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

Jillie and Jon, Owners
Jillie and Jon are beyond thrilled to open the first Goddard School in the City of Philadelphia! This is the second location that Jon and Jillie have owned together.

Jillie has a background in music and music education, she started in this field as a young toddler teacher and is incredibly proud to now own this location with Jon. Jon's background is in accounting and construction. They have been Franchisees for over 10 years and believe in being active members of their school community. They are present every single day to support the children, families and faculty!

Jillie and Jon

Brooke, Director
Ms. Brooke joins the Goddard community as our Director of Operations! She has her Master’s in Education from Cabrini University as well as her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from High Point University. Ms. Brooke loves watching children develop a joy for learning and developing positive, lasting relationships with parents!


Hilari, Director
Ms. Hilari has her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies and has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for the last 4 years! What Ms. Hilari enjoys most about teaching are the connections she makes with the children and families in her care. Ms. Hilari loves creating that fun, nurturing environment that builds a positive association and subsequent experiences for her class! Outside of school Ms. Hilari enjoys skydiving and has high hopes to do a dive every year with her new husband as long as they can!


Melissa, Director
Ms. Melissa is our Director of Operations! Melissa earned a dual Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and History from Rowan University and is also certified to teach grades K-5 through the State of New Jersey! Melissa has been with our school since 2014 in the Toddler, Get Set and Kindergarten classrooms! Melissa loves working in a preschool setting and forming special relationships with both children and parents. She knows first-hand how challenging it is to be a parent, and how much we want for our children. She is committed to creating an exceptional childcare program that is both nurturing and educational!


Talia, Director
Talia is our Director of Education! She has an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and is certified Lead Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator and Administrator through the Delaware Department of Education (Birth through age 8).

Talia has 15 years' experience in the field of Early Childhood. She is a former Goddard School lead teacher; Preschool & Pre-K and owner of a private Family Daycare. In her spare time, she taught an art & music "Mommy and Me" class and was a Baby Wordplay Storytime Leader here in Center City Philly! Talia LOVES being a mommy of 3 small children and experiencing life with her family! She is continuing her education to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Community Engagement at Temple University and looks forward to pursuing the Pennsylvania Director Credential.


Angela, Lead Teacher
Ms. Angela has her Child Development Associate Credential specializing in Infants and Toddlers and has been working in the early childhood education field for 7 years. She loves creating bonds with the children and families in her care and watching her students' minds work while they play! An interesting fact about Ms. Angela is that she loves to travel and likes to bake different kinds of desserts!


Yazmin, Lead Teacher
Ms. Yaz has her Associate Degree in Education from Rowan College. She has been with The Goddard School for over 5 years! Ms. Yaz enjoys watching each and every child physically and developmentally grow. When she was a child she modeled for Scholastic and was even in a few commercials! In her free time Ms. Yaz loves spending time with any kind of animal and hanging out with her family and friends!


Dalanie, Lead Teacher
Ms. Dalanie has her Bachelor's in Accounting and has been working in childcare for many years! She loves exploring art projects, music, and movement. In her spare time Ms. Dalanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends!


Niya, Lead Teacher
Ms. Niya has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and her Bachelor's degree in Human Services! She loves developing bonds with the children and watching them grow. Ms. Niya also owns a private catering business on the side! In her spare time she loves cooking and watching movies.


Maya , Lead Teacher
Ms. Maya has her Bachelor's in Human Services with a concentration in Childhood Development. She loves being able to have such an impact on her students' development while teaching! In her spare time Ms. Maya enjoys cooking, sketching and gardening.

Sanchez, Lead Teacher
Ms. Sanchez has her Master's in Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University. She enjoys helping her students understand the world around them and make connections between what they are learning and their lives! In her spare time she enjoys going on monthly dates with her 5 year old son.

Natalie, Lead Teacher
Ms. Natalie has her Master’s in Art Therapy and Counseling and a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. She loves being able to positively impact children within the community through teaching new subjects while simultaneously promoting the development of positive character strengths! She is a classically trained oil painter and has an active art practice! In her spare time she enjoys cooking New York Times recipes!


Natalia , Lead Teacher
Ms. Natalia has her Bachelor of Arts in English and has been working in the field of early childhood for over 3 years now. She enjoys watching her students learn, grow, and apply what they are learning to the world around them. A fun fact about Ms. Natalia is that she is a big Disney fan and her favorite Disney princess is Tiana!


Donya, Lead Teacher
Ms. Donya is currently working on her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She loves watching her students grow and develop their own little personalities. In her spare time Ms. Donya loves roller skating, collecting records and spending time with her friends and family!


Nastassia, Lead Teacher
Ms. Tasha has her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is certified to teach Kindergarten through 6th grades! She loves working with children and truly believes that you have to love every minute of teaching to be a great teacher! An interesting fact about Ms. Tasha is that she grows a garden in her back yard and picks fresh vegetables and herbs whenever she wants them!


Emily, Lead Teacher
Ms. Emily has her Bachelor of Arts in History as well as her Masters of Education in Early Childhood! She has been teaching in a school setting for over 15 years. Ms. Emily truly enjoys being with the children in her class and you will often find her engaged with activities the children are leading. Something interesting about Ms. Emily is that she has two different color eyes, one brown and one green.


Sara, Lead Teacher
Ms. Sara has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Lycoming College! She enjoys seeing her students learn, grow, and develop over time. In her spare time Ms. Sara coaches women’s collegiate lacrosse and enjoys hiking with her dog, Apollo!


Brooke, Lead Teacher
Ms. Brooke has her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development from Bridgewater College. She enjoys watching children grown and develop their own quirky personalities! Ms. Brooke studied abroad in South Africa and played on the softball team when she was in college. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family.


Kaitlyn, Lead Teacher Ms. Katie has her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education from Stockton University. She loves being silly and developing lasting relationships with her students. In her spare time Ms. Katie loves relaxing on the beach in New Jersey or skiing in Vermont!

Tina, Assistant Teacher
Ms.Tina has been working in childcare since she was 16! She loves working with children because she loves being a part of their milestones and having an impact on their lives. She loves being creative and listening to music. In her spare time Ms. Tina loves spending time with her friends and family, especially her animals!


Victoria, Assistant Teacher
Ms. Tori has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 4 years! She enjoys having a positive impact on young children and creating a fun and safe environment for them to flourish! Ms. Tori is one of seven siblings and grew up assisting her parents in meeting the needs of the children they fostered.


LaNaya, Assistant Teacher
Ms. LaNaya dove straight into the early childhood world after high school! She enjoys making children feel safe and loved while forming great bonds with families and her students. In her spare time she loves to read and watch Grey’s Anatomy.


Dewan , Resource
Ms. Dewan has her Bachelor's in Criminal Justice from Chestnut Hill College. She loves teaching children new things each day and seeing their bright smiles each morning! A fun fact about Ms. Dewan is she LOVES Disney! In her spare time she loves to bake, cook, and play video games!

Gabrielle, Resource
Ms. Gabby graduated high school and began her career in early childhood education! She loves making her students laugh and smile and knows the importance of creating a bond which each child. A fun fact about Ms. Gabby is that she loves to draw!


Rachel, Resource
Ms. Rachel has her Bachelor's of Science in Human and Family Services and has been working with children for the last year and half. Prior to that she was the Director of Staffing for Phield House and coordinated their youth programs. Ms. Rachel loves seeing the reaction on her students' faces when they complete a goal or learn something new! Rachel has two sons of her own and is a huge Washington D.C. sports fan!


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