Focus On: Lance and Michele Shimomura

May 13th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

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.


Goddard Systems Honors National Teacher of the Year Award Recipients

May 4th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Four Passionate Educators Recognized During National Teacher Appreciation Week

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – May 4, 2015 – Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School®, the premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, honors four extraordinary early childhood educators as their ninth annual “Teacher of the Year” award recipients during National Teacher Appreciation Week on May 4-8, 2015.

Each “Teacher of the Year” honoree from The Goddard School developed a long-term project that has benefitted their classroom, school or community. Projects from the selected teachers include a Good Manners Musical to inspire and reinforce polite behavior; Pen Pal Patriots for children to connect with members from the Armed Forces and learn about patriotism; STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Parent Workshops designed to educate parents on how they can support learning at home; and an Alex’s Lemonade Stand to help raise funds for childhood cancer research.

“At The Goddard School, our Educational Advisory Board and Goddard Systems University push for the highest standards in early childhood education,” says Dr. Craig Bach, Vice President of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc. “With more than 10,000 Goddard School teachers nationwide, we employ the very best teachers around and we are thrilled to be recognizing this year’s recipients for their passion and dedication in enlightening young minds for future success.”

The following teachers are honored:

Angie Petrillo – Wayne, NJ

Angie Petrillo, pre-kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Wayne, NJ, created a playful and educational program named “Good Manners – A Medieval Quest for Polite Behavior.” Students dance and sing their way through lessons as they follow two eccentric knights on a quest to reinstate good manners in a cursed kingdom. With over 60 cast members from 6 weeks to 6 years old and a full set and costumes designed for the Middle Ages, the 30-minute musical play guides the children in discovering polite behavior in a creative and entertaining setting.

Gerianne Holl – Cranberry Township, PA

Gerianne Holl, pre-kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Cranberry Township, PA, created Pen Pal Patriots, a program for children to learn about patriotism and build empathy. Motivated by her family’s military background, Gerianne provided opportunities for her students to send cards and monthly care packages to troops in the U.S. Navy stationed in Bahrain. Conducting “Skyping Days” several times a year, children work together to develop and write questions to learn about the service members as well as wear red, white and blue in support of those away from home.

Ryan Mayes – Goodyear, AZ

Ryan Mayes, preschool teacher at The Goddard School located in Goodyear, AZ, spearheaded STEAM Parent Workshops to educate parents and provide tools for them to reinforce STEAM concepts at home. Because children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun, Ryan incorporates this philosophy into every aspect of teaching.

Valerie Schmitzer – Doylestown II, PA

Valerie Schmitzer, kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Doylestown (Farm Lane), PA, developed a hands-on approach to creating a difference in the world. Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a charitable program designed to help fight childhood cancer, has inspired Valerie and her students in creating a Lemonade Stand of their own. With the hopes of raising awareness and helping to find a cure for children battling cancer, Valerie and the children have collaborated in creating the stand, making and selling lemonade. Donating all proceeds to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the children learn that they can make a difference by providing hope, and work to set an example to encourage and empower others to do the same.

For more information on The Goddard School, please visit


The Goddard School® Announces Stephanie Lane As Director Of The Year Honoree

April 29th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Educational Director Of The Goddard School Located In Exton, PA Celebrated With Prestigious Award

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – April 29, 2015The Goddard School®, the premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, today announced the Director of the Year honoree and selected Stephanie Lane from The Goddard School located in Exton, PA to receive this outstanding recognition.

Stephanie Lane, Educational Director at The Goddard School located in Exton, PA, has been a valued, loyal member of the administrative team for over six years and was a dedicated teacher prior to taking on a managerial role. Working side by side with her teaching team, Stephanie’s passion for early education, along with her mantra for making learning meaningful, ensures The Goddard School children receive lesson plans that are purposeful, fun and cohesive. She regularly looks for resources to support and challenge the teachers while acting as a mentor, skilled communicator and active listener. Stephanie and her faculty were energetic participants in the Chess at Three pilot program, a story-based curriculum of enjoyable and fun stories that teaches chess to children starting at 3 years old. Her work with Keystone STARS, an initiative of Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, supports her mission to always improve the quality of early childhood education. Thanks to her dedication to excellence and completing her Director Credential, The Goddard School located in Exton, PA has been awarded  STAR 4 status (the highest status available)  by the Keystone STARS program.

“Working alongside passionate and enthusiastic professionals, I am proud to lead The Goddard School in providing outstanding, quality early childhood education,” said Stephanie. “It is an honor to have been chosen as Director of the Year and I look forward to continuing to uphold the standard of excellence that has been set by The Goddard School.

The Director of the Year award program recognizes a director with a minimum of two years of experience, GSI-approved Director Mentor status, consistent Quality Assurance scores of at least 95% in all areas, an education plan that exceeds standards and ongoing participation in Goddard University for the award recipient and faculty.

“For the past seven years, we have recognized on a daily basis the dedication Stephanie exhibits towards the children, the teachers and our Goddard families,” said Wendy Cohen and Melissa Capodanno, co-owners of The Goddard School located in Exton, PA. “Our school has extremely high standards which Stephanie consistently exceeds. This is evidenced by her receiving this distinguished honor of Director of the Year and we are so proud Stephanie is part of our Goddard School family!”

For more information on The Goddard School, please visit

The Goddard School® In the News: April 2015

April 24th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Be Our Guest at the International Franchise Expo in June
Want to learn more about franchising opportunities with The Goddard School? Be our guest at the International Franchise Expo at the Javits Center in New York City, June 18-20. Click here to register and use promo code GODDARD to receive your complimentary guest pass. Also be sure to stop by the Goddard Systems, Inc. booth, number 438! See you there!

Goddard School Sparks STEM Interest Early
For The Goddard School located in Gaithersburg MD, it’s never too early to talk about STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math), specifically, robots. The School’s robotics curriculum is designed to foster an interest in STEM learning early in life.

Baltimore Market Raises the Bar with 45K+ Book Donation
Goddard Schools in the Baltimore area banded together to collect 45,137 new and gently used books, more than doubling their initial goal of 20,000 books. The market donated the books to the Maryland Book Bank, an organization that distributes books to local children in need. Read the full story here.

Goddard School Franchisees Sponsor Hugs for Brady Gala
Bruce and Lisa Goodarz, owners of The Goddard School located in North Brunswick, NJ, sponsored the Hugs for Brady Gala for the second consecutive year! The Hugs for Brady Foundation is dedicated to helping children with childhood cancers.

Ohio Children Celebrate STEAM Learning
The Goddard School located in Uniontown, OH and The Goddard School located in Jackson Township, OH each held a week-long science fair to help children develop a passion for STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) while encouraging them to collaborate, communicate and think critically and creatively.


Preschoolers Unite To Help Encourage A Happier, Healthier Earth

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – April 20, 2015The Goddard School®, the premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, announces their 5th annual Root for Earth campaign. Taking place in more than 400 Goddard School preschools across the nation, Root for Earth aims to teach children and families about the importance of eco-conscious stewardship as well as raise environmental awareness in their communities.

The Goddard School children will participate in hands-on learning activities including building community gardens, recycled fashion runways and more. Each year, the schools participate in an Upcycling Challenge which fosters creativity and imagination by engaging children to create new projects out of unwanted materials. Photos of the “green” creations will be shared on The Goddard School National Facebook Page where the public can vote for their favorite project until Friday, April 24. Winners will be announced on Monday, April 27. As a symbol of unity and environmental awareness, the week-long campaign from Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24 will include the “Lights Out!” initiative. Each school across the nation will shut off all non-essential lighting for an hour beginning at 10 a.m. local time on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22.

“Early environmental education helps shape children’s values, perspectives and understanding of the planet and how to interact with it. At The Goddard School, we teach children about how to play a critical role in protecting and preserving what the Earth has given us.” said Dr. Craig Bach, Vice President of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc. “Root for Earth acts as catalyst for our children to put forth an active effort and blossom into eco-conscious stewards.”

“The benefits of gardening are endless for young children. The opportunity to develop 21st century skills, like critical thinking and creativity, are presented when kids work toward a goal, such as weeding and watering before the harvest, or writing stories about their garden,” says Dave Snyder, manager of facilities and playgrounds at Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School. “Children learn cognitive skills including mathematics and science by documenting and measuring the growth of plants, and they can exercise their fine and gross motor skills through use of simple gardening tools. Though gardens are minimal in cost to create, they offer a wealth of developmental opportunities.”

At The Goddard School, environmental responsibility does not begin and end with the Root for Earth campaign. The Goddard School curriculum includes year-round eco-friendly and nature focused activities that aid children in exploring and fostering their curiosity for the world around them.

For more information on The Goddard School and the Root for Earth campaign, visit

Mistakes Aren’t Always a Bad Thing

April 16th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

“Contrary to popular belief, making a mistake at work isn’t always a bad thing.” Read why Goddard Systems’ CEO, Joe Schumacher, actually appreciates when his employees make mistakes in this Business Insider article by Jacquelyn Smith:

FOCUS ON: Kaylee Agaman

April 9th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

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.”


The Goddard School® in the News: March 2015

March 17th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Classrooms Kept Clean With High-Tech Solution
Alpharetta Neighbor featured The Goddard School located in Alpharetta, GA for its use of high-tech sanitation equipment. The eco-friendly devices remove 99.9% of common bacteria and viruses from various classroom objects such as toys, using ozone created from ambient air and less than one half ounce of water to sanitize hard and soft items without exposing them to chemicals.

Preschoolers Learn to Say “Nín hăo” and More in Mandarin Chinese
The Goddard School located in Collierville, TN partnered with the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis to bring a Mandarin Chinese foreign language program to its students. Within the first few weeks of the program’s inception, children were counting to ten, naming shapes and exchanging greetings in Mandarin. Click here to learn more.

Now Open! Macungie, PA (Philadelphia Market)
Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is excited to announce its newest School opening – The Goddard School located in Macungie, PA. This location marks the first School opened in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Franchisee Jill Woosnam spoke with about the opening and The Goddard School’s unique, play-based curriculum.

Here’s what Jill says about bringing The Goddard School to the area:

“I decided to franchise with The Goddard School because of the positive experiences I had as a teacher, so I knew I wanted to continue educating young children in a positive learning environment,” she said. “I’m proud to bring The Goddard School’s prestigious program to families throughout the area.”

Year-Long Partnership Promotes Tolerances, Diversity, Teamwork and Technology
The Goddard School located in Third Lake, IL partnered with SEDOL (Special Education District of Lake County) to complete a year-long program promoting tolerance, diversity, teamwork and technology. The kindergarteners sold homemade baked goods and bracelets at their Valentine’s Day Dance and donated all proceeds to SEDOL.


Franchisees Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise Players

March 12th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Van and Huy Phan, franchise owners of The Goddard School located on N. Higley Road in Gilbert, AZ, were recently featured in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise Players Q&A interview column. The Phans discuss how, after coming to the U.S. as refugees, they both built successful careers and found success in franchising. Click here to read the full interview.


March 5th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Fran Lubbs Welcomes Community To New Goddard School

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, has opened a school in Royersford, Pa. located at 197 Royersford Road. The new school is owned and operated by long-time active community member, Fran Lubbs, who has spearheaded numerous local charitable initiatives in the area for many years. Along with her husband, Fran has also owned and operated a location in Wayne, Pa. since 2001, illustrating her deep experience with running a successful preschool.

Having been immersed in The Goddard School preschool system for nearly two decades, Fran Lubbs is the ideal owner and operator for the new Goddard School in Royersford. Her journey with Goddard first began in the corporate office’s quality assurance department, which then quickly transitioned to curriculum development and finally, franchisee training. Fran’s expertise in both the education and business side of running a school further illustrates her keen ability to successfully manage the new location. Inspired by the nurturing environment The Goddard School creates for its students, Fran’s decision to franchise with Goddard and operate her own location comes highly lauded by the company. The educational director at this location, Meghan Stumpf, is also highly accredited with 9 years of experience working with The Goddard School as well as a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

The new Goddard School in Royersford will also hold a grand opening event on Saturday, March 7th from 11am to 1pm. This free event is open to all families and children in the local community. The Springfield Chamber of Commerce will be in attendance during the ribbon cutting ceremony and at 11:30am, the school will feature a musical program. The Grand Opening will also highlight special incentives for families who enroll that day including a week of free tuition! In keeping with Fran’s altruistic nature, the school will also be donating to a local childhood cancer research foundation during the Grand Opening.

The Goddard School preschool system prides itself on its unique dual-management system, a distinguisher in the early childhood education industry. Franchise owners are onsite at each location and work alongside an educational director, whose main focus is to communicate and work with teachers, as well as to implement The Goddard School curriculum. This dual-management system ensures a hands-on, community-focused approach when it comes to early childhood education. With each school opening, The Goddard School also has a local economic impact, creating an average of 20 to 25 jobs within the community.

The Goddard School’s play-based approach, called Fun, Learning Experience (or F.L.EX.®), is grounded in research on how children learn best: children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun. At The Goddard School, the focus is on building each child’s emotional, academic, social, creative and physical skills to provide a well-rounded experience and ensure each one becomes confident, joyful and fully prepared in school and in life. The Goddard School’s proprietary F.L.EX. curriculum has earned AdvancED and Middle States Corporate Accreditation by demonstrating excellence in early childhood education.

“With over 26 years of experience in early childhood education, The Goddard School’s unique dual-management system creates lasting community bonds as owners are on-site at the Schools to provide support to the communities they serve,” said Joe Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer of Goddard Systems, Inc. “One area that truly sets us apart from other childcare systems is our philosophy based on learning through play, designed to teach and reinforce 21st century skills, including social behaviors such as communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. This philosophy fosters a lifelong love of learning and creates meaningful connections at an early age.”

Jobs relating to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) are currently the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy, and a focus on developing 21st century skills such as creativity and innovation as well as the abilities to collaborate, communicate and think critically, is expected to increase over time. By introducing 21st century skill concepts early on, children develop a strong foundation and a passion for STEAM at the very beginning of their education.

“With my background in education prior to joining Goddard, I’ve always believed that children learn best through play, which made the choice to franchise with The Goddard School an easy one,” said franchisee, Fran Lubbs. “I am more than ready to continue my journey in nurturing the children in the community, seeing them grow and become thoughtful learners.”

Long recognized as the industry leader, The Goddard School preschool system has been consistently listed in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” ranking as the number one childcare franchise for 14 consecutive years (January 2015).

The Goddard School located in Royersford, Pa. is located at 197 Royersford Road. To reach this location, please call 610-948-1208 or email For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit