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!

  • 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. Aubrie, Infant 2 Teacher

    Ms. Aubrie

    Infant 2 Teacher

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

    Name: Aubrie

    Hometown: Greensburg, PA

    Childcare experience: I have over 4 years of experience at daycares and church children's programs.

    Education Background: I have obtained my Child Development Associate certification from Waldorf University.

    Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden

    Favorite weekend activity: spending time with my three kiddos and family.

    Favorite children’s book: Guess how much I love you

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin the Dog, I try to be friendly with everyone and enjoy making new friends.

  • Ms. Esme, Infant 2 Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Esme

    Infant 2 Assistant 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. Melissa, Infant Flex Teacher

    Ms. Melissa

    Infant Flex 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. 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. Amie, Toddler 1 Teacher

    Ms. Amie

    Toddler 1 Teacher

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

    Hometown: Greensburg, PA

    Childcare experience: I have more than 30 years of childcare experience in school, daycare and as a TSS therapist.

    Education Background: BS in Early Childhood Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    Favorite restaurant: Texas de Brazil

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my children and grandchildren.

    Favorite children’s book: The Places You’ll Go

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally & Libby, Responsibility.

    Braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

  • Ms. Erica, Toddler 1 Teacher

    Ms. Erica

    Toddler 1 Teacher

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

    Hometown: Economy, PA

    Childcare Experience: I have been working with children since I was 14, about half my life!

    Education Background: I have my Associates in Early Childhood Education. I am going to Carlow to get my Bachelor’s.

    Favorite weekend activity: Playing with my son

    Favorite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin- friendship is important to me

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Enlightening young minds!

  • Ms. Heather, Toddler 2 Teacher

    Ms. Heather

    Toddler 2 Teacher

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

    Name: Heather

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

    Childcare experience: I have over 6 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 and a Special Education Certification from RMU.

    Favorite weekend activity: Relaxing

    Favorite children’s book: Winnie the Pooh

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

  • Ms. Lexi, Toddler 2 Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Lexi

    Toddler 2 Assistant 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. Danielle, Toddler Flex Teacher

    Ms. Danielle

    Toddler Flex Teacher

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

    Name: Danielle

    Hometown: Freedom, PA

    Childcare experience: I have over 5 years of experience in childcare

    Education Background: Bachelors degree in Sociology in Education

    Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden

    Favorite weekend activity: Reading

    Favorite children’s book: Bear says Thanks by Karma Wilson

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og the bookworm, caring for someone goes a long way and can help a child feel safe and open up. Plus, I’ve been called a bookworm a lot

    “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most space in your heart” Winnie the Pooh

  • Ms. Sara, Early Preschool 1 Teacher

    Ms. Sara

    Early Preschool 1 Teacher

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

    Name: Sara

    Hometown: Katy, Texas

    Childcare experience: I have over three years experience as a nanny and les than a year of experience as a nurse's assistant, prior to joining Primrose.

    Education Background: I am enrolled at WGU for Early Childhood Education/Special Education

    Favorite restaurant: Napa Prime

    Favorite weekend activity: Brunch

    Favorite children’s book: Ferdinand the Bull

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the Cow, I believe kindness is the key to happiness

    “A person is a person no matter how small” Dr. Seuss

  • Ms. Clare, Early Preschool 2 Teacher

    Ms. Clare

    Early Preschool 2 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. Josi, Early Preschool 2 Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Josi

    Early Preschool 2 Assistant 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. Lauren, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Lauren

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

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

    Hometown: Mars, PA

    Child care experience: I began my career in early childhood education/special education in 2014. My career began in Head Start where I taught preschool/prekindergarten children ages 3-5. Following my time with head start, I began teaching in an autism support classroom teaching children ages 5-8 years old using applied behavior analysis and intensive teaching language program. I also had the privilege of working in preschool for several years before joining Primrose!

    Education Background: I received a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I received a degree in Child Development, Special Education and Educational Psychology

    Favorite weekend activity: Playing with my son and hosting friends and family in my home.

    Favorite children’s book: Princess Lulu Goes To Camp

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally the Bunny because I consider myself a very responsible teacher/person.

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am most excited about experiencing new things with the children and watching them grow and develop

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

  • 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. Irene, Preschool 1 Teacher

    Ms. Irene

    Preschool 1 Teacher

    I’m Irene, I wanted to tell you a little about myself!

    Hometown: Cranberry Twp, PA

    Childcare experience: I have more than 20 years of teaching experience, 10 years in early education and 10 years in High School. Teaching is my passion and I enjoy every minute with them.

    Education Background: Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education

    Favorite weekend activity: Camping

    Favorite children’s book: Dr. Seuss

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og, because he is caring.

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I’m excited to meet new kids and have fun together.

    If we want our children to move mountains, we first have to let them get out of their chairs.

  • 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. 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. Madhavi, Preschool Flex Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Madhavi

    Preschool Flex Assistant Teacher

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

    Name: Madhavi

    Hometown: Hyderabad, India

    Childcare experience: I have worked with children for over 4 years, primarily in an afterschool program.

    Education Background: Bachelors in Commerce from Osmania University.

    Favorite restaurant: Chick Fil A

    Favorite weekend activity: Watching movies and Hiking

    Favorite children’s book: Giraffes can’t dance

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly the cow – respect for others

  • Ms. Suman, Building Flex Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Suman

    Building Flex Assistant 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. Ariana, Pre-Kindergarten 1 Teacher

    Ms. Ariana

    Pre-Kindergarten 1 Teacher

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

    Name: Ariana

    Hometown: Costa Rica

    Childcare experience: I have over 3 years of experience teaching preschool

    Education Background: Bachelors degree in Nutrition

    Favorite restaurant: Anything Thai or Italian

    Favorite weekend activity: Outdoor activities with my family

    Favorite children’s book: The Rainbow Fish

    “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think” Margaret Mead

  • Ms. Linda, Pre-Kindergarten 1 Teacher

    Ms. Linda

    Pre-Kindergarten 1 Teacher

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

    Name: Linda

    Hometown: Coraopolis, PA

    Childcare experience: Over 10 years of experience working with Preschool aged children in early childhood education.

    Education Background: I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood and working toward obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree.

    Favorite weekend activity: Kickboxing

    Favorite children’s book: Can I Play Too? By Eric Carle

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin the Bear because I love to be outdoors!

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Being with the kids and teaching!

  • Ms. Neha, Explorers Teacher

    Ms. Neha

    Explorers Teacher

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

    Hometown: Assam, India

    Childcare experience: I have worked as an Early childhood educator in India and also the United States. I am a Teacher for India Fellow. I have worked with kids at Gymboree Play and Music. I have also been a Homeroom Parent and worked as a member on the Board of Directors in a Preschool.

    Education Background: I am a Law Graduate

    Favorite weekend activity: I love meeting my friends and exploring new places with my family.

    Favorite children’s book: The wonderful things you will be by Emily Winfield Martin

    Primrose character I most relate to: I am a caring person just like our dear Og.

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I can’t wait to meet all the kids and create wonderful things together.

  • 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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