Our Teachers

Our teachers blend the highest education standards with nurturing care to help foster well-rounded child development.


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. 

  • Mr Michael

    Mr Michael

    Michael Petrucelli - On-site Owner - As a father, business owner, and community member, Michael recognizes the important role that a caring and supportive environment plays in helping to create a fun, engaging, and dynamic learning atmosphere in which children can thrive and develop a life long love of learning. After a 20-year career in the financial services industry, Michael wanted to start and operate a business that could make a positive difference for the families and the communities it would serve. Believing strongly in the opportunities that education can provide (Michael holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.B.A. in Finance and an M.A. in Economics) and wanting to pursue his interest in education, while serving the community, Michael decided to open The Goddard School® located in Darien. Michael and The Goddard School are committed to providing the highest quality preschool experience possible, that will enrich every child's emotional, social, intellectual and physical development, while providing the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
  • Ms Lisa

    Ms Lisa

    Director of Operations
    Ms. Lisa is a Director at The Goddard School located in Darien. She has been a member of our team since September 2013. She initially joined us a Lead Teacher in one of our Preschool classrooms. Ms. Lisa has over 30 years of teaching and child care experience. She holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Triton College. Lisa believes That as Preschool Educators we have the responsibility to help our children grow to feel secure and confident to become leaders in their future educational experiences.
  • Ms Mona

    Ms Mona

    Ms. Mona has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Elementary Education from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She quickly realized that Early Childhood Education is her passion. She has been in the field for over twenty years as a teacher, program director and assistant director. Mona truly values how each child learns in his or her own way and teachers need to provide a classroom that is enriching and inviting for all its students. Children need to be given the opportunity to learn from a healthy, loving and nurturing environment where they can begin to trust other adults and develop friendships. Mona also believes in collaborating with and building strong relationships with families to support their children’s learning and development. Mona is committed to advocating for teachers and the youngest children in our schools. She is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Illinois Early Childhood Policy Fellow. Mona joined the Goddard School in January 2022.
  • Ms JoAnn

    Ms JoAnn

    Assistant Director
    JoAnn joined The Goddard School as Assistant Director in November of 2021. She is a graduate of The University of Illinois-Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. JoAnn has over 20 years experience working within the fields of Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She believes that all children have the ability to reach their greatest potential when given the opportunity in a nurturing and positive environment.
  • Ms Lu-Ann

    Ms Lu-Ann

    Literacy Specialist
    Lu-Ann was the founding Executive Director at the Goddard School located in Darien starting in October 2012, and held the role of Executive Director though early 2022. Lu-Ann graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from Concordia University in River Forest, and an Associate Degree from the College of DuPage. Lu-Ann has over 30 years of experience teaching and directing in the early childhood field. Lu-Ann also worked as an outreach coordinator for the Childcare Resource and Referral Agency and has sat on several non-for-profit early childhood advocacy boards. Lu-Ann is passionate about bringing the absolute best early educational program to children and families, while empowering faculty to teach from the heart. Lu-Ann believes that the Goddard School offers the highest quality program, and is very excited about meeting new families that can share the Goddard experience.
  • Ms Ryann

    Ms Ryann

    Lead Teacher Infant
    Ms. Ryann holds an Applied Science Degree from Robert Morris University, and has earned Early Childhood Education Credits from the College of Dupage. Ms. Ryann has over ten years of experience caring for children 6 weeks to 12 years in age, and has specialized in infant and toddler care. She has completed the Quality Rating System requirements for the State of Illinois and National Association Credential. She joined our team in July 2014.
  • Ms Meredith

    Ms Meredith

    Lead Teacher Infant
    Ms. Meredith received her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Benedictine University. Ms. Meredith has 15 years of experience working with and teaching preschool age children. She joined our team in June 2013
  • Ms Soledad

    Ms Soledad

    Lead Teacher Infant
    Ms. Soledad holds a degree in Early Childhood Education & Care from the College of Dupage. Ms. Soledad started caring for Preschool age children in 2010. She joined our team in January 2014.
  • Ms Kayla

    Ms Kayla

    Lead Teacher Pre-Toddler 1
    Hi, my name is Kayla! I have been a preschool and toddler teacher for over 2 years. In 2021, I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. I believe my psychology background offers a unique perspective to teaching and understanding the minds of our little ones. One of my favorite out-of-work hobbies is creating art. So, I love incorporating arts and crafts into the classroom! Ms. Kayla joined the Goddard School in May of 2023.
  • Ms Daniela

    Ms Daniela

    Teacher Pre-Toddlers 1
    Hello, my name is Daniela! I am currently a student at Triton College. I am pursuing a degree for child psychology. I have worked with young children for 5 years by being a nanny and an assistant teacher. I enjoy working with toddlers because they have so much energy and love teacher cuddles. My favorite hobbies are going shopping, traveling and going to the gym. I love being productive! I am looking forward to working for Goddard School as a teacher! Daniela joined the Goddard School in February 2023.
  • Ms Megan

    Ms Megan

    Lead Teacher Pre-Toddlers 2
    Ms. Megan received her Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies from Western Illinois University. She has two handsome sons that keep her very busy and on the tips of her toes. She has been working with all different ages for over ten years, primarily with toddlers. Ms. Megan absolutely loves teaching and believes that a classroom full of color is the best kind. She enjoys interacting with the children in her classroom on a daily basis, watching them learn and grow every step of the way. She believes that relationships and communication are very important, not just between the teachers and the children, but between the teachers and parents as well. Ms. Megan joined The Goddard School in January of 2021.
  • Ms Jamie

    Ms Jamie

    Assistant Teacher Pre-Toddlers 2
    Ms. Jamie has been working with children for the last twenty years. She has worked with all different ages and loves them all. She has taken Early Childhood Education classes at College of DuPage. Ms. Jamie was also a girl scout leader for four years. Her favorite things to do are listening to 80’s music and spending time with friends. Ms. Jamie joined The Goddard School in August of 2020.
  • Ms Kimberly

    Ms Kimberly

    Lead Teacher Toddlers
    Ms. Kim graduated from the College of Dupage with her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She also earned a certificate specializing in infant, toddler, and two year old care. She joined our team in June 2013
  • Ms Renee

    Ms Renee

    Lead Teacher Toddlers
    Ms. Renee graduated from Illinois State University. Her degree is in English Studies, with an emphasis in children's literature, and a minor in Children Studies. Ms. Renee has taught children ages 6 weeks to school age for numerous years and loves to watching the children grow and learn everyday. Ms. Renee has been a member of our team since September of 2018.
  • Ms Paulina

    Ms Paulina

    Assistant Teacher Toddlers
    My name is Mrs. Paulina Budzyk, and i am thrilled to join the Goddard School as a Resource Teacher. I am bilingual in both English and Polish. I hold a Associates Degree in Applied Science from Moraine Valley Community College. Throughout the years, I have worked with the our youngest learners all the way up to older Elementary Students. I believe education is the most gratifying when children have guidance, patience and encouragement When I am at home, I spend time with my family including playing soccer with my two boys.
  • Ms Nora

    Ms Nora

    Lead Teacher Get Set
    Ms. Nora received her Child Development degree from Northern Illinois University. She has been working in the Early Childhood Education field since 2011, working with children from 6 weeks - 2 years of age. She joined our team in December 2012 as one of our school’s founding teachers. Ms. Nora was recognized as one of Goddard System’s Top Teachers in 2022, being named Top Toddler Teacher for the Central Region.
  • Ms Asiah

    Ms Asiah

    Lead Teacher Get Set
    Ms. Asiah received her Bachelors degree in early childhood education with an approval for early childhood special education from Western Illinois University in 2020. Throughout college she worked as a lead teacher in a 3-5 pre-k classroom in a child development center in North Riverside, IL. Ms. Asiah has 2 years experience of teaching in a first-grade inclusive classroom working with students at different development stages. She loves working with students and helping them learn through play. Ms. Asiah is excited to be joining the Get Set classroom October 2022.
  • Ms Donna

    Ms Donna

    Lead Teacher Get Set
    Ms. Donna is excited to join the faculty at The Goddard School. She has 25 years of experience caring for and educating young children. Donna earned her Associates of Arts Degree and holds a Certificate in Child Development from the College of Du Page Donna is a long time member of NAEYC, and has been active in their local chapter serving on the board for 6 years. Donna loves the energy, enthusiasm, and curiosity that young children have, and she looks forward to actively guiding their development
  • Ms Jaqueline

    Ms Jaqueline

    Assistant Teacher/Support Staff
    Hello, my name is Jackie. I took 3 years of child development in high school 2 of which were in a preschool setting with children which is where I gained my passion for guiding and nurturing growth and development in young children. I am currently a student at C.O.D to achieve my associates degree and then my bachelors. I whole heartedly enjoy facilitating the development of our young students with kindness and respect. I hope to achieve a spot as a lead teacher and create an inclusive and understanding classroom for all. Ms. Jackie joined The Goddard School in August 2023.
  • Ms Sandra

    Ms Sandra

    Lead Teacher Preschool 1
    Ms. Sandi attended Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, CA., where she earned a Bachelor's degree in child development. Ms. Sandi has over 5 years of experience working in preschool settings with children 6 weeks through 6 years in age. She joined our team in February 2015.
  • Ms Alyssa

    Ms Alyssa

    Lead Teacher Preschool 1
    Ms. Alyssa is a teaching artist holding both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Theatre Performance, which has allowed her to work with students of all ages. She has also taken Early Childhood Education courses at Truman College in Chicago and has an ECE Level One Credential. Most recently, Alyssa worked as a lead teacher in the Get Set room at the Goddard School in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Alyssa is passionate about using her background in the arts to help young children learn to express themselves, understand their emotions, develop effective communication skills, and have fun doing it! Ms. Alyssa joined The Goddard School in Darien in September of 2022.
  • Ms Dorota

    Ms Dorota

    Teacher Preschool 2
    Ms. Dorota received her Master's Degree from Hugo Kollataj Agricultural Academy in Poland. She has also done classwork at Morton College and Moraine College. Ms. Dorota has twelve years of experience working with children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. She joined our team in December 2013.
  • Ms Cinthya

    Ms Cinthya

    Lead Teacher Preschool 2
    Hello, my name is Cinthya Quiroz. I was born in Mexico and have been living in the USA for 8 years now. I have a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. I previously worked in a daycare center where I cared for toddlers. I enjoy going to the movies and taking walks to the park. I have 2 dogs named Zoey and Roxie. I would like to grow my career in teaching and eventually become a Bilingual Teacher. Ms. Cinthya joined Goddard in June 2023.
  • Ms Jovana

    Ms Jovana

    Teacher Preschool 2
    My name is Miss Jovana, and I am a teacher in Preschool 2. I’m so excited to begin the school year and spend quality time together! I recently graduated in May 2022 from Millikin University with a B.A. in Theater and Minor in Organizational Leadership. Throughout my life I have worked with a wide range of ages, and loved working with kids the most! I recently left The Gardner School at Yorktown where I taught Preschool. I have done many productions at Artreach Educational Theater where I mentored kids for many years. I am very interested in child development and the many things that impact a child’s ability to achieve major life milestones. Additionally, I hope to use my experience in leadership and theater to foster a creative and curious classroom environment, inviting the students to ask questions and explore what interests them. Miss Jovana joined The Goddard School in September 2023.
  • Ms Melissa

    Ms Melissa

    Teacher Preschool 2
    My name is Melissa Valmores and I am excited to start the new year off with my previous teaching experiences through my formal education. I attended Northern Illinois University and hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in ESL (English as a Second Language). I'm most excited to incorporate my teaching experiences with older and younger grades into the Goddard school classrooms alongside other educators. I plan to create harmony and connection within the classroom, while ensuring that the needs of every child is met. Students should learn to grow, play, and succeed in an educational and playful environment that allows them to learn the life around them. Everyday I strive to grow as an educator for all age ranges and ensure the successful exploration and shaping of student’s minds. Ms. Melissa joined The Goddard School in May 2024.
  • Ms Treena

    Ms Treena

    Lead Teacher Pre-K1
    Ms. Treena holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science with course work in Education, Criminal Justice, and Healthcare. Ms. Treena has over 15 years of experience working with children 6 weeks through high school age. She joined our team in March 2015.
  • Ms Cassandra

    Ms Cassandra

    Assistant Teacher Pre-K1
    Hi my name is Cassie! I'm currently a student at College of DuPage, working towards becoming a teacher. Before coming to Goddard, I had been working with children as a nanny for 3 years. My hobbies are hiking and camping. Toddlers are so incredible to work with and I look forward to teaching and inspiring kids as they learn and grow. Ms. Cassie joined the Goddard School in April 2023.
  • Ms Melissa

    Ms Melissa

    Lead Teacher Pre-K2
    Ms. Melissa holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of St. Francis. She is Board Certified Type 03 in Elementary Education. Ms. Melissa has taught children ages 6 week to 12 years of age, including secondary schooling. She was most recently the Pre-K teacher in a local preschool and also substituted in local public school districts. She joined our team in August 2014.
  • Ms Dolores

    Ms Dolores

    Lead Teacher Pre-K2
    Ms. Dee brings extensive experience with her to The Goddard School. Besides having operated her own home based child care center for 10 years, she has also worked with special needs children at a local elementary school for 8 years, and worked as a reading aide. She joined our team in March 2014.
  • Ms Susan

    Ms Susan

    Assistant Teacher Pre-K2
    Ms. Susan graduated from Loyola University with a BA in Business Administration and a minor in Education. Her graduate work is in Early Childhood Education and she earned a State of Illinois license in Early Childhood, Elementary, High School, and Early Childhood Special Needs Education. Ms. Susan has taught at the Elementary School level for a decade in the primary grades. Since 2008, she has focused teaching her preferred age group - Early Childhood. "I enjoy the process and growth in children in these pivotal, early stages - both academically and socially." Ms. Susan enjoys watching sports with her two grown sons as well as swimming, music, walking, and spending time with their pets. Ms. Susan joined The Goddard School in May 2022.
  • Ms Samia

    Ms Samia

    Lead Teacher / Chess Teacher
    Ms. Samia holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Ain Shams University in Egypt, and continued her studies in Early Childhood Education at the College of Dupage. She has been teaching four and five year olds for over 20 years, with a focus on preschool aged children for the last 8 years. Ms. Samia shares her life-long love of chess with our Pre-School and Pre-K students through our "Chess at Three" Program. She joined our team in March 2014.
  • Ms Isabel

    Ms Isabel

    Assistant Teacher / Spanish Teacher
    I am pleased to join The Goddard School as the Spanish Resource Teacher . I am a native from Mexico, and I am very proud to teach my language and my culture to children. I have been working in education for thirty-one years. I have a B.A in Education from Mexico. I taught children from kindergarten to 6th grade in Mexico for 15 years. When I came to the United States, I worked for 16 years with Chicago Public schools as an educator for pre-k to 8th grade students in the Special Education Program. Living in a different country and learning another language, has given me a better understanding of the process of teaching a foreign language. I take advantage of my personal experience in order to implement my teaching methods. I am very creative and excited to bring those talents to the Spanish program and the children I teach. I look forward to having a very successful school year.
  • Mr Kevin

    Mr Kevin

    Lead Teacher / Classroom Support Staff
    Mr. Kevin holds an AAS degree from The College of DuPage in Early Childhood Education. Kevin has taught preschool children for 4 years, teaching ages 3-5 year olds, including elementary students in both preschool and church based programs. Most recently, Kevin taught in the 3’s preschool classrooms at The Goddard School in Bloomingdale. He is a member of NAEYC, Illinois Action for Children and Kids with Food Allergies Foundation. He joined our team in August 2014.
  • Ms Darlene

    Ms Darlene

    Chef Darlene loves cooking and has always wanted to cook for others. She holds her Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu and has been a chef since 2011. On the weekend, Ms. Darlene cooks for her church. She has two grandchildren. She has a granddaughter who is seven and a grandson who is five that recently graduated from The Goddard School. She enjoys hearing the children tell their parents about how delicious her cooking is. Chef Darlene joined The Goddard School in November of 2013.
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