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Our History

Academy of Learners started out as “ATC Kidz Care”, a licensed in-home child care program in January of 2003. In 2011 Ms Leslie, the primary care giver, went to Stephen F Austin to complete her Bacherlor in Education. She made the decision to continue and complete her Master in Early Childhood Education in order to better serve the children in her care.

In August 2014 we reopened our doors as Academy of Learners.

Meet your Caregivers

As a licensed childcare home... we are care for up to 12 children at one time. Our staff consists of 2 full time caregivers, a substitute caregiver, and our chief handyman and cook!


Leslie Kniskern


Ms. Leslie brings over a decade of experience teaching preschool, prekindergarten and private kindergarten. She has a Masters in Education from Stephen F Austin specializing in early childhood literacy, math and science.

Her favorite colors are purple and gray. She loves all animals, and has lived in most of the states in the United States and a few places overseas. She has a daughter who is in sixth grade this year. Her hobbies are photography, reading and art.


Sandra Mettler


Ms. Sandra is a retired public school teacher. She has taught at the elementary level for over forty years with experience in all grade levels between Kindergarten and Fifth grade. Ms. Sandy has a Bachelors in Education with a specialty in Math and Science.

Her favorite colors are green and peach. She loves animals, the beach, and has traveled the world with her husband who was in the Army. She has two daughters, one granddaughter in sixth grade, and one grandson in second grade. Her hobbies are crochet and reading.