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. 

  •  Sean & Whitney

    Sean & Whitney

    Owner
    Sean and Whitney are the Owners of the Goddard School located in Grand Rapids (Knapp's Corner). Whitney graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Hospitality Business and before opening the Goddard School, had a career in event management for Frederik Meijer Gardens and the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. Sean graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Business Management and worked in Outside Sales for a traffic control company. As parents of 6 year-old daughter, Eila, and 2 year-old, Iris, Sean and Whitney understand the importance of creating a safe, nurturing environment and want the Goddard School to be a child's home away from home. Both Sean and Whitney were born and raised in the Grand Rapids area and look forward to giving back to the community by educating it's future leaders. Sean and Whitney look forward to welcoming you to the school and introducing your family to the amazing faculty!
  •  Ali

    Ali

    Executive Director
    Ms. Ali is our Executive Director. She holds her Bachelor's Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Christian Education and Children's Ministry. She has 5 years of experience as a lead pre-k teacher in the Detroit area, over 14 years of working with children and 5 years as a dance instructor. Ms. Ali was a Day Camps Director with SpringHill Camps where she traveled throughout the midwest with a team of counselors to provide a fun week of camp for children in their hometown. Ms. Ali loves to do arts and crafts with the children, as well as watching them discover new ways to move and play! She loves teaching science and guiding them through curious play and experiments. Ms. Ali loves children and teaching them new skills. She enjoys seeing children realize and discover their new talents. You will usually find her smiling and being creative, and always finds joy in the little things!
  •  Michelle

    Michelle

    Director of Operations
    Ms. Michelle is our Director of Operations. She has a wide range of work experience in many different fields. Ms. Michelle worked at SpringHill Camps for over 22 years where she had many different roles including store manager/purchaser, registration professional and in-house designer. Ms. Michelle is a mother of 5 kids who all live in the Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo area. Ms. Michelle recently moved back to Grand Rapids to be near her kids and grandsons. She loves doing anything creative with kids including coloring, painting, baking or photography. Ms. Michelle joined the Goddard Knapp’s Corner Family because she loved the idea of supporting a school that is dedicated to providing quality education in a safe environment.
  •  Lauren

    Lauren

    Education Coordinator
    Ms. Lauren is our Infant/Toddler Education Coordinator. She majored in Youth Ministry and Creative Writing at North Park University in Chicago, IL. She has been working with kids since she turned 18, and has worked with all ages! Ms. Lauren was raised in Grand Rapids, and then lived in Chicago for 7 years before moving back in 2019. She has two younger brothers, and in her free time she loves to bake, read, write, and kayak. Her favorite activities to do with children are art projects and signing songs. She's got lots of verses to go with the Itsy Bitsy Spider and Row Your Boat! She is also known as the bug catcher in her class, and watching children react and learn about nature is always a fun experience all around! Ms. Lauren became a teacher because she had some very special people who were influential to her when she was a child, and her desire has always been to be that person for others. She absolutely loves the ways children perceive the world and want to share it with us.
  •  Sarah

    Sarah

    Co-Lead Infant Teacher
    Ms. Sarah is a Co-Lead teacher in our infant classroom Sleeping Bears! Ms. Sarah has completed 230 hours towards a Child Development Associate's Credential with a specialization in infants with the UV’s Teach Stone. Having a deeper understanding of the impact teachers can have on students and reaping the benefits of maintaining quality interactions has made help make her work extremely rewarding. Ms. Sarah has a deep love for being in the dirt and cultivating gardens. At home she cares for a large vegetable and fruit garden in addition to multiple small farm animals. Ms. Sarah’s sister and her husband live on the family farm and care for three children. Ms. Sarah lived in Spain and attended segundo bachillerato in Valladolid where she hiked El Camino de Santiago and developed a love for the through-hiking lifestyle. Ms. Sarah has continued the traveling spirit and took many outdoor field school opportunities to finish her major in Ecology with the University of Michigan.
  •  Mel

    Mel

    Co-Lead First Steps Teacher
    Ms. Mel is a Co-Lead teacher in our infant classroom Sleeping Bears! She has a true passion for helping children thrive and flourish! With all of her great and not so great teachers, she correlates to children and has patience for them as they work through their emotions. Ms. Mel strives to be an advocate and supporter of what’s best for the children in her care. She has an associates degree in child development from GRCC and K-3 special education volunteer training. She has been a babysitter, nanny and worked as a preschool teacher in the GRCC learning lab. She started teaching in cosmetology, but ended up switching to child development, and is very glad she had the courage to see it through, because she loves seeing children learn and reach their milestones! Science and Art are Ms. Mel’s favorite subjects! She has always enjoyed learning about plants and animals. Art has always been a fun outlet as well!
  •  Brittnee

    Brittnee

    Co-Lead First Steps Teacher
    Ms. Brittnee is one of our Co-Lead Teachers in our First Steps classroom, Tiny Turtles! She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Northern Michigan University. She also has 6 years’ experience working in childcare centers, primarily with infants and toddlers. Ms. Brittnee has a daughter named Jaynee! They have a small family consisting of themselves, their dog Loona and 2 cats named Pancake and Simba! Ms. Brittnee loves spending time with her family and friends and much as possible. Ms. Brittnee became a teacher in 2016 because she loves watching kids grow through learning, exploring, and trying new things. Her favorite activity to do with her students is to sing songs and get messy with art or sensory! She loves seeing the process of watching a child figure out how to complete a difficult task and then having that "light bulb" moment!
  •  Hannah

    Hannah

    Infant Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Hannah is an assistant teacher in our infant classroom! Hannah is studying Early Childhood Education and work towards obtaining her CDA. Ms. Hannah has worked over two years in an infant room as an assistant teacher and one year in a preschool room as an assistant teacher. Once Ms. Hannah finishes her schooling, she hopes to become a kindergarten teacher and eventually own her own childcare center. Ms. Hannah loves working with children and making babies laugh. She loves to color and draw pictures with the children helping them further their creativity. Ms. Hannah is fascinated with all thing’s child development! She loves the innocence of children and enjoys getting to know how their minds work. Ms. Hannah loves to see how children grow and learn new things.
  •  Emily

    Emily

    Toddler Teacher
    Ms. Emily is one of our Lead teachers in our Young Toddler Classroom, Hoppy Hares! Ms. Emily has had 5 years experience both nannying and working in childcare settings with all ages. She loves to be outside, and loves bringing her love of the outdoors to her children as well. Ms. Emily loves being silly and making learning fun through lots of play. She believes that every child has different qualities, and she loves all the little moments when they learn new skills, no matter how big or small! She loves to teach music too! It played a huge part in her childhood, and therefore she loves bringing that joy into teaching!
  •  Selah

    Selah

    Lead Young Toddler Teacher
    Ms. Selah is one of our Lead Teachers in our Young Toddlers Classroom, Hoppy Hares! She has been taking care of children from a young age. She was a preschool Sunday school teacher for three years and a camp counselor at Youth Haven Ranch. She loves to create and play! She wrote songs, skits, and dances for the children she taught at church. She’s great at math, and loved teaching it to her cousins and siblings during homeschooling! Ms. Selah became a teacher because she loves to work with children! Teachers have been a great influence no matter what part of life they’re in, and Ms. Selah wants to be one of those role models as well. She hopes to teach positivity, responsibility, and love.
  •  Megan

    Megan

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Megan is one of our Infant and Toddler Resource Teachers! This is Ms. Megan’s first teaching job and she is very excited to learn and grow in her position! She has done lots of babysitting and helping out with family and friends. Though this is her first time being a teacher, she is inspired by the idea of helping children grow and develop the basic skills that are often overlooked Ms. Megan hopes she will be able to impact her students lives before they go off to school. She is a new grad with a BA in communications , has a big family, and loves animals!
  •  Kloie

    Kloie

    Co-Lead Toddler Teacher
    Ms. Kloie is one of our Co-Lead Teachers in our Young Toddler Classroom, Darling Deer! Ms. Kloie is currently in school working on her degree in Psychology. She also has experience baby sitting and working as a Behavior Technician for children with Autism. In the future Ms. Kloie hopes to complete her degree in Psychology and continue being a teacher or school counselor. Her favorite activity to do with children is anything outside. Ms. Kloie loves being outside with all the activities. Ms. Kloie became a teacher because she wants to know more about the way children learn and be a part of their growing process. She most enjoys getting to know children and their individual personalities.
  •  Kaylee

    Kaylee

    Co-Lead Toddler Teacher
    Ms. Kaylee is one of our Co-Lead Teachers in our Toddler Classroom, Darling Deer! Ms. Kaylee started working at a center after graduating from college with a Public Relations degree and although it wasn’t in Kaylee’s plans she fell in love with teaching. She has always loved caring for children and working in daycares where she has the opportunity to teach. She was inspired to continue her schooling by attaining an Elementary Education Degree. Ms. Kaylee moved to Grand Rapids from Arkansas where she worked at a center as a Toddler Lead Teacher for two years. Ms. Kaylee loves sing the students grow and be inspired by their surroundings. She loves being creative and helping the students also express their creativity. Ms. Kaylee loves teaching the kids about their shapes, colors, numbers, and the Alphabet. Ms. Kaylee believes there are many activities that make learning fun and enjoyable for the kids.
  •  Courtney

    Courtney

    Co-Lead Get Set Teacher
    Ms. Courtney is the Co-Lead in our Get Set classroom, Pleasant Pheasants. She Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from CMU. Since college, she's had experience in multiple daycare/preschool centers as well as working for Walt Disney World right after college, getting tons of one-on-one child experience! Ms. Courtney is the biggest Disney fan, and she loves incorporating Disney magic into her classroom and lesson plans. Her favorite activity to do with her students is arts and crafts. She says that, getting a little messy with some paint or play-doh is so fun and great for sensory, fine motor development, etc. She became a teacher because she has a huge love for helping children develop the skills needed to grow. The thing Ms. Courtney enjoys most about working with children is seeing their faces light up when they see her it's unlike anything else!
  •  Liliana

    Liliana

    Co-Lead Get Set Teacher
    Ms. Liliana is one of our Co-Lead teachers in our Get Set classroom Pleasant Pheasants! Ms. Liliana has 4 years of experience working as an infant and toddler teacher. She is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Grand Rapids Community College. Ms. Liliana enjoys working with young children and helping them grow. She loves providing hands on experiences for children, especially in the science subject. Ms. Liliana became a teacher because she enjoys working with young children. She loves developing relationships with the children and families to help them grow and see all of the potential they have within them.
  •  Lillian

    Lillian

    Co-Lead First Steps Teacher
    Ms. Lillian is one of our Co-Lead Teachers in our first steps classroom Pleasant Pheasants! Ms. Lillian has experience from babysitting nieces and nephews, as well as helping out with after school daycare in middle school. She loves the energy that children have and wants to help shape the minds of future generations. Ms. Lillian loves math and art. Having the freedom to create and express creativity with no wrong answers is so important to your inner self and becoming who you want to be. Ms. Lillian is a very positive person and treats all children as if they were her own because we are all human and everyone deserves the same love and respect.
  •  Elizabeth

    Elizabeth

    Co-Lead Get Set Teacher
    Ms. Elizabeth is one of our Co-Lead teachers in our Get Set classroom, Busy Bees! Ms. Elizabeth is new to this field but has experience caring for children at an in-home daycare setting. Ms. Elizabeth has a son, who she loves supporting by going to all of his school and sporting events! She thinks it is always amazing watching children grow and learn while doing the things they love and enjoy! She decided to become a teacher because she believes a child's mind is so imaginative! There is no limit to what they can do. In her opinion, her favorite part is seeing a child's eyes light up when they see or experience something new to them. Ms. Elizabeth's favorite activity to do with her students is anything to do with arts and crafts or dramatic play. She thinks its so fun to watch their imaginations run wild!
  •  Karah

    Karah

    Co-Lead Preschool Teacher
    Ms. Karah is one of our Co-Lead teachers in our Pre-K classroom, Loving Loons. She has worked in early childhood education for 5 years and is working towards furthering her education in childhood development. She is very family oriented and spends most of her time outside the classroom with her family and dog Sasha. Ms. Karah’s favorite activity to do with the children is anything active or messy. She loves incorporating movement, art, and sensory all in one. Teaching has been a passion of Ms. Karah for a long time. She feels that the early stages of developing are the most vital and it is such a beautiful thing to be a part of the process and watch them grow. The thing Ms. Karah enjoys the most about working with children is witnessing the magic of their imaginations and creativity. Ms. Karah has been an amazing addition to the Goddard Knapp’s Corner Family and Busy Bee’s classroom!
  •  Amber

    Amber

    Co-Lead Preschool Teacher
    Ms. Amber is one of our Co-Lead Teachers in our Preschool Classroom, Loving Loons! Ms. Amber has 4 years of experience working as a lead preschool teacher and over two years of experience working in ABA therapy. Ms. Amber has been working directly with children for over 7 years and has loved every minute of it. In her free time Ms. Amber volunteers at Hope Network. Ms. Amber has a dog named Walter who was a calendar model for Kent District Library 2023’s calendar. Ms. Amber loves teaching the children about pretend/dramatic play, reading books and art. She became a teacher to help children build/discover the foundations of themselves and help prepare them to succeed in life.
  •  Erin

    Erin

    Co-Lead Pre-K Teacher
    Ms. Erin is a Co-Lead teacher in our Preschool classroom, Mighty Moose! She is currently working toward her bachelor’s degree in teaching at GRCC and GVSU. She worked at a daycare for three years with infants and toddlers, and then nannied for a year. Erin moved from Connecticut two years ago to see a new city. She has three nieces and has been an aunt since she was seven. She has two cats named Ollie and Luna and spends most of her time at Reeds Lake, where she loves to read. Ms. Erin loves watching children grow and learn how unique and special each child is. Ms. Erin loves to learn herself and grow as a teacher alongside the students. She loves science and English related subjects and finds science so interesting to learn and experiment with in the classroom!
  •  Arianna

    Arianna

    Co-Lead Preschool Teacher
    Ms. Ana is a Co-Lead Teacher in our Preschool classroom, Rockin’ Robins! She has experience working with children at SpringHill Camps where she taught ages 4-12. She has experience working with large groups of children up to 20 and also has experience working one-on-one with children with special needs. Ms. Ana is currently in school working on attaining her associates degree in Child Development from the Child Care Institute. Ms. Ana and Ms. Jenna have been a co-teaching team for almost 2 years and are excited to continue working together in the Rockin’ Robins classroom. Ms. Ana chose to become a teacher because she has a passion for children and enjoys teaching them the tools to help with social emotional development. She also likes to see the student’s perspective about the world around them and teach them in a way that they understand but challenges them. Her favorite activities to do with students is anything creative, such as crafts and dramatic play!
  •  Jenna

    Jenna

    Co-Lead Preschool Teacher
    Ms. Jenna is a Co-Lead Teacher in our Preschool classroom, Rockin’ Robins! She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in 2021. She has previous experience working at an elementary school as a teacher aid, and with a before and after school daycare. Ms. Jenna first developed her passion for working with kids as a young teen babysitting and loves watching them develop their own unique personalities. Ms. Jenna and Ms. Arianna have been a co-teaching team for almost 2 years and are excited to continue working together in the Rockin’ Robins classroom. She enjoys being a part of the children's constant creativity. Her favorite activity to do with her students is anything that includes art projects as she loves to see them make their project their own!
  •  Mary

    Mary

    Kitchen Resource Teacher
    Ms. Mary is our Kitchen Resource Teacher. She went to the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has worked in the past for 15 years at a local elementary school! Ms. Mary is a self-proclaimed kid at heart! She loves playing on a child’s level and playing with them, using their imaginations. She believes that children need validation. When she isn’t collecting all things Disney, she loves to explore, create, and test things out. Children have ideas that adults tend to overlook, and Ms. Mary believes that every child should have a voice, and that we should listen to them! Ms. Mary became a teacher because she believes, as adults, we become jaded. Working with children you begin to see things through their eyes, the world and the light of discovery.
  •  Sarah

    Sarah

    Preschool Resource Teacher
    Ms. Sarah is one of our Preschool Resource Teachers. Ms. Sarah attended college in Tulsa Oklahoma where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Theology & Youth Studies. Ms. Sarah received state accredidation and began working in child development and nannying. Currently Ms. Sarah is working towards her bachelor’s in Elementary Education at Grand Valley State University. Ms. Sarah loves anything that involves art and music! She also enjoys hiking, traveling, animals, reading, cooking, decorating, painting and photography. Ms. Sarah's favorite activity to do in the classroom has always been anything that involves art, especially hands-on projects! Ms. Sarah says, teaching has always been her passion, she finds it very rewarding and inspiring She loves giving back in a way she knows will make a difference in the lives of others. She most enjoys seeing the lightbulb moment in children and when they find joy in accomplishing their goals.
  •  Brandi

    Brandi

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Brandi is one of our Resource Teachers! Ms. Brandi has a widely varied background to apply to her work here at the Goddard School! She has a BS in biology, as well as a BA in psychology, and has worked as a community mental health counselor and a substitute teacher in K-12 grades. Ms. Brandi finds herself teaching in every day situations, so continues to find jobs that let her teach. She enjoys creating and thinking outside the box, so she loves teaching art and trying new things to the children she teaches. She is a mother to three young men and one spoiled dog!
  •  Sarah

    Sarah

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Sarah is one of our Resource Teachers. She has a BA in Health Sciences from Oakland University and is currently a post-bacc student at WMU She is currently preparing for their occupational therapy post-graduate program. Ms. Sarah also works as a patient observation aide at Royals Oak Beaumont Hospital. Ms. Sarah has three younger sisters and has a lot of experience in helping them grow into the individuals they are today. She loves teaching, and her past volunteer/ work experiences usually reflected that passion. Ms. Sarah finds it very rewarding watching little ones develop new skills as they learn to interact with their environment. Her favorite activity to do with children is interacting with them during play activities and reading to them. Ms. Sarah became a teacher because she loves teaching and witnessing kids learn new skills. She also enjoys working with children because they help you see the world in fun/unique ways that can add a lot of positivity to your day.
  •  Andrea

    Andrea

    Preschool Resource Teacher
    Ms. Andrea is one of our Preschool Resource teachers! Ms. Andrea has a B.A. Degree in Advertising and Public Relations in Advertising from Grand Valley State University. Ms. Andrea is very creative and has experience working in graphic design and creative writing. Ms. Andrea has been working with kids a little over 3 years now and adores them. She is excited to join the Goddard Teaching Family.
  •  Rachel

    Rachel

    Co-Lead Preschool Teacher
    Ms. Rachel is a Co-Lead teacher in our Preschool classroom, Mighty Moose. Ms. Rachel graduated from Cornerstone University with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and TESOL. She has 6 years of teaching experience at the Elementary/Preschool lever. She found her passion for working with young learners when she taught for GSRP. Ms. Rachel loves working in early childhood education. She believes that young children have innocent imaginations and are so eager to learn. She became a teacher because she loves seeing the extraordinary growth each student goes through. She also loves to see the development of each child's unique personalities. Her favorite activity to do with her students is to read silly and entertaining books. Her favorite part is to see how her students faces light up and when they ask for the story to be reread over and over again. Ms. Rachel strives to make her classroom an environment where young learners can express their creative endeavors and learn to grow!
  •  Nabilah

    Nabilah

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Nabilah is one of our Resource Teachers. Ms. Nabilah completed her undergraduate degree at Oakland University with a Health Science major. She is currently working towards her doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University. Ms. Nabilah has experience working as a behavior technician and assistant teacher. Ms. Nabilah loves spending time with little ones and creating a bond with them. A child’s culture is a big part of their identity and it’s something Ms. Nabilah like to keep in mind while teaching and working with kids. While teaching Ms. Nabilah enjoys circle time, reading books, science experiments and seeing their reactions. Ms. Nabilah loves seeing the progress kids make and when they reach certain milestones. She loves seeing their curiosity and creativity while they play with peers. She most enjoys listening to the kids express their thoughts and listen to their stories they say with such excitement.
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