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

Miss 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.

Miss Shannon

Miss 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!

Miss Anahi

Miss Janai, Lead Teacher Ms. Janai is a Lead Teacher in our Young Toddler Classroom. 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.

Miss Janai

Miss 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.

Miss Luz

Miss 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!

Miss Celine

Miss Rita, Lead Teacher Miss Rita is the Lead Teacher in the Preschool 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!

Miss Rita

Miss 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!

Miss Denise

Miss 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.

Miss Michelle

Miss 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.

Miss Kaitlyn

Miss 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!

Miss Kelly

Miss Mariana, Assistant Teacher 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.

Miss Mariana

Miss 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!

Miss Kayla

Miss Mary , 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.

Miss Mary

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!


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