. She has a deep passion for watching children grow and change. Ms. Bamert holds a Bachelor’s degree including a teaching certification in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. She also has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum.
Ms. Cornell attended Fontbonne University, where she started her journey as a teacher. Ms. Cornell was a teacher assistant, then she became a substitute teacher for first through eighth grade. After substitute teaching, Ms. Cornell dedicated her free time to tutoring children with learning disabilities, for nearly 5 years.
Ms. Cornell’s love for teaching has never been diminished in all the years of her career, but it continues to grow each and every day. It is Ms. Cornell’s love for teaching that has led her to be a part of the Primrose team. She counts each and every day as a blessing, and she makes sure that she shows the children she teaches, through her actions, how much she loves and enjoys being a part of their lives.
Ms. Ellison has nearly 6 years of professional teaching experience. She holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Moberly Area Community College. Ms. Ellison is passionate about being an early childhood educator because it brings a personal satisfaction knowing she is making a difference in young lives and being an influence on future generations. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family!
Ms. Manno is a passionate educator devoted to nurturing young minds at Primrose! She finds immense joy in guiding students, helping them cultivate invaluable skills for life's journey.
While Ms. Manno holds a cosmetology license, her heart firmly resides in the classroom, committed to long-term work with children, fostering their growth and curiosity.
Beyond teaching, Ms. Manno enjoys expressing herself through creative arts as well as reading and spending time with her two dogs.
Finding a warm and inviting home at Primrose has been a delightful chapter in Ms. Manno's journey, where she thrives on creating a vibrant learning environment for each child.
Mrs. Leslie Bolk has over 15 years of experience in early childhood education. She has completed coursework in early childhood education including the Child Development Associate program. She has held positions from classroom teacher to private nanny of children ages 6 weeks through 7 years. Mrs. Bolk loves caring for children and watching them learn and grow. Infants have a special place in her heart as she loves to develop a special bond with them. Mrs. Bolk was married in 2021 and her and her husband love to travel together. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, camping and crafting. Mrs. Bolk is excited to be a part of the Primrose Family and deliver high quality care and education to the babies in the infant class.
Mrs. Moore brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in early childhood education. Holding an associate degree in early care and education, she has been passionately caring for children and their families for nearly two decades. Her expertise spans across various age groups, although she has spent the majority of her career working closely with infants and toddlers.
Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Moore is a dedicated wife and mother. Married to her husband, John, for 15 years, she takes great pride in her two children, Ben and Mackenzie, as well as their two four-legged companions, Olive and Otis. Mrs. Moore actively participates in Scouts programs and even leads a Girl Scout troop. Camping and spending time outdoors with her family are cherished pastimes.
Mrs. Moore is thrilled to join the Primrose family and is committed to providing a nurturing and engaging learning environment for her students. Her passion for early childhood education shines through her dedication and caring approach, making her an invaluable member of our team
Ms. Jane Lawson has worked with children in a professional setting for nearly 15 years. She has had the privilege of working with children from 6 weeks through age twelve years. In Ms. Lawson’s time away from Primrose, she enjoys walking her dog, Lucy, and spending time with her family and friends.
Ms. Gruszczynski is currently in school pursuing a degree in Early Education. She has 5 years of experience working with children. Ms. Gruszczynski also completed a 2 year Pathways to Teaching course when she was in high school.
Ms. Gruszczynski loves working with children and helping them learn and grow. She is especially excited to be working at Primrose and to encourage and help children become their best selves.
Ms. Landreth is enrolled at St. Charles Community College where she is studying education. Ms. Landreth is CPR certified and has participated in an explorer program to further her emergency medical training skills. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Ms. Landreth has a passion for working with children and loves watching the children at Primrose learn and grow each and every day.
Ms. Harris brings a wealth of childcare experience, having worked in various childcare centers, and gained invaluable skills as the second oldest among eight siblings. Her passion for working with children is fueled by the joy of witnessing their growth and learning. Ms. Harris firmly believes in providing compassion and patience, essential elements for a child's development. Choosing Primrose was a natural fit, as their teaching methods and goals align closely with Ms. Harris’ beliefs in childcare and education.
Outside of work, Ms. Harris explores various art forms, enjoys drawing, and shopping. During her free time, she finds relaxation in watching movies and expressing herself through art.
As a part of the Primrose team, Ms. Harris is committed to nurturing young minds and creating a supportive environment for children to thrive.
Ms. Karen Linhares has more than 30 years of experience in the field of early childhood education. She received her associates degree in Early Childhood Education and currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree. She strongly believes in the Primrose Balanced Approach to learning and has a passion for helping children grow and learn. In her free time, she enjoys archiving family photos, gardening, watching old movies, listening to music, reading and collecting children's books. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family and friends.
Ms. Wozniak is currently studying education at St. Charles Community College. She has always had a passion for working with children and is the oldest of many in her extended family. In her free time, she enjoys performing musically and theatrically. Ms. Wozniak is also a staff member of a children's theater program in her hometown, where she shares her own experiences and helps children get involved with theater. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and dogs. Ms. Wozniak is excited to join the Primrose family and contribute to the growth and development of young minds.
Ms. Gray has over 40 years of professional teaching experience working with ages preschool through 8th grade. She has taught in a variety of settings from public to private schools. She holds a bachelors in education from UMSL, a lifetime teaching certificate and has completed post-graduate course work.
Ms. Gray is the proud mother of 4 children and is looking forward to becoming a grandma very soon. She is also a loving aunt to many. In her free time, Ms. Gray enjoys having fun with her family and friends and traveling. Ms. Gray is always open to learning and doing new things and meeting new people at Primrose.
Ms.Deardorff was born in St. Louis and moved to California when she was 21. She relocated back to St. Louis with her daughter and loves to be a part of the Primrose team. Ms. Deardorff has extensive experience in the field of education, working as the director of a children’s education program and public school lunch supervisor. She is excited to provide healthy, nutritional meals to our students to support their learning experience and create healthy bodies and active minds. Ms.Deardorff enjoys the laughter and kindness at Primrose and lives by the quote “Do one thing every day that scares you.” We are so happy to have Ms.Deardorff on the Primrose team!
Mrs. Gleghorn has several years of experience in the childcare field and has a passion for creating a safe and nurturing environment for children.
Mrs. Gleghorn’s journey into childcare began at a young age when she discovered her love for working with children while babysitting for family and friends. This early experience ignited a lifelong commitment to fostering the well-being and growth of young minds. Mrs. Gleghorn is a proud mother and has been married for over 25 years, she finds joy and fulfillment in the love and support of her family.
In Mrs. Gleghorn’s free time, she enjoys relaxing and watching television, listening to Joy FM, and shopping for new shoes. She also loves spending time with her 12 Grandchildren, 6 boys and 6 girls.
What makes Mrs. Gleghorn truly special is her infectious love for children, and she finds joy in being part of the supportive and caring community at Primrose. Her commitment to creating a safe, nurturing, and stimulating atmosphere reflects the values that make Primrose a special place for both children and their families.
Mr. Dornseif holds a BS Degree in Healthcare Management and a BS Degree in Information Systems, both from Maryville University. He is currently retired and serves as the Transportation Specialist (aka Bus Driver) for Primrose. He has 15 years experience mentoring boys as an assistant scoutmaster for a large Boy Scout Troop in Des Peres and now volunteers weekly at the Harvester Christian Church Food Pantry. He is married and has a son and daughter and two granddaughters. He is an avid cyclist and participates in many outdoor activities and loves to travel. He enjoys being part of the Primrose team and is known by the children on the bus as “Mr. Dan”.
I am Jamie Ovlia, proud Franchise Owner of Primrose School of St. Charles at Heritage. I am excited to be a very hands on owner of a school in my hometown and love to provide families in St. Charles and St. Peters with the high-quality education and care that Primrose Schools offers.
From our own experience as parents, my husband, Vince, and I know how hard it can be to find premier child care, daycare, and preschool services in our community. In 2016, we found Primrose and instantly knew it was what we were looking for. From the Balanced Menu to the Balanced Learning® approach, our family fell in love with the Primrose Experience®. We were willing to extend our commutes so our daughter could attend Primrose, and now we are thrilled to provide that same child care experience to children in our community.
Vince and I were both raised in the area. After leaving to further our educations, we decided to move back to St. Charles in 2012 to begin our family. My background is in medicine with a bachelor’s in health science from Truman State University and a master’s of medical science in physician’s assistant studies from Midwestern University. I have always had a passion for helping people, and coming from a career focused on health and safety, I am a natural fit to enriching the lives of children and their families through Primrose.
Our family's goal is to offer the children of our community— including our three children, Penelope, Leo and Benson— well-rounded, high-quality child care, allowing them to grow academically, physically, socially and emotionally.
We are proud to deliver the Primrose Experience, and we can’t wait to welcome you to our Primrose family!