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Meet Our Goddard Family

Our expertly trained and experienced teachers and staff blend the highest standards in early childhood education and development with nurturing care to help your child have fun while growing physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

Careers

If you want to help shape the hearts and minds of young children in a fun, nurturing environment, we’d love to have you work with us! We’re always looking for great teachers to join our family.

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Warm, Nurturing & Highly Trusted

Learning happens best in a warm and nurturing environment, which is why our teachers take the time to make sure your little one feels safe and cared for every day to help them develop a lifelong love of learning. 

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Expertise & Skills

Our caring teachers are highly experienced in the best methods to support your child with teachable moments of exploration, discovery and learning each and every day. 

 Shelina

Shelina

Owner
Miss Shelina is honored to bring The Goddard School to Orlando - Lake Nona and the surrounding communities. She and her husband have 2 young children and have been resident of Orlando since 2005. Shelina can think of no other work environment that is more fun and rewarding than a preschool. She feels that it is extremely gratifying to know she is providing a safe, happy and high quality preschool program that allows parents to walk out of her school with peace of mind. She is excited to provide the students with the opportunity to develop into happy and confident learners who are prepared for school and life!
 Adele

Adele

Director
I am privileged to introduce myself as the Director of Goddard School, Lake Nona. I arrive to the Goddard family an experienced Director with a BA from Queens University. I am blessed to have spent the last 20 years fostering the growth and development of young minds. Although I am an educator, I am also a wife and mother. My greatest accomplishment is raising two healthy successful daughters. Early education is close to my heart. I understand the importance of an excellent foundation in all aspects of early childhood development. A young child is pure and full of joy. They must be nurtured, guided, and directed along the educational journey. Social, emotional and intellectual development all play significant roles in a child’s long-term success. Education is one gift no one can ever take away. It is my goal to develop a life long love of learning!
 Jennifer

Jennifer

Assistant Director
Jennifer Rivera-González was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She has been married for 15 years, is the mother of two boys, and a Floridian by heart. She moved to Florida in 2007. Ms. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Specialization in Early Childhood Education. She has been working in early childhood for more than 10 years. She feels it is imperative that you are passionate about what you do every day with your students. “If your eyes shine and a smile shows when you see your students: you got it!” Her motto: Do all things with love! Fun facts: Her childhood was amazing! Growing up she had the opportunity to take care of many kinds of animals including horses, guinea birds, hamsters, and roosters. Each animal was named. Ms. Jennifer was terrified by the geese, Wito and Yuyo, but loved her Chihuahua, Perico. She also loves the beach and has a collection of seashells from every beach she’s visited.
Miss Maria

Miss Maria

Lead Teacher
Ms. Maria is from Puerto Rico and has been living in FL since 2006. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico. She taught both 2nd and 4th grades in her native country. Since moving to the United States, she has taught Kindergarten, First Grade and VPK. Ms. Maria loves being around kids and believes creating a good foundation in the beginning of a child’s life is important to future success. She is the mother of three and a grandmother of eight. She loves spending time with them.
Miss Maria

Miss Maria

Lead Teacher
Maria is originally from Venezuela and has been living in FL for over 6 years. She has been happily married for 16 years and has two beautiful children. She holds a degree in business administration and accounting. Maria’s number one passion is and has always been working with children. Her hobbies include going out to restaurants, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

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