Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Miss Kristina, Owner
As Co-Owner of The Goddard School in Farmington, I am thrilled to be surrounded by the laughter and enthusiastic personalities of young children everyday!

My education is in Human Development and Family Studies, however, my experiences in corporate sales and operations management, took me in another direction, which ultimately has helped to prepare me to lead The Goddard School.

It is important to me to create an environment where the needs of our children come first and where every parent and child who walks through our doors feels welcomed and valued.

In my free time I enjoy being with my family, spending time outside, fall fairs and festivals and traveling!

Welcome to The Goddard School Family!

Miss Kristina

Miss Marissa, Owner
The preschool years are a whirlwind of boundless energy filled with enthusiasm and endless curiosity! At The Goddard School, our teachers nurture, inspire, and encourage our children to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. We strive to meet the needs of each student and help them to explore and grow beyond. It is our mission to foster a love for learning in each of our students.

As an educator and Co-Owner of The Goddard School, this is an exciting opportunity for me as I join our families and faculty in providing the best possible early childhood environment filled with experiences that will help shape our young children for a bright, successful future in school and in life!

On a personal note, my husband, Michael, and I are parents to Wyatt, Quinn and Stetson. Stetson currently attends The Goddard School, Wyatt and Quinn recently graduated from The Goddard School (PreK class of 2015 and 2018). I am committed to providing strong leadership and support for all of our teachers as well as a fun, loving, and safe “home away from home” for your children!

Miss Marissa

Miss Courtney, Director
My name is Courtney Schiavone and I am the Educational Director here at The Goddard School. I have worked in the Early Childhood field for just about 25 years in many positions from teaching in Infant and toddler programs to enrollment counselors. The last 5 years I have held Director positions. I hold a bachelor’s in business management from Albertus Magnus, however, have taken many courses in the ECE field to support my passion.

I am so excited to join the Goddard Family. I love to support the faculty and families any way I can so we can continue together to maintain a high-quality program that ensures individual child support while offering challenging and engaging curriculum.

In my free time, I spend time with my husband, four children and two dogs in Rocky Hill. They keep me busy and entertained! When I’m not supporting one of my children’s extracurricular activities, you can find me taking walks, going to the movies or hanging out by our pool.

I love children’s literature, but one of my favorite stories is 'Today I feel Happy' by Jamie Lee-Curtis. It is a great story about self-identifying emotions and allowing ourselves to be in the moment.

Miss Courtney

Miss Valerie, Director
My name is Miss Valerie and I am so grateful to be a part of the Goddard family!

I have always enjoyed working with children and love the creative aspect that is a part of the early childhood environment. I have had the pleasure of teaching in both the Toddler and Preschool age groups providing children with a nurturing environment where they can learn and explore. I have been part of the Administrative Team here at The Goddard School since 2014. As a Director I enjoy working alongside the teaching staff as well as the administrative team to help ensure all needs are met within the school!

When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family hiking, fishing or just relaxing!

Miss Valerie

Miss Liz, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Liz and I am Co-Lead Teacher in the Loveable Lambs (infant) Classroom.

I have been working with children from infants to Kindergartners since 2010. I chose to work at The Goddard School because I loved the learning environment that is provided for the children, the families that we work with, as well as the faculty here! Specifically I love working with the infant age because each moment is a new adventure, reaching new developmental achievements each and every day!

In my free time I enjoy reading an exciting book or listening to different varieties of music.

My favorite children’s book is ‘Chicka Chicka Boom Boom’ by Bill Martin Jr.

Miss Liz

Miss Mandy, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Mandy and I am the Co-Lead Teacher in the Lovable Lambs (infant) Classroom. I have over 21 years of experience in the Preschool Setting ranging from the Infant Classroom up to School Age.

I have an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. I chose to work at The Goddard School because it is a caring and well run school and program. The faculty and directors are knowledgeable and kind. I specifically chose to work in the infant classroom because I love being a part of their milestones and find beauty in the trust and bonds that are built during this time. In my free time I enjoy going for walks with my dog, spending time with family and friends, reading, and watching movies.

My favorite children’s book is ‘Guess How Much I Love you’ by Sam McBratney, ‘The Little Critter’ books by Mercy Mayer and all Dr. Seuss books.

Miss Mandy

Miss Sara, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Sara and I am the Co-Teacher in the Precious Peacocks (mobile infant) Classroom. I began working with children of all ages at 18 where I fell in love with the field. I strive to be an advocate for all children/ I have experience in the preschool setting, as well as being involved in many programs focusing on school-aged children. I chose to work at The Goddard School because I admire the policies and principles that are manifested here! I chose to work in the mobile infant classroom because I love the high energy of the classroom. My students certainly keep me moving, and I love that! Working with my students is such so exciting and rewarding!

I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In my free time I enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, writing and spending time with loved ones.

My favorite children’s book is ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak, a close second favorite would be ‘Goodnight Moon’ by Margaret Wise Brown.

Miss Sara

Miss Shannan, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Shannan and I am the Co-Teacher in the Precious Peacocks (mobile infant) Classroom. I have been teaching children from the newborn age up to 10 years old for the past 7 years. I chose to work at The Goddard School because of the wonderful reputation the school has! I specifically choose to work with infants because of how rewarding it is to build relationships with my students and their families as well as being a part of each student’s growth!

I have my bachelor’s degree in psychology. In my free time I like to go for walks with my husband and our puppy, I also love spending time with my two nieces!

My favorite children’s book is ‘Mix it up’ by Herve Tullet.

Miss Shannan

Miss Nicole, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Nicole and I am the Co-Lead Teacher in the Delightful Ducks (Young Toddler) Classroom. I am so excited to be a part of The Goddard School family!

I enjoy working with children as I find the career to be an extremely rewarding one! Putting in hard work to create relationships with my students and their families is so fulfilling to me.

In my free time I like reading, enjoying the outdoors during the nice weather, and spending time with my son.

My favorite children’s book is ‘The Runaway Pumpkin’ by Kevin Lewis.

Miss Nicole

Miss Denise, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Denise and I am the Co-Lead Teacher in the Playful Piggies (Toddler) Classroom. I have been working at The Goddard School since 2014 and during that time have enjoyed encouraging children to explore their world, while watching how they each discover their own way and love of learning! I choose to work at The Goddard School because I believe in helping each child maximize their learning through play. Young children are wonderful to work with because of the energy and excitement they bring into the classroom each day!

I have my Child Development Associates Degree as well as my Head Teacher Certificate for the State of Connecticut. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, running, mountain biking and singing at my local church.

My favorite children’s book is 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak.

Miss Denise

Miss Lisa, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Lisa and I am the Co-Teacher in the Playful Piggies (Toddler) Classroom. After a long business career, I have finally found my passion and home. Prior to working at The Goddard School, I worked as and educator for 8 years. I chose to work at The Goddard School because it offers each child room to learn, grow, and become their best self. I love to help children learn and to watch them reach each milestone. I believe that all children are special and unique. My favorite saying is ‘You are never too young to teach or too old to learn’ Author Unknown.

I have my master’s in business administration and Bachelor of Science Degree. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my grown daughters, son in laws and grand-puppies. I also love taking walks and going to the beach.

My favorite children’s book is ‘Oh, the Places you’ll go!’ by Dr. Seuss.

Miss Lisa

Miss Molly, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Molly and I am the Co-Lead Teacher in the Gleeful Goats (Young Toddler) Classroom. I chose to work with children because I love to watch them learn. There is no greater feeling than knowing you’ve helped shape a student’s life for the better!

I have over 10 years of experience in the Preschool setting ranging from the infant classroom up to the Preschool Classroom. I chose to work at The Goddard School because I love that they share in my love for a playful learning environment for students! In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, being outside, going on hikes and other adventures with my dogs and Fiance.

My favorite children’s book is ‘Oh the places you will go’ by Dr. Suess and ‘The little Engine that could’ by Watty Piper’.

Miss Molly

Miss Tanya, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Tanya and I am the Co-Lead Teacher in the Gleeful Goats (Toddler) classroom. I chose to work at The Goddard School because I enjoy being surrounded by the professional, intelligent, respectful and fun co-workers here! I enjoy working with toddlers because I love seeing their growth over the school year, watching my students learn and achieve is the ultimate prize for a teacher!

I have completed two years of classes in Early Childhood Education and am currently working on my Child Development Associates Degree. I have been working with children of this age for 33 years in a Preschool setting and am extremely passionate about early childhood education!

In my free time I love to be with my 3 grandchildren! I love to go to the beach in the summer with my family, traveling and sometimes even fishing with my husband.

My favorite children’s book is 'Corduroy' by Don Freeman.

Miss Tanya

Miss Nikki, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Nikki and I am the Lead Teacher in the Cheerful Chicks (Preschool 3s) Classroom. I have always enjoyed being around children and am so excited to be an integral part of their learning experience here at The Goddard School!

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Sociology and Political Science. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, walking, hiking, swimming and spending time with my dog.

My favorite children’s book is Corduroy by Don Freeman.

Miss Nikki

Miss Denise, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Denise and I am the Co-Lead Teacher in the Creative Cows (Preschool) Classroom. I have been working with children for over 10 years. I absolutely love being in the presence of young minds. Children are constantly surprising and inspiring me!

I have my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Development and Education from the University of Connecticut. I have enjoyed working with children ages 1-3. I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking and playing scrabble!

My favorite children's book is 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen.

Miss Denise

Miss Melinda, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Melinda and I am the Co-Lead teacher in the Creative Cows Preschool Classroom. I believe in The Goddard School’s philosophy that children learn best through play and exploration in a nurturing environment.

I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Education as well as my Master’s Degree in Reading and Language Arts. In my free time, I enjoy being with my family. We love the outdoors, traveling and participating in athletics.

My favorite children’s author is Dr. Seuss. Not only is he one of the world’s most loved writers, but he is also my Great Grandfather’s cousin!

Miss Melinda

Miss Jada, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Jada and I am the Co-Teacher in the Respectful Roosters (Pre-K) Classroom. I have been working in education for five years with various age groups. I chose to work at The Goddard School because I believe in their vision and philosophy of learning through play! I chose to specifically work with Preschoolers because they are exciting, fun, and energetic. Everyday brings something new to them and I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of their journey!

In my free time I am either creating art or photography.

My favorite children’s book is ‘The Painted Pony’ by Angharad Thompson Rees

Miss Jada

Miss Megan, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Megan and I am the Co-Lead Teacher in the Respectful Roosters (Pre-K) classroom. I chose to work at The Goddard School because I truly believe in their philosophy. Children are naturally very curious and I enjoy facilitating ways for their curiosity to bloom in the classroom!

I have my Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies. With my mom also being a Preschool Teacher, I have grown up familiar with the Preschool setting. While in college I taught Pre-K Summer school as well as worked on campus at their Preschool.

In my free time I love going on adventures with my dog Rhett, being with friends, and watching my alma mater, Auburn, sporting events. War Eagle!

My favorite children’s book is 'Madeline' by Ludwig Bemelmans. It is the first book I ever knew that had a little redheaded girl as the main character which made me feel very special!

Miss Megan

Miss Jillian, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Jillian and I am the co-lead teacher in the Bright Bunnies (Older Toddler) Classroom! I have had the pleasure of working with toddlers for the past 6 years!

I have my associates degree in Early Childhood Education. I chose to work at The Goddard School because of their fabulous reputation as a wonderful school to attend and to work for. In my free time I enjoy hiking and running.

My favorite children’s books are 'The Giving Tree' by Shel Silverstein and 'The Empty Pot' by Demi.

Miss Jillian

Miss Mary, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Mary and I am the Co-Lead Teacher in the Bright Bunnies (Older Toddler) Classroom. I have been working with children for about 3 years ranging in age from toddlers up to elementary. I absolutely working with children as they truly bring joy to my days

I have my degree in Primary Education from Honduras. I chose to work at The Goddard School because of the way they care for and educate children. It is very apparent in the days here. In my free time I love to read books and listen to music

My favorite children's book is 'The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

Miss Mary

Miss Jessie, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Jessie and I am the co-lead teacher in the Helpful Horses (Pre-K) Classroom! I have had the pleasure of working with children of all different ages for the past 5 years! I also have a 5 year-old step daughter who has taught me so much!

I have my bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology/Disability Services. I chose to work at The Goddard School because there is a strong emphasis on early childhood education. Children are learning something new every singe day to prepare them for their roles in society. I enjoy the preschool age because the children can engage in conversation about what they are learning, as well as I enjoy being involved in their preparation for Kindergarten and beyond. In my free time I love spending time with my family, going to the beach, playing with my puppy, painting, cooking and spending as much time as possible outside!

My favorite children’s book is ‘Jessie Bear, What Will You Wear?’ by Nancy White Carlstrom.

Miss Jessie

Miss Paige, Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Paige and I am the Co-Teacher in the Helpful Horses Classroom (Pre-k)! I have had children in my life since I was young as I grew up as an aunt at the age of 8! Prior to coming to The Goddard School I previously worked in the Preschool setting for 2 and a half years. I chose to work at The Goddard School because I felt the most comfortable in the classrooms and most connected with the children. I strive to be a teacher that my students look up to and learn so much from!.

I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym.

My favorite children’s book is ‘Oh the places you go’ by Dr. Seuss. Life throws you so many places but in the end you choose the direction! I love that message.

Miss Paige

Miss Kim, Assistant Teacher
My name is Miss Kim and I am a Substitute Teacher and our 'Quality Assurance Queen' at The Goddard School! Children at this age are growing and learning so quickly, it is so exciting to witness and be a part of this huge transition in their lives. My teaching philosophy recognizes that children learn best through play, that being said, I couldn't have chosen a better fit than The Goddard School! I have been with The Goddard School since 2015. Having been a Toddler Teacher for many years at The Goddard School, I am looking forward to my new position as a Substitute Teacher and our 'Quality Assurance Queen' which allows me to ensure all our classrooms are up to Goddard's Health and Safety Standards.

I have a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and have worked with Toddlers and Preschoolers for more than 6 years! In my free time, you can find me spending time with my daughter, son, and husband!

My favorite children's book is 'Pete The Cat: My Groovy Buttons' by Eric Litwin.

Miss Kim

Miss Destiny, Resource
My name is Miss Destiny and I am a Resource Teacher at The Goddard School! I have been working with children in a Preschool and Elementary setting for the past 4 years. I chose to work at The Goddard School because I feel like it provides me new opportunities to learn and grow as an educator. I choose to work with the Preschool and Toddler age because they motivate me to be a better person and I admire their endless energy and creativity!

I have my degree in exercise science. In my free time I enjoy working out, photography, cooking and snuggling up with a blanket and a great book!

My favorite children’s book is ‘If you give a Mouse a Cookie’ by Laura Numeroff and ‘Wayside School Series’ by Louis Sachar.

Miss Destiny

Miss Dominique, Resource
My name is Miss Dominique and I am a Resource Teacher at The Goddard School. I have worked in the childcare field for the past 5 years. I’ve always found my passion in working with children. I find it gratifying to be a part of the education process for this age group. Watching them learn, explore, and grow and knowing that I am a part of that growth is so amazing!

In my free time I enjoy reading.

My favorite children’s book is ‘Goodnight Moon’ by Margaret Wise Brown.

Miss Dominique

Miss Elizabeth, Resource
My name is Miss Elizabeth and I am a Resource Teacher at The Goddard School. I have worked with young children of all ages! I love working with young children because of how interactive and exciting it is! I am so thrilled ot be a part of The Goddard School because of the unique family atmosphere!

I am in the process of obtaining my Bachelor's Degree! In my free time, I love to paint, draw and spend time with my granddaughter, Madison!

My favorite children's books are all of the Dr. Seuss books!

Miss Elizabeth

Miss Maggie, Resource
My name is Miss Maggie and I am a Substitute Teacher at The Goddard School in Farmington!

I am currently attending school to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Having heard nothing but positive remarks about The Goddard School's reputation, I am so excited to join the team! I have experience in after school programming for public schools as well as being an assistant lacrosse coach.

In my free time I enjoy traveling, going to the beach and constantly connecting with family and friends!

My favorite children’s books are 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak and 'Charlotte's Web' by E.B White.

Miss Maggie

Miss Skye, Resource
My name is Miss Skye and I am a Resource teacher at The Goddard School. I have been working with children of all ages for the past 4 years. I chose to work at The Goddard School because I love their child-focused approach. Their program is focused on helping each student learn and grow from our play-based environment. It is so wonderful to see our students thrive in the environment we provide them!

I am currently attending school to be a pediatric nurse. When I am not working or going to school, I enjoy dancing, spending time with my friends, and catching up on some of my favorite TV series.

My favorite children’s book is ‘Chicka Chicka Boom Boom’ by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault.

Miss Skye

Miss Zuleyka, Resource
My name is Miss Zuleyka and I am a Resource Teacher at The Goddard School! I have been working with children in a Preschool setting for the past 5 years and have babysat for children from infants to school age for as long as I can remember! I chose to work at The Goddard School because I love working with children! I believe in helping each child maximize their learning experience through play!

I am currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. In my free time I enjoy going on runs, hiking and spending time with my family.

My favorite children’s book is ‘The Giving Tree’ by Shel Silverstein.

Miss Zuleyka

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