Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

Our teachers blend the highest standards in early childhood development with nurturing care.

Ms Samantha, Owner Name: Samantha Baldini
Samantha is the owner of The Goddard Schools in Derry and Nashua NH. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in Durham and a Master’s degree in Business from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. She is also a Goddard parent; her older son attended the Nashua School for several years before she became a school owner herself. Now youngest son attends our school. “I love The Goddard School and the peace of mind that I had when my son attended. It's not just a child care or a 'day care', it's a safe and nurturing preschool for educating all young children. I enjoy sharing those great experiences with the families in Nashua!”

Ms Samantha

Heidi, Director Name: Heidi Barbere
Position: Director
Part of Our Family Since: August 2005
Education: BA in Elementary Education, M. Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Rivier College, Director Development Training from Goddard University/Goddard Systems Inc.
Additional Experience: I have worked in public to private schools, special education to general education, and have experience from pre-kindergarten through high school and college levels. At Goddard, I have been an associate teacher, the Lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher, the Kindergarten teacher, the Assistant Director, and I am currently the Director. I have worked as a Resident Director at a college running the Freshman residence hall, the Volunteer Services office, was a student clubs advisor for 6 clubs including The Education Club, and America Reads and managed the entire resident assistant staff. and I am a current member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the V.F.W., the Nashua Community College Education Advisory Board, the NECCEN Director’s Board in Nashua, have participated The Goddard School Leadership in Early Childhood program, and I have been a presenter at area conferences.
More About Me: I live in Milford with my husband, my two children, and our loving dog Buster. I enjoy crafting, baking, cake decorating, reading, and spending time with family and friends. My favorite season is fall and I am an avid lover of the Patriots!


Janice, Lead Teacher Education
9 College credits from Middlesex Community College
Additional coursework from Manchester Community College

Additional Experience
I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for 17 years. Prior to joining the Goddard team, I worked for 5 years with emotionally disturbed children and worked at another childcare center for 6 years. I also previously had an in-home childcare center when my children were younger and I attend several early childhood education workshops each year.

More About Me...
My husband and I have been married for over 30 years. We are currently empty nesters. I have two sons, Brian and John Jr. I love to go to the gym and am really interested in health and nutrition. I enjoy dancing and singing with your children and having fun with them in the classroom every day!

Part of our family since January 2005


Cassandra, Lead Teacher Education
Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Nashua Community College

Additional Experience
Prior to joining the Goddard family, I worked for one year at a previous center and have spent many years babysitting.

More About Me...
I love music and enjoy singing and dancing with the kids every day. I also love expressing myself through read-a-louds. I believe that children learn best while participating in hands on activities that are fun and enjoyable to them. The most important thing I feel that I can do as a teacher is make sure that every child I work with feels loved and accepted.

Part of our family since March 2014


Jaime, Lead Teacher Education
Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hesser College
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Granite State College
Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix

Additional Experience
Before joining The Goddard School, I worked with infants and toddlers at another childcare center and also spent time as a one-on-one aide for a child with cerebral palsy prior to that. I have a certificate in American Sign Language and am also Director qualified.

More About Me…
I live in Manchester with my husband, my two wonderful children Cody and Kaytlynne and our two cats. Family time is the best time. I have been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 30 years. I love working with children and it has always been a dream of mine to open my own center. I also enjoy motorcycle rides, board games, and camping with family and friends.

Part of our family since September 2010


Samantha, Lead Teacher Education
Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development, Early Childhood Education, and Special Education from Rivier University

Additional Experience
I have worked with students ranging from kindergarten to second grade in a special education setting at Ledge Street Elementary School. I also completed my student teaching seminar in a second-grade classroom.

More About Me...
I love to teach. I have a beautiful little girl who I love to spend all my free time with. I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible. I love to camp and hike and I spend many of my weekends at the lake boating, fishing, and ice fishing. I am very passionate about teaching. I really enjoy engaging my students in research based projects and incorporating STEAM activities in my lesson plans. March is my favorite month here at Goddard because we learn about different inventors, popular inventions, and explore how things work in a creative and problem-solving way.

Part of our family since August 2012


Kaylee, Assistant Teacher Education
High School Diploma
Beginning coursework at NCC in Early Childhood Education in the fall of 2017

Additional Experience
Prior to coming to The Goddard School, I worked with Toddlers in a classroom setting at another early learning center.

More About Me…
I recently moved to Brookline, New Hampshire from Cape Cod, MA. I enjoy arts and crafts and allowing your children the opportunity to be creative. I believe that I can learn from children just as much as they can learn from me so I come into each day with an open heart and mind.

Part of our family since April 2017


Julie , Assistant Teacher Education
High School Diploma
Currently enrolled in Mount Wachusett studying child psychology

Additional Experience
Prior to joining The Goddard School, I nannied for two years.

More About Me...
I enjoy going to the beach and playing basketball in my spare time. I love to read, especially poetry. I love my kitten named Kobe, but mostly, I love children! I believe that the most important things a teacher can do include listening to them, embracing them, and teaching them new skills or information.

Part of our family since April 2017


Cassie, Assistant Teacher Education
Completed 2 year Early Childhood Education program in high school
Certified Preschool Teacher in the state of MA
Consistently attending workshops and seminars to continue my education

Additional Experience
I interned and worked at Nashoba Valley Childcare Facility prior to joining The Goddard School and have spent the summers of 2013 and 2014 as an in-home nanny in California.

More About Me...
When I’m not at work, I love to draw, listen to music, and go swimming. My fiancé and I live in Manchester, NH with our beautiful dog, Evan. I love to see the faces of children when they realize something on their own. Watching them grasp a concept is extremely rewarding and makes me realize I am doing good for them.

Part of our family since October 2016


Donna, Assistant Teacher Name: Donna Smith
Position: Associate Teacher Qualified
Part of Our Family Since: September 2003
Education: Coursework in Early Childhood Education
Additional Experience: I have been working in childcare for over 15 years.
More About Me: I am a mother of two beautiful girls, Erin and Sarah. Now that they are grown, I am able to be here at The Goddard School to offer your children a happy and safe learning environment.


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