Primrose School Building

Primrose School of Wayne

Our Staff

  • Jillian Lynch, Center Director

    Jillian Lynch

    Center Director

    Jillian Lynch joins the Primrose School of Wayne family as their Education Coach. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, which then guided her to become a Special Needs teacher for a few years at The Children’s Institute. After having her son, she decided to start her career at a Preschool where she was teaching and then was promoted to becoming the Director. Working with children has always been a passion for Jillian along with the importance of making sure they are receiving the best education even at such a young age. Her dream is to be the best she can be in her career and being able to watch so many amazing children flourish throughout the years. While she has many enjoyable hobbies, her most favorite is being a mother to her son and watching him grow into a fun, loving, and respectable human being. She is so pleased to be a part of such a great and influential place that shares in her vision of forging a path that leads to a brighter future for all children.

  • April Brown, Assistant Director

    April Brown

    Assistant Director

    Hi! My name is April Brown. I have been working in child care for over 15 years. I live in Kinnelon with my husband. Working with children has always been a passion of mine and I enjoy watching each child grow and learn in their own way. I am so excited to be a part of the Primrose family!!

  • Holly Ramos, Infant Teacher

    Holly Ramos

    Infant Teacher

    Hello, my name is Holly Ramos. I live here in Wayne. I am married with six children, 3 boys and 3 girls. I’ve been a stay at home Mom for the last 20 years taking care of my family. Before having my own children, I worked in a preschool taking care of children between the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years old. I spend most of my time watching my kids play football, soccer, basketball and lacrosse. In my spare time, I love going for walks, hikes bicycle rides and reading psychological thrillers.

  • Samantha Shore, Kindergarten Teacher

    Samantha Shore

    Kindergarten Teacher

    My name is Samantha Shore. I live in Fairlawn with my mother, father, sister and my two adorable dogs. I graduated from Montclair State University in 2017 with a Bachelors Degree in Family & Child studies, with a focus in school settings. I have always loved children and have been working in childcare a long time. Some of my favorite things are the color green, frogs and the season of fall. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, hanging out with friends and watching Netflix. I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

  • Kiran Tompkins, Early Preschool Teacher

    Kiran Tompkins

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello! My name is Kiran, and I’m very excited to be here at Primrose School of Wayne! I am an enthusiastic, compassionate, and easy-going person with a passion for dramatic arts and music. I graduated from Sussex County Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Elementary/Secondary Education in 2018, and since then have been working with children ranging from infancy all the way up to 14 years old. In my spare time, I like to play guitar and sing, as well as engage in historical reenactment events depicting the Medieval and Renaissance time periods.

  • Chakara Stewart, Pathways Teacher

    Chakara Stewart

    Pathways Teacher

    I'm Chakara Stewart. A mother of 3 teenagers. My kids mean the world to me. I love to be with my family and I have 4 sisters and a lot of cousins. Construction is also another hobby of mine. I am looking forward to a wonderful year here at Primrose.

  • Victoria Teller, Support Teacher

    Victoria Teller

    Support Teacher


    My name is Victoria and I am student pursuing an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and working on obtaining my CDA certification. My experience working with children comes from years of being a babysitter. I look forward to having a wonderful school year here at Primrose School of Wayne.

  • Kimberly Lawrence, Pathways Teacher

    Kimberly Lawrence

    Pathways Teacher

    Hi, my name is Kimberly Lawrence. I live in Elmwood Park NJ. I have a son who I adopted since he was 1 ½ years old. I work for Fanny M Hiller Grade School. I also worked in a preschool with infants and toddlers for many years. I love to shop, watch movies, cook and take walks with my mom.

  • Lamani Crawford, Preschool Teacher

    Lamani Crawford

    Preschool Teacher

    My name is Lamani Crawford. I have been working and volunteering in Early Childhood settings since the age of 14 years old. I’m currently attending Montclair State University, where I’m in Year 3 of completing my dual degree (BA/MAT) in P-3 and dual certification in P-3 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities along with a TELL minor (Teaching English Language Learners In Early Childhood and Elementary settings). I have always loved working with children, and I’m always looking for ways to become more knowledgeable inside and outside of the classroom.

  • Samantha Valentin, Support Teacher

    Samantha Valentin

    Support Teacher

    Hello my name is Samantha Valentin. I am so happy to be working here at Primrose School. I am a college student with a minor in child and adolescent psychology. One of my favorite books is " A Very Hungry Caterpillar". I have many years of babysitting experience and I truly enjoy taking care of children. My favorite hobby is playing softball with my family on a nice day. I live with my mom, older sister and my one year old puppy named rocky.

  • Amanda Fernandez, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Amanda Fernandez

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hi, my name is Amanda Fernandez and I am so excited to be apart of the Primrose School in Wayne! I am originally from Wayne and have been working with children for ten years. I take great pride and passion in teaching young minds, let’s learn and grow together!

  • Kristin Tedesco, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Kristin Tedesco

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I’m so excited to be part of the Primrose team! I have a Bachelors degree in Interpersonal Communication from William Paterson University. After graduation I worked in pharmaceuticals for several years, I realized the parts I loved most about my job were teaching and inspiring others. I’ve always worked with children in some capacity since I was in college. I have been working in a preschool setting for the past several years. My philosophy is that each child is unique. It is fundamental to allow children to learn and thrive in their own way, at their own pace.
    I enjoy getting to know each family and understanding their particular needs and goals for their children. The things I enjoy to do in my free time is spending time with my family, going to sporting events and anything outdoors!
  • Katherine Illescas, Toddler Teacher

    Katherine Illescas

    Toddler Teacher

    Hi, I'm Katherine, I'm Latina and 20 years old. I like to be part of children's lives and even more so when they are small. I believe that the love that a child can give you is incomparable.

  • Carli Infante, Infant Teacher

    Carli Infante

    Infant Teacher

    Hi! My name is Carli. I have worked with children for many years. My favorite room is working with the infants because I can give them a loving and nurturing environment. I have many hobbies. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching shows and meeting new people.

  • Latefah Perry, Toddler Teacher

    Latefah Perry

    Toddler Teacher

    Hello my name is Latefah, I am a mother of four beautiful children. I have worked with children for over ten years, and I am also a home health aid. I love taking care of people and children! My hobbies are cooking, listening to music, and playing with my one year old. I love going out to eat, and spending time with my family. I am a lovable person, and a great person to be around. My goal is to further my career and get my CDA License. I love working with children and I am very passionate about it. I am happy to be given an opportunity to be a teacher to so many amazing children!

  • Lauren Presta, Pathways Teacher

    Lauren Presta

    Pathways Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Hi! My name is Lauren.

    I recently completed my Master of Arts Degree and am passionate about education. I love working with children and helping to prepare them for their future. When I am not working I enjoy going to the gym, going on adventures and spending time with family and friends. I am outgoing and always interested in meeting new people from different backgrounds and experiences.

  • Val Pellington, Infant Teacher

    Val Pellington

    Infant Teacher

    Hi there! My name is Val, I'm so happy to be joining the Primrose of Wayne family! I am the administrative assistant in our school's office. You'll likely meet me at drop-off and pick-up! I graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelors in Theatre Studies. I'm passionate about the arts, especially theatre and writing. One fun thing about me is I love old junk! You can often find me antiquing, thrifting and garbage-picking my next creative project.

  • Katie Long, Chef

    Katie Long


    Hi, my names Katie. I started working with children 11 years ago as a private nanny. My career really took off in childcare industry back in 2011 when I first started teaching in the infant room then realizing my passion was in the kitchen to fill the children with happy hearts and healthy meals. I love animals and my favorite color is green. One thing I love about working in the kitchen is being able to prepare food for children while being able to learn and make relationships while bringing them their meals. I am so happy to be working here at Primrose School of Wayne and I look forward to make delicious meals for all the students and faculty.

  • Jerome Jones, Chef

    Jerome Jones


    Hi my name is Jerome. I am from Norfolk, Virginia. I moved to New jersey when I was 20 years old. I met my wife and we have a couple of children. Not too long after I went to school for Culinary and I have been in the kitchen ever since. I started in restaurant, catering facilities and now my first time working in a school setting.

  • Tamiesha Gilzene, Infant Teacher

    Tamiesha Gilzene

    Infant Teacher

    Hi my names Tamiesha. I have been working with children for over 15 years. Currently I am pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education at William Paterson University. My hobbies include painting, writing and reading poetry. What I love most about working with children is seeing their growth and progress as they grow each day.

  • Natalia Vargas, Toddler Teacher

    Natalia Vargas

    Toddler Teacher

    Hi my name is Natalia. I just graduated with my Teacher Education degree. I have two wonderful children who I love very much. I speak two different languages which are English and Spanish. I have over 10 years experience working in a school setting. My hobbies are reading, walking with my children, going to the park. I cant wait to learn more about all of your children and build great trusting relationships with them.

  • Jennifer Paldino, Preschool Teacher

    Jennifer Paldino

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi! My name is Jenny Paldino and I am thrilled to join the Primrose family. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a B.A. in Theatre, with concentrations in Acting, Design/Tech, and Directing/Stage Management. I love working in early childhood education, and in the past I have taught summer theatre camps and assistant directed middle school theatrical productions. I also teach Music Together! I take voice lessons and theatre classes whenever I can, and in addition to theatre, I love watching classic movies with my mom and cooking on Sunday evenings with my dad. I cannot wait to guide your children through this school year.

  • Iris Perez, Toddler Teacher

    Iris Perez

    Toddler Teacher

    Hi! My name is Ms. Iris. I am a woman of faith. At my church I'm the Director of the Toddler Room. My heart has always been for the next generation. I believe what we instill in them, they will carry it throughout their lives. My family is from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I enjoy all types of food! I am also an event planner. I own my own business and I love putting smiles on peoples faces when I create their dream wedding or party! I also do nails on the weekends! What I am most excited about this school year is getting to meet all the children and make memories with them! Percy is one of my favorite characters because he is always seeing the positive and encouraging others!

  • Katherine Chuya, Preschool Teacher

    Katherine Chuya

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi my names Katherine. I am very outgoing, loving and fun. I love being around children and teaching them something new everyday. I am so excited to work at Primrose and I cant wait to meet you all.

  • Haley Chifla, Support Teacher

    Haley Chifla

    Support Teacher

    Hi, I'm Haley! I'm currently studying at Montclair State University to become an Elementary School Teacher! Working with children is my passion and I have been working in child care for many years!

  • Tamara Dixon, Support Teacher

    Tamara Dixon

    Support Teacher
  • Khadega Ahmed, Toddler Teacher

    Khadega Ahmed

    Toddler Teacher
  • Olivia Hillery, Support Teacher

    Olivia Hillery

    Support Teacher

    I am 19 years old and my birthday is in July. I am currently a nursing major at Montclair State University. I have a dog named Sampson and a cat named Stella. I also have a younger sister! I love working at Primrose and being able to watch all of the children grow and learn in different ways!

  • Cindy Reeves, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Cindy Reeves

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
  • Kristi Durr, Early Preschool Teacher

    Kristi Durr

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Chiana Rodriguez, Support Teacher

    Chiana Rodriguez

    Support Teacher

    I am 19 years old and a Sophomore at Montclair State University. I major in Educational Foundations for Elementary Teachers with a minor in Social Work. I like to draw and paint. I have 2 pets, a dog an a parrot who talks!

  • Kayla Agobjian, Early Preschool Teacher

    Kayla Agobjian

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Brooke Stanton, Toddler Teacher

    Brooke Stanton

    Toddler Teacher
  • Alyssa Gambatese, Preschool Teacher

    Alyssa Gambatese

    Preschool Teacher
  • Kayla Hartland, Support Teacher

    Kayla Hartland

    Support Teacher
  • Dareen Nached, Toddler Teacher

    Dareen Nached

    Toddler Teacher

Franchise Owners

Meet the proud owner and operator of Primrose School of Wayne, Dharati Patel and her husband, Ambar Patel. Along with co-owners, Dharati’s sister-in-law, Dimple Patel and her brother-in-law, Jay Pa...

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