Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Ms Alisa, Owner Alisa Khaitan, Onsite Owner.
Ms. Alisa earned a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University where she double majored in Psychology and Economics. She earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University. She is proud to be a part of The Goddard School and is committed to providing the highest quality preschool experience for the children in this neighborhood. Ms. Alisa is excited to operate a business that plays an important role in the community by offering an exceptional service for busy parents and is centered on her most important priority-family.

Ms Alisa

Mr Peter, Owner Mr. Pete worked for Bell Labs for the past 20 years. He is a computer wiz! He is one of the awesome owners of our Goddard School and loves being a part of the growth and development of our students and families. He is quite the handyman! Mr. Pete can be seen in the front office, on the playground, or even in the classrooms! He wears many hats at Goddard!

Mr Peter

Lauren, Director Ms. Lauren has over 10 years of experience working in Early Childhood Education. After receiving her Social Science Degree in 2001, she started her career as an Infant/toddler teacher. Over the years she gained experience teaching all ages ranging from 0-5 years old. In 2011 she began teaching for a Head Start Program, and shortly after was promoted to Assistant Center Director/Early Head Start Supervisor. This experience not only increased her knowledge of child development but gave her the opportunity to develop strong lasting relationships with her teaching staff and families. Lauren looks forward to continuing her passion working with the children and teaching staff at Goddard to assure the individual goals that you have for your children are achieved.


Ms Mary, Director Ms.Mary is a mother of three school aged children, each with their own unique learning styles and abilities. She knows and values the importance of safety, communication, team work, and consistency in order for success to be achieved. She believes in an open door policy, and is always available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Ms.Mary holds various credentials and has a vast range of life experiences. She is a high honors graduate of Georgian Court University, a certified and licensed State of NJ teacher, as well as CPR, Serve Safe, and First Aid trained and certified. In her previous career experiences, she was a Director of an Adult Day Medical Center, a Marketer, an Activities Director, a Teacher of Students with Disabilities, a tutor (Wilson Reading Program trained). Also, she is a wife to her incredible husband for over 16 years, she is a daughter, a great friend, a fun loving sister, a forever student, a determined leader, and a woman you can count on. She mainly prides herself on her dedication of helping others find and often achieve their highest level of potential. In life, she believes we all learn best through experiences but only retained knowledge comes from laughter, fun learning experiences, consistency and repetition of teaching, determination, and achieving personal goals. She is excited to work beside you and help in the process of guiding your child(ren) during their experience at Goddard School.

Ms Mary

Ms Danielle, Assistant Director Ms. Danielle earned a Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University where she majored in Psychology and minored in English Literature. She started her career as a middle school English Teacher in Brooklyn teaching 7th and 8th grade as well as running the Drama Club. Her next career path took her to New York City and then Red Bank as a Corporate Trainer in the computer industry where she used her education training to instruct adults. She is very excited to work with children again using both her education and administrative background

Ms Danielle

Ms Kathleen, Lead Teacher Ms. Katie is the caring and loving lead teacher in our Playful Pixies/Infant classroom. She has her Associates in Social Science with a focus in child development and has been working in early childhood education for 18 years. She has been a part of the Toms River II Goddard family since 2006. Ms. Katie has a fabulous reputation in the Infant room and has earned the respect and adoration of all of our new parents. Her ability to care for, nurture, guide and teach our infants is unsurpassed. Ms. Katie is CPR/First Aid Certified.

Ms Kathleen

Ms Edna, Lead Teacher Ms. Edna is the enthusiastic and loving lead teacher in our Fabulous Frogs/Toddler classroom. She has a fabulous reputation in our toddler room and has earned the respect and adoration of all of our parents. Her ability to care for, nurture, guide and teach our toddlers is unsurpassed She has been a part of the Toms River II Goddard family since 2015. Ms. Edna is a CDA candidate, and is eager to share her love of learning with her students. Ms. Edna is CPR/First Aid Certified.

Ms Edna

Ms Nancy, Lead Teacher Ms. Nancy is an imaginative and creative teacher in our Delightful Dragons/Pre-School classroom. She is a very experienced Early Childhood Educator. She has taken many classes in Early Childhood Education at Kean University and is CDA Certified. Ms. Nancy is well versed in the curriculum, is passionate about educating our young students and is a highly recommended professional. She has been part of the Toms River II Goddard family since 2015 and is involved in the Grow NJ Kids Program. Ms. Nancy is CPR/First Aid Certified.

Ms Nancy

Ms Maura, Lead Teacher Ms. Maura is the enthusiastic lead teacher in our Colorful Castle/Pre-K classroom. She has earned her Bachelor’s degree from East Stroudsburg. Ms. Maura many years of experience in Early Childhood Education and has been a part of the Toms River II Goddard family since 2013. Ms. Maura mild demeanor, love of children and attention to detail insure that the needs of these young learners are given top priority. Ms Maura is CPR/First Aid Certified.

Ms Maura

Miss Lydia, Lead Teacher Ms. Lydia is a kind and imaginative lead teacher of our Wizards Kindergarten classroom. She has her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from SUNY New Paltz. Ms. Lydia loves to read aloud, sing songs, and bring creativity to learning. She takes special care to get to know each child and tries to find lessons and activities that play on their individual interests. Ms. Lydia is new to the Goddard family and is excited to share her love for learning with everyone!

Miss Lydia

Ms Kaitlyn, Lead Teacher Ms. Katie is a bundle of energy and the enthusiastic lead teacher of our Wonderful Wizards/Jr. K classroom. She is always searching for new, different and fun ways in which to engage her students. You will always see her up and moving with her students to keep their bodies moving while learning and having fun at the same time! Ms. Katie has been a part of the Toms River II Goddard family since 2008. She has been all over the classrooms through her years being with us. She is well loved by her students and parents alike! She will be getting married May 2019 to her fiancée and cannot wait to grow as a family with him and his 2 children Madison and Gianna. Ms. Katie is a CDA candidate, and eager to share her love of learning with her students. Ms. Katie is CPR/First Aid Certified.

Ms Kaitlyn

Ms Anne, Assistant Teacher Ms. Anne is one of our loving and caring teacher assistants. She has earned her Associates degree from Ocean County College and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree from Kean University. Ms. Anne has been a member of the Toms River II family since 2015. Ms.Anne is CPR/First Aid Certified.

Ms Anne

Brittany, Assistant Teacher Ms. Brittany is one of the Assistant Teachers in the Playful Pixies classroom. She has 3 years experience working in the infant room at a previous center. I am very excited to be a part of the Goddard Family & watching the children grow and learn. Her believe is that the most important thing a teacher can do is to be patient, love and care for each and every child, all while creating a successful team with the family.


Ms Dylan, Assistant Teacher Ms. Dylan has worked with children in a before and after care setting before joining our Goddard School family. She has also worked with infants for over a year. She is one of six children and is a huge animal lover. She lives with her mother, fiancé and two dogs. Ms. Dylan aspires to get her doctorate in Psychology, she is also fluent in seven languages and is planning to eventually travel the world. Ms. Dylan’s hobbies consist of cooking, reading, dancing, playing with her dogs, and spending time with loved ones. She also dabbles with photography and loves to capture beautiful moments. Ms. Dylan’s favorite children’s book is Junie B. Jones. She can’t wait to read it to all of her friends at Goddard!

Ms Dylan

Miss Leighann, Assistant Teacher Ms Leighann is one of the assistant teachers in our playful pixies/infant room. She has always had a passion for educating and caring for children. As a mother of a 4 and 1/2 year old special needs child, she knows first hand that all children grow and learn at different rates. She is determined to help find the best method to nurture and expand each child’s mind, at their own pace! Ms. Leighann speaks English as well as ASL. She finds great joy in being able to help young minds grow, and is so proud to be apart of the Goddard Family.

Miss Leighann

Ms Mary , Assistant Teacher Ms. Mary is one of our caring and thoughtful teacher assistants. She has several master degrees in education and loves to share her knowledge about education. She has a true love for teaching and with her experience she is a great asset to our school. She has been a part of our Goddard family since 2015.

Ms Mary

Ms Jasmine, Assistant Teacher Ms. Jasmine is the lead teacher in the Rainbows room. She speaks English and ASL. She is a mother of a beautiful little girl. Ms. Jasmine finds great joy to be able to be a part of children’s lives. To have an opportunity to help mold children into wonderful people is incredible. She has 7 siblings so she has been around kids for as long as she can recall. She began watching children when she was 14. In the last 5 years she became certified in Abuse and neglect, and she is also certified in First Aid and CPR. She has taught adults with mental and physical illness for 3 years. When someone you are teaching finally is able to put the pieces together it is so exciting to witness.

Ms Jasmine

Ms Rosa, Assistant Teacher Ms. Rosa is our lead teacher in our Unicorns pre-K classroom. . She loves being a part of a child’s life by educating and guiding them into the person they wish to be. Ms. Rosa finds it very rewarding watching her students grow academically, as well as, socially. She is proud to be a member of our Goddard family. Ms. Rosa is First Aid and CPR certified.

Ms Rosa

Ms Frankie, Assistant Teacher Ms. Frankie is one of our caring and loving teacher assistants in our Playful Pixies classroom. She has a passion for teaching and it shows as she interacts with her students. She love to observe her students explore the world around them. She is proud to be a member of our Goddard family. Ms. Frankie is CPR and First Aid Certified.

Ms Frankie

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