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. 

  •  Lian & Rebecca

    Lian & Rebecca

    On-site Owners
    Hello, we are Lian and Rebecca Chen, proud owners of The Goddard School located in Manassas. We have two young daughters, both graduates of The Goddard School and currently in elementary school. We can definitely see how their preschool experience provided the foundation for learning, socializing and creativity. Mr. Lian is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a master’s degree in Computer Science. Mrs. Rebecca earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. Mrs. Rebecca also has a background in Early Childhood Education and over 14 years of teaching experience working in various preschools including a local Goddard School. Before opening The Goddard School, Mrs. Rebecca was also an educator for children with Autism at Montgomery County Public Schools. Both Mrs. Rebecca and Mr. Lian are First Aid and CPR certified and MAT trained. Mrs. Rebecca holds an Abuse Prevention Certification. We are committed to providing the highest quality preschool experience for the children in our community. The Goddard School program offers children the fun and learning experience to become school-ready, career-ready and life-ready. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the most important stage of your child’s growth.
  • Ms Layla

    Ms Layla

    Education Director
    Ms. Layla holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Lander University. Ms. Layla has taught preschool through second grade over the last 8 years, both in a public and private school setting. Teaching is Ms. Layla’s true passion. Through her experience as a teacher and as a director she is a firm believer that children can gain academic and life skills from educators that know how each individual child learns best. Ms. Layla holds a First Aid and CPR Certification and is MAT trained. Ms. Layla also holds an Abuse Prevention Certification. She enjoys cooking authentic foods, windy Fall days and sharing many laughs with her family.
  • Ms Andrea

    Ms Andrea

    Quality Assurance
    Ms. Andrea has over 16 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, she received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Notre Dame of Maryland University and an associate degree in Child Development from Luzerne County Community College. Ms. Andrea holds a First Aid and CPR Certification and an Abuse Prevention Certification. She really enjoys working and being around children. She likes to do arts & crafts and enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her cat Lily.
  • Ms Yareli

    Ms Yareli

    First Steps Lead Teacher
    Ms. Yareli has worked with infants through school-age children over the last 4 years. She enjoys teaching and respects children for their individuality. She is pursuing her associate's degree in Psychology from Northern Virginia Community College. She holds a First Aid and CPR Certification and an Abuse Prevention Certification. Ms. Yareli enjoys watching documentaries and spending time with her family.
  • Ms Yolanda

    Ms Yolanda

    Pre-Toddlers Teacher
    Ms. Yolanda is very happy to have the opportunity to teach your wonderful little ones. She has worked with children of all ages for 4 years. Ms. Yolanda holds a bachelor's degree in Gender and Women Studies and has earned credits in Early Childhood Development from Northern Virginia Community College. She holds her First Aid and CPR Certification. Ms. Yolanda plans to pursue her master's degree in International Development. "I believe that every child is unique and has much to offer the world." 
  • Ms Zuhra

    Ms Zuhra

    Get Set Lead Teacher
    Ms. Zuhra has been teaching infants through toddlers for over 3 years; she holds her certificate in Infant and Toddler Career Studies and her associate's degree in Early Child Education Development from Northern Virginia Community College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University. Ms. Zuhra has great passion for caring and teaching children. Ms. Zuhra enjoys spending time with her family and learning more on how to become the best educator for children.
  • Ms Karen

    Ms Karen

    First Steps Assistant Teacher
    Ms. Karen has been working with children for the last 2 years; she has taught infants through toddlers. Ms. Karen enjoys seeing children succeed in developmentally appropriate goals. She holds a First Aid and CPR Certification. Ms. Karen enjoys bowling and spending time with her daughter.
  • Ms Kayla

    Ms Kayla

    F.L.EX. Teacher
    Ms. Kayla has been teaching for 2 years; she has taught infants through school age children. Ms. Kayla believes and respects that every child learns at their own pace. She holds a First Aid and CPR Certification and an Abuse Prevention Certification. Ms. Kayla enjoys all sports, spending time with her family, and drawing.

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