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. Smith, Assistant Director

    Mrs. Smith

    Assistant Director

    Hi, I'm Mrs. Smith! I am from Camarillo, California. I have over 15 years of experience working in the childcare field with specific experience as a director and assistant director. On the weekends, I enjoy barbequing and watching sports with my family. I am most excited to get to know all of the wonderful Primrose families and witness the children learn and grow in and out of the classroom!

  • Mrs. Devlin, Education Coach

    Mrs. Devlin

    Education Coach

    Hi, I'm Mrs. Devlin! I am from Mesa, AZ. I have been working with children of ages ranging 6 weeks to 12years old for almost 30 years in both a licensed and in home facilities. I'm currently working towards my AA with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy hiking, gardening, watching my kids play sports and reading. I relate most to Ally the Bunny -- even as a young child, I have always been super responsible. I'm excited to be a part of Primrose and work with the teachers to give the children and families an excellent preschool experience!

  • 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 from Ukraine. I have over 4 years of childcare experience. I have my high school diploma and am currently studying for my college degree. I enjoy spending time with friends and working out in my spare time. My favorite children's book is "Courderoy" by Don Freeman and my favorite puppet is Libby the Lamb. I'm most excited to spend time with the children and watch them learn and grow!

     

  • Mrs. Knolles, Assistant Teacher - Infant 2

    Mrs. Knolles

    Assistant Teacher - Infant 2

    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!

  • Ms. Jepson, Lead Teacher - Young Toddler

    Ms. Jepson

    Lead Teacher - Young Toddler

    Hi, I'm Ms. Jepson! I am from Gibert, AZ. I have over three years of experience working as a preschool teacher and have student taught in college. I also have my Associate's Degree in Arts/Education. I enjoy trying new coffee shops and traveling and I love the Angelina Ballerina book series! I am so excited to work in a new envirronment and meet my new colleagues and students!

  • Ms. Santiago, Assistant Teacher - Young Toddler

    Ms. Santiago

    Assistant Teacher - Young Toddler

    Hi, I'm Ms. Santiago! I am from Phoenix, AZ. I have many years of experience watching children in a private setting and over one year of experience working here at Primrose. I enjoy spending time with family and my favorite Primrose puppet is Benjamin the Bear! I'm excited to meet new people and see the students grow and acheive new milestones!

  • Ms. Gonzales, Lead Teacher - EPS 1

    Ms. Gonzales

    Lead Teacher - EPS 1

    Hi, I'm Ms. Gonzales! I am from Farmington, NM. I have been working with children for a few years through volunteering and as a teacher's assistant. On the weekend, I enjoy spending time with my family and relaxing at home. I'm most excited meet my new coworkers and students!

  • Ms. Tatyenna, Assistant Teacher - EPS 1

    Ms. Tatyenna

    Assistant Teacher - EPS 1

    Hi, I'm Ms. Tatyenna! I am from Albuquerque, NM. I have experience taking care of my younger siblings but have also worked at another childcare facility. I relate most to Katie the Cat and my favorite book is "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer". I'm excited to be at Primrose and see the progress the students make as I spend time with them.

  • Ms. Garcia, Lead Teacher - EPS 2

    Ms. Garcia

    Lead Teacher - EPS 2

    Hi, I'm Ms. Garcia! I am from Phoenix, AZ. This is my second experience working at a Primrose school. I love tacos and shopping in my spare time. I relate the most to Billy the Duck, and I'm excited to get to know the students and build relationships with them!

  • Ms. McKane, Assistant Teacher - EPS 2

    Ms. McKane

    Assistant Teacher - EPS 2

    Hi, I'm Ms. McKane! I am from San Tan Valley. I have over three years of experience working with children. I love pizza and enjoy going on picnics in my spare time. I relate most to Billy the Duck and I'm most excited to make new memories here at Primrose!

  • Ms. Gallegos, Lead Teacher - Preschool Pathways

    Ms. Gallegos

    Lead Teacher - Preschool Pathways

    Hi, I'm Ms. Gallegos! I am from Monte Vista, CO. I have over 2 years of experience working with children and I'm currently working towards my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. My favorite book is "Are You My Mother?" by P.D. Eastman and I love Erwin the Dog! I'm most excited to meet everyone and start building relationships with the staff and children at Primrose!

  • Mrs. Maldonado, Lead Teacher - Preschool 1

    Mrs. Maldonado

    Lead Teacher - Preschool 1

    Hi, I'm Mrs. Maldonado! I am from Tempe, AZ. I have over four years of experience working in the childcare field. I obtained my CDA and also have an AA degree. I enjoy relaxing, making hair bows and spending time with my family. I am most excited to work with the children and get to know them!

  • Mrs. Hockett, Lead Teacher - Preschool 2

    Mrs. Hockett

    Lead Teacher - Preschool 2

    Hi, I'm Mrs. Hockett! I am from Arcata, CA. I have over 10 years of experience working with children ages 6 and younger. I also have my degree from Santa Barbara City College. I enjoy hiking with my daughter and our dog in our spare time. I relate most to Percy the Rooster and I'm most excited to see the children learn and grow in their education!

  • Ms. Nadeen, Assistant Teacher - Preschool 2

    Ms. Nadeen

    Assistant Teacher - Preschool 2

    Hi, I'm Ms. Nadeen! I am from Khartoum, Sudan. I have been working with children for over two years now. I enjoy spending quality time with friends and family. I love the book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen and I relate most to Katie the Cat. I'm excited to see the children grow and attend all of the fun Primrose events!

  • Ms. Merritt, Lead Teacher - PreK 2

    Ms. Merritt

    Lead Teacher - PreK 2

    Hi, I'm Ms. Merritt! I am from Thornton, CO. I have over 10 years of experience working with children and am currently working towards my degree in English and Secondary Education. On the weekends, I enjoy paddle boarding and I love Winnie the Pooh. I'm excited to introduce new books to my students!

  • 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!

  • Ms. Travis, Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Travis

    Assistant Teacher

    Hi, I'm Ms. Travis! I am from Brookfield, CT. I have experience nannying and nursing care for special needs children and babies. I enjoy walking with my dogs, going to the gym, swimming and enjoying the beauty of Arizona. I relate most to Libby the Lamb, and I'm excited to be able to finally do what I've always wanted to do -- work with babies!

  • Mrs. Duclos, PreK Assistant Teacher

    Mrs. Duclos

    PreK Assistant Teacher

    Hi, I'm Mrs. Duclos! I am from Gilbert, AZ. I have been working with children for over four years. On the weekends, I enjoy spending time with my family and going to the lake. I'm most excited to get to know the personalities and passions of my students and watching them learn and grow!

  • Mrs. Mesa, Assistant Teacher

    Mrs. Mesa

    Assistant Teacher

    Hi, I'm Mrs. Mesa! I am from Casa Grande, AZ. I have over 20 years of experience working with children of ages ranging from infant to 8th grade. I also have my degree in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy spending time with my family and hiking "A" mountain in my spare time! I'm excited to meet the children and learn new things!

  • Mrs. Asghar, Assistant Teacher

    Mrs. Asghar

    Assistant Teacher

    Hi, I'm Mrs. Asghar. I am from Karachi, Pakistan. This is my first time working in a childcare facility, but I have many years of experience raising my own children and grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with my family and I love the book "I Love You Forever" by Robert Munch. I'm so excited to teach the children and spend time with them.

  • Ms. Dworshak, Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Dworshak

    Assistant Teacher

    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!

  • 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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