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!
  •  Cierra

    Cierra

    Assistant Director
    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.
  •  Shawn

    Shawn

    Lead Teacher - Joeys
    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!
  •  Ronda

    Ronda

    Lead Teacher-Penguins
    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.
  •  Lorena

    Lorena

    Lead Teacher - Pandas
    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 watch 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.
  •  Evelyn

    Evelyn

    Lead Teacher - Monkeys
    Ms. Evelyn has earned her Child Development Credential and has over 6 years of experience working with children in a professional setting. She said that loves teaching and watching the kids improve their development skills and seeing them soak up all of your knowledge and that they are little sponges and pick up things so fast. Ms. Evelyn's favorite season is snow because she loves seeing the snow on the trees and on the mountains and bundling up at home with a cup of coffee. Outside of work, her favorite activities are hiking and exploring nature, reading books at home, and practicing her cooking skills.
  •  Brandy

    Brandy

    Lead Teacher - Giraffes
    Ms. Brandy received her Associate Degree from TMCC. She has over 16 years of professional experience working with children. Ms. Brandy loves watching children's developmental progress. Her favorite seasons are spring and fall as the weather isn't excruciating and it is excellent playtime weather. Outside of work, Ms. Brandy loves family time and any outside activity.
  •  Nicole

    Nicole

    Lead Teacher - Foxes
    Ms. Nicole graduated from TMCC with her Associate of Applied Science Degree and is currently pursuing her Culinary degree. She has worked with children of all ages for over 22 years. Ms. Nicole enjoys watching them learn and grow and seeing their smiling faces every day. Her favorite season is fall because she loves seeing the leaves change colors and the weather is a little bit cooler. Outside of work, Ms. Nicole enjoys going to Tahoe, her happy place, and cooking, drawing, and spending time with her friends and family!
  •  DJ

    DJ

    Lead Teacher - Polar Bears
    Ms. DJ earned her Bachelors of Art in Digital Media from UNR and is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate credential. She has 4 years of experience working with children in a professional setting. Ms. DJ also serves our community by being a member of the Nevada Army National Guard. Her favorite season is Summer. She loves to attend Food Truck Fridays, watch fireworks on the Fourth of July and celebrate her birthday. Outside of work she loves kickboxing and hanging out with her friends.
  •  Kylie

    Kylie

    Lead Teacher - Polar Bears
    Ms. Kylie has earned her Bachelor's in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood and a minor in Human Development & Family Studies from UNR. She worked at the Child & Family Research Center at the university with infants through 4-year-olds and three years in the Washoe County School District teaching 4th and 3rd grade. Ms. Kylie loves teaching children new skills and watching them develop and grow. She also loves how different every child is and getting to know their personalities and likes. Her favorite season is fall, because of the perfect weather, she loves the "spooky season," it is her birthday and the activities that come with fall. Outside of work, Ms. Kylie loves hanging out with family and friends and going to Lake Tahoe for beach days, hikes, and gorgeous views.
  •  Pam

    Pam

    Lead Teacher - Eagles
    Ms. Pam has earned over 150 credits of training specific to Child Development and has earned her CDA, Child Development Associate. 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.
  •  Tricia

    Tricia

    Co-Lead Eagles
    Ms. Tricia has earned her Bachelor's in Elementary Education with an emphasis in English Language Acquisition and Development from Sierra Nevada University and her Associates in Psychology. She has over 14 years of experience working with age groups 2 to 14 years old in a professional setting. Ms. Tricia loves that when teaching children they also teach her! She loves seeing the growth and development throughout the students learning. It is a great compassion of hers to help kids reach their highest potential and have fun while learning. Ms. Tricia's favorite season is Fall as she loves how the weather feels in fall and the changing colors of leaves. Outside of work, she loves hiking, meditating, and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs. They love paddle boarding in Tahoe and camping.
  •  Samantha

    Samantha

    Lead Teacher-Explorer
    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, and skiing.
  •  Megan

    Megan

    Co-Lead Teacher Explorers
    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.
  •  Ikbal

    Ikbal

    Assistant Teacher - Joeys
    Ms. Ikbal has earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Uludag University in Turkey and is working towards completing her Early Childhood Associates Degree through West Valley College. She has worked with toddler and preschool-aged children since 2020 and has been a substitute teacher for the Washoe County School District. Ms. Ikbal loves to be with kids and see how they grow on their journey. She loves helping their minds develop and teaching communication skills. Her favorite season is Spring because the weather is nice, not too hot and not too cold. She also loves that there is more daylight, and you can stay outside longer. Outside of work, Ms. Ikbal loves to meet up with friends and have coffee together.
  •  Tracy

    Tracy

    Assistant Teacher - Penguins
    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.
  •  Savannah

    Savannah

    Assistant Teacher - Pandas
    Ms. Savannah has been working with children professionally since the beginning of 2020. She loves that they all have their own unique personalities. Ms. Savannah's 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.
  •  Jocelyn

    Jocelyn

    Assistant Teacher - Monkeys
    Ms. Joecy has earned her CDA, Child Development Associate. 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 favorite activity outside of work is to go out and shop with her daughter and family!
  •  Gladdys

    Gladdys

    Assistant Teacher - Foxes
    Ms. Gladdys has earned her Bachelor of Science with a major in Human Development & Family Studies from UNR. She grew up babysitting and completed her internship at the Child & Family Research Center at UNR. Ms. Gladdys loves being able to watch children grow, learn new things, and being able to watch them explore the world. Her favorite seasons are fall and winter because of the holidays and being able to get cozy and spend time with family. Outside of work, Ms. Gladdys loves spending time with her family and friends and taking her dog to walk at the park.
  •  Julia

    Julia

    Assistant Teacher - Penguins
    Ms. Julia graduated high school and is looking forward to enrolling in a professional development program in the near future. She grew up taking care of her niece and nephews, which created a desire to work in child care. Ms. Julia loves that children are learning and trying to be the best versions of themselves. Her favorite season is winter; the cold brings her comfort and reminds her of love and warmth. Outside of work, Ms. Julia loves writing, it is a huge passion of hers.
  •  Angelique

    Angelique

    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 have 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.
  •  Felicia

    Felicia

    Flex Teacher
    Ms. Felicia has earned her AACT, CTE Teaching and Training Certified. She completed her internship at Silver Lake Elementary School and has worked as a private nanny. She loves watching kids grow and learn. Ms. Felicia's favorite season is winter and the first snow of the season is her favorite. Outside of work, she loves to crochet and make hats for friends!
  •  Jo

    Jo

    Flex Teacher
    Jo has received their Associate's degree in Natural Sciences. They have volunteered throughout middle and high school working with children and recently tutored math with middle school students. Jo loves reading with kids and talking about the day and how it is going. Their favorite season is Spring, because of the new beginnings. Outside of work, Jo enjoys dancing, yoga, and reading.
  •  Jeremiah

    Jeremiah

    Flex Teacher
    Mr. Jeremiah graduated from North Valleys High School and has over 5 years of professional experience working with children. He loves that children say the darndest things and they have such loving hearts. Mr. Jeremiah's favorite seasons are autumn and winter because he loves the sight, sounds, and scents. Outside of work he collects bottles and loves dinosaurs and geology, as well as antiques and the stories behind them.
  •  Kelly

    Kelly

    Flex Teacher
    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.
  •  Elle

    Elle

    Flex Teacher
    Ms. Elle is a senior 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.

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