Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Mrs Akshi, Owner Akshi is the proud owner of The Goddard School located in Chamblee-Brookhaven. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering. She is a proud mother of two happy boys, one being a student at the Goddard. Her children have thoroughly enjoyed their wonderful experience at The Goddard School and as a parent, she understands the need for a quality educational environment for young children. Akshi is dedicated to providing the best possible environment for the education and development of children in our community. She welcomes you to The Goddard School experience.

Mrs Akshi

Ms Ontanee, Director Ontanee Gibbs, Director
Job Tenure - Two Years

Ontanee has worked in the education industry for over 10 years. Prior to joining The Goddard School of Chamblee, she spent four years at the Goddard School of Sandy Springs as an Assistant Director. Prior to that, she spent six years as the office manager and supervisor at another private preschool in the Atlanta area. She began working with children at the age of 12 as a babysitter and professionally in an after-school program for the YMCA beginning in 2001. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and an Associates degree in Marketing. She is currently enrolled at Liberty University for further Early Childhood and Preschool education. In addition, she has several years of Early Childhood Education training that she keeps current every year. Apart from her professional life, she volunteers with her church and works with other non-profit organizations. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as finding new places to visit around the world. Her passion for travel came from her parents who were in the military. She traveled quite a bit which allowed her to see and appreciate the beauty of other cultures. Watching the children learn and grow in a nurturing environment where they are safe is what drives her to want to be a successful Director. She, herself being a parent to a young son, understands the critical importance of feeling confident in knowing your children are safe, happy and learning everyday here at the Goddard School of Chamblee!

Ms Ontanee

Ms Paige, Assistant Director Paige Hardwick, Curriculum Coordinator
Ms. Paige was born and raised in metro Atlanta. She recently moved back from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and is excited to be the new Curriculum Coordinator for The Goddard School of Chamblee. She has an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, and holds a Bachelors in Sociology/Criminal Justice. She has been an Early Childhood Educator for almost 10 years, and in 2016 was awarded with “GSI Teacher of the Year.” She loves working with children, and watching them grow into unique individuals. She is excited to be a part of this team.

Ms Paige

Mrs Shuronda, Lead Teacher Lead Teacher - Infant 1

Mrs. Shuronda is from Atlanta, GA. She attended Shorter University, where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Human Services. She also holds a CDA in Early Childhood Developments, and a total of 10+ years’ of experience as an Early Childhood Educator. Before joining The Goddard School family, Mrs. Shuronda was a teacher at Open Arms Lutheran Child Development for 12 years. She has experience working with ages 6 weeks to 4 years old. In her leisure time, she enjoy spending time with her husband and two children (14 and 4), shopping, going to dinner with friends, and Zumba! She also loves traveling, learning about new cultures, and hopes to visit Barcelona, Spain in the next 3 years. She believes that every child is special and waiting for someone to nurture and guide them, and with the right amount of love and patience will enable that child to reach his/her fullest potential. She strives to provide a learning environment that is relaxing and as fun as possible. Mrs. Shuronda looks forward to interacting with you and your child this upcoming school year. She is very excited to work aside with an amazing faculty and children.

Mrs Shuronda

Ms Sirica, Lead Teacher Lead Teacher - Infant 2
Job Tenure - Two Years

Ms. Sirica has been working with children, specifically Infants for more than 20 years. She holds a Child Development Associate and a tremendous amount of training in the childcare field. She loves working with Infants and likes to watch them grow into their own little personalities.

Her favorite children books are Pete the cat and Llama Llama.

Ms Sirica

Pamela, Lead Teacher Lead Teacher - First Steps 2
Job Tenure - Two years

Ms. Pam is originally from Alabama residing in Atlanta since she was three. Ms. Pam began her journey of childcare in the 90's as a full time nanny to many families and taking care of the elderly. In 1996 she became a full time educator in Early Childhood Education. She received her CDA in infant - toddler in 1999 and Preschool in 2001. Her love for this field is overwhelmingly exciting because it teaches her to explore and rebuild life in this new day and age. Exploring the world through the eyes of children makes the joy of giving them more each day. She is excited to be a part of the wonderful Goddard in Chamblee and look forward to meeting you and your little one.


Ms Patrice, Lead Teacher Lead Teacher - Pre Toddler

Ms. Patrice was born in Germany and is a mother to three children and a grandmother to two grandchildren. She has over 22 years of experience working in the Early Childhood Education field and holds a Child Development Associate. Ms. Patrice enjoys working with children by asking open ended questions and promoting their independence. She believes, children have an unlimited potential of imagining things and she is constantly helping them evolve in their own ways. She is thrilled and excited to be a part of The Goddard School and wants to be a role model for her students and brighten every young mind she teaches.
Her favorite book is The Granddad Tree by Trish Cooke.

Ms Patrice

Ms Jill , Lead Teacher Lead Teacher - Toddlers

Ms. Jill was born in California, but has been a Georgia native since she was four years old. She is excited to join the Goddard School as the Lead teacher for the two's. She has over 10 years of experience as an early childhood educator and is currently working on her Associates degree in ECE. In her leisure time Ms. Jill enjoys relaxing with friends and family, football and dancing. Ms. Jill is thrilled to be a part of the Goddard School of Chamblee.

Ms Jill

Ms Diane, Lead Teacher Lead Teacher - Preschool 2
Job Tenure - Two Years

Ms. Diane is originally from Massachusetts. She relocated to Georgia in 2018 and she is excited to be teaching in this wonderfully warm state. She loves to create integrated, literacy-based curriculum and her greatest joy comes from seeing the children engaged in through provoking learning activities that they see as “play”. She has earned her Bachelor of Science in Cultural Anthropology and Psychology and her M. Ed. In Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. She enjoys helping people and doing photography. In her free time she also loves to train dogs. She is excited to be joining The Goddard School of Chamblee as a Lead teacher.

Ms Diane

Jessica, Lead Teacher Lead Teacher - Pre K

Ms. Jessica has been teaching since 2013. She has her Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from Plymouth State University. She loves to see the children learn and grow.She moved from New Hampshire and has been living in Atlanta for one year. She loves animals, coffee, the outdoors, horseback riding, sunflowers, and spending time with her friends & family. Her favorite children’s book is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. She looks forward to working with you and your child in order to make a fun learning experience for all.


Molly, Assistant Teacher Assistant Teacher - Infant-1

Mrs. Molly has been living in Atlanta for more than 10 years and is originally from Wilmington, North Carolina. " Go Stellers". She has over 30 years of experience in Early Childhood Education and earned her Associates in Health Care at Miller-Motte University. On her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with her family. She's the assistant teacher in Infant 1 and happy to be a part of The Goddard School of Chamblee.

Mrs Ruby, Assistant Teacher Assistant teacher - First Steps 3
Job Tenure - Two Years

Ms. Ruby's parents are originally from Mexico and she was born and brought up in Georgia. While growing up she had the pleasure of babysitting for different families and have experience working with Infants through Toddlers. Prior to joining The Goddard school of Chamblee she has worked at another Goddard school in Atlanta. She is currently in school to receive her Diploma to further her education. During her free time she loves to cook, travel, do photography and spend quality time with her family, friends and husband. She is thrilled to be a part of The Goddard School and teach Spanish to the children.

Mrs Ruby

Ms Brieun, Assistant Teacher Assistant Teacher - Infant 2

Ms. Brieun is excited to lead this generation of children to a bright and successful future. She believes that all children can be prosperous; they just need individuals in their lives to help lead them to success. It is also her belief that parents, and teachers are one of many people that can help influence children’s lives and help them achieve all their goals. Creating a partnership between teachers and parents to ensure that they are learning both at school and at home, is very important for her. In her spare time, Brieun loves to play card games, video games and cos play (performance art). Ms. Brieun is confident that as an educator at the Goddard School of Chamblee she will lead children down a path that will give them the best possible chance at a thriving future.

Ms Brieun

Ms Kearstyne, Assistant Teacher Assistant Teacher - Infants 1

Ms. Kearstyne is originally from Atlanta, GA. She has been working as a babysitter/ nanny for most of her life. Starting at a very young age she has been caring for her six siblings and that is where her passion began. Ms. Kearstyne is also a certified dialysis administrator and has been the primary caregiver for her father who has kidney disease since 2012. Her passion for early childhood development extends past The Goddard School. She enjoys taking her free time to learn more about ways to reach and teach our up coming youth. She is also a cosmetologist that attended Paul Mitchell School and uses her skills to do ‘Princess and Pirate’ parties for children. She’s always ready for an adventure and will always find new ways to reach and teach! She is excited to be an Assistant teacher in our Infant 1 room.

Ms Kearstyne

Zykeria, Assistant Teacher Assistant teacher - First Steps 1

Ms. Zykeria, fondly known as Ms Z amongst the children and fellow teachers, is originally from Laurel, Mississippi. She moved to Georgia when she was thirteen. Ms Z is currently working on finishing her CDA. She has a passion for teaching young minds and creates a nurturing and caring environment for the ones in her care. In her free time, Ms. Z loves to watch movies, spend time with her friends and loves to go shopping. Ms. Z is excited to be a part of the Goddard community and looks forward to meeting you and your children. Books by Dr. Suess are one of her favorites of the many.


Ms Donisha, Assistant Teacher Assistant Teacher - First Steps 2
Job Tenure - Two Years

Ms. Donisha was born in New York and raised in London,UK.
She has been working with children for a long time which includes working in childcare, schools and babysitting for families. She continued to visit the school where she volunteered and achieved a CACHE Level 3 diploma for the Children and Young People Workforce, for Early Learning and Childcare.
She moved back to USA in 2012 and landed a job in New York at a Head Start as a Teacher's Aide and Bus Monitor, working alongside children of the ages 3-5 years.
She moved to GA in 2013 and worked at another Goddard School in Atlanta.
Her favorite children's book is One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish by Dr. Suess.

Ms Donisha

Ms Wendy, Assistant Teacher Assistant Teacher - Pre Toddlers

Ms. Wendy is a Vietnamese American and has been living in Atlanta Georgia her entire life. She loves playing tennis in her free time and goes to the dog park with her two best four legged friends Cody and Twixie. She graduated with her Associates in Early Childhood Education and is going back to school to pursue a Bachelors in English with a concentration of secondary education. Her biggest supporter for everything she does is her mom. She was a nanny for 5 years before coming to Goddard and that has taught her so much when it comes to patience and putting love into whatever she does. She is excited to learn and gain great experience from your wonderful children and from her co-workers.

Ms Wendy

Ms Carolina, Assistant Teacher Assistant Teacher - Preschool 1
Job Tenure - Two Years

Ms. Carolina is born and raised in Georgia, and her parents were born in Mexico. She has a younger brother and an older sister who has a disorder chromosome 9p. She just received her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University. During her spare time, she loves to spend time with friends and family, read, go hiking, go on road trips, and attend concerts. Ms. Carolina finds it fascinating to watch the children grow and discover the world in their own way and is excited to join the Goddard team as an Assistant teacher in the Preschool 1 classroom.

Ms Carolina

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