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. 

  •  Ellen and Virginia

    Ellen and Virginia

    Owners
    Ellen became the Owner of The Goddard School in Vernon Hills in December 2009. She is the proud parent of four children and recognizes the importance of providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for children. She believes in open and honest communication with parents to build an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Ellen looks forward to working with you to provide a safe place for your children to learn and grow.
  •  Jenna

    Jenna

    Executive Director
    Ms. Jenna joined our team in July 2010 and has been working in Early Childhood since 2005. She studied Psychology, Early Childhood Education and earned her director qualification. She is currently earning her Bachelor of Psychology in Child and Adolescent Development. Ms. Jenna has had many roles at our school and began teaching with us in our toddler program in 2010. Since then, she has worked as a Lead Preschool Teacher, Operations Specialist, Assistant Director, Director, and is now our school's Executive Director. She enjoys getting to know all the families, children, and teachers, and is proud to be part of our school community. She enjoys spending time with her daughter who attends 5th grade in the Hawthorn 73 School District and browsing Target with her family. In her free time, she plays the guitar and video games to relax.
  •  Sarah

    Sarah

    Director of Education
    Ms. Sarah joined our team in January 2017 and has been working in the field for over 10 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education with concentration in English and has an ESL endorsement as well. Since joining our team in 2017, Sarah has worked as a Lead Preschool Teacher, Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, and is now our school's Assistant Director of Education. She has two young children that attend our school and loves being able to see them throughout the day. When she is not working, Ms. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, learning how to use her Cricut and spending too much time on Pinterest!
  •  Alicia

    Alicia

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Alicia joined our team in March 2021 and has been working with children since 2015. She earned her CDA in infant/toddler care and is a Child Development Associate. Alicia enjoys working at the Goddard School because watching the kids grow everyday is a blessing. She loves the relationships she has made with her co-workers, children, and families. In her free time, she enjoys taking her puppy to the dog park, going on walks, and spending time with her friends and family.
  •  Ashley

    Ashley

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Ashley joined our team in March 2018 and has been working with children since 2009. She earned her Child Development Associate credential and is currently working towards her associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Ashley loves all the relationships that are built here at The Goddard School. She says that it really feels like a family and that she also loves seeing how the children learn and grow. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and being outdoors.
  •  Athsiri

    Athsiri

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Siri joined our team in August 2014 and has been working with children since 2014. Siri earned her bachelor's degree in Education with a minor in Bilingual Education. When asked what she finds rewarding about working at The Goddard School, Siri said "I find being part of their education journey very rewarding. I enjoy being able to be creative with the children and letting them explore with different materials to create art or just explore with different textures." In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and going to parks or nature walks. She also enjoys getting time to herself and going out for dinner or shopping with friends.
  •  Brandi

    Brandi

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Brandi joined our team in February 2021 and has been working with children since 2012. Ms. Brandi completed her CDA courses and is now a Child Development Associate. When asked what she enjoys most about The Goddard School, Brandi said "when I see the children reach new milestones and learn new things, it is so rewarding. I love seeing the smiles on their faces when we do cool activities as well." In her free time, she loves kayaking, spending time with her loved ones and dog, traveling, trying new foods, reading, or binge watching shows.
  •  Daisy

    Daisy

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Daisy joined our team in October 2017 and has been working with children since 2016. She earned her Child Development Associate credential and is currently earning her associate's degree so she can become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Daisy enjoys watching the children hit their developmental milestones and knowing she helped them achieve their goals. In her free time, she takes long walks with her dog and spends time with loved ones.
  •  Danielle

    Danielle

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Danielle joined our team in August 2013. She studied Early Childhood Education at the College of Lake County and has been working with children since 2010. When asked what she enjoys about The Goddard School, Danielle said "I love being able to see the progress of each child throughout their time at Goddard and I’ve always loved getting siblings throughout the years. Each day is so rewarding and each day brings laughs, fun, and learning experiences." In her free time, she loves playing and coaching volleyball, going to country concerts, and owning her own small business.
  •  Denise

    Denise

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Denise joined our team in August 2021 and has been working with children since 1996. She earned her associate's degree in Photography and has taken several Early Childhood classes as well. Denise is currently studying Functional Medicine and hopes to have completed this by next fall. When asked what she enjoys about The Goddard School, Denise said "I enjoy seeing all the beautiful little smiles in the halls! The most rewarding things are helping a fussy infant learn how to calm down and watching infants make those first connections is an amazing privilege." In her free time, she enjoys golfing, indoor rowing, swimming at the beach, and listening to music with her husband by the fire on the weekends.
  •  Elizabeth

    Elizabeth

    Lead teacher
    Ms. Liz joined our team in November 2010 and has been working with children since 2000. She studied Early Childhood Education at the College of Lake County. She loves the opportunities she gets to see the children thrive and grow at The Goddard School. In her free time, she enjoys photography, sports, and spending time with her family.
  •  Hannah

    Hannah

    Lead Teacher
    Hannah joined our team in November 2021 and has worked with children since 2020. She earned her Child Development Associate credential and plans to return to school to earn her associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. Hannah loves her co-workers at The Goddard School and that the environment is very open and welcoming. In her free time, she enjoys going camping as well as spending time with her friends and family. She loves taking her dogs to the dog park.
  •  Jess

    Jess

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Jess joined our team in March 2021 and has been working with children since 2000. She is a Child Development Associate and earned two CDA credentials, one in infants and one in preschool. She is currently working on earning her associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Jess enjoys that she gets to work alongside people that share her passion for teaching at The Goddard School. She is also glad to work next door to her sister everyday. In her free time, Jess watches Korean dramas, anime, plays video games, and enjoys going on outdoor adventures with her family.
  •  Jessa

    Jessa

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Jessa joined our team in January 2013 and has been working with children since 2011. She graduated with her bachelor of arts degree in Sociology at Carthage College and has taken various Early Childhood Education classes at the College of Lake County. Jessa loves coming into work every day and seeing the beautiful smiles on the children’s faces! She also loves being able to watch all the children grow throughout their time at The Goddard School. In her free time, she enjoys going for walks with her dogs, reading, and taking walks down to the lake with her son.
  •  Marlene

    Marlene

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Marlene joined our team in January 2020 and has been working for Goddard since 2016. She studied at the University of Technology in Jamaica and has been working with children since 1985. When asked what she enjoys most about working at The Goddard School, Marlene said "the teamwork among colleagues and watching the children transition from one level to another." In her free time, she likes to shop, read, garden, and watch television.
  •  Rebecca

    Rebecca

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Becky joined our team in January 2022. She is currently working towards her CDA courses to be a Child Development Associate and has been working with children since 2011. She is grateful for how helpful and friendly everyone at The Goddard School is, and enjoys her position in our Eager Pups classroom. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and binge watching her favorite TV shows.
  •  Robyn

    Robyn

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Robyn joined our team in 2020 and has been working with children since 2004. She earned her bachelor's degree in Environmental Elementary Education and Special Education with a minor in Women's Studies. Ms. Robyn enjoys working with Creative Curriculum and being able to individualize instruction for children. In her free time, she writes her own novels and goes on walks with her dog.
  •  Roshni

    Roshni

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Roshni joined our team in August 2021. She earned her bachelor's degree in India and took several Early Childhood Classes at the College of Lake County. When asked what she enjoys about The Goddard School, Roshni said "it’s so fun working with all the co-teachers here at Goddard; we really have nice team. The Leadership Team is awesome." In her free time, she enjoys working out, walking in nature, playing with her kids, spending time with her husband, cooking, and painting with her daughter.
  •  Samantha

    Samantha

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Sammi joined our team in November 2021. She earned her associate's degree in general studies from Harper College and has been working with children since 2012. When asked what she enjoys about The Goddard School, Sammi said "I love that my son gets to be here with me! Every teacher in this building is so wonderful and enjoys working with children. I also love seeing the impact I get to have on the children. My son is half Mexican I try to bring a little Spanish into the classroom. It makes me so happy when parents tell me their children are bringing it home with them!" In her free time, she enjoys going on runs, hikes, and exploring nature. She is very close to her family and loves spending time with them.
  •  Shannon

    Shannon

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Shannon joined our team in April 2017 and has been working in Early Childhood since 2006. She earned her Child Development Associate credential. Ms. Shannon enjoys spending time getting to know the children and finds it rewarding when she sees the children hit their milestones in her classroom. In her free time, she loves to spend time with family. She has twins, a boy and a girl, and a stepson, and a dog named Marley. She likes to do outdoor activities with them.
  •  Stacy

    Stacy

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Stacy joined our team in March 2018. She has been working with children since 1984 and studied Early Childhood Education at the College of Lake County. When asked what she enjoys about The Goddard School, she said "I love working for a quality program with good values and ethics. I have a passion for working with all ages and enjoy helping the children grow to be successful with each milestone." In her free time, she likes to do crafts, read, vacation, and spend time with friends and family.
  •  Vanessa

    Vanessa

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Vanessa joined our team in September 2018 and has been working with children since 2014. She earned her associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from the College of Lake County and her bachelor's degree from Rasmussen in Early Childhood as well. Vanessa loves the positive and encouraging environment at The Goddard School. Finding new and creative activities to add to her lesson plans helps her think outside of the box and she looks forward to how the children will react to new activities. In her free time, she spends time with her two dogs, playing video games, and catching up on TV shows.
  •  Yvonne

    Yvonne

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Yvonne joined our team in March 2020 and has been working with children in different capacities since 2008. She earned her police officer certification and is one class away from an associate's degree in liberal arts and sciences. She studied at the University of Maryland, College of Lake County and Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of Dupage. When asked what she enjoys most about The Goddard School, she said "working alongside Ms. Ashley, my quirky co-teacher, and my sister, Ms. Jess. I find seeing how our students improve as well as the way they smile when we walk into the classroom the most rewarding." In her free time, she likes to to go to the gym, go hiking, travel and read or paint.
  •  Alexis

    Alexis

    Support Team
    Ms. Alexis joined our team in March 2019, and has been working with children since 2007. She earned her master's in Social Work and is currently working on RYT-200 to be a registered Yoga Teacher. Alexis enjoys working with the children and her teammates in a high quality, healthy, and balanced environment. She currently teaches our gardening and yoga programs. In her free time, she spends a lot of time with my family, enjoys painting/drawing, working on her picture books, yoga, bike, growing food, and reading.
  •  Bouchra

    Bouchra

    Support Team
    Bio Coming Soon
  •  Emily

    Emily

    Support Team
    Ms. Emily joined our team in July 2021. She earned her Early Education Credit through the College of Lake County and has been working with children since 2019. While working at The Goddard School, she enjoys the bonds she creates with children and making them laugh. In her free time, she goes on walks with her dogs, Oreo and Bella, and watches movies with her family.
  •  Jeniffer

    Jeniffer

    Support Team
    Ms. Jen joined our team in October 2022, and this is her first year working with children. She is currently working towards earning her associate degree and will be pursuing her bachelor’s degree soon. Ms. Jen is enjoying her experience working with our infants and says that “every child is special- I have been given the chance to work with these wonderful children. I am always happy to come into the classrooms.” In her free time, you will find her out with my partner and friends. They spend most of the time at the theater as well as trying new different types of foods!
  •  Kelly

    Kelly

    Support Team
    Ms. Kelly joined our team in 2016 and has been working with children since 2011. She earned her bachelor of the arts and sciences in psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Ms. Kelly enjoys reading stories and making them come to life through open ended questions. She encourages the children to interpret the story and share their thoughts and ideas. In her free time, Ms. Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and running.
  •  Kim

    Kim

    Support Team
    Ms. Kim joined our team in October 2020 and has been working with children since 2016. Her favorite part of working at The Goddard school is watching the children learn and grow. Ms. Kim knows many different languages and runs our American Sign Language and Spanish programs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her cat.
  •  Lauren

    Lauren

    Support Team
    Bio Coming Soon
  •  Maggie

    Maggie

    Support Team
    Bio Coming Soon
  •  Monica

    Monica

    Support Team
    Ms. Monica joined our team in September 2016. She is currently working towards an Applied Science associate's degree through the College of Lake County and has been working with children since 2013. The most rewarding thing for Monica is that she gets to work with all our age groups. She loves being in and out of our classrooms and seeing how much the children have grown. In her free time, she enjoys social media marketing, photography, spending time with her dog, motorcycle rides, and creating house projects.
  •  Shelly

    Shelly

    Support Team
    Shelly joined our team in September 2021 and has been working with children since 2007. She currently has her Paraprofessional License and is working towards her CDA to be a Child Development Associate. Shelly loves getting to know the children and their families and seeing how much each child learns and grows as they move through the school. In her free time, she enjoys spending time and doing things with my family and friends, crafting and scrap booking, and going for walks.
  •  Yesenia

    Yesenia

    Support Team
    Ms. Yesenia joined our team in September 2012 and has been working with children since 2008. She studied Early Childhood Education at the College of Lake County. When asked what she enjoys about being part of The Goddard School team, she said "being at Goddard for 10 years, I definitely feel that I have grown as an educator. I take any opportunity to talk to friends and family about the wonderful curriculum and environment Goddard provides. When I mention to family and friends how the school's curriculum incorporates Sign Language and Spanish, they are shocked, even a very close friend of mine quoted, "those children are probably very advanced for their age." I am truly proud to represent this school." In her free time, Yesenia is happy to participate voluntarily in her ministry work. She also loves to go on long walks, go out with friends, cook new recipes and take any opportunity to pet a dog.
  •  Dustin

    Dustin

    Program Coordinator
    Mr. Dustin joined our team in January 2020 and returned as our Program Specialist in June 2021. He earned his bachelor's degree in Child Development from the University of Northern Illinois. Dustin enjoys working with the children and getting to know them better. He loves watching them learn new activities like chess or different sports activities that he teaches. In his free time, he likes to watch sports and spend all the time he can with his newborn son, Lincoln.
  •  Lorette

    Lorette

    Chef
    Chef Lorette re-joined our team in June 2017 and was previously our chef from 2010-2011. She has her bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in 2D Studio Design from Northern Illinois University. She also has an associate's degree in Culinary Arts from the College of Lake County along with several culinary certifications. In her free time, Lorette loves spending time with her family and friends and being outdoors. She also enjoys going to sporting events, concerts, and playing golf and sand volleyball. She also owns her own small business.

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