Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Mr David, Owner We are pleased that we introduced The Goddard School to Central Lake County, Illinois in 2004. Since then, we have grown to be one of the pre-eminent, award-winning Goddard Schools in the United States. We are proud of our entire staff for creating a high-quality environment that enjoys national recognition.

After two decades as an executive in the corporate world, my two children, Emily & Evan, inspired me to dedicate my life to delivering high-quality education for infants, toddlers, preschool and kindergarten children. My extensive research led me to The Goddard School, whose reputation is unsurpassed for quality for both the school facility and curriculum. The Goddard School has been rated #1 in early childhood education every year since 2000 and enjoys an excellent national reputation.

I earned a Bachelors degree from Rutger’s University and an MBA in Executive Management from St. John’s University, New York. Most recently I was part of an executive management team, as General Manager and Sr. Vice President of worldwide operations that grew a computer software start up and took it public.

My wife of 30 years, Donna, has spent the last 16 years creating a loving, caring, and nurturing environment at home for our children to learn and grow while they attend school. She has a degree in Hospital Administration and recently earned a degree in Medical Assisting.

Mr David

Ms Terry, Director Hello I'm Terry, the Executive Director at The Goddard School located in Third Lake. I'm proud to say that I have worked at this school since the day it opened in 2004 as a teacher for the first year, Education Director for 10 years and now as the Executive Director! I attended Bradley University where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology. After I graduated, I taught in a Montessori school with children ages two through eight then had the opportunity to work in a public school for a few years before I became a mom and stayed at home for 3 years. When it was time to go back to work I found The Goddard School where I could bring my 4 children, who have now all graduated from here!! I look forward to many more years at The Goddard School!!

Ms Terry

Ms Karen, Assistant Director My name is Karen and I am the Assistant Director for the Goddard School in Third Lake. I love getting to know YOU and YOUR family as I engage with your child in the classroom and interact with you in the office. I have worked here since August 2005. For two years, I taught in the Lion’s Room in the afternoon and became Assistant Director August 2007. I graduated from Trinity International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications as well as 18 hours of Early Childhood courses from Taylor University in Indiana. I have lived in Lake County for more than 30 years living in Mundelein, Gurnee and now Wildwood. My husband, Dan, and I have three grown married children and 7 grandchildren, Andrew, Joshua, Mathew, Milly, Wendell, Alice and Benjamin. I enjoy scrapbooking pictures of my family as well as piecing quilts together.

Ms Karen

Ms Sally , Assistant Director Hello I'm Sally, the Education Director at The Goddard School located in Third Lake., IL. I started working in Early Childhood in 2002. I worked as a Lead Teacher and then also began a dual role of supervising and teaching in 2007. I obtained my bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Bethel University in St. Parul, Mn. I am married with two daughters. I love our Goddard family and look forward to many more years here.

Ms Sally

Ms Carine, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Carine! I began teaching in 1999. I worked in a few different classrooms through the years before I settled into the Lead teacher position in Lambs. I have a Pediatric Nursing Degree from my home country Belgium where I was nurse for 6 years. In my free time I enjoy camping up north with my husband and spending time with my grandchildren! I speak fluent Dutch, French and German.

Ms Carine

Miss Lucy, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Lucy! I began teaching in 2008 and have primarily worked with infants. I am also known for being a jack of all trades here and have helped out in the office, kitchen and other age groups when needed. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Kendall College. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering and spending time with friends and family. A fun fact about me is that my family is from Italy, so I’m fluent in Italian!

Miss Lucy

Miss Kaitlynn, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Kaitlynn! I began teaching at The Goddard School in 2015 as a floater and then moved to the Tortoise classroom where I worked with preschoolers. I have just recently changed to the Little Birds classroom to work with Pre-Toddlers. I obtained my Early Childhood Associates Degree from the College of Lake County. When I’m not at Goddard, I also work as a Licensed Cosmetologist.

Miss Kaitlynn

Miss Angela, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Angela! I began teaching in 2007 and have primarily worked with toddlers! I began at The Goddard School in Ladybugs, but shortly after moved into my current classroom Brown Bears, as a Lead Teacher. I earned my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from the College of Lake County. I enjoy cooking and can play any instrument by ear!

Miss Angela

Miss Dawn, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Dawn! I have been teaching since 1998 and have worked primarily with toddlers and two year old children. I am passionate about fostering young children’s growth both socially and emotionally. The Brown Bear room has been my home since I started working at The Goddard School in 2007. I look forward to meeting you and your child!

Miss Dawn

Ms Sheila, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Sheila! I began teaching in 1998. Prior to teaching, I was nanny for 19 years! I have primarily worked with two-year-old children and am known for being the Queen of Potty Training! I have an Associate Degree in Child Development and an additional 12 college credits in Early Childhood studies. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family!

Ms Sheila

Miss Catherine, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Katie! I have been working with children as a nanny and a daycare provider since 2013. I recently completed my bachelor’s degree in education from Purdue Global. I have also taken American Sign Language Courses! I began at The Goddard School as a floater and then, as of April 2018, I began working full time as a lead teacher in Ladybugs with 2 year olds. In my free time, I enjoy reading!

Miss Catherine

Miss Haley , Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Haley! I began teaching in 2015 and have primarily worked with preschool through school-aged children. I began at The Goddard School as a Floater in 2017. Shortly after, I became an Assistant Teacher and worked in both the Polar Bear and Caterpillar classrooms. Now, I am in the Lady Bug classroom! I am currently working towards my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education at the College of Lake County. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family.

Miss Haley

Ms Valeria, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Val! I began teaching in 2003 and have worked with a variety of ages while teaching in an Early Childhood setting. I started at The Goddard School as an Assistant Teacher and was promoted to a Lead Teacher shortly thereafter. I have an Associate’s Degree in Child Development. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my son and daughter!

Ms Valeria

Ms Tracy, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Tracy! I have been working in early childhood since 1997. I was a Lead Teacher in Little Birds for 6 years here at The Goddard School. Now, I am a Lead Preschool Teacher! I started in the Seahorse room and now am in the Tortoise room! I have four years of college education that includes multiple early childhood courses. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family!

Ms Tracy

Ms Cindy, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Cindy and I have been teaching since 2006. I am an Assistant Teacher in the Tortoise preschool classroom. I have a B.A. in Communications from Michigan State. After staying home with my children for many years, I wanted to work doing something I love!

Ms Cindy

Miss Jamie, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Jamie! I began teaching in 2009 and have primarily worked with toddlers and two-year-old children. I began at The Goddard School in the Brown Bear and Lady Bug unit. I am now working as an Assistant Teacher in our Pre-Kindergarten classroom. I am currently working towards by Bachelor’s Degree in Middle School Education at the College of Lake County. In my free time, I coach a High School Speech Team!

Miss Jamie

Miss Cassidy, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Cassidy Mullen and I have worked at The Goddard School since January 2016. I graduated from Warren High School a semester early and started attending CLC. The Goddard School is my first experience working with early childhood and I love it! I’m an afternoon floater, so I work with all of the classrooms! A fun fact about me is that my hair IS naturally curly.

Miss Cassidy

Miss Jessica , Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Jessica! I began teaching at The Goddard School as a Lead Teacher in the Lions classroom, but I have been working with children for three years. I have my Child Development Associate certificate. In my free time, I love being creative. I like digital art, photography, singing, and coloring. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and pets!

Mr Tom, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Mr. Tom and I started teaching in 2010. I began working as a Floater, then as an Assistant Teacher in the Kindergarten classroom. I am now a Lead Teacher in the Lions classroom! I currently hold an Associates Degree and am working towards my Bachelor’s Degree. I am fluent in Dutch! In my free time, I enjoy gardening, skiing, teaching chess, and cooking! I also love to play the guitar for my students!

Mr Tom

Miss Krystal, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Krystal! I began teaching in 2004 and have primarily worked with Kindergarten aged children. I taught preschool at The Goddard School for two years. Then, in 2006, I moved into the Kindergarten classroom. I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University with endorsements in Language Arts and Social Studies. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and exercising!

Miss Krystal

Miss Meghan, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Meghan! I began teaching in 2013 and have primarily worked with preschool and Pre-K aged children. I began at The Goddard School as a Floater and then became a Lead Preschool Teacher. Now I am working as a Junior Kindergarten teacher in Foxes! I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Children and Family Ministries from Trinity International University. I am fluent in sign language and I love sports and all things Disney!

Miss Meghan

Mrs Cheryl, Assistant Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Cheryl! I began working at The Goddard School as an Assistant Teacher in the Little Lambs teacher, but I have been working with children for six years. I love to paint and be creative. In my free time, I spend time with my family, including my three children, and I teach yoga!

Miss Katy, Assistant Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Katy! I just graduated from Lakes Community High School and am now pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education at College of Lake County. I started here at The Goddard School as a Floater. In my free time, I enjoy working with children in a theater setting and spending time with my kitten, Owlette.

Ms Maria, Assistant Teacher Hi! My name is Maria! I began teaching in 2006 primarily with infants. I began at The Goddard School as a floater and soon after became the full-time assistant in the infant classroom. I have a Child Development Associate Certificate and I’m working towards my degree in Early Childhood Education. I love watching Disney movies with my children! I’m a fluent Spanish speaker!

Ms Maria

Miss Norahely, Assistant Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Nora! I started working at The Goddard School as an Assistant Teacher in the Little Lambs infant room. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my dog, Arya! A fun fact about me, is that I am fluent in Spanish!

Miss Allison, Assistant Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Allison! I began working at The Goddard School as a Floater. Now, I am an Assistant Teacher in the Little Birds classroom and working towards completing my coursework to be a Lead Teacher. An interesting fact about me is that I have completed course work in Archaeology and even went on an Archaeological dig in Transylvania, Romania!

Ms Debbie, Assistant Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Debbie! I have been working at The Goddard School in the Pre-Toddlers and Toddlers classroom since I started here. I work a split shift in the mornings and late afternoons, so I get to welcome the children when they arrive and give them hugs when they leave! In my free time, I love watching the Cubs!!

Ms Debbie

Miss Megan, Assistant Teacher Hi! My name is Megan! I began working at The Goddard School as a Floater in 2013, but I have been working in child care since 2005. Now, I am an Assistant Teacher in the Brown Bears classroom and I float anywhere I’m needed. When I am not working at Goddard, I enjoy camping, rollerblading, bowling, and swimming!

Miss Megan

Miss Edith, Assistant Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Edith! I have my Child Development Associate certificate in Preschool and plan on taking my education even further. I have been working with children since 2016 and I love and enjoy what I do as a teacher! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my daughter. A fun fact about me is that I am fluent in Spanish and enjoy teaching Spanish to my class and co-workers!

Miss Edith

Ms Jeane, Assistant Teacher Hi! My name is Jeane and I work in the Get Set classroom in the afternoons. I graduated from a University in the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science Degree. I came to the US in 2003 and started working right away with preschool children. I found my calling working with special needs children at the Special Education District of Lake County where I currently work during the day. I am married and have a son! My passion is doing all kinds of arts and crafts too!!

Ms Jeane

Miss Philomina, Assistant Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Alla! I began teaching at The Goddard School as an Assistant Teacher in the Brown Bear classroom and am now Assistant Teacher in the Seahorse preschool classroom. I am working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education. A fun fact about me is that I was born in Russia. In my free time, I love sailing, swimming, and working out!

Ms Heather, Assistant Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Heather and I have been working in early childhood since 2005. I have been an Assistant Teacher in a couple of our preschool classrooms before I settled into my position in the Fireflies classroom. I really enjoy doing art projects with my students, and I love getting messy! I feel passionately about teaching children about compassion and how we treat each other. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my daughters Mackenzie and Morgan!

Ms Heather

Mr Anthony, Resource Hi! My name is Mr. Tony! I started as The Goddard School Chef in 2018, but I have been working in the food industry for over 20 years! In my free time, I love spending time with my family, especially my daughter, Kensi. My hobbies include woodworking and playing the tenor saxophone!

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