From both a personal and a professional standpoint, I have been committed to the development of the Jewish community and learning throughout my life. After graduating from the University of Florida, I traveled to Israel where I settled down for several years, immersing myself in a small community in the Israeli Negev. In this time, I worked with elementary and high school students as an English tutor and later with a national nonprofit that settled university students in the Israeli periphery while running education and community development activities. Last year, I decided with my husband and little dog to return to Florida and I feel so fortunate to now be a part of the B'nai Israel community and share my love of Jewish life with such amazing families.

- Shauna Sikron


My name is Ashley Veigh. I was born and raised here, in Gainesville, FL.  I am currently a student at Sante Fe College studying Aquatic Sciences.  This is my seventh year working at B’nai Israel Community Day School. I have had the privilege of taking on many positions and working with all preschool age groups.  I am very excited to take on the role of the Day School’s Gardening teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. I look forward to sharing a great year with your children. 


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.

- Ms. Ebony

Check out what Shauna, Ashley, and Ebony have planned for next week!