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. 

  • Ms  Penny

    Ms Penny

    Owner
    Ms. Penny became the proud owner of the Goddard School in 2018 along with her husband Mr. David. Education has been a life-long passion, especially in the area of early learning. Ms. Penny has a dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Education and Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University. Ms. Penny received her Masters in Education Administration in 2001 and begin a 17 year career in Education Leadership. In 2010 upon receiving her Ed.S. she focused on professional development for teachers at the District Office level. In addition to education Ms. Penny loves community service, volunteering, riding her motorcycle, scuba diving and travel.
  • Mr David

    Mr David

    Owner
    Mr. David became the owner of the Goddard School in 2018. His passion for education and children is shared with his wife and co-owner Ms. Penny. Mr. David is a retired Navy Master Chief and holds a business degree. In addition to providing support to the Goddard School on the operations side he also works in management at BOMAG in Ridgeway South, Carolina. When Mr. David is not working he enjoys philanthropy, volunteering, riding his motorcycle, scuba diving and travel.
  • Ms Jamie

    Ms Jamie

    Executive Director of Operations
    Ms. Jamie is our Executive Director of Operations. She started at the first location in Fort Mill in March 2009. Ms. Jamie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a focus in Early Intervention from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. She earned her Directors' Credentials in 2012. As the Executive Director of Operations Ms. Jamie handles all aspects of the daily operations, licensing and supervises all employees.
  • Ms A Reum

    Ms A Reum

    Director of Education - Infants to Get Set
    Ms. A Reum (pronounced a-room) joined us in October 2011. She started at our first location in Fort Mill, then transferred to Rock Hill in 2015. She attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, studying Early Childhood Education. Ms. A Reum is currently the Director of Education for Infants to Get Set. The bulk of her career has been teaching and coaching in the lower age classrooms and she is passionate about ensuring teachers are proficient in helping students excel in those early milestones. Before joining Goddard, A Reum was a substitute teacher in the Rock Hill school district for two years.
  • Ms Alvita

    Ms Alvita

    Director of Education - Preschool & Junior Kindergarten
    Ms. Alvita joined us in April 2019. She earned her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood from York Technical College. Ms. Alvita is the Director of Education for Preschool and Junior Kindergarten. She mentors, supports and trains all of the teachers in our upper grades. Her passion and joy is in teaching, growing and developing young minds as well as helping her colleagues grow in the field of early education. Outside of teaching you will find her serving and leading in the same capacity with her family, friends, youth, and outreach ministry within her church.
  • Ms Ashley

    Ms Ashley

    Get Set Teacher
    Ms. Ashley joined the Goddard team in May 2022. She is originally from the Washington, DC area. She has served in the U.S Army for 6 years. She attended Eastern Nazarene College for Elementary Education. She has over 5 years experience working with children. She believes they learn through play, music, and structure. Outside of school, Ms. Ashley enjoys spending time with her church family and roommates.
  • Ms Andrena

    Ms Andrena

    Infant Teacher
    We welcomed Andrena in August 2022. She has over 14 years of early childhood experience working with children ages 8 weeks to 12 years old, and is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. Andrena believes that every kid deserves to learn in a setting that is nurturing, secure, and full of opportunities for empowerment. Andrena likes to incorporate yoga, music, and art into her lesson plans to keep learning enjoyable and stimulating. Howard Gardner, Magda Gerber, and Loris Malaguzzi are a few of the educational philosophers who have influenced her teaching style.
  • Ms Jessica

    Ms Jessica

    Toddler Teacher
    Ms. Jessica R. joined us in November 2021. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Charleston Southern University in 2017. Ms. Jessica has worked in education for a total of 5 years and spent two years teaching elementary school before moving to early childhood education. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors and pampering her two dogs.
  • Ms Alyssa

    Ms Alyssa

    Junior Kindergarten Teacher
    Ms. Alyssa joined us in April 2022. She has worked in childcare since 2007 with a couple of breaks in between. She is originally from the Greenville Area of South Carolina, but moved to Rock Hill in 2018. She is currently working towards getting her Associate's Degree from York Tech in Early Childhood Development. She has worked with children ranging from 12 months to school-aged children. She loves to see children grow and develop! She believe that it is very important to have a hands on approach for teaching and that children learn best when they are engaged.
  • Ms Anna

    Ms Anna

    Young Toddler Teacher
    Ms. Anna joined the Goddard school in July 2021. She graduated from York Technical College in 2019 with and Associate of Arts and plans to continue education in the Early Childhood in the next coming years. Ms. Anna found her passion for child care through having her own child and experiences with the young members of her extended family. In the classroom, Ms. Anna strives to encourage children to explore their creative thinking with art and engineering. During her free time, Ms. Anna enjoys quality family time, and making art.
  • Ms Brooke

    Ms Brooke

    Junior Kindergarten Teacher
    Ms. Brooke joined us in June 2020. Before coming to Goddard, Ms. Brooke taught at another facility for 8 years. She has a total of 10 years experience in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Brooke believes learning should be fun and engaging! When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband camping and fishing. She also has a love for crafting!
  • Ms Chelsea

    Ms Chelsea

    Young Toddler Teacher
    Ms. Chelsea was born and raised in New Jersey but found herself in Rock Hill in 2019. She earned her Associates Degree in Human Services and soon discovered her passion for little children. Between volunteering and working with children, she knew this was her career path. She is excited to incorporate her love for art and music in her lessons when teaching little ones! Ms. Chelsea believes learning is fun and should encourage creativity.
  • Ms Jessica

    Ms Jessica

    Preschool Teacher
    Ms. Jessica joined us in June 2020. Ms. Jessica is originally from Canada but moved to America in 2016. She earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education at Conestoga College and in Special Needs support at Niagara College. Ms. Jessica has been working in the childcare field for approximately 8 years. Outside of school, Ms. Jessica enjoys spending time with her family.
  • Ms Julianne

    Ms Julianne

    Junior Kindergarten Teacher
    Ms. Julie joined us November 2021. She is a Western New York Native and received her Bachelors Degree in Education (B-6) from Niagara University. She believes children learn through play and loves to incorporate games, stories, music and creativity into her lessons. Outside of work she loves spending time with her family, camping, swimming, and gardening.
  • Ms Taquandra

    Ms Taquandra

    Preschool Teacher
    Ms. Taquandra goes by “Ms. T.” joined the Goddard School in January of 2022. She earned her Associates degree in Early Care and Education in 2016 and her Bachelors degree in Psychology December of 2021. Ms.T has worked with children from 6 weeks to 3 years in age for 8 years. Her passion for teaching grew from caring for neighborhood children as a teenager. She believes in creating a fun and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow. When she’s not teaching she enjoys spending time with her two daughters.
  • Ms To'Mara

    Ms To'Mara

    Preschool Teacher
    Ms. To'Mara joined us in November of 2022. She graduated from Queens University of Charlotte with a degree in Psychology in May of 2021 with a concentration in Developmental and Child and Adolescent psychology. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education at Winthrop University. Her mother has been a preschool teacher since she was a very young age and she has loved being in a classroom ever since. Ms. To'Mara has a strong love for pursuing education and hope to pursue a doctorate degree sometime in the near future.
  • Ms Jessica

    Ms Jessica

    Get Set Teacher
    We welcome Ms. Jessica in December 2022 to the Goddard Family. Ms. Jessica is currently a student, teacher and mother of twin boys. She earned her Associates Degree in Arts in 2018. She is currently finishing her senior year towards earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Winthrop University. Ms. Jessica fell in love with working with young children through her large family. She said, it is an exciting feeling to be a part of the growth process of young children. She is a firm believer in exploration/play-based education as children learn by doing. Best stated by Albert Einstein “Play is the highest form of research”. Ms. Jessica is beyond excited to be apart of the Goddard Family and to be able to teach such wonderful children as well as getting to know the families of these amazing kiddos.
  • Ms Elena

    Ms Elena

    Fawns Teacher
    Ms. Elena joined us in March of 2023. She has always had a passion for working with children. She believes that each child has a story to tell and needs to be heard and loved. Ms. Elena has worked with children through churches, daycare settings, and was also a substitute teacher at Independence Elementary School. She graduated from York Technical College in 2018, where she obtained her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She got married in October of 2020 and had her first child in 2022 of July. Ms. Elena was looking for a place that she could use her degree and found that Goddard was a perfect fit for herself and her child. The directors are very kind and supportive and it made her also want to work in that type of environment! She enjoys spending time with her husband and her daughter. Ms. Elena also enjoys going shopping and going on vacations! Her goal is to work on getting her bachelor’s degree.
  • Ms Sadie

    Ms Sadie

    Toddler Teacher
    Ms. Sadie joined us November 2023. She attended Oconee Fall Line Technical College to obtain her ECD 101certification. She plans to go back to school at York tech soon to work towards her associates and eventually her bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. She has been in childcare for close to three years Her biggest inspiration to become an Early Childhood Educator is he mother. Ms. Sadie has always believed that children learn best through play as well as through structured independence. The more confidence they build in themselves the more open they become to learning new things. Some of he favorite things to do in he free time is crafts, photography, reading, and listening to music. She so excited to begin this new teaching opportunity at Goddard!
  • Ms Savannah

    Ms Savannah

    Infant Teacher
    Ms. Savannah joined our team in March 2023. She is going on her third year of formal childcare experience. Her love for childcare began with nannying and tutoring, and she now specializes in the nurture and care of infants. Ms. Savannah is a native of the Rock Hill area and has a passion for spending time with family, doing arts and crafts, and baking.
  •  Allison

    Allison

    Junior Kindergarten Teacher
    Ms. Allison joined Goddard in February of 2024. She earned her BA in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She has spent the past 20 years home schooling her 5 children. She believes that a child's education is the foundation for their entire life. Educating and watching a child grow and flourish through a personalized education is key to unlocking their true potential. She firmly believes that children learn through positive reinforcement, patience, and aspiring to always make education enjoyable. Ms. Allison enjoys traveling the world, cooking, reading in her spare time, but most of all spending time with her children. She is very excited to be a part of the Goddard family.
  • Ms Alyssa

    Ms Alyssa

    Preschool Teacher
    Ms.Alyssa joined our Goddard team June 2023. Prior to working with Goddard, she worked with Chester and York County public school systems as a substitute teacher. Growing up, she enjoyed being a tutor and was often booked and busy as a babysitter. This was the very beginning of her love for children & teaching! Currently, Alyssa is enrolled at York Technical College in pursuit of her Associates in Arts and will continue her education to obtain her Psychology degree. Ms.Alyssa believes the impact of a teacher and a nurturing environment lasts a lifetime. Ms.Alyssa hopes that she continues to be in a position to help children grow emotionally, socially and intellectually.
  • Ms Kimberly

    Ms Kimberly

    Fawns Teacher
    Ms. Kim joined us in November 2023. She has severed in Early Care and Education for more than ten years. She desires to further her career and obtain her ECE Certificate. Growing young children minds is her passion and why she has chosen to make early learning her career path. Ms. Kim loves watching her children grow, learn, and explore through play. She has one biological daughter who has chosen to follow in her footsteps and serve children and families alike. In Ms. Kim's free time she enjoys sewing, crafting, and going to thrift stores. She also loves music, and spending time with friends and family.
  • Ms Taylor

    Ms Taylor

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Taylor started here at Goddard in February of 2024. Her interests in childcare began when she started babysitting family and friend’s children in high school. Ms. Taylor’s passion for childcare only grew with the arrival of her niece in 2021 and her own son in 2022. Ms. Taylor grew up in the Rock Hill area and graduated from South Pointe High School in 2019. After graduation Ms. Taylor explored multiple career paths including working with and guiding unaccompanied minors at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport and working in the service industry. Currently Ms. Taylor is enrolled at a local welding school and found that Goddard is the best fit for her and her son until graduation. Outside of Goddard Ms. Taylor enjoys going to church, outdoor activities like hiking and fishing, and making memories with her wonderful family.
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