Primrose School of West Woods

Our Staff

  • Jenni Burns, Franchise Owner

    Jenni Burns

    Franchise Owner

    Hi my name is Jenni. I have worked in the child care industry for over 25 years. I have been at Primrose School of West Woods since July of 2000. I began as a Lead teacher, moved to Assistant Director and then became the Director in 2004. I am currently moving into an owner role. I have my bachelor's degree in Behavioral Sciences, went through the Elementary Education program at Metropolitan State College (now University) and have my Early Childhood Director's Certificate.

  • Mallory Van Cleve, Director

    Mallory Van Cleve


    Hi my name is Mallory and I have been at Primrose since 2008. I began as a closer, then I moved to the assistant position in the Kindergarten class. I left Primrose for a year, but then returned and took on the Director role. I recently got married. In my free time I enjoy baking. I enjoy working with kids because each day is different. The kids remind me each day to appreciate the little things and to see the beauty in even the smallest learning experience.

  • Brenda Womble, Assistant Director

    Brenda Womble

    Assistant Director

    I have been part of the Primrose family since December of 2002. I first started out in a floating position and then moved into the infant room where I worked as the Lead Teacher/Infant Nursery Supervisor until the summer of 2004 when I accepted the position as Assistant Director and moved into the office. Having had my daughter in the Primrose program for 4K and 5K, I truly believe in the vision and quality of education Primrose has to offer. My daughter was truly prepared to enter the public school system with confidence! It has been so much fun watching the babies I had in the infant room grow and learn as they went through each class and eventually graduated Kindergarten. Children are our future and I feel very passionate about providing a happy and healthy learning environment so every child can be the best they can be!

  • Stephanie Barr, Assistant Director

    Stephanie Barr

    Assistant Director

    Hi my name is Stephanie Barr and I typically go by Steph. I have been part of the Primrose family since September 2014 and have 12 years of experience in the childcare field. I also received my Director's credential and have started training in the office to take on some of the management responsibilities. In my free time I enjoy playing at the lake, going on random day adventures, playing with my nieces and nephew, doing crafts and playing board games.

  • Isabel

    Kitchen Manager
  • Liz, Infant Nursery Supervisor / Young Infant Lead Teacher


    Infant Nursery Supervisor / Young Infant Lead Teacher

    Hi my name is Liz Capritta and I am the Infant Nursery Supervisor and Lead Teacher in the young infant room. I have worked here at Primrose and with the young infants since March 2004. I think the first year of a child's life is very important and I love being able to help nurture them during this time and watching them grow into little kids.

    I have been married for the past 7 and a half years to a wonderful man named Tone. We have a little boy named Leo who also attends Primrose. We have a little Chiluahua named Bella who loves to do everything with us. As a family we love to go camping and love to travel. My husband has a very large family and every time we get together it's all about playing cornhole.

  • Ashley, Older Infant Lead Teacher


    Older Infant Lead Teacher
  • Michele

    Older Infant Assistant Teacher
  • Lisa, Young Toddlers- Lead Teacher


    Young Toddlers- Lead Teacher

    Hi my name is Lisa Denning. I have been part of the Primrose family since April of 2008. I have lived in Arvada my entire life. I have been married for 7 years and have a 11 year old son. I graduated from Arvada West High School. I have predominantly taught in the Toddler and Early Preschool I classrooms. In my free time I enjoy bowling, bike rides, spending time with friends and cooking.

  • Emma A., Young Toddlers- Assistant Teacher

    Emma A.

    Young Toddlers- Assistant Teacher
  • Beka, Early Preschool I Lead Teacher


    Early Preschool I Lead Teacher
  • Holly, Early Preschool I  Assistant Teacher


    Early Preschool I Assistant Teacher

    Hi my name is Holly Glassman. I have been part of the Primrose family since December of 2016. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, then I moved to Broomfield where I finished high school. Previously, I worked in the banking industry for 20 years. My husband and I have 3 fur kids (dogs) and would love to have many more. I also have a part time job of pet sitting. I love my job at Primrose, I love children and it's wonderful to give them love and to receive their love.

  • Paige, Preschool Pathways - Lead Teacher


    Preschool Pathways - Lead Teacher

    Hi my name is Paige Plant. I have been part of the primrose family since May of 2016. I was born and raised in Colorado and I love living here! My favorite season is summer. I enjoy bonfires in the summer, working out, eating yummy food with friends and family and spending time outdoors.

  • Samantha, Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher


    Preschool Pathways Assistant Teacher
  • Maria O., Preschool I Co-Lead Teacher

    Maria O.

    Preschool I Co-Lead Teacher
  • Christa, Preschool II  Lead Teacher


    Preschool II Lead Teacher

    Hi my name is Christa I have been at Primrose since January of 2016. I have three years of experience in the childcare field. I love spending time outdoors and with my family. My favorite animal is a dolphin, they always seem so happy. I have 3 kids, one grand baby and 3 dogs. After a long day at work I love to go to the gym and lift weights and put on some gloves and box. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my grand baby and traveling.

  • Tamara, PSII Assistant Teacher


    PSII Assistant Teacher
  • Christina, Pre-Kindergarten I Lead Teacher


    Pre-Kindergarten I Lead Teacher

    Hi my name is Christina Minnicus but I typically go by Chris. I have been part of the Primrose family since August of 2014 and I have been in the education field for almost 40 years. I was born and raised in Indiana. I moved to Colorado in 1979 and I taught in the public school system until 2010 when I retired. I then came out of retirement and started teaching full time again at Primrose in 2014. In my free time I enjoy Bronco games with my family, hiking, bowling, golfing, gardening and doing yard work.

  • Kaylyn, Pre-Kindergarten II Lead Teacher


    Pre-Kindergarten II Lead Teacher

    Hi my name is Kaylyn Bulander. I have been a member of the Primrose family since May of 2015. I started babysitting when I was 12 years old. I was born and raised in Colorado and I love living here! I have a degree in Criminal Justice and recently became ECT qualified. My favorite season is summer because I love to swim. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends, shopping and playing soccer.

  • Judy, Pre-Kindergarten II Assistant Teacher


    Pre-Kindergarten II Assistant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Judy Kolbe and I have been with Primrose since May of 2001. I have been in this field since 1992. I started at Children’s World at an on-site school before and after school program, for about a year. Then I moved to the Children's World center as a pre-kindergarten assistant teacher. When the position of lead teacher became available, I accepted the position and remained there until 1998 when I left the center to try an in-home center.

    In 2001 I came to Primrose and have worked as an assistant and lead teacher in the Early Preschool rooms and then I took the position of bus driver and support teacher where I get to meet all the children as I visit each of the rooms.

    Before working with children, I worked for a check printing company for 14 years. I started working with children to also help raise my own three children and learn how to help them succeed in their school and lives.

    I continue to learn from the children every day, and enjoy them very much!

    When I'm not working I enjoy camping and watching my grandkids sports games.

    Thank you for sharing your childrens’ lives with me!

  • Barbara, Kindergarten Lead Teacher


    Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    Hi my name is Barbara Capritta I have been at Primrose since the school opened in July of 2000. I am the second oldest child of six. My father was a military man and we spent our lives moving around the world every 2-4 years. After getting married, all I wanted to do was settle down in one place. I have lived in Arvada ever since. I have 6 children of my own (1 girl & 5 boys). I also have 1 granddaughter and 6 grandsons. I am very fortunate to have a very close extended family, who live in Colorado too.

    I have a degree in Psychology and in Elementary Education. I continued my studies in the area of teaching children to read and learning challenges. I taught grades 3-6 in Jefferson county prior to teaching kindergarten at Primrose. I loved teaching third and fourth grade, but my fifth child was born premature and occasionally needed to be resuscitated. Taking this job allowed me to teach and gave me the peace of mind I needed. Unexpectedly I fell in love with Primrose and teaching kindergarten.

    I enjoy reading, vacationing and most of all spending time with my family. Most weekends you can find me at a sporting event of either my children or grandchildren. My favorite holiday is Labor Day. My family rents a big house/lodge in the mountains for the long weekend anywhere from 42-64 family members come together for a great time! This is who I am!

  • Therese, Explorers Lead Teacher


    Explorers Lead Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Hi my name is Therese I have worked at Primrose since December of 2016. I am the assistant teacher in the 4K I classroom. I have 30 years of experience in working with children in preschool and public schools. I have degrees in elementary education and special education and I have experience in teaching in schools in Colorado, Texas and New Mexico. After 17 years of teaching I became a stay-at-home mom, tutoring and doing in-home daycare. After 11 years I went back to work outside of the home. I really enjoy working with the 3 and 4 year olds. For fun I enjoy hiking, reading, watching movies and camping.

  • Allison K.

    Support Staff
  • Ann B., Support Staff

    Ann B.

    Support Staff

    Member of the Primrose family since March of 2007

    My name is Ann Butler. I am from Idaho and graduated from Idaho State University with a degree in Elementary Education in 1995. After graduation, I worked for one year at Murtaugh Elementary as a second grade teacher and two years at Hansen Elementary as a Title One teacher. I then moved to Colorado and have been in the early childhood field ever since. I enjoy reading and walking my dog.

  • Ann S., Support Staff

    Ann S.

    Support Staff

    Hi my name is Ann Schick I have been a member of the Primrose family since September 2017. I have 43 years of experience in the field of education. I have two grandchildren that attend Primrose and I also volunteer with the City of Arvada, Arvada Police Department and my church. I enjoy creating embroidery and working in the fiber arts.

  • Evie

    Support Staff
  • Lin, Support Staff


    Support Staff

    Member of the Primrose family since September of 2010.

    Hi, my name is Lin Gonzales. I have always had a deep love of children and have worked in child care and education since 1974. My first position was as a 3-year-old preschool teacher and cook. Since that start, I have worked in every position including bus driver, kindergarten teacher, infant nursery supervisor, and center director. I returned to the classroom because I missed being with the children. I am currently a closer in the older infant room here at Primrose.

    I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I also returned to school to take classes to become a child care center director. I still enjoy talking classes to help me stay current with fresh and new ideas!

    I was married 38 years before my husband passed away. We had one daughter together, but my husband had six children, so I am step-mom and step-grandmom to a large brood. My daughter has two children and I love being a grandmother. When I am not working or enjoying my large family I enjoy reading, camping and singing in my church choir.

  • Maria B., Support Staff

    Maria B.

    Support Staff
  • Mike and Sue Burns, Franchise Owner

    Mike and Sue Burns

    Franchise Owners

    Primrose of West Woods is owned by Mike and Sue Burns. They have lived in the Arvada area for almost thirty years, and raised three girls of their own. In his prior life, Mike worked in human resources and then decided that being a part of so many little ones lives was a better deal! Sue is a retired pharmacist, who loves coming to visit the school whenever she can. They are so grateful that their seven grandchildren are growing up in the Primrose West Woods family!

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