About Us

Highland Plaza United Methodist Preschool was established in 1965 as an outreach

program of Highland Plaza United Methodist Church. In June of 2010, it became a

ministry of Hixson United Methodist Church.

Our Goals

  • Provide a loving atmosphere and safe environment based on Christian principles.

  • To provide an early educational experience where children come to believe in themselves

& their ability to have an impact on the world.

  • To enable children to see that they are creative, able, critical thinkers.

  • For the classroom environment to honor learning styles.

  • For the teachers to use a variety of strategies to engage the learner.

  • For teachers and families to work together in partnership for the good of all children.


Pursuit of Quality

Our Core Values guide and inform our work in the classroom, state our intentions for daily life in our school, set the tone for relationship-building, and provide a framework for us to be our best selves within our community of learners. Our Core Values define what we believe children, families and staff not only need, but deserve.

Meet The Director - Heather Manuel

Greetings HPUMP families! I'm Heather Manuel, and I am thrilled to serve as the

Director of Highland Plaza United Methodist Preschool. With over 30 years in

Early Childhood Education, I've been dedicated to enriching children's lives,

whether in the classroom, community programs, or ministry roles. Married to

Paul with three kids—Emily, Elijah, and Ellie—we relocated from Florida in 2021,

following God's guidance. Intrigued by HPUMP's Reggio-inspired approach and

immersive learning spaces, I'm eager to support your family's journey. I am

excited to meet you all in person soon!

© 2024 Highland Plaza Preschool. All rights reserved.

Address: 4226 Norcross Road Hixson, Tennessee 37343

Email: [email protected] | Phone: (423-877-1544)