Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Mr Rick, Owner Mr. Rick graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from The University of Wisconsin-Stout. Prior to owning The Goddard School, he was in the Insurance Industry for 16 years. He finds it rewarding to watch the children having fun while learning on a daily basis and being able to be a part of their lives. In his spare time, Rick can be found on the golf course, spending time with his family, or attending the numerous extra-curricular events of his and Shannon’s children.

Mr Rick

Ms Shannon, Owner Ms. Shannon graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Business Management. Prior to owning The Goddard School, she was previously a Vice President of Stores at Target, where she worked for 14 years. Ms. Shannon has always been passionate about Education & Development and started her college career in Education. She is excited to now bring her experience and passion together with running a Goddard School in the community she lives and loves. Ms. Shannon and her husband Rick (also co-owner) have 3 children; Brayden, Matsen, & Adlee and they too, attend The Goddard School!

Ms Shannon

Ms Paige, Director I currently have a CDA in Infants-Toddlers. On top of that I am working towards my ECEL (Early Childhood Education with Leadership) with a minor in Business from Rasmussen College. I have over six years of experience in early childhood where I have held most positions (aide, teacher, lead teacher, team lead, and assistant director). I am very passionate about children- they make my heart extremely happy! Watching them learn and grow is so fulfilling and rewarding. I love hanging out with my family, fiance Alec and our puppy Luna. Finding my way to a happier and healthier me, is a lifelong goal of mine! I can not wait to continue to learn and grow with Goddard!

Ms Paige

Ms Sarah, Director I graduated from Gogebic Community College with my associates in Elementary Ed. I am currently completing my Bachelor’s in Elementary Ed. with a minor in Special Education. I have been a preschool teacher for the past 4 years and cannot wait to get to know all my new Preschoolers here at Goddard. Teaching has always been my passion and watching children learn is such an amazing sight! My free time is spent with my family, my husband, our children, and our 2 dogs

Ms Sarah

Ms Kelley, Lead Teacher Hello! I am a born and raised Minnesota girl. I have my Associate’s degree in psychology with extensive course work in child development and have been working in the early childhood field for over 12 years! I am particularly passionate about infants and love being a part of the amazing growth that happens throughout the first year of life. The best part of being a teacher is the relationships I build with the children and their families! I currently live in Hastings with my husband Zach, our 9 year old son Aidan, our dog Leila, and our cat Lucy. My hobbies include reading, watching Aidan play baseball, spending time outside, baking, and listening to country music!

Ms Kelley

Ms Kim, Lead Teacher Hello! I am Ms. Kim and I am very excited to continue my career here at Goddard. I have my CDA and have worked in childcare for almost 20 years the majority of that with infants. I am a mom of 3 great kids. LeAna who shares my passion for teaching. Christopher who is an amazing Chef and Derek who is in Heaven. I am also incredibly blessed to have a house husband Jeremy who takes care of our 2 cats Tristan and Blu. In my time away from work you can find me reading, fishing or renovating our 120-year-old house.

Ms Kim

Ms Alisha, Lead Teacher My name is Alisha. I am originally from Minneapolis, MN and my family is from Minnesota and Puerto Rico. I previously went to school for Nursing, but always came back to teaching. I love spending time with kids, having fun and being silly! I love to play outside and go on hikes and adventures with my Siberian Husky, Xena, she is my best friend! I also have a kitty and two bearded dragons at home that I love to spend my time with. I believe that positivity and kindness are the key to success and happiness. You will always see me smiling!

Ms Alisha

Ms Alli, Lead Teacher I am attending Rasmussen College to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have six years of experience when it comes to working with children. I believe that family is the most important thing in life. My family consists of my wonderful husband Alex, our beautiful daughter Amelia and our pet bunny, Clover. When I am not working, you will find me spending time with my family. We love going out to eat and trying new foods and we love to travel and discover new places.

Ms Alli

Ms Cassie, Lead Teacher I graduated from Century College with my degree in Education. Prior to teaching at The Goddard School, I was a nanny for six years and an older infant teacher at Magical Minds. I believe in creating a safe and loving classroom community where diversity and individuality are embraced, as well as an educational environment where growth is encouraged physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. In my free time, I love to paint, see live music, go camping, and canoe.

Ms Cassie

Ms Ellie, Lead Teacher I went to Saint Paul College and studied American Sign Language and Child Development. I have work with children since 2016. I have one niece and three nephews. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family, and going to plays, concerts and movies. Teaching has always been a love and passion of mine. I am honored and excited to be a teacher at The Goddard School.

Ms Ellie

Ms Katie, Lead Teacher Hello! My name is Katie and I’m a cheese head! I live in Hudson with my husband and son, Jack. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UW-La Crosse and minored in Early Education. I’ve been in the childcare industry for 10 years and have enjoyed every minute! I have spent most of my career with infants although have taught in every classroom! In my spare time I love playing soccer in adult leagues, playing piano on my church’s worship team, and love hanging out at our town’s lakefront with the family, boating on the St. Croix River and dining with friends at Hudson’s restaurants!

Ms Katie

Ms Kristin, Lead Teacher I live in Woodbury with my husband, our 2 kids, Wesley and Amelia, our dog Maxx, and our fish Nemo, Dory, and Shark. I am originally from St. Louis MO and my husband is originally from WI. We moved to MN in 2016. I have my bachelor’s degree in psychology and plan to pursue my master’s. As a parent, I want a safe, loving, nurturing environment for my children. As a teacher, that is what I strive to provide for others. In my spare time I enjoy crafting, archery, traveling, and exploring all there is to do in MN.

Ms Kristin

Ms Aly, Lead Teacher I live in St. Paul with my husband, Nick, and our two dogs Nova and Jon Snow (the resemblance is uncanny). I am originally from Homewood, Illinois, but relocated here when I went to the University of Minnesota where I received a bachelor’s in Art, Communication Studies and Design. I have over ten years of childcare experience including nannying, Boy Scout Camp, and as a teacher at the Como Zoo. I’m an artist and illustrator currently working on a picture book! I love to be in nature, swimming or just sitting near a body of water.

Ms Aly

Ms Amanda, Lead Teacher Hello! My name is Amanda. I’m from Woodbury, MN where I live with my husband Jeff. I graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College where I received a Diploma in Child Development. I have 15 years experience working with children, 7 of those years have been with toddlers. I love spending time with children and helping them grow and learn. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and watching anything MN sports related. I’m excited to be a part of the Goddard Family!

Ms Amanda

Ms Ariel, Lead Teacher Hi, I’m Ariel! I’m from Red Wing, Minnesota. I’m currently living in St. Paul with my Norwegian Elkhound, Nora. I enjoy doing anything and everything outdoors with my friends and family! I also love going to movies and taking my dog on our daily walks every morning. I love working with children because they are so curious, fun, and interesting to work with. Every child has their unique way of learning and that’s what I love to see every day when I come into Goddard. I’ve been working in early childcare since 2012 and I instantly fell in love with it. I can’t picture myself doing anything else!

Ms Ariel

Ms Brandy, Lead Teacher I am originally from a small town in Illinois, where I attended Western Illinois University to pursue a degree in graphic design. I relocated to the Twin Cities to become a live-in nanny in 2015. When that ended, I decided to make this area my home. I currently live in River Falls, Wisconsin with my boyfriend Nick, and our 11-year-old cat, Byron. I came to Goddard with 8 years of early childhood education experience, prior to that I worked in marketing. I love everything about teaching Early Preschool, I have yet to find a more rewarding career than working with children. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend, his family and my nanny kids Emma and Avery. I’m a huge Disney fan and a child at heart. I also love crafting, scrapbooking and watching Notre Dame football.

Ms Brandy

Ms Leah, Lead Teacher I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Family Social Sciences and a passion for working with kids! I was born in Korea and adopted when I was 4 months old and grew up right here in Woodbury. Now I live in Stillwater with my boyfriend! If I’m not running and playing with kiddos in the classroom, I am spending time with Ryan, my family & friends, or curled up with a good book.

Ms Leah

Ms Amy, Lead Teacher I’m from Cottage Grove, MN where I live with my husband and our three fantastic children Tony (20), Sarah (19), and William (14). I have been an Early Childhood Educator for over 11 years with my CDA in Child Development. I believe that it takes a village to raise children and I am excited to be apart of the Goddard village! Children should feel as comfortable at school as they do at home, they should be able to laugh and play while making mistakes and learning. In my spare time you can find me binge watching Netflix with my dog, crocheting, making jewelry, camping, or playing board games.

Ms Amy

Ms Shelby, Lead Teacher Hello! My name is Shelby! I am from South Saint Paul, Mn. I currently live in Cottage Grove, with my Boyfriend Tyler. We have 2 dogs, Theo and Z. I am also currently working on earning my CDA. I have fallen in love with teaching and helping kids discover their strengths and interests. When I am not teaching I enjoy, spending time with my family and friends, fitness, and cooking. I am a coffee fanatic and I have a sweet tooth! I enjoy watching the Timberwolves and the Minnesota Vikings. I am thrilled to be apart of the Goddard Family!

Ms Shelby

Ms Ashli, Lead Teacher I live in Woodbury, Minnesota with my husband David and my daughter Adalynn. I was born and raised in Minnesota, and my husband is originally from North Carolina. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an associate’s degree in education. I have worked with children of all ages for over 10 years. I have been a pre-k teacher for many years now, and I love getting them ready for kindergarten! I strive to bring positive energy into the classroom everyday and make learning fun! In my spare time I love traveling and spending time with my family.

Ms Ashli

Ms Tanya, Lead Teacher I am originally from Russia and came to Denver, Colorado when I was 5. I am fluent in Russian and English and love learning about different cultures. I have an early childhood degree from birth to grade five and have worked with children in all different age groups for over a decade. For the last several years I have been a pre-k teacher and absolutely love it. I am very animated and believe that learning should always be a fun adventure. I am a huge advocate of the arts and love to incorporate them into my teaching. In my spare time I love to paint and spend time traveling with my husband and daughter, Josie.

Ms Tanya

Ms Linette, Lead Teacher Hello! I am Ms. Linette! I grew up in a tiny town in Southern Minnesota and moved to the cities three years ago. My boyfriend Troy and I live in Maplewood with our Yorkie, Kida. Prior to finding my work home in preschool, I was a nanny, private PCA, elementary and high school SPED para and almost everything in between! I will graduate in May 2019 with my associates in Early Childhood Education from MCTC. In my free time, I enjoy concerts, Lynx games, cooking and walking Kida. I can’t wait to watch your child grow and learn!

Ms Linette

Ms Lindsey, Lead Teacher I live in South Saint Paul; Minnesota, as I have my whole life. I am earning my Associates degree at Inver Hills in 2020, then plan on transferring to Metro State, to earn my degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been a pre-k teacher for 2 years now, and I love getting them ready for kindergarten! My goal is to have my own Kindergarten class someday! I do my best to have a positive attitude in the classroom and to make learning fun for the kids. When I’m not in school or working, I enjoy being with my friends and family. I have a cuddly cat that is 11 years old that I also love spending time with!

Ms Lindsey

Ms Abby , Lead Teacher Hola Amigos—Bienvenidos. I am originally from Guatemala where I received my early childhood education degree. I have 14 years of experience in early childhood and I love it. I am a passionate teacher and love taking every opportunity to create a teachable moment. I believe that creating an environment full of positive experiences allows each child to be empowered and become the best they can be. I live in Cottage Grove with my husband, Jason and our three boys, Ethan, Joe and Adam. I love cooking, crafts, sewing and traveling to my home country.

Ms Abby

Ms Samantha, Lead Teacher I am from Lakeville Minnesota where I live with my daughter! I have 2 years experience in early childhood education, and I Love it. I am a teacher that loves to embrace and celebrate every moment in learning. I believe that a smile goes a mile and learning helps us grow and evolve into the people we are today. I have a daughter who is 3 named Gigi who attends The Goddard (Woodbury) as well! I love being outdoors and going on nature walks with my family! I am excited to get to know your mini humans and help them evolve in their everyday life!

Ms Samantha

Ms Emily, Assistant Teacher Hi, everyone! My name is Emily and I am so excited and honored to be part of the Goddard family! I live in North Saint Paul with my awesome husband, two hilarious daughters, and my 3 sweet cats. I have over 15 years of childcare experience that includes working in preschool centers, nannying, and having my own children! I am passionate about caring for infants and children and giving them the BEST start in life!

Ms Emily

Ms Ashley, Assistant Teacher I’m from Oakdale, MN. I am a student at Century college currently studying psychology. I hope to one day work in a school setting as a therapist or a counselor. In my free time I like to participate in any outdoor activity and also spending time with family and friends. I love spending time with children and helping them grow and succeed. I taught vacation bible school and adaptive swimming for 3 years and loved every minute of it. My dog Max is my world, he is a chocolate lab mixed with Brittney spaniel. I love coming home to him everyday!

Ms Ashley

Ms Sarah, Assistant Teacher Hey! I’m Sarah! I am currently a Full-time student at University of Wisconsin –Stout. I am studying Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Special Education. I have been working in childcare for 4 years now and have loved every minute of it! Becoming a teacher has been a dream of mine. I absolutely love working with kids and am so excited to start working at The Goddard School. I live in Woodbury with my mom, Dad, sister (when she's not at college) and dog. We have a cabin in Wisconsin that my family goes to almost every weekend in the summer.

Ms Sarah

Ms Abbey, Assistant Teacher Hi there, I’m Abbey! I live at home with my beautiful rescue dog, Ava Grace, who is a German-Shepard –Husky mix. When I am not out shopping for new clothes or new toys for Ava, I am usually at the gym with my wonderful boyfriend, AJ. Ava, AJ, and I love going on long walks through state parks, exploring new places, traveling, and eating amazing foods! I am currently in school to get my degree in elementary education and have previously finished my associate's degree at Bemidji State University. I can not wait to work with kids everyday and am so excited to be here!

Ms Abbey

Ms Liz, Assistant Teacher Hello, my name is Liz. I currently have my teaching license in elementary education. I have been working in education for the past 8 years and love it. I believe every student can learn you just need to give them the right tools to do so. Currently I live in Cottage Grove with my husband, Justin and our son Michael. Michael will be turning one very soon. We also have two dogs, named Leo a Husky and Odin a Lab. In my free time I enjoy going for family walks and watching rugby.

Ms Liz

Ms Allison, Assistant Teacher Hello! I am 22 years young, I currently live in Woodbury with my significant other Garrett and our two dogs Mia and Honey. I am from Wyoming, Minnesota where I went to elementary school, after elementary I moved out to Stillwater and graduated from Stillwater Area High School. I started my passion for children as a private nanny. I Have worked with children for over 5 years. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, exercising and going to the Hudson gun range.

Ms Allison

Ms Courtney, Assistant Teacher I have been an early childhood teacher for the past four years and have worked with children ages six weeks to five years. I am extremely passionate about education and fostering meaningful learning experiences in the classroom. I am so excited to be a teacher at The Goddard School and am thankful for the opportunity to work with your children! When I’m not teaching, I enjoy running, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.

Ms Courtney

Ms Hannah, Assistant Teacher I am from right here in Woodbury, MN. I currently go UW-River Falls for Elementary Education with a double minor in Early Childhood and Business Administration. I have 1 1/2 years of Early Childhood experience but have loved the idea of working with children since I was little. I hope to open my own daycare in the future. I live at home with my family and dog, Ari. I love to travel, go to country concerts, and spend time at my cabin fishing with my friends and family.

Ms Hannah

Mr Jack, Assistant Teacher Hi! My name is Jack. I am a college student attending the University Of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for the Fine Arts Program. For 14 years of my life, my mother did daycare so being around kids is something I enjoy! Since I go to UWEC, I will be here winter and summer breaks! I have a dog names Louis and a Lizard named Echo. In my free time I enjoy listening to music, watching new tv shows, hammocking when the weather cooperates, and hanging out with friends!

Mr Jack

Ms Bridget, Assistant Teacher Hello! I am Ms. Bridget and I am excited to be apart of the Goddard Family. I am a student at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities studying child psychology, domestic violence prevention, and health and wellness promotion. I am loving my time at the U and when I am not studying I am at club meetings or cheering on the Gophers! When I am not at school, I am at home spending time with my mom, sister, and dog! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and trying out new coffee shops.

Ms Bridget

Mr Elijah, Assistant Teacher Hello! My name is Elijah. I have been working with children for 5 years now. I graduated from the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in May of 2019 and I act professionally when I’m not here! I’m attending Rasmussen College for my Child Development Associates, Early Childhood Special Needs Associates, and Early Childhood Education Bachelors. I have two lovely guinea pigs at home named Fabio and Peanut Butter.

Mr Elijah

Ms Aimee, Resource Hi! I have over 15 years of culinary and nutrition experience. Two years ago I decided to make a move out of the restaurant industry and into childcare so that I could spend more time with my family. My husband and I live in Hudson with our blended family, Chloe (9), Anthony (13), Atticus (15), and Wolfgang (18), and our dog Watson, cat Sherlock and snake Kaa. When I’m not in the kitchen I love camping, hiking, exploring museums and learning new things.

Ms Aimee

Ms Autumn, Resource Hello everyone! My name is Autumn! I am originally from a very small town, located in central Wisconsin, but I have moved to Eagan, MN recently and live with my boyfriend. I have also recently received my TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate from the local Tech College in Appleton, WI. Even though I have only lived here for a few weeks, I can say that I am already loving MN! I am someone who is always looking for my next adventure and love to try fun, new things!

Ms Autumn

Ms Shannon, Resource I was born and raised in a small town in western Wisconsin. I am married and have three amazing children, Elsie, Ethan and Eli. We have a pet bunny named Bunners (Bun-Bun). We currently live in Woodbury. I graduated from Concordia University in Saint Paul with a BA in Education. I have been teaching since 2013. I am also a nurse. I love working with children. I love to see them grow and learn new things. They are each a unique gift. Teaching is my passion. It is so important that children learn in a safe, nurturing environment. In my free time I love running, reading and spending time with my family and friends.

Ms Shannon

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