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A little about our Academy

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

  • Cooking class, Music & More, soccer and chess academy
  • Monthly Parent's Night Out
  • NAEYC Accredited
  • Secure entrance
  • Webcams in every classroom and on the playgrounds

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  • Ms. Gina, Academy Director

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

    Ms. Gina, Academy Director

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

  • Ms. Tarra, Assistant Director/Academy Support Coordinator

    Tarra started teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in November 2016 & holds a Child Development Associate. "Education is the most...   Read More

    Ms. Tarra, Assistant Director/Academy Support Coordinator

    Tarra started teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in November 2016 & holds a Child Development Associate. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

  • Ms. Chassidy, Assistant Director/Infant & Toddler Supervisor

    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/Infant & Toddler Supervisor

    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. Mel, Assistant Director/Preschool Supervisor

    Mel started teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in May 2017 & holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education....   Read More

    Ms. Mel, Assistant Director/Preschool Supervisor

    Mel started teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in May 2017 & holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. "Play is the highest form of research." -Albert Einstein

  • Ms. Melissa, Food Service Manager

    Ms. Melissa has been cooking at Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since February 2016 & holds her Missouri ServSafe Manager Certificate. "One...   Read More

    Ms. Melissa, Food Service Manager

    Ms. Melissa has been cooking at Kiddie Academy of Des Peres 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. Lindsay, Unit Lead

    Lindsay has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres since March 2019 & holds a Child Development Associate. "The mediocre teacher...   Read More

    Ms. Lindsay, Unit Lead

    Lindsay has been teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres 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. Gabby, Unit Lead

    Gabby started teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in October 2019 & is working on a Child Development Associate. "It takes...   Read More

    Ms. Gabby, Unit Lead

    Gabby started teaching with Kiddie Academy of Des Peres in October 2019 & is working on a Child Development Associate. "It takes a village to raise a child."

  • 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

    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 - 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”.

  • 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

The teachers. The food. The hours. The proximity to home.
Anthony C., Des Peres

We love how Kiddie Academy guides our son with his developmental growth at school and also the tips they give for us at home. For example, the teachers have let us know when it was time for one less nap and when it was time for solid foods. Things that may have taken more time…
Dan R., Des Peres

Exceptional service
Vineet S., Des Peres

My son loves his teachers and the curriculum. He feels challenged and is engaged because of the high quality education and superb teaching staff!
Matt M., Des Peres

We always feel that Andre is happy and well cared for at school. He looks forward to his day!
Paula A., Des Peres

Love the tadpoles app with pictures and daily activities listed.
Beth H., Des Peres

Exceptional facility with the friendliest teachers and staff. They truly treat every child like their own and have amazing educational curriculum.
Megan K., Des Peres

We came from a in home care situation and I was nervous on the transition over but Ms. Alex and Ms. Gabby were amazing and helped make my daughter feel safe and cared for. When we started there my daughter was behind in expressive talk and after one month we noticed a night and day…
Cory B., Des Peres

The entire staff from administrators to teachers is wonderful. They truly care about our girls and we love having them at KA!
Melissa S., Des Peres

We feel like the teachers at Kiddie Academy are an extension of our family. We have great open communications with them. I trust that they understand our goals for our child and work along with us to help them reach those goals.
Homer P., Des Peres

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