Pre-K - Keshet Class

Hello. My name is Emily Panning. This is my eighth year teaching Pre-K and my third year at B’nai Israel. I have my Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and am certified to teach VPK to sixth grade. I live with my husband Mark, sixth-grade twin daughters, Lillian and Elsa, a silly kitten named Albert and an energetic hound dog named Charlie. My hobbies include reading, photography, traveling, cooking, playing the piano and Zumba.

 I love teaching Pre-K and helping children get ready for kindergarten. My goal is a happy classroom where children feel safe and supported as they develop their self-confidence, social skills and basic knowledge for elementary school. I love to talk to parents. You can also reach me by email at

Welcome families to B'nai Israel Community Day School. My name is Adriana Lola.  I was born and raised here in Gainesville, and I absolutely love it here. I look forward to one day raising my family here as well.  I have been working in a pre-school setting for 10+ years and here since 2008. I have been lucky enough to have worked with ages infant-three's. I have absolutely enjoyed and loved my experiences in each class. This school year will be my second year in Pre-K. I am looking forward in helping your children prepare for kindergarten.  Here's to a great new school year and more memories to build.

Ms. Adriana

My name is Ebony Phipps and I am the Computers teacher and afternoon Pre-K teacher and I am excited to be starting my first full year at B’nai Israel. My education consists of a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education from Santa Fe College. I have worked with children for over a year, ages two to five years in addition to experience gained from two internships. I aim to bring my passion of working with children to B’nai Israel and my love of art, science, kindness, and friendship to our classroom. I am looking forward to getting to know each and every student. May this be a great year filled with fun and new experiences. Welcome to Keshet!

- Ms. Ebony
Week of: 05/22/17
Theme for the Week: Ecosystems
Mitzvah Hero (Student of the Week): Kate