Staff

We’d like to introduce you to our super team of certified teachers and highly qualified staff!

Jessica Zivkovich
Founder and Co-Owner of WonderHere

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).

Tiffany Thenor
Founder and Co-Owner of WonderHere

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.

Amanda Thenor
Support Staff / Curriculum Developer

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!

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.

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!

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.

Jessica Kreeger
Minis Instructor – Loosely Ages 3-4

Jessica has her AA in Early Childhood Education, and has many years of experience working with kids in a preschool setting, as a Gymboree Play and Music instructor, and in children’s ministries. Jessica believes  the foundation of learning starts at home and leans towards Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling with her own children. She believes that character development is the basis to education, and that every child is an individual… there is no one size fits all style.

Caroline Mendez
Reading FUNdamentals – Loosely Grades K-1

Caroline graduated with her BS in Special Education from Florida Southern College in 2008, earning the following certifications: ESOL Endorsed, Certified K-12 ESE, Certified K-6 Elementary. She has several years’ experience working with children as an elementary teacher, as a camp counselor, and in ministry. Caroline believes that every child deserves the opportunity to learn in a way that is relevant and engaging to them while awakening their curiosity. She believes teacher and student should be co-creators of knowledge, and a great teacher creates experiences for the learner to discover their world with excitement and educational adventure.

Amy Toman
Math & Research Lab Instructor – Loosely Grades 2-5

Amy graduated with her BS in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida in 2009. She is certified in Elementary Education grades K-6, ESOL Endorsement, and Reading Endorsement. She has several years’ experience teaching upper elementary. Amy believes that each student is an individual and learns in his/her own individual way. She feels that teachers should employ multiple modalities to engage students when presenting information. Teachers should have the freedom in their classrooms to create lessons that are the best fit for the group of students they are currently servicing.

Summer Adams
Studio Manager

Summer graduated from Lakeland High School and then attended Florida Gulf Coast University. She now works full time at WonderHere, ensuring that the studio runs smoothly every day! 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.

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.

Jon 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.