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.

Erica Brown

Erica is a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She grew up right here in Sarasota, Florida and is very active within the Jewish community. She is so excited to be welcomed into the Gan family!

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 Jackson, Administrative Assistant to Director, has her Early Childhood Education Credentials and over ten 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.

Kylie McKeever

Kylie McKeever has  a B.S. in early childhood education
with a specialization in ages infant to 2 years old. She has 
worked in a preschool setting for  over 7 years. Working with
the littlest ages is her passion. Kylie currently works with our Tziporim class. 

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.