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

Cindy, Owner Before parenthood, I was involved in advertising and marketing. As my quest for quality childcare became nearly impossible for my two children, I committed myself to creating my own school in 1997. After four years of site searching and development, The Goddard School in Portland opened with 116 students on the roster in October, 2001. Now, my children are adults but I have my community to serve for many more years.


Lisa, Director Lisa is a native Texan who has been an Oregon transplant since 1995. She earned her BA in Early Childhood Education from Southwest Texas State University, with lifetime certification, in May 1994. She has been working with children of all ages since September 1994. The Goddard School has been her second family since she opened it with Cindy and Tim in October 2001. Lisa has her Critical Incident Response Certificate by attending 3hrs training offered by Secure Education Consultants through Goddard


Mrs Becky , Assistant Director Mrs. Willis has a bachelors degree in Liberal Studies from Portland State University.
She worked for 5 years at another child center before Joining Goddard in September 2005.She was a lead teacher in different classrooms before she joined the management in September 2019 as the education director.
She is an outgoing person. She loves movies, music and shopping.

Mrs Becky

Haleh , Assistant Director Ms. Rasaei has her master degree in Psychology from BIHE, Iran. She has 8 years experience teaching in a Kindergarten class. Haleh joined our Goddard family in September of 2016.


Miss Emily, Lead Teacher After a career change from the Culinary Industry I spent 4 years nannying for two families. I spend my weekends with my horse and I am working towards my degree in ECE and Family Studies.

Miss Emily

Janet, Lead Teacher Ms. O'Brien joined us in November 2017. She has 18 years of experience working with children. Janet has her CDA for preschool and enjoys working with all age groups. Janet attended 3hrs Critical Incident Response training offered by Secure Education Consultants through Goddard School and has her safety certificate.


Sayonara, Lead Teacher Sayonara joined our family in April of 2017. She has her Bachelors Degree in Business and has 2 years experience working with children. Sayonara attended 3 hours Critical Incident Response training offered by Secure Education Consultants through Goddard and received her certificate of safety.


Jessica, Lead Teacher I come from a family of 5. I have 2 sisters with me being the middle child. My first language is Russian. I love to travel and go camping. I have 2 pet bunnies and a cat. I have been in the ECE field since high school. I got my Associates in Child Development and Early Education with 3 certificates at MHCC.


Lindsey , Lead Teacher Ms. Goedecke Joined our family in December of 2014. She has her Bachelors in Social Science from the University of Oregon and has 3 years previous experience in various preschools. Lindsey completed 3 hours of Critical Incident Response training offered by Secure Education Consultants through Goddard and received her Certificate of Safety.


Ms Savannah, Lead Teacher Ms. Savannah Thomas joined Goddard School in August 2019. She worked at a summer camp for kids with Autism.She enjoy long car rides with friends and spending time with family.

Ms Savannah

Ms Jillian, Lead Teacher Ms. Kuhl Grew up in Southern California and earned a BA in psychology,Minor in Korean from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has fraduate credits in ECE from Grand Canyon University (online). She taught English in Korea for 3.5 years. She worked with young children since 2014.
She loves children and learning new things. She enjoys listening to music , playing board games , writing stories and watching Disney movies plus all things coffee!! She is looking into pursuing her education in Early Childhood.
Jillian joined us in May 2019

Ms Jillian

Ms Melissa, Lead Teacher In my spare time I love to read, bake and spend time with my family and friends. My family and I are big fans of Major League Soccer and I love attending any games I can. I'm also venturing into the world of photography and love going out exploring and taking pictures!

Ms Melissa

Erin, Lead Teacher I was born and raised in Richmond, VA. Moved to Honolulu then here to Portland. I am the youngest of two. I have two fabulous nieces that I love spending time with as well as my family and friends. I enjoy swimming, walking, doing art and reading. I love watching football and basketball.


Mariana, Lead Teacher Ms.Hernandez has an AA in ECE. She has been a part of our family since March 2002. She received her certificate for safety by attending the 3 hours Critical Incident Response training offered by Secure Education Consultants through Goddard.


Ms Maria, Lead Teacher Ms.Harris is a native Oregonian. She has 5 siblings. One sister being her identical twin plus 3 more and a brother.She has an associate degree in Marketing from Portland Community College and started her teaching career in 1995, working with various age groups ranging from 2.5 to age 12.She loves soccer,hockey, animals,reading ,going to concerts and travelling.She says teaching is her passion and she enjoys helping and directing the children to discover what they like and how to proceed becoming a better version of themselves.

Ms Maria

Mrs Delaram , Lead Teacher I am married with two beautiful children. I enjoy gardening and puzzles. I have a Premier Designs Jewelry business and do Virtues Project.

Mrs Delaram

Alina, Lead Teacher Mrs. Petrossian has a CDA in Early Childhood Education. She worked at the French American School for one year before joining our family in January 2003. She enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 boys, walking her dog and watching classical movies.
Mrs. Pertrossian has a Safety Certificate by attending 3hrs training of Critical Incident Response training offered by Secure Education Consultants through Goddard School.


Whitney , Lead Teacher Ms. Roesch initiated her higher education at Mount Hood CC Natural Resources-Wildlife. After that she got a BS in Arts&Letters from PSU followed by a Masters degree in Education from the same institute.
Whitney's work experience goes from Sterling Elementary School in Alaska followed by Working at Eddyville Charter School before joining Goddard in July 2013.
She likes swimming, going to Farmers Markets and educating children about the environment and the world around us.She has 2 beautiful long-haired black cats and volunteers at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education program.


Brooke, Assistant Teacher I am very family oriented and enjoy going out hiking, fishing, hunting and any outdoor activities.


Mrs Padma, Assistant Teacher I enjoy spending time with my family. I love reading, going on nature walks and trips to the beach. I am a mom to two beautiful children.

Mrs Padma

Mrs Kay, Assistant Teacher I am married with 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren who all live in Texas and South Carolina. My mother lives with us and since our children have been out of the house we have been hosting "homestay" students from Asia, Middle East, Africa and South America. It has been a very rich and rewarding experience.

Mrs Kay

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