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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
My name is Nelva Rinard and I am affectionately known as Ms. Nellie. I was born and raised in Mexico, obtained my degree in Preschool Education along with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Humanities and have over 34 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. I have always enjoyed spending time with children; teaching them has been one of my greatest joys. I firmly believe that all children have enormous potential, need love and acceptance and can learn to do amazing things. Every child is a precious gift waiting to be valued, affirmed and encouraged. I am excited about all the opportunities we will have to learn and grow together. I am looking forward to an enriching and rewarding experience and can’t wait to see all the things we will learn and discover together in our new adventure.
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.
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.
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.
Hello! My name is Victoria, and have just begun my journey at Heritage Learning Academy as a Two Year Old Teacher! I graduated from J.J. Pearce High school in 2014. I've always had a passion for working with children. I enjoy watching them learn and explore new things. So far we have really enjoyed singing, art, learning the colors, numbers, shapes, and weather. My goal is to build a firm foundation to build upon to reach their full potential. These boys and girls are so smart and I treat them as such. I am here to create a safe, comfortable learning space for these kids to grow and express themselves. I love how they respond to positivity and encouragement.
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