Primrose School Building

Primrose School of St. Louis Park West

Our Staff

  • Ms. Saira Sidi, School Owner/ Interim Director

    Ms. Saira Sidi

    School Owner/ Interim Director

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Saira Sidi.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ms. Saira Sidi

    Hometown: , Minnesota

    Child care experience:

    Education Background:

    Favorite food:

    Favorite weekend activity:

    Favorite children’s book:

    Primrose character I most relate to:

    What I’m most excited about this school year:

  • Elizabeth Cassidy, Assistant Director

    Elizabeth Cassidy

    Assistant Director

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Cassidy. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools, we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ms. Cassidy

    Hometown: Norwich, Vermont

    Child care experience: Preschool Teacher (3 years), Toddler Teacher (2 years), Pre-K Teacher (1 year), plus many years working as a babysitter, camp counselor, and after-school care counselor.

    Education Background: Dual Honors Degree in Theater and Mathematics from the College of Saint Benedict. Certified in Special Needs Educated.

    Favorite food: My mom's roasted lamb!

    Favorite weekend activity: Curling up with a book and a cup of coffee.

    Favorite children’s book: Tacky the Penguin

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the Cow - I am a firm believer in respect for others...and I also love math! (I majored it in!)

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know all of the PSLPW families!

  • Mrs. Kathy Shapiro, Education Director

    Mrs. Kathy Shapiro

    Education Director

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Mrs. Shapiro. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools, we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Mrs. Shapiro

    Hometown: St. Louis Park, MN

    Child care experience: I have over 25 years of experience in childcare, from infants to kindergarten. I have worked for the past 10 years as a Kindergarten teacher.

    Education Background: Bachelor of Science in Family Life Child Development/ Early Education

    Favorite weekend activity: Hanging with my family/ gardening/ anything outdoors

    Favorite children’s book: Anything by Eric Carle!

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og the Bookworm because I love books!

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Building relationships with Staff and Children

  • Ms. Kim Yuon-Elliot

    Infant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Kim. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools, we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ms. Kim

    Hometown: San Francisco, California (Bay Area)

    Child care experience: 7 years of Experience, Special Education Para, After School Program Teacher

    Education Background: Alumna of Cal State East Bay. Majored in Sociology with a specialty in Social Work, minored in Early Childhood Education and Youth Development

    Favorite food: Thai Food, African Food

    Favorite weekend activity: Cooking for the Family, Thrift Shopping, and Taking a walk on the Beach

    Favorite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally the Bunny

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Seeing new friends and watching old friends grow!

  • Ms. Stephany Nathe, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Stephany Nathe

    Infant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Stephany.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ms. Stephany

    Hometown: Bloomington, Minnesota

    Child care experience: YMCA, Nannying

    Education Background: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

    Favorite food: Shrimp Alfredo

    Favorite weekend activity: Shopping

    Favorite children’s book: Goodnight Moon

    Primrose character I most relate to: Mia the Mouse

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Connecting with the students

  • Ms. Joelle Chicoine, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Joelle Chicoine

    Infant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Chicoine.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ms. Chicoine

    Hometown: Mt. Airy, North Carolina

    Child care experience: Babysitting and home daycares

    Education Background: Dobson Community College

    Favorite food: Seafood

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my boyfriend, Timmy!

    Favorite children’s book: The Harry Potter series

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin- I love art and birthdays!

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Doing arts and crafts with all of the children!

  • Ms. Elizabeth Anderson, Infant Wing Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Elizabeth Anderson

    Infant Wing Assistant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Elizabeth.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ms. Elizabeth

    Hometown: Winona, MN

    Child care experience:3 years

    Education Background: Elementary Education degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood from Winona State University

    Favorite food: Anything Involving Chocolate

    Favorite weekend activity: Hanging our with Friends and Family, Watching Movies, and Baking

    Favorite children’s book: Too hard to choose!

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og - I love reading!

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Being able to support and witness the growth of the little ones!

  • Ms. Brianna Wright, Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Brianna Wright

    Young Toddler Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Brianna. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools, we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ms. Brianna

    Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Child care experience: 10 years of Experience

    Education Background: Bachelors Degree in Psychology

    Favorite food: Mexican Food

    Favorite weekend activity: Bowling

    Favorite children’s book: Goodnight Moon

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin the Bear

    What I’m most excited about this school year: The growth of my kiddos

  • Ms. Tabita Georgiyesh, Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Tabita Georgiyesh

    Young Toddler Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Tabita. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools, we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ms. Tabita

    Hometown: Ukraine

    Child care experience: Over 3 years of Nannying

    Education Background: High School Diploma

    Favorite food: Sushi

    Favorite weekend activity: Car Shows, Going to the Gym

    Favorite children’s book: Love You Forever

    Primrose characters I most relate to: Erwin & Ally

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Watching the students grow up, learn new things, and make new friends!

  • Ms. Sara Rose, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Sara Rose

    Toddler Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Sara. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools, we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ms. Sara

    Hometown: Elk River, Minnesota

    Child care experience: Over 8 Years

    Education Background: Graduated from Elk River High School

    Favorite food: Pho

    Favorite weekend activity: Hiking in the sun

    Favorite children’s book: Where the Wild Things Are

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og the Worm

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Making Connecitons with the Kids

  • Ms. Cali Mowers, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Cali Mowers

    Toddler Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Cali. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools, we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ms. Cali

    Hometown: Albert Lea, Minnesota

    Child care experience: 7 years - Babysitting and Nanny

    Education Background: Bachelors Degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota

    Favorite food: Any Chinese food, especially Lo Mein!

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family and friends

    Favorite children’s book: Any princess story!

    Primrose character I most relate to Billy - I like to sing!

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to have fun with the kids!

  • Ms. Nimota Olaidea, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Nimota Olaidea

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Nimota. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools, we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ms. Nimota

    Hometown: Ibadan, Nigeria

    Child care experience: 15 Years

    Education Background: Early Childhood Development Degree

    Favorite food: Spaghetti

    Favorite weekend activity: Going out with my Daughter

    Favorite children’s book: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

    Primrose character I most relate to: Katie the Cat - Cooperation

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am most excited to see the kids happy to come to class

  • Ms. Kaelee Ann Embry

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Mackenzie Robison, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Mackenzie Robison

    Preschool Pathways Teacher
  • Mr. Bill Thao, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Mr. Bill Thao

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Mr. Bill.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools, we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Mr. Bill

    Hometown: Forrest Lake, Minnesota

    Child care experience: 2 years

    Education Background: Nursing Major

    Favorite food: Steak, Rice, and Pho

    Favorite weekend Activity: Fishing, Play Videogames, Cruising, Urban Explore, and spending time with family and friends

    Favorite children’s book: There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy the Rooster

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am looking forward to meeting new people and having some fun

  • Ms. Jaime Vassallo, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Jaime Vassallo

    Preschool Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Jaime. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools, we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ms. Jaime

    Hometown: Corcoran, MN

    Child care experience: 5 years

    Education Background: Bachelors in Elementary Education, Minor in English

    Favorite food: Sushi

    Favorite weekend activity: Golf! Even in the Winter!

    Favorite children’s book: Bad Case of the Stripes

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy the Duck - Keeping Promises

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Developing relationships with the children and teaching the curreiculum in a fun, creative way, so everyone has a positive experience!

  • Mr. Austin Gumbiner, Preschool Teacher

    Mr. Austin Gumbiner

    Preschool Teacher
  • Ms. Kitty Flink, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Kitty Flink

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Kitty. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools, we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ms. Kitty

    Hometown: Mankato, Minnesota

    Child care experience: 15 years

    Education Background: Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education

    Favorite food: Seafood

    Favorite weekend activity: Being outdoors camping, fishing, or watching football

    Favorite children’s book: Pokey Little Puppy

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly, because she gets along with everyone and creates a positive environment everywhere she goes!

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Watching each child blossom as they prepare for kindergarten!

  • Ms. Katie Makousky, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Katie Makousky

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Katie. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools, we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ms. Katie

    Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota

    Child care experience: 3 years - Infants through School Age

    Education Background: Bachelors Degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Minnesota

    Favorite food: Burritos

    Favorite weekend activity: Going Paddle boarding and spending time with friends

    Favorite children’s book: Possum Come a-Knockin'

    Primrose character I most relate to: Katie, because we have the same name and she's all about working together

    What I’m most excited about this school year: All of the STEM projects we have planned!

  • Mr. Chee Yang, Kindergarten Teacher

    Mr. Chee Yang

    Kindergarten Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Mr. Yang.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Mr.Yang

    Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota

    Child care experience: 7 years

    Education Background: Elementary Education Degree

    Favorite food: BBQ Pork Ribs

    Favorite weekend activity: Grilling with family and friends!

    Favorite children’s book: THe Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy the Rooster

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to form new relationships with both parents and students alike

  • Ms. Rona Magana, Full School Float Teacher

    Ms. Rona Magana

    Full School Float Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Ms. Magana.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ms. Magana

    Hometown: Lakewood, California

    Child care experience: Twenty years

    Education Background: Highschool and some college

    Favorite food: Burgers and fries

    Favorite weekend activity: Beach, walking and biking

    Favorite children’s book: Are You My Mother?

    Primrose character I most relate to: Mia the Mouse

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know all of the new children!

  • Mr. Timothy Heath

    Lower Level Float Teacher
  • Ms. Vanessa Juarez, Float Teacher

    Ms. Vanessa Juarez

    Float Teacher
  • Chef James Gaines, Chef

    Chef James Gaines

    Chef

    Let’s get to know each other.

    I’m Chef James.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    You see, at Primrose Schools we’re more than a team of professional teachers and child care education specialists. We’re also a family, and we care for every child as though he or she was our own. And like your home, our school provides a secure, nurturing environment that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Chef James

    Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Cooking experience: 36 years

    Education Background: M.T.I.

    Favorite food: Lobster Tails, Porterhouse Steaks

    Favorite weekend activity: Rollerskating

    Favorite children’s book: Green Eggs and Ham

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin the Bear - Cooking is a Science!

    What I’m most excited about this school year: The Kids!

  • Saira Sidi & Sulaiman Hemani, Franchise Owner

    Saira Sidi & Sulaiman Hemani

    Franchise Owner

    Saira Sidi and Sulaiman Hemani, are proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of St. Louis Park West, who are thrilled to bring the unique Primrose Experience to the children and families in the greater Minneapolis area.

    Saira and Sulaiman -who have been married for nearly 20 years and have lived in Maplewood, Minn., for 18 years—were first introduced to the idea of opening their own Primrose school in late 2014 when a close friend became a Franchise Owner. The couple was immediately inspired by the life-changing opportunity, which was not only a career change and an exciting business venture but also a chance to make a difference in their community by shaping the lives of tomorrow’s leaders.

    The couple met in Montreal, Canada, while both were attending Concordia University (and Saira was also pursuing an associate’s degree in nursing from Dawson College). Saira, who has been a nurse for more than two decades and has always been passionate about education and health, will use her skills and expertise to handle the day-to-day operations of the school. Sulaiman, a tech industry veteran and computer systems architect, will provide “behind-the-scenes” support and financial guidance. Both have been active volunteers in their community and believe in giving and serving without expectation, so they are also excited to continue their commitment to giving back through the Primrose PromiseTM corporate social responsibility program.

    They have witnessed firsthand the incredible difference Primrose Schools has made in the lives of young children whom they are very close to. As Franchise Owners, their goal is to provide a loving, warm atmosphere where children can grow Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®. “Every single day, my personal goal is to make a difference in at least one person’s life. That is what I stand for and is what I would like to share,” explains Saira.

    Sulaiman agrees, adding, “The Primrose culture and values align with our own personal values. I want to ask parents, ‘when your child grows up, what kind of person do you want him to be?’ If they want him to be a passionate, good person with strong morals, then this is the perfect place for him. We will provide a value system for children in their early years that will guide them for the rest of their lives.”

    Slated to open winter 2017, Primrose School of St. Louis Park West will feature the Balanced Learning® curriculum in infant through Kindergarten classrooms and the Primrose Explorers before- and after-school program for students up to age 12. Developed and taught exclusively at Primrose Schools, the research-informed curriculum blends purposeful play with nurturing guidance to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion.

    Primrose School of St. Louis Park West is located at 8955 West 36th Street. For more information, visit www.PrimroseStLouisParkWest.com.


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