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Learning Hands Preschool

To raise up generations of Christian leaders who transform
the community and the world for the glory of God.

Soon to be Hillcrest Christian Academy

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

To raise up generations of Christian leaders who transform the community and the world for the glory of God.

Why Hillcrest Christian Academy

Superintendent, Brendan Serna introduces Hillcrest Christian Academy. 

The Four Core Pillars of Education

Biblical Formation

Academic Excellence

Athletics

Leadership

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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Tenants of Educational Success at Hillcrest Christian Academy

Our Core Values: Faith, Honor, and Service

We are planning on growing our school a grade level a year through High school

Our Philosophy

God

World

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Man

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Truth

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Values

Prayer

About Hillcrest

Preaching the Gospel clearly and unashamedly. We love Jesus and we honor His Word, the Bible. Expect to be a part of a loving community that is serious about obeying the commands of Jesus to live holy lives and to share the Gospel with the world. We believe the Bible to be the inerrant Word of God, inspired by God, and it is the sole authority of our faith and practice.

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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.

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.