The Angel Academy: A Parent’s Day Out Program has been a ministry of St. Andrew Church since 1989. Each of our 4 classes is staffed by loving, capable, and considerate employees who desire the very best for each child. Due to the small class sizes, students are able to form deep connections with their teacher which provides a safe and nurturing learning environment. Each Wednesday morning the children in the older 3 classes gather with the Pastors of St. Andrew, Nick and Mia, for chapel. During this time the students join Nick and Mia in prayer, song, reading the Bible, and one more song!
The youngest class is Ms. Sarah's Alligator class. These students are ages 18 months-2 years. Sarah Garrisons began as a teacher at Angel Academy in 2019. Her oldest daughter is an alumni of the Angel Academy! Sarah is married with two daughters, Layla and Harper. Sarah also has two dogs and one fish. Sarah graduated college from the University of New Mexico with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.
Ms. Lori's Kangaroos are ages 2-3. Lori Volle has lived in Longview, Texas most of her life and together her husband are raising four children. Lori previously worked in early childhood for several years but took a long break while raising her family. Lori attended Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, TX and studied world missions during her time there. Lori has a heart for children and encouraging them to blossom into the unique individuals God created them to be. In her spare time she enjoys reading, crafting, photography, and spending time with her family.
Ms. Rebekah’s Raccoons are ages 3-4. An Angel Academy alumni herself (graduating class of 1994), Rebekah Dunaway has been teaching in the parent’s day out setting since 2010. Children in this class learn colors, shapes, how to count to 20, and to trace letters and their names.
The oldest class is Ms. O’Connor’s Owls. These students are ages 4-5/Pre-K. Brenda O’Connor has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Stephen F. Austin University. She has taught for 7 years in public school. Ms. O'Connor has taught the Pre-K class at Angel Academy since 1995. Ms. O’Connor is also a substitute at Spring Hill Primary. Children in this class learn how to write first and last names, write uppercase and lowercase letters, simple math problems, and to count to 30 in English and Spanish. The students begin sight words in the spring.
The Executive Director of the Angel Academy is Rachel Hill. Rachel has been the ED since September 2007. She has Associates in Child Development from Kilgore College. Rachel has decades of experience in child care. Ms. Rachel gives tours of the school to future students and parents, buys supplies for the teachers, helps teachers where needed, and all of the financial responsibilities.
Classes are Monday and Wednesday from 8:55am to 2:30pm beginning in early September and ending mid-May. The Angel Academy closely follows with local schools for closings and holidays.
For more information and tuition costs contact director Rachel Hill. (903) 234-2292