Offering The Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.

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

Ms Jill, Owner My name is Jill Pelicano and I earned my Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Resources with a concentration in Community and Family Services and Early Childhood Education from The University of Delaware.

For the ten years prior to opening our school, John and I worked side by side in the Education Management arena, running one of the country’s most recognized CPA Exam Review programs (YAEGER CPA Review). Once we had children, and after a bad experience in a traditional daycare setting, we decided to apply our years of Educational Management experience to our "NEW" DREAM, opening a premiere Pre-School for our children, and in our community…The Goddard School in Urbana.

We opened The Goddard School in Urbana on January 5th 2009, and have just celebrated our 10-year anniversary. Since opening we have continuously striven to provide an educationally STEAM + Literacy focused, warm nurturing environment that Is beneficial to all children.

Owning our own Goddard School has been such a wonderful experience. We are fortunate to have had the honor of touching so many lives within our community.

And a big thank you to all of the families who place their trust in the Goddard School in Urbana every day, playing a part in the future of their children.

Ms Jill

Mr John, Owner My name is John Pelicano. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in Business Management and Marketing. I also hold my Early Childhood Education 45 and 90 hour certifications through additional Early Childhood Educational college course work. I am First Aid and CPR Certified Infant-Adult and trained in Disaster preparedness.

For the ten years prior to opening our school, Jill and I worked side by side in the Education Management arena, running one of the country’s most recognized CPA Exam Review programs (YAEGER CPA Review). Once we had children, and after a bad experience in a traditional daycare setting, we decided to apply our years of Educational Management experience to our "NEW" DREAM, opening a premier Pre-School for our children, and in our community…The Goddard School in Urbana.

We opened The Goddard School in Urbana on January 5th 2009 and have just celebrated our 10-year anniversary. Since opening we have continuously striven to provide an educationally STEAM + Literacy focused, warm nurturing environment that Is beneficial to all children.

Owning our own Goddard School has been such a wonderful experience. We are fortunate to have had the honor of touching so many lives within our community.

And a big thank you to all of the families who place their trust in the Goddard School in Urbana every day, playing a part in the future of their children.

Mr John

Ms Kristin, Director
My name is Kristin Knezel and I am the Director of Operations at the Goddard School. I graduated Summa cum laude with my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood Education from Shippensburg University in 2005. I have been a part of the Goddard School team since September 2009. I have medication training and disaster preparedness training and am both CPR and first aid certified. I also have a level 6 Maryland Child Care Educational Credential.

Teaching is more than just a job to me, it is my passion. The most important thing that I believe is that all teachers need to remember is “if a child can’t learn the way that we teach, then we need to teach the way that they learn.”

Ms Kristin

Ms Susan, Director Hello, my name is Susan Chase and I have been The Director of Education at The Goddard School since July 2010. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Education from Ashford University, and my Masters in Business Management with a minor in Education from Ashford University. I have earned my Board Certified Cognitive Specialist Credential and I've been in Education for over 30 years. I also hold a Maryland State Department of Education Educational Credential level 6.

I have been both a classroom teacher and School Principle for several private Catholic Schools prior to joining The Goddard School.

Since joining The Goddard School Team, we earned our School wide MSDE Accreditation, along with our 2016 Re-Accreditation. I enjoy working at The Goddard School because I love making a difference in the lives of children.

Ms Susan

Ms Alison, Assistant Director My name is Ms. Alison and I’m a Lead Jr-K teacher and the Director of the Before and After School program including our School Age Summer Camp.

I have been a teacher at the Goddard School since May 2013. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Western Governor’s University in Elementary Education, after earning my associate degree in Psychology from Frederick Community College. I have my 90-hr. preschool, infant toddler and 45-hour school-age certifications.

I have always known I wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. My mom was a kindergarten teacher and she started my love of teaching at a young age.

Ms Alison

Mr Eric, Assistant Director Mr. Eric had been a part of our Goddard team from 2013- 2016 as the Program Coordinator of the Before and After School program, prior to moving to Atlanta Georgia with his Daughter. While living in Atlanta for the past 3 years, Mr. Eric worked at The Sandy Spring Goddard School as a Lead Toddlers Classroom teacher. In 2019 Mr. Eric decided to come home to family and friends and rejoined the the Urbana Goddard School in March 2019. Mr. Eric earned his School Age Certification and is early childhood certified having earned his CDA, Preschool Certification.

Mr Eric

Ms Jackie, Lead Teacher My name is Ms. Jackie and I have been a teacher at the Goddard school since august of 2014. After a brief five-month absence, I rejoined my Goddard school family in January 2018.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Salisbury university, as well as a master’s in teaching from Frostburg State University. I decided to become a teacher not only because I want to make a difference in the lives of children, but I also want to help children to acquire that "lifelong love of learning."

Ms Jackie

Ms Marissa, Lead Teacher My name is Ms. MArissa and I joined the Goddard School in Urbana January 2nd, 2018. I currently am attending Ashford University in pursuit of my degree in Early Childhood Education. I earned both my 90-hour Preschool Certification and my 45-hour Infant/Toddler certification in 2012 and have been working with children since then.

I believe that children need a safe, nurturing environment where they can play and grow. Therefore I joined the Goddard School Team and look forward to enriching the learning experience for all Goddard School students.

Ms Marissa

Ms Judy, Lead Teacher Hi, I’m Ms. Judi, I have been at the Goddard School since August 2011. I attended Montgomery College where I earned both my 90-hour early child hood, and my 45-hour infant/toddler certification. I have 15 years’ experience teaching four-year old students. I’ve been an infant, young toddler and toddler classroom teacher at The Goddard School. I was given the opportunity to become a floater 4 years ago. I enjoy being a floater teacher because it allows me the opportunity to work in all the different classrooms around the school and allows me to get to know all the Goddard School students.

Ms Judy

Ms Melissa, Lead Teacher My name is Ms. Melissa I joined the Goddard School in September of 2016. I'm Lead Teacher Certified and earned my 90 Hour Preschool Certificate and 45 Hour Infant and Toddler Certification. I am currently earning my degree in Early Childhood Education from Frederick Community College.

I love teaching, because I love watching the children learn, and I know that I'm making a difference.

Ms Melissa

Ms Kaitlin, Lead Teacher My name is Ms. Kaitlin and I have been at the Goddard School since August 2018. I have been working in childcare since 2014. I will be attending Frederick community college to further my teaching career. I earned my 90-hour Early Childhood certification along with my 45-hour infant and toddler certification
I believe that children need good role models and positive leaders to create healthy attitudes. I am a teacher because I want to inspire children and improve the quality of education.

Ms Kaitlin

Ms Kelsey, Lead Teacher My name is Ms. Kelsey and I joined the Goddard School in August 2017. I have been working in Early Childhood Education since 2014 and I have earned my 90-hour Preschool certification along with my 45-hour infant/toddler and my 45-hour school age- development certifications.

I enjoy being a lead teacher because it allows me endless creativity in all areas of learning. And playing a part in the development of children at this time in their lives is so rewarding.

Ms Kelsey

Ms Shannon, Lead Teacher My name is Ms. Shannon and I have been teaching at The Goddard School since May 2015. I hold my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery College and I have my 90 hour preschool Certification along with my 45-hour Infant/Toddler Certification and my 45 hour school age certification.

I’m a teacher because I enjoy working with children and watching them grow. I love working in the Turtles Classroom because this is such a fun age. Watching the children explore and grow is great and so is working with my Turtle's team!

Ms Shannon

Ms Cat, Lead Teacher My name is Ms. Catherine but I go by Ms. Cat. I have been at the Goddard School since August 2019. I have been working in childcare for over three years.
I earned my 90-hour Early Childhood certification along with my 45-hour infant and toddler certification Frederick Community College.
I believe that children need good role models and positive leaders to create healthy attitudes. I am a teacher because I want to inspire children and improve the quality of education.

Ms Cat

Ms Courtney, Lead Teacher I have been a teacher at The Goddard School since March 2009. I am 45-hour Early Childhood-growth and development Certified, 45-hour Infant/Toddler Certified and 90-hour Certified-educational psychology, human growth and development and general psychology. I am an MSDE(Maryland State Department of Education) Credentialed LEVEL 3.
I hold current CPR and first aid certification.
I'm a teacher because I love creating learning environments that meet the needs of all students as individuals.

Ms Courtney

Ms Laura, Lead Teacher My name is Ms. Laura. I joined the Goddard school in 2010. I have been a teacher for over 10 years and earned my degree in early childhood education in 2010. I have taught in both the young toddler and get set classrooms along with our young 3's.

I left the school in 2014, due to our family’s relocation.
In early 2018 we relocated back to the area and I re-joined my original Goddard School “home” in January 2018.

I love being a teacher because watching a child take their first steps or saying their first words, is a truly amazing experience.

Ms Laura

Ms Madison, Lead Teacher My name is Ms. Madison, but I go by Ms. Mady.
I joined The Goddard School in September 2019. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Mount St. Mary’s University and currently pursuing my early childhood education degree also from Mont St. Mary’s University. I believe that learning through play is the best learning method for young students. Teaching children through structured, hands-on and interactive play encourages learning through movement and exploration.

Ms Madison

Ms Emily, Lead Teacher Hello, my name is Emily and I joined The Goddard School in August 2018. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Services from Towson University. I had been working as a Program Aid with special needs students at The Kennedy Krieger School and was a para educator for MCPS for the past two years. I believe teaching needs to be fun and that each child is an individual and that is why The Goddard School is a wonderful match for me.

Ms Emily

Ms Krystal, Lead Teacher I moved to Ijamsville from Georgia in October 2019 and joined the Goddard school in November 2019.
I earned my degree in Elementary Education from Washtenaw College in Michigan. I have been an Early Childhood Educator for over12 years. My role as a teacher is to guide young students to learn at their own pace in a hands-on classroom

Ms Krystal

Ms Alyssa, Lead Teacher My name is Ms. Alyssa. I joined The Goddard School in August 2019.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Frostburg State University.
I have been an Early Childhood Teacher since 2016
I enjoy creating my lessons based on a child’s curiosity and how they are stimulated by the environment. The most important thing a teacher can do is listen and ask questions in order to guide a child’s unique development. I believe that children are simply AMAZING

Ms Alyssa

Ms Hayley, Lead Teacher My name is Ms. Hayley. I joined the Urbana Goddard School in June 2019.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Education from Frostburg State University.
Prior to joining The Goddard School, while pursuing my degree, I was a substitute teacher for Washington County Public Schools.
I aspire to influence young children’s learning experience early on in order to promote the lifelong love of learning.

Ms Hayley

Ms Angie , Lead Teacher My name is Ms. Angie and I joined the Goddard School in August 2019. I earned my degree in Early Childhood Education and have earned my CPR, First Aid, ADA, and Child Care Professional, certifications. Previously, I’ve worked as a preschool teacher as well as a nanny, and teacher at The Handwork Studios children’s summer camp.
Teaching brings me great joy and I love watching young children’s discovery and learning journey!

Ms Angie

Ms Sheri, Lead Teacher I joined the Goddard School in September 2013. I earned my Associates of Science Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Childhood Education and can speak 4 languages.

I have been in the Early Childhood Field for over ten years and am CPR/First Aid Certified.

I love teaching at The Goddard School because making a difference in the lives of children brings me joy every day. And our ability to develop fun educational learning lessons that encourage positive educational growth and learning is simply amazing.

Ms Sheri

Ms Allison, Lead Teacher Hi, my name is Ms. Allison I joined The Goddard School in August 2018. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State University, and then continued to earn an additional bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education- PreK-4th, from Lock Haven University. I’m certified to teach Pre-K up to 6th grade. I love working with the Pre-K age group because of their curiosity and creativity. During this time in their life they are constantly learning and discovering new things every day. At the same time, they are learning the alphabet, they are also learning about themselves, and the world around them. I love being able to take part in that discovery and preparing students for their future.

Ms Allison

Mr Ethan, Lead Teacher My name is Mr. Ethan and I joined the Goddard School in June 2019. I earned my bachelor’s degree in English from Mount Saint Mary’s University.
I have been working with children since I was 16 years old and have been working in Early Childhood Education for 2017.
My Mother was a teacher for 32 years and I could not imagine being anything else but a TEACHER.

Mr Ethan

Ms Amy, Lead Teacher I joined the Goddard School in January of 2016. I graduated from Kean University in 2007 with my Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. Upon graduating, I waited tables, and nannied for two families. In 2015 I decided it was time to dive into the classroom and "make a difference!" I relocated to Maryland from New York City in December 2015 and join The Goddard School TEAM in January 2016. I love teaching, because I love watching the children learn, and know that I'm making a difference.

Ms Amy

Ms Christina, Lead Teacher Hi, my name is Ms. Christina and I have been a teacher at The Goddard School since April 2014. I have been an Early Childhood Teacher for 8 years. My passion has always been my extracurricular, philanthropic activities. I created and organized an after school tutoring program for underprivileged children in St. Mary's County, 4 years ago. I traveled to both Russia and India to do Humanitarian work. I am currently working towards my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Ms Christina

Ms Sarah, Lead Teacher My name is Ms. Sarah. I joined the Urbana Goddard School in August 2017, after relocating from PA to Frederick Maryland for LOVE.

(My then fiancé and my now husband relocated to MD)

I have been a Goddard School Teacher since 2014 in Wexford, PA. I earned my degree in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University and have been working with young children for many years.

I love introducing new concepts to children and allowing them to explore and discover the world around them!

Ms Sarah

Ms Caylin, Resource My name is Ms. Caylin. I have worked at The Goddard School since November 2015. I am currently pursuing an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from from Frederick Community College. I earned my 90-hour Preschool certification. At The Goddard School, I enjoy assisting in all the classrooms. This allows me the opportunity to engage with every age group giving me the experience I will need in order to be a the best Teacher. My goal is to one day be a Lead Teacher here at The Goddard School.

Ms Caylin

Ms Jeanette, Resource My name is Ms. Gigi. I joined The Goddard School in 2013. I graduated from The Catholic University with a B.A. in Speech and Theatre. I have performed as a featured singer/dancer at such venues as The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap Farm Park, Blues Alley Night Club and many other private events in the DC area. I toured nationally, in repertoire with The National Players acting company; and internationally with the USO performing for U.S. troops in Germany and Italy.
I have taught music, dance and theatre and directed and choreographed for over thirty years at some of the most prestigious Washington area studios, schools and colleges. And I currently teach tap dance at Knock on Wood Tap Dance Studio. Teaching music and creative movement to infants to pre-Ks is my greatest joy. And I am very fortunate to have found a place like The Goddard School to perpetuate that love of music and creativity. Rock on!

Ms Jeanette

Ms Soma, Resource Hello, my name is Ms. Soma. I joined The Goddard School Team in August 2017. I graduated from University of Calcutta (INDIA) and earned my degree in Psychology, Education and Bengali. I was born in Calcutta India, where I grew up and began my teaching profession. When I immigrated to the united states, I didn’t want to stop my passion of teaching and taking care of young children. earned my pre-school method materials, Infant toddler and school age certifications. I have CPR, First Aid, ADA training. I want to take care of these children at an early age so I can help them grow and make a difference in this world.

Ms Soma

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