Thank you for your interest in Pleasant Hill Academy.

We are NOT just another daycare!


Pleasant Hill Academy was opened by Julie and Doc Holliday in October, 1994 as a locally owned and operated franchise. In 2018, after fulfilling the franchise contract, Julie and Doc re-branded as Pleasant Hill Academy so that they could offer a more robust program for their customers. Julie is very involved in the daily operation of the business, and is always available for parent communication. The Holliday’s love of children and commitment to providing quality childcare led them to open Pleasant Hill Academy. Their devotion is obvious in the high quality program that they offer today.

Julie Holliday


Julie Holliday, our Owner, is very active in the day-to-day operations of the center.  Julie assists her management team in all aspects of running the school. She makes it her goal to know all of the children enrolled and to be easily available for their parents.  With more than 25 years experience managing Pleasant Hill Academy from a parent’s perspective, she takes great pride in playing a part in helping children become responsible, considerate and contributing members of the community.

Theresa Lightsey

Executive Director

Theresa Lightsey joined our management team in September, 2017.  She holds a BSBA in Business Management and her Childcare Development Associates in addition to several certifications in Early Childhood Education.  Theresa owned and operated her own preschool in Florida for 14 years. In all, she has over 28 years  Early Childhood Education experience.  Theresa has two grown sons, so she often  draws from her parental experience when working with young families.  She is a passionate about providing high-quality care and education and she believes that the early years are critical for development.   Theresa enjoys being a part of the management team at Pleasant Hill Academy and looks forward to making a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.

Tina Langley

Administrative Director

Tina recently returned to Pleasant Hill Academy after taking a sabbatical to spend more time with her family. (Tina is the mother of 7 children in a blended family).  Tina has more than 23 years experience working in Early Childhood Education. She is a valued member of our management team and is known for her skills in implementing technology in preschool classrooms as well as her great skills in communicating with our families.

Kaela Mills

Assistant Director

Kaela joined our management team in September, 2018.  A mother of two young children herself, Kaela manages the center from the perspective of a parent.  Kaela has many years experience working with special needs children, and she is currently attending college to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Grace Shin

Assistant Director & Private PreK Lead Teacher

Grace has been a valued staff member at Pleasant Hill Academy since the center opened in 1994. In addition to her management role, Grace leads our Private Prekindergarten Program. She is well known by local Kindergarten teachers because she prepares her students for a lifetime of education amazingly well.  Grace is much loved by both children and parents, and we are so fortunate to have Grace as a part of our team.  In addition, Grace is bi-lingual, which is greatly helpful to our Korean families!

Clara Thomas

Nutrition Manager


Clara Thomas joined our staff to manage our kitchen and provide nutritious and appealing meals for the children in attendance.  Clara has nearly 18 years chef experience in various well-known restaurants in the area.  A parent of two children herself, and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Clara believes that if children develop healthy eating habits at a young age, they are more likely to maintain healthy eating habits as adults.

Our sincere love of children and belief that children need a solid foundation makes  Pleasant Hill Academy the perfect choice for your family’s childcare, preschool, after school, and summer camp needs. Our center is approximately 13,000 square feet with 9 classroom suites, a cafeteria, a resource room, a large activity gym for Pre-K and before and after school students, and 4 large playground areas separated for age groups.

At Pleasant Hill Academy we share a common desire with parents, which is to provide the absolute best for children. Our high quality and educated teachers, creative and fun educational programs and our state of the art facility make us stand high above others. We love children and are dedicated to their success.

Our door is always open for parents to discuss their needs, ask questions, or give suggestions and comments. We encourage you to come visit us – take a tour and meet our staff. We are confident that you will agree that this is the best environment for your child!

Please read through our information. If you have additional questions feel free to contact us. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Our Staff

We are extremely proud of our excellent staff of teachers and managers! Our staff is part of the consistent care provided by Pleasant Hill Academy. Many of our staff have been at Pleasant Hill Academy for several years, and our school has had the same owners since it was opened in 1994. We are very lucky to have many bi-lingual staff members available to help communicate with our multicultural families. We have teachers who speak Korean, Chinese, Spanish, Urdu, Russian, and French, among others.

All Pleasant Hill Academy employees hold a minimum of a Childcare Development Associates Degree, and are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education classes each calendar year. Our staff is trained in First Aid/CPR, Infectious Disease Control, Injury Prevention, Fire Safety, and Child Abuse Awareness. Additional training in curriculum, child development, classroom management and arrangement, age appropriate activities, nutrition, field trip planning and OSHA regulations provide the staff with skills needed to create a quality learning environment.

The staff is encouraged to further their education and are given opportunities to attend professional training conferences. We are proud of the fact that every single staff member at Pleasant Hill Academy holds a degree or technical training certificate.  Educated staff provide quality care for children.

Health and Safety

Children Playing

Pleasant Hill Academy uses the Zono Sanitech system for cleaning and disinfecting materials used throughout our facility. The Zono uses an ultraviolet light to create ozone, then adds humidity to create a sanitizing environment which kills 99.9% of common bacteria.

Our Zono Sanitech system allows us to sanitize toys, electronic equipment, mats, changing tables, diaper pails, crayons/markers, plush stuffed animals, baby bed mattresses, linens, rugs, and other commonly shared items throughout the day. All of our Toys are cleaned each day in the Zono machine.

Items that were considered difficult or impossible to sanitize are easily sanitized in the Zono. In 30 minutes, we can sanitize anything…you name it!  We are able to continuously sanitize items throughout the day without taking time away from our most important task-caring for and educating your children.

Use of our Zono machine has greatly reduced the spread of communicable viruses at that typically appear in childcare environments because of the frequent sharing of toys, electronic equipment, games, and other items. Our Zono systems kills 99.9% of common bacteria, including e-coli, staph, strep, HIV, flu, and even head lice! We have seen a tremendous reduction in the amount of colds and viruses among our children and staff since we began using the Zono in 2010.

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