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Meet Us

Danielle Coley, School Director
Danielle Coley, School Director

Welcome to Cadence Academy in Mauldin, SC! We are conveniently located off of I-385, which makes for an easy commute from Simpsonville and the downtown area. Our preschool classrooms inspire learning using our discovery center-based curriculum and offer a variety of activities to ensure your child is having fun and learning everyday! Our curriculum program, Ascend Curriculum, features Zoo-Phonics®, Math Their Way, Baby Signs®, Handwriting without Tears, Country and Culture, Spanish, and monthly themes around which we plan our Art, Science and Sensory, and Literature programming. Our cook serves a nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack all included in your regular tuition. Our Mauldin preschool offers child care and early learning programs for children ages six weeks through pre-kindergarten. Additionally, we have one of the best After School programs in Mauldin including homework help, a nutritious snack, and free transportation after school from the following schools for children Kindergarten – 5th grade: Plain, Simsponville, Greenbrier, Bethel, & Mauldin Elementary. We do not drop children off before school. Our Mauldin Before and After School program also offers full time care during public school holidays and the summer. Our awesome summer camp is filled with fun activities and field trips. Every week brings a new exciting adventure. Our teachers are so passionate about what they do – we know it won’t be long before your child’s teacher feels like an extended member of the family. Our building is filled with the works of our budding artists and the creative art projects they have so much fun creating. Another highlight is of our wonderful school is our Parents’ Night Out, where we have fun with the kiddos while you enjoy some adult time. We also have planned family events that will allow you to meet other families and enjoy that time as a family. On behalf of all our wonderful teachers and current families, I invite you to stop by our school – we would enjoy meeting you and your family!

Kirsten Hildebrandt, Assistant Director
Kirsten Hildebrandt, Assistant Director

Kirsten Hildebrandt has been with our company for over four years now. Knowing she wanted to be a teacher from a young age, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Mississippi State University. Kirsten has taught many children ranging from infants all the way to 12th grade. Her love for the younger children blossomed when she joined our team as an early two year old teacher. Kirsten has worked throughout the building in all capacities and is very knowledgeable about our company and schools. Both of her girls attended Cadence Academy Preschool as well. In her spare time, Kirsten and her family enjoy hiking and spending time with extended family and friends.

AJ Harrison, Teacher
AJ Harrison, Teacher

AJ has been with us for 18 years and has enjoyed the many children that she has had the opportunity to teach and watch grow in her tenure here. Her passion and dedication for the children that she has taught is shown through her work daily. Her older 2 year old children have come back after several years just to visit Ms. AJ. She has touched so many lives with her warm and loving smile and tender heart. Ms. AJ adds to her long tenure here with her ECD 101 state credential. In her spare time she enjoys caring for her grandchildren and nephew.

Misty Thornton, Teacher
Misty Thornton, Teacher

Misty has been with Cadence Academy for 13 years and has played many roles in the education of our children. Her love is for the children in the Toddler room where she has been for the last 8 years. Her ECD 101 state credential is one of the many accolades that accompany her impressive resume to the early childhood field. She is a wonderful asset to our center and the children that she teaches daily. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughter, family, and friends. She is also an avid Clemson football fan and tries to attend at least 2 games a season.



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Address & Directions

798 East Butler Road
Mauldin, SC 29662
E Butler Rd & Gateway Blvd



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

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Mauldin, SC