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. 

  • Mrs Ashleigh

    Mrs Ashleigh

    On-Site Owners
    We are Ashleigh and Gary Crosby, owners of The Goddard School in Collierville. Our experience with The Goddard School began as parents searching for the best in early childhood education for our daughter. When she began attending Goddard, we felt an immediate connection to the Goddard philosophy of fostering the love of learning while providing a safe, nurturing environment for children. Our love of family and desire to bring our same Goddard experience to other children and families helped us to realize that being Goddard School owners was a perfect next chapter for us. We are committed to providing the very best to our students and families and hope to have a chance to share that experience with you!
  • Ms Pamela

    Ms Pamela

    School Director
    Ms. Pam is from Oak Park, IL where she owned and operated a childcare facility for 21 years before relocating to Mississippi. She has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and an associate's degree in Finance Management and Communications. Ms. Pam joined The Goddard School in 2018 as the Quality Assurance Manager and was then Assistant Director before moving into her current role as School Director in 2020. Ms. Pam enjoys spending quality time with family, reading, bowling, taking road trips, and having great conversations with her parrot "Rocky". "I have a big heart for children, and enjoy making a positive difference in their lives. I care for all children with love and acceptance."
  • Ms Amanda

    Ms Amanda

    Assistant Director - Education
    Ms. Amanda is from Memphis, TN but currently resides in Olive Branch, Mississippi. She attended the University of Mississippi where she earned her Bachelor of Education. She has more than 10 years of experience working with children in childcare. Ms. Amanda first joined The Goddard School in 2017 as a Lead Preschool Teacher. In 2020, she moved in to her current Assistant Director role where she oversees curriculum for all classrooms. Ms. Amanda is married to her childhood sweetheart. They have one sweet little girl, Lillie, and a border collie lab named Bayley. Ms. Amanda loves to read, play games, do crafts, spend time with family, and teach kids at church. "I enjoy being with children and seeing their faces light up because they have learned something new. It is an honor to work with children."
  • Ms Lena

    Ms Lena

    Office Administrator
    Ms. Lena is originally from Huntsville, AL but moved all around because her parents were in the Army. She graduated from the University of Alabama with her Bachelor of Elementary Education. She is currently a certified K-6 educator in Arkansas and Alabama and has 6 years of experience teaching Elementary at both public and private schools. Ms. Lena is a true people person and loves spending time with family and friends. She likes to stay busy and has many hobbies: piano, painting, cooking, video games, board games, & trivia night. Her favorite thing to do is laugh! "I enjoy seeing students grow, whether that be academically, socially, or emotionally. It is truly amazing to see how fast they grow in a year."
  • Ms Amanda

    Ms Amanda

    Toddler Lead Teacher
    Ms. Amanda is originally from Clarksdale, MS and joined The Goddard School in 2022. She studied Early Childhood Education at Northwest Florida State College. Ms. Amanda has worked in childcare for the last seven years and has experience working with all age groups. "I love helping children learn new things and seeing their reactions when they master a new skill."
  • Ms Andrea

    Ms Andrea

    Pre-K Lead Teacher
    Ms. Andrea has been with The Goddard School in Collierville since 2014. She was born and raised in Bavaria, Germany and moved to the U.S. in 2006. She is a State Certified Educator, and received her BS in Education from the Professional Academy of Social Pedagogy in Bamberg, Germany. She also holds a Montessori certificate. Ms. Andrea has more than 25 years teaching experience and has taught infants and mixed age classes of 3-6 years old children. "Since I was a young girl growing up, I wanted to be a teacher. I love the interaction and seeing kids grow as future adults. Also, the impact I have on a child's early life always amazes me."
  • Ms Andrea

    Ms Andrea

    Preschool Lead Teacher
    Ms. Andrea was born in Brooklyn, NY and her family relocated to Memphis when she was a child. She graduated with honors from Watkins Overton School of Performing Arts and earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential from Southwest Tennessee Community College. Ms. Andrea has more than twelve years' experience working with children ages infant through school age. "What I enjoy most about teaching is watching children learn and grow every day by supporting their learning with fun activities, sensory, books, and more!"
  • Ms Brianna

    Ms Brianna

    Infant Lead Teacher
    Ms. Brianna joined The Goddard School in 2021 and has been the Lead Teacher in our Infant classroom for nearly 3 years. She is from Memphis, TN and has more than 7 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Studies with a minor in Child Development from the University of Memphis. “What I enjoy about teaching is watching the child grow physically and mentally and develop into their own personality.”
  • Ms Cheryl

    Ms Cheryl

    Preschool Lead Teacher
    Ms. Cheryl has been with The Goddard School in Collierville since 2020. She has been teaching children of all ages for over 20 years. Teaching is in her heart and she enjoys knowing she makes a difference every day. “I enjoy daily adventures and getting to know the students. Every child is different and as educators we should find how children learn and teach them that way. I enjoy the fact I have a hand in teaching the future of tomorrow.”
  • Ms Deja

    Ms Deja

    Pre-K Lead Teacher
    Ms. Deja joined The Goddard School in 2024. She is originally from Jacksonville, FL, and her family moved often as her parents were in the military. Ms. Deja attended the University of Memphis where she earned her Bachelor of Health Sciences. During her time in college, she worked with a nonprofit organization that placed teachers in Shelby County Schools to bridge the student to teacher ratio. She has years of experience working with children of all ages. Most recently, she taught children ages 3 to 6 in a Montessori program before joining the Goddard Pre-K program. "The best part about teaching is the 'aha' moment a child gets when they learn something new."
  • Ms Emily

    Ms Emily

    Toddler Lead Teacher
    Ms. Emily has been with the Goddard School in Collierville since 2017. She is originally from Chattanooga, TN and received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Mississippi. She has taught various ages during her 15 years of experience and enjoys teaching and watching children grasp concepts for the first time. “Each child can bring such joy to others, and I love finding what makes each child happy and engaged.”
  • Ms Eunis

    Ms Eunis

    Pre-K Lead Teacher
    Ms. Eunis joined The Goddard School in 2022. She was born in Bangalore, south of India and holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Bangalore University. She has years of experience working with children ages 3 to 6 years. Previously, she worked as a Kindergarten teacher for 2 years before joining the Goddard Pre-K program. "Interaction. Learning. Creativity. Teaching keeps me motivated to learn new things everyday. It feels good to see the child you teach grow up to be a successful, independent, confident leader someday!"
  • Ms Lauren

    Ms Lauren

    Preschool Lead Teacher
    Ms. Lauren is from Germantown, TN and attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She has many years of experience working with children from preschool age to eighth grade. She most recently taught Pre-K at Martin Primary School before moving back home to the Memphis area and joining Goddard in our preschool program. "What I enjoy about teaching is watching first-hand a child accomplishing a goal and the way that child is so proud of him/herself. I enjoy watching children build their relationship with their peers. Most importantly, I enjoy getting to share such amazing moments with their families!"
  • Ms Lisa

    Ms Lisa

    Pre-K Lead Teacher
    Ms. Lisa joined The Goddard School in Collierville in 2014. She was born and raised in Ohio and received her Bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has 30 years of experience in early childhood education working with various ages and also a Director. In addition to her current Lead Teacher role in our Pre-K program, she also serves as a Goddard Quality Assurance expert working with other teachers to ensure excellence in all of our classrooms. "I enjoy finding new ways to teach the basics. I enjoy watching children learn and have fun. I like to find creative and hands-on experiences for my class!"
  • Ms Madison

    Ms Madison

    Toddler Lead Teacher
    Ms. Madison has been with The Goddard School since 2018. She is from Memphis, TN and attended Lipscomb University where she spent a year in nursing school. While in school, she worked part time at a Montessori school, where she found her passion for teaching. Ms. Madison graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Studies in May 2018. She has many years of childcare experience including daycares, camp counseling, volunteering, babysitting, and teaching. "I love being able to see the light bulb go off for a child when they figure something out. I want to use positive reinforcement to help each child grow so that they look forward to winning each day. Because I had a poor experience in school as a child, I hope to be able to make a positive impact on each child and set them up for a better future and instill confidence at a young age."
  • Ms Meyyammai

    Ms Meyyammai

    Preschool Lead Teacher
    Ms. Mey has worked as an Early Childhood professional for eight years and first joined The Goddard School in 2017. Her experience ranges from toddlers to school-age children. She holds a Bachelor degree in Education and a Bachelor and Masters degree of Computer Science from Madurai Kamaraj University in India. Mey loves working with arts and crafts and often uses art as a tool for teaching young children. "Teaching allows me to continue learning new things everyday from the children when I'm working with them. I enjoy bringing out the unique qualities of each child."
  • Ms Nicole

    Ms Nicole

    First Steps Lead Teacher
    Ms. Nicole originally grew up in the Memphis area where she attended the University of Memphis and earned her Bachelor's degree. She began working in Early Childhood Education in 2017 and was with Goddard Schools for 3 years before moving home and joining The Goddard School of Collierville in 2023. "I love watching children's imaginations grow and expand as new ideas are presented. I enjoy seeing progress in a child as he or she gains the understanding of a new skill."
  • Ms Olivia

    Ms Olivia

    Toddler Lead Teacher
    Ms. Olivia is from Millington, TN and attended Mississippi College where she earned her Bachelor degree in Communication. Before joining The Goddard School, she worked as a teacher's aide and a Kindergarten teacher at KIPP Wonder Academy in St. Louis. "I enjoy seeing students explore with curiosity. I love seeing them be proud of their learning!"
  • Ms Patcharin

    Ms Patcharin

    Toddler Lead Teacher
    Ms. Patcharin has been with The Goddard School in Collierville since 2016 and has over 15 years of experience working with children. She originates from Thailand, where she received her Bachelor's degree and taught 2nd grade. In 2010, Ms. Patcharin moved to Maryland for a work study program as an au pair, then relocated to the Memphis area in 2014. While working in a licensed daycare center, she studied Early Childhood Education and received her degree in 2016. "The most rewarding aspect of teaching is seeing children accomplish something independently that we have been working towards in the classroom."
  • Ms Shaquanna

    Ms Shaquanna

    Infant Lead Teacher
    Ms. Shaquanna is from Hollandale, MS, better known as The Delta, and has been with The Goddard School since 2022. She attended Simmons High School and went on to graduate from Mississippi Delta Community College. While attending school, she became involved with many organizations and projects that catered to community residents and their children. After graduating from MDCC, she transferred to Delta State University to pursue a degree in the arts while working as a Lead Teacher at FUMC Day School. "My favorite part of teaching is watching and understanding the world through a child's eyes. Children simply follow what they feel and think. Their minds are like abstract paintings -- full of creativity and without limitations."
  • Ms Shrimathy

    Ms Shrimathy

    Toddler Lead Teacher
    Ms. Shrima joined The Goddard School in Collierville in 2020. She worked as a full time substitute providing support to every classroom in the school and serving as front office support staff before moving to her current role as Lead Teacher in our Toddler program. Ms. Shrima is from India where she attended the State Institute of Commerce Education and the University of Madras earning her Bachelor's degree in Commerce. She has many years experience working with children including teaching and tutoring. "I enjoy seeing the happy faces of children when they learn something new and their beautiful smiles."
  • Ms Suliyat

    Ms Suliyat

    First Steps Lead Teacher
    Ms. Suliyat is originally from Nigeria and is married with 3 children of her own. She has over 7 years of experience in childcare and is currently working toward her infant and toddler specialization and Child Development Associate. "I enjoy working with children and love watching them grow!"
  • Ms Victoria

    Ms Victoria

    Preschool Lead Teacher
    Ms. Tori has been with The Goddard School in Collierville since 2018. She was born and raised in Memphis and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She previously taught in our First Steps class and is now a lead teacher in our Preschool program. “All students can learn when they are accepted for who they are and where they stand in their educational journey. There must be mutual trust in place between the teacher, children, and parents for effective learning.”
  • Ms Tyshika

    Ms Tyshika

    First Steps Lead Teacher
    Ms. Ty is from the small town of Ashland, MS and joined The Goddard School in 2022. She attended Northeast Mississippi Community College and received her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. She has more than two years experience working in early childhood education and enjoys working with children of all ages. "I enjoy getting to meet different children and teach them all the things they need to know."
  • Ms Bettianne

    Ms Bettianne

    Toddler Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Bettianne was born in Long Island, NY and spent the last 8 years in Bozeman, Montana before relocating to the Memphis area. Working with children has been her passion for over 25 years. In New York, Ms. Bettianne worked as a teacher assistant in an independent school for 17 years. Most recently, she was a teacher assistant at Faith Promise Rising Stars Early Learning Center in Montana. "Teaching helps me to learn more things about the world. I enjoy observing children and trying to make their day great! I always use my experiences to help them feel happy, safe and confident."
  • Ms Grace

    Ms Grace

    Infant/Toddler Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Grace is from Milan, TN and moved to Memphis to attend the University of Memphis where she studied Psychology and Child Development. She comes from a big family and has always loved working with and caring for children. Ms. Grace has experience as a teacher, caretaker, and camp counselor for children ages 0 - 10 years. "I love getting to care for children and helping them grow. I love being a safe space and a safe person for them. Watching a child connect the dots and feel so excited and proud of themselves is one of the most rewarding things I've been a part of."
  • Ms Taiya

    Ms Taiya

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Taiya is from Columbus, MS and graduated from Lake Cormorant High School. She joined The Goddard School in 2023 as a Floater while she was studying at Northwest Community College. In 2024, Ms. Taiya earned her Associates in Applied Science for Early Childhood Education and was promoted to Assistant Teacher. "I enjoy helping children explore and learn while also having fun!"
  • Ms Weili

    Ms Weili

    Mandarin Teacher
    Ms. Chen is from China where she earned a Bachelor degree in Mandarin & Education before relocating to the United States. She attended Southwestern College in San Diego where she studied Child Development and English. She has nearly 30 years of teaching experience, most recently teaching Mandarin to Kindergarten and elementary school students. Our Goddard students look forward to their fun Mandarin lessons every morning! "I cherish being a teacher and genuinely love to be with kids and to have a positive influence on their lives. I think the best reward for my work is to see the smiles on the children's faces and hear them speak Mandarin correctly and to enhance their knowledge so they will be better prepared for the future."
  • Ms Maria

    Ms Maria

    Floater Team Lead
    Ms. Maria is from Venezuela, but she moved to Memphis as an infant. She graduated from Collierville High School, and she earned her Associate degree in 2023. She is currently continuing her studies in Human Development and Learning at The University of Memphis. Ms. Maria joined The Goddard School in 2023 and was recently promoted to Floater Team Lead. "What I enjoy about teaching is spending time with children all day. I am teaching them things, but they are also teaching me new things every day. I love to build bonds with all of the students and see them grow."
  • Ms Hannah

    Ms Hannah

    Floater
    Ms. Hannah is originally from a small town outside of Atlanta, GA. She has been with The Goddard School since 2021 and provides valuable support to every classroom throughout the school and in the front office. Ms. Hannah graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She enjoys working with children of all ages and has previously taught ballet as well.
  • Ms Marlo

    Ms Marlo

    Floater
    Ms. Marlo joined The Goddard School in 2021 as a Lead Teacher in our Preschool program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Memphis. She has over 10 years’ experience in education where she was a substitute teacher for a number of years before moving her focus to Early Childhood Education. In her current role, she assists various classrooms providing additional support to our teachers. “I love to see children grow in knowledge and wisdom. I love to help children be the best that they can be and reach their greatest potential in life.”
  • Ms Aaliyah

    Ms Aaliyah

    Full Time Substitute Teacher
    Ms. Aaliyah is originally from Memphis, TN and graduated from Olive Branch High School. Before joining The Goddard School in 2023, she had been working in childcare for more than 5 years. She is currently working towards her degree and certification in Early Childhood Education. "I love being able to be a part of the growth and development of children. For me, teaching has always been my calling! I love to have fun with learning through games, songs, and activities."
  • Ms Jeevitha

    Ms Jeevitha

    Full Time Substitute Teacher
    Ms. Jeevitha is from Coimbatore, India. She earned her Bachelor degree in Commerce and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Anna University. In addition to her position at The Goddard School, Ms. Jeevitha also teaches Kindergarten age children at the Tamil School. "I enjoy helping kids learn new things. I enjoy rewarding them to motivate and make them happy."
  • Ms Jennifer

    Ms Jennifer

    Floater
    Ms. Jennifer has taught for 15 years in both General Education and Special Education. She lives in Collierville and also teaches for Desoto County Schools as a Special Education Teacher. Her passion is to serve and teach children with special needs. "I enjoy seeing a child light up when they acquire a new skill. It is rewarding as an educator to see the growth a child can make in just a small amount of time."
  • Ms Autumn

    Ms Autumn

    Full Time Substitute Teacher
    Ms. Autumn is from Collierville and graduated from Collierville High School. Her experience in early childhood education began as a Registered Behavioral Technician. During that team, she worked with children with autism helping them be better prepared for school. "What I enjoy most about teaching is being able to watch the children's growth, knowing that they are learning more and more every day."
  • Ms Tavesha

    Ms Tavesha

    Floater
    Ms. Tavesha is from Memphis, TN and attended Olive Branch High School. She currently works as a substitute teacher at several schools in the Memphis and Germantown areas during the regular school year and supports our Goddard classrooms during the summer season. "I enjoy seeing children have fun, smile, learn new things, and reach new milestones everyday."
  • Ms Alexis

    Ms Alexis

    Floater
    Ms. Alexis is from Memphis, TN and graduated from Collierville High School. She currently attends the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga where she is studying Elementary Education. While in school, she was a D2 volleyball player and has also been doing volunteer work with children in the Chattanooga school system. "Seeing kids enjoy learning and understanding that learning can be fun is the best part about teaching to me. Teaching is not giving information and sending them home; it's building a connection with your students to create a fun and inclusive learning environment."
  • Ms Isabella

    Ms Isabella

    Floater
    Ms. Isabella grew up in Memphis and attended St. Agnes High School. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with her Bachelor of Science in Special Education. She currently teaches at Dogwood Elementary in Germantown during the regular school year. "I enjoy all the little moments, watching them grow into their own, and making memories. I love watching children's knowledge grow and building friendly, long lasting relationships with students and their families."
  • Ms Terri

    Ms Terri

    Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Terri is originally from Chicago, IL. She has over 30 years of experience caring for children. Prior to joining Goddard, Ms. Terri worked with another local childcare center for 22 years. Currently, she provides additional support our infant and toddler classrooms. "I enjoy having a hand in shaping and molding little friend's minds."
  • Ms Munachiso

    Ms Munachiso

    Floater
    Ms. Muna is from Collierville and currently attends Rhodes College where she is studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She has worked with children of all ages in volunteer settings, at church, as a babysitter and nanny, and as a tutor. "I love that teaching gives me the opportunity to not only build bonds with students but to share experiences and wisdom that I've gained. I also love the chance it gives me to learn more."
  • Ms Abby

    Ms Abby

    Floater
    Ms. Abby was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, but grew up in Collierville, graduating from Collierville High School. She is currently entering her senior year at Mississippi State University where she is studying Nutrition and plans to pursue a career in physical therapy upon graduation. Ms. Abby has coached children's soccer while she was in college and enjoys working in the nursery at her church. "I think teaching is so fun because I get to watch the children grow in so many aspects. It's so cool to help the future generation find their passion and pursue their goals."
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