Our Story

Founded in 1993, we designed and built Maryville Children’s Academy for our children, ages 3, 4 and 5, in response to the extremely limited childcare options in the area.  With family as our inspiration and exceptional care as our purpose, our journey into early childhood education began.  In the many years since we began this rewarding journey, our passion for early childhood education has continued to grow, as has the number of communities and families that we have proudly served.  Recognizing the same lack of childcare options in Knoxville that that led us to open MCA, we opened Westland Children’s Academy in 2006 and Ebenezer Children’s Academy in 2009.  We are overjoyed that our small family business has grown into a distinguished place of learning for Maryville and Knoxville’s young minds, and feel truly blessed to serve all of the hard-working families in our communities.

Elizabeth, the youngest of our children and MCA alum, continues to carry the family torch as Executive Director of our three Centers.  Elizabeth graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 2012.
She is the mother of three children, Beau, Bennett, and June Ellen.  All of her children have attended or currently attend Westland.

Reece Brassler, the middle-child and MCA,  obtained a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Tennessee in 2011, a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2017, and a Master of Law from NYU in 2018.  Reece’s daughter, Poppy, attended MCA and WCA before moving to New York.

Jessica Brassler, our oldest child and MCA alum, lives in New York.  Jessica graduated with an Art History degree from the University of Tennessee in 2010 and a master’s degree in art history from Sotheby’s in 2014.  She has three children, Oliver, Sailor, and Nicholas.

Deciding who to entrust with your child’s care and development during their first five years is incredibly difficult.  Research confirms the importance of early childhood development, and a high-quality preschool environment offers your child a distinct advantage in the future.  We know what is at stake, so we take your child’s emotional and intellectual development as seriously as you.  Our curriculum is second to none, our teachers are caring, creative, and educated, and our Directors provide scrupulous quality control to ensure only the best care for your children.  Our sole purpose is to embrace, enlighten, and enrich all of our students’ lives.

We are unbelievably proud of all the hard-working teachers, managers, and directors who laid the foundation and continue to make our Centers the preeminent choice in early childhood education.  With our earliest students beginning to enroll their children in our Centers, we have now facilitated the development of two generations of young students.  With the annual ebb-and-flow of  graduation “good-byes” and enrollment “hellos,” our hearts swell with love and pride.  More enthusiastic than ever, we look forward to nurturing future generations for years to come.

Come check us out for yourself – you will see, hear and feel the joy!


Lisa Brassler

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