Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Elizabeth, Owner Liz Scott is a six year resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. She lives with her husband, Trey, six year old son, Cade and three-year old twin daughters, Lilly & Mary. All three of Liz's children have attended or are currently enrolled full time at The Goddard School of Ponte Vedra and Liz feels extremely blessed to be able to have them so close throughout the day.

Liz's educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA in Real Estate & Corporate Finance from Georgia State University.

"I am so excited to bring such a high quality pre-school program to my community. Ponte Vedra is an amazing place to live and raise a family and I am honored to be a part of a program that helps shape the early childhood development for so many children in my community."


Mrs Marieann, Director Head Director of Education

My interest in Early Childhood Education came early when I was a teenage summer counselor and youth mentor in England. I graduated from high school and received my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 1989. From this date until now, I have served in the education field for nearly 27 years.

My children were born in 1998 and 1999 and, shortly afterwards, I opened my own language school “Kids Club – Vilajuiga” (Catalunya, Spain) in 2002. I successfully operated the school for over 8 years, predominantly teaching English to non-native speakers. During this time, I also worked as a consultant language teacher for local schools and a qualified and recognized examiner/invigilator for Cambridge University.

Teaching is my absolute passion and I decided to re-focus my career and passion for Early Childhood Education in 2012 with my family’s relocation to St Augustine. I hold both a National CDA and Florida State Director’s license.

As the Director of Education, my role is multi-faceted. I am responsible for all aspects of the program and love working with our families to ensure that we provide the very best service and early education for our child(ren). I’m also rewarded by working with our teachers to ensure they are fulfilled by their role and have all the tools required to make their classrooms a successful, safe and nurturing environment.

Mrs Marieann

Mrs Michelle, Director Director of Operations

Michelle Viar has worked within the Goddard School system for over eight years. She has been a Lead teacher in the Pre-Kindergarten program as well as an Assistant Director and Curriculum Coordinator at another Goddard School in the Jacksonville area prior to her employee in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Mrs. Michelle holds a Bachelors Degree of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. Prior to working at The Goddard School, she worked with children in a special education setting for over 5 years.

Mrs. Michelle is originally from Valdosta, Georgia, and now lives in Jacksonville with her two sons. Working with children is her passion and she is committed to bring the best experience to our program at The Goddard School in Ponte Vedra.

Mrs Michelle

Anne, Assistant Director Director of Curriculum

Mrs. Annie is a native Floridian who acquired a passion for teaching at a young age. She has worked with children for the last 24 years, and has two young children of her own. Annie is certified in both Elementary Education and Special Education, and has earned a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Communications from the University of Central Florida.

Ms. Annie is responsible for the development and implementation of the schools research based and accredited curriculum - Frog Street. Ms. Annie provides leadership and vision in the ongoing planning, implementation, development, direction, review and evaluation of the school's curriculum standards. She works directly with the teachers to ensure they have the appropriate resources and tools to provide the best quality education to the children.

Ms. Annie's greatest desire for the school is that all children feel at home, valued, and loved. She is thrilled to be a part of the Goddard family!


Mrs Karen, Assistant Director Director of Human Resources

She has a B.A. in Legal Administration from Castle University of New Hampshire and has worked in the Human Resources industry for nearly 20 years.

Ms. Karen is responsible for directing all Human Resources aspects and functions within the school and supporting the teachers and faculty. She is the primary controller of all administrative tasks, bookkeeping and personnel within the organization.

She relocated from New England two years ago and currently lives in Jacksonville with her husband and their five children. She has been a part of the Goddard PVB family since its opening in June 2016.

Mrs Karen

Alejandra, Lead Teacher Ms. Alejandra is the Lead Teacher in the Seahorse classroom.

Ms. Alejandra is from Columbia which is where her love of teaching began. She taught world organization of the Scout Movement. She moved to the United States in 2015 and obtained her National CDA in Early Childhood Education. She is First Aid and CPR certified. She has worked at Goddard since its opening in June 2016.

Ms. Alejandra is married and has two children. She loves to make jewelry and is a professional photographer in her spare time.


Wally, Lead Teacher Wallice Amadeo Ramirez (aka Ms. Wally) is the Lead Teacher in the Starfish classroom.

Ms. Wally has been with Goddard for over six years. Ms. Wally has a Family Development Credential from Monroe College and Lehman College in New York City as well as her CDA in Early Childhood Education. She worked in Head Start programs for 14 years in the Bronx, NY.

Ms. Wally has been a resident of Jacksonville since 2008, where she lives with her husband Mike and three wonderful children, Jonathan, Sebastian, and Mia. Ms. Wally enjoys celebrating her Puerto Rican culture, art, and dancing.

Ms. Wally hopes to assist in building a good foundation for your children and to empower their creativity, growth, development and independence.

Ms. Wally has been with the Goddard PVB Family for 3 years since its opening in 2016.


Amanda, Lead Teacher Ms. Amanda is a Lead Teacher in the Dolphins classroom.

Ms. Amanda has worked with children in early childhood development for over 20 years. Ms. Amanda holds her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice as well as her Florida Child Care Staff Credential in Early Childhood Education. She also worked with the Department of Children & Family Services as a Child Protective Services Investigator & Advocate.

"I am excited to be a part of the Goddard PVB family where I can utilize my skills and background within the classroom to develop, nurture and educate the children at a critical stage in their life. I look forward to caring for and educating your children!"


Mrs Jeanne, Lead Teacher Ms. Jeanne is a Lead Teacher in the Treasure Island classroom.

Ms. Jeanne has worked at Goddard PVB since its opening in June 2016. Prior to her time at Goddard, she worked at Palmer Catholic Academy – Little Stars Program for two years. She moved to Ponte Vedra four years ago from Maryland. In Maryland, Ms. Jeanne worked in the public school education system for over 6 years. “I am so thrilled to be part of The Goddard School of Ponte Vedra family, “Being a part of children’s early lives and education is a privilege.” When Jeanne isn’t at school, she loves to spend her time biking or at the beach with her husband and their four children.

Ms. Jeanne has her A.A in Fashion and Marketing and her B.A in Business.

Mrs Jeanne

Laura, Lead Teacher Ms. Laura is a Lead Teacher in the Pirates & Mermaids classroom.

Ms. Laura moved from Birmingham, Alabama to Jacksonville in 2004. She enjoys working with children because they are so quick to learn and so eager. She loves watching them grow through out the year and seeing how excited they are about coming to school to learn new things.

Ms. Laura has her CDA and a Formal Education Staff Credential in Early Childhood Education. She is currently finishing her Bachelors Degree in Business.


Mara, Lead Teacher Ms. Mara is a Lead Pre-kindergarten/VPK Teacher in the Surf's Up classroom.

Mara is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she majored in both Chinese and Communication Science and Disorders. She moved to Jacksonville from Pittsburgh, PA (Go Steelers!) in June of 2018 and is thoroughly enjoying the warm weather and beaches of Florida.

Mara is particularly fascinated by the flexibility of young children's brains and is especially interested in childhood language acquisition. Ms. Mara loves to share her passion for the Chinese language with her students and to watch their excitement as they pick up on new words and phrases! She loves immersing children with a love of learning within the early childhood education setting and is excited to be a part of the Goddard PVB family!


Adrian, Lead Teacher Ms. Adrian is a Lead VPK/Pre-kindergarten Teacher in the Shipwreck Island classroom.

Ms. Adrian has her B.A in English from Jacksonville University and her M.Ed. in curriculum studies from DePaul University. She has been working in education for over 10 years, beginning as a substitute teacher in the Duval County school system. After working for three years as a middle school teacher, Ms. Adrian made the decision to go back to her passion which is teaching Pre-K students. "Prekindergarten is a crucial age in a child's development and I am passionate about providing the very best education and curriculum for Pre-k students to develop their love of learning and set them up for lifetime of success in their school-age years".

Ms. Adrian is VPK Certified and has a Director's Credential. She has been with the Goddard PVB family for 3 years since its opening in 2016.


Dolores, Lead Teacher Ms. Dolly is a Lead VPK/Pre-kindergarten teacher in the Surf's Up classroom.

Ms. Dolly moved from Maryland to Ponte Vedra with her family during the summer of 2017. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University. She was a kindergarten teacher for 4 years and a Certified Child Life Specialist for over 10 years in Maryland before relocating.

“I am ecstatic to be a part of the Goddard team! I am passionate about working with children. Most importantly, I strive to provide them with a fun and nurturing environment and experiences that promote optimal growth and development. I look forward to getting to know you and your child and working with you as a partner in their education.”

Ms Dolly is VPK certified and has been a part of the Goddard PVB family since she moved to Florida in summer of 2017.


Isida, Assistant Teacher Ms. Isida is the Assistant Teacher in the Crabs classroom.

Ms. Isida was born and raised in Tirana, Albania. She moved to Jacksonville in 2006. Ms. Isida has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with special emphasis on History and Geography. She has completed the required training for the Florida Department of Children and Families and is First Aid and CPR certified.

Ms. Isida has been teaching and caring for children over 9 years and is excited to bring her love of teaching to The Goddard School PVB. She has been a part of the Goddard PVB family for 3 years since its opening in June 2016.


Ronni, Assistant Teacher Ms. Ronnie is the Assistant Teacher in the Seahorse classroom.

Ms. Ronnie has worked in early childhood education for over 10 years. She was born and raised in St. Augustine, FL. Ms. Ronnie is currently pursuing her CDA in Early Childhood Education. She is First Aid/CPR certified. "I believe that Goddard PVB is a wonderful place for your child/children to begin their education both academically and emotionally where they are loved and nurtured during their youngest years. We are a great team with an incredible passion for each individual child."

In her spare time, Ms. Ronnie loves party planning for family and friends. She currently lives in Jacksonville with her husband, their two children, and puppy "Bailee".


Maria, Assistant Teacher Ms. Maria is the Assistant Teacher in the Starfish classroom.

Ms. Maria has been working with pre-school aged children for over 20 years. She has her Child Development Associates qualification for infants and toddlers. Her class activities include large group, small group, and individual instruction based on observing students and determining their needs. She is originally from Puerto Rico and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Her favorite children's book is "God Made You Special" by Greg Fritz.


Murni, Assistant Teacher Ms. Murni is a Lead Teacher in the Dolphins classroom.

Ms. Murni has her CDA in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with children within the early childhood setting for over 7 years.

Ms. Murni is from Indonesia. She moved to the United States of America in 1999. She is the proud mother of a lovely daughter who she credits her interest in education to. Ms. Murni would volunteer in her daughter’s school where her love of children expanded into the world of education.

Murni’s passions are traveling the world and cooking.


Coach Mike, Resource Coach Mike is our Physical Fitness teacher for preschool and older in the school.

Mike Teifer has been a Ponte Vedra resident for over 35 years. He graduated from Jacksonville University in 1980 after receiving his B.S. in Physical Education. Upon graduation, he began a 19-career as a Physical Education teacher and coach at a local Jacksonville-area high school.

In 1984, Mike received his Master’s Degree in Education Administration from the University of North Florida. Shortly thereafter, Mike started his own personal training business catered to a variety of ages from youths to seniors. Mike has been coaching youth activities for over 35 years in the Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra communities including club baseball and flag football. Mike enjoys working with children of all ages and introducing them to the fundamentals of sports and physical fitness – while having fun in a play-based and team-oriented environment.

Mike and his wife, Cheryl, are current residents of Ponte Vedra Beach. They have three sons – Robert, Chris, and Ryan.

Coach Mike

Ms Jo Ann, Resource Ms. Jo-Ann is a Substitute Teacher at Goddard PVB.

Ms. Jo-Ann has been married since 1986 and has a 24-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter. She relocated from New Jersey six years ago and became very active in the local school system volunteering on PTO committees. Three years ago she became a PTO Board member.

Ms. Jo-Ann enjoys playing tennis, walking on the beach and visiting her favorite destination spot, Walt Disney World.

Ms Jo Ann

Ms Jozie, Resource Ms. Jozie is an After School Resource Teacher at Goddard PVB.

Ms. Jozie is from Jacksonville Beach, FL. She is currently enrolled at FSCJ studying Animal Medicine to pursue a career as a Veterinarian. She enjoys watching and participating in many sports like basketball, softball, football and track. She enjoys swimming, the beach spending time with her family (mother, father, brother and sister) and her two dogs, Ricky and Lucy. She loves working along side her mother, Ms. Rozy, who also works at the school as Lead Teacher!

Ms Jozie

Maddison, Resource Maddison aka (Ms. Maddi) is an After School Resource Teacher at Goddard PVB.

Maddi is originally from Birmingham, England but made St. Augustine, FL, her second home in 2012. Having lived in Spain for eight years prior to coming to the USA, she is fluent in both Catalan and Castilian Spanish.

Maddi recently graduated from St. Augustine High School with her AICE diploma and is now a freshman at SJRS pursuing on her AA Degree. As a 4-year Varsity Soccer player and Youth Soccer coach for Ancient City Soccer, Maddi loves to work and encourage children to aspire to succeed both academically and physically. After she receives her AA Degree, she intends to go to college to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in either Child Psychology or Law. She loved working alongside her mother at the school, Ms. Marie Ann - Head Director of Education.


Marianna, Resource Ms. Mariana is a Resource Teacher at the school.

Ms. Mariana was born in Galvaston, TX, and was raised in both Santiago, Chile, and Chicago, IL. Her two passions are art and teaching and, over the years, she has been fortunate to merge those passions through her work with children in the early childhood education setting.

Ms. Mariana has her Bachelor's Degree in Arts from the University of Chile. Upon graduation, she stared teaching art and English as an ESL Teacher in Chile.

After moving back to the United States with her daughter, she began teaching using behavioral therapy where she creativity played a major role in how she engaged and educated children.

Ms. Mariana has worked in the early childcare setting in Jacksonville, FL, for over 13 years. "What I love most in my experience as a Preschool Teacher is the joy and eagerness young children show to learn and explore their senses and the world through creativity and imagination.


Ms Michelle, Resource Michelle is our Music & Movement teacher throughout all classrooms in the school.

Michelle has been a Music and Movement educator and teacher in St. Augustine and the Jacksonville area for over 20 years. She has had a passion for music and dance since childhood with many years of ballet and music classes throughout. Michelle truly believes in engaging children in music classes with exposure to different genres, tempos and themes that can be experienced with various instruments. She brings hands on activities into her lessons including scarves and songs that strengthen developmental skills as well as motor skills. Her routine music classes place a strong emphasis on the development of memorization, language and socialization in our children.

"Music is a FUN way to reinforce the skills that parents and the wonderful teachers at the Goddard School of Ponte Vedra teach every day". ~ Ms. Michelle

Ms Michelle

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