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.


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.
  • Ms Heather

    Ms Heather

    Director of Operations
    My name is Ms.Heather. I joined The Goddard School Urbana in March 2020. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University Maryland Baltimore Campus. I have been an Early Childhood Teacher since 2014 I enjoy creating my lessons based on a child’s curiosity and how they are stimulated by the environment. The most important thing a teacher can do is listen and ask questions in order to guide a child’s unique development. I believe that children are simply AMAZING.
  •  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 Caylin

    Ms Caylin

    My name is Ms. Caylin. I have worked at The Goddard School Urbana since November 2015. I earned my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from from Frederick Community College. I earned my 90-hour Preschool certification. At The Goddard School Urbana, I enjoy assisting in all the classrooms. This allows me the opportunity to engage with every age group giving me the experience I will need in order to be a the best Teacher. My goal is to one day be a Lead Teacher here at The Goddard School Urbana.
  • Ms Marissa

    Ms Marissa

    Assistant Director in-training
    My name is Ms. Marissa, and I joined the Goddard School Urbana on January 2nd, 2018. I am currently attending the University of Arizona Global Campus in pursuit of my degree in Early Childhood Education. I earned my 90-hour Preschool, 45-hour Infant/Toddler, and 45-hour School Age certifications. I believe that children need a safe, nurturing environment where they can play and grow. Therefore, I joined the Goddard School Urbana Team and look forward to enriching the learning experience for all Goddard School Urbana students.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Ms Soma

    Ms Soma

    Assistant Teacher
    Hello, my name is Ms. Soma. I joined The Goddard School Team in August 2017. I graduated from University of Calcutta (INDIA) and earned my degree in Psychology, Education and Bengali. I was born in Calcutta India, where I grew up and began my teaching profession. When I immigrated to the united states, I didn’t want to stop my passion of teaching and taking care of young children. earned my pre-school method materials, Infant toddler and school age certifications. I have CPR, First Aid, ADA training. I want to take care of these children at an early age so I can help them grow and make a difference in this world.
  • Ms Kaitlin

    Ms Kaitlin

    My name is Ms. Kaitlin and I have been at the Goddard School Urbana since August 2018. I have been working in childcare since 2014. I will be attending Frederick community college to further my teaching career. I earned my 90-hour Early Childhood certification along with my 45-hour infant and toddler certification I believe that children need good role models and positive leaders to create healthy attitudes. I am a teacher because I want to inspire children and improve the quality of education.
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