Meet Dr. Goddard
From exciting and unpredictable ways to welcome kids and start their day and fun lapel pins, off-the-charts energy and selfies, meet Dr. Michael Goddard, Superintendent, Prestonwood Christian Academy School System. He started his position in March 2021 and what a blessing he is!
Dr. Goddard’s professional experience of more than three decades is characterized by positivity, energetic encouragement, a pursuit of excellence, and a passion for inspiring excellence in those around him. Prior to his work as the Lovejoy Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Goddard served as Superintendent of the Red Oak Independent School District and as Assistant Superintendent of Prosper Independent School District, where he oversaw the growth of that district from 3,000 to 12,000 students. He also served as an administrator with the McKinney Independent School District. Dr. Goddard was a nominee for National Superintendent of the Year, and districts under his leadership have consistently performed at the highest levels of academic and co-curricular pursuits. He was also named the Top Large Company CEO in 2020 by The Dallas Morning News for his exemplary leadership of the Lovejoy school system.
Prior to his educational career, Dr. Goddard served as Camp Director at T Bar M Christian Camps and as an area representative with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame at Allen High School and was four-year captain and starting quarterback for the Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks.
Dr. Goddard is a Nationally Certified Trainer for Vital Smarts - Crucial Conversations and Crucial Accountability, a Certified Jon Gordon Power of Positive Leadership Coach, and an Internationally Certified John Maxwell Speaker, Trainer, and Coach. He is a highly sought-after speaker throughout the country. The Goddards are longtime members of Prestonwood Baptist Church. In fact, he and his wife, Dena, met in the Singles Ministry when Prestonwood was located on Hillcrest.
“I have known Dr. Goddard for about 30 years and have always admired his personal and professional integrity, high-energy leadership style and superb communication skills,” said Dr. Jack Graham, Pastor of Prestonwood. “I truly believe he is God’s man for this role as we begin a new chapter in the PCA School System. I am grateful for Dr. Goddard’s passion for Christ, for Kingdom education, and for instilling the love of both into our students.”
Dr. Goddard earned his Ed.D. in post-secondary administration from University of North Texas (2004), Ed.M. with an emphasis in counseling and student services from University of North Texas (2000) and B.A. in communications from Stephen F. Austin State University (1994.)