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

Mr Jon, Owner Owner

Mrs Tina, Owner Meet your on-site owner of The Goddard School® in Brooklyn Park, Tina Joens. Tina has worked in the Early Childhood field for over 30 years. In 1988 she began her career in the military with her husband, where they were stationed in England. She has worked all over the country in Military Child Development Centers. Tina earned her Child Development Associate degree in 1991 at Boise State University. In 1996 Tina and family (daughter, Jordyn, husband David) moved from New Mexico back to Minnesota. Since that time she has worked in several corporate centers in the metro area and also managed her own home childcare program for 5 years. She looks forward to working with all the children, parents, and staff to provide the best education for the children at The Goddard School.

Mrs Tina

Mrs Tara, Director Tara has been the Director of The Goddard School® in Brooklyn Park since it opened in 2006. She lives in Isanti with her husband David, son Cadyn and daughter Talyn. She graduated from the University of North Dakota (Go Sioux!!) with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Education and a minor in Aviation Administration. Currently she is working on finishing her last paper to complete a Master’s in Education from St. Mary’s University. Before coming to Goddard she was a child care consultant and worked with numerous centers throughout the Twin Cities and East Central Minnesota troubleshooting problem areas. Tara's previous experience was the role of a Director of Early Education for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Their program encompassed, Head Start, Early Head Start, Even Start, Learning Readiness, ECFE and child care all into one program that serviced children and families in three districts. Tara appreciates having the opportunity to get to know all the families that are a part of the Goddard family.

Mrs Tara

Ms Kori, Assistant Director Closing Supervisor
Kori attended Lake Superior Technical College for two years, completing her generals and studying Occupational Therapy before transferring to St. Cloud Technical College, where she received her A.A.S. degree in Child and Adult Care & Education in 2003. Kori has worked in a variety of Educational settings throughout her career, working with Early Ed up to High School age. She was a Toddler teacher and a Pre K teacher as well as a Safety Monitor at another Childcare center for over two years, before coming to the Goddard school in the Summer of 2006. Kori has worn many hats over the years, building experience working in all of the classrooms, as well as in the office. She left the Goddard school in 2013, but returned in 2016 when she was expecting her first child. Now that Kori has two little ones she knew that the Goddard School would provide exceptional care for her children and could not imagine bringing them anywhere else.

Ms Kori

Ms Madeline, Assistant Director Assistant Director
Maddie attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She has been working with children for 10 years and has experience with all age groups. Maddie has worked in the childcare industry under many hats including Lead Teacher, Assistant Director and Director and loves to share her experiences with others. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors with her boyfriend and their dogs, Avery and Cedar. She loves being apart of the Goddard team!

Ms Madeline

Ms Krystyna, Lead Teacher Infant One Classroom
Krystyna completed her student internship at the Goddard School during the Summer of 2017, while she was attending Hennepin Technical College. She received her diploma in Early Childhood Education and plans to continue her education in the future to obtain her Associates Degree. Krystyna has always loved taking care of children and could not have been more excited to begin working here at the Goddard School and to gain experience for her early childhood career.

Ms Krystyna

Mr Robert, Lead Teacher Infant Classrooms
Rob has worked with young children since 1994. He attended North Hennepin Tech College and has his CDA in Child Development. Rob has worked with all ages from Infants to School Age. He began working at the Goddard School in August 2017 and looks forward to working with and getting to know the children and their families.

Mr Robert

Ms Anitra, Lead Teacher Infant Two Classroom
Anitra has been in the teaching field since 2001. She attended Hennepin Technical College and received a degree in Child Development in 2002. Anitra's experience at Goddard started in the Infant Room in August 2010. It is her passion to take care of children and watch them learn and develop. Each new day is fascinating as she gets to know each child's own uniqueness.

Ms Anitra

Ms Savannah, Lead Teacher Innfant Two Classroom
Ms. Savannah has worked with children and in Early Childhood Ed for ten years. She received her A.A. Degree from Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN. Savannah strives to create a classroom that is not only educational, but fun, creative and loving as well!

Ms Savannah

Ms Bria, Lead Teacher First Step Classroom
Bria has been working in childcare since 2013 and is thrilled to be given the opportunity at Goddard School to help the children and First Steppers grow and learn. The best part of her day is when she sees the children exploring their world and helping them find success in mastering a new skill. Bria uses her teaching skills from the classroom to help her nieces develop an adventurous spirit for lifelong learning.

Ms Bria

Ms Kate, Lead Teacher First Step Classroom
Kate has a BA in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood emphasis from Winona State University. Kate has worked with many ages from school children to young toddlers since 2016. She truly enjoys the First Step friends, and their desire to learn everything at once. Kate loves that she shares the learning experience with them while they master a new skill.

Ms Kate

Ms Jessica, Lead Teacher Toddler Classroom
In High School, Jessica tutored Elementary children in Math and Reading, which sparked her passion for working with children. She later went on to study Early Childhood Education at Northwest Technical College in Bemidji, where she also received her Paraprofessional License. Jessica began teaching at The Goddard School® in January 2015. She looks forward to helping all of the children in her classroom learn and grow.

Ms Jessica

Ms Mikayla, Lead Teacher Toddler Classroom
Mikayla is currently enrolled at Anoka Ramsey Community College and working on her nursing degree. Mikayla became teacher qualified in 2018 and has worked at daycare centers for the past 5 years in ages from Infants through School-Agers. Her favorite age group is Toddlers because they are building their communication skills so rapidly. The Toddlers make her smile each time they learn a new phrase to utilize with their peers and teachers!

Ms Mikayla

Amy, Lead Teacher Amy has been working with young children (ages birth-prek) since 2013. She graduated from Metropolitan State University with a degree in early childhood studies. She is a closing teacher for the preschool at Goddard in Brooklyn Park, and works as an ESP for preschoolers with special needs during the school year. She enjoys working with children from all ages, and watching them apply their learning to everyday life and their excitement for discovery.

Ms Louise, Lead Teacher Preschool Classroom
Louise began her involvement with young children in high school by becoming a mentor to the parents of young children in the high school daycare. In 2017, she started working as an assistant and then a lead toddler teacher in licensed childcare centers. Louise is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Rasmussen college. Her personal goal as a teacher is to help children grow successfully, she feels that they are our future and are the most important people, so we must take care of their social, physical and educational needs.

Ms Louise

Anastasia, Lead Teacher Anastasia is currently at Anoka Ramsey Community College and about to complete her Associates Degree. Anastasia has been working in early education for the past 7 years. She really enjoys working with the children as they learn new skills to use in the world. She is excited to be at Goddard and build positive relationships with the students, parents and staff.


Ms Shelby, Lead Teacher Pre K Blue Classroom
Shelby was an intern a the Goddard School before she was hired in November of 2011. She always wanted to work with children ever since she was little and began her career in 2010 working as an assistant teacher in a small church preschool. Shelby attended Rasmussen College taking classes in Early Childhood Development and in her past 10 years at Goddard she has worn many hats from an Intern, a Toddler Teacher, to Kitchen Manager, while doing these jobs she gained invaluable experience working with children. She is excited to be back in the classroom full time with the 4 year olds that she likely had while working in Toddlers several years ago.

Ms Shelby

Ms Hetal, Lead Teacher Pre K Red Classroom
Hetal has a Master’s Degree in Arts & Sociology from India. She worked for 4 years as an elementary school teacher focusing on Math and History. Due to her exceptional work with school age children she won the “Best Teacher Award” at the Ode Elementary School. Once in Minnesota she began volunteering in Mounds View public school district. This desire to help children succeed is what motivated her to join the Goddard teaching team. Hetal enjoys working with young children because they learn new things so quickly, it is always a challenge to keep up with their happy and energetic attitudes.

Ms Hetal

Ms Laure, Lead Teacher Pre K Red Classroom
Laure graduated from the University of Eau Claire with an Elementary Degree. After staying with her kids while they were young, she started substitute teaching in the Osseo School District and part time at The Goddard School® in 2006. She realized her true passion was working with the younger ages and began working full time at the Goddard School in August of 2012. Laure also works in restaurant management training in new managers. In her spare time, Laure loves reading, working out and watching almost any kind of sport! She has two wonderful children and is very glad to be teaching here!

Ms Laure

Ms Rachel, Assistant Teacher Infant Assistant
Rachel is currently attending Eastern Gateway Community College and plans to graduate in May 2021 with a Business Management Degree. Rachel has been working with young children from infants to school age for the past six years in a variety of early childhood programs. She is excited to share her past experiences with the children and teachers at The Goddard School.

Ms Patrica, Assistant Teacher Ms. Patrica is a recent graduate from Rasmussen College and the recipient of a Certificate with Honors in Early Childhood education. She was placed on the Dean's list for Academic Achievement in 2020. She taught at Grove Town Basic School, the same school that she attended as a kindergarten student in Jamaica. She likes to play the guitar, sing and write music.
Children need motivation to learn and achieve academic success and it is her intention to provide them with the best learning experience possible. She is currently working as a teacher with a goal of pursuing further professional development as a Special Education Teacher.

Ms Jenessa, Assistant Teacher Jenessa has experience working with children ages Birth to 13 for many years at a variety of locations ranging from Skyzone, Camp Invention and Youth Ministry. She enjoys embracing the peculiar minds of children as they develop into leaders in society. She looks forward to having a career in pediatric care in hopes of becoming a Pediatrician.

Ms Madison, Resource Support Staff
Madison attended Wayne State college and received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in December of 2020. Madison has worked with children of all ages for the past 6 years. She is excited for her adventures and Goddard school with all of the children.

Ms Poppy, Resource Support Staff
Poppy has been working in the Childcare field since 2015 and her favorite age group is Infants. She loves to watch them have "Ah-Ha!" moments when they figure new things out. She received her Bachelors of Science from St. Cloud State. Poppy is a parent of two teenage boys.

Ms Poppy

Ms Susan, Resource Kitchen Manager
Susan has stepped into the Kitchen for the summer to help out before returing to the classroom. Susan graduated from the college of St. Catherine with a degree B.A. degree in Elementary Education. She has 20 years experience teaching preschool through high school, along with being a mom herself. Susan has taught from the north- Minnesota to the south- New Mexico. She loves catering to the unique educational needs of each child and looks forward to helping your child learn and grow.

Ms Susan

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