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

Ms Alisa, Owner Alisa Khaitan, Onsite Owner.
Ms. Alisa earned a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University where she double majored in Psychology and Economics. She earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University. She is proud to be a part of The Goddard School and is committed to providing the highest quality preschool experience for the children in this neighborhood. Ms. Alisa is excited to operate a business that plays an important role in the community by offering an exceptional service for busy parents and is centered on her most important priority-family.

Ms Alisa

Mr Peter, Owner Mr. Pete worked for Bell Labs for the past 20 years. He is a computer wiz! He is one of the awesome owners of our Goddard School and loves being a part of the growth and development of our students and families. He is quite the handyman! Mr. Pete can be seen in the front office, on the playground, or even in the classrooms! He wears many hats at Goddard!

Mr Peter

Debra, Director Miss Debbie joins the Goddard family with a wealth of experience in childcare. She has worked with the Goddard school at a previous location and is happy to be part of the Goddard family again. Her background working with young children started with Summer Camp and she has worked for the past 30+ years in a variety of roles in the childcare industry. She lives in Ocean County with her husband and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She is also a devoted stepmother and Grandmother to four beautiful young girls.


Adia, Assistant Director Ms. Adia will be working in the front office at Goddard. She has been working in childcare for a little over three years. She was the Assistant Director and Lead Toddler teacher for the last two years at another daycare in Ocean County. She is currently studying Child Psychology at OCC as she hopes to become a children's counselor or therapist. She is passionate about being inspiring for young children of all backgrounds and looks forward to connecting with all of the families at Goddard!


Ms Kathleen, Lead Teacher Ms. Katie is the caring and loving lead teacher in our Playful Pixies/Infant classroom. She has her Associates in Social Science with a focus in child development and has been working in early childhood education for 18 years. She has been a part of the Toms River II Goddard family since 2006. Ms. Katie has a fabulous reputation in the Infant room and has earned the respect and adoration of all of our new parents. Her ability to care for, nurture, guide and teach our infants is unsurpassed. Ms. Katie is CPR/First Aid Certified.

Ms Kathleen

Esraa, Lead Teacher Miss Esraa has been with the Goddard School since the spring of 2020. She is currently the Lead teacher in our Elves classroom. Miss Esraa is also the mother one of our Toddler students. She truly loves working with children and watching them grow as individuals.


Araceliz, Lead Teacher Miss Araceliz Alicea started with the Goddard School in the spring of 2020. Her love of working with children started when she herself was very young. Araceliz has worked with children in different arenas, such as, babysitting and childcare centers. She was raised with the knowledge of how to stay calm and deal with different behaviors or circumstances. Araceliz is very excited to be part of the Goddard family and watching every child grow.


Ms Jasmine, Lead Teacher Ms. Jasmine is the lead teacher in the Rainbows room. She speaks English and ASL. She is a mother of a beautiful little girl. Ms. Jasmine finds great joy to be able to be a part of children’s lives. To have an opportunity to help mold children into wonderful people is incredible. She has 7 siblings so she has been around kids for as long as she can recall. She began watching children when she was 14. In the last 5 years she became certified in Abuse and neglect, and she is also certified in First Aid and CPR. She has taught adults with mental and physical illness for 3 years. When someone you are teaching finally is able to put the pieces together it is so exciting to witness.

Ms Jasmine

Marilyn, Lead Teacher Miss Marilyn joined the Goddard School as our Lead Unicorn class teacher. She is a married mom of two boys, Bilingual, with Spanish being my native language. Miss Marilyn has been working with children since she was 13 yeas old and also throughout my high school years with an after school program. After high school Miss Marilyn attended Rutgers University where she studied child psychology. She has been working in the preschool field as a head teacher for 4 years. She has been an assistant coach for both soccer and basketball recreational leagues for many years. During her spare time she loves taking trips to the beach with her family and dog Luna, as well as watch her boys play sports. Marilyn is looking forward to the fun the class will have exploring and learning here at The Goddard School. She truly believes every child is unique and learns at their own pace.


Ms Maura, Lead Teacher Ms. Maura is the enthusiastic lead teacher in our Colorful Castle/Pre-K classroom. She has earned her Bachelor’s degree from East Stroudsburg. Ms. Maura many years of experience in Early Childhood Education and has been a part of the Toms River II Goddard family since 2013. Ms. Maura mild demeanor, love of children and attention to detail insure that the needs of these young learners are given top priority. Ms Maura is CPR/First Aid Certified.

Ms Maura

Ms Samantha, Lead Teacher Ms. Sam went to ocean county college where she earned a certificate for Teachers Aid/Child Care. She has worked in the child care field for 3+ years and has been babysitting since she was 14. She loves to create new adventures, driving somewhere new and exploring as well as spending time with her two nieces.

Ms Samantha

Maria, Lead Teacher Miss Maria started with the Goddard School in the summer of 2020 and is our Lead Teacher in the Virtual Kindergarten classroom. She holds both a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Elementary Education. Miss Maria has worked as a teacher in Pre-Kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grade. She is enjoying her time working with our virtual learners in the Kindergarten classroom. Maria is a Veteran of the UNited States Air Force and when she is not working she enjoys taking walks and going for car rides with her dog Bruiser.


Ms Tiana, Lead Teacher Ms. Tiana is our assistant teacher in our Wizard classroom and joined the Goddard family in March of 2019. She is currently studying at Ocean Community College to pursue her teaching degree. Her love for Disney movies and children’s books is evident with the students through her animated enthusiasm daily.

Ms Tiana

Ms Sheelagh, Assistant Teacher Ms. Sheelagh’s gentle demeanor and attentive mindfulness are welcomed traits in our Pixies classroom. She joined the Goddard family in April of 2019 and enjoys facilitating her artsy projects with our youngest Goddard students. Sheelagh has 5 years of experience in child care, predominantly with infants. She received an Associate Degree from Ocean County College and intends to attain her Bachelor Degree in Education.

Ms Sheelagh

Ms Justine , Assistant Teacher Ms. Justine is one of the teachers in our Pixies classroom. She is a mother to a 3 year old little girl who is the reason behind her starting a career in Early Childhood Education. She is currently enrolled in an associate's program for early childhood education where she will be continuing on to her bachelor's. She loves children and is amazed at how much a child can grow and learn within a small amount of time especially during the 0 to 12 month time frame. She believes that each child learns differently and every child should be given every opportunity they need to become successful. Ms. Justine is very excited to be a part of the Goddard family and being there to help children learn and grow.

Ms Justine

Christine, Assistant Teacher Miss Chrissy started with the Goddard School in the fall of 2020. She is currently pursuing her Associates Degree at Ocean County College and plays and coaches Lacrosse. She is excited to be a part of the Goddard Family and is looking forward to watching the your children learn and grow.


Catherine, Assistant Teacher Miss Katie joined the Goddard school in November 2020 and works in the Rainbow classroom. Katie is very excited to be a part of the Goddard family and looks forward to watching the children learn and grow. She is a mother of 6 and a longtime Manchester resident. Miss Katie spends her free time doing her favorite hobby, horseback riding.


Kate, Assistant Teacher Miss Kate has been working at The Goddard School since September 2020. She is excited to embark on this great journey with your children as she is currently a junior at Stockton University majoring in Early Childhood Education. Kate enjoys spending time with friends and family and us happy to be a part of The Goddard School family.


Kayla, Assistant Teacher Ms. Kayla joined the Goddard Family in the Fall of 2020. She has been a wonderful addition to our team and works in various classrooms as needed. Kayla is currently attending Ocean County College where she is pursuing her degree in Elementary Education. Kayla has been working with children since the age of twelve when she started babysitting and quickly realized her love of teaching. When she is not at work Kayla volunteers as a coach for a Young Girls Competition Cheer Team.


Livia, Assistant Teacher Miss Livia joined the Goddard family in October 2020 and has 2 brothers who attend our school. Livia comes from a large family and is actually now expecting and starting a family of her own. When Livia is not at work she enjoys relaxing at home with her family.


Thaina, Assistant Teacher Miss Ty joined the Goddard School in the fall of 2020. She quickly carved a niche in our virtual learning Kindergarten class. She has been working with children since 2015, starting as a summer camp coordinator/party supervisor. Miss Ty loves for working with children grew over the years and that is when she decided to pursue a career in early childhood education. She truly loves teaching and expanding the minds of the future generation. Miss Ty believes in helping children achieve great confidence in themselves and spreading kind words of encouragement to their friends.


Melissa, Assistant Teacher Miss Melissa started with the Goddard School in early December 2020. She has been working within the childcare industry since 2016. Melissa graduated from OCVTS where she took part in their childcare program. Miss Melissa loves to watcht he excitement on a child's face when they learn something new. When she is not working Melissa enjoys spending time with her mom and 3 siblings.


Pamela, Assistant Teacher Ms. Pam joined the Goddard family May of 2019 and her love for children allows her to assist in many of our classrooms. She volunteered for 11 years as kindergarten aid and her warm and caring nature is prevalent through the student’s eyes. Ms. Pam’s love for reading and commitment towards her students, is one of the ways she feels rewarded as a teacher here at Goddard.


Lexi, Assistant Teacher Miss Lexi started with the Goddard School in September 2020. She currently works in our older classrooms helping children navigate the virtual world. Lexi is very creative and enjoys drawing, painting and doing a variety of arts and crafts. She loves being able to spend time with the children and says the best feeling is being able to make a child's day and seeing them smile.


Mr travis , Assistant Teacher Mr. Travis joined the Goddard Family in October 2020. He is currently a senior at Donovan Catholic and will be attending college next fall. Travis enjoys playing sports and spending time with his friends and family, which include his Aunt Alisa and Uncle Pete.

Mr travis

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