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. 

  •  Viral


    Onsite Owner
    Viral K. Davé, Owner Education: Viral (pronounced “Veeral”) holds an B.S. from North Carolina State University, where he majored in Electrical Engineering. He also attained an M.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Systems Engineering. Experience: After working as an engineer and a management consultant in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta for the past 12 years, Viral decided it was time for a change. Becoming the Owner of The Goddard School® located in Midtown, Atlanta allowed him the opportunity to combine one of his loves -- education -- with one of his dreams -- running his own business. Viral makes it his goal to ensure that the parents take comfort knowing their children are being nurtured, educated, and, above all else, protected. Viral is actively involved in the classrooms and the day-to-day operations of the School. He looks forward to providing the environment and the resources to give children the opportunity to become happy, confident learners.
  •  Jamie


    Executive Director / Business Manager
    Jamie Sanchez, Executive Director/Business Manager (Joined 2018) Education: M.B.A. in Human Resources - Capella University B.A. in Anthropology - Auburn University Experience: She began working at The Goddard School of Midtown in May 2018 as an Assistant Teacher in the Get Set class. After working hard and becoming a great asset to The Goddard team, she quickly became the Lead Teacher of her class. After a recent promotion, Jamie is back to her first passion of providing guidance, skills and training to the wonderful team of teachers at the Goddard School of Midtown. As the Executive Director, she is excited to help all of the teaching staff reach their full potential of being the best of the best. The Goddard School offers an amazing curriculum, loving environment and amazing teaching team. As the Executive Director, her goal is to continue to grow our school into the best Atlanta has to offer.
  •  Katie


    Assistant Director
    Assistant Director Joined in 2014, With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Sociology, Miss Katie has put her knowledge and energy to work for young children. She is an experienced Goddard School teacher with over nine years of experience that she brings to our early learning and development community. She loves being around the children each day, teaching them, and watching them grow. She is an energetic and fun spirit who enjoys bowling, shopping, hiking and more as long as it is fun!
  •  Deirdre


    Ms. Deirdre, our school nutritionist, has a wealth of experience with over 25 years of culinary expertise and a genuine love for children and helping them grow. Deirdre is dedicated to ensuring that our students are aware of how to grow their healthy bodies and stay active while learning about nutrition. When she is not helping our nurturing our students, she enjoys cosmetology and hosting events with family and friends.
  •  Lauren


    Lead teacher - infant i
    Lead Teacher- Infant I Joined in 2017, Ms. Lauren brings a wealth of education, experience, and a love of teaching to her work with our youngest students. She feels that being an early childhood education teacher is her calling and loves children of all ages. She believes that each student teaches her just as much, if not more, than she teaches them. Ms. Lauren has 8 years of experience working with children, newborn to age 5. She holds a CDA and an Associate’s Degree from Georgia Piedmont Technical College and is currently working on her bachelor’s degree. In her free time, she enjoys painting, drawing, travel,and is a real movie connoisseur.
  •  Dhenyae


    Ms.Dhenyai, who enjoys dancing and coaching younger students, has been a great asset to our Infant program. She is currently a student of cosmetology who also enjoys working with children as a nanny and in a school environment. Ms. Dhenyai's warm and loving demeanor brings a sense of comfort and warmth to the Infant classroom as she enjoys being around babies with different personalities and watching them flourish and grow. Ms. Dhenyai believes that “your victory is right around the corner.”
  •  Ja'ravia


    Ms. Jaravia is an assistant teacher in our Preschool One classroom. She joined the Goddard School family in 2022 with a love for learning and a lot creative passion. She enjoys seeing children reach developmental goals and grow compassion; she also believes that “when you fall in love with becoming the best version of yourself, you must do so with patience, compassion and respect for your own journey”. Ms. Jaravia continues to grow in the field of Early Childhood Education and is looking forward to continuing her teaching journey as she learns more from her classroom experiences.
  •  Roniyah


    Ms. Roniyah, joined 2022, in the Infant One classroom as a resource teacher. Ms. Roniya comes from a family of educators and has developed a lifelong love for learning. With an upbeat and fun personality, she enjoys story telling, playing and playing different character roles for children. When she is not in the classroom, Ms. Roniyah enjoys singing in the choir and spending time with her family.
  •  Precious


    Lead teacher - infant ii
    Lead Teacher ~ Infant 2 Joined 2019, A new addition to Atlanta from New York, Ms. Precious came to help support her daughter's transition to college. Little did she know she would love the south and decide to stay. She has been working in early childhood education since 1998 and holds a Child Development Associate. She has worked with children of all ages but has a special place in her heart for the littlest of our learners. Ms. Precious believes in the importance of early childhood education for laying the foundations of a successful future for all children and enjoys watching them grow and sharing her experience with both children and families. In her personal time, she strives to spend time with her family and her toy poodle, Oreo, is learning to swim, and enjoys cooking and drawing.
  •  Shurmicka


    ASSISTANT teacher - infant II
    Assistant Teacher ~ Infant II Joined in 2018, Ms. Shurmicka joins Goddard with over 10 years of practical experience in the field of early childhood education. She has experience in both infant and preschool environments. She is currently working to complete her personal education in ECE. Being an early childhood teacher has always been her dream. Her goal is to play an active role in building the foundations of our future through work with children. When not at school, she is reading, dancing, traveling, and spending time with her children and family.
  •  Simone


    Assistant Teacher - First Steps
    Simone, an assistant teacher in our First Steps classroom, has 2 years of experience, and enjoys working with all age groups. Simone is currently in Nursing school and looks forward to helping children grow as she pursues her career. She is very creative and enjoys artistic expression in the classroom as well as doing choreography and dance outside of the classroom. She enjoys working with children and wants to gain more classroom experience by engaging our children everyday. Simone’s favorite quote is “I am thankful for my struggle because, without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength”.
  •  Janise


    lead teacher - TODDLERS
    Assistant Teacher ~ First Steps Joined in 2017, Ms. Janise comes to us with 15 years of experience in early learning and she holds a Child Development Associate in Infants/Toddlers. She loves her work! She has always had a passion for watching children grow and finds it very fulfilling to know that she has helped them learn something new for the journey of life. When not teaching, you will find her cooking, shopping and enjoying her family.
  •  Erinn


    Ms. Erinn, joined in 2022, is thrilled to learn more about the Early Childhood field. She has her B.A. in English from Georgia State University and enjoys cooking and baking in her free time. She also enjoys painting and drawing as well as collecting plants for her beautiful home. Ms. Erinn is also a black belt in Taekwondo and believes that every good ECE teacher has the power to set a child up for success.
  •  Michelle


    Ms. Michelle, joined in 2023, is a floater resource teacher in our Toddler classroom. She comes to us with over 2 years of experience working hands on with children as a nanny and is currently a student at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. Ms. Michelle is fluent in Spanish and looks forward to sharing the language with children as she enjoys the opportunity to make a difference in young lives. In her free time, Michelle enjoys volunteering and spending time with family as well as painting and drawing.
  •  Keywana


    Lead Teacher - get set
    Lead Teacher ~ First Steps Joined in 2019, Ms. Keywana is the lead teacher in our amazing First Steps classroom. She is committed to providing each child and family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning. Ms. Keywana has been in the childcare field for over 15 years. She holds a Child Development Associate degree and is also currently working on her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Keywana wants to pursue her education so that she can continue to provide a nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges that will help build their confidence while they play. She looks forward to continuing to have a positive impact on the growth of children in her classroom and to making new discoveries with our amazing team of teachers.
  •  Morgan


    assistant teacher - get set
    Ms. Morgan, joined in 2022, is an assistant teacher in our Get Set classroom. Ms. Morgan is currently a senior at Fort Valley State University studying Psychology and enjoys volunteering with young children when she is not in school and in the classroom. Sewing is one of her favorite activities and she enjoys making clothes for family and friends. Her sewing skills have allowed her to see the importance of practicing patience and she believes it has helped her be a more successful classroom teacher. Ms. Morgan enjoys working in Early Childhood Education because it allows her to gain the experience needed to help understand the way children think.
  •  Alana


    Joined in 2021 – Miss Alana follows in the footsteps of her mother, Ms. Precious, our Infant 2 lead teacher. Alana floats through classrooms as additional help, but her favorite rooms is the infant and 2 year old rooms. Her love for helping children learn is evident in her positive behavior and willingness to assist wherever needed. In her free time, Alana enjoys caring for her dog, Oreo.
  •  Gakira


    Assistant Teacher - Pre School Ii
    Ms. Kira, as she fondly likes to be called, joined our amazing team in 2022. She comes to us with over 7 years of preschool classroom experience and is currently pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education. Originally from South Florida, Ms . Kira enjoys reading, coloring and spending time with family and loved ones. She loves watching children grow and having the opportunity to watch them grow and develop into their true selves. Ms. Kira’s favorite quote is “keep working for it. And everything will turn out even better than you can possibly imagine.”
  •  Kelly


    Lead Teacher - pre-K
    Lead Teacher ~ Pre-K Joined 2017, Ms. Kelly brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion for early childhood education to our teaching team with her 17 years of experience in the field. Her goals are to help the children become well-rounded, creative and independent. Ms. Kelly’s greatest satisfaction is knowing that she can influence the learning process for every child in her class and to make a lasting impact on a child’s life. She holds a Child Development Associate and has completed some foundational work in Child Psychology through the University of Cincinnati. When not teaching, Ms. Kelly enjoys photography, travel and fishing.
  •  Elaina


    Assistant Teacher - PRE-K
    Assistant Teacher - Pre-Kindergarten Joined 2015, Miss Elaina is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with her BA in Art & Advertising Design. She first discovered a draw to work with children through a church-based summer day camp program. She is an Early Childhood Education teacher because she really loves children and feels that a strong foundation in education is important for them all. Her outside interests include studio art, graphic art and world travel.
  •  Chris


    Mr. Chris joins the Goddard School after 3 incredible years of camp coordinating. In his free time, Mr. Chris loves to draw and plays the piano. Mr. Chris loves working with children, particularly in Arts and Science. He believes every child, no matter their age or background; deserves a dedicated teacher who can adapt to fit their learning style. Mr. Chris strives to be teacher he never really had.
  •  Erica


    RESOURCE/assistant teacher
    Assistant Teacher ~ Preschool 1 Joined in 2016, With 12 years of preschool work experience, Ms. Erica’s smooth and dependable demeanor provides a sense of comfort and security to the students. She enjoys coming to work each day to play alongside the children and support their growing and learning. In her free time, you’ll find Ms. Erica curled up and reading a book she enjoys. Sharing her love of reading with the kids is a highlight of her day every day!
  •  Isaac


    Joined in 2022, Isaac is originally from Texas, with a huge heart and genuine love for helping others. He has always enjoyed working with children and started as a student intern. When he is not in the classroom, Isaac loves to sing, write and read poetry. Isaac enjoys being a teacher because when he is in an Early Childhood environment, he feels like he is able to give something back. Isaac says that "all that he has learned, realized, and gained in life means nothing without the willingness to give back."
  •  Martha


    Resource Teacher
    Ms.Martha has worked with children for over 6 years. She is currently working with our smallest learners (infants) and is pursuing a degree at Georgia State University in Early childhood education. Martha says she loves kids and its as "simple as that". In her free time she enjoys video games, skating, as well as learning other languages.
  •  Maria


    Ms. Maria, an assistant teacher in our Toddler classroom, joins us with a year of early childhood experience and is also fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language. Ms. Maria enjoys working in Early Childhood education because she believes it’s important for children to be cared for and loved in any environment that nurtures and helps them grow. She enjoys playing soccer, listening to her favorite music and reading inspirational books in her free time. Her skills and experience are a huge asset to the Toddler team.
  •  Imahni


    Joined in 2019, Miss Imahni enjoys watching students develop their personalities. She has been working here a Goddard for almost two years while pursuing her Social Criminology degree at Kennesaw State University. She plans to attend law school and use her Juris Doctorate degree to practice Family Law. Her interest in this field derives from working at Goddard and wanting to advocate for families and their children’s interests.
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