Our Teachers

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


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. 

  •  JoAnn (Jodi)

    JoAnn (Jodi)

    Hello and welcome! I am Jodi Straub, the proud franchisee/owner of The Goddard School in Bala Cynwyd. I was born and raised in southeastern Pennsylvania, and I am excited to bring a renowned education system to the Lower Merion and Philadelphia communities. My husband and I are proud parents of 3 children, who are all in their teens. Simply, we have a passion for childhood education. I realize the importance of high-quality educational childcare in a safe and nurturing environment. As the owner, I am proud to say that I am actively involved in the daily operations of the school, and I am committed to maintaining the highest quality standards that our parents expect.
  •  Laura


    Educational Director
    Hello! My name is Laura. I have worked in the Early Childhood field for the last 23 years in many different program areas; from classroom teaching to curriculum development to administration. I have a Master’s degree in Education from West Chester University and a Bachelor of Art in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Neumann University. I am currently enrolled in a Higher Education doctorate program at St. Joseph's University.
  •  Alexis


    Director of Operations
    Ms. Lexie is our assistant director here at the Goddard School in Bala Cynwyd. Lexie holds a degree in Psychology from Cabrini University. She has experience working with pre-school and school-aged children and loves infants. She is certified in Pediatric First Aid/CPR, Health & Safety, Fire Safety, and Mandated Reporter. Lexie lives in Havertown, Pa and enjoys watching sports and spending quality time with family and friends.
  •  Maria


    Hello, My name is Maria. I am currently in my final step towards receiving my CDA. I have been working in childcare centers for the past five years and have never felt more passionate and fulfilled. When I am not working, I appreciate spending time with my big family, little cousins, and of course my dogs. We like to nature walk as I practice photography. With my friends, there is always music involved, or something lively. I look forward to caring for your child and helping to develop a lifelong love of learning.
  •  Latasha


    Hello, My name is Latasha. I love reading, traveling, music, and spending time with my family. I am in school getting my degree in social work at Delaware County Community College.
  •  Holly


    Hello, My name is Holly. I live in Elkins Park with my husband and two sons, ages 18 and 10. I love to read, and my favorite types of books are fantasy and science fiction. In 2022, I obtained my bachelor's degree in Early education and I am currently enrolled in a master's degree program, both at Drexel University. I have worked with young children for over ten years and have found that there is nothing more rewarding than witnessing the joy of discovery in their eyes. I am excited to be here at Goddard because their reputation of high quality precedes them. I am looking forward to building strong, lasting relationships here at Goddard.
  •  Shana


    Hello, My name is Ms. Shana or Shay. I am so excited to be joining The Goddard family. I have previous experience in infants and both young and older toddlers. I am currently enrolled in online classes to achieve my CDA. I also have a dream to get my teaching degree and maybe one day opening my own childcare center. I love teaching because I love making learning fun for others and finding new ways to succeed. I am a very open minded and easy-going person. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I am very much looking forward to connecting with everyone.
  •  Kathleen


    Hello, My name is Katie. I taught Kindergarten and first grade in Philadelphia for seven years. Last year, I left the district and taught pre-school. I am glad that life’s journey brought me to Goddard, and I am very excited to work with your children.
  •  Shebotta


    Hello Parents, My name is Mrs. Shebotta (Mrs.S) for short. I am a mom to a 4 ½ year old daughter. I have a bachelor’s degree in child and family studies from Benedict College. My understanding and passion for children has been for 10 plus years. I look forward to supporting, learning, and helping your child grow and develop through play.
  •  Karla


    Hello, My name is Karla. I have always enjoyed childcare since a young age. Growing up I loved babysitting and mentoring my younger cousins, helping them with schoolwork, planning activities, and fun games. I have worked in daycare for over three years and love watching children learn, grow, and develop. In my free time, I like trying new restaurants, hiking, spending time outdoors, and traveling. I am excited to care for your children and watch them learn and reach their milestones!
  •  Briana


    Hello, My name is Briana. I graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 2019 with my bachelor’s in business administration. I enjoy art and drawing. I also enjoy working with children and watching them grow.
  •  Amanda


    Hello, My name is Amanda, and I am currently studying chemistry at Delaware County Community College. I have been working with kids since I was 15 years old. I love watching kids grow and reach new milestones. When I am not working, I love to spend time with my friends and family and my pets. I am excited to get to know you and your children and watch them develop a love for learning!
  •  Naasiah


    Hello, My name is Naasiah. At the age of 14 I started working for an organization "The Helping Hand Rescue Mission". It is a church located in a rough area where children do not have much such as food, clothes, and money. This was my first job where I found my love for working with children. I also developed many different skills. I still work there when I can, but I did go to Manner College to become a dental hygienist, but unfortunately I did not continue that career path and decided to go to trade school and get my certification as a stride central tech. I am a huge sports fan. I love playing basketball, soccer, and softball. I also am a foodie. I enjoy traveling all over to different food and dessert spots. When I saw The Goddard School, I looked up the history and knew this is where I wanted to work. Money has never been the main focus, just working with children and being the best at it I can be.
  •  Sokhary


    Hello, My name is Sokhary. I graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology in December 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. I am a hard-working person. I tend to put a lot of effort into everything that I work on. I always try to give my best even if sometimes things do not work out well. I love working with children and teaching them things and it makes me happy to be around children.
  •  Angela


    Hello, My name is Angela. I have been working with infants and toddlers for over six years. I enjoy watching infants and toddlers develop and reach their milestones. I enjoy facilitating infants in their cognitive, physical, and social developments.
  •  Caitlin


    Co-Lead Teacher- Hummingbirds
    Hello! I am Miss Caitlin, and I have been working in the professional childcare field since 2008. I find that helping to shape the minds of young children is one of the most rewarding things a person can accomplish. I also love doing arts & crafts with them. I am certified in CPR/First Aid. In my spare time I enjoy making homemade & delicious candies, spending time with my family & friends, karaoke, and trivia nights. And I love everything Disney!
  •  Emily


    Hello! My name is Emily and I hold two degrees from Bloomsburg University - a bachelor’s in speech pathology and a master’s in early childhood education. I grew up in Hershey, PA, but truly fell in love with teaching while working with a pre-k program in Arizona. I have been teaching professionally since getting my PK-4 certification in 2018. I am beyond excited to lead a pre-k classroom here at Goddard and look forward to helping the children grow into their full potential. In my free time I enjoy crafting, spending time with my fiancé and our dog, and taking walks.
  •  Grace


    Hello, My name is Grace, and I am currently a teacher in the Warblers I reside in Philadelphia, born in Puerto Rico and also fluent in Spanish. I have always had an interest in Early Childhood and a passion to guide, construct, and assist young children with over 21 years of experience. I obtain a Child development Associate and have an extensive list of trainings. I look forward to working here and utilizing all that I have learned throughout my years of teaching.
  •  Teresa


    Hello, My name is Mrs. Teresa. I have a degree in Marketing from Cabrini College as well as a Teachers Certification for Kindergarten-6th grade. I stayed home for 18 years raising my five children before returning to work in 2008. I am so excited to join the team at The Goddard School in Bala Cynwyd. My hobbies are spending as much time with my children and grandchildren. I love to paint with Acrylics and spend time at the beach with my family.
  •  Gabriel


    Hello, My name is Gabriele. I have been working with young children for many years. I look forward to caring for the children here at The Goddard School and helping them grow.
  •  Emma


    Hello, My name is Emma. I am a second- year nursing student at Drexel University. I like to stay with kids, so I hope I can be a pediatric nurse. I lived in New Jersey for five years and this is my second year in Philadelphia. I have three cats which I adopted last year. On my free time I enjoy listening to music and shopping. I am excited to be apart of The Goddard School and hope to get to know all the children.
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