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. 

  •  Cindy


    Before parenthood, I was involved in advertising and marketing. As my quest for quality childcare became nearly impossible for my two children, I committed myself to creating my own school in 1997. After four years of site searching and development, The Goddard School in Portland opened with 116 students on the roster in October, 2001. Now, my children are adults but I have my community to serve for many more years.
  •  Lisa


    Executive Director
    Lisa is a native Texan who has been an Oregon transplant since 1995. She earned her BA in Early Childhood Education from Southwest Texas State University, with lifetime certification, in May 1994. She has been working with children of all ages since September 1994. The Goddard School has been her second family since she opened it with Cindy and Tim in October 2001. Lisa has her Critical Incident Response Certificate by attending 3hrs training offered by Secure Education Consultants through Goddard
  •  Haleh


    Assistant Director
    Ms. Rasaei has her master degree in Psychology from BIHE, Iran. She has 8 years experience teaching in a Kindergarten class. Haleh joined our Goddard family in September of 2016.
  • Miss Hanna

    Miss Hanna

    Educational Coordinator
    Ms. Hanna has been with us at Goddard since 10/2021. She is currently working on her Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education through University of Phoenix. She is a very artistic and creative person with a love of music. In her free time, she enjoys going on adventures with her dog, Axel.
  • Mr Andres

    Mr Andres

    Dancing Dragonflies Teacher
    Mr. Hernandez has a master's degree in education from Portland State University. He has been working with Goddard School since June 2012. He was born in Oregon. He loves spending time with his partner and daughter. He loves to play basketball and listen to music. He also likes to draw, doodle, paint and watch movies.
  •  Alina


    Substitute Teacher
    Mrs. Petrossian has a CDA in Early Childhood Education. She worked at the French American School for one year before joining our family in January 2003. She enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 boys, walking her dog and watching classical movies. Mrs. Pertrossian has a Safety Certificate by attending 3hrs training of Critical Incident Response training offered by Secure Education Consultants through Goddard School.
  • Mrs Delaram

    Mrs Delaram

    I am married with two beautiful children. I enjoy gardening and puzzles. I have a Premier Designs Jewelry business and do Virtues Project.
  • Mrs Erika

    Mrs Erika

    Busy Bumblebees Teacher
    Ms. Erika has worked in childcare since 2005 and has been with us at Goddard since June 2021. She is currently working on her Bachelor's of Science in Secondary Education through Grand Canyon University. In her spare time, she loves to cook and try new recipes. She enjoys spending time with her cats Rajah, Alov & Sultan, and her dog Hazey. And of course, spending time with her boyfriend, Nathan.
  •  Erin


    I was born and raised in Richmond, VA. Moved to Honolulu then here to Portland. I am the youngest of two. I have two fabulous nieces that I love spending time with as well as my family and friends. I enjoy swimming, walking, doing art and reading. I love watching football and basketball.
  •  Janet


    Bouncing Bunnies Teacher
    Ms. Janet joined us in November 2017. She has been working with children since 1998. She has her CDA for preschool and enjoys working with all age groups. Janet attended 3hrs Critical Incident Response training offered by Secure Education Consultants through Goddard School and has her safety certificate.
  • Ms Jillian

    Ms Jillian

    Student Teacher Laughing ladybugs
    Ms. Jillian came to Goddard in May of 2019 with experience in applied behavior analysis and ESL. She taught preschool and Kindergarten in South Korea for nearly four years before starting with us. She has her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology (child development) and is almost finished with her Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education. She loves children, coffee, disney, space, and perusing the wikipedia pages of new and random things. In her spare time, she plays D&D and loves to spend time with her family, including her partner, mom, and younger sister.
  • Miss Kaeley

    Miss Kaeley

    Teacher Happy Hummingbirds
    I am a very creative person with a passion for all art forms. I love going on adventures with my friends and seeing new things.
  • Ms Lila

    Ms Lila

    Happy Hedgehogs Teacher
    Ms. Lila joined us here at Goddard in January of 2020 with 5 years experience as a nanny and 2 years experience as a preschool teacher. She has her High School Diploma from When not working, she enjoys going to the movies with my family and spending time with all four of her daughters. She has a passion for fashion, putting together outfits and going shopping. She finds going on road trips to be very delightful with my boyfriend, Toby and loves going to new places like restaurants.
  •  Lindsey


    Charming Caterpillars
    Ms. Lindsey joined our Goddard family in December of 2014 with 3 years previous experience in various preschools. She has her Bachelors in Social Science from the University of Oregon. Lindsey completed 3 hours of Critical Incident Response training offered by Secure Education Consultants through Goddard and received her Certificate of Safety.
  • Ms Maria

    Ms Maria

    Sunny Sunflowers Teacher
    Ms. Maria has an Associate degree in Marketing from Portland Community College and started her teaching career in 1995, working with various age groups ranging from 2.5 to age 12. She is a native Oregonian. She has 5 siblings. One sister being her identical twin plus 3 more and a brother. She loves soccer, hockey, animals, reading, going to concerts, and traveling. She says teaching is her passion and she enjoys helping and directing the children to discover what they like and how to proceed becoming a better version of themselves.
  •  Mariana


    Bubbly Butterflies Teacher
    Ms. Hernandez has been a part of our Goddard family almost since our conception, joining us in March 2002, just five months after our opening. She has her Associates in Early Childhood Education from Portland Community College. She received her certificate for safety by attending the 3 hours Critical Incident Response training offered by Secure Education Consultants through Goddard.
  •  Sayonara


    Bouncing Bunnies
    Ms. Sayo joined our family in April of 2017 with 2 years experience working with children. She has her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Rafael Urdaneta University in her home country of Venezuela. She has attended 3 hours Critical Incident Response training offered by Secure Education Consultants through Goddard and received her certificate of safety.
  •  Whitney


    Laughing Ladybugs Teacher
    Mrs. Newberg initiated her higher education at Mount Hood Community College in Natural Resources-Wildlife. After that she got a BS in Arts&Letters from PSU followed by a Masters degree in Education from the same institute. Her work experience goes from Sterling Elementary School in Alaska followed by Working at Eddyville Charter School before joining Goddard in July 2013. She likes swimming, going to Farmers Markets and educating children about the environment and the world around us. She has 2 beautiful long-haired black cats and a Flat-coated Retriever named Kuro, and volunteers at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education program.
  • Miss Alexis

    Miss Alexis

    Charming Caterpillars Teacher
    I have worked in many different childcare centers since the age of 16. My long-term professional goal is to become a kindergarten teacher. I graduated from High School at White Bear Lake south campus in Minnesota. I am currently enrolled in college and am working on my degree in Elementary Education.
  • Mrs Kay

    Mrs Kay

    Sunny Sunflowers Teacher
    Ms. Kay began her Goddard journey with us in March 2021. She came to us with 30+ years of experience teaching children preschool-2nd grade. She did general studies at Trinity Western University and has done CEUs in Medical Terminology at Portland Community College. She is married with 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren who all live in Texas and South Carolina. Her mother lives with her and her husband and since their children have been out of the house they have been hosting "homestay" students from Asia, Middle East, Africa and South America. She says it has been a very rich and rewarding experience.
  • Mrs Shehla

    Mrs Shehla

    Laughing Ladybugs Teacher
    Ms. Shehla came to us here are Goddard in June of 2021 with an impressive 17+ years of experience working in preschool settings. She also has her Master of Arts degree in English Literature and is working on getting her Preschool CDA. She is a proud mom of two beautiful kids who loves exploring new things and destinations via both traveling and reading.
  • Mrs Sonal

    Mrs Sonal

    Laughing Ladybugs Teacher
    I have a 6 year old daughter. I love to travel, garden, do art and reading. I am a social person, love to form new friends and talk to people. I love kids and am excited to be working in a learning environment with children.
  • Mrs Nicole

    Mrs Nicole

    Bees Teacher
    I am a wife and mother of 3 beautiful children. Two girls and one boy, Marley, Ariana and Dallas. I was raised in beautiful Oahu, Hawaii. I moved to Oregon in 2004. I have worked with young children for 12 years in various preschool settings throughout Oregon. I am super excited to be with The Goddard School again.
  • Miss Alyssa

    Miss Alyssa

    Daisies Teacher
    I love singing, song writing, playing the Uke, anything creative and any art form. I am very interested in psychology, understanding those around me and learning healthier ways of thinking and doing things for myself and others. I love soccer, volleyball and ultimate frisbee.
  • Mrs Jenny

    Mrs Jenny

    Teacher Happy Hedgehogs
    I enjoy my time as a mom to three beautiful boys. I love reading and traveling with my family. Family is everything to me. Originally born in California, I moved to Oregon in 2009. I am currently working on my CDA.

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