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Meet the Team

Dedicated & Certified


Helena Hortman

Owner/ Early Educator


I have been in the early education field since 1999.  I operated a family child care home, certified with the military, for 8 years in both Louisiana and Alaska, where my home was nationally accredited.  I have been a preschool teacher, a director at both a 5 star rated church center and nationally accredited university center, as well as executive director, overseeing 3 large four and five star, and nationally accredited centers, for 14 years. 

I have a BS in Occupational Education majoring in business, and minoring in accounting and early education.  I have more than 28 years experience with special needs, specifically high functioning autism, speech delays, learning delays, behavior management, and sensory integration.  I hold a TX director license and now own and operate one of two licensed home in Greenville, TX.


I decided to open my home in TX for child care, to not only be a business owner again where my passion lies, but to also allow time for training and mentoring others in the field as well as take better care of my health.  It will also give one of my daughter's, Briana, a career she can enjoy.


Briana Hortman

Early Educator


Ms. Briana is the oldest of the three Hortman girls.  She graduated in NC in 2014 and has been increasing her education through homeschooling since.  She has completed all required state training for early educators and will be working toward her CDA certification.

Ms. Briana loves watching Dog the Bounty Hunter, Alaska-The Last Frontier, and anything on the history channel.  She plays the piano and loves putting together puzzles.  She has a huge Lego collection and is excited to share it with those children ready for the small pieces.

(Don't let her looks fool you!  She may look 12, but she's actually 29!)


Buddy & Chloe

Sleeps & Plays Tag


We rescued Buddy & Chloe when they were about 8 weeks old.  They are litter mates, although Buddy looks more like a lab or rottweiler and Chloe looks more like an Australian shepherd, all which are in their DNA.  Due to their size and temperament, they stay in Briana's part of the home during the day.  The children only engage with them through the bubbles in the solid fence between the backyard and the playground. 

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Kevin, Meghan, and Kristen Hortman

Husband, Other Two Hortman Daughters

Kevin is retired Army.  He enjoys hunting and helping others.  He will be a huge part of my home care when he's home and available, and is qualified as an early educator.

Meghan graduated in 2018 from Hortman's Academy and currently works in Royce City. Meghan is qualified as an early educator and will occasionally do back-up for me when needed.  She has volunteered at my previous centers and has been involved in child care her whole life.  When she started Kindergarten, which she had to wait a year because of her birthday, I had no idea how I was going to handle my child care home on my own because she had been such a big help!  At 5 years old she was feeding infants, clearing the table after meals, carrying out story time, etc. without me ever having to ask her.  As an adult, she is no different!

Kristen graduated UT Austin in May 2023 and lives in Dallas. She will be visiting regularly.  She enjoys being with the children and may volunteer when she is available.  She has volunteered for years at my previous centers. 



He's a Crazy Puppy


We got Maverick from Ms. Louise in North Carolina.  We had gotten our other two previous cocker spaniels from her and we wanted one of her precious puppies.  Because he is a puppy, he went through the nipping and jumping phase.  We've been doing a lot of training with him and he is doing so much better; however, he often gets the zoomies and we just don't have the space for that in the learning area.  He spends short periods of time with us and often goes on the playground with us where him and the children love to run and chase balls.

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Eats Grass All Day


Goldfrost came with the house when we bought it.  All we really know is that he is a rescue horse.  Goldfrost is in his 30's.  

We have never had horses before, so we have learned a lot about how to care for him.  We really just want to give him a calm and peaceful life with lots of love.  We are so excited about what the children will bring to his life.  We will keep our uneaten apples to give him and we will make special days throughout the year to make him treats.

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