Our Faculty and Staff

Laura

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

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 8 years in the Shoshanim (Roses) class.

Timea

Timea Kuruscz

Tziporim Teacher

Timea Kurucz has her Child Development Associates Degree. She has been working at The Gan for 5 years. She currently works with our Tziporim (Birds) class.

Julie

Julie Pines

Shoshanim Teacher

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 10 years in the Shoshanim (Roses) class.

Bridget

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

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

Ariel Drost

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.

Evie

Evie Bates

Evie Bates has received her Master’s degree in Education from Columbia University. She has worked as a Religious School teacher with our primary students at Temple Sinai and is currently working with our 3 year olds in the Parparim (Butterflies) class.

Angie

Angie Vaughan

Angie Vaughan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of South Florida. She has worked with children ages birth to 5 years old teaching music classes, and she has taught Early Childhood students, elementary and middle school students for multiple years. Geveret Angie is currently working with our prekindergarten students in the Devorim (Bumble Bees) class.

Krisztina

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 8 years. She is currently working with our Tziporim (Birds) class of 18-24 month olds.

Illene

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.