Archive for May, 2015

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!

Franchise Times Highlights The Goddard School’s Presence in Urban and Suburban Markets
Joe Schumacher outlined The Goddard School’s plans for nationwide growth in Franchise Times. The Schools planned for development include locations near Orlando, San Antonio and San Francisco, among others. Matt and Dina Speranza, franchisees of The Goddard School located in Pittsburgh (Downtown), PA, were also spotlighted for their expansion into the urban market.

Goddard Systems, Inc. CEO Loves When His Employees Make Mistakes
Joe Schumacher told Business Insider why he likes when his employees slip up – so long as they learn and grow from it. Making an occasional mistake, he says, shows that employees are not afraid to be proactive and take responsibility. His beliefs were reiterated in this Inc. magazine article.

GSI CFO Explains the Advantages of Collaboration
Bob Scopinich went on CFO Thought Leader to discuss the advantages of finance and IT working together to optimize data flows and functionality. This strategic collaboration devised the systems that help run one of the largest preschool franchises in the country.

Entrepreneur Names The Goddard School a Top Children’s Businesses Franchise
Entrepreneur magazine voted The Goddard School one of the top Children’s Businesses franchises in its May issue. The Goddard School Franchise is currently accepting applications for franchise opportunities.

GSI CEO Featured in “5 Business Lessons from the Big Boxing Match”
Joe Schumacher gave Yahoo! Small Business Advisor the inside scoop on The Goddard School Franchise’s commitment to steady, responsible growth. The franchisor vets each potential franchisee and builds out its support system according to how many Schools are in the system.

Phoenix-Area Franchisees Speak Out in “8 Reasons to Consider Franchising”
Huy and Van Phan, franchisees of The Goddard School located in Gilbert (Higley), AZ, told Business News Daily why they franchised with The Goddard School and how it helped them gain independence.

Root for Earth in the News
Many Goddard Schools were featured in the news for their participation in The Goddard School’s Root for Earth campaign! Click on the links to view a sampling of the highlights, which include stories on The Goddard Schools located in Ashburn, VA; Cumming, GA; Farragut, TNFranklin (Cool Springs), TNGlastonbury, CT; Hershey, PA; Plainfield, IL; Richmond (Long Meadow Farms), TX; San Ramon, CA; and Southlake, TX.

Hilliard, OH Participates in March of Dimes Walk
The Goddard School located in Hilliard, OH participated in the March of Dimes’ March for Babies walk, raising over $400 for the event! The walk benefits preterm babies and their families.

Concord Township, OH Receives Five-Star Status
The Goddard School located in Concord Township, OH received a five-star rating in Ohio’s Step Up to Quality program! Step Up to Quality recognizes early care and educational programs that exceed the quality benchmarks of Ohio’s licensing standards and makes it easy for parents to find great childcare and early learning programs for their children.


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.


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.

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