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 Hi! I am originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 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 moved to MN in 2009 but go back home any chance I get to visit family and the beautiful area of the U.P. I have been in childcare for 6 years and had previously managed at a retail store here in Woodbury. 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 3 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 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 Anna, Lead Teacher Hello! I am originally from Bemidji, MN but I just moved to St. Paul. I recently graduated from Winona State University with a degree in early childhood and elementary education. I love teaching, learning, and listening to what kids are thinking! In my free time I like to be outside hiking, walking, swimming, and skiing. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I also enjoy exploring new restaurants and coffee shops.

Ms Anna

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 Gretchen, Lead Teacher Hi, I’m Gretchen! I’m from Woodbury, MN and currently live with my mom and two younger brothers. My mom runs her own family daycare so I have been surrounded by kids for as long as I can remember and fell in love with it. I hope to go to cosmetology school sometime in the near future to earn my esthetician degree. In my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends, hiking around different parks, and finding a peaceful spot to hammock.

Ms Gretchen

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

Amy, Lead Teacher HI! I’m Amy, from St. Paul, MN - currently living in Woodbury. I’m a proud mom of three beautiful children Gretchen, Dillon, and Jackson. I have a music education degree from River Falls, WI, but came to Goddard after 18.5 years of running my own home daycare. In my free time, I love spending time with family, volunteering at church or wherever I am needed, kickboxing, crafts, and watching Hallmark movies. I play the flute, sing/cantor at church, and just recently joined my church’s bell choir.


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

Mr Elijah, Lead 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 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 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 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 Jayme, Lead Teacher Hi my name is Jayme, I live in South St Paul, MN with my Husband Brandon and our two dogs. We have an English Bulldog named Ollie and a Pomeranian named Finley. I received my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Rasmussen College in 2017. I have been working in ECE for the last 7 years and I really enjoy it! I love helping children learn and grow. The best part is seeing the “aha” moment when they understand a project or produce an idea. When I’m not in the classroom I’m usually out with my dogs or cuddled up on the couch watching a True Crime Documentary.

Ms Jayme

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 Jessica, Lead Teacher Hello friends! My name is Jess and I am a recent college graduate from Minnesota State University of Mankato. Studying there I received a degree in Child Development and Family Studies with an emphasis on Psychology and Sociology. Woodbury is my hometown and is where I currently live with my family of 5! I grew up in a home daycare run by my mom, so I have been surrounded by kids basically my whole life. I also have experience with nannying for families and working at a childcare facility. In my free time I love to travel, try new coffee places, meet new people, try different things, stay active, and spend time with my boyfriend Steven, family, and friends! I am beyond excited to start my new path as a PreK Teacher and cannot wait to see what the future holds in my career.

Ms Jessica

Ms Karlynn, Lead Teacher Hi Friends, my name is Karlynn and I am excited to join the Goddard team. I was born and raised in New Jersey. I moved to Minnesota 30 years ago. I currently live in Saint Paul Park with husband and my son, I also have an adult daughter that works in Early Childhood Education. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends and traveling. I love doing crafts and crocheting.
I received my Associates degree in Education at Gloucester County College in 1986. I married my husband in 1990 and we moved to Minnesota. I worked in banking for many years, until I had my children and then I became a stay at home Mom. When my children became school age I returned to work. I worked as special education Paraprofessional at Woodbury Elementary School for 13 years before becoming an Early Education teacher at Fraser school in Richfield. I am so excited to be teaching Jr.K and getting know the children and their families.

Ms Karlynn

Ms Bridget, Lead 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

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 Grace, Lead Teacher Hello! My name is Grace, and I am so excited to be apart of the Goddard school. I am currently a sophomore at the University of Minnesota studying advertising and mass communications. During my free time I love to cook, bake, or do yoga. I also am very interested in health, wellness, and fitness. Prior to working at the Goddard school, I was a nanny here in Woodbury for 2 years. I can not wait to meet everyone and be apart of the Goddard community.

Ms Grace

Ms Liz, Lead 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 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 Jenna, Assistant Teacher Hello, I am from Woodbury MN and have lived here my whole life! I currently am attending Inver Hills Community College to get my associates degree and then I plan to transfer to a university. I have been working with kids for a little over two years now but have grown up surrounded by them my whole life! My mom has been doing daycare for over 15 years now which sparked my interest in working with kids. In my free time I love to travel, write, shop and hangout with my friends. I am very excited to start my new journey at the Goddard school!

Ms Jenna

Ms Mady, Assistant Teacher Hello, I am currently in college and am majoring in psychology. When I graduate, I plan to work as a school psychologist or do something in the mental health field. I live in Anoka and some things that I enjoy in my free time are reading, spending time with friends and family, and spending time outdoors (in the summer of course). I have always had such a strong love and connection with children and I absolutely love working with them! I’m so excited to be here at the Goddard school!

Ms Mady

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 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

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