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Educational Program

Hillcrest Christian Academy offers a superior academic foundation in the context of a loving Christian environment. All subject matter is taught from a Christian perspective within an atmosphere of Christian love and understanding. The educational program at Hillcrest Christian Academy provides the skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to enable each student to serve as a citizen of God’s kingdom.

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The Four Core Pillars of Education

Biblical Formation

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Academic Excellence

Athletic Development

Leadership Skills

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Tenants of Educational Success at Hillcrest Christian Academy

Curriculum

Two-year old classes

Frog Street Toddler curriculum is implemented in our two-year-old classrooms. Frog Street Toddler curriculum offers learning experiences and materials to support toddler development and learning. Your child will learn about sharing, taking turns, and being kind to each other. The teachers use Zoo-phonics to introduce your child to letters and their sounds. The teachers work on speech/language, cognitive, motor, music, and rhyming skills using the book of the month. 

Three-year-old-classes

Frog Street Threes curriculum is implemented in our three-year-old- classrooms. Frog Street Threes curriculum enhances literacy development by offering a formal introduction to the alphabet. Your child will be introduced to reciting and recognizing letters of the alphabet, counting, color, and shape recognition. Also, social skills such as sharing, taking turns, and table manners are taught. The children will use the lessons taught with Zoo-phonics to help them to start blending sounds to make words. 

Pre-Kindergarten

Letter/Sound recognition and reading skills will be foremost on our list of skills. Pre-Kindergarten will also offer lessons in Math, Science, Social studies, and Art. Social development and interaction with other children will be taught. All Pre-Kindergarten teachers have degrees in education. The teachers are very familiar with the Texas guidelines for Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten. They study the Kindergarten TEKS, so they can address all the skills needed to be successful in Kindergarten. They study the Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines, so they will know what each child needs to be exposed to in Pre-Kindergarten. 

Elementary

Our Kindergarten and First-grade classroom(s) utilize the Abeka Curriculum. It is a comprehensive, biblically based curriculum with a proven learning spiral approach. The teacher-directed framework empowers teachers to focus students’ attention on the material they need to learn, in a context and sequence that will help them learn it best. Material taught in one subject is reinforced in other subjects. The Abeka curriculum will help students learn, apply, and master new concepts and skills while leading them toward a path of academic excellence and Christian character.

Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline integrates classroom management with social-emotional learning. It teaches children the skills and strategies they need to recognize and manage their emotions and manage themselves in the company of others while connecting with their peers. Each classroom will have a “calm down” corner to help self-regulate themselves and use strategies such as calming activities and deep breathing techniques. The teacher’s role is to keep children safe and the children’s job is to help the teacher keep them safe by following classroom rules such as walking feet, listening ears, and helping hands. More information on Conscious Discipline methodology can be found at www.consciousdiscipline.com

What is Texas Rising Star?

Texas Rising Star is the state’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. Programs that are Texas Rising Star certified are considered programs that have a commitment to quality care and improvement that exceeds the state’s minimum licensing standards. The Texas Rising Star program offers three levels of quality certification (Two-Star, Three-Star, and Four-Star) to encourage childcare and early learning programs to attain progressively higher levels of quality. Learning Hands Preschool has maintained a four-star rating since 2018.

Thank You For Your Support

Please choose an option below to make a donation. You may give to Hillcrest Christian Academy and/or to the Kevin Hoffpauir Scholarship Fund. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Aleisha Kirkgard

My name is Aleisha Kirkgard and this is my 9th year teaching at Learning Hands. I have previously taught in the 2 year old class and I am currently a Pre-K Assistant. I obtained my Child Development Associate Credential in 2020. I live in Fannett with my husband, Brady and our 2 children. A few of my favorite things are coffee, Jason’s Deli, traveling, Hobby Lobby and Skinny Pop Popcorn.

Beverly Hebert

My name is Beverly Hebert and I have taught at Learning Hands for 7 years. I  was previously a Pre-K assistant and I am currently a teacher in the 3 year old class. I live in Lumberton with my husband, Martin and have 4 kids and 5 grandkids. Some of my favorite things are traveling, gardening, reading, Sonic, Target and TJ Maxx.

Didi Serna

My name is Didi Serna and I am the Director of Learning Hands Preschool. I’ve been married to my husband, Frank, for 16 years and we have 3 children. I have been with Learning Hands since 2014 and this is my 5th year as Director. During my time at Learning Hands, I have obtained my Lifetime Director Certification. My goal is to provide our preschoolers with the best education program, while laying a strong Christian foundation. A few of my favorite things are going to the movies, Jason’s Deli, Target and manicures/pedicures.

Amber Harwood

My name is Amber Harwood, and this will be my 5th year at Learning Hands and 4th year as the Assistant Director. I graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelors degree in Education and I also have my Lifetime Director Certification. I live in Nederland with my husband, Carey, and 2 daughters. A few of my favorite things are spending time with my family, crafting, Chick-Fil-A and chocolate.

Sara Stewart

My name is Sara Stewart. This is my first year working at Learning Hands as the Kitchen Coordinator and Permanent Substitute. I have several years of childcare experience. I live in Nederland with my husband Johnathan and 3 kids. Some of my favorite things are going on adventures with my family, volunteering, playing board games, Baubles and Bliss, Ross and Mexican food.

Regan Frazier

My name is Regan Frazier and this is my 3rd year as a 2 year old teacher at Learning Hands. I have a Bachelors in Child Development and this is my 6th year teaching. I live in Fannett with my husband Bret and 3 kids. A few of my favorite things are coffee, spending time with family, reading, and chocolate.

Michelle Buckalew

My name is Michelle Buckalew and this is my first year teaching in the 2 year old class at Learning Hands. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and have 6 years of childcare experience. I live in Port Neches with my husband, Dwain and our 4 daughters. A few of my favorite things are Disney, Amazon, Raising Cains and spending time with my family.

Connie Johnson

My name is Connie Johnson and I have taught at Learning Hands for 11 ½ years as a 2 year old teacher. I am married to my husband, Tommy, and have 2 children and 1 grandchild on the way. Some of my favorite things are coffee, Sonic sweet tea, sweet and salty snacks, Walmart and puzzles.

Heather Chapman

My name is Heather Chapman and I have taught at Learning Hands for 15 years as an infant and 2 year old teacher. I am a mom of 3 and live in Nederland. Some of my favorite things are watching movies with my family, Dr. Pepper, Almond Hersheys and Target.

Amy Reeves

My name is Amy Reeves and this is my 4th year at Learning Hands teaching in the 3 year old class. I live in Port Neches with my husband, Chris and our 2 children. A few of my favorite things are spending time with my family, Target, Hobby Lobby, Chick-fil-A and Sonic.

Jessica Sifuentes

My name is Jessica Sifuentes and this is my first year teaching at Learning Hands in the 3 year old class. I live in Bridge City with my husband, Juan and our 2 children. A few of my favorite things are funny movies, Target, Amazon, coffee and candles.

Natasha Gamblin

My name is Natasha Gamblin and I have taught for 8 years. This is my 1st year at Learning Hands as the Pre-K Reading teacher. I am certified in Early Education through 6th grade, Special Education, and ESL. I live in Nederland with my husband, Preston and have 7 children and 1 grandchild. A few of my favorite things are Mexican food,  Amazon, quilting, traveling and Lily’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Morgan Watts

My name is Morgan Watts and this is my 3rd year teaching at Learning Hands in the 3 year old class. I graduated from Lamar with a Bachelors degree in Education. I live in Port Neches with my husband, Nick and our 4 daughters. A few of my favorite things are golfing, My Tribe Nutrition and Target.

Kayla Melancon

My name is Kayla Melancon and this is my first year teaching at Learning Hands. I am currently a 3 year old teacher with 3 years of child care experience. I live in Nederland with my husband Mike and our 2 kids. Some of my favorite things are hunting, Taco Rey, Amazon and coffee.

Lindsay Freeman

My name is Lindsay Freeman and this is my 6th year teaching at Learning Hands.I previously taught as a Pre-K assistant and I am currently a teacher in the 3 year old class. I live in Bridge City with my husband, John and our son. Some of my favorite things are spending time with my family, being outdoors, crafting, Target and coffee.

Terri Osgood

My name is Terri Osgood and I have taught at Learning Hands for 7 years. I am currently  teaching in the 3 year old class. I live in Nederland with my husband, Ronnie and have 5 kids and 8 grandchildren. A few of my favorite things are serving at my church, traveling, the beach and spending time with my family.

Andrea Collins

My name is Andrea Collins and this is my first year teaching at Learning Hands in the 3 year old class. I have 12 years of childcare experience. I live in Lumberton with my husband, Patrick and our 2 sons. Some of my favorite things are watching my kids play sports, hunting, Sonic drinks, the deer lease and Academy.

Rachel Sexton

My name is Rachel Sexton and I have been teaching for 12 years. This is my 5th year at Learning Hands and I am currently the Pre-K Science teacher. I graduated from Lamar with an Education degree in Kinesiology. I live in Port Neches with my husband, Cody and our 2 kids. A few of my favorite things are Mexican food, Amazon, working out, and playing with my kids.

Amanda Graham

My name is Amanda Graham and this is my 5th year at Learning Hands. I have previously taught in the 3 year old class and I am currently a Pre-K Assistant. I have an English degree from Texas A&M. I live in Nederland with my husband, Nick and our 4 children. Some of my favorite things are loaded teas, Chick-Fil-A, Target, reading and puzzles.

Laura Polk

My name is Laura Polk and I have taught for 14 years. This is my 7th year at Learning Hands as the Pre-K Math teacher. I graduated from Lamar University with my Bachelors in Elementary Education. I live in Nederland with my husband, John and our 2 daughters. A few of my favorite things are Bai drinks, Chick-Fil-A, cooking and Bath and Body Works.

Kasie Resweber

My name is Kasie Resweber and this is my 4th year at Learning Hands, this year I am working as a Pre-K Assistant. I am currently going to school to earn my Bachelors degree in Psychology. I live in Groves with my 2 sons. A few of my favorite things are coffee, Casa Ole, Walmart, crafting and penguins.

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Hillcrest Christian Academy endeavors to equip students to embrace biblical truth, strive for academic excellence, and model Christ-like leadership to influence their homes, communities, and the world for Christ.