WonderHere has grown so rapidly over the course of our first year, and we feel so honored that our beautiful Lakeland community continues to be so receptive of our unique learning style and business model. The families that we currently serve, and the many new families we are excited to welcome this Fall, are the very reason why WonderHere exists. We cannot wait to unveil all this good stuff when we reopen our doors in mid-August!
With many of the new programs that we are providing to meet the growing demand, and with the restructuring of some of our more popular programs to better serve our families, we were provided with the great opportunity to grow our team! We are over-the-moon to introduce you to these incredibly creative, skilled, and passionate professionals! We are truly honored that they’ve become part of our WonderHere Team! These instructors have been busy preparing for each of their classes and are eager to meet the families to begin working alongside each parent in helping them in their homeschooling journey.
So, here are the following newest members of Team WonderHere, as well as *returning members of our team.
*Mrs. Amanda Thenor
Lead Instructor/ Support Staff
Amanda graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and she is certified through the state of Florida to teach Elementary Education K-6, with an ESOL endorsement along with extensive Montessori Training. Before joining Team WonderHere, she taught in multi-aged classes at a public Montessori school in South Florida. She is a true believer in WonderHere and loves her time spent at the studio. When she is not teaching at WonderHere, she is taking care of her baby boy, Cameron, who is 6 months old and spending time with her husband of four years, Dimitri. She loves baking, cooking, sports, and her family!
We’re thrilled to have Amanda return with us and coach our new teachers in the WonderHere way! Her Montessori training and experience have helped (and continue to help) pave the way for our multi-aged classes!
Mrs. Autumn Harvey
Minis Instructor-Ages 3 & 4
Autumn graduated from USF with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and is certified to teach K-6. She also holds an ESOL endorsement and is Kagan trained. Before WonderHere, Autumn taught 1st grade at South Mckeel Academy. When she is not teaching the amazing Minis class, she is spending time with her husband and 4 year old son. In her spare time she loves creating items for her home business, “The Little Print Closet”, being adventurous outdoors, and watching HGTV. She also started a mommy blog and playdate group in Lakeland called “What’s ‘Happening’ for Mommy’s”. Her motto is “Don’t just be alive, LIVE”.
Autumn’s enthusiasm is truly contagious, and her creativity knows no bounds! We cannot wait to see how she extends her love of learning to our toddlers!
Mrs. Amy Sanders
Ages 5-8 The Core Instructor
Amy graduated from Southeastern University in 2010 with a Bachelor in Science Degree in Elementary Education. She is certified to teach Elementary Education K-6 with an ESOL endorsement. She had spent 5 years teaching 1st grade at Berkley Charter School before moving to Lansing, Michigan where she taught Kindergarten at a Title 1 school. Amy’s experience teaching at a Kagan model school sparked her passion for creating an actively engaged classroom where students learn to problem solve, work together, and develop a love for learning. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys running, decorating, crafting, and traveling. She has been married for nearly 6 years to her wonderful husband Joel, and together they have a busy 9-month old daughter named Cambree.
We are blessed to have someone as dedicated and just down-right sweet as Amy teaching this class! Her experience with Kagan and cooperative learning align perfectly with our learning philosophy.
Mrs. Renata Brooks
Primary Instructor – Loosely Grades K-1
Renata graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She is certified through the state of Florida to teach Elementary Education K-6 with an ESOL and reading endorsement. Before WonderHere, she spent the past 3.5 years teaching at a local Title 1 school and two years prior to that teaching Pre-Kindergarten in upstate New York. She loves teaching and is excited to join the WonderHere community! Renata has been married to her husband Daniel for five years. They have a two-year-old son named Rowan and a Yorkie-Poo named Cozy. She loves spending time with her family, crafting, and shopping at the Target Dollar section.
Renata was made to teach this age group! Her organizational skills and ability to plan ahead will be a huge asset to our team!
Ms. Marissa Cutrone
Post-Primary Instructor – Loosely Grades 1-3
Marissa graduated from Southeastern University with her degree in Elementary Education in 2016 with Reading and ESOL endorsements. She then pursued a Masters of Reading Education from Southeastern University and graduated in 2017. Marissa is so excited to teach with WonderHere in the post-primary class and can’t wait to work with her students to create unique and engaging lessons! When she’s not teaching, Marissa enjoys going to the beach with her friends and cooking! She cannot wait to start this school year!
Marissa is truly a breath of fresh air to this team! Her passion for teaching is inspiring to us, and her dedication in pursuing her Master’s degree will be an asset to us as we develop and grow our curriculum.
Mrs. Debbi Balach
Comprehensive Instructor – Loosely Grades 4-6
Debbi graduated from Southeastern University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Exceptional Student Education and her Master’s of Education Degree in Exceptional Student Education. She holds a teaching certificate through the state of Florida in Elementary Education, ESE K-12, and Math Grades 5-9. She also holds endorsements in Autism, Reading, and ESOL. She considers it a blessing to have spent her first year teaching at Pace Center for Girls as the 6-11th grade Math teacher, and most recently she taught at Lake Gibson Middle School (go Sharks!) teaching 6th grade Resource and Inclusion Math. When she is not at WonderHere, you can find her spending time with her amazing husband, Rich and loving on their sweet four-month old daughter Abigail Joy. In her spare time, she loves to sing and play the piano, enjoy time with her small group from church, and journaling.
Debbi’s extensive experience in the higher grades and sense of humor make her an integral part of our team! Her personality is perfect for teaching our 4th – 6th graders!
Ms. Amanda Terry
Amanda graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. She has an extensive background in working with kids from her time nannying, working at the YMCA, and interning at Grace City Kids and Florida Baptist Children’s Home.
Amanda’s ability to manage and organize helps make WonderHere a smooth sailing ship! She’s calm under pressure and is wonderful with children… so she’s just in the right spot!
Ms. Summer Adams
Minis Assistant Instructor / Mommy & Me Instructor /
Letter of the Week Instructor
Summer graduated from Lakeland High School and then attended Florida Gulf Coast University. She is now continuing her education at a local college while working at WonderHere. When she is not at WonderHere, she enjoys watching movies, spending time with her family, eating sour gummy worms, and catching up on episodes of This is Us.
Summer’s sweet disposition, coolheadedness, and love of working with the little ones is just what these programs need! We know she’ll be a hit with our toddlers.
*Mr. Jonathan Gautier
Sound House Studios Owner & WonderHere Music Instructor
Jonathan Gautier is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with an B.A. in Digital Media and a Masters Degree in Music Technology. He has taught music in the classroom as well as private lessons for 14 years. He enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, and playing basketball.
We have loved having Jonathan teach our music classes, and are so glad to have him return! Our kids enjoy being able to flex their creative musical muscles in his classes!
*Mrs. Becky Yohe
ArtCentric Studio Owner & WonderHere Art Instructor
Becky graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in ceramics. She holds a Florida State teaching certificate for Art K-12 and is the owner of ArtCentric Studios in Dixieland. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters, Avery and Haysley, and the wife of Mike. Her father is a stained-glass artist and her mother an elementary school teacher, making her the perfect mix of them both! Becky loves slurpies and kettle corn and enjoys the beach and wake boarding.
There’s no one we’d rather teach our kids art than Becky! Her passion for the arts translates into every lesson and project, and our kids love her!
*Mrs. Jessica Zivkovich
Founder and Co-Owner of WonderHere / Homeschool Enrichment
Jessica graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exceptional Student Education. She holds endorsements in ESOL and reading instruction and will graduate with her Master’s degree in Reading Education in December. She loves to spend her time dreaming and scheming with Tiffany about ways to make WonderHere the best place possible for kids and families, as well as relaxing with her sweet husband George and their Labradoodle pup Henry. You can often find her hanging out on her family’s farm in Dade City, with her nose in a book, or binge watching whatever show she’s interested in at the time (currently, 30 Rock… subject to change).
*Mrs. Tiffany Thenor
Founder and Co-Owner of WonderHere / Homeschool Enrichment
Tiffany graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She holds an Elementary Education K-6 teaching certification with ESOL and Gifted Instructor endorsements. She loves going to the park with her little boy Jeremiah and watching reruns of The Office with her husband Jeffrey. When she is not working with Jessica dreaming up new ideas for their beautiful business, she is trying to unplug and spend quality time with her family and friends. She loves all things sweets and playing board games.
We believe that our learning style and the programs we offer are both innovative and necessary, and that they are making a beautiful difference across the landscape of education. These instructors embody everything WonderHere stands for, and our team is stronger and more creative because of these additions and returning team members. Please help us in welcoming each of these instructors when you meet them at our studio! The very heart of WonderHere beats to cultivate the love of learning within each of your children, and our team is ready now more than ever to serve your family and encourage each young student to wonder and grow in wisdom. Thank you for dreaming and believing with us!