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

Akhil, Owner Akhil Govil, owner of the Goddard School, Leesburg, VA, has worked with various non-profit organizations that have recognized both him and his wife for their commitment, youth leadership, and cultural education. Madhu, his wife has spent her career putting her customers first. Both Akhil and Madhu’s families dedicated themselves to education and taught them the value of it. Madhu’s family established many schools in Delhi, India. Together they created learning opportunities for many children who didn’t have access to education. It is their goal to achieve the highest quality of early childhood education within the Goddard School in Leesburg.


Hasna, Director Ms. Hasna Belayachi is the Executive Director of The Goddard Schools of Leesburg, Ashburn Virginia, and Waldorf, Maryland.

As Executive Director, I take great pride in knowing that our Schools are one that strives for excellence and quality in the Early Childhood Education Industry.

Part of my role as Executive Director is to keep abreast of and advocate for the Early Childhood profession. I currently sit on various committees including The Quality Child Care Committee; Training and Professional Development Committee and various planning committees for conferences. Being a part of these professional networks allows me the opportunity to share information with our team and build knowledge.

Prior to becoming the Executive Director with The Goddard School, I was a Director for over 14 years in the Early Childhood Education field, where I gained valuable training and knowledge to implement curriculum, philosophies, policies, and procedures have degrees in Modern Literature and Early Childhood Education. I am also credentialed with my Child Development Associates.

I hold Level 4 ECE Director credential.

I enjoy spending time with my family that includes my son, Adam, who attended The Goddard School. As an Executive Director of The Goddard Schools, I’m committed to working with and supporting the Directors to provide your child with the best care and highest quality of education possible.

Quote: “I love helping the children grow and making a difference in their lives, as well as helping them become what they want to be.”


Ms Kavita, Assistant Director Ms. Kavita Vantair joined our Goddard family in September of 2019. Ms. Kavita has her bachelor’s degree in Biology & Zoology and she also has her master’s degree in HR. She comes in with more than 14 years of experience. She has taught Preschool children ages 2-4.

Ms. Kavita genuinely enjoys caring and teaching children. Her philosophy is “That each child is unique, and they learn and thrive in their own way. I feel very fortunate to help these children alongside their dedicated, warm hearted teachers.”

Ms. Kavita is married and is the mother of two wonderful children. When she is not at school, she loves to spend time with her family and friends. She also enjoys traveling and visiting new places.

Ms. Kavita is First Aid & CPR certified.

Ms Kavita

Karina, Lead Teacher INFANT - Ms. Karina has over 13 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Karina enjoys the younger classrooms and has been an Infant, Toddler as well as a Two’s teacher. Her priorities within a classroom always begin with health, safety and love. Ms. Karina is also fluent in Spanish and implements the language within her classroom on a daily basis.


Ms Samaneh, Lead Teacher INFANT-Ms. Sami has two years of experience working with infants in a home child care center. She has her degree and is first aid and CPR certified. Her warm, gentle nature and can-do attitude makes her a natural working with all ages. Ms. Sami will be joining our team as resource teacher working in all our classrooms.

Ms Samaneh

Ms Nancy, Lead Teacher GET SET- Ms. Nancy received her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Peru. She has been working with children for over 25 years from elementary age to infant. She believes that young children can learn everything through their senses

Ms Nancy

Tyann, Lead Teacher PRE TODDLER- Ms. Tyann comes to Goddard with over 15 years of experience working with toddlers. She is currently working towards her CDA. Ms. Tyann enjoys working with her class on sign language and self help skills. Her favorite part of the toddler room is watching her class become more independent each day.


Dina, Lead Teacher TODDLER - Ms. Dina is very excited to join The Goddard School of Leesburg and is looking forward to all the wonderful moments that come with teaching young two-year-old’s. She began working in a preschool environment in 2008.

MS.Dina enjoys working with all age groups but has a special love and understanding for the twos. She has obtained 80+ hours of Early Childhood Education training and is in the process of completing her Child Development Associates.



Ms Carmencita, Lead Teacher Ms. Carmencita has been with the Goddard school since August of 2020. She has over 8 years of experience working in the Early Childhood Education field. Ms. Carmencita also has her CDA (Child Development Associate) and is looking to pursue her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Ms. Carmencita strives to provide a safe, nurturing, educational environment for her students. She has children of her own and enjoys spending lots of time with them in her free time.

Ms. Carmencita is First Aid/CPR certified.

Ms Carmencita

Maria, Lead Teacher PRESCHOOL - Ms. Maria comes to Goddard with over 20 years of experience in early childhood education teaching preschool for the last 15 years. She has her degree in Early Childhood education. She strives to create a positive stimulating learning environment where children can thrive.


Blair, Lead Teacher PRE-KINDERGARTEN- Ms. Blair has over 10 years experience in Early Childhood Education and has taught Pre-K for the past 8 years. She has her Associate's Degree and is currently working on her degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also First Aid & CPR certified. Ms. Blair has a true passion for educating children. She loves watching the wow moments when they learn a new concept and the proud look on their faces when they accomplish a task


Elma, Lead Teacher PRE-KINDERGARTEN- Ms. Elma has over 10 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education. She has received her Child Development Associates, is certified in Medication Administration, CPR and First Aid. Ms. Elma always makes sure to provide her students with a safe, educational, and fun environment. She enjoys working with children and believes that adults can learn many things from children.


Carol, Lead Teacher Carol Perez , LEAD TEACHER
Private Kindergarten

My name is Carol Perez and I have had the privilege of being a part of The Goddard School of Leesburg Since 2018.  After spending twenty years teaching Preschool and Prekindergarten, I was excited to expand my role at Goddard Leesburg, as a Co Lead Teacher in the Kindergarten class.  Together with Ms. Ramya as an amazing and creative teacher, I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.

I am so excited to be teaching Kindergarten again this year! I am originally from Philippine. I have my bachelor’s degree in science and Child Development Associate.

I am married and have two children. I enjoy Cooking and baking. I am looking forward to exploring, learning, and collaborating with the kindergarteners this year!  I believe all children can learn given the correct tools and environment. Every student has a unique character and learning style that needs to be respected by educators to grow intellectually, emotionally and socially.
Thank you for sharing your precious children with us!



Ramya, Lead Teacher Ramya Gopal , LEAD TEACHER
Private Kindergarten
My name is Ramya Gopal, and I am proud to be a Goddard School of Leesburg Kindergarten Teacher! I am from India received a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Associates in Early Childhood Development. I am certified to Early Childhood Education. Started working at Goddard since 02/20216 This will be my 10-year teaching.

I have a true passion for working with our youngest learners! Helping each child progress in all areas of their development academic, social, language, and motor is a challenge that I am honored to accept daily.
I strive to create a community of learners that nurtures this growth in a positive, fun environment.

Personally, I have been married for 22 glorious years and have one fantastic girl who is 18 We love to travel.
we also enjoy reading, cooking, music, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with friends and family.
I look forward to working together with you as partners in your child’s growth and development!!



Fatemeh, Resource Ms. Fay comes to The Goddard School with over 15 years of experience in early childhood education. She worked for 11 years with Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Enrichment programs and for over 3 years with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers. Ms. Fay loves interacting with children of all ages! Ms. Fay was led to education by watching her two boys grow into men, she wanted to continue to nurture and care for children.


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