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Infants have individual personalities. We help bring them to light.
Toddlers are extremely active. We keep them actively learning.
At two years old, children need to explore. We give them every opportunity.
At three years old, children discover and create. We encourage them to do it all.
At four years old, children are preparing for school. We get them ready to go.
At five years old, children are about to take on the world. We give them the tools to do it.
School-age children are curious about the world. We help them decipher it.
Ms. Elayne, Academy Director
Ms. Elayne has been serving as Academy Director at Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since February 2014 & has 30+ years of... Read More
Ms. Elayne has been serving as Academy Director at Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since February 2014 & has 30+ years of experience wearing several hats within the world of Early Childhood Education. Elayne won Kiddie Academy's National Director of the Year Award in 2016!
Ms. Lindsay, Assistant Director/Infant & Toddler Supervisor
Lindsay has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since March 2019 & holds a Child Development Associate. "The mediocre teacher... Read More
Lindsay has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since March 2019 & holds a Child Development Associate. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William Arthur Ward
Ms. Nikki, Assistant Director/Academy Support Coordinator
Ms. Nikki has been serving Kiddie Academy families since October 2019 & holds a BS in Early Childhood Education & MA in... Read More
Ms. Nikki has been serving Kiddie Academy families since October 2019 & holds a BS in Early Childhood Education & MA in Special Education. "Everyday in a hundred small ways our children ask "Do you see me? Do you hear me? Do I matter?" Their behavior often reflects our response." L.R.Knost
Ms. Emily, Unit Lead
Ms. Emily has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since January 2015 & holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology... Read More
Ms. Emily has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since January 2015 & holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology & a Child Development Associate. "A person's a person, no matter how small." Dr. Seuss
Ms. Dawn, Food Service Manager
Ms. Dawn has been cooking at Kiddie Academy of Chesterfield since November 2020. She holds a BS in Physical Education & her... Read More
Ms. Dawn has been cooking at Kiddie Academy of Chesterfield since November 2020. She holds a BS in Physical Education & her ServSafe Manager certificate.
Ms. Melissa, Food Service Management Supervisor
Ms. Melissa has been cooking at Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since February 2016 & holds her Missouri ServSafe Manager Certificate. "One... Read More
Ms. Melissa has been cooking at Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since February 2016 & holds her Missouri ServSafe Manager Certificate. "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf
Ms. Michelle, Kiddie Academy of St. Louis Corporate Support Coordinator
Michelle started teaching with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis in April 2014 & holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Studies... Read More
Michelle started teaching with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis in April 2014 & holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Studies - Child Development & Associate of Arts in Child Care & Guidance. “There are two gifts we should give our children; one is roots, and the other is wings”.
Karla Peebles, Human Resources Director
Karla is a mother of two adult children, two grandchildren, and has been happily married for 32 years as of Thanksgiving Day!... Read More
Karla is a mother of two adult children, two grandchildren, and has been happily married for 32 years as of Thanksgiving Day! As a grandmother of a 5-year-old and 4-month-old it is very exciting to learn new ways of teaching children. Technology is a huge part of our new COVID-19 world and with new challenges come new ideas. Karla loves teaching swim lessons in her spare time, and education is always on the top of her list. Professionally, Mrs. Peebles has her BA and Master’s Degree in HR Management from Lindenwood University, in addition to a PHR (Professional in Human Resources). She has worked for a variety of companies as either Customer Service Management or Human Resources Director. Karla was previously in the Adult Daycare business and decided work on the opposite spectrum of the business because it gives her insight into how our future world will be taught and continue to evolve.
Laura Eads, Operating Partner
Laura loves observing the activities, interaction and learning of young children. Their curious minds and robust spirits are a joy to nurture.... Read More
Laura loves observing the activities, interaction and learning of young children. Their curious minds and robust spirits are a joy to nurture. She especially enjoys a delightful conversation over the meaning of a favorite book or the virtues of growing a garden.Her personal experience with a structured and educationally-based pre-school and the positive experience that process created for her family, is something she wants to duplicate at Kiddie Academy. “The opportunity to impact young children with the resources of the Life Essentials program is very exciting to me.” As a working parent, she understands the level of responsibility the academy has to provide a nurturing environment to our families’ most precious assets. She will work hard to meet the whole family’s needs and will build relationships that last well beyond the preschool years.Laura has participated with PTO boards and programs throughout her children’s education. She has taught religious education at the elementary school level and helped create a weekly faith program for families.Laura has worked in professional and leadership training and human resources for more than 20 years, ten of which were with Tom at Keller Laboratories. She holds a B.S. degree from the University of Colorado and resides in Wildwood. She is married and has two adult children.
Tom Keller, Managing Partner
Tom is a father and grandfather who knows what it’s like to have a little hand reach for his, and loves to... Read More
Tom is a father and grandfather who knows what it’s like to have a little hand reach for his, and loves to hear the inquisitive questions asked by young children. He has been asked on many occasions why he has chosen to go into the child care business. His response is “because early childhood education is where children begin developing their foundation for how they will live as lifelong learners.” Professionally, Mr. Keller was CEO and President of Keller Laboratories, Inc., a dental laboratory group with offices and manufacturing in Missouri and four surrounding states. He is a firm believer in continuing education through professional leadership and personal development. A University of Kentucky graduate, Mr. Keller has participated in numerous leadership development programs and has been invited to speak at professional conferences. He lives in West St. Louis County with his wife, Marsha. They have two children and five grandchildren.
“The best preschool by far! Everyone is so loving and caring. KA is more like a second home for us. ? ”
Khatra Q., Chesterfield
“Teachers are intentional about insuring each child is cared for. I appreciate the skills my son is being taught and the curriculum being used to help him grow academically, physically, and emotionally. ”
Marjorie B., Chesterfield
“Hello, We are loving Kiddie academy so far. Both my kids love to go to kiddie academy. Teachers are really doing good job of teaching, sanitization, following the regulations during COVID times. Both my kids have learnt a lot. We have been pleased so far with the care provided to our children. However, few things… ”
Rucha K., Chesterfield
“Personalized care, emphasis on safety and cleanliness, and advanced, structured education training for all ages of development. Our daughter loves all of her teachers and they take a personal interest in her activities and well-being. ”
Katie O., Chesterfield
“Awesome Child Care and Study Center! My son develop too many skills since he got enroll in Kiddie Academy program. I will recommend them to everyone. ”
Aslin R., Chesterfield
“I like the variety of activities taught to the kids in an interactive way. I like that kids are outside for a couple hours a day to burn off energy. I also like how the school utilizes technology as a learning tool and not a pacifier for the kids. ”
Austin W., Chesterfield
“Friendly & caring staff!! ”
Padma S., Chesterfield
“I love that everyone is enthusiastic about my child and happy to comfort it if he is in need. I also love that every thing he does through out his day is something that gets his mind working! Teachers are hands on and allow each child to get a turn at something or to allow… ”
Ashley C., Chesterfield
“Everything!! You're the best.. wish we could take us with you to Canada. ”
Sandipan B., Chesterfield
“Our daughter has learned more in the last two months than we expected! Her manners, vocabulary, counting and letter recognition is wonderful. We love the healthy meals that served and the cleanliness of the facility - just perfect! ”
Sara W., Chesterfield
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