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Meet Us

Heather Gudowicz, Director
Heather Gudowicz, Director

Heather joined Cadence Education in July of 2017. She has over 11 years of experience as a Director and 20 plus years in the Early Childhood Education field. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Longwood University.

She is married to her husband and they have two wonderful children, ages 3 and 5, that are also part of the Growing Kids family. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach.

Melissa Clevenger, Assistant Director
Melissa Clevenger, Assistant Director

Melissa joined Cadence Education in April 2008 at our sister school, Winwood Children’s Center, where she taught in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom. Melissa has over a decade of experience in early childhood education and has also worked with infants, toddlers and twos. She currently serves as the Assistant Director here at Growing Kids Academy.

Melissa completed Cadence Education's Leadership Program in 2012 and earned her CDA (Child Development Associate) credential in 2013. She is planning on completing an Associate Degree in Education. She is a mother of 2 school aged children and in her free time, Melissa enjoys shopping and spending time with her family.

Kathy Terry, Teacher
Kathy Terry, Teacher

Kathy has been with Growing Kids Academy since 2008 and an educator for 32 wonderful years. Kathy has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and is excited to go back for her Bachelors. She is a proud mother of 3 beautiful children. Kathy is a dedicated, nurturing teacher who loves to help each child meet their milestones.


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9807 Jefferson Davis Highway
Fredericksburg, VA 22407



Monday - Friday
7:00am - 6:00pm
Recognized as a Cadence Education 
School of Excellence

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Fredericksburg, VA