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.


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. 

  •  Brian


    Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Rockhurst University and a Master of Business Administration from The Olin School of Business at Washington University. In careers prior to operating The Goddard School of Lake Norman, Brian SCUBA dived for mussels as an environmental consultant, worked as a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, and worked on Wall Street covering pharmaceutical companies. Brian enjoys greeting families each morning as they arrive at the school and is the proud father of a Goddard School of lake Norman graduate.
  •  Kristen


    Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Family Development from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Kristen has been working at The Goddard School in Cornelius since 2010 and she loves to see the joy and excitement on a child's face when they learn something new. Kristen is mom to a current Goddard student and a Goddard graduate.
  •  Rhonda


    Assistant Director
    Ms. Rhonda is an Assistant Director and holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mitchell Community College, Criminal Justice Associate Degree from Central Piedmont Community College and a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services from Pfeiffer University. Ms. Rhonda has been at our school since 2002 and is the proud Mama of a Goddard graduate. Experience: Rhonda has been working at The Goddard School in Cornelius since 2002.
  •  Brina


    Assistant Director
    Ms. Brina is an Assistant Director and holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from East Stroudsburg University. Brina has more than 10 years experience working with young children and loves working with children because their happiness is so infectious.
  •  Dominique


    Assistant Director
    Ms. Dominique is an Assistant Director and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources and Social Sciences from Dominican College in New York and North Carolina Early Childhood teaching credentials. Dominique taught young children for nearly 10 years before joining our administrative team. She enjoys working with young children because she gets to watch them learn new things daily and creates loving bonds with them.
  •  Angela


    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Angela teaches Pre-K/TK. Ms. Angela has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching at The Goddard School since 2017. She works with kids because she enjoys seeing their little personalities come to life. Ms. Angela loves hearing from parents that her students tell them their teacher is their best friend and loves being included in their prayers. Ms. Angela likes long walks on the beach and coloring.
  •  Courtney


    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Courtney teaches Preschool. She has been teaching for more than 15 years, many of those with the Goddard School. Ms. Courtney feels the children teach her so much and loves listening to the conversations the children have with each other. She gets a lot of satisfaction from observing her student's accomplishments.
  •  Michelle


    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Michelle teaches young Toddlers and is unanimously viewed as wonderful. If the British accent doesn't charm you, Ms. Michelle's Mary Poppins-esque presence with the children will.
  •  Kim


    Ms. Kim helps out throughout the school and primarily with toddlers. Ms. Kim has a Bachelor's Degree in English with a Minor in Education from UNC Charlotte and 40+ years experience working with children. She loves engaging with the young children because of their innocence and honesty and she loves seeing their faces light up when they've accomplished something for the first time. Ms. Kim teaches to make it fun so that kids enjoy coming to school.
  •  Diane


    Ms. Diane teaches in our older Infants classroom and has more than 30 years of teaching experience. Ms. Diane got her start volunteering for Head Start and fell in love with teaching young children. She loves watching children grow up and have their own families. Ms. Diane is mom to three girls including a set of twins.
  •  Heather


    Assistant Teacher
    Ms Heather teaches our First Steps young toddlers and has been teaching for nearly 15 years. Ms. Heather knew she would enjoy teaching even as a child and enjoys watching the children learn, develop, and have fun. You'd never guess the very youthful Ms. Heather is a grandparent.
  •  Jessica


    Floating Teacher
    Ms. Jessica helps out throughout the school. She loves seeing kids be excited about school and creating a fun/safe environment where they can learn and grow.
  •  Debora


    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Debora teaches Transitional Kindergarten/Pre-K and holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mitchell Community College. Debora has been working at The Goddard School in Cornelius since 2004. She loves that she has the opportunity to leave a lasting impression on the children in her class and works daily to ensure the children are getting the best education possible. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing the progress of her students; seeing a child's eyes light up after grasping a new piece of knowledge is priceless
  •  April


    Ms. April teaches in one of our Preschool classrooms and holds a Bachelors' degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Ms. April loves kids, especially their big personalities. She feels she learns as much from them as they do from her. Her favorite parts of teaching are when a child learns something new, when one of the children says "I love you Ms. April", or any time she feels she has made a difference.
  •  Caitlin


    Ms. Caitlin teaches Young Toddlers and is working toward an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Caitlin is incredibly kind to the children in her class and teaches dance in her free time.
  •  Sharon


    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Sharon teaches our Infants. She holds the North Carolina Early Childhood Teaching Credential. Sharon has been working at the Goddard School in Cornelius since 2006. She loves being a part of a child's first months of life and delights in working with the young infants.
  •  Stacy


    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Stacy is an Infant Teacher. She enjoys the opportunity to make a difference in children's lives and loves watching a child's excitement about learning something new.
  •  Theresa


    Floating Teacher
    Ms. Theresa can step into any of or teaching roles and helps throughout the school. She holds an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development from Central Piedmont Community College. Theresa has nearly 20 years of experience working with children of all ages. She loves working with children because it keeps her young at heart.
  •  Jo


    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Jo teaches in our Pre-K/TK program and holds the North Carolina Early Childhood Teaching Credential. Jo has been working at The Goddard School in Cornelius since 2003 but has been working with children since 1988. She is always willing to help in any age group and especially loves to read to the children (almost as much as she loves the beach). Ms. jo makes heavy use of the local library to bring fresh stories to school.
  •  Lauren


    After School Teacher
    Ms. Lauren teaches After School and helps out throughout the school before the school aged kids arrive. Ms. Lauren holds a BFA in Film and Television Production and has her BSAC Credential. Ms. Lauren's favorite part of teaching is helping children learn and grow
  •  Candy


    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Candy teaches our older Toddlers and is working on a BA in Elementary education with a background in social work. Ms. Candy's fun and inspiring relationships with her own teachers convinced her to pursue a career in teaching so she can share those experiences with future generations. When Ms. Candy isn't teaching or doing her own schoolwork, she has more than 75 houseplants keeping her busy at home.
  •  Aliyah


    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Aliyah teaches Toddlers and holds an Associates Degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Aliyah aspires to make a difference in each child's life like her teachers did growing up. She likes challenging the children to think for themselves, be creative, and find their passion.
  •  Tina


    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Tina is a Preschool Lead Teacher and has Early Childhood Education Credentials. Ms. Tina was inspired to teach at an early age because of her 3rd grade teacher's ability to guide students, her fairness, and her "can-do" attitude. Ms. Tina says teaching is really rewarding, especially watching a child learn something new for the first time. Ms. Tina has an identical twin sister and five grown children.
  •  Kelsey


    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Kelsey is a Toddler Teacher and holds an Associates in Early Childhood education and development. Ms. Kelsey loves teaching children, getting to see their little smiles everyday and knowing that she's helping them learn to take on the world.
  •  Lori


    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Lori is a Toddler teacher and holds a BA in Psychology from (U of Col at Boulder) and a MSW (Boston College grad school of social work) and is a NIRE certified play therapist. Ms. Lori has always loved working with young children. As a clinician, she only spent an hour or two a week with each child. As a teacher, she loves being in the classroom with them all day where she feels she can have a bigger impact. Ms. Lori has 3 dogs, a teenage daughter, 4 grown step-children and a grandson.
  •  Tianna


    Ms. Tianna has been teaching for several years and holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development. Ms. Tianna loves watching the children's personalities form and finds the opportunity to be a part of their lives very rewarding. Ms. Tianna says she's so petite, she's the same height as some of the kids.
  •  Hannah


    Ms. Hannah teaches in one of our Toddler classrooms. Ms. Hannah was new to teaching when she joined us in 2023 but has developed into a wonderful teacher. She loves watching the children's growth, hearing what they have to say, and is amazed at all they can do given the right tools.
  •  Cheryl


    Ms. Cheryl teaches in one of our Preschool age rooms and holds a BA in Music Education. Ms. Cheryl had 27 years of teaching experience when she joined us in 2023. Enjoying music classes in high school inspired Ms. Cheryl to teach. She loves seeing children's excitement when they realize they have learned something. Ms. Cheryl began playing guitar at 7 years old has played clarinet and saxophone in bands.
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