Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Debbie and Jim, Owners We are Jim and Debbie Womack, owners of the Goddard School in Chesterfield. We have been in business as Goddard School owners since June of 2002! We have two wonderful children, James and Courtney, who have grown up in our school and are now in Middle and High School. Our experience with the Goddard School began in late 1999 and, primarily due to our children's accomplishments in Goddard, we began entertaining the idea of owning our own school. Fast forward many years later and well . . . . . . here we are!

It has truly been a wonderful experience to escape the everyday grind of the corporate world to pour our heart and soul into our own personal endeavor. Jim left a fulfilling career with United Parcel Service after having been employed there 19 years. I myself worked with Carter Machinery and also had an excellent career with an outstanding company. I quickly realized that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to fulfill my passion to work with children.

Ultimately, the motivating factor in our decision to open our own Goddard School was the opportunity to maximize the precious time we have by spending it with our own children. Not to mention the rewarding feeling of having a positive impact on so many young lives.

We are sincerely committed to providing only the very best to all of our children and parents. We welcome any comments or suggestions that you may have, so please let us know!

Debbie and Jim

Mrs Karen, Director Karen Schakel has been with the Goddard School since 2004. She has a BS in Child Development from Radford University, and has worked in the child care field for over 30 years.

Mrs Karen

Miss Meagan, Assistant Director Meagan joined The Goddard School in Chesterfield in 2018.

Miss Meagan

Mrs Lori, Lead Teacher Ms. Lori joined the Goddard School in 2003 as the Lead Teacher in the Infant classroom and remains in that same role today. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from John Tyler Community College and has worked with children for over 20 years.

Mrs Lori

Miss Shari, Lead Teacher Ms. Shari has been with the Goddard School since 2005. She is currently enrolled in classes to pursue her CDA.

Miss Shari

Mrs Candice, Lead Teacher Candice has worked in childcare for over 10 years. She received her Associate Degree in Early Child Education in May 2004. In 2007, she graduated from Mary Baldwin with a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Elementary Education.

Mrs Candice

Anne-Margaret, Lead Teacher Anne-Margaret attended Virginia Tech for two years with a concentration in art, and she graduated Barton College with a B.S. in Education, and a minor in History. She has taught every grade in elementary school with most of her service in Henrico County. She joined the Goddard School in 2011.


Ms Linda, Assistant Teacher Linda joined The Goddard School in 2019.

Ms Linda

Mrs Savannah, Assistant Teacher Savannah

Mrs Susan, Assistant Teacher Susan joined the Goddard School in 2007. She has over 18 years of experience working with children. Mrs. Jones has completed her Child Development Associate credential.

Mrs Susan

Mrs Jeanette, Resource Ms. Jeanette joined the Goddard School in 2012. She studied Early Childhood Education in college and began teaching in 1983.

Mrs Jeanette

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