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. 

  • Ms Lorri

    Ms Lorri

    On Site Owner
    Lorri has been the owner of The Goddard School since 2010. She is the proud mother of three children. As such, she recognizes the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment. She holds a BBA from Georgia Southern University. Prior to owning The Goddard School, she worked in Family Services. As the on-site owner with a human services background, she is committed to providing the highest quality preschool experience for the children in this community. Lorri and her family enjoy spending time together - playing board games, biking, fishing, swimming and going to the beach. Family is the basis for why she chose Goddard and is happy to be able to provide Goddard’s outstanding program to the children in the Tampa community. She looks forward to welcoming you and your children to the Goddard family.
  •  Desirae

    Desirae

    Director of Education
    Desirae has been married for 27 years and has raised 2 amazing young men. She loves helping children to strengthen their love of self and family, as well as their love of learning! She is always looking for opportunities to further develop best practices in Early Childhood Education, and has been teaching for more than 15 years. Desirae believes that children learn best when they feel loved, accepted, and supported by a teacher who understands their individual needs and works with them to develop a positive/loving relationship. Learning through play is the most effective way young children learn and she enjoys providing this type of learning atmosphere for her students. As an Early Childhood Educator, she believes we shape the love of learning and success that our students will take with them for the rest of their educational journey. Desirae holds her A.S. in Early Childhood Management/Education, a current Florida Director's Credential, and has more than 15 years of experience.
  •  Erica

    Erica

    Director of Operations
    She is the proud mama of three beautiful children. She began her motherhood journey early which led her into childcare but it truly has been a lifelong dream, after many years of playing teacher, as a child. Erica has been in the early childhood field since 2011, gaining loads of experience through each new adventure that life has taken her on. She holds her Florida Child Care Professional Credential and VPK Endorsed Director’s credential. Erica believes that children learn best through experience and on-level learning. Open-ended questions hold such value in aha moments, with each child. Everything truly can be a learning opportunity.
  •  Margaret

    Margaret

    Tiny Turtles
    Margaret joined the Goddard family in 2023. She has her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked with children for 22 years. She loves teaching and being able to guide children to grow and create healthy habits. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside and traveling. She has a big family and loves spending quality time with them! She looks forward to learning about your child and helping them grow!
  •  Melissa

    Melissa

    Jammin' Jellyfish
    Melissa was born and raised in Virginia and just moved to Florida in March of 2019 to be closer to her family. She is the proud mother of one son, and Gammie of one granddaughter. Melissa first stepped into the Early Childhood Education field when she was in high school and it was then that she decided she wanted to make a difference in the lives of children and provide them with a classroom they can feel safe in. Now, over 30 years later, Melissa is still providing that safe classroom and enjoying every minute of it. From 2004 to 2019, she was a lead teacher in the Infant Room at The Goddard School in Chantilly, VA. She believes that learning should be student-centered, interactive, and engaging. Children learn through their play and the classroom should create a family of learners as the children all work together and learn in their unique style. Melissa has her Child Development Associates (CDA), is MAT Trained, and has more than 30 years of experience!
  •  Mirtha

    Mirtha

    Silly Seahorses
    Mirtha joined The Goddard School in 2022 with more than 20 years of experience in the early childhood education field. Mirtha has worked with children of all ages both in her own licensed in-home childcare and in accredited facilities. Mirtha works closely with our youngest learners and provides exceptional care. Mirtha earned her Bachelor's Degree and has taught in Cuba. As a mother and grandmother, Mirtha brings her love of learning and deep care for children to her students each day.
  •  Breauna

    Breauna

    Sunny Starfish
    Bre joined The Goddard School in February of 2022. She is from a small town in Missouri and moved to Florida in 2020 to further her education and adventure out spreading her wings. Bre started her journey in Early Childhood Education in 2021 and just graduated with her CDA, she is also currently seeking her Psychology Degree. Bre enjoys spending her time with the children in her classroom and it shows! She believes every child is unique and special and she cherishes her children in the classroom
  •  Tami

    Tami

    Awesome Octopus
    Mrs. Tami earned her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. She graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, ID. While in school, Mrs. Tami had the opportunity to work with children of different ages and different ranges of ability. Working with children has been a great blessing for her because she is able to help them start to build a foundation of learning. Her love of working with young children comes from her mother who taught her to love and teach each child as an individual. Working with children and helping them learn and grow has always been Mrs. Tami’s dream. She believes children need to have opportunities to be able to explore and figure out how the world works on their own. Mrs. Tami knows that when you give them these opportunities, you are helping them learn that they can be independent even if they ask for help. She also believes that loving the students and treating them with respect is KEY to a successful classroom. Mrs. Tami holds a B.S. in Early Childhood and Special Education, an Achieved National Director Credential, holds a Child Development Associate Credential, and has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 8 years.
  •  Elizabeth

    Elizabeth

    Awesome Octopus
    Mrs. Elizabeth was born and raised in Iowa and is the oldest of five children. She moved to Tampa with her husband in 2015. She obtained her Associate in Arts degree in 2004 from Muscatine Community College in Iowa. She earned her CDA in May 2018 and went on to earn her Director's Credential from Pinellas Technical College. She has worked in the Human Services/Early Education field for over ten years. Mrs. Elizabeth’s past work experiences have included working with children and adults with Autism, Angleman Syndrome, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. She has taught parenting techniques using the Nurturing Program to families involved with the Department of Human Services. She was part of the enrollment and recruitment team for a Head Start Program and scheduled preschool testing for early intervention. Mrs. Elizabeth has also taught VPK! Early childhood education has always been her focus; as a teacher of early childhood education, Mrs. Elizabeth understands the impact she has shaping and setting the tone for each child's educational career and beyond. Mrs. Elizabeth has earned an Associate’s degree in Arts, holds a Child Development Associate Credential, a Florida Director’s Credential, and has worked in ECE for more than 10 years.
  •  Evelyn

    Evelyn

    Singing Stingrays
    After recovering from stage 4 oral cancer Evelyn wanted to work and be a part of something significant. She has always enjoyed working with children so she decided to work in early childhood education. Evelyn believes that she can learn so much through the innocent eyes of a child.
  •  Sondra

    Sondra

    Dancing Dolphins
    Sondra joined The Goddard School in 2022 with extensive experience and a love of teaching. Earning her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Sondra brings a deep understanding of developmentally appropriate practices and enjoys fostering a love of learning in each one of her students. Sondra facilitates hands-on learning experiences within her preschool classroom and enjoys the rich conversations she gets to share within the classroom.
  •  Blanca

    Blanca

    Resource Teacher Food Service
    Blanca joined our team in 2017. She is cross-trained in all classes as well as in food safety and service. She knows each and every student in our school and greets all by name. She is one of the strong threads of continuity that form our tapestry of teachers. Blanca has over 30 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, is certified in Food Service, is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has experience with all age groups from Infancy to Pre-K.
  •  Jer'ri

    Jer'ri

    Crafty Crabs
    Jer'ri joined The Goddard School in 2021 and is a real Floridian with two beautiful daughters and one granddaughter. She prides herself on being a "GiGi." Jer'ri has earned her associates and CDA, has her staff credential and is continuing to pursue a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. She believes that children not only learn through play and interaction with their peers, but also with their educators and mentors. Jer'ri loves to get messy, run, jump, and follow along with what her students are doing in order to learn and grow right along with them.
  •  Sara

    Sara

    Resource Teacher
    Sara joined The Goddard School in 2022 with extensive early childhood experience working with children of all ages. Sara earned her national CDA and works closely with the children in all of our classrooms. Sara brings kindness and a true joy for teaching everywhere she goes. She enjoys teaching by example and promoting learning in everything she does.
  •  Mary

    Mary

    Funny Fish
    Mary was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She has worked in early childhood education since 2005. She has a wide range of experience teaching infants through pre-kindergarten. Mary earned her Childcare Development Specialist (CDS) license from Leary Technical Center. She truly loves being a part of a child’s growth and development. She is excited to be a seasoned part of The Goddard Family! Mary holds Child Development Associate Credential and has worked in ECE for more than 14 years.
  •  Soyoung

    Soyoung

    Dancing Dolphins
    Soyoung joined the Goddard family in 2023. She was born in South Korea and moved to America when she was 9 years old. She has a Masters degree in Psychology. In 2020 Soyoung moved to the beautiful Sunshine State from Chicago. She has been happily married to her college sweetheart for 3 years. She loves working with children of all age groups and is so excited to learn about your child and teach them amazing things!
  •  Jeni

    Jeni

    Resource
    Jeni was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Tampa. She is currently enrolled at the University of South Florida studying architecture. She has a true passion for working with young learners and helping each child progress in all areas of their development. In her free time, she loves going to the beach with her family.
  •  Kirstie

    Kirstie

    Sunny Starfish
    Kirstie joined the Goddard family in 2023. Kirstie was born and raised in Florida. She graduated from Sunlake Highschool in 2013. She is pursuing a degree in education to become an elementary school teacher. Some of her favorite hobbies are crafting with her Cricut, going to Walt Disney World, and watching anything on Bravo. She is very excited to be a part of The Goddard School in Westchase and continue to make a positive difference in the lives of the children.
  •  Cassandra

    Cassandra

    Resource Teacher
    Cassandra started with Goddard in 2023. She has her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She also carries a Staff Credential along with her CPR/ First Aid Certification, and many more training certifications. Cassandra is bi-lingual and loves spending time with her husband and her five-year-old daughter. She has worked with young children for over 10 years. Cassandra's favorite part about teaching over the years has been seeing the joy on a child's face when they just learned something new. She looks forward to meeting your family!
  •  Tania

    Tania

    Crafty Crabs
    Tania has worked in Early Childhood Education since 2013. She has completed her 45 DCF hours and she has obtained her Child Development Associate. She also has an associate degree in Art. As an educator, providing a safe and nurturing environment to children is her number one goal. She also has a passion for cooking traveling and spending time with her family. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing that “lightbulb” moment.
  •  Payton

    Payton

    Lead Teacher
    Payton moved to Florida in 2023 from Pennsylvania. She graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Child Maltreatment Advocacy Studies. She is excited to have the opportunity to teach your children, watch them grow, and learn from them. She believes in creating a welcoming and safe environment so children are excited to come to school and learn every day!!
  •  Jennifer

    Jennifer

    Energetic Eels
    Jaye has been teaching since 2006 in the Early Childhood Education field. She has her CDA and an Associate degree in Arts. Jaye is currently attending HCC for Elementary Education. She plans to become a Special Education teacher within the public or private education system. She has a 12-year-old son named Jordon. They love to play sports and video games together. Her favorite part of being an educator is getting to know each child and how they learn. She aims to find a way to connect with each of her students so they can have the best experience with learning.
  •  Lauren

    Lauren

    Tiny Turtles
    Lauren joined The Goddard School in 2023 and has been working with children for more than 6 years. She truly enjoys working with the infants. Lauren earned her bachelor's degree at The University of Maryland Baltimore County with a teaching certificate and a psychology degree. Lauren believes creative and interactive play and exploring are foundational to learning. Her teaching philosophy centers around guiding children through play to attain knowledge and insight into the world around them.
  •  Jessica

    Jessica

    Silly Seahorses
    Jessica joined the Goddard School in 2024. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Florida in 2021. Jessica has 45 hours of DCF training as well as her CPR and first aid certification. During her free time, she enjoys going on adventures and exploring new places with her three children. Jessica is looking forward to her professional journey at the Goddard School and providing the best possible education for your children.
  •  Brooke

    Brooke

    Funny Fish
    Brooke joined the Goddard School in 2024! She proudly represents Tampa, Florida as her hometown. Brooke has worked in early education for 13 years. She graduated from St. Petersburg College with an Associate in Arts and is aiming for a Bachelor's degree in Early Education. She is equipped with a CDA and Directors Credential. Brooke is excited to create a nurturing environment for little learners!
  •  Lismary

    Lismary

    Singing Stingrays
    Lismary was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Tampa at the age of 18 with her family. Lismary has a house full of boys with 16-year-old twin boys and a 7-year-old son. She has always enjoyed working with children of all ages and has for the past 9 years. Lismary has 45 DCF hours and her CDA. She is excited to work with the Goddard family and meet new families. Lismary provides a fun and safe environment for children to learn and play.
  •  Alysia

    Alysia

    Resource Teacher
    Alysia is a college student at FIU. She recently moved to the Tampa area from Miami. She loves working with children of all ages and being involved in their learning process. It brings her so much joy to see their positive outlook on life and their eagerness to learn. Every day is an adventure with kids. She is excited to further her education in child development and teaching!
  •  Emily

    Emily

    Jammin' Jellyfish
    Emily joined the Goddard family in 2023. She was born and raised in Lowell, MA and moved to Florida in 2021. She proudly obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from UMASS Lowell in 2017. She has always enjoyed working with children and in 2021 she happily started working in the preschool setting. She has her DCF 45 hours and is CPR/First Aid certified. She always had a passion for helping people and being a part of individual growth and development. Some of her hobbies are drawing, traveling, and spending time with her family. She is very excited to be a part of The Goddard School in Westchase and she looks forward to building relationships with your children and family.
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