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 Wonderland Preschool for eight years and is the founder of the private school, Wonderland Academy. She is the mother of five children (Kimi, 20 years; Dany, 15 years; Melanie, 5 years; Charlotte, 3 years; and Nicholas, 3 months). Open more

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 Wonderland Preschool for eight years and is the founder of the private school, Wonderland Academy. She is the mother of five children (Kimi, 20 years; Dany, 15 years; Melanie, 5 years; Charlotte, 3 years; and Nicholas, 3 months)

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 continues to actively participate in the preparing of her schools' academic programs and personally supervises compliance with all governmental regulations and standards to ensure maximum satisfaction for your children.

You may contact her with any questions concerning nursery management and our administration, as well as inquiries about your children and their daily lives at our kindergarten.

Ms. Veronika Bergmanová
Director of MŠ Wonderland

Veronika was born in “hundred-spired" Prague, which she loves. She holds a Primary Education degree with a focus on teaching English from Charles University and also graduated with a diploma in Pre-school and Out-of-school Pedagogy. She has experience as a class teacher at a primary school focused on languages and was a director of a private kindergarten focusing on sports and languages for many years.

In addition to these studies, Veronika also attended the highly esteemed Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory of Music and, as you might have guessed, is passionate about music. In 2018, Veronika received her certificate as a yoga instructor for children. She has led many children's camps and is the mother of two of her own children, Isabela and Max. She loves to spend her free time in the countryside or with a good book.

Veronika is excited to work with our great team in the above-standard environment of Wonderland Preschool, but is most especially happy to work with you, our wonderful parents. She is happy to answer any and all questions, so please do not hesitate to contact her.

Ms. Klára
Head Teacher and Unicorns class teacher

Klára is the creator of the academic curriculum that is currently in place at Wonderland's three preschools and personally evaluates the quality of everyday teaching. She gained a lot of her experience while teaching small children in the United Kingdom, where she taught in several preschools and led groups for mothers with children. Here at Wonderland, Klára teaches full-time, participates in the creation of educational plans, and supervises the fulfillment of the year-long curriculum. She is the mother of two boys (Eliot, 13 years, and Richard, 4 years).

Klára graduated with all Montessori degrees and completed NVQ Level 3 Qualification in Early Years of Child Care and Education. She also completed the CELTA Cambridge Certificate of English. Klára is also a certified Environmental Coordinator.

Ms. Hannah
Head of English and Unicorns class teacher

Hannah Johns 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.

Hannah has 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 in the U.S. for many years and has previous experience with teaching at Czech-English preschools. She is a class teacher and is responsible for managing MŠ Wonderland's English team, as well as all written materials in English.

Hannah enjoys tennis, golf, salsa dancing, kickboxing, cooking, board games, and sunshine.
She loves to travel and has visited 31 states, 20 countries, and 2 provinces so far! She is passionate about providing children with love and care and enjoys her job very much.

Ms. Marina
Lunas class teacher

Marína is a student of psychology, currently pursuing her master's degree at the Faculty of Education, Charles University, in Prague. She received a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Special Education from the same university. Previously, Marína worked as an assistant teacher at a primary school with children, grades 1st to 9th, where she led pedagogical interventions. She emphasizes a respectful and individualistic approach to children and their education. In her bachelor‘s thesis, Marína dealt with the principles of dynamic diagnostics, a system which perceives children as individuals who are uniquely developing, perceiving, learning, thinking and, last but not least, changing. She plans to get further education in this area.

Marína is actively involved in singing, dancing and playing the violin as a member of the Slovak Folklore Ensemble in Prague. She also devotes herself to writing and composing her own songs. She looks forward to working with you and your children.

Ms. Kristin
Lunas class teacher and native speaker

Kristin Frink is from the U.S.A. and grew up in North Carolina, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication from The University of North Carolina: Wilmington. She holds both a TEFL certification and an additional, specialized certification for teaching young learners.

Kristin has worked in a day care with children aged 2-6 years old, has volunteered for numerous children's summer camps, and was a nanny for two children, three and five years old, for two years during college. She is passionate about spending time with children and is very excited to be working at Wonderland.

Kristin's greatest passion in life, besides childcare, is dance. She has danced since she was 2 years old and has trained competitively in everything from ballet to hip-hop. Thanks to her training, Kristin loves teaching kids about all things artistic, including dancing, singing, and various creative projects.

Ms. Tereza
Assistant

Tereza was born in Prague but spent her childhood in Špindlerův Mlýn. Thanks to her upbringing, she gained a lot of experience in winter sports and activities. She spent one year studying social-legal education at a higher vocational school, but interrupted this study when she was given a chance to realize her dream, which was to study psychology at FF UK. She is now in her third year there. As part of her coursework, she visits children at Motol Hospital.

Tereza has had a lot of different experiences with children over the last 8 years and has worked with a variety of age groups. She has led camps for children, managed school trips in nature, looked after children privately for families, and worked as a teacher’s assistant in several private preschools. She has also completed a medical practitioner’s course.

Her hobbies mainly include spending time with friends, reading interesting books, and going to the theatre.

Ms. Renata
Teacher

Ms. Renata comes from Rakovník, where she gained experience as a teacher in a preschool after finishing secondary pedagogical school. Since then, she completed postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Philosophy of Charles University and worked for five years as the HR Director of Short Film at Barrandov. After the birth of her son, Daniel, and her daughter, Natalie, Renata returned to the field of education. She graduated from a two-year accredited program for directors and school facilities with a focus on school management and education in the European context. At that time, she was already working in a private preschool with a focus on sports and healthy nutrition and was a director there for 8 years. Later, she gained further experience as a director in a private Czech-English school in Prague 9. During these years, she completed a wide range of supplementary education for childhood development, including conferences for school directors on Early Mathematics for Preschoolers, Working with Persona Dolls: Dolls with Personality, How to Respect and be Respected, and many more.

Besides pedagogical work, Renata is also dedicated to the growth of her own personality and professionalism. She is very open and honest and believes that her relationships with children enrich her life. She loves to see their growth, effort, and the joy of their successes. She is raising her son and daughter by herself and mainly devotes her free time to them but still finds time for her own hobbies. She enjoys sports and learning about new cultures.

Renata is happy to cooperate with the Wonderland team and is always available to children and parents. If there are any questions, do not hesitate to contact her – she is here for you!

Renata says, "We see right through to the heart. What is truly important is hidden to the eye.”

Ms. Zuzana
Teacher

Zuzka graduated from Charles University in Prague and specialized in Arts for Primary School. After her state examination, she went to England, where she studied for one semester at St. Austell college. She studied several courses at DYS-centrum which focused on graphomotor skills, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and the good start method. She enjoys leading creative projects, activity centers, and summer camps.

She likes to spend her free time jogging, doing yoga, and cooking.

Ms. Linda
Teacher

Lukáš Pařík
Music teacher

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

Lukáš dedicated himself to learning music since he was 16 years old and has spent the last few years organizing and managing student public performances. His main teaching principles include developing children's creativity and imagination. He teaches singing, piano, and guitar at Wonderland Preschools and Wonderland Academy.

Jan Kubín
Music teacher

Jan Kubín is a pianist, saxophonist, guitarist and composer. He is currently a student at Jan Deyl Conservatory. Previously, he taught piano and guitar at the Scio School in Dejvice and at the Beehive School here in Prague.

Jan enjoys passing on his knowledge and experience, as well as developing musical talent in both young and old. He is currently performing with several bands, including Lady Praga and Prague Buskmen.

Ms. Dominika Kiene
Speech-language Therapist and Special Educational Needs Teacher

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. During her time the USA, she taught Czech and worked as a Czech lecturer at Adult Education in Virginia and at the school Inligua, which prepares diplomats for joining the US Embassy. After returning to Prague, she began working as a private speech therapist. She helped the private clinic LOGO open a branch in Prague, and worked with Canadian Medical Care as a clinical logoped for children and adults from a multilingual environment. She also gained a great deal of experience from working at the Special Pedagogical Center for Children with Speech Disorders. She is currently working as a clinical speech therapist in Prague 10 and cooperates extensively 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. Laura Arrua
Spanish teacher

Ms. Laura born in Asuncion, Paraguay. She attended Stael Ruffinelli de Ortiz English Music and Arts where she obtained her Trinity CertTESOL: NQF (National Qualities Framework) level 5. This certification is validated by Trinity College London and is equivalent to the CELTA which is validated by Cambridge ESOL. She studied Psychology for 3 years at Universidad Columbia de Asuncion and worked at a primary bilingual school for almost 9 years where she taught English to students of all ages and levels. There, she also prepared students to take the International Trinity English language test each year.

In 2014, Ms. Laura had the opportunity to chaperone a class of high school students on a trip to Colorado (U.S.A.) as a part of an international student exchange program that was organized by the language school she worked for. She learned new skills and techniques from many experienced teachers during her trip that helped her grow into the teacher she is now.

Ms. Laura is passionate about education and highly aware of the positive impact that teachers can have on their students. She believes a teacher’s guidance should help students to improve their critical thinking and overall cognitive function. She likes teaching young learners because of their energy and curiosity, and she loves to learn new things about education and psychology! She originally visited Prague in February 2017 and liked it so much that she moved here in October 2018. She is excited to explore her new home! In her free time, Ms. Laura enjoys long walks, cooking, reading, running, cycling, and, of course, travelling.

Lucie Chladilová
Logistical Coordinator

Lucie graduated from the secondary school of agriculture in Vyškov. She has worked in various administrative jobs, including work as as assistant to the Chairman of STROJEXPORT a.s. She is now able to apply her working experience to the economic management of Wonderland Academy and Wonderland Preschool, Libuš. As a mother of three children, she has a very positive and affectionate attitude towards children. In her free time, she enjoys visiting the countryside with her family and playing or watching sports.

Mr. Plíva
Driver

Mr. Plíva works as a caretaker and driver for Wonderland Preschool and Wonderland Academy. He collects, transports, and delivers children by minibus to and from our school and on various trips. His other duties include repairing and maintaining our school buildings and gardens. He has previously worked as a locksmith, maintenance man, flight instrument mechanic, and plumber.

Because he is very skillful and happy to work with children, Mr. Plíva is also the instructor for our Little Handyman course, which is very popular. With his positive and friendly attitude, he enriches the children's lives everyday.

For many years, Mr. Plíva devoted himself to judo, in which he reached the 3rd dan. He is a regular blood donor and a passionate collector and restorer of old clocks.

Mr. Čížek
Driver

Michal grew up in Litoměřice, where he played ice-hockey and football from a young age. In the past, he worked for several years as a train mechanic at Czech Railways. He has also operated as a landlord and tried out working as an entrepreneur in the private sector.

His great, lifelong love remains the world of sports. In 1994, he obtained a coaching license and began to work as a football coach at clubs for children and youths. He has experience working with children from 5 to 16 years of age. He is currently working at 1.FK Příbram.

Michal has two sons, Michael and Luke, from his first marriage. In his current relationship with his partner Šárka, he has two more sons: John and James. When he has free time, Michal spends it in the wilderness with his family.

Lucie Podraská
Cleaning service

Lucka studied at the High School of Electrical Engineering in Prague, but realized that working with people was more interesting for her than working within a technical field. She gained experience as a cleaner in one of Prague's hotels. Every day, she looks forward to seeing the children at school, who enrich her with their ideas. She also loves to spend time with her grandchildren. Lucie usually likes to relax in the countryside and is a lover of animals.