Margarita Kunin has been teaching at Gan since 1992 and anticipates meeting the new families and children in her classroom each year. For many years prior to Gan, Margarita worked as a preschool teacher and and as a teacher of gifted children. She has a BA in Teaching and Music Education from the Pedagogical Institute in Russia. Known for her affection and attention to the details of caring for children, Margarita tells the story of why she ultimately became a teacher. At five years of age her parents bought a baby piano. She would put her dolls around the piano and sing songs to them. She was so happy that she could teach the dolls to play piano, and that they would listen to her as she taught them and that they would always be with her.
Rena Gelb is a Fairfield, CT native who is thrilled to join the Gan as a morah in the infant classroom. Rena has been a proud Gan Yeladim parent for the past four years, during which time she also substituted at the Gan on a regular basis. Rena's teaching experience began post college, and includes three years in elementary schools as a teacher in grades K-5. Rena began teaching due to a love of working with children and helping them thrive. Rena then went on to earn an MBA from Columbia Business School, following which she served as Principal and Vice President of a clean energy consulting firm for eight years. Rena's other interests include playing the cello and skiing. Rena is happy to return to teaching at the Gan due to its strong educational philosophy that is carried out in the classrooms. Rena holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Education from Barnard College, where she obtained certification as a K-6 teacher. Rena lives in Stamford with her husband and two children, Joshua and Jennifer.
Kelley Lombardo comes to us with over 20 years of teaching experience in the Stamford community, She has a bachelors in Education and Psychology. Kelley lives in North Stamford with her husband and 2 beautiful children, Mason (9) and Norah (8). In her free time you can find Kelley enjoying the beach, nature and crafting.
Caren Szanton grew up in Stamford, CT before attending Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a BA in creative writing and a Masters of Arts in Teaching. She has moved around the country with her husband, Jules, who is a US Army officer currently deployed to Afghanistan. Morah Caren has served as both a teacher and administrator in preschool settings and has taught elementary grades as well. She is excited to be back home in Stamford, and thrilled to be teaching at the Gan!
Lieba Lander joined the Gan family in 1995 as an Assistant Teacher. Four years ago Lieba assumed a new position when she became the Resource Coordinator, incorporating many roles in the day to day operations of the Gan. But her love continues to be her involvement with the children in the classroom, providing them with an environment that makes them feel loved, protected and excited to be at Gan every day. Lieba was born in Schenectady, N.Y., grew up in New Haven, CT, and graduated from Stone College. She is proud that her youngest daughter Karen was in the first graduating class of the Gan and two of her grandsons are also alumni. Lieba has worked in the fields of Infection Control and Retail Management. She is past President of the Ct. Region of Hadassah and currently serves on the National Board of Hadassah.