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 (teresapowellrealtor.com), 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

Miss Benita, Lead Teacher I started my career as a teacher in January 2014 with a Degree in Education. My first job as a teacher was with 1st grade and then later with experience I moved to grade 8. To widen my knowledge in the educational field I then received my Bachelors in Education. I now have over 12 years’ experience in teaching along with a Masters in Arts (History). I’m very excited about the curriculum at this Goddard School and look forward to the education of your children!

Miss Benita

Mr Nicolas (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 Nicolas (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

Miss Samantha, Lead Teacher 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

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 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 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

Tamilarasi, Assistant Teacher I have a Master’s degree and I am a mother of two cute little girls. With my past experience from NGO and voluntary teaching for about two years, I am excited to begin my career as an early childhood teacher. I am happy to be a part of the Goddard family. I love reading books, listening music and taking care of children.

Tamilarasi

Veronda, Assistant Teacher I am new to the Columbus area but originally from Cincinnati. I am a nurse area and have been for 25 years. I am married with 3 children, and 6 grandchildren as well. I really enjoy working here at The Goddard School and I would like to thank them for choosing me. I have a lot of love to give and the children I care for bring so much happiness into my life.

Veronda

Ciara, Assistant Teacher Hello, my name is Miss Ciara! I have been born and raised in Westerville Ohio. I was an only child so I have always loved being around children. I have a baby girl named Arielle and a Chihuahua named Hercules who are everything to me! In the future I will be pursuing a career in early childhood education.

Ciara

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 Monae, Assistant Teacher I am a junior at Ashland University studying Early Childhood Education with a double minor in Religion and Ethics. I have been working in childcare for 5 years & I am excited to be a part of The Goddard Family to help develop my career in childhood.

Miss Monae

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

Shalene, Assistant Teacher I am new to the Goddard School, but I have worked with children for almost 10 years. I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and recently moved to Columbus this July. 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.

Shalene

Hannah, Assistant Teacher My name is Hannah Rose. I was raised in Brooklyn, NY. I am going to school to become an Art Teacher. On my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and making art projects.

Hannah

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 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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