Bill and Melanie Hyatt, Owner Melanie is originally from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and has lived in the Simpsonville area for the last six years with her husband, Bill, and her three sons. She attended The University of South Carolina where she received her Bachelors Degree in Management and Master of Arts in Teaching Degree in Marketing Education. Later, she took additional graduate courses at the College of Charleston to become certified to teach students with learning disabilities. Melanie has several years of experience teaching students at different levels (preschool, elementary, high school and college). She also owned and operated a very successful small business before bringing The Goddard School to our community.
Ms Kim, Director Ms. Kim Groves attended Western Carolina University where she received a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Psychology, with a focus in Child Psychology. Ms. Kim's previous experience includes teacher at a local preschool for five years, Director of a preschool program and Director of the Extended Day Program at Bell's Crossing Elementary in Greenville County. Ms. Kim is currently our Goddard School Director. She does a great job of maintaining an active system of parent-school communication to promote a strong relationship between the two and planning and implementing a program for teachers' professional growth. Ms. Kim joined our management team in 2007 when we expanded our facility.
Ms Kathy, Assistant Director Ms. Kathy is a native of Wisconsin. She received her degree in Medical Sciences at Spencerian College. After moving to Charlotte, NC, Ms. Kathy worked at a private school, as a kindergarten teacher assistant for 15 years. After settling in the Simpsonville area, Ms Kathy joined the Goddard School in 2006. She has enjoyed working with the children from the Infant classroom to the Jr. Kindergarten classroom. Ms. Kathy has worked in the office for the past two years, and looks forward to greeting the children as they enter the school each morning. Ms. Kathy loves to see the children as they grow and move through our school, she also loves to see all the skills they gain along the way.
Ms Tina, Assistant Director Ms. Tina was born and raised in England. After moving to the upstate area she earned her Associates Degree from Greenville Technical College in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Tina joined our Goddard team in 2006 and taught for several years in our Toddler classroom. She also taught many other age groups before joining our management team earlier this year. Ms. Tina's passion is see the children move through the school growing and learning as they mature into Kindergarteners and join our after school program.
Ms Shawn, Lead Teacher Ms. Shawn brought to our Goddard School team many new ideas and positive experiences from the The Goddard School in Chesterfield, Missouri. She holds her degree in Early Childhood Education from Missouri Baptist University and has been teaching children since 2001. Ms. Shawn is currently working in our Infant one classroom and the babies love her gentle and calming personality. She is very organized and pays close attention to detail which is perfect for keeping the babies on their schedules. She is a great asset to our team and we are happy to have her here with us at the school.
Ms Brittany, Lead Teacher Ms. Brittany is originally from Easley, South Carolina. She attended Greenville Technical College where she received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Brittany has been working with children for almost 10 years and joined our team in February of 2010. She has experience working with all age groups but is currently teaching in our Infant two classroom. Ms. Brittany loves to share her favorite children's book, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle, with the babies as it teaches them so many concepts and learning foundations.
Ms Emily, Lead Teacher Ms. Emily grew up here in Greenville, SC and has been working with children of all ages for over 6 years. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Winthrop University and she loves to see the children using what they have learned everyday. Ms. Emily studied Spanish for four years and does a great job of helping us incorporate our Spanish program here at The Goddard School. Her favorite children's author is Eric Carle because of his elaborate illustrations and also his ability to include so many learning concepts in his stories.
Ms Ashley, Lead Teacher Ms. Ashley is a new comer to South Carolina. She is originally from New York and will be getting married in August. She graduated from Daemen College with Early Childhood Education and is still currently attending Anderson University for Art Education. Her love for teaching young children stems from her passion of hands on learning using art and sensory techniques. Previously, Ms. Ashley has taught children ages 2 and 3 years of age at a Preschool in Victor, NY. She has been teaching since 2010.
Ms Donna, Lead Teacher Ms. Donna is from New Jersey where she worked at The Goddard School in Burlington for 3 years. She holds Bachelors Degrees in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education and also has experience home schooling children. Ms. Donna has worked with children of all ages for over 20 years and she is currently working in our Get Set 1 classroom. Ms. Donna's passion in the classroom is creative art, she loves to use a large variety of mediums and see each child's different perspective.
Ms Susan, Lead Teacher Ms. Susan is originally from Myrtle Beach, SC. She attended Presbyterian College where she received her Bachelors Degree in Religious and Christian Education. She previously worked at The Goddard School in Franklin, Tennessee and joined our Goddard team here in Simpsonville last year. Ms. Susan has been working with young children for over 6 years and is currently teaching in our Preschool classroom. She loves to watch the preschoolers grow and develop as they become more independent.
Ms Aileen, Lead Teacher Ms. Aileen is originally from Long Island, New York. She earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Suffolk County Community College. She then attended State University of New York where she received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Ms. Aileen has been working with young children for over 15 years and joined our Goddard School team in 2007. She loves to do music and movement activities in the classroom to get the children up and moving around.
Ms Anna, Lead Teacher Ms. Anna is from Woodruff, South Carolina. She attended Greenville Technical College where she received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Anna has been working with children for almost 5 years and is currently teaching in our Pre-Kindergarten program. Ms. Anna loves to decorate the classroom and get creative with displaying the children's artwork. She also loves the author and illustrator Eric Carle.
Ms Jodi, Lead Teacher Ms. Jodi is originally from Minnesota where she attended MCTC and studied Child Development. Ms. Jodi has worked with children of all ages for over 10 years and she has also taught children with special needs. Ms. Jodi joined our Goddard team in April of 2012 and is currently teaching in our Pre-Kindergarten program. Ms. Jodi loves introducing new concepts to the children and helping them to discover their creativity. She also has a passion for fitness and exercise that she uses in the classroom to help the children enhance their gross motor skills.
Ms Bijal, Lead Teacher Ms. Bijal is originally from Kenya, Africa. She earned her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from South College of Florida. Ms. Bijal has been working with young children for over 7 years and has a passion for teaching language and literacy in the classroom. Ms. Bijal's favorite children's author is Eric Carle because of how he brings his books to life through the illustrations. She is also fluent in both Gujarti and Kiswahili which brings lot of diversity and special enrichment to our school.
Ms Bri, Lead Teacher Ms. Bri is originally from Myrtle Beach, SC. She graduated from Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has experience teaching in the Florence Elementary School district, has been a peer mediator and has also worked with training teachers. Ms. Bri joined our Goddard team in 2007 and currently teaches in our Pre-Kindergarten program. Ms. Bri loves reading with the children, some of her favorite authors are Judy Schachner, Laura Numeroff, and Lucille Colandro.
Ms Holly, Lead Teacher Ms. Holly grew up right here in the Greenville area and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University. Ms. Holly has been working with children of all age groups for over 10 years and also has experience teaching in the public school system. She is currently teaching in our Jr. Kindergarten program and does a great job of making sure the children in our program are Kindergarten ready. She loves to see children master new skills and concepts, especially if it something they have working at for a while.
Ms Misty, Lead Teacher Ms. Misty is originally from Greenville, SC. She received her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from USC Upstate. Ms. Misty has been working with children since 2003, she has experience working in the public school system, and has a passion for helping children become ready for Kindergarten in all areas of development. Ms. Misty joined our Goddard School team in 2007 and is currently teaching in our Jr. Kindergarten program. Ms. Misty also spent five years studying Spanish and loves to incorporate that experience into her classroom and also many others throughout the school.
Ms Nermeen, Lead Teacher Ms. Nermeen is originally from Egypt and moved to South Carolina with her family in 2001. She is currently pursuing her degree in Psychology and she has been working with children for over 8 years. Ms. Nermeen joined our Goddard team last year to help manage our After School program. Ms. Nermeen also implements our lego robotics program in our Jr. Kindergarten classrooms as she has a passion for math and science.
Ms Melissa, Lead Teacher Ms. Melissa graduated with a degree in Education specializing in Child and Family Development and Pre-Kindergarten Education. Melissa has 15 years of experience teaching Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes. She has also directed several program services and community outreach programs specializing in preschool resources. Melissa is a member of the National Association of the Education of Young Children. Ms. Melissa joined our Goddard School team in 2008 when the school expanded and is currently teaching our private Kindergarten program.
Ms Anne, Assistant Teacher Ms. Anne grew up right here in Greenville, SC where she met her husband and also raised her two children. Ms. Anne has been teaching young children for over seven years and has been a part of our Goddard team for over four years. Ms. Anne has experience working with all ages but is currently assisting in our Infant classroom. She loves to see the children grow and develop and also loves knowing that she is making a difference in each child's life. Ms. Anne loves the Click, Clack, Moo series of children's books written by Doreen Cronin because of the fun rhyming words that capture the children's attention.
Ms Janice, Assistant Teacher Ms. Janice is originally from Ohio, she relocated to Greenville, SC to be closer to her family in 2002. She then joined our Goddard team in 2006 as one of our Infant teachers. Ms. Janice has worked in childcare for over 24 years as a Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and Director. She enjoys reading to the infants and assisting them with exciting sensory activities. She has a welcoming and nurturing personality that the babies really respond to, we are so happy to have her as part of our Goddard team.
Ms Annie, Assistant Teacher Ms. Annie was born in Ingolstadt, Germany. In 1997, after marrying and having two children, she moved to the United States and began working in the childcare setting. Ms. Annie obtained her Early Childhood Development certificate and joined our Goddard team in 2006 when we opened. Ms. Annie is fluent in German and does a wonderful job of helping German students and families feel welcome by translating when needed. Ms. Annie currently works with our Infants but is always willing to help translate for other classrooms too.
Ms Megan , Assistant Teacher Ms. Megan grew up here is Woodruff, South Carolina and is currently attending Greenville Technical College. She is planning to graduate with an Associates Degree in Arts and Psychology before pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Child Psychology. Megan has been working with children for almost four years and loves to watch them grow and learn in so many different ways.
Ms Hannah, Assistant Teacher Ms. Hannah is from Fountain Inn, South Carolina. She has been working with young children for almost five years and has lots of experience as a nanny. Ms. Hannah joined our Goddard School team over a year ago and is currently teaching in our First Steps classroom. In her free time, Ms. Hannah trains horses in the upstate area, she also brings her love for animals into the classroom as she teaches the children how to care for animals too.
Ms Lauren, Assistant Teacher Ms. Lauren is originally from Ohio. She attended Greenville Technical College and has experience working with young children in the school setting and as a nanny. Ms. Lauren joined our Goddard School team in 2007 and is currently teaching in the Pre-Toddler classroom. She has a passion for culinary arts and uses this at our school by helping classrooms come up with unique and creative snacks that can be turned into fun, learning experiences.
Ms Lindsay, Assistant Teacher Ms. Lindsay is from Walnut Creek, California. She received her Bachelors Degree in European History from San Francisco State University. Ms. Lindsay received her teaching certificate in Prague, Czech Republic and spent a year teaching children ages 2-14 in Taipei, Taiwan. Ms. Lindsay is a great asset to our school, she helps families from other countries feel welcome and comfortable in this new environment. Ms. Lindsay joined our Goddard team over a year ago and is currently teaching in our Pre-Toddler classroom. She has an amazing way of letting the children's unique personalities shine through their art work.
Ms Blair, Assistant Teacher Ms. Blair is from Simpsonville, South Carolina. She has experience teaching children of all ages and is currently teaching in our Toddler classroom. Ms. Blair joined our team at The Goddard School in 2008. She loves to watch the children as they grow and move through our school and many of our families still come back down the hallway to visit Ms. Blair.
Ms Julie, Assistant Teacher Ms. Julie is originally from Virginia, she joined our Goddard team last year when she moved to the Simpsonville area. Ms. Julie has been working with children of all ages for over 8 years and also has a son of her own who is in elementary school. She loves all of the funny things children say and her laugh is contagious. Ms. Julie has such a great positive energy that she brings into the classroom as she gets the children excited about learning. Ms. Julie is currently assisting in our Toddler classroom.
Ms Kristin, Assistant Teacher Ms. Kristin is originally from Easley, SC and has worked with Infants and Toddlers for over ten years. She is currently working in our Get Set 1 classroom and loves to see how our planned activities and love impact the lives of so many children. Ms. Kristin has four children of her own who she loves to spend time with when she is not at work. She loves the children's author Dr. Seuss, because of his fun and silly stories that help children get excited about reading.
Ms Barbara, Assistant Teacher Ms. Barbara is originally from Washington, DC. She has been working with young children for almost three years and has experience working with all ages. Ms. Barbara is currently assisting in our Get Set 2 classroom and has a passion for art in the classroom. She loves to watch and help the children express themselves and explore with a large variety of materials. Ms. Barbara also loves Dr. Seuss books and how he captures the children's attentions with his vivid imagination and illustrations.
Ms Adrian, Assistant Teacher Ms. Adrian is originally from Camden, SC and has worked with young children for over five years. She is currently attending Limestone College and will graduate with her Bachelors Degree in Social Work in May of 2014. Ms. Adrian has worked with all age groups and is very calm and patient while teaching the children new concepts. She also loves Dr. Seuss books as she feels that he opens up a whole other world to children through his creativity.
Ms Chelsea, Assistant Teacher Ms. Chelsea grew up right here in Greenville, South Carolina and has worked with young children for over 13 years. Ms. Chelsea is currently attending Greenville Technical College and is in the process of obtaining her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also planning to earn a Certificate in Special Needs Education and spent two years working with children who have Autism. Ms. Chelsea loves to find new ways to teach the children and she loves that all children learn differently.
Ms Sandy, Assistant Teacher Ms. Sandy is from Greenville, South Carolina. She has 40 years of experience working with children ranging from infants through high school aged. However, most of her experience is with the preschool age. Ms. Sandy received her Associates Degree in Science from Spartanburg Technical College. She also attended Pfeiffer University where she received a certificate in Education in Children and Youth. Ms. Sandy joined our school in 2012. Ms. Sandy continues to enjoy volunteering for the The Dogs for Autism Foundation while working at The Goddard School.
Ms Mary, Assistant Teacher Ms. Mary grew up in Piedmont, SC. She received a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Greenville Technical College and have been working with children for over 10 years. Ms. Mary joined our Goddard School team in 2008 when the school expanded and has been teaching in our Preschool 2 classroom every since. Ms. Mary has a passion for circle time, she loves to teach the children new concepts, and watch them get excited about learning. Ms. Mary also enjoys sharing the book series "Pete the Cat" with the children as they teach great life lessons.
Ms Anna, Assistant Teacher Ms. Anna is originally from Mississippi. She holds her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and taught Kindergarten for over 12 years. Ms. Anna has a passion for teaching language and literacy to children and she is currently assisting in our Jr. Kindergarten program. She has an endless amount of patience as she works individually with children to ensure that they have the skills they need to be successful as they enter Kindergarten.
Ms Joyce, Assistant Teacher Ms. Joyce is originally from West Virginia, she joined our Goddard team last year when she relocated to Greenville, SC. She has worked with young children for over 9 years and has experience both in the classroom and as an Assistant Director. Ms. Joyce is currently working toward obtaining her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently teaching in our Jr. Kindergarten program. Ms. Joyce loves interacting with the children and watching their minds work and they learn to problem solve.
Ms Kathy, Assistant Teacher Ms. Kathy is from Duncan, South Carolina. She holds a degree from USC Upstate in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentration in Business and Education. She has been teaching children of all ages for over six years and joined our Goddard team to teach in our Jr. Kindergarten program over a year ago. Ms. Kathy has a passion for teaching language and literacy in the classroom, she works hard to make sure that the children leaving her classroom are ready for Kindergarten.
Ms Cailtyn, Assistant Teacher Ms. Caitlyn grew up right here in Greenville, SC and received her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Montreat College. She also received her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Carson Newman University. Ms. Caitlyn has been working with young children for over three years and joined our Goddard team last year. Ms. Caitlyn has a passion for sports and she coach’s high school basketball and volleyball in her spare time. She also does a great job of incorporating her love for sports into our program here at the school. Ms. Caitlyn is currently teaching in our after school program and does a great job of staying active and keeping the children up and moving!
Ms Ereni, Assistant Teacher Ms. Ereni is originally from New Jersey. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and she is currently working on obtaining her Masters Degree. Ms. Ereni joined our Goddard team earlier last year as a teacher in our After School program. She offers great homework assistance and loves to spend time with the children participating in fun, learning activities when they are finished with homework.