Primrose School Building

Primrose School of Wexford

Our Staff

  • Ashley McBride, Director

    Ashley McBride

    Director

    Hello, my name is Ashley.

    I am so excited to be joining the Leadership Team, as the Director, at The Primrose School of Wexford. My background includes over 16 years of experience with Early Childhood Education.

    I attained a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2005 from Slippery Rock University, with a minor in exceptionalities.

    My mission is to create a positive, welcoming, and nurturing environment in which children, families, and staff thrive. I truly enjoy guiding children during their first years of life and watching them meet various milestones along the way.

    During my spare time I enjoy spending time with my fur babies and my beautiful teenage daughter Isabelle. I am an alumnus of North Allegheny School District and I am proud to bring this high-quality option to the neighborhood.

    I am so excited to be part of The Primrose School of Wexford!

  • Madison Bonaddio, Education Coach

    Madison Bonaddio

    Education Coach

    Hello, my name is Madison.

    I am so excited to be joining the Leadership team, as Education Coach, at the Primrose School of Wexford. I have been in the field of Early Childhood for over twelve years.

    I attained a bachelor's degree in Spanish and International Studies from Saint Vincent College in 2009 along with some graduate level studies from Carlow University in Early Childhood Education.

    My goal at Primrose is to create a positive, meaningful, and encouraging atmosphere for staff, children, and their families. I am most passionate about helping children develop valuable social-emotional skills along with helping them to develop a true love of learning.

    In my spare time I like to practice yoga, enjoy time outdoors, read books, and spend time with my family, friends, and cat, Gus. I look forward to working with you and your family!

  • Heather O'Leary, Assistant Director

    Heather O'Leary

    Assistant Director

    I’m Heather. I wanted to tell you a little about myself!

    Name: Heather

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

    Childcare experience: I have over 7 years of childcare experience in the daycare setting, working with children from infants through 3 years-old.

    Education Background: I have obtained my Infant & Toddler CDA from CCAC, a Special Education Certification from RMU and an Associates Degree from Carlow University.

    Favorite weekend activity: Relaxing & Spending time with my daughter.

    Favorite children’s book: Winnie the Pooh

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the cow, because she respects others.

  • Ms. Jami, Chef

    Ms. Jami

    Chef

    I’m Jami. I wanted to tell you a little about myself!

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

    Childcare experience: I have over 20 years of experience caring for children

    Education Background: Child Development from Purdue University.

    Favorite weekend activity: I enjoy watching period pieces on Masterpiece Theatre

    Favorite children’s book: Pig William

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin the Bear, Generosity

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am excited to serve your children meals that are not only healthy but taste great and that they enjoy eating.

    “Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”

  • Ms. Melissa, Infant 1 Teacher

    Ms. Melissa

    Infant 1 Teacher

    I’m Melissa. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Melissa

    Hometown: Pine City, PA

    Childcare experience: I have over 18 years of experience in childcare

    Education Background: I graduated from Mars High School.

    Favorite restaurant: anything Mexican

    Favorite weekend activity: playing in the snow with my kids and then watchinga movie.

    Favorite children’s book: Care Bears Book of Bedtime Poems

    Primrose character I most relate to: Peanut the Pony, everything starts with honesty. The harder it is to have, the more important it is.

  • Ms. Chantal, Infant 1 Teacher

    Ms. Chantal

    Infant 1 Teacher

    I’m Chantal. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Chantal

    Hometown: Hastingo, PA

    Childcare experience: I have over ten years experience working with children ages 5-14 in a special education setting. 

    Education Background: I have obtained my Special Education degree from Carlow University. 

    Favorite restaurant: Noodlehead, Condado Tacos, and Pamela's.

    Favorite weekend activity: Being outside, spending time with family, and sleeping in!

    Favorite children’s book: The Gruffalo

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og: I spend a lot of time caring for others, plus he's a bookworm!

  • Ms. Shanna, Infant 2 Teacher

    Ms. Shanna

    Infant 2 Teacher

    I’m Shanna. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Shanna

    Hometown: Boston, MA

    Childcare experience: I have over 3 years experience working with infant to 5 year old children nannying and in a non-profit setting.

    Education Background: High School diploma with some college. 

    Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden or Mexican

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family or local amusement parks. 

    Favorite children’s book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Goodnight Moon 

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy the Duck. My word is all I have so when I promise something, I stick to it. 

  • Ms. Monica, Infant Flex Teacher

    Ms. Monica

    Infant Flex Teacher

    I’m Monica. I wanted to tell you a little about myself!

    Hometown: Cranberry Township, PA

    Childcare Experience: I have approximately 6 years of childcare experience in daycares, private homes and rehabilitation centers.

    Education Background: Public Health and OTA from Slippery Rock.

    Favorite weekend activity: Working out/exercise

    Favorite children’s book: The Cat in the Hat

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin the Bear because of his generosity.

    Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

  • Ms. Kristie, Toddler 1 Teacher

    Ms. Kristie

    Toddler 1 Teacher

    I’m Kristie. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Kristie

    Hometown: Castle Shannon, PA

    Childcare experience: I have 12 years experience working with children ages infant through high school. 

    Education Background: Bachelor’s degree.

    Favorite restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings and Cracker Barrel

    Favorite weekend activity: Hanging out with my husband and daughter.

    Favorite children’s book: Too many to say!

  • Ms. Madison, Toddler 1 Teacher

    Ms. Madison

    Toddler 1 Teacher

    I’m Madison. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Madison

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

    Childcare experience: I have three years experience working with children ages 2-4 in a childcare setting.

    Education Background: I have an associates degree in Occupational Therapy from CCAC

    Favorite restaurant: Texas Roadhouse

    Favorite weekend activity: Hanging out with my husband, son and dog.

    Favorite children’s book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear

  • Ms. Tiana, Toddler 2 Teacher

    Ms. Tiana

    Toddler 2 Teacher

    I’m Tiana. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

     

    “Children are our most valuable resource!”

     

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

     

    Name: Tiana

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

    Childcare experience: I have 8 years experience working with children from infancy to high school.

    Education Background: I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from CCAC

    Favorite restaurant: Texas Roadhouse 

    Favorite weekend activity: Going quad riding and fishing.

    Favorite children’s book: Where the Wild Things Are

    Primrose Friend I most relate to and why: Libby the Lamb because she represents fairness.

  • Ms. Esme, Toddler 2 Teacher

    Ms. Esme

    Toddler 2 Teacher

    I’m Esme. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Esme

    Hometown: Boston, MA

    Childcare experience: Intern at a children’s art center

    Education Background: Graduated from Quaker Valley High School

    Favorite restaurant: Park Brough

    Favorite weekend activity: Cuddling with my cat, Nigel

    Favorite children’s book: Charlotte’s Web

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og the bookworm, he’s different from the rest

  • Ms. Pallavi, Toddler Flex Teacher

    Ms. Pallavi

    Toddler Flex Teacher

    I’m Pallavi. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

     

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

     

    Name: Pallavi

    Hometown: Darwha, India

    Childcare experience: I have 3 years experience working with children in a daycare setting.

    Education Background: I have obtained a Bachelors of Art Degree from AMU.

    Favorite restaurant: Monte Cello’s & Olive Garden

    Favorite weekend activity: Long Drives, bike rides, and swimming.

    Favorite children’s book: The Pigeon Series & Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

    Primrose Friend I most relate to and why: Og the Bookworm because of the love to read.

  • Ms. Lexi, Early Preschool 1 Teacher

    Ms. Lexi

    Early Preschool 1 Teacher

    I’m Lexi. wanted to tell you a little about myself!

    Hometown: Sewickley, PA

    Childcare Experience: I have worked with children for over 14 years in childcare and private homes.

    Education Background: High School Diploma

    Favorite restaurant: Joe’s Crab Shack

    Favorite weekend activity: Video games and swimming.

    Favorite children’s book: Always remember the first of Octember

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin the Bear, I am a very generous person.

    We are a box of crayons each of us unique, but when we get together the picture is complete.

  • Ms. Cierra, Early Preschool 1 Teacher

    Ms. Cierra

    Early Preschool 1 Teacher

    I’m Cierra. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Cierra 

    Hometown: Erie, PA

    Childcare experience: I am just beginning my career in childcare.

    Education Background: I graduated high school from Agora Cyber Charter School.

    Favorite restaurant: Fujiya

    Favorite weekend activity: Taking my dog to the dog park.

    Favorite children’s book: Love You Forever 

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy the Duck because everyone needs someone to count on. 

  • Ms. Taylor, Early Preschool 2 Teacher

    Ms. Taylor

    Early Preschool 2 Teacher

    I’m Taylor. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Taylor

    Hometown: St. Clairsville, OH

    Childcare experience: I have 2 years experience working at daycares, summer camps, and schools with children ages 18 months to 17.

    Education Background: I have obtained my  Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Waynesburg University with a minor in Child Development and Psychology.

    Favorite restaurant: Panera or Starbucks

    Favorite weekend activity: Reading or spending time with family and friends.

    Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og the bookworm because I love to read.

  • Ms. Ginger, Early Preschool 2 Teacher

    Ms. Ginger

    Early Preschool 2 Teacher

    I’m Ginger. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

     

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ginger

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

    Childcare experience: I have 5 years experience as a nanny with children ages 1-9.

    Education Background: I am currently enrolled at Carlow University to obtain my bachelor’s degree.

    Favorite restaurant: Alta Via, Galley, Pussade Garden

    Favorite weekend activity: Bike riding and walking.

    Favorite children’s book: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

    Primrose Friend I most relate to and why: Mia the Mouse

  • Ms. Karla, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Karla

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    I’m Karla. I wanted to tell you a little about myself!

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

    Childcare experience: 7 Years of experience in Preschool and Kindergarten

    Education Background: Bachelor’s in Early Ed/Special Education

    Favorite weekend activity: Working outside in the yard

    Favorite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin the Bear because I am also happiest when outdoors.

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting and getting to know each of the new smiling faces that will be joining Primrose.

  • Ms. Chrissy, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Chrissy

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    I’m Chrissy. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Chrissy

    Hometown: Robinson Township, PA

    Childcare experience: I have one and a half years experience working with children ages 2-10.

    Education Background: I have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Westminster College.

    Favorite restaurant: Red Robin 

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with friends and family. 

    Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree 

  • Ms. Clare, Preschool 1 Teacher

    Ms. Clare

    Preschool 1 Teacher

    I’m Clare. I wanted to tell you a little about myself!

    Hometown: Shaler, PA

    Child care experience: I’ve worked with children for about 18 years including age groups from infants through kindergarten in various settings. These include Head Start, university, and childcare centers. I also enjoy volunteering for summer camps and ministries (mission trips) as well.

    Education Background: B.S. Applied Developmental Psych, Pitt

    Professional Teaching Certification, Elementary Ed, Pitt

    Favorite weekend activity: Playing with my son!

    Favorite children’s book: Corduroy

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin the dog because I like to celebrate friendship!

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know everyone!

  • Ms. Katy, Preschool 2 Teacher

    Ms. Katy

    Preschool 2 Teacher

    I’m Katy. I wanted to tell you a little about myself!

    Hometown: Ambridge, PA

    Childcare Experience: I have over 20 years of childcare experience in daycares and schools for children from ages infant through 6th grade.

    Education Background: Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State

    Favorite weekend activity: Going to shows and hanging out with my teens

    Favorite children’s book: The Day the Crayons Quit

    Primrose character I most relate to: Katie the Cat, she is cooperative, polite and helps children learn how to share and care about each other.

    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

  • Ms. Alicia, Preschool 2 Teacher

    Ms. Alicia

    Preschool 2 Teacher

    I’m Alicia. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Alicia

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

    Childcare experience: I have over 5 years of childcare experience, primarily as a one-one child therapist

    Education Background: I have a BA is Psychology from IUP.

    Favorite restaurant: Eddie V’s

    Favorite weekend activity: Hanging out with my grandma.

    Favorite children’s book: The Snowy Day by Erza Jack Keats

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the Cow, respecting others is important

  • Ms. Trinitty

    Pre-Kindergarten 1 Teacher

    Ms. Trinitty

    Let’s get to know each other.

     

     “The child who is unlovable, is the child who most needs to be loved.”

     

    I’m Trinitty. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

     

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Trinitty

    Hometown: Oakdale, PA

    Childcare experience: I have 14 years experience working with children from age 2 years old to 8th grade.

    Education Background: I have a Bachelors Degree from Edinboro University and a Masters Degree from Deakin University in Australia.

    Favorite restaurant: Lidia’s

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family.

    Favorite children’s book: Chronicles of Narnia

    Primrose Friend I most relate to and why: Erwin because of mutual interest and respect.

  • Ms. Suman, Pre-Kindergarten 1 Teacher

    Ms. Suman

    Pre-Kindergarten 1 Teacher

    I’m Suman. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Suman

    Hometown: Bagalkot, India

    Childcare experience: I have experience as a computer teacher and a childcare teacher.

    Education Background: Bachelor of Engineering

    Favorite restaurant: Chipotle

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my family

    Favorite children’s book: Goodnight Thumper

  • Ms. Nicolette, Pre-Kindergarten 2 Teacher

    Ms. Nicolette

    Pre-Kindergarten 2 Teacher

    I’m Nicolette. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Nicolette

    Hometown: Hopewell, PA

    Childcare experience: I have 4 years of experience working at a residential facility caring for individuals ages 1-19.

    Education Background: I have obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Therapy from Slippery Rock University.

    Favorite restaurant: The Yard

    Favorite weekend activity: Tending to my plants.

    Favorite children’s book: The Pout-Pout Fish

    Primrose character I most relate to: Megy the Pig. I love the environment!

  • Ms. Octavia, Pre-Kindergarten 2 Teacher

    Ms. Octavia

    Pre-Kindergarten 2 Teacher

    I’m Octavia. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Octavia 

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

    Childcare experience: I have over 4 years of experience working with children ages 9-18.

    Education Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Indiana University.

    Favorite restaurant: Chick-Fil-A

    Favorite weekend activity: Reading or hiking.

    Favorite children’s book: The Cat in the Hat

  • Ms. Sabrina, Explorer Teacher

    Ms. Sabrina

    Explorer Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    I’m Sabrina. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    Name: Sabrina

    Hometown: Butler, PA

    Childcare experience: I have 26 years experience in daycare and school settings.

    Education Background: I have an Associate Degree in Family and Childhood Studies from CCAC.

    Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family. 

    Favorite children’s book: I Love You Forever 

  • Ms. Josi, Explorer Teacher

    Ms. Josi

    Explorer Teacher

    I’m Josi. I wanted to tell you a little about myself!

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

    Childcare experience: I have over five years of experience working with children in my church’s nursery and similar events. I also enjoy sharing my experience with theater and music.

    Education Background: I graduated from North Allegheny School District

    Favorite weekend activity: Playing board games and making memories with my friends.

    Favorite children’s book: Harold and the Purple Crayon. It’s a classic!

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy is my bestie! I am always singing and dancing so Billy and I have a lot in common!

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting all the children and watching them learn and grow into their personalities. We will have fun while learning together. Our classroom will be full of fun, excitement and adventure.

  • Ms. Cameron, Substitute Teacher

    Ms. Cameron

    Substitute Teacher

    I’m Cameron . I wanted to tell you a little about myself!

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

    Childcare experience: I have been working with children since I was in middle school. I started by working with church and cheer camps and instantly fell in love! I have also worked in daycares as well as elementary schools.

    Education Background: I graduated from Duquesne University with an Early Childhood Education Degree.

    Favorite weekend activity: Trying new restaurants with friends and family.

    Favorite children’s book: A Bad Case of Stripes

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy the duck because we both love music!

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am really excited to work with the younger children and form relationships with them. In education not only are you teaching but you learn everyday from the children, that is one of my favorite parts.

    We are a box of crayons each of us unique, but when we get together the picture is complete.

  • Liz and Rob Meeder, Franchise Owner

    Liz and Rob Meeder

    Franchise Owners

    Welcome to the Primrose School of Wexford!

    We are Liz & Rob Meeder, the proud owners and operators of the Primrose School of Wexford!

    We have two amazing children, Ashley and Alex, students at Seneca Valley. Our Primrose journey began when our son was young, and at the time was having issues at his childcare center. We searched for another high-quality childcare option in the northern Pittsburgh area and were unable to find anything that fit exactly what we were looking for. That is when we realized parents in our area need more options for high-quality, safe, and enriching childcare.

    Full-time childcare for our children made such an enormous impact on our lives, and enabled Rob and I to both continue working. We also saw the significant benefits of early education in our kids as they started school. As I was searching for a career change of my own, I decided to bring a new childcare option to the area and began researched numerous options. When I came across Primrose Schools, I fell in love with the culture, the research informed curriculum and dedication to nurturing the entire child.

    Prior to opening our Primrose School, I was a CPA and Rob currently works in the medical device industry. We met at and attended Pennsylvania State University, and together enjoy playing tennis and riding bikes with our children.

    We are so excited to bring the second Primrose School to the Pittsburgh area! Who children become is as important as what they know is a belief that is at the core of our Balanced Learning® approach. Our exclusive early learning approach balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion. We deliver more than a curriculum; it is a life-changing early learning experience for children and their families.

    We are excited to meet you and your family!

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