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. 

  •  Lisa and Frank

    Lisa and Frank

    School Owners
    Lisa and Frank Cariello are excited to bring The Goddard School to the Apex, Green Level West area. We have been on-site owners of The Goddard School for the past sixteen years. Lisa holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois and spent 16 years as a research and project engineer. Frank is a Meteorologist with a BS degree from Northern Illinois University. He spent 20 years on-air in both television and radio. Arriving in Cary, NC in 2002, we had three children in care at The Goddard School. We understand the peace of mind that a secure, friendly center with great early childhood experiences can bring a family. We opened our first center in 2005 in Apex. While our boys have moved on, we look forward to continuing to bring the Goddard experience to families in Apex and Cary.
  • Ms Kayla

    Ms Kayla

    Director
    Ms. Kayla Johnson leads the Goddard School as Co-Director. Kayla holds a Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Services from East Carolina University and is a Level III Administrator. She is continuing to work towards a Master’s degree in early childhood leadership and program administration through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She joined the Goddard School in September 2020. Ms. Kayla also has experience with the Smart Start agency, helping newly opened centers get ready for licensing and has experience being a home visitor. Kayla started teaching in a preschool setting in 2013. Ms. Kayla believes that the most important thing a teacher can do is teach with love.
  • Ms Darita

    Ms Darita

    Director
    Mrs. Darita Jefferson leads The Goddard School as Co-Director. She holds an Associates Degree from Central Carolina Community College and is a Level II Administrative Credential and over 15 years experience in Early Childhood Education. She joined The Goddard School in March 2021. Rita has been described as "a true early childhood educator" and "a great leader." When she is away from the school, her passion is her family. We are very grateful to have Rita leading our team.
  • Ms Beyke

    Ms Beyke

    Curriculum Coordinator
    Mrs. Beyke leads our administrative team as the curriculum coordinator. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2006 with her Bachelor's Degree in Family Relations and Child Development. Mrs. Beyke has previously worked at Goddard School since January 2007 as a teacher, Assistant Director and Curriculum Director/Coordinator. She loves working with children and teachers to assist in making learning fun for all. She also enjoys learning new styles and ways to implement a variety of resources and curriculum into the classrooms and at home.
  • Ms Meri

    Ms Meri

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Meri is a lead teacher in our Turtles classroom. She holds an Associates in Early Childhood Education from Suffolk County Community College. Ms. Meri joined the Goddard School in August 2021. She has over 20 years of classroom experience with infants and toddlers and has experience as a training coordinator.
  • Ms Diana

    Ms Diana

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Diana is a resource teacher for our infants and toddler classrooms. She has studied early childhood at Sandhills Community College and UNC Central. Ms. Diana has over 32 years of experience and training in early childhood development, including owning her own child care center! Ms. Diana enjoys stimulating the minds of our youngest leaders.
  • Ms Lauryn

    Ms Lauryn

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Lauryn is a lead teacher in the Treefrogs classroom. She joined The Goddard School in July of 2023. Ms. Lauryn holds a Bachelor's in Social Work from Tennessee State University and has previous experience working with toddlers and preschoolers. Ms. Lauryn believes that leading by example is the best way to teach.
  • Ms Daijah

    Ms Daijah

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Daijah is a lead teacher in the Dragonflies classroom. She joins the Goddard School with 2 years of previous child care experience and experience in the public school system. She will be receiving her NC Credentials this fall to further her education. Ms. Daijah enjoys doing arts and crafts and making storytime come to life!
  • Ms Crystal

    Ms Crystal

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Crystal is a lead teacher in the Dragonflies classroom. She joins the Goddard School with 5 years of previous child care experience, including 3 years with the Goddard School. Ms. Crystal continued her education by completing her Early Childhood Credentials. She also has experience teaching in the public school systems for K-5 grade. Ms. Crystal loves to know that she is positively influencing the future!
  • Ms Aniya

    Ms Aniya

    Lead Teacher
    Miss Aniya is a lead teacher in the Woodchucks classroom. She joined the Goddard School in August 2021. She is currently enrolled in courses at her local community college to further her education, including obtaining her NC Early Childhood Education Credentials. Miss Aniya loves to help children grow, learn, and help them understand their feelings.
  • Ms Dominique

    Ms Dominique

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Dominique is lead teacher in the Woodchucks classroom. She joined The Goddard School in july 2023 with previous experience working with preschool ages. She enjoys dancing and singing with her students.
  • Ms Leiah

    Ms Leiah

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Leiah is a lead teacher in our Rabbits classroom. She holds a bachelor's degree in general education from NC State. (Go Wolfpack.) Leiah has had the opportunity to teach toddlers to adults in areas that include Tae Kwon Do and Japanese. Prior to starting in our young toddler class, she spent two years teaching two year old students. Leiah is looking forward to growing as a teacher as her children grow in her class.
  • Ms Alexis

    Ms Alexis

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Alexis is a lead teacher in the Rabbits classroom. She joined The Goddard School in September 2023. She is currently pursuing her Associates in Early Childhood at Wake Technical Community College, as well as having her NC Early Childhood Credentials. Ms. Alexis brings over 2 years of experience working with infants and toddlers.
  • Ms Sadie

    Ms Sadie

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Sadie is a lead teacher in the Bluejays classroom. She is currently pursuing her Associates degree in Early Childhood and hold her NC Early Childhood Credentials. Ms. Sadie joins the Goddard School with over 2 years experience working in the early childhood field and was previously a music teacher. Ms. Sadie enjoys introducing learning through play to her students and fostering healthy development.
  • Ms Keyonia

    Ms Keyonia

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Keyonia (KiKi) a lead teacher in the Bluejays classroom. She holds her Associates in Early Childhood Education from Pitt Community College as well as her NC Early Childhood Credentials. Ms. Keyonia has been working in the Early Childhood field since 2016, with experience in Early Head Start, public schools, early learning centers and administration. Ms. Keyonia became an early childhood educator because she has always had a love for children and loves to help children learn and grow.
  • Ms Tonya

    Ms Tonya

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Tonya is a lead teacher in the Otters classroom. She holds a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Mount Olive. She has over 10 years of experience in the child care field and joined The Goddard School in November of 2020. Ms. Tonya began working in the early childhood field because she loves working with children and enjoys teaching our future leaders.
  • Ms Marnie

    Ms Marnie

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Marnie is a lead teacher in the Otters classroom. Ms. Marnie holds a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Spanish Language and Culture. She has taught elementary school for many years as well as experience with the preschool ages. Ms. Marnie enjoys seeing the smiles and personalities shine of her students.
  • Ms Angelica

    Ms Angelica

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Angelica is a lead teacher in our Woodpeckers classroom. She has ten years of experience in early childhood development and holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Elon University. Ms. Angelica first experience in early childhood development was a high school course. She was instantly drawn to the young students in her class. Once she completed her course, she knew teaching children was what she wanted to do with her life.
  • Ms Camilla

    Ms Camilla

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Camilla is a lead teacher in our Foxes classroom. She has over five years of early childhood care experience. Mrs. Camilla graduated from Wake Technical Community College with an Associates in Arts and most recently graduated from East Carolina University with her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Camilla started in early childhood education because she loves to watch children grow and develop into amazing people.
  • Ms Emma

    Ms Emma

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Emma is lead teacher in the Foxes classroom. She holds a Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire. Ms. Emma joined The Goddard School in September 2023. She brings previous experience teaching Pre-K and was also an ABA tutor. Ms. Emma enjoys providing her students with a safe learning environment to foster their emotional growth.
  • Ms Smita

    Ms Smita

    Lead Teacher
    Mrs. Smita is a lead teacher in the Owls classrooms. She joined The Goddard School in January 2022, with over 15 years of experience teaching Prekindergarten. Mrs. Smita holds a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Mathematics. She also has experience in tutoring for grades K-5th. Mrs. Smita also holds a level 12 certification on the NC Early Care and Education Professional Scale. Mrs. Smita loves to create engaging lesson plans for her children to create a productive learning environment.
  • Ms Tawanna

    Ms Tawanna

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Tawanna is a lead teacher in the Owls classroom. She holds an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and in General Education. She also holds her level II administrative credentials as well as her NC Early Childhood Credentials. Ms. Tawanna joined The Goddard School in August 2023 with over 10 years experience teaching Pre-K.
  • Ms Mia

    Ms Mia

    Resource
    Ms. Mia assists in all of our classrooms but can often be found in our preschool and Pre-k classrooms. She joined The Goddard School in August 2021 with previous experience in the early childhood field and has her Early Childhood Education Credentials. Her passion is to make learning fun while still being educational.
  • Ms Asha

    Ms Asha

    Resource
    Ms. Asha assists all of our classrooms but can often be found in our Pre-Kindergarten and preschool rooms. She holds a Masters of Art in English Literature as well as her NC Early Childhood Credentials. She joined The Goddard School in January 2020 after spending the prior year in early childhood development. Her passion is to make learning fun and her personality lights up the rooms where she is assisting. Favorite Quote: To love others you must first love yourself. -Leo Buscaglia
  • Ms Jasmine

    Ms Jasmine

    Resource
    Ms. Jasmine is a resource teacher for all classrooms, but can be typically found in our infant and toddler classrooms. She joined The Goddard School in September 2023 with previous experience working in a preschool setting. She enjoys watching her students accomplish different milestones and sharing those milestones with the parents.
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