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.


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. 

  •  Smitha


    WELCOME! Smitha & Justin Makil are excited to introduce themselves as the owners of The Goddard School of Celina. Although they are embarking on this journey as a husband and wife team, Smitha will be the on-site owner and operator with Justin as her support. As parents of three beautiful girls (ages 9, 5, and 2), Smitha & Justin recognize the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment, which is why they chose The Goddard School. In fact, their eldest daughter started at The Goddard School in Lincoln Park-Chicago when she was 2.5 years and graduated from the program. Their middle daughter has been attending The Goddard School of Frisco, and Smitha & Justin became believers of the program and its consistency throughout- whether it was in Chicago or Dallas. They are proud to offer the opportunity for children to grow through exploration and hands-on learning. Prior to owning a Goddard School, Smitha and Justin were balancing their busy careers and family life- but they realized they wanted to do something together that would benefit their family as a whole on a different level. Smitha completed her B.S. in Community Health- Health Administration & Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also has a B.S. in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Prior to moving to the DFW area, Smitha worked as a Labor & Delivery RN at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Most recently, Smitha worked as a Gynecology Triage RN at Adriatica Women’s Health in McKinney. While Smitha enjoyed her career as a Nurse, she is excited to apply some of her skills and expertise to The Goddard School, which she believes is more important than ever. Justin completed a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Computer Science from Binghamton University in New York, and later went on to complete his M.B.A. from NYU Stern Business School. While Justin continues his career, he is also excited for the opportunity to support Smitha in this journey together and bring his expertise into the operational side. “My husband and I always knew we wanted to start our own business venture together, and after witnessing the development and growth in our children from a social, academic, mental and physical standpoint, we knew opening a Goddard School was it- what could be better?!,” Smitha said. “We believe our balance makes a great team and this gives us the opportunity to make the impact we were hoping to achieve as business owners.” Smitha & Justin invite your family to visit the beautiful new Goddard School in Celina. They are eager to introduce you to the incredible faculty, including the Education Director, and looks forward to talking with you about the School’s high-quality learning program.
  • Mrs Ashley

    Mrs Ashley

    Lead Operational Director
    Introducing Ashley Daniels, who is an amazing asset and an incredibly devoted Director that brings essential elements into our school, while keeping the fun! Ashley received her degree in EC-4 Education from Texas Woman’s University and has more than 15 years of experience in childcare, starting as a preschool teacher and working her way up to various management roles. Ashley is born and raised in North Texas and resides in downtown Celina with her husband, and three daughters. Ashley prides herself on communication, both with her teachers and Goddard families. When asked about her role as a Director, she said "The best part of being a Director is ensuring our children, Goddard families, and our amazing teachers feel welcomed and a part of our Goddard community." It is no wonder that Ashley won The Director of the Year Award in 2017 for a local preschool program! Mrs. Ashley showcases her passion for her role everyday and we are so lucky to have her leading our Goddard Celina team!
  • Mrs Jamie

    Mrs Jamie

    Education Director
    Mrs. Jamie was a great asset as a teacher and now has become Education Director! She has an Assoc. in Child Development, Assoc. in Arts & Sciences & Masters Teacher Certification from Murry State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma and moved to Texas in 2019. In her spare time she loves to bake cakes and cookies, crafting, hiking, camping and biking with her husband- and she likes going to Six Flags as well! When asked about the Director role, she said “I've always loved teaching, and I believe that early childhood is often overlooked by so many. It’s a crucial time for learning and growing- how they learn to function and grow in these early stages is what can help them in their adult years, and I love seeing what I teach put into action.” Her favorite children’s book is “Skippyjon Jones” by Judith Byron Schachner and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?” by Bill Martin, Jr. Her class loved her, and now they get to see all the other things she can do for the whole school as well!
  • Mrs Katie

    Mrs Katie

    Education Director
    Ms. Katie perfect addition to our front office team bringing with her the utmost passion and energy for her kiddos! Ms. Katie grew up right here in Flower Mound. While Ms. Katie has has over four years of childcare experience, she stepped away for a short-time to work in the medical field as a Medical Assistant while going to school at Texas Tech University. She quickly realized that education is where her heart is, and completed her degree for EC-6. She explore her creative side with Goddard’s F.L.EX. system, and so far- she has proved herself by bringing some great concepts to our students! Ms. Katie said, “I love their ‘light bulb’ moments and all the silly things they say associated with those moments- their excitement is contagious!” In her spare time, Ms. Katie loves working on her small business with her sisters with jewelry-making and so many other fun things! She also loves crafting! Ms. Katie’s favorite children’s book is “If I Ran the Circus,” by Dr. Seuss.
  • Mrs Eden

    Mrs Eden

    Lead Teacher - Infants (6 weeks-12 months)
    We are so blessed to have Ms. Eden leading out Infant Room! Ms. Eden has a B.S. in Computer Science from St. Louis University in the Philippines, Child Development Certification (CDA) and has been working in childcare for over 7 years, specifically with the infants. Ms. Eden feels it is where her heart is! She has two daughters herself, and her knowledge of teaching, expertise in childcare, & her kindness is an immeasurable advantage. You will often find her guiding the babies to walk, run, share, sing, dance, count, and sign! Ms. Eden also shares the same genuine care for her coworkers and her families! In her spare time, she loves reading, knitting, and crocheting. When asked why she loves the Infant Room, Ms. Eden said she "loves taking part in their growth and development even beyond the Infant Room." Her favorite children's book is "Oh The Places You'll Go," by Dr. Seuss. Her classroom goal is "to provide a fun-filled, nurturing, and safe learning environment" for her babies.
  • Mrs Michelle

    Mrs Michelle

    Assistant Teacher - Infants (6 weeks - 12 months)
    Ms. Michelle has worked in Early Education since moving to Texas in 1987. She married her husband in 1989, and they have three beautiful children together, and now one grand-child! Ms. Michelle says, she loves being a Mom and especially loves being a Nana! She has always enjoyed teaching and nurturing young children, and has always been interested in child development while learning the best methods to provide positive guidance. Ms. Michelle comes to us with over two years of Goddard experience, and in her spare time, she loves to engage in art, photography, hiking, jeeping, and spending time with family. Her classroom goals are to love, teach, nurture and guide her babies into who they are beginning to become. Her favorite children's book is the classic "Winnie The Pooh." We love having Ms. Michelle on our team!
  • Ms Hannah

    Ms Hannah

    Lead Teacher - Get-Set (30 MONTHS-3 YRS)
    Ms. Hannah is a Celina native, who has lived here most of her life! She grew up with her grandparents and had experience taking care of her younger siblings, which made it easy for her to transition into the childcare setting. Her long-term goal is to be a Special Education Teacher, but she has done an absolute wonderful job in our First Steps Room and has been a wonderful addition to our team! She loves this age-group and Ms. Hannah says, "I really want to create a FUN learning experience for my class!" Ms. Hannah loves all of the Dr. Seuss books, but her favorite children's book is "The Lorax," by Dr. Seuss! We're so happy to have Ms. Hannah leading our First Steps Room!
  • Mrs Nidhi

    Mrs Nidhi

    Lead Teacher - First Steps (12-18 months)
    There isn't enough that can be said about Ms. Nidhi's passion for children and the love that came spewing from her from the very first day she joined our team! Ms. Nidhi comes to us with a Bachelor's in Business Administration, but always had a love for childcare. Ms. Nidhi is married and has two boys herself, and in her spare time, she loves to run, read, cook, and dance with her kids! Ms. Nidhi started as a Resource Teacher, but she quickly bonded to our First Steps Room and she has been such a wonderful presence for those babies! When asked what she loves most about working with children, Ms. Nidhi said, "I want to see the development and growth of the children. I get a great joy out of discovering how children learn and help them to extend their interest and knowledge- they just put a smile on my face!" Ms. Nidhi's favorite children's book is, "The Cat in the Hat," by Dr. Seuss. We are so glad she decided to join our Goddard Celina team!
  • Ms Nubia

    Ms Nubia

    Lead Teacher - Young Toddlers (18-24+ months)
    We are so excited that Ms. Nubia decided to join our Goddard Celina team! She is a natural born teacher, especially for our young toddlers! Ms. Nubia obtained a Bachelors of Science in Electronic Engineering from Saint Thomas University. However, she also went to Jai Institute for Parenting to become a Conscious Parenting Coach! She has three boys herself, with her oldest being 13 and then twin 11-year old boys. Ms. Nubia loves the outdoors and in her spare time she loves to camp, hike, and draw. Her favorite children's book is "Brown Bear, Brown Bear," by Eric Carle. When asked what she loved working with the young toddler age, she said, "I love connecting and creating a bond, having fun with them, and playing while learning- it is just so fun to watch how they grow." She is such a gracious blessing for all those around her and we're lucky to have her!
  • Mrs Donna

    Mrs Donna

    Assistant Teacher - Young Toddlers (18-24+ months)
    Ms. Donna has been with the Goddard System since 2011 (New Jersey), and we are so thankful that she has now joined us here in Texas! She says she's enjoyed every moment of her time with Goddard, and is so glad to continue her experience at Goddard-Celina! She is a mother to four grown children and has two beautiful grand-daughters. Ms. Donna said, "I lived in New Jersey all my life until 2021 when Texas and my grandchildren were calling my name." When asked what she loves about the 5 & unders, Ms. Donna said, "I love watching them enter the building as Infants and exiting the building as PreK graduates after watching them grow." While Ms. Donna has worked with all age-groups, she was mostly an Infant Teacher. Here at Celina, she has been in our Toddler age-group, and has found a new love! Her classroom goals are "to love and teach the kids, through all the mistakes, so that they can grow into themselves." Her favorite children's book series is "Dr. Seuss." We are so lucky to have her!
  • Mrs Kavitha

    Mrs Kavitha

    Lead Teacher - Toddlers (24-30+ months)
    Ms. Kavitha is such a wonderful addition to our Toddler team, and comes to us with five years of childcare experience and you don't see a moment where she's not smiling! Ms. Kavitha has a Master's in English Literature and has such a passion for teaching little ones. She is a Mom of three herself, and her favorite age-group is the two's. In her spare time, Ms. Kavitha loves to cook, garden, and spend all the time she can with her kids. She said, she absolutely loves the Dr. Seuss series and could not seem to pick just one! When asked what her favorite thing is about working with children, Ms. Kavitha said, "to see all of the little smiling faces- they are constantly learning and growing, and we see new things from them every single day!" We could not have asked for a better teacher to join our Toddler Room, and are so grateful she chose us!
  • Mrs Smriti

    Mrs Smriti

    Assistant Teacher - Get-Set (30 months-3 yrs )
    Ms. Smriti came to us after working in the IT field for so many years and balancing her duties as a Mom to her two wonderful children. While she has enjoyed her career, she always had a love of children and teaching, as she has had experience with in India. Ms. Smriti says, "I love all the ways we can make them happy, and I love exploring those different things with them!" In her spare time, Ms. Smriti loves traveling, singing, cooking, and spending time with her family. When asked what she loves about the Preschool world, Ms. Smriti said, "to see so many smiles and amazing learning processes happening throughout the building." Her favorite children's book is, "The Jungle Book," by Rudyard Kipling. We are so glad that she decided to join our team!
  • Ms Shelsy

    Ms Shelsy

    Lead Teacher - Preschool 1 (3-3.5+ years)
    Ms. Shelsy came to us with more than 2 years of childcare experience, and babysitting her nieces for years before that became a driving force for her to pursue childcare! It is one of her favorite hobbies to spend time with her nieces to watch them learn and grow, as well as reading and shopping. Ms. Shelsy is a Texas native hopes to continue developing in the field and advance in Education. she hopes to work her way up to the Kindergarten age one day. when asked what she loves about the Preschool world, she said “One thing I love most is teaching them something new and then watching them practice and seeing the excitement on their faces when they do it all by themselves!” One of her classroom goals is having her children explore art through plants, flowers, and nature. Ms. Shelsy’s favorite children’s book is “How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?” by Jane Yolen. We are so happy to have her on our team and we know she will continue doing wonderful things!
  • Mrs Amber

    Mrs Amber

    Lead Teacher - PreKindergarten 1 (4-4.5+ years)
    We are thrilled to have Mrs. Amber co-lead our PreK1 class! Mrs. Amber has a B.B.S. in Interdisciplinary Generalist Studies/Early Education (EC-6) with a Minor in Education from Hardin-Simmons University. She is a Texas native and grew up in Arlington, TX and her experience before childcare was working with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club! She came from a Christian-based preschool, working with multiple ages, but knew her niche was PreK. She said, “I love seeing the world through their eyes and learning from them- how you teach them and see what they do with it.” Her two little ones take up most of her spare time, but she loves to travel, and spend time with family and friends. Mrs. Amber’s favorite children’s book is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” by Eric Carle and her classroom goal is "our future is bright" and to focus on letter recognition and handwriting. Mrs. Amber continues having so many great ideas for our Prekindergarten room and we are so lucky to have her onboard with us!
  • Mrs Amy

    Mrs Amy

    Lead Teacher - PreKindergarten 1 (4-4.5+ years)
    We are so excited to have Ms. Amy onboard at The Goddard School of Celina! Ms. Amy is originally from Houston, but her love of volleyball led her to be a student-athlete at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She completed her bacherlor's degree in education there, and also met her college sweetheart, Danny! They moved to Frisco soon after, where Ms. Amy was able to be a Kindergarten teacher in Frisco ISD for 8 years before coming to us. She now lives in Celina and has a unique perspective with being a Goddard Celina parent first! Ms. Amy says, "I want my students to fill like our classroom is a home away from home. I hope that as a class, we can grow our love of learning academically, socially, and emotionally." Ms. Amy's favorite children's book is "If You Give a Pig a Pancake," by Laura Numeroff. We love having Ms. Amy co-lead our PreK 1 room!
  • Mrs Jacqueline

    Mrs Jacqueline

    Lead Teacher - PreKindergarten 2 (4.5 - 6 years)
    Mrs. Jackie has been such a great addition to our team from the start and is an amazing teacher! Her energy and smile are infectious from the moment she walks in the door until when she leaves for the day, and everyone around her feels it! Mrs. Jackie has her Associates of Arts and Bachelors of Science in Public Health. She was born in Tampa, FL. and has lived in Texas since the age of two. Mrs. Jackie wanted to go into childcare because she loves to teach and feels like she has so much to bring to the kids, even now having a little one herself! She loves being around her friends and family in her spare time, but she also loves Netflix and shopping. When asked what she loves about the Pre-K age, she said “Everyday is different. I love the atmosphere and energy when working with children, love seeing them succeed!” Her favorite children’s series is “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. We are so excited to have her and love that she constantly brings a smile to our school!
  • Ms Samantha

    Ms Samantha

    Resource Teacher
    While Ms. Samantha initially joined us with the anticipation of being a Resource Teacher, she instantly loved the PreK age-group and the kids loved her right back! Ms. Samantha came to us with an Associates in Education (EC-6), she is currently pursuing her Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood and Development from A&M Commerce. She has the cutest little boys herself and in her spare time, Ms. Samantha loves to fill her time doing photography, watercolor, and baking! When asked what she loves most about working with children, Ms. Samantha said, "being able to observe their learning process and enjoy the many different personalities and special moments children exhibit that make working with them so unique from other fields of work." Her favorite children's book is, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," by Eric Carle. She says that she just loves the tissue illustrations in his literature! We're so glad she joined our team!
  • Mrs Jordan

    Mrs Jordan

    Resource Teacher for Preschool/PreK/Summer-Camp
    We are lucky to have Ms. Jordan who joined our team after working in the special education program within the ISD system. She has hit the ground running ever since she joined our school and hasn't stopped! Ms. Jordan has her Associates of Arts in Teaching EC-6 from Collin College, and is currently working on her Bachelor's of Science in EC-6 with a certification in Special Education. She is happily married and has 7 little fur babies, including 3 dogs, and 4 cats. In fact, in her spare time, she loves to rescue cats, along with watching movies, cricut crafting, and baking! When asked what she loves about teaching, Ms. Jordan said, "to create a positive and welcoming environment for all the children I get to encounter. I always want to make sure to make the most out of the teachable moments no matter how small they are." While Ms. Jordan spends most of her time in Preschool 2, she helps our other classes as well! We love having Ms. Jordan!
  • Ms Mica

    Ms Mica

    Resource Teacher
    We are so excited that Ms. Mica joined our team with her calm and positive presence! Ms. Mica came to us with two years of childcare experience after being homeschooled in her younger years, however, Ms. Mica wanted to explore the different age groups under five as they are exploding with different personalities! Although Ms. Mica started off as a Resource Teacher at our school, and she quickly found her footing on our Toddler wing. She has been such a fantastic addition to our school! In her spare time Ms. Mica loves scrap-booking, practicing different make-up techniques, canoeing, collecting different items, and cooking! Her favorite children's book is "Green Eggs and Ham," by Dr. Seuss. When asked what she loves about the Preschool setting and age-groups, she said, "I love seeing and watching the uniqueness of every child develop! Every day is so different from the last!" We're so lucky to have such a loving and open-minded teacher for our little tots!
  • Mrs Sloan

    Mrs Sloan

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Sloan comes to us with three years of childcare experience, and she's thankful to be in the Goddard System! She came from another Goddard location, and loves the philosophy! Ms. Sloan is married with two young girls herself! In her spare time, Ms. Sloan loves working on D.I.Y. projects, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family. Her favorite thing about working with young children is "watching them grow and learn new things." Ms. Sloan has worked with a variety of age-groups, and really loves working with the different stages in early development. Her favorite children's book is, "Speak Up Molly Lou Melon," by Patty Lovell. We're lucky to have her sharing a piece of herself throughout the school!
  • Mrs Barbara

    Mrs Barbara

    Resource teacher
    Ms. Barbara came to us with Goddard experience, and enjoyed her time in childcare despite having her degree in Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding from Everest College. Being a mother to four children of her own, Ms. Barbara has always felt more of a reward from the outcome she gets working with children than her other jobs before. In her spare time, Ms. Barbara loves DIY crafting! Her favorite children's book is, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" by Bill Martin Jr., as she tends to gravitate the most to the young tots now that her children have grown up! When asked what she loves most about working with children, Ms. Barbara said, "to see them smile for the little things every single day." We're lucky to have Ms. Barbara on our team with us!
  • Ms Kimberly

    Ms Kimberly

    Resource Teacher
    Ms. Kimberly came to us with Goddard experience after she graduated high school, and continued working in childcare as she is working on her degree in Psychology. She actually wishes to specialize in Child Psychology, and felt she this was the best place to be while she worked on her ultimate goal! In her spare time, if she gets to have any between work and school, Ms. Kimberly loves to play tennis and loves to dance! When asked what she loves most about working with children, Ms. Kimberly said, "I love learning new things from them!" Her favorite children's book is, "Curious George," by Margret Rey. We are so glad that Ms. Kimberly decided to join our team!
  • Ms Maria

    Ms Maria

    Enrichment Teacher
    Ms. Maria joined us as an incredibly enthusiastic Enrichment Teacher after 15 years of Early Childhood Education experience, of which 11 years were devoted to Early Childhood Music! Ms. Maria went to Texas Woman's University, where she completed her Bachelor's of Arts in Vocal Performance and a Master's of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy. When she's not singing with her vocal group, The Rich-Tone Chorus, Ms. Maria loves to cook, bake, bowl, grow plants, dance, sing and make music! Her favorite children's book is "Chicken Soup with Rice," by Maurice Sendak. When asked what she loves about working with children, she said, "I love watching my kiddos learn something new and I get super excited about it, then let their imagination go wild!" We are so excited to see all of the ideas she has in store for our school!
  • Mr Ruben

    Mr Ruben

    Curriculum Specialist
    Mr. Ruben Rivera, Jr. – Lead Teacher for Summer Camp (Kinder Grads-3rd Grade) We are so excited to have Mr. Ruben join our team! Mr. Ruben, native of Brooklyn, New York, is best known for his unique approach to building sustainable relationships with students and colleagues- which is the perfect fit for the Goddard motto! Mr. Ruben carries over 20 years of experience in youth development and over 10 years in early childhood education. Due to a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, Mr. Ruben exhibits innate sincerity for serving others while displaying a natural passion for the development of young minds; often employing creative methods to ensure children not only learn necessary life and educational lessons in a safe and loving environment, but have FUN in the process! Again, a perfect fit for our focus on F.L.EX! Mr. Ruben currently serves as the STEAM Instructor at Celina Primary, is bilingual (fluent in Spanish), an experienced early care professional and was recognized by Celina Independent School District as the 2021 Paraprofessional of the Year! For FUN, Mr. Ruben loves to sing silly songs, read books, ride bikes, swim (he actually taught children to swim as a New York City Lifeguard), exercise, play games and go on exciting vacations with his family (especially to Puerto Rico to visit his parents). Mr. Ruben has been married to his college sweetheart, Errica, for nearly 28 years with whom he has two beautiful children, Ruben ‘Tres’ (16) and Natalia ‘Romi’ (10). We’re so thrilled and grateful that he decided to join our team, and we’re excited to see how Mr. Ruben will make our Goddard kiddos soar to new heights!
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