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.

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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 7 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.

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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 2nd 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.

Stanislava Stašková
Class Teacher 1st A grade

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.

Adéla Vardžáková
Class Teacher 1st B grade

Adéla studied at the Secondary Pedagogical School in Krnov, majoring in Preschool and Extracurricular Pedagogy. Thanks to this study, he masters several musical instruments. Later she graduated from the Primary School Teacher Training at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ostrava. She started her teaching career in kindergartens and later in primary school. Most recently, she worked at a private international kindergarten, where she worked with preschoolers. She completed various educational, sports and art courses. During her practice, she met Hejný's method and the Start Together program. She is currently a Czech teacher and educator of a seven-year-old girl in Florida.

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She enjoys and fulfills the work of a teacher very much. She wants to be a partner for children and at the same time a role model. She believes that the key skill of a teacher is to see the good in his students.

In his free time she enjoys sports, travelling, psychology, nature, dancing and music.

Linda Samková
Class Teacher 2nd B grade

Linda Samková 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 3rd 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.

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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 3rd 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.

Jana Šperlová
Class Teacher 4th A grade

Jana graduated from a secondary pedagogical school in Most and is currently completing her university education - this autumn she is defending her bachelor's degree at the Faculty of Education of Charles University. She worked as a primary school teacher for 16 years, of which 3 years were at the Angel bilingual school and one year at the Park Lane international school. During her practice, she encountered modern teaching methods and completed a number of methodological courses as part of her further education. Among them, for example, intensive training in the method of prof. Hejný (mathematics), the Summer School program Start Together, reading skills development courses, student integration and much more.

Daniela Růžičková
Class Teacher 4th 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 5th A 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.

Zuzana Piškulová
Class Teacher 5th B grade

Zuzana Piškulová is originally from South Moravia. This year, she graduated from Palacký University with a degree in Primary School Teacher Training and Special Education. She comes from a teacher's family, which shaped her motivation to study and stay in the profession even after college.

She gained a positive attitude towards children during the year-round activities of the children's section, where she worked as a section leader and led the children to the values of scouting and woodcraft. He has been going with them to summer camps with them for 10 years, where most holidays always fall. During the year, Zuzana also goes with her children on weekends (also as a nurse), to outdoor schools and leads a singing group. More

She has other pedagogical experience from tutoring Czech and from the practice of a teaching assistant. Although Zuzana's special pedagogy is a minor subject, she studied empathy for the individual needs of each person. Zuzana also went through a "school of life" when she took part in the upbringing of her three brothers - she says that thanks to that she is "used to everything".

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.

Adrienne Eberhart
English Teacher

Adrienne Eberhart was born in Washington, D.C. and has lived in Prague for 13 years. During this time she has worked as a preschool teacher, an elementary school teacher, and a TEFL trainer. Adrienne studied at George Mason University where she received a Bachelors Degree in International Relations and Biology.

After graduating university, Adrienne travelled around Europe and realized how much she wanted to make the continent home. Prague was the perfect place to settle after completing her TEFL course. She enjoys helping children become comfortable with a language and grow more confident as they improve.

Outside of school, Adrienne really enjoys art and creative hobbies, cooking, reading, playing volleyball, cycling, or exploring the Czech countryside and forests with her dog.

Erica Yamane
English Teacher

Erica Yamane grew up in the mountainous countryside of West Virginia in the United States. After obtaining her BA in Arts and Japanese Studies, she moved to Japan to start her English teaching journey. She first taught ages 1~18 at an English school for 6 years. During her time there, she also taught exam classes and seminars, teacher training classes, and planned holiday events. After getting married in 2013, she became a primary school English teacher for 5th and 6th grade in Hiroshima District schools. Erica obtained her TEFL certificate in Hiroshima, Japan and, after moving to Ireland in 2017, her CELT certificate in Dublin. She moved to Prague in 2018 and taught English, Math and Cambridge Prep at Compass Primary School. She has been enjoying teaching English abroad for 13 years. More

At Wonderland, her aspiration is to see children grow into adults who are independent, responsible, and confident multi-lingual communicators by encouraging their curiosity, awakening their potential, and enriching their world.

Erica enjoys discovering new places and taking photos. She likes to experiment with new recipes both sweet and savory in her small kitchen. She also enjoys running around Prague in her free time.

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.

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.

Haya Suleiman
English Teacher

Haya Suleiman was born and raised in Jordan, driven by her enthusiasm in empowering and enabling youth, she helped establish the American corner in her University and moved on to volunteer in several international organizations, did her bachelor in Conservation Science of Archaeology, worked as an English teacher for 4 years, teaching kids English grammars and conversation skills, has an excellent communication skills with kids and teenagers, she moved on to continue her study as an Environmental engineer in Prague at the Czech university of life sciences, and has an IELTS Certificate.

Haya Suleiman is a passionate photographer, enjoys reading and music, interested in science, loves to hike and experience nature in all of its elements, she loves working with children as well as empowering and enabling them to exceed in their lives, and Wonderland Academy was the best option to do so!

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English Teacher

Kalli Savage
English Teacher

Kalli comes from the south of England, where she studied pre-primary pedagogy and obtained an academic degree. In addition, she is studying psychology and criminology at a British university. She lived in America and Europe and moved to Prague three years ago.

In the Czech Republic, Kalli obtained a qualification for teaching English as a foreign language TEFL and also a certificate focusing on teaching methods for the education of young children. She has experience in preschools and primary schools and experience with children with special needs.

Kalli enjoys traveling and listening to music, and when she does not spend time with children, she plays guitar, dances and climbs.

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.

Eva Muñoz
Spanish Teacher

Born in Madrid, Spain. Eva finished her studies obtaining the COU certificate with a specialization in arts and literature. During this time she also began taking acting and singing lessons at private schools.

She went on with a formation to become a Spanish teacher, and most of her life she would combine her artistic and educational professions. As an actress, she had roles in a wide range of plays in theatres throughout Spain. In addition, she appeared in a number of TVseries and commercials. At the same time, she pursued her teaching career working for language schools and children's camps in Madrid, London and Prague. More

Eva loves the interaction with kids and enjoys spending time with them, she teaches not only language but also culture and values in a fun and entertaining way. After moving to Prague three years ago, Eva instantly fell in love with the city. She continued acting and singing and teamed up with a guitar player to perform together. Music remains an important part of her life. She also loves animals, especially dogs. As time permits, she enjoys being out and in nature, swimming in the ocean, jumping off cliffs, trekking and hiking.

For her, maintaining a childlike curiosity, openness and joyfulness is what life is about.

Heiko Schwarzer
German Teacher

Heiko (pronounce Hajko) is a native German, born in north of Germany in Bremerhaven. As a youngster he has showed strong will, determination and talent for sport and that is why at the age of 14 he moved to Bremen where he had better opportunities to pursue his squash sports career. In order to combine sport and school Heiko decided to study at Mercedes Benz to become a mechanic. After finishing the MB school, he went for one year to Army Sport center for elite athletes. He ultimately decided to be semi-professional sportsman and that is why he continued another 3 years at the Mercedes school to obtain higher education, especially in fields such as team leader, bookkeeping, organizational skills etc.

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It was during this time that Heiko became part of the German Squash National team which meant more frequent and harder training. Not wanting to give up his job at Mercedes Heiko was getting up at 5 a.m. to get to his first training prior to work and the second in the afternoon. During weekends Heiko played either German or various European squash leagues.

After 20 years of full commitment his hard work paid off and Heiko won the European Champion title in M35+ category which belongs to his squash career highlights. This championship was life changing because he met his future wife there and decided to leave Germany and move to Prague where she is located.

After moving to Prague Heiko became fulltime squash professional. He is part of a professional training group at Squash Strahov and has the position as head coach at a private club. He is coaching juniors as well as senior players; some of them are part of the Czech squash national team.

Heiko is known for his gentle humor, always good mood, and friendly nature. He is hard working but always has great fun at what he does, and this is what he always tries to pass to his students. To have fun at what they do.

At the age of 38 Heiko started to learn Czech. Since these two languages are completely different, he has full understanding for anyone who struggles, falls but gets up again and fights. He understands the importance of positive motivation and is ready to offer it to all his students.

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.

Michaela Strnadová
Teaching Assistant

Michaela Strnadová comes from Prague and graduated from a secondary vocational school of pedagogy, majoring in preschool and extracurricular pedagogy. She worked with children already during her studies, for example as a teacher in a children's group, an English tutor or a coach of children in sports training.

Her hobbies include music, especially piano and singing. In her free time she enjoys various sports activities, nature trips and reading.

Jakub Čebiš
Math, Physics Teacher

Jakub Čebiš comes from Ostrava, where he also studied geology. However, the spectrum of his interests was always wide, so he also studied at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Czech Technical University, visited statistics at the University of Economics or materials engineering at the Technical University of Prague. He completed the pedagogical course only later, when he realized that education is his true mission. He accompanies him practically throughout his life, whether in the form of private tutoring, leading preparatory courses or pedagogical work at state and private schools. His many years of experience in teaching physics, economics, computer science, English, but especially mathematics taught him how to introduce children to the world of logic, numbers or experiments and how to draw them into the action so that they enjoy the material and at the same time take something away from class.

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He likes Karel Čapek's quote: "Education is what we are left with when we forget everything we have learned in school." He is always most pleased when he can follow the success of his students, and especially overcoming barriers between children and the often demonized world of mathematics. . In his free time, he likes to go for walks with his dog, ride a bike or play board games. He loves reading, but he also likes to write himself. He tried to produce a play, a collection of fairy tales, advertising texts and all sorts of other literary works according to the requirements of his surroundings. Let's not forget his cello, which over the years has become more of a design addition to his apartment.

Marek Lansdorf
Class Teacher 6 th grade, 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
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
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.

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.

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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.

Kateřina Hrubá
Head of Afternoon Club

Kateřina was born in Prague, where she also obtained an engineering degree in European diplomacy. During her studies, she completed two exchanges abroad, visiting Cyprus and Mexico and improving her level of English and Spanish. During her one-year study in Mexico City, she received an internship at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, thanks to which she participated in several official receptions and events.

She gained experience from the pedagogical environment when she worked as a teacher's assistant in a kindergarten and was mainly in charge of children who speak a foreign language.

In his free time she is very active, she plays competitive volleyball and runs. She enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures and their tastes, traditions and customs.

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.

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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.

Karolína Kocourková
Afternoon Club

Karolína Kocourková comes from the Eagle Mountains. After graduating from high school in Žamberk, she decided to join the University of Hradec Králové, majoring in Primary School Teaching. After two years, she interrupted her studies and began studying special pedagogy at the Jan Amos Comenius University in Prague.

Working with children has been fulfilling her for fifteen years. Within the brigades, she worked as an animator, lifeguard, teacher of leisure activities for children and, last but not least, as a leader in children's camps. In her free time she tutors pupils with special needs.

Her hobbies include creative work and sports.

Martina Šťastná
Head of Sport Activities

Martina Šťastná graduated from the Ludvík Daňek Sports Grammar School in Brno and then in the field of Primary School Teacher Training at Palacký University in Olomouc. For twelve years she was a representative of the Czech Republic in modern gymnastics, now she is a 2nd class coach in this sport and is finishing her 1st class coach at FTVS in Prague. She has been training children for ten years. She also dances in musicals at the Hybernia and Broadway theaters, but also, for example, at the Black Light Image Theater, where she also plays pantomime.

She enjoys sports, dancing, music, creativity, animals and traveling. She played the piano for six years. She tries to pass on all her experience as best she can.

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.

Marita Širmer Martirosyan
Office and HR Assistant

Marita Širmer Martirosyan is currently studying for the last year of her master's studies at the Faculty of Education in Ostrava. She has already obtained a bachelor's degree in citizenship education and health education in the second stage, but she also works for younger children in the first stage.

She worked as a teaching assistant for two years and taught citizenship education at the second level. For a year she worked in a school club, where she gained valuable experience in the field of leisure activities.

At Wonderland Academy, she will work as a leisure educator, HR assistant and help with administration as an office assistant.

Gabriela Urbášková
School Psychologist

Gabriela graduated from the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience at King’s College London in 2016. Currently she works as a psychotherapist with youths and adults dealing with anxiety, depression and addiction using Logotherapy, Mindfulness and CBT techniques. Currently she undertakes psychotherapeutic training in Logotherapy; including regular sessions with supervising psychotherapists. She accomplished trainings in: Crisis Intervention, Mindfulness, Wellness coaching or Suicide Prevention. More

During her studies she did several clinical placements in the psychiatric hospital South London & Maudsley; e.g. assisting with organization of 8-weeks Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Program or evaluating Wheel of Wellbeing concept, aimed at improving students’ wellbeing. Since she felt that the mental health of students has been overlooked in the Czech Republic, with her friend she developed and ran a series of workshops for Czech students. The idea was later supported by O2 SmartUp foundation.

At the time of bachelor’s studies of Psychology at University of New York in Prague, she did several clinical internships including one year placement at Pink Crocodile Kindergarten where she worked with children with mental and physical disabilities. Her bachelor thesis focused on burnout syndrome among kindergarten teachers.

In terms of her work experience, Gabriela worked for Škoda Auto developing stress-management strategies, as a researcher for National Institute of Mental Health or as a People Care Manager at Czech Technical University. Concurrently, she worked as an external soft-skills lecturer for Česká cesta. During her studies she worked as an au-pair or activity organizer at British summer school. For the last few years she has been working mostly as a therapist.

Gabriela enjoys listening to people’s life stories, exploring Czech woods, running, practicing Mindfulness or yoga.

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.

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.

Adéla Baroňová
Founder's Assistant

Adéla is a student at the 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague.

Health care is as close to her the same way working with children is. She therefore decided to establish cooperation with the Wonderland Academy and now works as a personal assistant to the founder Pavla Hajian.

She is happy to be part of the team and help with what is needed.

Petr Vodenka
School Driver

Petr is a very important part of the Wonderland Academy team. He always enjoyed working with wood. After graduating as a carpenter, he devoted himself intensively to this craft and also passed on his experience to young people as a master of professional training. Now he has decided to use his skill to help our school with all the technical problems.

He is the father of two children, with whom he spends almost all his free time. In his free time, he plays various musical instruments. He loves the guitar, banjo, accordion and is learning to play the violin.

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