Primrose School of Woodbury

Our Staff

  • Mrs. Krissi Bohlsen, Director of Operations

    Mrs. Krissi Bohlsen

    Director of Operations

    Mrs. Bohlsen has worked for Primrose School of Woodbury since February 2009. She has an A.S. in Early Childhood Education from St. Paul College. Mrs. Bohlsen lead our Infant program from 2009-2013, and has more than 14 years experience in childcare. In 2013, she joined the leadership team at Primrose School of Woodbury. On the weekends, Mrs. Bohlsen enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Mike and their two young children.

  • Mrs. Marianne Taiwo, Director of Education

    Mrs. Marianne Taiwo

    Director of Education

    Hello, my name is Marianne Taiwo. I have a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls & an Associate’s degree in Childcare and Development. I have over 20 years of experience teaching and managing in the early childhood field. I am excited to teach your child and be a part of the Primrose Family. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my 4 children, traveling, and watching movies.

  • Mrs. Anna Morrissette, Assistant Director

    Mrs. Anna Morrissette

    Assistant Director

    Mrs. Morrissette started her early childhood journey in 2012 as part of the Primrose family here in Woodbury where she fell in love with the Primrose curriculum and the family feel Primrose provided. In 2015, she moved to Madison where she worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Primrose School of Middleton. She relocated back to the Woodbury area in February of 2018 with her husband and was thrilled to have the opportunity to help out in her home town once again. Mrs. Morrissette now lives in Cottage Grove, with her husband Jarod, two kids, Callahan & Palmer, and dog, Lacy. They are thrilled to be back with friends and family and excited for the opportunities that surround them here.

    Mrs. Morrissette was enrolled in the early childhood program at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities for two years and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she graduated in December of 2016 with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Mrs. Morrissette has a passion for organization and attention to detail. These skills, along with strong leadership and a desire to work with all families, children, and staff, makes her the perfect fit for our Leadership Team as the Administrative Assistant.

  • Mrs. Deb Shepler, Administrative Assistant

    Mrs. Deb Shepler

    Administrative Assistant

    Hello! My name is Deb Shepler. I have been involved in early childhood education since 2006. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, majoring in early childhood and elementary education. After a short absence from Primrose, I returned as an administrative assistant. It feels good to be back! I live in New Richmond, WI with my husband and our daughter, who recently graduated from college. We have a "fur baby" named Scooter. My oldest daughter is married and has blessed me with a beautiful granddaughter. I enjoy traveling, sewiwng and spending time with my family.

  • Mrs. Thao, Young Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Thao

    Young Infant Teacher

    Hello, I’m Nancy Thao.I have been working with the Young Toddlers at Primrose School since 2009. I have worked with children since 2001, with the majority of my experience focusing on infants and toddlers. I have an Early Childhood Lead Teacher certificate from Rasmussen College. I live in Cottage Grove, with my husband Kou daughter Riley. I enjoy photography, travelling and spending time with family. Fun fact: I am fluent in Hmong.

  • Mrs. Burke, Young Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Burke

    Young Infant Teacher

    Hi! I’m Cathi Burke, I have been teaching Young Toddlers at Primrose School since 2009. I earned my degree in Early Childhood Education and have been working in child care since 1995. I live in South St. Paul with my husband Richard and our dog. We have 3 adult sons and a beautiful granddaughter. Outside of Primrose, I like to read, garden, and spend time with my granddaughter. Fun fact: I am originally from New Jersey.

  • Mrs. Hammarsten, Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Hammarsten

    Infant Teacher

    Hello, my name is Hidy Hammarsten. I have been at Primrose School of Woodbury since August 2010. I have my CDA (Child Development Associate) certificate, and have been working in childcare since 2002. I enjoy being a part of the Early Preschool program here at Primrose, and love watching the children learn and grow every day. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my daughter and husband, and cheering on the Twins and Vikings.

  • Ms. Koosmann, Older Infant Teacher

    Ms. Koosmann

    Older Infant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Ellen Koosmann and I am excited to start here at Primrose. I come from a small town in western Wisconsin. I do not have any children but have many nieces and nephews. I have been in the Early Childhood field for 23 years. In that time frame I have done in-home childcare, nanny and worked in childcare centers. I love working with children and have worked with every age group. My Favorite is by the far infants.

  • Mrs. Standaert, Older Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Standaert

    Older Infant Teacher

    Hello! My name is Michelle Standaert. I’m from the River Falls/Prescott area. I have a vocational diploma from WITC – New Richmond in Child Care Services and have been teaching for several years. My husband Gary and I live in Glenwood City. We love to fish, ride our UTV and are kept very busy attending our nieces and nephews sporting events and school activities.

  • Mrs. Landry, Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Landry

    Toddler Teacher

    My name is Mrs. Landry! I am just beginning my Primrose journey. I have an Associate’s degree from Everest University and have been around children for the last fifteen years. Ten of those years, I was a nanny to four children and now I have four boys of my own. My family and I stay busy with our three dogs and hikes. We love collecting rocks every time we are outside! We also love to watch the Lord of the Rings and The Avatar: The Last Air Bender.

  • Ms. Baker, Toddler & Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Baker

    Toddler & Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name Sedrina Baker and I am originally from Indiana. I moved to Minnesota at age 7 and am just now getting use to the Minnesota winters. As a child I have always enjoyed writing. I am a Como Park High School and attended college for my Associates degree. I’m currently learning new things about myself and what my set major will be. I have always had a passion for working with children and I look forward to expanding my knowledge here at Primrose.

  • Mrs. Powell, Early Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Powell

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Crystal Powell. Let me tell you a little about me. I am originally from Loyal WI. I received my diploma in Child Care from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire WI. I have been working with children since May 2000. My experience is mostly with toddlers and young preschoolers. My husband, David and I live in Vadnais Heights. In my spare time I love to do puzzles, go for walks and spend time with my family.

  • Mrs. Parent, Early Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Parent

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Amanda Nelson teaches in the Primrose Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. She has 20 years experience teaching early education. She makes her home in Spring Valley, WI, where she is mother of 2 children, a boy & a girl. Ms. Nelson has a degree in Child Care Services from WI Technical College. Ms. Nelson spends her time off watching her son participate in sports, she loves to watch the Vikings, read and watch movies. Ms. Nelson has dedicated more than 1/2 her lifetime to nurturing and educating children and we are so grateful to have her in our school.

  • Ms. Gjerde, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Gjerde

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello! I’m Ms. Gjerde! I have over fifteen years of experience working with and teaching children of all ages. I absolutely love teaching and watching the children grow and seeing all the new things they learn. I’m one of the lead teachers here at Primrose School of Woodbury. I’ve been a teacher here since November of 2020. I’m so excited to get to know your child and your family! I have two children of my own. When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with my family, painting, working on my art and craft projects, and pet sitting.

  • Mrs. Guertin, Early Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Guertin

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hi, my name is Mary Guertin. I am married and have one son, one daughter and two dogs. I have been teaching since 2005. I love spending time with my family, going four-wheeling and snowmobiling. I am really looking forward to being a part of your child’s education and watching them learn and grow.

  • Mrs. Thompson, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Mrs. Thompson

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Hi! My name is Mercedes Brown. I have lived in Woodbury since 2015. I have a three year old daughter named Aubrey and an eight month old son named Carter. I have been working in the Early Childhood Education field for the last four years. I love to spend time with my family. I enjoy nature walks, going to the zoo and going to the park with my children. I like to color and listen to music. I am really looking forward to teaching children and getting to know the families here.

  • Ms. Hathaway, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Hathaway

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    I am Ms. Hathaway! I have been in the teaching field for four years. I have a degree in early childhood education that I received at River Falls University. My favorite things to do away from teaching are hiking, traveling, and going to concerts.

  • Ms. Skarp, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Skarp

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Hi, my name is Emily Skarp .I graduated from Ridgewade College with an Associates Degree in Health information. I have experience in childcare through running my own home day care for many years. I really enjoy watching kids grow and learn! In my spare time, I love to read books and watch movies.

  • Ms. Cook, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Cook

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi! My name is Gabby Cook. I graduated from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College with my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. I have worked with children since high school, gaining much experience with many different ages. I live in River Falls, WI with my fiancé, Josh, and our husky-lab, Stewart. In my free time, I enjoy reading, trying my hand at gardening, and taking walks with Stewart. I’ve also been spending a lot of free time tying up loose ends for our wedding in September! I am very excited to start this new school year at Primrose School of Woodbury, and cannot wait to get to know you and your family!

  • Mrs. Patraw, Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Patraw

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Codie Patraw. I received my childcare degree in 1999.I have been working at Primrose since 2014.I live in Prescott, WI with my husband and two children. Outside of work, you will often find me cheering one of my boys on at the ball field, reading, cooking or working in the garden. I am looking forward to getting to know your family!

  • Ms. Parsons, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Parsons

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi! I am Ms. Pazau Parsons. I have my Early Childhood Education degree from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. I’m originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, but moved to Minnesota in 2018. During my free time, I love going on walks with my dog, Izzy, exploring new hiking trails and spending time with my family. A fun fact about me is that I can binge watch a show in one day!

  • Ms. Harris, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Harris

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello! My name is Hailey Harris. I just moved to the Woodbury area from Janesville, MN. I have always enjoyed working with children, but in 2019 I found my true passion. I have experience working with infants to sixth graders but enjoy working with preschoolers the most. I enjoy being outside, going on walks and hikes, doing arts and crafts, and relaxing. I am currently earning my associate degree in Early Childhood Education.

  • Mr. Kopelke, Preschool Teacher

    Mr. Kopelke

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Ryan Kopelke. I graduated from MNSU Mankato with a bachelor’s degree in English and Sociology. I worked for about eight years in social services and then I began my teaching career, which gives me a unique perspective. In my free time, I like to play games: board games, video games, card games and tabletop games with friends. I also babysit the family Maltipoo and love that little ball of excitement. Most importantly though, I am excited and honored to have the chance to work with all our Primrose families.

  • Mrs. James, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. James

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello, my name is Wendy James, formerly Ms. Jones. I have been teaching Pre-Kindergarten at Primrose for over six years. I have over twenty years of experience in teaching Early Childhood, Kindergarten and first grade. My favorite age by far is Pre-K! I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My recent life goal is to have my three grown children enjoy pickle ball as much as I!

  • Ms. Allen, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Allen

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hi! My name is Heidi Allen! I graduated from University of Wisconsin – River Falls with a degree in Elementary Education and minors in Early Education and Spanish. I am very passionate about working with this younger age group of students and am very excited to be at Primrose with you! When I’m not at school, I enjoy being outdoors! Hiking, biking, camping and boating are a few of my favorite activities. I also love getting out to ride my horse, Cricket. I can’t wait to meet you and your family!

  • Ms. Wanna, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Wanna

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hi! My name is Mariah Wanna-Nelson. I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota from the Morris Campus. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I have a love for music and singing. Another love of mine is expressing myself through painting and drawing whenever I have free time!

  • Mrs. Umbreit, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Umbreit

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello, I’m Mrs. Melissa Umbreit.I have my MN teaching license, and received my degree in Elementary Ed from St. Cate’s.I am excited to be teaching at Primrose School of Woodbury.I have recently been working as a substitute teacher in district 833 and I look forward to bringing my classroom experience to Preschool!I am originally from Oakdale, MN, graduated from North St. Paul High School.I now live in Prescott, WI with my hubby, our dog “Lucy” and newborn daughter Aria. In my free time, I enjoy fixing up my new home, and I enjoy playing board games.

  • Mrs. Breckheimer, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Breckheimer

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello! My name is Dina Breckheimer and I am excited to be joining the Primrose family.I worked in childcare for 6 years followed by 10 years of teaching 3, 4 and 5 year olds in a preschool in Lakeville.I have a psychology degree with a minor in art and Spanish. I live in Oak Park Heights with my husband David, our precocious Beagle Stella, with occasional visits from our two children, Jordan and Jonathan.I enjoy reading, figuring out how to cook vegan meals that don’t seem vegan, and spending as much time with my family as possible.

  • Mrs. Snyder, Private Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Snyder

    Private Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello Primrose families. My name is Mrs. Snyder and I am so excited to teach kindergarten this year! I have my Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. I currently live in Prescott, WI with my husband and our son, and two Pomeranians. In my spare time I love to be with my family, drink coffee, read or go to the movies. I am really looking forward to getting to know my new class and their amazing families!

  • Mr. Sager, Explorer's Teacher

    Mr. Sager

    Explorer's Teacher

    Greetings and salutations, everyone. My name is Mr. Sager and I am excited to be back with Primrose in the Explorers Club. A little background about myself:I have a Bachelor’s degree in Education and, outside of Primrose, I teach high school driver’s education.Aside from that, I have been running a wrestling promotion called Midwest All-star Wrestling.When I am not teaching and working with students, I enjoy working out and going to the movies.Also, I love football (big Vikings fan) and like to play video games, if I can find time.I look forward to working with all of you!

  • Mr. Short, Bus Driver

    Mr. Short

    Bus Driver

    Hello, I’m Mr. David Short. I am a recent retiree from the financial institution industry. My early, post college career was spent teaching in elementary school. I have 4 grown children. My wife and I have lived in Minnesota for the past 20 years. I am looking forward to spending time with your children, while I spend time with mine – my daughter is Miss Short, the lead Primrose School of Woodbury Explorers Program teacher!

  • Mr. Hamlin, School Chef

    Mr. Hamlin

    School Chef

    Hi! I'm Matt Hamlin. I am from White Bear Lake, MN and proud to say that I am the Chef at Primrose School of Woodbury. I have 2 children, and a puppy, who make me very happy. I attended school to become a chef and have been cooking professionally for years. I have been cooking since I was three years old! I have 4 sisters and lots of nieces and nephews that I enjoy visiting and playing with. My favorite things to do are movie nights, fishing, going out to eat and attending music shows. Cooking healthy, tasty, and balanced meals for the children at Primrose is SO much fun I wouldn't trade it for any other job.

  • Ms. Olson, Substitute Teacher

    Ms. Olson

    Substitute Teacher

    My name is Kelli Olson. I have a B.A. in Elementary Education with a certification in Early Childhood Education. I have lived in Oakdale, MN for the last eight years and love the neighborhood I live in. I have been teaching for over seventeen years and enjoy seeing children get excited when they have accomplished something new. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy creating cards, scrapbooking and coordinating Sunday school and Vacation Bible School at my church.

  • Ms. Mansheim, School Float

    Ms. Mansheim

    School Float

    Hi! I’m Mary Mansheim and I’m a junior at East Ridge High school. I am so excited to be working at Primrose. Some things about me: I love to travel and I hope to become a 1st grade teacher someday. My plan is to go to college and major in Elementary Education.

  • Ms. Johnston, School Float

    Ms. Johnston

    School Float

    Hi! My name is Murphy Johnston! I am currently attending Century College to finish my generals in hopes to soon transfer to the University of Minnesota to complete my Biochemistry degree. I have been working with kids since high school, starting with becoming a licensed babysitter at the age of thirteen, then working in child centers shortly after graduating. I live in Hudson, WI, with my dog Skippy and my fiancé, Erik. You will find me outside throughout all the seasons! I love hiking, skiing and traveling. I have a passion for learning and I am excited to share my passion.

  • Mrs. Nelson, Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Nelson

    Toddler Teacher

    Hello! My name is Emilia! I was born and raised in Burnsville, Minnesota where I grew up with my younger brother, Jacob and my younger sister, Maria. I was very involved in sports and in high school, I settled on volleyball. I continued playing volleyball through college at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a pre-medicine concentration and a minor in psychology. I now live in Woodbury with my husband and his four-year-old twin boys! We also have a 6-month-old German Shepherd puppy! My dad grew up in Sweden, so I love traveling there, as well as exploring other countries when I get the chance! I also love going on long walks with my puppy, going to the science museum and watching hockey!

  • Tonya and Travis Holt, Franchise Owner

    Tonya and Travis Holt

    Franchise Owner

    My husband Travis and I would like to welcome you to Primrose School of Woodbury. We are the proud owners and operators of the Primrose School of Woodbury. We have 2 beautiful children (Primrose School of Woodbury graduates) who attend East Ridge High School in Woodbury. Our love for family and passion for community are what encouraged us to open our Primrose School. After researching child care and early learning options while living in Denver Colorado when our son was born, we stumbled upon Primrose Schools and were so impressed with the level of care, and education provided to the children there. We moved home to Minnesota in 2004 to be closer to our own families. When we couldn't find a program that compared to, or exceeded our Primrose Schools experience, we decided to build the Primrose School of Woodbury. We first opened our doors in October 2007, we have found great satisfaction in working with high-quality, dedicated early learning educators to provide the nurturing and educational environment we so firmly believe lays the foundation for future success. We continue to be amazed by Primrose's outstanding approach to education, the accredited curriculum, enrichment and character development programs. We believe in the importance of early literacy, and are proud of our Primrose Schools partnerships with many local and national non-profit organizations, including Save the Children, MN Safe Kids Coalition, Gillette Children's Hospital, Feed My Starving Children and many more. We believe our partnerships with these organizations will be forever valuable in teaching children that no matter how big or small, we all stand to make a difference in the world. We believe so strongly in the power of our community, and believe our Primrose School will grow leaders. Woodbury is our home, we live just down the road and we appreciate seeing our neighbors attend Primrose School with us. We're at Primrose every day, and take great pride in bringing an exceptional academic program to our community. We look forward to meeting you and to Primrose exceeding your expectations.

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