Our Teachers

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

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. 

  •  Slava

    Slava

    Owner
    As a Goddard owner and parent, Slava feels a true connection to Goddard’s philosophy of fostering a love of learning in children while providing a fun, safe and nurturing environment for them to grow. He is proud to provide this exceptional learning experience for more children and families in the Hawthorn Woods community. Slava has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Science in Accountancy from DePaul University. Previously, he has been working as an accountant for the past 10 years.
  •  Tricia

    Tricia

    Director
    Ms. Tricia has been a member of our team since 2011. Ms. Tricia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University majoring in Child Studies with a minor in family studies. She has over 15 years’ experience with children. She is a passionate educator and director who wants children to feel confident, excited and eager to learn and grow at our school. She is a mother to a beautiful daughter; Brooklyn and is looking forward to meeting you and your family! Her favorite children's book is The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.
  •  Amanda

    Amanda

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Amanda has been a member of our team since December, 2018. She has earned her Child Development Associate Credential. She has over 5 years’ experience with children and can’t wait to engage more with you and your family. She loves being able to read and sing to the children throughout the day and create fun arts and crafts! Ms. Amanda's favorite children's books are anything by Dr. Seuss.
  •  Casie

    Casie

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Casie has been a member of our team since November 2021. She has earned her Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science. She has over 5 years’ experience with children and can’t wait to engage more with you and your family. She loves painting, bubble dance parties, and engaging in fine motor activities. Her favorite children's book is Everyone Poops by Tara Gomi.
  •  Freyda

    Freyda

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Freyda is a wonderful member of our team! She is a mom of four beautiful children. She loves spending her time with her family and helping in her community. She enjoys doing crafts and showing love for all of her students. Her favorite children's book is Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.
  •  Kylie

    Kylie

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Kylie is a wonderful member of our team! She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Kean University in New Jersey. She has been working with children for over 5 years and loves to read and make fun crafts with her class. Ms. Kylie's favorite children's book is Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems.
  •  Nicole

    Nicole

    Assistant Director
    Ms. Kattner has been a member of our team since December 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from The University of Wisconsin majoring in Family Science. She has worked in childcare since 2010. She is a mother to Ethan and Elizabeth, who also attends our school. Ms. Kattner's favorite children's book is The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen.
  •  Rachel

    Rachel

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Rachel is a wonderful member of our team! She is currently taking classes at the College of Lake County. She has been working with children for 5 years and enjoys every second of it. She loves reading stories, dancing and doing music and movement with her class! One of her favorite books is by Mo Willems "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!"
  •  Aleyda

    Aleyda

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Aleyda is a wonderful member of our team! She is a mom of three beautiful children. She loves spending her time with her children and bringing her motherly instincts to our school. She enjoys reading books to children. Her favorite children's books are all of the Pete The Cat books.
  •  Caitlin

    Caitlin

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Cate is a wonderful member of our team! She graduated from Mundelein High School and is currently taking classes at Madison College to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She enjoys educating and spending time with children. Her favorite activities to do with the children are arts and crafts, puzzle, and dancing with her little friends. Ms. Cate's favorite children's books is the Fancy Nancy Collection by Jane O'Connor.
  •  Deepika

    Deepika

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Deepika is a wonderful member of our team! She is a mom of two beautiful children. She believes in excellent communication and kindness above all else. She loves helping her students learn and grow in her classroom. Her favorite children's books are all of the Pepa Pig book series.
  •  Emily

    Emily

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Emily is a wonderful member of our team! She graduated from Mundelein High School and has been working with children for over two years. Her favorite activities to do with children are art and musical movement. She can’t wait to sing and dance with your little ones! Ms. Emily’s favorite children’s book is Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Bill Martin Jr.
  •  Mary

    Mary

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Mary is a wonderful member of our team! She graduated from Schaumburg High School and is also a licensed paraprofessional. She has been working in the childcare industry for over 15 years and loves taking care of our littlest learners! Ms. Mary's favorite children's book is Paws and Claws by Dr. Seuss.
  •  Sorina

    Sorina

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Sorina is a wonderful member of our team! She has been in the teaching field for 11 years. She is a mom of two beautiful girls and married to her beloved husband Jordan. She enjoys teaching her little one's sign language, dancing, and reading books to the children. She can't wait to meet you and your family. Her favorite children's book is Cinderella by Marcia Brown.
  •  Ashley

    Ashley

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Ashley is a wonderful member of our team! She graduated from UW-Parkside with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. Ms. Ashley loves teaching and watching the children grow.
  •  Elizabeth

    Elizabeth

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Elizabeth is a wonderful member of our team! She has been working with children for over fived years. She is currently taking classes to earn her CDA credential. She can't wait to get to know her students and learning what makes them all so different! Her favorite children's book is Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel.
  •  Erika

    Erika

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Erika is a wonderful member of our team! She is currently earning her CDA credential. She has 7 years of childcare experience. She's very excited to be your child’s assistant teacher and loves having dance parties with her students! Her favorite children's book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
  •  Shauntavia

    Shauntavia

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Tavia is a wonderful member of our team! She is currently taking classes to earn her CDA credential. She loves singing, dancing, and doing music and movement with her class! Her children's book is Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss.
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