Lakeside Children’s Academy Staff

Director and Owners:

Laura Hockensmith Schlereth

Laura Hockensmith Schlereth

Director/ Owner

Laura began teaching at Lakeside in 2008, in the one-year-old classroom. In May of 2009, she became the Business and Marketing Director. Laura became the Director in 2011. Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Southeast Missouri State University. While at Southeast, she served as the Student Representative to the Board of Regents. She has taken college courses in Early Care and Education. Laura has her Director’s Certificate through the State of Missouri. Laura is a graduate of Parkway South High School and attended Carman Trails Elementary. She has her Class E Drivers License. Laura participates in Parkway School District studies, the West County Chamber of Commerce, the Valley Park Business Association, and other community events. She is looking forward to begin her Continuing Education training career with the community. Laura will train teachers on various topics concerning early education. Laura is married to Joe. They live close by in Manchester

Amy Meyers

Amy Meyers

Assistant Director

Years at Lakeside: Began at Lakeside January 2018 as the Assistant Director
Family: Boyfriend Kyle and Artemis (dog)
Why you like working with children: Seeing children develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. I love being a big contributor to their growth and development.
Hobbies: Reading, Crafting, & Dancing
Favorite Quote: “When you are hugging a child, always be the last one to let go”
Favorite Children’s Book: Only One You By: Linda Kranz
Favorite Children’s Song: “Oh Mister Sun!”

Sue Hockensmith

Sue Hockensmith

Owner

Began Teaching in: 1992.
Family: Philip, Angela and Laura
Why you like working with children: Being the oldest of five children I have always been passionate about children. Children make me laugh and they are so filled with love.
Hobbies: Reading, gardening and music
Favorite Quote: “Nothing is ever easy and Always something”
Favorite Children’s Book: Too many to list
Favorite Children’s Song: Too many to list

Managers:

Kaeci Davis

Kaeci Davis

Manager

Began Teaching in: August 2011.
Family: Husband (Jon), daughters (Lena and Louella) and son (Corbin).
Why you like working with children: I love watching kids discover new adventures and discovering new things they can accomplish on their own.
Hobbies: Baking, reading, spending time with family and going to Target.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
Favorite Children’s Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Favorite Children’s Song: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

Emily Sutton

Emily Sutton

Manager

Began Teaching in: September 2010.
Family: Scott, 2 daughters (Reece and Kate) and dogs (Macy and Gus)
Why you like working with children: They make me laugh. I learn from them every day! They help me see things from a whole new perspective. I love their honesty and they show you how to appreciate the little things in life. I also love watching them learn and discover new things.
Hobbies: I love being outside, spending time with my family, photography and racing.
Favorite Quote: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.” – Audrey Hepburn
Favorite Children’s Book: Moo, Baa, Lalala By Sandra Boynton
Favorite Children’s Song: “Hickety Pickety Bumble Bee”

Supervisors:

Annie Riordan

Annie Riordan

Supervisor

Began Teaching in: May 2011
Family: Fiancé (Nick), I have two dogs (Sampson and Evey). We are also welcoming our first daughter in May 2018.
Why you like working with children: I love watching children grow and the “wow” on their faces when learning new things.
Hobbies: My hobbies are walking my dogs, cooking, watching movies, sitting by the pool and hiking at Castlewood.
Favorite Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
Favorite Children’s Book: There is an Alligator Under my Bed by Mercer Mayer
Favorite Children’s Song: “5 Little Monkeys Swinging From a Tree”

Judi Parr

Judi Parr

Supervisor

Began Teaching in: April 2009
Family: Husband (Steve), 3 sons (Jake, Sam and James), 1 daughter (Alison and Son-in-law, Tim) and 2 Grandchildren (Emilio and Charlotte)
Why you like working with children: Hugs, smiles and the messy learning process.
Hobbies: Reading and crafts
Favorite Quote: “I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.” – Carol Sagan
Favorite Children’s Book: The Little Red Hen By J.P Miller
Favorite Children’s Song: “You are my Sunshine”

Lead Teachers:

Monica Cernich

Monica Cernich

Lead Teacher Pre-Kindergarten

Began Teaching in: September 2017.
Family: Parents, sister, nephew, 3 dogs and 1 cat
Why you like working with children: It is very rewarding to see a child learn something new. I love being able to have an influence on the new generation.
Hobbies: Sporting events, concerts, camping, road trips and crafting
Favorite Quote: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched-they must be felt with the heart.” –Helen Keller
Favorite Children’s Book: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Favorite Children’s Song: “5 Little Monkeys”

Diana Nolan

Diana Nolan

Lead Teacher Two-Year-Olds

Began Teaching in: August 2004.
Family: I have been married to Larry Nolan for 18 years; between us we have 5 children. The oldest is 38 and the youngest is 23. We have 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Why you like working with children: Working with two year olds keeps me happy. They have a way of brightening even the darkest day. It is exciting to see them reach new milestones. This is an exciting age.
Hobbies: I enjoying making things out of wood. Quilt racks, benches and plaques. I spend time on Facebook, my grandchildren live in different parts of the country. It is good to see pictures of them and how they are changing.
Favorite Quote: “A hundred years for now…It will not matter what kind of car I drive, what kind of house I lived in, nor how much money I had in my bank account. But the world may be better because I was important in the life of a child.”
Favorite Children’s Book: The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
Favorite Children’s Song: My favorite songs include motions and funny voices. “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” is high on my list. We sing three versions. The original version, “The Great BIG Spider” and “The Itsy Bitsy Tiny Little Spider.” I smile as I watch the children mimic the different faces and voices I use with each version.

Laura Olson

Laura Olson

Lead Teacher Pre-School 3 Year Olds

Began teaching in: May 2018
Family: I don’t have a family of my own yet. I have a wonderful father, mother and an older brother. My grandma lives at Cape Albeon and shares the lake with Lakeside.
Why you like working with children: Children make me happy. I love all their different personalities. I like turning their tears into smiles, comforting them.
Hobbies: Being outdoors, gardening, taking pictures and swimming.
Favorite Quote: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
Favorite Children’s Book: “Horton Hears a Who”
Favorite Children’s Song: “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”

Emily Bush

Emily Bush

Lead Teacher Pre-School - 4 Year Olds

Began Teaching in: January 2005.
Family: Husband (Larry), 3 daughters (Adyson-9, Mady-7, Brooklyn- 9 months)
Why you like working with children: I enjoy watching children learn and grow. I also enjoy making a difference in their lives.
Hobbies: Sports and photography
Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard M. Baruch
Favorite Children’s Book: Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Favorite Children’s Song: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

Megan Compton

Megan Compton

Lead Teacher School Age Program

Began Teaching in: May 2011
Family: Mom, dad, brother and sister. I also have a dog (Texas), 2 cats and a turtle.
Why you like working with children: They keep things interesting and its fun watching them grow and learn.
Hobbies: Kayaking, photography, hanging out with friends and family.
Favorite Quote: “To live would be an awfully big adventure.” – Peter Pan
Favorite Children’s Book: Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
Favorite Children’s Song: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

Assistant Teachers:

Michelle Schilli

Michelle Schilli

Assistant

Began Teaching in: March 2017.
Family: I am married to a great husband; I also have a 4 year old daughter, Abigail that attends Lakeside.
Why you like working with children: I love to see the children’s faces when they discover something new. The best part about teaching is the hugs and that you touch their lives forever.
Hobbies: I love to do scrapbooking, reading books about horses and enjoying time with my family.
Favorite Quote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge” – Albert Einstein
Favorite Children’s Book: The Little Engine that Could By Watty Piper
Favorite Children’s Song: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

Billie Tegeler

Billie Tegeler

Assistant

Began Teaching in: February 2017.
Family: Nathan (my boyfriend), Isabelle (my cousin), Tanya (my mom) and 6 siblings (Rickey, Logan, Victoria, Cydney, Aubrey and Brooke).
Why I like working with children: I love seeing the joy on their faces when they learn something new.
Hobbies: Reading, coloring and photography
Favorite Quote: “The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” –The Doctor (Doctor Who, Season 5, Episode 10)
Favorite Children’s Book: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and There’s a Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
Favorite Children’s Song: “Chugga Chugga Choo Choo” by Choo Choo Soul

Natasha McAfee

Natasha McAfee

Assistant

Began teaching in: May 2018
Family: I have two older sisters and one older brother.
Why you like working with children: I enjoy watching children grow and learn new things. I enjoy putting a smile on each child’s face.
Hobbies: Reading, painting, four wheeling, spending time with family and friends.
Favorite Quote: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get!” Forest Gump
Favorite Children’s Book: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” Eric Carle
Favorite Children’s Song: “Ba Ba Black Sheep”

Pam Hunt

Pam Hunt

Assistant

Began Teaching in: August 2014.
Family: I have a great nephew and 2 great nieces.
Why you like working with children: They teach me something new daily.
Hobbies: Being in a pool, reading and watching TV.
Favorite Quotes: “The 5 P’s: Prior Planning Prevents Present Problems” – Anonymous
Favorite Children’s Book: Love You Forever By Robert Munsch
Favorite Children’s Song: “The Wheels on the Bus”

Katherine O’Keefe

Katherine O’Keefe

Assistant

Began teaching in: August 2017
Family: I have three sisters: Christina, Mary, and Caroline. Ryan is my brother. I have two dogs: Zoe and Ruby
Why you like working with children: Working with children teaches you three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be curious, and to fight tirelessly for something. (Paulo Coelho)
Hobbies: Working out, reading, patio coffee drinking and attending concerts.
Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss
Favorite Children’s Book: “The Little Mermaid”
Favorite Children’s Song: “Moana” Theme Song

Joe Fischesser

Joe Fischesser

Assistant

Began Teaching in: October 2002.
Family: Dad, mom, sister and nephew
Why you like working with children: It’s an adventure. I enjoy seeing what they will do, explore or get into. It’s also a rollercoaster, they are up and down, they are wild and calm. But, mostly because of what they will become.
Hobbies: Cardinal Baseball, sports and working out
Favorite Quote: “You can do anything if you think positive and put you mind towards it.” – Self
Favorite Children’s Book: Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom By Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Favorite Children’s Song: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

Christa Davis

Christa Davis

Assistant

Began Teaching in: September 2012.
Family: Husband (Nathan), mom, dad, sister, brother, 2 brother-in-laws, 2 sister-in-laws, 3 nephews and 1 niece.
Why you like working with children: I like hearing the children’s ideas and watching them grow. Also, how they interact with each other.
Hobbies: Scrapbooking and needle pointing.
Favorite Quote: “Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindoll
Favorite Children’s Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle and the Piggy and Elephant series by Mo Willems
Favorite Children’s Song: “You are my Sunshine”

Chelsea Mann

Chelsea Mann

Assistant

Began Teaching in: September 2017.
Family: Sister (12 year old), 2 Brothers (10 year old and 3 year old), mom, dad, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great grandparents
Why you like working with children: I grew up with them around my whole life, it just makes me feel like family. I love having a huge family to care for.
Hobbies: Crafting and watching my younger siblings play sports (I used to play)
Favorite Quote: “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over…it became a butterfly” – Proverb
Favorite Children’s Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle
Favorite Children’s Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider

Emma Honigfort

Emma Honigfort

Assistant

Began Teaching in: August 2017.
Family: Mom (Loretta), Dad (Fred), Sister (Alyssa) and Brother (Nick)
Why you like working with children: I love watching them grow, it’s awesome to see them learning new things and they always bring happiness with the surprising things they do and see.
Hobbies: Coloring and drawing
Favorite Quote: “Today you are you, that is truer than true, there is no one alive that is youer than you” Dr. Seuss
Favorite Children’s Book: The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka
Favorite Children’s Song: “The Wheels on the Bus”

Kelly Karvis

Kelly Karvis

Assistant

Began Teaching in: April 2014
Family: 4 Children (Joseph, Mandi and Antonio, Zac and Kelly, Meg) 2 Step Children (Sheri and Brian, Coley and Nick) and 5 Grandkids (Kayden, Destiny, Donovan, Demtrie and Bryson)
Why you like working with children: I love seeing children’s faces light up when they did something on their own or things click and now they understand something.
Hobbies: Crafting, parades, festivals and family time
Favorite Quote: “A persons a person, no matter how small” – Dr. Seuss
Favorite Children’s Book: So many wonderful books, its too hard to narrow it down to just one.
Favorite Children’s Song: “All the Little Fish”

Dasie Cooper

Dasie Cooper

Assistant

Began teaching in: May 2018
Family: I have two sisters and one brother.
Why you like working with children: I have loved children my whole life! They are what I know. They bring a smile to my face.
Hobbies: Organizing, baby sitting and dog sitting.
Favorite Quote: “Keep moving forward.”
Favorite Children’s Book: “Green Eggs and Ham” Dr. Seuss
Favorite Children’s Song: “Bumblebee”

Elizabeth (Beth) Dotson

Elizabeth (Beth) Dotson

Assistant

Began Teaching in: October 2015.
Family: Daughter (Amanda), Son-in-law (Sean), 2 granddaughters (Alaina and Adelynn) and son (Jaycen). I also have a big extended family.
Why you like working with children: I love watching them grow and learn. I like being able to make a positive difference in their lives.
Hobbies: Watching movies and anything with family and/or friends.
Favorite Quote: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – The Lorax (Dr. Seuss)
Favorite Children’s Book: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Favorite Children’s Song: “5 Little Ducks”

Jennifer Jezewak

Jennifer Jezewak

Assistant

Began Teaching in: January 1994.
Family: Daughter (Savannah), 2 Dogs (Oliver and Cali) and Granddaughter (Ava)
Why you like working with children: Every day brings something new. They are willing learners. You, yourself, become more patient and creative. Children are hilarious, honest and still believe in magic.
Hobbies: Photography
Favorite Quote: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” – Dr. Seuss
Favorite Children’s Book: Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
Favorite Children’s Song: “Bubble, Bubble, POP”

Carol Pate

Carol Pate

Assistant

Began Teaching in: April 2012
Family: 2 daughters (Tina and Brenda), 4 grandsons (Cody, Austin, Sam and Jake), 1 stepdaughter (Julie), 2 step granddaughters (Hannah and Rachel) and 1 great granddaughter (Autumn)
Why you like working with children: I love watching them learn how to do new things and I love listening to the children learn how to talk, children are and funny. They make you feel happy.
Hobbies: I like spending time with my grandkids (going to school activities and sports activities) I enjoy sports and going to the movies.
Favorite Quote: “Time spent playing with children, it’s never wasted.”
Favorite Children’s Books: Bambi
Favorite Children’s Song: “10 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”

Selena LeMaster

Selena LeMaster

Assistant

Began teaching in: May 2018
Family: Three older brothers: Edward, Dillon, and Jordan. My mom is Tammy and Hershel is my dad.
Why you like working with children: I love watching children grow and develop into smart amazing young adults.
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, make-up, being outdoors and reading books.
Favorite Quote: “The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from her eyes because that’s the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.” Audrey Hepburn.
Favorite Children’s Book: “The Hungry Caterpillar”
Favorite Children’s Song: “You are My Sunshine”