Our Teachers

Our teachers blend the highest education standards with nurturing care to help foster well-rounded child development.

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. 

  •  Steve

    Steve

    Owner
    I have been the original owner of The Goddard School (Polaris) since 1999 and I'm an on-site active presence in the school daily. After earning my Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in 1994, I marketed technology used for education for DataBeam Corporation, Lotus Software, and IBM's eLearning division. I am the principal of this charter school. The Goddard School (Polaris) operates both as a private preschool and a non-public charter elementary school under the Ohio Department of Education. I have an amazing wife, Teresa, and two beautiful step-daughters, Breia and Mariah, and fun & energetic granddaughter, Scarlett. My wife is a top realtor in Central Ohio (LuxeHomeTeam.com), Breia is also a realtor and a buyer's agent on Teresa's team and Mariah is an esthetician and entrepreneur with her new collective, Raw Beauty, in Grandview. Scarlett is a student at our school and our #1 product tester! We all enjoy a very active family life.
  • Miss Kelly

    Miss Kelly

    Educational Director
    Miss Kelly grew up in Bryan, Ohio and graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. Later she went back to school at Ohio Dominican University to obtain her Ohio teaching license. Kelly has teaching experience with children from infancy to school-aged. She joined Goddard as a Lead Teacher, and within 5 years has held the roles of Lead Teacher, QA Liaison, Assistant Director, and now Director.
  • Miss Sarah

    Miss Sarah

    Assistant Director
    I am so excited to advance within the Goddard Family! I have an Associates degree from Columbus State and over 4 years experience working with our youngest group, the infants! I am eager for a new challenge and the opportunity to learn a whole new world in administration.
  •  Shannon

    Shannon

    Infant 1: Lead Teacher
    I have four children of my own and three very active dogs. I have worked with children as a stay at home mom, as a private nanny, and while running my own in-home daycare. I'm so excited to be working with your little ones at Goddard.
  •  Jen

    Jen

    Infant 1: Assistant Teacher
    I have been working with children for 20 years, from infants to school-age, specializing in Infants for the past ten years. I attended Columbus State where I was enrolled in their Early Childhood Development Education program. I am currently enrolled in the CDA, Child Development Associate program, through Action For Children Columbus. I have a 16 year old named Luke, and a beagle named Abbey who keeps me very busy! I am a huge OSU fan, and I grew up in the Columbus/Westerville area. I look forward to getting to know your children, and I am excited for the new adventures we will experience together.
  •  Kathy

    Kathy

    Infant 1: Assistant Teacher
    I am a wife, momma of four, and a nana to five grandchildren. I have worked with children of all ages for over 35 years. The last 15 years I have been with infants. I love to cook, sing, play piano, and I try my best to practice keeping my mind, body, and soul healthy. I'm so excited to start here and be a part of the Goddard family!
  •  Tylea

    Tylea

    Infant 2: Lead Teacher
    I have been working with children ever since my nephew was born 11 years ago. Outside of work you can find me being as active as possible, whether that's in the gym or playing basketball. I also love anything Disney or Marvel. I am so excited to be working with your children at our Goddard School!
  •  Archana

    Archana

    Infant 2: Assistant Teacher
    I'm from Tamilnadu, India and have my masters in Mathematics and bachelor's in Education. I have always loved working with kids and enjoy teaching math. I have a 9 year old son and 5 year old daughter.
  •  Anna

    Anna

    Toddlers: Lead Teacher
    I have lived in Columbus my whole life. I have a dog named Leo after the Ninja Turtles. I have volunteered for my church's nursey for 10 years and I have previously worked in Early Childhood Education for over 4 years. Prior to that I had babysat children for 5 years. My ultimate goal is to be a special education elementary teacher.
  •  Gabrielle

    Gabrielle

    Assistant Teacher
    Hi! My name is Gabrielle, but most people call me Brielle or Brie. I went to a career school called C-Tec my junior year of high school and graduated from there. I went to a college called Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), where I graduated with my Associates Degree. I have had tons of experience since I became an aunt at the age of 12. I have three nephews and two nieces.
  •  Jaya

    Jaya

    Toddlers: Assistant Teacher
    I am from Chennai, India, and have my bachelors in Commerce and masters in Business Administration. I have two kids of my own. My hobbies at home are cooking, watching movies, listening to music, and spending time with my family! I love working with children and am very excited to meet the Toddlers in my room!
  •  Kat

    Kat

    Toddler: Assistant Teacher
    I Love art, video games and the outdoors! I just graduated from Westerville South, class of 2023! During high school I was a student leader for our suicide prevention program call Hope Squad. We helped our peers understand mental health and learn strategies to help oneself and others when in need. My dream is to become a social worker for children and help them through their adolescence no matter how hard things seem. I am excited to work with your child and help them grow!
  •  Gabby

    Gabby

    Toddlers: Assistant Teacher
    I am currently attending The Ohio State University to get my Bachelor's in Psychology. I really enjoy working with kids and have been nannying and watching kids for over 5 years. In my free time I love being outside and spending time with my friends!
  •  Ana

    Ana

    Twos: Lead Teacher
    I was a Therapeutic Program Worker for 4 years but decided I want to come back to working with kids. I want to continue my education soon so I can teach in Special Education. I have two cats, Cornbread and Goober. In my free time I love to hang out with my friends and with my boyfriend, Boston. I also love watching hockey. Go Bruins! I'm excited to be working with Goddard and even more excited to help your kids learn and grow.
  •  Jessica

    Jessica

    Assistant Twos Teacher
    Hi, I'm 23 years old and I am from Centerburg, Ohio. I graduated from the Knox County Career Center and I worked as an STNA/ home health aide for five years. I went to Columbus State for social work, with an interest in children's well-being. I have been involved in babysitting my niece and nephew over the past twelve years. I enjoy writing, painting, and spending time with friends and family during my free time. I am so excited to start here at The Goddard School, and am eager to help your kids learn and grow.
  •  Senah

    Senah

    Twos: Assistant Teacher
    My husband and I recently moved here from Philadelphia where I graduated from Temple University with a degree in Psychology. In school I took many Child Development classes which solidified my love for working with children. I have also spent years as a summer camp staff member and a nanny which is where I quickly found working with children to be extremely fulfilling! Outside of work I enjoy frisbee in all forms, board games, reading and writing, as well as attending church. I am so excited to help your children learn and grow!
  •  Brooke

    Brooke

    Bridge: Lead Teacher
    I have been in the Early Childhood Education field for almost 5 years, and have previously worked as a nanny as well. I'm originally from Florida and moved to Columbus 4 years ago. I am so excited to work with your children!
  •  Payton

    Payton

    Preschool: Lead Teacher
    I studied early childhood at Central Ohio Technical College. I absolutely love teaching children and supporting their growth! At home, I am the middle child of 5 siblings. I love animals and have a pet Bunny named Noel. I am excited to contribute to the nurturing and educational environment.
  •  Devi

    Devi

    Preschool: Assistant Teacher
    I have my Bachelor's in electronics. I worked as a Medical Transcriptionist for 5 years. I have two great kids at home. I have grown a passion for learning about children's development and found a job as a teacher in early childhood. I am excited to work with the children and families here at Goddard. I am happy to be a part of their growth and development. In my free time, I love to hang out with my family, travel to new places, and experience new cultures!
  •  John

    John

    Pre-K 1: Lead Teacher
    I have my Child Development Associates degree that focuses on preschool aged children. I continue to build my ECE education and knowledge by attending a variety of early childhood training courses. I enjoy my classroom that is always full of life and developing lifelong learners. I offer the "Hooked on Phonics" tutoring here at the school and I'm known for being a bit of a Buckeye fan.
  •  Kiara

    Kiara

    Pre-K 1: Assistant Teacher
    I have seven brothers and was raised just outside of Licking County. I am currently looking at new options to continue my college education, but am leaning towards MTSU for a focus in Elementary School Counseling. I have mentored with my mom, who is an Intervention Specialist, since I was young and felt the calling to teach children right away! I am so excited learn and grow with the children here at The Goddard School!
  •  Manisha

    Manisha

    Pre-K 1: Assistant Teacher
    I have a lovely family with two children who keep me very busy with their various activities. I am from Indore, India and have my Bachelors in Computer Science. I have taught so many kids our Indian language, Hindi. I love working with children and seeing their eyes light up when they discover something new! In my free time I enjoy cooking, watching movies, scanning Pinterest for cool ideas, doing yoga, and spending time with my family.
  •  Abby

    Abby

    Lead Pre-K 2 Teacher
    I hold a Child Development Associate degree and have two years of experience working in an early learning center with children aged two to five. I am excited to start this new chapter and look forward to seeing your children grow and thrive during their time with me!
  •  Pavani

    Pavani

    Pre-K 2: Assistant Teacher
    I come from a very orthodox and traditional Indian Family. I came to the U.S. 8 years ago. I love taking care of children, and have two of my own, ages 8 and 5. I l like going on vacation with my family, especially long road trips. I like to watch movies and listen to music in my free time.
  •  Laisha

    Laisha

    Pre-K 2: Assistant Teacher
    I am currently studying at The Ohio State University, majoring in Early Childhood Education. I have lived within the Westerville/ Worthington community my entire life. In my free time I love to workout, listen to music, and take my dog Koda on walks. I love working with children and watching them grow, so I am super excited to begin my journey as a teacher here at The Goddard School!
  • Miss Rachel

    Miss Rachel

    Kindergarten: Lead Teacher
    I am so excited to be your Kindergarten teacher. I have taught Kindergarten for years, as well as preschool and 5th grade. I have taught in classrooms in Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Haiti. I attended and graduated from Westerville North High School and The Kentucky Christian University with a degree in Elementary Education. I have a 13-year-old son named Benjamin who is in the 8th grade, as well as 2 cats named Smokie and Bandit. We love to read Harry Potter books and watch Marvel movies together.
  •  Abby

    Abby

    Assistant Teacher
    I am 20 years old and currently attend The Ohio State University. Go Bucks! I have been working with children for many years, from babysitting when I was young to tutoring classmates as I got older. I have a cat named Meg, who is my pride and joy. My favorite things to do are hang out with friends, try new hobbies, and watch Netflix! I am so excited to start my teaching journey here at The Goddard School!
  •  Courtney

    Courtney

    Assistant Teacher
    I am so excited to join the Goddard family. I am the oldest of three children and have been babysitting for ten years. I graduated form Otterbein University in 2017 with Bachelors in Public Relations and Gender Studies. In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends and watching Disney movies!
  •  Avery

    Avery

    Assistant Teacher
    I am currently studying Nursing as a first year student at Otterbein University. I have been babysitting/nannying children, specifically babies and toddlers for almost 8 years now. I really enjoy working with babies and in the future I want to be a registered nurse in the NICU. I love meeting the new families and helping children learn and grow.
  •  Erin

    Erin

    Assistant Teacher
    I'm a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati studying business and education. I have been working with children for 3 years now and I cherish all of the knowledge they have given me. I am very excited to help children learn and grow here at Goddard!
  •  Hawa

    Hawa

    Assistant Preschool Teacher
    Coming Soon!
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