Our team

Pavla Hajian
Founder ZŠ Wonderland Academy

Pavla Hajian has invaluable experience from her previous position of an owner and director of a London’s preschool in the Ealing district. She has many years of experience teaching at international schools and preschools. She is also a mother of three children. Miss Hajian achieved a DPP Certificate (Diploma in Pre-school Practice) and she successfully completed CACHE Level 3 NVQ in Early Years and Education. More

She is also a qualified Montessori Teacher. Our director closely participates in everyday learning programmes and she personally ensures that all school activities are of the highest standard throughout the curriculum

Lenka Rose Borková
Director ZŠ Wonderland Academy

Lenka Rose graduated in German Studies and Czech Studies from the Faculty of Philosophy at Charles University. She has a great deal of educational and managerial experience. She worked for nine years in primary school management and eight years in the grammar school PORG. She has also taught in Czech-English schools such as Open Gate and Duhovka. She also gained valuable insights in management positions at White & Case and Adastra.

Klára Kosová
Deputy Director for Administration

Klára Kosová studied at the Pedagogical Faculty of Masaryk University in Brno. She graduated in Czech Language and Physical Education. She has experience in teaching at all three school levels. She worked as the Class 3 teacher at a primary school with extended physical education and has also taught ice skating lessons and swimming. She participated in the children's summer and winter camps as a group or sports leader for many years. When working with the youngest school children, she especially enjoys their high degree of imagination, natural curiosity and straightforward view of the world. More

Klára gained experience with preschool children during a two-year stay in Munich, where she worked as an au-pair and helped in a kindergarten. She has three children herself. To recover her energy, Klára turns nature. She loves mountains in all seasons, whether skiing in winter or hiking in summer.

Alexandra Švagrová
Deputy Director, Class Teacher 1st B grade

Alexandra Švagrová graduated from the Faculty of Pedagogy in Hradec Králové. She has worked as a teacher in urban, suburban, and rural schools. For eight years she worked at Nový PORG Primary School. She has attended training courses in: Critical Thinking, several summer ‘Start Together’ programs, and courses on the Hejný Method of Teaching Mathematics. She is personally interested in the formative evaluation of the teacher's input as well as how to develop the potential of intellectually-talented pupils. She has been working for several years in a team reading project.

She uses her knowledge and experience to create a quiet and safe atmosphere in the classroom, where friendly cooperation between the pupils builds positive relationships and aids their discoveries.

In her free time she relaxes his by walking her dog, reading books and occasionally travelling abroad.

Irena Havlíčková
Class Teacher 1st A grade, German Teacher

She graduated from teacher training for ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, specializing in German language at the Pedagogical Faculty of Charles University in Prague. She graduated from the linguistic and didactic courses at the universities of Saarbrücken, Leipzig, Vienna and České Budějovice. In Germany, she worked as a teacher of a summer language camp, Assistant in the teaching of Czech language for foreigners and an Au Pair.

She has wanted to teach children from 16 years of age. During her studies she worked as a production coordinator at children's events. Choreographer and instructor of dance courses for children, youth and young adults at a summer camps for two years.

She came to us from a private bilingual school where she worked as a teacher. Class provides a friendly and stimulating environment where children are not afraid of mistakes, learns with taste and with regard to their capabilities and needs. She was often used in the teaching of learning, critical thinking and method of program elements, Step by Step math teaches sales & marketing method. In the last year she graduated, among other courses aimed at developing the potential of each pupil and individualisation in the teaching, training, literacy skills, and creative writing.

From the age of six she has been dancing in her spare time, she likes travelling, reading, drawing, skating and skiing.

Alena Nováková
Class Teacher 2nd A grade

Alena Nováková studied Primary Education and English. Her main interest is science, therefore she has decided to study for a PhD in Didactics of Primary School Science. She enjoys the Hejny method of teaching Maths and the principles of Step by Step teaching. Following her Step by Step training she is eager to put these ideas into practice. She has worked in England several times as an au-pair and later worked there as an assistant in a primary school, which was a wonderful experience for her.

Ms. Alenka learnt to play the flute through both stages of art school although now she only gets to play it occasionally. She spends her free time with her friends or her family. She loves teaching and is fascinated by the sincerity of children, their amazing ability to learn new information and skills, the way they think and the joy with which they explore new things. She is very happy that she can be the one to help them with this.

Daniela Malá
Class Teacher 2nd B grade

Daniela Malá has studied at Gymnazium in Nová Paka, after that Pedagogy University in Prague with specialist to a music. She worked like an animator for kids in different countries (Ibiza, Mallorca, Kos,..) during her studying. She has been teaching for five years at private bilingual school, where she organize a Music- theatre course or talents competitions.

She graduated from the first elementary school in the field of piano playing. She attended Summer Schools and Mathematics courses of Hejného mathematic and was admitted to a lecture course this year. She is authorized to teach Comenia Script, Genetic Reading and Reading Comprehension. She has a course for teachers and assistants and a two-year experience with the inclusion of a disability learner. She is a ski instructor and holder of the Basic Health Standards Card from the International Red Cross.

In her spare time, she performs on a fairy tale mill in Bartoušov, where she trains a new guide. She sings in the Sirens choir. She is dedicated to moderating various social events. She likes to ski, read, practice yoga, zumba, ride on roller skates or travel. For her most adventurous journey, she considers the month spent in Indonesia.

Martina Livorová
Class Teacher 3rd grade

Martina Livorová studied pre-school teaching in Čáslav and then graduated in primary teaching at Charles University in Prague. She specialised in English. She passed her FCE exam at Yeovil college in Somerset, England. Martina worked at PORG Elementary School as a primary teacher. She also worked as a teacher of English and as the Head of After School Activities and Clubs.

She has always enjoyed travelling and getting to know other cultures and ways of life that are different to ours. More

These days she only travels symbolically in her kitchen. She tries to cook her favourite Asian dishes with a great help of her nearly two-years-old son, Matyas.
She admires children for their open minds and great ability to learn new things.
She tries to teach the kids not to forget that dancing, singing and expressing themselves using art will always bring great happiness in their lives.

Lenka Veselá
Class Teacher 4th grade

Lenka Veselá graduated from secondary pedagogical school in Beroun and Pedagogical Faculty of Charles University in Prague majoring in teacher training in Primary School. In recent years she worked at PORG in Krč.

For her many years of practice has gone through numerous courses and seminars. She is certified to remedy specific learning disorders, devoted learning, mathematics professor of sales & marketing, the genetic method of reading, methods of critical thinking and a big emphasis on the development of literacy skills. Her program to started running from 2011 onwards. Under the heading of Step by Step, she joined the project "working together for an innovative education", where already a tutorial and mentorské skills.

The most important thing in class is considered a safe environment, relationships with children and their parents, cooperation and self-evaluation. All of this is a proponent of the view that in a relaxing environment and the form of the games make the learning process far more efficient. Try to lead the teaching in the spirit of the Chinese proverb: "tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, let me do it and I understand."

Her free time is spent with her family at the cottage in southern Bohemia, which is dedicated to the garden, and together with her husband and fishing. Discovering the beauty of our nature walk, even on a bike. Has a son, Martin (19), which supports in his fondness for taking pictures, and in lifelong dream to become a biologist.

Šárka Ochmanová
Class Teacher 5th grade

Šárka Ochmanová graduated from the Faculty of Education focused on elementary education in Ostrava. She loves her profession and she still enjoys teaching. She is not a supporter of rigid and old school methods of teaching. She focuses on themes that are interesting for the pupils and enrich the lessons. “During the teaching lessons, the most important factors are not methods, textbooks or classroom equipment, but the personality of the teacher,” she says.

Her advantage is that in addition to the Czech public education system she has experience with educational systems in many other countries. She gained the experience as a parent during her 2 year stay in USA and as a teacher and deputy principal at private elementary school in Prague. She was responsible for organizing linguistic study visits in UK and Spain. She had the opportunity to learn about the system of teaching in Steve Jobs schools in the Netherlands and in the UK, including real-time use of iPads during the teaching process supported directly by Apple. In January 2016 she attended BETT in London – the largest European ICT fair in education. On the other hand, after her experience with mathematics of professor Hejný she thinks that we can be proud on Czech education as well.

She is used to work with the school psychologist to eliminate risk factors such as dysfunction of learning, problem behavior, bullying, etc. Her goal is always the overall development of pupils and their education as preparation for future life.

Perran Trevan
English Teacher

Perran Trevan is an English teacher from southern England and he has lived in Prague for 5 years. He first worked for a private language school, where he taught adults and children of all ages and abilities. He has degrees in Biology and teaching. He also has the CELTA certificate for teaching English as a foreign language. In England he worked at an outdoor activity centre, taking children on activities such as climbing and abseiling. He also led children on field trips to study local rockpools, rivers and castles. More

As Perran grew up near the sea, he loves nature and keeps aquariums at home. He also has two cats. He loves reading detective novels and he is a bit of a computer geek as well.

Mr Perran thinks that at Wonderland Academy, children can quickly acquire a good level of English, even when they start as beginners. This is thanks to the many opportunities the children have to use English in English lessons, bilingual lessons in other subjects, and also socialising with bilingual children and native speaker teachers during the after school activities.

Aaron Rainey
English Teacher

Aaron Rainey was born in Anniston Alabama but moved around to many places in the Southeast United States. He eventually settled down in Kentucky attending Eastern Kentucky University. Here he achieved his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, with a minor in History and Homeland Security. After obtaining his Degree he moved to the Czech Republic to obtain his TEFL certification. He has worked at summer camps in the Czech Republic, worked as an English teacher in China and spent some time in Dubai. He looks forward to seeing more of Europe and enjoying being Centrally located.

Mr. Aaron enjoys working out, traveling and hiking with friends and family. He is a very passionate and energetic teacher that looks forward to teaching your children English. He prides himself in creating a fun yet structured environment for learning, using some of the latest technology, while also teaching children of all ages.

Rebecca Altman
English Teacher

Rebecca Altman grew up outside of Chicago and graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors degree in both Art and Communications (with an emphasis in Media Studies). After working in the field of advertising, she completed her TEFL certification in Chicago and moved to Prague in 2008. She worked at Magic Hill's primary and preschool for 3 years, then decided to go back to Chicago to pursue her teaching degree.

In August 2013, Becky moved to Madrid to complete her student teaching at King's College School: The British School of Madrid, where she implemented the Take One Picture Project (through the National Gallery of London) into the Lower School to promote varied subject learning through the arts. She graduated from National Louis University in December 2013 with a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. In 2014, she started back again at Magic Hill where she taught first through third grade. Soon after returning to Magic Hill, she became the Head of the Lower School English Department and the Head of the Lower School Art Department and in 2016 brought the Take One Picture Project to Magic Hill.

In 2016, Becky took the seminar 'Respect is a Two-Way Street' to learn about respectful approaches to parenting and teaching. She is also CPR & AED Certified through the American Heart Association. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Italy and Yoga for Kids and Families Teacher Training certification through Rainbow Kids Yoga in Paris in 2016. She looks forward to teaching more yoga this year and enjoys hiking, creating art, and travels every chance she gets!

Thurston Leeds
English Teacher

Thurston Leeds was born in Corby, in the centre of England. He lived there until he was 18, when he moved to Lincoln to study at the University of Lincoln. Thurston achieved at Bachelors Degree with honours in History, with an emphasis on modern British social and cultural history. Having graduated in 2017, Thurston moved to the Czech Republic in February 2018 to obtain his TEFL certification at The Language House. Alongside his TEFL certificate, Thurston also completed the Young Learners and Teens extension program.

During his teenage years, Thurston worked in a school in his hometown, assisting teachers with day-to-day activities. Since being in Prague, Thurston has worked for IWLS Language School, as well as Prague English Football School both at Wonderland and the International School of Prague. He is looking forward to seeing much more of the Czech Republic.

Mr. Thurston loves hiking, football and spending time with friends. Although he is a new teacher in Czech Republic, he is eager to teach and learn, and looks forward to work with the Wonderland children. He prides himself on being a calming influence, and believes that a happy teacher is a good teacher!

Breanna Kato
English Teacher

Breanna Kato was born in Canada, on the west coast near Vancouver. She went to school there until after she graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Sociology with a minor in Communication through Dialogue. Shortly after graduation, she moved abroad to the Czech Republic where she obtained a TEFL certificated from The Language House. While in Prague, Breanna worked at various language schools teaching adults. She also had the unique experience of working with Gymnázium mezinárodních a veřejných vztahů Praha as their main native speaker for 2 years.

In 2016, Breanna moved from Prague to South Korea to teach and live. While in Korea she learned many things about teaching and working with young learners. She also enjoyed Korean culture and food such as learning to make dakgalbi (a spicy chicken dish) and wearing traditional Korean clothes.

Having just come back to Prague, she is happy to be a part of the Wonderland family and looks forward to helping everyone learn and grow with English.

Markéta Malinová
Spanish Teacher

Markéta Malinová studied bilingual czech&spanish gymnasium in Olomouc and now she is finishing her Master Degree in Hispanistics in FFUK in Prague. She spent two summers in Spain working as an au pair. Appart from her studies she continues to devote her time to children as a leisure time teacher and sport coach. Teaching Spanish combines her chosen major and working with children which is a perfect combination for her.

Sports (especially basketball) forms a big part of her free time as well since in addition to being a basketball coach, she still plays actively too.

Marco Flores
Spanish Teacher

Marco Flores was educated in California, where he also had his first work experience. He obtained a bachelors degree in linguistics at the University of California and a Master's degree in Anthropology at San Diego State University. In 2017 he attended The Language House intensive teacher training course in teaching English as a foreign language for younger students and was awarded the TEFL certificate.

He has experience in teaching at elementary schools and as a private lecturer.

Dominika Zábranská
PE Teacher

Dominika Zábranská studied sports education ever since she was young. She started at sports primary school Jeseniova, then Sports grammar school in Kladno and she graduated at Charles University- Faculty of physical education and sport.

Ms. Dominika has a lot of experience with work with children. She was a head of tourist club TOM Světlušky and she has an instructor license for many sports. She also coaching many sport- for example swimming, in- line skating, climbing, skiing, athletics and sport games. She raced athletics- javelin throw. In these days she likes outdoor sports and coaching children. More

Her vision is to get as many children as possible to the sport and a healthy lifestyle. She thinks that every healthy child can learn the basics of any sports- someone faster, someone slower.

She loves traveling and photograph, but she aslo likes reading.

Ivana Kostelecká
Head of the Afternoon Club

Ivana Kostelecká graduated from business school in Prague. After graduation, she decided between the study of pedagogy, or Humanities. Attending Metropolitan University Prague she eventually chose to study Humanities. Subsequently, she worked for several years in the insurance business.

Gradually she began to discover that it lacks contact with children. She wanted to address that and do more work that is associated with them, so children could develop their creativity. She began to rise and became the head of the children's camps, where she participated in the creation of programs and games.

In her youth, devoted to light athletics and gymnastics, then intrigued, scrapbooků jewelry making, needlework, photography and gardening. She utilizes this knowledge and skills for the children in the school. Looking forward, using a variety of games, creative and sports activities to keep them entertained and going home with pleasant memories.

Stephanie Knight
Afternoon Club

Stephanie Knight was born in Coventry, England and has lived in Prague for just under 1 year. During this time she has worked as a private English teacher, until working in the Druzina and in the preschool at Wonderland Academy. Stephanie studied at the University of Lincoln where she achieved a First Class Bachelors Degree with Honours in Media Production specialising in Film and Photography.

After graduating University, Stephanie moved to The Czech Republic to gain her TEFL and Young Learners Certificate at The Language House here in Prague.

Stephanie has worked with children at a variety of ages both in the UK and in the Czech Republic. As well as teaching in Prague, she has ran workshops based on Film and Media Studies whilst at University. Through the knowledge she has learnt from teaching, her creative degree and working in Summer Camps she hopes to develop children's creativity and make happy memories at school.

Olga Doubravová
Afternoon Club

Martina Šimsová
Piano Teacher

Martina Šimsová became her first musical education as a five year old child after she had been chosen as a talent for the local Music school in Pelhřimov. First she started with singing and later she took also keyboard lessons. After some time, she became more enthusiastic about playing piano. This skill she developed at the Music school in Tábor and she has become a professional after graduating at Conservatory in České Budějovice in class of MgA. Eva Peřinová. During the high school studies she worked as piano accompaniment of two children choirs “Carmina” in České Budějovice. With the children she attended every rehearsal and camp, played many concerts and recorded CDs. Most of teaching experiences Martina gained as a piano teacher at Music school in Pelhřimov, where she worked for 6 years. Besides that she also gives private piano lessons to kids, who require very individual treatment.

Currently Martina teaches piano at the Wonderland Academy and also studies Musicology at Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. Along with that, Martina still professionally plays piano as an accompaniment at concerts or at ceremonies. Her free time she likes to spend playing piano and guitar with her ten year old sister. Martina also does several sports, especially alpine hiking.

At present Martina specializes at teaching small children piano play. She tries to enable them to discover and to learn the music in the most playful and natural way. Learning music and piano play shall be always fun at first place.

Lukáš Pařík
Music and Piano Teacher

Lukáš Pařík is a singer, composer and actor. He perfected his voice at the International Conservatory and completes the study of film and pop music composition at the Prague Conservatory. He is the author of many songs and rock fantasy musical Kings of Avalon in the Prague Theatre Hybernia, played in the season 2015/2016.

I was dedicated to learning since I was 16 years old and from the year 2017 organizes public performances of the students.

His main principles include efforts to develop children's creativity and imagination. Wonderland is a lecturer in the Academy of singing, piano and guitar.

Kateřina Podzemská
School Psychologist

Kateřina Podzemská comes from a small village in Krušné Hory, she is 27 and studied psychology at Prague College of Psychosocial Studies. She has taken courses in psychodynamic psychotherapy and pyschology in healthcare. She had the opportunity improve her English during a one-year stay in the UK, where she lived with a host family and studied at Hugh Christie College. Also during her stay she earned the FCE and ESOL certificates. She has experienced patients with depressive and anxious disorder, children with PAS and ADHD. More

Katka thinks that psychological child care is closely associated with the care of the family as a whole. Only in cooperation with the whole family can the satisfaction of both the child and the parents be achieved. She considers the child's satisfaction as a very important element their development but also a beautifully enjoyed childhood, which shapes not only the child's personality, but the ground for the future life of child.

Dominika Kiene
Speech-language Therapist and Special Educational Needs Teacher

Dominika Kiene graduated from the Faculty of Pedagogy at the Charles University in the Czech Republic. After finishing her studies she worked for the phoniatric section of the ORL clinic at Bulovka Hospital. She also worked a the phoniatric clinic of the Charles University Faculty Hospital in Prague 2.

With her husband, an American diplomat, she lived for many years abroad. In the Bahamas, she assisted the Special Services Division as a speech-language therapist for socially disadvantaged families. She taught Czech language in the United States, working as a teacher for the Adult Education section of the Virginia public schools and for a private school, Inlingua, which prepares U.S. diplomats for service in American Embassies abroad. After returning to Prague, she worked at a private speech-language therapy practice. She assisted the private LOGO clinic to establish its Prague branch and cooperated with the Canadian Medical Center as a clinical speech-language therapist for children and adults in a multilingual setting. She also has significant experience in the Special Pedagogical Center for children with speech defects. Currently, she is a clinical speech-language therapist in Prague 10 and works intensively with a variety of bilingual pre-schools. Dominika is the mother of two adult children. Her son works in New York and her daughter is studying art at the Maryland Institute and College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

Martin Metelka
Advisory activity

Martin Metelka is the Director of a grammar school in Prague. Previously, he worked at PORG and Open Gate. He began as a teacher of biology and chemistry at the Masaryk grammar school in Vsetín.

Martin graduated from the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague. He majored in teacher training in secondary school biology and chemistry. He graduated from the Department of Teaching and Didactics with a dissertation focused on the creation of standardized tests.

Martin has experience with the State and the private sector, with the management of a Elementary School and Secondary School, monolingual and monolingual education, the daily operation of the school, its economic management as well as strategic planning and the realisation of its further development. The focus of his work in Wonderland Academy as a pedagogical and technical-operational consultancy and advisory activities, the creation of the strategic documents of the school, the further development of cooperation and solving common school agendas.

Martin is married and has 3 children. He loves ice hockey, loud music and manual work. In his spare time (last in 1995), he prefers to do nothing.

Lucie Chladilová
Office Manager

Lucie Chladilová graduated from the secondary school of agriculture in Vyškov. After this, she worked in various administrative jobs. For example, she worked as the assistant to the Chairman of STROJEXPORT a.s. She would now like to apply her experience to the economic management of schools. As a mother herself of three children, she has a very positive attitude towards children. In her spare time with her family, she enjoys visiting the countryside and occasionally sports.

Naďa Grygar Aniolová
Reception

Naďa Grygar Aniolová comes from Moravia and she graduated from a science school in Havířov. She has worked in the areas of business and marketing in multinational companies so far, but her relationship to children and work with her has been directing her career in a different direction.

She likes animals, yoga, hand creative production. She has an adult son and with her 3 dogs and family she lives in the woods, because a nature is a great inspiration for her.

Jiří Plíva
School Driver

Jiří Plíva is in charge of technical support for Wonderland schools, in which he applies his many years’ experience of such work. He has previously worked as a locksmith, maintenance man, flight instrument mechanic, and a plumber. He now also works as our school minibus driver. With his positive and friendly attitude, he enriches the children's everyday life.

He has always been very fond of sport. For many years he devoted himself to judo, in which he reached the 3rd dan. His greatest hobby, however, is collecting and repairing antique clocks.

Michal Čížek
School Driver

Michal Čížek grew up in Litoměřice where he played competitive ice hockey and football from the a young age. He is a mechanic of railway vehicles and worked for several years at Czech Railways. He has also run restaurants and worked in the private sector.

His great lifelong love remains sport. In 1994 he obtained a coaching license and began to work in children and youth clubs as a football coach. Hehas experience with children from 5 to 16 years of age.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his sons in the countryside.

Lucie Podraská
Canteen Manager

Lucie Podraská studied High School of Electrical Engineering in Prague, but working with people was more interesting for her than working within the technical fields. She gained her experience in cleaning in one of Prague hotels. Every day she looks forward to see the children at school, who enrich her with their ideas. She spends lots of time with her grandchildren as well. Lucie usually relax in nature, she loves animals.