Ganon Gil Jewish preschool in Poway, California.


All of our wonderful teachers have either their Bachelor's degree or a Masters degree in teaching!

• Caring, patient, creative and loving ...

• State approved

• First 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!

We pledge to instill in your child a strong Jewish identity with an emphasis on Jewish values and traditions. Your child will be excited to celebrate Jewish holidays and weekly Shabbat celebrations with you.

Marilyn MilneMarilyn Milne, Director of Early Childhood Education

Marilyn Milne has over 20 years of experience in the early childhood education field, which has included both teaching and administration of child development programs. She has a BA in Child Development and work towards an MS in Child and Family Development from California State University, Northridge. Throughout the United States and Canada she has both attended and presented workshops at numerous professional conferences. In the Los Angeles area where she was raised, she was a field work supervisor for students from Pierce and Valley Community Colleges and California State University, Northridge. It is considered by Marilyn to be a great privilege and tremendous responsibility to be involved in such a tender and influential stage of life.

Marilyn lives in Escondido with he husband, Michael, and teenage son, Spencer. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening and hiking.

Barbara CohenBarbara Cohen, Lead Teacher Prachim Class

Barbara Cohen was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island. She moved from New York City to San Diego with her husband Danny and two sons, Adam, 20, and Julian, 15, in 1994. As a former New York City Public School Teacher and Special Education Language Arts Teacher, Barbara became an advocate for children's rights after her teaching experiences in New York.

In addition to teaching Hebrew at Temple Adat Shalom's Mosad Shalom Religious school for five years, Barbara has been with Ganon Gil for three years. She holds a BA in Speech Pathology from the University of Rhode Island with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and Languages.

In her free time, Barbara enjoys culinary arts (she worked professionally as a corporate chef) film, travel, theatre, opera, being with her family and helping her community.

Neta BourlasNeta Bourlas, Lead Teacher Paparim Class

With three teachers in her family, educating children was a central part of Neta's growing up. It was for this reason that she chose education as her field of study: to inspire students to learn and become curious about the world. Her favorite quote is "Knowledge comes but wisdom lingers." She believes that children learn best in a happy, loving, interesting, and safe environment. It is her goal to provide a classroom that encompasses all of that.

Neta Bourlas has been an educator for over 25 years and has a passion for stimulating her students to love learning. She is also an artist and understands the importance of the creative process. As an artist, she has created a body work called Shtetle Art, which consists of ceramic pieces representing Jewish people in Europe, circa 1920-1949 and has had a number of exhibits in San Diego.

Neta has taught at a Hebrew Bilingual Kindergarten class in Canada for 8 years and went on to teach an English Kindergarten for another 6 years. She has taught ESL and other grades in the public schools in Winnipeg, Canada. She speaks and has taught in Hebrew and French. She is currently teaching Pre K/K at Ganon Gil and K-6 art at Mosad Shalom School.

Sarah MilchSarah Milch, Lead Teacher Devorim Class

Sarah has been in the field of education since 1991. In the past, she has worked at Beth Israel, Francis Parker, Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School, and began at Ganon Gil in 2006. She has a BA in Multiple Interdisciplinary Studies from National University and has completed a fifth year for a California teaching credential. Previously Sarah had taught first grade in public school, but her greatest interest is in early childhood education.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys playing and swimming with her son and daughter, going to the movies, shopping and baking.

BeLinda SingerBeLinda Singer, Lead Teacher Devorim Class

BeLinda was born in Japan and has lived in many parts of the world. She now lives San Diego with her husband Peter and two daughters Kira and Shendl. Her family has been members of Temple Adat Shalom since 2006 and they are very active in many aspects of synagogue life. She attended San Diego Mesa College and San Diego Platt College where she received a Production/Graphics Arts diploma. Included in her experience in the field of education was a teaching position at the Scripps Performing Arts Centre/Imagination Station, a creative preschool, which includes performing, and creative arts, as well as religious school instructor at Ner Tamid Temple and Mosad Shalom of Temple Adat Shalom. In 2011 she won the prestigious Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award, which honors excellence in Jewish Education.

BeLinda enjoys the beach & ocean, music, food, playing with tie-dye and traveling with her family. She met her husband working in a restaurant and they consider themselves foodies.

Andrea OleksyAndrea Oleksy, Assistant Teacher

Andrea Oleksy was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She moved to San Diego with her husband Jeff and their two children, Brandon and Stephanie in 1998. Andrea holds a Bachelor's degree in Music and Education from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Her 20 years of experience in education includes time working with children with special needs.

In her free time, Andrea enjoys cooking, camping, going to the movies and spending time with family and friends. Andrea and her family have been members of Temple Adat Shalom since 2002 and now reside in San Marcos.

Alexandria HerrelAlexandria Herrel, Assistant Teacher

Alexandria was born and raised in San Diego. She comes from a military family; Her father is retired from the Navy, her younger brother Nick is currently in the Army and stationed in Germany, and younger sister Catherine is married to a Marine.

Alexandria began her career in the early childhood field at age 15 as teacher's assistant after completing a Regional Occupational Program. She also has experience in the running of a family childcare home. Currently she is working towards completion of an AA degree at Miramar College and will continue her studies working toward a BA in Child Development.

Alexandria has a son named Malaki. Her husband Rob runs an IT business, works for an IT business, is a professor at San Diego City College, and previously worked at Pomerado Elementary school. In her free time she enjoys cooking, sewing, traveling, art & plays, scrapbooking and taking trips up to the San Francisco Bay area to visit her in-laws.

For more information on the Ganon Gil Early Childhood Center, please call Marilyn at 858-451-6558 or email

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