Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

Our teachers blend the highest standards in early childhood development with nurturing care.

Kalis, Owner I am proud co-owner of the new Goddard School. I and my wife Maanu are the parents of Siddharth and Vikram.

I have a decade of experience in the software services industry. I am from a family with the business background, I aspire to be entrepreneur. I recognized the needs of safe and nurturing learning environment in the Bothell area. It led me to the idea of opening a Goddard School, that provides good learning environment.

I have greatly inspired Goddard's philosophy on childhood development. I also believe that education should start at an early age. I am proud to offer such a high-quality, play-based, safe learning program to Bothell.


Ram, Owner As a parent of a young child myself, I recognize the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment, which is why I chose The Goddard School. I am proud to offer the opportunity for children to grow through exploration and hands-on learning.

I have a Computer Science degree, and a MBA from UW. Prior to gaining ownership in The Goddard School, I worked as a software engineer with ~20 years of experience in the high tech industry, in many world class companies like Siemens, Lucent, Microsoft, and SAP. I enjoy spending time with my family. My interests range from playing tennis to working together in community events. I have been volunteering at STA, a Sunday school of 210 students for the last 4 years, last 2 years as the school's Principal.

Children learn best through play and I am thrilled to be able to provide a fun, play-based learning experience for the children in our community through the school’s high-quality learning program.


Emily-Rose, Director Emily-Rose was born and raised in Lynnwood. She began working in child care in 1997 as a Substitute Twos Teacher for a center in Everett and has worked as a Teacher, Program Supervisor, Assistant Director and Director. In 2014 she earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education management. She has been a Center Director for the last 6 years and will be graduating from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelors in Children's Studies in December. Emily-Rose has a daughter, Ember, who is in her first year of middle school. In her free time she loves to attend concerts, and travels the country to enhance the experience. Emily-Rose is excited to help grow the program here at The Goddard School and can't wait to support the children, staff and families as a community.


Maeghan, Director Maeghan was born and raised on the Central Coast of California. After going to College in Northern California and working in the Bay Area for several years, she moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2017 with her husband, Tim and two girls, Kennedy and Brody. Working with children was always the career she wanted to have and has been doing so for over fifteen years in a variety programs, including after school, gym child care, non-profit preschool and infant care and college lab centers as well. In 2010, Maeghan received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology. After graduating she became a teacher at a Reggio Emilia, non-profit preschool for five years before being promoted to Assistant Director and Interim Director for two years. Maeghan has a passion for furthering her knowledge of early childhood education and has taken over 90 hours of trainings and courses. She hopes to instill this passion in the educators at Goddard. Her main goals as a Director are to support the families and staff. Maeghan understands it fully that families are allowing us to care for, nurture and teach your most precious gifts and hence takes that responsibility very seriously.


Alyssa, Lead Teacher Alyssa has several years of experience working in early childhood education as a primary caregiver and teacher of young children in both in-home and center-based childcare. She graduated in 2019 with her Bachelor’s of Arts in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior with a minor in Education and Society. She loves working with children, seeing how they grow each day and helping them reach their developmental milestones. Alyssa is passionate about early education and believes it is the foundation for all learning. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, baking, and reading.


Mikaela, Lead Teacher Mikaela's passion has always been children. She graduated in 2017 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, with her Bachelor's degree in psychology, focused on Early Childhood Development and minored in Human Services. Mikaela's family then moved across the country and settled here in Washington. In her free time, she loves camping with her 3 year old daughter and Dalmatian. They love mini adventures and just spending time together. Mikaela is passionate about making the world better for our future generations and that believes it starts with us!


Terri, Lead Teacher Terri has 15 years experience in child care with children ranging from infants to three years old. Terri started her career as a nanny and progressed to working in a Preschool setting. Her hobbies include reading, puzzles and hanging out with her family and friends. Terri has always enjoyed being with and teaching children, especially in their formative years. Watching them grow and learn is always a delight. She hopes to continue her education so she can better serve and bring forth and cultivate the education of children.


Breah, Lead Teacher Breah has more than 9 years of experience working with children as a teacher, art teacher, and Director. She is currently pursuing her AA degree in early childhood education from Edmonds Community college. She loves working with children because she enjoys encouraging and watching them learn new things and seeing them achieve such great milestones. In her spare time, Breah loves gardening, painting, and baking.


Ashlynn, Lead Teacher Ashlynn has known for a long time that her passion is children. She is currently working towards her AA degree in Early Childhood Education at Edmonds Community College. Ashlynn was born and raised in Lynnwood, WA. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family and 5-year-old niece in her free time. Ashlynn believes that any child can be taught well. It just takes time to get to know the child and understand how they learn and what works best for each individual child.


Valli, Lead Teacher Valli has been working in child care for the past 3 years. Prior to working with children, she completed a Bachelor's degree in Homeopathic Medicine. She enjoys working with children and says that the most amazing thing is to see or hear one's students apply the skills that he or she have taught them and to see the excitement on their face. She decided to make early learning her life's work because she believes a child's education is the the most valuable thing in the world.


Celena, Lead Teacher Celena was born and raised in Vietnam. Before joining The Goddard School, she was an ECE teacher at a preschool and a non-profit organization, and a tutor for adult students in the classroom and at the learning center for several years. Celena has a degree in ECE from Eastern Gateway CC and Biochemistry from UW Seattle. After getting married, she decided to change her career pathway to ECE, and since then, had been advancing her education further. Celena loves being a part of young children's growth and development and is thrilled seeing them getting confident in their capabilities. When she is not teaching, she enjoys reading, hiking, photography, and spending time with her family. 'Happy and confident children have happy and confident parents/teachers' is her tagline.


Lakshmi, Lead Teacher Lakshmi has been with the Goddard School, Bothell since September 2019. She is extremely passionate about adding value to children's lives. Originally from science background, Lakshmi has a Masters in Food Technology and Management and has worked in the Research and Development space for over 8 years in India in leading Food Flavor and Ingredient companies. She has a 3 year old daughter who is also a part of the Goddard family. The birth of her daughter made her realize her interest in the field of early childhood education. Lakshmi is a trained classical singer who has performed in various TV shows in India and performs with the Northwest Firelight Chorale in Seattle. You can see her with her Ukulele making her kids' lives more musical by incorporating music and movement in her curriculum. As a parent of a preschooler, she totally understands what a parent is going through and strives to provide nothing but the best for her children and their parents.


Aziza, Lead Teacher Aziza was born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and moved to the US in 2013. In 2017 she graduated from Collin Community College with an AA in Science. She went on to earn her Bachelor's in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology in 2019 from the University of North Texas. After graduating, she got married and made the move from Dallas to Seattle. Aziza has three years of experience working in child care. In her free time she loves knitting, sewing, drawing and languages. She also loves hiking with family. Aziza speaks Russian, Uzbek, Turkish, English and is currently level 4 in Spanish. She says one of her biggest strengths is her professionalism.


Jennifer, Lead Teacher Jenny is from upstate New York and moved to Washington in 2006. She has been working with children since she was 15 years old, either baby sitting or volunteering in a head start program. Jenny is currently working on her Masters degree in Elementary Education. In her free time, she enjoys writing, listening to music, photography and spending time with her family and friends.


Denise, Lead Teacher Denise has been in the Early Childhood Education for 25 years. She has extensive experience as a Lead Head Start Teacher, as well as a Site and Program Director for a non-profit organization in Snohomish County. Denise is extremely passionate in her role of helping children prepare for full time schooling and looks forward to working with parents towards that goal. Years of working with children have taught her how important both group and individual focus is for children. She strives to create a warm and open environment for learning that is creative, fun and fully engaging. Denise believes that every child is unique and learns differently and that the learning environment should adapt to every child's need. Denise is a lifelong resident of WA state and has three children, sons aged 24 and 16, and a daughter aged 18. She lives with her fiance Tor and their cat Lunabell.


Katya, Assistant Teacher Katya has several years of experience working with children both in home and in licensed daycares. She enjoys interacting with children, teaching them and watching them grow as an individual and developing their own personalities. In her spare time she really enjoys reading and writing.


Antonia, Assistant Teacher Antonia has been working with children for more than 5 years. She started as a volunteer in a Head Start classroom where she stayed for 3 years. For the last 2 years she has been working in child care with toddlers and three year olds. Antonia's hobbies include reading, listening to music, doing exercises with her daughter and hiking in the summertime. She has received her Washington State Short Certificate in Early Childhood Education because she enjoys her work with children so much. Antonia hopes to continue her education in ECE and wants to further develop her experience working with children.


Savannah, Assistant Teacher Savannah was born and raised in Lake Stevens, WA. She has a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and is currently working on a Masters in Early Childhood. Savannah has worked with children from Preschool aged to Elementary school aged, and has a passion for providing high quality education for children. Her hobbies are camping, hiking and walking her dog.


Justin, Resource Justin was born in Chicago IL and raised in Lynnwood WA. He has his BA in elementary education. Justin loves music and can play 3 instruments. He also loves sports and canoeing.


Meaghan, Resource Meaghan is originally from Burlington, WA and moved to King County three years ago to pursue an Elementary Education degree. She got her Associates degree from Bellevue College and is currently in her Bachelors program for Educational Studies at University of Washington, Bothell. Meaghan is very passionate about being apart of the social and educational development that young students go through during their childhood and pre-teen years. She enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and grabbing brunch with her friends and family.


Melinda, Resource Mindy lived in Washington her whole life. She has two other jobs, a dog/cat groomer and a job at Target. Mindy worked in a pet store for 40 years and worked at Target for 16 years. She has four children and two grandchildren. Mindy enjoys painting ceramics, going to the casino with her daughter, and spending time with her grandchildren. When her children were younger, she cared for my own children and another family’s children on a regular basis. With her experience of working with animals and children, Mindy realizes some of the similarities require the same skills, like patience for example!


Michelle, Resource Michelle has been working with children for over eight years. She has worked in center and home based child care environments. Michelle previously worked at the Goddard School located in Issaquah, WA. In her free time she likes to go on hikes with her family, friends and her two dogs. She also loves to travel. Michelle has her AA in Science and Arts from Bellevue College and is now working toward a degree in Biology. Her dream is to one day work at Seattle Children's.


Michelle, Resource Michelle’s passion is working with children. She has worked in childcare centers for over 6 years. She is studying to earn a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and plans to finish her degree when the timing is right. She loves helping her family and enjoys spending time with children. She takes pride in knowing she helped a child grow up to be a smart and great person. Her Favorite childhood book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, as it relates to feeding children’s minds and them turning into amazing adults.


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