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. 

  •  Amanda

    Amanda

    Owner
    John and Amanda are the on-site owners of The Goddard School located in Allen, Texas. The Snowman family consists of four children; Katie a freshman at Texas State, Jack in college and an F-16 Crew Chief in the Air Force Reserves, Samantha and Kimberly who graduated from college and both are on their own. They also have two furry family members – Bailey a chocolate lab and Jackson a a black lab mix rescue dog. John was born in Maine. He graduated from the University of Maine-Orono and obtained his MBA from Amberton University in Garland, Texas. John worked in the logistics industry for over thirty years. He is also a retired USAF Officer. Amanda was born in Ohio. She graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland and obtained her MBA from Amberton University. Amanda worked at Greyhound Lines as their Manager of Customer Operations for sixteen years. Actually, it was job relocation with Greyhound that brought the Snowman’s from Boston, Massachusetts to Texas nearly twenty five years ago. “Having the best school, with the best teachers, and the best educational program is very rewarding to us as parents, and we are truly grateful to be able to serve the children and families in our community. Getting to see our future generations grow and blossom every day into fine young people is a blessing,” add John and Amanda.
  •  Allison

    Allison

    Director of Operations
    Ms. Allison is our Director of Operations. She has been with Goddard for 6 years, and has a total of 13 years of experience working with children! Allison started with us as a Lead Teacher in the Jr. Kinder classroom. She graduated from Texas A&M with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science, and is working on her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education! Throughout college, Ms. Allison worked with children as a gymnastics instructor and mini cheer coach. In her down time, she enjoys Crossfit, spending time with her twin sister and younger sister, and hanging with her 2 dogs! Ms. Allison’s favorite part of working with children is helping them accomplish milestones. The conversations she gets to have with the kiddos are also the highlights of her days. The best part of working at Goddard, for Allison, is the staff environment. She says, “We are all here for the same reason, to make an impact and teach, and we are great at doing it as a team!”
  •  Melissa

    Melissa

    Executive Director
    Mrs. Melissa is the Executive Director here at the Goddard School of Allen. She has been with Goddard since March of 2020. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in K- 8 Education, with an emphasis in Communication Arts and Literature from Concordia University of St. Paul. Starting off as a PreK teacher and working her way up through various management roles, she has more than 20 years of experience in early childhood. Melissa is from Texas, but spent most of her years in Minnesota. She enjoys all sports, playing or watching. She loves spending time with family, traveling and trying out anything new and adventurous. Mrs. Melissa feels that being in the early childhood industry is so incredibly rewarding. Just asking children open-ended questions could lead to many different adventures for both kids and teachers! What she loves most about Goddard is the passion that everyone has on this team. Everyone is here for the kids and it shows!
  •  Paulina

    Paulina

    Assistant Director of Education
    Ms. Paulina is our Assistant Director of Education. She has been with Goddard for 3 years now and has a total of 8 years of experience in early childhood education! Paulina is currently working to finish her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, as her future goal is to be a Kindergarten teacher! She moved to Dallas from Austin, where she has lived for most of her life. In her down time, Paulina enjoys spending time with her little family! A good weekend consists of lots of snacks, movies and naps with her puppy girl! Teaching young minds is Paulina’s passion. She loves that Goddard gives her the freedom and ability to grow as a teacher, and to discover what she is capable of as an educator. She thoroughly enjoys watching little humans grow and preparing them for their future!
  •  Alexis

    Alexis

    Lead Get Set 1 Teacher
    Ms. Alexis is one of our Co-Lead Teachers in Get Set 1. She has been with the The Goddard School in Allen since October of 2022, and comes to us with 6 years of experience in the Early Childhood industry! Alexis loves to read, watch True Crime shows, doing makeup and spending time with her son in her down time! What she loves most about working in education is watching the kiddos learn and grow, and all the love they give!
  •  Alexandra

    Alexandra

    Infant Co-Lead Teacher
    Ms. Alex is a Co-Lead Teacher in our Infant classroom. She started with us in August of 2020, comes with 6 years of experience in working with children and has her Child Development Associates! With Goddard, she would love to gain as much knowledge and experience as she can to better help her raise her kiddo and future kiddos. Ms. Alex has spent most of her life in Colorado, and moved to Texas in 2015. In her down time she really enjoys playing board games! She also enjoys reading, some video games, painting, going to the zoo, and considers herself a “Hufflepuff.” When asked what she loves most about teaching, she said, “that moment you see that lightbulb turn on….that moment of understanding!” Her favorite part of working at Goddard is getting to know all of the kids and staff. Everyone is just so nice!
  •  Christina

    Christina

    Lead Pre-K Teacher
    Ms. Christina is one of our Lead PreK teachers, and she has been with us since October of 2022. She currently working on her Associate's Degree in Education from Richland College. In her spare time, Christina likes to spend quality time with her family, friends and adorable baby son. She is inspired to work in education because it is exciting helping to create the next generation of doctors, lawyers and firefighter, etc.!
  •  Samantha

    Samantha

    Lead Preschool Teacher
    Ms. Samantha is one of our Co-Lead Preschool teachers and has been with the Goddard School in Allen since October of 2022. She comes to us with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from University of Arkansas, and comes to us with over 5 years of experience in Early Childhood Education and ABA Therapy. In her spare time, Samantha likes to play a little animal crossing, lift weights, play with her dog, brunch, karaoke and is mediocre at crocheting. What does she love about working with children? Working with kids keeps every day fun and unique! She loves getting to form bonds with each kiddo and watch them grow into their personalities!
  •  Ilham

    Ilham

    JrK 2 Co-lead teacher
    Mrs. Ilham is one of our Lead Junior Kinder 2 Teachers! She started with us here at The Goddard School in March of 2021, and came to us with seven years of experience working with young children! She also comes to us with her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Texas Women’s University! Ilham is the seventh of ten children, wife and mother of a beautiful little girl! She moved back to the Allen area in 2020 from Pennsylvania and is currently in school to become a certified teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, jogging and outdoor activities! Mrs. Ilham’s philosophy of education is to take the time to understand each child and help them reach their highest potential through open-ended activities, loving who they are, and knowing then can trust and feel safe in her care. We are so blessed to have Ilham a part of our team and family!
  •  Judith (Diane)

    Judith (Diane)

    Kindergarten Teacher
    Ms. Diane is our Certified Kindergarten Teacher here at the Goddard School of Allen. She comes to us with her Bachelor's Degree in Education PK-8, with a minor in Reading, from Baylor University. She has 16 years of experience of teaching in the school districts. In her spare time, Diane enjoys watching college football and basketball, spending time with her son Adam, taking walks, being with friends, and lesson planning!
  •  Nada

    Nada

    Preschool Co-lead teacher
    Ms. Nada is our Lead Teacher in the Preschool classroom. She has been with the Goddard School of Allen since August of 2012, and has a total of 20 years of experience in early childhood education! Nada and her family moved to the United States from Bosnia during the war for better opportunities. When arriving to the US, she first resided in Dallas then moved to Allen where her sons graduated from Allen High School. Prior to being our lead teacher, Nada worked at the YMCA in Dallas and Richardson where she was the Pre-K teacher for 10 years. While working at the YMCA, she also completed her Child Development Associates degree. Ms. Nada loves to visit her home country, and also hopes to travel to Italy and Hawaii sometime in the future! She also loves walks, reading, Zumba and watching Grey’s Anatomy! Her favorite part of being is teacher is being able to watch kids grow, showing them love and being a part of preparing them for their future!
  •  Patricia

    Patricia

    PreK Co-lead teacher
    Mrs. Patricia is our Lead Teacher in Pre-K. She has been with the Goddard School of Allen since January of 2020, and has more than 5 years of prior experience in early childhood education! She also has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Military College. Mrs. Patty is originally from Sierra Leone, which is found on the West Coast of Africa. She speaks 3 different languages! She loves seafood, Lifetime movies, playing video games with her husband and spending time with her chihuahua, Coco. Mrs. Patty loves watching children learn and grow, and is so great at getting to know the needs of each individual child! Her favorite thing about The Goddard School of Allen is the staff! We truly are a team! She hopes to use all of the knowledge and experience gained over the past few years and moving forward to eventually own her own Early Childhood school!
  •  Ryan

    Ryan

    JrK 1 Co-lead Teacher
    Mr. Ryan is the Lead teacher in our Junior Kinder 1 classroom. He has his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from University of North Texas, and comes to us with 6 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Mr. Ryan has a way of making all the learning so much fun, and is so great at really understanding children and figuring out all the whys throughout his day! In his spare time, Mr. Ryan enjoys playing soccer, singing, hiking and camping!
  •  Esraa

    Esraa

    JrK 1 Teacher
    Mrs. Esraa is our Junior K 1 Teacher. Esraa has been with the Goddard Team since December of 2019. She comes to us with more than 5 years of experience in customer service and early childhood education. She also has her Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism. Her experience in travel is a huge asset to the classroom! Esraa’s goals for the future is to continuing to study and perfect her craft in ECE, and to gain knowledge and work her way up the childcare industry! In her down time, she loves spending time with her husband and adorable son most of all! Mrs. Esraa’s favorite part of teaching is being able to be a part of influencing and shaping the minds of the children for the future. What she loves most about The Goddard School of Allen? “They care about the kids and they’re like family to me and to my son.”
  •  Shelly

    Shelly

    Seasonal Resource Teacher
    Mrs. Shelly is one of our Lead Preschool Teachers! She has been with us since February of 2021 and came to us with over 15 years of experience working in Early Childhood and Behavior Therapy. She also comes to us with her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences! Mrs. Shelly is a Military Wife and mother of two. She has lived in California, Virginia, Hawaii and now Texas since 2018. In her down time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, hiking, and just being outside. Mrs. Shelly believes that every child is unique and beautiful. Adapting to the different needs of all of the children is definitely something she enjoys and is good at!
  •  Salima

    Salima

    Classroom Resource
    Mrs. Salima is our Classroom Resource Assistant. She has been with The Goddard school of Allen for 10 years in a variety of different roles and has a total of 15 years of experience in early childhood education. She obtained an Associate’s Degree in business, and is currently completing her degree in Child Development. She was born and grew up in Karachi, Pakistan. When she moved to the United States she lived in several states including Virginia, California and Texas. On the weekends, Salima and her husband are very busy with their own two other businesses and their kids. She also enjoys her quiet time, and dramas on TV! Salima’s favorite thing about her position as a Resource Teacher is getting to work with all of the ages in the school. She loves to get to be a part of learning at each stage of development. The milestones reached at each different level is just so fascinating! Her favorite thing about working at The Goddard School of Allen is that it’s like family!
  •  Maria

    Maria

    Infants Co-lead teacher
    Mrs. Maria is our Lead Teacher in the Infant classroom. She has been with us at Goddard for more than 10 years, with a total of 12 years of experience in early childhood education! Maria recently completed her Child Development Associates degree. She was born and raised in Peru - the land of the Inca's Empire and Machu Picchu - the 4th world wonder! Maria, her husband of 24 years and her 2 sons moved to Texas 10 years ago and have made Allen their home away from home. Maria continues to instill in her children her cultural traditions by speaking Spanish to them and celebrating local holidays. In her down time, she enjoys studying and learning more about this field that she is so passionate about. Mrs. Maria teaches because of the kids! She builds such beautiful bonds with her students, as well as with the families! What does she like most about The Goddard School of Allen? Outside of the kids, she loves the organization and the family feel!
  •  Bryanna

    Bryanna

    Lead Qualified Resource
    Ms. Bryanna is a part of our Resource team. She started with us in July of 2023 and comes to us with 2 years of experience working with children, and an associate's degree in general studies from Collin College. She is currently pursing her Child Development Associate's! In her spare time, Bryanna enjoys reading, writing, traveling, studying and spending time with family and friends!
  •  Issa

    Issa

    Seasonal Resource Teacher
    Ms. Issa is one of our amazing Resource Teachers. She has been with us since March of 2022 and came to us with one year of experience working in Early Childhood Education. She currently in her second year of college at Texas Women's University, going for business. In her free time she enjoys going to the zoo and playing sand volleyball!
  •  Sydney

    Sydney

    Lead JK2 Teacher
    Ms. Sydney is one of our Junior Kinder 2 Lead teachers and has been with The Goddard School of Allen since June of 2023. She has her Bachelors of Arts and Science in Psychology, with a Minor in Criminal Justice from University of North Texas. She has 3 years of experience working in the early childhood industry. In her spare time, she will most likely be reading. She really loves reading. When she's not reading, you will find her hanging out with her family or her dog.
  •  Adriana

    Adriana

    Resource Teacher
    Adriana is a part of our Resource team! She comes to us with 3 years of experience working with children, and is currently enrolled at University of Dallas pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology and Systems. In her 3 years of working with children, her biggest take-away is not underestimating the power of being kind and genuine, and the power of positive reinforcement. Her philosophy begins and end with compassion, and everything else falls in between. In Adriana's spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking and painting!
  •  Kathryn

    Kathryn

    Office Assistant
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  •  Esete(Mimi)

    Esete(Mimi)

    Lead Young Toddler Teacher
    Mrs. Mimi is one of the lead teachers in our Young Toddler class and has been with us since April of 2023. She comes to us with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and 4 years of experience in the field! She truly enjoys helping her students not only reach their milestones, but show them they can do anything they set their minds to! In her down time she is a master at balancing family time, alone time and shopping time!
  •  Priyanka

    Priyanka

    Lead Get Set 2 Teacher
    Mrs. Priyanka is a lead teacher on our Get Set 2 team and has been a part of the team since August of 2023! She has her Bachelor's Degree in Commerce, is currently pursuing a CDA and came to us with 2 years of experience in early childhood! Her favorite part of teaching is maintaining that perfect balance of all the things (structure, learning, fun, etc.) and seeing how well her students thrive in it! In her free time, Priyanka enjoys dancing, junk food and the dramatic arts!
  •  Shalon

    Shalon

    Lead First Steps Teacher
    Mrs. Shalon in one of our Lead First Steps teacher and has been with us since June of 2023. She has her Associate's Degree in Business Administration, is currently working towards her CDA for early childhood, and came to us with 4 years of experience in early childhood! Her favorite part of being a teacher is building connections with the kids and the families. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, anything outdoors, and traveling!
  •  Trinity

    Trinity

    Assistant Afterschool Teacher
    Ms. Trinity is our Assistant Afterschool Teacher! She is a senior at McKinney Boyd High. Her honor's art classes and the knowledge she gains from them are such a great asset in each of our classrooms! Ms. Trinity, in her down time, enjoys arts of all kinds, experiencing different cultures, learning about and taking care of all kinds of critters, and LEARNING!!
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