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

Mrs Anju, Owner My name is Anju. Suresh, my husband and I recognize the importance of early childhood education. My family is the basis for the reason we chose The Goddard School. We have two wonderful children and have been residents of the San Ramon area for 20 years. We are very happy to be able to provide The Goddard School’s outstanding program to the children in the community. I have a Masters Degree in Accounting, and enjoyed time as an active volunteer at the local elementary and middle school in the past. My family enjoys spending time together hiking, traveling, golfing and trips to the parks and library.

Mrs Anju

Ms Ingrid, Director I believe that when children have opportunities to select their own activities, they are in a strong position to learn from them. Each child develops at her/his own pace, and if given ample time and resources to explore and discover things unfettered, they can become more self-aware and confident in their abilities. It is a teacher’s responsibility to create a nurturing environment that promotes learning through self-discovery. I have been working in the field since 2010. My first experience in childcare was at a local non-profit organization then I worked for 5 ½ years at a private preschool in Oakland as a Lead Toddler teacher and administrator. I attended Merritt College studying Biology and later received my Teacher’s permit in Early Childhood Education. I then continued my education in the ECE field working towards a Bachelor's degree.

Ms Ingrid

Miss Jessica, Lead Teacher I have a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Development and I am currently pursuing attaining my AA degree in Early Childhood Development. Ever since I was little I have always loved kids and knew one day I would work with them. I have a lot of experience being the oldest of 6 kids and I have been babysitting for over 13 years and have worked in a child care setting for 5 1/2 years. I love getting to be a part of a child's life and watching them learn, develop and get so excited when they discover new things. The happiness, love, smiles, cuteness, and innocence of a child is priceless. Working with kids brings me pure joy and I feel caring for children is a part of who I am. When I am not caring for kids, I love spending time with my younger sisters, shopping and hanging out with friends.

Miss Jessica

Ms Sheri, Lead Teacher My name is Sheri. I have 15 years of experience working in a child care center and almost 10 years experience as a nanny. I have worked with ages newborn to 12 years and have enjoyed every age I've worked with but I have a soft spot for preschool.

I especially love science, sensory, math and art. The messier the activity the better!
I believe that if a child has a positive attitude and great self esteem they can accomplish whatever they set their mind to.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, baking and scrapbooking.

Ms Sheri

Ms Deena, Lead Teacher Hi, my name is Deena Flynn, I have raised two sons, Aaron and Devin. I have been working with children and their families for over 30 years. I started working in a Christian school as an aide at the age of 16. I graduated high school in Goleta, California, married at 25 which led me to the bay area. I choose to go to Diablo Valley College to become a childcare provider. I then started working at my older son's after school care at Walnut Acers Children's Center. As my life change and my children went off to college an into the world, I found myself working with wondrful families and co-teachers at Goddard.

It has always been a passion of mine to see children succeed and grow. Children bring so much joy to the world.

I enjoy music, art, and dancing. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends which is the best gift in life.

Ms Deena

Ms Hiam, Lead Teacher I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Alexandria. I was previously teaching Science for fifth and sixth graders for over 19 years. I have also studied in Early Childhood Education. I started working with the Goddard School in September 2017 and I am so excited to be a part of the Goddard team. I enjoy seeing kid’s grow every day and to help build a good generation. I am married and have three boys, Mena, Fady, and Youseh. In my spare time I love to go shopping, cooking, and sewing.

Ms Hiam

Ms Jelyn, Lead Teacher I have been working in Preschool before for over two and a half years and I can say that I love working with kids! They are so full of life and innocent. It's a privilege to become a part of a child's life and help them mold their characters as they grow-up. Being a teacher is not an easy job, but yet a fulfilling one. I am a mother of twins, a boy and a girl. I am looking forward to working with kids again and willing to learn more from my experiences.

Ms Jelyn

Ms Betty, Lead Teacher I have been teaching since 2014. I joined The Goddard School in April 2016 and I am glad to be a part of this team. Teaching has always been an interest of mine and I love engaging with each child and building memories. I am currently going to school to achieve my degree in Early Childhood Development at Merritt College. I look forward to my journey here at The Goddard School because there is no greater gift than seeing a child smile!

Ms Betty

Ms Archana, Lead Teacher I started with The Goddard School in December 2017 and I am glad to be a member of this family! I really enjoy working with children and my love for nature and the outdoors allows me to provide children with unique growth and learning opportunities. It's such a pleasure to work with these kids and watch them achieve their first milestones in life. I was born and raised in India. I live in San Ramon with my husband. I have a bachelor degree in Electronics engineering from Biju Patnaik University of Technology, India. I am pursuing my ECE courses from Diablo Valley College. In my spare time I love to spend time with family and friends. I love cooking, shopping, and traveling to new places. Every day I look forward in my journey here at The Goddard School and furnishing all children with the affection and care that they deserve.

Ms Archana

Ms Kimberly, Lead Teacher " My name is Kimberly; I was at one of The Goddard School in Pennsylvania for 3 and a half years before relocating to California. I have my certification in early childhood education. I look forward every day to coming into school and being able to teach the children new things. Having the chance to watch them grow and watching them succeed is just one amazing part of the job. Watching them smile and laugh and enjoy themselves with the activities we have for each day brings so much happiness to me. As the kids do learn from me, I as well learn from them each day. In my free time I love to bake and send time with my family."

Ms Kimberly

Ms Neha, Lead Teacher
My name is Neha Burman and I am excited to begin the next chapter of my teaching career at The Goddard School. I also had the privilege of working at The Harker Preschool. I always enjoyed being an integral part of a child’s development and learning. I have done my majors in Human Development from India and Teaching Credentials from the De Anza College, CA.

I am a proud mother of two, a girl and a boy. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family.

At The Goddard School, we know that play is a child's most important work, and we strive to create and maintain an environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them. Thank you for entrusting us with your child's early years!

Ms Neha

Mrs Swati, Lead Teacher My passion to work with younger children is what brings me to preschool teaching. The love and affection we share together is precious along with teaching them to grow up becoming apathetic adults. I love planning curriculum for them and all the creative activities that come with it. I have 18 ECE units, a Site Supervisor Permit, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Studies. I have over 6 years of teaching experience, plus one year of being an Assistant Director. My hobbies are singing, art, home décor, and cooking. I believe nurturing young children is the prime responsibility of any teacher.

Mrs Swati

Ms Charlotte , Lead Teacher I have been working in the Early Childhood field for the past 15 years. I currently hold 24 Early Childhood Education units and I have single handedly managed Transitional Kindergarten classes for the past 7 years. What inspires me each day is watching the children growing and changing every day. I am looking forward to making a strong impact at The Goddard School. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family.

Ms Charlotte

Mrs Poonam, Lead Teacher Hi! My name is Poonam Patil. I grew up in India. I received my master's in biotechnology in India. I worked as an R&D engineer in a lab. After moving to the USA, I had SQA engineer training. I worked as a QA engineer trainer in a software company in Santa Clara. After having a child and spending a lot of time with her and at her pre-school as a volunteer, I was drawn towards the ECE field. I found my calling. I completed my first ECE classes and am currently enrolled for the fall semester.
I have a 5-year-old daughter. I like to read books for her. I feel passionate about teaching my kids kindness, respect, and compassion for others.
My hobbies include cooking, teaching, reading, and traveling. I will do my best to provide a fun, positive, and loving environment where your child will learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally. I will consistently give them love and support to build a strong foundation in life.

Mrs Poonam

Ms Neeraja, Lead Teacher My name is Neeraja Gopal. My passion for teaching goes a long way. Ever since I started my professional learning, all my learning has been centered around education. I have a Masters degree in Education and continued to get ECE units once I moved to the US. I have been in different positions in preschools ranging from classroom assistant to managing a campus over the past 4 years. I am also very passionate about various different art forms. I am a trained Bharatanatyam dancer which is an Indian classical dance form. I also love singing, painting and crafts during my free time.

Ms Neeraja

Ms Vijitha, Lead Teacher My name is Viji and I believe that all children are unique, which allows for them to have different needs and styles of learning. When I think about my role as a teacher, I always focus on building positive relationships with the children because I believe that building positive relationships with children impacts children's development, behavior, and readiness to learn.

I graduated from Las Positas College in the spring of 2017 and have an AA degree in Early Childhood Development. After attending Las Positas college I also worked in their Child Development Center. I have been working in the field of early childhood since 2014. In addition, I worked with school-age children at an elementary school in Pleasanton from 2007 to 2016.

I am married to a wonderful husband and we have two daughters. Also, I have a poodle named Max. In my free time, I like to cook various cultural's foods for my family, as well as gardening and making flower arrangements.

Ms Vijitha

Mr Steven, Lead Teacher If I were to describe myself, I would say that I am silly, energetic and fun. I've been working with children for the past 10 years and enjoy every moment of it. I have a BA in child development from CSU, Chico. My purpose in life is to impact as many individuals that I can and bring out their full potential. There is a greatness in all of us, including children, they just need someone to help pull it out of them!

Mr Steven

Ms Terra , Lead Teacher My name is Terra Wise. I am a single mom of a sixteen year old boy. I have work with children off and on for the past 20 years. I have worked with children from infants through 5th grade. I love music, hiking and gardening. Art of all kinds is my passion. I enjoy the sciences and leaning new things.

Ms Terra

Miss Lorrie, Assistant Teacher I have been teaching in a child care center since 2006 and have been caring for children since I was eleven years old. I love to see children learn and grow. Seeing their "firsts" is amazing and something that will always bring a smile to my face. I have three beautiful children of my own who are growing up too fast. I also enjoy spending time with my niece and her son. My family and I always have fun doing the littlest things in life.

Miss Lorrie

Ms Sidrah, Assistant Teacher My name is Sidrah Fareed. I have 15 ECE units and almost 2 years working with children. I love working with children, especially doing creative work with them.

I love reading, cooking, and painting. In my spare time, I like to go shopping, watch movies and listen to music. My family consists of my parents and siblings; I love and value family a lot.

Ms Sidrah

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