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. 

  •  Paul and Julia

    Paul and Julia

    Owner
    We are Paul and Julia Yontz, proud owners of the Goddard School on Executive Parkway. We have three young children enrolled at the school, making it very much a family business! As owners and parents, we value the importance of high-quality early childhood education. Paul graduated from Ohio University in 2010 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He has always strived to become a small business owner and wanted to continue his career in a service-based field. Julia, also a graduate from Ohio University, has a business background and recently completed her Executive MBA at The Ohio State University. Our passion and mission are centered around the belief every child deserves the opportunity to learn, have fun, and develop life skills in a safe, nurturing environment.
  • Mrs Cat

    Mrs Cat

    Education Director
    Mrs. Cat is our Education Director here at the Goddard School. She is from Columbus and has lived here her entire life! She has been in childcare for over 5 years now and has her CDA in the Preschool age group. In her free time, she likes to play video games, go to the movies, and take her dogs on walks. She is a dog mom to two adorable pups named Silas and Blue who rule just about everything in her life. Her favorite color is pink and favorite food is Mexican food. She absolutely loves connecting with the kids and her fellow teachers. She believes the classroom and school environment are the best places to uplift and encourage kids, along with getting to experience their fun little personalities!
  • Ms Melissa

    Ms Melissa

    Assistant Director
    Ms. Melissa is our Assistant Director and has been working here at Goddard for 4 years. She attended the University of Rio Grande, where she was president of her sorority (Alpha Mu Beta), and on the All-Greek Council. She has two children who are 20 (Shelby) and 14 (Sammy). If Ms. Melissa wasn’t in childcare, she would be a detective or a forensic anthropologist. In her free time, she enjoys anything related to BTS, spending time with her family and animals, watching or listening to true crime documentaries and podcasts, watching Anime, and listening to K-Pop. Ms. Melissa believes the best part about being in childcare is getting to know the children and watching them grow and develop into the amazing little people that they are becoming!
  • Ms Jeannie

    Ms Jeannie

    Lead Teacher - Infants
    Ms. Jeannie is one of our infant teachers. She comes to Columbus, Ohio from the state of Iowa where she was born and raised. She has been with Goddard for 4 years and continues to be fond of being part of the Goddard family. Ms. Jeannie enjoys hiking in the mountains, traveling the world, and learning new things. Ms. Jeannie believes the best part about teaching is the bond and love she shares with the babies.
  • Ms Brittany

    Ms Brittany

    Co-Lead Teacher - Infants
    Ms. Brittany is from Columbus Ohio, and this is her second year of teaching!! If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be a singer and has been in multiple choirs, including a sign language choir. She loves to bake and cook in her free time, as well as spend time with her son. Her favorite food is pasta and Texas Roadhouse is where she enjoys eating out the most. Her favorite part about teaching is being with the kids.
  • Ms Penni

    Ms Penni

    Co-Lead Teacher - Infants
    Ms. Penni is one of our infant teachers. Her hometown is Columbus, Ohio and she has been working at Goddard for five years. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be an infant cuddler in the NICU at a hospital. Outside of work, Ms. Penni likes to read and craft. Ms. Penni believes the best part about teaching is she loves to see children learn new things and the excitement on their faces when they accomplish it.
  • Ms Alona

    Ms Alona

    Lead Teacher - Toddlers
    Ms. Alona is originally from Uman, Ukraine. Her and her husband have a daughter and a Chihuahua! She has been teaching for 5 years and her favorite part of teaching is making a positive change in every child's life. If she was not a teacher, she would be a veterinarian technician because she loves animals! Her favorite color is turquoise. Her favorite food is milk chocolate and fruit. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, and reading.
  • Ms Hailey

    Ms Hailey

    Lead Teacher-Toddlers
    Ms. Hailey is from Mount Vernon, Ohio. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be attending school to be a special education teacher. Her favorite color is dark green, and her favorite food is potatoes, especially mashed or cheesy. Her hobbies include painting, drawing, and writing. She loves writing poetry during outdoor adventures. She has a mom, stepdad, and a partner but she would love to adopt an old fat cat in the future. Her favorite part about teaching is being a role model for the children and helping them learn. She loves seeing their smiling faces when she walks in each day.
  • Ms Melissa

    Ms Melissa

    Lead Teacher - Get Set
    Ms. Melissa is our lead teacher in the Get Set classroom and was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would work at a bakery. Her favorite restaurant is Texas Roadhouse and she enjoys playing video games, baking, crocheting, and watching scary movies. She also likes to go to the park, swim at the pool, and cook with her stepson. She has been teaching for about a year and her favorite thing about teaching is seeing how she gets to positively impact a child’s life and watching them explore the world in their own unique way.
  • Ms Shelby

    Ms Shelby

    Lead Teacher - Preschool 1
    Ms. Shelby is the lead teacher in our preschool 1 classroom. She is from Reynoldsburg, Ohio! She is in her second year of teaching. She has studied Psychology previously at Ohio University and currently at Columbus State Community College. Her favorite part about teaching is being able to aid kids in discovering and understanding the things and people around them. Her favorite color is red, favorite food Italian and her hobbies include makeup, playing video games, painting, watching movies, and a collector of Funko Pops and all things Marvel! Fun fact-she is Ms. Melissa's daughter!
  • Ms Pam

    Ms Pam

    Lead Teacher - Preschool 2
    Ms. Pam is one of our preschool teachers. She comes here from Arlington, Virginia and has been teaching for 20 years! If Ms. Pam wasn’t a teacher, she would be a chef. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, flower gardening, and residential interior design. Ms. Pam believes the best part about teaching is hearing all the fascinating stories that the children tell.
  • Ms Barbara

    Ms Barbara

    Co-Lead Teacher - Pre-Kindergarten
    Ms. Barb is one of our Pre-K teachers. She has been at this location since April of 2005 and comes from Toledo, Ohio in 1995. She has three children herself, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild. In her free time, Ms. Barb enjoys tent camping, making s’mores, spending time with family and her cats. Ms. Barb believes the best part about teaching is the smiles and hugs she receives from the children when helping them learn and achieve what they need for kindergarten.
  • Ms Emily

    Ms Emily

    Co-Lead Teacher - Pre-Kindergarten
    Ms. Emily is one of our pre-K teachers. She was born and raised in Ohio. She has been with Goddard for 5 years and has taught in our infant classroom for a year. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be a full-time student. In her free time, Ms. Emily likes to read and play video games. Ms. Emily believes the best part about teaching is watching children learn and grow from figuring out how to do things independently. She loves to do many art projects with the children as well.
  • Ms Tami

    Ms Tami

    Assistant Teacher-Infants
    Ms. Tami is from Columbus, Ohio. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would open an arts and crafts store that is pet friendly on the beach. Her favorite colors are purple and ocean blue, her favorite place is the beach, and she loves all types of food! Her hobbies include arts and crafts and listening to live music. Bon Jovi is her all-time favorite, and she has seen him 29 times in concert! She has three grown adult children-2 daughters and a son. Her youngest daughter is getting married in December and she is very excited for the upcoming wedding! She also has a cat named Harley and a dog named Nugget. Her favorite part about teaching is getting to love all the beautiful babies.
  • Ms Rebecca

    Ms Rebecca

    Assistant Teacher- Infants
    Ms. Rebecca is one of our infant teachers, and this is her first year teaching! She is from Bucyrus, Ohio. Her favorite thing about teaching is watching the children learn, grow and experience new things! If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be a forensic psychologist. Her favorite colors are black, blue, purple and green. Her favorite foods are Mexican, Italian, and Chinese. In her free time, you can find her taking pictures, cleaning, organizing, volunteering and watching movies.
  • Ms Khadijah

    Ms Khadijah

    Assistant Teacher-Toddlers
    Ms. Khadijah is from Yokohama; Japan and she has been teaching for a year. She moved to the United States in 2015 when she was 13 years old. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be either a nutritionist or a fashion designer. Her favorite colors are black and gold, and her favorite food is pasta. Her hobbies include online shopping, and she is currently in school studying elementary education! She has a cat named Momo, an older sister that lives in Washington D.C. Her favorite part about teaching is seeing the "AHA!" moment when a student learns a new skill or concept. Fun fact-She is a Cleveland Browns fan! Go Browns!
  • Ms Ellen

    Ms Ellen

    Assistant Teacher-Toddlers
    Ms. Ellen is from the Village of Clinton in Michigan. This is her first year of teaching. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be earning her BSW in social work! Her favorite color is green, and her favorite food is anything Italian. Her hobbies University of Michigan football, the Green Bay Packers, hiking with her dogs and going to the Great Lakes. She is married to her husband Jack and together they have 2 Golden Retrievers named Bo and Derby! Her favorite thing about teaching is simply the joy that the children bring her!
  • Ms Simone

    Ms Simone

    Assistant Teacher - Get Set
    Ms. Simone is an assistant teacher. She is in her third year of working with children and loves creating a bond with each child, watching them grow. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be a nurse and is currently attending Ohio State University with a major in nursing. In her free time, she loves spending time with her dog, as well as doing photography. Ms. Simone loves the color blue; her favorite food is spaghetti, and her favorite restaurant is Kitchen Social.
  • Ms Vanessa

    Ms Vanessa

    Assistant Teacher-Get Set
    Ms. Vanessa was born in Spanish Town, Jamica but now calls Columbus, Ohio home! If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be a doula, a midwife, a foster mom or a judge. Her favorite color is yellow, and her favorite food is oxtail with rice and peas and a side of plantains. Her favorite dessert is ice cream and cheesecake. She also loves mangos, pineapple and June plums. Her hobbies include dancing and singing when no one’s around, reading, listening to music, coloring in coloring books, hiking, video games, binge watching anime, meditating, and collecting hot wheels. She has one fur baby named Ecko. Her family consists of her 7 siblings, her mom, her dad and her stepmom. Some of her other favorite things are highland cows, longhorns, baby goats, ducks and whale sharks! Her favorite thing about teaching is watching each kid blossom into their unique personality.
  • Ms Ariel

    Ms Ariel

    Assistant Teacher-Preschool 1
    Ms. Ariel is from Columbus, Ohio. This is her first year of teaching. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be a ballerina! Her favorite color is red, and her favorite food is ramen noodles. Her hobbies include writing music. She has two dogs named Damon and Mickey. Her favorite thing about teaching is helping children learn and making them laugh.
  • Ms Miranda

    Ms Miranda

    Assistant Teacher-Preschool 2
    Ms. Miranda is from Houston, Texas and this is her first year of teaching. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be an author or a marine biologist! Her favorite color is green, and her favorite foods are gumbo and BBQ. Her hobbies include video games, reading and cooking. She is married and has a Siamese cat named Sam and a 3-legged cat named Hugo. She also has 3 younger sisters ages 5, 7 and 16. Her favorite thing about teaching is being present while students learn about the world. Fun fact-she is currently writing her first novel in her spare time!
  • Ms Alaina

    Ms Alaina

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Alaina is from Johnstown, Ohio. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be an expanded functional dental assistant. Her favorite color is pink, and her favorite food is Greek food. Her hobbies include going for nature walks, painting, and watching Grey’s Anatomy. She is the oldest of four siblings. She used to figure skate and her two brothers played hockey, so she basically lived at the ice rink. She has lived in the country where she had chickens and collected egg’s every day while making bread and sun tea! Her favorite thing about teaching is laughing with the kids and seeing them grow into their personalities. She thinks that watching them be eager and open to learning new things is inspiring!
  • Ms Cassie

    Ms Cassie

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Cassie is from Delaware, Ohio. This is her first year of teaching! Her favorite color is sage green, and her favorite food is Goldfish. Her hobbies include gymnastics and drawing. She has 4 sisters, 2 cats and 2 dogs! Her favorite thing about teaching is seeing the children use their imagination, seeing all the amazing things they create and the hugs, of course!
  • Ms Gianna

    Ms Gianna

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Gianna is one of our resource teachers and is from Kent, Ohio. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be a veterinarian. Her favorite color is blue, and her favorite food is spaghetti. Her hobbies are hanging out with friends, reading books, and going on hikes. She is the youngest of 2 siblings, and she has a 3-year-old golden doodle. Her favorite thing about being a teacher is seeing the children learn new concepts and grow.
  • Ms Jasmine

    Ms Jasmine

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Jasmine is from Columbus, Ohio. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be a pediatric nurse. Her favorite color is pink, and her favorite food is chicken alfredo. Her hobbies include reading and writing. She has two brothers, one sister and one foster sibling. Her favorite part about teaching is watching her students learn and blossom into their full potential.
  • Ms Jordan

    Ms Jordan

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Jordan is from Obetz, Ohio. This is her first year of teaching! If she wasn't a teacher, she would be a nail tech. Her favorite color is blue, and her favorite food is chicken alfredo. Her hobbies include reading and building with Legos. She has a sister and 2 dogs named Ellie Mae and Noodles! Her favorite thing about teaching is watching the kids grow!
  • Ms Keira

    Ms Keira

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Keira is from Westerville, Ohio. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be a dental hygienist. Her favorite color is light green, and her favorite foods are steak and shrimp fajitas. Her hobbies include going on bike rides, singing, and watching documentaries. She has a 12-year-old sister and an 8-year-old brother. Her favorite part about teaching is hearing all the funny and creative things that they say!
  • Ms Linda

    Ms Linda

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Linda was born and raised on a dairy farm in Sunbury, Ohio. She has been teaching for over 30 years in a variety of different roles. She has her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be unemployed because teaching is all she has ever wanted to do! Her favorite color is blue, and her favorite foods are pizza and chocolate. Her hobbies include playing piano, reading and cross stitching. Her favorite thing about teaching is being immersed in the uniqueness and wonder of the childhood years.
  • Ms Sharon

    Ms Sharon

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Sharon is one of our resource teachers. She has been teaching at our Goddard school for 7 years! She is a mother of three grown children and a grandma to one grandson. If Ms. Sharon wasn’t a teacher, she wouldn’t want to be anything else - she enjoys her profession! In her spare time, she likes to do yard work, cooking, baking, watching movies, and spending time with her children. Ms. Sharon believes the best part about teaching is watching the children develop their skills and communication.
  • Ms Trinity

    Ms Trinity

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Trinity is from Columbus, Ohio but was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. This is her first year of teaching. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be catering for weddings, birthday parties and more! Her favorite colors are teal, mint green and white and her favorite food is Caribbean and Asian food. Her hobbies include drawing and cooking. She has two older brothers and is the baby in her family! She has an aussiedoodle named Meechi and is currently attending culinary school to become a chef! Her favorite thing about teaching is watching the students grow into brilliant people with lots of knowledge and character!
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