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

Sumara and Imran, Owners Hello, we are Sumara and Imran, proud owners of the Goddard School located in Stirling, New Jersey. We are thrilled to be able to provide The Goddard School’s outstanding program to the children and families of the surrounding communities.

Before opening the Goddard School, we spent our careers in the financial industry working on Wall Street. As working parents, we struggled to find a high-quality program until the Goddard School opened in our area. Experiencing first-hand the value of a strong educational foundation and recognizing the need and demand for a high-quality alternative to childcare, we opened our school in May of 2019.
Inspired by how our two children thrived at our local Goddard School, our mission is to provide a school that enriches a child’s emotional, social, intellectual and physical development while preparing them for success in the 21st Century, and providing the foundation for a lifelong love of learning in a safe and nurturing environment.

We are also committed to providing an eco-friendly clean environment for our students and proud to be offering a choice of an organic food program.

We invite your family to visit our brand-new state of the art school in Stirling. We are excited to introduce you to our incredible faculty, including our Education Director, and look forward to talking with you about the Goddard School’s play-based curriculum. Thank you for the opportunity to share in your child's growth!

Sumara and Imran

Ms Shannon , Lead Teacher Ms. Shannon is the Lead Teacher in the Infant Classroom. She started working for the Goddard School in 2009. During that time, she completed her CDA. In 2017, she started working towards her degree in Elementary Education.She is a mentor to new faculty members, showing them proper health and safety procedures, lesson planning and other ins and outs of running a classroom.She loves teaching toddlers and helping them grow physically and mentally.

Ms Shannon

Ms Anahi, Lead Teacher Miss Anahí recently started working in the child care field, but has always enjoyed working with children. She has her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Kean University and previously worked as a Behavior Technician with children on the Autism Spectrum. She has been a Sunday School Teacher at her church in Elizabeth, NJ for the past 5 years. By working at The Goddard School, I hope to expand my expertise and learn about different ways to teach young children. She is excited to give them her absolute best and is grateful for this opportunity and excited for what’s to come!

Ms Anahi

Ms Allise, Lead Teacher
Miss Allise is the Lead Teacher in the Young Toddler classroom. She has worked in childcare for 5 years and loves teaching every child that comes her way. Ms. Allise has her Associates in Business Administration and her National American Montessori Certification in ages 2-6 years. She plans to continue in school with Business Administration and plans to pursue her CDA. Ms. Allise loves to teacher children and help them thrive in learning.

Ms Lee, Lead Teacher Ms. Lee was born in Taiwan and lived all over Asia and Europe before coming to the US in the 60’s. She worked as a swim instructor, lifeguard and a camp counselor in her youth.
She graduated with a bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts. She has been teaching since 2017 and before that, she worked in NYC as a cometic executive for 25 years. She wants all children to know and feel that they are special, important, and loved; that they are listened to and heard through verbal and non-verbal communication.

Ms Celine, Lead Teacher Ms. Celine is an Lead Teacher in the Toddler classroom. With a B.A. in Art Therapy, she continues her Masters at Caldwell University. Having spent half her life advocating for mental health, Miss Celine finds working with children to be especially rewarding. She is beyond excited and humbled to join the Goddard family, and to introduce the world to these future leaders!

Ms Celine

Ms Denise , Lead Teacher Miss Denise has been working in childcare and preschool for more than 16 years, many at another Goddard School in North Jersey. She received her group teacher Certificate from the County College of Morris. She has worked with all ages from Toddlers to Pre-K. She is very creative and is always looking for ways to expand her knowledge of Early Childhood. She is the mother of two children and loves spending her free time with her family. She is excited to be part of the Goddard family!

Ms Denise

Ms Erica , Lead Teacher
Ms. Erica is a lead teacher in the Preschool 1 classroom. She has worked in the child care field for 6 years, teaching children from preschool to kindergarten. She has her Associates from Union County College, and looks forward to completing an RBT program to work with children on the spectrum in the future. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and dog! She is excited to be a part of the wonderful Goddard family!

Ms Erica

Ms Magaly , Lead Teacher Ms. Magaly have been working with children for over 8 years, teaching Preschool for 4 years. She is passionate about teaching and helping the children thrive for a brighter future. She is currently attending school to obtain her CDA and to further her studies in child development. Fluent in Spanish and English, she is a mother of a 5-year-old and her free time she loves biking, spending time with her son and her family.

Ms Rita, Lead Teacher Miss Rita is the Lead Teacher in the Preschool 2 Classroom. She has worked in the childcare field for 7 years and have enjoyed every minute! Miss Rita has experience with children aged 6 weeks- 5 years. She has her Child Development Associates, associate degree in Early Childhood Education and plans to earn her bachelor’s degree and Preschool- 3rd grade teaching license soon. Her unique and effective lesson plans engage children in the learning process. Miss Rita finds a passion in working with children and can’t imagine doing anything else!

Ms Rita

Ms Michelle, Lead Teacher Ms. Michelle is the Lead Teacher in the Pre-K Classroom. She graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Minor in Childhood Studies. She has over seven years of experience working as a teacher with children of all ages. She was a mentor for the OLMC All Stars After school program in Asbury Park. She is also a Sunday School teacher at Stone Crest Community Church. She is very excited to be joining the Goddard Long Hill team. Her favorite thing about working with children is being able to take part in their learning stages and watching them grow. Some of my favorite hobbies include, playing volleyball, playing guitar, painting and photography.

Ms Michelle

Ms Yessenia, Lead Teacher Ms. Yessi is one of our Pre-K Teachers at the Goddard School of Long Hill Township. She has been working with young children for over 6 years and teaching preschool and pre-K for the last 5 years. Ms. Yessi loves that the children bring brightness and happiness out of her each day. She also loves how curious and open they are. She wishes to model kindness, respect and compassion for others.

Ms Yessenia

Ms Kaitlyn, Lead Teacher Miss Kaitlyn is the Lead Teacher in the Kindergarten classroom. She works with students aged 3-4, but has experience working with infants through elementary ages! The Preschool age, however, has a special place in her heart. She has her Masters in Teaching and is a certified teacher for Students With Disabilities after graduating from Montclair State University. She also has her BA in Family and Child studies, also from MSU. She is so excited to be a part of the Goddard Family and looks forward to getting to know each student.

Ms Kaitlyn

Ms Samantha , Assistant Teacher
Miss Samantha Kramer is a recent graduate of The College Of New Jersey where she majored in Early Childhood Development. For the past 4 years, Miss Samantha has also been a volunteer at Friendship Circle and worked with children with various disabilities and diagnosis.
Through her use of empathy and encouragement, she is passionate about empowering her students to discover a love of learning through fun and engaging ways. She enjoys incorporating reading, art and play into her classroom. Miss Samantha is excited to join the Goddard School of Long Hill Township.

Ms Samantha

Ms Kelly, Assistant Teacher Miss Kelly is an assistant teacher at the Goddard School. She studied both English literature and education in college, so her favorite part of teaching is helping children learn to enjoy reading. Her favorite children's book is Franklin the Turtle. She's excited to be a part of the Goddard faculty, and loves coming into work to so many happy faces!

Ms Kelly

Ms Kayla, Assistant Teacher Ms. Kayla is an assistant teacher who started in July of 2020 at the Goddard School of Long Hill. She is currently finishing her B.A. in Education and Multi-Disciplinary Studies with a minor in Special Education from Rider University. She also plans on receiving her teaching license and teaching special education certificate when she graduates in spring 2021. Ms. Kayla has five years of experience working with children ranging from ages 15 months to 13 years old. She is very excited to create a positive and safe space for students!

Ms Kayla

Ms Jillian , Resource Miss Jillian is currently a student at the University of Delaware pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Cognitive Science and ultimately a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology.
She loves working with children and feels inspired by them every day. In her free time, she likes to spend time with family and friends, be active, and go to the beach. She is so happy to be part of the Goddard School of Long Hill Family!

Ms Jillian

Ms Jo, Resource Ms. Jo is a Resource Teacher here at the Goddard School. She joined us in September. She retired from working in a high school for 25 years and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. She is looking forward to watching all the Goddard children grow and learn this year.

Ms Jo

Ms Mariana, Resource Miss Mariana is currently attending Kean University for a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She has spent time as a tutor for refugee children and is trilingual in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. She loves being around the children and singing and is excited to inspire children for a bright future. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family and friends.

Ms Mariana

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