Our Teachers

Our staff is made up of teachers, all of whom are chosen for their professionalism, as well as, their caring and compassionate personalities. Our teachers delight in unlocking your child’s natural curiosity through providing the stimulation necessary for an experiential learning process. We have multilingual staff who are fluent in English, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish.

All staff participates in annual in-service training in order to remain abreast with the latest trends in early childhood education. All our staff has a degree, or are working towards a degree in the field of early childhood education.

Nechama Farkash
Preschool Director

Education has always been my passion. I have a Degree in Psychology, have been involved in Education for 18 years and am privileged to have founded Gani Preschool in Fall of 2011 I’ve always been drawn to children and their wonder and excitement for the world around them. I spent many years teaching elementary, High School, Hebrew School and for the past seven years have directed Gani Preschool.


Together with the wonderful families and children, we have created a school where each child is cherished and loved. I look forward to another wonderful year together as we watch our children grow and flourish.


Morah Dorit Hayardeny
Lead Teacher, Shorashim Class

Morah Dorit came highly recommended by my colleagues in Beijing who had only wonderful things to say about her and miss her greatly. She joined our staff in the Fall of 2013. Morah Dorit is a certified teacher with degrees in Literature and History from Tel Aviv University; she served as a History, Hebrew Literature, and Grammar teacher in various schools in Israel, including the Ort Shomron Middle School and High School.


She moved to Redmond from Beijing China where she taught at the Chabad Ganeinu School and nursery for two years. Both parents and students whom she has taught over the years remain in contact and seek her advice and guidance. When asked why she currently chose to work as a preschool teacher she said: over the years I’ve worked with many different ages and enjoyed all of them, however preschoolers are special to me and I connect to them in a very unique way, they stay in your heart forever.


Morah Dorit is fluent in English, Hebrew and perhaps can teach us a few words in Chinese too, she will continue developing our preschool program which has a strong emphasis on learning academics in a fun and creative environment.

Morah Gabriella Horodna

Support Staff and Enrichment

Hi my name is  Gabriela Horodna and I've spent two incredible summers working at Camp Gan Izzy of Issaquah. This coming year I’m excited to be joining the Gani family and spending time with your children and the beautiful Issaquah community. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you!

When asked why she chose to work with preschooler she replied: I love taking care of younger children and spending my day with them. They are sincere, innocent and loving, and truly enrich my life. Morah Gabriella is fluent in English and Russian.


Morah Sabrina Zelezniak

Lead Teacher of Garinim Class

Sabrina joined Gani Preschool in September of 2019. A native of Argentina, she has lived almost 20 years in Israel and in the United States since 2016. She holds two B.A. degrees in Humanities and Social Studies, along with teacher training, day care and child development courses.


Over the years, she has worked as Camp Counselor for children with Down syndrome; Tutor at a Community Social Service Center, Preschool Assistant Teacher, Enrichment Teacher, etc.Sabrina is a Co-Founder of the Parent Leadership Group for kids with special needs in her town (Israel), where she also lead the after school Club Program for children with special needs. In addition she teaches Hebrew at Yachdav Hebrew School in Issaquah every Wednesday.

Morah Kendra

Teacher at Garinim Class

Morah Kendra joined Gani in Winter of 2019. She teaches in our Garinim class some mornings and is the After care Teacher of our Garinim Class every afternoon.
She brings to our school her deep love, care and commitment towards our children.


Ita Khanin

Support Staff and Enrichment

Hi! I’m Ita Khanin from Buffalo, New York coming to Issaquah, Washington. I’ve worked with Chabad of the Central Cascades at Gan Izzy for the past couple years and have come to love the beautiful community here. I’m thrilled to be able to return for an entire year and am eagerly awaiting to start the new year.

Mrs. Ketzi Toney

Child Development Consultant

Mrs. Ketzi Toney served as a teacher at Herzl Ner Tamid for 16  years. She taught at the JCC’s ECE program, and was the founding  curriculum coordinator, teacher, and Early Childhood Director for the Jewish Day School.  Ketzi currently works as an occupational therapy assistant in Arizona,  where she lives with her husband, Jim.  She continues to be on call for Chabad of the Central Cascades, and frequently has provided teacher in-services, classroom observations, and consultant services for the Chabad preschool in Phoenix as well as at Gani Preschool of the Arts. Her passion is fostering development, and a love of learning. 


Devorah Miretsky

Support Staff and Enrichment

My name is Devorah Miretsky, I live in Los Angeles, California, soon to be Issaquah, WA. I’ve spent the past 2 summers working at the summer camp at the Chabad of the Central Cascades, and am extremely excited to be spending the upcoming year with the same wonderful families and children I know and love.