Our Teachers

Our teachers blend the highest education standards with nurturing care to help foster well-rounded child development.

Careers

If you want to help shape the hearts and minds of young children in a fun, nurturing environment, we’d love to have you work with us! We’re always looking for great teachers to join our family.

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Warm, Nurturing & Highly Trusted

Learning happens best in a warm and nurturing environment, which is why our teachers take the time to make sure your little one feels safe and cared for every day to help them develop a lifelong love of learning. 

Expertise & Skills

Our caring teachers are highly experienced in the best methods to support your child with teachable moments of exploration, discovery and learning each and every day. 

  • Ms JoEllen

    Ms JoEllen

    On-Site Owner
    Welcome to The Goddard School! My name is Ms. JoEllen and I have had the privilege of serving as the school’s on-site owner since we opened our doors to students in 2009. In addition to my leadership role at our school, I have served on the Southwest Maricopa Regional Partnership Council for First Things First since 2016. I have three children, two of whom are Goddard graduates. My husband Sam and I love watching renovation shows and cheesy romantic movies. As a family, we enjoy traveling and playing games. Prior to opening the school, I was a stay-at-home mom and community volunteer. I have also worked as a corporate trainer. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from DePaul University, a Master’s Degree in Training & Development from Loyola University Chicago, and a Certificate in Early Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I look forward to growing roots in our community together!
  • Mr Ryan

    Mr Ryan

    Education Director
    *2015 Goddard Systems Teacher of the Year* *2019 Ready. Set. Teach! Scholarship Winner* Hello, my name is Mr. Ryan and I am the Education Director here at The Goddard School in Goodyear. Prior to joining the Administrative Team as Assistant Director in 2015, I was the Lead Preschool teacher in the younger three year old classroom for over five years. I have AA in Elementary Education, a BA in Educational Studies, an MA in Applied Behavioral Analysis from ASU, and a Certificate in Early Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I am passionate about introducing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concepts to our young learners. I enjoy bringing a fun and creative atmosphere to our school as we partner together to help your children play and grow. Outside of school, my beautiful wife, daughters, and I enjoy movies, drawing, painting, and creating images with Japanese ink.
  • Ms Karen

    Ms Karen

    Assistant Director of Education
    Hello, my name is Ms. Karen and I am the the Assistant Director of Education serving the students and families of our school as part of the Admin team. I began working with children at an early age as a volunteer and that is how I discovered my love of teaching. I have an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and have been working with children professionally since 2014. My passion is to create a safe and inspiring classroom for my students to grow and learn to be kind to all. I am so excited to be a part of the Goddard community and I am looking forward to serving you and your family.
  • Ms Selena

    Ms Selena

    Office Manager
    Hello, my name is Ms. Selena and I was born and raised here in sunny Arizona. I am currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education and I have a true passion for working with children. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family. I am a huge Disney fan and absolutely love Disneyland. You will always see me with a smile on my face because my goal is to start or end your day with a smile as well!
  • Ms Cindy

    Ms Cindy

    Snuggly Snails
    *2024 Infant Teacher of the Year - West Region* Hi, my name is Ms. Cindy and I am the Lead Teacher in the infant classroom. I have been working with infants and toddlers since 1999. My family and I moved to Arizona from Colorado in August 2021. In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my animals and hanging out with my family. I am so excited to be working at The Goddard School and look forward to getting to know each and every one of your children.
  • Ms Damaris

    Ms Damaris

    Snuggly Snails
    Hello, my name is Ms. Damaris and I am a teacher in the Snuggly Snails classroom. I am currently completing my Bachelor's degree in Education at ASU and have experience working with children of all ages. I have been at The Goddard School in Goodyear since 2017 and love getting to know our families and students. In my spare time, I like to read and watch movies.
  • Ms Angela

    Ms Angela

    Snuggly Snails
    Hello, my name is Ms. Angela and I am an Assistant Teacher in the infant classroom. I was a stay-at-home mom for several years and have always had a passion for teaching and caring for children. I love to learn something new everyday and am ready to pursue my degree in Early Childhood Education. In my spare time, I love to crochet, bike, and watch movies with my family. I am excited to travel this journey with your families and The Goddard School.
  • Ms Ariana

    Ms Ariana

    Laughing Ladybugs
    Hello, my name is Ms. Ariana and I am the Lead Teacher in the Young Toddlers classroom. I am currently pursuing a degree in Communications with an emphasis on Interpersonal Relations. In my spare time, I enjoy being with my son and family and going on an occasional hike. I enjoy getting to know my students, their parents, and fellow faculty. You will always see me with a lot of positive energy.
  • Ms Kirsten

    Ms Kirsten

    Laughing Ladybugs
    Hello, my name is Ms. Kirsten and I am the Assistant Teacher in the one year old Laughing Ladybugs classroom. I have lived in Arizona since 2017 and have been working with children since 2018. I am enrolled at Glendale Community College pursuing an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education and enjoy watching children learn and grow. In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games and watching movies. I look forward to a fun career at The Goddard School!
  • Ms SaMya

    Ms SaMya

    Wiggly Worms
    Hello, my name is Ms. SaMya and I moved to Arizona in 2019. I am currently in college pursuing a degree in psychology and love studying development and behavior. I love to read and watch movies in my free time. I have experience working with children as a summer camp counselor. As the saying goes, "You learn something new every day." I can't wait to learn with the students at Goddard as they learn from me.
  • Ms Baylee

    Ms Baylee

    Curious Caterpillars
    Hello, my name is Ms. Baylee and I am the Lead Teacher in the Curious Caterpillars two year old classroom. I was born and raised in Arizona and have my Bachelor's degree in Sports Psychology. I have been working with children since 2023 and plan to pursue a second degree in Early Childhood Education. Teaching children is a passion for me because watching their minds grow and prosper give me a sense of purpose.
  • Ms Nadiya

    Ms Nadiya

    Resource
    Hello, my name is Ms. Nadiya and I was born and raised in Arizona. I have a huge passion for working with children. I have worked with children since 2022 and plan to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. Working with young learners is want I want to do for the rest of my life.
  • Ms Leeya

    Ms Leeya

    Busy Bees
    Hi, my name is Ms. Leeya and I am the Lead Teacher in the older twos and young threes classroom, the Busy Bees. I have been working with children since 2017 and am currently pursuing my Child Development Associate degree. I have worked with children of all ages and love what I do! When I am not working, I am usually reading or spending time with my family trying new places.
  • Ms Melanie

    Ms Melanie

    Busy Bees
    Hello, my name is Ms. Melanie and I am an Assistant Teacher in the Busy Bees (older twos/young threes) classroom. I have worked with preschool students for a few years as a volunteer and am interested in pursuing further education in Early Childhood Development. In my free time, I like to read and play with my dogs.
  • Ms Susan

    Ms Susan

    Grinning Grasshoppers
    Hello, my name is Ms. Susan and I am the Lead Teacher in the older Preschool classroom. I have my Child Development Associate Degree (CDA) and am currently working toward my Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining The Goddard School family in 2012, I taught Pre-Kindergarten in the school district for over seven years. I have lived in Arizona since 1997 and am originally from Holland, Michigan. I have a true passion for working with young children and I look forward to working with yours here at The Goddard School!
  • Ms Amanda

    Ms Amanda

    Grinning Grasshoppers
    Hello, my name is Ms. Amanda and I am the Assistant Teacher in the Preschool Grasshoppers classroom. I have a passion for working with children and have been doing so for over twenty years. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time in nature and being a grandma to my sweet grandchildren. I look forward to growing with The Goddard School in Goodyear.
  • Ms Sabrina

    Ms Sabrina

    Daring Dragonflies
    Hi! My name is Ms. Sabrina and I am the Lead Teacher in the Daring Dragonflies Pre-Kindergarten classroom. I was born in California but moved to Arizona in 2004. I have been working with children since 2015 and am currently pursuing my Child Development Associate degree. I love working at The Goddard School and getting to know the students and families.
  • Ms Kimberly

    Ms Kimberly

    Brillant Butterflies
    Hello, my name is Ms. Kim and I have been the Lead Teacher of the Pre-Kindergarten Brilliant Butterflies class here at The Goddard School since 2010. I have many years of experience working with children of all ages. I hold an Associate's Degree (CDA) in Child Development. My family and I moved from Erie, PA in June 2008 and have made Goodyear our new home. It is a pleasure to work with your children and teach them to learn and grow in a positive learning environment.
  • Ms Diane

    Ms Diane

    Kindergarten
    Hello, my name is Ms. Diane and I am the Lead Teacher in the Kindergarten classroom. I have worked in early education for all ages from infants through Kindergarten. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Development. My family and I moved here from Northern California in 2019 and I am so excited to be here with you and your children at The Goddard School!
  •  Cas

    Cas

    Kitchen Coordinator/Enrichment Specialist
    Hello, my name is Cas and I am the Kitchen Coordinator and a Resource teacher here at The Goddard School. I am currently pursuing a degree in Conservation Energy and plan to be a science teacher. I have a lot of volunteer experience working with children and my goal at Goddard is to help support our teachers and promote a fun and safe place for everyone to enjoy!
  • Ms Jayda

    Ms Jayda

    Resource
    Hello, my name is Ms. Jayda and I am a resource teacher working primarily in the one year old program. I am a high school student at Valor Preparatory Academy and attend classes at Estrella Mountain Community College. I began interning at The Goddard School in 2023 and I was excited to officially join the faculty part-time in 2024. I plan to study Early Childhood Education and pursue teaching as a career.
  • Mr Sam

    Mr Sam

    Building Renovation & Maintenance Manager
    Hi! My name is Mr. Sam and I am the Building Renovation & Maintenance Manager here at The Goddard School in Goodyear. I have been a part of the school community since 2018 and enjoy getting to know the faculty, students, and parents.
  • Ms Desiree

    Ms Desiree

    Resource
    Hello, my name is Ms. Desiree and I am an Assistant Teacher helping in classrooms around the school. I have been working with children since 2007 and it is my passion. I enjoy seeing children learn new ideas and build new skills. I am an oldest child with one sister and three brothers. I have two dogs and they are my babies. I look forward to growing with The Goddard School.
  • Ms Tatiana

    Ms Tatiana

    Silly Spiders
    Hello, my name is Ms. Tatiana and I am an Assistant Teacher in the preschool Silly Spiders. I have been working with children since 2020 and plan to further my education in child development. I am passionate about what I do and have dreamed about being a teacher since I was a child myself. I consider myself to be a very artistic individual and enjoy painting or drawing every chance I get. I am excited to have the opportunity to watch your children grow and learn every day.
  • Ms Felicia

    Ms Felicia

    Resource
    Hi, my name is Ms. Felicia and I am an Assistant Teacher helping out in classrooms around the school. I was born in California and moved to Arizona in 2018. I have been working child development for many years. In my spare time, my family and I enjoy going fishing and love to barbeque.
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