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. 

  •  Jessica

    Jessica

    Owner
    Jessica Jones, Owner – Jessica Jones is the proud on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Edwardsville, IL. While Jessica’s personal life is devoted to her family, her professional life has been devoted to business, the development of our youth, and helping successfully lead and manage people. Her ultimate goal is to continue making your family’s Goddard experience exceptional, providing a nurturing and stimulating environment for your children to become confident learners as they develop. Jessica has her master’s degree in Business Administration and an undergraduate degree in Public Relations.
  •  Sandy

    Sandy

    Owner
    Sandy Montgomery, Owner – Sandy Montgomery graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education as well as Masters Degree in Education. Sandy taught elementary Physical Education at St. Boniface School here in Edwardsville and then went on to have a career as a Senior Level Administrator and Softball Coach at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for many years. Sandy is an active member of the Edwardsville community and currently works as a Realtor for Bev George and Associates. Sandy is excited to bring an employee and child-centric culture to our school and enjoys being with her family as well as watching sports.
  •  Jennifer

    Jennifer

    Executive Director
    Ms. Jennifer Graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She obtained a vast array of leadership skills while serving on multiple educational associations, working as a residential assistant, and operating an emergent business. She is active in the community and serves as a member of The Edwardsville Rotary Club. She has over fifteen years of experience working with students in all age groups and abilities. She is very passionate that every child should have the best start to their early educational years and truly believes that our school offers that education for each individual child. Our high standards of excellence and hands-on based curriculum has no comparison. Children have fun and teachers maintain developmentally appropriate activities for all age groups while learning through play. She looks forward to ensuring that our school creates an environment where strong relationships between teachers, children, and families exist. "I believe that all children are capable of learning if they have the proper motivation and direction. I will motivate my students and teachers to reach their full potential through the education they deserve." She welcomes you into our Goddard community and family.
  • Ms Ciearra

    Ms Ciearra

    Associate Director of Business
    Ms. Ciearra earned her Bachelor's in Early Care and Education from St. Louis Community College. She had been the lead teacher in the Pre-K classroom at Goddard since 2014 and loves watching her former students succeed. Ms. Ciearra has worked with children for over fourteen years and is passionate about giving all students an opportunity to learn and reach their full potential by providing them with proper guidance and resources. She believes in creating a structured classroom environment that welcomes learning through play, collaborating with peers, and promotes creative thinking. Ms. Ciearra is a CPR and First Aid certified, is trained in Medication Administration at the Early Childhood level, and is trained in Severe Allergy Readiness. In Ms. Ciearra’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.
  • Ms Miranda

    Ms Miranda

    Director of Education and Curriculum
    Ms. Miranda has nearly 20 years of experience in childcare. She holds a Master’s in Education, specializing in Curriculum and Instruction from UAGC, and is pursuing a second Master’s in Early Childhood Education Leadership. Ms. Miranda has worked in a variety of childcare settings from Early Learning Centers to private homes. Her studies have given her a deeper understanding of child development and the tools needed to provide a high-quality learning environment. She is a proud mother of two boys and spends her free time reading, cooking, and baking with them. As an avid reader, she always has a book on hand and loves to share her passion for literature with her students. Her goal is to create a safe, nurturing, and inclusive environment where every child can learn and grow to reach their full potential.
  • Ms Emily

    Ms Emily

    Support Staff
    Ms. Emily: Support Staff, Various Classrooms- Ms. Emily is currently pursuing her CDA (Child Development Associate) and comes with over six (6) years of experience working with children. Ms. Emily is trained in SIDS and SBS. In Ms. Emily's free time, she enjoys photography.
  •  Diana

    Diana

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Diana: Assistant Teacher Infant Classroom- Ms. Diana has been with The Goddard School since 2023. Ms. Diana has been working with children for over (6) years. Ms. Diana is currently pursuing her Infant/Toddler CDA. She is trained in SIDS, SBS, CPR, and food handlers. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and catching up on her favorite movies/shows.
  • Ms Rebecca

    Ms Rebecca

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Rebecca: Lead Teacher Infant Classroom- Ms. Rebecca is working towards obtaining a degree in Early Childhood Education and comes with over six (6) years of experience working with children. Ms. Rebecca is trained in SIDS and SBS. In Ms. Rebecca's free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
  • Ms Pattie

    Ms Pattie

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Pattie: Teacher, Young Toddler Classroom. Ms. Pattie earned a Bachelor's in Arts from Tennessee Temple University and an Associate's degree in Early Child Education from Lewis and Clark Community College. She comes with over forty-three (43) years of experience working with children. Ms. Pattie is CPR and First Aid certified and is trained in SIDS and SBS. She is an active member in her community as a volunteer for various organizations. In Ms. Pattie's free time, she enjoys singing, playing piano, embroidering, and reading.
  • Ms Tracy

    Ms Tracy

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Tracy: Teacher, Young Toddler Classroom. Ms. Tracy holds her Toddler CDA (Child Development Associate). She comes with over forty(40) years of experience working with children. Ms. Tracy is CPR and First Aid certified and is trained in SIDS and SBS. In Ms. Tracy's free time, she enjoys reading, completing crossword puzzles, and gardening.
  • Ms Stacy

    Ms Stacy

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Stacy: Teacher, Young Toddler Classroom- Ms. Stacy earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Ms. Stacy has been working with children for over thirty-five (35) years. Ms. Stacy is trained in SIDS and SBS and is CPR and First Aid certified. In Ms. Stacy's free time, she enjoys reading, working crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family.
  • Ms Caroline

    Ms Caroline

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Caroline: Teacher, Get Set Classroom - Ms. Caroline is pursuing her Elementary Education Degree at Lewis and Clark College in Edwardsville, Il. Ms. Caroline comes with over sixteen (16) years experience working with children. Ms. Caroline is CPR and First Aid certified and is trained in SIDS and SBS. In Ms. Caroline's free time, she enjoys cooking, spending time with family.
  • Ms Mackenzie

    Ms Mackenzie

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Mackenzie: Get Set Classroom- Ms. Mackenzie is working towards obtaining her CDA (Child Development Associate) and comes with over ten (10) years of experience working with children. Ms. Mackenzie is trained in SIDS and SBS. In Ms. Mackenzie's free time, she enjoys caring for her dog, reading, hiking, and taking pictures.
  • Ms Elaina

    Ms Elaina

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Elaina: Assistant Teacher, Preschool Classroom- Ms. Elaina is working towards obtaining her CDA (Child Development Associate) and comes with over ten (10) years of experience working with children. Ms. Elaina is trained in SIDS and SBS. In Ms. Elaina's free time, she enjoys spending time exploring nature and spending time with family.
  • Ms Brianna

    Ms Brianna

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Brianna: Lead Teacher, Preschool Classroom- Ms. Brianna earned her Associate of Arts Degree from Southwestern Illinois Community College in Belleville Illinois. Ms. Brianna has been working with children for over five (5) years. Ms. Brianna is trained in SIDS and SBS. In Ms. Brianna's free time, she volunteers with the Salvation Army ringing bells at Christmas time, enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.
  • Ms Jacie

    Ms Jacie

    Assisstant Teacher
    Miss Jacie: Assistant Teacher, Infant Classroom- Miss Jacie is currently pursuing her Early Childhood Degree from Grand Canyon University. Miss Jacie has been with The Goddard School since 2023. She is trained in recognizing SIDS and SBS. Ms. Jacie enjoys walking with her dog, reading, knitting, and catching up on her favorite shows. Ms. Jacie's favorite children's include the "Once Before a Time" series books by Christy Webster and. Holly Hatam. The series is a prehistoric retelling of classic fairy tales.
  • Ms Morgan

    Ms Morgan

    Lead Teacher
    Miss Morgan Teacher, Toddler Classroom - Miss Morgan is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood from Kaskaskia College. Miss Morgan has been with The Goddard School since 2023. She has been working with children for over (12) years. She is trained in recognizing SIDS, SBS, CPR & First Aid, Child Trauma, and patient care tech. In her free time, she enjoys decorating, spending time with her chocolate lab, and spending time with family and friends. Miss Morgan helps children develop and succeed by helping students express their emotions, nurturing them, and meeting each child's individual needs.
  • Ms Stephanie

    Ms Stephanie

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Stephanie: Teacher, Toddler Classroom - Ms. Stephanie attended Southwestern Illinois College. She comes with over twenty (20) years of experience working with children. Ms. Stephanie is CPR and First Aid certified and is trained in SIDS and SBS. In Ms. Stephanie's free time, she enjoys playing board and card games and painting miniature figures.
  • Ms Ashley

    Ms Ashley

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Ashley obtained an associate degree in arts from Lewis and Clark. Ms. Ashley has been with The Goddard School since 2023. Ms. Ashley has been working with children for over twenty-two (22) years. She is trained in recognizing SIDS and SBS and First Aid CPR certified. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to movies, cleaning, and catching up on her favorite shows.
  • Ms Tamara

    Ms Tamara

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Tammy: Assistant Teacher PreK Classroom- Ms. Tammy holds an Associates Degree in Child Psychology from Southwestern Illinois College Belleville, Illinois, and comes with over forty (40) years of experience working with children. Ms. Tammy is trained in SIDS and SBS. In Ms. Tammy's free time, she enjoys sewing, playing games with her sons, and visiting her daughter.
  • Ms Caitlin

    Ms Caitlin

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Caitlin: Assistant Teacher, Pre- Kindergarten Classroom- Ms. Caitlin is currently pursuing her CDA (Child Development Associate). She comes with over five (5) years of experience working with children. Ms. Caitlin is trained in SIDS and SBS. She also holds a Food Sanitation License. In Ms. Caitlin's free time, she enjoys painting, watching movies, exploring nature, and playing video games.
  • Ms Tiffany

    Ms Tiffany

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Tiffany: Assistant Teacher, Pre-K Classroom- Ms. Tiffany is working towards obtaining her CDA (Child Development Associate) and comes with over six (6) years of experience working with children. Ms. Tiffany is trained in SIDS and SBS. In Ms. Tiffany's free time, she enjoys caring for her dog, and spending time with family and friends.
  • Ms Cathy

    Ms Cathy

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Cathy: Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom - Ms. Cathy earned her teaching credentials through Columbus State Community College. Ms. Cathy comes with over twenty-eight (28) years experience working with children. Ms. Cathy is CPR and First Aid certified and is trained in SIDS and SBS. In Ms. Cathy's free time, she enjoys scrapbooking and doing needlework.
  • Ms Mackenzie

    Ms Mackenzie

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Kenzie Teacher, Toddler Classroom -Ms. Kenzie obtained an English Literature Degree from SIUE. Ms. Kenzie has been with The Goddard School since 2023. She is trained in recognizing SIDS and SBS. Ms. Kenzie enjoys reading, playing video games, and dancing. Ms. Kenzie's favorite children's book is The Good Egg by Jory John and Pete Oswald.
  • Ms JaiLynn

    Ms JaiLynn

    Food Service Coordinator
    Ms. JaiLynn: Kitchen Coordinator- Ms. JaiLynn comes with over nine (9) years of experience working in culinary. Ms. JaiLynn holds her Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager certificate. In Ms. JaiLynn's free time, she enjoys reading, riding her bike, and working in the yard with my flowers.
  • Ms Lauren

    Ms Lauren

    Support Staff
    Miss Lauren is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood from Southwestern Illinois College. Miss Lauren has been with The Goddard School since 2023. She is trained in SIDS and SBS. She volunteers in her neighborhood to help keep her community clean. In her free time, she enjoys walking, playing basketball, and spending time with friends.
  • Ms Marissa

    Ms Marissa

    Support Staff
    Ms. Marissa: Support Staff, Infant Classrooms. Ms. Marissa is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She comes with over four (4) years of experience working with children. Ms. Marissa is CPR and First Aid certified and is trained in SIDS and SBS. In Ms. Marissa's free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and golfing.
  • Ms Ashlee

    Ms Ashlee

    Support Staff
    Ms. Ashlee: Ms. Ashlee holds an ECE Level 1 Credential from Gateways to Opportunity, and comes with over six (6) years of experience working with children. Ms. Ashlee is trained in SIDS, SBS, and CPR. In Ms. Ashlee's free time, she enjoys watching movies and spending time with her family and dog.
  • Ms Jaylei

    Ms Jaylei

    Support Staff
    Miss Jaylei is currently pursuing an Early Childhood Degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Miss Jaylei has been with The Goddard School since 2023. She has been working with children for over five (11) years. She is trained in recognizing SIDS and SBS. In her free time, she enjoys teaching dance to children and spending time with friends and family.
  • Ms Hannah

    Ms Hannah

    Assistant Teacher
    Miss Hannah obtained an Associate in English from Lewis and Clark Community College. Miss Hannah has been with The Goddard School since 2023. Miss Hannah has been working with children for over ten (10) years. She is trained in recognizing SIDS and SBS. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and reading and writing.
  • Ms Jazmen

    Ms Jazmen

    Support Staff
    Miss Jazmen is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood from Lewis and Clark Community College. Miss Jazmen has been with The Goddard School since 2023. Miss Jazmen has been working with children for over five (5) years. She is trained in SIDS and SBS. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with friends and family.
  • Ms Melissa

    Ms Melissa

    Assitant Teacher
    Ms. Melissa: Assistant Teacher Infant Classroom- Ms. Melissa is working towards obtaining a degree in Early Childhood Education and comes with over twelve (12) years of experience working with children. Ms. Melissa is trained in SIDS and SBS. In Ms. Melissa's free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and teaching her daughters to cook.
  • Ms Cherie

    Ms Cherie

    Resource
    Miss Cherie is currently pursuing a degree in Business from State College of Florida. Miss Cherie has been with The Goddard School since 2023. Miss Cherie has been working with children for over thirty (30) years. She is trained in SIDS and SBS. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with friends and family.
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