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. 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. Ann

    Ms. Ann

    Infant's

    Hello! My name is Anveleta Hannah, or, Ms. Ann. I graduated high school in 1990 at R.L. Turner in Carrollton. I also attended Brookhaven Community College for two years. My major was in Business Administration. Then I went to Prairie View, A&M and studied there for one year. I will be going back to school to further my education. I love teaching children and being loving and caring for the parents as well. I know that as I teach children every day, I learn something new. I am grateful and honored to work with children. I have been married for over twenty-two years and I have three beautiful daughters. I love God and I serve my church as a Decan’s wife. I love going to the movies, shopping and spending time with my family.

    Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth

    After School

    Hello I'm Elizabeth Berlotti and I’m the After School and Summer Camp teacher here at Heritage. I was born in Daytona Beach Florida and moved to Texas shortly after that. I moved to Frisco in 2005 and have loved it ever since. I graduated from Frisco High School in June of 2014 and am currently enrolled at the University of Texas/Dallas. I am majoring in Criminal Justice to go into Forensics and the Crime Scene Investigation with the FBI. I enjoy working with and being around children, I have many years of babysitting under my belt and am glad I am able to work here at Heritage. During my years of high school I participated in marching band for all four years and won two competitions with them, making it to two final regionals. I was also on the Volley Ball team. I love working with the After School and Summer Camp children and I am so happy to be a part of the Heritage teaching team.

    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. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney

    Toddler's

    Hello! My name is Courtney Hildebrandt. I’ve been with Heritage Learning Academy since June 2013. My husband and I have two children, Solomon and Evelyn. I must say, I’m grateful to have found such a great center to partake in making a difference in children’s lives. I’ve worked in childcare for almost 4 years now and one thing is for sure, I love the babies! There is nothing like being able to watch them grow and to watch them develop. It seems they do new things every day! I look forward to meeting all the families at HLA and I know you’ve chosen a great place for your child.

    Ms. Crystal

    Ms. Crystal

    Two Year Old's

    Hello! My name is Crystal Callahan and I’m very excited to be here at Heritage Learning Academy. I graduated from TWU in December, 2016 and am looking forward to going back to school to obtain my Masters Degree. Working with young children and helping them to grow and learn is something I have always wanted to do. I also have three children of my own. I can’t wait to get to know all of the children and parents as that will help make Heritage such a great place.

    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. Hope

    Ms. Hope

    Infants

    Hello! My name is Hope Hightower and I'm an Infant teacher at Heritage Learning Academy. I graduated from The Colony High School and, as early as I can remember, I've loved babies. I love seeing their little wheels turn in their heads when they discover and explore new things. Outside of Heritage I love to read, listen to music, and most importantly, serve and give back to my community. I attend church at Serenity Church and am fortunate enough to be the Pastor's daughter. I am so honored to connect with and care for your sons and daughters!

    Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica

    Pre-Kindergarten

    Hello my name is Jessica and I am a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Heritage Learning Academy. I graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2014 with a Fashion Merchandising and Marketing degree. Most of my work experience has been in retail, however, I love being immersed in the amazing and beautiful world of 4and 5 year old children and preparing them for kindergarten. I have realized in my time working here that they can teach us as much as we teach them. Believe it or not they have helped me master the art of patience which has become beneficial in my daily affairs outside of work. My favorite thing about being a teacher is seeing or hearing one of our children apply the skills that we have taught them and seeing the excitement on their face. I feel like the children allow me to be myself and to get in touch with my inner child. I have met so many smart, energetic, and unique kids during my time here and it is a pleasure to be part of the HLA team. I think we are an awesome staff with incredible passion for each individual child.

    Ms. Kandace

    Ms. Kandace

    Infant's

    Hi! My name is Kandace Forooshani and I absolutely love children of all ages. Working in the Infant Room is a great joy as I watch the children learn so much day after day and week after week. They are really amazing. I am also a Certified Pharmacy Technician and I love to read and study medicine outside of my work. Prior to joining the Heritage Team, for eight years I worked providing direct care services with children in foster placements.

    Ms. Koral

    Ms. Koral

    Toddler"s

    Hello my name is Koral Plush or Ms Koral. I’m from a small town in Kansas called Concordia. I graduated in 2013. I recently moved to Texas about a year ago and I have loved it here since. I have 8 younger siblings that I love dearly. I've worked in child care for 4 years and have had many babysitting/nanny jobs. I am glad I found a great center to work at and make an impact on children's lives every day.

    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. Lana

    Ms. Lana

    Hello. I am Wiluana Norton, Lana for short! I am the cook at Heritage Learning Academy and spend time with the Infant classes. I have previous experience working in childcare. I really enjoy working with children and seeing their beautiful faces and amazing smiles every day! I was born in Tampa, Florida and moved to Texas in 2000. I graduated from McKinney North High School. My dream and goal is to become a chef. I am very passionate about cooking and providing nutritious and proper meals for your children.

    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. 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. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha

    Infant's

    Hi! My name is Samantha Glidewell and I am an Infant teacher here at Heritage Learning Academy. I was born in California but I have lived in Texas my entire life. I graduated from The Colony High School several years ago and I am currently attending Collin County College. For my future, I am hoping to earn my doctorate with a specialization in Psychiatry. I enjoy drawing, listening to music, and being physically active. I love coming to work with infants each day because I get to watch them grow and develop and see each of their unique personalities to show. I am so honored to be part of Heritage Learning Academy!

    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.

    Ms. Tracy

    Ms. Tracy

    Preschool

    Hello. My name is Tracy Johnson and I’m from San Diego. I went to San Diego State University and earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration. I am happily married to Brad and we have two girls, Katie and Emily. I was always a volunteer at my daughter’s school working with the PTA. I was a Girl Scout Leader and the garden coordinator. I really enjoy working with your children. Teaching them new things and watching them grow gives me so much happiness and satisfaction. I am also so happy to be a part of this great team at Heritage.

    Ms. Treonne

    Ms. Treonne

    Two Year Old's

    Hello! My name is Treonne Guter. I started working at Heritage Learning Academy in September, 2013. I moved to Texas in 2005 and graduated Frisco High School in 2009 and, currently, I am a student at Collin County College. I am the oldest of 7 children and I also have two wonderful children of my own. I truly love being a teacher here at HLA. Watching the children grow and develop their own personalities is awesome. It brings a smile to my face as I help them to learn new things and reach certain milestones. I am very fortunate to have found such a great place to work!