Primrose School of West Chandler

Our Staff

  • Ms. Patel, Director

    Ms. Patel

    Director

    Hi, I’m Ms. Patel. I love working at Primrose and I'm very passionate about working with children. I was born and raised in Ahwatukee, Arizona. I graduated from ASU with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education in May 2017. I have worked at this school since we opened in March 2018 as a Pre-K teacher, Curriculum Coach, and now Director. Inspiring learning and making a difference in children’s lives is the reason why I work at this school. I look forward to growing with the Primrose family!

  • Mrs. Smelcer, Assistant Director

    Mrs. Smelcer

    Assistant Director

    Hi, I’m Mrs. Smelcer or Mrs. S. I recently moved to Arizona from California with my husband, Jeff, and golden retriever, Ollie. In my free time, I love to go camping and explore new places, as well anything to do with crafting. I have my Associates Degree in Early childhood Education and taught Pre-K for five years. I am passionate about working with children and families and am so excited to be a part of the Primrose Family.

  • Mrs. Rasmussen, Education Coach

    Mrs. Rasmussen

    Education Coach

    Hi, I'm Mrs. Rasmussen! I am from Tempe, Arizona. I have over 20 years of experience working with children. I am currently studying early childhood education. My favorite food is Mexican and I enjoy camping-- anything outdoors! I'm excited to help the teachers grow their knowledge and be more effective in their classroom.

  • Ms. Eaton, Office Assistant

    Ms. Eaton

    Office Assistant

    Hi, I'm Ms. Eaton! I am from California! I have 7 years of experience working in the childcare industry and I have my CDA. I enjoy hiking and spending time with my family. I love working with children and being a part of their growth and learning experience!

  • Ms. Brittany, Office Assistant

    Ms. Brittany

    Office Assistant
    Apple of Our Eye

    Hi, I'm Ms. Brittany! I am from Fargo, North Dakota. I have been working with children for over seven years. I enjoy hiking and spending time with friends in my spare time. My favorite book is "The Very Cranky Bear" by Nick Bland and I relate most to Og the Bookworm. I'm excited to get to know everyone and watch the children grow!

  • Mrs. Wahl, Food Service Teacher

    Mrs. Wahl

    Food Service Teacher

    Hi I'm Mrs. Wahl! I am from Maddock, North Dakota. I have been working in the childcare field for over 20 years. I love Greek, German and Mexican food. I enjoy hanging out with my grandchildren and camping. I'm excited to be here at Primrose and get the kitchen in order, the way I like it!

  • Ms. Jacobs, Lead Teacher - Infant 1

    Ms. Jacobs

    Lead Teacher - Infant 1

    Hi, I'm Ms. Jacobs! I am originally from Ukraine. I have been working with children for many years. I am very passionate about working with infants! I love spending time with family. I'm excited to work with the Pre-K students and prepare them for Kindergarten; watching them gain fundamental skills is so rewarding!

  • Ms. Reihanna, Lead Teacher - Infant

    Ms. Reihanna

    Lead Teacher - Infant

    Hi, I'm Ms. Reihanna! I am from Visalia, California. I have over four years of experience working with children. I have my high school diploma and have taken some college level courses. I enjoy exploring new places in Arizona and my favorite book is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. I'm most excited to be working with the students and gaining new experiences!

  • Mrs. Knolles, Assistant Teacher - Infant

    Mrs. Knolles

    Assistant Teacher - Infant

    Hi, I'm Mrs. Knolles! I am from Sierra Vista, AZ. I have 24 years of experience working as an elementary teacher. I graduated from NAU with my teaching degree. My favorite food is Italian and I love spending time with my family! I love working with infants and watching them meet their milestones!

  • Mrs. Akter, Lead Teacher - Young Toddler

    Mrs. Akter

    Lead Teacher - Young Toddler

    Hi, I'm Mrs. Akter! I am originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I am the assistant teacher in the Older Toddler classroom. I have over 10 years of experience working with children and I have my Bachelor's Degree in Education. I love reading book and Dr. Seuss is my favorite author. I am so excited to join the Primrose Family and teach the wonderful toddlers in my classroom.

  • Ms. Asra, Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Asra

    Assistant Teacher

    Hi, I'm Ms. Asra! I am from Chandler, AZ. I have years of experience working with children in a private setting. I graduated from Hamilton High School and just finished my first year at Arizona State University. I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I'm so excited to spend time with the children and watch them grow!

  • Mr. Wyman, Lead Teacher - Older Toddler

    Mr. Wyman

    Lead Teacher - Older Toddler

    Hi, I'm Mr. Wyman! I am from Apache Junction, Arizona. I have years of experience babysitting and over one year of experience working in a childcare facility. I graduated from college with a B.S. in Theatre. I love the arts and being creative with my students! I am most excited for all of the exciting activties I will do with my students!

  • Ms. Sanchez, Assistant Teacher - Early Preschool 1

    Ms. Sanchez

    Assistant Teacher - Early Preschool 1

    Hi, I'm Ms. Sanchez! I am from Chandler, Arizona. This is my first time working in a childcare facility, but I have experience taking care of younger relatives and babysitting. I am currently studying at CGCC to earn my CDA. I hope to transfer to ASU to earn my bachelor's in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. I'm excited to see how the children learn through their environment and surroundings and how they will learn more about themselves as the year progresses!

  • Ms. Cobbs, Assistant EPS Teacher

    Ms. Cobbs

    Assistant EPS Teacher

    Hi I'm Ms. Cobbs! I am from Phoenix, Arizona. I have a few years of experience working with children in a childcare setting. My favorite food is chicken strips and I love going to the park. I'm excited to be at Primrose and work with the children!

  • Ms. Maldonado, Lead EPS Teacher

    Ms. Maldonado

    Lead EPS Teacher

    Hi I'm Ms. Maldonado! I am from Tempe, AZ. I have years of experience working as a lead teacher with 2 - 3 year olds. I obtained my CDA and have an AA degree. I enjoy relaxing, making hair bows and spending time with family. I love the book "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss and "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch. I'm excited to be at Primrose and work with the children!

  • Ms. Dworshak, Assistant Teacher - Early Preschool 1

    Ms. Dworshak

    Assistant Teacher - Early Preschool 1

    Hi, I'm Ms. Dworshak! I am from Silver Lake, Minnesota. I have been working at Primrose for over a year now. I enjoy gardening and the children's book "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss. I love working at Primrose and watching the little ones grow!

  • Ms. Nadeen, Assistant Teacher - Early Preschool 2

    Ms. Nadeen

    Assistant Teacher - Early Preschool 2

    Hi, I'm Ms. Nadeen! I am from Sudan, Khartoum. I have experience working with children in a private setting. I enjoy drawing, and spending time with friends and family. I love Dr. Seuss and relate most to Katie the Cat. I'm most excited about having the opportunity to take care of children and learn new things!

  • Ms. Robinson, Lead Teacher - Preschool Pathways

    Ms. Robinson

    Lead Teacher - Preschool Pathways

    Hi, I'm Ms. Robinson! I am from Phoenix, Arizona. I have over 10 years of experience working in the Early Childhood Industry. I enjoy watching Lifetime movies and relaxing in my free time. I'm excited to be a part of the Primrose Family and look forward to spending many years teaching at this school!

  • Ms. Cary, Lead Teacher - Preschool 1

    Ms. Cary

    Lead Teacher - Preschool 1

    Hi, I'm Ms. Cary! I am from Chesapeake, Virginia. I was a nanny for almost five years, then I worked for a preschool. I have been teaching at the preschool level for four years now and love it! I went to Arizona State University and studied Early Childhood Education. I enjoy spending time with my amazing daughters. We enjoy going to the zoo, hiking and movie time. I am excited to watch my students grow as we learn as we do fun science projects and lots of hands on learning.

  • Mrs. Geeta, Lead Teacher - Preschool 2

    Mrs. Geeta

    Lead Teacher - Preschool 2

    Hi, I'm Mrs. Geeta! I am from Hubli, India. I have been working with children for many years. I have my diploma in education and a Bachelor of Arts. I enjoy hiking in my spare time and love all of the Dr. Seuss books. I am excited to spend time with the students at Primrose and engage them in learning.

  • Ms. Beth, Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Beth

    Assistant Teacher

    Hi, I'm Ms. Beth! I am from Chandler, AZ. I have been working with children for over five years. My favorite food is tacos and I enjoy staying in and sewing. My favorite children's book is "Stellaluna" by Janell Cannon. I'm most excited to meet the new and wonderful children this year!

  • Ms. Zell, Lead Teacher - PreK 1

    Ms. Zell

    Lead Teacher - PreK 1

    Hi, I'm Ms. Zell! I am from Annapolis, Maryland. I have over three years of experience working with children in a preschool setting. I have my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and my Master of Arts in Teaching and Elementary Education. I enjoy spending time with my two children and my family! I'm excited to meet my new students and their families!

  • Ms. Nelson, Assistant Teacher - PreK 1

    Ms. Nelson

    Assistant Teacher - PreK 1

    Hi, I'm Ms. Nelson! I am from Chandler, Arizona. I have been working in the childcare field for over six years. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking and spending time with my family. My favorite children's book is "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff. I am excited to be here at Primrose and watch the children learn and grow!

  • Mrs. D'Souza, Lead Teacher - Pre-K 2

    Mrs. D'Souza

    Lead Teacher - Pre-K 2

    Hi, I'm Mrs. D'Souza! I am originally from Mumbai, India. I have 12 years of experience working in childcare. I have my Bachelor's degree in Commerce and my Associates degree in Pre-Primary Education. I enjoy reading on the weekend and my favorite children's book is "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" By Kate DiCamillo. I'm excited to watch the students experience light bulb moments!

  • Mrs. Marcela, Assistant Teacher - Preschool 2

    Mrs. Marcela

    Assistant Teacher - Preschool 2

    Hi, I'm Ms. Marcela! I am from Fusagasuga, Columbia. I have over nine years of experience working in early childhood education as an assistant teacher. I graduated from the University Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca in Bogota, Colombia with a Bachelor's degree in Bacteriology and Clinical Laboratory. I love to walk my dog during the weekends, watch movies and go shopping. I am very excited to be a part of the Primrose family and to meet the children and their families.

  • Ms. Debbie, Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Debbie

    Assistant Teacher

    Hi, I' m Ms. Debbie! I am from Page, Arizona. I have experience nannying and taking care of my grandchildren. I enjoy watching movies, shopping and going to the park with my grandchildren. I'm excited to meet the children and have positive energy around me!

  • Ms. Shepherd, Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Shepherd

    Assistant Teacher

    Hi I'm Ms. Shepherd! I am from Warwick, New York. I have experience working as a teacher's aide in special education. I also have experience caring for pediatric patients. I am a high school graduate and am a current student at Brookline College. I'm excited to learn new things and gain new experiences!

  • Mrs. Neuhring, Assistant Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Neuhring

    Assistant Preschool Teacher

    Hi I'm Mrs. Neuhring! I am from Fountain, Colorado. I was a stay at home mom for the last five years, this is my first childcare experience. My favorite children's book is "Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin and my favorite food is spaghetti! I am excited to watch the childrens' minds grow with knowledge!

  • Ms. Keller, Assistant Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Keller

    Assistant Toddler Teacher

    Hi I'm Ms. Keller! I am from Omaha, Nebraska. I have a year of experience working with children in a childcare setting. I graduated from Williams Field High School and am currently a student at Arizona State University. I love pasta and going on hikes! I am excited to be at Primrose and get to know all the children.

  • Anita and Pramod Patel, Franchise Owner

    Anita and Pramod Patel

    Franchise Owner

    Meet Anita and Pramod Patel, proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of West Chandler. As longtime residents of Phoenix, this couple is thrilled to bring the unique Primrose Experience to the children and families in the greater Phoenix area.

    Anita and Pramod have been married more than 30 years and been residents of Ahwatukee for nearly 25 years. The couple has three grown children of their own and always placed the highest value on education, both for themselves and their family.The Patels were first introduced to Primrose in 2014 when a family friend became a Franchise Owner. The couple’s daughters have both worked in early education, so the whole family was inspired by the opportunity to bring high-quality education and care to their community.

    “My family has always been involved in business, and my two daughters have enjoyed working in education,” said Anita. “Opening a school seemed like the perfect way to combine our family’s history with our passion for education, and once we learned about the Balanced Learning® approach and its emphasis on character development, we knew we wanted to open a Primrose school.”

    Originally from the United Kingdom, Anita and her parents have owned several businesses focused on customer service in both the U.K. and the U.S. Her parents’ legacy and dedication to customer service excellence inspired Anita to open her own Primrose school with her own family. Anita will manage the daily operations, putting her MBA to good use. Pramod will manage marketing and be the resident “IT guy,” while continuing his work as an engineer. Pramod and Anita’s middle daughter will also work at the school, putting her degree in Early Childhood Education and years of experience from teaching at a Montessori school to good use.

    “We believe in the Primrose mission to forge a path to a brighter future for all children, and we want to start by making a positive impact on the lives and futures of the children and families in Arizona,” said Pramod. “Our community deserves the fun, safe environment that encourages curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion in children.”

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