Palm Harbor Creative Learning Academy has well-educated and knowledgeable staff. Each lead teacher has first hand teaching experience. All of our staff members meet Pinellas county licensing requirements. Our center is licensed by the Pinellas County Licensing Board for Children’s Centers.
JONIDA KONDAKCIU- Owner/Center Operations Manager
Palm Harbor Creative Learning Academy is owned and operated by Jonida and Jim Kondakciu.
Jonida has a Master in Business Administration, and a career that involves extensive business management and finance experience.
Jonida’s Credentials include Director Credential-Level II, CDA for Early Childhood Education, and experience working with children.
Her passion for working with children and their education led her to the decision to open her own childcare center, with a goal to provide a high quality child care and education experience that would promote and empower children to become confident and successful life-long learners.
MISS DIANA – Director
My Name is Diana McKinsey and I’m the new Director for PHCLA. I have been in the Childcare field for 19 years and a Director since 2009. I have been a teacher from 1’s – After school and cherished every student I touched. Since then I’ve have moved up as a director and have enjoyed expanding my opportunities. I’m enjoying working here at Palm Harbor Creative Learning Academy.
MISS MARIA – VPK Teacher
My name is Maria. I have three beautiful daughters: two who attend Tarpon High School and one who is starting college at USF. I am from NY and have my AA degree in Recreation Leadership. I have 10 years of experience teaching art and recreation to the special needs population. I moved to Florida in 2000 and pursued my education in Early Learning at Pinellas Technical College. I have been teaching in a preschool environment as lead teacher for 10 years now. I have my CDA and VPK credentials. I love to incorporate my art experience in a creative, loving and safe environment for your child’s early learning experience.
MISS PATRICIA – 1 Year Old Teacher
My name is Patricia Bowyer and I love what I do. I have been in child care for over 26 years. It is my career of choice. I have served in every capacity in childcare from a Director to teaching infants. My favorite age to be with is the one’s. They are curious and just full of life and are full of smiles.
MISS LESLIE – 2 Year Old Teacher
My name is Leslie. I am so excited to be your child’s teacher this year! First, I’d like to say thank you for sharing your child with me. I have been in early childhood field for 3 years and have been with Palm Harbor Creative Learning Academy for 3 months now. I’m working on my CDA. I have also been certified through the Florida Department of Education with my 40 clock hours. I strive to create a community in our classroom. I look forward to working together with you and to ensure that your child has the best preschool experience possible.
MISS GAILE – 3 & 4 Year Old Teacher
My name is Ms. Gaile and I am the 3 year old teacher here at PHCLA. I have one beautiful daughter who is currently studying at USF. I have taught preschool ballet, tap, and gymnastics in Pinellas County for 19 years.
MISS NANCY – Curriculum Specialist
My name is Nancy and I am the face you will see on a very part time basis as I am the Curriculum Specialist for PHCLA. I have been in the field of early childhood education since 1984 as a director, consultant, trainer, and instructor. I owned and managed Tender Time Preschool for ten of those years. I hold a BS in Educational Leadership and MA in Teaching and Learning with Technology. I am honored to be a part of your child’s early childhood journey.