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. 

  •  Chelli & Ryan

    Chelli & Ryan

    Onsite Owner
    Chelli and Ryan Motherway are the on-site owners of The Goddard School in South Reno. Chelli has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace University. Prior to becoming an owner of The Goddard School, she worked in the field of human resource management focusing on employee relations. Ryan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from UCLA and has a MBA from Case Western University. Prior to Goddard, he worked in the field of industrial distribution. During his tenure, he gained valuable experience in operations management. They have two children who are both graduates of The Goddard School and are excited to provide families the same great experience they had as Goddard parents.
  •  Crissy

    Crissy

    Center Director/Infant & Toddler Director
    Center/Infant & Toddler Director Hi, my name is Crissy and I started here at The Goddard School, South Reno in 2008 as a teacher and became the Assistant Director in 2012. In 2016 I became Director. I grew up here in Nevada and love the small town community that we still have in Reno. I have worked in Early Childhood since 2006 and obtained a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development & Family Studies from The University of Nevada, Reno. I have served on the Reno Association for the Education of Young Children board as the Historian. I enjoy watching children grow and discover the world around them, while guiding and shaping their young minds.
  •  Kristi

    Kristi

    Preschool Director
    Preschool Director My name is Kristi and I have been with the Goddard School, South Reno since 2015. I have worked in all roles starting as a Flex Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and Lead Teacher. In 2020 I became the Assistant Director, and a few months later the Director. I have worked in Early Childhood Education since 2010, and I have my CDA Credential. I am currently enrolled at TMCC continuing my education. I have experience working with children in different demographics, including a mental health capacity. I am very grateful for the knowledge I have gained over the years that I am able to apply every day. I have also been fortunate to experience Goddard from a parent perspective, I love the care and compassion my daughter receives every day!
  •  Paula

    Paula

    Assistant Director
    • Ms. Paula has taught at our school since 2017 and studied Psychology at the University of California Berkley. She has also earned several credits of training specific to Child Development. She is currently in the process of earning her Child Development Associate. • She has been working with children for 24 years. • As a teacher, Ms. Paula enjoys watching the children learn and playing a role in their development. • Ms. Paula’s favorite season is Spring because the days are longer and warmer, and flowers are blooming. • Her favorite activity outside of Goddard is attending musicals.
  •  Anna

    Anna

    Lead Teacher - Polar Bears
    Lead Teacher - Polar Bears • Ms. Anna is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and enrolled to complete her CDA Spring 2021. • She has 4 years of direct teaching experience, has volunteered as a day camp counselor since 2013, and is a middle child of 9 siblings. • Ms. Anna loves watching children’s eyes light up when they make connections and discoveries. • Her favorite season is Fall because she prefers chilly weather, warm sweaters, and hot coffee. • In her spare time, she is a fiber artist, actor, and writer.
  •  Cierra

    Cierra

    Lead Teacher - Joeys
    Joeys – Infants • Ms. Cierra has earned her AA in Child Development, B.S. in Child and Adolescent Development, and is currently working towards her master's to become a Child Life Specialist. • She has worked with children for 4 years as a Lead Teacher and was an Early Interventionist for 6 months. • Ms. Cierra loves to see children grow and learn in all areas of development. • Her favorite season is Spring because she loves to see the flowers bloom and enjoy the sunshine. • Outside of work, she enjoys exploring nature and going on hikes, as well as, spending time with her family.
  •  Evelyn

    Evelyn

    Lead Teacher - Foxes
    Monkeys - Two-year-olds •Ms. Evelyn has earned numerous credits of training specific to Child Development. She is currently in the process of earning her Child Development Associate. •She has been working with children for 3 years in a professional setting. •As a teacher, Ms. Evelyn loves teaching the children new things and watching them grow every day. •Ms. Evelyn’s favorite season is Fall because the leaves change colors and the weather gets colder. She also loves winter and the snow. •Her favorite activities outside of Goddard are going camping with her family, road trips when the weather is nice, and anything outdoors.
  •  Jocelyn

    Jocelyn

    Lead Teacher - Monkeys
    Monkey - Two-year-olds • Ms. Joecy is going to attend TMCC in the Spring to continue her education in Early Childhood Education. • She has worked with children professionally for almost six years and feels that her daughter has taught her a lot too! • As a teacher, Ms. Joecy loves that kids think you are the coolest person no matter what you are doing. “I could draw a line and they’ll be amazed!” • Ms. Joecy’s favorite season is the Fall! She loves when it starts to get chilly and rain. She actually likes the wind and says that Fall is the perfect season to wear her Doc Martens! • Her favorites activity outside of work is to go out and shop with her daughter and family!
  •  Lorena

    Lorena

    Lead Teacher - Pandas
    Pandas - One-year-olds • Ms. Lorena has been teaching at our school since 2010 and has completed her Child Development Associate. • She has been working with children ages 2 to 4 years for over 20 years. • As a teacher, Ms. Lorena loves to help children explore new experiences in life and watching them grow. • Ms. Lorena’s favorite season is Summer because she loves to go camping, hiking and other outdoor activities. • Her favorite activity outside of Goddard is trying new restaurants in town.
  •  Ronda

    Ronda

    Lead Teacher-Penguins
    Penguins - One-year-olds • Ms. Ronda has been teaching at our school since 2009 and earned numerous credits of training specific to Child Development. • She has been working with children for 27 years. • As a teacher, Ms. Ronda loves to watch the children’s progress and the unconditional love they give, as well as their innocence. • Ms. Ronda’s favorite season is Spring because she loves the blooming of the flowers and trees, and the grass turning green. • Her favorite activity outside of Goddard is spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren’s sports activities.
  •  Samantha

    Samantha

    Lead Teacher-Explorer
    Explorers – Pre-Kindergarten • Ms. Samantha received her Human Development & Family Studies degree from Auburn University. • She has been teaching in a classroom for over a year and has over a decade of experience nannying. • Ms. Samantha loves how much fun children bring to every situation. • Her favorite season is Spring because you can do all the activities. • Outside of Goddard, Ms. Samantha enjoys being outdoors – hiking, biking, skiing.
  •  Sarah

    Sarah

    Lead Teacher - Explorers
    Explorers - Pre-Kindergarten • Ms. Sarah has earned her Bachelor’s in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. • She has been with children in an informal setting for 6 years and in a professional setting for over a year. • As a teacher, Ms. Sarah loves creating meaningful bonds with her students and creating fun teaching moments. • Her favorite season is Summer, because she loves the warm weather and traveling to lakes and beaches. • Ms. Sarah’s favorite activity outside of work is spending time with her family and friends.
  •  Shawn

    Shawn

    Co-Lead Teacher
    Joeys - Infants • Ms. Shawn has her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Spanish Language from UNR. • She has worked with children for the last 5 years at a Head Start Preschool in Truckee. • Ms. Shawn loves how much the children remind her to live in the moment and enjoy the simple things. She loves being able to see the developmental progress children make in their first 5 years and the smile on their faces when they learn something new. • Her favorite season is Summer! She loves relaxing on the beach. • Outside of work, Ms. Shawn loves going camping with her family and dog!
  •  Angel

    Angel

    Assistant Teacher - Panda
    Pandas – One-year-olds • Ms. Angel has attended Northwest Community College and Such A Voice Academy. • She has experience working professionally with toddlers. • She loves getting to help children use their imaginations to learn and progress. • Her favorite season is Fall because she gets tot wear cozy sweaters and boots, the weather is amazing most of the time, plus Halloween and her birthday are in October. • Outside if work, Ms., Angel enjoys singing, acting, impressions, and exploring nature with her fiancé.
  •  Bre

    Bre

    Assistant Teacher - Foxes
    Foxes – Preschool • Ms. Bre is currently working towards completing her CDA, Child Development Associate. • She has over 6 years of experience working professionally with children. • Ms. Bre loves teaching children something new and seeing them learn and grow. • Her favorite season is Fall because she loves the weather and leaves falling. • Outside of work, Ms. Bre enjoys going hiking and photography.
  •  Ecko

    Ecko

    Assistant Teacher - Pandas
    Pandas - One Year-olds • Ms. Ecko is currently pursuing her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and has earned numerous credits of training specific to Child Development. • She has been working with children for over a 1 year in a professional setting. • As a teacher, Ms. Ecko enjoys working with children because of their energy. She appreciates seeing their creativity and growth as they learn and master different skills. • Ms. Ecko’s favorite season is late Spring, Summer and early Fall because it is the warmest time of the year and she can travel. She also enjoys Fall because it is a time for friends and family to come together for the upcoming holidays. • Her favorite activities outside of Goddard are hiking, traveling, hanging out with friends, swimming, biking, reading, drawing and crafts.
  •  Keilani

    Keilani

    Assistant Teacher
    Polar Bears - Preschool • Ms. Keilani is currently working towards her ECE Degree. • She has worked with children while leading bible camp groups, teaching Sunday school, and as a nanny. • Ms. Keilani loves that not only are you teaching kids but there is also a lot that you can learn from them. • Her favorite season is Summer because there are so many fun adventures and trips to go on with her family and friends. • Outside of work, she likes to hike and hang out with her friends.
  •  Kelly

    Kelly

    Assistant Teacher - Giraffes
    Giraffes - Two-year-olds • Ms. Kelly received her high school diploma from McQueen High School. • She has experience working with young children as a nanny. • Ms. Kelly enjoys listening to children and adapting her teaching style to fit their individual needs. • Her favorite season is Summer because she likes to do outside activities. • Outside of Goddard, Ms. Kelly likes to take walks on the beach.
  •  Megan

    Megan

    Assistant Teacher - Eagle
    Eagles – Pre-Kindergarten • Ms. Megan has earned her associate degree in Early Childhood Education. • She has over 1-year experience working with children professionally. • Ms. Megan loves learning from the kids. They teach her as much as she teaches them. • Her favorite season is Summer because she loves the lake and being with family. • Outside of work, she loves hiking.
  •  Pam

    Pam

    Assistant Teacher
    Eagles – Pre-Kindergarten •Ms. Pam has earned over 150 credits of training specific to Child Development. •She has been working with children for over 7 years in a professional setting. •As a teacher, Ms. Pam loves the sparkle in their eyes when they learn something new. •Ms. Pam’s favorite season is Fall because of all the colors and the cozy feeling of the change in weather. •Her favorite activities outside of Goddard are going hiking, painting with watercolors, and drawing. She also enjoys spending time with her family.
  •  Tracy

    Tracy

    Assistant Teacher - Monkeys
    Flex Teacher • Ms. Tracy has started her Child Development Associate Certification. • She has worked with school-age children for the last 8 years. • Ms. Tracy loves how kids have the willingness to learn and loves the smile that teaching brings to children when they learn something new. • Her favorite season is Spring because it is the time of the year when new things bloom and have a fresh start. • Outside of work, Ms. Tracy loves to be artistic and hanging out with friends and family.
  •  Angelique

    Angelique

    Flex Teacher
    Flex Teacher • Ms. Angelique is studying Special Education with an emphasis on students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing at UNR. • She has volunteered in Elementary school classrooms for two years and worked with children in a children’s event center. • Ms. Angelique says,” There are so many fun teaching moments, seeing kids’ excitement and their face light up when they learn something new is so rewarding.” • Her favorite season is Fall because she loves the trees changing colors, the days are shorter and it is the perfect time to turn on the fireplace and movie nights. • Outside of work, Ms. Angelique enjoys playing and traveling with her dog, Paisley! She is two years old and she brought her home when she was just 8 weeks old.
  •  Anna

    Anna

    Flex Teacher
    Flex Teacher • Ms. Anna is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education at the University for Nevada, Reno. • She has worked with children of all ages, including as an elementary and middle school substitute and as a nanny. • Ms. Anna loves how children are not afraid to be themselves. She enjoys teaching because she loves helping them, as well as, watching them grow. • Her favorites seasons are Winter, because she loves the snow, and Spring, because she loves the rain! • Outside of work, she loves building legos and hanging out with her chameleon.
  •  DJ

    DJ

    Flex Teacher
    Flex Teacher • Ms. DJ is currently attending the University of Nevada, Reno to earn her B.A. in Digital Media with a minor in Theatre. • She has 3 years of experience working with children in a professional setting. • Ms. DJ loves watching the kids learn and grow. • Her favorite season is Summer. She loves to attend Food Truck Fridays, watching fireworks on the Fourth of July and celebrating her birthday. • Outside of work she loves kickboxing and hanging out with her friends.
  •  Elle

    Elle

    Flex Teacher
    Flex Teacher – Part-Time Summer Resource • Ms. Elle is a junior at Bishop Manogue High School. • She is new to the field, but has experience with babysitting. • Ms. Elle loves watching children grow and develop throughout their childhood. • Her favorite season is Winter because there are lots of holidays and fun activities to do. • Outside of Goddard, Elle devotes a lot of time to basketball, playing for Bishop Manogue HS and a travel team.
  •  Gabriela

    Gabriela

    Flex Teacher
    Flex Teacher • Ms. Gabby has over seven years of experience working with children. • She loves getting to know each and every one of the children in her care and having fun while interacting and doing activities with them. • Her favorite season is Winter, because she loves the snow and how the days are always gloomy. • Outside of work, Ms. Gabby likes to walk her two dogs and enjoys eating and binge-watching shows.
  •  Natalie

    Natalie

    Flex Teacher
    Flex Teacher • Ms. Natalie is currently working towards her Bachler’s Degree in Human Development & Family Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. • She has experience working with elementary-aged students at the Boys and Girls Club. • Ms. Natalie loves seeing children grow and become excited about learning new things. • Her favorite season is Spring because it’s warm enough to be outside but not too hot. • When not at work, she loves cooking.
  •  Savannah

    Savannah

    Flex Teacher
    Flex Teacher • Ms. Savannah has been working with children professionally since the beginning of 2020. • She loves that they all have their own unique personalities. • Ms. Savannahs favorite seasons are Fall and Winter, because of her birthday and family gatherings during that time. • Outside of work, she loves to sleep, being with family and her pets, and color.

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