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. 

  •  Nicole

    Nicole

    Owner
    Brant and Nicole Dennis are the owners of The Goddard School of Minnetonka. Nicole, the onsite owner, graduated from Bethel University with her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She went on to receive her Master’s of Education from St. Mary’s University. She taught in the elementary classroom in the Robbinsdale Area School District for 20+ years. Nicole is excited to continue to educate children, connect with families, and lead a team of amazing staff at the Goddard School of Minnetonka. Brant graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Finance degree and is employed at Landscape Structures (LSI). LSI builds playgrounds and therefore this school will be equipped with 2 high-quality, fun playgrounds! As parents of 3 small children, they know the importance of creating a trusting, nurturing, safe, and high-quality program to all families in the Minnetonka and surrounding communities.
  •  Jaiden

    Jaiden

    Director of Operations
    Jaiden has been in the Early Childhood Education field since 2010. Throughout her experience she has spent time as a preschool teacher, Assistant Director, and Director. She has been a member of the Minnesota Childcare Association since 2018. As a member, she's visited the Minnesota state capital to discuss relevant early education topics and advocacy with policy members and state leaders along with attending yearly meetings with colleagues to discuss advancements in the Early Childhood Education field. She loves her career in Early Childhood because every day with little learners presents a new adventure! She has 3 young boys of her own and as a family they love to spend time outdoors, have Chipotle movie nights and take road trips. She is so happy to be a part of the Goddard School of Minnetonka family and looks forward to watching your children grow and learn during their educational journey here!
  •  Allison

    Allison

    Assistant Director
    Allison has an associate degree in Business Management with emphasis in child development. She has been teaching at a Goddard School for 2012. Most of those years were teaching in infants, but she also spent time in toddlers and young preschool. She believes that children need a safe and nurturing environment where children can explore and learn from their surroundings. She is excited to be a part of the Goddard School of Minnetonka! As a mother of two boys, she loves watching them learn and grow so much during their journey at a Goddard School.
  •  Anny

    Anny

    Kitchen Manager
    Ms. Anny is a Culinary Arts Technician who has most recently worked at Lord Fletchers. She moved to Minnesota from Venezuela in 2017 with her two boys. While living here she's enjoyed learning a new language and a new culture. She likes to travel and learn new cultures while also meeting new people. Along her travels she's visited Shanghai, Panama, Santo Domingo, New York and San Diego! Ms. Anny also loves to cook and bake. She's chosen a career in this field because it gives her the opportunity to nurture the generation of tomorrow!
  •  Joann

    Joann

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Joann has worked in Early Childhood Education since 2015. She has cared for children ranging in ages six weeks to five years. Joann received her Child Development Associate credential in 2019. Working in this field is such a joy for her. She loves seeing children's imaginations emerge and seeing the wonder in their eyes as they learn new things. She is excited to show our littlest learners how wonderful the world can be!
  •  Kelsey

    Kelsey

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Kelsey went to school for Emergency Medicine and has worked in a hospital along with various other health care settings. She has been working with young children, adolescents and special needs students for 18 years! In her free time she enjoys being outside, attending social events and spending time with her family!
  •  Kellie

    Kellie

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Kellie has been working with children for since 2017. Her favorite children's book is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", she also enjoys reading the Arthur series books. She chose to work with children because she loves seeing them learn, grow and accomplish their goals!
  •  Ana

    Ana

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Ana came to the United States in 2001 and began her education within the Hopkins school district where she graduated in 2008. After graduating she spent many years working in various customer service positions until she found a career within early childhood education. She started in ECE at a spanish immersion preschool where she fell in love with teaching young children. Her favorite part about working with little ones is that everyday presents a new experience!
  •  Tia

    Tia

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Tia began her love for teaching at the age of 18 and was given the privilege to lead her own classroom after 6 months of working in the field. She soon moved to California where she worked with students from infancy to school age. She has an associates degree in child and adolescent education where she on the President's list for multiple semesters. She chose the field of Early Childhood Education as she's always had a passion for teaching, and because she wants to make a difference in the lives of children and their families. In her free time Katia likes to hike and enjoy nature as well as painting and traveling!
  •  Christine

    Christine

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Christine holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Vermont. Christine grew up in Maine where she developed a love for outdoors. She enjoyed five years working as a park interpreter within the Vermont State Parks. She then moved onto working for three years as a 3rd and 4th grade public school teacher. After teaching, Christine and her husband along with their dog Maisy moved to Minnesota for a new adventure. Christine's favorite thing about teaching preschool is supporting the children and building a positive classroom environment. Her favorite children's book is, "Wemberly Worried" by Kevin Henkes. She is excited to work here at Goddard in our preschool program!
  •  Kenzie

    Kenzie

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Kenzie has worked in the early childhood field since 2019. During her career she has worked as an aide, teacher's assistant and center-wide closing staff. Her favorite part about working with young children is being able to comfort and nurture children while they're in her care!
  •  Cheron

    Cheron

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Cheron attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College and received her associate's degree in early childhood education. She has worked in various school settings as a lead teacher since 2017 and is excited to bring her experience to Goddard Minnetonka! She truly loves her career in ECE and wants to continue to grow along her journey as an educator. Her passion is teaching our future doctors, lawyers and essential workers! She has a three-year-old son and together they love to spend time reading books, playing at the park and staying active. Their favorite story to read together is, "Goodnight Moon"!
  •  Laura

    Laura

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Laura graduated from Maple Grove Highschool in 2021 and is now pursuing her Elementary Education degree at Bemidji State. She chose to work in the childhood development because she enjoys watching children make new connections while learning. She has always wanted to provide a safe nurturing space for children to be themselves and is excited to do that through teaching at Goddard!
  •  Abby

    Abby

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Abby holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She has been working with children since 2011. Abby's father was an elementary school principal and her grandfather was an arts professor. Teaching has always been a big part of her life and she looks forward to continuing her career here at Goddard! Her favorite children's book is, "Those Can Do Pigs". In her free time, Abby loves to spend time painting, drawing baking and knitting!
  •  Autumn

    Autumn

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Autumn has been working with young children since 2015. She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in early childhood education with a minor in Child Psychology. Autumn has always loved children and grew up knowing she would one day become a teacher. Her favorite thing about the early education field is forming connections with children and their families while watching her students learn and grow!
  •  Ashley

    Ashley

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Ashley is currently attending Century College with a major in psychology. She has worked in early childhood education since 2014. Ashley believes that working with children is her calling! Her favorite part about working with young children is getting to help each child in her care reach developmental milestones. Her favorite children's book series is, "Pete the Cat". In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children, online shopping and spa days!
  •  Jessica

    Jessica

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Jessica attended the University of Arizona where she received a bachelor's degree in art with a minor in creative writing. She chose to begin working in the early childhood education field because of the amazing life lessons that she's learned through spending time with young children. Jessica believes that children are full of an abundance of joy and happiness that transfers into her life! Her favorite children's game is "Mouse Trap" which she played with her family as a child often!
  •  Lydia

    Lydia

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Lydia has been working in early childhood education since 2019. She has spent time with children 6 weeks old through 10 years old. When she began working in the field, she immediately fell in love with building bonds with each child and watching them blossom into their personalities. She recently moved to the cities from Mankato, and she is thrilled to continue her work with children here at Goddard! She loves to play music in the classroom and read stories to her students. Her favorite children's book is, "Oh, The Places You Will Go".
  •  Samia

    Samia

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Sami has been working with young children since 2018. She considers herself to be a very responsible and dedicated individual. Sami aims to be the reason why children want to learn more about the world around them. Her favorite children's book is, "Llama, Llama, Red Pajama". She is looking forward to utilizing her skills in creating an environment where children can learn and flourish while here at Goddard!
  •  Milly

    Milly

    High School Teacher Aide/Float
    Ms. Milly is currently a senior in high school. She has always enjoyed being with children and she is very excited to work with the students at Goddard Minnetonka. Every summer Milly volunteers as a camp counselor for her church. She really wants to make a positive impact on children's lives as they grow and does whatever she can to see them smile. In her free time, Milly enjoys playing lacrosse and spending time outside.
  •  Maggie

    Maggie

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Maggie has been working with young children since 2011. She has a bachelor's degree in human development and early childhood education. In the classroom, Maggie loves to finger paint, story time, and spend time with the children doing circle time. She likes to focus on all developmental areas; however, her primary goal is to make sure that each child feels calm, safe, confident, and loved. In her free time, she enjoys going on walks, playing tennis, photography and playing outside with her son!
  •  Sydney

    Sydney

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Sydney has worked in early childhood education since 2011. She has a bachelor's degree in communication studies with a minor in leadership studies. She chose this field because she loves teaching and interacting with children. Her favorite children's book is, "A Bad Case of Stripes". In her spare time, Sydney enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending baseball games, boating and cooking!
  •  Taylor

    Taylor

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Taylor has a bachelor's degree in K-12 instrumental education. She has been working in the early childhood education field since 2022. She lives in Eden Prairie with her partner Levi and their beagle puppy Delilah. She has always had a love for children and holds a special place in her heart for infants! Taylor loves to watch the children's growth and developmental changes during infancy. She has a HUGE passion for the world of music and enjoys children's songs from around the world! In her free time, Taylor likes to play board games, visit the beach and crocheting!
  •  Martha

    Martha

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Martha has been working with young children since 2021. She is originally from Venezuela. She has a marketing degree from Venezuela and she completed her CDA credential in 2023. Her favorite part about working in early childhood education is having an impact on children's lives while watching them grow. In her free time Martha enjoys spending time with her family, reading a good book and spending time in nature!
  •  Sam

    Sam

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Sam has been in the early childhood education field since 2019. She loves working with infants and toddlers because of all the milestones they achieve during that time in their lives. Her favorite children's book is, "Green Eggs and Ham" and her favorite children's song is, "Baby Bumblebee"!
  •  Theo

    Theo

    Lead Float Teacher
    Mr. Theo has worked with children ages 5-12 in the education field since 2018. He has a master's degree in teaching from Augsburg college. He chose to work in early childhood education because he loves spending time helping children expand their skills in all developmental domains. His favorite children's book series is, "The Magic Tree House". In his spare time Theo enjoys watching movies, hanging with friends around Minneapolis, and he's a big foodie!
  •  Jodi

    Jodi

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Jodi began working in early childhood education in 1984. She received her CDA certificate in 2019, while working full-time as a preschool teacher. Throughout her career, Jodi has spent time with children of all ages. Her favorite thing about working with young children is watching the students learn and grow! Jodi's favorite children's book is, "Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom". In her free time she enjoys completing diamond dotz crafts and playing around with her cricut machine!
  •  Asho

    Asho

    Float Teacher Aide
    Ms. Asho is currently pursuing a degree in medicine and childcare. She started working with children in 2020. She's worked with all elementary age groups and adults with disabilities as well. She enjoys working with children because this field is so fun and rewarding!
  •  Francini

    Francini

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Francini has been working with young children since 2012. She is currently pursuing an associate's degree in early childhood education at MCTC. She is a certified birth doula and worked in a hospital for 5 years. During her time as a doula, Francini took a course on client support and strategies for children. The course ignited her passion for children and brought her to choose early education as a new career path.
  •  Sunaina

    Sunaina

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Sunaina has a bachelor's degree in education from M.D. University in Rotak, India. She started working with young children in 2004. Family lives in Eden Prairie with their twin girls. Sunaina loves to talk and play with children and she says they fill her with happiness. Her favorite children's song in Indian is "Mera Lyar Ki".
  •  Theresa

    Theresa

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Theresa has been in the early education field since 1998. She received her infant/toddler program CDA certificate in 2015 from Rasmussen college. Theresa has spent her career as a lead infant teacher and has helped many first time parents on their journey's through parenthood. She is a mother of 3 children and 6 step children along with 7 grandchildren. Theresa loves the early childhood field and wouldn't change her career for anything!
  •  Jayla

    Jayla

    Lead Float Teacher
    Ms. Jayla is currently pursuing her education degree at North Hennepin. She values patience and always open to learning from others. Her favorite story to read as a child was, "The Doll People". During her free time you can catch Ms. Jayla either reading autobiographies or playing Sim 4 adding custom content and modifications.
  •  Vanessa

    Vanessa

    Teacher Aide
    Ms. Vanessa has been working with young children since 2015. She found a love for education when she volunteered at a local elementary school during her senior year of high school. The experience made her realize her passion for working with young, curious minds and after volunteering for two years, she was offered a para position at the school! Vanessa is fluent in Spanish and is learning a bit of Russian as well. She enjoys making children laugh and showing them that engaging in learning can be a blast!
  •  Grace

    Grace

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Grace has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota. She began working with children in 2018 as a float teacher within an infant and toddler program at the YMCA. Grace fell in love with spending time with her students as they met so many milestones during their first years of life. What she enjoys most about early education is how rewarding and fulfilling it is to work with young minds!
  •  Jessica

    Jessica

    Float Teacher Aide
    Ms. Jess comes to Goddard with a background in hospitality. She will be assisting in school-wide in each of our programs. One of the most impactful and important life experiences for Jess was when she became a mother. She has three children of her own and is so excited to spread her love to the students here at Goddard.
  •  Nadia

    Nadia

    Teacher Aide
    Ms. Nadia graduated high school in June of 2023. During her senior year, she was a teacher's assistant in a kindergarten classroom for three months and during that time she found that early childhood education is a field she's passionate about. She loves watching children learn and she's always looking for ways to expand their knowledge. Nadia's favorite thing do to with students is read them books. Through reading books, she's found that students begin to express interest in letters and vocabulary. Her favorite children's book is, "Goodnight Moon".
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