Primrose School Building

Primrose School of Woodbury NY

Our Staff

  • Ms. Patricia Sammon, Assistant Director

    Ms. Patricia Sammon

    Assistant Director

    Ms. Patricia Sammon has over 20 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. Her journey began as a Head Start Educator with the Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County. She furthered her studies which enabled her to obtain her Administrator Credential in Early Childhood. Patricia is also a former Director of a Preschool in Massapequa.

    Patricia has a strong commitment in developing a safe and secure environment as well as implementing a high level of quality early childhood education. She continues to acquire an appreciation both professional and personal, of the importance of individual positive development in every child.

    During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children and her four grandchildren. She also loves long walks on the beach, dining out and dancing!

  • Ms. Elizabeth, Director

    Ms. Elizabeth

    Director

    Hello, My name is Elizabeth Gilmore. I have my Masters in education. I have been at Primrose since the opening of the school in 2020. I have been in the childcare field for over 10 years. Outside of work, I enjoy skiing during the winter and relaxing and reading a good book. I look forward working with your family.

  • Ms. Taneva, Teacher

    Ms. Taneva

    Teacher

    Hello, My name is Taneva Mattocks. I am currently pursuing my BS in Early Childhood and Special Education. I have been at Primrose since the opening of the school in 2020. I have been in the childcare field for over 10 years. Outside of work, I like to draw and cosplay on my free time. I am looking forward to getting to know your family.

  • Ms. Melissa, Teacher

    Ms. Melissa

    Teacher

    “I love working with children as a teacher and as a Mom. I have a twelve-year-old son. When I’m not teaching, I’m “Mommying.” My favorite age to work with is the infants because they are so curious.”

    Name: Melissa Romero

    Hometown: Farmingdale, NY

    Childcare experience: Working with children for over ten years

    Education Background: CDA

    Favorite food: Tacos

    Favorite weekend activity: Going to the gym

    Favorite children’s book: Goodnight Moon

    Primrose character I most relate to:Percy because he is cheerful and has a big caring heart!

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Growing with the company and getting to know all of the staff and students!

  • Ms. Maura, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Maura

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello, My name is Maura Carrington. I have my Bachelors in arts. I have been at Primrose since the opening of the school in 2020. I have been in the childcare field for over 10 years. Outside of work, I love to relax on the weekend with my family and friends. I am looking forward to getting to know your family.

  • Ms. Khepree, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Khepree

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Khepree Barker. I have a BA in sociology and have been in the childcare field for over 10 years. I have been at Primrose since the opening of the school in 2020. Outside of work, I love going to brunch and church with my daughter. I am looking forward to getting to know your family.

  • Ms. Joanna, Teacher

    Ms. Joanna

    Teacher

    “I enjoy seeing the happy faces of children as they grow and learn. It is a pleasure working with them and their families. I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family."

    Name: Joanna DiCocco

    Hometown: Bethpage, NY

    Childcare experience: 6 years

    Education Background: Bachelors Degree

    Favorite food: Any Pasta dish

    Favorite weekend activity: Cooking and enjoying a big meal with my family.

    Favorite children’s book: What do you say when a monkey acts this way? By Jane Belk Moncure

    Primrose character I most relate to: Libby

    What I’m most excited about this school year: “Getting to know your children and seeing their eyes light up when they realize what they learned and can do.

  • Ms. Michelle, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Michelle

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello, My name is Michelle Behal. I have my BA in Early childhood education and psychology. I have been in the childcare field for over 10 years. I have been at Primrose since the opening of the school in 2020. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family, especially my twin children. I am looking forward to getting to know your family.

  • Ms. Najia, Teacher

    Ms. Najia

    Teacher

    ” I love the idea that I could make an impact on a child’s attitude towards learning and the way they view the world is why I love working with children. I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family."

    Name: Najia Islam

    Hometown: New York, NY

    Childcare experience: 6 years

    Education Background: BA in Journalism

    Favorite food: Burgers and Frappuccino

    Favorite weekend activity: Meeting up with friends, watching movies and shopping.

    Favorite children’s book: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting and getting to know new students.

  • Ms. Yvonne, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Yvonne

    Preschool Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    “I am artistic and I love being creative. Working with children allows me to do that on a daily basis.

    Name: Yvonne Wang

    Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

    Childcare experience: I have been working in the childcare field for the past four years

    Education Background: Master in Art Therapy

    Favorite food: Korean BBQ

    Favorite weekend activity: Brunching and Cooking

    Favorite children’s book: There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books by Lucille Colandro

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy

    What you’re most excited about this school year: To watch the children grow and be creative every day.

  • Ms. Molly, Teacher

    Ms. Molly

    Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    “My Name is Molly and I am very excited to start working here at Primrose.”

    Name: Molly Terry

    Hometown: Northport, NY

    Childcare experience: I have spent three years in childcare and am pursuing my Masters in Early Childhood Education from Fordham University.

    Favorite food: Sushi

    Favorite weekend activity: Yoga

    Favorite children’s book: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin

    What I’m most excited about this school year: To meet and learn about our new students this year

  • Ms. Jessica, Teacher

    Ms. Jessica

    Teacher

    “My brother and I are both J.J, and I’m named after a comic book character.”

    Name: Jessica Jones

    Hometown: Queens, NY

    Childcare experience: I have a BA from Queens College. I have tutored and worked at a preschool in the past.

    Favorite food: CHEESE- mozzarella sticks and parmiagiano

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with friends and anything related to the Mets and Giants

    Favorite children’s book: Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Primrose character I most relate to: Mia because I love sports

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Excited to finally live on my own, start a new job and make new teacher friends

  • Ms. India, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. India

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Let’s get to know each others.

    “I am originally from France and studied in Belgium.”

    Name: India Bonilavri

    Hometown: Lodeve, France

    Childcare experience: College in Belgium

    Favorite food: Hamburgers

    Favorite weekend activity: Watching movies at the theater

    Favorite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin the Bear because I love the color red

    What you’re most excited about this school year: Being with the children

  • Ms. Catherina, PreKindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Catherina

    PreKindergarten Teacher

    “Hi. I am Catherina. I am inquisitive and easy going.”

    Name: Catherina Blair

    Hometown: Bronx, NY

    Childcare experience: I have always loved working with children since I was a child. I’ve gained experience by volunteering at church camps, babysitting, and working in a childcare center for six years. I have an Associates in Early Education.

    Favorite food: Italian Pizza

    Favorite weekend activity: Shopping at TARGET

    Favorite children’s book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    Primrose character I most relate to: Peanut the Pony, who embodies Honesty, because I believe honesty is the best policy

    What I’m most excited about this school year: To get to know all the staff and students!

  • Ms. Angie, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Angie

    Preschool Teacher

    Let’s get to know each others.

    “I have five sisters, which has taught me a lot.”

    Name: Angie Batres

    Hometown: Inwood, NY

    Childcare experience: Pursuing my BA in Speech Pathology.

    Favorite food: Chicken

    Favorite weekend activity: Hanging with my whole family

    Favorite children’s book: Dr. Seuss’ “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket”

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly

    What you’re most excited about this school year: To see the kids and I grow together

  • Ms. Esha, PreKindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Esha

    PreKindergarten Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    “Hi, I’m Esha. I am Indian and can speak Hindi fluently.”

    Name: Esha Sarin

    Hometown: Plainview, NY

    Childcare experience: MA in Elementary and Special Ed.

    Favorite food: Penne

    Favorite weekend activity: Gym

    Favorite children’s book: Oh, the Places You’ll Go

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly because I love math

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Make new teacher friends

  • Ms. Jaylen, Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Jaylen

    Toddler Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    “Hi. I am Jaylen. I am left-handed and super tall!”

    Name: Jaylen Murray

    Hometown: Harlem, NY

    Childcare experience: I have a BA and am pursuing my MA in Special Education.

    Favorite food: Seafood

    Favorite weekend activity: Hanging with Family

    Favorite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Primrose character I most relate to: Benjamin the Bear

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know the kids and watching them grow!

  • Ms. Shinell, Head Chef

    Ms. Shinell

    Head Chef

    Let’s get to know each other.

    “Hi. I am Chef Shinell and I am super funny and love to take care of everyone around me.”

    Name: Shinell Harris Fray

    Hometown: Freeport, originally Amityville

    Childcare experience: I have experience raising my two daughters, Jireh and Justice. Professionally, I have my Food Handling Certificate and my BA in Media Communications.

    Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo

    Favorite weekend activity: Amusement Parks

    Favorite children’s book: The Ladder That Reached Heaven

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy the Duck because he loves music like me

    What I’m most excited about this school year: New opportunities with growing and learning at Primrose

  • Ms. Amanda, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Amanda

    Infant Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    “Hi, I’m Amanda. I have a twin brother.”

    Name: Amanda Hickey

    Hometown: Farmingdale, NY

    Childcare experience: Farmingdale State College. Been in childcare for 9 years, babysitting and camp counseling

    Favorite food: Tacos

    Favorite weekend activity: Gardening

    Favorite children’s book: Pete the Cat 4 Groovy Buttons

    Primrose character Billy because I love the color purple

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Watching the kids grown and learn

  • Ms. Eva, Teacher

    Ms. Eva

    Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    “Hi, I’m Evangelia (Eva). My favorite thing about working with children is watching them learn and grow.”

    Name: Evangelia Markoulis

    Hometown: Glen Cove, NY

    Childcare experience: I have spent three years in childcare. I got my BS in Psychology and BA in Sociology with a Minor in Spanish and am currently going to graduate school for my MS in School Psychology.

    Favorite food: Anything BBQed (especially pulled pork)

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family and friends

    Favorite children’s book: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy because he loves to keep promises!

    What I’m most excited about this school year: To meet our new students and make new friends!

  • Ms. Leonora, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Leonora

    Preschool Teacher

    Let’s get to know each other.

    “Hi. I’m the proud Mother of five fantastic children. I’m passionate about bringing knowledge to the children I teach in a fun and creative way that will make a lasting impact.”

    Name: Leonora Melillo

    Hometown: Queens, NY

    Childcare experience: Early Childhood Teacher for three years. Graduated from New York College of Health Professions

    Favorite food: Italian

    Favorite weekend activity: Sunday dinners at my parents’ house with the entire family

    Favorite children’s book: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” By Bill Martin, Jr.

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy because he reprsents Courage

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I’m excited to be a part of the Primrose team and to be a leader in education.

  • Ms. Caitlyn, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Caitlyn

    Early Preschool Teacher

    About Ms Caitlyn:

    “I love to be imaginative and can’t wait to bring that side of me into my own classroom setting.”

    Name: Caitlyn Lynch

    Hometown: Kings Park

    Childcare experience: Babysitting since 15, camp counselor for 5 years, independent aid at BOCES, and after-school elementary counselor. BA in Psychology and Neuroscience from SUNY Albany

    Favorite food: Sushi

    Favorite weekend activity: Taking my dogs for walks

    Favorite children’s book: The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh

    Primrose character I most relate to: Mia the Mouse because she is tiny and loves to listen

    What you’re most excited about this school year: Watching all the children grow into the best versions of themselves and develop their independence every day.

  • Shveta and Rahul Alreja, Franchise Owner

    Shveta and Rahul Alreja

    Franchise Owners

    Welcome to the Primrose of Woodbury NY.

    We, Shveta and Rahul Alreja, are the proud owners of the Primrose of Woodbury NY, the first Primrose school in New York State. We are passionate about early childhood education and are dedicated to positively making an impact in the lives of children and their families in a secure and nurturing learning environment.

    90% of a child’s brain is formed in their first five years, thus making these years the most formative for overall development and learning. Even prior to having two children of our own, we understood the significance provided by a strong early childcare and educational experience. After thorough research, it was ultimately Primrose’s value and promise that led us to partner with them.

    I, Shveta, began my professional career as an undergrad from Boston University, with a B.A. in Business Administration, Marketing, and Psychology. I worked in corporate America and India as a brand manager at Unilever. Following my stint in India, I operated a wholesale clothing business. It was after a few years of working that I realized that I was not entirely satisfied and needed a change. My brother Neel, who has autism and has been the cornerstone of inspiration for all major life decisions, inspired my next path. I decided to take a detour and pursue my M.A. in Early Childhood and Special Education from New York University. My graduate school and teaching experience in the NYC public school system proved to be gratifying, and ultimately carved this new chapter in my life.

    Since Rahul and I were born and raised, and are now raising our own family on Long Island, it was imperative for us to give back to our community. We were familiar with the dearth of high quality early educational programs around us, which eventually led to our decision to be a part of the Primrose family. Especially after having two kids of our own, Arya and Kavir, it became even more apparent to us to want to bring to Long Island the high-quality standards and education of that of Primrose.

    At Primrose Schools, all facets of a child’s development – cognitive, social emotional, physical, creative, and character development - are paid close attention to. Primrose’s proprietary Balanced Learning Curriculum masterfully weaves all learning domains in a developmentally appropriate and intentional way, and the Balanced Learning Journey builds on the teachings from grade to grade. The Balanced Learning Curriculum is time tested throughout the 400+ schools across the country, and research informed by industry experts. Every detail is thoughtfully addressed, as proven by being the first educational preschool to earn national accreditation from AdvancedED.

    We are excited to be a part of the Primrose family, and are looking forward to making a difference in the lives of children, their parents, and the community around us.

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