Lisa Rosen Ryan is the Gan Yeladim Director. She is beginning her 18th (Chai) year at Gan! Lisa has a B.S. in Early Childhood Development from UVM and has enjoyed over 40 years of working with young children and their families.

Lisa lives in Burlington with her husband, Dan, yellow Labrador, Jameson, and usually one of their three sons, who just keep coming home to eat, do laundry and get free Wi-Fi. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys travel, home renovation, reading trashy mysteries and a little light gardening.

Stacy Crosby is starting her 8th year at Gan Yeladim.  This will be her first year as the Pre-K teacher, working with many children that she had when they were babies and waddlers.  She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2005 with a BS in Animal Science. 

Stacy is a native Vermonter, she grew up in Colchester and currently resides in Milton.  Stacy and her partner Jacques have a son, Ottis who is also part of the Gan community.  They share their home (and yard) with a small team of sled dogs, a bunny, a snake, two goats and many chickens.  Sharing time with her son outside, playing and exploring, working in the gardens and caring for the animals is where she enjoys spending time the most.  She also enjoys swimming, crafting and hitting the trail with her dogs when she is able to find the time.  



Jenna lives in South Burlington and has lived in the
Burlington area for the past 8 years. She came up here for college at UVM. Jenna graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2014. Since she graduated she worked at The Edge: Kids & Fitness for 4 years and for the past 6 months before coming here worked at Nadeau’s Playschool.  Jenna loves the beach, chocolate, and spending time with her friends. She has a identical twin sister named Jordan and an older sister named Chelsea. 
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This is Patty's first year at Gan Yeladim. She comes to us with an extensive amount of teaching experience at the early childhood/ elementary level in addition to holding advanced degrees in the education field. In her spare time, Patty enjoys taking nature walks with her dog Buddy as well as visiting with her son & daughter.

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This is Jessica's fourth year working at Gan Yeladim. She started with the Toddler class, then moved up with the Baby into Waddler class. Now she will be starting the new year in the Baby classroom. She is from Connecticut and moved to Burlington to study Anthropology and Art History at UVM. She enjoys knitting, printmaking and recently started embroidering as well. She has two cats Thea and Conan, whom she loves very much. 


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Barb Roscoe
  Hi my name is Barb Roscoe. This will be my fourth year at Gan. My degree is in environmental science and I look forward to being outside with my crew experiencing and enjoying all the fun things in nature! In my spare time I enjoy working with rehabilitating  birds of prey, hiking, kayaking, seeing live music and meandering with my Goldens Gideon and Sandy. I’m excited to build a community with the
preschool class! 


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My name is Destiny Somers. I am from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and currently attend Champlain College, where I am majoring in Elementary Education. I enjoy the outdoors, and exploring the natural world, which is far more fun with a young child in tow. This picture was from a road trip I took to Tennessee last summer, during which I visited my first zoo, and bird sanctuary, where I was enthralled with the new animals I experienced.