Tori MalickTori Malick Lead Teacher - Infant Program

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2012
Family: Brother, Sister-in-Law; Nephew
Why she likes working with children: Working with infants allows me to watch the children learn key milestones in their life; being a part of their lives is very fulfilling.
Hobbies: Mizzou football, Blues hockey, being with friends and family
Favorite Quote: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison

 

Dianna NolanDiana Nolan – Lead Teacher Two-Year-Olds

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2004
Family: Husband, Larry; Children, Christina, Ken, Samantha, Josh and Liz; grandchildren: Jason, Ethan, Maryann, Makayla
Why she likes working with children: Caring for two-year-olds may be challenging at times, but it is the age where I see explosions in development. I am privileged to work with these amazing children!
Hobbies: Drawing, simple wood working, enjoying grandchildren, writing poems
Favorite Quote: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless his holy name.” Psalm 103:

 

Emily BuschEmily Bush - Lead Teacher Preschool

 Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2005
Family: Husband Larry and two daughters; Adyson and Madelyn
Why she likes working with children: It is a very rewarding experience watching the children learn and grow each day.
Hobbies: Being a mom, soccer and photography
Favorite Quote: “Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss

 

Annie RiordanAnnie Riordan - Lead Teacher Preschool (4s)

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2011
Family: 2 sisters, Jayme, and Jenna
Why she likes working with children: I love how children always make me laugh. As a teacher, you develop a special bond with the children and you watch how children are impacted.
Hobbies: Biking, mountain biking, and being outside
Favorite Quote: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Fred Devito

 

 Shannon MeriweatherShannon Meriwether - Lead Teacher PreKindergarten

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2012
Family: Husband, Jason and three daughters: Megan, Molly and Maeve.
Why she likes working with children: The knowledge that I made a difference in the life of a child and helped them on the path to a bright future.
Hobbies: Singing in her church choir, theatre, reading, watching movies and being a “mom taxi.”
Favorite Quote: “Listen to the mustn’ts child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me…Anything can happen, child, anything can be.” Shel Silverstein.

Joe FischesserJoe Fischesser – Lead Teacher School Age

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2002
Family: 1 sister, brother-in-law, 1 nephew; dog,
Why he likes working with children: It is an adventure! Every day is fun watching them learn!
Hobbies: Fishing, sports, watching the Cardinals on TV or going to games!
Favorite Quote: “You can accomplish anything if you think positive and put your mind towards it.” Joe Fischesser

 

Assistant Teachers:

Judi ParrJudi Parr

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2009
Family: Husband, Steve; Children: Jacob, Alison, Samuel, James; Grandson, Emilio
Why she likes working with children: I like watching their personalities emerge and knowing that I play a small part in their development.
Hobbies: Reading, arts and crafts
Favorite Quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Cathy PhillipsCathy Phillips

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2015
Family: Husband, Roger (married for 10 years) and a seven year old daughter, Carol
Why she likes working with children: I love how innocent they are and how they can make me smile.
Hobbies: I love taking my jeep out and off roading. I love going camping and floating. Arts and crafts are also a hobby.
Favorite Quote: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” Dr. Seuss

 

Kevin MaloneyKevin Maloney

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2014
Family: Mom, Patricia, Dad, Paul and a brother, Tim.
Why she likes working with children: Children have the ability to always make me smile. I love teaching them new things and their openness to learning. Working with children is a rewarding job and everyday brings something new.
Hobbies:  Softball, golf, biking, hiking, camping, fishing…pretty much anything that allows me to be outdoors.
Favorite Quote:  “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” John Wooden

 

Jennifer JezewakJennifer Jezewak

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2008
Family: Son, Sebastian and 1 daughter, Savannah; 1 granddaughter, Ava
Why she likes working with children: It is very rewarding! Children are all wonderful.
Hobbies: Photography
Favorite Quote: “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” A.A. Milne

 

 

Christa  HillChrista Davis

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2012
Family: husband, Nathan; brother, Tim and his wife Silby; sister, Marisa and her husband Dave.
Why she likes working with children: I love working with children because they are very unique. Each child has their own creative ideas. I love watching what they do daily and listening to what they say!
Hobbies: Scrapbooking and needlepoint
Favorite Quote: “The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.” Ray L. Wilbur

 

Mary Scherr

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2014
Family:  I am an only child. I’m very close to my parents. I have a shiatsu named Charlie. I have been dating my high school sweatheart, Bryan, for over 6 years!
Why she likes working with children: I I love watching children learn, grow and explore each and every day! Kids say the silliest things!
Hobbies: Going to Disney World, playing with my dog Charlie, and spending time with my boyfriend and parents.
Favorite Quote: “Our greatest national resource is in the minds of our children!” Walt Disney

Elizabeth DotsonElizabeth (Beth) Dotson

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2015
Family: Daughter, Amanda and son-in-law, Sean. Son, Jaycen and granddaughter, Alaina
Why she likes working with children: I love watching the babies learn now things as they explore their surroundings
Hobbies: Anything that involves family and friends!
Favorite Quote: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” Dr. Seuss

 

Ashley Baker

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2015
Family:  I have an older brother, Brian, my mom and dad. My boyfriend, Keith, and his daughter, Holly. We have three ferrets; Luna, Sky and Casper.
Why she likes working with children: I love watching them learn and discover new things every day. They always have new and different ways of looking at things in ways we may not see as an adult.
Hobbies: Swimming, hiking, coloring and playing with my ferrets.
Favorite Quote:  “Everybody wants happiness and nobody wants pain, but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.”

 

Carol PateCarol Pate

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2012
Family: Widowed; 2 daughters; 5 grandchildren; 3 brothers, 2 sisters; 8 nephews; 6 nieces
Why she likes working with children: Ever since I was a young girl, I hoped one day I would be able to work with children. I enjoy helping them learn and grow. They are our future!
Hobbies: Playing with my grandchildren, gardening, watching sporting events, movies, concerts, and spending time with friends
Favorite Quote: “Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing it.” Jesse Owens

 

Kim CorleyKim Corley

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2016
Family: I have three daughters; Lexie, Andrea and Ava. I have an older sister, Katie and two nieces; Savannah and Ella
Why she likes working with children:Children put a smile on my face. I love being able to make a difference in a child’s life by teaching them and watching all of their milestones in the process.
Hobbies:  I love to play volleyball! I also volunteer coach for Northwest Middle School.
Favorite Quote:  You’re always one decision away from a totally different life”

 

Jaimee RidleyJaimee Ridley

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2015
Family: Boyfriend, Chris and two daughters, Bobbi and Emma. Chris’ son, Christopher
Why she likes working with children: I have always enjoyed being around children. I love seeing different personalities and how they play.
Hobbies: Going to the park with my children and hanging out with family and friends.
Favorite Quote: “You’ve got a friend in me!” Winnie the Pooh

 

 

Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2016
Family: I live with my mom, dad, sister and boyfriend, Cody.
Why she likes working with children:  I enjoy watching children learn and grow. I also enjoy being a part of the transformation and molding of our future adults. Every day is an adventure!
Hobbies:  Film, music, comedy, pets, and Sea Doo/ camping.
Favorite Quote: “Be curious, not judge mental” Walt Whitman

 

 

Pam HuntPam Hunt

Years at Lakeside: Began teaching in 2014
Family: Parents
Why she likes working with children: It is a two way learning experience. They teach me as I teach them.
Hobbies: Reading, walking, and watching sitcoms
Favorite Quote: “The 5 P’s – Prior Planning Prevents Present Problems”