Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Shelly, Director Shelly was born in Appleton, Wis., but has lived in Memphis since 1982. She has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education from the University of Memphis and has taught 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kindergarten, as well as working in administration.

Shelly has also administered testing for admissions, including KSEALS, KABC, KTEA and CPAA.


Mrs Debbie, Assistant Director I moved from Tennessee from Columbus, Ohio in June of 2014. In Ohio, I graduated from a community college with my Associates degree. While in college I started working in early childhood. I have nearly 13 years experience with all ages (infant-school age).

I love my family! Making memories with my family (husband, son, parents, siblings, nieces and nephews), makes me very happy. We are a Buckeye family...Go Buckeyes!
Children amaze me, especially the young ones. I love to watch children grow and learn. Seeing a child light up from excitement and just being happy makes me happy. Teaching children at a young age keeps me young at heart!

Mrs Debbie

Ms Pamela, Assistant Director Ms. Pam is from Oak Park/Forest Park Ill., and owned and operated a childcare facility for 21 years before relocating to the Memphis area. She has a Bachelor's degree in early childhood education.

Ms. Pam enjoys making a difference in children's lives and doing what it takes to help their development.

Ms Pamela

Mrs Meg, Lead Teacher Meg comes to The Goddard School with more than 14 years experience in early childcare education, including four years as a director. She is a great addition to our infant room.

Mrs Meg

Brooke, Lead Teacher Brooke is from Indiana, and moved to Ohio after high school. She has experience working for The Goddard School in Ohio. Also, she has fifteen years experience working with infant through school-age children.
Brooke has two children of her own. She enjoys working with children and watching them learn in their environment.
She is currently working on her CDA credentials.


Ms Madison, Lead Teacher I am from Memphis, TN. I attended Lipscomb University where I spent a year in nursing school. While in school, I worked part time at Children First Montessori School, where I found my passion for teaching. I graduated with child and family studies in May 2018. I have endless childcare experience from daycare, to camp counselors,to volunteer, and babysitting.
I have an 18 month old daughter who is my entire life. We are attached at the hip. I love being outdoors and hiking or walking. I have a black cat named Boo Boo(Stella calls her Boo Boo Kitty) and a bunny. I love diet coke!
I love being able to see the light bulb go off in a child when they figure something out. I want to use positive reinforcement to help each child grow,so they look forward to winning each day.
I had a poor experience in school from Pre k through 12th
grade. I hope to be able to make a positive impact on each child and set them up for a better future, and instill confidence at a young age.

Melanie, Lead Teacher Ms. Melanie was born and raised in Memphis and has a Bachelor's Degree in child development and family studies from Middle Tennessee State University. She has worked with children throughout her life and loves seeing them smile when they learn something new.


Nicole, Lead Teacher Ms. Nicole attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies in May 2015. She hopes to get her masters in Education.
She loves spending time with her family and friends. Ms. Nicole always has a smile on her face and loves to make people laugh. She loves music and has been involved in music programs since she was very young. Going to concerts is something she loves to do in her spare time.
She says “Teaching is such a rewarding job. I love knowing that I am teaching children the building blocks of their future.”


Ms Tori, Lead Teacher Ms. Tori was born and raised in Memphis and earned her Bachelor's Degree in child and family studies from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She loves hearing and seeing things from a child's point of view and is a wonderful addition to the Gentle Giraffes.

Ms Tori

Emily, Lead Teacher Emily was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is married and has a young son. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Elementary Education. She has taught elementary children, K-8.
Emily's favorite thing to do is, going to the zoo with her son. She loves Harry Potter movies also. The one thing that keeps her grounded is, Yoga practice, and as always, Saturday football.
She enjoys teaching and watching children grasp concepts for the first time. A child's smile warms her heart.


Patcharin, Lead Teacher Patcharin is from Thailand, where she received a Bachelor's degree and taught 2nd grade. In 2010, she moved to Maryland for a work study program as an au pair, then relocated to the Memphis area in 2014.
While working in a licensed daycare, she studied Early Childhood Education and received her degree in 2016.
Patcharin has over 9 years of experience working with children.
Patcharin loves to cook and she enjoys food from a variety of cultures. She loves to travel and enjoys learning about history.
Also, she was a tour guide at the ancient ruins in the former capital of Thailand.
The most rewarding aspect of teaching is seeing children accomplish something independently that we have been working towards in the classroom.


Ms Hannah, Lead Teacher I am from Memphis, TN. I attended middle Tennessee state University in Murfreesboro, TN. During my college career, I gained experience by working at a childcare center on campus. I graduated in May with a Bachelor's in Child Development and family studies.
I love to sing. I also love to do hair and makeup. I love flowers especially sunflowers. I love animals, and I hope to own a dog soon!
I enjoy making an impact on the lives of many children. It is an honor for me to be able to teach them and watch them learn and grow during the early years of their development. The relationships built between my students and their families are very important to me.

Amanda, Lead Teacher Amanda is from Memphis, Tennessee, but she has been living in Southaven Mississippi for 10 years. Amanda went to the University of Mississippi and has a Bachelor's in Education. She has 10 years of experience working with young children.
Amanda loves to read, play games, crafting, spending time with her family and helping out at the church.
Amanda enjoys being with children and seeing their faces light up because they have learned something new. She feels it is an honor to work with children.


Mary, Lead Teacher Ms. Mary, a lead teacher in one of our preschool rooms, is from Tupelo, Miss., and moved to Germantown, about 4 1/2 years ago! She attended The University of Mississippi and studied Psychology. For over 8 years, Ms. Mary worked at the North Mississippi Medical Child Care Center teaching children from 3 to 13 years old.


Ms Brittany, Lead Teacher I am originally from Jacksonville, FL. I moved to Memphis in 2013. I have a bachelor of science in Music and minored in professional Education. I have student taught elementary music and have done volunteer work involving children, including a home school music program.
I love movies and parks. I Love to have fun and laugh. I also enjoy traveling and discovering new things.
Seeing the excitement children get when they learn something new.

Gloria, Lead Teacher I am originally from St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands. I Went to University of Memphis where I graduated with a Bachelors of Education. I recently worked in other preschool environments as well as worked at all inclusive Summer Camps.
I love to spend my weekends outdoors & being a foodie. I enjoy swimming, Bike riding, & kayaking.
I enjoy watching a child's educational growth, seeing how excited a kid gets once they have accomplished something they thought they couldn't, or wanted to give up on.

Kamaya, Lead Teacher Kamaya is from Olive Branch MS. She is continuing her education to obtain a BA in Early Childhood Education.
Some of her favorite things to do are going shopping, and sharing good times with family and friends.
Kamaya's joy is providing the best teaching skills for children.


Miss Melissa, Lead Teacher Ms. Melissa has more than six years experience in early childhood education. She's originally from Chicago and has a bachelor's degree is working toward her Master's in education.

Melissa likes to walk and hike outside of the classroom and loves being with her students. She particularly enjoys the joy on their faces when they learn something new.

She is married with three children and three grandchildren and l

Miss Melissa

Ms Jennifer, Lead Teacher I was born and raised in and around North Mississippi. I graduated from the University of Memphis in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Education. I have worked with children for seven years in various child care facilities.

I'm newly married and live in Olive Branch with my husband and our three beloved pups! I love playing with my dogs, going out to eat with my husband, and relaxing with a movie. I also like to work out at my local gym, and running at the park.

Teaching, to me, is so rewarding! I love to see the smiles on children's faces when they learn something new. It is truly rewarding to make such an impact on their lives.

Andrea, Lead Teacher Ms. Andrea was born and raised Germany and has lived in the United States since 2006. She is a state certified educator and received her bachelor's of science degree in education from The Professional Academy of Social Pedagogy in Bamberg, Germany. She has more than 20 years teaching experience and has taught infants and mixed-age classes of 3-6 year old children. Ms. Andrea is a co-lead teacher in one of our pre-kindergarten rooms.


Lisa, Lead Teacher Ms. Lisa, a co-lead teacher in one of our pre-kindergarten rooms, was born and raised in Ohio and received a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has more than 23 years experience in child care, working mostly with pre-kindergarten-aged children.


Kelly, Assistant Teacher Kelly is from Collierville, TN. She graduated from Collierville High School then she went to Southwest Tennessee Community College and earned an Associates of Applied Science degree.
Kelly is a very outgoing person, and eager to jump into things. She loves working with children and their smiles make her giggle.


Tracie, Assistant Teacher I spent the first 40 years of my life in Memphis and hope to spend the next 40+ years on our farm in Northeast, Mississippi. I went to CBU (the first year it was co-ed), and U of M (when it was still Memphis State). I have worked with children since I was in Jr. High-but have been teaching preschool for 14 years. I began as a preschool/kindergarten music teacher for 5 ½ years, then worked as a floater/resource coordinator for 7 ½ years, and now I substitute.
Music has been my life since I was 17-teaching private piano for 20 years, choreographing musical routines, and playing piano for my church. I enjoy interior design, sewing, refinishing furniture, and gardening. I also enjoy going on walks through the woods in the winter…it’s so peaceful! I have 3 grandchildren (8, 5, 3), and treasure every moment spent with them. I have also been married for 36 years. ?
I think I need the children as much as they need me. They are so amusing with their various personalities, and so inquisitive as they explore new things. I love having a part in their development, and also being a part of their lives. I miss them when I’m not here, and I feel so loved when they are glad to see me. I enjoy the challenges of trying to understand each child, and knowing how to relate to each one individually! It’s in my DNA. My goal since childhood was to get married, have children, and teach.


Brooke, Assistant Teacher Brooke is from Memphis, Tennessee. She attended the University of Memphis where she received her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with young children for two years in a pre-school setting as a Substitute.
Brooke is a huge book worm, with a passion for writing and traveling.
The thing that she likes most about teaching is, the Aha!! moment that children get when they learn a new concept.


Brana, Resource Ms. Brana is a retired Emergency Management Supervisor. Brana has a bachelor of Science in Education, she has worked with toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children, for over five years. She has successfully completed coursework in Early Childhood Development and completed numerous hours of on-the-job skills training. As an Educational Assistant for Shelby County Schools, Brana tutors works as a substitute teacher for Pre-K through 5th grade. Ms. Brana works in one of our infant rooms.


Ms Chelbe , Resource Born in Cleveland, MS, I attended Cleveland High School and attended Mississippi State University. I received my Masters degree at Mississippi College. Throughout the years, I have grown a deep passion to work with my education in Psychology and mental health counseling. I have experienced working with children from infant to 17 years old, as a previous teacher's assistant, substitute teacher and crisis counselor(current), my passion continues to grow for children.

I enjoy collecting candles and reading books. My favorite places to eat are Red Lobster and Wing Stop. I love coffee, hot and cold! My favorite drink from Starbucks is a Caramel Brulee. I have a 2 year old Yorkie, named Winter, enjoy wearing boots and scarves. I love fruit! I am learning to make smoothies which is enjoyable.

I enjoy building a bond with children and figuring out words they are trying to pronounce. Helping families learn ways to help their children grow and learn, are enjoyable.

Chong, Resource Chong is a Korean American. She has been married for thirty-two years and has two children. Chong has traveled many places during her husband's service time in the US Navy. She attended college in California where she studied Early Childhood Education.

Chong has worked with young children at her local church.
She is a Christian and enjoys time with family and friends. She believes that children are our future leaders and she wants to be a part of educating our future leaders.


Mr Cindy, Resource I am from Memphis, TN (born and raised). I graduated from Bishop Byrne High School and Memphis State University. My degree is in Engineering Technology with a focus in computer Systems. I have been married to my husband Greg for over 25 years. I have 2 sons Matthew, and Jonathan. For the last 20 years I have been substitute teaching in Shelby County.
2 Diocese of Memphis Catholic Schools at all grade levels. I am looking forward to the experience the Goddard School will bring me.
My ultimate favorite things are my family. I have enjoyed being a mom and wife. When I have free time, I am in my backyard gardening, researching genealogy, or shopping. I like to see children learn new things-that "light bulb" going off, also seeing children explore their world through learning.

Miss Desiree, Resource Born in Little Rock, Arkansas. I grew up in Memphis,TN. I graduated in 2003 from University of Memphis, with a Bachelor in English/Professional Writing. I have over 12 years of experience as a substitute teacher in Shelby.County Schools. I have worked with Special needs children as a special needs assistant.
I enjoy my volunteer Christian Ministry! and Hobbies include cooking and singing my 2 1/2 year old lab/pit mix, Buddy is my baby!

Making a positive impact in the lives of my students.

Ms Ellie, Resource I am from Memphis, TN, but was born in Russia. I was adopted at the age of 3 years old, after living in an orphanage from birth. I went to Arlington High school and graduated in 2012. I then attended Southwest for one year and transferred to the University of Memphis. I have had two years of childcare experience working at daycare. I'm 25 years old. I have a 15 month old son, whose name is Luka. I love children. My favorite color is yellow. My favorite thing to do is horseback riding. I enjoy being able to work with children and help them to grow in their education.

Erin, Resource Ms. Erin is from Memphis and graduated from Southwind High School. She is enrolled at Southwest Tennessee Community College, majoring in Early Childhood Education.


Ms Kayla, Resource I am originally from TN. I moved to Oklahoma once I graduated high school at Houston High School. I went to Southwestern Oklahoma State University for 5 years, and I graduated with my Early Childhood Education degree.

I love food. I love to find new places to eat and try new foods. I love to shop for grown-up clothes these days at New York and Company. I love to read new books whenever I find time. I collect candles for my future dream home.

I enjoy the flexibility and unpredictability of every day. There are always new surprises every day when teaching children. I love getting to know every student so that we can have a family unit relationship.

LaRhonda, Resource Ms. Rhonda attended Southwest Community College for Early Childhood Education. She has 13 years experience working with all ages of children. She is excited to be a part of The Goddard School.


Maggie, Resource Ms. Maggie retired in 2008 after 35 years in oncology and a number of other interests in the medical field. She loves assisting your young children, especially in the infant room!


Mrs Rajani, Resource I am Rajani Narra, born & brouoght up in India. I did my Bachelor Degree in Computer Science & Information Technology. I worked as a computer programmer for 3.5 years. I am very new to teaching.

I have two beautiful girls, I love to spend time with them. Family trips makes me feel happy. Shopping is my stress reliever! Doing puzzles with girls is my fun thing to do. Playing games on the I-pad makes me feel better, dancing, hosting, makes me feel mre happy.

I love to teach new things, being creative. I enjoy the way kids interact in different kinds of expressions, will enjoy playing games with them, dancing, doing messy kind of activities.

Shuang, Resource I am from China. My beautiful hometown is surrounded by a lot of mountains. I loved to spend my weekend time in nature when I was a child just looking at the wild flowers and animals. I enjoy gardening, piano, reading, and cooking. What I enjoy most about teaching is seeing the improvement of both the child and me during the teaching time. And I love all their cute smiles!


Teri, Resource Teri is from Corinth Mississippi. Her family moved to Memphis when she was 10 years old. She attended The University of Memphis and received a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She was a teacher in the Memphis City/Shelby County Schools from 2001-2016, where she taught both first and second grade students.
Teri has been married since 2004 and she has a 9 year old child.
Teri and her family are dog lovers and have a basset hound and two pugs. She lives in Collierville and takes frequent walks in the park. DIY crafts and watching movies are among her favorite activties.
She loves teaching and spending time with children. She said, "There is no better feeling than to see the excitement in children's eyes when they experience and learn new things."


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