Noreen Ottalagano - Pre-Kindergarten - Kindergarten

Experience:  Noreen Ottalagano has been working with preschoolers for the past 30 years. Having earned her Associate’s Degree from Grossmont College, she has blessed the community at Faith Chapel Preschool, churches, and for the past six years, Pre-Kindergarten at Heartland Christian Homeschool Center. Noreen has focused on Child Development enjoying the total growth of each child. All of Noreen’s talents are evident in her classroom – music, art, reading, writing, phonics, and the reality of God’s Word.

Interests:  I married my 2nd grade sweetheart and we have 3 daughters. I enjoy being with my family, especially my grandchildren! Quiet time is important and I love Beth Moore's Bible studies. I also enjoy writing curriculum both for school and church. My husband is a pastor and I am currently overseeing the Children's Ministry.

Personal comments:  I'm blessed that God has allowed me to work with children and families. I can't imagine doing anything else!

Principal’s comment:  "Don’t be fooled by Noreen Ottalagano’s quiet nature. She’s a wonderful, consistent, positive trainer of little people. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone else who would serve as a greater example of a mother’s heart and a godly woman. We are so grateful that Noreen has shared her talents with our Heartland families."

Melanie Deyling - 3rd and 4th Grades

Experience: Teacher's aide for five years; teacher for 15 years; as a pastor's wife she has worked with youth ministries; home schooled her 4 children from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Interests: Traveling, fine arts, family, teaching Bible and creation.


Personal comment: "Watching the strugglers' faces when they finally 'get it' makes all the work worthwhile. I enjoy the daily writing assignments and Bible time, provoking thinking and discussion. Most of all, I love creating a homey atmosphere; my students are like a family."


Principal's comment: "Did someone say, "Children learn when there is no stress?" Melanie's room is the epitome of learning in the comfort of your own living room. Her natural, creative design talents enhance the pleasantry of learning; she makes the process so normal that students are unaware of how consistently on track they are with their academic goals."

Jennifer Wortman - 1st and 2nd Grades

Experience:  Jennifer has worked as a monitor at Heartland for several years.  We are so excited to have her teaching our 1st and 2nd graders.  Jennifer attended HCHC from 8th - 12th grade and knows our system inside and out.  Jennifer began working at Heartland a year or two after high school graduation.  She has trained under the very best to teach our young students.  Jennifer is a fabulous writer, is kind and honest, and cares so much about our children.

PreK - 4th Grade

Heartland Christian is an innovative school, incorporating the best from both traditional school and home study. It is an affordable, school alternative combining two or three days of actual school attendance with home schooling. Heartland's mission is to offer quality education-including individual instruction, spiritual guidance, and parent training- to families, in order to assist in raising up well-equipped citizens of character.