For 2021-2022 School Year...

At Learning Tree Preschool LLC, we value the opportunity to support parents of young children in the Oak Grove area by providing a quality private Christian school for our K-3, K-4, and K-5 students in Learning Tree Christian Academy and childcare for our infants, 1's, and 2's. At Learning Tree Christian Academy, we purpose to provide a Christian school with a Biblical worldview that enhances spiritual growth for our students and their families, while maintaining a peaceful, safe environment for students, and continuously promoting academic excellence. 

Learning Tree features hands-on learning in a FUN, loving, Christian environment through a combination of student-led and teacher-directed learning activities. We focus on the overall development of the whole person including social, emotional, physical, spiritual, creative, cognitive, and language development.  

Meet the Owners...

Hi. We are Larry and Maria Dorman. We have been married for 34 years and are blessed to have a wonderful grown-up daughter, Katie, who works with us at Learning Tree. The Lord has also blessed us with an awesome son and grandson.  

Maria has a BSBA degree from USM with a major in marketing management, has her childcare director's credential, and has years of experience working with and loving children.  She is currently a graduate student working on her masters degree in educational leadership through Pensacola Christian College, scheduled to graduate August 2021. Maria serves our Learning Tree families as co-owner and co-director of Learning Tree Preschool LLC. She is the administrator for our Learning Tree Christian Academy. Larry also graduated from USM with a BSBA in management information systems and currently works in the IT field for LHC Group. Larry and Maria are excited to share in the lives of those who join our Learning Tree family!

Meet the Staff...

Katie Aultman - Katie serves as co-director of Learning Tree Preschool LLC. With years of experience as a private art teacher, she also brings creativity and a love of art to all our Learning Tree children. She also has a son, Jayce, who is one of our students at Learning Tree. She is an early childhood education major, has her childcare director’s credential, and has had several years of childcare experience. Katie also has many years of experience teaching private art and music lessons. In her spare time, Katie enjoys painting, drawing, singing, and spending time with family and friends.

Nikki Martin - Nikki also serves as co-director. She has her associates degree from Jones County Junior College and is close to completing her bachelors degree in early childhood education from Liberty University. She brings to Learning Tree a great deal of experience she has gained working in two other local childcare centers. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising and running. Nikki has a great heart for children and serves as a foster care mother.

Our Amazing Staff: We have a fantastic teaching team at Learning Tree in both Learning Tree Preschool and Learning Tree Christian Academy!!! Our teachers love the children and are dedicated to providing high quality early education and care for our children. We are very thankful for all of them!


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