Primrose School of Carrollwood

Our Staff

  • Ms. Jaclyn Glover, School Director

    Ms. Jaclyn Glover

    School Director

    Ms. Glover joined our Primrose School of Carrollwood Leadership Family shortly after our school was established and opened to families in 2016.

    Ms. Glover started her career in the Early Childhood Education field in 2004. Ms. Glover was originally born in Reading, Pennsylvania with two older sisters. Early Childhood was quickly found to be her passion after several positions as a nanny, camp counselor, and teaching in preschools. She moved to Fort Myers, Florida in 2009 to attend Florida Gulf Coast University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Child and Youth Studies.

    She obtained a lead teacher position and was promoted shortly after to the leadership team. First as an Assistant Director and then the School Director. While working full time she completed her Graduate Studies at Concordia University finishing with a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Glover also holds an Advanced Director Credential.

    Ms. Glover is the leader of our school and is responsible for all aspects of our school including curriculum and education, staff professional development, client relations, school operations, financials, childcare licensing & regulatory compliance, and school accreditations. Ms. Glover will be supported by Ms. Wiggs (Director of Operations) and Ms. Uliana (Director of Education) and their teams.

  • Ms. Merari  Wiggs, Director of Operations

    Ms. Merari Wiggs

    Director of Operations

    Ms. Wiggs joined our Primrose School of Carrollwood Leadership Team while our school was still under construction in 2015 as our Assistant Director of Education and was promoted to our Director of Operations in 2021.

    Ms. Wiggs started her career in the Early Childhood Education field in 2007 and has taught in all classrooms from Infants through Afterschool. Ms. Wiggs holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Child Development Associate Degree, and holds a Florida Director Credential.

    Ms. Wiggs supports Ms. Glover with our School Operations, which include admissions, enrollment, administration, childcare licensing & regulatory compliance, school accreditations, and the daily Health & Safety of all our students and staff. Mrs. Wiggs is supported by our Assistant Director of Operations, Ms. Finley.

  • Ms. Michelle Uliana, Director of Education

    Ms. Michelle Uliana

    Director of Education

    Ms. Uliana joined our Primrose School of Carrollwood Staff in 2017 as our Lead PreKindergarten Teacher and was promoted to our Assistant Director in 2019. In 2021, Ms. Uliana was promoted to our Director of Education.

    Ms. Uliana started her career in the education field in 1996. Ms. Uliana was born in Brazil and has taught in multiple age groups in Brazil before immigrating to the United States. Ms. Uliana holds a Master of Science Degree in Education, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, and a Child Development Associates Degree. Ms. Uliana also holds a Florida Director Credential.

    Ms. Uliana's years of teaching experience in all the different classrooms makes her a perfect leader to guide all our Teaching Staff. Ms. Uliana is responsible for all education and curriculum delivery in our classrooms and ensuring our teachers have all of the tools and support they need to deliver our premier Balanced Learning curriculum and care to our students and parents. Ms. Uliana is also in charge of the professional development, mentoring, and appreciation of all our wonderful Teaching Staff. Ms. Uliana is supported by our Assistant Director of Education, Ms. Ayala.

  • Ms. Tabatha Finley, Assistant Director of Operations

    Ms. Tabatha Finley

    Assistant Director of Operations

    Ms. Finley joined our Primrose School of Carrollwood Staff while our school was still under construction in 2015 as our Lead Early Preschool Teacher. In 2017, Ms. Finley became our School Chef. In 2019 Ms. Finley was promoted to our Administrative Assistant/School Chef. In 2022, Ms. Finley was promoted to our Assistant Director of Operations.

    Ms. Finley started her career in early childhood education in 1995. Besides teaching in the classrooms, Ms. Finley has also held cooking positions as she enjoys cooking. Ms. Finley holds a Child Development Associate Degree and holds the Food & Nutrition for Childcare and the Menu Planning for Childcare certificates.

    Ms. Finley supports Ms. Wiggs and Ms. Glover with our School Operations, which include admissions, enrollment, administration, childcare licensing & regulatory compliance, school accreditations, and the daily Health & Safety of all our students and staff.

  • Ms. Claudia Ayala, Assistant Director of Education

    Ms. Claudia Ayala

    Assistant Director of Education

    Ms. Ayala joined our Primrose School of Carrollwood Staff in 2018 as our Lead PreKindergarten Teacher. Ms. Ayala was promoted to our Lead Kindergarten Teacher & Education Mentor in 2019. In 2021, Ms. Ayala was promoted to our Assistant Director of Education.

    Ms. Ayala started her career in the Early Childhood field in 2013. She had taught at another Primrose School for 3 years and worked with children on the Autism spectrum prior to that. Ms. Ayala has taught children from 12 months to 14 years old. Ms. Ayala holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Childhood Education & Child Development.

    Ms. Ayala not only is the Lead Teacher in our Kindergarten Classroom, but she also supports Ms. Uliana with all the education and curriculum delivery in our classrooms and ensuring our teachers have all of the tools and support they need to deliver our premier Balanced Learning curriculum and care to our students and parents. Ms. Ayala also supports Ms. Uliana with the professional development, mentoring, and appreciation of all our wonderful Teaching Staff.

  • Ms. Tiffany Rosser, Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Tiffany Rosser

    Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Rosser joined our Primrose School of Carrollwood Staff in 2017 as our Sous Chef. In 2018, Ms. Rosser took on an Assistant Teacher position in Early Preschool and was promoted to our Lead Early Preschool Teacher shortly after. In 2022, Ms. Rosser was promoted to our Administrative Assistant.

    Ms.Rosser started her career in the Early Childhood Education field in 2017 when she joined our family and has grown to love this field as she completed our exclusive Primrose Training and Development Program and the Department of Childcare and Families Childcare Training.

    Ms. Rosser not only is the Lead Teacher in our Early Preschool Classroom, but she also is in charge of all our special events and supports our Operations and Education Teams administratively.

  • Sandy and Shi Deng, Franchise Owner

    Sandy and Shi Deng

    Franchise Owners

    Meet Ms. Sandy and Mr. Shi Deng – proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Carrollwood. Longtime residents of the Orlando area, the Dengs began their entrepreneurial journey in 2013 and relocated to Tampa to open their first Primrose school. They are thrilled to bring the Primrose experience, offering premier early education and care, to families in the Carrollwood community.

    Ms. Sandy is the On-Site Franchise Operator and leads the school side-by-side with Ms. Glover (School Director), with support from Ms. Wiggs (Director of Operations) and Ms. Uliana (Director of Education) and their teams.

    The Dengs first discovered Primrose Schools in 2009 when searching for child care options for their son, Kobe. Sandy and Shi both worked full time and wanted to ensure Kobe was in a safe, nurturing environment that also fostered his learning. After a few months of Kobe attending a Primrose school, Sandy and Shi were not the only ones who noticed his development; family and friends were also impressed with the improvement of his social, emotional, and cognitive skills.

    It would be Kobe’s development while attending a Primrose school and the Deng’s passion for providing high-quality education to other young children that motivated them to open their own Primrose school.

    Ms. Sandy and Mr. Shi, originally from Suriname and China, respectively, have always had a passion for education. In fact, both Ms. Sandy and Mr. Shi moved to the United States in pursuit of quality education when they were teenagers. For Sandy, her move meant access to high-quality education that was not readily available in her home country, while Shi’s move to the U.S. allowed him the opportunity to further his education. They would both later go on to earn bachelor’s degrees from Florida Atlantic University and master’s degrees from the University of Central Florida.

    Ms. Sandy earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering and Masters of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering Management, while Mr. Shi earned a dual Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Management Information Systems and Master of Science Degree in Business Administration.

    The Dengs believe future success stems from an early commitment and dedication to education. They look forward to instilling these values in the children at their school and partnering with parents to provide their children with a safe, caring environment where they can thrive and grow Active Minds, Healthy Bodies, and Happy Hearts®.

    “As Primrose parents, we understand the tremendous effect a safe, nurturing, and academically-centered early childhood curriculum can have on a child,” said Sandy. “We feel strongly that the foundation built early in life prepares children for future academic and personal success, and we are ecstatic to bring the Primrose experience to families in the Carrollwood community.”

    Primrose School of Carrollwood offers the Primrose exclusive, research-based Balanced Learning® curriculum, which blends teacher-guided and child-initiated activities with a focus on character development for a well-rounded learning experience.

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