Liz Craig

Director of Bardmoor Gingerbread School
Mrs. Craig has been with Gingerbread School for over 20 years. She holds a Directors Credential and Child Development Associate. She attended Maryville College in Tennessee and is currently attending St. Petersburg College working toward a degree in Early Childhood Education.
"I feel fortunate to work with people who also believe that helping to shape the children of today will help make a better tomorrow."

Jennifer Agar

Assistant Director of Azalea Gingerbread School
Mrs. Agar has been at Gingerbread School for over 20 years. Growing up, she was always around children, as her mother operated a daycare from their home. She holds of directors credential credit uncial and child development associate in early childhood.
" I love working with children. I enjoy teaching them new things they will use for the rest of their lives."

Meet Our Team

Justina Compton

Deanna Stryker

Director of Azalea Gingerbread School

Mrs. Stryker began her educational journey with Gingerbread School back in 2000.  She worked as a Pre-K teacher at Azalea for 8 years while attending college.  She now holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from USF, and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UF.  She has taught Kindergarten and 2nd Grade in the Pinellas County School system for the past 11 years, but is so excited to be back “home” at Gingerbread as Director.

“Early Childhood Education is my passion, and is vital for children's development in our society.  I have personally seen the affects of children not prepared for Elementary school - both academically and socially - and it has given me a brand new perspective.  I am thrilled to be a part our students' educational journey.  I love getting to know our families and building relationships that last a lifetime.”      

Ildi McGinness

Assistant Director of Carillon Gingerbread School

Mrs. McGinness`s childhood dream of becoming a teacher became reality when she earned her BS in Teacher of English Language and Literature and Office Management from the College of Nyiregyhaza, Hungary. She also holds her Director Credential and her Child Development Associate Credential from PTEC.
She currently resides in Clearwater with her husband and two children, Michael and Patrick. Taking care of young children helps her to fill in the gap that her fast growing boys leave behind. After spending over ten years teaching twos, threes and pre-k, she was very excited to expend her role and become the Assistant Director

“I believe that intentional teaching and purposeful learning with a big dosage of love is the key for a successful learning experience in early childhood.”



Assistant Director of Bardmoor Gingerbread School
Mrs. Compton has been with Gingerbread School for more than 11 years. Mrs. Compton holds her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor degree in Educational Studies and Community Leadership at St. Petersburg College. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and watching her children play competitive baseball and softball.

“I believe in the power of connection. Building strong relationships with our students and families is key to a successful educational journey” 

Michelle Espaillat

Director of Carillon Gingerbread School
Mrs. Espaillat has been in the field of Early Childhood for over twenty years. She began working at Gingerbread School more than 20 years ago after moving to Florida from New York. Mrs. Espaillat holds an Advanced Level Director Credential, a Child Development Associate Credential, an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education which I obtained at St. Petersburg College and a BA in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.
"I believe 0-5 are the most crucial years of a child's life and providing a safe quality learning environment is the key for helping children succeed! Working with children keeps me young at heart!"