Bridges staff is amazing. Our staff is dedicated to providing the ultimate Christian learning experience for young children because they have extensive experience in Early Childhood Education and a love for the Lord. High staff retention creates a stable, loving and predictable environment for the children and parents alike.
The Bridges Director and Assistant Director are here if you have any comments, questions or concerns.
Director: Jennifer Foster
Jennifer was raised overseas in Italy, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland. After graduation from boarding school in Switzerland, she became the Recreation Director of her compound (about 1000 people of all ages) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. When she moved back to the United States she began working for Sprint when they launched in Florida and worked for them for 15 years. Jennifer is married with two grown children.
She is a long time member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.
Jennifer started substituting at Bridges during 2016. She fell in love with the children and became a permanent staff member in January 2017, then in 2018 became the Director of Bridges. She loves each and every child she comes in contact with, as if they were her own.
Assistant Director: Makenna Bayyat
Makenna has worked with children for about 7 years now. From a very early age she always knew she wanted to work with children. She graduated from Alonso High School with her CDA (national certification) and ECPC (state certification). She is currently enrolled at St. Petersburg College where she has received her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, Infant/Toddler Specialization and Preschool Specialization degrees. She is working towards her bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. Along with these certifications she has also obtained other training and courses (UMAP, Staff Credentials, etc.).She was baptized at Wesley Memorial and attended school here when she was 3! When she is not at work, or going to school, she enjoys watching movies and finding new adventures! Working with children is the greatest gift she has received and she is thankful to work with each and everyone of you and your children!