Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Kristina, Director
Ms. Kristina is one of the Educational Directors you'll see every day! Ms. Kristina has her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts and through the alternate route program holds her Certificate of Eligibility to teach Art in a K-12 setting, as well as her provisional teaching certificate for Preschool through 3rd grade (P-3). Ms. Kristina has been involved with the Goddard School for over 10 years in various roles from teacher to Director. Outside of school, Ms. Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters. A fun fact about Ms. Kristina is she loves to bake, read, and make jewelry!


Melissa, Director
Ms. Melissa is one of our Educational Directors! 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!


Katie, Lead Teacher
Ms. Katie has her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology as well as a certificate as a PA Educational Specialist which allows her to be an Elementary and Secondary School Counselor from the ages of Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. Ms. Katie’s background has a wonderful mix of child development, education, and mental health. She previously worked as a special instructor for early intervention services, a classroom clinician in a therapeutic preschool, and a child & family therapist! Ms. Katie loves observing the developmental growth of the children in her class. A fun fact about Ms. Katie is that she has been to 12 different countries, she loves to travel!


Hilari, Lead Teacher
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 for the last 3 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!


Karin, Lead Teacher
Ms. Karin graduated with her Bachelor's of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management. She has worked with her children, parents, school staff and administration in the educational system in New York City and Center City Philadelphia for the past 15 years. Karin has two teenage children of her own and lives in the neighborhood! As a mother, Ms. Karin embraces the importance of early education and nurturing of young children, and is so excited to be back in a school setting!


Shakira, Lead Teacher
Ms. Shakira has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching in this field for over 11 years! Ms. Shakira loves being a teacher and having the ability to make learning fun with her students and encouraging them to explore their curiosity! Outside of school Ms. Shakira enjoys shopping and spending time with her friends and family, she is the mother of two boys!


Gail, Lead Teacher
Ms. Gail will be graduating this May with a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Health and Human Services. Her favorite thing about teaching is that each day is a new day with new experiences, it's always an exciting surprise! Gail had her first baby, a girl, in August of 2019, and she absolutely loves being a mom!


Janiesha, Lead Teacher
Ms. Janiesha has her Associate's Degree in Psychology! She has been teaching for over 5 years and loves getting to know each child individually. Ms. Janiesha loves spending time with her family and likes to try new restaurants!


Shannel, Lead Teacher
Ms. Shannel has her Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology with minors in both English and Sociology. Ms. Shannel has been in the field of Early Childhood for the last 5 years and truly enjoys seeing the growth in her students, whether it be academically, socially, or developmentally! She is a very creative and musically talented person with experience in singing, dancing, acting, playing instruments, and cheerleading!


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's 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.


Shannin , Lead Teacher
Ms. Shannin has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been working in this field for over 9 years! She enjoys helping her students reach developmental milestones and loves creating bonds with them! A fun fact about Ms. Shannin is that she loves art and music and is exceptionally patient and kind.


Angela, Assistant 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!


Tyler, Assistant Teacher
Ms. Tyler has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 4 years now and is working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Tyler loves caring for the Infants and building those early emotional bonds by giving them lots of love! Something interesting about Ms. Tyler is that she is the oldest of four children; spanning 9 years apart from her baby sister. A fun fact about Ms. Tyler is that she enjoys practicing calligraphy!


Gabrielle, Assistant Teacher
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!


Aunyee, Assistant Teacher
Ms. Aunyee is currently in the process of obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been working in this field for the last 8 years. What Ms. Aunyee loves most about being a teacher is seeing the progress and growth in her students! Something interesting about Ms. Aunyee is that her hair has been every color of the rainbow! Outside of school, Ms. Aunyee enjoys writing poetry as well as teaching ballet and hip-hop to young children.


Ebony, Assistant Teacher
Ms. Ebony has her Child Development Associate Credential specializing in Infants and Toddlers. She has been a teacher for over 20 years! She feels that teaching is a great creative outlet and loves to make relationships with her students and families. A fun fact about Ms. Ebony is that she talks fast when she's excited and she loves attending concerts!


Natalia , Assistant Teacher
Ms. Natalia has her Bachelor of Arts in English and has been working in the field of Early Childhood for 2 years now. She enjoys watching the children 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!


Taryn, Assistant Teacher
Ms. Taryn graduated high school and jumped right into Early Childhood Education! She loves watching what her students gravitate to and learn every day! Ms. Taryn loves languages, she speaks basic Spanish and is currently teaching herself to speak Korean and Japanese!


Rachel, Assistant Teacher
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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