Primrose School Building

Primrose School of St. Paul at Merriam Park

Our Staff

  • Mrs. Kylie S., Assistant Director

    Mrs. Kylie S.

    Assistant Director

    Hello, I'm Mrs. Kylie. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I earned my B.S. in Early Childhood Education and add on Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education in December of 2012 at the University of Wisconsin Stout. I have always been passionate about early education and modeling to others the importance of being welcoming, respectful, and providing an engaging environment that encourages life long learning.

    I have been working in the Child Care setting for over 10 years, in the infant & preschool age groups; starting at Primrose! I started my Primrose journey in 2013 as a Infant Teacher then switched gears to teach Preschool until my daughter was born in 2017. I have always loved the Primrose Philosophy and Balance- Learning curriculum and had the unique opportunity to not only teach it to other children but to watch my own child develop and grow through the program. It has simply been the best!

    As part of the Leadership Team, I am excited to getting to know our families at a personal level and continue to watch all of our little friends grow.

  • Mrs. Julie H., Assistant Director

    Mrs. Julie H.

    Assistant Director

    Hello, I'm Mrs. Julie Hove. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I grew up in Lombard, Illinois and have a degree in Theatre Education from Illinois State University. I moved to Minnesota in 2002 to work for CLIMB Theatre. With CLIMB, I traveled to 175+ schools across the Upper Midwest and taught interactive classes to students from pre-kindergarten through college. I was lucky enough to execute CLIMB’s first international programming as well, teaching Bullying Prevention classes to elementary school students in Tokyo, Japan. After traveling with CLIMB I became the Director of their Teaching Company for several years.

    In 2013, I decided to try teaching preschool and I’ve been working in early childhood education ever since. I came to Primrose School of St. Paul in 2017 and immediately felt like I had found the right place! I appreciate Primrose’s balanced approach that allows the kids to experience both purposeful play and teacher-directed learning. I also love the Happy Hearts program that teaches a different character education topic each month, as well as Harmony & Heart, our music program! I taught Pre-K at our school for four years before becoming an Assistant Director. I am excited that this position allows me to support all of the classrooms and all of the teachers, so that every student in our school will have the best possible journey!

    I live in St. Paul with my husband, Eric, and our two cats, Beckett and Marcel. In my spare time I enjoy reading, binge-watching TV shows, and playing Pokémon Go. I can't wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • Ms. Rachel E.

    Assistant Director

    Hello I'm Ms. Rachel.

    I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with a B.S in Developmental. Psychology. After graduation, I worked as a toddler teacher and as a Director at another early childhood center. . Outside of work, I love spending time outdoors and snuggling on the couch with my pets. I look forward to learning more about the families and watching all of the children learn and grow!

  • Chef Mary Pat, School Chef

    Chef Mary Pat

    School Chef

    Hello I'm Chef Mary Pat. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I love to cook, bake, read, and walk my dog!! I also love to travel, especially to visit my children who reside in Chicago and San Francisco. I have been working with the culinary arts for over 35 years. One of my favorite childrens books is The Blueberry Girl.

    I look forward to getting to know all the families here at Primrose St. Paul.

  • Ms. Stephanie N., Infant Teacher

    Ms. Stephanie N.

    Infant Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Hello, I'm Ms. Stephanie. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I went to Dakota County Technical College and Concordia University St. Paul for my B.S Degree in Early Child Education as well as an Associates Degree in Child Development from Concordia University. I choose early childhood because I enjoy teaching children! Its fun to see the light bulb turn on when a child's curiosity is sparked. I also enjoy spending time with my dog Lotti and my cat Greta! In my spare time, I love to travel and try new food places.

    I look forward to getting to know all the families and watching the children grow and learn.

  • Ms. Ashley K., Infant Teacher

    Ms. Ashley K.

    Infant Teacher

    Hello, I'm Ms. Ashley. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I went to Northwest Technical College in Bemidji for Child Development. I've been working with infants for over 18 years. I love working with infants and being apart of the Primrose Family!

    I look forward to caring for your little one!

  • Mrs. Yvonne K., Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Yvonne K.

    Infant Teacher

    Hello, My name is Ms. Yvonne. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I grew up here in St. Paul Minnesota! I have been working in Early Childhood for over 9 years. I have 2 boys of my own that keep me on my toes. In my spare time, I love drawing and crafting. I have always enjoyed working in childcare and watching the children grow and learn.

    I look forward most to getting to know more about the children and family's here at Primrose.

  • Mrs. Salam A., Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Salam A.

    Infant Teacher

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

    I have been working with children since 2016. I have my degree in Business Management, however since moving to the United States I have found my passion is working with young children. I really enjoy watching the children's faces light up with they are intrigued by something new.

  • Ms. Angelena Y., Infant Support Teacher

    Ms. Angelena Y.

    Infant Support Teacher

    Hello! I’m Ms. Angelena, I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. I went to Winona State for a year to work on a Degree in Social Work. I like to keep my self busy and enjoy listening to music.

    I look forward to creating strong bonds with our families and children family here at Primrose.

  • Mrs. Jamila W.

    Infant Support Teacher

    Hello! My name is Jamila. I have 3 children. I grew up in Ethiopia. When I was young, I wanted to be teacher. As a grew up, I started taking Child Development and Teaching classes. I love working with children and enjoy the time I get to spend with them.

  • Ms. Bria H., Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Bria H.

    Young Toddler Teacher

    Hello I’m Ms. Bria. I wanted to tell you a bit about myself. I went to college for 2 years at USF in Florida and graduate from Winona State. I am a BIG Vikings fan and love the Twins! I enjoy reading and spending time with my family and friends.

    I can’t wait to learn more about our families and friends.

  • Ms. Vajanique C., Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Vajanique C.

    Young Toddler Teacher

    Hello I’m Vajanique. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I recently graduated from Bryant and Stratton College with a Associates Degree in Early Childhood. I have been working in Early Childhood for many years being a nanny and in centers. In my spare time I enjoy writing and traveling, I am also a mother to a wonderful baby boy and I love working with children.

    I cant wait to learn more about you and your family!


  • Ms. Yenesia H.

    Young Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Patricia S.

    Young Toddler Support Teacher
  • Mrs. Vilma A., Early Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Vilma A.

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello, I'm Mrs. Vilma. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I attended Pedagogical University in Vilnius, Lithuania and graduated with a Masters in Geography. I have 12 years + of experience working in Early Childhood Schools and Middle Schools. In my spare time I enjoy exploring and hiking outside with my family. I hope to encourage your children to develop into curious learners that will last a lifetime!

    I look forward to watching your children grow, explore and learn.

  • Ms. Kristina M., Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Kristina M.

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello, I'm Ms. Kristina. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I graduated with a B. A Degree in Studio Art at St. Olaf College. Growing up, I had experience working with children and I am glad to be working with the children here at Primrose. In my spare time I love going to the park and being outdoors.

    I am most excited to watch and help the children in my class grow academically and physically!

  • Ms. Erin H., Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Erin H.

    Early Preschool Teacher

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

    I live in St. Paul and have one older sister who lives in Hollandale MN. I went to school at Augsburg and the U of M.I like to spend the weekends at my parents cabin, enjoying the water and hanging out with my family. I am excited to get to know my students and families.

    Let’s have a great year!

  • Ms. Autumn P., Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Autumn P.

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello I'm Ms. Autumn. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I have been working in Early Childhood for over 5 years and went to St. Paul College. I have a wonderful stepson and boyfriend. I use to be a bible study teacher and lead daycare provider. I enjoy camping, art, board games, Disney movies and cooking! I also have a dog named Luna and two cats; Shadow and Bean! In my free time I love to create art, go camping, and meditate to unwind!

    I can't wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • Mrs. Hanna B., Early Preschool Support Teacher

    Mrs. Hanna B.

    Early Preschool Support Teacher

    Hello I’m Ms. Hanna!

    I have being teaching children for 17 years. The thing I love most about teaching is having fun with the children, taking care of them and watching them grow and learn!

  • Ms. Ariel S., Early Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Ariel S.

    Early Preschool Pathways Teacher

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

    I love working in Early Childhood! I have a little one of my own and look forward to making lots of memories here. I am from St. Paul Minnesota. I have over 10 years of experience as a Nanny and a Teacher. In my spare time I love to be with my family.

    I look forward to meeting all the kiddos here at Primrose.

  • Ms. Torie Z., Early Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Torie Z.

    Early Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Hello, I'm Ms. Torie. I wanted to tell you al little about myself.

    I've worked with young children at the YMCA and newly arrived refugee teens from all over the world. I had the privilege of working at Bridgeview with neurologically and physically impaired children. I have my Certificate in Early Childhood Education from St. Paul. I joined the Minnesota Reading Corps and have experience working at Jackson School and Children's House Montessori.

    I can't wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • Ms. Britt C., Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Britt C.

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello! I’m Ms. Britt!

    I have my B.S Degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. I have been working with children since I was 16 years old. I love being part of the Primrose team and being a good role model for my students. It is such a joy to watch them learn and grow everyday.

    In my free time, I enjoy reading, singing, traveling, fitness and art. A fun fact about me is after graduating from college, I spent a year abroad working as an “au pair.”

    I’m most excited about working with students on learning the alphabet, handwriting and getting to know my students and their families.

  • Ms. Serena H.

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello! I’m Ms. Serena Hill. I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself.

    I graduated from Roseville Area High School and am currently working on my CDA (Child Development Associates). I chose this field simply because I love being part of a child’s learning and development. Outside of work, I love to go bowling and be with friends and family. I look forward to getting to know the children and their families.

  • Mrs. Stephanie K., Prekindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Stephanie K.

    Prekindergarten Teacher

    Hi I'm Stephanie. I wanted to tell you about myself.

    I graduated from Concordia St Paul with my Masters in Early Childhood Education. I chose the field of Early Childhood Education because our children are our future and we need to help them prepare for the world. Outside of work, I like to be outside, be with my family and crafts outside of school work.

    I can't wait to meet the families and students.

  • Ms. Emily L.

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
  • Ms. Ashley P., Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Ashley P.

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello I’m Ms. Ashley. I wanted to tell you a little about myself!

    Teaching began for me with my brother learning his ABCs and animal facts in our impromptu classroom of upside-down clothes basket desks with National Geographic magazines at home. Even then I had always known a love of school would resonant with me well into adulthood. Since those days, I have traveled to Guatemala and as far as Cuenca, Ecuador. I worked as a Spanish/English substitute and later taught in an CEDEI Preschool.

    I aim to be a guide in the learning process by providing a warm and caring nature (and a bit of energetic and dramatic flair) to each day!

    Thank you for your loving welcome into the Primrose family!


  • Ms. Eleanor O., Prekindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Eleanor O.

    Prekindergarten Teacher

    Hello! I’m Eleanor!

    I am a student at St. Catherine's University. I love working with children and animals. I have two parents, a sister and 2 dogs named Chandler & Marley. I love to meditate, read, swim and meet new people. I am so very excited to meet my Primrose Friends!

  • Mr. Zachary S.

    Prekindergarten Teacher
  • Ms. Isabella G.

    Pre-kindergarten & Preschool Support Teacher

    Hello! I’m Ms. Isabella Gliori, you can call me Bella.

    I grew up in a small town in New Pague, MN. Fun Fact about myself, I am adopted. I earned my Associates Degree in the Arts from Normandale Community College and got into the Social Work program at Augsburg University.

    Outside of work I enjoy rollerblading and listening to True Crime Podcasts.

    I look forward to meeting and getting to know the children

  • Ms. Alyssa H.

    Pre-Kindergarten & Preschool Support Teacher
  • Ms. Lilli C.

    Pre-Kindergarten & Preschool Support Teacher
  • Mrs. Peg A., Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Peg A.

    Kindergarten Teacher

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

    I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. My passion is teaching! I love making lessons come alive. I have taught preschool, Pre K, multi-age classrooms, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade.

  • Mrs. Anajah A., Explorers Teacher & Support Teacher

    Mrs. Anajah A.

    Explorers Teacher & Support Teacher

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

    I have been working with children since 2015. I am currently attending Concordia University in their Early Childhood Education Program. I choosethis field because I enjoy teaching and watching the children grow. Outside of work, I enjoy being with my family, traveling and sewing .

    I look forward to getting to know the Explorers families better!

  • Ms. Hannah G., Explorers Teacher & Support Teacher

    Ms. Hannah G.

    Explorers Teacher & Support Teacher

    Hello I’m Ms. Hannah. I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself.

    I really enjoy working with children and have been working in the Child Care field since 2011. I chose this line of work because I love watching them learn and grow. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my friends, going to bonfire and going to museums.

    I am excited about being apart of each child’s learning in growth.

  • Ms. Alyce J., Support Teacher

    Ms. Alyce J.

    Support Teacher

    Hello, I'm Ms. Alyce. I wanted to tell you a little about myself..

    I am a mom of 3 wonderful children; a 4 year old daughter, 3 year old son and a newborn son. I attended Century College. I have always enjoyed working with children at a young age. I started off as a camp counselor then switched between being a private nanny and working in childcare centers. In my spare time I enjoy reading, going to the zoo with my children and bake.

    I am most excited to witness the children learning and watching them grow.


  • Ms. Deborah A., Support Teacher

    Ms. Deborah A.

    Support Teacher

    Hello, I'm Ms. Deborah. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I have been working in a Child Care setting for over 17 years. I love to watch the young children in my care grow and learn what we have been practicing in class. I love to cook soul food and being with family. My favorite book to read to the kiddos is Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.

    I can't wait to learn more about you and your family!

  • Mrs. Edith V., Support Teacher

    Mrs. Edith V.

    Support Teacher

    Hello I’m Ms. Edith!

    I have always enjoyed working with children and have been working in early childhood since 2010. I have two playful and energetic children at home that I love spending time with.

    I look forward to meeting and getting to know the families and children including their personalities here at Primrose.

  • Ms. Janet K., Support Teacher

    Ms. Janet K.

    Support Teacher

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

    I come from a large family and have many nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and great nephews. I love children and have been working in early childhood for some time. I enjoy movies and reading in my spare time. I look forward watching children grow and learn new things.

  • Ms. Jessica B., Support Teacher

    Ms. Jessica B.

    Support Teacher

    Hello, I'm Ms. Jessica. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I grew up in New York city as a child. I have over 20 years experience in a Child Care setting. I love to live a healthy Vegan lifestyle! Some of my favorite things to do is meditate, take walks, dance and jog. I love to watch how children learn, grow, and move forward with development. I am also excited about meeting new families and maintaining relationships with past ones.

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

  • Ms. Aine D.

    Support Teacher
  • Renae Hobbs & Bill Taylor

    Franchise Owners

    We are very excited and proud to have the opportunity to bring Primrose School of Saint Paul at Merriam Park to Saint Paul! We opened Primrose School of Lakeville seven years ago and it’s been an amazing and educational journey. Like many of you, we went through many trials and tribulations finding the right childcare that met our expectations. We were determined to find a school that provided the best education as well as a loving nurturing environment. A place that we would feel safe entrusting our children to their care. A place that cared about all aspects of a child’s development: accredited curriculum, enrichment, character development, life skills, healthy menu, and that was safe and secure. We are strong advocates of early education and believe these foundational years are essential in a child’s development. Our search ended with Primrose Schools and we believe yours will too! It was this search that brought the Taylor and Hobbs families together to create a unique partnership.

    Our families are very involved in both schools and bring unique educational and career skills to the business that have been invaluable in developing an amazing school in Lakeville. We intend to do the same in Saint Paul. Bill Taylor and Renae Hobbs are actively involved owners and are onsite daily. We take great pride in bringing an exceptional program to the community. All of our children have benefited greatly from the Primrose program. We’re both life-long Minnesotans with strong ties to the community. Bill was born and raised in St. Paul and is still lives in the area. Renae’s children attend school in the area and has many personal ties to St. Paul. We’re both very aware of the high expectations and passion people of Saint Paul have for early education. We understand how important these years are and share a passion to make a difference in children’s lives. Our guarantee to families is that we’ll run this center at the highest level and your children’s safety and wellbeing is our highest priority. We believe in the Primrose program and know we can make a positive difference in your child’s development. We look forward to bringing Primrose School to the Saint Paul community!

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