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

    Hi! My name is Debbie Shepler and I’m very honored to be the Administrative Assistant here at The Primrose School of Woodbury. I hold a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and elementary education from Concordia University in St. Paul. I have worked in the childcare field for over two decades. After teaching in our Pre-K program for over five years, I took two years away to pursue management training. Fortunately, a leadership position presented itself here at Primrose and I didn’t hesitate to come back! I live in New Richmond, WI with my fantastic husband, Bart. We have two beautiful adult girls and am blessed with a very busy granddaughter! I enjoy watching movies, reading, and traveling.

  • Mrs. Thao, Young Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Thao

    Young Infant Teacher

    Hello, I am Nancy Thao.  I have been working with the Infants at Primrose School since 2009. I have worked with children since 2001, with most 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 and dog, Sunny. I enjoy photography, traveling and spending time with family.  Fun fact: I am fluent in Hmong.

  • Mrs. Burke, Young Infant Teacher

    Mrs. Burke

    Young Infant Teacher

    Hi! I am Cathi Burke. I have been teaching Infants at Primrose School since 2009.   I earned my degree in Early Childhood Education and have been working in childcare since 1995.  I live in Newport with my husband Richard and our dog, Jack.  We have 3 sons and daughters-in-law and a beautiful granddaughter, LIla. Outside of Primrose, I like to read, garden, and spend time with my family.  Fun fact:  I am originally from New Jersey.

  • Ms. Xiong, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Xiong

    Infant Teacher

    My name is Iaong Xiong. I’ve been working in childcare since 2018. I tried working in other environments, but I came back to childcare because I love working with children. I am currently trying to get into the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Rasmussen University. After getting my certification, I want to work in the pediatric field of physical therapy. During my free time, I like to crochet and knit. I also like to play tennis. As the weather warms up, I also hope to start hiking.

  • Ms. Koosmann, Older Infant Teacher

    Ms. Koosmann

    Older Infant Teacher

    Hi! My name is Ellen Koosmann. I am from western Wisconsin. I do not have any children of my own, but I love to dote on all of my nieces and nephews. In my space time, I enjoy camping with friends and family, swimming at the beach, traveling with friends, crocheting, and occasionally binging a show on Netflix. I have been in the ECE field for over twenty-five years. I have worked in a family childcare, several childcare centers and nannied. I have worked with every age group, but I prefer the littles! Watching them grow and develop and reach their milestones is extremely rewarding to me!

  • 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. Hammarsten, Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Hammarsten

    Toddler 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 Primrose family, and love watching the children learn and grow every day.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my three daughters and husband hiking, camping and fishing.

  • Mrs. Landry, Toddler Teacher

    Mrs. Landry

    Toddler Teacher

    My name is Mrs. Landry! I 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 two dogs. 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. Ege, Toddler & Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Ege

    Toddler & Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Hello! My name is Fadumo Ege. I am twenty-three years old and born and raised in Minnesota. I recently graduated with a degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. My hobbies include: learning languages (I am currently learning Korean, French and Japanese), reading and drinking Starbucks.

  • 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 and I currently live with my husband, David in Vadnais Heights, MN. I received my diploma in Child Care from Chippewa Valley Technical College and I have been working with toddlers since May 2000.  When I’m not at Primrose, I can be found cooking on a food trailer that my husband and I just started in August of 2022 and doing crafts, mostly string art.

  • 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.

  • Mrs. Gartman, Early Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Gartman

    Early Preschool Teacher

    HI! I’m Mrs. Gartman and I love caregiving! I have been working with kids since 2015. I have bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I studied child development and developmental psychology. My favorite thing about working with children is watching them learn and reach new milestones. I follow my version of “be the change”, which is “be who you needed when you were a kid.” For me, that means guiding kiddos through their struggles with consistent, patient support so they can thrive and enjoy being a kid. For my own enjoyment, I like to go hiking, boating and reading at home with my husband and two kitties, Olive and Donut.

  • Ms. Hobby, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Hobby

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello! My name is Ms. Hobby and I love working with kids, youth and community members. I love cooking and crafting. Exploring, learning and teaching are something I continuously enjoy. I have four pets and they are all very messy and a son who is five years old. It’s always fun to play games and sing songs. I’m always up for talking and asking questions, so don’t be shy and take the time to get to know me.

  • Ms. Gjerde, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Gjerde

    Preschool Pathways 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.

  • Ms. Baker, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Baker

    Preschool Pathways 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. Cook, Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Cook

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello! My name is Gabby Cook and I am a Preschool teacher at Primrose! I lived in River Falls, WI with my husband Josh, our two daughters and our loveable lab, Stewart. In my free time, I enjoy reading, taking family walks, and watching movies. I look forward to getting to know you and your family!

  • Mrs. Patraw, Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Patraw

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi there! I’m Codie Patraw. I received my childcare degree from Rassmussen College in 1999 and I have been working at Primrose School of Woodbury since 2014. I live in Prescott, WI with my husband, Chris, and various animal members of our own little homestead with chickens, goats, and a big garden. We have raised two sons who have moved on to adulthood, one living and working in Rochester for Mayo Clinic and the other working in Wabasha, MN as a full time EMT and part time in Baldwin, WI while preparing to begin his paramedic program. Outside of work, you will often find me cooking, reading or behind the lens of my camera. I’m looking forward to getting to know your family and watching your child learn and grow in our Primrose family!

  • Ms. Bearth, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Bearth

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi! I am Ms. Bearth. I have been a crazy cat lady since I was two. I’ve been in childcare since I was seventeen and I love playing with kids and doing messy crafts. Outside of work, I play video games, do taekwondo, and spend as much time outside as possible. My favorite season is winter because of all the colors and I also love to ski.

  • Mrs. Guertin, Preschool Teacher

    Mrs. Guertin

    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. I am really looking forward to being a part of your child’s education and watching them learn and grow.

  • Ms. Parsons, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Parsons

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi! My name is Pazau. I have my Early Childhood Education degree from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. I’m originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. During my free time, I enjoy exploring new hiking trails, spending time with my family and binge watching T.V. shows.

  • Mrs. Paltanwale, Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Paltanwale

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Greetings! My name is Mrs. Anupama Paltanwale. I have been in Early Childhood Education since 2001. I have achieved many accolades in this field, but most importantly, I am still a child at heart. I have a bachelor’s degree in Science (Biology) and an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from UCSE, CA. Teaching young kids is my passion and this keeps me empowered all the time. I love to spend my leisure time with my family and friends. I have a daughter and a son. My husband and I enjoy Indian Classical music and movies.

  • Ms. Pryor, Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Pryor

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello! My name is Rebecca Pryor. I have my Elementary & Middle School teaching degree from the College of Saint Benedict. I have been teaching in the Early Childhood field for over twenty years and I love it. When the children in the classroom are engaged, having fun, and busy, it shows me that they are learning. I am originally from Minnetonka but have lived in Woodbury since 2006. I have a twelve-year-old daughter who is a gymnast. During my free time I

    like to spend time with my daughter, go for bike rides, and hang out with family and friends. I look forward to getting to know you and your family!

  • Ms. Wanna, Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Wanna

    Private 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. Breckheimer, Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Breckheimer

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello! My name is Dina Breckheimer, and I am excited to be a part of 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 Woodbury with my husband David, our sweet rescue dog, Squirrel. I have three grown children and four grandchildren.  I enjoy reading, figuring out how to cook vegan meals that do not seem vegan, and spending as much time with my family as possible.

  • Ms. Anderson, Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Anderson

    Private Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello, my name is Sarah Anderson. I studied K-12 Education and Art at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. I’ve lived in the Twin Cities area for most of my list. I’ve loved working with kids since I volunteered with summer programs in high school. In my free time, I love to paint, do ceramics, hike with my dog Kenai (who is named after the movie Brother Bear), and spend time with my family. A fun fact about me is I’ve been to Disney World over twenty times!

  • 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!  J  I have my Bachelor 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, our son, daughter and two dogs.  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, Explorers Teacher

    Mr. Sager

    Explorers 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. James, Explorers Teacher

    Mr. James

    Explorers Teacher

    Hello my name is Anthony James I was born and raised here in Minnesota for most of my life. Some fun facts about me are that I train dogs in my free time, my favorite color is blue and I have the best job working at Primrose. I am afraid of heights, though, so please nothing high up on field trips.

  • Mr. Short, Bus Driver

    Mr. Short

    Bus Driver

    Hello, I am 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.  I have lived in six states and enjoy the four seasons of Minnesota.  I am looking forward to spending time with your children.                                            

  • 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. Cooker, Wonder Program Support Teacher

    Ms. Cooker

    Wonder Program Support Teacher

    Hi! Primrose family, I am Sue-Ellen Cooker, originally from West African, Liberia, to be specific. I moved to the U.S in 2012, attended a HBCU college where I obtained an Associate degree in Social Work. I got inspired to teach after I had my son Kamir in 2015 and was uncomfortable having him care for by anyone else other than myself, so I decided to work in childcare at his daycare. I’ve been very passionate about my job because of my son and also my belief that kids are our future leaders, need to be cared for, and be well nurtured throughout their upbringing. I’ve worked in childcare for about 7-8 years between the age groups of Infants to Pre-K. I moved to Minnesota from Missouri at the end of 2019 and have resided in Woodbury ever since. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your family, and I’m very excited to be a part of Primrose’s family.

  • Mr. Moua, Venture Program Support Teacher

    Mr. Moua

    Venture Program Support Teacher

    Hello, my name is Aaron Moua. I am twenty-three years young. I grew up in the Woodbury area and my experience as a swim teacher has brought me to Primrose. In my free time, I like to practice Muay Thai and play video games. I look forward to working with each student at Primrose.

  • Ms. Reyes, School Float

    Ms. Reyes

    School Float

    My name is Ashley Reyes, I am seventeen years old. I love to read and enjoy all things green. My favorite movie is Cars! I graduated from Woodbury High School in 2023. I have two sisters; I am the middle sister. I enjoy working with children and hope to open a school in the future. I am always looking for something new to try. I really enjoy working with children and look forward to working with them at Primrose!

  • Ms. Longshaw, School Float

    Ms. Longshaw

    School Float

    Hello! My name is Brianna Longshaw. I was born and raised in Jamaica before here for a better education in 2012. I’ve lived in Michigan ever since then. I recently made the decision to move to Minnesota. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and I absolutely love engaging and nurturing the kids in my care.

  • Tonya and Travis Holt, Franchise Owner

    Tonya and Travis Holt

    Franchise Owner

    My husband Travis and I are the proud owners and operators of the Primrose School of Woodbury, we welcome you. A little about us. We have 2 children (both Primrose School of Woodbury graduates). Our love for family and passion for community are what encouraged us to open our Primrose School. After researching childcare 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 learning, and we 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, the Cole Foundation, 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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