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. 

  •  Sabina

    Sabina

    Owner
    Welcome to the Goddard school in Lockport! I am thrilled to be able to provide the Goddard school’s outstanding program to the community. As a proud parent of 3 wonderful children, I understand the importance of a fun, safe, and nurturing environment - which is the primary reason why I chose to open a Goddard school. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Benedictine University in Business and Management and previously worked in a number of banking institutions at the management level. I am excited to provide our students with the opportunity to develop into happy and confident learners who are prepared for school and life. I invite you to visit our school and meet our incredible faculty. I look forward to meeting you and your family. Thank you for visiting our website!
  •  Alyssa

    Alyssa

    Executive Director
    Hi! My name is Alyssa and I'm the Director at The Goddard School in Lockport! I have been in the field since 2016. I have a Bachelor's Degree from Aurora University. I have worked as an assistant teacher, a lead teacher, and an associate administrator before becoming a Director. With this experience, I am dedicated to running a preschool for your children to experience a fun, safe, and caring environment. Come on in for a tour! I'd love to share what we have to offer with you!
  •  Kayla

    Kayla

    Assistant Director
    Hello, my name is Kayla! The Lockport/ Homer Glen area has been my home for my entire life. My husband Mike and I have 2 boys, Jack and Madden, and we love raising our family here and investing in the community. I hold a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Olivet Nazarene University with endorsements in science, art, PE/health, and child development. Previously I taught 4th grade but made the switch in 2015 to early childhood education and fell in love with it! I have experience in teaching all ages from infants through preschool as well as experience in center leadership. I'm so excited to be a part of the Lockport Goddard team to continue to grow in the field while nurturing all the children in my care to become confident little learners!
  •  Michele

    Michele

    Enrichment coordinator
    My name is Michele and I have been teaching for 32 seasoned years. I have worked for the Goddard school for the last 12 years in which I took on the role of a lead teacher after earning my CDA. I am excited to now be the Enrichment Coordinator at the Lockport location. We are proud to offer additional programs such as KinderMusik, Yogaroo and Handwriting Without Tears. I love working at the Goddard school because of the positive reputation it offers as well as the flexible and fun learning environment. My theory of teaching is children learn through play. I make it fun yet effective. I assure the safety of every child in the classroom and make sure each child learns at their own level. I am extremely happy to be a part of this team, knowing I can make a difference in a child's life.
  •  Renee

    Renee

    Admin Assistant
    Hi! My name is Renee and I will be helping with administrative assistance for behind the scenes at Goddard, as well as stepping in when needed within the classrooms. I have previous experience in early education as well as my Bachelors degree in K-9 Education. Most recently I have taught middle school for the past seven years. I am currently working towards expanding into instructional design for all levels of learning. Outside of education my husband and I travel often for his job and I love sharing stories with my students!
  •  Kaydence

    Kaydence

    Assistant PreK Teacher
    Hello, I'm Kaydence. I am the assistant teacher in the PreK 2 classroom. Ever since I was little, I have always enjoyed working with children, whether babysitting or being around my little cousins. I love seeing each and every child grow in their unique ways. I'm very excited to use my knowledge to help prepare every child in my care for the big step into kindergarten!
  •  Viviana

    Viviana

    Lead Get Set Teacher
    Hello! My name is Viviana and I'm the Lead Teacher in the Get Set Room. I come from a big family. I have 5 children and 6 grandkids. I've nannied for 8 years and have worked in the child care industry for 20 years. My goal working with Get Set and with The Goddard School is to make a difference in a child's life. I have made a great impact on many families and their homes. I enjoy and have a love for taking care of children.
  •  Gabrielle

    Gabrielle

    Assistant Infant Teacher
    Hi, my name is Gabby and I was born and raised in Chicago, IL for most of my life up until recently when I moved to Lockport, IL in 2020. For the past three plus years I have been working with children from the age of newborn to 5, growing my skills in childcare. I am excited to work at The Goddard School in order to grow my skills and achieve my Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) and become a teacher for young children. In my spare time I love gardening, cooking, and traveling. I am excited to start my next journey and be a part of the team at The Goddard School.
  •  Alexis

    Alexis

    Lead PreK Teacher
    Hi, I'm Ms. Alexis. I have been working in childcare for 2 years! I have my CDA and am continuing my education to pursue my teaching career. I love helping develop young minds and I really enjoy being a part of a child's everyday life. Watching children grow and change is something I'm so passionate about. I'm very excited to work with the Goddard School!
  •  Niya

    Niya

    Lead Infant Teacher
    Hi! I'm Ms. Niya. I am so excited to be a part of the Goddard team! I have been in childcare for nine years. I have my Child Development Associate Credential and am a registered behavior technician. Being an early childhood educator brings me so much joy. I love the positive impact I can make on tiny little minds & hearts. When I'm not at school, you can find me spending time with my fiancé & our yorkie, Niklaus. I absolutely love going shopping and going out to eat. I am a huge Disney lover, so you'll catch me in a lot of Disney attire!
  •  Johnisha

    Johnisha

    Lead First Steps Teacher
    Hi my name is Nisha. I currently hold an Associates Degree with a certificate in Child Development of Preschool Education.I have worked in child care facilities since 2014 where I’ve carried out infant and toddler feedings, implemented educational curriculum and maintained the cleanliness of the classroom. I also volunteer and work with the youth at my church, where I teach singing, dancing and about life in general. Growing up, I would always say I want to own my own daycare center and/or become a teacher. I like to think that there is some type of magnet down on the inside of me that attracts small children, because no matter where I am, they seem to find me and interact in some way. Teaching is definitely my passion. I get so much joy in seeing children's eyes light up when they learn something new. I chose this job due to the feeling I get when I realize that I am empowering the future lives of soon to be leaders. There is no other job more fulfilling than teaching little ones!
  •  Jennifer

    Jennifer

    Lead Preschool 2 Teacher
    Hi! My name is Jenni, I am a Mother to a 5 year old daughter. I am currently the Preschool 2 teacher here at Goddard! I've been unofficially involved with child care for five years watching my cousins and friends children. However, my Early Childhood career didn’t begin until December of 2021. I am thrilled to now form a part of The Goddard School here in Lockport and it warms my heart to think that I could potentially play a small role in their future success as their teacher.
  •  Hilda

    Hilda

    Assistant First Steps
    Hello, I'm Hilda. I am a teacher assistant in the First Steps classroom here at The Goddard School. I love working with students and watching them grow every day. I am currently working on earning my associates degree in child development to advance in my teaching career. I am excited to be able to use my knowledge and skills to make a difference in your child's life.
  •  Lori

    Lori

    Assistant Infant Teacher
    Hello, I'm Lori! I was a preschool teacher years ago, have a degree in interior design, and am a certified esthetician. I have raised 5 wonderful children who are now grown and starting families of their own. I'm also blessed with 4 grandchildren and hoping for more! I love to travel and paint in my free time. I come in a few days a week to help relieve the infant teachers for breaks. I enjoy spending time with the littlest learners and watching them grow and learn new skills.
  •  Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Lead Young Twos Teacher
    Hi there, I'm Alex. I have been working in child care for the last 6 years. 4 years in Maryland and then I have been working at Lockport Goddard for the last 2 years. I decided to further my education through opportunities offered here and became lead qualified. I love to learn about how children's little minds work and how to help mold them to be the best that they can be.
  •  Briana

    Briana

    Lead PreK Teacher
    Hi! My name is Briana and I am very happy to be part of the Goddard team. I recently moved to the Lockport area from Maryland after being a school age teacher for the past three years. I am currently working toward receiving my CDA. In my free time I enjoy reading, shopping, and spending time with my family.
  •  Stephanie

    Stephanie

    Assistant Pre-Toddler Teacher
    Hi, my name is Stephanie. I'm excited to start my career in childcare at a school that truly values nurturing and shaping young minds. I believe in helping kids develop healthy social and emotional behavior that will prepare them for a life of loving learning. I come from a large family and some of my interests include travel, painting, and reading. I've been to Greece 9 times to visit family and hope to explore more of the world one day.
  •  Paulina

    Paulina

    Lead Infant Teacher
    Hello, my name is Paulina and I am excited to be working at Goddard. I have one daughter of my own and 3 step children. I achieved my Associate's Degree in Science from Moraine Valley Community College. One example of experience that I have is working with Special Education students in a school setting. I am excited to help your students grow here!
  •  Dekasia

    Dekasia

    Assistant Teacher
    Hi, I'm Kasia and I'm a teaching assistant here at Goddard Lockport.
  •  Quenese

    Quenese

    Lead Pre-Toddler Teacher
    Hi, I’m Quenese. I’m a mom to 1 boy. I love watching the kids grow and develop new things especially when transitioning from the infant/ First Steps room. I recently received my CDA and am excited to use that knowledge as I lead my own classroom. I love being apart of the Goddard team and hope to impact your children’s lives in a positive way.
  •  Lauren

    Lauren

    Assistant Teacher
    Hi! My name is Lauren and I am excited to be a part of the Goddard team. I have a son of my own and have thoroughly enjoyed nannying for the past 13 years. I wanted to work for Goddard because I am looking to expand my knowledge of this field. I would love to grow within the company and personally become a lifelong learner. I look forward to getting to know you and appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your child's life!
  •  Mariana

    Mariana

    Assistant Pre-Toddler Teacher
    Hi, my name is Mariana. I’ve been here at Goddard since 2022 and I can’t see myself anywhere else. Before Goddard, I did 2 years of volunteer work at my local church teaching children in grade school. Teaching has always been my calling and I’m so excited to finally professionally pursue it here! I’m so thankful to be given the opportunity to work with young minds and help them grow and develop in a welcoming and caring environment. I would love to eventually become a lead teacher to have a classroom to call my own, full of wonderful students.
  •  Diana

    Diana

    Lead Preschool 1 Teacher
    Hello, I'm Ms. Diana! I just got my CDA not too long ago and can't wait to put my knowledge to use. I really enjoy being able to be a part of your child's life and education. I've been working with children for 2 years now and I can't wait to see what my time at Goddard brings!
  •  Alyssa

    Alyssa

    Assistant Teacher
    I have lived in the Lockport area for most of my life. I have worked in childcare for 2 years with my main scope of experience being with infants. I have a 5 year old daughter who is my entire world. I look forward to meeting you and your little ones and helping them achieve their milestones !
  •  Alicia

    Alicia

    Assistant Get Set Teacher
    Hi! My name is Alicia, and I am an assistant teacher in the Get Set classroom. I have 3 kids of my own and over 8 years of experience working with children in a school setting. I am glad to have found a new home at The Goddard School! I love the positive environment here and know that you will too! I am looking forward to working with you to ensure your child receives the best care we can give them.
  •  Alexa

    Alexa

    Assistant PreK 1 Teacher
    Hi! My name is Lexi and I'm the assistant teacher in the PreK1 classroom. I am a mom of 1 boy and have been with Goddard since January of 2022. I look forward to providing a nurturing classroom where your students are able to grow into that fun toddler age. The transition from infants to toddlers is a learning curve for both you and your student and I am honored to be apart of that.
  •  Natalie

    Natalie

    Assistant Preschool 2 Teacher
    Hello, my name is Natalie. I come from a big family and I have Nanny experience, so I enjoy working with children of all ages. I believe that children learning through play is key to developing their young minds. I make an effort to lead with patience & understanding to make sure the kids know this is a safe space for learning and expressing themselves. In my free time I enjoy camping and hiking with my husband, taking road trips, and thrifting.
  •  Emily

    Emily

    Assistant Young Twos Teacher
    Hi! My name is Emily! My goal has always been to make a difference in a child's life. These early years are so crucial to a child's lifelong development, and I strive to help them grow and change into wonderful human beings. I am currently in school for forensic criminal investigation, but plan on going back to get a second degree in education. I have been with children for 6 years now, from after school counseling to a Montessori school to Goddard. I love being offered opportunities to use my skills and expertise in new and exciting ways that benefit the classroom as a whole and each child individually.
  •  Nayelli

    Nayelli

    Assistant Teacher
    Hi, I'm Nayelli. I'm grateful to be starting my early childhood career here at Goddard Lockport. I enjoy watching the children grow and advance, knowing I was a positive impact in their life.
  •  Jocelyn

    Jocelyn

    Assistant Teacher
    Hi! My name is Jocelyn. I am so excited to be apart of the Goddard Family. I have a son who is special needs who was diagnosed with a rare syndrome in 2020. I have also babysat and nannied many children ranging from ages 8 months - 6 years. I’m thrilled to be a teacher assistant in early childhood. I absolutely adore working with young children and seeing their curiosity and growth everyday. As a parent myself, I understand the importance of building a strong partnership between home and school. I’m here to support your children’s development, create a nurturing environment, and answer any questions as a provider.
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