Executive Director & Owner
Matt Dickens is the Executive Director and founder of Kid Academy. Matt graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business. He also received a Credential Director’s License from the State of Mississippi in 2004. Matt’s vision of owning a pre-school started as a school project in his Entrepreneurship Class while attending college. In April 2000, Matt made his studies a reality when he opened Kid Academy with 28 students at the age of 24.
Matt is a “hands on” owner and works closely with Kid Academy’s management team to ensure that Kid Academy maintains excellence. Matt is a hard-core believer in customer service and his door is always open for any and all concerns. Additionally, Matt provides all parents with his personal mobile number so that families always have a way to communicate questions, comments, or concerns. Matt encourages all parents and students to stop by his office at the end of each day, especially students that receive stickers each day on the way out.
Shannon Knott is Kid Academy’s newest addition and has been more than excited in her new role as Principal. Mrs. Shannon comes to us with over 26 years of management experience couples with great customer service skills and people skills as well. Her two children, Annabelle (nine) and Austin (three), have been students of Kid Academy since 2012 and Kid Academy has always held a special place in her heart. Mrs. Shannon is also now a part of WKAR on the “Shannon and GoGo Morning Show”.
In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. Just like our mission statement, Shannon is dedicated to making sure our students are provided with a “Christian, safe, learning environment for all students….”. Please feel free to stop by and see Mrs. Shannon with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Margaux Kleinman has been with Kid Academy for eight years. She began her journey at Kid Academy in the classroom, serving as a toddler teacher and working with various age groups. She then transitioned into the office and served as the Office Manager for five years. Ms. Margaux is currently one of the Vice Principals and is a Credentialed Director, C. D. in the State of Mississippi.
She is also a part of WKAR on the “Shannon and Go Go Morning Show” and enjoys reading books, spending time with her family, and traveling to an abundance of destinations. She is always ready to assist our customers with the enrollment process as well as answer any questions they may have. Ms. Margaux’s goal is to make sure that their experience with Kid Academy is a positive one.
Nick Arnold has been with Kid Academy for three years and serves as one of Kid Academy’s Vice Principals. He comes to us with many years of experience in customer service. He enjoys greeting people and assisting them in solving any concerns they may have. Mr. Nick also thoroughly enjoys interacting with students and parents each day.
In his spare time, you may see Mr. Nick on the ball field or at the park with his son Noah. Noah is currently in Kid Academy’s afterschool program and Mr. Nick has really enjoyed the opportunity to be near his son each day. He is very active and loves watching football. You are sure to see Mr. Nick in the hallways of Kid Academy, assisting teachers, students and parents.