This is my 30th year at Primavera School, 27 years as the Director. Private education has been my life for the past 44 years. I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 1972 with a B.A. in Elementary Education, and I currently hold an Arizona State Teaching Certificate and a Principal’s Certificate.
There are no owners of the corporation; rather, the school is governed by a Board of Directors, the majority of whom are parents and former parents of Primavera students. The Board of Directors upholds the school’s By-Laws and mission statement, ensures that the school is properly managed, and actively participates in generating the necessary funding to meet the annual goals and objectives of the school.
Board members formulate the organization’s long-range goals and direction and make policy in such areas as finance, personnel, legal issues, and operating procedures. Board members interpret the organization to the community at large and are expected to attend board meetings once a month on a regular basis.
The Board members also recruit, hire, and evaluate the Director. The Director is charged with managing the daily operations of the school.
Currently there are 15 board members, including a staff representative to the board. Anyone who is interested in promoting the mission of Primavera School may become a member of the Board of Directors with a majority vote of the members at the annual meeting in August.
As a non-profit, 501 (c) (3), corporation, Primavera School, Inc. operates in a non-discriminatory manner; and therefore, will not discriminate against staff, administrators, or students and their families on the basis of age, sex, race, special needs, sexual orientation, religion, color, or national and ethnic origin.
I am the father of two boys entering their second year at Primavera. My wife and I chose Primavera due to its philosophy of focusing on the development of the "whole child." The small classes and the accompanying flexibility of allowing my boys to flourish, despite their different learning styles, has kept us at Primavera and motivated me to join the Board of Directors. As a college professor at Embry Riddle University, I appreciate the diverse and comprehensive nature of the Primavera experience. I am proud to serve on this Board and to be affiliated with such a great organization.
I am the Mom of three boys, Bryce, Brendan, and Brady, who have all attended Primavera. We have been at Primavera for eight years and feel so lucky to have found such a wonderful school family. This is my fifth year serving on Primavera‘s Board of Directors. It’s such a privilege to be part of our school community and see it continue to evolve into a better place for our children.
We moved to Prescott in 1985 and found Primavera for our daughter, Lana, when she was two years old. My husband and I wanted to find a school where she would thrive and acheive her full potential.
Shortly after Lana started preschool, my husband died from cancer and we were left alone, far away from family and good friends. At that point, Primavera school became our family. The environment was positive and supportive, exactly what we needed. We formed a strong bond with the other families and staff. In fact, we all loved the school so much that we wanted to stay beyond the fourth grade, which was the highest grade at Primavera at the time. So, Carol Darrow, the Board and parents decided we should have a fifth grade. Carol hired a contractor, and we built a classroom together with our very own hands.
Today my daughter is a happy, confident and successful woman with a career in health care. We will be forever grateful for how Primavera School helped her to be the person she is today.
I joined the Board in 2013 and am the grandmother of a Primavera third grader. She has experienced the Primavera tradition since being a 3-year-old preschooler. I retired with my husband to Prescott in 2001 following a career in banking. I learned about Primavera one day when I chanced to pick up a "Prescott Woman" magazine featuring Director Carol Darrow on the front cover. Already in the process of helping my son find a suitable preschool for my grand-daughter, a visit confirmed that Primavera offered a friendly, caring environment with experienced teachers, small classes promoting an individualized learning environment, and family oriented traditions. This was just what we were looking for!
Having served in volunteer capacities past and present that include various boards, community organizations, and clubs, I am delighted to have the opportunity to share my energies, experience, and talents to further the Primavera mission.
It is my privilege to serve on the Primavera Board for my third year. My family and I relocated to Prescott from New England in 2003 and have set down strong roots here in Prescott. Both our daughters have been enrolled at Primavera and we couldn’t be happier with the quality of education and the nurturing faculty and staff. I own and operate a local construction company and hope to utilize my skills to serve the board, and Primavera School, to the best of my abilities. This truly is a special place and I am proud to be a part of it.
We found Primavera in 2013 when my husband Hank and I enrolled our oldest son Henry in the Preschool program. We love the "whole child" approach, small class sizes, and overall feeling Primavera provides for its students. And once Henry entered Pre-K, we were hooked!
It‘s a safe, happy place to grow and learn, and we’re so grateful to be a part of it. My background in writing, event planning, and social media lends itself to the various ways I’m able to contribute to the Board, and I look forward to being an active part of this community, helping Primavera grow and evolve year after year!
I have worn many hats in my connection to Primavera School, beginning as a preschool and kindergarten parent in 1986, continuing to this day as alumni parent and Board member. We chose Primavera because we believed that our children needed a strong educational foundation in their early years for academic success later on. They received so much more than that at Primavera and I know their years at the school helped them grow into the unique individuals they are today. I remain committed as a Board member because I want to assure that other children continue to have the opportunities our own children enjoyed. My background as a CPA has led me to serve as Treasurer on the Board but it is my personal experience as a grateful parent that binds me to Primavera School.
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I am the mom of two girls, Noe, 7 and Daisy, 1. Noe has attended Primavera since she was in Pre-Kindergarten and is currently a first grader in Ms. Debbie Lynch‘s classroom. I am a Speech Language Pathologist for Prescott Unified School District with a background in school based speech-language disorders. I have been a Speech Pathologist for 12 years. We started Primavera after moving back to Prescott in 2014.. My husband Andrew and I both grew up in Prescott. Primavera provides a solid educational foundation as well as a social emotional environment where kids are nurtured and learn to be contributing members of the community. The community feel of the school, "where everybody knows your name," contributes to our daughter’s positive self image and feeling of belonging. The Primavera parents are a close knit community that support one another through the years of growing up. I am grateful to be a part of such an amazing school.
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Bio to come.