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. 

  • Mr Jim

    Mr Jim

    School Owner
    My name is Jim Freda. I am the owner of The Goddard School in Sparta. My wife Marianne and I have a fantastic son named Gavin. I graduated from Kean University with a degree in Management Science. I love children and I am excited about coming here every day. Imagine having a job that everyday you're a "Rock Star". Owning a Goddard School is a dream and a privilege, and I hope you are as happy here as I am.
  • Ms Terri

    Ms Terri

    Educational Director
    Miss Terri is a Graduate of William Paterson University. She has been working for The Goddard School corporation for 16 years. We are very proud to say that Terri has been our Educational Director since September 2014. She brings a lot of energy and pride to our school, and we are very excited to have her on board.
  •  Sara


    Assistant Director
    Miss Sara has joined our team in February 2018. She was our Year to Grow Teacher and Staff Support Administrator. She recently has taken the new role as the Assistant Director. She has worked in public school and in the childcare setting for over 10 years! In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places and does photography on the side. We are excited that she is part of our administrative team!
  • Mrs Elizabeth

    Mrs Elizabeth

    Infant Lead/ Staff Support Specialist- Infants through Toddlers
    Miss Liz is our Infant Lead Teacher. She has been working at Goddard since 2012. Miss Liz has a degree in Baking and Pastry from Atlantic Community College. She loves spending time with all the babies in the infant room. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, her daughters Aubree and Lily, and son Donato.
  •  Riley


    Infant Assistant Teacher
    Miss. Riley joined our Infant program in September 2022. She is very much enjoying all things 'baby'! In her free time, she enjoys crocheting and playing with her pups! She will also have another baby sister in December!
  •  Melissa


    Infant Assistant Teacher
    Miss. Melissa joined our team and jumped right in and became our Get Set Lead in 2021. While completing her Child Development Associates she has decided to take on the infant program and is very excited about implementing all that she has learned into her classroom! In her free time, she enjoys camping and is a major Ranger's fan!
  •  Serina


    Toddler A Lead Teacher
    Miss. Serina transferred to us from another daycare in September 2022 and we are so happy that she did! She is doing a great job acclimating to all of the children and building great connections with the children and families. She definitely has a sweet tooth as she loves candy!
  •  Ashley


    Toddler B Assistant Teacher
    We are so happy to have Miss. Ashley as a part of our team. She has a daughter of her own that she loves spending time with. She absolutely loves Taylor Swift music and all things Autumn!
  •  Alex


    Toddler B Assistant Teacher
    Miss. Alex is loving the transition to Goddard! She is doing a fantastic job in our Toddlers classroom. In her free time she enjoys sewing and taking long walks. At home she has 2 cats, 1 dog, and a lizard!
  • Mrs Kelly

    Mrs Kelly

    Two's A Lead Teacher
    Miss. Kelly is definitely not new to this field as she has been working in childcare for over 15 years, while also having two young children of her own. She began working at Goddard back in 2019 while obtaining her CDA as well. She loves this age because of their innocence but also being able to grasp their independence.
  •  Suzanne


    Bridge Assistant Teacher
    Miss. Suzanne is our third and final piece to our Bridge classroom! She is finishing her Bachelor's degree and would like to eventually get her Master's. She loves listening and dancing to music with the children in her care. Her favorite story to read is "The Three Little Pigs", "it's so fun watching the children huff and puff and blow the houses down"! In her free time, she loves to go camping and ride quads!
  •  Syrina


    Bridge Assistant Teacher
    In the Summer of 2021, Miss. Syrina became our Get Set Assistant. She loves playing on the playground and performing gross motor activities outside with her class. Miss. Syrina loves animals, she has; 1 dog, 1 cat, 2 turtles, and a 30 gallon fish tank!
  • Ms Brandy

    Ms Brandy

    Preschool A Lead/ Staff Support Specialist
    Miss. Brandy is our longest reigning teacher here at The Goddard School. She loves teaching children so much that she has been here since 2005, can you believe that?! She is local to the Sparta community, with three children of her own. She loves watching her students grow and having that ‘Ah-Ha’ moment. Miss. Brandy could not imagine having any other career other than teaching.
  •  Wendy


    Preschool A Assistant Teacher
    Miss. Wendy is no stranger to childcare as she has been in this business for over 20 years! She joined our team back in 2019 and has experience with all ages from infants to pre-k. Miss. Wendy loves a good bowl of penne vodka and a cup of hot coco!
  •  Kelly


    Two's B Lead Teacher
    Miss. Kelly is still fairly new to Goddard, she started with us in January of 2023, and she is loving it! In her free time, she enjoys hiking, spending time with her family and her daughter! Miss. Kelly also shows dogs professionally!
  •  Rachel


    Preschool B Lead Teacher
    Welcome Miss. Rachel! When she started here, she assisted in our Pre-K program, but now is starting out strong as our Lead Preschool B Teacher. She has her Child Development Assessment credentials as well. She loves all things that involve being creative. She is so excited to take on this role at the Goddard School.
  •  Brenna


    Two's B Assistant Teacher
    Miss. Brenna is acclimating fantastically to all things Goddard and "Two's". She has her Bachelor's in Marketing. She is originally from Wisconsin! She loves all things Harry Styles and can also play the guitar!
  •  Nicole


    Preschool B Assistant Teacher
    Miss. Nicole has been in childcare world since 2016. She is new to Goddard as of August 2022, just in time for the new school year. She is local to the Sparta community and has two boys of her own! In her free time she enjoys playing with her children and watching The Bachelorette on Monday nights.
  •  Elia


    Afternoon Preschool Assistant Teacher
    Miss. Elia has been our Afternoon Preschool Assistant since 2019. She works local at the Ogdensburg Elementary School as a Paraprofessional. Miss. Elia loves gardening in her free time and doing musical activities with the children.
  • Miss Sarah

    Miss Sarah

    Pre-K A Lead Teacher
    Miss. Sarah Rome has been working at the Goddard School since September 2016. She has been a Lead in Bridge and is very much enjoying the Pre-K realm. Miss. Rome has her Bachelor's in Family and Child Studies. She is newly married with three furbabies!
  •  Leigh


    Pre-K A Assistant Teacher
    Miss. Leigh joined our team in the Summer of 2021 in Pre-K. In her free time she enjoys attending concerts. Miss. Leigh loves teaching and encouraging her students to learn new things. She is also a little bit Disney obsessed!
  •  Kaitlyn


    Pre-K B Lead Teacher
    Miss. Kaitlyn absolutely loves working with children. She has her associates in Early Childhood Education and is completing her Bachelor’s in Education as well. She has over 5 years’ experience teaching children and thoroughly enjoys encouraging her class to get messy with paint and arts and crafts. She is such a great asset, and we are so lucky to have her be a part of our team!
  •  Brittney


    Two's A Assistant Teacher
    Miss. Brittney is new to Goddard as of the 2023 school year. She was recently a town dispatcher, but is not new to the childcare world. She has a son of her own who she loves doing outside activities with. In her spare time, she enjoys going on spontaneous adventures.
  •  Haley


    Pre-K B Assistant Teacher
    We are so happy to have Miss. Haley as a part of our school! She has worked with all ages and has been fitting in great with our preschool team and now taking on the role of Pre-K assistant. In her free time, she loves baking sweets and watching sports on tv!
  •  Julianna


    Year to Grow Lead Teacher
    Miss. Julianna is new to Goddard as of Spring 2022. She took on the role of the Year to Grow Teacher! Miss. Julianna is local to the Sparta community with two children of her own. She is in the process of completing her Child Development Associates. In her free time, she enjoys being a 'couch potato' watching Harry Potter!
  •  Thomas


    Before and After Care Teacher
    Mr. Tom is new to the Goddard world but he is extremely familiar with Before and After Care programs. He has worked for the YMCA program since 2017 and is also a STEM Specialist. He enjoys all things history and horror films.
  •  Rebecca


    Support Staff
    Miss. Becky is one of our Support Staff teachers. She received her bachelor's degree in art history in May 2023. She loves all things knitting, crocheting, and art! "I love being able to show my nurturing side and making special connections with each child".
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