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.


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. 

  • Mr Ray

    Mr Ray

    On-Site Owner
    My name is Ray Murray and I took over as the owner of our school in 2009. At first my children attended school here as well, so it was great! Now that they are older, I really enjoy being able to get to know so many families and see the children grow and change as they move through the school! My favorite color is green. I was born in Long Island, NY and grew up on New Jersey. I raised my boys to be New York Giant and Mets fans, but I always root for OSU, which is where my wife, Lisa, graduated from.
  • Ms Mandy

    Ms Mandy

    Education Director
    My name is Mandy Backs and I started at our school in 2001. I love seeing the kids grow and getting to know all of the unique personalities. I have so many memories and stories to share that make me feel like I’m where I’m meant to be! I have four children of my own that are my whole world! I love being a mom more than anything!! My favorite color is blue.
  • Ms Nicole

    Ms Nicole

    Assistant Director
    My name is Nicole Morris, but most of the students call me Ms. Cole. I started at The Goddard School in October 2013. My favorite thing about working at this school is all the love we get – hugs, smiles, high fives, you name it!! Pink is my all-time favorite color! My daughter, Ella, is the biggest blessing in my life!
  • Ms Diane

    Ms Diane

    Infant-lead teacher
    My name is Diane Felvus and I started at Goddard when we opened in January 2001. I love being an infant teacher. I have been in the infant room for my entire Goddard career and I truly enjoy every child I’ve ever had. I also get to see my four granddaughters everyday and I really enjoy it! My favorite color is black. I am from England and moved here shortly before joining Goddard.
  • Ms Keri

    Ms Keri

    Pre Kindergarten II-lead teacher
    My name is Keri Cardone and I started my career at Goddard at the beginning of March 2020 after moving to Ohio from North Carolina. I missed seeing the sweet smiles on all the kids faces everyday during our closure. I am so glad to be back! My favorite color is blue and I love Korean food! I fell in love with Korean cuisine after living in the country for 4 years.
  • Ms Molly

    Ms Molly

    Preschool-lead teacher
    My name is Molly Smith. I am excited to be teaching at Goddard after working in another preschool setting prior to the pandemic. I started with the school in July of 2020. I have really enjoyed meeting the kids and spending time playing with them. My favorite color is purple and a little known fact about me is that I used to work at Walt Disney World in Florida!
  • Ms Kennedy

    Ms Kennedy

    Get Set-Lead Teacher
    I'm Ms. Kennedy and I started Goddard in March of 2023 after spending 2 years at a previous center. I have a passion for working with children and am raising a son of my own and am very family oriented. I consider myself to be a social and authentic person. I'm excited to watch the children here at Goddard grow.
  • Ms Amber

    Ms Amber

    First Steps-Lead Teacher
    I’m Ms. Amber and I started at our school in October 2022. I have always loved working with children. I am also passionate about animals. After many years in the same field, I was excited to switch gears in my career. I am looking forward to getting to know the children and being a part of their growth here at Goddard.
  • Ms Paige

    Ms Paige

    Pre-K 1-Co-Lead Teacher
    I'm Ms. Paige and I began working at Goddard in March of 2023. I am excited to get to know the children and gain experience here at Goddard. I love doing digital photography and have found that I am comfortable and confident in working with young children. I can be shy at first, but once we know each other, I open up. I consider myself to be creative and fun and my favorite color is blue!
  • Ms Kendall (Kenny)

    Ms Kendall (Kenny)

    Pre-K 1-Co-Lead Teacher
    I'm Ms. Kenny and I began teaching at our school in January of 2023. After many years in management in the food service industry, I decided to move in a different direction. I am excited to grow and learn alongside the children here at Goddard. I consider myself to be patient and a good listener which are two important qualities when working with children. I love meeting and talking to new people and my favorite movie is Polar Express, "No matter what, I'll always believe".
  • Ms Ashley

    Ms Ashley

    Assistant Teacher
    My name is Ashley Clemons and I began working at Goddard in January 2017. I have made such an amazing connection with my Panda babies and parents. The bond we share is very special! I love the color purple and anything sparkly! I’m a mom to two amazing kiddos, Trey and Aaliyah. Aaliyah is a very talented all star cheerleader and Trey is an academic scholar who loves basketball.
  • Ms Marie

    Ms Marie

    Assistant Teacher
    My name is Marie Turiaga and began working at Goddard in September 2018. The best things about working at this school are when the class breaks out in spontaneous laughter together. It feels like family! I also enjoy the fond memories I have built alongside my colleagues. I am very fond of the colors blue and black. A little known fact about me is that I am superstitious!!
  • Ms Nisha

    Ms Nisha

    Assistant Teacher
    I'm Ms. Nisha and I started at Goddard in May 2023. I've been involved with children at my church and wanted to pursue it further. I love to see the growth in children and I have a passion for helping people. I am task oriented and like to have fun. I love anything by Dr. Seuss and my favorite quote is "A person's a person no matter how small".
  • Ms Mikayla

    Ms Mikayla

    Lead Teacher
    I'm Ms. Mikayla and I joined our Goddard in September 2023. I moved to the area after taking classes at Ohio University. Working with kids has always been a passion of mine. I consider myself to be compassionate and hardworking. My favorite quote is "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."
  • Ms Lily

    Ms Lily

    Assistant Teacher
    I'm Ms. Lily and I'm excited to be a part of the infant program at our Goddard. I've always wanted to be a teacher and look forward to gaining experience. I consider myself to be a nice person and I am very hard-working. I am eager to learn and grow.
  • Ms Sara

    Ms Sara

    Assistant Teacher
    I’m Ms. Sara and I started at our school in August 2023. I'm going to be going back to school for child care and am excited to gain experience with children while working here at our Goddard. I am a caring and dependable person and I love movies, especially comedies!
  • Ms Abigail

    Ms Abigail

    Assistant Teacher
    I'm Ms. Abigail. I started at The Goddard School in January of 2024. I started working in a childcare setting in 2022 and have also worked as a nanny. I'm in school working towards my degree in Early Childhood Education. I consider myself to be creative and empathetic. I love writing and using my imagination to create stories.
  • Ms Krista

    Ms Krista

    Assistant Teacher
    I'm Ms. Krista. I started at The Goddard School in January of 2024 after moving from North Carolina. My mother had an in home center at our home growing up, so I've always been around children. I plan to go to school in the future to become a dental assistant, but am looking forward to my time now being with children and watching them grow. I consider myself to be creative and helpful and I'm looking forward to my time here at Goddard.
  • Ms Celestia

    Ms Celestia

    My name is Celestia Haga and I started Goddard in April of 2021. I’ve worked at Columbus Colony and Otterbein New Albany Senior life and am excited to be working with young children now too. It’s fun to experience all ages. My mother is a twin and so am I. My favorite color is pink and my favorite childhood book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?
  • Ms Sharon

    Ms Sharon

    My name is Sharon, and I am excited to be working with the children here at Goddard. I describe myself as kind and reserved. I have many years of experience working in a preschool setting and even spent several years in the Sprouts room at the Westerville Recreation Center. My favorite books are any about Winnie the Pooh!
  • Ms Sessa

    Ms Sessa

    Assistant Teacher
    I'm Ms. Sessa and I joined our Goddard in November 2023. After spending most of my career in the restaurant industry, I am excited to move in a different direction. I have always loved being around children and am excited for the opportunity to be a part of their growth and development.
  • Ms Shameca

    Ms Shameca

    I'm Ms. Shameca. I started at The Goddard School in January of 2024. I moved to Ohio from Florida, but was born in the Carribean. I am currently in school working towards a degree in Criminal Justice where I hope to one day work with troubled youth. I consider myself to be outgoing and nurturing and my favorite quote is, "Life is a journey, not a destination".
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