Primrose School of The Westchase District

Our Staff

  • Max Emery, Director - 14 Years

    Max Emery

    Director - 14 Years

    Hello my name is Max Emery, and I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    My family is originally from Corvallis, Oregon where my parents attended Oregon State University. We moved to Texas in the summer of 2000. I have lived in Texas for 22 years and now consider myself a true Texan.

    I have worked for Primrose Schools owned by the McLaughlins since June 2008. When I joined the Primrose Family in 2008, I was unsure what I wanted to be when I grew up. Over the past 14 years, I have developed a passion for the early childhood education industry and cannot imagine myself doing anything else.

    In 2013, I began studying education and business at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. While there I studied business management, marketing, political sciences, and social issues in the education system. In May 2020, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business MGMT at the University of St. Thomas.

    I am honored and proud to be Director at Primrose School of the Westchase District and look forward to what the future brings.

  • Candace Donaldson, Assistant Director - Marketing & Enrollment

    Candace Donaldson

    Assistant Director - Marketing & Enrollment

    Hello, my name is Candace Donaldson! I began at Primrose Schools and my career in Early Childhood Education in the fall of 2021. I am a 2019 graduate from the University of Houston with a Bachelor's degree in Communications, specified in Public Relations, and a minor in Political Science.

    I was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but I was raised in Houston for most of my life. I am definitely a Texas girl! I am a lifetime Girl Scouts member and have earned my Gold Award, the highest award in the organization. My favorite children's book is Alice in Wonderland. My favorite things to do are going to the ballet and also watching the Houston Astros! I love seeing the children grow each day and I hope to spread as much kindness as I can.

    I am honored to be a part of the Westchase District Leadership Team and I hope to continue for many years to come. Go Coogs!

  • Kirsten Martin, Assistant Director - Curriculum

    Kirsten Martin

    Assistant Director - Curriculum

    Hello, my name is Kirsten Martin! I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and have lived here my whole life. I started working in learning academies and daycares when I graduate high- school and have been in childcare ever since. I have worked with all ages of children from 6 weeks old to 12 years old and enjoy caring for them all! I found my passion for childcare when I was in childcare myself as I watched the teachers take care of their students and create bonds with every family they came into contact with. As I watched my past students grow I can honestly say the most rewarding thing in this field is seeing the progress they make and having a helping hand in the process. As for my education, I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston. Aside from working in childcare facilities, I have also worked as a behavior therapist providing ABA therapy (applied behavior analysis) for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and with behavioral issues. I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in Child Psychology with a special focus on behavioral issues and brain development. I am excited to be a part of Primrose, and I cannot wait to see what the future brings for all of our kiddos!

  • Sasha Flores, Office Administrator

    Sasha Flores

    Office Administrator

    Hello, my name is Sasha Flores! I was born in Louisiana and raised in Austin Texas. I moved to Houston in High School where I did competitive cheerleading and marching band. I worked as a before and after school counselor with the YMCA until I had my son; Brayden, in 2010.  I am a 2020 graduate from Houston Community College with an associate degree in Biology with a Nursing Specialization. In 2020 I also began to substitute teaching for Katy ISD. I love spending time with my students and building connections that last a lifetime. My favorite children’s book is A Bad Case of Stripes. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my son and friends. I am excited to be a part of the Primrose family and Leadership team and I cannot wait to see our kids grow and shine!

  • Patricia Graves, Nutrition Specialist - 13 Years

    Patricia Graves

    Nutrition Specialist - 13 Years

    My name is Patricia Graves and I began my career with the Primrose School of Kelliwood in 2011. In January, 2017, I transferred here to our Westchase District location.

    I retired from the Alief Independent School District Nutrition Services Department in 2005 after serving over 20 years as the Operations Supervisor and eventually as Manager of the Nutrition Services and Recycling Center.

    I have a vast wealth of knowledge as it relates to school food service and an even greater passion for preparing and serving healthy meals to children as well as staff.

    I value the importance of eating well-balanced meals and I truly believe that if a child and even adults have healthy eating habits he or she will perform better and will grow to their full potential.

    My motto is: "To be Happier, eat Healthier!"

  • Sidney DeWalt, Infant Mentor - 8 Years

    Sidney DeWalt

    Infant Mentor - 8 Years

    Hello my name is Sidney DeWalt. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I have been in childcare for almost 9 years now. I am also a proud grandmother of 6 and a GREAT grandmother of 2. In my class I want children to feel comfortable and secure in the learning environment. I enjoy supporting children as they develop critical thinking and social skills. Of all the age groups I most enjoy working with babies. Every interaction is critical in their development and I am so proud to be a part of those moments.


  • April Abanathy, EPS & Pathways Mentor - 11 Years

    April Abanathy

    EPS & Pathways Mentor - 11 Years

    I’m April Abanathy, and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself.

    I have worked in early childcare since 2008. I attended Prairie View A&M University and studied management information systems at Lamar University. In my class, I want my children to feel safe and loved. I enjoy watching children interact with each other and seeing their faces light up as they learn something new. One of my favorite experiences is teaching a child how to write their name. How excited they get when they write on their own makes them feel so proud. I enjoy doing what I do as well as teaching a child new things; after all, they are the future generation. It’s amazing what an impact we can have in their lives. I used to be encouraged as a child by my teacher as well. Using your imagination is inspiring. It allows us to learn through play. Llama llama books were my favorite growing up. Billy the Duck is my favorite Primrose character because I love to dance and sing silly songs.

  • Renea Chandler, Assistant Chef - 2 Years

    Renea Chandler

    Assistant Chef - 2 Years
  • Marianela  Mendez De Angarita, Infant Teacher

    Marianela Mendez De Angarita

    Infant Teacher
  • Taraneh Navabzadeh Esfahani, Infant Teacher - 3 Years

    Taraneh Navabzadeh Esfahani

    Infant Teacher - 3 Years
  • Donna Hicks, Infant Teacher - 2 Years

    Donna Hicks

    Infant Teacher - 2 Years
  • Belaynesh Asrat, Infant Teacher

    Belaynesh Asrat

    Infant Teacher
  • Martha Nyame, Infant Teacher

    Martha Nyame

    Infant Teacher
  • Gail Bailey, Infant Teacher - 7 Years

    Gail Bailey

    Infant Teacher - 7 Years
  • Laura Ramos, Infant Teacher

    Laura Ramos

    Infant Teacher
  • Latasha Jones, Infant Teacher

    Latasha Jones

    Infant Teacher
  • Dominique Carter, Young Toddlers Teacher

    Dominique Carter

    Young Toddlers Teacher
  • Aja Mason- Sampson, Young Toddlers Teacher

    Aja Mason- Sampson

    Young Toddlers Teacher
  • Laura Seidel, Young Toddlers Teacher

    Laura Seidel

    Young Toddlers Teacher
  • Angelique Herbert, Toddler Teacher - 5 Years

    Angelique Herbert

    Toddler Teacher - 5 Years
  • Mariela Miranda Buelto, Toddler Teacher

    Mariela Miranda Buelto

    Toddler Teacher
  • Zully Torres de Olivares, Toddler/EPS Teacher

    Zully Torres de Olivares

    Toddler/EPS Teacher
  • Christine Nicol, Toddler/EPS Teacher

    Christine Nicol

    Toddler/EPS Teacher
  • Valentina Ibe, Early Preschool Teacher

    Valentina Ibe

    Early Preschool Teacher
  • Kacy Mah, Preschool Pathways Teacher- 5 Years

    Kacy Mah

    Preschool Pathways Teacher- 5 Years
  • Samira Houshmand, Preschool Pathways Teacher - 3 Years

    Samira Houshmand

    Preschool Pathways Teacher - 3 Years
  • Cheyenne Demps, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Cheyenne Demps

    Preschool Pathways Teacher
  • Wuraola Ekhelah, Preschool Teacher - 2 Years

    Wuraola Ekhelah

    Preschool Teacher - 2 Years
  • Monserat Lizarde Salgado, Preschool Teacher

    Monserat Lizarde Salgado

    Preschool Teacher
  • Lizbeth Garcia, Preschool Teacher

    Lizbeth Garcia

    Preschool Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye
  • Toni Jackson, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Toni Jackson

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
  • Kayla Franklin, Preschool & Pre-K Teacher

    Kayla Franklin

    Preschool & Pre-K Teacher
  • Jamie Kim, Support Teacher

    Jamie Kim

    Support Teacher
  • Halah Ameen, Support Teacher

    Halah Ameen

    Support Teacher
  • Nidhal Aldarraji, Support Teacher

    Nidhal Aldarraji

    Support Teacher
  • Anne and Hank Emery, Franchise Owner

    Anne and Hank Emery

    Franchise Owners

    Hello, I am Anne Emery. Along with my husband Hank and seasoned Primrose Franchise Owners Lou Ann and Michael McLaughlin, we are the proud Franchise Owners of the new Primrose School of The Westchase District.

    As dedicated educators and parents, we are thrilled with the opportunity to bring the Primrose Experience to an urban setting. I have a strong background in education, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education from Oregon State University. I began my career at Primrose School of Cinco Ranch 19 years ago. I have since held the titles Kindergarten Teacher, Director of Curriculum and Instruction and most recently, Director of Operations for six Houston area Primrose schools. My husband, Hank, and I have been happily married for 31 years and have two children in college. The McLaughlins are recipients of the prestigious Primrose Schools President's Award for outstanding achievement, are active participants in the Houston Children's Fund and are proud grandparents of five grandchildren. Lou Ann holds a Master's Degree in educational administration from the University of Houston and is a certified preschool director and trainer. We understand the importance of instilling a love of learning during a child's early years, and we believe this to be essential to building a confident, well-educated generation of bright citizens. Primrose Schools is The Leader in Educational Child CareŒ¬, and we are committed to delivering the best possible experience when it comes to your child's education. We look forward to meeting you!

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