Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Mr Michael, Owner Michael Petrucelli - On-site Owner - As a father, business owner, and community member, Michael recognizes the important role that a caring and supportive environment plays in helping to create a fun, engaging, and dynamic learning atmosphere in which children can thrive and develop a life long love of learning.

After a 20-year career in the financial services industry, Michael wanted to start and operate a business that could make a positive difference for the families and the communities it would serve. Believing strongly in the opportunities that education can provide (Michael holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.B.A. in Finance and an M.A. in Economics) and wanting to pursue his interest in education, while serving the community, Michael decided to open The Goddard School® located in Darien.

Michael and The Goddard School are committed to providing the highest quality preschool experience possible, that will enrich every child's emotional, social, intellectual and physical development, while providing the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

Mr Michael

Ms Lu-Ann, Director Lu-Ann T is the Educational Director at the Goddard School. Lu-Ann graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from Concordia University in River Forest, and an Associate Degree from the College of Du Page. Lu-Ann has over 30 years of experience teaching and directing in the early childhood field. Lu-Ann also worked as an outreach coordinator for the Childcare Resource and Referral Agency and has sat on several non-for-profit early childhood advocacy boards. Lu-Ann is passionate about bringing the absolute best early educational program to children and families, while empowering faculty to teach from the heart. Lu-Ann believes that the Goddard School offers the highest quality program, and is very excited about meeting new families that can share the Goddard experience. She joined our team in October 2012 as a founding member our school.

Ms Lu-Ann

Ms Lisa, Assistant Director Ms. Lisa is the Assistant Director at The Goddard School located in Darien. She has been a member of our team since September 2013. She initially joined us a Lead Teacher in one of our Preschool classrooms. Ms. Lisa has over 20 years of teaching and child care experience. She holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Triton College.

Ms Lisa

Ms Meredith, Lead Teacher Ms. Meredith received her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Benedictine University. Ms. Meredith has 15 years of experience working with an teaching preschool age children. She joined our team in June 2013

Ms Meredith

Ms Ryann, Lead Teacher Ms. Ryann holds an Applied Science Degree from Robert Morris University, and has earned Early Childhood Education Credits from the College of Dupage. Ms. Ryann has over ten years of experience caring for children 6 weeks to 12 years in age, and has specialized in infant and toddler care. She has completed the Quality Rating System requirements for the State of Illinois and National Association Credential. She joined our team in July 2014.

Ms Ryann

Ms Soledad, Lead Teacher Ms. Soledad holds a degree in Early Childhood Education & Care from the College of Dupage. Ms. Soledad started caring for Preschool age children in 2010. She joined our team in January 2014.

Ms Soledad

Ms Cecilia, Lead Teacher Ms. Cecilia received her AA from Triton College, and her BA in Early Childhood Education from DePaul University. She has been in the early childhood field since 1992. She has worked with children from birth through 5 years old. Cecilia has worked with toddlers since 2005. She joined our team as one of our original teachers in December 2012.

Ms Cecilia

Ms Dorota, Lead Teacher Ms. Dorota received her Master's Degree from Hugo Kollataj Agricultural Academy in Poland. She has also done classwork at Morton College and Moraine College. Ms. Dorota has twelve years of experience working with children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. She joined our team in December 2013.

Ms Dorota

Ms Jocelyn, Lead Teacher Ms. Jocelyn holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and a CDA Certificate, and is attending Ashford University as she continues her studies. Ms. Jocelyn has been working in the Early Childhood field since 1999. She joined our team in November 2013.

Ms Jocelyn

Ms Samia , Lead Teacher Ms. Samia holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Ain Shams University in Egypt, and continued her studies in Early Childhood Education at the College of Dupage. She has been teaching four and five year olds for over 20 years, with a focus on preschool aged children for the last 8 years. Ms. Samia shares her life-long love of chess with our Pre-School and Pre-K students through our "Chess at Three" Program. She joined our team in March 2014.

Ms Samia

Ms Amelia , Lead Teacher Ms. Amelia attended Elgin Community College, and also received training in the Montessori educational approach. She enjoys working with children and has done so for most of her life. Ms. Amelia joined our team in November of 2016.

Ms Amelia

Ms Erin , Lead Teacher Ms. Erin attended the Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Indiana, studying Elementary Education and English. While in Indiana, she was site director for the before and after school program for Frank Park Elementary School. Erin says she loves the atmosphere at The Goddard School and is excited to be a part of the teaching team here. She joined the school in August of 2016

Ms Erin

Ms Lisa , Lead Teacher Ms. Lisa has been working in Early Childhood for the past ten years, specifically with preschool age children. She has also been employed as a nanny and a babysitter to many families and has also worked at two health club nurseries. Ms. Lisa loves working with children and enjoys making arts and crafts, singing, dancing, and reading books with her students. Ms. Lisa is so happy to be a part of The Goddard School. Ms. Lisa joined The Goddard School in August of 2017.

Ms Rebecca , Lead Teacher Ms. Rebecca studied Early Childhood Education at the College of Du Page. She has also taken Early Childhood from Ellyis University, focusing on the the Development and Growth of Young Children. Ms. Rebecca has worked with all age groups of children and has also worked with special needs children. She enjoys teaching children and offering them the help they need on their journey of life. Rebecca joined our team in June of 2016

Ms Rebecca

Ms Renee, Lead Teacher Ms. Renee graduated from Illinois State University. Her degree is in English Studies, with an emphasis in children's literature, and a minor in Children Studies. Ms. Renee has taught children ages 6 weeks to school age for numerous years and loves to watching the children grow and learn everyday.

Ms Renee

Ms Kimberly, Lead Teacher Ms. Kim graduated from the College of Dupage with her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She also earned a certificate specializing in infant, toddler, and two year old care. She joined our team in June 2013

Ms Kimberly

Mrs Donna, Lead Teacher Ms. Donna is excited to join the faculty at The Goddard School. She has 25 years of experience caring for and educating young children. Donna earned her Associates of Arts Degree and holds a Certificate in Child Development from the College of Du Page Donna is a long time member of NAEYC, and has been active in their local chapter serving on the board for 6 years. Donna loves the energy, enthusiasm, and curiosity that young children have, and she looks forward to actively guiding their development

Ms Nora, Lead Teacher Ms. Nora received her Child Development degree from Northern Illinois University. She has been working in the field since 2011, working with children from 6 weeks - 2 years of age. She joined our team in December 2012 as one of our original teachers.

Ms Nora

Ms Sandra , Lead Teacher Ms. Sandi attended Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, CA., where she earned a Bachelor's degree in child development. Ms. Sandi has over 5 years of experience working in preschool settings with children 6 weeks through 6 years in age. She joined our team in February 2015.

Ms Sandra

Ms Meg, Lead Teacher Ms. Meg received her Bachelor's Degree from Dominican University in Liberal Arts, and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Meg has over ten years of experience working with preschool age children. She joined our team in May 2013.

Ms Meg

Ms Abena, Lead Teacher Ms. Abena received her Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health with concentration in Rehabilitation from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has taught children (infancy-high school) for over 11 years as a teacher, director, and as a Harvard/ University of Chicago Early Childhood research program child assessor and assistant teacher. In her spare time she enjoys event planning, interior design, and educating people about her Ghanaian community. Ms. Abena joined our team in August 2018.

Ms Abena

Mr Kevin , Lead Teacher Mr. Kevin holds an AAS degree from The College of DuPage in Early Childhood Education. Kevin has taught preschool children for 4 years, teaching ages 3-5 year olds, including elementary students in both preschool and church based programs. Most recently, Kevin taught in the 3’s preschool classrooms at The Goddard School in Bloomingdale. He is a member of NAEYC, Illinois Action for Children and Kids with Food Allergies Foundation. He joined our team in August 2014.

Mr Kevin

Ms Nancy, Lead Teacher Ms. Nancy received her degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been in the early childhood education field since 1982, working with all age groups between the ages of 6 weeks - 12 years. She joined our team in December 2012 as one of our original teachers.

Ms Nancy

Ms Treena , Lead Teacher Ms. Treena holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science with course work in Education, Criminal Justice, and Healthcare. Ms. Treena has over 15 years of experience working with children 6 weeks through high school age. She joined our team in March 2015.

Ms Treena

Ms Audrey, Lead Teacher Ms. Audrey received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University. She has extensive experience working with children, especially children 4 years and older. She joined our team in August 2013.

Ms Audrey

Ms Melissa , Lead Teacher Ms. Melissa holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of St. Francis. She is Board Certified Type 03 in Elementary Education. Ms. Melissa has taught children ages 6 week to 12 years of age, including secondary schooling. She was most recently the Pre-K teacher in a local preschool and also substituted in local public school districts. She joined our team in August 2014.

Ms Melissa

Ms Dolores, Assistant Teacher Ms. Dolores brings extensive experience with her to The Goddard School. Besides having operated her own home based child care center for 10 years, she has also worked with special needs children at a local elementary school for 8 years, and worked as a reading aide. She joined our team in March 2014.

Ms Dolores

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