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A little about our Academy

Each Academy is a little different. Here's what makes us unique:

  • A curriculum that exceeds state standards
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Parent communications portal
  • Safe and secure state-of-the-art facility
  • Cooking class, Music & More, soccer and chess academy
  • Monthly Parent's Night Out
  • NAEYC Accredited
  • Webcams in every classroom and on the playgrounds

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  • Ms. Chassidy, Assistant Director/Academy Support Coordinator

    Chassidy started teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in January 2018 & holds an Associate's degree in General Studies. "Every child...   Read More

    Ms. Chassidy, Assistant Director/Academy Support Coordinator

    Chassidy started teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in January 2018 & holds an Associate's degree in General Studies. "Every child in your classroom is someone's whole world!"

  • Ms. Elyce, Academy Director

    Ms. Elyce has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since August 2016; she holds an AA in Nutrition and is...   Read More

    Ms. Elyce, Academy Director

    Ms. Elyce has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since August 2016; she holds an AA in Nutrition and is finishing up her BS in Elementary/Special Education. "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn" - Ignacio Estrada

  • Ms. Gina, Operations Director

    Gina started teaching with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis in November 2014 & holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology & Education....   Read More

    Ms. Gina, Operations Director

    Gina started teaching with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis in November 2014 & holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology & Education. "Every child is "GIFTED"; they just unwrap their packages at different times."

  • Ms. Candace, Assistant Director/Preschool Supervisor

    Candace has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since August 2019 & holds a Bachelor's in Social Work & a...   Read More

    Ms. Candace, Assistant Director/Preschool Supervisor

    Candace has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since August 2019 & holds a Bachelor's in Social Work & a Child Development Associate.

  • Ms. Gina, Unit Lead

    Gina has been educating at Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since September 2018 and is working on a BA in Elementary Education....   Read More

    Ms. Gina, Unit Lead

    Gina has been educating at Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since September 2018 and is working on a BA in Elementary Education. "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up" - Pablo Picasso

  • Ms. Lily, Food Service Manager

    Ms. Lily has been cooking with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since November 2020 & holds a ServSafe Manager certification.

    Ms. Lily, Food Service Manager

    Ms. Lily has been cooking with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since November 2020 & holds a ServSafe Manager certification.

  • 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, 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 cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf

  • Michayla Payne, Corporate Administrative Specialist

    Michayla has been with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since June 2021 & holds an associates in business administration. "The child is...   Read More

    Michayla Payne, Corporate Administrative Specialist

    Michayla has been with Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since June 2021 & holds an associates in business administration. "The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” -Maria Montessori

  • Yuree Jeong, Recruiting Manager

    Yuree has been recruiting for Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since May 2021. Yuree has been in the education industry for over...   Read More

    Yuree Jeong, Recruiting Manager

    Yuree has been recruiting for Kiddie Academy of St. Louis since May 2021. Yuree has been in the education industry for over 15 years between the US and Korea. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” -Albert Einstein

  • 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 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. 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 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 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.

Hear from our parents

I just wanted to write a quick note of thanks for the great work you guys do with the social and emotional well being of these sweet kiddos! My girls are so good at identifying their feelings (good or bad) and my newly 2 year old loves to empathize with the movie Luca, when “Luca…
Katie L., Des Peres

Wonderful teachers!!
Sweta K., Des Peres

We absolutely love Kiddie Academy and cannot say enough great things! We continue to be amazed by the curriculum and activities that they do each and every day. I cannot imagine the time and energy each teacher spends on the lesson plans to make them the best of the best. Ms. Alex, Ms. Malena and…
Lauren H., Des Peres

I love knowing my child is getting a great education that is prepping her for kindergarten as well as building a great foundation for future learning. I love hearing from my daughter how much she loves her friends and teachers. We are thankful for Ms. Mel, Ms. Kyla and Ms. Candace! You all are so…
Cory B., Des Peres

We love that we are able to feel safe dropping off our son each morning! He loves his teacher Ms. Maggie and has made the transition for being a new mom in daycare as easy as it could be!
Kathryn J., Des Peres

We love that our child is exposed to a wide variety of activities at a very young age.
Trista J., Des Peres

We 100% love the staff so kind to my child and such fun activities that come along that my son have enjoyed truly incredible experience with kiddie acedemy!! We 100% think this school is perfect as a pre-school.
Neftalin F., Des Peres

Excellent teachers. Amazing curriculum.
Leslie M., Des Peres

The staff at Kiddie Academy are amazing. They took such good care of my son and he is so happy to go! We are so impressed by how much he has learned and how much he enjoys it.
Rachel D., Des Peres

Kiddie Academy has been the best decision we have ever made for both of our children! There is no better feeling than knowing our children are in the best possible learning and loving environment while we are at work. We actually made the mistake of switching to a closer daycare when we moved. We knew…
Melissa H., Des Peres

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