Our Teachers

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


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 Jill

    Ms Jill

    Owner Operator
    My name is Jill Pelicano and I earned my Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Resources with a concentration in Community and Family Services and Early Childhood Education from The University of Delaware. When moving to Urbana we searched for a Education based preschool program. Our options were limited to daycare centers or in home daycare. Knowing what we were looking for, we decided to pursue our dream of opening a premiere Pre-School for our children, and the Urbana community. Our Dream became a reality, The Goddard School Urbana opened January 5th 2009. Since opening we have continuously striven to provide an educationally STEAM + Literacy focused, warm nurturing environment that Is beneficial to all children. Owning our own Goddard School has been such a wonderful experience. We are fortunate to have had the honor of touching so many lives within our community.
  • Mr John

    Mr John

    Owner Operator
    My name is John Pelicano. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in Business Management and Marketing. I also hold my Early Childhood Education 45 and 90 hour certifications through additional Early Childhood Educational college course work. I am First Aid and CPR Certified Infant-Adult and trained in Disaster preparedness. We are so thankful for all of the families who place their trust in the Goddard School Urbana every day, playing a part in the future of their children.
  •  Marissa


    Operations Director
    Ms. Marissa is one of our School Director's here at The Goddard School. Ms. Marissa joined us in 2022 after 14 years with Goddard. Marissa began her Goddard career as a Two-Year-Old teacher for seven years. She was then promoted to Assistant Director, and from there, she worked her way up to Operations Director. Marissa earned her Associate degree with a focus in Early Childhood Education. Marissa has a passion for early childhood education and its importance in each child's development.
  • Ms Marissa

    Ms Marissa

    Director of Operations
    Ms. Marissa M is one of our school directors. She recently completed her associate's degree in Early Childhood Education and is pursuing a Bachelor's in Educational Studies. Marissa M joined The Goddard School in 2018 as an infant teacher and has worked with infants through school-age children before becoming a director.
  • Ms Sarah

    Ms Sarah

    My name is Ms. Sarah. I joined the Goddard School Urbana in August 2017, after relocating from PA to Frederick Maryland for LOVE. (My then fiancé and my now husband relocated to MD) I have been a Goddard School Teacher since 2014 in Wexford, PA. I earned my degree in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University and have been working with young children for many years. I love introducing new concepts to children and allowing them to explore and discover the world around them! I was promoted to Educational Team Director and am working with our School Directors in implementing our New Goddard Curriculum, The Wonder of Learning.
  • Ms Sheri

    Ms Sheri

    I joined the Goddard School in September 2013. I earned my Associates of Science Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Childhood Education and can speak 4 languages. I have been in the Early Childhood Field for over ten years and am CPR/First Aid Certified. I love teaching at The Goddard School Urbana because making a difference in the lives of children brings me joy every day. And our ability to develop fun educational learning lessons that encourage positive educational growth and learning is simply amazing. In June 2023 I was Promoted to The Director of Art Studies. I know have the opportunity to move throughout the school teaching and creating with every age group and classroom.
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