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Primrose School of Upper Arlington

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Franchise Owners of Primrose School Deanna and Jason McGee
Deanna and Jason McGee
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Deanna and Jason McGee


Meet Deanna and Jason McGee – proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Upper Arlington. After more than five years in Hendersonville, Tennessee providing hundreds of children a safe and nurturing environment at their past school, this hardworking and caring couple are thrilled to return home to open a Primrose School in Upper Arlington, Ohio.

As working parents, the McGees struggled to find a preschool that offered high-quality education and care when their first daughter, Kennedy, was born. After a long and frustrating search, they made do with family and nannies pitching in. After church one Sunday, Jason knew he and Deanna were being called to something more. Jason proposed the idea of not only becoming entrepreneurs but also helping other families by opening a preschool.

“Although, I was initially shocked at the idea, our future started to become very clear. After Jason discovered Primrose Schools, the path was truly solidified,” said Deanna. “Jason attended a Franchise Owner’s meeting in Cincinnati and the rest was history! We were so inspired and impressed by the research-informed curriculum, safety and values that were instilled in the company that we signed up immediately.”

While originally planning to stay in Ohio, the McGee’s were presented with an accelerated opportunity to open a school near Nashville, Tennessee. This enabled their own children to attend and receive the benefits of a Primrose School as soon and as long as possible. During their five years at the Primrose School of Hendersonville, the school was honored with the Primrose President’s Award for exceeding high standards of excellence in parent satisfaction, innovation and impact in the community. After their second child, Kathryn, completed her Primrose experience, the family decided to move home to Ohio where they are now planning to open their second school in the fall of 2015.

“We love the Primrose mission and are so thrilled to be able to open our second school closer to our home in such an established area of Columbus,” said Deanna. “As Primrose parents ourselves, Jason and I are committed to providing the safest and most caring environment for the children of Upper Arlington.”

Prior to becoming Franchise Owners, Jason, a graduate of The Ohio State University, worked as an instructor in aviation while Deanna was a corporate accountant with a degree in accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration. Their two children, Kennedy and Kathryn, are Primrose alumni and will attend school in the community.

Deanna and Jason are looking forward to providing the Upper Arlington community with a nurturing and caring environment where children can grow their Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®. Primrose School of Upper Arlington will offer the Primrose exclusive, research-based Balanced Learning® curriculum, which blends teacher-guided learning and child-initiated play with a focus on character development in Infant through Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. At the school, both Jason and Deanna will handle the day-to-day operations, working closely with parents, children and staff. The McGee’s promote partnering with parents, always keeping what’s best for the student at the forefront of the school’s mission and vision.

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