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."

Elizabeth

Ms Marieann, Director Director of Admissions & Community Outreach

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.

Ms Marieann

Ms Amelia, Assistant Director Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations, Ms. Amelia is responsible for licensing and compliance within the school as well as maintaining the Quality Assurance program in terms of health and safety that the Goddard brand is known for. Prior to her time at Goddard PVB, Ms. Amelia was a Director at another local preschool for over five years. Ms. Amelia started her career in Early Childhood Development as a Lead Teacher in the Infant Program. She joined the Goddard PVB family as a Lead Teacher in the Preschool classroom. Ms. Amelia loves being a part of the Goddard program because of the outstanding resources available to the children and teachers and the integrity and standards in place at the school.

Ms. Amelia has her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from UNF. She is currently studying to obtain to her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. She has a daughter named Vivian and a son named Vaughan who currently attends Goddard PVB as well.

Ms Amelia

Ms Annie, Assistant Director Director of Education

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. She has earned a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Communications from the University of Central Florida as well as her Florida Director's Credential.

As the Director of Education, Mrs. Annie's role is multi-faceted. She is responsible for all aspects of the program and loves working with our families to ensure that we provide the very best service and early education for our children. She also feels rewarded by working with our teachers to ensure that they are fulfilled by their role and have all the tools required to make their classrooms a successful, safe and nurturing environment.

Mrs. Annie is also responsible for the development and implementation of the school's research based and accredited curriculum - Frog Street. She 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 families feel at home, valued, and loved. She loves being a part of the Goddard family!

Ms Annie

Ms 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.

Ms Karen

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

Ms. Alejandra is from Colombia 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.

Ms Alejandra

Ms Isida, Lead Teacher Ms. Isida is the Lead 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.

Ms Isida

Ms Ronni, Lead Teacher Ms. Ronnie is the Lead Teacher in the Crabs 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".

Ms Ronni

Sara, Lead Teacher Ms. Sara is the Lead Teacher in the Starfish classroom.

Sara Goldsmith is a Boston area native. She received her B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis in journalism, communications, and media arts/film from the University of Arizona. She also holds an A.A. in liberal arts from Landmark College in Putney, VT.

Sara lived in Los Angeles for 5 years, where she worked in various facets of the entertainment industry before moving to Ponte Vedra Beach in 2016. In LA, she fell in love with performing sketch and improvisational comedy, completing the Second City Hollywood Conservatory program. She brings the major tenets of improvisation to her work and in the classroom; saying “Yes and…” to ideas and experiences, listening, and working as a team.

With patience, kindness, and humor, she tries to employ her personal teaching philosophy that “each child is an individual, all children are shmoops.”


Sara

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

Wally

Ms Amanda, Lead Teacher Ms. Amanda is a Lead Teacher in the Starfish 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!"

Ms Amanda

Ms Murni, Lead Teacher Ms. Murni is a Lead Teacher in the Treasure Island 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.

Ms Murni

Rachel, Lead Teacher Ms. Rachel is a Lead Teacher in our Dolphins classroom.

Ms. Rachel was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and spent a few later years living in St. Augustine Beach. She attended Florida State University and received her Bachelor's Degree in Family and Child Science. After graduating she worked at Assumption Catholic School Early Learning Center, where she found a passion for teaching and caring for young children. She taught in the Two Year Old Room for 3 years and learned a great deal from her experienced coworkers.

Ms. Rachel is so excited to be apart of this amazing school! She hopes to instill a love of learning and exploration in these young children that stays with them as they grow.

Rachel

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

Mrs. Charlotte is a lifelong Jacksonville resident who along with her husband are raising three amazing children.

Mrs. Charlotte has over 16 years of pre-school experience who holds staff as well as CDA credentials.

Mrs. Charlotte is currently attending FSCJ where is working on obtaining her Associates of Science degree.

Mrs. Charlotte loves the time she gets to spend with her students in the classroom.

Charlotte

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

Ms Jeanne

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

Ms. Meghan is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her career in teaching began as a substitute teacher for Duval County Public Schools. Over the past 13 years, she has worked with children ranging in ages 2-17 years in various experiential educational roles. She coordinated and taught vegetable gardening to urban youth in the Springfield neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida. For the past 3 years, Meghan has worked in early childhood education. She is certified in CPR, First Aid, AED, and plans to pursue her National CDA in the near future.

Ms. Meghan has a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from The College of Wooster. She spent a semester abroad in Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa studying the culture, arts, music and food of the Shona people. She also earned a Master of Arts in environmental leadership and food sustainability from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ms. Meghan is thrilled and honored to join The Goddard School PVB.

Meghan

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

Ms. Karly has worked in Early Childhood Education for eight years since moving to Jacksonville from her home town of Boca Raton, FL. Since graduating from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, she has worked in a VPK classroom full time and teaches an after-school art enrichment program to children ages 3-10. She is CPR certified, and currently working towards her CDA. When she is not at school, she enjoys farmers markets, cooking and spending time with loved ones, including her dog Bubba.
“I am so excited to join the amazing team here at The Goddard School. Preschool is the best school age because it is a time to grow, learn, and play during a time when they are developing critical personality traits. It’s a time to teach kids that school can be awesome! I firmly believe in learning through play, allowing kids to be creatively messy and explore their feelings through hands-on experiences. I am so happy and excited to meet all of the wonderful families at The Goddard School this summer!

Karly

Ms 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!

Ms Mara

Ms 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.

Ms Adrian

Ms 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.

Ms Dolores

Ms Maria, Assistant Teacher Ms. Maria is the Assistant Teacher in the Seahorse 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. Ms. Maria has an Associates Degree in Secondary Sciences.Ms. Maria previously taught VPK for 5 years.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.

Ms Maria

Coach Mike, Resource Coach Mike is our Physical Education teacher at 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 in the Preschool and Pre-K classrooms in the school 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

Emily, Resource Ms. Emily is a Resource Teacher at the school.

Ms. Emily is a graduate of Frostburg State University in Maryland with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. During the school year she is a Kindergarten teacher in Duval County at a Gifted and Academically Talented Academy. Being a student athlete in college, she believes health and fitness are important for children, so she started The Girls on the Run program at school.
Ms. Emily moved to Ponte Vedra Beach 4 years ago to be close to her family. On her days off, you can find her running or riding her bicycle on the beach.

Emily

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 Lindsay, Resource Ms. Lindsay is a Resource Teacher at the school.

Ms. Lindsay recently completed her Associate's Degree from St. John's River State College. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from UNF. Ms. Lindsay is native to Middleburg, Fl, where she grew up on the family farm. In her spare time Lindsay loves to swim and to be around animals.

Ms Lindsay

Miss Maddison, Resource Ms. Maddison aka (Ms. Maddi) is a Resource Teacher at the school.

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 graduated from St. Augustine High School with her AICE diploma and is now a freshman at UNF pursuing on her BA Degree in Child Psychology. 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. She loves working alongside her mother at the school, Ms. Marie Ann - Head Director of Education.

Miss Maddison

Ms Meredith, Resource Ms. Meredith is a Summer Camp Teacher in the Shipwreck Island classroom.

Ms. Meredith has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Speech Communication, with an emphasis in Public Relations from Valdosta State University. Meredith moved to Jacksonville from Thomasville, Georgia in 2015. Originally working for a marketing firm in Jacksonville, Meredith left her corporate job and started working in education as a substitute teacher in the Duval County school system. Aspiring to move into administration in the public schools, Meredith wanted first-hand experience with teaching children of all ages. Meredith's plan is to pursue a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.

Ms Meredith

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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