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Operating Times

Learning Hands Preschool/Hillcrest Christian Academy is a Christian-based program for ages 2 through Kindergarten. We offer 4-day a week classes for all students and are now offering a 2-day a week option for our 2-year old classes only.

Students attend class Monday-Thursday, September through May. Class times are 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (for 2 years to PreK) and 9:00 AM – 2:15 PM (Kindergarten). We follow the Nederland ISD school schedule for most holidays and school closures.

Steps for Registration

STEP 1

Submit Enrollment Inquiry

Use the link above to complete the
Admissions process to be added to
our wait list. Spots are limited due
to smaller class sizes. 

STEP 2

Tour Set Up

After reviewing
your enrollment application, a 
Director will contact you to set up
a tour of our school. 

STEP 3

Interview

Following the tour, we will conduct
a brief interview with both parent and child to ensure the needs and expectations are met on both parties. 

2024-2025 Tuition/Fees

Tuition is due on the 3rd of every month and is paid a month in advance. Auto-draft is required. No cash, checks, or money orders will be accepted for tuition. Tuition is as follows:

***A non-refundable registration/supply fee of $275 will be due at the time of enrollment***

Teacher-Student Ratio

11:2

2-year-old class- 11 children per class ( 2 teachers)

15:2

3-year-old class - 15 children per class ( 2 teachers)

16:2

Pre-K class - 16 children per class
(1 state-certified teacher, 1 teacher aide)

15:2

Kindergarten class- 15 children per class
(1 state-certified teacher, 1 teacher aide)

2023-2024 Tuition/Fees

Tuition is due on the 3rd of every month and is paid a month in advance. Auto-draft is required. No cash, checks, or money orders will be accepted for tuition. Tuition is as follows:

***A non-refundable registration/supply fee of $250 will be due at the time of enrollment***

Social Media

We love to post pictures of your little ones enjoying their day! Be sure to follow our Facebook page.

Bible & Chapel Day

Our preschool ministry is developed around the nurture and enrichment of Christian values and love. Bible will be taught everyday in each classroom. Weekly chapel services for all students are held each Wednesday in the sanctuary with our Associate Pastor Bro. Jim. 

Admissions Resources

Our goal is to provide the children a regular association with other children of the same age in a Christian atmosphere. This Christian atmosphere will aid the children in their growth spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. Secondly, our goal is to provide a strong educational program for your child and getting them ready for success in public school.

Request Enrollment

Use the form below to provide us with the initial information we need to start the admission process for your child.

Name of Guardian(Required)
Children To Enroll(Required)
Please provide the names and grade levels for each of the children you wish to enroll. Please list the grade as one of the following: 2 year old class, 3 year old class, Pre-K or Kindergarten. To request enrollment for multiple children, hit the "plus" icon to add additional rows.
Child's Name
Child's Grade
Age (as of September 1, 2023)
 
Are you a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church?(Required)
Please provide any other pertinent information you wish.

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.