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. 

  •  David

    David

    Owner
    Mr. David and Ms. Valerie have been proud owners of the Goddard School in Matthews since 2019. Mr. David graduated with a Bachelors in Communication and has over a decade of experience in Financial Operations and Relationship Management. Mr. David is proud to have two Goddard graduate children. Mr. David loves football and is a diehard Buffalo Bills fan!
  •  Valerie

    Valerie

    Owner
    Valerie and her husband, David, became the owners of the Goddard School of Matthews in May 2019. Valerie has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, a Master’s in School Administration, is National Board Certified and holds a Certificate in Curriculum & Supervision. Coaching and working with teachers is Valerie’s passion along with seeing children grow socially, emotionally, and educationally.
  • Ms Mikaela

    Ms Mikaela

    General Manager
    Ms. Mikaela is the General Manager at our school and has been with us since August of 2020. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Dramatic Arts. During her time with Goddard, Ms. Mikaela has gotten her Lead Teacher credential and her Early Childhood Administrator credential. Throughout high school she worked at theatrical summer camps which is where she found her passion for working with children. She thoroughly enjoyed being a one-year-old teacher at the school and has loved getting to help the school thrive as the Director of Operations from 2021-2023, and now as the General Manager since Fall 2023. Her favorite children's book is "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?" by Eric Carle because when she was a one-year-old teacher, it was the children's favorite book. It provides great opportunities to learn colors and animals and for children to participate in their reading experience by making animal noises and identifying what is on each page.
  • Ms Virginia-Lynn

    Ms Virginia-Lynn

    Director of Education
    Ms. Virginia is the Education Director at our school and has been at our school since January of 2022. She has been in the Early Childhood Education field since 2013 and got her AA in Early Childhood Education in 2021. Ms. Virginia first started working with young children through summer camps. She was then a nanny for a family of five boys and soon after that was when she began her career in the classroom. Ms. Virginia sees early childhood education as an ever growing field which gave her the passion and drive to pursue her educational goals. She feels that her reputation in working with children and getting her degree are her greatest accomplishments. Ms. Virginia's favorite children's book is "The Rainbow Fish" because she really loves how the feeling and meaning of sharing towards others is portrayed in the book. She also loves the colors and art used to share the story.
  • Ms Kabrina

    Ms Kabrina

    Director of Operations
    Ms. Kabrina is the Director of Operations at our school. She has her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work and she began her Early Childhood Education career in 2019. Ms. Kabrina is originally from Illinois but moved to North Carolina in 2019. She was an infant teacher at a different Goddard school for 1.5 years before coming to join us at the Goddard School of Matthews in June of 2021. She enjoys gardening, refinishing furniture, and doing embroidery in her free time. She has a wonderful family that includes her husband, Kyle, her pup, Ludo, and their son Jeptha! Her favorite children's book is "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein.
  • Ms Brittany

    Ms Brittany

    Administrative Assistant
    Ms. Brittany is an Administrative Assistant for our school and is a Lead Teacher in our Guppies (infant) classroom. She has been at our school since August of 2017. Ms. Brittany is currently enrolled at CPCC pursuing an AA in Early Childhood Education. Her favorite children's book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar as it is one of the many books she reads to her son, Avery, often!
  • Ms Hannah

    Ms Hannah

    Administrative Assistant
    Ms. Hannah is an Administrative Assistant for our school and is a Lead Teacher in our Sharks (PK4) classroom. She has been at our school since February of 2023. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2016 with her bachelors degree in elementary education. Ms. Hannah taught kindergarten and first grade for seven years before deciding to transition into the field of early childhood education this year. She enjoys spending time outside with her family, reading books, and drinking coffee. Ms. Hannah's favorite children's book series is "Pete the Cat" because her son Henry is obsessed with it!
  • Ms Megan

    Ms Megan

    Social Media Coordinator
    Ms. Megan is our school's Social Media Coordinator and is a Lead Teacher in our Stingrays (PK3) classroom. She has been with us since November of 2022. She plans to further her education in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Megan is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Charlotte in 2021. Back home, Ms. Megan was a professional cheerleader for the St. Louis Blues for two years. During her time with the team she was able to attend a variety of charity events hosted by sponsors such as Friends of Kids with Cancer and Girls On The Run. Being in the field of Early Childhood Education lets Ms. Megan bring out her inner child and gives her the opportunity to shape the lives of so many amazing kiddos. Ms. Megan's favorite children's book is "Cordelia" because it encourages children to be whatever and whoever they want to be as long as it makes them happy.
  • Ms Destiny

    Ms Destiny

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Destiny is a Lead Teacher in our Guppies (infant) classroom and has been at our school since September of 2018. Ms. Destiny is currently attending University of Phoenix to obtain a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Destiny's favorite children's book is Dr. Seuss' "Oh, the Places You'll Go" as she believes that the more you read, the more success you'll have and the more places you'll go in your journey of life.
  • Ms Melinda

    Ms Melinda

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Melinda is a Lead Teacher in our Guppies (infant) classroom and has been at our school since July of 2022. After high school she attended Campbell University for two years. When she had her first son, Ms. Melinda became a stay at home mom while taking online classes. In 2021, she had her second son. She is currently in school to get her BS in Business. Ms. Melinda loved being a stay at mom, but is excited to be working in the Early Childhood Education field! Seeing her kids grow everyday is what motivated her jump into this field. She says that nothing compares to being a part of a child's growth and development. Ms. Melinda's favorite children's book is "Chika Chika Boom Boom," because it is a fun way to learn your ABC's and it's her son's favorite!
  • Ms Nayeli

    Ms Nayeli

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Nayeli is an Assistant Teacher at our school and has been with us since November of 2022. Ms. Nayeli is currently getting her Associate's Degree in early childhood education. She loves working with children, especially the one-year-olds, and loves being able to apply what she is learning through her degree into the classrooms each day.
  • Ms Carolyn

    Ms Carolyn

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Carolyn is an Assistant Teacher at our school and has been with us since August of 2023. Ms. Carolyn loves working with children and helping them grow and develop new skills. She sees children's wonder of the world as a beautiful thing and loves to encourage that wonder an curiosity. She has been working with children of many different ages for five years and children never cease to amaze her! Ms. Carolyn wants to continue to grow in the field of early childhood education in the hopes that she can give each child in her care, and herself, a fulfilling educational journey. Ms. Carolyn's favorite children's book is "Winnie the Pooh" because of it's innocent and playful observations of children's behavior.
  • Ms Daisy

    Ms Daisy

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Daisy is a Lead Teacher in our Rainbowfish (one-year-old) classroom and has been at our school since February of 2023. Ms. Daisy has previous experience working in early childhood centers and summer camps. She loves working with children and has fallen in love with the toddlers at our school! Ms. Daisy's favorite children's book is "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss because Sam reminds her of herself when she is trying new foods.
  • Ms Rosalyn

    Ms Rosalyn

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Rosalyn is a Lead Teacher in our Clownfish (two-year-old) classroom and has been with us since May of 2023. Ms. Rosalyn joined the field of early childhood education in 2017 because she has a strong passion for working with children and helping them grow. She has worked with kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students, but the early childhood age groups have her heart. She is a mother who loves to read to children and interact with families. Ms. Rosalyn loves building relationships with the families of the children in her class so they can collaborate to help the children grow and thrive. Ms. Rosalyn's favorite children's book is "I Am Enough." She loves this book because it is about a girl that shows her self confidence and kindness. This is something she wants to help her students achieve everyday.
  • Ms Carmen

    Ms Carmen

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Carmen is an Assistant Teacher in our Clownfish (two-year-old) Classroom and has been at our school since September 2023. She currently studies Medical Synography at South Piedmont Community College. She has always had a passion for teaching, and cannot wait to continue her journey with us here at the Goddard School. She loves spending time traveling and being with her family and friends. Ms. Carmen's favorite book is "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" because it is one that her father and aunt used to help her read.
  • Ms MaKayia

    Ms MaKayia

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. MaKayia is a Lead Teacher in our Jellyfish (two-year-old) classroom and has been at our school since January of 2023. Ms. MaKayia is getting her bachelors degree in social work and has taken some early childhood education courses like EDU119. She has worked with children for over five years now. She loves watching children learn, grow, and gain new information. Ms. MaKayia's favorite children's book is "Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom" because it allows little ones to learn their letters in a playful way.
  • Ms Betsy

    Ms Betsy

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Betsy is a Lead Teacher in our Jellyfish (two-year-old) classroom and has been with us since February of 2023. Ms. Betsy initially entered the field of early childhood education just because she needed a job, but she quickly learned that she has a passion for the field and the she loves getting to work with children and care for them as if they are part of her own family.
  • Ms Meredith

    Ms Meredith

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Meredith is a Lead Teacher in our Stingrays (PK3) classroom and has been with us since March of 2023. Ms. Meredith graduated from High Point University in 2019 with a degree in strategic communication. She has lived in Maryland most of her life but decided to move to Charlotte, NC a few years after graduation. She has always loved working with kids and has a passion for helping them learn and grow. Ms. Meredith's favorite children's book is "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" because her parents would read it to her almost every night when she was a child.
  • Ms Taranja

    Ms Taranja

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. T is a Lead Teacher in our Sea Turtles (PK3) classroom and has been at our school since August of 2010. She has earned an AA in Early Childhood Education. Ms. T has worked in Early Childhood Education since 2008 along with working in Elementary Education (K-5) for 5 years. Ms. T enjoys listening to music, reading and spending time with her boys. Her favorite children's book is "Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs" because it inspires kids to share.
  • Ms Alissa

    Ms Alissa

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Alissa is a Lead Teacher in our Sea Turtles (PK3) classroom and has been at our school since June 2023. Ms. Alissa is currently attending Central Piedmont Community College to obtain her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is originally from from Orlando, Florida but moved to Charlotte, NC in 2019. Ms. Alissa has worked with children in all different capacities over the past five years, but she has fallen in love with being in the classroom. Ms. Alissa loves to get the children in her class excited about learning by bringing things to their level and implementing what interests them. Ms. Alissa’s favorite children’s book series is “Dick and Jane” because her PK3 teacher used to give them to her to read during nap time.
  • Ms Cameron

    Ms Cameron

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Cameron is a Lead Teacher in our Narwhals (PK4) classroom and has been at our school since May of 2022. Ms. Cameron started her journey in early childhood education in 2017 and is currently getting her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is originally from Houston, Texas but moved to NC in 2017. Some fun facts about Ms. Cameron include that she played violin for twelve years and that she has a giant cat named Bert. Ms. Cameron's favorite children's book is "Where The Wild Things Are" because her mom used to read it to her every night before she went to bed.
  • Ms Carolina

    Ms Carolina

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Carolina is a Lead Teacher in our Narwhals (PK4) classroom and has been with us since May of 2023. Ms. Carolina has been working in the early childhood education field for 16 years, including some time working in Montessori schools. She loves to sing and dance and is very passionate about cooking and traveling. Ms. Carolina loves the outdoors and is always excited for a good game of football. Her biggest accomplishment is her son who just turned three and is her whole world!
  • Ms Taylor

    Ms Taylor

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Taylor is a Lead Teacher in our Sharks (PK4) classroom and has been at our school since April of 2021. She has been with Goddard since September of 2019. She got her Associates Degree in Elementary Education in 2019 and is currently working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education through Liberty University. Ms. Taylor is from New York and enjoys playing guitar and traveling. She has two sweet dogs and loves decorating for the holidays! She adores her sweet son and is so happy that he can come to school with her! Her favorite children's book is "Where The Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak.
  • Ms Mekenna

    Ms Mekenna

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Mekenna is a Lead teacher here at our school. She enjoys bouncing around between the older classrooms to support other Lead Teachers in the building. She is originally from South Carolina and moved to Charlotte in 2023. She went to school at Clemson University and got a degree in Criminal Justice. Mekenna continued her education and received a Masters in Forensic Psychology. In 2020 she realized she had a passion for working with children and began working at a childcare facility in SC. She loves getting to see the children grow and learn each day. Ms. Mekenna's favorite children's book is "The Giving Tree" because it teaches us to love and serve one another.
  • Ms Kristi

    Ms Kristi

    Kitchen Manager
    Ms. Kristi is our Kitchen Manager and has been at our school since April of 2022. She has been working with children of all ages for many years. She has spent some time babysitting, participating in Vacation Bible School, and Sunday school. She enjoys cooking and baking and has also been working in restaurants. Her adoration for children and cooking has led her to pursue a new passion in early childhood education. She is looking forward to lots of fun and exciting time spent teaching the children in our school to also have a love for cooking. Her favorite children's book is "Corduroy." She like the lesson that this book is trying to teach children; that everyone deserves to be loved and there is something good to be seen in everyone.
  • Ms Frances

    Ms Frances

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Frances is an Assistant Teacher in our school and has been with us since August of 2022. Ms. Frances was born in Lancaster, SC but grew up in Waxhaw, NC. She is the mother of four grown children. She has three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Before she started working in the early childhood education field in 1990, she was a substitute teacher and bus driver for Union County Schools. She has worked with children all her life and feels like it is her life's calling. She has worked as a Sunday school teacher, received teacher of the year for Idlewild Baptist Child Development Center at the Baptist Teachers Conference, and spent last October out west with her youngest daughter hiking and sight seeing.
  • Ms Linda (Lala)

    Ms Linda (Lala)

    Resource
    Ms. Linda "Lala" is a Resource Teacher at our school and has been with us since June of 2018. She earned her degree from Penn State and McKeeseport Hospital School of Nursing. She has her RN Credentials in Pediatric Trauma Advanced Life Support, Adult Advanced Life Support, is a Certified Nurse, and has 39 years of experience at Emergency ER and Advanced Care. Ms. LaLa has two sons (Andy and Jonathan) and 2 grandchildren (Virginia and Oliver). She enjoys shopping, reading and doing puzzles. Ms. LaLa's favorite children's book is "The Night Before Christmas".
  • Ms Eboni

    Ms Eboni

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Eboni is an Assistant Teacher in our school and has been with us since April of 2022. Eboni is a student at UNC Charlotte majoring in health systems management. She was born in New Jersey. She enjoys working with children and is excited to support them as they grow. In her free time, Eboni likes to listen to music, shop, spend time with her dog and family. Eboni's favorite children's book is "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie."
  • Ms Jenny

    Ms Jenny

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Jenny is an Assistant Teacher in our school and has been with us since January of 2023. Ms. Jenny has has BA in administration and started her journey in the early childhood education field in 2017. She is from Ecuador but moved to NC in 2018. She was a teacher in Quito, Ecuador and enjoyed working with children of different ages. Ms. Jenny enjoys reading, running, and doing outside activities. She loves her family and is excited about her first baby who is on the way! She is thankful everyday for a new day and new opportunities. Ms. Jenny's favorite children's book is "The Day The Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt.
  • Ms Barbara

    Ms Barbara

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Barbara is a Lead Teacher in our Rainbowfish (one-year-old) classroom and has been part of our school since March of 2023. Ms. Barbara has been working with young children since 2020 and has done coursework for early childhood education. She loves to read all kinds of books and believes that reading is a great way to keep imagination alive. When she was younger, Ms. Barbara thought she wanted to be a pediatric doctor until she helped teach her first class for young children back in high school. That experience made her realize that her true passion was teaching. Ms. Barbara's favorite children's book is "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" by Laura Numeroff because it is such a fun and silly book to read!
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