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Our Blog: May 11, 2016

La Petite Academy Honors Mentorship Award Winner Theresa Highfill

Theresa Highfill (right) pictured with Cindy Lehnhoff, Divisional Vice President.

Theresa Highfill (right) pictured with Cindy Lehnhoff, Divisional Vice President at La Petite Academy.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 12, 2016 – La Petite Academy is proud to honor teacher Theresa Highfill from its Jacksonville, Florida school location as this year’s recipient of the company’s highly coveted Lisa Miskimins Mentorship Award.  Highfill was chosen from among nearly 17,000 early education teachers nationwide from La Petite Academy and its sister schools in Learning Care Group – Childtime, Tutor Time, The Children’s Courtyard and Montessori Unlimited.

This mentorship award was established in the name of Lisa Miskimins, Senior Vice President of Operations – an outstanding leader and advisor to many in the early childhood education industry.  With this distinction, each year, the company recognizes a teacher who shows remarkable leadership attributes and an ability to guide others to perform at their best.

A Team Lead and trainer for Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) instruction as well as La Petite’s New Employee Orientation, Highfill is a highly experienced educator who has coached the company’s teachers throughout North Florida.  She demonstrates one of the greatest hallmarks of a gifted leader:  the ability to recognize and encourage leadership traits in others.

“During her nearly 20 years with us, Theresa has consistently gone above and beyond to help her colleagues achieve their full potential,” said Cindy Lehnhoff, Divisional Vice President at La Petite Academy.  “She’s a wonderful teacher who has guided countless peers in further honing their skills, encouraging their ongoing education and advancing their professional development.  We deeply appreciate everything she does to inspire excellence and promote lifelong learning.”

Highfill also continues to be instrumental in preparing La Petite Academy’s local schools and staff for accreditation and quality certification.

La Petite Academy – A Great Place to Start

La Petite Academy provides comprehensive early education and care services for infants through Kindergartners.  Unlike traditional daycare, the La Petite Academy education provides a strong curriculum in a safe, stimulating environment to create meaningful learning experiences for children every day.

With La Petite Academy’s proprietary School Readiness Pathway, families can choose the educational programs that best meet their child’s needs. Teachers stimulate problem-solving and critical thinking skills, developing unique and individualized lesson plans to address children’s abilities, strengths, and needs. Parents can be assured their child’s learning goals are being met, thanks to an exclusive data-driven process that links individualized observation with assessment and lesson planning.  For more information, visit


About La Petite Academy

La Petite Academy is a leader in early childhood education, with nearly 450 schools throughout the United States. Headquartered in Novi, Mich., it is part of the Learning Care Group portfolio of schools offering early education and care to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. La Petite Academy provides engaging learning experiences through active exploration and discovery. Its proprietary School Readiness Pathway supports the development of the academic and social skills needed for a smooth transition to elementary school. For more information, please call (844) 250-9993 or visit


Lydia Cisaruk

Director of Communications, Learning Care Group

(248) 697-9140