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. 

  • Ms Lea

    Ms Lea

    On-Site Owner
    As a mother of two my choices are very personal. Both of my daughters have graduated from Goddard and are now in school. There's an amazing amount of trust extended when you choose a school, and I am passionate about the quality of the experience your child receives. I constantly verify that the teachers attitudes and skills exceed your expectations. We are your child's first school and set the tone for their future love of learning, and take that quest personally. Lea has a BA of Fine Arts degree from UNC-Charlotte and received her Director Level 3 Certification in Early Childhood shortly after. Lea has been involved in Early Childhood Education since 2000, both as a Teacher and Director. Lea has owned the Goddard School in Cary since 2016.
  •  Stacey

    Stacey

    Operations Director
    I am a level 3 administrator in North Carolina. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education along with 14 years of experience. My experience working in Early Childhood Education began in 2008 as an assistant teacher. I believe in high quality preschool and my ultimate goal is to always have a positive and safe environment for all students to learn and grow in. I love being a part of shaping so many lives and truly believe teachers and all leaders of preschool change the world. I am a mother of a 12 year old daughter, and 11 year old step daughter. I am a huge animal lover. I have 2 huskies currently that along with my children are my whole world. My favorite childhood author is Eric Carle.
  •  Karen

    Karen

    Education Director
    Hi! My name is Karen. I am the Educational Director. I have been employed with The Goddard School since 2017. I started out as an Assistant teacher and quickly moved to lead teacher. A few year later I was promoted to Assistant Director. I maintained this position for a little over a year and then was promoted to Educational Director. I hold a bachelor's degree in Recreation and Leisure studies. I also continued my education in Early Childhood and with that I became a level 3 director. I always pride myself on taking the time to get to know every family and child in our school. Building relationships and gaining the trust from families and children is my first priority. My hobbies include walking, reading, and spending time with my family. I also love a good football game! Go Titans!!! My favorite children's book is "Are you my mother?"
  • Ms Monica

    Ms Monica

    Assistant Director
    Hi! My name is Monica, and I am the Assistant Director here at The Goddard of Cary. I have a completed Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education making me a level 2 administrator in North Carolina. I am also Certified by the North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals. I have been working in Early Childhood Education since 1999. I have have been with Goddard of Cary since 2001. My favorite children's book is, "The Giving Tree" by: Shel Silverstein. I love this book because it teaches about unconditional love and giving. In my free time, I really enjoy spending time with friends and family. I am also a foodie and love to experience food from all over the world.
  •  Daiza

    Daiza

    Preschool 1 Lead Teacher
    Hi, My name is Daiza. I recently relocated here from Atlanta. I am originally from Oklahoma. I aspire to be a family therapist, and feel that my work with children in preschool will help me to connect on a level with children to better my goals as a therapist. I have 3 years of experience working with preschoolers. I have completed a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Education with a minor in psychology and an associates in general studies. I love to dance, write/journal, and get to know people. My favorite children's book is "Green Eggs and Ham".
  •  Daniela

    Daniela

    Preschool 2 Lead Teacher
    Hi! My name is Ms. Daniela. I recently moved to North Carolina from NYC. I have a completed Bachelor's degree in international criminal justice and I have credits towards my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been working with children for 7 years and I have found my passion with teaching. I am very creative and I really love to bring hands on, engaging, creative activites into the classroom for my students. I am dedicated to providing a positive learning environment for all students. Building relationships with families is very important to me and consistent communication is key!
  •  Diedre

    Diedre

    Pretoddler Lead Teacher
    Hello, my name is Ms. Diedre and I am the Lead Pretoddler teacher. I recently relocated from Davie, Florida. I have over 12 years of experience with children. My passion is to create art that can be used for therapeutic imagination. I believe that children should be given the ability to become independent by setting limits with praise. In recent past, I’ve taken a teacher substitute class at Miami Dade Community College in Miami, Florida. To add, I am currently taking classes to obtain my Early Childhood Education degree. I love being surrounded around children because of their curiosity, imagination, and creativity. My focus is to provide a fun and educational interaction to keep a child engaged and develop an eagerness to learn. My favorite children’s book is “Love You Forever” written by Robert Munsch. I enjoy outdoor activities, the theatre, yoga, baking healthy snacks, listening to music, and dancing
  •  Harsha

    Harsha

    Pre-k 1 Lead Teacher
    Hi! My name is Harsha and I am the Lead teacher in Pre-k 1. I have Harsha a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and a Master's in Communications plus credit hours in Early Childhood Education. My philosophy on teaching is to create a positive and joyful environment so that the children will feel safe and secured which would encourage the child to learn and explore. Being with children excites me about teaching. I love to help children learn and explore which will help them create a bright future. My favorite children's book is "Llama Llama Loves to Read" written by Anna Dewdney. I love the way that it introduces children to books and reading.
  •  Laurie

    Laurie

    Toddlers Lead Teacher
    Hi, my name is Laurie. I have one child of my own whom is grown now. I have worked with children for 30 plus years. I just recently moved from Iowa, where I ran my own in home facility. I moved to NC to be closer to my daughter. I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. My favorite things to do are hiking, reading, and writing. My favorite children's books are "I will Always Love you", and "The Giving Tree". I love animals and nature and a good snow storm!
  •  Melissa

    Melissa

    Get Set Lead Teacher
    Hi! My name is Melissa, and I am the lead Get Set teacher. I am originally from the Dominican Republic. I have three daughters and one granddaughter. I have been a teacher for 25 years with 5 of those years being right here at Goddard. I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology. I love to walk on the greenways in Cary and through the beautiful parks. I am a native Spanish speaker and really enjoy bringing a second language into the classrooms. I am also known as the "Potty Training Guru" here at Goddard. My favorite children's books are all of David Shannon's collections.
  •  Sarah

    Sarah

    Preschool 2 Co-Lead Teacher
    Hi! My name is Sarah and I am the Lead toddler teacher. I love working with children of all ages. I was a nanny for 25 years and have worked in the early childhood education field for 5 years. I have a bachelor's degree in Recreation, parks, and tourism and sociology from UNCG. I am also currently enrolled in EDU classes to further my education in teaching. I love to read, volunteer at the zoo, spend time with friends and family, and spend time outdoors with my Corgi. My favorite children's book is "Rainbow Fish".
  •  Ashley

    Ashley

    First Steps Lead Teacher
    Hi, my name is Ashley. I am very ambitious and driven in all that I do. I thrive on challenge and constantly set goals for myself. As a teacher, I am always looking for ways to better myself. I have been working with children for 5 plus years. I have a completed CDA and am currently enrolled to obtain an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I love cooking, shopping, and painting. My favorite children's book is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".
  •  Caroline

    Caroline

    Infant 1 Assistant Teacher
    Hi! My name is Caroline. I started out as an assistant first steps teacher and then worked my way down to infants whereI have found my passion! I previously taught Kindergarten in the Philippines and felt as though I found my love to work with and care for children. I have a completed degree in tourism and accounting. I am working on furthering my education in Early Childhood Education. Outside of work, I love to spend time with my family.
  •  Fawn

    Fawn

    Pre-k 2 Assistant Teacher
    Hi, my name is Fawn. I have always loved children and have dreamed of being a teacher since I was little. Through my past experience, I have volunteered with different organizations working with children. I am very excited to finally have the opportunity to teach! I have a Bachelor's degree from UNCP in English with Literary Studies Emphasis. I love to dance, read, watch movies, travel, and spend time with family. My favorite children's book is "Where the Wild Things Are".
  •  Jaime

    Jaime

    Preschool 1 Assistant Teacher
    Hi! My name is Jaime. I have lived all over the state of North Carolina. I grew up in Raleigh and then moved to the coast for 18 years, the mountains for 12, and now I am back in the Triangle. I have a 9 year old son and lost my husband to cancer in 2019. In my past I worked with the children at my church's vacation bible school every summer for many years. I also assisted my sister with coordinating children's programs and loved working with the kids. I have a completed Associate of Arts degree from Haywood Community College. I am 3 classes away from my bachelor's degree. My favorite place to be is outdoors. I like hiking, kayaking, swimming, and adventure!
  •  Kayla

    Kayla

    Pre-toddler Assistant Teacher
    Hi, my name is Kayla. I am originally from Bronx, New York. I moved to NC when I was 8. I have a big family that consists of 6 girls in total. Since I was 10 I have babysat an loved working with children. For the past 4 years I cared for my younger sister daily while my parents worked. I am currently attending Wake Tech and majoring in Early Childhood Education. I am excited to continue to strengthen and grow in my Early Childhood skills. My hobbies include cleaning, cooking, taking walks, photography, and spending time with my family. My favorite Children's book is "It's Okay to be Different" by: Todd Parr.
  •  Roshanak

    Roshanak

    Infant Floater
    Hello! My name is Roshanak, but I go by Rosha. I am the Infant 1 and 2 Assistant/Floating Teacher. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Clinical Psychology. I have worked in Early Childhood Education since 2008.My favorite subject to teach is science. I enjoy giving the children freedom in the learning processes. I believe that this allows for independence and happiness for every child.
  •  Sierra

    Sierra

    Floater
    Hi, my name is Sierra. I just moved to North Carolina from the US Virgin Islands a year ago. I have worked with children during summer camp many summers. I have had great experiences with children of all ages. I am very excited to continue my career in preschool! My favorite thing to do is creating glass paintings. I have been making glass paintings for 2 years now. My favorite Children's book is "The Rainbow Fish".
  •  Stephanie

    Stephanie

    Morning Floater
    Hi, my name is Stephanie. I am a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 6! I am originally from New York and moved to Cary in 2001. I have been working with children for over 20 years. I started as an elementary school teacher and then ventured over to the preschool world where I worked in an inclusive classroom with children with special needs. I have a completed Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Elementary Education. My favorite things to do are reading, hikinh, completing puzzles, and cooking. My favorite Children's book is "Owl Babies" by Martin Wydell.
  •  Ying

    Ying

    Infant 1 Lead Teacher
    Hi, my name is Ying. I am currently a student attending Durham Tech majoring in Early Childhood Education. I love to work with and be around children. In my past, I lived in China and was an assistant teacher working with children aged 4-5. I have a completed Bachelor's degree and am currently working on my second Associates degree. My hobbies include clycling, music, and photography. My favorite children's books are the Harry Potter series.
  •  Maria

    Maria

    Lead Kitchen
    Hi! I am Maria and I work in the kitchen. My favorite part of my job is being able to form relationships with all of the children in our school. I also have the opportunity to work with different teachers. I am fluent in both English and Spanish. I have 7 children of my own ranging from 2 1/2 to 18 years old. I am currently pursuing courses in Early Childhood Education to further my knowledge of the growth and development of preschool aged children. My favorite children's books are the Pete the Cat series.
  •  Jean

    Jean

    Lead Pre-k 2 Teacher
    Hi! My name is Jean. I moved to Cary in 2012 to be closer to my daughter and son in law. I have 2 dogs, 1 fat cat, and a guinea pig named spike. I started my teaching career in a small playschool working with a Kindergarten teacher. This experience started my 24 year teaching career. I have taught pre-k through 8th grade during my teaching career. I received by Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Southhampton College, and a Master's degree in English Literature from Queen's College. My favorite things to do include swimming, yoga, gardening, walking my dogs, reading, hiking, cooking good food, and spending time with my family and friends. My favorite children's book is all fairy tales, great picture books, and CS Lewis.
  •  Alisha

    Alisha

    Get Set Asssitant Teacher
    Hi! My name is Alisha. I am an assistant teacher in the Get Set classroom. I consider myself to be a loving, caring, and funny person. I really enjoy bringing in my positive attitude to the children and creating a postive learning environment. I love children! I do not have any children of my own, but I do have 10 siblings! I also have 4 dogs. I have worked in the preschool industry for 7 years with all ages. I have a completed AAS Degree in Early Childhood Education a well as an AAS in Hospitality and tourism. My favorite things to do include traveling, watching movies, go shopping, and spending time with my friends and family. My favorite children's books are "The Rainbow Fish", "Corduroy", "The Bad Case of Stripes", and "The Day the Crayons Quit".
  •  Daniya

    Daniya

    Toddlers Assitant Teacher
    Hi! My name is Daniya and I am the assistant toddler teacher here at The Goddard School. I have 4 1/2 years of experience working with children and greatly enjoy shaping all of the children into little people. I really love knowing all of the children in the school. I just graduatedwith a bachelor's degree in psychology from William Peace University. I also plan to transfer afterwards to receive my master's degree at NC State University. I love to cook and do hair! My favorite children's books are The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Impatient Caterpillar, and Chika Chika Boom Book.

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