Amanda Kirk is the Operations Director for our schools. She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree from Texas Lutheran University and moved to Austin. She began her Early Childhood journey as a 3-4 year old teacher and worked her way up in that company to School Age Manager. In 2009, Ms. Kirk decided to move back to Houston. She began at the Primrose School of Pearland Parkway as the Private Pre-Kindergarten 1 teacher in October of that year. Since then, she has moved up as Administrative Assistant for that school and then as Area Curriculum Coordinator for the Primrose Schools under the franchise owners.
During her time as an Area Curriculum Coordinator, she helped train teachers on how to implement the Primrose curriculum. Now as Operations Director, she travel the schools helping in all aspects of the building. Ms. Kirk loves the journey that she is still on with Early Childhood and hopes to be with Primrose for many more years to come.
Mrs. Sanderson began working for Primrose in August of 2012. She is a certified Texas teacher and holds a Master's Degree in Education from the University of St. Thomas. She taught in both the Private Pre-Kindergarten and Private Kindergarten classrooms prior to moving into the position of Curriculum Coordinator. Mrs. Sanderson is passionate about the Primrose Balanced Learning approach as it encourages children to explore and learn on their own while providing that nurturing guidance that young children need. Her educational background, experience, and her passion is what makes her an effective role model to our teachers.
Now as the Director of Education, Mrs. Sanderson serves as the education coach for all new and current teachers. She leads by example and works closely with our teachers to ensure the highest of standards in our classrooms. In her free time, Mrs. Sanderson enjoys reading with her two sons and watching movies.
Ms. Vanessa is our school’s Business Administrator. She holds her industrial engineering degree and has joined our Primrose team having ten years of experience at her previous company. Ms. Vanessa is in charge of the day-to-day aspects of Primrose that go on behind the scenes. Her responsibilities include billing and taking care of our financial accounts, maintenance, and the daily operations that ensures our school is running smoothly. With Ms. Vanessa’s experience, commitment, and dedication, our school stands strong and is maintained inside and out to the utmost quality. Not only does she do this for our school, but also five more schools under our franchise owners in the greater Houston area. She holds quite the critical role here at Primrose! We are so lucky to have her.
Mrs. Lopez is one of our school’s leadership team members. The year 2020 marked her 10th anniversary at Primrose with our team! Back in October of 2010, Mrs. Lopez joined our school as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher for at least eight years. In August of 2018, she became a valuable member of our leadership team. Her care, warmth, and grace is the epitome of what we strive for in our school’s culture and we are very lucky to have her in the position that she is in. Mrs. Lopez has worked very hard all of these years with us and we are so proud of all that she has accomplished. Her dedication is unmatched and in everything she does, the children in our care is at the forefront of her mind. Mrs. Lopez takes pride in creating and maintaining a caring and nurturing environment for our children and their families. Her favorite part about working at Primrose has been welcoming our wonderful students every morning! We are very excited for the future with Mrs. Lopez continuing to be an integral part of our Primrose School.
Mrs. Stephanie McPike is one of our school’s leadership team members. She joins our team having studied Pediatric Psychology at Sam Houston State University, and has always enjoyed taking care of children. As soon as she turned 18 years old, she began working at her first childcare center. Mrs. McPike has fallen in love with teaching children and it has become a passion of hers. During her college studies, she taught at a local childcare center and eventually moved up to member of the leadership team. Mrs. McPike has two children, Brooklynn and Jackson. Prior to applying to the team because of the amazing program provided, she and her husband knew that Primrose was the only childcare center that they wanted their daughter Brooklynn to attend. Brooklynn attended Private Kindergarten at the time and they noticed that she had learned so much! Mrs. McPike moved up having experience as Assistant Director at her previous Primrose School location and later obtained her Director’s certification in 2019. She has been working for Primrose Schools since 2012 and she truly believes in our Balanced Learning approach. As excited as she is to be part of our Primrose School of West Pearland family, we too are very excited to have her on our team!
A fun act about Mrs. McPike is that her favorite Primrose character is Erwin the Dog as she loves meeting new friends!
Ms. Ashleigh is our Preschool teacher and has about seven years of childcare experience along with two and a half years of experience at Primrose! She believes that what separates Primrose Schools from other childcare centers are our puppet friends to enrich our learning activities. Our Primrose puppet friends represent different character traits. Ms. Ashleigh is passionate about her job as she is inspiring her little students to reach their full potential. She feels that her strength in the classroom is her ability to teach all of her children as well as being able to redirect them to want to learn and enjoy what they're doing!
A fun fact about Ms. Ashleigh is that she is currently taking online classes for pharmacy. Her favorite subject to teach is literacy.
Mr. James is our Explorers teacher and has around nine years of childcare experience! Mr. James is motivated to come to work because he knows he is making a difference in his students' lives. Seeing their smiles is his favorite part of the day and makes all of his effort worth it. Mr. James brings a lot of fun and makes his lesson plans come alive. His students would say that Mr. James makes learning fun and entertaining.
A fun fact about Mr. James is that he has written and published an action/adventure fantasy series of novels!
We are Sotirios and Estela Papadopulos: proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of West Pearland.
We first discovered Primrose Schools while searching for childcare for our daughter, Estefania. We were busy with the demands that came with operating our own business and we wanted to ensure that our daughter was being well cared for and it was also important to us that she receive quality education. When we learned about Primrose Schools and what was offered, we immediately knew we had found something special and so both of our children, Estefania and Alexandre, ended up being Primrose graduates. Our experience with Primrose inspired us to offer leading education and care to families in the greater Houston area. Fast-forward 20 years later, Estefania obtained her Masters’ degree in Business Administration with a minor in psychology at the University of St. Thomas while our son, Alex, is currently studying at Houston Baptist University with a concentration in business. Alex is also a racecar driver in IMSA [International Motor Sports Association] allowing him the opportunity to compete in races all across the country. His positive demeanor and “never-give-up” attitude have left nothing but good things to be said by all whom Alex has worked with in the car racing world.
Today, we are the proud owners of six Primrose School locations throughout greater Houston. Our excitement continues as we are dedicated to bringing the best possible early education and care to families that live and work in the communities we serve. We are committed to creating a warm and nurturing atmosphere in our schools that enable children to exercise their active minds, healthy bodies and happy hearts.
Our latest big news and with the utmost pride and joy, we are so happy to welcome our “once-little” Primrose daughter to continue our legacy and what we believe Primrose to be. Since Estefania officially joined the team, she has displayed grace, warmth, and a passion for creating a positive influence for any and all children who step into our schools. She is dedicated to supporting all six schools so surely you will see her around to welcome you with a smile!
Finally, thank you for your interest in our school. We are beyond delighted to have the opportunity to provide (what we believe to be) the best early education and care to the youngest citizens of Pearland. We can't wait to meet you and welcome you to our Primrose School of West Pearland family!