Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Ms Emily, Director Hi! my name is Ms. Emily. I have been at Goddard since June 2019. I always wanted to be a teacher! I received my B.A. in Human Development with a minor in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State University. I also have my Early Childhood Directors License through the State of Colorado. I have been teaching in early childhood education for more than 12 years. I taught at another Goddard School for eight years. Outside of work I love spending time with my husband, daughter, and two dogs. We all enjoy swimming, biking, hiking, camping, and visiting family. We love cooking dinner and baking cookies together. I love gardening, reading and watching movies in my down time.

Ms Emily

Ms Megan, Assistant Director Hello, my name is Megan Ellefson. I am an Assistant Director at the Goddard school. I moved to Colorado Springs from California in 2019 and began working at Goddard right away. I love the school, environment and staff! Prior to being in the office, I was the Lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher in the Crocodile Room. I received my associates degree in Early Childhood Education in May 2014 from Ohlone College in Fremont, California. However, I began my career in this field in 2008. In California, I was a Director of a Private preschool for 6 years and also received by training to be a mentor. In my down time, I coach a local high school cheer leading team and teach choreography. My passion is teaching and helping others and I look forward to working with you at Goddard.

Ms Megan

Ms Anne, Lead Teacher Hello - My name is Anne Kelley! I was born and raised in the sunshine state of Florida! I have has an amazing opportunity to be part of the Early Childhood Education field since 1980. Through the years I have been so blessed to help and guide children as they grew socially, emotionally and academically and through creativity. I've also gained insight and understanding of 'life' when other times seeing things through their eyes. I have worked with all ages - 6 weeks to 4 year olds. I taught for 23 years before acquiring certification and credentials to Direct a center, and then did so for 15 years. In 2018, I relocated to the this beautiful state of Colorado and continued my career in Goddard school colorado springs. I absolutely love and respect the unique gifts and talents of each staff member. They are A, 100% qualified and they give their "all' to the students. Our Administrative staff/ Management team is wonderful as well. Always available to jump in with help, suggestions, time and energy. My position is a multi-age specialist. When not on site at the Goddard School - I enjoy travel, photography, cooking, and spending time with my 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Ms Anne

Ms Barbara , Lead Teacher Hello, My name is Barbara(Barb)Hudgens. I am an infant supervisor in the Infant Room/ Cubs and a closing Manager. I have been in Goddard since June 2020. I have a Bachelors Degree in Child Development and Leadership. I have over 25 years of experience working with young children. I started out at a private Lutheran Preschool in Arkansas. My family moved to Colorado Springs in 2006. I went to school in 2014 and received my bachelors in Child development and Leadership in 2019. I believe that all children should be treated as individual little humans and encouraged to go after what they want. I am proud wife of 29 yrs and a mother to 4 children. My husband and I are currently raising our 7 year old grandson. We love hiking, reading, family dinners on Sundays and weekly family game nights.

Ms Barbara

Brandice, Lead Teacher Hello! My name is Ms. Brandi, and I am the new Lead Teacher in the Cub classroom. I am very excited to be joining The Goddard School of Colorado Springs! I have my Bachelor of Innovation in Inclusive Early Childhood Education from UCCS! I am also infant lead supervisor qualified . I have been teaching preschool for the last six years both in private centers and the school district. Although I enjoy working with all ages, infant care is where my heart is the happiest. Outside of work I love to spend time with my husband and sweet hound dog, Willow! We enjoy going for hikes and being active outside.


Ms Kaitlin, Lead Teacher Hello, My name is Kaitlin McCranie. I am the LEAD teacher in the Infant/ Cubs Room. I have been in childcare for about 5 years, with 4 years experience working with Infants.I moved to Colorado Springs in 2017 from Texas. I love to hike, shop, and watch movies in my spare time. Since I moved, going back home to see family is my favorite thing. I have my Child Development Associate for Infant/ Toddler. I am very excited to be part of the Goddard School.

Ms Kaitlin

Ms Nathalie, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Nathalie Fundora. I am the First steps LEAD teacher in the Monkey Room. I've been lucky to call Goddard home since July 2016, I have always enjoyed working with children and taking the task\challenge with teaching children. I graduated with a Bachelors in Child Development\ Psychology in 2016. I grew up in Orlando and my playground was Disney. I love Disney singing, and anything outdoors. I love food and have been in many competitions with my mother, who is a professional chef. My first language is Spanish and i learned English Sign Language when i was 14. For my family, Its just my Mom- Marcia, Dad-Aldo and my older brother- Thomals. We are very close. I look forward to the years of learning, growth and challenges in this career and meeting wonderful children and families.

Ms Nathalie

Ms Michelle, Lead Teacher My name is Michelle, I'm 20 years old and I just moved to Colorado in 2020. I'm from Wisconsin and used to serve in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. I will be starting school in the fall of 2020 to further my career in Early Childhood Education. I love to be outdoors and explore the hiking trails in the mountains. I am excited to start my teaching journey, beginning as a teacher's aide at The Goddard School.

Ms Michelle

Claudya, Lead Teacher Hello, I am Ms. Claudya and I am thrilled to be the new Zebra teacher! I have a Bachelors degree in Child Development and I am working on a dual Masters in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. I have six years experience in childcare, and I am so excited to join the Goddard School team!

Ms Courtney, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Courtney Young. I am the LEAD teachers in the Get Set/ Zebra Room. I started working in childcare 3 years ago in Kansas City and I have loved working with kids ever since. I graduated high school with an associates in General studies and an Associates in Arts. I also have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, I found Psychology to be very interesting and I like looking at how children think. One of my goals for myself is to implement what I have learned in Psychology to help me better my ways of teaching the kids and helping them learn in new and exciting ways. I want the children to love learning as much as I do and to push their creativity. Another goal of mine is to attain my Child Development Associates Degree and must continue to grow as a teacher and within Goddard. I am so excited to be a Zebra teacher and i cant wait to see what happens next! I am so glad to be a part of the Goddard Family!

Ms Courtney

Ms Jean, Lead Teacher My name is Ms. Jean Schuchmann, I joined our Goddard Team in May of 2015. I am the classroom LEAD teacher in the first steps/ Monkey Room since 2015. I have worked in childcare one way or another since my sons (now 39 & 37) where in grade school. One of my greatest joys in seeing a child grow from an infant to a toddler. First Steps, first words, making friends, guessing out how things work and becoming accomplished and successful. My passions are gardening and photography and combining the two. I also like to get out in nature and take photographs. I have also done maternity, newborn and senior photo shoots.

Ms Jean

Ms Kourtney, Lead Teacher Hello! I am Ms. Kourtney. I am the LEAD teacher in the Zebra Room. I received my Child Development Associates degree in 2020. I have been part of the Goddard Family since August 2019. I grew up in Northern California with my parents and two siblings. I moved to Colorado four years ago and love life here in the Springs with my six year old daughter, twin boys, and husband. I love spending time with friends, drinking coffee, and working with children!

Ms Kourtney

Ms Linda, Lead Teacher Hello! My name is Miss Lindy. I am one of the Preschool teachers in the Hippo classroom. I have been working in the field of education for 16 years. I have been a part of the Goddard Family since January 2020. In 2019, I received my Associates Degree in pyschology from Colorado Christian University and I am currently working on my Bachelors degree and due to graduate in Summer 2021.0 I have 4 children of my own. 3 girls and 1 boy. They keep me busy and we enjoy camping and exploring new attractions we haven't been to. I am excited to be part of your child's learning experience while you are here at our school.

Ms Linda

Blake, Lead Teacher Hello, my name is Ms. Blake and I recently relocated to Colorado Springs from Utah. I am ecstatic to start my new journey at The Goddard School. Being a teacher has given me the chance to grow in so many different ways. I love finding my inner child through my students imagination and creativity. It is so rewarding to watch young minds grow and learn in so many different ways. I have my CDA and have more than six years experience working with children. I have been teaching Pre-K for the past few years and look forward to working alongside Ms. Bobbie in the Crocodile classroom. Seeing my students thrive and helping guide them towards success is something I am extremely happy to be apart of. In my free time, I find myself outdoors. I love nature and enjoy hiking, camping, and paddle boarding.


Mrs Bobbie, Lead Teacher Hello, I'm Ms. Bobbie, and teaching young minds is my passion! I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and have worked with young children for over nine years teaching ages two-six. My classroom philosophy is to teach the whole child while providing a safe and developmentally appropriate class environment. I was born and raised in Kansas city, KS but I'm growing to love the mountain view from where I live with my husband, Caleb and our dog, Claymore. My hobbies include hiking, drawing, cooking, and playing games with friends. My most used words in the classroom are "Be safe. Be kind. Be helpful". Words I think are great for teachers and students both to live by.

Mrs Bobbie

Ms Sarah, Lead Teacher Sarah has taught in childcare settings full time since 1989, and part time prior to that. She grew up in Colorado Springs. She shares a home with her mother and one cat. Sarah makes greeting cards, sews, bakes, and loves anything Harry Potter and old musical movies. Sarah also works at Build-A-Bear part time.

Ms Sarah

Ms Amber, Assistant Teacher Hi! My name is Amber Hayward. I am a teachers assistant in the Rowdy Rhino room. I have been part of the Goddard family for the past seven months. This is my first time working with children, and so far I enjoy it very much. In the past I have been a veterinarian assistant. I am originally from Florida, but have lived in quite a few other states. I currently reside in Colorado springs with my boyfriend and our two Great Danes which we consider our fur babies. In my free time, i enjoy weight lifting or baking. I enjoy working with infants, and i cant wait to see what the future holds, the possibilities are endless.

Ms Amber

Emily, Assistant Teacher Hi! My name is Ms. Emily and I am a Pre-K teacher! I have worked with children of all ages since I was 13 years old. I have my Associate's Degree in Health Administration and I am completing my Bachelor's Degree in Human Services pertaining to Family and Children. I hope to complete my Doctorate in Psychology and Education so I may open my own non-profit rehabilitation program. In the classroom, I always strive to teach children in a way that allows them to learn from me and allows me to learn from them. On a personal note, I have an eight year old daughter, whom I love to do arts and crafts with. I enjoy video games, writing, and am working on a graphic novel. I love traveling to the beach, where I spend time writing poetry.


Shianna, Resource Hello, My name is Shianna. I am very excited to begin my journey here at The Goddard School. I am a very outgoing, positive person and love helping other people as much as possible. My hobbies are being a mom and doing fun activities with my children. I have my G.E.D and plan on furthering my education in the near future.


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