Infant Toddler Center in Poway, California.
The staff at Ganon Gil went above and beyond to make my daughter’s first preschool experience a positive one. Furthermore, they went out of their way to assure me that she was happy and thriving.

The loving, nurturing, and play-based environment at Ganon Gil makes my daughter look forward to coming to school every day, and we have seen her development grow by leaps and bounds since she started.
–Nicole M.

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Meet Our Dedicated Staff
of the infant and toddler center

Marilyn MilneMarilyn Milne, Director, Ganon Gil Early Education Center

Marilyn grew up in the Los Angeles area and received her BA in Child Development at CSU, Northridge, where she trained at the Preschool Laboratory as part of her Child Development studies. She first became a teacher and worked at one of the first programs in the nation to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Over time, she became more involved in the administration of that program, becoming its director in 1994. After a move to San Diego, she became the Director of Ganon Gil ECE at Adat Shalom in 2007.

Early Childhood Education has been her life’s work and passion. She considers it a privilege to be able to work with her dedicated and committed staff and to have the sacred blessing to share in the lives of children and their families.

Marilyn is married and has a grown son. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and stand-up paddle boarding.

Shelly Bloom, Assistant Director, Ganon Gil Early Childhood Center

Shelly has been a teacher for the past nine years, coming to Ganon Gil in 2015. She has worked with children much of her life in religious schools, camps, and child care settings before becoming a full-time teacher. She has a BA in English and many ECE units and loves being able to work with young children every day. Shelly’s beautiful singing voice delights her young students.

Barbara Cohen

Barbara has taught at Ganon Gil ECE since 2004. She developed the center’s Jewish curriculum based on her experience in Early Childhood Education and her passion for Judaism. Barbara’s mantra is “patience, patience, patience” when working with children. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in Communicative Disorders with a focus on Early Childhood Education and Spanish. She worked as a teacher in the NYC public schools before she and her family moved to San Diego. Barbara is married, has two grown sons, and is a fluent Hebrew and Spanish speaker.

Sarah Milch

Sarah is a native San Diegan who’s own two children are graduates of Ganon Gil. She has taught at several other Jewish preschools in the area and has been at Ganon Gil since 2006. She loves teaching the three-year old group and says, “Ganon Gil is my favorite place to work. Its small community is family- my home away from home.”

Lisa Silver

Lisa has both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Education. She has been teaching at Ganon Gil since 2013. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys the quality time she spends with family and friends exploring San Diego.

Debbie Pobiel

Debbie joined the Ganon Gil staff in 2015. She has been in all three classes, in both morning and afternoon sessions. Prior to her coming to here, she worked at Temple Israel ECE in Minneapolis, MN for 25 years as a head preschool teacher for 2-5-year old’s. She is married with two grown children. She says, “Working with the children and families at Gannon Gil has been a wonderful bonus to our Adat Shalom experience!”

Natalie Dubizhansky

Natalie has worked in a variety of schools for more than a decade and came to Ganon Gil this year. She enjoys being part of the GG family and making a difference in the lives of the children she teaches. In her free time, Natalie loves to travel and enjoys the company of family and friends.

Lisa Pitesky

Lisa is a Southern California native, growing up in Los Angeles. Her whole life has been dedicated to the nurturing and development of children. She received an Associate Degree in Childhood Education and has taught in LA and San Diego. Lisa took a hiatus when she was raising her family, but now that her son and daughter are teenagers, she has become our Pre-K teacher, bringing her joy of teaching to the Ganon Gil campus. Lisa enjoys time spent with her family, going to the movies, and playing with her miniature poodle.

We Welcome You to Schedule a Tour and Visit Our School

Ganon Gil is a great place to be! For more information or to arrange a tour, please contact Director Marilyn Milne by calling 858-451-6558 or email