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Infants have individual personalities. We help bring them to light.
Toddlers are extremely active. We keep them actively learning.
At two years old, children need to explore. We give them every opportunity.
At three years old, children discover and create. We encourage them to do it all.
At four years old, children are preparing for school. We get them ready to go.
Between ages 4 and 5, children are about to take on the world. We give them the tools to do it.
School-age children are curious about the world. We help them decipher it.
All day adventures. All summer long.®
We aim to make your child's summer as educational as it is fun, through themed events, activities and trips.
Each Academy is a little different. Here's what makes us unique:
Tadiana Villa, Academy Manager
Tadiana Villa was born in Colombia, South America. She completed dental studies with honors at Colombia Dental School in 2002. She provided... Read More
Tadiana Villa was born in Colombia, South America. She completed dental studies with honors at Colombia Dental School in 2002. She provided quality dental care to children of all ages at her private practice in Colombia for 3 years. When she moved to United States, Tadiana continued her work in the dental field for 14 years as Orthodontics Assistant. In 2019, Mrs. Villa changed her career and started a new venture as Manager of Kiddie Academy of West Creek. Tadiana’s passion for education in young children was her main motivation in this new chapter in her life. In her spare time, Tadiana enjoys spending time with her husband and son. She loves running and likes to travel with her family.
Ruksaar Bashir, First Impressions Manager
Ms. Ruksaar (Roxy) Bashir is First Impressions Manager at Kiddie Academy of West Creek. Ms. Roxy has enjoyed being part of KAWC’s... Read More
Ms. Ruksaar (Roxy) Bashir is First Impressions Manager at Kiddie Academy of West Creek. Ms. Roxy has enjoyed being part of KAWC’s New Beginnings since 2017. Watching every child’s smiling face as they enter the Academy brings joy to Ms. Roxy’s day. She visits all classrooms daily to ensure all Kids and Teachers are enjoying their day. Ms. Roxy earned her bachelor’s in Business Management from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019. During the Global Pandemic Ms. Roxy earned her Master’s in Business Administration. On her personal time Ms. Roxy enjoys spending time with her Boyfriend, skiing, biking, and some fun in the Summer sun.
Dawn Oleniacz, Education Manager
Ms. Dawn is Senior Lead Teacher at KAWC. She was born and raised in Richmond Virginia. Ms. Dawn has over 20 years of... Read More
Ms. Dawn is Senior Lead Teacher at KAWC. She was born and raised in Richmond Virginia. Ms. Dawn has over 20 years of Childcare experience and holds a Bachelor of Science from Ferrum College. Ms. Dawn trains our highly qualified teachers to guide, nurture, and cultivate each child's development at every milestone. Ms. Dawn is a Wife, Mother, and devoted Daughter to her elderly Mom. She enjoys reading and gardening and enjoys shaping the lives of our Future.
Colby Casolaro, Tennis Coach
Meet Mr. Colby Casolaro, (KAWC Tennis Coach) Mr. Colby has been actively involved in tennis since he discovered his passion for it... Read More
Meet Mr. Colby Casolaro, (KAWC Tennis Coach) Mr. Colby has been actively involved in tennis since he discovered his passion for it in the early 2000’s. Since then, he has developed a diverse coaching background. Mr. Colby teaches players of all ages and skill levels, including children ages Preschool 3-5, Juniors, Adults, and Seniors. He has also coached at Tennis Clubs and Elementary Schools in Virginia, Colorado, and South Carolina. Mr. Colby’s coaching style is structured, fun, and adaptable. His number one goal is to inspire a passion for tennis and believes that creating a fun environment is crucial to the longevity and success of his students. While living in Richmond with his wife, dog, and six chickens, Mr. Colby teaches private lessons around the city of Richmond and coaches part-time at a Tennis Club in the West End. Off the tennis court, you can find him kayaking on the river or exploring hiking trails with his Family.
“The entire staff at KAWC is incredible. Every teacher is so caring and knows the babies in their care well. My son will fall out of my arms to reach for his teachers every morning as a testament to how much he loves to be there. The facility is immaculate and I appreciate how communicative… ”
Emily W., West Creek
“I feel like my child is safe and learning so much. The staff really cares about him! ”
Gabby M., West Creek
“We love KAWC! Couldn’t have found a better place for pur daughter. ”
Nienke P., West Creek
“My daughter is learning while having fun. The activities are geared towards children development: cognitive, expression of their emotions, speech, respect, social aspect and creativity. She loves it a lot and I give my 2 thumbs up. ”
Boris Y., West Creek
“Teachers, supervisors, facilities, organization, proactive communication ”
Ryan C., West Creek
“We love KAWC! The teachers and activities are great! The splash pad is a huge hit with my kid. My only gripe is that my kids clothing is so dirty at the end of the day. Please consider using bibs at mealtimes!! I have to wash 3+ outfits daily, and they are often soiled with… ”
Alexandra S., West Creek
“Kiddie academy is an outstanding establishment that provides not only an exceptional learning experience for the children, but also a warm and welcoming environment for the parents and families. My son has been attending KAWC for over 1 year now and he has learned so much both cognitively and socially. He’s been able to form… ”
Tanaysha W., West Creek
“The entire team is absolutely incredible. I love how welcoming they are. You can tell the are very hands on with the kids as well. Darian in Infants B is incredibly sweet and you can tell how much she loves her job. I couldn’t imagine taking my daughter anywhere else. ”
Alicia Z., West Creek
“The teachers are so caring and genuinely love spending time with the kids. Makes my heart happy how much my daughter loves to go to school and see her teachers and friends! ”
Julie R., West Creek
“We love everything about KAWC: the teachers, the new and clean facility, the support staff, the care, how much our daughter is learning, etc. ”
Nienke P., West Creek
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