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 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 8 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. I relocated to Ohio in 2017 with my boyfriend, who serves here in the Air Force National Guard, and our wonderful puppy, Nova. I look forward to getting to know you and your family and exploring the new area.

Miss Ashley

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 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

Miss Hannah, Assistant Teacher My name is Miss Hannah. I have been around children since I was 14 and I have 9 years experience. In my free time I love spending time with my friends and family. I am excited to be part of The Goddard School.

Miss Hannah

Miss Casey, Assistant Teacher My name is Miss Casey and I am passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of children. I am currently pursuing my Masters degree in TESOL along with a multi-age teaching licensure. I have taken care of children in a variety of settings from babysitting to being an Au Pair in Paris, France. I am so excited to be a part of the team here at The Goddard School!

Miss Casey

Miss Christy, Assistant Teacher I am excited that I am continuing my career with The Goddard School Westerville/Polaris. I have over twenty years of experience with young children through various nanny positions. I enjoy watching children learn, grow and explore as they continue to be encouraged to become individuals. I have my Bachelors of Arts in Service Management and I am working on my Masters. I thank you for the special time I have with your child.

Miss Christy

Miss Marissa, Assistant Teacher My name is Miss Marissa and I was born in Buffalo, New York but moved to Ohio 14 years ago. I'm finishing my degree at Columbus State Community College and hope to further my education in school psychology. I love animals and have two dogs, a German shepherd named Jack and a beagle named Amber.

Miss Marissa

Miss Megan, Assistant Teacher I have been helping children learn and grow my entire life. I helped my mom run an in-home childcare center for many years. I love line dancing and going on adventures. I love coming up with fun and creative ways for kids to learn and express themselves.

Miss Megan

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 Mika, Assistant Teacher I am very excited to be here at Goddard! I am currently enrolled at Columbus State Community College. I love kids and having the opportunity to learn and experience new things. I look forward to meeting you!

Miss Mika

Miss Deborah, Assistant Teacher My name is Miss Deb! I was born and raised in Ohio. I have been working with children my entire life. I love making the world a better place for children. It is fun and fulfilling to help shape little humans into what they dream of becoming. In my spare time I love spending time with my best friends, niece and nephew.

Miss Deborah

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 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 Minea, Assistant Teacher I am a 3rd year Ohio State student majoring in English with a Pre-Dental track to be an orthodontist. I was born in Germany, but I am Croatian with Croatian being my first language while teaching English to myself! I enjoy being around children and I am so excited to start at Goddard. I can't wait to meet you and your family and I am glad to be part of your child's life.

Miss Minea

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 Suparna, Assistant Teacher My name is Miss Suparna. I am originally from India but recently moved to Ohio and have lived in Chicago for the past 21 years. My husband and I have three wonderful children. I received a Bachelors Degree in English and Education from the University of Calcutta. I worked previously as a substitute teacher and a teacher assistant for 8 years. I am very excited to be a part of The Goddard School and I am looking forward to learning and having a wonderful experience with everyone!

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