Primrose School of Waco at Woodway

Our Staff

  • Sandra Ybarra, Director

    Sandra Ybarra


    I am Sandra Ybarra, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with the students, families, and staff of Primrose School of Waco in Woodway. One of my greatest passions is to prepare children for the future through strong early childhood education.

    I have specialized in early childhood education since 1997, starting with a preschool in my home while raising my own children. Once they were in school, I finished a degree in Applied Arts and Sciences with a focus in Performance Improvement and Technology. During this time, I was a teacher and Assistant Director of a preschool in Dallas, TX. In 2014, I was selected to lead an accredited preschool for First Presbyterian Church in Arlington, TX. While joyfully fulfilling my responsibilities at First Presbyterian, I completed a Master degree in Educational Leadership.

    I have an amazing family of four grown children, one granddaughter, and a grandson on the way. My hobbies are playing "Paw Patrol" with Presley, my granddaughter, camping, bird watching, repurposing stuff, and taking pictures of nature, old barns, and abandoned buildings.

  • Julie McDonald, Office Manager

    Julie McDonald

    Office Manager

    Hello! My name is Julie McDonald & I'm so excited to be joining the Primrose School of Woodway team as Office Manager! I am looking forward to building relationships with all of the wonderful children and families here at Primrose!

    I started my childcare experience as an in-home caregiver for several children in 2014, and discovered how much I loved working with children. I decided to work in a childcare facility and worked as a teacher for over 5 years with all ages. I have also previously worked in administrative positions for over 5 years. I attended Robinson High School, and some college at McLennan Community College. I will be returning to school in the fall to work on a business degree, and hope to get a certification in teaching as well.

    My family has just relocated back to our hometown of Waco, TX, after living close to Houston for almost a decade. We live in China Spring, and are enjoying the community & people there. I married my high school sweetheart, and we have two wonderful boys that are 17 & 7 years old. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with our large family, friends, gardening, music, vinyl records, and learning new things.

  • Salima Ali, Wonder Teacher

    Salima Ali

    Wonder Teacher

    I’m Salima Ali. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I have two children. My daughter Sarah just graduated and my son Aahil is going to high school. My husband Aslam is so supportive of me. I have been in education for 2 years. I worked at the Montessori Preparatory School. I’m excited to start working in Primrose School. I love to work with the children.

  • Idianis Hernandez, Wonder Teacher

    Idianis Hernandez

    Wonder Teacher

    I am Idianis Hernandez. I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born in Puerto Rico. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and some courses towards my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I have been working with children for about 10 years. I have two daughters that I raised with all my love. I have worked for Waco ISD and Midway ISD. It is a great opportunity to be part of Primrose School. I look forward to giving the babies all my love and will help them grow strong and bright.

  • Cierra Reese, Wonder Teacher

    Cierra Reese

    Wonder Teacher

    I’m Cierra Reese. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I started working in childcare right out of high school and have loved it ever since. I have worked in the toddler class for the whole 5 years that I’ve had experience. I have an amazing little rainbow baby named Caia Jade and she lights up my life. Sometimes I love relaxing to a good TV show with my little family, and other times I love being out and shopping. But at the end of every weekend, I am excited to come back to school and do what I love.

  • Ruth Mullins, Wonder Teacher

    Ruth Mullins

    Wonder Teacher

    I’m Ruth. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I grew up in Corsicana. I graduated from the Texas Woman’s University in 2004 with a BS in Early Childhood through fourth grade with Special Education EC-12. I have been teaching for 12 years. I have taught age 6 weeks to twelfth grade. I am a proud aunt of 2 awesome boys and an awesome girl. In my spare time I love listening to music and arts. I am also a proud “puppy mom” to my 2 fur babies Harley and Dallas.

  • Jaime Rodriguez, Wonder Program

    Jaime Rodriguez

    Wonder Program

    I’m Jaime .I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I am a mother of two wonderful boys. . I met my husband when I was in middle school and have been happily married ever since, a true love story.I had my first child at the age of 16 and waited until I was 24 for my second. My oldest is 10 years old and my youngest is 2 and since then have had a passion for working with children.

  • Kirsten Deleon, Wonder Program

    Kirsten Deleon

    Wonder Program

    I’m Kirsten. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I was born and raised in Waco, TX. I am married with 4 beautiful children. After my first few months of working at a daycare, I became attached and fell in love with working with children. I enjoy spending time with my family, taking road trips, doing DIY projects, and making beauty YouTube videos. I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach here at Primrose.

  • Andrea Gutierrez, Wonder Teacher

    Andrea Gutierrez

    Wonder Teacher

    I am Andrea Gutierrez .I wanted to let you know a little about myself. I was born and raised in Waco TX . I graduated from Midway High School. After I graduated I went straight into childcare . I have been in childcare for 12 years. I have started my CDA and hope to finish soon. I also have two years experience working with special needs students. I have two amazing kids of my own. I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors. I believe in respecting others and being a team player. I am excited to be working with Primrose and can not wait to build relationships with the children and their families.

  • Alexis Spence, Teacher

    Alexis Spence

    Apple of Our Eye

    I’m Alexis Spence . I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I am currently working on my associates degree at MCC. My plan is to transfer to the University of Houston and get my Special Education degree. I have worked with children through the Boys and Girls Club and provided child care for children ages 6-13 in Fort Worth. In my free time, I like to do arts and crafts or go outside and exercise. I also like to hang out with my friends.I look forward to seeing the children learn and grow.

  • Vanessa Renteria, Venture Teacher

    Vanessa Renteria

    Venture Teacher

    I’m Vanessa. I relocated to Texas from California 2 years ago. I have two children and we all love to read. I began working with children in 2014 as a paraprofessional at an elementary school and have also been a Sunday School teacher for over 10 years. In my spare time I like to go on nature walks with my husband and kids and I love to read. I am so excited to get to know everyone have so much fun learning!

  • Wilma Barrera, Venture Teacher

    Wilma Barrera

    Venture Teacher

    I’m Wilma Barrera. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I am 27 years old. I was born in Madera, California. I moved to Waco with my parents when I was one years old. I did move around and lived in Florida, Arizona and Las Vegas.

    I’ve been working with kids for about 4 years. One of the things I love about working with kids is seeing them learn, have fun and grow day by day.

  • Marga Johnson, Venture Program

    Marga Johnson

    Venture Program

    I'm Mrs. Johnson, I was born and raised in Waco! My family and friends are my greatest treasure and making memories with them is my favorite thing to do! I have been working with children and families for over 14 years. I truly love my career and I consider it a blessing to be in this position! I look forward to getting to know the children and your family!

  • Dee Espinoza, Support Staff

    Dee Espinoza

    Support Staff

    I'm Mrs. E, I was born and raised in Waco! I moved to the countryside and graduated from Axtell High School. I am married to my best friend and we have two beautiful girls together. We enjoy watching movies and having family time together. Besides caring for my two girls, my childcare experience has just started here at Primrose! I am super excited to learn the Primrose way! My favorite food is Pizza and my favorite children's book is The Birthday Queen. The Primrose character that I most relate to is Og-Caring. I am mostly excited to learn new things and helping other grow!

  • Maria Pat, Teacher

    Maria Pat


    I’m Maria Pat. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I was born and raised in Mexico. I moved to Waco, Texas in 2012 at the age of 14 to start at Midway High School. I am currently a student at McLennan Community College. I am working on getting my degree in education. I have worked at Hewitt Elementary’s after school care program for 4 years. I am so excited to put my skills to practice and spend time with my new students. I am sure we will all grow together as a group and every one of my students will be successful on their path to progress.

  • Jo McLaughlin/Dr.Noel Rigley, Franchise Owner

    Jo McLaughlin/Dr.Noel Rigley

    Franchise Owners

    Welcome to the Primrose School of Waco at Woodway!

    Jo McLaughlin was a working mother in 1993 at a cross roads; spend more time with her family or continue with her career path. She stepped away from her career to spend more time with her son thus beginning her Primrose journey as an Assistant Teacher at the first Primrose School in Texas shortly after it opened in 1993. Jo quickly fell in love with Primrose. When it came time to take the next step in her career, Jo knew Primrose Schools was the right partner because the Primrose curriculum represents the best for young students and the culture matched her values and leadership beliefs. Jo earned her B.A. in Early Childhood Education and continued to grow with Primrose. Her journey has given her the experience as an assistant teacher, a lead teacher, an office assistant, a director, an area director, and she worked for the Primrose Corporate Office for 14 years as a School Business Consultant and Training Specialist which ultimately led her to join Dr.’s Pratiksha and Noel Rigley as an Operating Partner/Franchise Owner in August 2018.

    Jo has been married to her husband Bob for 39 years. Bob is also a Primrose advocate and has worked with Primrose Schools for 20 years. Jo and Bob have a wonderful family of 3 children, 4 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren (some of whom are Primrose graduates). The family enjoys the great outdoors!

    Teaching and mentoring to give back to their community and church are a priority for Bob and Jo. Jo has volunteered with her local fire department and the Red Cross. Jo and her husband provided hurricane disaster relief in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Jo also understands the need to be prepared, to react, and respond to immediate emergencies in our communities with training she received with Home Land Security.

    In 2018 Jo was honored to partner with the late Dr. Pratiksha and Dr. Noel Rigley. As their former Corporate School Business Consultant, she witnessed first hand the exemplary approach to Primrose’s outstanding education, the accredited curriculum and character development program that their schools implement daily. They believe in the importance of early literacy and are proud to be a partner in the Primrose Schools partnerships with many local and national non-profit organizations. The Rigley's have been recipients of the prestigious Primrose Schools Franchising Company's Rising Star Award and National Platinum Donor Award for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

    Dr. Noel Rigley supports Dallas area schools - Primrose School of Frisco West, Primrose School of Park Cities, Primrose School of Plano at Preston Meadow, Primrose School of Klyde Warren Park and Primrose School of Prestonwood.

    Together the ownership team has 65 years of Primrose service instilling active minds, healthy bodies and happy hearts in young children entrusted to our care. Who children become is as important as what they know, is a belief that is at the core of our Balanced Learning approach. Our exclusive early learning approach balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence, and compassion. We deliver more than a curriculum; it’s a life-changing early learning experience for children and families in our schools.

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