Heart Dream Christian Academy welcomes first class

At Heart Dream Christian Academy, students won’t be separated by grades like in a traditional school setting.
From left, Kindergarten through Third Grade Melinda Nichols and Carmen Gagnard, 4th through...
From left, Kindergarten through Third Grade Melinda Nichols and Carmen Gagnard, 4th through sixth grade.(KSLA)
Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 12:43 PM CDT

MARSHALL, Texas (KSLA) - A new school will open up in Marshall for the 2022-23 academic year offering parents a new school choice.

Heart Dream Christian Academy held its first day of school on Thursday, Aug. 11. As of now, the school has two teachers and can only have a maximum of 24 students from Kindergarten to sixth grade.

β€œPastor Emmett and his wife Vicky are serving as the pastors of Heart Dream Fellowship Church for several years and they always had a vision of establishing a Christian school so over the past years,” said Administrative Advisor Carl Teel. β€œThey have met and they have developed their plans.”

At Heart Dream Christian Academy, students won’t be separated by grades like in a traditional school setting.

β€œWe’re going to be able to combine grades and that really gives the child the opportunity to fill in any learning gaps by reviewing past concepts at the lower grade and previewing the higher level grades,” Teel added.

School leaders say there are future plans to expand.

β€œIt seems like every day there are new calls that are coming and inquires,” Teel said. β€œI think the student count that is coming in would probably be capped at 24 and no more because we two teachers two classrooms this year.”

First-year teacher Carmen Gagnard is looking forward to making history by being one of the first to teach the school’s inaugural class.

β€œIt was just a blessing to be able to have a job and opportunity to teach the kids the different parts of academics and spiritual education.”

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