Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Barbara, Owner Ms. Barbara Burrows: Owner, The Goddard School

Barbara has over fifteen years of Executive Human Resources experience to include such companies such as Kohler, Textron, ConAgra and GE Osmonics. She comes from a family of seven girls and adores her many nieces and nephews.

Barbara is an advocate for making a difference in the lives of children and most recently has spent the last ten (10) years as The Goddard School franchise owner in Edwardsville and has served on several boards in Madison County. She is a Rotary member and plans to join a club in the Springfield area. She most recently has relocated to Springfield.

Barbara has a daughter, Taylor, who is in the process of obtaining her doctorate in Pharmacy at St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP).

Born in Wisconsin, Barbara enjoys many outdoor activities to include snowmobiling, fishing, golf, and is an avid runner.

She is committed to providing an environment that is safe, loving, nurturing and enjoyable for learning.

Barbara will be at the school daily and is available and accessible to children, parents and faculty.

Barbara

Ms Taylor, Owner Mrs. Taylor Vall: Owner, The Goddard School

Taylor graduated from Bard College at Simon's Rock with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology. After college, she worked as the manager of a research laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before entering the doctoral program at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

Taylor and her husband, Jonathan, recently moved to Springfield from St. Louis to join the Goddard family.

In her free time, Taylor likes to hang out with her husband, play with her two dogs and pet snake, work on her new house, travel abroad, and catch reptiles wherever she goes.

Ms Taylor

Ms Dovie , Director Ms. Dovie: Director of Operations, The Goddard School- Ms. Dovie has a Bachelors degree in Business that she obtained from Lincoln Christian University. In addition, Ms. Dovie is continuing her education towards early childhood development.

Ms. Dovie is trained in SIDS and SBS.

In Ms. Dovie's free time she enjoys working at Joseph's Fine Cuisine, a restaurant that her and her husband own in Springfield, IL. In addition, Ms. Dovie enjoys spending time with her daughter, son, husband, family, girlfriends, and volunteering at her Church.

Ms Dovie

Ms Miranda, Director Ms. MJ: Director of Education and Curriculum, The Goddard School- Ms. MJ is currently working towards obtaining her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus on leadership and administration from National Louis University of Chicago, IL. She has been working with children for over 3 years.

Ms. MJ is trained in SIDS, SBS, CPR and First Aid, and has her level 1 ECE credential through Gateways.

In Ms. MJ's free time she enjoys working out, taking her dogs on adventures, cooking, anything that gets her outside including sports and fishing, and spending time with her family.

Ms Miranda

Ms Caitlyn , Lead Teacher Ms. Caitlyn: Teacher, Infant Classroom- Ms. Caitlyn has her associates degree in liberal arts which she obtained from Lincoln Land Community College. She has over 4 years experience working with children.

Ms. Caitlyn is certified in CPR and First Aid, and she is trained in SIDS and SBS. She has EMT basic training with a Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support certification.

In Ms. Caitlyn's free time, she likes to stargaze, read books, and do crafts.

Ms Caitlyn

Ms Lisa, Lead Teacher Ms Lisa: Teacher, Infant Classroom- Ms. Lisa has 30 hours of Early Childhood Education from Lincoln Land Community College. She come with over 34 years experience working with children.

Ms. Lisa has her C.D.A. and further training on Gateways in Infant and Toddler credentials. She is trained in SIDS, SBS, and Severe Allergy Treatment.

In Ms. Lisa's free time, she likes to spend time with her family which consists of her 3 children and 3 grandchildren. She also enjoys reading and listening to music.

Ms Lisa

Ms Susan, Lead Teacher Ms. Suzy: Teacher, Young Toddler Classroom - Ms. Suzy obtained her Associate Degree in Child Development from Lincoln Land Community College. She also earned an Infant Toddler Level 2 Credential and an ECE Level 4 Credential. She comes with over 13 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Suzy is trained in SIDS and SBS.

In Ms. Suzy's free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Ms Susan

Ms Tara, Lead Teacher Ms.Tara: Teacher, Toddler Classroom- Ms. Tara obtained her Child Development Associate certificate and comes with over twenty-two (22) years of experience working with children.

Ms. Tara is CPR and First Aid certified and is trained in SIDS and SBS.

In Ms. Tara's free time she enjoys reading, shopping and spending time with her family.

Ms Tara

Ms Beth, Lead Teacher Ms. Beth: Teacher, Toddler Classroom - Ms. Beth attended Lincoln Land Community College. She comes with over 12 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Beth is trained in SIDS, SBS, and CPR and First Aid certified.

In Ms. Beth's free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and enjoys her chef husband's home cooked meals.

Ms Beth

Ms Carla , Lead Teacher Ms. Carla: Teacher, Toddler Classroom- Ms. Carla has been working with children for over 15 years.

Ms. Carla is trained in SIDS, Shaken Baby, Mandated Reporter, CPR/First Aid, Conscious Discipline, Love and Logic and has her Food Handlers training.

In Ms. Carla's free time she does volunteer work for the community, genealogy research, reading, listening to old school music and has interest in scrap booking.

Ms Carla

Ms Julie , Lead Teacher
Ms. Julie: Teacher, Preschool Classroom- Ms. Julie comes to our school with 20 years of experience and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

Ms. Julie is trained in SIDS, SBS, and is CPR and First Aid certified.

In Ms. Julie's free time, she enjoys scrap booking, gardening, cooking, and walking for exercise.


Ms Julie

Ms Katie , Lead Teacher Ms. Katie: Support Staff- Ms. Katie is working towards obtaining her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development from Lincoln Land Community College. She has over 5 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Katie is trained in Civil Rights, child development, Health and Safety Basics,and Conscious Discipline. She is also certified in CPR and First Aid.

In Ms. Katie's free time, she enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews. In addition, Ms. Katie loves to watch movies.

Ms Katie

Ms Theresa, Lead Teacher Ms. Theresa: Teacher, Preschool Classroom - Ms. Theresa is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education from Lincoln Land Community College. She obtained her CDA for Preschool through the state of Illinois. She comes with over 19 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Theresa is trained in SIDS, SBS, and CPR and First Aid.

In Ms. Theresa's free time, she enjoys going out to eat, going to the movies, and going for walks and long drives.

Ms Theresa

Ms Stephanie, Lead Teacher Ms. Stephanie: Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom - Ms. Stephanie obtained her Associate Degree in Applied Science and an Associate Degree in Arts from Lincoln Land Community College. She has been working with children for over 20 years.

Ms. Stephanie is trained in SIDS and SBS.

In Ms. Stephanie's free time, she enjoys spending time with her family along with her dog, Buddy. She loves taking pictures with her camera and traveling. Her favorite baseball team is the Chicago Cubs.

Ms Stephanie

Ms Devin, Assistant Teacher Ms. Devin: Assistant Teacher, Infant Classroom - Ms. Devin is pursuing her CDA. She holds a Level 1 ECE credential. She comes with over 4 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Devin is trained in SIDS, SBS, and CPR.

In Ms. Devin's free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Ms Devin

Ms Rebecca, Assistant Teacher Ms. Rebecca: Assistant Teacher, Young Toddler Classroom - Ms. Rebecca is pursuing her CDA. She holds a Level 1 ECE credential. She comes with over 8 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Rebecca is trained in SIDS, SBS, and CPR.

In Ms. Rebecca's free time, she enjoys writing, playing board games, and spending time with her family.

Ms Rebecca

Ms Bethany, Assistant Teacher Ms. Bethany: Assistant Teacher, Toddler Classroom - Ms. Bethany is pursuing her CDA. She comes with over 3 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Bethany is trained in SIDS and SBS.

In Ms. Bethany's free time she enjoys cooking, reading, and playing with her dogs.

Ms Bethany

Ms Caroline, Assistant Teacher Ms. Caroline: Assistant Teacher, Toddler Classroom- Ms. Caroline has her diploma from Springfield Southeast High School and has her certificate in Graphic Arts from Capital Area Career Center. She comes with over 2 years experience working with children.

Ms. Caroline is trained in SIDS, SBS, and Food Safety.

In Ms. Caroline's free time, she loves to do anything that involves art and creativity. She studies foreign languages as a personal hobby, as well.

Ms Caroline

Ms Jennifer, Assistant Teacher Ms. Jenny: Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten - Ms. Jenny obtained her Associates in Art degree from Carl Sandburg College. She comes with over 30 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Jenny is trained in SIDS and SBS.

In Ms. Jenny's free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Ms Jennifer

Ms Lanie, Resource Ms. Lanie: Support Staff - Ms. Lanie is currently attending Lincoln Land Community College to pursue her teaching degree. She has been working with children her whole life and used to volunteer at the Muni.

Ms. Lanie is trained in SIDS, SBS, Allergy Awareness, and Food Handler Certified.

Ms. Lanie is recently married and in her free time, enjoys spending time with her family. She also participates in musicals and loves to read.

Ms Lanie

Ms Tracye, Resource Ms. Tracye: Support Staff - Ms. Tracye obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Education. She comes with over 7 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Tracye is trained in SIDS and SBS.

In Ms. Tracye's free time, she enjoys reading, doing yard work, cooking, and spending time with her three grandsons.

Ms Tracye

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