Heritage Learning Academy


2755 Timber Ridge Dr.
Frisco, TX 75034
Tel (972) 335-3335

Our Teaching Staff

We are so proud of our teaching staff.  They are dedicated professionals who are committed to the education of young children.  And, most importantly, they are warm, loving and nurturing and have the ability to be playful.  These four ingredients are most important in building successful relationships with the children in their care.

Our teachers understand that the early attitudes children develop about school will follow them through their academic years.  To foster a positive and enjoyable feeling about school and learning, our teachers provide a setting whereby children have fun all the while gaining the skills necessary for long-term educational success.  In addition to supporting children’s academic success, teachers also work to ensure a child’s self-confidence and continued sense of curiosity and creativity.

 


    Ms. Briana

    Ms. Briana

    Assistant Director

    Hello! My name is Briana and I am the Assistant Director here at Heritage Learning Academy. I have a degree in child development. Before I came here, I taught preschool for 8 years. I love watching the kids as they discover new things, or finally figure out how to do something that they have been practicing. I love that no matter what kind of day you are having the children can always make you laugh. I am deeply committed to the care and education of children. I cannot imagine doing anything else.

    Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole

    Curriculum Coordinator

    Hi my name is Nicole and I have been a part of Heritage Learning Academy family since 2013, but started out as a parent for the first 5 years and now get the amazing opportunity to work alongside those that helped my children grow for those first five years. I have 3 children that I am blessed to watch grow up in Heritage Learning Academy and tell me they love their school and teachers each day. I became a part of the staff in August of 2018 and love working with the Preschool and PreK teachers to come up with curriculum that encompasses STEM and Project Based Learning principles. I attended University of Nevada, Reno and while at college was a preschool teacher for infants through toddlers. In the little free time that I have I love to run, read and make crafts (on my own and with the kids). I am excited to watch your children grow and learn as much as I enjoy watching what my own have accomplished at Heritage.

    Ms. Alex

    Ms. Alex

    Two's

    Hello! My name is Alex. I am originally from Colorado and moved to Texas in 2014. I have one son who I love spending time with. I am currently enrolled in a Child Development Associate program and have been working in childcare since 2016. I love working with children because no day is the same! I love seeing a child figure something out on their own with the light in their eyes and pride on their face. My goal is to make learning as exciting as possible by creating plenty of hands on opportunities! I look forward to getting to know your family!

    Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela

    Infant's

    Hello, my name is Angela Kenyon and I am a teacher in the Infant A room. I was born in Minnesota and moved to Texas in 1976. I have six amazing children ranging in ages from 24-28. I was a stay at home Mom and worked from home until my youngest entered Kindergarten. I worked many years as an Administrative Assistant and decided to work at Heritage Learning Academy, enjoying my true passion – loving and nurturing all the babies that are entrusted to my care. I want every parent to take comfort in knowing that when their child is left in my care, I will shower them with love, attention and nurturing as if they were my own child.

    Ms. Brianna

    Ms. Brianna

    Toddler's

    Hello! My name is Brianna Tuminello. I graduated from The Colony High School in 2013 and I have lived in The Colony my whole life. This is my first time working in child care and I am looking forward to this journey. I spend a lot of time with my nieces and nephews so I have always loved being around kids! I have begun to love coming to work in the morning and seeing all those smiling faces, it just makes my morning that much better! I'm so happy to be a part of Heritage Learning Academy and seeing children grow!

    Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney

    Preschool

    Hello! My name is Courtney Hicks. I have been a teacher at Heritage Learning Academy since September 2010. I graduated from The Colony High School in 2009. I really enjoy watching children learn and grow. I am the Preschool teacher and my goal is to work with children to help them develop a beginning understanding of basic math, literacy and science concepts. Even though they are only three years old, each of my children loves learning new things every day. They are often eager and excited and it is wonderful to watch. Coming to work and seeing the children’s smiling faces and eagerness to learn inspires me to be the best teacher I can. I couldn’t ask for a more rewarding job!

    Ms. Dina

    Ms. Dina

    Infants

    My name is Dina Blackmon. I am a graduate of the University of North Texas. I worked in the garment industry for over ten years. I entered the child care field after the birth of my children. I have two handsome boys. I have been the infant teacher here since September 2006. I absolutely love caring for babies. My goal in the infant room is to give your child a warm and nurturing environment to develop and grow in. I want you as a parent to feel confident that your child will be safe and happy while in my care. I like the color purple, gospel music, watching my boys play sports, and way too much television!

    Ms. Du Ra

    Ms. Du Ra

    Preschool

    Hello! My name is Du Ra Lee. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education from Dongguk University and worked in the educational field for 5 years in Korea. I moved USA in 2003. My husband and I have two children, Jason and Jamie. After coming to America, I worked as a bilingual teacher in a preschool. During that time, I attended Collin College where I focused on the Montessori learning philosophy for young learning. I truly believe a good educational environment is the most fundamental element for the children’s future. I believe children should be respected for the unique persons they are and that my support as their teacher will connect them to a self-initiated, life-long love of learning. I really enjoy helping the children learn and grow and I am so happy to be part of Heritage Learning Academy and be a part in this valuable journey.

    Ms. Elisa

    Ms. Elisa

    Toddler's

    Hello! My name is Elisa. I was born in Korea, grew up in Argentina and lived in the US since my college years. I started in Heritage as a parent of two boys, one in Preschool and another in Toddlers and I liked Heritage so much that ended up working as a teacher. Before working at Heritage, I have worked with Adolescent age groups for many years and I have also worked with street children in Mexico for several years. I love children of all ages but I especially love to work with infants and toddlers. They are just too cute and cuddly. Each baby and toddler is very special and unique and I love each one as he/she is and I want to care for them meeting their individual needs. I am thankful for each parent's trust in us and I want to be a teacher worthy of your trust. I have a MA in counseling and I would like to study more on children psychology and pursue licensure becoming a professional counselor someday.

    Ms. Elle

    Ms. Elle

    Infants

    Hello! My name is Elle Parkin. I graduated in 1998 from Wattana High School in Bangkok, Thailand. I worked as a childcare professional in Bangkok and London, UK for 13 years. I got married and moved to Frisco, TX in 2010. My husband and I have two beautiful girls. I love working with children and became a certified Montessori teacher in 2014. I have experience teaching children ages 12 months to 5 years old. I am very passionate about early childhood development and strongly believe in leading by example. My goal as both a teacher and mother is to create a safe environment to help children learn and grow. I am happy to be part of the Heritage Learning Academy team.

    Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily

    Infant's

    Hello! My name is Emily McLaren, and I am the infant teacher at Heritage Learning Academy. I have been working in childcare since 2009, and it is my passion to work with children of all ages and support their development. I also love animals! My husband and I married in May 2017 and have three kittens (Josie, Caine, & Felix). We recently moved to the area in August 2018 from Atlanta, GA.

    Ms. Frances

    Ms. Frances

    Infants

    Hello! My name is Frances. I am originally from Puerto Rico and moved to Texas in 2017. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Science from Ana G. Méndez University and have 3 years working as a special education program coordinator for students with special needs at elementary school level. I've been married since the year 2000 and I'm a mother of two amazing teens. I am dedicated to provide the emotional, developmental and social well-being of every child and ensure they receive the best care and love they deserve.

    Ms. Haily

    Ms. Haily

    Toddler's

    Hello! My name is Haily. I have been a teacher at Heritage Learning Academy since August 2018. I graduated from Richardson High School in 2014 and I am finishing up college and about to get a Bachelors degree in elementary education. Every day coming to work watching them learn new things brings me a lot of joy. My goal is to have a fun creative way to teach my children new things and make them want to learn what I am teaching. I can't wait to watch how kids have learned through the years. I couldn't of asked for a better job!

    Ms. Kay

    Ms. Kay

    After Scool

    My name is Kay. I have been in child care for more than two years. I sincerely enjoy watching each child learn and grow! My goal is to provide a safe environment where children can learn through exploring and play. I am passionate and strive to be the best teacher I can be. Their smiling faces are the best rewards.

    Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen

    Pre-Kindergarten

    Hello! My name is Kristen. I have been with Heritage Learning Academy since July of 2007 teaching Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten. I am originally from Sterling Heights, Michigan and moved to Texas in 2007. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Oakland University. I have experience teaching children from Toddlers to the elementary school level. I truly enjoy working with children and seeing their smiling faces everyday! I do everything I can so the children can learn and, at the same time, have fun. Some of the activities we do with the children in Preschool along with our curriculum are letter and number recognition, practice writing our name, science and cooking experiments, sensory play and art projects. I am very passionate about teaching and feel very fortunate to be part of helping children achieve their fullest potential!

    Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren

    Toddlers

    Hello! My name is Lauren Gleghorn. I graduated from Colony High School in 2011 and I have lived in Texas my whole life. I am the mother of beautiful twin daughters. I love spending time with children in my class and helping them to learn. I work with the Toddler classroom. The children really enjoy playing outside and learning songs like The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star along with hand movements that go with those songs. Some of our favorite books are Dora Says Good Night, and F is for Farm (a touch and feel book). It is such a joy going to work because I get to see the same cute smiling faces every day. I am honored to be a part of this team and helping children learn and grow!

    Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey

    After School

    Hi, I am Lindsey and I graduated from High School in 2011 and have been working with children ever since. I have been married since 2013 and we have a son named Kaine. I love working with children. It is amazing to see how creative and imaginative they can be with different materials we have in the classroom and how much they love exploring and learning.

    Ms. Lizzie

    Ms. Lizzie

    Transitions

    Hello! My name is Lizzie Wakefield. I graduated from Billy Ryan High School in Denton Tx in 2015. I've lived in Denton most of my life. This is my first time working in child care and I'm very eager to learn. I love working with the children. They definitely put a smile on my face every single day! I love getting to watch them learn new things everyday. I'm very excited for this new journey.

    Ms. Lulu

    Ms. Lulu

    Transitions

    Hello. My name is Lulu Lopez and I am the Transitions teacher. I became a teacher here in January 2011 but I have been working in child care since 2001. I enjoy working with the older two year old and young three children because they teach me something different every day. We have a lot of fun in class, whether it is reading, working on art projects, or moving to music. It is such a joy to see the children grow each and every day.

    Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan

    Pre-Kindergarten

    Hello! My name is Megan I have been a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Heritage Learning Academy since August 2019. I have previously taught Preschool for two years. I am a graduate of Wakeland High School and love watching children grow and learn new things every day. I love to see the look on a child’s face when they learn something new all by themselves. The best part of my job is seeing their smiling faces which makes my job so rewarding and fun.

    Ms. Sulakshana

    Ms. Sulakshana

    Pre-Kindergarten

    Hello. My name is Mrs. Sulakshana Natekar. I joined the Heritage Learning Academy in August 2013 after moving from San Antonio to Frisco. I have been a teacher for seven years and love working with young children. As a teacher, I hope to make a child’s learning experience fun and exciting. Maintaining each child’s self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority in my class. I also believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for a child’s success and I look forward to working in partnership with the families of the children in my care.