Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Ms Shifali, Owner Shifali is originally from Canada where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Ryerson University. She brings her strong background in Business and Project Management to own and operate The Goddard School located in Herndon (Dulles).

Shifali and her family live very close to the school in the Herndon community, and her daughter has just started in the Fairfax County Public School system and is attending The Goddard School for their Before and After School enrichment program and for the fun and educational Summer Camp. Shifali and her husband are thrilled to have their own child in The Goddard School amongst highly qualified and nurturing educators that they believe in.

Shifali took particular interest in the preschool environment when her daughter was born. As a mother Shifali obtained her Childcare Certification to learn how best to provide her daughter with a stimulating environment and a strong foundation for learning. Since then she knew that the preschool environment would make her career a fulfilling and rewarding one, and found The Goddard School to be a wonderful preschool that offers the best childhood preparation for social and academic success.

Ms Shifali

Ms Minoo, Director Ms. Minoo is our Center Director. Ms. Minoo has a vast amount of knowledge and experience to share with over 18 years of experience as a preschool Center Director. She also serves as a mentor to Child Development Associate (CDA) candidates. Ms. Minoo has a Bachelors degree in Sociology as well as two CDAs. In addition to Ms. Minoo's passion for early childhood education, she also enjoys traveling, arts, and international cuisine. Ms. Minoo looks forward to using her professional experience and leadership to manage our faculty and serve our Goddard families.

Ms Minoo

Ms Lisette, Assistant Director Mrs. Kelly is the Assistant Director at our school. She comes to us with 15 years of experience as an Assistant Director in Potomac Falls, VA. Mrs. Kelly has a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of William and Mary. She believes that nurturing care coupled with creative and engaging instruction will allow children to blossom to their full potential. Mrs. Kelly’s attention to detail and emphasis on clear communication with teachers and parents is an asset to the operations of our school. Mrs. Kelly enjoys “empty-nesting” with her husband, and cherishes time spent with her two children; her daughter will receive her Master’s in Elementary Education from James Madison University in the Spring of 2020, and her son is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering at Purdue University.

Ms Lisette

Ms Brittani, Lead Teacher Ms. Brittani is a Lead Teacher in our Infant classroom. She has a CDA credential in Infant and Toddler Care and brings with her over 5 years of experience as a Lead Infant Teacher. She has a warm and nurturing personality perfect for providing exceptional care of our infants. Ms. Brittani keeps our infants safe and healthy and provides them with a stimulating environment.

Ms Brittani

Ms Aaronda, Lead Teacher Ms. Ronda is the Lead Teacher in our First Steps classrooms. She has over 20 years of experience working with children as a child care provider at her child care center in New York. She recently relocated to the area with her husband to join her adult children who live here. She provides a warm and nurturing presence in our younger classrooms.

Ms Aaronda

Ms Anusha, Lead Teacher Ms. Anusha is our Lead Teacher in our Young Toddler Classroom. Ms. Anusha has her Bachelors degree and has over 2 years of experience working in the early childhood setting. She strongly believes that each child is unique and should be provided with different teaching methods. We are thrilled to have Ms. Anusha as part of our Goddard Team.

Ms Anusha

Ms Christine, Lead Teacher Ms. Christine is a Lead Teacher in the Young Toddlers Classroom. Ms. Christine is studying Education at Northern Virginia Community College and has 2 years of experience working with children. Ms. Christine’s teaching philosophy is to help children, from even a young age, to broaden their knowledge through play and activities that prompt creative thinking. It’s great to have Ms. Christine on our Goddard Team!

Ms Christine

Ms Angana, Lead Teacher Ms. Angana is our Lead Teacher in our Early Preschool classroom. She has her Bachelors degree in Education and has 5 years of experience working in the early childhood setting. Ms. Angana knows how to build strong relationships with her students and families, and she helps each child learn through play, interaction and hands-on experiences. It is great to have Ms. Angana be a part of our Goddard team.

Ms Angana

Ms Vanessa, Lead Teacher Ms. Vanessa is our Lead Teacher in our Early Preschool classroom. Ms. Vanessa recently moved from Memphis, TN and is thrilled to be starting a new chapter here in Virginia. She has 7 years of experience working in the early childhood setting and is currently working towards her CDA. Ms. Vanessa’s teaching philosophy is to develop caring, respectful and responsive relationships with the children and parents. She is determined to provide a fun and educational environment that will teach trust and creativity. We are honored to have her be a part of our Goddard Team.

Ms Vanessa

Ms Angeli, Lead Teacher Ms. Angeli is our Lead teacher in our Preschool classroom. Ms. Angeli has over 6 years of experience working with children and is eager to apply her teaching methods to her young friends. Ms. Angeli believes that every child is different and she has a passion for helping children grow and learn. It it such an honor to have Ms. Angeli be a part of our educational staff.

Ms Angeli

Ms Sharmila, Lead Teacher Ms. Sharmila is our Lead Teacher in our Preschool classroom. Ms. Sharmila has her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in English. She comes with over 20 years of experience working in the early childhood setting. Ms. Sharmila is eager to educate her students, and she strongly believes that each child learns and absorbs information differently. We are honored to have Ms. Sharmila be a part of our educational team.

Ms Sharmila

Ms Amy, Lead Teacher Ms. Amy is our Lead Teacher in our Jr.K classroom. Ms. Amy has her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Frostburg State University. She has been teaching this age group for many years and has helped numerous children become successful in Kindergarten and beyond. Ms. Amy is a highly educated and nurturing teacher who enjoys getting to know each child and working with them on all levels. She is excited to be a part of The Goddard School in Herndon to help the children blossom.

Ms Amy

Ms Widney, Lead Teacher Ms. Widney is a Lead Teacher in our Jr.K classroom. Ms. Widney has her Bachelors degree in Human Services and Counseling from Dominion University and has 6 years of experience working with children of different ages. She is eager to use her teaching methods with our students by following our F.L.EX program. We are honored to have Ms. Widney be a part of our team.

Ms Widney

Ms Yasmeen, Lead Teacher Ms. Yasmeen is a Lead Teacher in our Pre-K classroom. Ms. Yasmeen has her CDA and has 11 years of experience working in the early childhood setting. Ms. Yasmeen has a very engaging personality and feels it is important for a teacher to guide children through their day in a positive, educational and safe environment. We are excited to welcome Ms. Yasmeen to our Goddard Team.

Ms Yasmeen

Ms Janna, Lead Teacher Ms.Janna is our Lead Teacher in PreK class. She has a Masters degree in Education and Bachelor degree in Psychology. She holds a professional license to teach elementary education PreK - 6th grade. Ms. Janna strongly believes a teacher's responsibility is to encourage her children to explore learning which helps them grow and gain confidence in everything they do.

Ms Janna

Ms Latasha, Assistant Teacher Ms. Latasha is our Assistant Teacher in the Infant program. Ms. Latasha brings many years of experience working with infants in the early childhood setting. Ms. Latasha is a gentle, caring, and nurturing teacher who believes that all children are wonderful in their own way and that the best way the children learn and grow is through a fun, loving, and enriching environment.

Ms Latasha

Ms Wendy, Assistant Teacher Ms. Wendy is our Assistant Teacher in our First Steps classrooms. Ms. Wendy is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree and has 2 years of experience working in the early childhood setting. Ms. Wendy feels that it is important to teach young children in a fun way, so they associate learning with fun. We are thrilled to have Ms. Wendy be a part of our team.

Ms Wendy

Ms Brittany, Assistant Teacher Ms. Brittany is our Assistant Teacher in our Early Preschool classroom. She has many years of experience working in the early childhood setting and is working towards her Bachelors degree in Education. Ms. Brittany strongly believes that all students learn in their own unique way. She is excited to use Goddard's FLEX program to help reach her student’s achieve their highest potential, while enjoying the interaction with each child. We are thrilled to have Ms. Brittany be a part of our educational staff.

Ms Brittany

Ms Saloni, Assistant Teacher
Ms. Saloni is our Assistant Teacher in our Pre-K classroom. Ms. Saloni has her Bachelor’s in Commerce and Master's in Business Administration. She has 4 years of experience working with children. She strongly believes that every child has different strengths and as an educator it is important to provide enough support to challenge them in ways they can learn and grow. We are happy to have Ms. Saloni be a part of our team!

Ms Saloni

Ms Aihua, Resource Ms. Aihua is our Mandarin Teacher who teaches Mandarin language and the Chinese culture to our Preschool and Pre-K students. She has her Bachelors in English and has over 10 years of experience working in the education field. We truly appreciate Ms. Aihua being a part of our team, as well as helping our students learn the Mandarin language.

Ms Aihua

Ms Inderjeet, Resource Ms. Inderjeet is one of our Resource Teachers who assists in our classrooms. Ms. Inderjeet has over 3 years of experience educating preschool children. She plans on going back to school for a degree in Early Childhood Education, while working in the field. Ms. Inderjeet believes that all children are equal and special in their own way and that children are a joy to be around.

Ms Inderjeet

Ms Jacinta, Resource Ms. Jacinta is one of our Resource Teachers who assists in our classrooms. Ms. Jacinta has been working in the early childhood setting for over 2 years and truly enjoys working with children. She is currently in school completing her Bachelors degree. Ms. Jacinta strongly believes that children learn best through play and interaction and looks forward to helping teach children the fundamentals in preschool. We are excited to have Ms. Jacinta part of our team.

Ms Jacinta

Ms Jennifer, Resource Ms. Jennifer is one of our well-known Resource Teachers who assists in our classrooms. She has 10 years work experience in the childhood setting and acquired her Early Childhood Certification. Ms. Jennifer loves how children think and how they learn through play. She strongly believes that educators should be aware of how unique each child is and should implement activities and learning methods based on each child. Ms. Jennifer enjoys playing volleyball, traveling, and playing the piano. We are honored to have Ms. Jennifer be a part of our Goddard Team.

Ms Jennifer

Ms Lindsey, Resource Ms. Lindsey is a Resource Teacher at our school and is currently attending Northern Virginia Community College. Ms. Lindsey believes that guidance, discipline and individual care provided by teachers will help children reach their maximum potential. Its great having Lindsey available to care for the children in many of our classrooms.

Ms Lindsey

Ms Martha, Resource Ms. Martha is our Kitchen Aide and helps to prepare healthy snacks and lunches for all of the children in the school. She is a Licensed Food Manager and works hard to ensure the food we serve is delicious and nutritious. She is a true team player and is excited each day to be a part of The Goddard School family.

Ms Martha

Ms Mawadda, Resource Ms. Mawadda is a Resource Teacher in our school. Ms. Mawadda is currently studying Family Law at George Mason University and has 2 years of experience working with children of different ages. She wants to create an environment where children come to know that school is amazing and that they can always count on their teachers to lend a helping hand.

Ms Mawadda

Ms Micaela, Resource Ms. Micaela is one of our Resource teachers who assists in the classrooms as well as the kitchen. Ms. Micaela has several years of experience working with children and is very familiar with the early preschool environment. Ms. Micaela is eager to work with our students every day and is happy to be a part of our Goddard Team!

Ms Micaela

Ms Padmini, Resource Ms. Padimini is one of our Resource Teachers who assists in our classrooms. She has her Bachelors in Engineering and has 4 years of experience working in an early childhood setting. Ms. Padmini’s teaching philosophy includes the greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, ‘the children are now working as if I do not exist’. We are proud to have Ms. Padimini be a part of our school.

Ms Padmini

Ms Sonia, Resource Ms. Sonia is one of our Resource Teachers that helps assist in our classrooms. Ms. Sonia has several years of experience working with children in early childhood programs. She strongly believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a safe, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow. Ms. Sonia is thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with the wonderful Goddard families and all the children in the Young Toddler class. We are happy to have her a part of our Goddard Team.

Ms Sonia

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