Primrose School of Thornton

Our Staff

  • Ms. Melissa Brophy-Serving since 2021, School Director

    Ms. Melissa Brophy-Serving since 2021

    School Director

    Hi my name is Melissa Brophy!

    I would like to tell you a little about myself.

    I began my career in Childcare in September 1986. My education background: I am Director certified and have my Level 2 coaching credentials. My favorite thing about working with children is setting an educational foundation for lifelong learners and partnership with families. One of my favorite children's book is Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss and I love watching the Colorado Avalanche, Cleveland Indians play. My favorite color has been purple since I was little. I love spending time with my family and my pups. I love English Mastiffs and have had 4 in my lifetime. My current English Mastiff is my rescue and BFF Calliope. I also, like to name my cars and currently have Otis and Mack. I am so excited this school year is taking a lead role at Primrose School of Thornton, growing enrollment, adding to our already amazing staff and growing in my career.

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

  • Ms. Brenda Osborne-Serving since 2005, Assistant Director of Services

    Ms. Brenda Osborne-Serving since 2005

    Assistant Director of Services

    Hi, my name is Ms. Brenda Osborne. I have been working in childcare since 1995 and for some of those years I have worked with 2 year olds. I moved to Colorado in 1996 from Michigan, originally from Jersey. We moved around a lot as a family. During our time in Pennsylvania, I met my husband Mark and we have been together since 1988. We have one son, Tyler. As a family, we love to go camping, hiking, 4-wheeling, and white water rafting. One of our favorite places to go is Santa Fe, NM. I collect Southwestern jewelry, love to cook, and love animals.

  • Ms. Alyssa Grant-Serving since 2017, Assistant Director of Operations

    Ms. Alyssa Grant-Serving since 2017

    Assistant Director of Operations

    Hi my name is Ms. Alyssa.

    I use to be the Older Toddler teacher and now am the Assistant Director of Operations at Primrose School of Thornton. I hold a degree in Elementary Early Childhood Education. I also have completed the Primrose Schools Teacher University. This experience and education has provided me with the tools I need to be a fantastic preschool teacher. I enjoy working with children and helping them learn and grow while encouraging them to reach their full potential.I believe every child has the potential to do wonderful things. I love working in early childhood education because I believe a strong foundation in education is the key to a bright and successful future for each child. I am married with one daughter and one son. I love to read and fun fact I have never broken a bone.

    I can't wait to get to know you and your family

  • Ms. Kristy Varela-Serving since 2021, Infant Nursery Teacher

    Ms. Kristy Varela-Serving since 2021

    Infant Nursery Teacher

    Hi my name is Ms. Kristy,

    I have been married since 2007 and have 4 boys. I was born and raised in Southern California and just moved to Colorado this December. I enjoy reading, exercising, spending time with my boys and watching them play sports.

    I can't wait to get to know you and your family


  • Ms. Allegra Lasco-Serving since 2018, Young Toddler Lead Teacher

    Ms. Allegra Lasco-Serving since 2018

    Young Toddler Lead Teacher

    Hi my name is Allegra Lasco. I am the Young Toddler Lead Teacher at Primrose School of Thornton. I have been working in the early childhood education field since 2011.

    I enjoy working with children and helping them see how incredible they are and discover anything is possible.

    I believe every child is truly amazing and with love and support each child can thrive and be the best they can be.

    I love working in early childhood education because getting to watch children grow and learn is the most rewarding, exciting, and amazing experience. Not to mention, I learn just a much from them as they learn from me.

    Something about me:

    I have a beautiful little girl

    I have lived in Colorado for almost 20 years.

    I love baking and cooking, being in the kitchen is my happy place.

    Fun fact you might not know is that I was on a competitive improv team in college and we came in 2nd in Nationals! I, also, went to college in Hawaii.

    I am so excited to get to know you and your child and can't wait to see them grow over the years!

    Learn More About Allegra Here: https://vimeo.com/448422321

  • Ms. Jessica Zambrano-Serving since 2021, Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Jessica Zambrano-Serving since 2021

    Toddler Assistant Teacher

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

    I have been in this field since 2021 and have an ECE certification. I enjoy working with children and helping them learning new things and help them dream big. I believe every child should be loved, respected and have big dreams. I love to paint and anything Disney.

    You see, at Primrose Schools we're more than a team of professional teachers and childcare education specialist. 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.


  • Ms. Tara Peckham-Serving since 2022, Older Toddler Lead Teacher

    Ms. Tara Peckham-Serving since 2022

    Older Toddler Lead Teacher
  • Ms. Shelley McCarthy-Serving since 2021, Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Shelley McCarthy-Serving since 2021

    Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Hi my name is Ms. Shelley,

    I love to listen to music, write and help my sister with her children. I am an Auntie to 6 children and because of them my love of teaching began. I am excited to continue my education to become an ECE Lead Teacher.

    I can't wait to get to know you and your family!

  • Ms. Tori De La Torre-Serving since 2021, Early Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Tori De La Torre-Serving since 2021

    Early Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Hi my name is Tori De La Torre.

    I am a certified Medical Assistant and have worked here at Primrose since 2021. My favorite thing about working with children is watching them learn and grow. My favorite children's book is The Crayon Book. I love going hiking with my Belgian Malinois puppy Kyrie and being with friends. I like watching Marvel movies and listening to rock music.

    I can't wait to get to know you and your family.

  • Ms. Dawn Lewis-Serving since 2021, Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    Ms. Dawn Lewis-Serving since 2021

    Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    Hi, I'm Ms. Dawn. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I moved to Colorado in 2021. I am a Mom and a Grandmother. I love crafting and cat fishing. I have been working in this field since 1999. I enjoy working with children and helping them learn and strive to be the best that they can be. I believe children are a gift we need to nurture with love and encouragement to be the best that they can be.

    You see, at Primrose Schools we're more than a team of professional teachers and childcare education specialist. 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'm looking forward to getting to know an love each and every child in my room.

  • Ms. Isabel Moxley-Serving since 2021, Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Isabel Moxley-Serving since 2021

    Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher

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

    I have been in this field since 2019. I love crafting and horse back riding.

    You see, at Primrose Schools we're more than a team of professional teachers and childcare education specialist. 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.


  • Ms. Heather Wood-Serving since 2021, Preschool A  Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Heather Wood-Serving since 2021

    Preschool A Assistant Teacher

    Hi my name is Heather Wood.

    I am a mother of 4 and have a wonderful grandson. I love to cook, try new recipes and host dinner parties. I am engaged to an incredible man named Todd. I love to travel, play golf and the sunshine. I was a hairdresser for for 15 years then went int the hospitality industry. I worked at a hotel for 15 years, then changed careers. I found something that I truly love which is making a positive difference in the life of children. I hope to finish out my working career here with Primrose.

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

  • Ms. Rachel Costa-Serving since 2022, Preschool B Lead Teacher

    Ms. Rachel Costa-Serving since 2022

    Preschool B Lead Teacher
  • Ms. Jadah Smith-Serving since 2019, Preschool B Teacher

    Ms. Jadah Smith-Serving since 2019

    Preschool B Teacher

    Hello, my name is Jadah. I am the oldest of 34 cousins in my family, and while I am new to a school setting, I have been working with children my whole life. During school I enjoyed taking Early Childhood and Psychology courses. When I am not working I like to spend my time dancing and creating art.

  • Ms. Augustina Hermosillo-Serving since 2021, Prekindergarten 1 Lead Teacher

    Ms. Augustina Hermosillo-Serving since 2021

    Prekindergarten 1 Lead Teacher

    Hello, my name is Augustina Hermosillo,

    I am the Lead Teacher in the PK1 classroom. I started working as an Early Childhood Teacher in 2010 and have been teaching ECE ever since. I also have a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and my Montessori Certification.

    What I love the most about working with children is getting to see the children's growth and development firsthand as they grow and flourish while in my care.

    In my free time I love spending time with my family, friends, and my fur babies. I enjoy being outdoors fishing, camping, hiking, and star gazing. I also enjoy doing volunteer work for Victims of Domestic Violence and the homeless.

    Working with children reminds me of how amazing and exciting the world can be. The children encourage me to use my imagination and creativity, which gives me a new perspective about the world we live in. This makes me a happier and more positive person in my everyday life. I love working in the PK1 classroom and I am so excited to get to know you and your family!

  • Ms. Heiley Ton-Serving since 2021, Staff Support

    Ms. Heiley Ton-Serving since 2021

    Staff Support

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

    I'm married and have a daughter. I have been living here in the USA since 2013. I started working at Primrose in April 2012. I work as a Support Staff, where I have the opportunity to work with so many teachers.

    You see, at Primrose Schools we're more than a team of professional teachers and childcare education specialist. 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.

  • Ms. Ruthie Sanchez-Serving since 2021, Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Ruthie Sanchez-Serving since 2021

    Kindergarten Teacher

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

    I love working with children and value the power of education. I am from El Paso Texas. I speak Spanish and I know Sign language. My favorite things to do outside of teaching at Primrose is going hiking and doing art projects.

    You see, at Primrose Schools we're more than a team of professional teachers and childcare 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 leaning.

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

  • Ms. Stephanie Wallace-Serving since 2015, Chef

    Ms. Stephanie Wallace-Serving since 2015

    Chef

    Hello Parents! My name is Stephanie. I am the Chef and a Support Teacher at Primrose School of Thornton. I have been working in the early childhood education field since 2007, and I hold a degree in Early Childcare Education through Front Range College. I have also successfully completed the Primrose Schools Teacher University. This experience and education has provided me with the tools I need to be a fantastic Explorers teacher!

    I enjoy working with children and helping them learn through experiences.

    I believe every child was meant to be awesome, and every child has unlimited potential.

    I love working in early childhood education because I believe a strong foundation in education empowers a child to set lifetime habits that will serve each child in finding their ultimate success in life.

    Something about me:

    I am a mother to dogs.

    I was born and raised in Thornton Colorado

    I love puzzles

    I enjoy crafting but do not get to do it enough

    I look forward to getting to know you and your child, and partnering with you in the growth and development over the next year!

    Learn More About Stephanie Here: https://vimeo.com/448424410

  • Ms. Zenida Gutierrez-Serving since 2019, Staff Support

    Ms. Zenida Gutierrez-Serving since 2019

    Staff Support

    Hello, my name is Zee and I am the Lead Explorers Teacher. I have been working in childcare since 2014. I have a passion for working with older children and toddlers and I love to see the lights go on in their heads when they learn something. My hobbies include playing basketball and reading any book I can get my hands on.

  • Ms. Areen Singh-Serving since 2021, Staff Support

    Ms. Areen Singh-Serving since 2021

    Staff Support

    Hello my name is Areen.

    I am a Support person at the Primrose School of Thornton. I have been working in the early childhood education field since 2018. I enjoy working with children and helping them to establish a wonderful future for them. I believe that every should be treated with equal respect. I love working in early childhood education because I want to help children to succeed.

    I love to play badminton. Fun fact you might not know is I was born and raised in India.

    I look forward to getting to know you and your child, and partnering with you in the growth and development over the next year!

  • Ms. Barry Smith-Serving since 2021, Staff Support

    Ms. Barry Smith-Serving since 2021

    Staff Support

    Hi my name is Barry,

    I am orginally from Pennsylvania and moved to Colorado the Summer of 2018. I have my Bachelors in psychology with a Sociology Minor. I am Bilingual, French being the other language that I speak. I enjoy reading and writing in my spare time as well as spending quality time the people that matter to me.

    I am very excited that I get the opportunity to get to know you and your family.

  • Ms. Eva Bray-Serving since 2018, ECT Staff Support

    Ms. Eva Bray-Serving since 2018

    ECT Staff Support
    Apple of Our Eye

    Hi my name is Ms.Eva

    I am the Lead Teacher in the Young Toddler classroom at Primrose School of Thornton. I have been working in the early childhood education field since 2018.I enjoy working with children and helping them discover their own unique abilities and a lifelong love of learning. I believe that every child is special and unique and should be encouraged to find their own voice. I love working in early childhood education because I believe a strong foundation in education will provide children with the tools to accomplish any goals in the future. My hobbies include crafting with my children. Fun fact you might not know about me is that I am a licensed massage therapist.

    I can't wait to get to know you and your family

  • Ms. Sadie Guerrero-Serving since 2021, Staff Support

    Ms. Sadie Guerrero-Serving since 2021

    Staff Support
  • Ms. Ritsuko Stimpf-Serving since 2022, ECT Staff Support

    Ms. Ritsuko Stimpf-Serving since 2022

    ECT Staff Support

    Hi, I'm Ms.Ritsuko. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I have been working in the early childhood education field since 2002. I love working in early childhood education because I love working with children and watching them grow.

    I have a 3 daughters and a granson. I moved to Colorado from Japan in 1997.

    I am thrilled to getting to know you and your child.

  • Beth Deasy, Franchise Owner

    Beth Deasy

    Franchise Owner

    Beth Deasy, owner and operator of Primrose School of Thornton, believes that the greatest wish she can have for children is that they become adults who love who they are and what they do. Helping to develop such self-knowledge and passion for life in young children requires a delicate balance of nurturing and education. At Primrose School of Thornton, our faculty helps children unlock their potential so they may find fulfillment and success in life. We also partner with parents, bringing a sense of balance to families as they nurture, encourage and promote the educational, emotional and psychological readiness of the whole child. Previous to becoming a Primrose School owner, Beth worked at one of the Rocky Mountain region's largest law firms where she represented some of Colorado's largest businesses and developers. Having deep seeded roots in the early childhood education arena, she designed, built and operated a large, private preschool in Tucson, Arizona that was quickly recognized as the gold standard' for private preschool in the state. After learning she was expecting twins, she decided to build a preschool in the Denver area. She continuously heard from business and community leaders that Primrose was the BEST preschool provider in Colorado. After investigating other providers in the area and learning more about the Primrose philosophy of providing premier early childhood education, she agreed that Primrose was her choice, and decided to open the Primrose School of Thornton. Primrose School of Thornton is the culmination of a long term dream of hers. Beth is delighted to be able to offer you the best care and education for your children and is thrilled to be a part of such a dynamic community!

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