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. 

  • Ms MJ

    Ms MJ

    On-Site Owner
    On-Site Owner - Prior to her career in Early Childhood Education, she has 9 years of retail management experience working in both specialty and big box stores with a proven history to increase and maintain overall sales, customer satisfaction, and employee development. She also has over 8 year's experience in the Early Childhood Education field and has her BA in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Leadership and Administration. She is inspired everyday by her fiancé (Travis), bonus daughter (Claire), and the most loyal pups (Bella & Scout). Some of her favorite things are cooking and staying active to maintain a healthy lifestyle, getting outside anywhere she can, fishing & reading!
  •  Cassandra

    Cassandra

    Director of Operations
    Ms. Cassandra graduated from Glenwood High School in Chatham. She also has an Associates in Early Childhood Education and has always had a passion for working with children, whether that be babysitting at an early age, volunteering for numerous child-based opportunities such as the Big Brother Big Sister and Lunch Buddies programs or having fun with her own children. She began teaching in local centers in 2016 and has worked hard to learn and implement all that she can about the best techniques for teaching young minds and the most beneficial classroom management strategies! She was previously a teacher here at The Goddard School in the Shipmates classroom teaching the Preschool curriculum and found that she loved all The Goddard School stands for and believes we truly aim to make every child’s future as bright as possible! Outside of Goddard, she is a lucky mother to 6 amazing children and blessed to have 4 biological and 2 bonus children who keep her very busy and full of love!
  •  Dara

    Dara

    Director of Education & Curriculum
    Director of Education - Dara has been teaching in ECE for over 16 years and has experience working with all age groups, infancy through eighth grade. During her experience in ECE, she has strengthened educational programs through health and safety, music, and physical education. She has a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and she holds an associate in arts with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She believes working in early childhood fosters the pathway for learning in the most crucial years of life and a good director is like a candle; it consumes itself to light the way for others. She was born in Frankfurt, Germany and is Filipino and American. I am happily engaged to my fiancé Nathan, and they have two amazing little girls, Remi & Claire! In her free time, she plays percussion for an original rock band called A Day and a Wake Up. Her family loves camping, traveling, and catching live music whenever they can!
  •  Jeanette

    Jeanette

    Educational Resource Specialist
    Jeanette is a retired elementary school teacher, with over 35 years experience in the field of education. During her career in education, she has worked as a classroom teacher and as a Literacy Coach, working with teachers to elevate and enrich the level of instruction within the classroom. She has also worked as a Literacy Interventionist, working with students in small groups and in one-on-one situations. In addition to her Educator's Teaching License, she holds a Reading Specialist Certificate and a Certificate in Reading Recovery. She is trained in SBS and SIDS, and she also holds a Food Handler's License.
  •  Audrey

    Audrey

    Lead Teacher
    Infant Classroom - Ms. Audrey has her CDA from the state of IL and has also completed a variety of Director Qualifying Trainings. She comes to us with over 9 years of experience working with children. She is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, Trauma Informed Practices and is CPR/First Aid certified. In the community, Audrey volunteers at her church. In her free time, she likes spending time with her son, going to church, and reading!
  •  Shaye

    Shaye

    Assistant Teacher
    Infant Classroom - Ms. Shaye is currently working towards obtaining her CDA from the state of IL sponsored by Goddard and has over 20 years of experience working with children! She is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, Trauma Informed Practices and is CPR/First Aid certified. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her kids, family and friends.
  •  Sydney

    Sydney

    Lead Teacher
    Infant Classroom - Ms. Sydney is currently working towards her CDA from the state of IL sponsored by Goddard and has over 8 years of experience working with children. She is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, Trauma Informed Practices and is CPR/First Aid certified. In her free time, she likes to sing/song write, DIY projects, hang out with friends and family, and go to the gym!
  •  Porsha

    Porsha

    Assistant Teacher
    Infant Classroom - Ms. Porsha graduated from her home town Carlinville and has over 21 years experience working with children! She is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, Trauma Informed Practices and is CPR/First Aid certified. In the community Porsha volunteers at a variety of events held by her church. In her free time, she likes to go to the gym, work on trainings related to education field, paint, read, ballet dancing, and writing poetry.
  •  Destiny

    Destiny

    Lead Teacher
    Young Toddler Classroom - Ms. Desitny has her Bachelors in Phycology and has been working with children for over 14 years. She is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, Trauma Informed Practices and is CPR/First Aid certified. In the community Destiny volunteers as a Sunday school teacher and at The Kidzeum of Health of Science. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, read, swim, bake, and bowl!
  •  Macaja

    Macaja

    Assistant Teacher
    Assistant Teacher
  •  Breann

    Breann

    Lead Teacher
    Toddler Classroom - Ms. Bre has her Bachelor's Degree in ECE from the University of Arizona Global Campus and has been working with children for over 7 years. She is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, Trauma Informed Practices and is CPR/First Aid certified. Outside of volunteering around the community, Bre like to babysit in her free time.
  •  Emily

    Emily

    Lead Teacher
    Toddler Classroom - Ms. Emily has her Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University and has been working with children for over 5 years. She is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, Trauma Informed Practices and is CPR/First Aid certified. In her free time, she likes going to fitness classes at ahh yoga, spending time with her family, and loving on her pup Duchess.
  •  Sarah

    Sarah

    Assistant Teacher
    Toddler Classroom - Ms. Sarah graduated from her hometown Glenwood, IL and has been working with children for over 12 years. She is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, Trauma Informed Practices and is CPR/First Aid certified. In her free time, Sarah enjoys getting outside and spending time with friends and family!
  •  Tara

    Tara

    Lead Teacher
    Two's Classroom - Miss Tara obtained her Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate from the state of Illinois and comes with over 22 years of experience working with children. Tara is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, and CPR/First Aid. In Tara's free time she enjoys reading, shopping and spending time with her family.
  •  Matthew

    Matthew

    Assistant Teacher
    Two's Classroom - Matthew comes to us with more than 3 years of experience working with children in childcare centers locally. He is trained in SIDS, SBS, CPR, Allergy Awareness, and is continuing his professional development.
  •  Lindsay

    Lindsay

    Lead Teacher
    Two's Classroom - Ms. Lindsay has her Bachelors Degree in ECE from Linoln Land Community College and has been working with children for over 6 years. She is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, Trauma Informed Practices and is CPR/First Aid certified. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys Horseback riding, hanging out with friends, and walking her dogs!
  • Ms Theresa

    Ms Theresa

    Assistant Teacher
    Two's Classroom - Ms. Theresa is pursuing her Infant/Toddler CDA through the state of IL and sponsored by Goddard! She comes to us with over 19 years of experience working with children. Ms. Theresa is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, Trauma Informed Practices and is CPR/First Aid certified.
  •  Elise

    Elise

    Lead Teacher
    Preschool Classroom - Ms. Elise is currently working on her CDA through the state of IL sponsored by Goddard and has been working with children for over 12 years. She is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, Trauma Informed Practices and is CPR/First Aid certified. In her free time, Elise spends time traveling with her son on his baseball team, camping, fishing, gardening, and being out in nature!
  •  Ashley

    Ashley

    Lead Teacher
    Preschool Classroom - Ms. Ashley has her Bachelor's in Biology from Lincoln Land Community College and several credits in ECE. She has over 9 years of experience working with children. She is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, Trauma Informed Practices and is CPR/First Aid certified. In the community, Ashley has volunteered at her high schools running program and In her free time, she enjoys getting outside and spending time with friends and family!
  •  Kendra

    Kendra

    Lead Teacher
    Preschool Classroom
  •  Tasha

    Tasha

    Lead Teacher
    Preschool Classroom
  •  Patty

    Patty

    Assistant Teacher
    PreK Classroom
  •  Crystal

    Crystal

    Resource Teacher
    Resource Teacher (all classrooms) - Ms. Crystal graduated from her hometown Springfield, IL and has been working with children for over 3 years. She is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, Trauma Informed Practices and is CPR/First Aid certified.
  •  Carla

    Carla

    cook
    Ms. Carla has been in the food service field for over 30 years. She has her Food Handlers Certification and is registered for CPR and First Aid. Ms. Carla is trained in SIDS, SBS, and Severe Allergy Treatment.
  •  Nicole

    Nicole

    Resource Teacher
    Resource Teacher (all classrooms)- Ms. Nicole graduated from her hometown Springfield, IL and has been working with children for over 10 years. She is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, Trauma Informed Practices and is CPR/First Aid certified. In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her daughters, going on walks at the park, and watching movies!
  •  Sylvia

    Sylvia

    Resource Teacher
    Resource Teacher (all classrooms)
  •  Carlene

    Carlene

    Resource Teacher
    Resource Teacher (all classrooms)- Ms. Carlene graduated from Lincoln Land Community College and has been working with children for over 20 years. She is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, Trauma Informed Practices and is CPR/First Aid certified. In her free time, Carlene enjoys walking her dog and spending time with her family!
  •  Bri

    Bri

    Substitute Teacher
    Subsitute Teacher
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