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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. 

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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. 

 Kellie

Kellie

Owner
Welcome to The Goddard School located in Grand Rapids! I am proud to be the on-site owner and love being a part of The Goddard School Family. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. My goal is to provide the highest quality education and care in a warm loving and safe environment where every child feels valued. I opened the school in 2008 to be a part of a business that positively affected the development of happy and confident young children. My husband and I have learned from our own four children how greatly important quality Early Childhood is to their foundations as they experience later years in school and life.
 Cheryl

Cheryl

Director
Cheryl’s commitment is to provide families with a safe and secure environment in which your child will learn and grow throughout their early years of education. Degreed in Early Childhood Education from Northern Michigan University, Cheryl uses her expertise to work collaboratively with the teachers to provide a well balanced fun educational experience for all children that attend The Goddard School, Grand Rapids. Cheryl’s vision of The Goddard School is to provide a well balanced fun educational experience for all of the children.
 Sherri

Sherri

Assistant Director
Sherri has been an important asset to The Goddard School, Grand Rapids since nearly opening. Her bubbly personality, love for children, and creative energy not only assists in running the school, but helps make the school a superior experience for children and families.
 Dianne

Dianne

Lead Teacher
Dianne earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Cornerstone University, along with her degree in Child Development from Grand Rapids Community College. She brings over twenty-five years of experience in the field of Education. Some of Dianne’s favorite things to do with children include reading stories, singing songs and just getting on the floor to play with them!
 Jessica

Jessica

Lead Teacher
Degreed in Early Childhood Education and English, Jessica’s number one goal as the Lead Junior-Kindergarten teacher is to build relationships with the children and families. She believes that once the children and families build a bond and trust her, the children are then excited to come to school to learn. With her creative energy and enthusiasm, Jessica loves to get messy in creative art and share her love for children’s literature with her Junior-Kindergarteners.
 Samantha

Samantha

Lead Teacher
Samantha graduated from Central Michigan University with her degree in Early Childhood Development and Learning. Her years of experience working with Infants and Toddlers has enhanced her belief that children should be provided with personalized, research based educational experiences to foster all domains of development, all while enjoying the day and having fun!
 Victoria

Victoria

Lead Teacher
Vicky brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with over a decade of experience in Early Childhood. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from California State University and has moved throughout the US with her husband and three children, happily making Grand Rapids their home. Vicky’s experience includes working in case management for children and families that are underprivileged and teaching Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten.
 Abbey

Abbey

Assistant Teacher
Abbey received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saginaw Valley State University in 2010. She started working at The Goddard School in 2014. She feels as children are full of surprises and joys every day and when teachers plan for play and the unexpected then everyone thrives. She loves to see her students tell another student something they have learned in class. When we share knowledge then we are sharing love for a better future.
 Amy

Amy

Assistant Teacher
Earning her Bachelors Degree in Psychology, with emphasis in Early Childhood from the College of Wooster, Amy has found passion in teaching young children for more than 15 years. Amy has worked across the board, from being a private nanny, to teaching Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool age children. Currently in the Old Toddler classroom, you can find Amy engaging in imaginative play and reading books with her children.
 Cheryl

Cheryl

Assistant Teacher
Cheryl is a mother to three grown children, and a grandmother to ten young children, who are the loves of her life that keep her very busy. Cheryl earned her degree from Maryville University and has been part of The Goddard School since opening in 2008. She loves working in the Infant classroom because it’s a nurturing and loving environment.
 Debra

Debra

Assistant Teacher
Debbie has been teaching young children for several years. She loves reading books and singing songs with them. Debbie enjoys teaching children because of their curiosity and constant discovery of everything around them.

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