Primavera Faculty


Dan Jannone


Mr. Dan joined the Primavera staff in 2003 as an Assistant Teacher in the second grade classroom, and continued with the class, eventually becoming a Lead Teacher in 2005. Dan first visited Prescott just before graduating from Dickinson College in Carlise, PA in 2000 with a degree in Environmental Science. Upon graduation, he traveled west to return to Prescott, and worked seasonally as a Trail Crew Leader and Outdoor Educator throughout the West. While working as a Volunteer Coordinator for Prescott Creeks, Dan learned about and accepted the Assistant Teacher position at Primavera School, and shortly after enrolled in Prescott College to receive his Master’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2008.

Dan believes in connecting classroom work with real live experiences. With a passion for exploring and sharing adventures in the outdoors, he organized and developed curriculum for many overnight science and history based camping field trips for students and families to places such as: Catalina Island in California, Glen Canyon on the Colorado River, Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments, the Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Kartchner Caverns, Sedona, and Grand Canyon National Park.   

After nearly 2 decades of teaching grades 2-5 at Primavera, Dan became the Director of Primavera School in the summer of 2020. Primavera School continues to be Mr. Dan’s home away from home, where he grew and matured as an educator alongside the other teachers, staff, and students. Dan is a proud parent of a Primavera Penguin, and thrilled to share the ‘Primavera Difference’ with all the families that enroll their children in the engaging and dynamic programs the school offers.

Tera West

Assistant Director

Tera started at Primavera School in 2004 in the after-school program. She quickly moved into a teaching position in Preschool. She has had the pleasure of teaching both preschool and kindergarten. Additionally, Tera has led the Preschool program and subbed in all other classrooms. She has spent most of her years teaching kindergarten. She transitioned into the position of Assistant Director in 2023.

Tera has her Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a certified teacher for children birth to 3rd grade. Her passion is natural science! Tera is a tactile and visual learner, and that is the way she teaches. She also has dyslexia, which provides her a different outlook onteaching and learning.

Tera was born and raised here in Prescott, AZ. She left for a short time to pursue her career in the military as an All-Purpose Vehicle Mechanic. After being stationed in California, Texas and Italy, Tera wanted to come home to be close to her family. Tera is a wife, mother of two daughters, teacher, photographer, artist, and the beloved caretaker of our Primavera chickens!

April Tolman

Office Administrator

April has been a part of the Primavera family since 2015, when she moved back to Arizona. Both of her children attended Primavera starting in preschool. April has served on the board of directors for seven years and was the board president for two years.

April recently joined the staff in April of 2023, training to take over the office administrator position. She currently runs the penguin office fielding phone calls, invoicing for tuition and scholarships, and helps out in all school events and activities, both behind the scenes and during the event. 

April is an Arizona native who moved away for school and to explore the great Midwest. She moved back here in 2015 to settle down and raise her two children. April is a talented seamstress and creative person who enjoys sharing her knowledge and creativity with the students. April is a passionate supporter of Primavera School.

Primavera Teachers

Sue Stephenson

Preschool Teacher

Sue came to Primavera in 2015. She loves the learning environment, the supportive staff, and wonderful families. She is excited to be in the Preschool Montessori classroom with its beautiful space and outdoor creative learning model.

Sue has 20 plus years of early childhood teaching experience in the Prescott area. Her credentials include a degree in Early Childhood Education, a certificate from the National Center for Montessori Education, National Geographic Teacher Certification and several other continuing education certificates.

Her 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.

Laurie Fowler

Preschool Teacher

Laurie began working at Primavera in 2021 after retiring from YRMC as one of our Early Childhood Afterschool Teachers. 

Laurie found Primavera through her sister, Ms. Sue. She is happy to share her time working with children after retiring from a long and successful career in healthcare. 

She enjoys getting to know the children and working alongside the staff. We are thrilled to have Laurie as part of the Primavera family.

Kala Ridder

Preschool Teacher

Kala came to Primavera in 2023 as a teacher’s assistant in the TK room. She is now the lead teacher in one of the preschool classrooms.

Kala is currently enrolled at Yavapai College and is working toward earning her Early Childhood Education degree. She has experience as a teacher’s assistant in the classrooms, along with working with young minds.

Kala has been inspired by Montessori and all it has to offer and has recently shifted the classroom to a Montessori environment and can not wait to bring that into the children's lives. Kala was born and raised in Prescott and loves what this charming town has to offer. She is married, loves to be out in nature, and hopes to share that love with the kids!

Aubrey Waldie

Preschool Assistant 

Ms. Aubrey joined the Primavera staff in Fall 2023, after various recommendations from friends and family. She had always worked jobs with kids in the past so Primavera automatically felt like home. Ms. Aubrey currently works as a preschool aide to Ms. Sue- who she is constantly trying to learn and grow from. 

Before Ms. Aubrey became an aide at Primavera she worked many different kinds of jobs. She found her love for working with children at a Sunday school; it was there she was able to start forming her skillset. From there she worked as a nanny, an ELA assistant for elementary, and an aide for middle school ceramics. All of these opportunities were more enjoyable than the last; and she can’t wait to add Primavera to the list!

Outside of school Ms. Aubrey likes to read, create mixed media paintings, thrift for vintage clothing, go on camping trips with her friends, press flowers, collect toys, listen to music really loud, crochet, watch scary movies, and sew clothes. Most of the time though, she likes to relax and enjoy the simple things like a nice cup of coffee or a sunny afternoon!

Jenny Wulf

TK Teacher

Jenny first came to Primavera 2010 as a student teacher during her Early Childhood program. Upon completion, she opened The Children’s Garden Preschool, where she created a successful outdoor education program for preschool and pre-k students. She is now returning to us as the T-K teacher. Jenny is excited to be part of the Primavera community and to playfully collaborate with other teachers, families, and children alike.

Jenny has been teaching in the Prescott area since 1998. She has degrees from NAU in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Early Childhood Education. She has taught in a variety of settings, including public, private, and charter schools, preschools, and in-home therapeutic settings. Jenny’s passion is play-based and outdoor education for students of all ages. Community involvement is very important to Jenny, so don’t be surprised if she encourages you to volunteer with classroom projects or hiking expeditions!

When Jenny isn’t teaching, she can usually be found in a garden, forest, or ocean. She loves to explore nature with her family and friends and enjoys traveling to beautiful places. She also enjoys artistic expression through music, dance, yoga, and fine arts. Jenny is excited to have adventures with her students on the trails around Primavera, singing, dancing, and learning through play in the classroom.

Amanda Ciampaglio-Garcia

Kindergarten Teacher

Amanda has been teaching at Primavera since 2019. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies with an emphasis in Child Psychology from Arizona State University. She began teaching in 2013.

Amanda’s biggest goal as a teacher is to let each and every student know that they are unique, lovable and capable of success. She enjoys communicating and connecting with her students on an individual and personal level to let them know they are important because of who they are, not what they can do.

Amanda’s hobbies include doing art in a multitude of mediums, kayaking and reading any good books that she can get her hands in a variety of genres. Amanda also loves all dogs and spends lots of time with her dog at home.  She and her husband have been in the  Prescott area for over 9 years and are both from the Phoenix area originally.  She is thrilled to be a part of the Primavera family and work among other brilliant minds amidst the incredible community that is the Primavera population.

Debbie Lynch

1st Grade Teacher

Debbie started teaching at Primavera School in 2013, and she's been teaching since 1994. She has taught in both public and parochial schools, and nearly all of her experience has been in the first grade. She also has experience teaching 2nd grade, kindergarten and reading remediation. Through it all she’s learned that she loves small, community-like schools and first graders! 

Debbie has her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from NAU and is a certified reading specialist. She believes education encompasses much more than academic learning. She guides students as they grow academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. She believes all students can learn and it is her privilege to help each student achieve all they can. She loves teaching, learning and the innate beauty of children. 

Debbie and her husband have 3 children, who are all proud Primavera Penguins! Outside of school, she love to read, garden, craft and spend time with her family.

Kelli Price

2nd Grade Teacher

Kelli came to Primavera in 2020 as a co-teacher in our 1st/2nd Grade classroom. She came to us after a 10 year teaching hiatus and Primavera was the perfect fit. She loves Primavera School, the staff and the families. 

Kelli earned an AA in Early Childhood Development in the early 2000’s and spent the next several years teaching in a private school setting. She has experience teaching Preschool and Kindergarten programs. She took a break from classroom teaching when she began her family to stay home and raise her boys.

Kelli has lived in Prescott since 2009 with her husband and two sons. They love all that our community has to offer. She feels honored and privileged to be a part of your child’s early education. Her hope is to help children love to learn in a safe and fun environment.

Jenni McLearn-Beaver

2nd Grade Teacher

Miss Jenni came to work at Primavera in 2010 after graduating Summa Cum Laude from NAU.  She has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She was a Golden Axe Award recipient!  She will be teaching 2nd grade with Miss Kelli and Art!

Jenni has been teaching for 13 years. She has taught kindergarten through third grade, and she ran a 21st Century Community Center for Learning grant program for two years at Lincoln School in Prescott.

Miss Jenni lives with her husband, two daughters, and two silly pugs! Her favorite place is the forest. Her favorite foods all start with P! And she’s obsessed with iced black coffee, especially from Dutch bros. She loves to paint, hike, garden, and go to Disneyland!

Patricia Towne

3rd Grade Teacher

Trish started working for Primavera in 2014, serving the school in many capacities since that time. After seven years working with both Pre-K and elementary students, Trish became the lead 3rd grade classroom teacher in 2020.

Trish has an Associate’s and Bachelor’s in Business and Marketing and earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and Diversity in 2019. Prior to working at Primavera, her teaching experience includes 6 years being a Teacher’s Assistant in Preschool in Oklahoma and over 10 years of experience working and teaching people with varying abilities. She has a passion for helping all children realize their potential through exploration and hands-on learning. 

Trish and her husband have been a part of the Prescott community since 2011, and have enjoyed raising their four daughters, the youngest a Primavera Penguin. Outside of teaching, Trish loves to be outdoors! In her spare time, she likes to hike, bird-watch, garden, swim, and paddleboard. She and her husband are also veterans. Trish is thrilled to be working with such wonderful children, parents, and co-workers!

Mia McShane

4th / 5th Grade Teacher

Mia has been teaching at Primavera since 2011.  She considers herself incredibly lucky to have taught Preschool, Kindergarten, and 2nd through 6th grades. She has been teaching in the 2nd grade classroom since 2021 and is excited to be co-teaching alongside Mrs. Heather in the 4th & 5th grade classroom this year! 

Mia received her BSED from NAU in 2012 and taught Integrated Technology to grades K-8 at Mingus Springs Charter School before landing at Primavera. Her teaching strengths lie in her varied educational and experiential backgrounds. This allows her to provide rich, creative, and exciting hands on learning opportunities. She believes the learning environment itself is a powerful teacher.

Outside of the classroom, Mia guides her own forest-based Preschool called The Hundred Acre Wood School. She is also growing a thriving online resale business. Her favorite self-care activities are nature rambles, reading, and drinking tea with milk and honey. Mia and her husband have thrived in Prescott since childhood and have four children; two of them former Penguins and three grandchildren, one a current proud Penguin.

Heather Applebee

4th / 5th Grade Teacher

Heather started with Primavera in 2021 as a substitute teacher school-wide. She is now excited to co-teach 4th grade alongside Mrs. Mia.

Heather earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from WGU in 2020 and her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from WGU in 2022. Since 2019, Heather has homeschooled her son and tutored within the homeschool community. She is very excited to be a part of the classroom and create a fun and engaging space for children to learn and grow!

Heather is relatively new to the Prescott area. She moved here with her husband and son to be near family. She is a native of Colorado and also loves Utah and South Carolina. She loves calling Prescott home and everything the community has to offer!

John Pigaga

5th / 6th Grade Expeditionary Classroom Teacher

John is thrilled to have joined the Primavera Staff in 2021. After a variety of roles throughout his professional career he was fortunate enough to stumble into the field of environmental education. After spending two years teaching science at Aspen Creek Outdoor School in Prescott, he spent three years as the Director of Programs for Backcountry Unlimited, a Prescott based adventure company. He has experience in leading and creating programs for team building, leadership and a variety of outdoor adventures including Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Canyoneering and Orienteering.

Having grown up in a small town in New England, John understands how lucky he was to grow up in the outdoor world. As our world changes, too often we lose touch with nature and he would like to inspire the students at Primavera to learn to love, appreciate and protect the amazing place we all live. 

The goal John has with everyone he works with is quite simple - To connect people with themselves, others and the natural world. In his free time you will most likely find him in a tent getting ready to explore some part of Arizona or Utah for a new experience.

Becca Pattis

5th / 6th Grade Expeditionary Classroom Teacher

Becca has a love for life-long learning and wants to share her experiences with her students. She grew up in Vermont with the wilderness and tight knit community. Becca moved out west and graduated from Prescott College in 2018. Becca majored in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Expeditionary Learning and a minor in Wilderness Therapy. 

Becca first discovered Primavera when she came to do her student teaching alongside Mr. Dan in 2017.  Primavera was the perfect fit for her to continue her education and implement creative and nature-based lessons. After her student teaching she joined the Primavera staff as a classroom teacher and has experience working in many of our grades. Becca has been leading the 4th/5th since 2020. 

Becca enjoys elementary grades because she can make a difference and provide a foundation for the rest of a student‘s educational career. She teaches science, math, language arts, and social studies in thematic, relevant, current and fun ways. Her class has an opportunity to play and study in Arizona’s own backyard and cover many themes. Becca weaves in camping trips, hiking, rafting, field trips, ropes courses, etc into the curriculum. She enjoys working at Primavera and being able to focus on the child as a whole.

Supporting Staff

Raven Allen

Supporting Staff & Master Gardener

Raven came to Primavera in 2021 as a parent, when she enrolled her daughter Julia, into the preschool program. She joined the school board in 2022 and began volunteering with the kindergarten class as well as with our primavera Girl Scout troop. 

In 2022 Raven enrolled in the UofA cooperative extension, Yavapai County Master Garden Program which she completed as well as courses at Yavapai College, in plant biology and summer horticulture production. 

At the start of our current school year she facilitated an after school garden club which quickly grew into a beautiful vision for a garden program at Primavera. The opportunity to expand the garden program and work with the student is a dream of Raven’s and she is excited to work along side teachers and a great garden educators network group to bring this enriching program to primavera school. A place her and her family consider a home away from home.

Riley Mongomery 

Primary Staff Support and Primary After-School Teacher

Riley joins the Primavera team this school year as a Teacher’s Aide. She recently moved to Prescott and could not be more excited to start her new adventure in such a wonderful town and at such a vibrant and amazing school.

Before her big move to Prescott, Riley worked with children as a nanny in her hometown of Saint Charles, Illinois, for more than seven years. After nannying, Riley was a Teacher’s Assistant at a private preschool in the western suburbs of Chicago for two years, working in multi-age, Junior Preschool, and Pre- K classes. She has significant experience with newborns, toddlers, and school-age children, as well as many years of hands-on experience with children and young adults with special needs. Riley is committed to making a positive impact on children's lives by guiding them and watching them grow to their fullest potential.

She can’t wait to mentor, teach and support the students in the Primavera community. When she’s not in the classroom, Riley enjoys hiking, being out in nature, reading, writing, and sipping a coffee at a local coffee shop!

Shelli Welch

Preschool Afterschool and Yoga

Shelli feels privileged to have been a part of the Primavera family since 2019. She first began working at Primavera as a Substitute Preschool Teacher. Shelli now serves as one of our Early Childhood After School Teachers. She also leads yoga classes for the preschool students. 

Prior to coming to Primavera, Shelli has a long history working with children. She has worked in the classroom environment and owned a successful yoga and fitness studio, where she worked with children of all ages. 

Shelli holds numerous certifications including a specialization in children's yoga. She feels fortunate to have worked extensively with children and adults with autism and other intellectual, physical or developmental challenges.

Joey Hallstrom

P.E. and Nature Education 

Joanna (Joey) came to Primavera in the 2022/23 school year as the Physical Education teacher. She is currently the Physical Education teacher for TK-4th grade. She loves being on the Primavera staff.

Joanna earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Health Science and Physical Education in 2012. She has experience teaching 5-8th grade math and science and coaching junior high volleyball.

Joey has lived in Prescott since 2011 with her husband and two children. They enjoy the Prescott outdoors and being involved in youth development activities. She enjoys crafting, reading, and hiking. She is honored to teach students about their physical health, motor development, and social skills. She hopes to encourage overall health in all forms in a safe and fun environment.

James Schattauer


James (Mr. Jim) came to Primavera in 2020 as our Music Teacher.

Since 1987 Mister Jim has been entertaining and providing music for young children and young families, from the Midwest to the West Coast. With original songs and collected gems, Mister Jim takes delight in inspiring young children to find their joy and playfulness in the magic of music. 

He has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He and his wife moved to Prescott in 2018 after living in Minnesota/Wisconsin and love living here!

Lori Prouty

Math and Grade 3-5 Student Support

Lori joined the Primavera family in 2021. She has been teaching since 2005, and absolutely loves working with children. 

Lori has a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition and is constantly incorporating the science of nutrition and healthy eating into her curriculum. Lori works with our primary students teaching, Math and Nutrition in a thematic and hands-on way.  Additionally, Lori provides extra support to students who benefit from individualized tutoring. 

Lori feels very blessed to be able to share her love of nature, healthy food and gardening with the staff and children of Primavera.

Adria Matthew

Literacy Specialist

Adria (Mrs. Adie) joined the Primavera family in 2012 when she came to us to complete her student teaching. From there, she worked on the Primavera team in Kindergarten and 2nd Grade as an aide, then as a 2nd Grade teacher since 2015. In 2023, Mrs. Adie moved into the role of Literacy Specialist, earning both her literacy endorcement and her LETRS certification.

Adria was born and raised in Prescott and attended local schools. The path to college took her away, where she began by studying creative writing and sociology in Oregon (at Linfield University). She completed her journey by earning her B.A. in fine art with a major in product design from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. After completing her studies in art, she came back home to Prescott and later earned her Arizona teaching certification in elementary education from Pima Community College.

When she’s not supporting students with literacy skills, Adie can usually be found in her studio, where she works mostly with textiles. Adie and her husband welcomed their first child into the world in 2020, and he is full of joy!

Pamela Brown

French, Recorders, and Movement Instructor

Pam has been teaching at Primavera since 1974. She has taught at all grade levels, and has watched Primavera grow and flourish. There have been many successful students who remember their Primavera experience with affection.

Pam received her degree in Early Childhood Education at Prescott College in the Adult Degree Program. The degree also included Spanish Poetry. She has a background in foreign languages, theatre, art appreciation, dance and exercise. Pam loves teaching languages to young children. Learning another language is linked to a better understanding of math, logic and music.

Pam and and her husband's son was one of Primavera School’s first students. As a family they are happy and proud to continue to be part of the Primavera community.