Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Mrs Lorri, Owner Lorri has been the owner of The Goddard School since 2010. She is the proud mother of three children. As such, she recognizes the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment. She holds a BBA from Georgia Southern University. Prior to owning The Goddard School, she worked in Family Services. As the on-site owner with a human services background, she is committed to providing the highest quality preschool experience for the children in this community.

Lorri and her family enjoy spending time together - playing board games, biking, fishing, swimming and going to the beach. Family is the basis for why she chose Goddard and is happy to be able to provide Goddard’s outstanding program to the children in the Tampa community. She looks forward to welcoming you and your children to the Goddard family.

Mrs Lorri

Mrs Katie, Director Holds a B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Anthropology
Holds a Florida Director’s Credential
Worked in ECE for over 9 years

Katie and her husband Calum moved to the Tampa area from Chicago in 2016 and enjoy the sunny days! She has over 8 years of Early Childhood Education experience and loves being an integral part of children's growth and development. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Anthropology. She was a Preschool Teacher for more than 6 years before moving into administration within the Early Childhood Education field. Katie enjoys coaching, mentoring, and encouraging teachers to bring out the investigative explorer within each child. She is excited to provide meaningful, hands-on learning and the very best high-quality education for children and families.

Mrs Katie

Ms Sandy, Director Executive Board Member with Hillsborough Early Childhood Association (HECA)
Serves with Florida Association for the Education of Young Children (FLAEYC)
Over 25 years of experience in ECE
Served as Program Director for Tampa Bay ECE Non-Profit
Honorary 2016 Award Winner of the 2016 Exemplary Outdoor Classroom Design & Implementation
Served as mentor/senior faculty member for Hillsborough Community College’s Teaching Lab school
Founder of first Family Childcare Association, Inc. in Tampa, Florida
Member of N.A.E.Y.C.

Sandy has been an active professional in the field of Early Childhood Education for well over 25 years. She has served on various Tampa Bay ECE boards, acted as director for non-profit preschools and child development centers, and has been with The Goddard School since 2016. The mother of two adult sons, Ms. Sandy is passionate about developing strong school-to-home relationships, emergent best practices, outdoor learning, and mentoring our next generation of ECE teachers. She believes a child's most important work is play and strives to create an environment where children can do so.

Ms Sandy

Ms Alyssa, Lead Teacher DCF 45 Hours
Studied at The University of Alabama
Currently enrolled at Grand Canyon University
More than 5 years of experience

Ms. Alyssa was born and raised in New Jersey and just recently moved to Florida. She has worked in early childhood education since 2015. She has taught both infants and toddlers. She believes that when a child enters the classroom they should feel cared for and loved and feel as though they have the ability to express themselves as they learn.

Ms Alyssa

Ms Melissa, Lead Teacher Child Development Associates (CDA)
MAT Trained
29 years of Experience

Ms. Melissa was born and raised in Virginia and just recently moved to Florida in March to be closer to my family. She is the proud mother of one son, and Grammie of one granddaughter. Melissa first stepped into the Early Childhood Education field when she was in high school and it was then that she decided she wanted to make a difference in the lives of children and provide them with a classroom they can feel safe in. Now, over 29 years later, Melissa is still providing that safe classroom and enjoying every minute of it. For the last 14 years, she has been a lead teacher in the Infant Room at The Goddard School in Chantilly, VA. She believes that learning should be student-centered, interactive, and engaging. Children learn through their play and the classroom should create a family of learners as the children all work together and learn in their unique style.

Ms Melissa

Rebecca, Lead Teacher CDA-Infants and Toddlers
CPR/First Aid
10 years of experience, all age groups

Mrs. Becky was born and raised in Florida, where she has lived and worked most of her life. She knew at a young age she wanted to work with children and help them learn and grow. She has two children and a wonderful husband. She is a lover of animals, nature, and the overall outdoors, and loves spending time with her friends and family. She currently has a dog and a cat.
Mrs. Becky has a passion for seeing children learn and grow and introducing them to new experiences and challenges. She understands all children are different and deserve the very best she can give, including her love and dedication to their care.

Rebecca

Ms Lindsay, Lead Teacher Holds a B.S. in Sociology
Has over 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education
5 previous years experience in customer service & advertising
Has previously been employed at other area Goddard Schools

Ms. Lindsay has snuggled, loved, and educated TGS toddlers for many years. She is a sure and loving caregiver for our students. An ultimate educator, she encourages toddler discovery in a safe and loving environment. As a mother herself to two children, she understands the critical importance of Attachment Theory in young children. She is a wonderful resource for both parents and fellow teachers. In her off time, she enjoys adventures with her two children and traveling.

Ms Lindsay

Ms Sydney, Lead Teacher Currently working on Child Development Associate
Successfully completed DCF 45 hours

Ms. Sydney loves working with young toddlers because the world is so new to them and their wonder is contagious! She is currently working to obtain her CDA and is truly looking forward to a lifelong career in the Early Childhood Education field. Sydney believes each child is unique and she loves that she gets to be a part of their learning journey. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys spending time with my family, friends, and her wonderful dog!

Ms Sydney

Ms Casey, Lead Teacher Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
Completed Department of Child & Family Services Early Childhood Education training
Has experience with all age groups from Infancy to Pre-K
Has over three years of experience in Early Childhood Education

Casey's passion for teaching young children began when she was in high school and took her very first education class. She is a favorite among families and faculty alike! As a resource teacher, her contribution to our team is indispensable. Her positive attitude and enthusiasm for early childhood are appreciated by all.

Ms Casey

Ms Myranda, Lead Teacher Child Development Associate Credential
Over 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education
Has experience with all age groups from Infancy to Pre-K


Ms. Myranda has spent the last 6 years working in the early childhood education field. She has been an integral part of children’s learning and enjoys seeing the world through the eyes of a child. Myranda has her CDA, first aid and CPR certification, and is working towards her Florida Director’s Credential. She has worked in and out of a classroom, from being a lead teacher to being an assistant director.

Ms Myranda

Ms Angelina, Lead Teacher Holds a Child Development Associate Credential
Holds a Florida Staff Credential
Has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 5 years

An experienced and seasoned teacher, Ms. Angie understands what Early Childhood Education is all about. As a beloved teacher to many of our students, even our alumni stop by simply to give Ms. Angie a hug and visit. Her solid focus on phonemic awareness, imaginative play opportunities, and pre-reading skills build a strong foundation for school readiness. She is a strong and communicative partner in the classroom. She enjoys art, photography, and cooking gourmet meals.

Ms Angelina

Ms Casey, Lead Teacher Holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education
Worked in ECE for over 10 years
CPR/First Aid certified

Casey has more than 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Hood College in Maryland. Casey's passions are caring for and teaching children, music, dance, and sports. She loves to integrate music and dance into the children’s daily routines, and she recognizes the importance of movement in child development and academic success. Casey is the proud mom of two young children and recently moved to the Tampa area from Annapolis Maryland, where she was born and raised.

Ms Casey

Mrs Desirae, Lead Teacher A.S. in Early Childhood Management/Education
Florida Director's Credential
More than 15 years of Experience
First Aid/CPR certified

Mrs. Desirae has been married for 27 years and has raised 2 amazing young men. She loves helping children to strengthen their love of self and family, as well as their love of learning! She is always looking for opportunities to further develop best practices in Early Childhood Education, and has been teaching for more than 15 years. Mrs. Desirae believes that children learn best when they feel loved, accepted, and supported by a teacher who understands their individual needs and works with them to develop a positive/loving relationship. Learning through play is the most effective way young children learn and she enjoys providing this type of learning atmosphere for her students. As an Early Childhood Educator, she believes we shape the love of learning and success that our students will take with them for the rest of their educational journey.

Mrs Desirae

Mrs Mary, Lead Teacher Holds Child Development Associate Credential
Worked in ECE for more than 14 years
Active Staff Credential

Ms. Mary was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She has worked in early childhood education since 2005. She has a wide range of experience teaching infants through Prekindergartners.
Ms. Mary earned her Childcare Development Specialist (CDS) license from Leary Technical Center. She truly loves being a part of a child’s growth and development. She is excited to be a seasoned part of The Goddard Family!

Mrs Mary

Mrs Erica, Lead Teacher Currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education
Completed Department of Child & Family Services Early Childhood Education training

Ms. Erica was was born and raised in Tampa, FL where she is currently a student at St. Petersburg College. She is studying Early Childhood Education to obtain her Associates in Science degree. She has always had a passion to be a teacher since she was little. Her teaching philosophy is that all children should be welcomed into a warm, safe and loving environment. She knows this will help each child express their individual learning styles and for her to help each one grow in all areas of life. She is a big fan of advocating for inclusion for children with special needs because she is a mother to an awesome girl who has autism. In her spare time, she enjoys escape rooms, reading and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Mrs Erica

Mrs Kara, Lead Teacher Currently pursuing B.S. in Early Childhood Education
Over 5 years of experience as a nanny and 4 previous years experience in customer service
Trained photographer and musician

Ms. Kara is a lover of music and eagerly shares her melodious gifts with our toddlers, who delight in her gift. She brings a spirit of good will to the classroom. She believes it is important for our students to have fun and play while learning, as well as be exposed to different approaches. Ms. Kara is known for her outstanding patience, comfort and encouragement.

Mrs Kara

Ms Lauren, Lead Teacher Currently pursuing B.S. in Early Childhood Education
Has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 4 years
Certified children's swim instructor
Trained in Attachment Theory & Best Practices

Ms. Lauren has a loving heart for our toddler students. She has a passion for encouraging her little ones to develop self-expression through the use of sign language and verbal skills. She celebrates each milestone with parents and students alike. In her off-duty hours, Ms. Lauren enjoys the arts, photography and traveling to Disney.

Ms Lauren

Ms Susan, Lead Teacher Earned a Master’s in Education
Holds a B.S, in Early Childhood Development
Worked with children and families for over 15 years

Ms. Susan was born in Pinellas County, Florida, where she lived for most of her life. She moved to Tennessee to further her education and raise her three children. She is happy to have returned to the Sunshine State to be closer to family. Ms. Susan earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Milligan College. She has worked with children within different fields; she’s helped in the education system, aided children in Head Start classrooms, and has supported children and families in the foster care system. Ms. Susan believes her first responsibility with children is to help them feel safe and accepted for who they are because each child is unique and special. By providing a safe and creative environment, children are able to learn through natural exploration. Giving children opportunities to explore new, engaging, and real-life topics builds towards the mastery of skills and comprehension.

Ms Susan

Mrs Elizabeth, Lead Teacher Earned an Associate’s degree in Arts
Holds a Child Development Associate Credential
Holds a Florida Director’s Credential
Worked in ECE for over 10 years

Ms. Elizabeth was born and raised in Iowa and is the oldest of five children. She moved to Tampa with her husband in 2015. She obtained her Associate in Arts degree in 2004 from Muscatine Community College in Iowa. She earned her CDA in May 2018 and went on to earn her Director's Credential from Pinellas Technical College. She has worked in the Human Services/Early Education field for over ten years. Ms. Elizabeth’s past work experiences have included working with children and adults with Autism, Angleman Syndrome, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. She has taught parenting techniques using the Nurturing Program to families involved with the Department of Human Services. She was part of the enrollment and recruitment team for a Head Start Program and scheduled preschool testing for early intervention. Ms. Elizabeth has also taught VPK! Early childhood education has always been her focus; as a teacher of early childhood education, Ms. Elizabeth understands the impact she has shaping and setting the tone for each child's educational career and beyond.

Mrs Elizabeth

Mrs Tami, Lead Teacher Holds a B.S. in Early Childhood and Special Education
Achieved National Director Credential
Holds a Child Development Associate Credential
Has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 8 years

Ms. Tami earned her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. She graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, ID. While in school, Ms. Tami had the opportunity to work with children of different ages and different ranges of ability. Working with children has been a great blessing for her because she is able to help them start to build a foundation of learning. Currently, she holds a National Director's Credential.
Her love of working with young children comes from her mother who taught her to love and teach each child as an individual. Working with children and helping them learn and grow has always been Ms. Tami’s dream.
She believes children need to have opportunities to be able to explore and figure out how the world works on their own. Ms. Tami knows that when you give them these opportunities, you are helping them learn that they can be independent even if they ask for help. She also believes that loving the students and treating them with respect is KEY to a successful classroom.

Mrs Tami

Mrs Carolyn, Lead Teacher Holds an A.A. in Early Childhood Education
Holds Child Development Associate Credential
Has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 11 years
Taught in public school system
Has worked with a variety of age groups

Raised in England, Mrs. Carolyn moved to the United States in 1997. She is the mother of adult children and has a grandchild. She enriches our program with her consistency and experience, as well as her desire to help. She is a helper of helpers. Mrs. Carolyn celebrates each child's uniqueness and growth, along with our faculty and families.

Mrs Carolyn

Ms Jennifer, Lead Teacher Holds a B.S. in Social Science with a concentration in Education
Earned a Master's in Education with a concentration in English Language Learners
Holds a Child Development Associate Credential
Worked in ECE for over 15 years
Formerly employed at Goddard School in the Texas Market

Ms. Jennifer was born in Iowa and has lived in Georgia, Texas and Florida. While living in Texas, she worked for The Goddard School in Round Rock for three and a half years.
Ms. Jennifer earned her Bachelor's in Social Science with a concentration in Education. She completed her Master's in Education with a concentration in English Language Learners in 2010.
Her teaching philosophy is to teach to the individual child by getting to know what interests them. Ms. Jennifer likes to use multi-sensory techniques to teach to the different learning styles of the children in her class.

Ms Jennifer

Mrs Joy, Lead Teacher Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Concentration in Early Childhood Education
CPR/First Aid Certified

Ms. Joy is a passionate Kindergarten teacher who is originally from Mississippi but has called Florida home for most of her life. She was homeschooled from kindergarten to high school and graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a B.S in Elementary Education in 2018. Her goal as an educator is to create an environment that is filled with fun, lots of learning, and new adventures. Teaching is a huge passion of hers because she believes there is no greater feeling than knowing she has the privilege of shaping the future generation in a positive way.

Mrs Joy

Ms Lisa, Lead Teacher Child Development Associate
B.A Elementary Education
A.S Applied Science
More than 12 years in the Early Childhood Education field

Lisa was born in Pasadena, California, but has called Florida home for many years. She has worked in the Pasco County School district for more than 13 years and has experience with children of all ages and developmental levels. Lisa believes every student is unique and special and that with loving guidance, all children can reach their highest potential and have fun doing it!

Ms Lisa

Mrs Blanca, Assistant Teacher Over 30 years of experience in Early Childhood Education
Certified in Food Service
Bi-lingual in Spanish and English
Has experience with all age groups from Infancy to Pre-K

Blanca joined our team in 2017. She is cross-trained in all classes as well as training in food safety and service. She knows each and every student in our school and greets all by name. She is one of the strong threads of continuity that form our tapestry of teachers.

Mrs Blanca

Ms Awilda, Assistant Teacher Holds a B.S. in English Elementary Education
Has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 7 years
Originally from Puerto Rico
Bi-lingual in Spanish and English

Originally from Puerto Rico, Ms. Awilda is a fan favorite amongst TGS students and parents. She shares her love of singing and fingerplays with the youngest of audiences, exposing our students to multiple languages in doing so. Her goal as an educator is to ensure the safety of all children in her care and to provide a positive learning community classroom based on respect and love of learning. Awilda is a true team player and is supportive of all.

Ms Awilda

Mrs Kristine, Assistant Teacher Holds an A.A. in Early Childhood Education
Childcare provider for military families
Over 25 years experience in ECE
Trained in Reggio Emilia

An international traveler, Ms. Kristine is originally from Rhode Island. She shares her love of literacy with all students of every age. Her goal as an educator is to expose young children to literature where possible. Kristine's flexibility is a critical component to our team.

Mrs Kristine

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