Primrose School of Walnut Creek

Our Staff

  • Ms. Blackwell, Area Director

    Ms. Blackwell

    Area Director

    Ms. Blackwell is the Area Director for Primrose School of Walnut , School of Grand Peninsula and Primrose School of Southwest Arlington. She began her Primrose career in 2004 as a teacher in the three-year-old classroom. She became a director in 2005 and Area Director in 2008. Before joining Primrose, Mrs. Blackwell ran a registered in-home daycare for 15 years. She whole-heartedly believes in the Primrose vision of delivering the best and most trusted early education and care for children and families across America. She is the model for treating each family and child with integrity and fairness, and she serves each family with enthusiasm. We are lucky to have Mrs. Blackwell to lead our school.

  • Ms. Franklin, Director

    Ms. Franklin

    Director

    My name is Mrs. Nadine Franklin and I am the Director at Primrose School of Walnut Creek. I reside in Grand Prairie with my husband, and I am a mother of three adult children and three grandchildren. My experience in the early childhood education field spans almost 20 years, with service in most of the corporate licensed childcare facilities throughout the Arlington and Grand Prairie area. Throughout my career, I've held a variety of positions within the child care field. I started my journey with Primrose in May of 2005. I started at Walnut Creek as an Assistant and Lead Teacher, Mentor, Education Coach. I then became the Director at Primrose School of Grand Peninsula for 14 years. Now I am back at Walnut Creek and happy to serve each family. In my spare time, I enjoy crafting, decorating, and spending time with my family. I truly believe that children are the future and it is our duty as early childhood educators to prepare them for the world ahead of them with love, nurture, and respect.

  • Ms. Banda, Assistant Director

    Ms. Banda

    Assistant Director

    My name is Mrs. Banda and I am the Assistant Director at Primrose School of Walnut Creek.  I am a graduate of Mansfield Timberview High School. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Education from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. My calling in childcare began 12 years ago when I became employed at the YMCA as an after-school counselor. I was later promoted to director and worked in management capacity for 3 years . After I graduated college in 2015, I pursued my teaching career where I taught middle school and high school English for 4 years.  I have always had a calling for our youth because their minds are eager to soak up the world and all that it offers. These first few years are crucial to teach, love, and prepare them to be adults that will make a difference in their communities. We have the power to mold their minds through knowledge and positive relationships. My goal is to invest in the little time we have to make a positive impact on our children because they are our future.

  • Ms. Dupree, Education Coach

    Ms. Dupree

    Education Coach

    My name is Ms. Dupree, and I am the Education Coach at Primrose School of Walnut Creek.  I am a graduate of Central High School, and graduated from Wiley College with a degree in early childhood education.  My career in childcare began 12 years ago when I was a teacher at a local facility and was later promoted to director.  I have also worked for Child Care Licensing for two years, where I would support local daycares to meet standards required by the state. I chose early childhood because I  believe children are the future. I also believe preschool is an important time to help them start their educational journey. My goal is to help each teacher reach their full potential, and to bring out the best of themselves to benefit each child at our school.  Primrose is a great place to work because the curriculum is outstanding and helps children gain the right foundation they need for success in life.

  • Ms. Holsinger, Lead Infant I Teacher

    Ms. Holsinger

    Lead Infant I Teacher
  • Ms. Hood, Infant I Teacher

    Ms. Hood

    Infant I Teacher


    My name is Ms. Hood, and I am the Support Teacher. I attended Mansfield High School and now attend Tarleton University, majoring in biomedical science. After graduating, I am hoping to become a pediatric assistant - this will allow me to be around kids all day and attend to their needs. Both of my parents are teachers and I have three younger brothers, so I have always been working with children. I love watching students grow, not only physically but mentally. If I could teach my students one thing, it would be to love. I feel like the world needs more kindness, and kindness brings love.

  • Ms. Rogers, Infant I Teacher

    Ms. Rogers

    Infant I Teacher


    My name is Ms. Rogers, and I am the Infant II Teacher. I received my bachelor’s degree from The University of North Texas. I believe I am a great teacher because I am passionate about learning and knowledge. If I could teach my students one thing, it would be patience. I love being a teacher because I truly believe children are the future. I want to equip my students with the love and knowledge it takes to be a fruitful member of society.

  • Ms. Hammond, Lead Infant II Teacher

    Ms. Hammond

    Lead Infant II Teacher

    My name is Ms. Hammond, and I am the assistant teacher in the Infant II classroom. I am from Ft. Worth, and I have been working with children for longer than I can remember. Being a mother of three adult children as well as being a grandmother to three grandchildren has given me all the experience needed to teach children. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my children who I am super proud of, spending quality time with my grandbabies, drawing and making gift baskets. Working at Primrose has been a very rewarding experience for me. I love the learning process and seeing the babies’ eyes light up when they learn something new. The thing I am excited most about this year is getting to interact with all of the babies and getting to know the families and staff at this school.

  • Ms. Estrada, Infant II Teacher

    Ms. Estrada

    Infant II Teacher

    Hello! My name is Ms. Estrada. I graduated from the International Leadership of Texas and a current student at Tarrant County Community College. I am fluent in Spanish. I wanted to work for Primrose School of Walnut to further my experience in childcare. It is very satisfying to know that I am helping someone understand a new concept. I believe that children teach us just as much as we teach them, that people come in all shapes and sizes and colors and that everyone should respect that. I am excited for my first year of teaching, getting to know them, and help them learn.

  • Ms. Honeycutt, Infant II Teacher

    Ms. Honeycutt

    Infant II Teacher


    My name is Ms. Honeycutt, and I am the Infant II Assistant Teacher. I attended Madison High School and Concorde Career College. I am currently following the career path to become a nurse. A nursing degree will help me keep the students and families safe. Before Primrose, I worked with babies and 3-5 year olds for four years. I love being a teacher because I love giving parents the warm feeling knowing I can help their babies learn basic skills. If I could teach my students one thing, it would be independence and self motivation.

  • Ms. Wabali, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Wabali

    Lead Toddler Teacher

    My name is Ms. Wabali and I am the Lead Teacher in the Toddlers classroom. I am from the Republic Democratic of Congo in Africa. I currently reside in Grand Prairie, Texas and I am a graduate of Texas Women’s University. I’ve been an infant/toddler teacher for many years. I have a passion to working in childcare and seeing the eyes of children opening when they are learning something new brightens my heart. One of the many attributes that make me a good teacher is the care that I have for each child knowing that each one has a special and unique quality about his or herself. I am looking forward to having your child try new things and gain knowledge and understanding with each new experience.

  • Ms. Vickers, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Vickers

    Toddler Teacher


    My name is Ms. Vickers, and I am the Toddlers Teacher. I attended Waxahachie High School and the University of Mexico. Two years ago, I became an aunt and have loved working with children ever since. I love being a teacher because I can provide a welcoming environment. I can learn new routines quickly, and pick up on specific needs from individual children. If I could teach my students one thing, it would be that understanding yourself is just as important as understanding others.

  • Ms. Warren, ​Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Warren

    ​Toddler Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Ms. Warren is an assistant teacher in the Toddler classroom and is from Dallas. She has attained her associate’s degree from Texas College and is attending UTA to complete her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Ms. Warren has a passion for teaching children and enjoys reading and math. She loves to relax on the weekends, which includes taking nice long naps. Ms. Warren’s favorite children’s book is Cat in the Hat. Her parents are her role models because they have guided her and given her the courage to battle for what you want in life, no matter what obstacles she may be confronted with. She is excited to engage with her students to help them learn new things while building an individual bond with each of them.

  • Ms. Melgar, Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Melgar

    Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    My name is Ms. Melgar and I am the assistant teacher in the Pathways classroom. I am currently a student at Dallas Community College pursuing a degree in Education. Most of my life I’ve been a babysitter for my family, as well as helping my mom who is a single parent with my brother who has autism. Teaching is a fulfilling career because you can have an impact on the new generation and help shape the world. My flexibility, determination and dedication is what I believe makes me a great teacher. I adore children and love watching them grow and love being able to provide a structured environment for them. If I could teach a child one thing, it would be to be confident in themselves. I have enjoyed my experience at Primrose so far because I like how the curriculum encourages play as well as the importance of music in the lives of children.

  • Ms. Coleman, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Coleman

    Early Preschool Teacher


    My name is Ms. Coleman, and I am the Early Preschool Teacher.I attended Mansfield High School and am currently enrolled at TCC. I want to be an OBGYN doctor. Before Primrose, I babysat my cousins and younger siblings. I love to be a teacher because It is interesting to watch the variety of ways that students learn. I am a good teacher because I am patient and good at communication. If I could teach my students one thing, it would be to be okay being yourself.

  • Ms. Feeley, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Feeley

    Early Preschool Teacher


    My name Ms. Feeley, and I am the Pre-K II Teacher. I attended Frontier STEM college, which allowed me to graduate with my associates from TCC. I plan on finishing my bachelors degree in education or biology. I love to be a teacher because everyday is different. Life is full of surprises and I want to inspire children to seek their own knowledge. If I could teach my students one thing, it would be open mindedness.

  • Ms. Jones, Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Jones

    Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Jones is the lead teacher in our Pathways classroom and comes to us with 18 years of childcare experience. She loves teaching as it gives her the opportunity to help students learn and grow from someone who accepts them for who they are and will build upon each student’s individual abilities. The Primrose character she relates most to is Og the Bookworm because she loves to read to her students to help increase their vocabulary and stimulate their imagination. Ms. Jones’ favorite book is The Enormous Potato. On weekends she enjoys doing Zumba and spending time with her children.

  • Ms. Abston, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Abston

    Preschool Pathways Teacher


    My name is Ms. Abston, and I am the Pathways Teacher. I attended Lake Ridge High School. I have been working with children for almost five years at my church. I love being a teacher because I know I am bringing a positive influence to the younger generation. I am full of energy, patient, and always have a good attitude. If I could teach my students one thing, it would be to always have a positive attitude.

  • Ms. Lyons, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Lyons

    Preschool Pathways Teacher


    My name is Ms. Lyons, and I am the Pathways Teacher. I attended Lake Ridge High School and would like to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. Before Primrose, I have worked as an after school teacher and an infant teacher. I love to be a teacher because I can see the new ways that students learn. I love hearing them explain what is happening in a situation. If I could teach my students one thing, it would be to never be scared to say or ask anything.

  • Ms. Del Prado, Lead II Preschool I Teacher

    Ms. Del Prado

    Lead II Preschool I Teacher


    My name is Ms. Del Prado, and I am the Preschool I Teacher. I attended Juan Seguin High School and Tarrant County College. I have been working with children for two years as a preschool and church teacher. I love being a teacher because I can help my students grow and become better people. I am compassionate and patient with each student. If I could teach my students one thing, it would be that it is okay to be different and to never let anyone make them feel otherwise.

  • Ms. Bernal, Preschool I Teacher

    Ms. Bernal

    Preschool I Teacher


    My name is Ms. Bernal, and I am the Preschool Teacher. I attended Gar-Field High School. I currently go to Navarro College, pursuing my degree in special education. Before Primrose, I worked at my church and helped my mom with my siblings. I am a third generation teacher, and I can’t imagine being anything other than a teacher. I am a great teacher because I listen to my students, and they know I am there to help them. If I could teach my students one thing, it would be to treat everyone how you want to be treated

  • Ms. Arterburn, Preschool II Teacher

    Ms. Arterburn

    Preschool II Teacher

    My name is Ms. Arterburn, and I am the Pre-K Assistant Teacher. I am currently seeking my education degree. Before working at Primrose, I was an assistant coach for competitive cheerleading. I love being a teacher and providing a fun and creative environment for each student. If I could teach my students one thing, it would be healthy communication.

  • Ms. Torres, Preschool II Teacher

    Ms. Torres

    Preschool II Teacher


    My name is Ms. Torres, and I am the Preschool II Teacher. I went to Timberview High School and would like to be a pediatrician. Before Primrose, I worked as a babysitter and helped take care of my siblings. I love to be a teacher because I enjoy helping them to learn new things.I am a great teacher because I am very loving and caring. If I could teach my students one thing, it would be how to kindly express themselves when they want something.

  • Ms. White, Lead Pre-K I Teacher

    Ms. White

    Lead Pre-K I Teacher

    Ms. White is our Pre-Kindergarten I Lead Teacher. She graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Education and specializing in Early Childhood. She has 23 years of teaching experience and enjoys helping children develop a love of learning and mastering new knowledge. She feels that successfully helping students to realize their unlimited potential and joy of learning makes her a great teacher. If Ms. White could teach a child one thing, it would be for them to know they are important to society and as such, can successfully accomplish anything they want to. She feels she relates to our Primrose character Percy because he is loving, proud, wise, and cheerful, and believes learning can be fun. The most exciting thing about this past school year was making new friends and being an inspiration for families and co-workers. Ms. White’s favorite book is Stellaluna. On weekends, she enjoys getting out in nature, camping, hiking, fishing, and kayaking with her family and her dog.

  • Ms. Garza, Pre-K I Teacher

    Ms. Garza

    Pre-K I Teacher

    Ms. Garza is the assistant teacher in our PreKI classroom. She currently attends Mountainview College working towards her Associates of Arts degree. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her favorite children’s book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. One of the things Ms. Garza is most excited about this school year is seeing the education growth in her students from the beginning of the school year to the end of the school year. Having the opportunity to see the smiling faces of her students daily is the highlight of her day.

  • Ms. Henry, Pre-K I Teacher

    Ms. Henry

    Pre-K I Teacher


    My name is Ms. Henry, and I am the Preschool II Teacher. I attended Nolan Catholic High School. I now attend Tarleton University, pursuing a degree in education. Before Primrose, I worked as a summer camp counselor and a babysitter. I love being a teacher and watching my students grow. I am a great teacher because I am very caring, inclusive, and a great listener. If I could teach my students one thing, it would be to love and care for others.

  • Ms. Hurtado, Pre-K II Teacher

    Ms. Hurtado

    Pre-K II Teacher


    My name is Ms. Hurtado, and I am the Pre-K Two Teacher. I attended Sam Houston High School. I have been working as a nanny for three years. I love being a teacher because it allows me to teach children something new they can use everyday. I am very patient and understanding. If I could teach my students one thing, it would be that there is always a way around a problem.

  • Ms. Bruton, Lead Explorers Teacher

    Ms. Bruton

    Lead Explorers Teacher

    My name is Ms. Bruton, and I am a Support Teacher at Primrose School of Walnut Creek. I am from Ft. Worth and have over twenty years’ experience teaching children. I am the mother to four wonderful children and a few of my hobbies include reading, spending time with my family and teaching children to reach their full potential. I have a twin sister and she is my role model and inspiration as she has always supported me in reaching my goals. I am very excited to teach at Primrose and I look forward to getting to know all of you and learning more about the children here and encouraging them the best way I can.

  • Mr. Vera, Explorers Teacher

    Mr. Vera

    Explorers Teacher

    My name is Mr. Vera, and I am a teacher in the Explorers classroom. I am a graduate of Mansfield High School and currently I attend Tarrant County Community College where I am pursing a dream to get into the music or film industry. My first experience with children began when I could take care of my niece and baby sit for my family on the weekends. Teaching the younger generation to become better adults and how to be of service to others is the most selfless act of kindness and this is one of my goals when I work with children. I also love art and enjoy helping children find their artistic side. If I could teach a child one thing, it would be to be original and to remain open-minded at all times.

  • Ms. Barnes, Explorers Teacher

    Ms. Barnes

    Explorers Teacher



    My name is Ms. Barnes, and I am the Explorer’s Teacher.  I am attending Spelman College, pursuing my degree in Elementary Education. Before Primrose, I enjoyed helping my mom take care of my younger siblings. I love to be a teacher because I can help students become the best versions of themselves. I love having the privilege to help others. If I could teach my students one thing, it would be to never doubt themselves and learn from their mistakes.

  • Sherman & Jaime Hatch, Franchise Owner

    Sherman & Jaime Hatch

    Franchise Owners

    As a family with both parents working outside the home, Sherman and his wife were unable to find a quality child care facility with an educational environment that met the standards they were looking for. Soon thereafter they were introduced to Primrose Schools and discovered the emphasis they have in education, health, and the well-being of preschool age children. Realizing this would be a great fit for their family as well as others, they opened their first Primrose in Mansfield in 2001 (Primrose School of Walnut Creek). In 2007 they opened their second Primrose located in Grand Prairie (Primrose School of Grand Peninsula), and opened their third location in Arlington (Primrose School of Southwest Arlington) in February of 2017. Sherman, his wife Jaime, and their five children reside in Mansfield. Their children range in age from 15 to 21, all of whom attended Primrose. Sherman & Jaime are on-site each day at the schools to make sure everything is operating smoothly. When not at the schools, you can usually find them with family and friends, either at a sporting event or traveling.

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