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. 

  •   Toni Ann

    Toni Ann

    Toni Ann Eckerson - Hello! I am the proud owner of The Goddard School® located in Forked River New Jersey! I am an on-site owner who gives 110% to all of our children, parents and faculty. We strive for excellence in early childhood development and want to provide only the best in terms of health and safety and curriculum. I have over 25 years of experience as a teacher, director and owner in Early Childhood Education. My degree is in Psychology with a Minor in Musical Theater and I also have three children of my own, who are all Goddard Graduates!
  • Mrs Brittany

    Mrs Brittany

    Miss Brittany- As the Director of The Goddard School in Forked River, I will be able to utilize my passion for Early Childhood Education! I hold a degree in Elementary Education/Special Education and most recently worked in a special education private school! My experience with young children is also extensive; in the past I worked as a Preschool teacher for 8years. My daughter also currently attends The Goddard School! I am excited for this new adventure, helping both parents and children!
  •  Angela


    Assistant Director
    I'm excited to begin working at Goddard! I've worked with children since 2018 using ABA to teach positive behavior. I went to Georgian Court University and graduated with a degree in Psychology.
  •  Welanie


    Hello! My name is Miss Welanie. I was born in the Philippines. I graduated with my bachelor’s in science for Nursing and my degree in Teaching. I love working with children and I really enjoy working at the Goddard School.
  • Ms Judy

    Ms Judy

    My name is Miss Judy, I am the lead teacher in the PreK classroom here at the Goddard School! I have many years experience in childcare and I have my CDA accreditation! I have a daughter and son of my own (both Goddard students). I absolutely love the children in my class! I am very passionate about teaching and love what I do! I have been with Goddard since 2016!
  • Miss Heather

    Miss Heather

    Lead teacher
    My name is Heather and I love the outdoors! Kids are my safe place so I want to make them feel safe. I've had the opportunity once before this to work with children and am so excited to continue. I am the Lead in the Infant classroom!
  •  Katelynn


    Preschool Teacher
    Hi! My name is Miss Katelynn. I love my students and enjoy working with them. I love working at the Goddard School. I always wanted to work with children, and I am going to school to school to acquire my CDA.
  •  Maria


    I graduated from Ocean County College and have a lot of experience working with children. I graduated from Kean University with my degree in Special Education and General Education K-6 and 6-8 with a focus in History. I love working with children.
  •  Fabiana


    I am a mother of 4 children working with kids for over 20 years and have my CDA accreditation. I am very happy to have the opportunity to be working with children here at The Goddard School.
  • Ms Lisa

    Ms Lisa

    Assistant teacher
    Hello, My name is Miss Lisa. I love working with children and seeing the excitment on their faces when they learn something new for the first time. I am thrilled to be working with the children at the Goddard School and watch them grow. Having a psychology degree from stockton will be beneficial. My experience in Special Education classrooms has enabled me to appreciate the potential of children at all stages of development. After years of playing my sport, soccer, I coached soccer and lacrosse at the High School level. My easy going, friendly, and playful personality will help create a nurturing enviornment as a teacher at the Goddard School.
  •  Anthony


    Summer Staff/Part-time Aide
    I'm hard working and a good team player. I am going to LTHS, and take part in a majority of honors classes such as STEM, AP World History and English. I also enjoy baseball on the Varsity level and I am a part of a travel team. These roles express my levels of leadership in and out of the classroom. I am excited to work here. My future goals are in Engineering.
  • Mrs Carol

    Mrs Carol

    Carol M. - Carol is an assistant teacher in the Toddler classroom, here at The Goddard School. She has experience working in the health field for 20 years. She worked for the Head Start childcare program as an assistant coordinator. She enjoys caring for and working with children. She has been with us since 2006.
  •  Jane


    Hello, my name is Jane and I have experience working as an aide for 10 years in an Elementary School. I love children so much. I love sports and animals. I am looking forward to getting to know all of your children. Miss Jane has been with us since 2020.
  •  Jayson


    Floater/ Sub
    Hello! My name is Jayson. I really enjoy helping others. I love to help others succeed. I am a very relaxed and approachable person. I try my best to make sure everyone has a good time. I am looking forward to working at Goddard.
  •  Kim


    Teacher Assistant
    Hello, I am Miss Kim. I worked for the Red Bank school system for over 9 years in the Pre- K setting. I love all children and want every child to feel wanted and loved everyday. My goal is for every student to be excited to come to school.
  •  Michelle


    Part Time Assistant
    I am a cafeteria worker at the Lacey Township High School. I love working with children. I have babysat for many years and I am a mother of three children.
  •  Sandy


    Hello! My name is Sandy and I love working with children! I have 2 nieces and 4 nephews. I love helping children learn and grow. I'm also a real estate agent at Weichert in LBI. Some of my hobbies are playing lacrosse, going to the beach, and going on family trips. I have been here since 2020!
  • Mrs Lisa

    Mrs Lisa

    Miss Lisa considers herself outgoing, fun, loving and honest. Prior, she has worked for the school district for 12 years and is excited to be part of the Goddard team since 2018!
  •  Lenore


    I am a retired Special Education Preschool teacher. I worked in the public school system for 32 years and enjoy working with all children. My grandchildren attend Goddard.
  •  Rebecca


    First Steps Assistant
    I am so excited to be working at The Goddard School! My love for children and helping others will make me a great part of their team. I also love animals and currently work with ponies and farm animals too!
  •  Grace


    Part-time Aide
    I am a Lacey High School student! As a member of field hockey and softball, I enjoy the team environment! In free time I spend time with friends and family. Enjoying nature is also a pastime!
  •  Leslie


    Aftercare Teacher
    Hello, I am Leslie! I have worked with children of all ages since I was sixteen years old. I love to work with children. In my free time I like to read and do arts and crafts. I also work at the Lacey Middle School as a teacher aide!
  •  Jaela


    Partime Infant Assistant
    Hi, I am Jaela! I always have had a passion to work with children. I enjoy putting a smile on their faces and watching them reach milestones. I am excited to help give your children a fun and exciting experience to learn and play. I am currently pursuing a college degree!
  •  Jake


    Jake is a current Lacey High School student who enjoys working with children! He is excited to work at The Goddard School since he was a former graduate! His little sister also attends and he loves to be able to see her!
  •  Lillian


    Hi my name is Lillian, my friends call me Lilly. I come from a big family, I love children very much. I have worked at another early childhood center and worked with the toddler age group. I graduated with my degree in nursing and decided not to work in that field. I love working with children and seeing their different personalities.
  •  Nicolette


    Assistant Teacher - Infant
    Hello my name is Nicolette! I went to OCC for general studies and did a semester at Berkley schools. I also have experience working at other centers in the infant classroom. I am looking forward to my Goddard journey.
  •  Alyssa


    My name is Alyssa. I am in college to become an elementary school teacher. I also have my cosmetology license and love cheer. I also love fall.
  •  Shanna


    Substitute teacher/ First Steps
    Miss Shanna is a long-term substitute teacher. She is also a former Goddard graduate! She graduated Lacey Township High School and was the secretary of her class student government. She currently graduated from Tampa University! She has experience with children through babysitting for different families and loves to play with the children in the afternoon! She has been with us since 2019.
  •  Danielle


    Hi, my name is Danielle. I love animals and flowers. My favorite color is red. I enjoy bird watching.
  •  Emily


    Hi my name is Emily and I am super excited to work here! I've been working with children since 2020 and it's definitely the best choice I've ever made. I love being around children and watching them grow and learn.
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