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

Marla, Owner My name is Marla Brunk and I am the proud owner of The Goddard School located in Manchester, Missouri. My background is in business. I have a dual BSBA in Marketing / Logistics from University of Missouri - Columbia and an MBA from SIUE. I was first a parent of three children enrolled in a Goddard School and fell in love with Goddard's philosophy, standards, curriculum, and warm family environment. Now I have the opportunity to share this same experience with your family. I am always available to parents and children for questions, hugs, or whatever you need.

Marla

Emily, Director Hi name is Emily Skelton and I am the Director of The Goddard School in Manchester! I have a Bachelor's degree in Child Psychology from Missouri State University. I started my journey at The Goddard School three years ago as a classroom teacher. I have since grown into my position as Director and I am so excited to be here!



Emily

Alissa, Assistant Director Hello, my name is Alissa and I am the Assistant Director of The Goddard School in Manchester, MO. I hold Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Lindenwood University as well as a Masters degree in School Counseling. I started my journey with The Goddard School in 2015 as a classroom teacher at another Goddard location; I fell in love with the curriculum and atmosphere and knew that Goddard was the place for me!

Alissa

Rachel , Lead Teacher Ms. Rachel is the Lead Teacher in the Infant classroom and has been with Goddard since 2019.

Ms. Rachel graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and has been working with children since 2009. Ms. Rachel is also CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep Certified.


Fun Facts: In her free time, Ms. Rachel enjoys arts and crafts, reading, writing, puzzles, and doing outdoor activities. Ms. Rachel has 1 brother and 1 sister and her fun fact is that she has been the same height since middle school!

Personal Quote: "I chose to work in education because I had the BEST teacher in 5th grade and she was an inspiration and a role model to me."

Rachel

Jennifer, Lead Teacher Ms. Jennifer is the Lead Teacher in the First Steps classroom and has been with The Goddard School since 2017.

Ms. Jennifer graduated from Principia College with a Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Education. Ms. Jennifer also has 30+ years of experience working with children. Ms. Jennifer is CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep certified.

Fun Facts: Ms. Jennifer has 2 children who she home schooled until Kindergarten. In her spare time she enjoys scrap-booking and she once traveled the country with her parents for 1 year.

Personal Quote: "I Chose to work at Goddard because I want to be part of their high quality care and education of young children."

Jennifer

Hope , Lead Teacher Ms. Hope is the Lead Teacher in the Cub classroom. Hope has been with The Goddard School since 2017.

Ms. Hope graduated from Webster University with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. Hope also has 10+ years of experience working with children and is CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep certified.

Fun Facts: Ms. Hope is married and has a dog named Laila. In her free time she enjoys playing piano and watching Netflix.

Personal Quote: "I have always loved working with children and really enjoy watching them grow and accomplish each milestone."

Hope

Ann , Lead Teacher Ms. Ann is the Lead Teacher in the get set classroom. Ms. Ann has been with The Goddard School since 2019.

Ms. Ann graduated from Fontbonne University with a Masters in Teaching and has been working with children for 5+ years. Ms. Ann is also CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep certified.

Fun Facts: In her free time Ms. Ann enjoys yoga, running, and spending time with her family. She also has 2 cats and enjoys working with local theatre companies.

Personal quote: "I chose to work in education because I believe that every child deserves a champion."

Ann

Emily , Lead Teacher Ms. Emily is the Lead Teacher in our Moose classroom and has been with The Goddard School since 2018. Ms. Emily is also CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep Certified.

Ms. Emily graduated from Southeast Missouri State with a Bachelor's degree in Family Studies and Child Development. Ms. Emily is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Ball State University.

Fun Facts: Ms. Emily is the oldest of 2 girls and her sister is also a teacher, and her family lived in 5 different states before she was 10 years old!

Personal Quote: "I chose to work in education because my 2nd grade teacher told my class that what we learn is who we are and that always stuck with me. Being part of a young child's life gives me such joy to know that I'm there to help these kids to discover who they are and their potential."

Emily

Lauren, Lead Teacher Ms. Lauren is the Lead Teacher in our preschool classroom and has been with The Goddard School since 2018.

Ms. Lauren graduated from Southeastern Missouri State University with a Bachelor's degree in Child Development and an Associate's degree in childcare & guidance. She also has 5+ years of experience working with young children and is CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep certified.

Fun facts: In her free time, Ms. Lauren enjoys spending time with friends, going to concerts, and she is a HUGE Justin Bieber fan!

Personal quote: "I chose to work in the field of education because I am passionate about working with young children and helping them grow, develop, and reach their goals!"

Lauren

Melissa, Lead Teacher Ms. Melissa is the Lead Teacher in our Beaver classroom and has been with The Goddard School since 2010.

Ms. Melissa graduated from Meramec Community College with her Teaching Certificate of Proficiency and has 25+ years of experience working in childcare. Ms. Melissa is also CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep certified.

Fun Facts: In her spare time, Ms. Melissa enjoys reading, swimming, shopping, and spending time with her family.

Personal Quote: "I chose to work in the field of education because each child's smiling face warms my heart."

Melissa

Nicole , Lead Teacher Ms. Nicole is the Lead Teacher in our Rabbit classroom and has been a teacher at The Goddard School since 2019.

Ms. Nicole graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and has earned her Missouri Teaching Certificate. Ms. Nicole is also CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep Certified.

Fun Facts: In her free time, Ms. Nicole enjoys going to concerts and spending time with her dog and fiance. She is also getting married in September of 2019!

Personal Quote: "I chose to work in education because children are my passion. Watching them learn and grow brings me so much joy!"

Nicole

Rasha, Assistant Teacher Ms. Rasha is the Assistant Teacher in the Infant classroom. Ms. Rasha has been a teacher at The Goddard School since 2017.

Ms. Rasha has earned a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology and has over 3 years of childcare experience. Ms. Rasha is also certified in CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep.

Fun Facts: Ms. Rasha is married with two sons in high school. In her free time, she enjoys going for walks and eating chocolate.

Personal quote: I chose to work in education because I just love being with children and watching them grow.

Rasha

Lexi, Assistant Teacher Ms. Lexi is the Assistant Teacher in the Toddler 1 classroom and has been with The Goddard School since 2019.

Ms. Lexi graduated from Truman State University with a degree in Political Science. Ms. Lexi is CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep certified.

Fun Facts: In her free time, Ms. Lexi enjoys playing board games and she had a pet cat throughout college.

Personal Quote: "I chose to work in education because I love the innocence and pure happiness that children have and I think that in teaching children, we as adults learn more as well."

Lexi

Colleen , Assistant Teacher Ms. Colleen is one of our floating teachers and works in various classrooms throughout the school. Ms. Colleen has been with The Goddard School since 2010.

Ms. Colleen graduated from Stevens Institute of Business and Art with a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design and is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing. Colleen also has 10 years of experience working with children and is also CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep certified.

Fun Facts: Ms. Colleen is engaged to her fiancee Mike and has 1 son named Brexton as well as 2 dogs. In her free time Colleen enjoys traveling, watching movies, and exploring Pintrest.

Personal Quote: Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

Colleen

Stasha, Assistant Teacher Ms. Stasha is the Assistant Teacher in the get set classroom. Ms. Stasha has been with The Goddard School since 2017.

Ms. Stasha is currently working towards a bachelor's degree in education at Saint Louis University and has been working with children for 15+ years. Ms. Stasha is also CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep certified.

Fun Facts: Ms. Stasha has 3 daughters and in her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, and loves music.

Personal quote: "I believe the children are our future, teach them well & let them lead the way"

Stasha

Dominique, Assistant Teacher Ms. Dominique is the Assistant Teacher in the Moose classroom; she has been with The Goddard School since 2019.

Ms. Dominique is currently pursuing her teaching degree at St. Louis Community College and has been working with children since 2015. Ms. Dominique is also CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep certified.

Fun facts: In her free time Ms. Dominique enjoys hanging out with her friends and family and cooking with her mom.

Personal quote: "To make a difference in someone's life you don't have to be beautiful, rich, or perfect. You just have to care." I love working with children because my goal is to try to make a difference in their lives by being there when they need it.

Dominique

Katherine, Assistant Teacher Ms. Katherine is the Assistant Teacher in the Pre-K Classroom and has been with us since 2018.

Ms. Katherine graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and has several years of experience working with children. She is also CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep certified.

Fun Facts: In her free time, Ms. Katherine enjoys playing with her dog Sadie, hiking, embroidery, and other crafts.

Personal Quote: "I chose to work in education because I believe in the power and potential of kids to positively impact the world and I want to do my part in giving them the building blocks to do so."

Katherine

Jaimeson , Assistant Teacher Ms. Jaime is the Assistant Teacher in the Pre-K classroom she has been with The Goddard School since 2018.

Ms. Jaime graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and is currently working towards a Master's degree in School Counseling at Lindenwood University. Ms. Jaime is also CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep Certified.

Fun Facts: In her spare time, Jaime enjoys doing arts and crafts, being outside, and spending time with friends and family. Ms. Jaime is also the only girl in her family!

Personal quote: "Teaching the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." -Aristotle

Jaimeson

Krista, Assistant Teacher Ms. Krista is one of our Assistant Teachers that work in various classrooms. Krista has been with The Goddard School since 2017.

Krista graduated from Webster University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and has a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Southwest Baptist University. Krista is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Library Science from Mizzou and is CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep certified.

Fun Facts: Ms. Krista is married with 1 daughter and 2 dogs. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, and watching movies.

Personal Quote: Sometimes the thing your students need the most has nothing to do with what's on your lesson plan.

Krista

Monica , Resource Ms. Monica is the Lead Teacher in our Toddler classroom. Ms. Monica has been with The Goddard School since 2019.

Ms. Monica graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Ms. Monica is also CPR, First Aid, and Infant Safe Sleep certified.

Fun Facts: In her free time, Ms. Monica enjoys baking and running. She also taught kindergarten in South Korea and has been sky diving twice!

Personal Quote: I love teaching because children constantly surprise me and exceed my expectations.

Monica

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