Amanda Kirk is the Operations Director for our schools. She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree from Texas Lutheran University and moved to Austin. She began her Early Childhood journey as a 3-4 year old teacher and worked her way up in that company to School Age Manager. In 2009, Ms. Kirk decided to move back to Houston. She began at the Primrose School of Pearland Parkway as the Private Pre-Kindergarten 1 teacher in October of that year. Since then, she has moved up as Administrative Assistant for that school and then as Area Curriculum Coordinator for the Primrose Schools under the franchise owners. During her time as an Area Curriculum Coordinator, she helped train teachers on how to implement the Primrose curriculum. Now as Operations Director, she travel the schools helping in all aspects of the building. Ms. Kirk loves the journey that she is still on with Early Childhood and hopes to be with Primrose for many more years to come.
Mrs. Sanderson began working for Primrose in August of 2012. She is a certified Texas teacher and holds a Master's Degree in Education from the University of St. Thomas. She taught in both the Private Pre-Kindergarten and Private Kindergarten classrooms prior to moving into the position of Curriculum Coordinator. Mrs. Sanderson is passionate about the Primrose Balanced Learning approach as it encourages children to explore and learn on their own while providing that nurturing guidance that young children need. Her educational background, experience, and her passion is what makes her an effective role model to our teachers.
Now as the Director of Education, Mrs. Sanderson serves as the education coach for all new and current teachers. She leads by example and works closely with our teachers to ensure the highest of standards in our classrooms. In her free time, Mrs. Sanderson enjoys reading with her two sons and watching movies.
Ms. Vanessa is our school’s Business Administrator. She holds her industrial engineering degree and has joined our Primrose team having ten years of experience at her previous company. Ms. Vanessa is in charge of the day-to-day aspects of Primrose that go on behind the scenes. Her responsibilities include billing and taking care of our financial accounts, maintenance, and the daily operations that ensures our school is running smoothly. With Ms. Vanessa’s experience, commitment, and dedication, our school stands strong and is maintained inside and out to the utmost quality. Not only does she do this for our school, but also five more schools under our franchise owners in the greater Houston area. She holds quite the critical role here at Primrose! We are so lucky to have her.
Mrs. Gabrielle Guzman is our Director. She joined the Primrose School of West Pearland location in the Fall of 2013. Mrs. Guzman was presented with the opportunity to complete the Directors' course and upon completion, she was promoted to the position of Director. Mrs. Guzman enjoys the continuing education Primrose provides, and her positivity, drive and commitment keeps our school to the utmost professionalism.
Mrs. Guzman's priority at Primrose is to make sure our families and staff feel welcomed and are happy. Her philosophy of a successful childcare is to protect, guide, educate, and provide the best experience for all children. She believes it is important to approach everyday with great joy and provide the best possible service both in and outside the classroom. Mrs. Guzman is thankful to be a part of such an amazing team and we are so appreciative to have a true leader at Primrose School of Upper Kirby who cultivates our desired culture daily. She does an amazing job capturing special moments for our school's Facebook and website. Mrs. Guzman grew up in the Pearland and Houston communities, and is a big family person! The Primrose Friend who she most relates to is Percy: the proud rooster who is the leader of the Primrose Friends. Percy has a big, caring heart and represents setting an example of good character.
Mrs. Lizbeth Bravo is our Co-Director alongside Mrs. Gabby Guzman. Mrs. Liz graduated from the University of Houston in 2019 where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with a focus in Management and a minor in Human Resources. She joins our Upper Kirby team having almost ten years of Primrose experience at our sister school! At Primrose School of First Colony in Sugarland, she brought so much preparation, dedication, and a detail-oriented nature of the utmost quality in everything she did for both the school and children in her care. Mrs. Liz has continued to do the same for our team here and we are confident that she will make a wonderful addition as she continues to provide our Primrose families with a warm and nurturing environment.
Ms. Alondra was our Pre-Kindergarten teacher and has at least five years of childcare experience. She loves seeing how much her students learn and grow on a daily basis. It brings her joy to see her students implementing something new they learned from her lessons. One of Ms. Alondra’s strengths includes to be uplifting to her students especially when they say they cannot do something; she always encourages them to try their best! Her students would say that one of their favorite times in class is when they all sit down together and write in their journals. A fun fact about Ms. Alondra is that she loves doing crafts! She started getting “crafty” when she started working with kids and she actually learned how to draw because of her students.
Chef Ben has over twenty years of experience as a Chef, and has been with Primrose School of Upper Kirby since its opening back in 2015! He has been most enthusiastic about providing our students with the best quality and most colorful, healthy meals. What keeps Chef Ben motivated to come to work every day is "the realization of how important our roles are here at Primrose... in addition to providing quality meals, exposing the children to new foods and other cultural cuisine is a big fulfilling experience for me personally." We feel very lucky to have someone so motivated and passionate about the food we serve at Primrose and equally as passionate about putting a smile on our student's faces!
Chef Ben's favorite foods are Mexican and Thai, and one of his favorite weekend activities includes watching cooking shows. Oftentimes, our students refer to Chef Ben as "Chefy."
Ms. Priscillia is our Infant teacher. She believes that what separates Primrose Schools from other care centers is that “we have a schedule for everything and that we have different things/lessons in our curriculum to do with our students every day.” The babies in her care are what motivates her to come to work every day and she loves seeing their happy, smiling faces every morning! She takes great care for our little ones. A fun fact about Ms. Priscillia is that she likes to color and sing along to Disney Cartoon movies!
Ms. Natalya (Ms. Bella) is our Toddler teacher and she has around six years of childcare experience! Ms. Bella loves how we allow our little students to express themselves and their unique interests. She is motivated knowing that her students are learning lessons that they will take with them forever through their academic and social journeys.
A fun fact about Ms. Bella is her love for water and anything nature and outdoor-related!
Ms. Maida is our Toddler teacher and has around 12 years of childcare experience. She believes that what separates Primrose Schools from other care centers is our advanced and Balanced Learning curriculum. Through our teaching philosophy, “our children learn more and have more prestige” to better prepare them for their academic and personal journey. Ms. Maida truly enjoys teaching and being with her students. Her students would say that their favorite thing about her is her patience and dedication to them. Ms. Maida has been a part of the Primrose family for many years and we can proudly say that she really exudes what a Primrose teacher should be to their students.
Ms. Hunt is our Preschool teacher and has at least five plus years of childcare experience. Her students are what motivates her to come to work every day and her favorite part about working at Primrose is the way we run our school and the structure we implement. Ms. Hunt believes one of her strengths as a teacher is her classroom management. She knows how to keep our students busy and learning! A fun fact about Ms. Hunt is that she’s really funny and can sing all kinds of music! This is an awesome asset to have as a Primrose teacher!
Ms. Nancy is our Private Pre-Kindergarten teacher, and she has around 35 years of experience in the childcare industry! As an educator, there are so many things that motivate her to come to work every day such as “the passion to teach and mold the young minds of my students to become a good person and citizen.” Ms. Nancy seeks to promote the value of education in her classroom and wants to touch the lives of her students. She wants to go above and beyond her job description by motivating and engaging her students. One of Ms. Nancy’s strengths would include her desire to build trustworthy relationships with her students. She believes in having equal respect and providing the children in her class the time to share happenings, events, or even items with her. This would most likely be their favorite thing about Ms. Nancy!
Ms. Morgan is our Explorers and Kindergarten teacher. She has about six years of childcare experience and believes that what separates Primrose Schools from other care centers is our Balanced Learning Curriculum because it allows students to learn at their own pace while also challenging them. Ms. Morgan’s favorite part of teaching is “making a difference in the lives of [her students] and encouraging them to realize their full potential.” One of her strengths would include the ability to be creative when it comes to problem-solving. Her students would say that their favorite thing about Ms. Morgan is her loving and compassionate attitude! In her free time, she loves to pick up a good book to read or spending time with family.
We are Sotirios and Estela Papadopulos: proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Upper Kirby.
We first discovered Primrose Schools while searching for childcare for our daughter, Estefania. We were busy with the demands that came with operating our own business and we wanted to ensure that our daughter was being well cared for and it was also important to us that she receive quality education. When we learned about Primrose Schools and what was offered, we immediately knew we had found something special and so both of our children, Estefania and Alexandre, ended up being Primrose graduates. Our experience with Primrose inspired us to offer leading education and care to families in the greater Houston area. Fast-forward 20 years later, Estefania obtained her Masters’ degree in Business Administration with a minor in psychology at the University of St. Thomas while our son, Alex, is currently studying at Houston Baptist University with a concentration in business. Alex is also a racecar driver in IMSA [International Motor Sports Association] allowing him the opportunity to compete in races all across the country. His positive demeanor and “never-give-up” attitude have left nothing but good things to be said by all whom Alex has worked with in the car racing world.
Today, we are the proud owners of six Primrose School locations throughout greater Houston. Our excitement continues as we are dedicated to bringing the best possible early education and care to families that live and work in the communities we serve. We are committed to creating a warm and nurturing atmosphere in our schools that enable children to exercise their active minds, healthy bodies and happy hearts.
Our latest big news and with the utmost pride and joy, we are so happy to welcome our “once-little” Primrose daughter to continue our legacy and what we believe Primrose to be. Since Estefania officially joined the team, she has displayed grace, warmth, and a passion for creating a positive influence for any and all children who step into our schools. She is dedicated to supporting all six schools so surely you will see her around to welcome you with a smile!
Finally, thank you for your interest in our school. We are beyond delighted to have the opportunity to provide (what we believe to be) the best early education and care to the youngest citizens of Houston. We can't wait to meet you and welcome you to our Primrose School of Upper Kirby family!