This is my 31st year at Primavera School, 28 years as the Director. Private education has been my life for the past 46 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.
I received my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from NAU in May, 2002, and my Arizona State Administrator’s certificate in May, 2003. I am also a mentor with Prescott College and NAU, working with new teachers. I have recently completed a course entitled "Screening for Dyslexia," where I learned how to accurately screen children for Dyslexia.
My teaching experience embraces early childhood education: 5 years teaching 1st grade at the Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas; 5 years as the Kindergarten Director at Colorado Academy in Denver, Colorado; and 3 years teaching preschool in my home in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
I moved to Prescott from Cheyenne in 1987 and began my career at Primavera, first as the Preschool Director and then as Administrative Director. I have one daughter, Laura, age 36, who attended Primavera through elementary school, graduated from Prescott High School with honors in 2000, and from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA with her B.S in English and World Literature in May, 2004. Laura received her Master’s in English from the University of Arizona and is currently a full time English teacher at Yavapai College, My granddaughter, Gracie, is three years old, and my granddaughter, June, is one this year. They both will no doubt be Primavera penguins as soon as they are ready!
My husband Warren and I have been married for 46 years. He is an attorney and a recently retired Superior Court Judge of Yavapai County.
Primavera School is a joyful and enriching community where parents, staff, and students have a shared vision of educational excellence.
We are successful in providing high quality early childhood and elementary education for the children of Prescott because we believe in and have respect for the “whole child” and their individual learning styles. I look forward to providing consistent and nurturing support to staff, students, and parents as we envision our future together at Primavera School.
This is my 15th year at Primavera, where I have grown and developed as a teacher alongside the students. I completed the Master of Arts Program at Prescott College in July, 2007 and received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Environmental Education.
I earned my Arizona teaching credentials in 2006. I received the “Outstanding Water Educator” Award in 2009. This year I am teaching the third/fourth grade classroom where I will be integrating my passion and experience for outdoor education along with Pam Brown as my co-teacher! On July 1, 2014, my wife Rachael and I had our baby boy, Miles Tanner Jannone! He is the joy of our lives, and is now at Primavera School in Miss Sue’s pre-kindergarten classroom!
I am a native of England and have lived in the USA for over 40 years. I have been with Primavera since 1974, so I have seen Primavera from its earliest days! I received my degree from Prescott College in Early Childhood Education.
My interests which I bring to the classroom are literature, theater, art, languages, poetry, recorder, and dance. I believe that learning another language at a young age is important. I have taught all grades at Primavera except for preschool.
My son was one of the early Primavera students, and I still keep in touch with many Primavera students and their parents.
Our school has grown and expanded beyond any of the early teacher’s and parent’s dreams. Education is always under scrutiny from one generation to the next. I believe that Primavera’s staff, both past and present, have always been committed to respecting the dignity and individuality of the growing child.
I am very pleased to be a part of this school and its philosophy.
I have been with Primavera School for 14 years. I began my career with my practicum and internship through Yavapai College in Primavera’s pre-Kindergarten class.
I graduated from Yavapai College in May of 2004 with an A.A. in Early Childhood Education. Prior to attending Yavapai College, I was in the Air Force for a year and a half as an “All Purpose Vehicle Mechanic.”
I finished my B.A. in Early Childhood Education in December, 2008 at Northern Arizona University, and have my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and teacher certification at the University of Phoenix. Mei-lin, my daughter, is now 16 years old and attends Northpoint High School.
This is my third year at Primavera School, and I’m excited to lead the pre-kindergarten classroom once again. I have 20 plus years teaching preschool in the Prescott area.
My credentials include a degree in Early Childhood Education, a certificate from the National Center for Montessori Education, and several other continuing education certificates. My goal is to guide children and enhance their joy of learning with discoveries of the natural world, introducing them to the wonders of letters and numbers in a self-paced, nurturing environment that fosters the child’s inner need to explore the world.
I have been a part of the Primavera Family since moving here in 1994. Discovering the “Primavera Difference” long ago, both of my daughters completed their elementary education here from Preschool through 5th grade. I have been actively involved in the school ever since with many school activities, fundraisers, and the production of the school’s annual Yearbook. I also served on the Board of Directors for 11 years. Now my daughters are successful young adults. Brooke is now the Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Primavera, and Alison will be a Junior at NAU in Flagstaff.
This is a special place to be involved with and I am looking forward to my 10th year assisting the staff and families as their office administrator and to teaching art to all the students!
I am so excited to begin my 5th year of teaching first grade at Primavera School! This will be my 23rd year teaching. I have taught in both public and parochial schools, and nearly all of my experience has been in the first grade.
I have also taught reading remediation for two years. Through it all I’ve learned that I love small, community-like schools and first graders! I believe education encompasses much more than academic learning. I must guide students as they grow academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. I believe all students can learn and it is my privilege to help each student achieve all they can. I love teaching, learning, and the innate beauty of children.
I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from NAU and am a certified reading specialist. My husband Rob and I have 3 children: Haley (12), Sierra (8), and Aaron (6). They are all Primavera Penguins! Outside of school, I love to read and enjoy spending time with my family.
This is my 5th year teaching at Primavera, although I am no stranger to this wonderful and enduring little school. My daughter, Emmy, attended the Primavera Preschool program more than twenty years ago. Carol was the Director then as now, and my mother, Sharon Rusling, worked in the Pre-K program. My mom succumbed to cancer in 1995. She was my first, and best teacher, an inspiration to me and an extraordinary woman. My husband, JW, is a sustainable builder. Our daughter, Emmy (29), recently graduated from NAU with a BS in Applied Human Behavior and works in behavioral health with children. Connor (25) recently graduated from ASU with a BFA in Intermedia. Aidan (19) graduated from PHS, and Dallin (12) attends Prescott Mile High Middle School. We have always been seekers and proponents of discovering ways to educate, nurture, and support the whole child.
I have extensive background in the arts, specifically visual art and design, clothing design, dance, and martial arts. I received my BSED from NAU in 2012 and taught Integrated Technology to grades K-8 at Mingus Springs Charter School. My teaching strengths lie in my diverse educational and experiential background which allows me to provide rich, creative, and exciting hands-on learning opportunities and discussions in and out of the classroom. I deeply respect each child’s brilliance and natural curiosity, and I work daily to foster important personal connections with my students. I am both honored and blessed to be a part of the Primavera family and teaching Kindergarten this year!
What a pleasure it is to be an official part of the Primavera staff! I am Miss Kathy, the P.E. teacher for the penguins! Having grown up in Prescott, fitness has always been important to me, and I love bringing my enthusiasm for life-long physical activity to the next generation.
I graduated from Arizona State University in 1981 with a degree in elementary education. Later I earned endorsements as a reading specialist and in Structured English Immersion. In 2007-2008, I was honored to be the Yavapai County Education Foundation cross-grades specialist teacher of the year runner-up.
Previously, I taught for P.U.S.D. and enjoyed working in both the elementary and middle school settings as a P.E. and classroom teacher. I am passionate about my family, so when my grandchildren came along, I decided to retire after 27 years in education. Now I have the best of both worlds!
In my spare time I love organic gardening, slow-food cooking, river rafting, and basically anything outdoors. I try to keep learning new things every day and hope to develop some buried artistic abilities soon!
My husband and I have always been committed to our children’s education. For this reason, all three of our children (41, 38, and 24) have attended Primavera School. Pam Brown was teaching first grade in those days and gave them a great start. My educational background begins with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance, and continues with licensing and certification in Massage and Bowen Therapy.
I am on my way to my teaching credential and am currently enrolled in Yavapai College’s Early Childhood Education Program. My teaching experience includes three years teaching in the Primavera Afterschool Program fifteen years ago (when Miss Brooke was a student here!). I am delighted and honored to be assisting in the Pre-kindergarten classroom!
I was born and raised here in Prescott and attended local schools. The path to college took me away for about six years where I began by studying Creative Writing and Sociology in Oregon (at Linfield College), and completed my journey by earning my B.A. in Fine Art with a major in Product Design from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.
After completing my studies in Art, I came back home to Prescott and later earned my post-baccalaureate certification in Elementary Education from Pima Community College. I completed my student teaching experience here at Primavera in Mrs. Jenni’s 2nd grade class. I was hired to join the Primavera team in 2nd grade, then as the assistant teacher in Kindergarten, and now I have my own classroom in the 2nd grade for 3 years!
When I’m not in the classroom, I can usually be found in my studio where I am growing my modest jewelry business or exploring new techniques and processes that speak to me. I find that my art not only fuels me, but it fuels my teaching in the classroom!
This is my 4th year working at Primavera School. I started working for Primavera in 2014 as the Primary Afterschool Teacher and have served the school in many capacities since that time. I am thrilled to be working with such wonderful children, parents, and co-workers! My goal is to reinforce all the things the teachers have taught during the day in a loving and nurturing environment. I look forward to assisting the primary teachers in their classrooms this year. I have a BA in Business/Marketing. My teaching experience is 6 years being a Teacher’s Assistant in Pre-K in Oklahoma and over 10 years of experience working and teaching people with disabilities. I am also a Navy Veteran.
My husband Jason McKinney and I are blessed with 4 wonderful girls. Ashleigh, 23 ,Lindsey and Tabitha, aged 19, and Bella, age 10.
This is my 4th year working at Primavera School! I am so excited to have the opportunity to work in the Pre-Kindergarten again this year. I have worked with kids as long as I can remember. My Mom operated an in home daycare and my first job was babysitting children. I spent five years working at Pine Grove Preschool and taught the two year old class. I plan on obtaining my Masters in Early Childhood Education. I am currently taking classes at Yavapai College and Grand Canyon University online to further my education. My main goal is to make sure your child has an enhanced learning experience while having a whole lot of fun!
I have a deep love of music and creativity, and it brings me such joy to share them with the children at Primavera School. My degree is in Music Therapy, and I have a private practice working with babies as they are born, elders as they pass over and all the many life transitions that happen in-between. Music, like life, is about listening and expression. During music class we explore these themes as we sing and play musical games. Most importantly, we discover that every voice can sing and that we are all creators.