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 Juanita

    Ms Juanita

    Onsite Owner
    I am excited to be the Onsite Owner of The Goddard School Cool Springs! I began at The Goddard School as a Preschool Teacher in January 2010 and was promoted to the Administration Team in 2011. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Belmont University. My experience includes working with children ages infants to five years old children in preschool settings both in the United States and overseas since 2001. I believe in each child's individual potential. I am proud that our school is a supportive, fun learning environment for the emotional, educational and professional growth of children, their families and our staff.
  • Ms Sue

    Ms Sue

    Owner
    I am so pleased to be the Owner of The Goddard School located in Franklin(Cool Springs)! I have lived in Franklin since 2005 and absolutely love it. I graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. After 16 years of corporate business experience I was very excited to open The Goddard School as my own business in 2009. I love the children and am dedicated to ensuring THE BEST environment for them and their families every day.
  • Ms Wanda

    Ms Wanda

    Education Director
    Wanda is our Education Director. She began with The Goddard School of Cool Springs in 2018 as a Co-Teacher in our Pre-K Program and was promoted to Education Director in 2021. She has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Middle Tennessee State University. Her experience includes working with children ages preschool through high school since 2009. In her spare time, Wanda enjoys reading, hiking, biking, baking, gardening, rescuing cats and British television. Wanda believes children are bundles of potential and need opportunities to gain autonomy, confidence and independence. Giving them choices, supporting a growth mindset and promoting their curiosity will help them blossom and become life long learners.
  • Ms Laura

    Ms Laura

    Operations Director
    Laura is our Operations Director. She began with The Goddard School of Cool Springs in 2015 as a Co-Teacher before joining the Administration Team in 2018. She received her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Columbia State. She has been working with young children professionally in home and preschool settings since 2008. She enjoys crafts and spending time with her family in her spare time. Laura believes that every child deserves to feel safe and loved. Every child learns and develops a their own pace. She strives to fill each child's day with fun learning activities that are both challenging and achievable.
  • Ms Heather

    Ms Heather

    Assistant Director
    Heather is our Assistant Director. She has a Bachelors Degree from Trevecca University. Heather's experience includes working with children of all ages since 2018. In her spare time she enjoys being a dance mom. Heather's philosophy is to help engage young minds in the world around them and to help them grow and find themselves.
  • Ms Tina

    Ms Tina

    Co-Teacher
    Tina is a Co-Teacher in our Infant Program. She has a Child Development Associates(CDA). Her experience is working with children in a preschool setting for over 10 years. Tina enjoys hiking and spending time with her daughter. Tina believes it is important to meet a child where they are. She comes to their level in order to connect and find out about who they are and their learning style.
  • Ms Chloe

    Ms Chloe

    Co-Teacher
    Ms. Chloe is a Co-Teacher in our Infant Program. She has a Bachelors Degree from Boise State University. Her experience includes working with children ages infants to school age since 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside, spending time with family and listening to music. Chloe believes working with young children sets the expectations for learning. Being in an educational setting with young children should be safe, engaging and fun!
  • Ms Dee Dee

    Ms Dee Dee

    Co-Teacher
    Dee Dee is a Co-Teacher in our Infant Program. She has a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her experience includes working with infants through school-aged children in private preschool and public school settings, as well as working as a private nanny since 1997. In her spare time, Dee Dee enjoys spending time with her 4 daughters and her grandson, Braeden. She also loves cheering for the Titans and watching old movies on TCM. She believes that each child is unique and learns in his or her own way.
  • Ms Carrie

    Ms Carrie

    Co-Teacher
    Carrie is a Co-Teacher in our Infant Program. Carrie has taken Early Childhood classes at Motlow Community College. Her experience includes working with infants through school age children and in administration since 1996. Carrie believes her responsibility is to figure out how a child learns and facilitate that style. Listening, understanding and guiding are the three principles she uses with children.
  • Ms Quiyosha

    Ms Quiyosha

    Co-Teacher
    Quiyosha is a Co-Teacher in our First Steps Program. Quiyosha's work experience includes working with infants through school age children since 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys watching The Office and rock climbing and spending time with her son. Quiyosha believes children are the future and she wants to help them be their best to make the world better.
  • Ms Heather

    Ms Heather

    Co-Teacher
    Ms. Heather is a Co-Teacher in our First Steps Program. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Her experience includes working with children of all ages since 2015. In her spare time; Ms. Heather enjoys reading, music, movies, yoga and video games. Being nurturing, caring and encouraging to children helps them to feel secure and safe which in turn lets them explore and learn and form connections. Patience is key. Children need empathy and understanding. Ms. Heather wants learning to be fun and a positive experience.
  • Ms Makayla

    Ms Makayla

    Assistant Teacher
    Makayla is an Assistant Teacher in our First Steps Program. She has her High School Diploma. Her experience includes working with infants and toddlers since 2020. In her spare time, Makayla enjoys playing with her children and crocheting. She believes that each and every child is unique in their own way, and they need a friendly environment where they can grow and succeed. She sees it as her duty as a teacher to help every child reach their full potential.
  • Ms Allison

    Ms Allison

    Co-Teacher
    Ms. Allison is a Co-Teacher in our Toddler Program. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois. Her experience includes working with children of all ages since 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and pets (Freddie and Alina) and taking care of her many plants. All children deserve to have the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, loving environment. Children are natural scientists whose curiosity should be celebrated and nurtured.
  • Ms Olivia

    Ms Olivia

    Assistant Teacher
    Olivia is an Assistant Teacher in our Toddler Program. She is in the process of getting her Bachelor's Degree. Her experience includes working with children ages 1-5 years old and teenagers since 2022. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys arts and crafts and music. She believes child development is a puzzle. Some children need different shaped/sized pieces in order for ideas to stick. Different methodology for different children is required. There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to working with children. If one way doesn't work, try again!
  • Ms Paula

    Ms Paula

    Assistant Teacher
    Paula is a teacher in our Get Set Program. She has her High School Diploma and has taken Early Childhood Education Professional Development Courses. Paula's experience includes working with 1-2 year olds since 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, baking, and reading. She believes the classroom is supposed to be a child’s safe place, where they can express their ideas and emotions. Not every child is the same, therefore they may require assistance in different areas and in different ways from each other.
  • Ms Savannah

    Ms Savannah

    Co-Teacher
    Savannah is a Co-Teacher in our Get Set Program. She has her Associates Degree from Columbia State. Her experience includes working with children ages infants to school age since 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, biking, and playing with her daughter. She believes in being gentle and teaching through example.
  • Ms Alexa

    Ms Alexa

    Co-Teacher
    Alexa is a Co-Teacher in our Get Set Program. She has her Bachelors Degree from the University of South Carolina. Her experience includes working with children ages Pre-K to school age since 2023. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and hiking. She believes empathy and kindness are the building blocks for education.
  • Ms Morgan

    Ms Morgan

    Co-Teacher
    Morgan is a Co-Teacher in our Get Set Program. She as her Bachelor's Degree from University of Tennessee (Chattanooga). Morgan's experience includes working with infants to elementary school aged children since 2023. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, concerts, exercising and traveling. Morgan believes in giving children a positive and constructive learning environment and in being a strong role model.
  • Ms Gomathi

    Ms Gomathi

    Co-Teacher
    Gomathi is a Co-Teacher in our Preschool Program. She has a Bachelor's Degree. Her experience includes working with toddlers since 2020. In her spare time, Ms. Gomathi enjoys playing with kids, listening to music and cooking. Gomathi believes each child is unique and as an educator, she will support and develop each child's strengths, interests and skills to extend their learning.
  • Ms Annabeth

    Ms Annabeth

    Assistant Teacher
    Annabeth is an Assistant Teacher in our Get Set Program. She has her High School Diploma. Her experience includes working with children of all ages and previously taught at another Goddard School. In her spare time, Annabeth enjoys reading and shopping. She believes all children are different, so they will all learn differently. She sees her job as an educator is to learn the way they learn and help them learn more!
  • Ms Aruna

    Ms Aruna

    Co Teacher
    Aruna is a Co-Teacher in our Preschool Program. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Anna University. Her experience includes working with toddlers through preschool aged children since 2021. In her spare time, she enjoys playing badminton, swimming, and spending time with her kids. Aruna believes the classroom is a lively place where she gets value and develops each child’s strength, skills, and knowledge to help them extend their ideas and views.
  • Ms Courtney

    Ms Courtney

    Co-Teacher
    Courtney is a Co-Teacher in our Preschool Program. She has an Associates Degree. Her experience includes working with infants through 5 year olds since 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter Lillian, swimming, being outdoors, shopping and spending time with family and friends. Courtney believes in getting on children’s level and engaging with them. She enjoys focusing on their interests and expanding their knowledge. She believes it is so fascinating to work with children!
  • Ms Rebecca

    Ms Rebecca

    Co-Teacher
    Rebecca is a Co-Teacher in our Preschool Program. She has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Psychology. Rebecca's experience has been working with preschool age children in a professional setting since 2013. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping and taking care of her 4 children and 3 pets. Rebecca believes children are our future. They should be encouraged to learn and grow at their own speed. The best practice is to encourage learning through play and make every moment a learning opportunity so that learning is fun!
  • Ms Shangamitra

    Ms Shangamitra

    Co-Teacher
    Shangamitra is a Co-Teacher in our Preschool Program. She has a Bachelors Degree and her experience includes working with 3-5 year-olds since 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and listening to music. Shangamitra believes children should be treated with respect and dignity. She believes in disciplining with love and supporting children as they grow.
  • Ms Melissa

    Ms Melissa

    Co-Teacher
    Melissa is a Co-Teacher in our Preschool Program. She has an Associates Degree. Her experience includes working with children ages infants to school age since 2016. In her spare time she enjoys reading, make-up, face painting, playing pool, bowling and being a tattoo artist on the side. Melissa loves to have fun and be silly with kids! Her goal is to create a fun and safe learning environment. School should be exciting, and children should enjoy being there. Learning comes through trial and error. We have to make mistakes to learn new things, and no one is perfect. Creativity and imagination are so important. Melissa wants children to feel that what they have to say is important and they are heard. She wants children to feel confident within themselves to ensure a solid foundation of learning to prepare them for success.
  • Ms Tejaswini

    Ms Tejaswini

    Co Teacher
    Tejaswini is a Co-Teacher in our Preschool Program. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. Her experience includes working with 3 and 4 year olds since 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, music, crafts, hiking and sports. Tejaswini believes each child is unique. She believes in learning while playing. As a teacher, she gives children enough space to explore, touch, feel and learn through play with fun activities.
  • Mr Brian

    Mr Brian

    Co-Teacher
    Brian is a Co-Teacher in our Pre-K program. He has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Middle Tennessee State University. His experience includes working with infants through school-aged children in private preschool and public schools since 2001. In his spare time, Brian enjoys singing in his church choir, bowling, coaching basketball, reading, and watching sports. He believes that you should always give your very best, and hopes to instill that same drive in his students.
  • Ms Erin

    Ms Erin

    Co-Teacher
    Erin is a Co-Teacher in our Pre-K Program. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing and English Literature. Her experience includes working with children ages infant to pre-teens. In her spare time, Erin enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, reading and superhero movies. She believes that she learns just as much from children as they learn from her.
  • Ms Stacie

    Ms Stacie

    Co-Teacher
    Stacie is a Co-Teacher in our Pre-K Program. She has her Associates Degree in Health Information and Child Development Associates(CDA). Her experience includes working with ages infant through 10 year olds and administration since 1998. In her spare time, Stacie enjoys spending time with her family, reading and doing crafts. Stacie believes children are more excited and learn more when they can use all their senses and really get involved in what they are doing.
  • Ms Amisha

    Ms Amisha

    Co-Teacher
    Amisha is a Co-Teacher in our Pre-K Program. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Indian Culture. Her experience includes working with infants through school age children since 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, reading, walking, and listening to music. Amisha loves to work with kids because she believes every kid is filled with innocence and honesty in abundance. She would like to nurture them with the utmost care and make their day with joy and happiness. She also believes all children are individuals and everyone learns in their own unique way. She uses multiple methods of teaching for each child. It is a process where she also learns and grows with them every day.
  • Mr Tyler

    Mr Tyler

    Co-Teacher
    Tyler is a Co-Teacher in our Pre-K Program. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in counseling. Tyler's experience includes working with infants through teenagers since 2013. In his spare time, he enjoys music. Whether it be performing on stage, writing a song or recording in the studio, music is his passion outside of work. Tyler believes every child deserves a chance, no matter their walk of life. Each child needs to know that everything and anything is possible and that someone genuinely cares for them.
  • Ms Mary

    Ms Mary

    Co-Teacher
    Mary is a Co-Teacher in our Pre-K Program. She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Her experience includes working with children of all ages since 2005. In her spare time, Mary enjoys running her art business, exploring and making music with her family, and traveling to new places. They love going to the zoo! . She loves to help children learn new things, but she believe they will thrive learning things they enjoy. If they love something, it will stick forever and they will always (almost) choose it.
  • Ms Lee

    Ms Lee

    Interim Teacher
    Lee is an Interim Teacher. She has her Associates Degree from Volunteer Community College. Her experience includes working with toddlers and Pre-K students since 2023. In her spare time, Lee enjoys hiking, traveling, trying new restaurants, being outside and time with family. She believes in making learning fun!
  • Ms Pam

    Ms Pam

    Support Faculty
    Pam is a member of our Support Faculty. Pam completed Early Childhood Education credits at Sierra College in California for a childhood credential permit. Her experience includes working with infants through school age children since 2005. In her spare time, Pam enjoys reading, camping, skiing and watching movies. She loves to nurture and encourage children to achieve their best potential.
  • Mr Andy

    Mr Andy

    Support Faculty
    Andy is a member of our Support Faculty. He is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Columbia State. Andy's experience includes working with young children infants through school age since 2015. In his spare time, he is a huge sports fan. Andy believes in helping bring out the best in each individual child.
  • Ms Anne

    Ms Anne

    Support Teacher
    Anne is a member of our Support Faculty. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Anne's experience includes working with infants and toddlers in Early Childhood settings since 1998. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding and card games. Anne believes that education is a partnership and she wants to be a good role model for the children.
  • Ms Molly

    Ms Molly

    Support Teacher
    Molly is a member of our Support faculty. She is a Graduate of Lipscomb University’s IDEAL Program. Molly's experience includes working with infants to PreK aged children since 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys watching sports, getting her nails done, playing with her dog and spending time with her boyfriend. Molly believes children learn best through playing!
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