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

Jan Voda
Director ZŠ Wonderland Academy

PhDr. Jan Voda Ph.D. has a total of 25 years of experience as a teacher, activity leader, lecturer, a parent, and a pedagogical leader. He graduated from Charles University in Prague having studied teaching at all levels, including higher education. For 15 years he worked in a managerial position, first in a state school and then in a private school. He is a graduate of a long line of continuing education courses and a teacher of others. He is a two-time finalist of the Global Teacher Prize for the Czech Republic at the Global Teacher Forum (Seattle 2015, Singapore 2018) and a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. The biggest lesson of life for him has been raising his two children. Hundreds of other children have been through his hands, and even after years warmly remember him. He is an advocate, promoter and pioneer of pedagogical innovation and believes that nothing is impossible, that anyone can what they really want.

Klára Kosová
Deputy Director for Administration, Class Teacher 6 th grade

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.

Šárka Ochmanová
Deputy Director, Class Teacher 1st A 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.

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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.

Kristyna Urbánková
Class Teacher 1st grade (school year 2020/2021)

Krystyna Urbánková is a person with a passion for new challenges and opportunities. She graduated from Palacký University in Olomouc, majoring in Care for Primary School. During her study, she worked with children in Switzerland and Poland. Children are plants to her green thumb. An undescribed list of paper that, thanks to experience and life trials, shapes its uniqueness, identity. Baking for childhood in a game on a journey that you can win, and looking forward to enjoying the children at Wonderland Academy.

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Her motto is: "No one is perfect in everything, but we are all perfect in something." This message is aimed at the parents more than the students. It is not important that the child is the best in the class. It is important that he or she feels able to do what they can.

Krystyna is not one-sided; she sees the world from multiple perspectives and supports constant education. Therefore, we will focus on one school, namely the CULS in Prague, majoring in Operations and Economics with a focus on marketing.

She loves sports, nature and mountains. Although she no longer has that much time to read, she can't help but lose track of time in a good Nordic detective novel.

Stanislava Stašková
Class Teacher 1st grade (school year 2020/2021)

Stanislava Stašková graduated from the Faculty of Education at Charles University, majoring in Primary School Care. She has expanded her knowledge through postgraduate studies in special pedagogy and speech therapy. She has a long history in teaching children in primary school. She has also published their knowledge from studies when working with students with learning disabilities. In addition to classical procedures, she also utilizes alternative methodology.

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She has expanded her work and managerial skills through several years of activities in the private sector. Which directly connects to the field of education. She strengthened her language skills with a long stay in Australia. But she has come back to her favorite profession. She is now looking forward to benefitting you at Wonderland Academy, where she will apply and expand her rich experience in education and upbringing of children.

In her free time, she is interested in floristry and gardening. She prefers a healthy lifestyle, travel, friendly relations and lifelong learning.

Ludmila Roušarová
Class Teacher 1st B grade

Ludmila Roušarová graduated from the Faculty of Education at the University of Education in Hradec Králové, majoring in primary school teaching. She expanded her education at the Faculty of Management and Information Technology at the University of Education in the field of Financial Management.

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She started fulfilling her desire to work with children during her high school studies, where she helped lead extracurricular science classes in elementary schools. Her teaching career began with a three-year spell at the First Private Primary School in Hradec Králové. Subsequently, she worked at primary schools in Prague 10 and Prague 4. She also tested her teaching skills while working at a secondary vocational school. After a break of several years, which she spent working in the private sector, she returned to her original profession in 2019. She worked as a teaching assistant at Wonderland Kindergarten, where she looked after a boy with developmental dysphasia. At the same time, she dealt with educating preschool children in the Unicorns class.

She is deepening her education, she has completed a course for teaching assistants and she participates in seminars focused on teaching mathematics from Professor Hejný.

In her free time, she like spending time in the countryside with her family, and sometimes at home with a good book.

Irena Havlíčková
Class Teacher 2nd 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.

Zuzana Faldýnová
Class Teacher 2nd B grade

Zuzana Faldýnová graduated from Charles University in Prague, majoring in primary school with a specialization in art education. After the state exam, she went to England, where she studied at St. Petersburg Austel College for one semester.

She spent several years working at the primary school in Mníšek pod Brdy, where there are two classes of first-graders at hand for men, who led others to higher grades. She taught for 3 years in the Start Together program. She completed courses and training at DYSCENTER (graphomotorics, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, Maxík, Good Start Method). She likes to take part in teaching projects or activity centers, she prefers verbal assessment.

She runs summer camps and enjoys relaxing while running, doing yoga or cooking.

Eva Vášová
Class Teacher 3rd A grade

Eva Vášová spent her childhood with her parents in Bangladesh, where she learned Russian and English. After graduating from a secondary pedagogical school - kindergarten, she studied English at a language school and at the same time worked at the school as a teacher. Then she decided to study pedagogy at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague. During her studies at university, she worked for several years as a consultant of the Child Safety Line, a consultant at the PrevCentrum (for drug addicts), where she tandem taught lectures for secondary school children on drugs and bullying and also prepared and led adaptation courses for newly admitted pupils in elementary schools.

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After graduating from university, she devoted several years to production and marketing in an advertising agency, where she gained a lot of experience in communicating with clients, organizing national and foreign events, fairs, children's days, sporting events, etc. In order not to lose contact with children she worked as a unit leader at camps.

After the birth of her son, she worked in a kindergarten as a head teacher. Then she taught at a primary school and at the same time studied in České Budějovice, Faculty of Education - primary school teaching. She taught, among other things, at the primary school in Černošice, where she became acquainted with CLIL methodology (bilingual teaching), which the school management included in the teaching within the project.

Eva is interested in the issues of preschool and school-aged children. The courses and seminars she attended focused on communication and assertiveness, student relationships, and the overall climate of the school classroom. They also dealt with bullying and aggression. She also completed creative courses focused on art and work, development and support of children's nature and imagination, but also those focused on strengthening the body (aerobics for children, children's yoga, sports games, etc.).

It follows the statements of Marie Montessori from the book Mysterious Childhood:

"Let's not be egocentric and try to see the world from a child's point of view."

"Help me to do it myself."

Daniela Růžičková
Class Teacher 3rd B grade

Daniela Růžičková 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.

Petr Bendl
Class Teacher 4th and 5th grade

Petr Bendl has earned Master's degree in elementary education, further specialized in physical education. He has six years of experience leading both lower and upper elementary montessori classroom in a bilingual setting. During his career, he completed many courses. He holds first aid certificate, as well as, swimming coach and snowboard instructor certificates. He is a Hejny method enthusiast right from the beginning of his career and he has been helping children with transition from elementary to middle school for years.

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Petr considers his big task in building pleasant and safe atmosphere in the classroom. If the children cooperate and move forward their own limits, then they like learning and coming back to the classroom each day. He understands the role of teacher rather as a guide, motivator or coach, who helps the students to learn and discover.

He spends his free time travelling abroad. Also, he likes mountains in both winter and summer season. Moreover, he enjoys playing chess and all kinds of board games and brain teasers.

Nicholas Jared Neild
Head of English

Nick Neild is passionate about helping his students to communicate effectively so that they are better prepared for our changing world and able to bridge the gap of understanding across cultural divides.

He was on the president’s list in 2005 and he graduated in 2009 from UCSD at the top of his class in the major of microbiology. Meanwhile, he was working as a scientist in the biotech industry in San Diego for eight years. In 2012 he became the manager of an intentional community for young mindfulness practitioners that he co-founded with a Czech woman who would later become his wife.

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Then he began working as a wellness coach where he was teaching addicts basic skills while also teaching mindfulness at rehabs. He began his formal teaching career in 2015 when he began working as a substitute teacher helping adult parolees with learning primary and secondary basic skills (Math, Science and English) to pass high school equivalency tests. In 2016 he became a father, began his credential coursework while also teaching substance abuse education and anger management full time. In 2017 he became a Certified Anger Management Facilitator (CAMF-1) and became CPR/AED certified with the American Red Cross. In 2018 he moved to Czech Republic with his small family and began working at Be Open S.R.O. primary school teaching English, Biology, Chemistry, PE, Health Education and Spanish to grades one through nine.

Nick loves to meditate, camp, hike, ride bikes, garden, snowboard, play board games and spend time with his family. He is excited to be a part of the Wonderland team and working together with the staff to provide an unparalleled experience for the children at the school.

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.

Nikki Park
English Teacher

Nikki is Korean American and grew up in Massachusetts, USA. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies in August of 2014 from Bridgewater State University (MA, USA). She started teaching right after graduation and it did not take too long for her to fall in love with her job and students. Nikki absolutely loves working with kids and is great with them. She has worked with many students ranging from ages 3 months to 17 years not only in the US but also in South Korea and in the Czech Republic. Nikki was also trained as a behavior therapist working with kids with autism at RCS Learning Center in Natick, Massachusetts and found it very rewarding.

Nikki moved to Prague in the winter of 2018 and obtained her TEFL and Young Learner’s certificate with the Language House in Prague and started working as a kindergarten teacher not long after the course.

In her free time she likes to sing, cook, travel and hangout with friends. Nikki is happy to be joining the Wonderland team and is looking forward to helping the children achieve their dreams.

Christopher Tricsli
English Teacher

Christopher Tricsli is an English teacher originally from Derby, a small city in the middle of England, where he spent his whole childhood. For his degree, Chris moved to Wales to study Geography at Swansea University. After university, he spent some time working for a bank before making the move to Prague in 2014.

Chris has lived in Prague for over 5 years, where he obtained his teaching certificates in TEFL (in 2014) and DELTA (in 2019). Before working for Wonderland, Chris taught English at Caledonian Language School and Gymnázium Na Zatlance, where he taught history and English literature through English.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing football, tennis and guitar. He loves learning about Czech culture, travelling around the country and trying to learn the Czech language. Other than Prague, Christopher's favourite places in the Czech Republic are Olomouc and Šumava. Chris is a firm believer that communication is key to improving language skills, that's why he tries to make his lessons as communicative and interesting as possible for his students.

Stephanie Knight
English Teacher, Head of Art

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.

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.

Erika Salazar
English and Spanish Teacher

Erika Salazar is a native English and Spanish speaker from the United States. She received her BA in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. Recently, she has completed her TEFL certificate here in Prague.

While attending university, she worked as a preschool teacher through a university program. This is when she realized that she has a passion for working with young learners. She chose to join Wonderland because she feels that they are dedicated to helping their students become better learners and people.

During her free time, Erika enjoys hiking and photography. She is also an avid reader.

Veronika Šetková
Teaching Assistant

Veronika Šetková is a native of Děčín. She moved to Prague in 2015 to attend the University of Economics. She graduated with a major in Arts Management and has decided to settle in Prague permanently. She has been working with children since high school by organizing school events for lower secondary schools, teaching English, teaching German or participating in summer camps or childrens’ days.

She likes music (both classical and popular), theater, fine arts, travel and languages. She is currently learning Polish and playing the ukulele in her spare time.

Barbora Bažilová
Class 6, Math, Physics

Barbora Bažilová is a naturally energetic person which corresponds with the scope of her studies. She studied French language and mathematics within the Faculty of Education at Charles University. In addition, she also graduated from the University of Economics (Business Economics and Management) and completed an MBA under the auspices of the University of Lyon. She regularly attends courses on personal development, effective communication and educational principles. She highly values the Montessori approach, the principles of nonviolent communication, the philosophy of Jana Nováčková (to respect and be respected) and free approaches in learning.

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She has almost 10 years of experience in teaching French and mathematics in various forms. She taught at the Gate of Languages ​​Elementary School, at the Eden Educational Center in Mníšek pod Brdy and worked as a lecturer in many language schools. She currently runs Trdlohrátek courses for the youngest children and a Montessori group in local family centers (Komůrka, Pohoda, Kuřátko). She is the mother of 3 great children who constantly open the door to further knowledge.

She relaxes in nature, preferably in the woods, in the mountains, on skis or by bike. She likes to travel and taste new foods. She is surrounded by nice people and learns to live here and now.

Marek Lansdorf
Class 6, Biology

Marek Lansdorf graduated from the Faculty of Education at Charles University in Prague, specializing in biology and health education. During his studies, he realized that it was a need to help more students who may have difficulties with the learning process. So, he decided to study special pedagogy with a focus on speech therapy at the same faculty.

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During his studies, he gained experience in creating and applying prevention programs for primary and secondary schools. He achieved his greatest experience in teaching biology and health education at the Secondary Medical School in Prague and applied his knowledge of the study of speech therapy at the Prague Primary School of Speech Therapy.

He happily teaches biology in nature and likes to arouse curiosity in children. Feedback from students is very important to him and with it, he can constantly improve his teaching. He argues that the cornerstone of teaching is a safe classroom environment.

In his free time, he travels a lot (not only in the Czech Republic) and enjoys exploring the beauty of the natural world. He is a supporter of a healthy lifestyle, enjoys rollerblading, reading and learning about culture and art.

Lýdia Timková
Class 6, Geography, PE Teacher

Lýdia Timková is from Slovakia. She graduated from the Faculty of Education, Charles University in Prague, where she obtained her master's degree in geography and physical education. During her studies she had the opportunity to work with children and devoted herself to lead afternoon sports clubs in primary schools while working as a karate coach.

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After graduating, she left for USA and Canada working as an au pair for two years. While exploring many foreign countries with different cultures, she also learned a variety of new knowledge and experiences in the field of education, changing her views of the world. She also tried out as a sports animator in Greece and completed a monthly trekking in Nepal under Mt. Everest.

After being away from home for a while she decided to come back to the Czech Republic and her desire to learn prevailed. With all of the knowledge she has gained from traveling, she is looking forward to enrich the teaching of geography and natural sciences to her students at the Wonderland Academy.

Olga Doubravová
Class 6, History, Afternoon Club

Olga Doubravová graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of Charles University of Bohemia also studying Czech Language, Literature and History. She studied the basics of psychology and journalism before the birth of her first daughter.

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She started her work experience at elementary school Věra Čáslavská with a focus on expanded teaching of physical education and sport. She then moved to journalism, where she gradually became editor-in-chief. She contributed to various daily, weekly and monthly papers, held press conferences, prepared PR projects, acted as a Prague 6 spokesperson, and devoted herself to the auction of art in the gallery of modern art. She also took her life outside of Prague for a while, succumbed to the phenomenon of farmer markets and devoted herself to working with wood. An integral part of this business was the study of homeopathy and aromatherapy counseling.

She has maintained an interest in education and was prompted by the birth of her granddaughter to return to this area. She was worked at the Mosaic Montessori School before joining the Wonderland Academy. She prefers a kind approach to children and feedback and makes sure to give systematic individual care even in the small breaks between activities. She emphasizes the understanding of a child's feelings and the strengthening of confidence in one's own abilities. Her motto is: Only repeated success helps to overcome failure.

Zita Šťástková
Head of Afternoon Club

Zita Šťástková studied in the field of leisure activities management at the Faculty of Education, Palacký University in Olomouc. She graduated from the Faculty of Education at Charles University in Prague in the field of education, specializing in art education. She carefully chooses her art activities in a way that the children can develop their own creativity naturally. She has worked in art galleries as part of the public education and outreach programs. She is the author of a children's book theme published by Fragment and Librex. In each of her works, she tries to connect entertainment as well as learning elements. More

She has experience in creating and managing programs in prevention of risky behavior for primary schools age groups. She also has experience leading summer camps and creating thematic programs for children's afternoons. In her pedagogical work she likes to use the three-phase model of learning EUR, the involvement of senses and emotions. She believes in the power of leisure pedagogy which consciously expands experiences as well as develop the pupils' personalities, communication skills, cooperation, attitude changes, preventing problematic behavior and to unite the team.

During her studies, her final theses dealt with current issues of modern technology in today's world of the youth, especially the issue of video games and social networks.

Zita Šťástková has worked as a teacher assistant at a Montessori school, a teacher at a primary school and a primary school prevention teacher/lecturer in the Healthy5 educational project of the Albert Endowment Fund.

Nikola Žamberská
Afternoon Club

Nikola Žamberská comes from České Budějovice. She graduated from the Secondary Pedagogical School in Prachatice, then joined the Faculty of Education in the University of South Bohemia with a focus on natural science and history for the second grade in elementary schools. The study had to be interrupted due to illness. Now she is finishing her studies online from the theological faculty in České Budějovice.
Nikola always knew that working with children is an area that she enjoys and fulfills her life's purpose. From the age of 15, she has been driven and became the head of children's camps; after her break from school, she started working in a private kindergarten. Later, she joined the elementary school in České Budějovice, where she worked for two years as a student and assistant teacher. She also had creative afternoon groups and activities.

She feels children always give their whole hearts. When working with her colleagues, she prefers courtesy and good behavior, when trying to build friendly working relationships. She teaches children the rule: "Do to others what you want others to do to you."

She hopes that the experience gained from both her schooling and work experience will be used to improve the performance of the Wonderland Academy.

Aneta Rolcová
Afternoon Club

Aneta Rolcová was born in Prague and studied special pedagogy at Jan Amos Comenius University. A great life experience for her was a stay in Toronto, Canada, where she worked at an advertising agency and had the opportunity to star in a television commercial. After returning from Canada, she worked for 7 years at international primary schools in Prague, where she taught Czech to foreigners and also worked as a teacher's assistant. She also has experience in organizing birthday parties and corporate language teaching.

Her biggest passions are creative activities, especially painting and making jewelry from natural stones and, last but not least, her dog with whom she goes for long walks in the woods every day.

She likes to spend her free time traveling, getting to know new cultures and people.

Anna Melicharová
Afternoon Club

Jan Kubín
Piano and Guitar Teacher

Jan Kubín is a pianist, saxophonist, guitarist and composer. He is a student at the Jan Deyl Conservatory. He taught piano and guitar at the Scio school in Dejvice and also at Beehive International school.

He likes to pass on his knowledge and experience to develop young and old musical talents. He will lead piano and guitar lessons at Wonderland Academy as part of his afternoon classes.

Music is his work and hobby. He currently performs with many bands, such as Lady Praga and Prague Buskmen.

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 Stočesová
School Coordinator

Kateřina Stočesová comes from Podlesí near Příbram. She graduated from the Secondary Horticultural School in Mělník and obtained a bachelor's degree at the University of Physical Education and Sport Palestra in Prague, specializing in sports and leisure education.

She has extensive experience in organizing corporate, social, cultural and sporting events. She devoted a lot of time to charitable activities throughout The Czech Republic. For several years, she worked with Homes for the Elderly, for which she devised programs and activities. She loves to work with animals too, she supports the dog shelter in Troja and she still cooperates with the Gertrůda association, where beautiful gift items are created. Proceeds from their sale are donated to abandoned animals.

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She has lots of experience working with children by being a mother two herself and as a certified golf instructor, she has taught preschool and school children's courses.

Her greatest passion is creative work, painting and creating flower arrangements. At Wonderland Academy, she leads the afternoon club "Creations with Kacka". She appreciates the patience of children and the enthusiasm with which they approach the assigned topics when creating. She also works as a school coordinator in organizing various school and extracurricular events.

She likes to read in her free time, but she likes to spend it with her family.

Michaela Kvasničková
School Psychologist

Michaela Kvasničková studied single-subject psychology at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University. She diversified her studies with Erasmus study at Middlesex University in London and the Work and Travel USA program.

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She gained her first work experience with children at the children's pavilions in Lázně Velké Losiny, and worked as a leader at children's camps and as an au pair in England. She worked at the Safety Line, the KC RIAPS Trust Line, for the European Commission in Brussels, at the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic and as an external CSA psychologist. She currently has her own private practice and also works as a psychologist and mediator at the family center Pexeso, z.s. in Zbraslav, both with children and adults.

She has 3 very active children. She likes to move, travel and explore interesting places. She has recently fallen under the spell of caravanning and will get a dog one day!

Dominika Kiene
Speech-language Therapist

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.

Alena Kozlerová
Special Educational Needs Teacher

Alena Kozlerová studied Special Pedagogy at UJAK in Prague. For nine years she worked with children with behavioral disorders in a diagnostic institute. She currently works as a special pedagogue of a school counseling workplace in primary schools. She has completed many courses, including the Kupoz program (a program for the development of attention for children aged 8 to 12) and the stimulation program Maxík (a program for preschoolers and students with delayed school attendance).

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She has completed training to be a family counselor, led by the Prague University of Psychosocial Studies, so she offers parents intervention in the field of family counseling. She also provides etopedic support and diagnostics for non-standard behavior of children, crisis intervention and support for pupils with personality disorders and counseling for parents in the area of ​​prevention of school failure and reeducation of specific learning and behavioral disorders. She cooperates with other counselors and all pedagogical staff.

In her free time she enjoys reading and working with children in various extracurricular activities. She also loves Italy.

Kateřina Židů
Care for talented children

Kateřina Židu studied Judaism at HTF UK, but she never studied the field. He has a nine-year-old daughter, diagnosed as exceptionally gifted since 2016. Since this year, he has been intensively addressing the issue of exceptionally gifted children. She completed a course in Feuerstein's instrumental enrichment and a course in systemic work with gifted students. In 2018, she founded and runs the Club of Gifted Children at Lupáčova Elementary School.

Lucie Chladilová
Office Administrator

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.

Marta Mikulecká
Accountant

Marta Mikulecká graduated from the University of Economics in Prague and obtained an engineering degree in the field of National Economy. During her studies, she experienced work abroad. She spent one year in London and spent several months on Long Island in New York.

After graduating from the University of Economics, she decided to focus on accounting and tax issues. She worked in a foreign company in the position of accountant / payroll accountant and then joined as a chief economist in an organization focused on providing health services.

She is happy to be part of the Wonderland team now and to help the school with economics and accounting.

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.

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.

Josef Račák
School Driver