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 Tracy

    Ms Tracy

    Owner/Operator
    Owner - Tracy Brace As a resident of Scotch Plains and a parent of three children, Tracy opened a childcare center to fulfill her personal need for a safe, loving and stimulating preschool environment for her own children, as well as to pursue a rewarding profession where she can have a meaningful impact on the daily lives of children and their families. Tracy earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her MBA at NYU's Stern School of Business. She started her career in financial research. She has been working in early childhood education and operating The Goddard School located in Fanwood, NJ since 2007.
  • Ms Tricia

    Ms Tricia

    Director of Education
    Director of Education – Tricia Ferrara Tricia has more than 15 years of experience working in early childhood. She worked for Gymboree for nine years, first as an Instructor and then as Program Director as well as a Regional Trainer. After a brief period as a Corporate Trainer outside of the childcare industry, Tricia was excited to join a preschool environment working with children and joined The Goddard School located in Fanwood, NJ (near Scotch Plains and Westfield) in December of 2008. Tricia has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Rutgers University. Her expertise in early childhood education and training as well as her vibrant personality has been a huge asset to our school!
  • Ms Sara

    Ms Sara

    Lead Teacher/Quality Assurance Specialist
    Ms. Sara was born and raised in New Jersey and currently resides locally with her two black cats Loki & Thor. She knew from a young age she wanted to be a teacher and to help children learn & grow! She earned her Child Development Associate Credential to assert the most current knowledge in her everyday teaching. She has worked with children ages infant through kindergarten for over fourteen years and has been a part of the Goddard team since 2011. In her free time, she enjoys working out, watching movies, spending time with her family/friends and taking trips to one of her favorite places, Disney World!!
  • Ms Tiffany

    Ms Tiffany

    Lead Teacher/Support Specialist
    Ms. Tiffany graduated from Caldwell University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. After attaining her degree, Ms. Tiffany pursued her Preschool through Grade 3 certificate. Ms. Tiffany has been working in the Early Childhood field for over 20 years. She has worked with children, ages ranging from twelve months to five years. Ms. Tiffany has been working at The Goddard School since it opened in January of 2008. Ms. Tiffany has always wanted to work with children and cultivating young minds is what inspired her to pursue a career in teaching. Ms. Tiffany has a passion for reading and promotes literacy through her lesson plans.
  • Ms Jacquelyn

    Ms Jacquelyn

    Operations Specialist
    Ms. Jackie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance and Psychology from Rider University. She has a true passion for dance and movement and loves teaching to all ages. She especially loves to teach dance to younger students and has been working as a dance instructor and with the preschool age for over 9 years. Ms. Jackie loves working with the preschool age and believes that so much can be taught through movement. While at college, Ms. Jackie conducted a work study on mindfulness and creativity. Results taught her that dancers are some of smartest people she knows. The opportunity to dance teaches a child passion, dedication, discipline, and patience.Ms. Jackie believes that so much can be learned at this young age that will help shape a child’s personality and disposition, she loves to have fun with the children and make every opportunity a learning experience.
  • Ms Carol

    Ms Carol

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Carol graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Kean University. Ms. Carol double majored in Elementary Education and Sociology. Ms. Carol has 35 years of experience working with children ages six weeks through 15 years of age. Ms. Carol loves to spark learning in children through song, creative art projects and sensory explorations. She has two beautiful girls of her own, Cheyenne and Morgan. She enjoys reading and swimming in her spare time. Ms. Carol loves children and feels honored to be a part of the Goddard School.
  • Ms Michelle

    Ms Michelle

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Michelle earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology, a Masters degree in Public Health and is completing her Masters coursework in psychology at Bay Path University in Massachusetts. She has proudly and consistently been on the Dean’s list! She was one of the first peer mentors at her school to focus on the online community for students. While studying online, she maintained a full time position as an Assistant Director with My Gym in Westfield, NJ. She loves educating children on fitness and health! She is a strong believer that everything happens for a reason and is very excited about her journey with The Goddard School.
  • Ms Amanda

    Ms Amanda

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Amanda joined The Goddard School with an interest in working with many families and their children to foster a lifelong love of learning and a positive introduction to school. Ms. Amanda is attending Grand Canyon University and is completing her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Development. She has worked with infants and toddlers as a caregiver. She enjoys spending time with her family and is committed to the art of dance. Ms. Amanda enjoys being a part of The Goddard School.
  • Ms Nicolette

    Ms Nicolette

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Nicolette lives in Central, New Jersey and joins The Goddard School with a passion for caring for children, watching them grow and helping them learn. One of her favorite things to do is swim, so she decided to become a swim instructor. Ms. Nicolette taught swim lessons to children ranging from age 6 months to 15 years of age and found it to be very rewarding. Ms. Nicolette is completing her Child Development Associate Credential. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, spending time with her family and friends and ANYTHING related to Disney! She is eager to join The Goddard School and all the opportunities that will follow.
  • Ms Kate

    Ms Kate

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Kate has always adored working with and interacting with children. She has been employed in childcare in the past and grew up with a mother who taught young children for almost three decades and counting. She currently has her certification with the Childhood Development Association for preschool age and continues to learn everyday how to be a better teacher. Ms. Kate is a mother herself to a little girl who is already a sweet and wonderful child! Each school year brings more exciting memories and experiences that Ms. Kate will always cherish for years to come!
  • Ms Lohanne

    Ms Lohanne

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Lohanne is a lifelong New Jersey resident that enjoys Brazilian food and culture. Ms. Lohanne loves people, in particular children. Ms. Lohanne loves to teach small children through play, a child will not even know they are learning things because they are having so much fun! This fall, Ms. Lohanne is enrolled at Rutgers University Business School to study Business Management to become self-employed in the future. She enjoys creating new styles and interesting looks with cosmetics and hair and feels that everyone is beautiful from the inside out!
  • Ms Kiesha

    Ms Kiesha

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Kiesha graduated from Sandford Brown Institute with a Medical Assistant certificate. She is interested in pursuing a degree in Nursing. She has worked in the education field for several years with children from infancy through four years of age. Ms. Kiesha, a proud mother of three, enjoys providing her wealth of experience with families as they navigate the world of parenthood! For fun, she enjoys spending time with her children, shopping and watching television. Ms. Kiesha enjoys partaking in the development of a child as they learn and grow.
  • Ms Lara

    Ms Lara

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Lara is a resident of Westfield with three children. She graduated from Hood College with a Bachelors of Arts degree. After being a stay-at-home mom for many years with a disabled child she decided to start volunteering with children and completed the CASA program for Union County. She enjoys serving children and youth who are at risk and in the foster-care system from birth through adulthood. It is a very rewarding opportunity with a caring and supportive community.
  • Ms Marin

    Ms Marin

    Assistant Teacher/Office Assistant
    Ms. Marin resides locally and is herself a graduate of The Goddard School located in Fanwood! She has experience working with children from being a camp counselor in addition to years of babysitting experience with children of various ages. She is looking forward to attending college next year. She loves reading, exploring new places and is passionate about protecting the environment. Marin has been a gymnast since she was 5 years old.
  • Ms Mayah

    Ms Mayah

    Assistant Teacher
    My name is Mayah and I am a student at Kean University majoring in criminal justice with a minor in early childhood education. I aspire to create outreach programs for troubled youth. I have a passion for helping children as well as seeing others reach their highest potential. I have sufficient experience working with children as I have worked at childcare centers and have cared for children in their home. I enjoy arts and crafts, and plan on implementing my creativity within the classroom. I enjoy nature, music, and spending quality time with my loved ones. I am so excited to start my new journey here at The Goddard School.
  • Ms Nataly

    Ms Nataly

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Nataly is a Visual Arts major at Montclair State University, with a concentration on Art Education. She intends on one day becoming an art teacher. In her free time she enjoys writing, painting, drawing and just being creative in general! Through her experience in babysitting, she learned just how much she enjoys spending time with children. She joins The Goddard School hoping to continue learning and growing along with the children, and being able to share her own creativity with our students.
  • Ms Michelle

    Ms Michelle

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Michelle studied at Ocean County College and has worked with children for over 15 years. She continues to enjoy working with the children at the Goddard School. Her goal is to help children develop a positive experience with learning and to leave a lasting impression in their hearts. This is a crucial time in their development and Ms. Michelle feels honored to be a part of it! In her free time she likes hanging with family, friends and the love of her life. She also likes to listen to podcasts, dance to music, watch crime shows (Law and Order) and enjoys taking a walk on a beautiful day!
  • Ms Samantha

    Ms Samantha

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Sam joins the Goddard School family with enthusiasm! She exudes a passion for helping kids grow and reach their full potential. Ms. Sam has experience with ages varying from infant to school age as a caregiver and teacher of the art of dance. She has been a dance teacher for many years and believes that music and movement are great ways to express oneself. Ms. Sam is a proponent for positivity and intends on leaving a mark wherever she goes. She aspires to become a Play Therapist. In her free time, Ms. Sam loves to read, dance, enjoy time with family and to be outdoors. Ms. Sam is so excited to join The Goddard School and meet all the families and the children!
  • Ms Jessica

    Ms Jessica

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Jessica has always had a passion for working with children, teaching them, nurturing them and enjoy their creativity and curiosity. She has worked with children in many capacities from caregiving to childcare starting at age 10 years of age. She has taken many child development courses throughout her schooling to better understand the mind and milestones of a child. Ms. Jessica enjoys knitting, singing and dancing with her friends. She is very eager to be a part of the Goddard family!
  • Mr Ryan

    Mr Ryan

    Assistant Teacher
    Mr. Ryan is a student at the University of Michigan studying political science and communications. When he is home on breaks and over the summer, he looks forward to spending time with the children and coworkers. He has experience working with children as a camp and bus counselor and he loves sharing his knowledge of Chinese with the students. Ryan’s loves music and is a staff music writer for his college newspaper. He also loves to travel and some of his favorite trips include Morocco, China and the Galapagos Islands. He also likes hiking and snowboarding.
  • Mr Aaron

    Mr Aaron

    Assistant Teacher
    My name is Aaron and I have lived in New Jersey my whole life! I have always enjoyed working with children, especially being a camp counselor. I am a huge sports fan so I really enjoy running around with the kids, teaching sportsmanship and the rules of a game. Working with kids provides me the most joy, especially seeing them learn and grow. I devote most of my time to working toward my educational goals and building my experience working with children. I also enjoy spending time making memories with friends and family. I am eager to return to school and earn my degree in education.
  • Ms Victoria

    Ms Victoria

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Victoria is from New Jersey and comes from a large South Indian family from Kerala, India. She went to William Paterson University to obtain her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. She has over five years of experience working with children of various ages from working as an assistant teacher in a classroom and summer camp as a counselor. Her goals are to help children achieve their dreams and to provide them with a fun and positive learning experience. Ms. Victoria loves spending time with her family, traveling, listening to music, playing badminton, and cooking. Ms. Victoria is excited to be a part of the wonderful Goddard School community!
  • Ms Katherine

    Ms Katherine

    Assistant Teacher
    My name is Ms. Katherine and I prefer Ms. Kathy for short! I have been surrounded by children my entire life, but in High School is where my interest flourished. Studying child development and working one on one to care for children helped me acknowledge their individuality and I was encouraged to assist their progress in all areas of education especially in their fine and gross motor control. I have been a caregiver for a large part of my life with a multitude of ages and capabilities. All of my free time is devoted to making memories with my family and boyfriend. Some of my very favorite things include, enjoying Starbucks and being outdoors!
  • Ms Ashley

    Ms Ashley

    Assistant Teacher
    My name is Ashley, and I am currently a high school senior. I have lived in New Jersey my entire life and have always been grateful for the close bond I share with my big and supportive family. As I get closer to graduation, I am looking forward to continuing my education and follow my dream of becoming a lawyer. Spending time with kids is one of the things that makes me most happy. I am eager for every opportunity to work with children as their curiosity and passion makes me joyful. I cannot wait to see where life takes me on this exciting path of pursuing my dreams and making a positive impact on the lives of others.
  • Ms Bonnie

    Ms Bonnie

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Bonnie is a lifetime New Jerseyan and has lived in Fanwood for the past 23 years. A stay-at-home mom who raised three children spending hours playing, reading and creating art and memories. She is a graduate of Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design where she has worked for over thirty-five years. In addition to this design background she has been the director of a summer camp for ten years as well as a church schoolteacher for twenty years. Ms. Bonnie enjoys painting, movies and cooking. She is excited to start this new chapter using her experience and creativity to support and enrich the children at The Goddard School.
  • Mr Alex

    Mr Alex

    Assistant Teacher
    Mr. Alex attended Union County College to receive his Associate’s degree in education, he plans to further his education by earning a Bachelor's degree to become a theater teacher. His previous experience includes being a camp counselor and hosting birthday parties for children. Mr. Alex has a passion for all things theater which began as a young child. He joins The Goddard School with a love and aptitude for theater and hopes to encourage a new generation of performers! Outside of work, Mr. Alex can be found enjoying board games, watching new movies and baking! Mr. Alex is excited to start his Goddard School journey and bring the world of theater to the classroom.
  • Ms Siera

    Ms Siera

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Siera is a lifelong resident of central New Jersey; her hobbies include painting, writing, reading, traveling and trying new food & restaurants. She has been a caregiver for many years for all age groups. She was previously part of “The Buddy Club” where she would visit local elementary schools to spend quality time bonding with Pre Kindergarten students with special-needs. Ms. Siera has previous infant/toddler experience in childcare and that is when she realized her passion for nurturing and educating children. Ms. Siera aspires to have a positive and loving impact on children by helping them learn and grow in every aspect during their most formative stages of life! Fun Fact: Ms. Siera has a great love for all things music, especially musical theater.
  • Ms Valerie

    Ms Valerie

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Valerie graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and is planning to go back to school to pursue a degree in Education and Child Psychology. Ms. Valerie has a passion for teaching and helping others. She has over 5 years experience working with children as an assistant teacher, substitute teacher and caregiver. She loves reading to children and working on creative projects. During her free time she likes to spend time with her family, friends and two cats (Leyla & Lucie). She believes laughter is the best medicine and kindness goes a long way!
  • Ms Jailynn

    Ms Jailynn

    Assistant Teacher
    I am Jailynn, and I am excited to get to know your child! I have an ever-curious mind, constantly seeking new knowledge and engaging in new experiences, especially in the realm of education. Currently, I am pursuing a degree in education to have a future filled with opportunities to grow and make a difference. I take pleasure in helping those around me and find joy in painting and drawing. I am fascinated by each child’s endless wonder and their potential to inspire. I am passionate about educating children, and constantly expanding my knowledge. I am known for being super chatty and friendly!
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