About Us

Independently Owned and Operated

Country Kids Academy, established in 2004, is independently owned and operated. The owner is actively involved in her role as the business manager and supports the director in day-to-day operations. Based on ongoing assessments and conversations with parents and teachers, we adjust our schedule, activities, curriculum, programs, and policies as needed. We employ the basic principles of continuous improvement in everything we do to motivate our daily performance.

Owner / CEO / Director – Karen Braswell

Karen Braswell (owner)

Karen Braswell (owner)

After raising three children and working as a registered nurse in a newborn nursery NICU unit ( levels 1-3) in a metropolitan hospital for ten years, a pediatric nurse manager in a large pediatric practice for two years, a home daycare operator for four years, and a Girl Scout Leader (and Leader Trainer) for four years, I decided to blend my unique set of experiences and create an academy that would have exemplary standards in hygiene and education—a place where I would want to send my own grandchildren. I worked with educators to create this much-needed facility in the northern part of San Antonio. This academy has been a rich blessing for my family, as all of my grandchildren have been able to access our amazing center. In 2009, I beat breast cancer and am a proud survivor. My Christian faith has always been a guiding factor for me and I endeavor to employ principles derived from its golden rule in creating and sustaining this business.

Our Teachers

Professional development begins as soon as an employee is hired at CKA and continues on an ongoing basis. Our management team works in tandem with the teachers and assistant teachers to provide support for curriculum use/development, classroom and behavior management, project development, licensing compliance, and parent communication. We seek to provide our staff with the skills necessary to motivate and teach young children in a loving manner. Our staff models respect for others and we hope our children will follow their lead.

Our Leaders

Mandi Braswell
Director of Operations

My name is Mandi Braswell and I have been the Director of Operations at CKA since 2017. My hope is that we inspire your children to be excited to come to school each day ready to grow and learn. I embrace the concept of constant learning with my primary topic of interest being early childhood developmental education. As Director of our private preschool, I continually look for ways to improve everything we do to enable each child to achieve their highest level of success.

Lauren Lovie
Director of Enrollment

My name is Lauren Lovie. I have been at Country Kids Academy since August of 2014. I truly enjoy working with children and seeing them grow. My goal is to make your children feel welcomed and loved as soon as they walk in the door. I hope you find Country Kids Academy as welcoming and family oriented as I do.

Rainey Howard
Opening Manager

My name is Rainey Howard and I have been in the Early Childhood field for many years. I joined CKA in 2005 and have been the opening manager since 2012. My goal for our school and families is to ensure that each day is filled with positive learning opportunities and lots of smiles. I look forward to greeting each one of you every day.