Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Mr Steve, Owner I have been the original owner of The Goddard School (Polaris) since its construction in 1999 and I'm an on-site active presence in the school daily. After earning my Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in 1994, I marketed technology used for education for DataBeam Corporation, Lotus Software, and IBM's eLearning division.

I am the principal of this charter school. The Goddard School (Polaris) operates both as a private preschool and a non-public charter elementary school under the Ohio Department of Education.

I have an amazing wife, Teresa, and two talented and beautiful step-daughters, Breia and Mariah. My wife excels in real estate (, Breia is a property manager and Mariah is a full-time student at Columbus State and The Aveda Institute.

We all enjoy a very active business and family life. We are excited to be expecting a grand daughter this November that will join the Lily Pond classroom in 2020!

Mr Steve

Miss Kelly, Director Miss Kelly grew up in Bryan, Ohio and graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. Later she went back to school at Ohio Dominican University to obtain her Ohio teaching license. Kelly has teaching experience with children from infancy to school-aged. She joined Goddard as a Lead Teacher, and within 5 years has held the roles of Lead Teacher, QA Liaison, Assistant Director, and now Director.

Miss Kelly

Miss Sonja, Assistant Director Hello! My name is Miss Sonja. I am so excited to join the Goddard School as the Assistant Director. I've lived in Columbus my entire life. I have worked in the educational field for over 5+ years and have a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. In my spare time I enjoy baking, shopping, arts and crafts and spending time with my family. I am so excited to get to know you and your family!

Miss Sonja

Mr Nicolas (Nick), Lead Teacher Mr. Nick is the Enrichment Specialist here at The Goddard School. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelors degree in K-12 Vocal Music Education in 2016. He taught Young 5’s-2nd grade elementary general music from 2016-2017 in Michigan before moving to Columbus. He believes that an enrichment program for early childhood education is important because it promotes critical thinking in a wide variety of subject areas all while having fun learning! In his spare time, Nick sings with the Columbus Symphony Chorus, plays and watches soccer, and spoils his dog.

Mr Nicolas (Nick)

Miss Sarah, Lead Teacher I am happy to be part of the Goddard family. I am beginning my course work in Early Childhood Education. I already have a General Arts degree. I had been a Nanny for several years and now greatly enjoy working with children in a school with an education focus.

Miss Sarah

Miss Lauren, Lead Teacher I have a Bachelor's Degree in English, minoring in Spanish and History. I have extensive training in the field of Early Childhood Education. I have been in childcare for many years and am thrilled to be working with your children here at Goddard. I am married and enjoy reading and Karaoke.

Miss Lauren

Miss Shalene, Lead Teacher I am working on my bachelor's degree in Child Psychology and have worked with children for almost 10 years. I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and moved to Columbus. I love scary movies, Star Wars, musicals, and books. I live with my two very spoiled dogs. I like working with children and my favorite thing about them is the little things they enjoy and every milestone they reach.

Miss Shalene

Miss Samantha, Lead Teacher Hi! I am Miss Samantha. I am happy to join the Goddard team. I have 3 wonderful kids, my husband, and a cat named “Kitty”. I graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Science, a Master’s in Education in Early Childhood, and my Ph. D. in Literature for Children and Young Adults. I have been in education for over 10 years. I look forward to learning with everyone!

Miss Samantha

Mr John, Lead Teacher Joined our family in February 2002. John has his CDA that focuses on preschool aged children and continues to build his ECE education and knowledge by attending a variety of early childhood trainings. John enjoys his small classroom that is always full of life and developing lifelong learners.

Mr John

Miss Torey, Lead Teacher My name is Miss Torey. I graduated from Otterbein University with a BA in Mathematics in 2018 and I plan to pursue my Masters in the future to become a math teacher. I love working with children. I am grateful for the opportunity to work here at The Goddard School.

Miss Torey

Miss Kyn, Lead Teacher My name is Miss Kyn, I have been a teacher for 12 years at private schools in Korea and Ohio. I received my degree in Business Administration from Chang Shin University in 2001. I absolutely love to teach and encourage my students to dream big and strive to reach their fullest potential. My motto is "Every Child is Different," I approach and teach every child differently to benefit them the most. When I am not teaching I love spending time with my husband and my 7 year old son. I look forward to meeting you and being a part of the Goddard family!

Miss Kyn

Courtney, Assistant Teacher I am so excited to join the Goddard family. I am the oldest of three children and have been babysitting for ten years. I graduated form Otterbein University in 2017 with Bachelors in Public Relations and Gender Studies. In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends and watching Disney movies!


Keyla, Assistant Teacher Hello, My name is Keyla and I have my Bachelors’s degree from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico in Science of Nursing. I have worked with children of all ages for about eight years. I have taught Swimming, Paddle Boarding lessons along with many more aquatic activities. I am happy and excited to be joining the Goddard School!


Micah, Assistant Teacher I am currently enrolled at Columbus State for Early Childhood Development. I am the oldest out of four girls in my family. I look forward to getting to know you and your family!


Miss Bindiya, Assistant Teacher I earned my Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gujarat Technological University in 2014 in India. I have 7 years of teaching experience with Engineering students at the university level. I love children and I am excited to have this experience with The Goddard School.

Miss Bindiya

Miss Jayasathya, Assistant Teacher My name is Miss. Jaya. I moved to Ohio from Illinois recently. I have my Masters degree and diploma in Montessori teacher training from India. I am currently working on obtaining my degree in early childhood education. Teaching has always been my passion. I have over eight years of teaching experience from my time living in Canada, United Kingdom, India, and Illinois. I am so happy to be a part of The Goddard School!

Miss Jayasathya

Christa (Cece), Assistant Teacher Hello my name is Christa (Cece) Sabarne, I'm currently a student at OSU with a double major in Education ESL and International Studies. I love kids and I have so much fun with my nieces and nephew, I cant wait to have fun with your children here at Goddard!

Miss Kaylee, Assistant Teacher I’m Kaylee! I was raised and still live in Marysville, Ohio. I have been around children since I was in 3rd grade. I have a lot of experience working with the ages 5 and younger. I have a baby girl that means everything to me. I am working toward my CDA soon so I can continue my progress as a lead teacher.

Miss Kaylee

Miss Payton, Assistant Teacher My name is Miss Payton. I study early childhood at Central Ohio Technical College. I am the middle of 5 siblings. I have a pet Bunny named Noel. I absolutely love working with children and watching them grow! I am excited to be working here at The Goddard School.

Miss Payton

Miss Tressa, Assistant Teacher I'm from southern California. I've worked with children for over 7 years and am close to completing my degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. I'm excited to be at a Goddard School and look forward to meeting you!

Miss Tressa

Miss Loghan, Assistant Teacher Hi my name is Loghan. I am the oldest of five siblings. I've been interested in working with children my whole life! I am so grateful for Goddard for giving me an opportunity to do what I love every single day!

Miss Loghan

Courtney, Assistant Teacher Hello my name is Miss Courtney and I am excited to be a new member of the Goddard team! I love to read and write children's literature. I am recent graduate from The Ohio State University with a bachelors in English, Pre-education. I cant wait to learn from this experience and watch how the children progress.

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