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. 

  • Mr Michael

    Mr Michael

    Owner
    Michael Pesi is the owner of The Goddard School located at 6400 Goldsboro Rd., Bethesda, MD. Michael has been happily married to his wife, Aletta, since 2012. They have a son, Michael, who graduated from The Goddard School, and a son and a daughter who currently attend The Goddard School. Michael and Aletta recognize the importance of early childhood development in a safe and nurturing learning environment, which is why they chose The Goddard School. Michael earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology and proceeded to pursue a Master’s in Biochemistry/Toxicology at Johns Hopkins University. While at Hopkins, Michael worked at the Kennedy Krieger School researching child brain development and genetics. Michael holds a Maryland Preschool Certification as well. Most recently, Michael was a Senior Educational Consultant at Quest Advanced Learning, LLC, where he gained experience in academic coaching, educational program development, and private school and college placement requirements. Also, he was a proud member of the United States Army Reserve stationed at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC. Michael and his family are active in their community, where they participate in many charities such as the Ronald McDonald House, St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the American Cancer Society. Michael enjoys spending time with his friends and family, attending sporting events, playing music and traveling to southern Africa. “I am very proud to represent the Goddard School in Bethesda, MD. This area is rich in diverse cultures and education. These families want their children to be provided the highest level of preschool care and academic development. I am committed to ensure that this need is not only achieved, but exceeds expectations.”
  • Ms Nicole

    Ms Nicole

    Director
    Ms. Nicole is the Academic Director at The Goddard School of Bethesda. Ms. Nicole earned her Bachelor's Degree from Towson University and her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling for children from Johns Hopkins University. In addition, Ms. Nicole is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor. Nicole has her teaching certifications in both Infant/Toddler and Preschool, and has taught 2s, 3s, and a photography class to preschoolers. She has been in Administrative and Director roles since 2007. She came here from the Goddard School of King Farm, where she was the Academic Director for 6 years, and the Goddard School of Columbia before then. Ms. Nicole has a son and daughter who both attend The Goddard School of Bethesda. She believes that the preschool years are a wonderful age to foster a lifelong love of learning, and she is committed to facilitating a positive and enriching experience for all children and families during their time here!
  • Ms Brea

    Ms Brea

    Assistant Director
    Ms. Brea has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with minors in Biology and Sociology. She has the 90- hour Infant/Toddler and Preschool certifications. Ms. Brea has been teaching since 2015. She is a preschool graduate of the Goddard School of Chester Springs, PA! Ms. Brea was a teacher at the Goddard School of Exton, PA prior to moving to the DMV area. She began working at the Goddard School of Bethesda in the Roosters classroom and was promoted to the Assistant Director role. Ms. Brea loves the children’s excitement as they explore the world around them. She is committed to providing an environment where children can learn through play and become lifelong learners.
  • Ms Somia

    Ms Somia

    Assistant Director
    Ms. Somia is the Assistant Director at The Goddard School of Bethesda. She has been working in early childhood education since 2004. Ms. Somia was born and raised in Reston, VA and speaks English, Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi. She believes that educators can empower their students by expanding their teaching style beyond traditional academics. Ms. Somia encourages all educators to understand and embrace each child's learning language, while providing them with a preschool experience that promotes social and emotional growth, self-worth and belonging. Most importantly, she believes that children should experience the world around them through curiosity, love, and joy of learning through play.
  • Mr Kevin

    Mr Kevin

    Music Teacher
    Mr. Kevin is our dedicated Music Teacher, who is actively pursuing his music career while also providing our students with a strong foundational understanding of musical concepts. He is currently signed to Tower of Doom Records in the Philippines. While he is in his inaugural year of teaching preschool, Mr. Kevin has spent the past few years imparting his musical knowledge on older children. Mr. Kevin finds joy in the vibrant energy of children and their eagerness to learn. As a music teacher, he appreciates the passion and enthusiasm for music displayed by every age group he teaches.
  • Ms Ann

    Ms Ann

    Fine Arts Teacher
    Ms. Ann is our Art Teacher, and she holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute of Art and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She comes to us with over 30 years of experience and has a passion for being an educator. Ms. Ann finds joy in the curiosity and enthusiasm that children bring to the world of art. As an educator, Ms. Ann has the privilege of witnessing the diverse styles of art unfold through the eyes of each student. One of her core beliefs is the importance of resilience and embracing challenges. She encourages her students to persist in exploring new learning materials, even when concepts initially seem difficult.
  • Ms Marlene

    Ms Marlene

    Spanish Teacher
    Ms. Marlene is our Spanish Teacher at the Goddard School of Bethesda. She has the Child Development Associate (CDA) and her 90-hour Preschool certification. She has been working with preschoolers since 1991. Ms. Marlene loves how happy the children at the Goddard School are. She wishes to model happiness, working together, a love for reading, and a willingness to share.
  • Ms Qinxin

    Ms Qinxin

    Chinese Teacher
    Ms. Qinxin is our dedicated Chinese Teacher, and she has a passion for teaching her language to others. She earned her bachelor's degree in Mandarin. With an enthusiasm for Chinese food, culture, and heritage, Ms. Qinxin brings a rich cultural understanding to her teaching. Ms. Qinxin has been teaching since 2022 and strives to embody the values of kindness and diligence in her educational approach.
  • Ms Ismat

    Ms Ismat

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Ismat is one of our Infant Teachers at the Goddard School of Bethesda. She has a Master of Social Sciences degree from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. She also has both the 90-hour Preschool and Infant/Toddler certifications. Ms. Ismat was born and raised in Bangladesh and moved to Maryland in 1993 with her husband. Ms. Ismat has been teaching since 1990. She wishes to model patience and compassion for the children in her care. She wishes to demonstrate that every individual is different, so compassion and understanding are essential.
  • Ms Patricia

    Ms Patricia

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Patricia is one of our Preschool Teachers at The Goddard School of Bethesda. She has the Child Development Associate (CDA) and 90-hour Preschool and Infant/Toddler certifications. Ms. Patricia has been married for 41 years and has 6 children, and 3 beautiful grandchildren. Ms. Patricia was born in Jamaica and has been teaching since 2006. She loves seeing the children's smiling faces. She wishes to model manners and using language to express oneself.
  • Ms Ilyana

    Ms Ilyana

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Ilyana is one of our Preschool Teachers at the Goddard School of Bethesda. She holds the 90-hour Preschool Certification and is pursuing a degree in social work. Ms. Ilyana has been teaching since 2019 and her interest in teaching originally stemmed from how much joy her niece and nephew bring her. Ms. Ilyana loves how creative and enthusiastic the children are. Her students make her days brighter and better. She wishes to model respect, responsibility, and resilience.
  • Ms Radmila

    Ms Radmila

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Radmila is one of our Toddler Teachers at The Goddard School of Bethesda. She is a loving mother of two beautiful girls who both attended The Goddard School. Ms. Radmila looks forward to positively affecting the academic future of each child through her passion for teaching. She believes that every child is unique and blessed with different qualities and she wants to encourage learning through being positive and supportive.
  • Ms Agnes

    Ms Agnes

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Agnes is one of our Pre-Kindergarten Teachers at The Goddard School of Bethesda. Ms. Agnes has a bachelor's degree in education and human sciences. Ms. Agnes has been teaching since 2017 and even spent one year teaching preschool in Qatar. Ms. Agnes was born in Ghana, and she speaks English, Asante Twi, and French. Ms. Agnes feels that she has gained so much knowledge from Goddard students and seeks to model patience and giving thanks for all we learn.
  • Ms Patricia

    Ms Patricia

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Pat is one of our Toddler Teachers at the Goddard School of Bethesda. She is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Pat has a son and a daughter, who is also a teacher at the Goddard School of Bethesda! She has been teaching for over 25 years and loves how each child at the Goddard School has their own way of learning and expressing themselves. Ms. Pat wishes to model how everyone can learn from everyone else. She wants her children to know that all feelings are important, because every child deserves to be heard and feel like they matter!
  • Ms Sedatrious

    Ms Sedatrious

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Sedatrious is one of our Preschool Teachers at the Goddard School of Bethesda. Ms. Sedatrious has the Child Development Associate (CDA) as well as both the 90-hour Preschool and Infant/Toddler certifications. Ms. Sedatrious has been teaching preschool for nearly 40 years and she loves her students' willingness to learn and grow. She loves hearing their laughter and seeing their smiles! Ms. Sedatrious wishes to model love, kindness, appreciation, and respect. She wants to teach her students to treat others the way that they want to be treated.
  • Ms Tanesha

    Ms Tanesha

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Tanesha is one of our Pre-Kindergarten Teachers at the Goddard School of Bethesda. She has both the 90-hour Preschool/Infant certifications. Ms. Tanesha has been working with young children since 2011 and she loves how the children bring brightness and happiness into her classroom each day. She also loves how curious and open they are. She wishes to model consistency, emotional support, a positive attitude, and fun! She believes that it’s important to communicate with parents and adapt to the children’s needs.
  • Ms Lesley

    Ms Lesley

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Lesley is one of our Preschool Teachers and has the 90-hour Maryland Preschool certification. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in education and special education. She is proud of her three wonderful children and her beautiful granddaughter. Ms. Lesley has been teaching for over 20 years and loves every moment she spends in the classroom. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is from Nicaragua. Ms. Lesley always encourages her students to be honest, fearless, and most importantly to have fun while learning!
  • Ms Antoinette

    Ms Antoinette

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Antoinette is one of our Infant Teachers at The Goddard School of Bethesda. Ms. Antoinette has the 90-hour Infant/Toddler certification and is MD EXCELS level 4 certified. Ms. Antoinette has been teaching since 1996. Ms. Antoinette loves the inquisitiveness the students display. She hopes to model self-esteem, self-worth, love and respect to all of her students.
  • Ms Shakia

    Ms Shakia

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Shakia is one of our Kindergarten Transition Teachers at the Goddard School of Bethesda. Ms. Shakia has an associate degree and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in community education. She has a CDA and 90-hour Preschool, School Age, and Infant/Toddler certifications. Ms. Shakia has worked in early childhood education since 2000. She loves that all children are unique, happy, and willing to learn and try new things. Ms. Shakia wishes to model positive traits in her students, such as sharing, and displaying a positive attitude.
  • Ms Nieva

    Ms Nieva

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Nieva is one of our Preschool Teachers at The Goddard School of Bethesda. She has been teaching since 2021 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. Additionally, Ms. Nieva has the 90-hour Preschool certification and is currently pursuing her master's degree. Ms. Nieva was born in the Philippines and moved to America in 2019. Ms. Nieva speaks Tagalog and English. She wishes to model manners and creating a warm and nurturing environment.
  • Ms Pia

    Ms Pia

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Pia is one of our Preschool Teachers at the Goddard School of Bethesda. She holds the 90-hour Infant/Toddler certification as well as the 90-hour Preschool certification. Ms. Pia has been teaching since 2008. Ms. Pia loves how the children at the Goddard School are open to trying new tasks and meeting new people. She wishes to model joy, fun, and happiness because she believes that with these three qualities children will grow up to be amazing people!
  • Ms Elaine

    Ms Elaine

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Elaine is one of our Infant Teachers at the Goddard School of Bethesda. She has the 90-hour Infant/Toddler certification and has been teaching preschoolers since 2015. Ms. Elaine loves how excited the children get about learning new skills. She believes that watching children grow is one of the most special things one can witness. Ms. Elaine wishes to model honesty, integrity, respect, and love.
  • Ms Alicia

    Ms Alicia

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Alicia is one of our Infant Teachers here at The Goddard School of Bethesda. She is currently working towards the 90-hour Infant/Toddler certification and a bachelor's degree in early childhood and special education. Ms. Alicia shares her life with her husband, and their delightful son. Her journey in the field of education began in 2022. What truly captivates her about the children at The Goddard School is their boundless curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and discovery every day. Her mission is to cultivate kindness and foster a deep love for learning through the power of play.
  • Ms Deanna

    Ms Deanna

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Deanna is one of our Preschool Teachers and holds the 90-hour Preschool certification. With a teaching career that began in 2015, Ms. Deanna finds joy in the enthusiasm of her students, noting their eagerness to learn and kindness towards one another. Ms. Deanna aspires to model hard work, dedication, and compassion in her role as an educator.
  • Ms Ashley

    Ms Ashley

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Ashley is one of our Preschool Teachers. She has the 90-hour Infant/Toddler certification. Ms. Ashley has been teaching since 2018 and has found the field of early childhood to be an extremely fulfilling career. Her primary aim as an educator is to lead by example, showcasing respectful behavior and a relentless enthusiasm for learning. She strives to inspire her students to be kind, empathetic, and to embrace the joy of continuous growth and improvement.
  • Ms Patricia

    Ms Patricia

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Patricia is one of our Infant Teachers at the Goddard School of Bethesda. She has been working with Goddard since 2007 and brought her love and experience to The Goddard School of Bethesda in 2023. With a passion for teaching, Ms. Patricia creates a nurturing environment where kindness and respect are her central approach to teaching. She ensures that her classroom is filled with warmth and enthusiasm every day.
  • Ms Samantha

    Ms Samantha

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Sam is one of our Infant Teachers at The Goddard School of Bethesda and holds both the 90-hour Infant/Toddler and Preschool certifications. Ms. Sam has been teaching since 2015, and in her classroom, she actively embraces and celebrates diverse cultures. She aims to model a consistently cheerful outlook.
  • Ms Corinne

    Ms Corinne

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Corrine is one of Preschool Teachers and has her bachelor's degree in elementary education. She will be graduating with her master's degree in management and leadership in December 2024. Ms. Corrine has been teaching since 2019 and in her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and hiking. She is also currently in the process of having her first book published.
  • Ms Rochelle

    Ms Rochelle

    Lead Teacher
    Meet Ms. Rochelle, a valued member of our teaching team serving as one of our Preschool Teachers. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and embarked on her teaching journey in 2019. Ms. Rochelle's cultural fluency shines through her mastery of multiple languages including English, Italian, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Ms. Rochelle aspires to exemplify knowledge, kindness, and versatility.
  • Ms Sanaa

    Ms Sanaa

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Sanaa is one of our Assistant Toddler Teachers here at The Goddard School of Bethesda. She is currently working towards her bachelor's degree in business management at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, she has a close-knit family consisting of two older brothers, a loving mother, and a caring father. Ms. Sanaa began teaching in 2023 and feels that she is gaining valuable experience from her students at The Goddard School of Bethesda. She has a profound appreciation for the natural curiosity that toddlers exhibit towards the world around them and their eagerness to learn. Her aspiration as a teacher is to serve as a role model, promoting open-mindedness, patience, and kindness among her young students.
  • Ms Kathleen

    Ms Kathleen

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Kathleen is one of our Assistant Teachers here at The Goddard School of Bethesda. She has an impressive 27 years of expertise in child development, having successfully owned and operated a licensed home daycare business in Bethesda, MD. Ms. Kathleen resides with her loving husband, and together they cherish their two beautiful children. Her profound joy in working with children stems from contributing to their growth and development. At The Goddard School of Bethesda, Ms. Kathleen aims to model qualities such as kindness, sharing, and understanding.
  • Ms Juliana

    Ms Juliana

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Juliana is one of our Assistant Toddler Teachers and has been teaching since 2022. Ms. Juliana is from Brazil and speaks Portuguese and English. In her role at The Goddard School of Bethesda, she cherishes the opportunity to celebrate diversity and culture with her students. Through her teaching, she aspires to instill values of self-confidence and self-love, serving as a guiding light for the next generation.
  • Ms Destiny

    Ms Destiny

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Destiny is one of our Assistant Infant teachers and is currently working towards her 90-hour Infant/Toddler certification. Ms. Destiny has been teaching since 2019 and aspires to personify qualities such as respect, patience, diligence, and a sincere appreciation for the small joys of life.
  • Ms Saridja

    Ms Saridja

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Saridja is one of our Resource Teachers at The Goddard School of Bethesda. Her family consists of her loving husband, two grown children, and grandchild. Ms. Saridja began teaching in 2019 and taught English and Indonesian, both languages in which she is fluent. Teaching preschoolers brings Ms. Saridja immeasurable joy as she witnesses her student's growth, progress, and hunger for knowledge.
  • Ms Alexxus

    Ms Alexxus

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Alexxus is our Kitchen Support and a Resource Teacher at The Goddard School of Bethesda. She holds a ServSafe certification and is currently pursuing a CDA. Ms. Alexxus began teaching in 2023 and is eager to make a positive impact and inspire her students. Ms. Alexxus finds immense joy in witnessing the children's perpetual smiles and their ability to create wonderful memories every day. She aspires to be a positive role model and promotes an inclusive and loving environment for the kids.
  • Ms Henrietta

    Ms Henrietta

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Henrietta is one of our Preschool Teachers here at The Goddard School of Bethesda. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and is currently pursuing the 90-hour Infant/Toddler certification. Ms. Henrietta is from Nigeria and moved to the United Staes with her loving husband. She has been teaching students of all ages for over 30 years. Ms. Henrietta loves how the children at The Goddard School are joyful, eager to learn, and attentive. She wishes to model confidence, compassion, and kind behavior.
  • Mr Michael

    Mr Michael

    Resource Teacher
    Mr. Michael is one of our Resource Teachers here at The Goddard School of Bethesda. He is on a mission to empower young minds through education. Mr. Michael is currently pursuing his degree in computer science as well as the CDA. With a teaching career that began in 2018, Mr. Michael has witnessed countless eureka moments in his students. He derives immense joy from those precious instances when children grasp new concepts, igniting a spark of curiosity and understanding within them. His aim is to instill in his students the value of curiosity, resilience, and determination.
  • Ms Caitlin

    Ms Caitlin

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Caitlin is one of our Resource Teachers and she has a bachelor's degree in psychology and is trained in crisis intervention for children with disabilities. She is currently pursuing further education to become an art therapist. Ms. Caitlin has been teaching in early childhood education since 2018. Her teaching style is to teach through nurturing each child's imagination, discovery, and creativity.
  • Ms Audrey

    Ms Audrey

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Audrey is one of our Resource Teachers and loves to help others. Ms. Audrey has embarked on her first-year teaching in 2023, and she couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of The Goddard School of Bethesda community. The genuine honesty and boundless love she sees in the children she teaches, truly warms Ms. Audrey's heart. She aspires to be a role model for her students, embodying qualities of strength, courage, friendliness, humor, and a commitment to being the very best teacher that she can be.
  • Ms Sara

    Ms Sara

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Sara is one of our Resource Teachers and is currently pursuing her degree in psychiatry from the University of Maryland. She comes from a family of four siblings and has strong ties to her large extended family in Egypt, where she was born and raised. Ms. Sara loves bringing her diverse cultural background to her teaching experiences. Ms. Sara has been teaching since 2019 and is fluent in English, Arabic, and American Sign Language. In her commitment to teaching, she wishes to embody qualities of respect, kindness, and the promotion of independence.
  • Ms Shania

    Ms Shania

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Shania is one of our Resource Teachers and has been teaching since 2023. She is currently attending the University of Maryland for Psychology. Ms. Shania loves working with preschoolers and making an impact on their growth and development during their most impactful years. She plans on fulfilling her career goals in early childhood education.
  • Ms Jaycie

    Ms Jaycie

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Jaycie is one of our Resource Teachers at The Goddard School of Bethesda. She loves working with children and appreciates their intelligence and determination to learn new skills and material. Ms. Jaycie wants every child to be confident, feel important, and love themselves.  
  • Ms Shama

    Ms Shama

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Shama is one of our Resource Teachers and has a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Dhaka. She has the 90-hour Infant/Toddler certification as well. Ms. Shama has a loving husband, two children, and an adorable grandson. Ms. Shama is from Bangladesh and speaks fluent English and Bangla. She has been an educator since 2017 and loves working at The Goddard School of Bethesda. Her favorite part of teaching is inspiring children to do their best and promoting self-worth and individuality.
  • Ms Jyothi

    Ms Jyothi

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Jojo is one of our Resource Teachers and has the 90-hour Preschool certification. She has been working with children since 2021. Ms. Jojo is fluent in both English and French. She loves working with children and feels honored to be a fundamental part of their growth and development.
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