Primrose School Building

Primrose School of Wayne

Our Staff

  • Jillian Milazzo, Center Director

    Jillian Milazzo

    Center Director

    Jillian Milazzo has worked at Primrose School of Wayne since they opened their doors. She began her journey as the Education Coach and then was promoted to Center Director. She has years of childcare and administrative experience. She enjoys building loving and personal relationships with all her children, faculty members and families. She has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Her knowledge and great skills is what sets her apart from most. She enjoys bringing creative ideas to the school and working closely with each child and teacher. She has her own family and her motherly nurturing instincts are what makes her such a special part of our team. She looks forward to getting to know each child on a personal level and help them flourish socially, emotionally and watch them thrive academically.

  • 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!!

  • Nicole Stevens, Administrative Assistant

    Nicole Stevens

    Administrative Assistant

    I am Ms. Nicole and I graduated with a Psychology Degree from East Stroudsburg University. I am currently working on my Masters in Child Development, and I am so excited to be a part of the Primrose Brand.

  • 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.

  • Abigail Rivera, Teacher

    Abigail Rivera


    Hi, my name is Ms. Abigail. I am currently working on a degree in early childhood education. My favorite subject to teach is reading. I chose to work with kids because I had some amazing teachers in my life that helped me in more ways tan one. I would love to make that same impact on the lives of my students. I so excited to meet new students and learn new things from my Primrose of Wayne Family! 

  • Alexa Mitchell, Teacher

    Alexa Mitchell


    My name is Ms. Alexa, and have a degree from Rutgers University. I love making an impact on my students lives, just like they impact mine. I appreciate the opportunity to teach your children new exciting things each day. My favorite subject to teach is language arts. This year I am looking forward to all the exciting events the Primrose School of Wayne has to offer!

  • Alyssa Gambatese, Preschool Teacher

    Alyssa Gambatese

    Preschool Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    I am so happy to be a part of the Primrose Team. I love shopping at Target and eating Chick-Fil-A. My favorite color is blue and spending time outside. I joined childcare because I wanted to positively impact the lives children and make a difference. I always bring my playful attitude and my love for children into my classroom.

  • Briana Gaffney, Toddler Teacher

    Briana Gaffney

    Toddler Teacher

    I am so excited to be a part of the Primrose Family. I live in West Milford, NJ and I am currently studying to be a pediatric nurse. I also plan obtaining my CDA. I babysat for many years and then decided to work with children in a preschool setting for 3 years. I have always known that I wanted to work with children in the future children is being able to see them grow, and I am so lucky to be able to be a part of that!

  • Brianna Kulick, Teacher

    Brianna Kulick

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cristina Andelora, Teacher

    Cristina Andelora


    I'm Cristina Andelora. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I have a BA in sociology from William Patterson University. I think working with children is so important. I have always wanted to work with children, helping them learn and grow. I think it is very important to understand children’s emotions. I believe in taking time to understand the feeling a child is experiencing and helping them to understand those feelings as well.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Favorite food: Pizza

    Favorite children’s book: The Hungry Caterpillar

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am excited to help cultivate the young minds of the future.

  • Emily Lerena, Teacher

    Emily Lerena


    Hi, my name is Ms. Emily. I love working with children whether it is just reading a book or playing a game. There is something so wonderful about being able to impart knowledge on a child, allowing them to understand the world around them more fully. I am looking forward to learning more about how to work with different age groups of children. My favorite subject to teach is math. I hope to be able to impact their lives in the same way they impact mine!

  • Gulten Saziman, Teacher

    Gulten Saziman


    I’m Ms. Gulten I love to watch kids learn and grow. I enjoy being able to provide a safe and loving learning environment for the children I work with. My favorite subject to teach is story time! I find joy in the way the student’s faces light up when they hear a story! This year I am looking forward to participating in all the fun dress up/themed days here at the Primrose School of Wayne!



  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Janet DeLeon, Teacher

    Janet DeLeon


    Hi, I am Ms. Janet, and I am so excited to be part of the Primrose Family. I love being able to form meaningful connections with students and helping them to be the best version of themselves. I adore being able to see my students grow both socially and emotionally. My favorite subject to teach is music time. This year I am looking forward to contributing to the lives of my students and seeing how they grow and develop. 

  • Jenna Mitchell, Preschool Teacher

    Jenna Mitchell

    Preschool Teacher

    I’m Jenna Mitchel.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I have a certification in medical assisting from Fortis Institute. I believe that good teachers are involved and respectful. I love being able to help students work out their problems so they can learn to problem solve on their own. I love being able to learn from my co-workers and students. We are always learning from all the people around us.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family

    Favorite food: Pizza

    Favorite children’s book: Llama Llama Red Pajamas

    Primrose character I most relate to: Peanut

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am excited for getting to know about all my new friends.

  • Jennifer Paldino, Pre-Kindergarten  Teacher

    Jennifer Paldino

    Pre-Kindergarten 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.

  • 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.


  • Karen Jimenez, Early Preschool Teacher

    Karen Jimenez

    Early Preschool Teacher

    I’m Karen Jimenez. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I am a mother of 2, and a graduate of Boricua College with a degree in Liberal Arts. I am currently planning on continuing my education with a focus on child education. I have experience with children from working at the South Bronx Early High School, Buzzing Bee’s Learning Center in East Orange, and Mama Tingo’s Early Head Start Program in New York. My teaching philosophy is to be open, flexible, patient, and consistent. I think it is important to build a trusting relationship with the students.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family

    Favorite food: Pizza

    Favorite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpiller

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am excited for a fun-filled learning experience

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Khadega Ahmed, Toddler Teacher

    Khadega Ahmed

    Toddler Teacher

    I am Ms. Khadega, and my birthday is on Christmas Day. I love working and being a part of thee Primrose family. I enjoy being outdoors and and I also love to volunteer. Something quirky about myself is that I always read all my ingredients in my food before I buy anything.

  • Kimberly Lawrence, Toddler Teacher

    Kimberly Lawrence

    Toddler 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.


  • 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!
  • 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!

  • Melissa Mariani, Preschool Teacher

    Melissa Mariani

    Preschool Teacher

    I’m Melissa Mariani. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I attended William Paterson University after graduating from Wayne Hills High School in 1999.I went to college and got my BA in Education. I graduated in 2005 and earned a degree in K-8 with Highly Qualified with Advanced Standing. I always wanted to become a teacher since I was five years old, and it came true. I started working at the age of 16 for the Apple Tree in Haledon to working for the Wayne Boys & Girls Club for 10 years. I was a counselor and then became the Kindergarten Director. I then went on to teach at Windsor Learning Center in Pompton Lakes for 11 years. As a teacher I am specialized in the Wilson Program, Orton Gillingham, & created the life skills program at Windsor including a curriculum incorporated for students with autism. I worked as a BCBA for autistic children at their homes and in schools. I love working with children and happy to be a part of Primrose.

  • Michelle Germinario, Teacher

    Michelle Germinario


    Hi, my name is Ms. Michelle! I have a degree in Education from Montclair State University. MY favorite subject to teach students is Literacy. It brings me joy to be adding on to the knowledge and development of children. This year I am looking forward to the new school year and all the new students I will get to work with.

  • 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.

  • Raul Trujillo, Chef

    Raul Trujillo


    I am so excited to be joining the team here at Primrose. I am a huge kid at heart. I still collect comics and pop toys. My favorite book when I was younger was Maniac Magee, and my favorite adult book is Dante’s Inferno and manga is Berserk. I am a video gamer since Atari. I’m a Sports fanatic. GO! Giants, Devils, Bulls, and Yankees. I also have a dog named Gizmo who is a French bulldog. Training him is my hobby. I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

  • Samantha Shore, Kindergarten Teacher

    Samantha Shore

    Kindergarten Teacher

    I live in Edison NJ and graduated from Montclair State University with my Bachelors Degree in Family and Child Studies. 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. I love being a part of the Primrose Family!


  • Samantha Valentin, Toddler Teacher

    Samantha Valentin

    Toddler 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.

  • Sofia Vitale, Teacher

    Sofia Vitale


    I’m Sofia Vitale.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I am currently studying Environmental Science and Early Childhood Education at William Patterson University. I have experience working with children through babysitting and a K-3 Church program. My teaching philosophy is to be respectful and help students develop independence. I love drawing, painting and other arts and craft projects.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Favorite food: Sushi

    Favorite children’s book: The Little Sky Scrapper

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am excited for all the wonderful events Primrose offers.

  • Summer Ramundo


    Hi, my name is Summer. I have a BA Degree in Sociology. I am studying for my Masters and look forward to pursing my career even further. My passion with children started so long ago and I enjoy every minute of teaching and watching your children grow. I was a college softball pitcher who holds many records. I know what true teamwork is like and I am so happy to be apart of the Primrose School of Wayne Family. 

  • Susan Baffuto, House Keeping

    Susan Baffuto

    House Keeping

    Hi, I am Ms. Susan, I am a mother of 2 and Nana to 8! I enjoy working in a school, because I can see all the children, and see their personalities blossom. Family is my number one priority. I appreciate the opportunity to meet and get to know all of the wonderful students here at the Primrose School of Wayne. This year I am looking forward to helping with all the fun events and activates planned throughout the year!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Zemi Victoria, Support Teacher

    Zemi Victoria

    Support Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ms. Zemi, I love to work with children because you get firsthand knowledge of how they grow both emotionally and socially. It is so wonderful to know that you are impacting the lives of your students. My favorite subject to teach is English. I can’t wat to meet all my new Primrose School of Wayne friends!

  • 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!

  • Suzana Kurtishi, Preschool Teacher

    Suzana Kurtishi

    Preschool Teacher

    I’m Suzana Kurtishi. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    My birthday is November 7th which makes me a Scorpio! I am 24 years old, and I attended Bergen County Community College. I am currently working on getting my degree in dental hygiene in addition to starting school for real estate. I’m Albanian and have huge family. I have always taken care of kids from a young age, and I really enjoy working with them. I have been working with kids since the age of 18 and I love it. I am open to learning and experiencing new things in life.

  • 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.

  • Dharati & Ambar Patel / Dimple & Jay Patel, Franchise Owner

    Dharati & Ambar Patel / Dimple & Jay Patel

    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 Patel. Their love for family and passion for community are what encouraged them to open their Primrose School.

    Dharati and Ambar Patel’s son, Devin, was the first to enroll at Primrose School of Wayne and he was the first to experience the Balanced Learning™ approach. Early childhood education has always been a passion for Dharati, dating back to her very first job in high school teaching at a childcare center. It was then that she realized that she wanted to pursue a career in education, so she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Kean University. Dharati additionally pursued New Jersey certification in grades K-5 with a specialization in Language Arts for grades 6-8. Her degree led her back into a childcare setting where she worked as a director for various childcare centers. She deeply valued her experiences because every day was rewarding. Dharati was able to nurture and provide guidance to children, build trusted relationships with families, and lead a staff that eventually became a second family to her. However, after seven years serving as a childcare center director, she felt it was time to bring her experiences and skills to a school of her own to really bring her vision to life. She chose to partner with Primrose Schools because the Primrose curriculum represents the very best for young students and the culture perfectly matches her values and supports her leadership beliefs.

    The Primrose philosophy that who children become is just as important as what they know resonated with Ambar, a former Division 1 Student-Athlete who had always tried to find the balance to excel both inside and out of the classroom. Now in Corporate America, Ambar continues to find a similar balance through social responsibility where he gives back to the local community through volunteer events annually. He values Primrose’s partnership with various organizations because it teaches children that no matter how big or small, everyone stands to make a difference in the world.

    Dimple and Jay Patel are parents to three wonderful daughters; Misha, Shayla and Liya. As full-time working parents, they have first-hand experience with the struggles of finding high-quality, curriculum-based child care. They work in the healthcare field, both in a hospital setting and in the pharmaceutical industry, and therefore carry a strong sense of compassion along with dedication to giving back to the community and fostering an environment of well-being. Their unique perspectives will help them fully appreciate the needs of the children and families that they serve.

    Together, The Patel family is fully committed to ensuring that they deliver more than a curriculum; it will be a life-changing early learning experience for the Primrose School of Wayne students and their families. The Patels look forward to welcoming you to the Primrose family!

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