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Franchisee Spotlight: Olga Dubinsky

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Our dedicated, hard-working franchisees have helped make The Goddard School® a leader in early childhood education. This month, we would like to spotlight one of them, Olga Dubinsky, franchisee of The Goddard School located at 301 Riverfront Boulevard, Suite 1 in Elmwood Park, NJ.

Olga has a young daughter of her own and recognizes the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment, which is why she chose The Goddard School. Olga is proud to offer the opportunity for children to grow through exploration and hands-on learning. She is also dedicated to ensuring children become confident, joyful and fully prepared students.

Focus On: Lance and Michele Shimomura

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

We are happy to introduce Lance and Michele Shimomura, on-site owners of The Goddard School® located at 4901 N. Wabash Street in Denver, Colorado.

Lance and Michele are raising three children of their own and recognize the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment, which is why they chose The Goddard School. They are proud to offer the opportunity for children to grow through exploration and hands-on learning. Lance received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, History and Political Science with a minor in German.

Lance volunteers for the Winter Park Volunteer Ski Patrol as well as instructing outdoor emergency care and toboggan skills. Lance and Michele enjoy hiking, hockey, skiing, and being outside together as a family.


FOCUS ON: Kaylee Agaman

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

We are happy to introduce Kaylee Agaman, the onsite owner of The Goddard School® located at 251 Outcropping Way in Folsom, California.

Kaylee, who lives in the Folsom area, is thrilled to be able to provide Goddard School’s outstanding program to the children in her community. She understands the value of a safe, nurturing and fun learning environment – a primary reason why she chose The Goddard School.

Her dedication to education is evident, she has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication Studies with a minor in Public Relations from the California State University, Chico.

Here’s why Kaylee chose The Goddard School:

“I was very happy with The Goddard School’s commitment to their franchisees and the resources and tools they offer to ensure each school’s success,” she said. “After and being immersed in the environment for years at my parents’ location and understanding how and why the concept works so well, I knew franchising with The Goddard School was the perfect next step for me.”


Focus On: Matt and Dina Speranza

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

We are happy to introduce Matt and Dina Speranza, onsite owners of The Goddard School® located at 301 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.

Matt and Dina, Pittsburgh area residents for 15 years, are raising two children of their own and recognize the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment. The success of their two other Schools, located in Cranberry Township and Moon Township, and a love for the business has led them to open a third location.

Matt earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Dina earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, as well as her Master’s degree in Special Education. Matt and Dina are very active in their community, participating in many national and local charities. They are also involved with their children’s sports teams, theater productions and Girl Scout Troop.

Focus On: Julie Bunton

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

We are happy to introduce Julie Bunton, on-site owner of The Goddard School® located at 11222 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur, MO.

Based on her six plus years of experience working at another Goddard School location, Julie recognizes the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment, which is why she chose to open a Goddard School of her own. Julie, a St. Louis-area resident, is happy to be able to provide The Goddard School’s outstanding program to the children in the community.

Julie is actively involved in various charity events in the community. She’s also involved with Little League Tee Ball and volunteers as a children’s Zumba instructor. She enjoys taking her boat out on the lake and spending time walking and playing with her dogs.


Focus On: Toby Noyes

Friday, December 12th, 2014

We are happy to introduce Toby Noyes, onsite owner of The Goddard School® located at 22010 Frederick Road, in Clarksburg, MD.

Toby and his wife are raising two children of their own and recognize the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment. His family is the basis for the reason that Toby chose The Goddard School. Having lived in the area for over nineteen years, he is happy to be able to provide The Goddard School’s outstanding program to the children in his community.

Toby serves as a board member of the Roland Park Country School, is active with Habitat for Humanity and supports local charitable organizations including Family and Children’s Services and Family Tree of Maryland.


Brad and Risa May, franchisees of two Goddard Schools located in Chantilly, VA, were recently interviewed by Franchising World in an article about the softening lending environment. It can be easier to secure financing if your business is part of a successful franchise such as The Goddard School®. Read the full story here.


“Kris Girrell and Sarah Blumenstock Girrell have owned a Goddard School franchise for four years. However, they understood the importance of finding the right franchisor long before they became preschool franchisees. With long careers in corporate management, the pair thoroughly investigated their options when they became interested in franchising. Here’s how they chose the Goddard School.” –

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Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School®preschool system, announced the opening of its newest school in Middleton, Massachusetts earlier this month. Located at 244 Maple Street, the new school is owned by franchisee team Kris Girrell and Margie Sutton.

“We are thrilled to open our new school in Middleton,” said Kris Girrell, Goddard School franchisee in Middleton. “The Middleton/Topsfield/Boxford area has a reputation for educational excellence in elementary and secondary education, and we are proud to be able to offer the same to our youngest learners.”

The Middleton school opening is part of GSI’s expansion in the Boston metro area and southeastern New Hampshire to add 30 locations over the next several years. The grand opening celebration will feature core elements of The Goddard School philosophy including play-based education, collaborative learning and community give back. Frank Leary, from the Middleton Food Pantry, will join Girrell and Sutton to cut a ribbon made out of dollar bills; that money will then be donated by the school to the pantry following the ceremony. The school has also been collecting diapers for Boxford’s Community Giving Tree.  Guests at the grand opening festivities are encouraged to bring either a donation of non-perishable food or disposable diapers to support the two charities.

In addition to the new Middleton Goddard School, Kris Girrell and Sarah Blumenstock Girrell also own a Goddard School in Reading, Massachusetts which has been open and operating since January 2010. When it came time to open his second school, Girrell partnered with close family friend, Margie Sutton on the endeavor. Sutton, a former retail manager and high tech reseller, is a certified parenting educator and brings years of experience to her new role as onsite owner.

The Goddard School preschool system operates on a dual-management system, distinctive in the early childhood education industry. Each location is managed on-site by the franchise owner, as well as an educational director responsible for working with teachers and implementing the curriculum. This separation and clear delineation of roles has resulted in The Goddard School system’s success and high satisfaction ratings for 25 years.

“As we continue to expand across Boston, our goal is to help develop franchisees that offer high-quality education for families in neighborhoods and surrounding communities,” said Joseph Schumacher, president and chief executive officer, Goddard Systems, Inc. “We are confident the community will quickly recognize the benefits of the high quality early childhood education Kris and Margie will offer at our newest school in Middleton.”

The company has 13 other Goddard School locations in the greater Boston area, which covers Massachusetts (Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester counties) and New Hampshire (Hillsborough and Rockingham counties).

Long recognized as the industry leader, The Goddard School system has been consistently listed in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” ranking as the number one childcare franchise for 13 consecutive years (January 2014).

Franchisee Profile: Manisha Parekh

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Manisha Parekh has lived in Maryland since 1996 and considers it her home.  She has deep roots in the community. Her husband and two children are also involved in the community and enjoy all aspects of what Maryland has to offer. Manisha holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics with minors in several fields including early childhood development.  For over a decade, she owned and operated her own, highly successful in-home childcare business before opening The Goddard School located in Gambrills, Maryland.

Q: How did you learn about the brand?

A: Once my children were grown, I wanted to expand my childcare business.  My husband visited a franchise conference that featured a Goddard School booth.  We contacted the corporate headquarters and began the franchising process.  We were excited when we got a call back.  From then on, we have been preparing to bring The Goddard School to the Gambrills community.

Q: What aspect of joining a franchise system appealed to you?

A: Every challenge is a great experience with Goddard.  The business aspects of running a new school have required me to adjust, because my previous in-home business presented different challenges than having a stand-alone preschool.  The support system in place at Goddard never makes you feel alone.  Just look at what we have accomplished so far.  I am proud to be a Goddard owner and it shows in every aspect of what we do.

We explored a lot of different early childhood schools before we found Goddard.  We believe in the Goddard philosophy and its commitment to the community.  It’s a great, big family connected by a network of schools and corporate resources, and it holds true to our morals and beliefs as educators, owners and ambassadors of the company.

Q: What makes your business different?

A: The Goddard School truly understands individual children’s needs.  We have had so many people come to us saying they appreciate our work, because our philosophy centers around the community and home.  The program is phenomenal.  I am fully involved and I am always here.  I see every family that joins and take personal interest in each child’s development.  The rapport that I have with each family gives me great satisfaction and I know that we are making a positive impact on their lives.

Q: What are your expansion or development plans?

A: Currently, we are focused on developing our first school.  I am fully devoted to it and determined to make my school the best it can be. I put my heart and soul in everything I do.  In a few years we would like to build more schools so that we can spread our services to other communities.  This will only happen when we have accomplished the goals we have for Gambrills.

Q: Do you have any other interesting hobbies or passions?

A: My family loves to travel.  We do everything together from hiking to playing sports.  Children are my true passion.  I love teaching them and watching them grow and blossom as individuals.  My children love what I do and want to be fully involved in helping me.  My husband and I have built our dream in Gambrills and the School has become our passion, hobby and a great source of enjoyment.  It feels like everyone in the family, from my children to my parents, has come together realize this dream.