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. 

  •  Laura

    Laura

    Owner
    A graduate of Columbia University’s Teachers College and The Pingry School where also she taught English, leadership, and mindfulness for ten years, Laura's vision is that "the classroom should simultaneously prepare our children for the world and make the world better." To serve this mission, in Millburn and Maplewood Goddard Schools, “we help our children become strong, empathetic communicators who thrive in diverse communities.” While many may overlook the importance of the first five years, Laura understands that this is the critical time when we establish the foundation and trajectory of a person’s whole life. In fact, "moment for moment there is no bigger impact we can make on a person's life, and the world, than the first few years" says Laura. "Goddard Millburn is not just a daycare, we are a school that seeks to transform the world, one child at a time." Laura is the mother of five young daughters and cares for all children as her own.
  •  Mary

    Mary

    Executive Director
    As the Director of our school, Mary has been working with children and teachers for more than thirty years. Prior to joining Goddard, Mary served as an Executive Director in a Charter School, a Director of Professional Development, a Chief Academic Officer and a Director of Curriculum and Instruction in an education management organization. Through the years, Mary provided professional development for principals and teachers in the use of research-based instructional practices, bilingual and dual-language instruction, data analysis to increase student achievement, curriculum planning and behavior management, and other topics that impact teaching, learning and school operations. Mary says: “First and foremost, young children need a safe and nurturing environment to explore and learn through fun experiences. As an educator, I strongly believe in creating an engaging environment where children are offered a variety of experiences that instill in them a life-long love of learning.”
  •  Samantha

    Samantha

    Assistant Director of Education
    Ms. Samantha is the Assistant Director of Education at Goddard Millburn. As the Assistant Director and a native Spanish speaker, Ms. Samantha focuses on implementing our proprietary trilingual curriculum. On a daily basis, Ms. Samantha works with teachers helping them develop and excel; she reviews lesson plans, connects with children and collaborates with parents. Prior to Goddard Millburn, Ms. Samantha worked at the Dual Language School for International Studies. She has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education with a Bilingual Extension.
  •  Jian

    Jian

    Teacher
    Ms. Jian is a Mandarin teacher in our Pre-Kindergarten classroom. With almost a decade of prior teaching experience Ms. Jian believes that a strong, loving bond between the teacher and child is the best foundation for helping young learners thrive. She recognizes the primary importance of the development of children’s social emotional skills, and she also believes that fostering imagination and creativity at critical at this age. Ms. Jian uses theatrical performance, singing, and games to support student learning. In addition to teaching, Ms. Jian has developed curriculum and trained other teachers. Ms. Jian feels so happy to be at The Goddard School where she believes that her work makes a huge impact!
  •  Kristen

    Kristen

    teacher
    Ms. Kristen has worked in early childhood education for twenty years, six of which she served as a Director at another school. Kristen balances the highest expectations for her students with the tremendous love, encouragement, joy, and enthusiasm which is innate to the best early-childhood educators. Kristen also brings a keen sense of organization and experience which make the integration of English, Mandarin and Spanish, in conjunction with science, math, literacy, phonics, art, music, social-emotional and character development, sports (etc.) seamless and powerful. Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in History with an Elementary Education Certification from William Paterson University.
  •  Qing

    Qing

    Teacher
    Ms. Sara comes to Goddard with more than six years of early-education experience. Prior to coming to Goddard, she was a host for a children's T.V. program, and as a child she won a national writing contest. A native Mandarin speaker, Ms. Sara's affability and warmth allow her to connect with children of all ages: infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Ms. Sara believes that children learn best when they feel safe and loved. She is excited to be a faculty member at Goddard Millburn!
  •  Rocio

    Rocio

    Teacher
    With more than twenty years of experience, and a native Spanish speaker, Ms. Rocio is an outstanding addition to our Goddard School faculty. With a Master’s of Education, and a Bachelor’s in Special Education, Ms. Rocio enjoys ongoing professional development opportunities such as the Singapore Math Grade Level workshop she completed. A passionate teacher, Ms. Rocio loves to create game-based learning for her students. She believes children should engage in hands-on learning with a play-based approach to learn best. Finally, Ms. Rocio encourages her students to not be afraid of making mistakes and failing because it is a part of the learning process. Her warm and reassuring nature, allow her to connect with children and help them realize their potential.
  •  Muriel

    Muriel

    Teacher
    A native Spanish speaker with almost a decade of experience teaching and working with children, Ms. Muriel comes to Goddard with a Masters in Teaching. Capable of teaching in either English or Spanish, Ms. Muriel is a teacher is our Pre-School program. When asked about her philosophy of teaching, Ms. Muriel says that “children must be active in their learning” and “that if a child enjoys her activities, she will learn easily and love learning.”
  •  Sassa

    Sassa

    Teacher
    Ms. Alex, a teacher in our infant program, comes to Goddard with a degree in early childhood education and liberal arts. With more than a decade of experience working with young children, Ms. Alex is “more than a teacher” and her “children think the world of her.” A loving, hardworking, talented teacher who goes above and beyond on a consistent basis, Ms. Alex builds strong relationships with her children. Ms. Alex is excited to work at Goddard Millburn because she also believes that the first years of a person’s life are among the most important. When asked for her favorite quote, Ms. Sassa says that “the beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you” (B.B. King).
  • Ms Tatiana

    Ms Tatiana

    teacher
    Ms. Tatiana has been teaching with The Goddard School franchise for more than twenty years as an early-childhood educator. She has her CDA credentials in Toddlers and Preschool education, and she has taught nearly every age group - infants, toddlers, preschool, and prekindergarten. This year, she serves as a Spanish language teacher for our emerging preschoolers. When asking Ms. Tatiana what excites her most about teaching at Goddard and she states: “being able to spend my days with children, and not only teach them, but also learn new things myself, makes every day exciting!” Mrs. Tatiana truly loves working in educational childcare and spending time at home with her two sons.
  •  Venice

    Venice

    teacher
    Ms. Venice comes to Goddard with lead teacher experience, a Bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University, and a passion for early childhood care. As a lead teacher, Ms. Venice is acquainted with designing lesson plans that engage children and help them learn through play. When asked why she loves teaching, Ms. Venice talks about the magic of facilitating student growth and playing an integral part in children and family’s lives. She says that great teachers have an ability to create a safe and warm environment in which children feel comfortable taking risks and trying new things. Good teaching always balances setting structures, routines, and expectations with freedom and flexibility. At Millburn Goddard, Ms. Venice is a Lead Teacher in our Toddler’s program.
  •  Viviana

    Viviana

    Teacher
    Ms. Viviana comes to Goddard with more than twenty-years of formal teaching in early-childhood education, a Child Development Associate Certification and experience raising her own four children. As a teacher in our infant program, Ms. Viviana partners with teachers to build and implement lesson plans which achieve classroom objectives. Ms. Viviana believes it's important to support student learning in small groups and on an individual basis during independent exploration. When asked about her educational philosophy, Ms. Viviana explains that, "children are active, creative, and wonderfully curious, and they are unhappy if they remain unchallenged." Ms. Viviana loves the magical moment when children understand something for the first time. She encourages all children to reach their potential by infusing her classroom with love, patience and enthusiasm.
  • Ms Bria

    Ms Bria

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Bria is an Assistant Teacher in our infant classroom where she brings tremendous warmth, hard work, and dedication to our children and school. With experience in early-childhood education, Ms. Bria is also a mother who understands the need to love and care for children while supporting their social-emotional, cognitive, intellectual and physical development. Ms. Bria is a strong team-player who collaborates with her colleagues to bring about the best result for the students!
  •  Christine

    Christine

    Teacher
    Ms. Christine is a teacher in our infant program who comes to Goddard with a degree in nursing and experience working in early childhood education and care. When asked to describe her philosophy of teaching, Ms. Christine encourages us to “take the time to listen. To observe. To Understand. Patience is a virtue. It is only when we do these things that we can provide the best help for a child.” Ms. Christine also believes that children are our teachers too, and that if they are unhappy it is because they have a need which has not yet been met. “Our job as teachers and caretakers is to intuit and empathize with our children, and to show them that they are precious.” Ms. Christine is an attentive, focused caregiver who builds strong and trusting relationships with her babies; she engages them in meaningful activities which excite them and support their development.
  •  Xiaoning

    Xiaoning

    Teacher
    Ms. Jojo, a passionate and experienced teacher, is a Mandarin teacher in our Pre-School program. Ms. Jojo is an extremely warm and empathetic person, who easily builds trust and strong relationships. Smart, engaged, hard-working, collaborative and active, Ms. Jojo crafts hands-on learning experiences through which students learn while having fun. A mother herself, Ms. Jojo balances all aspects of teaching young children with grace and ease. She focuses on supporting students through their social-emotional development, while challenging them with new and interesting tasks that build important school-ready and life-ready skills.
  •  Christa

    Christa

    Teaching Assistant
    Ms. Christa is our Part-Time Teaching Assistant at all levels – infant, toddler and pre-school -- who is passionate about making a meaningful contribution with her life. At Goddard Millburn, she is a resourceful and collaborative team player, who is relied upon for her dependable helping hand. Excellent at connecting with children on their level, communicating and empathizing, Ms. Christa is a warm and nurturing guide for our students.
  •  Yu-Tsui

    Yu-Tsui

    Teacher
    Ms. Maggie comes to Goddard Millburn with a Masters in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. With a decade of experience, Ms. Maggie works in our Pre-School program. She is a creative, energetic and passionate teacher who has a thorough understanding of educational theory and practice. At the same time, she is skilled at meeting children where they are and lovingly guiding them through hands-on, fun learning experiences. Ms. Maggie is a lifelong learner and continuously attends workshops and conferences to broaden and deepen her knowledge of teaching and learning.
  •  Melissa-ann

    Melissa-ann

    Teacher
    A Lead English Teacher in our Get-Set, Toddler -Rising- Pre-School classroom, Melissa-Ann comes to Goddard with a passion for teaching. Warm, patient, loving, and strong, Melissa-Ann is a nurturing teacher who understands how to communicate with young children and build strong relationships. Having worked for the Newark Museum of Art, she is familiar with creating hands-on, learning experiences for young children. When asked about what she loves about teaching, Melissa-Ann talks about the important connections children make between what they learn in the classroom and the outside world, “It is so exciting to see the impact that I helped make on them!” Melissa-Ann resonates with Goddard Millburn’s mission because she says that teaching empathy is the core of her work as a classroom teacher.
  •  Kisha

    Kisha

    Teacher
    Ms. Kisha is a Lead Spanish Teacher in our infant program with extensive experience prior to coming to Goddard Millburn. Also, the mother of four children, a certified doula, yogini and Reiki master, Ms. Kisha adores babies and finds fulfillment in the school's mission to foster communication. She says that her personal mission is to "establish within each child the intellectual, emotional, and physical foundation to become a self-directed, curious and passionate, life-long learner." Ms. Kisha truly believes that the first few years of a person's life are among the most important as we set our students' capacity to be a creative problem solvers and flexible thinkers needed to thrive in modern life. When asked what she loves most about teaching, Ms. Keisha recalls "the determined look on a baby's face as they attempt new things and learn about the world around them."
  •  Nicolle

    Nicolle

    Spanish Teacher
    Ms. Nicolle, a native Spanish speaker, and Assistant Teacher in our Pre-School program, comes to Goddard with experience working with children from birth through school-age. Earning her Associates Degree in Education, Ms. Nicolle is committed to teaching because she wants to make sure every child feels loved. She believes the role of a teacher is to "help every child believe in themselves and their capacity to overcome challenges." She wants her students to feel comfortable making mistakes, and not feel that they must avoid them. "Making mistakes is part of the learning process, and we cannot learn as long as we are afraid to make mistakes." "I want my students to have confidence in themselves as they learn new things (including Spanish!), so they can share their light with the world!"
  •  Sydney

    Sydney

    Teacher
    Ms. Sydney is a teacher in our Voyagers room and has been working in the Early Childhood Education field for the last three years at a Goddard School in Ohio. During her time as an educator, Sydney has held the role of Lead Teacher and Assistant Director. Ms. Sydney encourages children to learn about the world around them by creating magical and meaningful teachable moments through play and small group activities. When asked about teaching philosophy, Sydney believes that children should be enriched with hands on activities that further develop their relationships with their peers and teachers.
  •  Luisa

    Luisa

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Luisa is a Spanish Assistant Teacher in our Rangers room. Ms. Luisa believes that hands-on education is a valuable asset. Ms. Luisa comes to us with knowledge around Behavior Therapy and staff training and development. She is dedicated to working with her fellow teachers to provide a safe, caring and enriched learning environment through her use of immersive language.
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