Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Ellen, Owner I became the Owner of The Goddard School in Vernon Hills in December 2009. I am the proud parent of four children and recognize the importance of providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for children. I believe in open and honest communication with parents to build an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. I look forward to working with you to provide a safe place for your children to learn and grow.

Ellen

Virginia, Owner Educational Background:
Ms. Virginia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Hope College.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Virginia has been working with children for over 7 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Napping House by Audrey Wood.
The Mitten by Jan Brett.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Virginia enjoys trying new recipes from Pinterest and watching movies.

Virginia

Christine, Director Educational Background:
Ms. Christine earned her Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology from Augustana College, with a minor in Spanish. She also has a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Dominican University.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Christine joined our team in February 2010 and has been working with children for over 20 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Christine is a huge advocate of dramatic play and music! She loves encouraging the children to use their imaginations and believes it increases brain development.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Christine enjoys spending time with her son.

Christine

Rebecca, Director Educational Background:
Ms. Becca earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Education and Family Services from Southern Illinois University.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Becca joined our team in May 2013 and has been working with children for over 5 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Penguin That Hated the Cold by Barbara Brenner.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Becca loves seeing all the ways the teachers incorporate Dramatic Play in their classrooms. She is excited to watch her son grow at Goddard and watch all the ways he learns through play.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her spare time, Ms. Becca enjoys decorating, watching Tennessee football, and spending time with her son.

Rebecca

Jenna, Assistant Director Educational Background:
Ms. Jenna studied Psychology and Early Childhood Education at the College of Lake County. She is currently enrolled in classes to further her education in Early Childhood.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Jenna joined our team in July 2010 and has been working in Early Childhood for over 12 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Jenna loves incorporating music and playing guitar in the classroom. She also enjoys hands-on science experiments and giving the children their own tools to explore with.

Hobbies/Interests:
When she is not working, Ms. Jenna enjoys playing guitar, writing songs, being creative, going to Target and Hobby Lobby, and spending time with her family.

Jenna

Abigail, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Abbi is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with concentrations in Special Education and English as a Second Language.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Abbi joined our team in May 2017 and has over 8 years of experience working with young children.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
To incorporate play, Ms. Abbi loves art and giving children the opportunity to discover and create. She incorporates play in to her lessons through hands-on experiences.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Abbi enjoys doing volunteer work, mentoring, and pageantry. She loves spending as much time as she can with family and friends.

Abigail

Morgan, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Morgan is in earning her Associates Degree at the College of Lake County.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Morgan joined our team in September 2015 and has been working with young children for over 10 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Piggy Pie by Margie Palatini.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Morgan loves to incorporate art in to her lesson plans and her favorite activity is painting. She uses different objects to create assorted designs and pictures.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her spare time, Ms. Morgan enjoys working out and shopping.

Morgan

Athsiri, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Athsiri studied Early Childhood Education with a minor in ESL Education at Roosevelt University.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Asthiri joined our team in August 2014 and has been working with children for over 2 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Athsiri enjoys engaging the children in art activities that allows them to use their hands and feet or other objects. She also likes to add a variety of objects to the sensory table.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Athsiri enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

Athsiri

Sarah, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Sarah is a Certified Nursing Assistant through the College of Lake County. She also earned her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education through Penn Foster College.

Experience in Early Childhood Education
Ms. Sarah joined our team in August 2017 and has been working with children for 8 years.

Favorite Children’s Book
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom
Ms. Sarah’s favorite activity is singing. She believes that children love to learn through song, and the best way to learn through play is to ask open ended questions.

Hobbies/Interests
When Ms. Sarah is not working, she loves to sing, paint, and read.

Sarah

Jessa, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Jessa earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. She also has additional Early Childhood Education credits through the College of Lake County.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Jessa joined our team in January 2013 and has been working with children for over 7 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Ana Dewdney.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Jessa loves circle time and incorporates silly songs and stories to get the children up and moving!

Hobbies/Interests:
In her spare time Ms. Jessa enjoys taking walks outside with her dog.

Jessa

Michelle, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Michelle earned her Associate's Degree at the College of Lake County in Early Childhood Education. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Kendall College.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Michelle joined our team in August 2011 and has been working with children for over 20 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Michelle enjoys reading stories and bringing them to life. She loves seeing the children’s faces as she reads.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her spare time Ms. Michelle enjoys running, watching the Cubs, Blackhawks and Bears, and spending time with family and friends.

Michelle

Kathleen, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Kathy earned her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Kathy joined our team in October 2015 and has been working with children from birth to school age for over 20 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
In the Piglets classroom, Ms. Kathy loves to have the children explore with a variety of materials to incorporate nature, life and fun silly experiments.

Hobbies/Interests:
Ms. Kathy’s hobbies include bike riding, scrapbooking, photography, crafts, dancing and music!

Kathleen

Rebecca, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Becky earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Illinois State University. She has coursework in Early Childhood Education as well.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Becky joined our team in August 2017 and has been working in ECE since 2005.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Becky likes to incorporate play in the classroom by being silly, singing, dancing, and exploring alongside the children.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Becky enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, and reading.

Rebecca

Shannon, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Shannon earned her Child Development Associate Credential.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Shannon joined our team in April 2017 and has been working with children for over 16 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
In her lessons, Ms. Shannon enjoys incorporating yoga, B.A.S.E. Fitness, or dancing and moving. She really enjoys using yoga as a gross motor activity.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Shannon enjoys going to sporting events for her children.

Shannon

Wendy, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Wendy earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Wendy joined our team in September 2015 and has been working in Early Childhood Education for over 21 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Monster at the End of the Book by Jon Stone.
Any Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
In the classroom, Ms. Wendy likes to act out different children’s stories such as: The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood. She also incorporates themed, hands-on centers that go along with what the children are learning.

Hobbies/Interests:
Ms. Wendy enjoys hanging out with her friends and going to the movies in her free time.

Wendy

Courtney, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Courtney earned her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Courtney joined our team in October 2016 and has been working with children for over 6 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Courtney likes engaging children in S.T.E.A.M. activities that reinforce what was learned.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Courtney enjoys playing sports.

Courtney

Danielle, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Danielle earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree from Tennessee State University.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Danielle joined our team in August 2013 and has been working with children for over 9 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
In the classroom, Ms. Danielle loves incorporating play in to large group activities and exploration during science activities. Everything is very hands-on and messy in her classroom and everything is learned through play.

Hobbies/Interests:
Ms. Danielle loves all Chicago sports teams! She also enjoys country music, road trips and playing/ coaching volleyball.

Danielle

Sarah, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science in Education with concentration in English from Eastern Illinois University. She also has an ESL endorsement from National Louis University.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Sarah joined our team in January 2017 and has been working with children for over 10 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Sarah enjoys incorporating play in to all areas of the classroom. Her favorite area to incorporate play is language arts. She enjoys using stamps, play dough and games to incorporate play while learning.

Hobbies/Interests:
When she is not teaching, Ms. Sarah enjoys spending time with her daughter/family, and spending too much time on Pinterest!

Sarah

Tylee, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Tylee earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Illinois and is working towards her Master’s in Education for School Counseling from DePaul University.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Tylee joined our team in November 2015 and has been working with children for over 7 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Tylee likes incorporating movement and thinks that movement and being active while learning math and literacy skills, helps children remember specific skills.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Tylee enjoys coaching basketball, spending time with her family, participating in sports, and cooking/ experimenting with new recipes.

Tylee

Amy, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Amy earned her Early Childhood Degree from Des Moines Area Community College.

Experience in Early Childhood Education
Ms. Amy joined our team in September 2015 and has over 30 years of experience working with young children.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Amy loves any activities that involve the sensory table!

Hobbies/Interests:
In her spare time, Ms. Amy enjoys spending time with her family and her dog. She also loves sports and going to flea markets.

Amy

Cindy, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Cindy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge. She is also a certified Warm Water Therapy Instructor and earned her Personal Trainer Certification from the College of Lake County.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Cindy joined our team in January 2014 and has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 38 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Cindy enjoys tying all the academic domains in to her lessons, then incorporating them in to Dramatic Play.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Cindy loves bike riding, swimming, and being a mom to her children, Fiona and Wesley.

Cindy

Dawn, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Dawn earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a Minor in Spanish.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Dawn joined our team in August 2010 and has over 25 years of experience in Early Childhood Education.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Dawn utilized S.T.E.A.M. in many hands-on activities where the students discover answers to their questions through play.

Hobbies/Interests:
Storytelling and organic gardening are some of Ms. Dawn’s favorite hobbies!

Dawn

Natalie, Lead Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Natalie earned her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago and her Masters in Early Childhood Education from National Louis University.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Natalie joined our team in August 2016 and has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 22 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
All lessons and activities Ms. Natalie teaches are through play. She believes in hands-on, age appropriate centers to spark creativity and promote learning.

Hobbies/Interests:
When Ms. Natalie is not teaching, she enjoys swimming, hiking and reading.

Natalie

David, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Mr. David is a certified Personal Trainer and is attending the College of Lake County.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Mr. David joined our team in September 2016 and has been working with children for over 2 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
No, David! by David Shannon.

Hobbies/Interests:
Mr. David enjoys working out, dancing and reading.

David

Hanna, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Hanna is majoring in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Teaching English Learners at Elmhurst College. She is also certified in Special Education.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Hanna joined our team in May 2016 and has been working with children in a school setting for over 3 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Hanna loves having interactive art or sensory play because she believes it allows the children to create and express themselves.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Hanna loves spending time with her friends and family, crafting, and volunteering at Children’s Network Memorial Hospitals.

Hanna

Sharon, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Sharon earned her Business degree from Trinity University. She also studied Early Childhood Education at Kendall College.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Sharon joined our team in November 2009 and has been working with children for over 20 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Any “Llama Llama” books by Anna Dewdney.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Sharon believes that play is natural for children, and playing “kitchen” or “babies” is a favorite for most children.

Hobbies/Interests:
When Ms. Sharon is not working, she enjoys being with family and enjoying her grandchildren.

Sharon

Sarah, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Sarah earned her Family and Child Studies degree from Northern Illinois University.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Sarah joined our team in April 2017 and has been working with children for over 4 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
One of Ms. Sarah’s favorite ways to incorporate play is with group time. She believes it is easy to turn a simple song into something for the children to act out with their friends.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Sarah loves being a mom, doing crafts, doing DIY projects, and hiking.

Sarah

Denise, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Denise has two years of college experience.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Denise has been working with children for over 23 years and had her own childcare facility in her home.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Denise believes story time is a great tool to get children interested in reading.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Denise is a Minister of Care at her church, and belongs to a book club.

Denise

Ruby, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Ruby went to vocational school and is currently enrolled in Early Childhood Courses at the College of Lake County.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Ruby joined our team in August 2016 and has been working with children for over 3 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Ruby loves using her imagination with the children and acting out real life scenarios in Dramatic Play.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Ruby enjoys reading books, articles and magazines! She also likes playing music and dancing.

Ruby

Yesenia, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Yesenia is working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education at the College of Lake County.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Yesenia joined our team in September 2012 and has been working with children for over 8 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Yesenia loves solving puzzles and exploring nature outside with the children.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Yesenia likes to do volunteer work with her Church, cooking and listening to music.

Yesenia

Kathryn, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Kathy attended DePaul University and holds a State of Illinois Paraprofessional Certificate.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Kathy joined our team in November 2013 and has been working with children for over 8 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allen Ahlberg.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Kathy believes that singing and dancing brings out delight and happiness in children.

Hobbies/Interests:
Ms. Kathy loves to take bike rides and walks at forest preserves and Chicago Botanic Gardens. Her favorite activities are being “Nana” to her three grandchildren and reading historical fiction.

Kathryn

Mary, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Mary earned her Physical Education Degree from Barat College and a Master’s in Education from Northern Illinois University.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Mary joined our team in September 2016 and has been teaching for over 30 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Mary enjoys reading activities and incorporating games that help children learn to read.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Mary enjoys gardening, reading books and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary

Crystal, Assistant Teacher Educational Background:
Ms. Crystal earned her Associate’s degree at the College of Lake County.

Experience in Early Childhood Education:
Ms. Crystal joined our team in April 2017 and has been working with children for over 2 years.

Favorite Children’s Book:
The Pete the Cat collection by Eric Litwin.

Favorite Way to Incorporate Play in to the Classroom:
Ms. Crystal loves to incorporate hands-on activities as much as possible. She believes that having a hands-on approach makes learning more exciting and fun.

Hobbies/Interests:
When she is not teaching, Ms. Crystal loves painting and being outdoors.

Crystal

Lorette, Resource Educational Background:
Ms. Lorette earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. She also has several cooking certificates from the College of Lake County.

Cooking Experience:
Ms. Lorette has been cooking for eight years, and was previously our chef from 2010-2011.

Favorite Children’s Book:
Any Dr. Seuss or cook books.

Favorite Dish to Cook:
Ms. Lorette loves to cook chicken lettuce wraps.

Hobbies/Interests:
In her free time, Ms. Lorette enjoys drawing, sports, cooking, being creative, spending time with her family and two dogs, and being outside.

Lorette

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