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.



Assistant Director: Karrie Left-Hand

 Add under her name: Karrie has cared for children at Lakeside since we opened our doors in 1992. She has the patience of gold, brings years of knowledge to the classrooms, and is up to speed on new trends in Early Childhood. Karrie assists the Director with enrollment, teacher training, family communications and has new ideas daily. She has her Class E Drivers License. Karrie is taking courses to obtain her Child Development Associate. Karrie is married to Rob and has six children; Michael (one of Lakeside’s first students), Haleigh, Brittany, Kaitlyn and Zach (twins), and Brendan. All of her children have attended Lakeside or do currently!

Any concerns you may have about the care of your child will be promptly addressed on the phone or in person here at Lakeside. Call us anytime if you want to set up an appointment to meet. We truly want to make your child’s experience here a great one! These are the years we prepare our children for success. As a team, our children will have the skills needed to successful later in life.