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4710 South Drive St. Louis, MO 63129
Kids Kastle Learning and Activity Center
Ashley Pedraza, Owner/Director
My name is Ashley Pedraza, and I am the proud owner of Kids Kastle. I am a mother of four beautiful little girls and a son, a middle sister, an aunt to two adorable nieces and a two nephews, a wife to Mr. Antonio, and a teacher to all of our precious children enrolled at Kids Kastle. Although I have a full time staff, I have the benefit of working with all age groups at various times throughout the day.  
I first began my journey in the wonderful world of early education as a child in my mother’s home daycare. She was a 5th grade teacher, who adored children. I loved being her big helper, and playing “school” with the children that were enrolled. Even though I was only 9 years old, I dreamt of the day that I could grow up and be just like my mom.  It was during my senior year of high school that I decided to start my own daycare at home. I began caring for children of all ages, twenty four hours a day. With great success and popular demand for my services, I expanded my business to Kids Kastle. My dream came true June 5th, 2006.  

Since that fifth day of June, my life has changed forever. I have dedicated the last 17 years of my life to building a successful daycare business. I have faced and overcome some major obstacles, met some amazing children, formed new friendships, and learned a lot about myself and the daycare business. 

I take great pride in operating a daycare with a very personable staff. I want every parent to know that their child is special in our program, and that they can trust us to provide the love and quality care for their children while they are away. We make every effort to meet the needs of every family and each individual child within our program.  

I am very proud of the center that we have developed, and hope that you will be too. All though my mother is not here to share the wonderful experience with me today, I know that she is with us every step of the way!
Antonio Pedraza, 
Owner/ School Age Teacher
Hi, my name is Antonio Pedraza, I have been owner/operator at Kids Kastle since 2006. I am originally from Jocotitlan, Mexico. I moved to America in 2001, and have since started a family as well as our family owned business.
At Kid’s Kastle, I primarily work with the school age children (Kindergarten and up) as well as before and after care. I strive to provide a fun, educational, and safe environment for every child. My students and I typically spend our days with a mixture of outdoor play, team sports, splash days, arts and crafts, and much more fun. During the summer the fun never ends! 

As a husband, and father of four daughters and a son, I have grown attached to all of my students as if they were family! I could not imagine my life with any other career path! I look forward to working with your child(ren) too as they join our ever growing family here at Kids Kastle! 

Meet the Staff!
Mr. Alex, Floater
Miss Sheila,
Infant/Toddler Teacher

Hello! My name is Alex Knecht, and I currently go to St. Louis Community College, where I am working towards a degree in Childhood Education.  I am 18 years old and I have an adorable baby sister named Kaylee.  I have been helping care for her since birth.  I have always loved being around children and wanted to pursue a career that allows me to interact with them.  Working at Kids Kastle gives me a chance to gain hands on experience working with children of all ages, and I am very fortunate to have such an amazing opportunity! 

My name is Sheila.  I have always loved children even before I had my own.  I spent many hours volunteering at the Shriners Hospital with sick children.  I first met the Pedraza Family in 2005 when my little boy was only in Kindergarten and I needed childcare.  He is now 25 years old! Ashley helped me raise my son like a second mom.  Working in retail for so many years, being a single mom was never easy, but Ashley and her family helped make it all possible.  All these years later, I feel blessed to be apart of the daycare family and love my job taking care of all of the children. They are all so special and unique and I love watching them grow everyday.

​Hi my name is Miss Stephanie, or "Steph a me" if you're in my class! I have two older brothers.  I am fluent in both English and Spanish.  I spend my days teaching the toddlers and practicing so many new things.  At this age we learn how to sleep on a cot instead of a crib, we sit at the table and use utensils instead of highchairs, and we even learn how to use the potty!  We practice using new materials for arts and crafts, and learn to share and interact with our friends! We love to get outside every chance we get! We experience many milestones together as they graduate from the infant class into my toddler room and prepare for a daily preschool routine! I can't wait to meet you and your little one!

HI, my name is Duaa and I like to work with the babies.  I am married with three children of my own.  I am from the country of Jordan, but moved here to live in St. Louis.and raise my kids.  In my spare time I like to cook and bake desserts. I  spend a lot of time outdoors walking and playing with the kids.  

Ms. Stephanie
Twos Teacher
Miss Gabby
Pre KTeacher
Mrs. Duaa
Infant/Toddler Teacher
Mr. Jeremiah
Preschool Assistant
Miss Brianna
​My name is Jeremiah, I have been a part of the Kastle family since I attended here as a child myself.  I graduated from Mehlville Senior High School Class of 2023! I am currently attending St. Louis community College working on general education courses.  I am looking forward to a summer full of fun!
Miss Asia
Twos Teacher
Miss Destany
Preschool Assistant
Miss Hailey
Miss Madison
Preschool Assistant
Hello, my name is Destany Ellis. I am studying for my Elementary Educations degree at Jefferson College and plan to transfer to Southeast Missouri State University after my two years at Jeffco. I want to teach Kindergarten to Second Grade classes.

I have a good background in babysitting children through family and friends, and thanks to my current education, I am better able to understand the needs and milestones of the age groups I am wanting to work with.

In my free time, I like to read books, play video games, and hang out with my friends. I live with my parents and my younger sister along with our 2 cats and 2 dogs. I also hold a love for journalism, so you can catch me writing my own articles for things I find interesting, or posting on my blog.

Hi I’m Hailey , I’m 23 years old I have always wanted to be a teacher since I can remember. I love to sing and dance, I’m a huge animal person. I have five dogs and three cats. I love superhero’s , my biggest role model is my mom and dad. I also attended Kids Kastle as a child!

My name is Brianna ( but I go by Bri or Miss B). I am 17 years old and I am an O.G. baby at the Kastle! Thats right, the big blue eyed baby on the cover page is me!! I love to work with kids. I am a cheerleader at Windsor Highschool and I am graduating this year! I plan on attending Maryville College this Fall majoring in Graphic Design!
​Hello! My name is Miss Asia. I come from a large family. I am the middle child of six children. My top two favorite things to do in my free time is to spend time with my niece and nephews and to do hair- so don't be surprised if your little one doesn't come home with bed hair after naptime :) I'm a very creative person and I do my best to be sure that any activities the kids and I do together are fun and exciting. I can't wait to meet you and your kiddo!
My name is Maddie Bailey, and I am currently a student at Kaskaskia college where I am studying Elementary Education. My plan after college is to teach kids K-5. From the time I first started babysitting, I knew my future would involve working with young children. In high school, I continued this passion, taking classes that allowed me to work with the children of teachers in my school district and earning a scholarship offered to students planning on earning an education degree. At Kid’s Kastle, I can continue working with children, and I look forward to this awesome opportunity.
Miss Maddie
Summer Camp
I'm Madison, I'm 21 years old and my favorite color is purple. I like arts and crafts and reading. I also collect keychains and pins! I never saw myself working with kids but now that I do, I absolutely love and adore it. I also went to Kids Kastle with my sisters Hailey (yes, the same teacher that works here) and Caitlin when we were younger. 

Miss Taya
Summer Camp
Hello! My name is Taya! I am a full-time student at Lindenwood University studying Fashion Design and Technology. I love anything to do with makeup, hair, nails, and clothes!
During the summertime, I enjoy spending my weekdays taking care of the kids here at the daycare where I grew up! On the weekends I enjoy spending time with family and friends or relaxing with a book in my hand.

My name is Gabby. I am 18 years old, the oldest of 5 siblings. I have grown up at the Kastle since my parents started our family business in 2006. I am graduated from Oakville High School last year and currently studying at STLCC. I plan to study dental Hygiene. I love working with all ages, but especially preschoolers! Outside of the Kastle I love going to country concerts, spending time with my siblings and cousins, and soaking up the sun in the pool!
Miss Lala
Office Assistant
Hi, My name is Lala! I've been running around the Kastle since birth. I love helping my aunt keep her office organized and paperwork up to date. I have really found enjoyment learning all about her daily tasks and what it takes behind the scenes to run a childcare center.  I am currently attending Oakville Senior High School. In the future I plan to study Law! If you see me in the office, stop by and say hello! I look forward to getting meeting all of you!