About Us


Redeemer Lutheran Preschool
An Accredited Early Childhood Program


Mission Statement:

Our goal is to make a positive contribution to the life of each child in our care.  We believe each child is a unique and special gift from GOD.
(Mark 10:13-16, Luke 10:27, Proverbs 22:6)

The staff of Redeemer Lutheran Preschool strives to create a positive first learning experience by providing:

  • A Christ-centered environment/curriculum
  • Teacher directed activities and self-chosen centers that by nature of design instill learning
  • A structured work time that follows the California Preschool Learning Foundations as it applies to social/emotional development, language and literacy, and mathematics
  • Extra-curricular activities that instill the values of friendship, family, and fellowship (please see our annual calendar of events)

Our Philosophy:

Each child is a precious gift from God and should be cared for and nurtured in a supportive environment at home and at school.  Redeemer Lutheran serves the community and our local families by providing a quality, Christian education that prepares its students for a life of learning, growing and excelling.
  • Your child will experience the joy of learning with age-appropriate curriculum which involves the cultivation of each child's interest and curiosity while preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.  Focus on language development, writing, counting, and science exploration.
  • Your child will know Christ's love and forgiveness through Christ-centered programs and curriculum, Bible stories, activities, weekly chapel and prayer.
  • Your child will develop a positive self-image, become independent and self-reliant, understand individual differences, and learn respect adn compassion for others through play and social interaction.
  • Your child will enjoy participating in music, movement, drama and art.

Reasons to choose Redeemer Lutheran Preschool

  • Faith-based weekly chapel
  • Creative arts and a comprehensive music program
  • Learning materials that can be readily adapted to use with varying skill levels depending on developmental placement.
  • Spacious and clean rooms
  • Learning centers that engage and challenge children
  • Three play yards to choose from
  • Extended care that offers enrichment activities
  • All staff are CPR and First Aid certified
  • Stable staff – minimal turnover
  • Curriculum that is age appropriate (please see specific classroom goals/schedule)

Preschool Staff:


D26Z-110061 Lauren Hilts - Director

Since I was 12, I knew I wanted to be in the field of education and child care.  My passion is working with children and watching them grow.  I have worked with preschool aged children through Senior high, but my favorite group to work with is early childhood.  I have worked at Christ Lutheran Preschool in Costa Mesa for 12 years.  My job title has changed many times as I have held many positions there, such as: morning floater - working alongside all the teachers in three seperate classrooms, an afternoon teacher, a co-teacher, a lead teacher, an outside curriculum coordinator, and an interim director for 8 months.  In addition, my sensitivity to the families in our care is shown by respecting the parent's traditions and cultures, while treating their child/children as a unique child of God.   I have an A.A. and an Early Childhood certificate, and Administration units from Orange Coast College.  Therefore, I meet qualification for a master teacher/director of a preschool facility according to California state licensing. My areas of strength are demonstrated by open communication, developing relationships with all staff, children, and families by supporting their needs and interests.  As an educator, I am dedicated to facilitating growth by encouraging others to be independent.  I connect staff, families and students to Jesus in a respectful, loving and supportive way.  My favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  This bible verse shows how we can always count on Jesus no matter what our life circumstance may be.


Virginia Higley  Virginia Higley – Angelfish Teacher (ages 4-5)

I have served in the teaching ministry for 28 years.  I started teaching English as a second language to children ages 4 to 15, discovering that my favorite age group was early childhood.  I enjoy nurturing the children with care and love and assisting their development and instruction on their journey to kindergarten and beyond.  My real passion is creating activities for the educational development of the children through music, art, and play.  I started as an Assistant teacher, then worked as a pre-k co-teacher for 12 years and preppy-k lead teacher for 6 years at Grace Lutheran Preschool in H.B.  I was also responsible since 2011 for implementing and aligning the Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and Pre-k curricula to the California Learning Foundations and adding a faith-based program to it.  Since 2013 I have created a rich program for the preschool summer camp.  Additionally, I have conducted diverse workshops to Grace preschool staff and other local preschools.  I hold a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology and an A.A in Executive Secretarial from St. Peter’s University in New Jersey.  I also have 20+ units in Early Childhood Education along with Administration units from Orange Coast College and I hold a Child Development Assistant Permit from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing in CA.  In my free time I enjoy my family’s company, reading, and playing with Bebe, our cat.

 Select this imageKarina Marquez - Rainbowfish Teacher (Ages 3-4)

My fascinating and rewarding adventure of becoming a preschool teacher started  in 2012. I was volunteering at Garden Grove 1st Preschool and realized spending time with children was rewarding, so it inspired me to turn this opportunity into my career. During my three years as a lead teacher at Garden Grove 1st Preschool, I loved working with the 4-year-old class. It was my responsibility to help children become independent and self-sufficient. I guided them to interact positively with peers and teachers and to understand their feelings and those of others. After moving to another school for a better opportunity, in 2015, I began working at Irvine United Congregational Church Early Childhood Center. Serving as a lead teacher in their three-year-old class, my favorite part of working there was incorporating the environment with our curriculum. The children and I planted a beautiful garden with sunflowers, succulents, apple and lemon trees and other vegetation. While teaching at these schools, I built a friendly relationship with children, staff, and families. I hope to do the same here. I found that as a bilingual (Spanish) speaker, the children in my care, also received an introduction to another language. 

This will be my first year teaching the Rainbow Fish class at Redeemer Lutheran Preschool. My goal is to provide the children with spiritual guidance, self-regulating behaviors, and a positive learning environment. I am currently finishing my ECE Certificate and Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. My goal is to continue going to school to for my Bachelor's degree and additional credentials. In my spare time, I enjoy making arts and crafts, gardening, shopping, and spending time with family.

D26Z-110081 Crystal Miller -  Dolphin Teacher (Ages 2-3)

Ms. Crystal began working with young children at the age of 14.  She has spent the last 10 years teaching early childhood education.  She recently earned her B.A. in Child Development and is currently attending Azusa Pacific University to obtain her M.A. in Christian Leadership.  Ms. Crystal loves to read, explore new places and hang with her husband and kitty, "Mr. JuJu".




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