Our Teachers

Our teachers blend the highest education standards with nurturing care to help foster well-rounded child development.

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. 

  •  Sumara and Imran

    Sumara and Imran

    Owners
    Hello, we are Sumara and Imran, proud owners of the Goddard School located in Stirling, New Jersey. We are thrilled to be able to provide The Goddard School’s outstanding program to the children and families of the surrounding communities. Before opening the Goddard School, we spent our careers in the financial industry working on Wall Street. As working parents, we struggled to find a high-quality program until the Goddard School opened in our area. Experiencing first-hand the value of a strong educational foundation and recognizing the need and demand for a high-quality alternative to childcare, we opened our school in May of 2019. Inspired by how our two children thrived at our local Goddard School, our mission is to provide a school that enriches a child’s emotional, social, intellectual and physical development while preparing them for success in the 21st Century, and providing the foundation for a lifelong love of learning in a safe and nurturing environment. We are also committed to providing an eco-friendly clean environment for our students and proud to be offering a choice of an organic food program. We invite your family to visit our brand-new state of the art school in Stirling. We are excited to introduce you to our incredible faculty, including our Education Director, and look forward to talking with you about the Goddard School’s play-based curriculum. Thank you for the opportunity to share in your child's growth!
  • Ms Lourdes

    Ms Lourdes

    Director
    Mrs. Lourdes is the Education Director at The Goddard School of Longhill Twp. Lourdes has been working with children for over 27 years. She worked at Primrose in SC, and at KinderCare in Connecticut for 22 years. Grew up in New Jersey and moved away 38 years ago and came back full circle. I have two sons and two beautiful granddaughters. With a passion for working with children and making a difference, she believes that the preschool years are a wonderful age to foster a life long love of learning and is committed to facilitating positive and enriching experience for all children and families during their time here! “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” By Angela Schwindt
  • Ms Kimberly

    Ms Kimberly

    Education Coordinator
    Education Coordinator Ms. Kimberly began her career with The Goddard School as an Assistant Director. She has been working with children for eight years previously at the Goddard School in Clinton, as an Assistant and the Lead Preschool Teacher. Ms. Kimberly had strived to work with parents to best prepare each child for kindergarten and beyond. She has become our Education Coordinator and is looking forward to working with all ages and families. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, and especially enjoys sharing her love of reading with her 2 nieces. She loves hanging out with her Fiancé and her puppy Maya on a big farm, being outdoors, and making decorations for parties. She is very excited to be part of the Goddard Family in Long Hill Township.
  • Ms Shahreen

    Ms Shahreen

    Regional Director of Educational Excellence and Learning
    Shahreen Mourad, newly appointed Regional Director for Goddard Long Hill and Clinton, is a seasoned professional in Early Childhood Education. She holds a Bachelor’s in Finance and dual Masters in General and Special Early Childhood Education, along with School Building Leadership. With over 8 years in teaching and 3 years as an Assistant Principal in NYC, she’s demonstrated exceptional leadership across six educational sites. Shahreen champions the importance of early education, focusing on creating nurturing and inclusive environments that prioritize student voice. Her student-centered approach has yielded significant improvements in both social-emotional development and academic success. Transitioning into administrative roles, she’s shaped educational programs and supported dynamic teaching methods. Also a mother of two, Shahreen understands the multifaceted impact of education. Her leadership promises to enhance the Goddard brand by nurturing each child’s unique
  • Ms Erica

    Ms Erica

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Erica is a lead teacher in the Pre-K 2 classroom. She has worked in the child care field for 6 years, teaching children from preschool to kindergarten. She has her Associates from Union County College, and looks forward to completing an RBT program to work with children on the spectrum in the future. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and dog! She is excited to be a part of the wonderful Goddard family!
  • Ms Constance

    Ms Constance

    Lead Teacher
    My name is Ms. Connie and I am a Lead Teacher in Preschool. I have completed all my schooling for the Child Development Associate. I study two different languages and enjoy teaching myself multiple things. I have participated in theater for years and know how to play the piano, sing and dance. My favorite part about working with children is being able to apply different methods of teaching and watching them flourish. I 'm passionate about leaving lasting impressions and gaining my student's trust. My favorite part about working at Goddard is being a positive influence in their life and having them enjoy coming to school. My mission is to fill them with knowledge and empathy for others. I strive to teach children that they are important, smart, cared for and listened to. “A person is a person, no matter how small.” - Dr. Seuss
  • Ms Kamola

    Ms Kamola

    Lead Teacher
    My name is Kamola Ishankhodjaeva and I am a teacher in the Infant room. I have experience teaching English at the GS Academy for 2 years. I live in New Jersey with my husband, teenage daughter, and two adorable dogs. I love traveling and learning about new cultures. I like to cook and practice martial arts. I enjoy seeing the lovely smiles of kids every morning at Goddard. I am originally from Uzbekistan and have a bachelor's degree in Economics.
  • Ms Anllely

    Ms Anllely

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Anllely is a Lead Teacher in our Young Toddlers classroom. She has worked with children for over seven years ranging from Toddlers to Pre-K. She is currently studying to earn her CDA. Her favorite part about working at Goddard is leaving long-lasting impressions on students. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the park with her son and watching movies.
  • Ms Siera

    Ms Siera

    Assistant Teacher
    I am Ms. Siera and I am an Assistant Teacher in Pre-K. I graduated from Union County College with an Associate Degree in Education and transferred to Kean University. I am currently majoring in Early Childhood Education with dual certification of Students with Disabilities and Math. I am also minoring in American Sign Language. I have worked in the child care field for almost four years and enjoy learning new programs and processes. What I love about working with children is that I am able to watch, experience, and help their imagination and knowledge grow to their fullest potential. Most importantly what I love about education is that I learn from my students as much as they learn from me. During my free time I enjoy watching movies, traveling, and learning new abilities.
  • Ms Celine

    Ms Celine

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Celine is an Lead Teacher in the Young Toddler classroom. With a B.A. in Art Therapy, she continues her Masters at Caldwell University. Having spent half her life advocating for mental health, Miss Celine finds working with children to be especially rewarding. She is beyond excited and humbled to join the Goddard family, and to introduce the world to these future leaders!
  • Ms Mileidy

    Ms Mileidy

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Mileidy is an Assistant Teacher in our Toddler Classroom. She is trilingual and completed her studies in Venezuela. She takes pride in helping children day by day by providing a nurturing environment. Some of her hobbies include drawing, reading and dancing.
  • Ms Maren

    Ms Maren

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Maren graduated from Loyola University with a degree in biology and a minor in business. She has worked in childcare for over a year and is a resource teacher here at the Goddard School. She is a certified personal trainer and an indoor cycling instructor. In her free time, she likes to read, write, and participate in CrossFit.
  • Ms Faline

    Ms Faline

    Assistant Teacher
    Hi, I'm Faline, I have been working at The Goddard School of Long Hill for a couple of years. I have an Associates degree in Early Education. My passions are cooking and traveling. I am happy to be apart of The Goddard School and helping your children grow and develop.
  • Ms Patricia

    Ms Patricia

    Assistant Teacher
    Hi, I am Ms. Pati. I retired in 2019 as a Director of a Retention Department. I love animals and kids, I currently have 2 Siberian cats. In April I will be with The Goddard School of Long Hill for a year as a part time employee. I work in the Infant room and absolutely love it. The staff is wonderful to work with. I couldn’t have ask for or found a better job for my retirement years. I love being apart of the growth and development of the children.
  • Ms Shelby

    Ms Shelby

    Assistant Teacher
    Hello, I'm Shelby, an assistant teacher at The Goddard School. I recently graduated from Kean University with a degree in Business Management. The Goddard School is a fun place to work, plus it is great that I can assist parents in guiding and teaching the next generation of future leaders and world changers! In my free time I enjoy practicing taekwondo, listening to Kpop music, reading, walking, cooking, baking and spending time with family and friends.
  • Ms Josephine

    Ms Josephine

    Resource
    Ms. Jo is a Resource Teacher here at the Goddard School. She joined us in September. She retired from working in a high school for 25 years and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. She is looking forward to watching all the Goddard children grow and learn this year.
  • Ms Merly

    Ms Merly

    Assistant Teacher
    Hi, I am Ms. Merly and I would like to start off by saying how excited I am to be part of the Goddard’s family. I have been working with children for almost 9 years. I have 2 beautiful girls 9 and 12. Teaching has always been my passion. I love children, I always enjoy teaching others learn and grow. I love seeing their smiles in the morning and I always leave with a smile on my face. When I’m not teaching I enjoy going places with my family. I love cooking with my girls and trying new recipes. My daughter’s names are Mia (9) and Cianni (12). They are both currently taking Taekwondo, swimming lessons, and basketball. I enjoy working at Goddard and watching the children learn and understand new things.
  • Ms Celine

    Ms Celine

    Lead Teacher
    Ms. Celine is the Lead Teacher in our Preschool 1 classroom. She has always had a passion for children even at a young age. She has many years of childcare experience, ranging from infants to preschool. Being apart of a child's life is the most rewarding experience. During her free time she enjoys listening to music, going to the gym and being with friends and family.
  • Ms Maria

    Ms Maria

    Assistant Teacher
    Hi my name is Maria better known to your kid's as Miss Maria. I have been a teachers' assistant for about two years, truly enjoy what I do and being around your children is an experience I enjoy everyday. In addition I have worked as a volunteer for many years working with children with disabilities. I have 3 children of my own. The best part of my day is when your child asks for a hug, from me.
  • Ms Alexandra

    Ms Alexandra

    AssiistantTeacher
    Hi! My name is Miss. Alex and I am an assistant teacher in the First Steps classroom. I am a resident of Long Hill myself! I began working at the Goddard School in September of 2023 and have enjoyed being part of a loving and supportive team. Previously, I worked at Creme de la Creme in Colorado for a year and I have had a passion for working with kids ever since I started teaching. In my free time, I attend my hip hop dance class, I spend time with my friends and family, and I enjoy baking too! I love to ski and surf as well. My favorite sport is hockey and have fun going to see the NJ Devils play at the prudential center arena. I am fluent in Russian and Kazakh as I was adopted from Kazakhstan when I was 23 months and have never stopped speaking time. I work as an EMT on the weekends as it brightens my day to help people in need. I hope to thrive and be the best teacher I can be for your kids and I am grateful to work with such an amazing team!
  • Ms Angelica

    Ms Angelica

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Angelica has been working in childcare for 6 years and loves every moment of it. Being able to help and mentor young children's minds. Working in childcare has been the best thing ever and she is so happy to get to continue her passion at the Goddard School of Long Hill. She is currently taking classes to obtain a certificate in the medical field.
  • Ms Gia

    Ms Gia

    Assistant Teacher
    Hello! My name is Gia and I have been working at Goddard since February of 2023. I just graduated High School and will be attending college in the Fall to become an Ultrasound Tech. I love having the opportunity to work with kids. They are always a ray of sunshine.
  • Ms Karen

    Ms Karen

    Assistant Teacher
    Hello, my name is Karen Ceciliano and I am currently working in the Infant classroom. Working with children has been a source of joy and inspiration for my life and I am absolutely delighted in seeing children grow and interact with the world, forming their own personalities and knowledge. Currently I am enrolled in college, halfway through obtaining an associate in Child and Family studies, with hopes of completing my degree in education. I am a Spanish speaker and I love to incorporate my language in my communication to hopefully build understanding of both English and Spanish for those I am privileged in taking care of. I love cooking and learning cuisines from different cultures, which allow me to learn more about the world around me. If I am not cooking, I am reading novels or discovering new music to introduce others to. I like to think of myself as an explorer of the world around me, enriching myself with new things everyday.
  • Ms Haleemah

    Ms Haleemah

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Haleemah is an Assistant Teacher in our Toddler classroom, she has been working in childcare for 2 years. She has worked with children 2 - 5 years old. She is very excited to be apart of the Goddard Team. She always has had a passion for children even at a young age. She plans to continue her education. During her free time she enjoy cooking, baking, music and dancing.
  • Ms Caitilin

    Ms Caitilin

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Caitilin is excited to join the Goddard Family. She graduated with her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Union County College. She has been working in childcare for over 7 years, especially with children from 3-4 years old. The most rewarding thing for her working with children is seeing the children apply the things she teaches them for everyday life. During her free time, she enjoy crocheting amigurumi and reading novels. She also enjoys walking and spending time with her family. She is super excited to begin her journey with Goddard Long Hill and to see where it takes her!
  • Ms Gina

    Ms Gina

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Gina is an Assistant Teacher in our Preschool 2 classroom. She graduated from the University of Scranton, studying Early Education. Since then she has been the Lead Teacher of Preschool at St. John's school in Pennsylvania and a Kindergarten teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Somerville, NJ. Her and her family moved to New Jersey from Philadelphia only a few years ago and fell in love with New Jersey immediately! I am so excited to be part of the Goddard School family and look forward to getting to know each and every one of your children!
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