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.


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. 

  •  Pam


    Hello, my name is Pam King and my husband, Shawn, and I are the proud owners of The Goddard School® located on Avalon Rd. in Winter Garden. We opened our first Goddard School in Alpharetta, Georgia in 2000. We live in Windermere, and have three beautiful children (All graduates of Goddard). I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing. Before opening our first Goddard School, I worked as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. During my free time I enjoy spending time with my family on the lake and watching my youngest daughter pitch on the softball field. Since I was a young girl I knew that I wanted to work with children. It gives me such pleasure to nurture, educate, and laugh with young children. I am beyond thrilled to be able to spend my days with the amazing children that attend our Goddard School®. I look forward to meeting you and showing you our amazing school.
  •  Shawn


    Hello! My name is Mr. Shawn. My wife Pam and I are the proud owners of The Goddard School in Winter Garden. We have three children, Shelby, Ryan and Lexi who are all graduates of our program. We founded our first school nearly 20 years ago. The Winter Garden location is the 7th school we've opened and represents the completion of all the things we learned over the years. We were able to incorporate all of our desires into this one-of-a-kind facility. It truly is a campus as opposed to your typical childcare center. It features a state-of-the-art gymnasium with a rock wall! We have three separate secure playgrounds that have specialized surfacing to allow our children to spend more time outside. During a tour of our facility, you can see these and many other features that make our program so special. But the heart of our program is the experienced and talented faculty that deliver cutting edge education programs for your child. While touring our school, you can observe the multi-sensory approach in action for maximizing your child's learning FUNdamentals!
  •  Nadeen


    Managing Partner
    Hi, my name is Nadeen Russell. I am the Managing Partner at the Goddard School of Winter Garden. I graduated from UCF with a bachelor's degree. I have worked in the childcare setting for the last 20 years. I have been a preschool teacher assistant, preschool teacher, and for the last 7 seven years, have been the Director of Children’s Ministry with over 200 children attending. I am the mom of three adult children who live in Colorado and Chicago. My current baby is the family dog, Brandy. When not working, I love Florida State football, going to the beach, and listening to outdoor live music. I am happy to be a part of the Goddard franchise and love watching how our children grow, learn, and prosper here at our school.
  •  Natasha


    Business Manager
    Hello! My name is Natasha McGill. I am the Business Manager here at The Goddard School in Winter Garden. The early childhood education field has always been my passion. I received my degree in childhood education, focusing on special needs in Bristol, England where I was born until moving to Orlando over 20 years ago. I bring almost 30 years of experience, including roles such as Teacher, Administration, Enrollment, Retention and Managerial. My Husband, Kendrick and I have four daughters, Paige, Kimberly, Shannon, and Alexandria. We also have four Granddaughters ages 8 to 7 months and one Grandson who is 3. In our free time we can be seen walking, bike riding or spending time with our Grandchildren. I am blessed to now be a part of the Goddard family, and look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful school and being a part of the growth and development of your little ones.
  •  Jessica


    Hello, my name is Jessica Lessin. I am the Director of Education at The Goddard School in Winter Garden, Florida. I have obtained an Associate of Arts degree from St. Petersburg College and studied Music Therapy at The Florida State University. Additionally, I have a Florida Staff Credential as well as a Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Director Credential. I became involved with Early Childhood Education six years ago. I am continuously amazed by children’s zest for learning, and could not imagine myself in any other field. On my days away from school I can be found at the parks with my daughter, reading a good book, or exploring our beautiful city! I am overjoyed to be a part of The Goddard School in Winter Garden family. I am thrilled to be presented with the opportunity of inviting your family to join ours as we partner together and provide your child the opportunity to learn, grow, and explore!
  •  Keli


    Hi, my name is Keli Retteen. I am the Director of Health & Safety at The Goddard School in Winter Garden. I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Education and Psychology. I have a Florida Staff Credential and a VPK Endorsed Director Credential. I have worked in the early childhood education field for over 20 years. I have experience in a variety of capacities from lead classroom teacher to education specialist at the early learning coalition to assistant director and now as one of the directors at this outstanding school. My husband Sam and I are both Florida natives and enjoy spending family time with our young son Nolan at the beach, exploring state parks, or visiting the theme parks. I feel incredibly blessed to have been a part of this school since its opening in 2019! I look forward to spending many years with The Goddard School and watching the children as they learn, grow, and explore their world around them.
  •  Nicole


    My name is Nicole and I am the Director of Human Resources at The Goddard School in Winter Garden, Florida. I have an Associates Degree from Palm Beach State College and a VPK endorsed Director's Credential. I was first introduced to Early Childhood Education as a ballet instructor for a preschool and quickly found that I was passionate about working with children. I have worked in childcare since 2005, both as a teacher and administrator. My favorite thing about Early Childhood Education is the relationships I get to build with families and staff as we work together to help the children grow and achieve. My husband Jay and I have two children, Colten and Bailey. We also have a husky puppy named Bellatrix and an Australian Shepherd named Skye. Most of our time is spent at the football or softball fields, or hanging out at home. I am excited to be part of your child's early education journey and look forward to helping them grow into confident young learners.
  •  Caitlin


    Hello, my name is Ms. Caitlin, and I am the Assistant Director at The Goddard School of Winter Garden. I have been working in early childhood education for 10 years. I have an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services and Early Childhood Education. I am actively pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. I love that I have been given the opportunity to be a part of your child’s growth and development. Children are so curious about the world around them and it is so much fun helping them learn and explore new things every day! When I am not at school, I take every opportunity to be outside, whether at the beach or hiking. My family lives in Illinois, but I love spending time with them every opportunity that I get. I am thrilled to be a part of The Goddard School and look forward to getting to know you and your family.
  •  Paris


    Hi! I am Ms. Paris and am a Director. I joined as a teacher in preschool, a role that quickly became a turning point in my career. I have always had a keen interest in early childhood learning and a natural inclination to guide and teach others. In my role, I recognize the quality of education is directly linked to the well-being and motivation of teachers, and I have implemented initiatives aimed at fostering a supportive and collaborative work environment. Boosting morale leads to more innovative and effective teaching strategies. In addition, I strive to be a transformative figure, introducing innovative programs that will enrich the school’s curriculum and culture. One of the achievements I am most proud of is creating a dance program as an enrichment activity. Understanding the importance of inclusivity and equality, I developed this program to be gender-neutral, ensuring that every child feels welcomed and valued. And the program has thrived!
  •  Leslie


    Kindergarten Teacher
    Leslie joined the Goddard School of Winter Garden in 2020. After completing her Bachelor of Science Degree, Leslie continued expanding her training by obtaining certifications such as her Professional Educator Certificate, First Aid & CPR, Medication Administration, and Severe Allergy Training. FUN FACT: "I have been in over 25 musical theatre shows and published my first book last year!"
  •  Code of Ethics

    Code of Ethics

    Our Promise to You
    We pride ourselves in maintaining a safe, nurturing environment so your children can thrive and learn in a school with professional educators whose top priority is ensuring the health and safety of each student. For details on our standards and practices, copy and paste this link in your browser to read our Code of Ethics:
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