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 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, Severe Allergy Treatment, and CPR/First Aid, She also 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 Lisa, Lead Teacher Ms. Lisa: Teacher, Infant Classroom- Ms. Lisa obtained her Associates Degree in Administrative Secretarial from Robert Morris University. Shea also has 8 hours of Early Childhood Education classes through Lincoln Land Community College. Ms. Lisa comes to us with over 15 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Lisa is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, and CPR/First Aid.

Ms. Lisa volunteers as a substitute teacher for the younger children at her Church and she also directs the vacation bible school held there during the summer.

In Ms. Lisa's free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her grand baby. She also loves going on vacations and attending the St. Louis Blues Games.

Ms Lisa

Ms Saba, Lead Teacher Ms. Saba: Lead Teacher- Ms. Saba has obtained her B.S. in Human Development Family Sciences from Illinois State University. She comes to The Goddard School with over 4 years of experience working with children in all age groups.

Ms. Saba is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, and CPR/First Aid

Ms. Saba volunteers in our community at the Boys and Girls Club and in her free time, she enjoys yoga, spending time outside, and with loved ones.

Ms Saba

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

Ms. Tara is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, and CPR/First Aid.

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

Ms Tara

Ms Carla , Lead Teacher Ms. Carla: Teacher, Toddler Classroom- Ms. Carla obtained her Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate from the state of Illinois. She comes to us with over 15 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Carla is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, CPR/First Aid, Conscious Discipline, and Love and Logic.

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

Ms Carla

Ms Gabriella, Lead Teacher Ms. Gabriella: Teacher, Preschool Classroom- Ms. Gabriella obtained her B.A. in Human Development & Family Science minoring in children studies from Illinois State University. She comes to us with over 4 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Gabriella is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, and CPR/First Aid.

Ms. Gabriella has spent time volunteering at her parish: Christ the King Parish. In Ms. Gabriella's likes to spend her free time dancing, and with friends and family.

Ms Gabriella

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 Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate for Preschool through the state of Illinois. She comes to us with over 19 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Theresa is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, and CPR/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

Nicole, Lead Teacher Ms. Niki: Lead Teacher- Ms. Niki has obtained her Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Benedictine University. She comes to The Goddard School with over 15 years of experience working with children in all age groups.

Ms. Niki is trained in SIDS, SBS and Severe Allergy Treatment.

Ms. Niki volunteers in our community for her son's boy scout troop as needed. In Ms. Niki's free time, she enjoys working out, cooking and being a mom, and watching a good movie!

Nicole

Ms Julie , Lead Teacher
Ms. Julie: Teacher, Preschool Classroom- Ms. Julie obtained her B.A. is psychology from Wheaton College. She comes to us with over 20 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Julie is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, and CPR/First Aid.

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

Ms Julie

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 comes to us with over 20 years experience working with children.

Ms. Stephanie is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment and CPR/First Aid.

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

Theresa, Assistant Teacher Ms. Theresa: Assistant Teacher, Infant Classroom - Ms. Theresa is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate, sponsored by The Goddard School. She comes to us with over 8 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Theresa is trained in SIDS, SBS, and Severe Allergy Treatment.

In Ms. Theresa's free time she enjoys crafts, card making, and sewing.

Theresa

Ms Nakia, Assistant Teacher Ms. Nakia: Assistant Teacher- Ms. Nakia is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate, sponsored by The Goddard School. She comes to us with over 2 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Nikia is trained in SIDS, SBS and Sever Allergy Treatment.

In Ms. Nakia's free time she likes to read, draw, or spend time with her nephew who she enjoys babysitting.

Ms Nakia

Ms Rebecca, Assistant Teacher Ms. Rebecca: Assistant Teacher, Young Toddler Classroom - Ms. Rebecca is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate, sponsored by The Goddard School. She holds a Level 1 ECE credential. She comes to us with over 8 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Rebecca is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment and CPR/First Aid.

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

Ms Rebecca

Nexci, Assistant Teacher Ms. Nexci: Support Staff- Ms. Nexci is currently enrolled at SIUE where she is seeking her Early Childhood Development degree. She comes to us with over 4 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Nexci is trained in SIDS, SBS and Sever Allergy Treatment.

Ms. Nexci is enjoys spending time with friends and families, pampering yourself, and eating her favorite foods!

Nexci

Ms Bethany, Assistant Teacher Ms. Bethany: Assistant Teacher, Toddler Classroom - Ms. Bethany is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate, sponsored by The Goddard School. She comes to us with over 3 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Bethany is trained in SIDS, SBS, and Severe Allergy Treatment.

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

Ms Bethany

Charee, Assistant Teacher Ms. Charee: Assistant Teacher- Ms. Charee is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate, sponsored by The Goddard School. She comes to us with over 20 years of experience working with children. She is

Ms. Charee is trained in SIDS, SBS and Severe Allergy Treatment.

In Ms. Charee's free time, she enjoys drawing, art, and spending time with family.

Charee

Dominique , Resource Ms. Dominique: Toddler Teacher- Ms. Dominique obtained her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University in San Diego, CA. She comes to us with over 3 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Dominique is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment and CPR/First Aid.

In Ms. Dominique's free time, she enjoys watching movies and reading magazines.

Dominique

Erin, Resource Ms. Erin: Assistant Teacher- Ms. Erin has her associate degree in Early Childhood Education, which she obtained from Lincoln Land Community College. She comes to us with over 7 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Erin is trained in SIDS, SBS, Severe Allergy Treatment, and CPR/First Aid.

In Ms. Erin's free time, she likes to spend time with family, exercise, do Zumba, knit, and attend musicals.

Erin

Ms Jada, Resource Ms. Jada: Assistant Teacher, Toddler Classroom - Ms. Jada is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate, sponsored by The Goddard School. She comes to us with over 3 years of experience working with children.

Ms. Jada holds a Paraprofessional License and is trained in SIDS, SBS, and Severe Allergy Treatment.

Ms. Jada has spent time volunteering for her church recently and in her free time she enjoys doing hair, makeup, and nails. She also loves nature and being outdoors.

Ms Jada

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

Ms. Katie is trained SBS, SIDS,Severe Allergy Treatment, CPR/First Aid, Civil Rights, Health and Safety Basics,and Conscious Discipline.

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

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