Rachel Van Emon, Owner, has served as the Principal of the Primrose School of Burlington since 2014. Prior to that, Mrs. Van Emon worked at Opes Advisors, a financial California-based advisory firm helping high net worth families make effective financial decisions at the time of purchasing real estate or investments. She was a Mortgage Banker and Personal Finance Advisor. After moving back to her hometown of Lexington in 2008, Mrs. Van Emon continued with Opes Advisors as Director of Education. Prior to that, Rachel worked for First Horizon National Bank where she designed and led a new division to serve the bank’s California clients and ranked in the top 2% of advisors nationwide. During the 1990s, Mrs. Van Emon was Senior Consultant to executives in fast-growing Silicon Valley companies. These executives hired her to increase the value of their enterprise by designing their business processes to decrease costs, improve operational effectiveness, increase customer satisfaction and generate more business with clients. From 1991 to 2000 she served as Special Assistant and Research Fellow to a Commissioner on the US Commission on Civil Rights. Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1988. In Mrs. Van Emon's free time you will find her playing soccer, gardening, and most fun of all, hanging out with her family.
As the Executive Vice President, Mrs. Rocheford is a key player between the Primrose School of Burlington and the Primrose School of Woburn. Mrs. Rocheford is responsible for ensuring the operations of the schools are running efficiently and effectively for the parents, children, and faculty in order to produce a premium school experience.
Mrs. Rocheford began her career with Primrose School of Burlington in 2014, six months after the school opened their doors. Her primary role was to design new systems, practices, and policies in a fast growing new school as well as ensuring the families, children, and faculty were satisfied with the program overall. Mrs. Rocheford then moved into the marketing and recruitment role where she produced events to market the school to the community and hired amazing early education professionals. In early 2020, Mrs. Rocheford took on the responsibilities of Principal at the Burlington location, while still holding the promise of recruitment. In August of 2021, Mrs. Rocheford handed over the reins to Mrs. Kate Latham as the new Principal at Burlington and now is the Executive Vice President of both locations.
Mrs. Rocheford has a wealth of knowledge across the business organization and is committed to ensuring that the children are well-cared, the faculty are supported and well-trained, and the parents are satisfied.
My name is Mackenzie Chessman and I have been with Primrose Schools since 2015. I have been in the field of Early Education for 11 years and began my career as an assistant teacher in a preschool classroom at a YMCA in Maine. I attended Wheaton College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2015. For the past 5 years, I have held various roles at the Primrose School of Burlington. I began my career as an infant faculty member and in January of 2020, I was given the opportunity to be the Classroom Excellence Coordinator. I am very passionate about teaching young children but my joy comes from helping educators make the shift from daycare to working in a professional company. I currently hold the role of Education Director at the Primrose School of Woburn and I look forward to building partnerships with new families and educators. My ultimate ambition is own a Primrose School in Maine and in my spare time I enjoy taking spin classes!
My name is Caitlin Fennessey and I have been with Primrose Schools since 2018. For the past three years at Primrose School of Burlington, I have been a faculty member in the Preschool wing. My career in Early Education started early on when I realized I had a passion for teaching children. I have been in the Early childhood education field for 10 years. I have worked in home-based day cares and a center-based childcare. When I learned of Primrose Schools, I knew this was where I wanted to build my professional career. I am the Client and Faculty Coordinator at Primrose School of Woburn. Working towards creating partnerships with new students and parents is something I am looking forward to in the months to come! When I am not at work, I love cooking, spending time with my boyfriend and going to the beach.
Karalyn Brodeur began her career with Primrose School of Burlington in August of 2017. She earned her degree in Education and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and is licensed to teach PreK-2nd grade to students with and without disabilities. She spent four years teaching Early Preschool and Kindergarten in our program and then joined the leadership team in January of 2021. In the past year, she held the role of Client and Faculty Coordinator at Primrose School of Burlington, and has now transitioned to a role as the Faculty Development Coordinator at Primrose School of Woburn. Ms. Brodeur provides continuous professional support and coaching to our Faculty to insure the highest quality care and child development. She excels at creating powerful partnerships with families in our community.
Ms. Valentin is our School Chef. She has been working as a cook in the food services field for over 20 years – as an Executive Chef, Sous Chef, etc. She brings a creativity and care to menus and meals making them nutritious as well as fun and appealing to children. She is rigorous at tracking all allergies and food restrictions and insures children only eat what they are allowed. Ms. Valentin is warm-hearted and loved by all the children as she delivers the meals to them each and every day.
Ms. Miguelina Huertas is a Faculty Member in our Infant Program. She has worked with children in various roles such as a nanny and camp counselor and is eager to begin her career as an infant teacher. Ms. Huertas is currently interested in getting her lead teacher certification for infants/toddlers. Ms. Huertas’s positive mood and patient demeanor creates a comforting and safe environment in her classroom. She is able to create powerful bonds with each child and partners with their parents to ensure the best care and education possible.
Ms. Liberty is a Faculty Member in our Infant Program. She has a Bachelors in Psychology and has been working with Infants and Toddlers for over ten years. She is deeply committed to helping parents transition their newborn into care and providing a safe and loving environment for their first social experience outside the home. She is an expert at caring for infants and helping them reach appropriate developmental milestones. Her work with children has been so rewarding because she helps teach children the key skills to life. Watching such small children learn new skills and witnessing their joy when reaching a milestone is absolutely priceless. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two children and trying new restaurants with her husband. She also loves to spend her own time crafting!
Ms. Huertas is a Faculty Member in our Infant Program. She earned her diploma in Early Education and Care and has been working with infants and toddlers for over four years. She is passionate about each child and loves coming into the classroom every day to help the children grow, learn and achieve their developmental milestones. Ms. Huertas is incredibly creative and artistic and loves bringing special moments to life - such as a birthday or celebration of taking ones first step – and extending that to the parents. She is dedicated to building relationships with all of the children and their families. She enjoys the outdoors, cooking and art.
Ms. O’Neill is a Faculty Member in our Infant program. She earned her degree in Applied Psychology and Human Development (Childhood Education) from Boston College. She is dedicated to creating a kind and safe environment for her students, and is passionate about partnering with parents and continuing to help her children reach developmental milestones. It is her mission to provide her students with a vibrant learning environment in which they can express themselves creatively. She enjoys walking in nature and listening to music!
Ms. McSheehy is certified in Early Childhood Education and has been working with children for over six years, providing care, inventing and leading fun, developmentally appropriate activities, and engaging children with all sorts of activities to promote physical, mental and social development and enjoyment. She excels at promoting effective behaviors by using positive reinforcement methods. She is very passionate about working with the infant age group and helping them learn the foundations necessary to thrive in toddlers and beyond. She is also loves doing all sorts of crafts and projects!
Ms. Ramotar is a Faculty Member in our young toddler classroom. She is currently attending Middlesex Community College taking education courses so that she can pursue her lead teacher certification in infants/toddlers. She is deeply committed to being an expert in the toddler age group so that her children are thriving academically and socially. She enjoys developing strong partnerships with the parents so that the parents are able to be a part of their child’s education and growth.
Ms. Aponte is a Faculty Member in our young toddler classroom. She holds an Early Education degree from Bunker Hill Community College and is fluent in both English and Spanish. She has been in the field of early education for 5 years and is eager to join the Primrose community. She is dedicated to learning the unique needs of each child and tailoring her approach to meet them at their learning level. Ms. Aponte works to create a welcoming environment for her children so that they develop a love for school and know they are safe and well cared for. Ms. Aponte is eager to grow in her career as a teacher and looks gain valuable leadership skills for future roles.
Ms. DeRosa is our Toddler Support Faculty Member. She comes to us with a Bachelors in English and a minor in linguistics from the University of Connecticut. Ms. DeRosa come to Primrose eager to learn how to be a professional educator and learn how to teach the curriculum so that the children are hitting developmental milestones. In her free time, Ms. DeRosa enjoys writing – she has two projects with over 18K words!
Ms. Brunelle is a Faculty Member in our Toddler Program. She earned her BS in Elementary Education from Keene State College and has working in child care for over 15 years as a Teacher and most recently as an Assistant Director. Her love, however, is to work directly with children and she returned to the classroom to be with the wide-eyed Toddlers. It is incredibly important to her that every child and parent feels comfortable and welcome in her classroom. Her commitment to creating a positive environment is unwavering.
Ms. Commendatore is a Faculty Member in our Toddler Program. She has been working with young children for over 25 years, and 15 years specifically with infants and toddlers. She is incredibly patient with the little ones and deeply passionate about the well-being and education of each students. She is acutely aware of the needs of each of her students and eagerly learns from the childrens’ families to provide a better experience while at school. She enjoys most the simple joys of spending time with her family and friends, traveling to Italy, and babysitting her grandson on weekends.
Ms. Andrade is a Faculty Member in our Early Preschool program. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology. She has been working with children for more than six years. She finds it rewarding to work with children and see the sparkle in their eyes when they learn something new or just feel happy and safe. Ms. Andrade is dedicated to making sure her students feel loved, appreciated, heard and most importantly, understand what she is teaching. She excels at providing individualized care for each child and building a partnerships with parents. She brings the curriculum to life so that the children have memorable experiences as they travel through our program.
Ms. Sullivan is a Faculty Member in our Early Preschool program. She has a degree in Art and science and has been working in Early Childhood Education for over 15 years, predominantly with Toddler and Preschool age. Ms. Sullivan excels differentiating the curriculum for her students and bringing activities to life in the classroom in incredibly creative ways, such enhancing dramatic play a pretend campfire, stream, cars or a moat. She provides expert help to her parents, for example with potty training or caring for children with allergies. She enjoys being out of doors and listening to country music!
Ms. Brown is a Faculty Member in our early preschool program. She is eager to join Primrose School of Woburn to continue to develop her expertise in the field of early education. She is dedicated to be a great role model for her children and learn the Primrose Curriculum so that she can execute lessons to meet the needs of her students.
Ms. Bergeron is a Faculty Member in our early preschool program. She holds her CDA and trained in the ACE program so that she could work with children with ASD. She has been in the field of education for over 15 years and holds a true passion for working with young children. Ms. Bergeron loves to build strong connections with the children and especially enjoys interacting with them through curriculum activities and play throughout the day. She is deeply committed to executing the Primrose curriculum so that the children are learning to the fullest in her classroom. In her spare time, she enjoys going to camp and spending time with her son.
Ms. Harrington is a Faculty Member in our Early Preschool program. She has been working with young children for more than five years. She has been accepted into a Masters program for ABA therapy, as she is eager to working with students who have varying needs. Previously, she earned a BA in Criminology with a minor in Sociology. She is committed to providing the best for her students and insuring a caring and positive environment. She excels at transitioning children and parents into our program and supporting the consistency between home and school to help the children and families further succeed in development. When not working, she enjoys reading, watching movies, hiking and spending time with family and dogs.
Ms. Murphy is a Faculty Member in our Early Preschool program. She earned her degree in Child Development with a minor in Psychology. She has been working as an Early Childhood Education for 10 years and has experience with all ages from 6 weeks to age 4. She has terrific passion for teaching, has a great sense of humor with the children, and is extremely patient and kind. She can provide help and advice to parents when dealing with any age – from a fussy baby to a 2-year old tantrum to a 4-year old’s assertiveness. She is an avid sportswoman, setting every lacrosse record at Colby Sawyer College and was inducted into their Hall of Fame.
Ms. Kenney is a Faculty Member in our Early Preschool program. She has a B.S. in Expressive Art Therapy and a masters in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Kenney is energetic, caring, artistic, and musical. Her passion is connecting with children and helping them develop new skills, particularly ones they find difficult, and bringing out their inner creativity. She enjoys meeting and working with families and providing developmentally appropriate suggestions for growth and development. She loves to go to Cape Cod!
Ms. Harris is a School Wide Support Faculty Member. She has been in the field of early education for 4 years working with children as young as 8 weeks to 5 years of age. She enjoys the flexibility of being able to support many classrooms, as she is excellent at making strong connections with the children. Ms. Harris is also our productivity champion, ensuring that she is managing her time and the time of others so that our classrooms are running smoothly and effectively.
Ms. Mercer is a faculty member in our preschool program. She is passionate about giving her preschool children a fun, loving, and learning filled environment. She is committed to being the best teacher she can be and is invested in implementing the Primrose curriculum so that the children are learning and growing each day to be successful in their school career. The children especially love when she tells fun stories as she brings a whole new world to life.
Ms. Spinosa is a Faculty Member in our preschool program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration of Small Business Management. She has a true passion for teaching and making each child feel special and appreciated for their unique selves. She enjoys seeing the children develop and progress over the course of the school year and approaches each day with joy. Ms. Spinosa owns her own small business “Bake Me Away”, where she spends her time baking cakes for life celebrations for an array of customers.
Ms. Cannarozzi is a Faculty Member in our Pre-K program and will be our Kindergarten teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. She earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from UMass Amherst. She excels at learning the unique needs of each of her students and helping them develop both academically and socially. She is able to develop very strong relationships with each student, learning how to communicate so that they are comfortable in the classroom environment and ready to take on any learning. In her time outside of school, she loves to bake special treats!
Ms. Lamoureux is a Faculty Member in our Pre-K program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Sociology from Keene State. She has been working in the field of early education for over 5 years. She has been with Primrose since 2020 and has held various roles within the school, ranging from an early preschool faculty member to her current role of preparing students for kindergarten. Ms. Lamoureux is a true expert in teaching children the skills they will need to know to be successful later in life. She is able to help them work as a team, enter social situations in a positive way, and ensure they are able to communicate effectively with children and adults. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her Fiancé and her dog, Nala.
Ms. Dehais is a Faculty Member in our Pre-K Program. She holds her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science with a minor in Special Education and Philosophy from Texas State University. Ms. Dehais comes to the Primrose School of Woburn with the intention to develop her skillset as professional educator. She has been working in a pre-k classroom for the past year and is eager to have her own classroom. Ms. Dehais is very excited to build a trusting relationship with each child and help them develop the necessary skills to be successful in their educational career when they go off to join public or private kindergarten. In the future, she would like to apply to for her master’s in communication disorders and become a speech language pathologist.
Ms. Bedard is a School Wide Support faculty member. Ms. Bedard comes to us with a mood of eagerness to learn the skills required to be an early educator. She is currently attending Middlesex Community College and take courses in early education. You can find Ms. Bedard making dramatic play an exciting place for the children to explore their imaginations!
Ms. Baccari is currently finishing her degree at Endicott College and enrolling in her master’s program for education. You can find Ms. Baccari with our older age group working through small groups and centers!
Ms. Ambrams is a School Wide Support faculty member. She joined the Primrose School of Woburn with the intent to experience a wide variety of ages so that she can continue to craft her teaching ambition. She is currently a student at Suffolk University, majoring in psychology and minoring in business. Ms. Ambrams is passionate about working with children who at times, may need extra assistance in the classroom. She is developing her expertise in helping children learn to communicate verbally their needs and wants so that they able to be successful in the classroom
Ms. Lefrancois is a School Wide Support Faculty Member. She is new to the field of early education, having many experiences in the domain of sales, but is driven to learn the skills required to be a professional educator. Her ultimate career ambition is to be a teacher and she is passionate about helping children who struggle in school, build new skills to help them thrive in the classroom environment and build their sense of confidence.
Welcome! We are the proud owners, Rachel and Curt Van Emon, of Primrose School of Woburn!
In 2014, we opened Primrose School of Burlington, the first Boston-area Primrose School. We serve families from many surrounding Middlesex County communities - Woburn, Winchester, Reading, Arlington, Burlington, Bedford, Lexington and many others!
Our commitment to excellence in early childhood development has resulted in being one of five preschools in the United States to earn the Cognia’s Early Learning STEM certification, and also earning Primrose’s Rising Star and Franchisee of the Year Regional Award. We are delighted to open a second school and provide much-needed child care for the Woburn community.
We both have a passion for education and sought to be involved within the field after college, Rachel having graduated from Harvard University and Curt having graduated from Ball State University. Prior to 2014, Rachel served as the Director of Education for a 500-employee financial services firm. Rachel is also a member of the 2020 National Gold Medal Champion Masters Synchronized Skating team. As parents of two children, we understand the multitude of factors that are considered when weighing different childcare options and the importance of early education to later success.
We are dedicated to positively impacting children's lives, so they are ready not only for school but for life. We strive to create partner relationships with every family, align on educational objectives (with Personal Education Plans for each child) and provide parents with the peace of mind knowing they have chosen the highest quality care experience for their children.
The Primrose philosophy - “Who children become is as important as what they know” - is pivotal to our decision to be part of the Primrose family and build a second school. We are proud to be aligned with a brand that is consistently recognized as the leader in educational child care. 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’s a life-changing early learning experience for children and their families.
We are excited to meet you and your family!