Teacher of the Year Winners

Teachers are some of the most influential people in young children’s lives and are one of the keys to success for Goddard Schools. We host the Teacher of the Year Award to recognize these educators for their hard work and dedication to early childhood education. Learn about this year’s winners!

  • We received more than 1,000 Teacher of the Year Award nominations and are honored to have such amazing teachers as part of the Goddard Family. After much deliberation, we’ve chosen the twelve winners and are excited to introduce you to them. Find out who won in each region leading up to the announcement of our grand prize winner.

Central Region Winners

Ms. Britney

Pleasant Prairie, WI | Infant

Ms. Britney is a nurturing, empathetic educator whose detailed observations, immense knowledge of infant development and open communication helps build amazing bonds between children and the families she serves! Ms. Britney’s students flourish in her classroom. They work on important developmental skills through hands-on learning whether it’s playing in sensory bins or making arts and crafts. Parents also commend Ms. Britney for noticing when things may be off with their babies, such as discomfort from teething. She documents everything and provides parents with detailed information and resources. 

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Ms. Nora

Darien, IL | Toddler

Ms. Nora is a kind, loving educator whose empathetic teaching style helps children recognize and understand their emotions and the emotions of others. She expertly turns everyday interactions in the classroom into teachable moments to help her students practice what they’re learning. Not only is Ms. Nora active and engaged in the classroom, but she’s part of her School’s teacher resource team. She represents the teachers and collaborates with leadership to help make sure everyone who enters the School has the best possible experience. Ms. Nora has been seen as a leader ever since she started. She is always ready for the day with a smile and is a prepared, professional, empathetic team player.

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Ms. Jennifer

Pleasant Prairie, WI | Pre-K

Ms. Jennifer is a creative teacher who knows how to engage children in meaningful learning! Not only does she spend so much time developing hands-on lesson plans, but she also tends to our organic garden, helps organize and maintain multiple classrooms and provides extended learning opportunities for the families of her students. She is a fantastic educator whose classroom is always fun and productive. She’s passionate about her profession and continuing her education. Ms. Jennifer is also the head of the School’s Sunshine Committee where she helps provide a positive atmosphere for all of her coworkers by remembering birthdays, anniversaries and planning employee events.

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Ms. Albina

Mason, OH | Kindergarten

Ms. Albina knows how to make her students feel loved, cherished and valued. When children have a tough moment, she’s the first to hug them and remind them how special they are, and she encourages them to seek their full potential by helping them develop a positive mindset. Ms. Albina goes above and beyond with her commitment to her students and their families. She gets to know her students’ families, which means younger siblings know and love her, too! Parents, who also happen to be teachers, praise Ms. Albina for being a shining light during the challenges of the global pandemic. 

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Western Region Winners

Ms. Teisha

Clackamas (Happy Valley), OR | Infant

Ms. Teisha is a nurturing and compassionate educator who truly loves every child in her care as her own. She puts families at ease and supports them through the tough transition from home to school. Ms. Teisha shows all of the children in her class the compassion, empathy and warmth you would expect from a parent and provides families thoughtful and meaningful daily updates about their children’s day and developmental achievements. She listens to all parents’ requests or concerns and provides them with meaningful feedback and suggestions based on her experience and time with their children. Ms. Teisha does a beautiful job creating an environment and experience for children that really fosters a love of school for children and their families.

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Ms. Jennifer

Lewisville (Castle Hills), TX | Toddler 

Ms. Jennifer’s students have so much fun in her class that they often aren’t ready to leave at the end of the day! She’s a calm, gentle educator who makes every child feel safe, loved and supported. She’s an expert in early childhood development and teaches her students important social-emotional skills, which parents always comment on! They love how sociable their toddlers have become and that they’re learning mutual respect. Ms. Jennifer provides families with insightful feedback during parent teacher conferences or during drop off and pick up. She highlights children’s developments in a positive way, addreses all concerns and always reassures parents that their children are doing great.

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Ms. Valerie

Keller, TX | Preschool

Ms. Valerie is a patient, empathetic teacher who excels at encouraging students to always do their best. She offers challenging work but is always right there ready to help them succeed. She loves to sing songs in French during activity transitions and teaches her students Spanish during circle time. Ms. Valerie incorporates learning into day-to-day interactions with her students so that they not only retain the lesson but know how to apply it in real life. She loves each student as her own and encourages them to be who they are. Ms. Valerie offers lots of positive reinforcement, praises students as they improve and guides them through their struggles. 

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Mr. Steven

San Ramon, CA | School age

Mr. Steven is a passionate, dedicated educator who works tirelessly to ensure that his students are engaged in learning every day. He personalizes his lesson plans to meet the needs and interests of the children in his class. He worked with the administrative team and teachers to develop a health and fitness program tailored to the needs and capabilities of his students. During the summer, Mr. Steven runs the summer camp program for school-age children, which includes activities like nature hikes to promote a love of the outdoors. Mr. Steven and his programs are so popular that parents are willing to drive out of their way to get to the School or re-schedule vacations so their children can attend his class or summer program.

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