Our team

Ms. Pavla Hajian
Founder of MŠ Wonderland

Ms. Pavla Hajian has experience as a director and owner of a nursery school in Ealing, London. She has worked for many years at international language schools and nurseries. She has now been running the Wonderland kindergarten for eight years and is the founder of the private school Wonderland Academy. She is the mother of four children (Kimi 18, Dany 13, Melanie 3, Charlotte 1 year old) Open more

Ms. Pavla holds a DPP (Diploma in Pre-school Practice) and attended the NVQ Level 3 university course. She graduated in all levels of Montessori education. She also attended an accredited course of the National Institute of Continuing Education (NIDV): a qualification course for headmasters. She studied Environmental Education and received the title of Environmental Coordinator of Schools. Furthermore she attended Menza ITL learning and a Genetic reading methods course. As in previous years, she will actively participate in teaching and learning plans and personally supervise compliance with all regulations, standardsand most importantly to ensure maximum satisfaction for your children.

You may contact her with any qurestions you may have about nursery management, administrative inquiries, and especially questions about your children and their daily lives at our kindergarten.

Ms Olga Procházková
Director of MŠ Wonderland

She is looking forward to working at the Wonderland preschool, where she will be able to use her experience, which she has attained so far. From the first day she liked the positive attitude of all team members.

She has been working in education since 1999. She started as a teacher of English, history, education for citizenship and physical education. With primary school pupils she travelled all around England, Wales and Scotland. She devoted herself to the project "Inspiring People", where she organised discussions with English-speaking athletes, travellers, actors and writers. Open more

She was part of a jury at a primary school English language competition called The Olympic.

She also arranged with Cambridge Exams Centre that her previous school became a local examination centre for Cambridge tests such as YLE, KET and PET.

At the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen she graduated in the field of "Teaching for Primary School". She studied English at King Street College in London and at Inlingua Malta. She is interested in ICT, teaching in English. She has attended countless professional courses such as "Teaching English with ICT support, in cooperation with the U. S. Embassy Prague".

She is the mother of two teenagers, Sam and Julie

Horses are her greatest hobby. She owns a riding and training license, and in addition to her sporting career, she also taught riding for over 25 years. On weekends she runs outside with her dachshund "Alvin". Additionally, she likes to travel, swim, play volleyball, go to theatre and cinema or read.
She believes that education and training go hand in hand with responsibility for future generations. She wishes and strives for preschools and schools to be places where children enjoy and feel safe.

Ms. Eva Engineer
Head teacher and Elves class teacher

Ms. Eva is the teacher of the Elves class and is also responsible for leading the teachers. Ms. Eva studied at the secondary school of pedagogy. Her Pedagogical practice was acquired in the Czech Republic at a preschool in Prague 10 and then in the USA where she had a class of 26 pupils for 8 years. Ms. Eva graduated from an accredited course of the National Institute of Continuing Education (NIDV): a qualification course for school directors. She has been working at Wonderland for five years. Working with children is a pleasure for her. She likes watching their mind develop every other day, and she is very happy to be here. She is a mother of two children (Eva and Sam).

Mr. Ian
Unicorns class teacher

Mr. Ian is a native speaker from Brighton, UK. He has been working at our school since 2010.

Mr. Ian is a joyful and energetic teacher with a lot of experience. Upon arriving to Prague in 2010, he obtained a TEFL, specialising in teaching children. Before working at our school he taught children through the language school Jipka. In the summer months he devotes his time to working at English camps in Czech Republic and Austria. Mr. Ian is a lover of sports and fitness. He is a certified personal trainer and takes care of the sports course and little scientist. Open more

Mr. Ian is a favourite among our Wonderland children and parents.

Mr. Jackson
Rainbows class teacher

Mr. Jackson is a native speaker from the USA. Mr. Jackson is excited to join the Wonderland team. Before moving to Prague in September of this year, Jackson worked in San Diego, California with preschool-age children. He became TEFL certified upon arriving in Prague, and also has a certificate in teaching English to young learners. He came to Prague to continue working with students in young age groups at an English immersion school. Jackson hopes to stay in Prague for as long as possible and to continue enjoying his time at Wonderland and in his new city.

Mr. Jacob
Owls class teacher

Mr. Jacob comes from Fresno, California. He is 27 years old and studied biology at the State University in Fresno. He was born in Germany, then lived in California, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and eventually returned to California. Mr. Jacob comes from a multiple families with whom he likes to spend a lot of time with. Open more

For 1.5 years, Mr. Jacob helped out at a Children's Hospital, where he worked with children with the help of special games, organized sports activities and devoted himself to fine arts activities. Mr. Jacob says: "It is very enriching when I can see children happy while staying at the hospital.

Mr. Jacob likes to play the guitar, and he also likes to play sports. He likes music such as rock and roll and hip hop. The Philadelphia Eagles are his favourite football / sports team. Mr. Jacob loves to travel and devotes himself to culinary art.

He looks forwardto meeting all of you.

Ms. Celia
Assistant teacher

Ms Celia graduatedwith a TEFL specialization and studied at Leeds University, England.

She has a rich working experience with children, from several schools, both classical and special. Ms. Celia acts as a volunteer with Oxfam NGO, which is involved in a wide range of tasks, such as promoting fair trade, sensitization and co-education. Ms. Celia comes from Cadiz, a small town in southern Spain. She has an adventurous spirit, passion for traveling and has lived in various places around the world.
Since childhood, she has been dancing classical ballet, she has also devoted herself to other kinds of dance such as flamenco and salsa.

Ms. Hannah
Owls class teacher

Ms. Hannah is from the U.S.A. and grew up near Washington D.C., where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English, an associate degree in General Studies, and a minor in psychology. She holds both a TEFL certification and an additional, specialized certification in teaching young learners.

Ms. Hannah is the oldest girl of six siblings and spent much of her life caring for and guiding her younger family members into becoming happy, healthy adults. She led educational homeschool programs for children ages 3-10 for many years and has previous experience with teaching at Czech-English preschools.

Ms. Hannah enjoys tennis, golf, salsa dancing, kickboxing, cooking, board games, and sunshine.
She loves to travel and has visited 29 states, 20 countries, and 2 provinces so far! She is very happy to be at MŠ Wonderland, where everyone has been extremely helpful and welcoming during her transition. She looks forward to working with and getting to know her Owls class!

Ms. Maria
Owls class teacher

Ms. Maria comes from Murcia, southeastern Spain. There it is sunny, warm and dry :) near the Mediterranean Sea.

Ms. Maria has been working with children since high school. She began by supervising children, tutoring, practicing as a sports instructor, attending summer camps, and organizing children's events. After graduating in psychology, Ms. Maria studied child psychology and was engaged in treatment of children with learning disabilities, school problems, or attention deficit disorder. Open more

In 2013, Ms. Maria moved to Canada, where she worked as a children's nanny. Here she was given the opportunity to learn the customs of other cultures and had the opportunity to learn in a bilingual environment.

After moving to the Czech Republic, Ms Maria participated in a program which culminated in a certificate for the training of Spanish teachers at the Cervantes Institute in Prague. Ms. Maria worked for some time at a Kindergarten in Pilsen and worked at an English summer camp in Prague.

Ms. Maria loves sports and activities in nature, especially in mountain areas. She likes running, roller skating and cycling, but also enjoys a relaxing evening at home watching interesting movies, listening to music or reading. Ms. Maria likes being creative: from drawing, dyeing, cutting to gluing and decorating. Ms. Maria also likes to cook, but her favorite part is when she gets to eat the final product ;)

Ms. Lucie
Elves class teacher - currently on maternity leave

Ms. Lucie graduated in social work. For three years she was a member of self-experience training in Rogerian therapy, and for about the same time she was also a member of the Prague rogerian group.

After studying she left Czech Republic and for several years traveled and worked across Europe, America and Asia
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Though she had already devoted herself to children and worked in a low-threshold children's club in Ústí nad Labem, the most intense and hindmost experience in working with children was her traveling. Since she was seventeen, she has been in England for about 10 years, helping a family with four children with whom she has been in contact since their earliest childhood. In 2010, as a volunteer, she took part in a Solar School project in India - she worked as a teacher and coordinator of a school in a Himalayan village, where she mainly devoted herself to preschool and fresh school children. In addition to co-ordinating the overall course of the school, it was mainly teaching children in English.

With children she is particularly fascinated by their creativity, imagination and some degree the natural truth that adults can learn from them. Her aim is to support children in their growth, to maintain and develop their natural tendencies and talents and in particular to provide them with an environment in which they will not have to worry about themselves.

Ms. Dominka
Speech therapist and special educator

Dominika Kiene graduated from the Faculty of Education at Charles University. After finishing her studies, she joined the phoniatric department at the ENT clinic in Bulovka. As a clinical speech therapist she also worked at the Phoniatric Clinic in Prague 2, FN 2. She then lived abroad with her husband, an American diplomat. She worked in the Special Services Division in the Bahamas as a logoped consultant for socially disadvantaged families. In the USA, she was teaching Czech. Open more

She worked as a Czech lecturer at Adult Education in Virginia and at the school Inligua, which prepared diplomats for the US Embassy around the world. After returning to Prague she currently works in private speech therapy. She helped the private clinic LOGO open a branch in Prague, working with Canadian Medical Care as a clinical logoped for children and adults from a multilingual environment. Experiences from the Special Pedagogical Center for Children with Speech Disorders are also important. She is currently working as a clinical speech therapist in Prague 10 and intensively cooperates with various bilingual nurseries. Dominika is the mother of two adult children. Her son works in New York City and her daughter is studying at the MICA Art University in Baltimore.

Ms. Anetka
Assistant teacher

Starting at school I was led to the English language, I attended the first elementary language school where my second language was German.
I graduated from the Business Academy, and for another year I attended an English Language Course. Then I started as a teacher and also as a pre-school assistant.
Some pre-schools where I worked at were also focused on English.
I love the child's world, the child's imagination, the energy and their ideas. Working with children is fun; I see a future in it. I have a lot of experiences working with children, I know how to react and behave in certain situations.
I like to travel in my free time; I practice in Pilates and devote myself to reading.

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.

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.

Mr. Lukáš
Music teacher

Lukáš Pařík is a singer, music composer and musical actor. He graduated in singing at the International Conservatory and finished studying the composition of film and pop music at the Prague Conservatory. He is the writer of many songs and the rock fantasy musical Kings of Avalon, performed at the Hybernia Theater in Prague during the 2015/2016 season.

He has been teaching since he was 16 and since 2017 he has been organizing public appearances for students.

His main duties include the effort to develop children's creativity and imagination. At Wonderland Academy he is the singing, piano and guitar teacher.

Ms. Zuzana
Logistical Coordinator

Miss Zuzka graduated from a Family School with an economic and administrative focus. She has two children, Terezka and Tomas.

Miss Zuzka deals with all kinds of economic matters and obligatory child documentation for the school. She provides food, records attendance, and prepares contractual documentation. She is very willing to cooperate, and you can contact her at any time.

Mr. Plíva
Caretaker and driver

Mr. Plíva works as a caretaker and driver for Wonderland Kindergarten and Wonderland Academy. He provides the collection, transport and delivery of children by minibus to and from the school, and for various trips. His other duties include repairs and maintenance of the buildings and gardens.

Because he is very skillful and happy to work with children, he runs the Little handyman course, which is very popular.

He is a regular blood donor and a passionate restorer of old clocks.

Mr. Čížek
Driver

Michal grew up in Litoměřice, where he played ice-hockey and football from a young age. He is a mechanic of track machines, he worked for several years at Czech Railways. He has also run landlord activities and has tried out a tough job in the private sector.

His great long life love remains in sport. In 1994 he obtained a coaching license and began to work at the children's and youth clubs as a football coach. He has experience working with children from 5 to 16 years of age. He is currently working at 1.FK Příbram.

From his first marriage he has two sons, Michael and Luke. In his current relationship with his partner Šárka, they have two sons, John and James. If time allows him, he spends it with them as much as possible in the wilderness.

Ms. Veronika
Canteen Manager and Cleaning Service