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. 

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. 

  •  Jennifer

    Jennifer

    Owner
    I have lived in Lakewood Ranch, on the border of Sarasota since 2010. We moved here from Louisville, KY for my husbands job. But I was born and raised in South East Michigan. My background is in nursing. I have a BSN, Bachelors of Science of Nursing. I have spent most of my career as an Operating Room nurse. As I began to expand my family it became harder and harder to work the long and varying hours, and with my second pregnancy it was near impossible for me to work in the OR any longer so I decided to take a break for a couple of years. I knew I eventually would work again and having a job that I can take my small children with me was the perfect solution for my family. As the owner of the newest Goddard School my goal is to provide a fun and safe learning environment where the children will thrive and prepare them for their future.
  •  Kiera

    Kiera

    Director
    Hi, my name is Kiera and I am thrilled to be joining The Goddard school family! I am originally from Sarasota but have lived in Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee as well. I vow to love, teach and respect your children like my own. I graduated from Kent State University in August of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration and a Minor in Business. I have been teaching since August of 2018 and it truly is my passion. My goal is to always provide a safe, warm and fun learning environment for all children! I can not wait to grow and learn with everyone!
  •  Trudi

    Trudi

    Director
    I hail from the Windy City of Chicago where I spent my 27-year career in the field of education and youth recreation. In my early years after graduating from Bradley University with my bachelor's degree in education and from National-Louis University with my master's degree in education, I taught elementary school, was a high school advisor for teens, and a day camp director in the summers. Later in my career, I made the jump to early childhood education teaching full-day 2’s and 3’s, ultimately moving into administration as an assistant director, and then director. Just prior to relocating to Florida in the summer of 2019, I was the Early Childhood Director at the Lake County JCC in Lake Zurich, IL where I had just celebrated my 10-year work-aversary. After having spent the past 4 years as the Director of Outreach at the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, I am extremely excited to return to my roots in Education in my role as Director at our Goddard School of Sarasota.
  •  Kelly

    Kelly

    Administrative Assistant
    Hi! My name is Kelly and I relocated to Florida in March 2021. I have been working with children for a long time. I Have 2 children of my own that attend here and Worked in the one year old room for a year before moving up front to a new administrative assistant role. I love the Goddard environment and look forward to meeting you and helping to provide a fun and nurturing experience for your child.
  •  Andrea

    Andrea

    Lead Teacher
    Hi my name is Andrea Burbano. I have an amazing husband and 3 awesome kids. I have been in the field of education for over 20 years, teaching all ages 3 months thru 12 years old. I have a BA in Education and Psychology and a Masters in Early Childhood and Special Education. My family is from Ecuador, and we have lived in México, Chicago, and New Jersey. I love the first years of life and the curiosity and learning that begins in this stage is where my passion is. I am very excited to have the honor and privilege to be a part of Goddard and of your children's life as they learn and grow. Thank you for letting me be a part of your village!
  •  Ashley

    Ashley

    Lead Teacher
    Hi, My name is Ashley. I have been an assistant teacher/floater working with ages 2 1/2 to 12 years for approximately three years. I recently moved to Sarasota, Fl. from Steetsboro, OH where I attended Streetsbouro High School. I graduated Kent State University, Kent, OH with a Bachelors degree in Speech Pathology and Auditory with a certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders and a minor in Psychology. I am currently enrolled at Gannon University Graduate school for Speech Pathology. One of my goals is to work with children and help them with speech or swallowing disorders. Some things I enjoy in my free time are spending time with my family, writing and learning new languages.
  •  Brittany

    Brittany

    VPK TEACHER
    Hi! My name is Brittany and I am from Sarasota, Florida! I am so excited to be working with your children. I have always wanted to work with kids and I am currently finishing school for Early Childhood Education. Aside from loving to teach, I have a deep passion for writing and am in the middle of publishing my own novel. I am always optimistic and love to smile and laugh.
  •  Christina

    Christina

    VPK Teacher
    Hello! My name is Christina Stfoy. I am from Bradenton, Florida. I have been working with children for over two years. I started off as an assistant/floater to now teaching my own class. I have my Associates in Arts Degree with over 20 credits in Early Childhood Education. I am currently working on my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, which I plan on finishing up sometime in the next 2 years. I love working with children and I am eager to learn and grow to become a better teacher. I am excited to apart of The Goddard School’s team!
  •  Juanita

    Juanita

    Lead Teacher
    My name is Juanita. I was born and raised in Florida and am a graduate of Sarasota High School and attended State College of a Florida for general studies. I started working in early childhood education as an assistant floater at a Preschool and quickly grew to love the field. I am very passionate and excited to continue my journey here at The Goddard school and can’t wait to meet and impact all your little ones!
  •  Ana

    Ana

    LEAD Teacher
    Hi my name is Ana and I have been working with children for a long time and also babysit for many years. I really enjoy working with all children at the Goddard School and love to be part of an amazing crew! I also have a daughter that attends the Goddard School and she has been learning so much. I’m happy to work at a place where I can bring my daughter!
  •  Haydee

    Haydee

    Resource
    Hi my name is Haydee Mendez Cordovez and I was born in Venezuela in the city of Caracas. I consider myself a responsible person, friend, collaborator, honest, mature and open to changes that arise. I am always willing to treat and respect my co-workers in order to have a good environment. I love children and have worked in a preschool for many years. I am very happy to work at the Goddard School and love all the families and children that I care for.
  •  Xochil

    Xochil

    Lead Teacher
    Hi, my name is Xochil. I was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. Some things I enjoy are video editing, reading and skateboarding. I discovered my passion in childcare and my goal is to go to school to become a elementary school teacher.
  •  Noris

    Noris

    Lead Teacher
    Hello my name is Noris, I'm originally from Cuba and moved here to the U.S. 21 years ago. I have a bachelors in physical education and have worked in childcare for 6 years. The age groups I like the most are the 4-6 year olds. I find they are very funny and learn the most in that age group. I love working with kids because they inspire me, and continue to bring joy with their curiosity and wonder.
  •  Tracy

    Tracy

    Lead Teacher
    My name is Tracy Ross. I am originally from Southern California and lived in New York. I went to the Fashion Institute of Technology for 15 Years. I moved to Florida because the ocean is my happy place. I love to travel and love working with tiny humans.
  •  Danna

    Danna

    Lead Teacher
    Hi! My name is Danna Contreras. I moved here to Sarasota in 2015. I have a big family and as the oldest I’ve been taking care of children all my life. I love being around all your children and I’m so happy to get to meet all of you!
  •  Margaret

    Margaret

    VPK Teacher
    My name is Margaret Burton. I am the mother of 3 adult sons and 1 granddaughter. I moved to Florida from the Metro Atlanta area in 2019. In Georgia I had been working in Early Childcare since 2012. I have worked in every classroom from Infant to school age. I have an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and a Diploma in Early Childhood care/ Education. I have also worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in Georgia.
  •  Roberta

    Roberta

    VPK Teacher
    I moved to Sarasota in 2019 from Tewksbury, Mass. where I worked in a school system as a Lunch Lady for 18 years. During that time, I have won many awards including Employee of the Year for Mass. and all of New England. My hobbies include Quilting and Gardening.
  •  Sabrina

    Sabrina

    Lead Teacher
    My name is Sabrina. I have dedicated a lot of time taking care of children. I am very excited to be a part of the Goddard Team and happy to be in your little ones life.
  •  Catherine

    Catherine

    Teacher
    Hi! I am Catherine "Tin" Sauerbier. I was born in the Philippines and raised in Bahrain. I have lived in Hawaii, Singapore, Sicily, California, and Virginia beach. I have three kids, one girl and two boys. I have been working with children for two years which has been an absolute privilege.
  •  Ellie

    Ellie

    Teacher
    Hello, My name is Ellie Tuwiner. I was born in Annapolis, Maryland. I moved to the Florida area two months ago. I have worked with children for two years and could not imagine myself doing anything else! I am Currently pursuing my master's degree in child psychology. I believe that you should meet children where they are; you should care for them to help them grow and explore their surroundings. I make it a priority to make every child feel loved and cared for. I love teaching, and am excited to continue my journey as an assistant teacher at the Goddard School! I am so thrilled to meet your children and watch them grow and learn!
  •  Alona

    Alona

    Lead Teacher
    Hello, My name is Alona, I was born and raised in the heart of Ukraine in Kyiv. I worked in a kindergarten in Hamburg, Germany. I came to Sarasota in July 2023 with my family and I have two sons. But what is more important is that I love to work with children! I am glad to be part of a friendly team and work with little people!
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