Our Faculty and Staff

Laura Freedman

Laura Freedman, MS Ed, Director of Early Childhood Education

Laura Freedman graduated from the University of Florida with a B. A. degree in Education and a Masters in Education with a Specialization in Reading. She has taught for 12 years in Florida and New York.

Giselle Fetigan

Giselle Fetigan graduated from University of Buffalo and received her Masters degree in teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. She taught high school math in New Jersy and Connecticut before relocating to Florida with her family. Giselle has been teaching at The Gan for more than 8 years in the Shoshanim (Roses) class.

Timea Kuruscz

Timea Kurucz has her Child Development Associates Degree. She has been working at The Gan for more than 5 years.  She is currently working with our Parparim (Butterflies) class.

Julie Pines

Julie Pines has been working with young children for more than 25 years. She completed her Child Development Associates Degree and has been at The Gan for more than 10 years in the Shoshanim (Roses) class.

Bridget Bielowicz

Bridget Bielowicz has received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago with more than 25 years of experience teaching. She has achieved her Director’s and Voluntary Prekindergarten Credentials and is currently teaching in the Devorim (Bumble Bees) class of four year olds.

Melissa Vagn

Melissa Vagn has received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University.  She has over ten years of experience working with young children in the Early Childhood setting.  Geveret Melissa is currently teaching in the Parparim (Butterflies) class of three year olds.

Ariel Jackson

Ariel Drost, Administrative Assistant to Director, has her Early Childhood Education Credentials and over five years of experience working with young children. We are very fortunate to have her “float” in classrooms, as well as, help in the office and in all areas of our school.

Megan Bayus

Megan Bayus earned her BA in Psychology and her Master degree in Education.  She has been teaching for more than 10 years and currently works with our Tziporim (Birds) class.

Krisztina Campion

Krisztina Campion has 20 years of experience working with young children. She has her Child Development Associates degree and has been at The Gan for more than 8 years. She is currently working with our Tziporim (Birds) class of 15-24 month olds.

Illene Dyrda

Illene Dyrda has obtained her Early Childhood Education credentials and her graduate Art Education degree. She has been working with children of all ages for 27 years. She currently works with our Devorim (Bees) class of four year olds in the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program.