Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Jason, Owner Jason graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain Management. He wanted to operate a business that plays an important role in the community by providing an exceptional service for children. He is excited to own a business that is centered on his most important priority - family!
Jason is excited and proud to be a part of The Goddard School and is committed to providing the highest quality preschool experience for the children in the neighborhood. He looks forward to getting to know you and your family as well as being a part of the community.


DeAdra, Director Dee graduated from Loyola University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and then attended graduate school at Erikson Institute, receiving a Master’s Degree in Child Development with an Infancy Specialization. As an undergraduate, she worked as a Developmental Psychology Research Assistant, collecting data from children in Chicago schools. It was then that she realized her passion for working with children.
Dee began working at a preschool after graduating, assisting in classrooms for children with a variety of special needs. After obtaining her Master's Degree, Dee worked as a lead teacher for children between the ages of 18 months to two and a half years of age.
Dee’s favorite children’s books include "Where The Wild Things Are" and anything by Dr. Seuss. She is very excited to be a part of the team at The Goddard School!


Kasia, Director Kasia graduated from Northeastern University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Polish was her first language, which lead her to study Teaching English as a Second Language. After college Kasia took on a position as a lead infant teacher, which she absolutely adored. She was an infant teacher for two years before moving up to a management position.
Kasia loves being able to visit each classroom and seeing children of all age groups being able to hit their developmental milestones! Being a teacher has taught Kasia many things, a few of which are: patience, structure, and a love of snuggles! Kasia is thrilled to be working with the wonderful Goddard families each and every day!


Kirstin, Director Kirstin graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. During her experience at Indiana, she student taught in a Kindergarten classroom. It was an amazing experience and she fell in love with teaching.
After college, Kirstin moved to Chicago and worked as a lead teacher in a three year old classroom. She enjoyed getting to watch the children grow as learners. After about 3 years in the classroom Kirstin moved up to a management position.
Kirstin strives to create a nurturing yet structured environment, which allows children to grow at their own pace. Her main goal is to focus on the individual child and helping them flourish in the classroom. Kirstin strives to make classrooms fun, hands-on and creative!


Lauren, Director Lauren graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Since then, she has been in the childcare field for over ten years. Lauren started as a nanny right out of college and moved to working in childcare centers after that. She has been a teacher in almost every age group from infants to Pre-K, but the babies are her specialty. After teaching in the classroom for several years, she moved into a management role in 2010.
Lauren loves the fact that she gets to help out in every classroom, getting to know all the children and families, and that she is available to give the teachers a hand with everything they need from curriculum to classroom environment. Children have been Lauren’s passion since she can remember, so getting to work with them every day is so special. Their spontaneity, smiles and eagerness to learn keep her going, and she feels truly lucky to get the chance to work with all the wonderful children here at The Goddard School.


Tiera, Lead Teacher INFANT I - Tiera has her Child Development certificate and loves working with children. She comes from a big family and has had plenty of practice being with children. Tiera knew she wanted to be part of children’s early development and knew that a preschool setting would be the right place to do that at.
Tiera's passion is arts and crafts and she loves letting little hands explore their creativity. When she’s not cuddling babies, Tiera is raising her young son and teaching him Spanish. Their favorite thing to do together is messy art!


Kylen, Lead Teacher INFANT II - Kylen graduated from DePaul University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. During her time at DePaul she interned with several different schools that had early childhood programs in Chicago. Her first internship experience started here at the Goddard School! These internships gave Kylen an opportunity to work with different groups of children, from diverse backgrounds, who brought unique learning styles to the classroom. Being a part of a child’s development and growth is something that has inspired Kylen to become a teacher. Kylen believes that working with young children is a blessing and she is thrilled to be teaching at The Goddard School!


Anne, Lead Teacher INFANT II - Anne holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Prior to joining The Goddard School, she spent time working with infants in a different preschool setting and discovered a newfound passion for working with this age group. Anne loves watching the children grow and learn about the world around them at such an impressive pace! She is excited when she sees the babies reach a new milestone and feels delighted to be a part of that fundamental learning. Anne has felt drawn to teaching and working with children since she was very young.


Maggie, Lead Teacher INFANT II - Maggie graduated from Ohio State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies. During her time at Ohio State she interned with the Ohio State Child Care Program. This provided Maggie with a great opportunity to work with a variety of age groups with a diverse background. Upon graduation, Maggie started teaching in one of their infant classrooms.
Maggie’s mother is a preschool teacher, and her passion for teaching greatly impacted Maggie and inspired her to become a teacher. Seeing a child learn something for the first time, or get excited about something they’re doing in the classroom, is just a few of the reasons why she loves working with children. Maggie is looking forward to getting to know all the wonderful families.


Brianna, Lead Teacher INFANT I - Brianna grew up in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. While in school, she worked at the Child Development Center at her school and worked with many different aged children with unique backgrounds.
Brianna realized that she loved to work with children and be a part of their growth and development while working at the Child Development Center. This is also when Brianna found her passion for working with infants! She is excited to be working at The Goddard School!


Caitlin, Lead Teacher FIRST STEPS - Caitlin was born and raised in Massachusetts and went to college for Elementary Education and Psychology at Wheelock College. She has worked with children ages six weeks to twelve years old in childcare centers for the past few years. Caitlin has also worked as an Afterschool Site Coordinator. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a doctorate in Behavior Management. Caitlin’s favorite children’s book is "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch. Caitlin has known that she wanted to be a teacher since she was six years old, and she’s excited to be part of The Goddard School!


Colleen, Lead Teacher FIRST STEPS - Colleen graduated from Illinois State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development & Family Science. Colleen grew up in a small farm-town in Illinois, but moved to Chicago after she graduated. She has always dreamt of enriching the lives of young children!
Colleen has completed volunteer/clinical hours dedicated to the toddler age, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. She believes that learning through the act of play will really help children develop and grow. Colleen previously taught at The Goddard School in Skokie, IL prior to joining the Lincoln Park team! She is excited to help guide her children as they reach some really exciting milestones!


Katherine, Lead Teacher YOUNG TODDLERS - Katie received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida. During her time in Florida, Katie taught many different ages. The different experiences showed Katie that she wanted to work with children for the rest of her life. After graduating, Katie moved to Chicago where she worked as a nanny, but she missed her time in the classroom.
Katie believes it is important that children learn best through play while being in a safe and nurturing environment. She also believes that being a part of a child’s growth and development is an incredible opportunity and is excited to work at The Goddard School.


Mehgan, Lead Teacher YOUNG TODDLERS - Mehgan graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from DePaul University. During her schooling at DePaul, Mehgan completed two internships at The Goddard School, and during that time she fell in love with the school!
Mehgan is excited to get to know all the children and watch them grow and learn. Some of her favorites children’s books include the 'Llama Llama' series and 'Same, Same But Different' by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw.


Liz, Lead Teacher TODDLER - Liz graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies. During the summer months in college, Liz worked as a nanny. She also completed an internship with Children Services working at an elementary school, but also closely with families in their homes. Although Liz has experience working with ages 15 months to 12 years of age, she was quick to find out that working with Toddlers was where she belonged. Prior to joining The Goddard School, Liz worked as a lead Toddler teacher out of state.
Liz believes that a happy, positive and safe environment creates an opportunity for toddlers to successfully grow. She is excited to get to know each child individually and develop close, open relationships with the parents. Liz is excited to be a part of the Goddard team!


Tanya, Lead Teacher TODDLER - Tanya earned her first Bachelor's Degree in Dance from Oakland University, and is currently in school to earn a second Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kendall College. Tanya has experience working in special education and preschool settings. She is also lucky enough to be able to continue her passion for children, by teaching various styles of dance to children of all ages. Tanya is a strong advocate for children to reach their full potential in growth and development. She loves to see and hear children applying the skills that have been taught to them and see the excitement on their faces. Tanya allows a child to work on their fine and gross motor skills, explore and learn about their surroundings through play while learning how to respect one other and their environment.


Carrie, Lead Teacher TODDLER/GET SET - Carrie graduated from the University of Michigan with her Bachelor’s Degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. During her time at Michigan, she volunteered in a local preschool. After graduating, Carrie completed the Chicago Teaching Fellows program and received her Professional Educator License with an endorsement as a Learning Behavior Specialist (licensed to teach Special Education). She taught for two years in the Chicago Public Schools system, and for one year in a public school in Spain. She then returned to Chicago and starting working as a teacher at The Goddard School!
Carrie is passionate about working with children, and loves to see them grow and learn each day. She is so excited to continue her work with children at The Goddard School, and to introduce them to some of her favorite books, such as ‘The Pout-Pout Fish’ and the Elephant & Piggie series.


Danielle, Lead Teacher GET SET - Danielle graduated with a Degree in Early Childhood Education from Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska. She then proceeded to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Leadership from Rasmussen College in Chicago. She has 10 years of experience with all ages while in the Early Childhood Education field, but most of the time has been spent with two and three year old children as a lead teacher.
Danielle has always loved being around children and came into the field to have the opportunity to help shape their learning, growth and development. She feels it is an honor to be a part of every unique, individual child and family’s lives in such a significant way. She is excited to have a career where you can play, sing, dance and get messy each day!


Natalie, Lead Teacher GET SET - Natalie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Spelman College. She later earned her Master’s Degree in Child Development from Erikson Institute, and a Master’s in Children’s Law and Policy from Loyola University.
Over the past 15 years, Natalie has enjoyed working with children from newborns through the high school level in both Atlanta and Chicago. She has a passion for dance, music, and loves to play. It is her philosophy that all children can learn and develop when provided with a loving, supportive environment. Natalie's favorite children’s books are “The Gruffalo”, and “Green Eggs and Ham”.


Samantha , Lead Teacher PRESCHOOL - Samantha graduated from North Dakota State University with dual Bachelor's Degrees in Elementary Education and in Human Development. Samantha is originally from Minnesota and moved to Chicago after college. She has enjoyed working with children in a variety of settings. Samantha found her love for teaching through her wide range of classroom experiences.
Samantha has a passion for helping the curious minds of children grow by encouraging them to explore the world around them. She strives to create a nurturing environment filled with enthusiasm, creativity, and hands-on learning opportunities.


Kia, Lead Teacher PRESCHOOL - Kia attended University of Athens in Greece where she studied Political Sciences and Public Administration. During that time she also studied International Law in Paris for a semester. After being awarded her Bachelor’s Degree she moved to the United States where she continued her studies and received her Master's in International Relations.
Kia taught children during her free time in school. She was captivated by her students’ natural curiosity to learn. She was also impressed that she left an indelible impression years after she taught children. Thus, she decided that her true calling was a career in education and she pursued a teaching credential along with another Master's, this time in Teaching from University of California - Irvine. Throughout her career in teaching Kia has attended numerous conferences.
When Kia is not in the classroom teaching she enjoys devouring classical or current events books, doing yoga, and attending theater performances. She loves every day that she spends with her students. She enjoys building strong relationships with them in order to maximize learning. Kia has a contagious passion for her curriculum, which she passes along to those in her classroom. She creates an enjoyable learning environment where each unique personality and learning style flourishes.


Rosemary, Lead Teacher PRESCHOOL - Rosie graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, where she did her student teaching. She is originally from Colorado but decided to move to Chicago after college.
Working with young children has always been Rosie’s passion and her preschool and elementary experiences in college confirmed that. Rosie believes that teaching children and building relationships with them is the most rewarding job. Some of her favorite children’s books are The Kissing Hand, The Hungry Caterpillar, and The Giving Tree.


Tsaka, Lead Teacher PRESCHOOL - As the daughter of a Serbian diplomat and a Lebanese customs officer, Tsaka grew up learning first hand that a world diverse in culture and ethnicity is an enrichment for both the soul and the mind. Her travels around the world proved her right. Shortly after graduating from Northern Illinois University, Tsaka dedicated her life raising her four wonderful children. She passed onto to them her joie de vivre and her love for an exceptional education that helps young minds develop the capability to work independently, build friendships, respect diversity, embrace a sense of self, and above all, find their place in their communities.
Every time Tsaka would drop her bundles of joy to school, she hoped that the teachers would put in the effort to understand her children, that they would provide the same compassion and patience that she provided to help them grow. After all, she trusted them with her most precious belongings, her heart and soul. Every parent must have felt and is feeling what she felt then. With that in mind, she took her first leap into helping out young minds and their adventures with the hope of making a difference in their lives by providing them with the rights tools they needed for their future.
Throughout her experience in teaching children, Tsaka realized that each child grasps information at a different pace, thereby requiring different approaches to ensure each child has an opportunity to shine in the world. With proper guidance, a caring environment, and a positive attitude, any child can learn to express his/her feelings, build imagination, and find his/her point of interest.
At a young age, children are adept at learning new languages. These early years can make a big difference, and Tsaka is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the French language with her students. Each added language opens a whole new world for them, and adds to their experiences growing up.


Sydney, Lead Teacher PRESCHOOL - Sydney graduated from Illinois State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development & Family Science. During her time at ISU she worked as a clinical student in the ISU child care center. This experience is what helped Sydney discover her passion for working with young children.
Following graduation, Sydney completed an internship working alongside the Education Director at The Goddard School in St. Charles, IL while also helping out in their Get-Set & Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. She loved the Goddard philosophy of learning through play and knew The Goddard School in Lincoln Park would be a perfect fit! Being able to watch as children piece ideas and concepts together for the first time is such a rewarding moment and she is eager to help each child learn at their own pace.


Adriana, Lead Teacher JR. KINDERGARTEN - Adriana grew up in South Texas, and graduated from Texas State University - San Marcos with a Bachelor's Degree in Family and Child Development. While in school, she volunteered her time at the Child Development Center and worked with different age groups. After graduation, she continued her education and pursued special education courses.
For the past 6 years, Adriana has also been a Spanish teacher to children of various age groups. Adriana has a passion for working with children and believes in providing a fun learning experience.


Kelsey, Lead Teacher JR. KINDERGARTEN - Kelsey earned her Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago and then went on to pursue her Master's in English Education at NYU. After quickly realizing her passion for children, she switched her program track towards a Master's in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Upon graduating, she worked in Savannah, GA at the Jewish Education Alliance Preschool.
Kelsey has a passion for early literacy and enjoys bringing hundreds of different books into her classroom. She likes to include different versions of classic stories, stories from across different cultures and lots of non-fiction as well. Kelsey also is an Education Consultant for National Geographic Kids.


Cara, Lead Teacher PRE-KINDERGARTEN - Cara received her degree from Ball State University. After graduating, she moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cara began working as a preschool art teacher and found that she loved working with this age group. Since moving to Chicago, she has worked with a variety of age groups in the preschool setting.
Imagination, enthusiasm, and love are the most important things Cara brings to class every day. The most beautiful thing in the world to her is a child in the process of learning. She has been teaching for over twenty years. To her, it is the best job in the world. Cara is so excited to be a part of The Goddard School family!


Emily, Assistant Teacher INFANT II - Emily has always had a love for children and education and knew from an early age she wanted to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. She grew up around children, as her mom owned a preschool for 18 years, which further drove her interest.
Emily is currently studying at DePaul University. Her first experience at a Goddard School was during her freshman year at DePaul when she was an intern in our infant classroom. She fell in love with the Goddard philosophy and knew she wanted to continue watching and helping the children grow and learn at Goddard. Emily’s favorite part about working with children is seeing how excited they are about learning and exploring new things- their joy is contagious! Emily aims to always create an open environment where children are encouraged to explore, imagine and try new things.


Katherine, Assistant Teacher INFANT I - Katie discovered her love for young children when she was in high school and worked as a nanny in the summers. She attended Western Michigan University for a year, majoring in Dance and minoring in Child and Family Development. After a year, she discovered her real passion was working with children so she transferred to Indiana University where she is currently doing online courses towards her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Early Childhood Education.
Katie loves caring for young infants because of the trusting, loving and unique bond she gets to build with each child. She also values strong parent involvement and good relationships between teachers and families. Katie loves encouraging infants to grow, learn and develop to their highest potential and is thankful for every day that she gets to be a part of their early lives.


Elizabeth, Assistant Teacher FIRST STEPS - Lizzie is obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics with an Early Childhood Education licensure through Metropolitan State University. She loves working with young children ever since she started tutoring foreign language students in high school.
Lizzie was born in Evanston, IL but moved with her family to Denver, CO where she lived for the past ten years. She worked at The Goddard School in Castle Rock during her last year in the state, which enormously developed her love for early childhood education. Lizzie also loves to read, write, make art, and spend time with animals. She is excited to help each of her students feel loved, encouraged and confident!


Melanie, Assistant Teacher FIRST STEPS - Melanie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre from Roosevelt University. She has spent the last ten years working and teaching children and adults with special needs, and started teaching theatre and dance around the same time.
Melanie was also fortunate enough to student teach a first grade class during her senior year of high school in the very same classroom she spent first grade in! Melanie loves using her imagination, art, and music to help children be excited to learn and explore the world! She always welcomes high fives, hugs, and dance parties!


Itoya, Assistant Teacher YOUNG TODDLERS - Ms. Toya grew up in Crete IL, a south suburb of Chicago with her parents and older sister. She comes from a line of educators in her family. Toya’s older sister is a 7th grade Science teacher, her mother is a middle school assistant Principal, her grandfather was a school bus driver, and her aunt was a STEAM teacher!
Toya has loved children since she was a young girl. It was in her Junior year of high school when Toya realized children were her passion. Working with children with special needs was especially interesting to her, and that encouraged her to pursue a career in education. Toya’s main priority is to make sure the children in her care are receiving the proper education and are growing and developing every single day. She loves meeting new children and watching them develop into amazing little people. Building a trustworthy relationship with children and their parents is very important to Ms. Toya.


Emily, Assistant Teacher YOUNG TODDLERS - Emily graduated from The University of Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre. Since moving to Chicago, she discovered her passion for working with young children.
Emily has performed in theatre for young audiences in shows including Charlotte's Web, Peter Pan, and Shrek the Musical. She also leads princess/superhero birthday parties in the Chicagoland area!
Emily hopes to use her creative background to carry out The Goddard School's philosophy of learning through play, and to inspire children to use their imaginations.


Joanne, Assistant Teacher YOUNG TODDLERS - Joanne received her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Minnesota. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree at DePaul University. While in Minnesota, Joanne worked as a literacy mentor as well as an Assistant Teacher at a local preschool. Joanne is excited to be back in Chicago. She can’t wait to see what each new day brings to her students.


Alyssa, Assistant Teacher TODDLER/GET SET - Alyssa graduated from Roosevelt University with her Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre. While earning her degree, Alyssa spent her summers teaching theatre to children ranging in age from three to seventeen years old. Alyssa loves telling stories, playing pretend, and helping children explore all things they can do with their voices, bodies, and imaginations. Her favorite children’s book is “Rosie Revere, Engineer".


Nisha, Assistant Teacher PRESCHOOL - Nisha graduated from the University of Pune in India where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Sociology. She has had wonderful opportunities teaching Early Childhood Education at an international school In Mumbai. She has also spent some time teaching at a Montessori school and a preschool in Chicago the past few years.
Nisha’s passion for teaching began in her first year of college when she volunteered to teach English to underprivileged children. She loved experiencing new things for the first time through fresh eyes. She believes that every child is unique and special. Nisha strives to make her classroom hands- on and as fun as possible. Her favorite children’s books are “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”.


Jessica, Assistant Teacher PRESCHOOL - Jessica graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. After graduating, she worked for a meeting and event planning company. However, she wanted to do something more meaningful and that’s when she first thought about teaching. Jessica’s mother was a teacher for 17 years, and when she saw the impact she had on her students, she knew she wanted to have the same positive effect.
Jessica became certified to teach English as a foreign language. This brought her to South Korea where she taught English at a preschool for two years. It was a wonderful experience and she learned that she wanted to continue her career in Early Childhood Education. Jessica is excited to be teaching at The Goddard School.


Caitlin, Assistant Teacher PRE-KINDERGARTEN - Caitlin attended Indiana University and studied Communications. She went on from there to follow her passion and moved to Colorado to teach as a children's ski instructor at Vail Resorts. It was there that Caitlin fell in love with the teaching of young children.
Caitlin taught as a Lead Teacher for preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes at a school in Vail, CO for four years. Caitlin has been continuing her education in Early Childhood and worked towards earning an Early Childhood Degree at Colorado Mountain College. Caitlin finds joy in teaching children through many different mediums and is looking forward to her new adventure here at The Goddard School!


Alyssa, Resource Alyssa is currently living in Chicago and working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at DePaul University. She is originally from Milwaukee, WI and has been working with children for years. She has always loved working with children and started volunteering in a childcare center at a young age, where she realized she wanted this to be her career. She is so excited to be able to work hands-on with children alongside her schoolwork and can’t wait to get to know the families at The Goddard School!
Some of Alyssa’s favorite children’s books are “Corduroy” by Don Freeman, “Is Your Mama a Llama?” by Deborah Guarino, and anything by Eric Carle.


Anais, Resource Anais graduated from Wilbur Wright College in Chicago. In college, Anais volunteered for a Youth Art Program at her local summer camp, and that is where she learned of her love for working with children of all ages. Anais loves art and finding creative ways to bring art to the classroom. She enjoys watching the kids discover their love of all things creative and educational. Anais believes building relationships with parents and kids is very important.


Cameron, Resource Cameron is currently working towards earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from DePaul University. Her time here at The Goddard School has only inspired her to continue working with children. Cameron is so excited to continue her work in the classrooms by providing a nourishing and fun environment for each and every child. Her favorite children’s book is “Giraffe and a Half” by Shel Silverstein.


Camiah, Resource Camiah graduated from Columbia College with her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, with a focus in music. During her time at Columbia she completed her clinical hours at several Chicago area schools; working with infants through school aged children and beyond. During her studies at Columbia, Camiah also had the amazing opportunity to study Reggio Emilia, to learn first hand about the approach to education.
Camiah comes from a long line of educators and has enjoyed working with children. One of Camiah's favorite things about teaching is that learning is not one sided. She loves that she does not only learn with her students, but from her students as well.
We all have to start somewhere, and Camiah considers it an honor to help her students and their families at the beginning of their journey in early childhood!


Chloe, Resource Chloe is working towards her degree in early childhood education and has always loved interacting with and caring for children. Chloe was born in raised in Chicago but enjoys traveling and has lived in various other countries. This past year, she received a certificate in teaching English as a foreign language and taught children's English classes in Costa Rica. Chloe continued to tutor children while living for four months in Guatemala.
Chloe enjoys working with children of all ages, but has discovered her passion lies in working with Pre-Elementary children. She believes that creating a nurturing, fun and educational early childhood experience is one of the most important things you can provide a child.


Lamia, Resource LaMia moved back to Chicago after living in Baltimore, MD while working at the Goddard School in Maryland. She realized her passion for working in early childhood education immediately! She is planning to continue her education with child development in the near future.
LaMia’s goal is to become a Pre-K teacher because she loves exploring the S.T.E.A.M projects, getting creative, and teaching children new things as this new generation starts to take over!


Patricia, Resource KITCHEN STAFF - Patricia has been working in kitchens since 2003 when she started with Briazze Cafes, and has worked for all different types of companies since then. She has had all different types of positions from a sanitation supervisor to a catering and shift supervisor. Patricia is very excited to get to work with all of the wonderful children here at The Goddard School!


Rachael, Resource Rachael graduated from the University of Missouri with her Bachelor's Degree in Education. After being away from home for four years, she moved back to Chicago to be close to friends and family. Rachael has spent years nannying for various family’s and is currently taking classes to go to nursing school.


Rosita, Resource SPANISH/CODING/CHESS SPECIALIST - Rosie has a certificate in Early Childhood Education in Child Development and also her Child Development Associates degree. Rosie has been working with children for over 30 years. She loves working with children so much that she actually took a course in clown school! She has also worked as a family literacy coordinator.
Rosie works as the school's Spanish and Chess Specialist. Each week she visits all classrooms implementing our Spanish program. Rosie also implements the Chess At Three curriculum for children three and older.
Rosie enjoys working with children and watching them learn and develop a love for learning. Her favorite children’s book is "Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodkina.


Shannon, Resource Shannon earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Child Development from Illinois State University. She also completed course work towards her Master’s in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University and has participated in NAEYC and DCFS accreditations for various centers. Over the past 20 years, Shannon has held various positions in the Early Childhood field including preschool teacher, assistant summer camp director, court advocate and birthday party characters.
Shannon's greatest adventure began when her son David was born. This led her to found her own in-home day care with the simple desire to provide her son a loving environment in which to grow with other children. Soon after, her second son Desmond was born; and along with noticing a void in the local community, her daycare grew to a group home daycare to accommodate more families.
As her sons have grown, Shannon sold her interests in the daycare, but remains close with many of the alumni and their families. Shannon was eager to return to direct care and feels that The Goddard School and the families it serves are a good fit. She hopes to provide a balance of nurtured guidance, self-exploration, consistency, giggles, and most importantly respect for the children of Goddard.
In her spare time she likes to keep up with the Cubs and take her sons to their various activities- soccer, drum lessons, circus arts, basketball, and rock band lessons. She is also a hobby welder and has a soft spot for American Muscle Cars - Chevy Strong!


Tiffani, Resource KITCHEN STAFF - Tiffani has been in the culinary field for ten years now. She received her Food and Sanitation License at Manley Career Academy. With great mentorship, she continued to cater private events and work with local chefs in restaurants thought the Chicagoland area, all while attending Robert Morris University.
Tiffani enjoys reading Dr. Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham" to her son and watching him learn new things daily. Tiffani takes pride in providing her Goddard School students with nutritional meals and snacks and also assisting teachers in classrooms in any way.


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