When Katy Bird — owner of the new Goddard School in Noblesville on Union Chapel Road — saw her daughter thrive at the Goddard School in Carmel, she wanted other children and families to have that same experience.
After spending 10 years at Outside the Box, a non-profit organization, Bird saw that there was a need for a high-quality early childhood education program that provides a play-based learning experience in a nurturing environment. She decided to partner with the on-site owner of the Carmel school, Megan Greek, to expand the brand name in the Indianapolis area.
“I want each child to fall in love with learning and to know how deeply they are cared for by the faculty and staff, who have the privilege of being a part of their lives during their time with us,” Bird says. “I want children to leave The Goddard School with a passion for making a positive impact on the world and with the confidence to know how to do so.”
The new Goddard School in Noblesville will have a theme: Ordinary people change the world. “We received permission from the writer, Brad Meltzer, and illustrator, Chris Eliopoulos, of that children’s book series to use their images to theme our classrooms,” Bird says. “Each room will be named after a historical figure and a character attribute that they showed that we hope the children in our school learn and live.” For example, one of the classrooms will be themed “Bold” in honor of Helen Keller, the deaf-blind author, lecturer and political activist.
“For us, this school is more than just preparing children for their academic life,” Bird says. “We really want to not only make a difference in their lives, but also prepare them to make a positive impact on their world when they graduate from us.”
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