Our Teachers & Staff

  • Meet our Staff


    • Caring, patient, creative and loving …
    • State approvedFirst Aid and CPR certified
    • Childhood Development experts

    • Trained in the teaching of Judaica for very young children …
    • Sensitive to the needs of each child …
    • And lot’s of fun!
  • Marilyn 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 ECC at Adat Shalom in 2007.

    Early Childhood Center 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 2016.  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 ECC 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 ECC since 2004. She developed the center’s Jewish curriculum based on her experience in Early Childhood Center 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.

  • Natalya Dubizhansky

    Natalya 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.

  • Lexie Hall
  • Lexie has been working in the field of Early Childhood Center since 2009.  She has attended Miramar Community College.  Her interests include gardening and music.

  • 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.”

  • Rachel Pershin
  • Rachel was born in Hawaii and graduated from University of Hawaii with a BS in Environmental Education. She moved to California and obtained her units in Early Childhood Center from Santa Barbara Community College. She enjoys reading and going to the beach.

  • 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..

  • 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 coming here, she worked at Temple Israel ECC 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!”

  • 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.


    Ganon Gil Early Childhood Center
    The Nest Infant and Toddler Center
    At Temple Adat Shalom
    15905 Pomerado Rd
    Poway, CA 92064

    (858) 451-6558


    Ganon Gil is a great place to be!
    For more information or to arrange
    a tour, please contact Director
    Marilyn Milne

    (858) 451-6558



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    Ganon Gil (Garden of Joy) is expanding! Interest and wait lists are now forming for our Infant-Toddler Center. Limited Availability!

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