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Renee Benedict

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Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School, announces the hiring of Renee Benedict as the system’s Vice President of Information Technology. This being a new position within GSI’s Senior Management team, Benedict will be tasked with strategically positioning information technology as a growth enabler.

Benedict brings an extensive background in information technology (IT) with over 25 years of experience in the global healthcare and consumer packaged goods industries. Before joining The Goddard School franchise, Benedict most recently held the position of Vice President, Business Transformation at DanoneWave, responsible for leading the business process and application systems integration following Danone’s acquisition of WhiteWave Foods in Broomfield, Colorado. DanoneWave is part of the Dannon Company, maker of Dannon Yogurt. Before its acquisition, WhiteWave Foods was an independent manufacturer and distributor of plant-based food and organic milk products, where Benedict served as the Head of IT and led WhiteWave Food’s IT function.

“I am profoundly honored and eager to bring my years of IT experience to Goddard Systems Inc.,” said Benedict. “In this important new role for the company, I look forward to implementing the leading IT practices and programs that will better serve the system’s growing network of schools across the nation.”

Benedict’s global health care experience spanned more than 20 years with Johnson & Johnson where she held IT positions of increasing responsibility.  Her last position at Johnson & Johnson was Senior Director of the Global IT Enterprise Portfolio and she served in a key Chief of Staff role for the Corporate CIO.  Benedict was also a key champion and mentor for Johnson & Johnson Women’s Leadership initiatives.

“We’ve been quite impressed with Renee’s robust IT experience, collaborative workstyle, and true sense of intellectual curiosity,” said Joe Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems Inc. “I’m confident that Renee will be a great addition to our IT and Senior Management teams, and we are all looking forward to her contributions.”

Benedict and her husband are returning to the Philadelphia area from Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Villanova University in Villanova, PA. For general information regarding The Goddard School franchise, please visit

Franchisee Liz Smith emphasizes the importance of providing fun, individualized lesson plans at The Goddard School located in Waukee, IA.


The Goddard School located at 360 Coddle Market Drive NW in Concord, North Carolina is owned and operated by franchisees, Malvika and Basant Maheshwary.

“We know that the children learn best through play and when they’re having fun,” Malvika Maheshwary, on-site owner, said. “This curriculum teaches the level that the child is, and it builds upon the child rather than just teaching to the class. The child is excited to learn, and students who come out of Goddard School typically are keen, eager learners and excited learners.”


The Goddard School located at 2021 Wildcat Boulevard in Rocklin, California is now open! The new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Ash and Millie Naik.

The School provides a unique STEAM-based curriculum, which cultivates art and science skills simultaneously!



The Goddard School Gainesville, VA

The Goddard School located at 7801 Heritage Village Plaza in Gainesville, Virginia is now open! The new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Lisa and Greg O’Brien.

Lisa and Greg are excited to be able to provide Goddard’s outstanding program to the children in the community. The couple has a young daughter and recognizes the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment. Prior to Goddard, Lisa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Juris Doctorate degree in Law, while Greg earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

During the Grand Opening on November 12th The Goddard School helped raise funds for the non-profit CASA – Children’s Intervention Services of Manassas.


The Goddard School Humble, TX

The Goddard School located at 17823 W. Lake Houston Parkway in Humble, Texas is now open! The new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Josh and Jill Morrison.

Earlier this month, the School hosted a grand opening celebration. The community was invited to explore the facility’s features which include 10 classrooms, a gymnasium, playground and splash pad.

“If you ask the children, they will say they’re having fun; but they are also learning,” Morrison said. “It is so important to be prepared to do well in elementary school because if they can do well right at the beginning of their school-age years, then it sets the precedent for them to do well through all of their schooling.”


Goddard School Building

The Goddard School located at 9651 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL 60076, is now open! The new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Mary and Andrew Fratini. The Fratinis moved to Wilmette from Chicago, where their two daughters attended the Goddard School located in Chicago (Lincoln Park), IL.

“We were in a Goddard school almost every day for the last five years dropping off and picking up our children. What really spurred the idea was when we saw the demand. We felt there was a need for this type of preschool, and that is what led us to put all the chips on the table and go with the risk,” Andrew Fratini said.


The Goddard School located at 345 Clydesdale Trail, Medina, MN 55340, is now open! The new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Lisa and Aaron Amic. The Amics also own The Goddard School located in Plymouth, MN.

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.


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The Goddard School® In the News: August 2015

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 is Live!

The Goddard School Franchise is proud to announce the launch of its redesigned website, The site was given a completely fresh and modern look and has a mobile focus, keeping in mind that a majority of people are browsing websites on their smart phones and tablets.

The Educational Advisory Board in the News

The Educational Advisory Board (EAB) is one of the many resources that The Goddard School Franchise provides to support its franchisees, and it’s been getting a lot of media attention! Check out the links below to find out why.

Children in Elgin, IL Raise Money to Fight Cancer

When the children and faculty at The Goddard School located in Elgin, IL heard that a Goddard School student’s sister had been diagnosed with cancer, they sprang into action and hosted the “Bella’s Lemonade Stand” event to raise money for her treatment. The School raised $1,476 in the first day alone. Local businesses also donated various resources to the cause. Read the full story here.

Downtown Pittsburgh Celebrates Its Grand Opening

The Goddard School located in Pittsburgh (Downtown), PA welcomed parents, children and other members of the community when it held its grand opening on August 5. Matt and Dina Speranza, the on-site franchisees of the School, were on-hand to celebrate this momentous occasion.