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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. 

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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. 

 Debbie and Jim

Debbie and Jim

Owner
We are Jim and Debbie Womack, owners of the Goddard School in Chesterfield. We have been in business as Goddard School owners since June of 2002! We have two wonderful children, James and Courtney, who have grown up in our school and are now in Middle and High School. Our experience with the Goddard School began in late 1999 and, primarily due to our children's accomplishments in Goddard, we began entertaining the idea of owning our own school. Fast forward many years later and well . . . . . . here we are! It has truly been a wonderful experience to escape the everyday grind of the corporate world to pour our heart and soul into our own personal endeavor. Jim left a fulfilling career with United Parcel Service after having been employed there 19 years. I myself worked with Carter Machinery and also had an excellent career with an outstanding company. I quickly realized that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to fulfill my passion to work with children. Ultimately, the motivating factor in our decision to open our own Goddard School was the opportunity to maximize the precious time we have by spending it with our own children. Not to mention the rewarding feeling of having a positive impact on so many young lives. We are sincerely committed to providing only the very best to all of our children and parents. We welcome any comments or suggestions that you may have, so please let us know!
Mrs Karen

Mrs Karen

Director
Karen Schakel has been with the Goddard School since 2004. She has a BS in Child Development from Radford University, and has worked in the child care field for over 30 years.
Miss Meagan

Miss Meagan

Assistant Director
Meagan joined The Goddard School in Chesterfield in 2018.
Mrs Candice

Mrs Candice

Lead Teacher
Candice has worked in childcare for over 10 years. She received her Associate Degree in Early Child Education in May 2004. In 2007, she graduated from Mary Baldwin with a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Elementary Education.
Mrs Savannah

Mrs Savannah

Lead Teacher
Savannah
Ms Linda

Ms Linda

Assistant Teacher
Linda joined The Goddard School in 2019.
Mrs Susan

Mrs Susan

Resource
Susan joined the Goddard School in 2007. She has over 18 years of experience working with children. Mrs. Jones has completed her Child Development Associate credential.

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