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Meet Our Goddard Family

Our expertly trained and experienced teachers and staff blend the highest standards in early childhood education and development with nurturing care to help your child have fun while growing physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

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. 

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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. 

Mrs Genelle

Mrs Genelle

Owner
We are the Craig's and we are the owners of The Goddard School® located in Hockessin. Genelle graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She also attained a Master's degree in Elementary School Administration and certificates in Elementary School Teaching and Special Education. Genelle taught for twelve years at the Christina School District and has served as an adjunct professor with Wilmington University in their Education Department for five years. She enjoys the sun, beach and most of all spending time with her husband and four children. Christian attended the University of Delaware and Goldey Beacom College where he received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He worked for MBNA for several years and served as a Business Investment Manager for Wachovia Bank. Christian enrolled at Wilmington University and received his Master's degree in Middle and High School Teaching. He enjoys mountain biking, golfing, and coaching children's sports. We are very excited and proud to be the owners of The Goddard School® located in Hockessin! We love the preschool programs that we can provide to the children in our care. Our door is always open for comments and questions. Welcome to our School!
Mrs Bess

Mrs Bess

Director
Bess is our full-time Curriculum Coordinator. She has been with Goddard since 2010 and has been working in the field of early childhood education since 2000. Bess spent one year serving as our Preschool Lead teacher and now serves in the office to benefit all classrooms. She has an Associates degree in Education: Birth through Second from Del Tech and also an Administration certificate from the Department of Education with specialized training in Administration, Curriculum & Assessment and Preschool. Bess loves that we are more than just a child care center and that we are able to offer the children in our care a well-rounded experience. In her spare time, Bess enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and children.
Mrs Gina

Mrs Gina

Lead Teacher
Gina our lead Toddler teacher, serving the children ages 18 - 24 months. She has an Early Childhood Teacher certificate with specialized training in Infant/Toddler through the Department of Education, along with an Associate degree in Early Childhood. She has been part of our faculty since 2003. Gina is married and a mother of 2, both children having gone through our Goddard program. She has a number of years in child care and in preschool settings. Gina says she enjoys watching the children learn and grow.
Mrs Jennifer

Mrs Jennifer

Lead Teacher
Jen is the Lead Teacher in our Pre-Toddler room, also known as the Goddardville Farm Animals. She has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood from the University of Delaware and has worked at our school since 2003. Jen has an Early Childhood Administration with specialized training in Infant/Toddler and School-Age from the Department of Education. She is a mother of 3 sons and loves working in early child care. Jen loves watching children grow and learn. "It is a lot of fun being a part of the team at Goddard," adds Jen.
Mrs Jessica

Mrs Jessica

Lead Teacher
Jessica is the Lead Teacher in our Infant room, also known as the Goddardville Bakery. She has been with The Goddard School® since 2006. Jessica has an Early Childhood Teacher certificate from the Department of Education with specialized training in Infant/Toddler. She has her own children, a son and a daughter, here in the center as students. She loves that Goddard is more than just a child care center. Her son attends our PreK program and her daughter is in the two-year old room, and she is excited that they have an opportunity to be in such a great center. Jessica loves watching the children grow and develop into amazing little people.
Ms Kiauna

Ms Kiauna

Lead Teacher
Kiauna joined our faculty in 2019 as an assistant in the Get Set area. Since then, she has been been an assistant in the PreK classroom, and served as a lead teacher for our Preschool Prep and Kindergarten Enrichment programs. This year she is lead teacher in our Get Set 2 classroom, which serves the older two-year-olds and younger threes. Kiauna is an Early Childhood Education student at Delaware Tech and is working on receiving her lead teacher certificate from the department of education.
Ms Kimberly

Ms Kimberly

Lead Teacher
Ms. Kim serves two roles in The Goddard School of Hockessin. She is the Assistant Director and the Lead Teacher in our Preschool Classroom, also known as the Goddardville Post Office. She has an Associate's degree from Del Tech in Early Childhood Education. She has an Early Childhood Administrator certificate with specialized training in Administration, Infant/Toddler,and Preschool. She has been with The Goddard School since 1997. All of her career in childcare education has been with the Goddard School in Hockessin. "I enjoy the children's smiling faces, their hugs, and seeing the individual development of each child."
Mrs Machelle

Mrs Machelle

Lead Teacher
Machelle is the lead teacher in our PreK classroom and has been part of our faculty since 2013. She is certified through the Department of Education as an Early Childhood Teacher and Administrator. Her Bachelor's Degree is in Birth - Second Grade Education from Wilmington College. Machelle says she loves the curiosity children have.
Mrs Zayna

Mrs Zayna

Lead Teacher
Zayna is the lead teacher of our Toddler classroom, which is our older 1 year olds. She has her Teacher certificate and has been working in the field of early childhood education for many years. She spent 11 years at the same center in New York at a child care center before moving to Delaware and joining our team in 2017. Zayna is excited to be a part of our preschool program.
Ms Brittany

Ms Brittany

Assistant Teacher
Brittany joined our team as a Toddler assistant teacher in February of 2021. She came to us with a Lead certificate from the Department of Education and has been working in the field of early childhood since 2017.
Ms Cheryl

Ms Cheryl

Assistant Teacher
Ms. Cheryl joined our faculty in 2020 as an afternoon assistant in our Infant classroom. She has a Bachelors degree in Health/Physical Education from West Chester University and a Master's of Instruction from UD. She is also National Teacher Board certified and Teacher certified by the Department of Education. In addition to over 25 years working in the Red Clay School District, Cheryl has over 10 years of experience in early childhood center settings.
Ms Christine

Ms Christine

Assistant Teacher
Ms. Chris originally joined our staff here in 2001! She was with us for about 8 years back then, and re-joined us in 2021. Chris is certified as a lead teacher through the Department of Education, and also has a para-professional certification. Right now, Chris is working with our Preschool and PreK children in the afternoons.
Ms Hallie

Ms Hallie

Assistant Teacher
Hallie joined our faculty in March of 2021. She came to us with early childhood experience from an in-home child care setting. Hallie is currently an Early Childhood Education major at Del Tech, and is certified as a lead teacher from the Department of Education.
Mrs Jen

Mrs Jen

Assistant Teacher
Jen Davie joined our faculty in 2010 and serves as a floater in the facility, working with all of the age groups. Jen has a Masters in Elementary Education from Wilmington College and has experience teaching kindergarten and first grade, as well as Preschool and PreK. She has an Early Childhood Teacher certificate with specialized training in School-Age. In her spare time, Jen enjoys reading, long walks and spending time with her husband and daughters.
Mrs Kinkiny

Mrs Kinkiny

Assistant Teacher
Ms. Kinkiny came to us in early 2021 and is the assistant teacher in our PreK classroom. She has a Bachelor's degree in History and a Master's degree in Bengali. Ms. Kinkiny is currently working towards her assistant teacher certification from the Dept. of Education.
Ms Maria

Ms Maria

Assistant Teacher
Maria is an assistant teacher in our Infant room and has been on faculty at Goddard since 2003. She has her Associates degree in Early Childhood and is certified through the Department of Education as an Early Childhood Administrator with specialized training in Infant/Toddler and Preschool. Maria loves that Goddard is so much more than a child care facility and has a lot to offer the children in the center. Maria loves seeing the determination of each individual child and their eagerness to learn.
Ms Mary Kate

Ms Mary Kate

Assistant Teacher
Mary Kate is the assistant teacher in our Preschool classroom, working alongside Ms. Kim. Mary Kate joined our faculty in 2018 as a seasonal assistant teacher, while on breaks in college. She has a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from West Chester University, and is certified as an Early Childhood Administrator.
Mrs Sharon

Mrs Sharon

Assistant Teacher
Sharon has been on faculty with us since 1998! She has her Early Childhood Assistant Teacher certificate and is a part of our Infant team. She loves working with the children and families in our preschool center. She enjoys furthering her understandng of child care programs and often enrolls in classes to learn more. Sharon also doubles as an administrative assistant, so you will sometimes see her in the office.
Ms Shayla

Ms Shayla

Assistant Teacher
Shayla joined our faculty in 2020 as a floater in the building, working with all of the age groups. She is currently a student at Goldey Beacom for Health Care. Shayla is certified as an EMT, and is working on her assistant teacher certificate from the Department of Education.
Ms Susan

Ms Susan

Assistant Teacher
Susan joined our team in 2020, and is the assistant teacher in our Toddler classroom. She is certified by the Department of Education as a Lead Teacher, and is an education student at Del Tech. Susan came to us with early childhood experience in center settings.
Ms Alexis

Ms Alexis

Resource
Alexis joined our facility in 2020 and is an assistant teacher in our 2 year old program, Get Set. Alexis had previous experience in a child care setting working with young children, and she is currently working towards a certification from the Department of Education.
Mrs Linda

Mrs Linda

Resource
Linda came to us in 2020 and is an assistant in our Infant classroom. She worked in the Cecil County Public School system for over 10 years, with both Preschool and School-Age children. She also is a volunteer at DFRC (Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual Abilities). Linda is certified as an Intern through the Department of Education.

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