Lakeside Children's Academy DirectorsSmiles, good times, learning, laughter, and open arms are all waiting for your child at Lakeside Children’s Academy! We take special pride in caring for your child, as we would our own.

As the academy management, we are here to ensure your child’s care and educational needs are fully met. Your questions are always welcome; however, this handbook will give you a head start on learning about specific issues relating to the care of your child at Lakeside. We encourage you to read this handbook and refer to it as needed.

Laura Hockensmith


Director/ Owner: Laura Hockensmith

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.