Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Colleen, Owner Colleen and Marc Zahirnyi
Owners

We have been the owners of the Goddard School in Swedesboro, NJ since it opened in 2005.
With three young children of our own, we understand the importance of Early Childhood Development. All three of our children have gone through the Goddard program.
We enjoy working with children and love being able to offer parents a safe, nurturing environment for their children.

Colleen

Marc, Owner We have been the owners of the Goddard School in Swedesboro, NJ since it opened in 2005.
With three young children of our own, we understand the importance of Early Childhood Development. All three of our children have gone through the Goddard program.
We enjoy working with children and love being able to offer parents a safe, nurturing environment for their children.

Marc

Lauren, Director
I came to The Goddard School in May of 2006 as the Head Teacher in the Preschool 1 classroom. Before coming to Goddard I worked at many other preschools and also babysat many children. I was then promoted to Assistant Director in December of 2006 and then Director in April of 2007 where I continue to enjoy each day.
I have my Bachelors Degree in Human Services with a concentration in Early Childhood Development from Thomas Edison State College. I continued my education and received my Master's Degree in Human Services Counseling of Marriage and Families.
I have a true passion for children and helping them to develop fully in all developmental areas.

Lauren

Rachel, Director
I received my Associate's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and my Bachelor's Degree in Social Science from Thomas Edison University.

I have been with The Goddard School since 2009, starting with before and after care, then making my way to the First Steps classroom and eventually as a Lead Teacher in Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten before being promoted to Assistant Director in 2016 and Director in 2017. I bring with me experience raising my own girls, ages 16, 4 and 20 months. I am motivated to positively impact all of the students in my care and I believe creating an environment where children are excited to participate and learn is an important step in ensuring continued success in school.

Rachel

Shanika, Lead Teacher Hi! I bring with me to Goddard many years of
experience in Early Childhood, elementary and secondary education. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in General Science with a concentration in Kindergarten-6th grade and a Master of Education Degree in elementary/secondary school counseling. I have over 10 years experience in education and 6 specifically in Early Childhood. What I enjoy most about teaching is helping children learn, grow and having fun in the process!

Shanika

Kate, Lead Teacher Hello, my name is Kate and I have been in childcare for the past 11 years. I began as an assistant here at The Goddard School in 2013 and loved it! However, I knew that one day I wanted to become a lead. I love having my own classroom and writing my own lesson plans. I love teaching and have always wanted to fulfill that dream and I am so thankful I get to do it here at The Goddard School!!

Kate

Kaydene, Lead Teacher Hello, my name is Kaydene Hanson. I have two little girls who attend The Goddard School and love being here. I have over 10 years experience working in early childhood education. I have decided to make teaching children my life's work because I believe early childhood education sets the foundation for a lifetime of learning. I am devoted to the social and emotional development of each child and make it my goal to ensure each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve.

Kaydene

Leslie, Lead Teacher Hello! I am Miss Leslie! I am really enjoying being a part of the Get Set class. With my experience taking care of my own family members and Childcare and Development classes I feel prepared and confident each day in the classroom. The best part of each day for me is teaching my little ones something new. It is so enjoyable building lasting relationships with both my students and their families.

Leslie

Kelly, Lead Teacher Hi! I’m Kelly! I am the Group Lead Teacher for Preschool 1 and Preschool 2. I have experience both in the classroom along with the experience I gained while earning my Associates Degree in Elementary Education and my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. I look forward to continuing my own education and contributing to my students love for learning!

Kelly

Michelle, Lead Teacher I have been with the Goddard School since August of 2006. I graduated from Kingsway Regional High School and have been working with children since I was 16 years old. I have experience watching my younger cousins and babysitting in my town. I started working in preschools right after high school and have worked with every age: Infant through 11 years old.
My goals are to be able to watch the children in the school grow, learn, and develop self confidence. Knowing that I have made a positive impact in their lives makes me happy. I love my job because I come to work and see them smiling, laughing, and learning and I know that I was a part of that.

Michelle

Jessica, Lead Teacher Hi! I’m Jess! I am super excited to lead the Preschool 2 classroom. I started at Goddard in Spring of 2018 as an Assistant Teacher in the Preschool 1 classroom. Before coming to Goddard I worked as a Teacher’s aide in a public school while working on my degree. I currently hold an Associates Degree in Education and plan to pursue a Preschool-3rd grade certification.

Jessica

Theresa, Lead Teacher I began working at The Goddard School in Swedesboro in the Fall of 2011. I started my career as a substitute and became full time staff. Over the years, I have worked in a variety of age groups from First Steps to Before and After. In the Fall of 2015, I became the Preschool 2 lead teacher before moving to the Kindergarten Prep program in the Fall of 2017. I have been privileged to be given a number of responsibilities outside of my classroom here at Goddard and enjoy being able to help new lead teachers become familiar with our lesson plan routine and curriculum. I also do regular safety checks on the playground and drive the school bus during the school year for our Before and After program. During my time at home, I attend Colorado State University online, working towards a degree in Communications and Organizational Leadership. I also completed my Child Development Associates last Fall and enjoy completing Child Development training to help build my skills in classroom management and education. In the classroom, I especially enjoy teaching Science experiments, leading group discussions and introducing my students to different traditions and cultures from around the world.

Theresa

Chelsey, Lead Teacher Hi, I’m Chelsey and I have been with Goddard since 2009. I received my Bachelor Degree for Elementary Education from Rowan University in 2013. I come from a very large family of seven younger brothers and sisters. Teaching has been my passion since I was a little girl! Since graduating, I have had the pleasure of working with many different age groups throughout Goddard. I love children and enjoy instilling a love for learning throughout the classroom!

Chelsey

Karen, Assistant Teacher Hi, I’m Miss Karen! I come to Goddard with 15 years experience owning and operating my own center. I also have years of experience in other settings related to the field, as well as education. It truly is a blessing to be able to nurture and teach your children each day.

Karen

Taylor, Assistant Teacher Hello! I first came to Goddard as a substitute, filling in wherever I was needed. After some time in that position, I decided I wanted to be here full time! I am having so much fun in the First steps classroom building relationships with the little ones as well as their families!

Taylor

Carol, Assistant Teacher I am so happy to be able to gain experience here at The Goddard School while earning my Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. While I do have some experience with ages ranging from 2 to 10 years old, I look forward to learning and growing here and I am loving the relationships I have built in the Pre-Toddler classroom!

Carol

Nicole, Assistant Teacher Hi! I come to Goddard with many years experience as a nanny, as well as, babysitting. I graduated from Clearview in 2016 and went on to RCGC to earn an Associate’s degree . My goal as an early childhood educator is to help shape a better future for children .

Nicole

Tomika, Assistant Teacher Working with children is something I have enjoyed for many years now. Not only do I have experience working with ages ranging from 2-13 years old but I have 3 girls of my own, ages 20, 17 and 15. It makes me happy putting a smile on a child's face and I love getting the opportunity to do so everyday in the Pre-Toddler classroom!

Tomika

Jennifer, Assistant Teacher Hi! I’ve been with Goddard since it opened! I did take some time off to help my grandmother and have my own little one, Marc, who attends Goddard now but I am happy to be back! I enjoy being with the little ones in First Steps and being a part of their growth and development. It is truly rewarding to play such an important role in their lives!

Jennifer

Robin, Assistant Teacher
Hello, my name is Robin! I have been here,at Goddard, since 2012. I attended High School in Brooklyn, NY and while there completed a Montessori Training Program for Early Childhood Development. I have worked in early childhood for over 17 years as an in home provider and in classroom settings.
My goal as an Early Childhood Educator is to provide children with a loving, nurturing, safe environment to learn, grow, and play in. I love the element of joy and surprise that comes over a child’s face when they have learned and accomplished something for the first time.

Robin

Cara, Assistant Teacher Hi, My name is Cara!!
I started working here at The Goddard School as a substitute teacher in various classrooms. I am now happy to say that I have been the full time assistant teacher in our Pre-K classroom for some time now and I thoroughly enjoy it! It is extremely rewarding to witness our students learn and grow and to be getting them ready for such a big next step, such as Kindergarten, is a great feeling!!

Cara

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