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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.
Dawn Oleniacz, Senior Lead Teacher
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.
Mercedes Arenas, Senior Assistant Teacher - New Beginnings Infants Program
Ms. Mercedes is from Colombia (South America). She relocated to Richmond VA in 2021 to be close to her three Children and... Read More
Ms. Mercedes is from Colombia (South America). She relocated to Richmond VA in 2021 to be close to her three Children and Grandchildren. Ms. Mercedes has been working in the educational field for over 40 years. Now in her role her a grandmother, she enjoys working with the little ones. In 1981 she graduated with a Sociology degree from Autonoma University of Medellin Colombia. Ms. Mercedes completed her master’s degree in political science and humanities in 2000. Ms. Mercedes served her hometown community in different occupations, but her love for education has always been a passion. “I love coming to Kiddie Academy and seeing our babies every day, I make it my number one priority to make the little ones feel safe and happy.”
Barbara Rangel, Assistant Teacher - Discovering Me Toddler Program
Ms. Barbara moved to United States in September of 2021 following a stellar career in the areas of Business Administration for 25... Read More
Ms. Barbara moved to United States in September of 2021 following a stellar career in the areas of Business Administration for 25 years in her home country, Venezuela. Ms. Barbara is a widow and has two daughters and two grandchildren (twins). Yikes… Double the Trouble!! In her free time, she loves to spend time with her daughter, grandchildren, son in law, and their dogs. “Caring for and Teaching children has been my passion forever, since I am the oldest sister and took care of my younger siblings.”
Marlys Arellano, Assistant Teacher - New Beginnings Infant Program
Ms. Marlys is from Caracas-Venezuela and holds a Degree in Bioanalysis, she graduated from the University of Carabobo in 2007.Ms. Marlys is... Read More
Ms. Marlys is from Caracas-Venezuela and holds a Degree in Bioanalysis, she graduated from the University of Carabobo in 2007.Ms. Marlys is Mom to her 9-year-old boy whom she loves madly, Ms. Marlys has been married for 12 years, she demonstrates professionalism and genuine care as in our Infant Program. Ms. Marlys loves to know new places, travel, and going to the beach, A fan of baseball enjoys going to see the games with her family, her favorite team the Houston Astros. “I am a very simple person, and I believe that small details and gestures make a difference.”
Miriel Castillo, Assistant Teacher - Discovering Me Toddler Program
Ms. Miriel is from Cuba. She has a degree in Information Technology and a Teaching Degree from the University of Medical Sciences... Read More
Ms. Miriel is from Cuba. She has a degree in Information Technology and a Teaching Degree from the University of Medical Sciences in Havana. My greatest passion is the care and education of my daughters. What I enjoy the most is sharing the laughter and joys of my Family and Friends.
“It’s family. From the moment you walk in the doors to the hallways, to the classroom, everyone greets you and knows our name. They genuinely want to know how our family is doing and everyone cares. You can’t teach that or build that out of nothing. West creek has our heart and our family. ”
Adam M., West Creek
Colin W., West Creek
“We love how caring and loving the teachers are. Cleanliness is fantastic and communication is good overall ”
Allison M., West Creek
“The staff is incredible, the facility is impeccable and my son is so well cared for ”
Maddie C., West Creek
“We can't say enough good things about Kiddie Academy of West Creek. Our daughter has been attending KAWC for about 2 years now and we have seen so much growth in her development. She loves going to school and enjoys the teachers. We feel confident in the attention and care provided to our daughter and… ”
Tina L., West Creek
“Everyone at Kiddie Academy seems to be great with kids. The teachers are both educational and loving... a great balance. The biggest thing is that my family trusts the staff. ”
Ryan A., West Creek
“Kiddie Academy West Creek is a family! It feels like a community, and your child is taken care of tenfold. The integration of learning and staff across the different developmental levels makes it a welcoming environment for all. ”
Jennifer W., West Creek
“All levels of staff work together to provide the best standard of care for our son. Issues are promptly addressed and the level of transparency with parents is much appreciated. ”
David L., West Creek
“Great teachers- my kid loves it ”
Sophia Y., West Creek
“The best teachers, administrators and facility. Love everything about KAWC and my kids love being there! ”
Lauren W., West Creek
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