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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. 

 Denise

Denise

Owner
With a background in business, Denise built this school based on two principles: recruit and retain the best talent and service the customer. This has resulted in a great teaching team who focus on the care and education of their students and a great administrative team who focus on faculty and families.
 Alissa

Alissa

Director
Alissa is the Center Director for our school. She has been with us for the past 10 years and has worked as a lead teacher in our First Steps program as well as our preschool and Kindergarten programs. Alissa holds her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is passionate about curriculum and early childhood education. As the Center Director, Alissa is responsible for recruiting and training our talented staff as well as ensuring the daily operations of the school are running smoothly.
 Devon

Devon

Director
Devon is our Infant/Toddler Director. She works closely with our infant/toddler staff to create a great first time school experience for our students and parents. She comes to us with her Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology and is most interested in helping our youngest students with their first words. Devon continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.
 Kaylene

Kaylene

Director
Kaylene is one of our school directors and oversees the Infant and Toddler Programs. She obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. Kaylene enjoys working with our youngest students and creating a nurturing and stimulating environment for them to learn and grow. She continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.
 Shawna

Shawna

Director
Shawna is one of our directors and is the coordinator for our toddler programs. Shawna moved to Reno from Orange County, CA in 2013. She started working at the Goddard School shortly after, and has been a wonderful addition to our team! She took some time off to stay home with her daughter, but then returned to the school to take over our toddler programs. For Shawna, the most important part of parenting/teaching is spending time outside with children! Shawna continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses and is currently participating in her CDA thru the Council for Professional Development.
 Taylor

Taylor

Director
Taylor is the center director for our satellite location. She grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and moved to Reno to attend the University of Nevada Reno. She graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. After graduation, she moved home to Las Vegas to teach at a local preschool in the three year old classroom. She recently moved back to Reno to further her collegiate studies. Taylor’s favorite thing about teaching is watching the children grow and being a part of the development process. Taylor continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses and is also completing classes to obtain her elementary education teaching credential.
 Ciara

Ciara

Lead Teacher
Ciara is a co-lead teacher in our Get Set two year old program. She comes to us with her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has taught gymnastics for seven years and preschool for two. She loves interacting with young children, watching them grow and overcome obstacles, achieve milestones, and develop into their own person. She believes children should be allowed to ask questions and explore their surroundings freely in a safe, loving, guided environment. She wants to go back to school to get her master’s degree in Speech Pathology. Ciara continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.
 Erin

Erin

Lead Teacher
Erin is the lead teacher in our First Steps classroom. She is a Reno, Nevada native. She graduated from The University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with a minor in Addiction Treatment Services. While in school she focused on infant and toddler development. The younger students have always been her favorite. When the weather is warm, you can find Erin spending time outside with her dog. Erin continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.
 Gayle

Gayle

Lead Teacher
Gayle is the lead teacher in our Preschool 2 program. Gayle moved to Reno with her family in 2007. She grew up in Nebraska and received her undergraduate in Fine Arts. Gayle recently received her Master of Early Childhood Education and her Nevada teaching certification. She has numerous years of experience teaching young children with the Washoe County School District. Gayle continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.
 Kailey

Kailey

Lead Teacher
Kailey is our lead Kindergarten teacher at our satellite location. She grew up in Reno, Nevada and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Elementary Education with an emphasis in English Language Acquisition from The University of Nevada, Reno. She is passionate about education, curriculum and child development. She loves teaching and is dedicated to continuing her education. Kailey continues her professional development training through Goddard University courses.
 Martha

Martha

Lead Teacher
Martha is the lead teacher in our Junior Kindergarten program at our satellite location. Martha is the oldest of four children and has lived in Reno since she was a young child. After graduating from North Valleys High School, she began her collegiate career at the University of Reno Nevada. She is currently studying Elementary Education and enjoys her Human Development classes most. While observing preschool classrooms for school assignments, Martha realized how much she enjoyed an early childcare setting. She is passionate about making a difference in children’s early life. Her favorite part of working with children is the personal bond she can build with them. Martha continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.
 Nicole

Nicole

Lead Teacher
Nicole is the co-lead teacher in our Junior Kindergarten program at our satellite location. Nicole is the middle child of three and has lived in Reno all her life. After graduating from Bishop Manogue High School, she began studying at the University of Nevada, Reno. In December of 2018 she received two bachelor’s degrees, first in Speech Pathology and Audiology and the other in Human Development and Family Studies. While teaching swim lessons, Nicole realized her passion for early childhood education. Her favorite part of working with children is seeing how fast they can learn in a short amount of time. Nicole continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.
 Torri

Torri

Lead Teacher
Torri is the co-lead teacher in our Preschool 2 classroom. Torri moved to Reno from Folsom, CA in 2017. She obtained her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Diversity from National University. Torri has a background working with children with developmental disabilities, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorder. Torri has enjoyed a previous career teaching kindergarten readiness programs and working as an assistant director for multiple preschool programs. Torri continues her professional development training through Goddard University courses.
 Ana

Ana

Assistant Teacher
Ana is the assistant teacher in our young toddler program. Ana is bilingual and teaches Spanish courses at The University of Nevada Reno. She likes to incorporate Spanish language learning as well as sign language into our early learning classrooms. Ana continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.
 Maria

Maria

Assistant Teacher
Maria is the assistant teacher in our Preschool 1 classroom. She was born in Guatemala but grew up in California. She is working on a degree in Child Psychology with Southern New Hampshire University. She has been working with children in early childhood educational setting for the last several years and loves seeing them learn and helping them improve their skills. She continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.
 Molly

Molly

Assistant Teacher
Molly is an assistant teacher in our Preschool 2 classroom. Molly grew up in Reno, Nevada. She is currently attending the University of Nevada Reno, majoring in Social Work and Child Advocacy. She has worked with young children for the last year at a local child care facility and is dedicated to continuing her learning experience in order to find her career path in early childhood education. Molly continues her professional development training through Goddard Systems University courses.
 Shannon

Shannon

Assistant Teacher
Shannon is the lead teacher in our infant classroom and is currently being sponsored through the Infant and Toddler Child Development Associates program. Shannon was born and raised in Martinez, CA. She attended The University of Nevada Reno where she earned a degree in Public Health and a minor in Dance. Shannon is also continuing her education and training to become both a birth and postpartum doula. She loves watching babies reach important milestones and making them laugh! Shannon continues her professional development training through Goddard University courses.
 Emily

Emily

Resource
Emily is a resource teacher who mainly supports our one year old programs. Emily is currently a junior attending the University of Nevada Reno, double majoring in Spanish and International Affairs. After graduation, she would like to teach Spanish to preschool aged children, perhaps in a dual language school. Her favorite thing about working with kids is watching them grow and begin to understand the world around them; there's also never a dull moment! She believes that early childhood education should be fun and energetic - teachers should have just as much enthusiasm in teaching their kids as the kids have learning. She also believes that learning through play in a safe and comfortable environment is a key part of childhood education. Emily continues her professional development training through Goddard University courses.
 Erica

Erica

Resource
Erica is our Assistant Director who plans and implements the calendar of events and our quarterly family events. Erica has previously taught in our infant program as an assistant teacher, and was also an assistant teacher in our three year old preschool program for a short time. Erica holds her degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Elementary Education and has experience as a math resource teacher for the Washoe County School District.
 Gabby

Gabby

Resource
Gabby is one of our resource teachers who mainly supports our infant/toddler programs. She is from Las Vegas, NV where she lived her whole life until moving to Reno for college, where she graduated from UNR with her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Since high school, she has worked with children at summer camps, in an elementary school, on mission trips, and now here at Goddard. She is currently doing an internship with the Reno Police Department’s Victim Services Unit where she hopes she will be able to eventually pursue a career in an effort help as many children and families in our Reno community. Gabby continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.
 Hannah

Hannah

Resource
Hannah is a resource teacher that mainly supports our two year old toddler programs. She was born and raised in Dayton, Nevada. She is currently attending The University of Nevada, Reno and pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. She loves children and animals and hopes to one day own her own preschool. Hannah continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.
 Jennifer

Jennifer

Resource
Jennifer is one of our resource teachers who mainly supports our infant and one's programs. She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She currently attends the University of Nevada, Reno where she is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology and a minor in Community Health Sciences. She hopes to continue her education to get a master's degree in Speech Pathology. She loves to see the growth of the children while they learn and become their own little person. Coming into work, communicating and laughing with the babies is the best part of her day! Jennifer continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.
 Lauren

Lauren

Resource
Lauren is one of our resource teachers who mainly supports our two year old programs. She was born and raised in Ripon, California. She currently attends The University of Nevada, Reno where she is pursuing a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Developmental Disabilities. Prior to attending UNR, Lauren played volleyball at Butte College and earned A.A. degrees in Liberal Studies, as well as Social and Behavioral Science. Lauren loves interacting with children and enjoys watching them learn. She continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.
 Miranda

Miranda

Resource
Miranda is a resource teacher who mainly supports our preschool programs. Miranda joins us with her bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology. She enjoys working with children of all ages and is passionate about early childhood development and attachment. She believes that providing a consistent, safe, and fun learning space is the best way to foster a child’s confidence and help them in growing their skills. Miranda is planning to return to school to obtain her master’s degree in Child Development.  Miranda continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.
 Shelby

Shelby

Resource
Shelby is a resource teacher for our junior kindergarten program at our satellite location. Shelby grew up in Reno and graduated from McQueen High School in 2017 with a Career and Technical Education Certificate in Human Development. Growing up with seven siblings, Shelby has always loved interacting with young children and taking care of her younger siblings. She plans to study Early Childhood Education and Special Education at TMCC. Shelby loves watching young minds grow and learn about the world around them. Shelby continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.
 Sydnie

Sydnie

Resource
Sydnie is a resource teacher who mainly supports our infant and one's programs. Sydnie is currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, majoring in Elementary Education with emphasis in Special Education. After graduation she plans to be a teacher in the local school district. Sydnie is passionate about working with children and supporting their development, and loves watching them grow throughout the years. Sydnie continues her professional development training through Goddard System University courses.

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