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

Brad, Owner Mr. Brad and Ms. Risa are the proud owners of both Goddard Schools in Chantilly. They have three wonderful daughters, one in college and two in high school. When their oldest was only two they decided to open a Goddard School, committed to creating the nurturing learning environment and school community they wanted for their own growing family. Chantilly (Westfields) opened in 2003, and Chantilly (East Gate) opened at the end of 2011.

Risa contributes her experience and training as an educator to both locations as the Senior Education Director. Risa was a 4th and 5th grade teacher for the New York City Public Schools for six years. She has her Masters degree in Elementary Education from Bank Street College in New York.

Brad is the business manager of both schools. Brad was trained as a lawyer, and he brings ten years of experience in the banking industry to the business side of running the school.

Welcome to our School!

Brad

Kareen, Director Ms. Kareen is the Education Director of The Goddard School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a VDSS Early Childhood Endorsement. Ms. Kareen has 21 years Early Childhood Teaching and Administrative experience. Prior to joining The Goddard School, she was a Center Director for a licensed preschool and a Licensing Inspector for the Virginia Department of Social Services. The Goddard School has had a long relationship with Ms. Kareen, as she had been the licensing inspector for our Westfields location for four years.

Kareen

Tina, Director Ms. Tina is the Administrative Director of The Goddard School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from State University of New York, College of Potsdam. Ms. Tina has 32 years of Early Childhood Teaching and Administrative experience. She began her career in early childhood education in Rochester, New York, as a Center Director. After ten years, she was promoted to Area Manager, where she supervised 11 early childhood facilities for four years. Tina moved to northern Virginia in 2005. Since that time, she worked as a Center Director for three schools. She joined our management team in September 2012.

Tina

Amel -- Chipmunks, Lead Teacher Ms. Amel has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. She has 12 years of Early Childhood and Teaching experience.

Amel -- Chipmunks

Khadisah -- Chipmunks, Lead Teacher Ms. Khadisah has an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. She has 5 years of Early Childhood and Teaching experience.

Khadisah -- Chipmunks

Anjali -- Penguins, Lead Teacher Ms. Anjali earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Political Science. She has 31 years of Early Childhood and Teaching experience.

Anjali -- Penguins

Allison -- Pandas, Lead Teacher Ms. Allison has 13 years of teaching experience, including working as an elementary school instructional assistant and substitute teacher. Ms. Allison is also a member of our Teacher Resource Team.

Allison -- Pandas

Krysta -- Pandas, Lead Teacher Ms. Krysta is pursuing her Bachelor's degree. She has 10 years of Early Childhood and Teaching experience.

Krysta -- Pandas

Caroline -- Giraffes, Lead Teacher Ms. Caroline has a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies. She has 7 years of Early Childhood and Teaching experience.

Caroline -- Giraffes

Claudia -- Giraffes, Lead Teacher Ms. Claudia has an Associate's degree in Education and 19 years of Early Childhood and Teaching experience.

Claudia -- Giraffes

Amber -- Dolphins, Lead Teacher Ms. Amber has an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and a certification in American Sign Language. She has 12 years of Early Childhood and Teaching experience. Ms. Amber also serves as one of our Curriculum Resource Specialists.
Ms. Amber was our 2015 Teacher of the Year.

Amber -- Dolphins

Jennifer -- Polar Bears, Lead Teacher Ms. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Individualized Study degree in Early Childhood and Education Management, and A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education. She has 23 years of Early Childhood and Teaching experience.
Ms. Jennifer was our 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Jennifer -- Polar Bears

Zainab -- Whales, Lead Teacher Ms. Zainab earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. She has 8 years of Early Childhood and Teaching experience.

Zainab -- Whales

Sara -- Horses, Lead Teacher Ms. Sara has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History. She has 11 years of Early Childhood and Teaching experience.
Ms. Sara was our 2019 Teacher of the Year.

Sara -- Horses

Sam -- Polar Bears, Lead Teacher Ms. Sam has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She has 6 years of Early Childhood and Teaching experience.
Ms. Sam was our 2020 Teacher of the Year.

Sam -- Polar Bears

Courtney -- Jaguars, Lead Teacher Ms. Courtney earned her Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work. She has 10 years of Early Childhood and Teaching experience. Ms. Courtney also serves as one of our Curriculum Resource Specialists.
Ms. Courtney was our 2017 Teacher of the Year.

Courtney -- Jaguars

Amanda -- School Age Support, Saturn, Lead Teacher Ms. Amanda earned her Master's degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Youth Studies. She has 7 years of Early Childhood and Elementary Teaching experience. Ms. Amanda also serves as a Curriculum Resource Specialist.

Amanda -- School Age Support, Saturn

Cindy - School Age Support, Lead Teacher Ms. Cindy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She has 7 years of Early Childhood and Elementary Teaching experience.

Cindy - School Age Support

Sabrina, Lead Teacher Ms. Sabrina assists in all classrooms. She earned her Associate's degree in Business Administration and is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in ISOM. Ms. Sabrina has 1 year of Early Childhood and Elementary Teaching experience.

Sabrina

Emily, Assistant Teacher Ms. Emily assists in all classrooms. She has 1 year of Early Childhood and Teaching experience.

Emily

Shereese, Assistant Teacher Ms. Shereese assists in all classrooms. She is pursuing an Associate of Science degree in General Studies and has 1 year of Early Childhood experience.

Shereese

Jenni -- Jaguars, Assistant Teacher Ms. Jenni has earned a VDSS Early Childhood Endorsement and is pursuing an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. She has 8 years of Early Childhood and Teaching experience.

Jenni -- Jaguars

Jasmine -- Fitness Teacher, Resource Ms. Jasmine earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Sport Management. She has 6 years of Early Childhood and Teaching experience.

Jasmine -- Fitness Teacher

Juliona -- Kitchen Manager, Resource Ms. Juliona has 5 years of kitchen management experience in a variety of settings.

Juliona -- Kitchen Manager

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