Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Andrew & Mary Fratini, Owners Hello, we are Andrew and Mary Fratini, proud owners of the NAEYC Accredited Goddard School® located in Skokie, Illinois. We are thrilled to be able to provide The Goddard School’s outstanding program to the children and families in the North Shore.

Andrew is a graduate of The University of Dayton with a degree in Electronic Media. Before opening The Goddard School, Andrew spent his career in the healthcare industry working as a Director of Client Success for a healthcare software company. Mary graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Finance before working in sales and event marketing for eighteen years.

Recognizing the need and demand for a high quality alternative to daycare, we decided to open the Goddard School in August of 2016. Very simply our mission is to offer families the absolute best preschool for early childhood development. We are also committed to providing an eco-friendly environment for our students and are proud to be offering an organic food program.

We invite your family to visit our beautiful, NAEYC Accredited school in Skokie. We are excited to introduce you to our incredible faculty, including our Executive Director and Assistant Directors of Education and Operations, and look forward to talking with you about The Goddard School’s play-based curriculum. Thank you for the opportunity to share in your child's growth!

Andrew & Mary Fratini

Ms Arianna, Director EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Ms. Arianna graduated with honors from DePaul University with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Arianna is responsible for everything relating to education, curriculum, staff development and child development. She comes to The Goddard School with over 10 year's experience working with young children ranging in ages from infancy to school age. Prior to joining the Goddard family, Arianna spent five years as Executive Director of an Early Childhood Center in Chicago.

"I believe that children grow and nourish in a positive and engaging environment. Our role as early childhood educators is to guide children through their discovery of the world around them by providing meaningful and fun experiences. I believe that communication is a key factor in the success of a child and therefore encourage those lines to be open between myself, the teachers and parents."

Ms Arianna

Ms Jene', Assistant Director ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-OPERATIONS - Ms. Jene’ has been actively involved with Early Childhood Education for the past 26 years. Prior to joining The Goddard School in Skokie in 2017, Ms. Jene’ spent 8 years at The Goddard School in Round Lake, IL., first as a lead Pre-K teacher and then as a Director Designee. Ms. Jene’ believes that every child is unique and can learn at their own pace. As early childhood educators, she believes that teachers should make learning fun for the children and the children will succeed. Ms. Jene’ has her CDA in Early Childhood Education, her Associate’s Degree from Rasmussen College and is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree with the ultimate goal of becoming a Center Director. Her favorite children’s book is Please Mr. Panda and in her free time, Ms. Jene’ enjoys cooking, going to movies, spending time with family and friends and making crafts.

Ms Jene

Ms Julie, Assistant Director ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: CURRICULUM - Ms. Julie has been actively involved with Early Childhood Education over the past two decades. She has had the privilege of working with children ranging from 6 weeks through 6 years. She is thrilled to a part of The Goddard School and she looks forward to encouraging a sense of wonder and exploration within each child, as their world unfolds. Ms. Julie loves nature, photography, sports and cultural arts. She is inspired as she witnesses her own 3 children, her grandson and her students grow and change, each different, and special in their own unique way. Ms. Julie believes learning is a lifelong adventure. She is enriched as she sees children begin on their journey with their eyes, minds, hearts and souls open ready to learn and discover.

Ms Julie

Ms Nebiat , Lead Teacher INFANT I – Ms. Nebiat has over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Education and joins us mostly recently from a center in Evanston. Nebiat spent over 16 years at a center in Chicago where she assisted Infant, Toddler and Preschool rooms. She loves encouraging children to actively play and explore. Ms. Nebiat earned her Associates Degree in Child Development from Truman College in Chicago, Il.

Ms Nebiat

Wendy, Lead Teacher INFANTS – Wendy lives in Chicago and has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology-Child Development from Kaplan University. Prior to working at The Goddard School, Wendy worked as an Infant and Toddler teacher for several years.

Wendy believes that the standard of care at school should be an extension of the home. Her favorite children’s books are from the Little House on the Prairie series and the Boxcar children’s series. In her free time, Wendy enjoys cooking, reading and being outdoors. She is excited to be a part of the Goddard team!

Wendy

Ms Megan, Lead Teacher INFANT II – Ms. Megan is from Chicago, IL and has over 11 years of experience in the early childhood education. She has her Bachelors’ Degree in Family Consumer Science from Eastern Illinois University. Ms. Megan believes that children need positive environments that encourage physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive development. Megan wants to have a positive impact on all the children in her care. Her favorite book is Corduroy by Don Freeman. In her spare time, Ms. Megan likes reading, cleaning, shopping, and spending time with her family.

Ms Megan

Erica, Lead Teacher FIRST STEPS I – Ms. Erica is from Evanston and has her Bachelors’ Degree in Communication from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Ms. Erica has worked as a summer camp counselor at a community center prior to starting at Goddard. Ms. Erica believes in encouraging children to be who they want to be and to learn through exploration. “I believe a nurturing environment helps children learn successfully and develop necessary life skills”. Her favorite book is If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. In her spare time, Ms. Erica loves to read and blog.

Erica

Mrs Guadalupe, Lead Teacher FIRST STEPS I - Guadalupe brings over 5 years of Early Childhood Experience to The Goddard School. She received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from St. Augustine College. Guadalupe believes that the safety of the children is very important. She also believes that babies absorb every sound, sight, smell, taste and touch and touch around them. The communication involves not only words but with the tone of your voice and body language. In her spare time, Guadalupe loves to be outside with her three- year old sister and be spend time with her husband. Her favorite book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. Guadalupe is very excited to be a part of The Goddard School!

Mrs Guadalupe

Mrs Abbe, Lead Teacher First Steps 2-Butterflies – Abbe is from Chicago and lives in Evanston with her husband and son Jonah. Abbe graduate from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Abbe has over 10 years of experience working with children at schools in Chicago and Evanston. Abbe believes all children learn through play and through experiences in their daily lives. “All children are wonderful and special!”. Abbe is looking forward to 2017, as she will be starting her Master’s Degree. Her favorite children’s book is Heidi, originally published in 1881. Abbe loves baseball (Go Cubs!) and playing with her wonderful son Jonah.

Mrs Abbe

Ms Kelly, Lead Teacher FIRST STEPS II – Kelly is from Northbrook, IL and has her Bachelors’ Degree in Marketing from Roosevelt University. Prior to joining The Goddard School, Kelly worked at the Northbrook Park District for 8 years with children preschool through school age. Kelly believes all children should be provided with a positive learning environment that allows them to play and explore. Kelly’s goal is to provide a comfortable classroom setting for each individual student. Her favorite book is Pete The Cat. In her spare time, Kelly loves to cook (not bake), spend time with her family and friends and play with her German Shepard puppy.

Ms Kelly

Ms Darris, Lead Teacher TODDLER I - Darris brings over 14 years of Early Childhood Experience to The Goddard School. She has her Child Development Associate Credential and is currently working towards her degree. Darris believes that every child learns through exploring and play. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, traveling and going to the movies. Her favorite book is The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Darris is very excited to be a part of The Goddard School!

Ms Darris

Ms Molly, Lead Teacher TODDLER 1 – Molly is from Winnetka, IL. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from The University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and has a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from DePaul University.

Prior to joining The Goddard School, Molly was a preschool and Private Kindergarten Teacher in the area. In addition to working in the school system, Molly is a Board Chair for a local youth organization that promotes the Arts for teens.

Molly loves watching children learn through play. She believes young children engage in learning most meaning through play and direct exploration. Molly believes the teacher’s role is to guide and model this process through their expertise in designing learning experiences that are both inviting and challenging. Molly’s favorite children’s book is The Snowy Day By Ezra Jack Keats. As for hobbies, Molly loves painting, Yoga, playing and listening to music.

Ms Molly

Mrs Deborah, Lead Teacher TODDLER II– Debi is from Buffalo Grove and has over 24 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Debi has her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and at one point ran her own in home program for over 13 years. Debi believes that every child’s needs are different. It is important for her to form meaningful relationships with each child and family as it ensures her ability to guide them in a way that is most beneficial to them. Debi’s favorite children’s book is “I Love You Forever”. In her spare time, Debi enjoys reading, walking and playing the piano.

Mrs Deborah

Emely, Lead Teacher GET SET– Ms. Emely lives in Chicago and has her Associate Degree in Early Child Development from Truman College. She has a passion for working with children and wanted to become a teacher to be a part of children’s lives. Ms. Emely believes that every child is important and unique. “No child should ever feel less than or not a part of a group. Children are all so special in many ways. Children need our attention and love.” Ms. Emely’s favorite book is Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes. In her spare time, Ms. Emely enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, going shopping and watching movies.

Emely

Isebel, Lead Teacher GET SET II – Ms. Isebel is from Indiana and now lives in Chicago. Isebel has her Bachelors’ Degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University. She joins us with experience as a Pre-school teacher, Kindergarten teacher and summer camp counselor.

Isebel believes that learning for young children should be playful and enjoyable. If children are having fun and like being at school, they are much more likely to develop a love of learning. Her favorite book is Good Dog, Carl. In her free time, Ms. Isbel enjoys reading, playing with her dog and going to the beach, and visiting family and friends.

Isebel

Mr King, Lead Teacher GET SET II – Mr. King is from Chicago, IL and has his CDA Credential for Preschool. Mr. King is also pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. King has an 9-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son and has worked in local Early Childhood Education Centers for several years prior to joining The Goddard School. King believes that as a teacher, he is given one of the greatest gifts, and that is the opportunity to form close relationships with his students and families. He sees each child as a unique individual with a natural thirst for learning, as well as an eagerness to make a positive contribution to their classroom and surrounding community.

King’s favorite book is A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead. King loves spending time with his children, being outside and enjoying new adventures. He loves reading exciting books and watching independent films. The thing he loves to do most of all is service work and helping those who are in need of assistance

Mr King

Mrs Tracey, Lead Teacher GET SET II – Ms. Tracey is from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada and currently lives in Chicago. Ms. Tracey has her Bachelors’ Degree from the University of North Park College and holds her Type 04 Teaching License. Prior to working at The Goddard School, Tracey worked as a preschool teacher for twenty plus years.

Tracey believes that children are naturally curious and so eager to learn. “Each child should be looked at as an individual so as a teacher I try to set up a learning environment with a variety of activities to help each child reach their full potential.” As for her favorite children’s book, it is Friends by Helen Heine. In her spare time, Tracey enjoys reading, drawing, painting and going for walk with her husband Greg.

Mrs Tracey

Tracey, Lead Teacher PRESCHOOL 2- Ms. Tracey is from Chicago and joins our team as the Co-Lead teacher in the Zebras classroom. Ms. Tracey has her degree in Early Childhood from Central State University. She has worked as camp counselor and a vacation Bible School teacher.

Ms. Tracey believes that play is a way of learning for children. “All children can and will learn.” Ms. Tracey’s favorite children’s book is Llama Llama Red Pajama. In her spare time, Ms. Tracey enjoys swimming, writing poetry and reading. Ms. Tracey is very excited to be a part of the Goddard School Team.

Tracey

Ms Yasmine, Lead Teacher PRESCHOOL 2– Yasmine is originally from Haiti and currently lives in Skokie. She has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Oakton Community College. Prior to joining The Goddard School, Yasmine worked at centers in Evanston and Wilmette. She was also a nanny for over 4 years. Yasmine believes that every child is unique and will learn at their own pace. Yasmine has a long term goal of becoming a Director of an Early Childhood Center. Her favorite children’s book is The Kissing Hand and in her spare time, Yasmine loves to shop and spend time with her family.

Ms Yasmine

Ms Allison, Lead Teacher PRESCHOOL 3– Ms. Allison is from Chicago and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Elmhurst College. Prior to joining The Goddard School, Ms. Allison worked as a lead teacher at a Preschool in Park Ridge. Ms. Allison believes that each child has the ability to learn and it’s up to teachers to inspire and influence a love of learning for years to come. Her goal is to instill a love of books and reading in all children. Ms. Allison’s favorite kids book is Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. In her free time, Ms. Allison enjoys hiking, being outdoors and completing puzzles.

Ms Allison

Ms Mary , Lead Teacher PRESCHOOL 3 – Mary is from Park Ridge, IL and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Illinois State University. She also holds an endorsement for Early Childhood Special Education. Prior to joining The Goddard School, Mary spent her summers as a camp counselor for the park district. Mary believes that all children are important and unique. Children all need different things in order to be successful in school and the future. Her goal in our Preschool 3 classroom is to keep learning and growing with her students. Mary loves the book Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type. In her spare time, Mary loves crafting, spending time with family and friends and shopping!

Ms Mary

Ameila, Lead Teacher PRE-KINDERGARTEN – Ms. Amelia is from Grofton, Wisconsin and lives in Chicago. She has her Bachelors’ Degree in Early Childhood Education from Miami University in Ohio. Prior to working at Goddard, Amelia taught English to preschoolers in Spain for a year. After her time in Spain, Ms. Amelia was a preschool teacher at a center in Wisconsin.

Amelia believes that children learn best through play and exploring the world around them. “I encourage them to ask questions and love to use science in the classroom.” Her favorite book is “Rumble In The Jungle”. In her free time, Amelia likes to read, spend time with her friends and family and walk her dog.

Ameila

Mrs Michele, Lead Teacher Pre- K/JK – Michele is from Evanston and has a Bachelors’ Degree in Deaf/Hard of Hearing from Illinois State University and a Master’s Degree in Early Special Education from Pittsburgh State University.

Prior to joining The Goddard School, Michele was a Learning Behavior Specialist; a Teacher for Deaf or Hard of Hearing for children Pre-K-12; and an Adaptive Special Education Teacher. Michele believes in making a difference in each child’s life. She believes that every child deserves the opportunity to learn and feel loved by every adult in their life. All children need love, laughter and lots of hugs! Michele’s favorite children’s book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. As for hobbies, Michele loves reading, the cultural arts, and spending time with her husband Mike their 3 children, and her friends.

Mrs Michele

Ms Stephanie, Lead Teacher Pre-K/Junior K – Ms. Stephanie is from Harwood Heights and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Child Advocacy Studies from Northeastern Illinois University. Ms. Stephanie brings over five years of early childhood experience to The Goddard School. Ms. Stephanie believes every child is unique and special. Children lean best through play and as a teacher, her goal is to make sure that each child feels safe and loved! Ms. Stephanie’s favorite kids book is Elephant and Piggie: Let’s go for a Drive! In her free time, Ms. Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to concerts, comic book conventions and sporting events!

Ms Stephanie

Kimberley, Lead Teacher PRE-K/JR K– Kimberley is from Atlanta, Georgia and has her Bachelors’ Degree in Journalism from The University of Georgia. She also has her Early Childhood Certification and a Montessori Certification. Kimberley has previously worked as a Montessori Directress and a Nanny.

Kimberley believes in providing a stimulating educative environment. An environment filled with hands on manipulative learning activities across all academic areas of leaning that reaches every child regardless of natural ability. Kimberley’s favorite book is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, historic reading and cheering on her favorite Chicago sports team-The Blackhawks.

Kimberley

Ms Suraiya, Assistant Teacher INFANTS– Suraiya is from Pakistan and lives in Skokie. She earned has her CDA and her Bachelor of Degree in Economics and Political Science from Karachi University in Pakistan. Prior to joining The Goddard School, Suraiya worked as a Montessori teacher in Pakistan and as an Early Childhood Teacher at a center here in Skokie. She believes that every child learns differently and that we should guide them on a positive track so that they can be successful in life. Her favorite children’s book is “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” by Bill Martin Jr. In her spare time, Suraiya likes to read books and do gardening.

Ms Suraiya

Ms Deena, Assistant Teacher TODDLER I – Deena is from Chicago and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Northern Illinois University. She worked in a preschool for a child development while in high school and was a Nanny prior to working here at Goddard. Deena believes that creating a learning environment where the children feel encouraged to express themselves is very important. Her goal is to engage children in activities that are safe, fun and create a positive learning environment. Deena’s favorite book is Corduroy By Don Freeman. In her spare time, Deena liked to take her dog to the dog park, watch movies and spend time with her family.

Ms Deena

Ms Elisa, Assistant Teacher TODDLER II – Elisa is from Chicago and has her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Concordia University. Prior to joining The Goddard School, Elisa worked in an Early Childhood Center in River Forest.

Elisa believes that no child is the same as another. We should take the time to understand them as individual children and offer them a safe and fun learning educational environment.

Elisa’s favorite children’s book is The Three Little Pigs. In her spare time, Elisa enjoys playing sports, drawing, dancing and singing.

Ms Elisa

Mrs Nievelissa, Assistant Teacher TODDLER / GET SET – Lissa was born in the Philippines and has been residing in Skokie since 2013. In addition to her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Nutrition from the University of the Philippines, she has her Early Childhood Education Certification. Prior to coming to The Goddard School, Lissa was a longtime assistant in a church nursery school, working with children from infancy through three years old. Lissa believes young children learn best when they feel they are valued and accepted as they are. She believes that early childhood educators should have unconditional positive regard for all children. Her favorite children’s book is God Knows All About Me. In her spare time, Lissa loves to bake, decorate cakes and is an avid crafter!

Mrs Nievelissa

Mrs Francis, Assistant Teacher GET SET II – Ms. Francis is from Jamaica and has many years of experience working with children. She is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Oakton College.
Francis believes in a play-based approach to learning. Francis truly loves children and believes that they learn a lot through hands on experiences as well as expressing themselves. Her goal as a teacher is for children to love to learn.

Ms. Francis' favorite children’s book is “Stand Tall” by Molly Lou Melon. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and her church family.

Mrs Francis

Ms Carol, Resource KITCHEN MANAGER – Carol is our Food Service Manager and is from Glenview. She has her Food Service Sanitation Certification and has worked in school kitchens for several years. Prior to having children of her own, Carol worked in Early Childhood Education. Carol believes that when learning, children should have fun. Activities should be interesting and hands-on. Carol is excited about managing the organic kitchen at The Goddard School. And with our Gourmet Gorilla menu, you can be assured the children will enjoy good food that is not boring! Carol’s favorite book is The Giving Tree and in her free time, she likes to spend ample time in her vegetable and flower garden. Carol will be heavily involved in setting up our school garden in the spring of 2017, where we intend to grow vegetables for our classrooms! In addition to gardening and composting, Carol enjoys sewing and quilting, hiking and walking and volunteering with several charities.

Ms Carol

Edie, Resource Resource – Ms.Edie is from Winnetka and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Columbia College of Chicago. Prior to starting at Goddard, Ms.Edie has worked with children for several years as a Teacher’s Assistant at the Wilmette Recreation Center. She is passionate about kids and believes that every child needs a chance because they are all different. In her spare time,Edie enjoys working out, jumping rope, biking and hiking.

Edie

Ms Elizabeth, Resource RESOURCE – Ms. Elizabeth is from Niles, IL and is working on her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential from Oakton Community College. Ms. Elizabeth believes that children are curious and learn through hands on experience. She feels that play is important as it is through play that children learn about everyday situations. Ms. Elizabeth’s favorite books are Good Night Moon and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. In her spare time, Ms. Elizabeth loves to read mystery novels, swim in oceans and at water parks, ride horses and go on road trips!

Ms Elizabeth

Ellen, Resource RESOURCE – Ellen is from Wilmette and prior to joining The Goddard School, she worked as a camp counselor. Ellen is excited to be working towards completing her degree in Early Childhood Education at DePaul University.

Ellen believes in incorporating children’s creativity and imagination in activities. She also believes in planning activities that make children happy and fun! Ellen’s favorite book is Good Night Moon. In her spare time, she enjoys running, dancing and walking her dog.

Ellen

Mrs Ilona, Resource RESOURCE – Ilona (Zita) is originally from Hungary. She has experience babysitting and working at a Montessori school. Zita believes that all children should be loved, well cared for and educated in a safe environment. “Children need to learn how to be confident and social around their peers.” Zita’s favorite children’s book is The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading, cooking, watching movies and listening to music.

Mrs Ilona

Ms Jessica, Resource RESOURCE– Ms. Jessica is from Des Plaines and was a former teacher here at The Skokie Goddard School. She has her Bachelors’ Degree in Psychology from Elmhurst College.
Jessica has her certification in Early Childhood Education. She is currently a full- time student hoping to be a Pediatric Oncology Nurse.

Jessica believes that all children learn differently. Making learning fun is always her goal. Jessica favorite books are those written by Mo Willems. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys going up North to camp, canoe and being outdoors.

Ms Jessica

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