As the 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 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.
Mackenzie Chessman has been with Primrose Schools since 2015. She has been in the field of Early Education for 13 years and began her career as an assistant teacher in a preschool classroom at a YMCA in Maine. She attended Wheaton College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2015. For the past 7 years, she has held various roles within the organization. She began her career as an infant faculty member and in January of 2020, was given the opportunity to be the Classroom Excellence Coordinator. Ms. Chessman is very passionate about teaching young children but her true joy comes from helping educators make the shift from daycare to working in a professional company. She currently the Principal at the Primrose School of Woburn and looks forward to building partnerships with new families and educators. Ms. Chessman's ultimate ambition is own a Primrose School in Maine.
Ms. Caitlin Fennessey began her career at Primrose Schools in 2018. Her career in Early Education started early on, when she realized she had a passion for teaching young children. Ms. Fennessey has been in the Early childhood education field for 14 years. When she learned of Primrose Schools, she knew this was where she wanted to build her professional career. Ms. Fennessey has held various roles within this organization. She began her career as a preschool teacher at the Primrose School of Burlington. In 2021 Ms. Fennessey was given the opportunity to become the Client and Faculty Coordinator at the Primrose School of Woburn. She is currently the Director of School Operations at Primrose School of Woburn. Ms. Fennessey is committed to building partnerships with new families and ensure that the faculty feels appreciated and supported.
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 three years teaching Early Preschool and Kindergarten in our program and then joined the leadership team in January of 2021. At the Primrose School of Woburn, Ms. Brodeur holds the role of Faculty Development Coordinator. Through this role, she provides continuous professional support and coaching to our Faculty to insure the highest quality care and child development.
As the Client and Faculty Coordinator Kate Bonin holds building strong parent partnerships and creating community events for our students, parents and faculty. She is skilled and commited to creating memorable moments for our entire community.
Mrs. Bonin graduated from Endicott College with a degree in Hospitality Management. She spent the last several years in food service and event planning. After having her daughter in 2021, Kate was looking for a change and started her career at the Primrose School of Burlington in 2021 in the Pre-K program and was promoted to the leadership team at the Primrose School of Woburn in May 2022.
Mrs. Bonin uses her hospitality management background to bring an expertise to her role in event planning and management, as well as client satisfaction.
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, camp counselor and infant teacher for many years. She is eager to continue her learning and receive her lead teacher certification for infants/toddlers. Ms. Huertas’ 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. Liberti 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. Alex 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 since 2013. 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. Diaz is a faculty member in our infant department. Ms. Diaz comes to us with a true joy of working with children of many ages and is most known for her bright and positive attitude. Ms. Diaz is very patient and takes the time to learn all about her students so they bond and develop a trusting relationship. Ms. Diaz understands that in her role she is responsible for helping young children find their lifelong love for learning and helping them adapt and thrive in social settings.
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. 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 children’s’ 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. 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. Brown is a Faculty Member in our early preschool program. She is committed to be the best teacher for her students so that they are learning and thriving within her classroom. She loves to learn all of her students’ personalities and make learning enjoyable so her students learn from an early age to enjoy social and academic settings and activities.
Ms. Vieira is an Early Preschool Faculty Member. Ms. Vieira has been with Primrose for the past three years working in a variety of age groups. She has her bachelors in Business Operations, Management, and Marketing and hopes to learn how to operate a business one day. Ms. Vieira brings her bright personality to all classrooms while ensuring a fun, collaborative and safe environment for the children. She looks forward to meeting all the families so she can build powerful partnerships with parents and children.
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. Harris is faculty member in our early preschool program. She has been in the field of early education for 6 years working with children as young as 8 weeks to 5 years of age. Ms. Harris spends time to understand how her students learn best. She works each day to produce a trusting and loving relationship so that the children are meeting their developmental milestones in the comfort of her classroom. Ms. Harris is actively working towards being a lead teacher within the early preschool department.
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 over 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. Bedard is an early preschool 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. Safford is a faculty member in our Early Preschool program. She comes to Primrose with a passion for working with young children and has experience in a preschool classroom where she worked to ensure the children were meeting curriculum standards and building their social skills. Ms. Safford is kind, patient, and considers one of her best qualities to be her ability to be silly and make powerful connections with the children.
Ms. Donovan is a faculty member in our early preschool program. Ms. Donovan is new to the field of early education and is very excited to bring her passion of arts to the classroom. She loves to experience every age group that we have to offer. You can find her putting smiles on the children's faces and taking the time to help them learn during curriculum time. She prides herself in being creative to help the children develop their love for learning!
Ms. O’Brien is a faculty member in our Preschool Pathway program. She is currently going to Middlesex Community College to study Early Childhood Development. She is deeply committed to being the best teacher she can be. Ms. O’Brien is kind, responsible, dedicated and a kid at heart! Her ultimate goal is to have a classroom where every child feels joyful, included, and respected. She hopes to be able to help shape her students into kind, compassionate, and empathetic people and strives to have the classroom be a safe space for children to be themselves, and make mistakes without judgment.
Ms. Baker is a faculty member in our Preschool Pathways program. Ms. Baker joins the Primrose School of Woburn with a passion for teaching and helping her students thrive academically and socially. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Early Education from Revere University and most recently came to us from Public Schools where she was a long term substitute teacher for 1st and 2nd grade. She is eager to help students find their love of learning early so they prosper when they are older!
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. Heavens is a faculty member in our Preschool Program. Ms. Heavens graduated from Curry College in 2020 with a BA in Early Education. She works each day to promote a love for learning while helping the students develop their sense of curiosity and independence. She is excited to meet each family and partner to ensure each student is thriving both socially and academically.
Ms. Brunelle is a Faculty Member in our preschool 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 curious preschoolers. 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. Lamoureux is a Faculty Member in our Pre-K program. She received her Bachelor of Arts in 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. Layzell is a faculty member in our Pre-K Program. She began her career as a registered nurse with individuals with learning disabilities in England. When she moved to the U.S., she pivoted to early education where she spent the past 18 years working in a pre-k classroom. She values connecting with each student and meeting them at their individual learning level to ensure they are producing observable outcomes. Ms. Layzell brings a calm, positive, and can-do attitude to her classroom which makes the students feel supported and encouraged to explore their natural curiosities. Ms. Layzell’s ultimate goal is to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of others. In her personal time, you can find Ms. Layzell enjoying nature and spending time with her dog Huckleberry.
Ms. Ventola is a faculty member in our Pre-K Program. She has an undergrad degree from Assumption College and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Endicott College. Ms. Ventola is patient and kind and you can find her building powerful connections with her students so that their strengths shine. Ms. Ventola values building character traits that will help children thrive in academic and social environments. Ms. Ventola’s ultimate goal is to be a kindergarten teacher now that she has obtained her DESE certification.
Mrs. Mango is a faculty member in our Pre-K Program. She holds her Bachelor’s in Education from Lesley College. She has had a long career in Early Childhood Education. Most recently she worked for the Andover Public School system. Before that she owned her own preschool. She brings a wealth of knowledge to our pre-kindergarten team. Mrs. Mango is the type of teacher who always goes the extra mile for her students and co-workers. She is persistent and determined to always be her absolute best self and teacher. She strives to make every day special and exciting as she works to lead her students through their learning.
Mrs. Fishlin is a support faculty member in our Prek program. Mrs. Fishlin joined us with a passion for working with young children. She is a mother of three children and brings her warm and nurturing energy to the classroom. Working with students and seeing them achieve developmental milestones brings her the most joy. Mrs. Fishlin's ultimate goal is to have a classroom of her own one day.
Ms. Cannarozzi is our private kindergarten faculty member. 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. Durand is a school wide support faculty member. Ms. Durand comes to us with a passion for working with children and seeks to develop her teaching expertise with the Primrose School of Woburn. She is attentive, patient, and enjoys making each day special for the students. Ms. Durand looks forward to building strong partnerships with the students and families and fostering a love for learning in the classroom.
Ms. Abrams 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 as a school wide support faculty. 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. After the summer, she stayed on to volunteer with us and continue her education and work experience.
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!