Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Ellen and Virginia, Owners I became the Owner of The Goddard School in Vernon Hills in December 2009. I am the proud parent of four children and recognize the importance of providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for children. I believe in open and honest communication with parents to build an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. I look forward to working with you to provide a safe place for your children to learn and grow.

Ellen and Virginia

Jenna, Director Educational Background:
Ms. Jenna studied Psychology and Early Childhood Education at the College of Lake County. She is currently enrolled in classes to further her education in Early Childhood.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Jenna joined our team in July 2010 and has been working in Early Childhood for over 12 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Jenna loves incorporating music and playing guitar in the classroom. She also enjoys hands-on science experiments and giving the children their own tools to explore with.

Hobbies/Interests:
When she is not working, Ms. Jenna enjoys playing guitar, writing songs, being creative, going to Target and Hobby Lobby, and spending time with her family.

Jenna

Kirsten, Assistant Director Educational Background:
Ms. Kirsten earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from U.W. Parkside and is currently earning her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Leadership from Rasmussen
College.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Kirsten joined our team in May 2018 and has been working in Early Childhood for over 31 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Kirsten loves sensory exploration and anything messy!

Hobbies/Interests:
When she is not working, Ms. Kirsten enjoys downhill skiing, mud obstacle runs, fitness boot camp, and spending time with her husband.

Kirsten

Stacy, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Stacy studied Early Childhood Education at Oakton Community College.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Stacy joined our team in March 2018 and has been working with children for over 15 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Stacy enjoys bringing music into the classroom and
engaging the children by asking open ended questions.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Stacy enjoys scrapbooking,
photography, and spending time with her children.

Stacy

Tylee, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Tylee earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Illinois and is working towards her Master’s in Education for School Counseling from DePaul University.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Tylee joined our team in November 2015 and has been working with children for over 7 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Tylee likes incorporating movement and thinks that movement and being active while learning math and literacy skills, helps children remember specific skills.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Tylee enjoys coaching basketball, spending time with her family, participating in sports, and cooking/ experimenting with new recipes.

Tylee

Jessa, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Jessa earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. She also has additional Early Childhood Education credits through the College of Lake County.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Jessa joined our team in January 2013 and has been working with children for over 7 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Ana Dewdney.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Jessa loves circle time and incorporates silly songs and stories to get the children up and moving!

Hobbies/Interests:
In her spare time Ms. Jessa enjoys taking walks outside with her dog.

Jessa

Michelle, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Michelle earned her Associate's Degree at the College of Lake County in Early Childhood Education. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Kendall College.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Michelle joined our team in August 2011 and has been working with children for over 20 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Michelle enjoys reading stories and bringing them to life. She loves seeing the children’s faces as she reads.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her spare time Ms. Michelle enjoys running, watching the Cubs, Blackhawks and Bears, and spending time with family and friends.

Michelle

Athsiri, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Athsiri studied Early Childhood Education with a minor in ESL Education at Roosevelt University.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Asthiri joined our team in August 2014 and has been working with children for over 2 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Athsiri enjoys engaging the children in art activities that allows them to use their hands and feet or other objects. She also likes to add a variety of objects to the sensory table.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Athsiri enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

Athsiri

Shannon, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Shannon earned her Child Development Associate Credential.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Shannon joined our team in April 2017 and has been working with children for over 16 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
In her lessons, Ms. Shannon enjoys incorporating yoga, B.A.S.E. Fitness, or dancing and moving. She really enjoys using yoga as a gross motor activity.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Shannon enjoys going to sporting events for her children.

Shannon

Courtney, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Courtney earned her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Courtney joined our team in October 2016 and has been working with children for over 6 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Courtney likes engaging children in S.T.E.A.M. activities that reinforce what was learned.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Courtney enjoys playing sports.

Courtney

Danielle, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Danielle earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree from Tennessee State University.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Danielle joined our team in August 2013 and has been working with children for over 9 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
In the classroom, Ms. Danielle loves incorporating play in to large group activities and exploration during science activities. Everything is very hands-on and messy in her classroom and everything is learned through play.

Hobbies/Interests:
Ms. Danielle loves all Chicago sports teams! She also enjoys country music, road trips and playing/ coaching volleyball.

Danielle

Sarah, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science in Education with concentration in English from Eastern Illinois University. She also has an ESL endorsement from National Louis University.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Sarah joined our team in January 2017 and has been working with children for over 10 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Sarah enjoys incorporating play in to all areas of the classroom. Her favorite area to incorporate play is language arts. She enjoys using stamps, play dough and games to incorporate play while learning.

Hobbies/Interests:
When she is not teaching, Ms. Sarah enjoys spending time with her daughter/family, and spending too much time on Pinterest!

Sarah

Abigail, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Abbi is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with concentrations in Special Education and English as a Second Language.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Abbi joined our team in May 2017 and has over 8 years of experience working with young children.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
To incorporate play, Ms. Abbi loves art and giving children the opportunity to discover and create. She incorporates play in to her lessons through hands-on experiences.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Abbi enjoys doing volunteer work, mentoring, and pageantry. She loves spending as much time as she can with family and friends.

Abigail

Destinee, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Destinee studied at the College of Lake County.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Destinee joined our team in October 2017 and has been working with children for over 5 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Any “Junie B Jones” books.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Destinee enjoys doing arts and crafts with the children and seeing what they can create on their own.

Hobbies/Interests:
When Ms. Destinee is not teaching, her hobbies include
baking, shopping, reading, and writing.

Destinee

Crystal, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Crystal earned her Associate’s degree at the College of Lake County.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Crystal joined our team in April 2017 and has been working with children for over 2 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Pete the Cat collection by Eric Litwin.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Crystal loves to incorporate hands-on activities as much as possible. She believes that having a hands-on approach makes learning more exciting and fun.

Hobbies/Interests:
When she is not teaching, Ms. Crystal loves painting and being outdoors.

Crystal

Yesenia, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Yesenia is working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education at the College of Lake County.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Yesenia joined our team in September 2012 and has been working with children for over 8 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Yesenia loves solving puzzles and exploring nature outside with the children.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Yesenia likes to do volunteer work with her Church, cooking and listening to music.

Yesenia

Yulissa, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Yulissa is currently majoring in Secondary Education at the College of Lake County.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Yulissa joined our team in September 2017 and has been working with young children for over a year.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Yulissa enjoys asking open ended questions to spark the children’s love for learning.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Yulissa likes to read and listen to music.

Yulissa

Daisy, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Daisy is currently working on a degree in nursing and plans to further her education to become a nurse practitioner.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Daisy joined our team in October 2017 and has been working with young children for over a year.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Daisy enjoys dramatic play and believes it allows the
children to act out their ideas and expand their creativity. She also believes it teaches them how to work with others.

Hobbies/Interests
In her free time, Ms. Daisy enjoys watching movies. Her
favorite movies are Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Breakfast Club.

Daisy

David, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Mr. David is a certified Personal Trainer and is attending the College of Lake County.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Mr. David joined our team in September 2016 and has been working with children for over 2 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
No, David! by David Shannon.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Mr. David does a wonderful job bringing movement and sports related activities into the classrooms.

Hobbies/Interests:
Mr. David enjoys working out, dancing and reading.

David

Sharon, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Sharon earned her Business degree from Trinity University. She also studied Early Childhood Education at Kendall College.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Sharon joined our team in November 2009 and has been working with children for over 20 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Any “Llama Llama” books by Anna Dewdney.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Sharon believes that play is natural for children, and playing “kitchen” or “babies” is a favorite for most children.

Hobbies/Interests:
When Ms. Sharon is not working, she enjoys being with family and enjoying her grandchildren.

Sharon

Sarah, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Sarah earned her Family and Child Studies degree from Northern Illinois University.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Sarah joined our team in April 2017 and has been working with children for over 4 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
One of Ms. Sarah’s favorite ways to incorporate play is with group time. She believes it is easy to turn a simple song into something for the children to act out with their friends.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Sarah loves being a mom, doing crafts, doing DIY projects, and hiking.

Sarah

Ashley, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Ashley is working towards her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Ashley joined our team in March 2018 and has over 2 years of experience working with young children.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Any Eric Carle books.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Ashley tries to incorporate movement and play into daily lesson plans. She believes that hands-on activities and movement for circle time is also important.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Ashley enjoys painting, reading, and hanging out with her dogs.

Ashley

Kathryn, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Kathy attended DePaul University and holds a State of Illinois Paraprofessional Certificate.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Kathy joined our team in November 2013 and has been working with children for over 8 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allen Ahlberg.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Kathy believes that singing and dancing brings out delight and happiness in children.

Hobbies/Interests:
Ms. Kathy loves to take bike rides and walks at forest preserves and Chicago Botanic Gardens. Her favorite activities are being “Nana” to her three grandchildren and reading historical fiction.

Kathryn

Mary, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Mary earned her Physical Education Degree from Barat College and a Master’s in Education from Northern Illinois University.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Mary joined our team in September 2016 and has been teaching for over 30 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Mary enjoys reading activities and incorporating games that help children learn to read.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Mary enjoys gardening, reading books and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary

Lorette, Resource Educational Background:
Ms. Lorette earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. She also has several cooking certificates from the College of Lake County.

Cooking Experience:
Ms. Lorette has been cooking for eight years, and was previously our chef from 2010-2011.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Any Dr. Seuss or cook books.

Favorite Dish to Cook:
Ms. Lorette loves to cook chicken lettuce wraps.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Lorette enjoys drawing, sports, cooking, being creative, spending time with her family and two dogs, and being outside.

Lorette

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