Primrose School Building

Primrose School of Wichita East

Our Staff

  • Ms. Olerud, Center Director

    Ms. Olerud

    Center Director

    I relocated to Wichita from Minnesota over 5 years ago. In Minnesota, I was a preschool teacher at a childcare center for a little over two years; when I moved to Kansas. I came to Primrose with over five years of experience in child care and have been part of the management team for 5 years. As the Center Director, I personally take pride in our warm atmosphere and highly regarded educational program. I have had the opportunity to gain valuable experience working with a variety of ages, ranging from preschool children all the way to elementary age children; I love watching them grow each day- learning new and exciting things.

    We understand how hard it is to leave your child under the care of someone else, and we take this responsibility seriously. I hope to help provide the best experience for each child, family and staff here at Primrose School of Wichita East.

  • Ms. Cruz, Opening Manager/Enrollment Specialist

    Ms. Cruz

    Opening Manager/Enrollment Specialist

    I have worked for Primrose for a total of seven years, in Wichita and in Austin, TX, as a cook and now Opening Manager/Enrollment Specialist. I have over seven years of administrative assistant experience. I also have my Director’s certification for Early Childhood Education. I hold an Associates of Arts in Criminal Justice. I hope to complete my Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Administration with a concentration in Human Services in the future. When my husband and I decided to return to Wichita I was happy to be able to return to Primrose, a place I already knew and loved.

    In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family as well as my dog child, Aja. My hobbies are photography, memorial & graduation videos, making tutus, painting and putting my Cricut and sublimation skills to use . I enjoy old school R & B, Motown and gospel music, and love movies!

  • Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Assistant Director/Curriculum Coach

    Mrs. Kirkpatrick

    Assistant Director/Curriculum Coach

    Mrs. Kirkpatrick has been teaching for five years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with Minors in both Early Childhood Development and Leadership. She wants her students to feel happy and confident to always try their best at everything. In her class Mrs. Kirkpatrick strives to meet each child’s individual needs. She enjoys Mia the mouse because she emphasizes an active lifestyle . Her favorite part of the day is Science Class. Primrose is proud to have such a talented and enthusiastic role model at school.

  • Ms. K. Williams, Interim Chef

    Ms. K. Williams

    Interim Chef

    Ms. Williams joins Primrose with 12 years of experience in the early childhood field. Ms. Williams loves to cook and is wanting to further her culinary arts. Billy the duck is her favorite puppet because she loves to sing and hear music from the kids. Ms. Williams’s favorite time of the day is wonder time and seeing all the kids learn so much. She strives to make sure the students feel accepted, happy, and safe here at school. We are proud to have Ms. Williams with her charisma as a teacher here at Primrose!

  • Mrs. Clifford, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Clifford

    Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Clifford has been working in the early childhood field for 13 years. Mrs. Clifford’s favorite Primrose pal is Molly the cow, she believes it is important to teach the children to be kind. Her favorite part of the day is in the morning, she loves the energy and eagerness to learn the children come with each day. Mrs. Clifford wants the children to feel loved, listened to, happy, and excited to come to school. Before the children leave Mrs. Clifford’s care she hopes they can be confident and proud of their capabilities and carry that into the next room. We are excited to have Mrs. Clifford be a part of our Primrose team.

  • Ms. Huckaby, Assistant Infant Teacher

    Ms. Huckaby

    Assistant Infant Teacher

    Ms. Huckaby is new to the early childhood field and is loving the environment. Her favorite Primrose Pal is Erwin the dog. Erwin encourages friendships and Ms. Huckaby loves watching children learn, grow, and become social with one another. Ms. Huckaby loves being able to get on the floor with children and play. Being on their level allows Ms. Huckaby the opportunity to help them learn through play. Ms. Huckaby’s goal for her children is to smile, move around, and explore with their friends. When they move up the next classroom, she hopes that they are hitting all the milestones to be successful. We are very excited to have Ms. Huckaby’s kind smile here at Primrose!

  • Ms. Scott, Assistant Infant Teacher

    Ms. Scott

    Assistant Infant Teacher
  • Ms. G. Sykes, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. G. Sykes

    Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. G. Sykes joins Primrose with 4 years of experience in the early childhood field. Og is her favorite puppet because just like Ms. Sykes he shares the love of reading with the children. During Og’s story time one of Ms. Sykes favorite books to read to her class is Dr. Suess’ Fox in Socks because she enjoys all the tongue twisters in the book. She aims to make sure that the kids are loved and feel safe when coming to school every day! We are honored to have Ms. Sykes with her positive attitude and thirst for greatness as a teacher here at Primrose!

  • Ms. Salman, Assistant Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Salman

    Assistant Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Salman joins Primrose with over 20 years of experience in the early childhood field. She has a bachelors in education as well as mass communications. Ms. Salman’s favorite Primrose pal is Og, she believes the introduction of reading and books at a young is very important for speech. Ms. Salman’s favorite time of day is any time that she can create a teaching moment whether it be going over colors before lunch or talking about animals at centers. While in her care she wants to make sure that the kids feel loved and special. As Ms. Salman's children leave her for the next classroom, she would like them to be able to communicate their needs and wants. We are happy to have Ms. Salman’s loving presence here at Primrose!

  • Mrs. Holley, Assistant Older Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Holley

    Assistant Older Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Holley has been in the Early Education field for 15 years. She comes to Primrose with an abundance of experience and knowledge that will help her in any room she may be put into. Mrs. Holley has three favorite parts of the day; outside playtime, story time, and music time. She really enjoys watching them engage in these activities, learn new things, and build on their prior knowledge. Mrs. Holley wants all of her children to feel safe and know that they are loved. We are happy to have Mrs. Holley’s experience and warm heart here at Primrose!

  • Ms. Noland, Assistant Older Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Noland

    Assistant Older Toddler Teacher
  • Ms. Oakley, Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Oakley

    Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Oakley joins Primrose with two years of experience in the early childhood field. In the future, Ms. Oakley would like to get her teaching degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Oakley’s favorite Primrose Pal is Katie the cat, not only because they share the same name but because Katie helps the children learn how to share and care about one another. Ms. Oakley’s favorite time of the day is music class, she enjoys being able to dance and sing with the children and build her relationship with them through the music. Ms. Oakley hopes that the children in her care feel safe, happy, and excited to come to school each day! We are very excited to have Ms. Oakley be a part of our Primrose family!

  • Ms. C. Williams, Assistant Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. C. Williams

    Assistant Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Williams has nearly 3 years of childcare experience and has a degree in Early Childhood Education. Her favorite time of the day is center time because the children get to express themselves and it is the opportunity to get to know the children better. Her favorite Primrose friend is Molly the cow because she teaches us about respect and about being kind to ourselves and others which is something that she values herself. In class, Ms. Williams wants her children to feel confident in themselves and to grow within themselves. When leaving her class, she hopes that her students are on the path of potty training and have learnt how to share. We love having Ms. Williams here at Primrose!

  • Ms. O'keefe, Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. O'keefe

    Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. S. O’Keefe has 15 years of experience working with children. She would like to further her knowledge in early education by getting her associates degree. Ms. O’Keefe loves Mia the mouse because like herself she likes being outdoors with the children; she loves to watch them explore and enjoy the fresh air. She wants the children in her class to feel loved and safe while in her care. The best part of the day to Ms. O’Keefe is art because she enjoys seeing the kids in her class create and be excited about their work. Her goals for her children are to become empathetic towards others and learn some skills such as counting and writing their names. We love having Ms. S. O’Keefe on our Primrose team.

  • Ms. M. Sykes, Asst. Teacher Early Preschool

    Ms. M. Sykes

    Asst. Teacher Early Preschool

    Ms. M. Sykes joins the Primrose team with 4 years of experience in the early childhood. Her favorite puppet is Molly the cow because she teaches an important life lesson of respect for others. Ms. Sykes’ favorite time of the day is wonder time because she gets to see the kids explore and learn in so many different ways. Her goal is to help the children be confident in who they are. Ms. Sykes wants her students to feel safe, protected, and loved in her classroom. We are excited to have Ms. M. Sykes and her passion for teaching here at Primrose.

  • Ms. Forge, Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Forge

    Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Forge joins Primrose with over 10 years of experience in the early childhood field and a degree in general studies with a minor in early childhood education. Ms. Forge’s future goals is to become a behavioral specialist. Ms. Forge’s favorite time of day is when she greats all her children every morning as well as seeing them express themselves during Early Art Masters. While in her classroom she wants to make sure that the children feel heard, seen, known, and accepted. As Ms. Forge's children leave her for the next classroom she would like them to know that their personal space matters. We are very excited to have Ms. Forge’s enthusiasm for teaching here at Primrose!

  • Ms. Sellers, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Sellers

    Lead Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Sellers has 12 years of experience in the early childhood field, ranging in ages from infant to school aged children. Ms. Sellers’ favorite Primrose pal is Ally the bunny because they have the same motto, “Think before you act”. Ms. Sellers’ favorite part of the Primrose program is Noggin Joggin, she loves to watch her children problem solve and learn new concepts. Ms. Sellers hopes that her children feel safe and happy in her care, and know they have the support of their teachers to be the best that they can be! Ms. Sellers goal for her students in her class are to be respectful, use their manners, and know how to express themselves towards situations and friends.We are very excited to have Ms. Sellers warm heart here at Primrose!

  • Ms. Tucker, Assistant Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Tucker

    Assistant Preschool Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Ms. Tucker joins Primrose with 27 years of experience in the early childhood field. Ms. Tucker is working towards her degree in early childhood education and hopes to use that to further her knowledge. Katie is her favorite puppet because she shows the children how to successfully work in groups and interact with others. Ms. Tuckers favorite time of the day is wonder time when she gets to do art with the kids. She wants to make sure that the children feel safe, loved, and accepted while they are in her room. She also makes it a goal of hers to make sure the students learn to use their words, listening ears, and the potty before they have to go to the next classroom. We are so excited to have Ms. Tucker as one of our amazing teachers here at Primrose!

  • Ms. Hernandez, Preschool Lead Teacher

    Ms. Hernandez

    Preschool Lead Teacher

    Ms. Hernandez joins the Primrose team with 20 years of experience in the early childhood field. Her favorite puppet is Katie the cat because she shows the kids how to work together and how to be polite to one another. Ms. Hernandez’s favorite time of the day is small group because learning letters and how to write is something that is near and dear to her heart. Her goal is to make sure that her students are confident in what they know and that their journey is only beginning. Ms. Hernandez wants her students to feel safe, loved, and respected every day when they come into her class. We are excited to have Ms. Hernandez with her passion and amazing organization here at Primrose.

  • Mrs. Wawrzynski, Lead Prekindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Wawrzynski

    Lead Prekindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Wawrzynski comes to Primrose with 15 years experience working with children and almost 2 years of experience in the early childhood field. Ms. Wawrzynski has her associate's degree in applied science and is hoping to go back to school to get her early childhood education degree. Her favorite puppet is Molly the cow; she loves Molly because she teaches the children kindness not only to others but to themselves as well. Music has always been a big party of Ms. Wawrzynski’s life, she loves Primrose Rhythm and Notes. She enjoys watching the children come together and interact through music. Ms. Wawrzynski wants all of the children in her care to feel loved, safe, and welcome. As her children get ready to leave her, Ms. Wawrzynski wants them to feel confident in themselves and the skills they have learned over the year. We are so happy to have Ms. Wawrzynski be a part of our Primrose family!

  • Mr. Puetz, Assistant Prekindergarten Teacher

    Mr. Puetz

    Assistant Prekindergarten Teacher

    Mr. Puetz joins Primrose new to the early childhood field. He is currently pursuing a degree through Butler Community College. Mr. Puetz’s favorite Primrose Pal is Libby because she helps teach the children to be polite and use their manners which itsomething he believes that they will need throughout their lives. His favorite time of day is outside time because the kids get to be free while he gets to play right along with them. Mr. Puetz would like his children to feel comfortable and confident while in his care here at Primrose. We are excited to watch Mr. Puetz grow into a great teacher here at Primrose!

  • Ms. Lowe, Lead Prekindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Lowe

    Lead Prekindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Lowe has 11 years of experience in the Early Childhood field as well as a degree in child psychology. Ms. Lowe’s favorite Primrose pal is Libby. She loves using him as a tool to teach her children about fairness. Ms. Lowe’s favorite time of the day is music and movement; the children light up with excitement and get to express themselves through dancing and music. Ms. Lowe hopes that all children in her care feel safe and loved. Before her children leave her classroom, she hopes that her kids are independent and confident in themselves as well as their abilities. We are very excited to have Ms. Lowe’s smiling face here at Primrose!

  • Ms. Reddy, Assistant Prekindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Reddy

    Assistant Prekindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Reddy joins the Primrose team with 10 years of experience in the early childhood field and a B.S. in education. Her favorite puppet is Molly because she likes that she teaches the kids the importance of respect for others. Ms. Reddy’s favorite time of the day centers because she is able to truly interact with the children and build the bonds that helps her be a better teacher to them. Ms. Reddy wants her children to feel loved, safe, happy, and cared for when they are in her classroom. We are very excited to watch Ms. Reddy learn here at Primrose!

  • Ms. Binter, Support Staff

    Ms. Binter

    Support Staff

    Ms. Binter has 25 years of experience working with children. She has a degree in Elementary Education and an Early Childhood minor. Ms. Binter’s favorite Primrose friend is Benjamin because she loves nature and wants to help the children learn how to take care of the earth. Her favorite part of the day is music class where she can watch the children dance and enjoy the music. Ms. Binter wants all of the children in her care to feel loved and nurtured. We are so happy to have Ms. Binter be apart of our Primrose team!

  • Ms. Hartman, Support Staff

    Ms. Hartman

    Support Staff

    Ms. Hartman enters Primrose with 5 years of experience in the early childhood field. Ms. Hartman feels as though she can always learn about children while on the job. Ms. Hartman’s favorite Primrose pal is Og, she believes the introduction of reading and books at a young is very important. Ms. Hartman’s favorite time of day is circle time because she gets to have interactions that lead to learning in a fun way with her students. As Ms. Hartman's children leave her for the next classroom, she would like them to be independent and believing that they can do anything, but it is also ok to ask for help. We are very excited to have Ms. Hartman as a part of our Primrose team!

  • Ms. Sanders, Support Staff

    Ms. Sanders

    Support Staff
  • Ms. Cornell, Support Staff

    Ms. Cornell

    Support Staff
  • Ms. Trumps, Support Staff

    Ms. Trumps

    Support Staff
  • Ms. Jhaveri, Support Staff

    Ms. Jhaveri

    Support Staff
  • Ms. Mattke

    Support Staff

    Ms. Mattke joins Primrose with 5 years of experience in the early childhood field. Ms. Mattke has a Bachelors degree in communication sciences and disorders and currently in pursuit of a master's degree at Wichita State University. Ms. Mattke’s favorite puppet is Billy the duck because loves to join the kids in singing and dancing just like he does. Ms. Mattke’s favorite time of day is outside time when she gets to see the kids explore and run around. As Ms. Mattke's children leave her for the next classroom she would like them to be able to adapt and feel comfortable in their next classroom. We are very excited to have Ms. Mattke’s warm heart here at Primrose!

  • Ms. Ledford, Support Staff

    Ms. Ledford

    Support Staff
  • Rajesh and Anjana Bhakta, Franchise Owner

    Rajesh and Anjana Bhakta

    Franchise Owners

    My dear friends thank you for your interest in Primrose School of Wichita East. My name is Anjana and my wonderful husband is Rajesh. We are thrilled to provide the very first premier educational child care option to Wichita and the Andover area families, featuring an all-inclusive program for infants through pre-K students, and an after school program for children up to age 12 as well. We are blessed to have twins! The desire to find the best care for our own children quickly developed into a passion to provide an educational and nurturing environment for all children in our community. During our search for child care we came across Primrose Schools and decided to visit a few of these schools. We were pleasantly overwhelmed by the safe and clean environment and the unique deliverance of the curriculum. I was so overjoyed that the experience literally brought tears to my eyes, and we knew we had to bring Primrose to Wichita. I truly believe that receiving a quality education by the influence of positive role models in the first five years, will set the foundation for your child's future. I am committed to making a positive difference in the lives of children in our community. We look forward to meeting you!

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