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 entered the field distance education for DataBeam, Lotus Software, and IBM's eLearning division.

I am also the principal of this private 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 graduating Westerville Central with the knowledge that she wants to help children. This summer she's a camp counselor for Tim Horton's Children's Foundation Camp Kentahten in southern Kentucky. We all enjoy a very active business and family life.

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 Ashley, Assistant Director I am so excited to be at The Goddard School. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Studies at West Virginia University. I have over 7 years experience working in child-care, teaching, and special education mentoring in multiple school age and preschool age settings. In my spare time I enjoy photography, kayaking, hiking, and all things outdoors. I grew up in Fairmont, West Virginia most of my life and have relocated to Ohio with my boyfriend who serves here in the Air Force National Guard. I look forward to getting to know you and your family and exploring the new area.

Miss Ashley

Miss Jennifer, Lead Teacher I have been working here at the The Goddard School since 2015. I have been working with children for 17 years, from infants to school-age, specializing in Infants for the past ten years. I attended Columbus State where I was enrolled in their Early Childhood Development Education program. I am currently enrolled in the CDA, Child Development Associate program,through Action For Children Columbus. I have a ten year old named Luke,and a beagle named Abbey who keeps me very busy! I am a huge OSU fan, and I grew up in the Columbus/Westerville area. I look forward to getting to know your children, and I am excited for the new adventures we will experience together.

Miss Jennifer

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

Mr Nicholas (Nick), Lead Teacher Mr. Nick 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 Nicholas (Nick)

Ms Danielle, Lead Teacher I graduated from Miami University in the spring of 2017 with a B.A. in English Literature. While studying at Miami I tutored K-5th grade students at multiple local elementary schools, through which I discovered my passion for helping children to learn and grow. I am very family-focused, and I am happy to be a part of the Goddard family! I love singing, dancing, percussion instruments, and am learning to play guitar and ukulele, so I often encourage self-expression and play centered around music, as well as make learning more fun and memorable by incorporating music into our lessons! It is such a joy for me to see children develop physically, mentally, and socially every single day!

Ms Danielle

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

Mr Tehron, Lead Teacher I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Education from Central State University in 2006. I have several years experience in childcare and home health care settings. I have experience working with children with special needs as well. Along with the teaching of young children, I teach dance classes in the evenings, too! I'm excited to be a part of the Goddard family.

Mr Tehron

Miss Meredith, Lead Teacher I am a graduate of Indiana University's School of Education, where I studied Elementary Education and Language Arts. As a member of the SoE's Global Gateways for Teachers program, I completed half of my student teaching in Falkirk, Scotland.

I love to read and keep a growing collection of children's literature. I also really love drinking coffee and any and all dogs.

I have a passion for teaching literacy through movement and integrating technology into my literacy lessons. Additionally, I have a strong interest in teaching coding in early elementary grade as a way of integrating STEM into the classroom.

Miss Meredith

Miss Erin, Assistant Teacher My name is Miss Erin. I'm was born a Buckeye. I'm family focused and I love spending time with children. I have two kids of my own.

Miss Erin

Miss Marissa, Assistant Teacher My name is Miss Marissa and I was born in Buffalo, New York but moved to Ohio 13 years ago. I'm a student at Columbus State Community College studying biology with a pre-health professions tract. I love animals and have two dogs, a German shepherd named Jack and a beagle named Amber.

Miss Marissa

Alexandra, Assistant Teacher Hello! I’m so excited to work with your little ones! My name is Alexandra, but I go by Alex. I was born and raised here in central Ohio, in a little town called Alexandria none the less! I graduated a year early from high school and pursued an education in the medical field afterwards. I’m currently a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant! I do plan to go back to school for nursing very soon though! Through my medical career I did work in pediatrics and loved it! I have a son, his name is Benjamin and he is a year old. I consider myself a huge cinema fan! I love watching movies and TV shows. I’m also a gamer! It’s my favorite thing to just curl up with some amazing food and a good video game or movie!


Ms Jahan (Kalan), Assistant Teacher My name is Miss Kalan. I have one dog named Lilly; she seems to be my furry child. I am attending Otterbein University for Early Childhood Education. I want to have a positive impact on children. I love teaching and doing fun things with children. I am thrilled to be able to bring joy to all the children and parents!

Ms Jahan (Kalan)

Miss Kaz, Assistant Teacher I was born in Frederick, Maryland and have been working with children since I was 10 years old. My dream is to open my own preschool in Texas. A fun fact about me is that I've skydived before!

Miss Kaz

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 to start my career teaching young children.

Miss Bindiya

Miss Karleigh, Assistant Teacher Hi, my name is Karleigh. I was raised in Pickerington and received my Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of Mount Union. I have worked with children of all ages, including special needs children in different school settings. I am happy to be a part of the Goddard family.

Miss Karleigh

Miss Samantha, Assistant Teacher I am currently in school to obtain my Early Childhood Education degree. My goal is to one day be an elementary school teacher. I love working here at Goddard-- it has been fun learning all of the wonderful personalities of the students and exciting to see knowledge develop.

Miss Samantha

Cheyenne, Assistant Teacher I am so happy to be here at the Goddard School. Growing up I have always known that I would be working with kids, as it brings me so much joy. I am originally from Texas and relocated to Ohio when my dad retired from the Army after 27 years of service (Hooah!), and to be close to my family. I look forward to getting to know your children and my new home.


Miss Winry, Assistant Teacher I moved to Ohio from sunny Southern California. I have over five years’ experience working with children. I am finishing up my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies for Teaching from Azusa Pacific University. I enjoy video games, learning Japanese, writing, reading, drawing, and playing with my cats.

Miss Winry

Miss Torey, Assistant Teacher “My name is Miss Torey. I am from northwest Ohio and I love working with children! I enjoy being active, making crafts and anything math-related. I’m currently pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics at Otterbein University I’m grateful for the opportunity to work at a Goddard School while I’m finishing my degree.”

Miss Torey

Miss Emily, Assistant Teacher I am currently attending Otterbein University for a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. I have a great passion for working with children and I am honored to be able to work at Goddard. I hope to be able to get to know you and your children!

Miss Emily

Miss Mariah, Resource I joined the faculty in September 2017 to continue to gain knowledge and experience working with young children. This summer, I worked as a camp counselor at Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation Camp Kentahten to help children develop the skills they need to become resourceful, responsible and empowered individuals. Through this experience, I discovered my passion for teaching. I’m excited to share my day with the kids at Goddard and add to their fun learning experience! I have two dogs, a white ferret, a hedgehog, and I love to be outside experiencing nature.

Miss Mariah

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