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. 

  •  CJ

    CJ

    Owner
    I’m CJ Walia. I’m a father to a strong and independent 15-year-old daughter and owner of the Goddard School of Haslet. I feel extremely blessed to offer a modern, curriculum-based, state-of-the-art child care facility that sits on nearly 5 acres of land. I have my Masters in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham in England and I’ve worked as an independent consultant with fortune 500 companies for over 20 years. I traveled often for work but my family and I have lived in DFW for more than 30 years. I have two older sisters who are teachers in the local school district. I wanted to start a Preschool to be closer to my daughter and because I love that I’m able to serve as a positive influence for children at such an early age and guide them to do good not just for themselves, but for society. It’s a wonderful way to make a meaningful difference in the community, and the world.
  •  Jessica

    Jessica

    Executive Director
    Jessica Avila began working in Early Childhood almost 12 years ago. She has a wealth of experience in teaching, bringing together exceptional and caring teachers to support children's growth and development. She holds an associate degree in Early Childhood Education, Associates Degree in Behavioral Sciences, and she is pursuing her bachelor's in human services. Originally from Texas-El Paso. She moved to Fort Worth in 2016. Miss Jessica loves to spend time with her family and serving at her church. She is looking forward to getting to know the families and providing outstanding educational programs to The Goddard School's children in Haslet.
  • Ms Jennifer

    Ms Jennifer

    Director
    Hello, I am Ms. Jennifer and I have been in the childcare industry for over 28 years. I have my Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood education with a focus on Human Deveolpment and Family studies. I started out as a teacher in a classroom for 13 years then became a director in 2007. The best of working with children is I get to make a difference in their lives!
  • Ms Taylor

    Ms Taylor

    Education Coordinator
    Hey everyone! My name is Taylor, I am the Curriculum Director. I have been working with children for almost 8 years now and it's has definitely become a passion of mine! I have grown to love, not only seeing children grow but also helping teachers grow as well. I am originally from Colorado but moved to Texas 2 years ago and have been loving the different culture out here. In my free time you can usually find me hanging out with my 1-year-old nephew or looking for the next concert to waste my money on. I am looking forward to meeting all of the families this year.
  •  Shweta

    Shweta

    Operations
    Hello, my name is Shweta and I am thrilled to be a part of this team. As a mother of twin boys, I understand the importance of childcare, growth, nurturing, balance organization, and effective communication. With over 12 years of experience in corporate operations, I have recently transitioned into the dynamic world of preschool. Passionate about fostering a nurturing and educational environment for young minds, I bring a wealth of expertise in managing operations, ensuring smooth workflows, and optimizing efficiency. Committed to providing exceptional care and development opportunities for children, I am dedicated to creating a positive impact in their early years. Under our special care we love to see the Future of America Grow.
  •  Jessica

    Jessica

    Teacher
    Hello, my name is Jessica Velazquez and I am the Get Set teacher. My favorite color is purple, and I absolutely love cats, more than dogs. I love teaching the curious, get-into-everything toddler age and happy to be able to build special bonds with all the kiddos.
  •  Alondra

    Alondra

    Pre-k 2 Teacher
    Hey! I'm Ms. Alondra and i'm the current lead pre-school 2 teacher. I have been in childcare for 4 years. I am currently in school aspiring a career in speech pathology. I have a fur baby 5 year old Dachshund rescue that is my world. I love spending time with my family. I live with my boyfriend of 6 years in North Richland Hills. I'm so grateful to be apart of the Goddard family!
  •  July

    July

    Preschool 1 Teacher
    I'm July Cordero, I am from Puerto Rico. I've been in Texas for 7 years now. I like to teach and sing. I love working with children, it is my passion to teach them. I have 3 years of experience in childcare and teaching. It's a pleasure to help them grow.
  •  Jaya

    Jaya

    Preschool Prep Teacher
    Hello everyone! I am Ms. Jaya. I have been in childcare for a year now and have experience with all the age group kids. I love spending time with my family and friends. My favorite hobby is art. I am very happy to be part of the Goddard Family. I love working with the kids and can't wait to meet all your wonderful kids.
  •  Leslie

    Leslie

    Toddler 1 Teacher
    Hi! I'm Ms. Leslie and I'm the current lead Toddler 1 teacher. I have been in childcare for a year now. I have experience in all the ages but my all time favorites are the toddlers. I love spending time with my family, going outdoors, and taking trips to Mexico to visit my family. I am so happy to be apart of the Goddard family.
  •  Judith

    Judith

    Infants 2 Teacher
    My name is Judith Negron. I am so excited to have joined the Goddard Family. I am from Puerto Rico and all my studies are from The University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. I have a Bachelor Degree in Political Sciences, a Postgraduate Degree in Education with a major in Europe History, among other certifications in Art and Medical Billing. For me, education is one of the most important things in life and it doesn't matter at what age you start learning as long as you never stop learning. I've been in Early Education since 2018 and I love working with kids, I love teaching them new things every day and I love learning new things from those little minds every day. I look forward to being an inspiration for these little kids and their families and bringing an example to our community.
  • Ms Virgen

    Ms Virgen

    Nutritionist
    Hello, my name is Ms. Amanda. I am originally from Yauco, Puerto Rico. While attending high school at Escuela Superior Occupational Y Tecnica De Yauco I received a certificate in administrating medications. I have been in the early childhood field for 8 years now. I am a mom to a beautiful 4-year-old daughter. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending time with my family.
  • Ms Laisha

    Ms Laisha

    Infant 1 Teacher
    Hey, my name is Laisha! I am originally from Yauco, Puerto Rico. I have an associate degree in being a dentist assistant. I moved to Texas in 2020. I have been working in childcare for close to 3 years now. When I am not in the classroom, I am usually in the kitchen baking something delicious. My ultimate goal is to one day open up a bakery of my very own.
  •  Desiree

    Desiree

    Infant 2 Teacher
    Hello everyone! My name is Desiree, and I am the new Infant 2's teacher. This is my first year here at Goddard and I am very excited to get to know all my students and families this year. I am married with two AMAZING children and three dogs. When I am not enjoying making fun memories with my family, I am usually baking something in the kitchen or making travel plans.
  • Ms Hallie

    Ms Hallie

    Toddler 1 Teacher
    Hi my name is Hallie. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Family Studies with a focus on Early Childhood Education. In addition to my education, I have 3 years of experience working in childcare. My husband and I have been married for four years and he teaches History at Boyd Middle School. We have a sweet one year old little girl.
  •  Jennifer

    Jennifer

    Mentor Teacher
    Hi! I am Jennifer McMurdie, I am excited to have joined the team and to meet all of the students and their families. In my spare time, I like to read books and shop. I love the interactions that I have with the children and I am so excited to see them grow and develop, to become their own, independent selves. I am involved with my church, which has given me the opportunity to teach and guide children from ages 4 to 18 on a weekly basis. No matter the age, I give it my all to help these young individuals learn and improve in all aspects of their life. I firmly believed that kids are full of undiscovered potential, and I am ready to help them discover it. My goal is to teach the children in my class what they are capable of. I will teach the children how to help themselves, how to begin to think for themselves and the skills they need as they get older, so they can face different challenges. Our children are the future and I want to help them make it the best future possible!
  •  Savannah

    Savannah

    Toddler 2 Teacher
    Hello, my name is Savannah Hernandez and I am the current lead teacher for Toddler 2. I was born and raised in Texas and I’m the youngest of 4 girls. I have worked in early childcare for almost 3 years now. Although I do not have any kids of my own, I am a dog mom to a 3 year old English bulldog who I treat like my child. I enjoy teaching children and watching them succeed. I can’t wait to meet you and your beautiful families!
  • Miss soujanya

    Miss soujanya

    Teacher
    Hello everyone, my name is Soujanya. I have been teaching in early childhood for 3 years now and have loved every minute of it. I feel very happy when I am with the kids because I believe that it brings its own rewards. I know that the quality of education is very important in these age groups. I love being a part of the little ones success, the energy and excitement that they display.
  • Miss Shardai

    Miss Shardai

    First Steps Teacher
    Hello, my name is Shardai and I have been in the education field for 18 years. I live in Ft. Worth and I have two teenage children. I have a big family and love spending time with them.
  • Ms Tessa

    Ms Tessa

    Infant 1 Teacher
    My name is Ms. Tessa and I am very excited to be part of the Goddard of Haslet team. I am looking forward to serving all infant families. I have been in the childcare field for more than 10 years.
  • Ms sidonis

    Ms sidonis

    First Steps Teacher
    Hey, my name is Sidonis. I am a mom of four amazing teenagers, 3 girls and a boy. I have dedicated 4 years to nurturing young minds in a Montessori preschool before recently moving over to Goddard. I am originally from Cameroon, West Africa. My bilingual background has enabled me to speak both French and English. When I am not a helping out in the classroom I enjoy reading and writing.
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