Carol Darrow

Carol Darrow

Administrative Director

This is my 30th year at Primavera School, 27 years as the Director. Private education has been my life for the past 45 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 two years old, and my granddaughter, June, was born in August 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 45 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.

Dan Jannone

Dan Jannone

3rd Grade Teacher

This is my 14th 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 again teaching the third grade classroom where I will be integrating my passion and experience using the outdoors and local resources of our community into experiential learning opportunities for the students. 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!

Pamela Brown

Pamela Brown

4th Grade Teacher / French Instructor

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.

Joell Gall

Joell Gall

Primary Teaching Assistant & Substitute

I am so thrilled to be on the teaching team here at Primavera. I look forward to helping the primary teachers, particularly in the area of reading and language arts. My two children, My son, Caden, attends Primavera in the 6th grade, and my daughter, McKenna, attends Mile High Middle School. I have 16 years experience teaching Early Childhood programs and 9 years experience teaching in the public school setting. I have taught K-5th grades as a teacher and/or Reading Specialist. I have worked in the Chino Valley School District and the Pendergast School District in West Phoenix. I enjoy working with kids of all ages!

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Education with an Early Childhood emphasis Degree from Arizona State University. I also hold an Associates of Arts Degree in Child Care Administration from Phoenix College. I am a certified K-5 Teacher and have a Reading Endorsement, a Structured English Immersion Endorsement, and an Early Childhood Endorsement. Children are my love and teaching is my life! I am thrilled to be a part of the Primavera School difference!

Tera West

Tera West

Kindergarten Teacher

I have been with Primavera School for 12 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 15 years old and attends Northpoint High School.

Sue Stephenson

Sue Stephenson

Preschool Teacher

This is my second year at Primavera School, and I’m excited to lead the preschool 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.

Roberta Benjamin

Roberta Benjamin

Office Administrator and Art Teacher

Roberta Benjamin
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!

Debbie Lynch

Debbie Lynch

1st Grade Teacher

Debbie Lynch
I am so excited to begin my 4th year of teaching first grade at Primavera School! This will be my 22nd 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 (11), Sierra (7), and Aaron (5). They are all Primavera Penguins! Outside of school, I love to read and enjoy spending time with my family.

Mia McShane

Mia McShane

Fifth/6th Grade Teacher

This is my 4th 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 (28), recently graduated from NAU with a BS in Applied Human Behavior and works in behavioral health with children. Connor (24) recently graduated from ASU with a BFA in Intermedia. Aidan (18) graduated from PHS in May, and Dallin (11) attends Primavera 6th grade. 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.

Kathy Vallely

Kathy Vallely

P.E. Teacher

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!

Juanita Mersereau

Juanita Mersereau

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

My husband and I have always been committed to our children’s education. For this reason, all three of our children (40, 37, and 23) 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!

Adria Matthew

Adria Matthew

2nd Grade Teacher

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 two 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!

Patricia Towne

Patricia Towne

Preschool Afterschool Teacher & Kindergarten Teacher’s Aide

This is my 3rd year as the Afterschool Teacher for Pre-K and Preschool. I started working for Primavera in 2014 as the Primary Afterschool Teacher and made the move over to Preschool during the summer. 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, 22, is working as a teaching assistant in the preschool and also in the afterschool program. Lindsey and Tabitha graduated from Prescott High School, and Bella is 10 and in 5th grade here at Primavera.

Susan Florsheim

Susan Florsheim

Primary Afterschool Teacher& Substitute

Primavera has been my home for the last 9 years. I love being the after school teacher for the older children. It is also very special being able to substitute, giving me the opportunity to also get to know your children in the academic environment. My husband and I live so close to Primavera that we can hear the kids on the Field of Dreams. Some students say that my house is the one that looks like a castle! We have one son who lives in Phoenix who has his own business as a mobile personal trainer. My career started in LA almost 40 years ago teaching English as a Second Language to adults, for LA City Schools. When our son was 11, we packed up and moved to Flagstaff where I worked for Flagstaff Unified Schools as a Teacher Trainer and ESL teacher in the elementary schools. We retired to Prescott 9 years ago. Thank you for your friendships and being welcomed into the Primavera family!

Chelsea Rousseau

Chelsea Rousseau

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

This is my third 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!

Ashleigh Toon

Ashleigh Toon

Pre-kindergarten Assistant Teacher and Afterschool teacher

Teaching has always been my passion, and I’m delighted that I am beginning my teaching career at Primavera! Two years ago I was the preschool after-school assistant, and this year I have also been given the opportunity to work in Miss Sue’s Montessori preschool classroom as her assistant teacher.

I love being able to work in both positions. I currently am working on my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education at Yavapai College.

Meg Bohrman

Meg Bohrman

Music Teacher

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.