Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Mr Derick, Owner After earning his bachelor's degree in Financial Services from Wright State University, Derick received his MBA from Bowling Green State University. Since then, he has worked in corporate finance for over twenty years. Derick is also involved with the Novi Chamber of Commerce.

Derick is thrilled to be able to provide The Goddard School's outstanding program to the children and families in the greater Novi community. He and his wife, Bobbie, are raising a three-year-old son and recognize the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment, which is why they chose The Goddard School. He is proud to offer an incredible opportunity for children to grow through exploration and hands-on learning.

Mr Derick

Ms Janelle, Director Janelle earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development and Learning from Central Michigan University. She has worked in schools and early childhood centers since 2006 and has grown a passion for early childhood education.

Janelle had a goal of becoming an elementary school teacher but found her love for preschool when she started working as a lead teacher. Janelle was on the executive board for the Association of Education for Young Children at Central Michigan for three years and has volunteered in many elementary schools.

As the Education Director, she wants to provide a safe environment for each child and wants their experience to be beneficial to their growth emotionally, physically, and mentally. Janelle believes early childhood development is one of the most important aspects that children can experience.

Ms Janelle

Ms Jayme, Director Jayme has her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and is certified in Early Childhood Development and Learning, Math and Language Arts from Central Michigan University.

Jayme has been working with children since 2007. She taught 3rd grade for 3 years and was a Special Education Camp Counselor. Jayme also has experience as a Young 5’s Teacher.

Jayme is a member of the Michigan Reading Association. She accomplished her goals by hard work, dedication, and support from family and friends. One of her biggest accomplishments is raising her son Bentley.

As the Assistant Director, Jayme wants to establish a love for learning in young children so that the passion of learning can continue on through their lives.

Ms Jayme

Ms Rachael, Lead Teacher Ms. Rachael is one of our lead teachers. She has her Child Development Associate with a focus in Infant and Toddler. Ms. Rachael has been working with children since 2007.

In her free time, Ms. Rachael enjoys spending time with her son Kadin and traveling to Silver Lake Sand Dunes with friends.

Her son was a big part of her inspiration to continue in the early childhood field. She loves working with children and seeing their faces light up when they learn something new.

Ms Rachael

Ms Alejandra, Lead Teacher Ms. Aly is one of our Lead Teachers. She has her Bachelor's Degree from BYU-Idaho in Child Development. Ms. Aly has been working with children since 2013. She has also participated in an Autism Spectrum seminar through the Inland Regional Center in California.
Ms. Aly's biggest accomplishments was moving from California to Michigan and she is now living on her own.
In her free time, Ms. Aly loves to travel, read, watch movies and try new food. Her mother is who inspired her to go into Early Childhood.

Ms Alejandra

Ms Kaity, Lead Teacher Ms. Kaity is one of our Lead teachers. She has her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from a technical college in Wisconsin. Ms. Kaity has been working with children since 2015. She has also student taught from 2013-2015.
Ms. Kaity moved from Wisconsin in 2016 after she married her husband Ben. In her free time, Ms. Kaity enjoys hiking, going to the movies, reading, and photography.
Ms. Kaity thinks children are wildly fun to work with and that it is a great reward to help nurture a child.

Ms Kaity

Ms Kelsey, Lead Teacher Ms. Kelsey is one of our lead teachers. She has her Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Schoolcraft. She has been working with children since 2016.
Ms. Kelsey has worked with children from the ages of infant through 10 years old. She would not have been able to achieve her goals without the support and love from her family. Ms. Kelsey's favorite children's book is Arthur.
In her free time, Ms. Kelsey enjoys fishing at her cottage with her family. Ms. Kelsey went into early childhood because she has always had a love for children and that was confirmed when she started her early childhood program at college.

Ms Kelsey

Ms Nadia, Lead Teacher Ms. Nadia is one of our lead Teachers. She has her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Development from Purdue Global University.
Ms. Nadia has been working with children since 2011. Ms. Nadia achieved her goals through planning and leaning on her support system.
In her free time, Ms. Nadia loves spending time with her nieces and nephew and her family. She likes to watch movies, go for walks, and experience art. Ms. Nadia went into early childhood because of her love for children and connection with them. She wants to help give them a safe environment to explore in and be comfortable.

Ms Nadia

Ms Devin, Lead Teacher Ms. Devin is one of our Lead Teachers. She is currently working on completing her Child Development Associates in Infant and Toddler. Ms. Devin has been working with children since 2006.
At the age of 12, Ms. Devin was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Her favorite children's book is Love you Forever by Robert Munsch.
In her free time, Ms. Devin loves to hang out with her friends and family. She went into Early Childhood because she has always had a passion for children at a young age.

Ms Devin

Ms Gabrielle, Lead Teacher Ms. Gabrielle is one of our lead teachers. She has her Bachelor’s in Children and Families from Eastern Michigan University. Ms. Gabrielle has been working with children since 2013.
In her free time, Ms. Gabrielle enjoys spending time with her family, knitting, and reading. Her favorite children’s book is Stellaluna.
Ms. Gabrielle went into Early Childhood because she loves the idea of shaping young minds. She believes that even small milestones are big accomplishments.

Ms Gabrielle

Ms Heather, Lead Teacher Ms. Heather is one of our lead teachers. She obtained her Early Childhood Development Certification from English Nanny and Governess School. Ms. Heather has been working with children since 1988. She has also worked at The Goddard School of Westlake in Ohio for 13 years.

Ms. Heather was a Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children. This inspired her to go back to school to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. She wanted to be able to help children on a broader scale. Ms. Heather achieved her goals with hard work, perseverance, and positive attitude.

In her free time, Ms. Heather likes to bike, read, and spend time with family and friends. She loves working with children. Looking at the world through their eyes is a constant reminder to her and it allows her to appreciate the simple things in life.

Ms Heather

Ms Tayla, Lead Teacher Ms. Tayla is one of our lead teachers. She has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development and Learning from Central Michigan University. Ms. Tayla has been working with children since 2013.
Ms. Tayla's favorite children's book is "The Giving Tree." In her free time, Ms. Tayla enjoys reading, playing sports, and hiking.
Ms. Tayla has had an internship as a preschool teacher. She went into early childhood because she has a strong passion for teaching young children.

Ms Tayla

Ms Caitlyn, Lead Teacher Ms. Caitlyn is one of our lead teachers. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and Learning from Central Michigan University. Ms. Caitlyn has been working with children since 2013. She has spent time as a nanny and has worked in elementary schools.
In her free time, Ms. Caitlyn enjoys playing tennis. Her favorite children’s book is The Kissing Hand.
Ms. Caitlyn grew her love for Early Childhood once she became a nanny at a young age. She also completed classes in high school which required her to work in elementary schools. Ms. Caitlyn found her desire to help and teach young children.

Ms Caitlyn

Ms April, Lead Teacher Ms. April is one of our Lead teachers. She has her Bachelor's in English Literature from Madonna University and her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from William Tyndale College.
Ms. April has been working with children since 1989 and became a mom in 2004. She has also worked at the Olympics as security. In her free time, Ms. April enjoys painting and writing poetry and short stories. She has self published a poetry book in 1990.
Growing up, Ms. April's mom was a teacher in the school she attended. Once she went to college, Ms. April found her love for teaching as well and enjoyed working in the early childhood field.


Ms April

Ms Esther, Lead Teacher Ms. Esther is one of our Lead Teachers. She has her Associates of Arts from Mott Community College. Ms. Esther is also working on her Associates of Early Childhood Education. Ms. Esther has been working with children since 2007.
Ms. Esther's faith is very important to her and it has helped her with everyday struggles. She is very dedicated to her work and school. One of Ms. Esther's biggest accomplishments are her children.
In her free time, Ms. Esther enjoys biking, scrap-booking, and traveling to different places. The love of children is what inspired Ms. Esther to go into Early Childhood. She wants all children to have a safe place to learn.

Ms Esther

Ms Jennifer, Lead Teacher Ms. Jennifer is one of our lead teachers. She has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Language Arts from Adrian College. She has been working with children since 2008. Ms. Jennifer has taught from Preschool to 8th grade and has worked as a camp counselor.
Ms. Jennifer loves watching the growth of students in their early years and loves how curious they are. In her free time, Ms. Jennifer enjoys yoga and spending time with friends and family.

Ms Jennifer

Ms Tamie, Lead Teacher Ms. Tamie is one of our lead teachers. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Central Michigan University. Ms. Tamie has also obtained her Elementary Education teaching certification from Eastern Michigan University.
Ms. Tamie has taught children from birth to 5th grade. Her most important work is being a mom to her two son’s Cameron and Riley. Ms. Tamie is very proud of her passion and dedication to the education of young children.
In her free time, Ms. Tamie loves spending time with her boys, reading, traveling, and crafting. She also loves attending Rick Springfield concerts. Ms. Tamie went into early childhood because there is nothing quite so satisfying and exciting as seeing the light bulb go off in a young child when they look at you and say “I can do this!” She is fortunate to have an impact and lasting impression on the students in her room.

Ms Tamie

Ms Lauren, Assistant Teacher Ms. Lauren is one of our assistant teachers. She is attending Oakland Community College to get her Bachelor’s in Cinematic Arts. She also plans on completing her Child Development Associate in infant and toddler.
Ms. Lauren has worked with children since 2015. She has also been a lead summer camp teacher with elementary children.
In her free time, Ms. Lauren loves watching movies and hanging out with friends and family. Ms. Lauren went into early childhood because of her love for children and watching them grow.

Ms Lauren

Ms Elizabeth, Assistant Teacher Ms. Liz is one of our assistant teachers. She has her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and is working on completing her Child Development Associates in infant and toddler. Ms. Liz has been working with children since 2008.
Ms. Liz has traveled to Europe and has completed the Police Academy. Her favorite children's book is Rock, Paper, Scissors.
In her free time, Ms. Liz enjoys watching movies and spending time with her family. She went into early childhood because she has loved working with children and watching them develop at such a young age.

Ms Elizabeth

Ms Alexandria, Assistant Teacher Ms. Alexandria is one of our assistant teachers. She is working towards her degree for Early Childhood Education. Ms. Alexandria has been working with children since 2015.
Ms. Alexandria moved from Florida and is beginning a new chapter in her life in Michigan.
In her free time, Ms. Alexandria enjoys photography, writing and painting. Ms. Alexandria has always loved with working with children and wants to be able to make a difference in a child’s life.

Ms Alexandria

Ms Carmen, Assistant Teacher Ms. Carmen is one of our assistant teachers. She graduated from Saint Catherine of Siena Academy and plans on attending Eastern Michigan University for pediatric nursing or child psychology.
Ms. Carmen comes from a family of 8 and is the second oldest. She has had a lot of experience with taking care of young children. To achieve her goals, Ms. Carmen worked hard and put her heart into everything she does.
Ms. Carmen's favorite children's book is the Giving Tree. In her free time, Ms. Carmen loves photography and to travel. She enjoys working with children because she loves being able to help them grow and learning from them is such a great experience.

Ms Carmen

Ms Tais, Assistant Teacher Ms. Tais is one of our assistant teachers. She has her Bachelor's of Education in English and Portuguese from a college in Brazil. Ms. Tais has been working with children since 2012.
Ms. Tais came to America as an exchange student and worked in an Au Pair program. She came here to gain more experience with children
Ms. Tais' favorite children's book is "The Foot Book" by Dr. Seuss. In her free time, Ms. Tais enjoys going for walks, riding her bike, and going to the movies. She went into early childhood because she loves kids and likes to see them grow and learn every day.

Ms Tais

Ms Jacey, Assistant Teacher Ms. Jacey is one of our assistant teachers. She has completed her Child Development Associates and plans on completing her preschool CDA. Ms. Jacey has been working with children since 2002.
Ms. Jacey's favorite children's books are "Animals Strike at the Zoo, It's True", and "Owl Babies." In her free time, Ms. Jacey enjoys reading, crafting, spending time with friends and family along with her niece and nephews.
Ms. Jacey went into early childhood because her aunt worked at an early childhood center. She was introduced at a young age and she found her love for educating children.

Ms Jacey

Ms Morgan, Assistant Teacher Ms. Morgan is one of our assistant teachers. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ferris State University. Ms. Morgan plans on completing her Child Development Associates as well.
Ms. Morgan has been working with children since 2012. One of her greatest accomplishments was graduating college with a 3.6 GPA.
In her free time, Ms. Morgan enjoys horse back riding. Ms. Morgan went into early childhood because she loves children and loves helping them learn.

Ms Morgan

Ms Hannah, Assistant Teacher Ms. Hannah is one of our assistant teachers. She is currently completing her Child Development Associates with a Preschool concentration. Ms. Hannah has been working with children since 2012.
Ms. Hannah's favorite children's book is "Oh, The Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss. In her free time, Ms. Hannah enjoys cooking.
Ms. Hannah went into early childhood because she loves the children's excitement and enthusiasm for learning. She loves their open mindedness about the world and seeing things from their perspective.

Ms Hannah

Ms Nadia, Assistant Teacher Ms. Nadia is one of our assistant teachers. She has her Bachelor’s from U of M Dearborn in Health Study Policies. She also has her Child Development Associates in Preschool. Ms. Nadia has been working with children since 2008.
Ms. Nadia’s favorite children’s book is Lemony Snicket. In her free time, Ms. Nadia enjoys reading, relaxing at home and visiting museums.
Ms. Nadia went into early childhood because she has always enjoyed working with children. She said it feels amazing to play a part in their life at an early age.

Ms Nadia

Ms Kari, Resource Ms. Kari is our resource teacher. She has been working with children since 2004. Ms. Kari had her own in home day care when her oldest child was two years old.
Ms. Kari is a mom of five children. She achieves her goals by planning ahead and having a schedule to help meet different goals.
Ms. Kari’s favorite children’s book is 47 Beavers on the Big Blue Sea. In her free time, Ms. Kari enjoys swimming, playing with her children, decorating, photography, and traveling.

Ms Kari

Ms Raven, Resource Ms. Raven is one of our assistant teachers. She has been a nanny for two years and has two boys of her own.
Ms. Raven loves There Was an Old Lady children’s books. In her free time, Ms. Raven loves spending time with her children and riding bikes.
Ms. Raven enjoys working with children. She loves watching them grow and seeing who they become.

Ms Raven

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