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
    Crissy began her career with The Goddard School, South Reno in 2008 as a teacher and became the Assistant Director in 2012. In 2016, she became Director. Crissy grew up in Nevada and loves the small-town community that we still have in Reno. She has 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. She has served on the Reno Association for the Education of Young Children board as the Historian. Crissy enjoys watching children grow and discover the world around them, while guiding and shaping their young minds.
  •  Kristi

    Kristi

    Preschool Director
    Kristi began her career with The Goddard School, South Reno in 2015. She has worked in all roles starting as a Flex Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and Lead Teacher. In 2020, Kristi became the Assistant Director, and a few months later the Director. She has worked in Early Childhood Education since 2010, and she has her CDA Credential. Kristi is currently enrolled at TMCC continuing her education. She has experience working with children in different demographics, including a mental health capacity. Krist is also fortunate to experience Goddard from a parent's perspective, she loves the care and compassion her daughter receives every day!
  •  Samantha

    Samantha

    Assistant Director
    Samantha received her Human Development & Family Studies degree from Auburn University. She has been teaching in the classroom for three years but found her love for childcare during middle and high school while babysitting and nannying as much as she could. Samantha loves how much fun children bring to every situation. Her favorite season is Spring because you can do almost any activity. Outside of Goddard, Ms. Samantha enjoys being outdoors – hiking, biking, and skiing.
  •  Natalie

    Natalie

    Lead Teacher - Joey
    Ms. Natalie has earned her A.A. in Child and Adolescent Development, Natural Science & Social and Behavioral Sciences. She has nannied for over 3 years and volunteered with children with special needs. Ms. Natalie loves working with kids because she can assist both kids and families with their social development as well as be another adult in their life that shows support and compassion for them. Her favorite season is winter! She loves being able to play in the snow but also loves staying by the fireplace and watching a movie. Outside of work, she enjoys kayaking, fishing, and playing with her two cats.
  •  Tracy

    Tracy

    Lead 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.
  •  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.
  •  Gladdys

    Gladdys

    Co-Lead 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.
  •  Sarah

    Sarah

    Lead Teacher - Polar Bears
    Ms. Sarah has completed Early Childhood Education classes and is working towards her degree in Psychology for Child & Adolescent Development. She has taught in a professional preschool setting since 2018. Ms. Sarah loves being a kid with the kids and seeing them enjoy learning. It makes her happy to see them grow into their personalities. Her favorite season is winter!! She grew up where it was so hot most of the year and now enjoys all things snow. Outside of work, Ms. Sarah loves scrapbooking and being creative. She also loves exercising at the gym and hiking.
  •  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.
  •  Kylie

    Kylie

    Lead Teacher - Explorers
    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.
  •  Olivia

    Olivia

    Assistant Teacher - Joeys
    Ms. Olivia is currently pursuing her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked as a teacher and nanny for over 4 years before joining our school. Ms. Olivia loves teaching kids because they are nothing but curious and loving. Her favorite season is fall because she loves the changing of colors and the brisk weather. Outside of work Ms. Olivia likes to go camping in the middle of nowhere, cooking and crocheting with a good movie.
  •  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.
  •  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!
  •  Cristina

    Cristina

    Assistant Teacher - Giraffes
    Ms. Cristina earned her Bachelor of Art in Marketing Management, a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and attended the Mandarin Language Academy. She has 2 years of experience teaching kindergarten as well as 2 years teaching English for Early Learners. As a teacher, Ms. Cristina loves the children’s positivity and happiness they share with each other and their unique behavior. Ms. Cristina’s favorite season is Summer because she enjoys the sun and doing outdoor activities. Her favorite activities outside of Goddard are staying outside when the weather is nice and doing activities or gathering with friends and families.
  •  Sam

    Sam

    Assistant Teacher - Polar Bears
    Ms. Sam is continuing her education through Nevada State Univeristy and working towards completing her CDA, Child Development Associate. She has been working professionally with children since 2014 and has experience with infants through school age. Ms. Sam loves learning through what children teach her, seeing their successes and knowledge grow as she teaches. Her favorite season is fall because of the sweaters, spooky movies, warm drinks, and leaves. Outside of work, Ms. Sam loves crocheting, tattooing, sketching, visiting museums, and exploring old towns.
  •  Danielle

    Danielle

    Assistant Teacher - Explorers
    Ms. Danielle earned her Associate's Degree in Special Education from UNLV. She has professional experience working with two-year-olds and through her student teaching. Ms. Danielle loves the laughs and imaginations that children have and being able to contribute to their world. Her favorite season is fall; bring on all the boots and flannels! Outside of work, Ms. Danielle loves going to concerts and wandering around flea markets and antique stores.
  •  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.
  •  Paris

    Paris

    Flex Teacher
    Ms. Paris has been teaching at our school since 2023 and is working towards earning her CDA, Child Development Associate Certification. She has worked with children through babysitting and is excited to gain more professional experience. Ms. Paris loves making kids smile and watching them learn something new every day. Fall is her favorite season because it's filled with seasonal treats and cozy sweaters. Outside of work, she loves reading any kind of story or writing about the books she has read.
  •  Toni

    Toni

    Assistant Teacher - Eagles
    Ms. Toni joined our school family in 2023. She has earned her CDA, Child Development Associate Certification, and has over 18 years of experience working with children. Ms. Toni loves teaching and knowing what she is teaching is their foundation for life. Her favorite seasons are Spring because everything is coming to life and Fall because she loves the colors. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family and dirtbike racing.
  •  Yami

    Yami

    Assistant Teacher - Foxes
    Ms. Yami began teaching at our school in 2023. She is currently attending TMCC and UNR working towards earning her degree in Criminal Justice. She has been working with children since 2020 and was previously the Site Director for a before and after-school program. Ms. Yami loves seeing kids grow up and see the ideas that they have. She loves that they're able to express how they feel and have a lot to say. Her favorite season is Winter; she loves to play in the snow and have movie nights with her family. Ms. Yami's favorite activities outside of work are going swimming and being outdoors.
  •  Raneasha

    Raneasha

    Flex Teacher
    Ms. Raneasha graduated from McQueen High School and has worked professionally with children since 2019. She loves seeing kids grow and show their personalities. Ms. Raneasha's favorite season is summer because we can go outside and absorb all the sunshine. Outside of work, she enjoys being in a book club with her sister and best friend!
  •  Regan

    Regan

    Flex Teacher
    Ms. Regan is scheduled to graduate from High School in 2024. She has over 2 years of professional experience working with children. Ms. Regan loves having a connection with kids and being a role model for them. Her favorite season is winter because of snowboarding, basketball, snow, and beanies. Outside of work, Ms. Regan loves Taylor Swift!
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