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. 

  •  Michael

    Michael

    Owner
    Mike and Nini Sokol are the owners of The Goddard School of Blaine, the 2020 - Current, Reader's Choice Best Preschool in Blaine and Spring Lake Park. Nini graduated from St. Thomas with a degree in Finance and is a Sr. Manager at Target Corp. Mike graduated from the U of MN with a degree in Biology, and Carlson School of Management with an MBA. He left his 21-year career at Best Buy to pursue his passion in bringing this school to the community. He still teaches at the U of MN, and supports primary and secondary education non-profits in MN. As parents of 3 small children - Isaac, Asher, and Elin - they understand the importance of whole-child development and have watched their own children thrive as Goddard students. Creating a safe, nurturing and high-quality Goddard School in the Blaine community is part of their vision to support community give-back and educate our future leaders. Mike and Nini look forward to welcoming you to the school and being part of the Goddard family!
  • Ms Kari

    Ms Kari

    Director of Education
    Being a part of Goddard Blaine is such a blessing! After 25 years working in Early Childhood; I find myself at home at the school. I am absolutely thrilled to share such incredible health and safety guidelines, as well as hands on enrichments, along with top professional Teachers ;with Families in the community. I have been married to my Husband Dustin for 19years, we have 3 awesome children Landin, 16, Levi,13, and Delaney, 6. We live on acreage just north of the Blaine area. We have 3 dogs, and 5 chickens. I enjoy watching my children engaged in Dirt Biking, Fishing Team, Gymnastics, and Baseball. We are a family who spends most of their time outdoors enjoying one another. I myself like visiting Winery's with girlfriends, singing Karaoke, reading, hiking, and going to various musical concerts. I have begun to travel later in life, and I am absolutely loving it. Looking forward to getting to know all of the families and staff at the school!
  • Ms Snow

    Ms Snow

    Director of Operations
    Ms. Snow holds her Bachelors in Business Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications from St. Aloysius College, Mangalore University in India. She also has her Child Development Associate Certificate and Director's Certificate. Ms. Snow was born in India, but has made roots here in Minnesota and at the Goddard School of Blaine! She knows 5 languages, She has taught all age groups, but loves to focus on Preschool and Pre K ages. She has over 11 years experience including leadership as an Assistant Director at the previous center she worked at. Some activities that she loves doing with children are stories, art, and large motor. She also loves Parent Teacher Conferences! Ms. Snow enjoys bringing love and learning into the classrooms every day! Ms. Snow Lives in Blaine with her husband and Son. She has 2 cats Coco and Ginger and a dog Oreo.
  • Mr Felix

    Mr Felix

    Operations Manager and Nutritionist
    Hi, my name is Felix and I strongly advocate for empowering others to live healthier lives through better nutrition and physical activity. I studied Nutrition Dietetics at the University of Minnesota, and come from a background of retail customer service and healthcare. I have a family of 4, with Maria, and daughters Olivia and Charlotte. I am also a huge sports fan (mainly Vikings and Timberwolves) and enjoy playing basketball and volleyball. I am very passionate about music as well. I enjoy DJing and composing music in my free time. I also recently released my first self-produced music album! [www.soundcloud.com/djsirf]
  • Ms Amber

    Ms Amber

    Kitchen Manager
    Ms. Amber attended the University of Minnesota and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Child Psychology with a minor in Youth Studies. She has been working in Early Childhood Education since 2007, and loves exploring new activities with children! In her spare time, she loves spending time with her two children and her husband. They love the outdoors, and simply staying at home watching movies!
  • Ms Amanda

    Ms Amanda

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Amanda has always loved children, and spent most of her teenage years babysitting for families. She graduated in 2016, and started teaching at her first school one month later! She has been teaching for 4 years, and holds her Child Development Accreditation in Minnesota.She has two younger sisters, and loves spending time with her family. Ms. Amanda also has two cats named Simbaa and Nala! In her free time, Ms, Amanda loves watching softball games!
  • Ms BJ

    Ms BJ

    Lead Teacher
    Ms BJ comes from a diverse background. She's of Indian origin but grew up in the UK. Although she has a degree in English and Masters in Journalism, she realized that her true passion was in helping shape young minds. She loves nurturing the creativity and help children grow and learn and become kind caring citizens of the world. When not teaching she loves travelling with her family, enjoying the company of her friends and taking her dog for long walks.
  • Ms Jessica

    Ms Jessica

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Jessica has always had a passion for kids. She has been working with kids since graduating high school and has over 20 years experience including 8 years in child care management. She has worked with all ages but loves the infant classrooms! She has her Child Development Associate Credential. Her favorite things to do with the kids are art and outside activities. Outside of work she loves spending time with her son going camping, four-wheeling, fishing, and spending time with family and friends!
  •  Kathryn

    Kathryn

    lead Teacher
    Born and raised in Duluth, I started both my family and career in the classroom there. I married my husband Peter and moved to the Twin Cities, Blaine specifically to raise my family. I have two children Ben (27) and Ailee (23) who grew up here in the north metro. For over 30 plus years I have been in pre-k, kindergarten and elementary classrooms where I have grown my passion for teaching and supporting the young children in my classroom. In my spare time I love to spend time in my garden, cook and bake for friends and family and go for walks with my dog Angus! I am excited to be a part of the Goddard School Community
  •  Lynn

    Lynn

    Lead Teacher
    After 20+ years working in the banking industry, I decided to follow my heart by working in Childcare. I have worked with infants through preschoolers for 7 yrs. each age is special and i easily fall in love with the children i teach. My favorite age is infants, I just love to hear them giggle! I earned my Early Childhood Education Certificate from Rasmussen college. I am a proud mom of two with a great "hubby" and a sweet chihuahua, I absolutely love the Vikings and grew up Listening to Prince. I also love bowling with the best friends ever!
  • Ms Katelyn

    Ms Katelyn

    Aide
    I’ve always enjoyed spending time with children I spend a lot of my time nannying and babysitting. My mother and sister both worked in childcare, and I am now passionately following in their footsteps. I attended Northwestern university of St. Paul majoring in Music education. In my spare time i enjoy singing, dancing, and traveling.
  • Ms Izabella

    Ms Izabella

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Bella is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at the University of Northwestern. She enjoys working with children, and has spent a large part of her career with Pre-Kindergarten ages. Assisting children with handwriting, reading, and creativity are her favorite passions in the classroom! In her spare time, Ms. Bella enjoys reading, drinking coffee, and traveling!
  •  Maren

    Maren

    LEAD TEACHER
    Hello! My name is Maren (Mah-ren) and I am thrilled to be part of the team at Goddard! I live in Blaine with my fiancée and four year-old daughter. We like to spend time together playing Barbie, doctor, reading stories, and going to swimming lessons. When I’m not being a mom, I enjoy my time with my parents and sisters playing games and watching movies. My fiancée and I like to take long walks… mostly around Target. Every other weekend you can find me taking photos at the JCPenney Portrait Studio capturing memories for families and friends of all kinds. I felt my calling as a teacher when I was young and spent about 6 years in college pursuing it (and still working on it). I came into childcare because I enjoy the connections I can make on a daily basis with each child and their family.
  •  Dehlia

    Dehlia

    Aide
    Hi my name is Dehlia, and I recently graduated from Blaine High School in 2022. I am currently a sonography major at St. Cloud. I have been active in early childhood education for the past four years in various positions from ages infant through kindergarten. I enjoy going shopping and hanging out with my friends. I live in Blaine with my family and our dog Leia.
  •  Crystal

    Crystal

    Aide
    I am a fairly new resident of Minnesota from California where I was born and raised. I have three wonderful children. During my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and kids and exploring what this wonderful state has to offer. A goal of mine is to start a food business and offer delicious Mexican food. Another goal of mine is to become an elementary teacher. My favorite movie is "The Notebook". My favorite foods are sushi, Chinese food and Mexican food.
  •  Shaia

    Shaia

    Aide
    Hi, my name is Shaia. I am a mother of four boys. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my little family and watching movies. I also enjoy exploring places I have never been, such as new restaurants, cafes, malls, etc. Growing up I wanted to be a teacher and I just like being around kids. I want to be able to make an impact on their life and watch them grow. My favorite thing about teaching is that I get to see kids expand their way of thinking and how curious they are.
  • Ms Kennedy

    Ms Kennedy

    Teacher Aide
    Ms. Kennedy is currently getting her degree in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University’s online program. She has been working with kids of all ages for 10 years. She is a teacher aide and especially loves the preschool age group. In her free time, she loves going to the cabin in the summer, hanging with friends, and playing with her puppies. She is thrilled to be a part of the Goddard Blaine team!
  •  McKayla

    McKayla

    Assistant Teacher
    Hi! My name is Ms. McKayla! I grew up in and continue to live in Blaine with my parents, two brothers, sister, our two dogs and three cats. I attended North Dakota State University after graduating high school in 2018. I’ve always had a passion for children and caring for others, and decided to go to school to be an educator. I started working in Early Childhood Education in 2023, and am loving working with the toddlers. When I’m not at work, I’m typically at home or with my boyfriend, playing video games, creating art, crocheting, or enjoying nature. I’m so excited to get to know the families and kids at Goddard!
  •  Anastasia

    Anastasia

    Lead Teacher
    I have a passion for teaching and have worked over 10 years in childcare! I teach all about peace, love and happiness, and the core values! CARING, RESPONSIBILITY, HONESTY, and RESPECT. Other than teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, relaxing in a hammock, or playing softball. I am so excited to be a part of the Goddard family and working with the PreK children.
  •  Lucy

    Lucy

    lead Teacher
    Hi, my name is Lucy Cheng. I have a family of 10 and we all live here in Minnesota. I was born in California and moved here when I was seven years old. I studied Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. I've always enjoyed working with children since high school and my passion started there. I have more than four years of experience. Some interests of mine are reading, travelling, spending time with family and friends, and more. I enjoy building a relationship and making an impact on young children's lives each day.
  •  Carol

    Carol

    Aide
    I am from the Iron range. I come from a small town. I have been around younger kids pretty much my whole life. Kids are definitely a huge part of my life. I am planning on furthering my education for early childhood. My hobbies outside of kids, are being outside and going on adventures. Fun fact about me I moved out of my parents house the day I graduated.
  •  Kim

    Kim

    Aide
    Hello! My name is Kim and I am very excited to join the Goddard Family! A little about myself; I was born in Vietnam and moved to Minnesota when I was three years old. I graduated High School in Roseville and went on to complete my Bachelors Degree in Human Resources Development at the University of MInnesota. I have an 11 month old daughter named Violet, a dog named Frank, and a cat named Rose. In my free time I enjoy traveling, cheering for the Vikings, exploring new places to eat around Minnesota, and spending time on the lake in the summertime. I look forward to meeting everyone and making new friends at The Goddard School!
  •  Alejandra

    Alejandra

    Aide
    Hello my name is Mayra Alejandra, I’m a mom to a 3 year old Girl (Olivia). My favorite hobby is having her model for our favorite children’s boutique you’ll find us there every weekend. During the summer we are always outside we love exploring every park that is around. We also have a pug and she is 1 year old and she is the best friend for our daughter (Olivia). I love kids, I have worked with young children in the past and I was a nanny for two amazing families this past summer. I’m so excited to see what the future holds for us here at Goddard!
  •  Hoziane

    Hoziane

    Aide
    Hi, my name is Hoziane. I am from Rwanda but I currently live in Blaine with my husband Olivier . I graduated from Adventist University of Central Africa (AUCA) in 2017. I have always worked with children in various ways such as helping my sisters & aunties with their kids, church nurseries, and infant/toddler groups. It has always been my passion. I love seeing children learn new things and the excitement that it brings. I have one beautiful daughter Jael. We love to sing and dance during our free time, and we love to go explore outdoors, taking walks. My goal is to one day become a professional teacher!
  •  Amber

    Amber

    Assistant Teacher
    Hi everyone! My name is Amber and I’m very excited to be joining the Goddard family. I grew up in Andover Minnesota and I have lived there my whole life. I have been working in a childcare setting for about 5 years now, and I love being able to enjoy the silliness they bring in each day. I’m currently working towards a degree in dental assisting at Hennepin Tech, and hope to work in pediatrics. In my free time I enjoy staying busy, being outdoors year round, and trying anything new. I look forward to meeting all the families and being able to help their children grow each and every day!
  •  Cayla

    Cayla

    Lead Teacher
    Hello my name is Cayla, I’m excited to be part of the amazing Goddard family. I have a love for teaching and learning. I have been working with children for about 8 years now. I currently live in Zimmerman where I grew up. I currently have a degree in child and adult care education and paraprofessional from St. Cloud Technology and Community College. I am currently going back to school at Southwest State University for Early Childhood Education (birth-3rd grade). My ultimate goal is to become a kindergarten teacher. On my little bit of free time I have being in school full time and working full time, I enjoy hang out with my friends and family and watching hockey. Also on my free time I enjoy being outdoors no matter what time of the year.
  •  Sabrina

    Sabrina

    Aide
    Hello, my name is Sabrina Chanthamontry and I graduated from Blaine High School. In my free time I enjoy traveling, reading, hiking, biking, walking, running, and playing tennis. I also enjoy watching movies, going to concerts and trying new foods and drinks. My favorite music genres are K-pop and American pop. In the future I plan to continue my education with the goal of eventually becoming a preschool teacher.
  •  Beth

    Beth

    Lead Teacher
    Hi my name is Beth! I have two sons that are 11 and 15-years old, that keeps me very busy. I have been a preschool teacher for the past 18-years. I also work part time as a PCA. Raising my niece at a young age made me realize I wanted to work in childcare. I have always felt like I was connected with children. I love watching the children learn new things every day. I also love building meaningful connections with them so they are excited to come and learn, and have fun while doing it. I enjoy doing DIY projects, refinishing furniture and thrift shopping with my girlfriends and family. I spend a lot of time with my son’s and I am very active in the sports they play. We spend a lot of time at the batting cages practicing for baseball. I am so happy and excited to be part of the Goddard team!
  •  Samantha

    Samantha

    Teacher
    Hi, I’m Sami and I graduated college for Early Childhood Education by earning my Associates Degree. I have been working in the field for almost 8 years now as different roles such as a lead teacher, Assistant Director, and a Director. I stepped down from being apart of management due to missing making an impact on each child, which starts in the classroom as well as having more flexibility with being with my family at home. I enjoy being a momma to my daughter Luna and spending time with our family by going to baseball games (Go Twins!), road tripping to different places, antiquing, and being outside! During my free time, I like to read and participate in different reading clubs as well as writing book reviews! I cant wait to start this journey here at Goddard and can’t wait to grow relationships each one of you.
  • Ms Sarah

    Ms Sarah

    Lead Teacher
    Hi, my name is Sarah and I have always had a passion for working with children. I have a family of 4, with Justin, our 7 year old Layla and our new miracle baby Lily who was born in August. We enjoy being outside going on walks to the park and during the summer you will find us at the beach almost daily. On Saturday nights we will be watching UFC and Sunday is football day in our household. I have been working in childcare for 13+ years now and am so excited to become part of the Goddard family!
  •  Sylvia

    Sylvia

    Lead Teacher
    My name is Sylvia Le, I reside in Blaine, Minnesota. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Child Psychology. In 1993 I started teaching at St. Paul Public Schools. I taught 1st and 2nd graders and and also taught ESL to Vietnamese immigrants. In 2013 I received Minnesota certification as a medical interpreter in Vietnamese and worked as a medical interpreter at Minnesota Language Connection. In 2022 I joined Vietnamese Social Services as a community Program/Engagement Coordinator. I enjoy reading, storytelling, tutoring my nephews, exercising, outdoor activities, and cooking for families and friends. I would like to express my gratitude to be given the opportunity to join the Goddard family.
  •  Jasmine

    Jasmine

    Assistant Teacher
    Hello! I’m Ms. Jasmine and I am from Blaine, Minnesota. I graduated from Blaine High school in 2020, and I have been working in early childhood education for about 3 years. I have always loved being around children and have a true passion helping young learners progress in all areas of their development. I come from a pretty big family, I have 6 younger sisters and a younger brother. Growing up, I spent a lot of time around my siblings and gained a strong sense of experience in a variety of different age groups. Outside of teaching, I am a cheerleading coach for Blaine High school and Roosevelt middle school. I spend most of my free time with my family, my boyfriend, and my dog, Aurora!
  •  Riann

    Riann

    Aide
    Hello my name is Ria. I currently live in Monticello with my 2-year old daughter and my fiancé. In my free time I enjoy baking and watching Grey's Anatomy. My family and I really enjoy getting outside especially when it’s warm, or we also enjoy spending the day watching Miss Rachel!
  •  Samantha

    Samantha

    lead Teacher
    My name is Samantha, I live in Ham Lake with my boyfriend Taylur and my dog River. I graduated with my AA degree at Lake Superior College. I grew up on a farm in Willow River, MN. I enjoy reading, watching movies, cooking, and going on hikes with my dog. I got into teaching by beginning as an aide at a different classroom and really fell in love with the creativity that comes from being a preschool teacher. My favorite thing about teaching is watching the children make connections and seeing their knowledge really grow.
  •  Sophie

    Sophie

    Lead Teacher
    Hi! My name is Sophie, I grew up in Ramsey Minnesota and I have 3 older sisters and a younger brother, and my cat Iris. I graduated high school in 2019 and I have been attending The University of Kansas to pursue a degree in exercise science. I have always enjoyed working with children, it truly is such a blessing watching them grow each day and seeing them smile! In my free time I enjoy being outside, frisbee golfing, reading, cooking, and watching sports and going to sporting events. Outside of working at Goddard, I also work as a swim instructor. I am so excited to join this amazing family at Goddard!
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