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Meet Us

Rachel Byrd, School Director
Rachel Byrd, School Director

I come from a sister school, where I was the Assistant Director for four years. I actually started with this school in 1999, working in many classrooms such as Beginners, 2A, 3B, and Pre-K classes. I've worked in three separate statewide centers. I have four children who have all attended Cadence Academy Schools. I am a strong advocate of Cadence Academy's brand promise and curriculum being a solid building block of a child's educational foundation.

Evelyn Stivender, Assistant Director
Evelyn Stivender, Assistant Director

Evelyn has been employed with Cadence Academy Preschool fourteen years.

I have two daughters and a wonderful son-in law who have blessed me with two beautiful granddaughters.

I know that my destiny in life is to teach. There is nothing more rewarding than receiving the love from the children you teach and to make a difference in a young child's life.

Mae Ruth Wright, Teacher
Mae Ruth Wright, Teacher

Mae has been employed with Cadence Academy Preschool twenty-three years.

I was born in Sumter County and graduated from Maywood High School. I am happily married with two boys and have two beautiful grandchildren.

I love shopping, cooking, cleaning house, listening to music, and singing.

Amanda Marmolejo, Teacher
Amanda Marmolejo, Teacher

Amanda has been employed with Cadence Academy Preschool twelve years.

I enjoy working with the babies but have worked with all age groups, this has given me the opportunity to get to know all the children.

In my free time I enjoy going out with my friends and family, swimming, and shopping.

Wendella Alteri, Teacher
Wendella Alteri, Teacher

I am the proud mother of three teenagers and was born and raised in Virginia.

I love traveling, art, puzzles, reading, music, and just having fun.
I started educating children at the age of fifteen in a high school Child Development Class. I have been working in childcare for over twenty years, and I have my CDA in Child Development.

I plan to continue my education to work in more programs for young minds and expand my knowledge to educate many children. I hope to make a difference as a teacher and to spread my knowledge of education in the future.


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Address & Directions

1130 Sparkleberry Lane
Columbia, SC 29223
Two Notch Rd & Sparkleberry Ln



Monday - Friday
6:30am - 6:30pm
Recognized as a Cadence Education 
School of Excellence

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Northeast, Columbia, SC