The Nest Team

Our Staff

Suzanne Anderson

RN, BSN - Executive Director

Nest Staff
About Suzanne

Suzanne Anderson is an experienced early childhood education leader, and a mom and grandmother. A successful entrepreneur throughout her healthcare management career, she worked in preschools as a teacher, chapel leader and director for years. Her most important qualification, however, is her lifelong involvement in child evangelism, church ministry and music programs. Because of the early influence of child evangelists in her own life, Suzanne is called to spiritually train children. It is her passion to teach little ones about the One who loves them best – Jesus.

She founded The Nest Christian Academy, an exemplary kindergarten prep school and serves as Executive Director. After spending time in Bible seminary, Suzanne earned a Bachelors in Nursing and a Masters in Marketing. A newly published author, Suzanne’s first book is based on memorable, influential stories read to her as a child. The book, The Story of the Plain Brown Wren, is available, and will soon be part of the academically rich, biblically based Nest curriculum for homeschoolers, subscription service and Christian preschools everywhere.

It is her life’s goal that the Nest’s impact and legacy is seen in children and families as they grow to live the way God commanded. The heritage of The Nest is reflected in Suzanne’s motto: if we don’t teach children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to. The legacy of The Nest will be told in the lives of students who love learning and serving in church ministry throughout their lives.

Crystal Grant

Education Director

Nest Staff
About Crystal
Crystal has an enriched background in Elementary Education. She worked for Garland ISD where she taught fourth grade for nine years and taught ESL for three years where she worked with Kindergarten through fifth grade. Throughout the twelve years at Garland ISD, she wrote reading curriculum for the summer school program, served as an assistant to the principal of several summer schools, served as a lead teacher for her grade level, and a mentor teacher for several beginning teachers. She also served as the Bilingual/ESL lead teacher for her school. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at TCU with a minor in Spanish. She received her Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Lamar University. She is state certified in elementary education and education administration.
A married mother of two sons, Case and Wyatt, having them at The Nest is what led her to join the staff as Education Director. She began her journey there, first as a mom who fell in the love with the staff at the Nest, and with their philosophy of educating “Little Bible Scholars”. She is excited to serve as a leader in The Nest, sharing her knowledge and experience in education. She is passionate and committed to teaching children to follow biblical principles, which stands as the basis for the curriculum. A favorite quote that has served her well is “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents”.
Kendra Estrada

Lead Teacher

Nest Staff
About Kendra

Kendra Estrada is a highly experienced elementary school teacher with a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certification in Elementary Education. She worked for Mansfield and Arlington ISD where she taught second and third grade. Throughout the past five years, she has been teaching prekindergarten and bridge/transitional kindergarten. 

Kendra is married with four amazing children. Having her youngest child later in life, she was in search of a preschool for him that mirrored the preschool her older children attended. She began looking for an extraordinary Christian program that also provided an exemplary academic curriculum.  

The Nest Preschool turned out to be the perfect solution for her son and for Kendra both.  Her little son attended for three years and has become an advanced kindergarten learner in the exemplary Argyle schools.  Kendra has been an integral part of The Nest serving in a leadership role involved with inspiring and training teachers, and consulting on the curriculum development from the first years at The Nest Christian Academy.

Her contribution to the “teacher-friendly” biblically centered curriculum means that other families in the community are also blessed with excellence in their early learning years. Kendra is a much sought-after, highly recommended teacher and leader, known for her success in the prekindergarten and kindergarten level reading program.  

Her focus and theme throughout her teaching is expressed in one of her favorite quotes, “The more you read, the more things you will know.   The more you learn, the more places you will go.”  (Dr. Seuss)

At The Nest

Teacher Training

All educational tools required for teaching The Nest curriculum are provided to our teachers

We have a strong training program for our teachers making them well equipped to teach little learners.

Teachers are trained utilizing a detailed, daily lesson plan, extensive vocabulary words, guided reading questions for each story, picture visuals for story telling, beautiful artistic Bible cards, bible verse memorization, biblical character card, and all worksheets and activity tools for each lesson for each student.

In most schools, teachers spend valuable classroom time and outside hours preparing classroom tools. Our teachers, on the other hand, are free to invest that valuable time actually teaching the material and establishing quality relationships with their students.