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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. 

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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

Owner
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 18 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!
 2. Gary

2. Gary

Owner
Gary Schliessman - I am an off-site owner of The Goddard School, located in Forked River. With over 30 years of business experience and two children of my own, I look forward to growing with my school and providing the best environment for children.
Mrs Brittany

Mrs Brittany

Director
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!
Mrs Jeanna

Mrs Jeanna

Director
Jeanna C. - Jeanna is our Kindergarten/Prek teacher! She had been the Assistant Director at The Goddard School located in Forked River for nine years, and had taken on the position of Director for the last 8. She graduated from Georgian Court University with a dual certificate in Elementary Education and Media Specialty. Jeanna feels it is an absolute pleasure being a part of the wonderful family at Goddard. She is happy to work every day and watch "our" children grow! Jeanna has been with us since 2006 and loves being at our pre-school center! She is also a mother of 2 Goddard students!
Miss Ashley

Miss Ashley

Lead Teacher
Hello, my name is Miss.Ashley! Ever since I was little, I have had a passion for Early Childhood Education. I have 10 years of experience working with children of all ages and I am currently enrolled in a program to obtain my CDA for teaching. My favorite thing about working with children is watching them grow and helping them learn.
 Janai

Janai

Lead Teacher
Hello! My name is Janai and I love teaching children. I've been working in child care centers for 7 years now and I also have a son of my own. I love watching children grow and learn. I've always had a passion for teaching small children! Teaching brings joy to my life and I can't wait to love and teach your children. Miss Janai has been with us since 2020.
 Jolene

Jolene

Lead Teacher
Hello! My name is Jolene and I am thrilled to teach here at The Goddard School. Before working here I taught Special Education for 10 years. I'm eager to meet you and instill joy of learning to your child.
Ms Judy

Ms Judy

Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Judy, I am the lead teacher in the Prek I classroom here at the Goddard School! I have many years experience in childcare and I am in the process of getting my CDA. I have a daughter of my own! 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!
Mrs Kellyann

Mrs Kellyann

Lead Teacher
Miss Kelly is the Lead Teacher in the infant classroom. She loves working with children and previously worked at a Preschool in the Infant room! She is currently enrolled in the CDA program. She has a dog named Lucy and loves to go to the beach and spend time with her nieces and nephews. She loves being a part of our school. Kelly has been with us since 2018.
 Welanie

Welanie

Lead Teacher
Hello, my name is Welanie and I was born in Philippines. I graduated with a bachelor of Science in Nursing and a degree in Teacher Education. I have experience working with children from another preschool! I am excited to be a part of The Goddard School!
 Anthony

Anthony

Assistant Teacher
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 and am a part of the travel team. I am part of the student council and currently running my 3rd term as class president. These roles express my levels of leadership in and out of the classroom. I am excited to work here.
 Briana

Briana

Assistant Teacher
Hello! My name is Brianna Luca. I am currently in school studying to become a Child Psychologist. I have worked with children of all ages, since I was fourteen years old. I absolutely love working with children. Making a difference everyday is my main goal!
Mrs Carol

Mrs Carol

Assistant Teacher
Carol M. - Carol is an assistant teacher in the Pre-k 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.
 Gianna

Gianna

Assistant Teacher
I am currently in Donovan Catholic. I grew up as a Goddard student and I love spending time with children, especially knowing I can make them happy. I love playing sports and play them in school all year long. I am thrilled to be a part of the team.
 Jane

Jane

Assistant Teacher
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.
 Katelynn

Katelynn

Assistant Teacher
I'm 1 or 4. I am planning on going to college to study Social Work so that I can help abused children. I also want to start a non-profit organization where I help out under privileged minority groups. I graduated high school with an associates degree.
 Meredith

Meredith

Assistant Teacher
Hello! I graduated High School in 1991. I have two children and four nieces and two nephews. I am also a proud Godmother to 6! I am so excited to be a part of the Goddard Team.
 Michelle

Michelle

Assistant Teacher
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

Sandy

Assistant Teacher
Hello, my name is Sandy and I am going to Ocean County College to major in Criminal Justice. I love children and take care of my 2 nieces and 3 nephews. I am very excited to be working here and look forward to growing each day! Miss Sandy ahs been with us since 2020.
 Yasmin

Yasmin

Assistant Teacher
Growing up I have always had younger siblings. Even now I enjoy watching and caring for them. Since I've always wanted to work with children, I knew this would be a great stepping stone to the career.
Ms Ashley

Ms Ashley

Resource
Miss Ashley is a part-time teachers aide at The Goddard School in Forked River! She is a former Goddard School Graduate and currently attends Lacey High School as an honors student. Her creativity and love for the arts, makes her a great addition to our staff. The children love her!
 Brianna

Brianna

Resource
My name is Brianna and I am really excited about working here at The Goddard School. My little sister is a student here in the toddler classroom and has a fantastic time. I am thrilled to be able to help the children here grow up to be smart children. Some of my hobbies are swimming, playing volleyball and spending time with my friends and family.
 Deborah

Deborah

Resource
Hi! My name is Mrs. Deborah. I have my Elementary Education degree. I have taught Preschool as well as Grades 3 and 4. I have been teaching since 1978. I am a grandmother of 4.
Mrs Lisa

Mrs Lisa

Resource
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!
 Phylice

Phylice

Resource
I am currently on track to obtain my masters in school counseling. Ive worked with children of all ages for 5+ years. My goal at The Goddard School is to make a safe and fun learning environment for all children.

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