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About Us

Get to know us & learn more about our vision at Heartland Preschool & Playland

Meet the Team

Not including raising her own children, Ms Tess has invested in the lives of little ones for 20 years in the Austin area and now over 5 years in Tyler, TX. She loves the art of teaching preschool and watching young minds growing and changing! She and Mr. Scott moved to the Tyler area to “chase grandkids” and love being here! She is the director of HEARTLAND PRESCHOOL & PLAYLAND TYLER. She is the primary care provider and main teacher.

Mr. Scott is a retired remodeling contractor, musician, and likes to “restore old things”.  After marrying Ms Tess and retirement he has been a wonderful addition to the Heartland Preschool staff. He wears many hats some of which include: preparation of meals, grounds & building maintenance, assistant teacher, and just fits in wherever needed.

Ms. Rachel is most importantly the mother of Aspen (our inspiration) In addition she is Marketing Director for Heartland Preschool’s promotions.

Many thanks go to David England with Promo MEdia for creating and maintaining our website.

Tess White

Tess White


Scott White

Scott White

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

David England

David England

Web Design



that the Social-Emotional Development of the child plays a crucial role in determining the child’s readiness and future success in the school environment.


to meet the emotional needs of every child God places in our care. 

Our Vision: School Readiness

WE BELIEVE that relationships play a major role in the wiring of social-emotional intelligence. 

The characteristics of social-emotional intelligence are the same key ingredients for school readiness.  Those characteristics are:   Exhibits self-confidence; expresses natural curiosity; makes thoughtful choices; exhibits self control (controls impulses, delays gratification); relates to others (reads social cues); knows feelings of others and expresses concern (empathy); calming strategies; communicates needs, desires and ideas; problem solves (negotiates and compromises).  This list of characteristics was developed in a study in 1968 and has not changed in every study done (each decade) since.  There is no order of importance, nonetheless, each one is important in determining the success of your child in school and in life itself.

“Caregivers, parents and teachers, hold in their hands the chance to shape a child’s entire future.  High on the list of priorities are the social interactions and emotional exchanges between caregiver and child.” 

Bruce Perry

MD, Texas Medical Center