Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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 Donna , Director Miss Donna is our Educational Director and has been in the field of early childhood for 30 years after obtaining a degree in Elementary Education. She worked with Preschool and Toddlers before joining a Goddard School in 1996 as an infant teacher and Assistant Director. She moved on to the Goddard Corporate office in 2001. In 18 years with corporate she was a Quality Assurance Representative, Goddard University Trainer, and Education Support Specialist. Donna then decided she missed being in a school and wanted to be closer to home. She joined the Goddard School in June and is very excited to be part of this special family.

Ms Donna

Ms Anna, Lead Teacher Ms. Anna is a Lead Teacher in the Infant Classroom. She has B.A. in Psychology from Kean University and her A.A. in Early Childhood Education from RVCC. She has 6 years of work experience in a school setting; and have worked with children from ages 3 months old to 5 years old. She is happy to be part of the Goddard School Long Hill family!

Ms Anna

Ms Alma, Lead Teacher Ms. Alma is the Lead Teacher in the Infant Classroom. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Kean University and currently working toward her Masters in Social Work. She has been working with children for 6 years as an early childhood educator, she loves watching movies and spending time with her family.

Ms Alma

Ms Iris, Lead Teacher Ms. Iris is a Lead Teacher in the First Steps Classroom. She has over twelve years of experience working in the preschool setting with seven years of Goddard School experience under her belt. She has an undergraduate degree in English, and she is pursuing her Masters degree in clinical social work. She has great passion to teach and advocate for children of all ages. She finds great enjoyment from watching them grow and improve developmentally throughout the year. During her free time she enjoy being active, weightlifting, trying new restaurants, and taking spontaneous trips.

Ms Iris

Ms Shannon , Lead Teacher Ms. Shannon is the Lead Teacher in the Young Toddler 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 Luz, Lead Teacher Ms.Luz is the Lead Teacher in the Toddler Classroom. She is excited to be a part of the Goddard Long Hill Team. She is a proud student of NJCU and plan on graduating with her Bachelors degree in Psychology. She has 6 years of experience as an early childhood educator. She enjoys watching movies as well as writing in her spare time. She is excited to be on this journey and look forward to creating an engaging learning environment.

Ms Luz

Ms Rachelle, Lead Teacher Ms. Rachelle is the Lead Teacher in the Toddler Classroom. She has been in the field of Early Childhood for three years working with all ages from infants through age seven. She is enrolled in school to obtain her Early Childhood degree. She has a passion to work with young children and watch them develop and create the safest environment for every child.

Ms Rachelle

Ms Kaitlyn, Lead Teacher Miss Kaitlyn is the Lead Teacher in the Preschool 2 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 Michelle, Lead Teacher Ms. Michelle is the Lead Teacher in the Preschool 2 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 Rita, Lead Teacher Miss Rita is the Lead Teacher in the Pre-K 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 MaryAnn, Assistant Teacher Ms. MaryAnn is a Teacher in the Pre-K Classroom. She graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.S. in Education and Speech.
She previously worked at a Goddard School as a Pre-K teacher before joining the team at the Goddard School of Long Hill. She loves working with pre-readers and early reading skills, identifying letters and knowing the sounds they make, what role vowels play and how we can figure out what a word (decoding). Her favorite part is presenting an emergent reader with their own ‘word ring’ containing early sight words, which she adds to as the child progresses. She adds colors, numbers, days of the week, and more complex high frequency words, (words that are common in early reader texts such as ‘and’, ‘the’, ‘big’, ‘her’, ‘him’). She loves when a child asks for something new to be added to the ring. Each ring is geared for where the child is on the path to reading. …and it is so much fun for them.

Ms MaryAnn

Janai, Resource Ms. Janai is one of our newest assistant teachers! She graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelors degree in Family Science and Human Development and a Minor in Psychology. She has over 6 years experience working in childcare. She is very excited to join the Goddard Long Hill Team. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, and being active. She finds much enjoyment with working with children and has had a passion for childcare since high school. She loves the play-based curriculum and believes in creating an educational, fun, and creative environment. As being a mother herself, she understands how important childcare is to parents. Her goal is for the children and parents to have the best experience possible at Goddard.


Ms Katharine, Resource Ms.Katie is a Floating Teacher here at the Goddard School. She has worked with children from Infant through First grade and is committed to creating a safe and fun learning environment for the children in her care. She is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at the County College of Morris. In her spare time, Miss Katie enjoys walks with her dog Marley.

Ms Katharine

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