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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.
Between ages 4 and 5, 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.
Each Academy is a little different. Here's what makes us unique:
Johanna Reilly and Karin Kiernan, General Manager and Assistant Director
Hello! My name is Johanna Reilly (left) and I am the General Manager at Kiddie Academy. I am a mother of two... Read More
Hello! My name is Johanna Reilly (left) and I am the General Manager at Kiddie Academy. I am a mother of two children, a girl and a boy. I have worked with children since I was in HS. I received my CDA and Directors's credentials in the late 90's. I taught CDA classes for Manatee County and understand the importance of the early years of a child's life. I am available to assist your child in having a positive and strong foundation for the rest of their lives. Hello, my name is Karin Kiernan (right) and I am the Assistant Director at Kiddie Academy. I have worked at Kiddie Academy since 2011 in many various roles. I have been a VPK teacher, VPK coordinator and Education Coach. I also have a BS degree. I have been married for 28 years and have 2 children attending UF. Cultivating a nuturing learning environment where children can explore and establsih a foundation for the love of learning is my biggest goal. Community begins right here with our dedicated staff and parent partners, looking forward to this wonderful new chapter.
Marina Wolf-Schmidt and Bill Schmidt, Owners
The on-site owners are Marina Wolf-Schmidt and Bill Schmidt. Marina is a graduate of Columbia University, with a Masters of Arts, in... Read More
The on-site owners are Marina Wolf-Schmidt and Bill Schmidt. Marina is a graduate of Columbia University, with a Masters of Arts, in Childhood Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She started her career as a teacher and later had an opportunity in Human Resources Development. In this capacity, she held several key leadership positions as Vice President of Human Resources and Director of Learning and Development within Fortune 500 companies, such as Blue Cross & Blue Shield, SmithKline Beecham, and Honeywell. Marina is a member and volunteers on the United Way Womens Counsel and actively participates in Childcare Makeovers. She also serves on the Technical Board of Early Childhood Development in Manatee County; President of the Board for the Gulf Coast CEO Forum and a VP, Programs for Columbia University Alumni. Bill and Marina both serve on District 5 Advisory Board for Manatee Board of County Commissioners. Bill Schmidt has a Mechanical Engineering degree and a Masters in Manufacturing Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has held many management positions with companies such as Clorox, Bic Pens, and Tropitone Furniture. Marina and Bill's greatest joy is their 18 year old daughter Kristina. Kristina is a honor student that attends Boston College. Currently, she is involved in ballet, student ambassador club and the Women's Business Club. It is truly a privilege to be a parent and we are totally committed to developing and caring for your precious children.
“Educational programs and amazing staff. ”
Angela L., Lakewood Ranch
“The staff genuinely care about my child and are great communicators, via the Tadpoles app, email, phone, in-person, etc. I love the standards-based lesson plans and activities (even for the littles- my daughter is only 1), as well as the pics, videos, daily update/summary, and links to the songs sang in class that are sent… ”
Courtney L., Lakewood Ranch
“My son loves coming to school everyday. The teachers treat him so well and it is such a warm and inviting environment. He has learned so much in the time he has been there ”
Jennifer N., Lakewood Ranch
“Excellent teachers and staff, clean facilities and happy kids! ”
Lisa S., Lakewood Ranch
“Everything is good, the staff is really carefully and my son made a lots of progress. I couldn’t give 10 because it’s could be better. Wonderful school I just love it. ”
Aminata L., Lakewood Ranch
“The staff really knows my children and cares about them. They are a part of our family. ”
Brooke B., Lakewood Ranch
“Everything! Awesome team! ”
Alexandra O., Lakewood Ranch
“It’s attention and safety for the children. Teachers and caregivers are great. ”
Marc S., Lakewood Ranch
“Liam excels I’m sharing his knowledge gained at KA ”
Sara F., Lakewood Ranch
“They education provided is done in a fun way and appropriate for my child’s age. ”
Tara V., Lakewood Ranch
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