Amanda, Owner John and Amanda are the on-site owners of The Goddard School located in Allen, Texas. The Snowman family is not a quiet one with four children; Katie is in eighth Grade, Jack is in Eleventh Grade, Samantha and Kimberly are recent college graduates. They also have two furry family members – a yellow lab, Maggie and a chocolate lab, Bailey. John was born in Maine. He graduated from the University of Maine-Orono and obtained his MBA from Amberton University in Garland, Texas. John worked in the logistics industry for over thirty years. He is also a retired USAF Officer. Amanda was born in Ohio. She graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland and obtained her MBA from Amberton University. Amanda worked at Greyhound Lines as their Manager of Customer Operations for sixteen years. Actually, it was job relocation with Greyhound that brought the Snowman’s from Boston, Massachusetts to Texas over twenty years ago. “Having the best school, with the best teachers, and the best educational program is very rewarding to us as parents, and we are truly grateful to be able to serve the children and families in our community. Getting to see our future generations grow and blossom every day into fine young people is a blessing,” add John and Amanda.
Cyndi, Director Cyndi is our Educational Director. She has been with our school for six years and has held several lead teacher positions in the Infant, First Steps and Preschool II classrooms. Cyndi earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Relations and Business from Amberton University. Cyndi has worked with children for over twenty-five years in various roles such as a second grade teacher and a pre-k teacher to being a nanny for several families. “Children are little sponges who soak up everything we teach them and it inspires me as I watch them learn and grow,” adds Cyndi.
Alexia, Assistant Director Alexia is our Assistant Director and she has been with us for 5 years. She first came to us as an assistant teacher in our Preschool 1 class, then was promoted to be the Lead Teacher. Alexia moved up with her Preschool 1 class and took on the position of the Preschool 2 lead teacher until she was promoted to the Assistant Director. She has had first-hand experience in our classrooms as well as becoming familiar with the administrative part of Goddard. Alexia is a graduate from The University of Michigan where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minored in Spanish. While in college, Alexia worked at the children’s developmental lab which is a NAEYC accredited on-campus childcare facility. Alexia’s future goal is to obtain a Master’s degree and work with young children as an early childhood interventionist. She is excited to begin the process of being part of the school administration and working with the teachers to help Goddard continue to strive for excellence in helping the children become life-long learners.
Djuna, Lead Teacher Ms. D is our Lead Teacher in our Infant classroom and she has been with us for 4 years. She was born in Dallas, yet raised in Mississippi. Having worked with children for over 20 years, Ms. D was also a Director of a childcare center back home. She attended Jackson State University for General Studies and she is also completing a degree in Early Childhood Education.
Lisa, Lead Teacher Lisa is our lead teacher in the First Steps classroom and is celebrating her 4th year with us. Lisa graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education. She has experience working with children from infant up to ten year olds. Prior to working with the little ones, Lisa was an elementary school teacher in the Richardson ISD for 14 years.
Rebecca, Lead Teacher Becky is our Lead Teacher in our Young Toddlers classroom. Becky is pursuing her degree in early childhood education. She has worked with children for over 13 years while her husband’s Air Force career took them all over the world. Before moving back to her home state, Becky worked at the Goddard School in Exton, PA. She is very glad to be back home in Texas with her husband and 2 children. Her biggest joy with teaching is watching the children learn and grow.
Cameron, Lead Teacher Cammy is the Lead Teacher in Get Set 2. A 2016 graduate from Texas Woman’s University, Cammy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development and has been working with children from infants until three years old. Cammy is also recently married and they have two cats named Latte and Maggie. Originally from the Dallas area, Cammy and her husband like to spend time on the weekends with their friends.
Nada, Lead Teacher Nada is our Lead Teacher in the Preschool classroom and has been with us for 5 years. Nada and her family moved to the United States from Bosna during the war for better opportunities. When arriving to the US, she first resided in Dallas then moved to Allen where her sons graduated from Allen High School. Prior to being our lead teacher, Nada worked at the YMCA in Dallas and Richardson where she was the Pre-K teacher for 10 years. While working at the YMCA, she also completed her Child Development Associates degree. Nada brings a wealth of experience working with younger children and loves to see the excitement in their eyes when they make new discoveries. While not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and going to Zumba!
Jennifer, Lead Teacher Jennifer is our Lead Teacher for our Jr. Kindergarten classroom. After graduating from Plano East Senior High, Jennifer attended Sam Houston University where she graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. Her goal is to obtain her masters in Counseling so she can become a school counselor. Jennifer enjoys to dance and to learn new dances, especially when she travels to see her family in Nigeria.
Maria, Assistant Teacher Maria is our Assistant Teacher in the Infant classroom and she has been with us for over 5 years. Born and raised in Peru - the land of the Inca's Empire and Machu Picchu - the 4th world wonder! Maria, her husband of 24 years and her 2 sons moved to Texas nine years ago and have made Allen their home away from home. Maria continues to instill in her children her cultural traditions by the way of cooking, speaking only Spanish to them and celebrating local holidays.
Brittany, Assistant Teacher Brittany is the Assistant Teacher in the Get Set 1 and Get Set 2 classrooms. Brittany is a graduate of Wylie High School and she currently attends Collin College where she is working towards a degree in pediatrics nursing. Her ultimate goal is to become a pediatrician. Brittany loves the outdoors and she also loves to capture those moments in pictures.
Sintia, Assistant Teacher Sintia is an assistant teacher in the First Steps classroom. In 2011, she moved with her family to Dallas and loves it so much that when she had children she named them after cities in Texas. She loves to read especially with her children and their favorite book is Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion. Sintia’s goal is to earn her degree in education and become a 2nd grade teacher.
Grace, Assistant Teacher Grace is our Assistant Teacher in the First Steps and Infant classrooms. Graduating from Allen High School in 2016, Grace is attending Collin College and plans on transferring to University of Houston where she will be attending the School of Optometry. She absolutely loves working with children and being around family and friends.
Rhonda, Assistant Teacher Rhonda is our Assistant Teacher in the Young Toddler classroom. Rhonda is almost a native Texan being here since she was a little girl. She is married with two grown sons and two grandchildren. Prior to joining our faculty, Rhonda took care of children in her home and has worked with children in different capacities for over 10 years. She loves to work in her garden but it is her grandchildren that take up most of her time these days.
Shana, Assistant Teacher Shana is our Assistant Teacher in the Get Set 1 classroom and has been with us for 3 years. Shana is a graduate from Rowlett High School and is currently a college student at Collin College working towards her nursing degree. She would like work in a pediatrics office, so working with little ones is giving her a great experience. Shana has a younger brother who continues to amazes her and teaches her new things even though they are 8 years apart. She also loves creating art and sharing them with friends and family which she hopes to incorporate into her work environment.
Christina, Assistant Teacher Christina is an assistant teacher in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom and has been with us for over a year. A graduate from Allen High School, Christina attends Collin College where she is pursuing her degree in education. Christina and her fiancé enjoy outdoor activities, such as riding horses and racing motor cross bikes.
Salima, Resource Salima is our Classroom Resource Assistant and has been with us for 6 years as a lead teacher in various classrooms. She was born and grew up in Karachi, Pakistan. When she moved to the United States she lived in several states including Virginia, California and Texas. While in Virginia, she worked at Northern Virginia Academy and was the lead teacher in the infant room for 4 years. Her family moved to California where she attended college and received an associate’s degree in business. Salima is currently completing her degree in child development. On the weekends, Salima and her husband are very busy with their son and enjoys spending time with her daughter when she comes home from college.