Faculty and Staff

The Wellington Preparatory School is a coeducational, non-sectarian private school with a mission to deliver a top academic education, while providing supportive co-curricular activities.

Jeffrey Altschuler

Founder and President

Jeffrey Altschuler founded The Wellington Preparatory School after a successful career growing Meritas Schools. Meritas is a premium kindergarten through 12th grade family of college preparatory schools around the world. Mr. Altschuler was a founder of the Meritas school system and president of the US schools division. Prior to founding Meritas, he was a partial owner of the North Broward Preparatory School, a high quality preparatory school located on a 70 acre campus just south of Boca Raton, Florida. Mr. Altschuler earned a Masters in Business degree from the University of Chicago, a second Masters degree from the University of Illinois and a Bachelors degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He brings his knowledge in managing college preparatory schools to the development and growth of Wellington Prep.

Sandy Montoya

Principal

Ms. Montoya has extensive experience in the education industry. She worked in the public school system and charter school system for many years. She is also the director of Wellington Prep’s sister school, Planet Kids at Wellington. Ms. Montoya holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University in Educational Management.

 

Ms. Probst

Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Probst is an accomplished elementary school teacher. She taught at the Benjamin School for 6 years focusing on students in first grade, third grade and kindergarten. This experience included significant professional development in the various curriculum used at Wellington Prep. Prior to her experience in the private school sector, Ms. Probst taught at several public elementary schools. Ms. Probst earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and her master’s degree in elementary education from Florida Atlantic University.

 

Ms. Petrovich

Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Petrovich is a graduate from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, Mrs. Petrovich taught first and third grade for nine years in Orlando, Delray and Loxahatchee for the public school system. She spent the last seven years teaching a four-year-old, pre-kindergarten class for the Wellington Preparatory School’s preschool, Planet Kids at Wellington. In this role, her students routinely scored over the 95th percentile on the kindergarten readiness test each year. During her tenure, Mrs. Petrovich received extensive training in the school’s curriculum and methodology. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Petrovich enjoys spending time with her husband, five children and numerous pets. She is very excited about teaching kindergarten at the Wellington Preparatory School and providing each student with a quality education.

 

Ms. DeRomo

Learning Specialist

Anita DeRomo has taught elementary school students for thirteen years at the North Broward Preparatory School and The University School of Nova Southeastern University. She has taught all subjects and various levels of reading and math.

Ms. DeRomo originally hails from New Jersey but has lived in Florida for a long time. A “late bloomer”, she achieved her lifelong goal to become a teacher fifteen years ago. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Walden University. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked in the business sector in Human Resources for about twelve years. Her most important position was being a stay-at-home mom for about eight years with her sons.

Ms. DeRomo’s teaching philosophy and goals are to enable students to become self-directed, life-long learners by establishing positive, respectful, and trusting relationships with them in order to build their self-esteem. One of her favorite quotes: “Good, Better, Best, never let it rest, until the good is better and the better best.”

 

Ms. Lanzau

First Grade Teacher

 

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Ms. Plaisance

First Grade Teacher

Ms. Plaisance is an enthusiastic teacher and has taught elementary school students for 10 years. She graduated with honors with her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Winona State University in Minnesota. She has also received her Reading Instruction Licensure from St. Thomas University.

 
Ms. Plaisance taught first grade at Immaculate Conception in Minnesota for 3 years; where she planned and implemented the One Will project which connected her school with a school in Mexico and Africa on the topic of world hunger. Then she wanted to teach abroad, so she taught at the Instituto San Roberto, in Monterrey, Mexico for 3 years in grades 3 and 4. Ms. Plaisance continued to use critical thinking techniques and technology to connect her classroom with another class in the U.S. on the topic of deforestation throughout the school year.

Ms. Plaisance then relocated to Florida 4 years ago and taught first grade at Lincoln Elementary in Palm Beach County where she developed and implemented a parent tutorial program. She has been a first grade teacher at Wellington Preparatory for 3 years and loves being part of our community. Ms. Plaisance strives to create a safe environment for students and parents to work together for one cause; helping all students be successful.

 

Ms. Crain-Anthony

Second Grade Teacher

Ms. Crain graduated Cum Laude from Monmouth University with a BA degree in Education and English. While attending Monmouth, she was president of the English Honors Society and treasurer of the Education Honor Society. Ms. Crain taught 10 years in Wall Township, NJ where she also served as advisor for the yearbook club, computer club, drama tech and newsletter. She was a member of the school’s knighting committee, academic awards committee, natural helper program, district technology committee and she worked as the school’s turnkey trainer and served on several curriculum committees. In 2006, Ms. Crain was honored in the national publication of Who’s Who Among America’s teachers and her yearbook publications have won several awards. Before coming to work at Wellington, Ms. Crain taught at The Weiss School and was a tutor and substitute in Palm Beach County. She is certified in the States of New Jersey and Florida and her accreditations include being gifted endorsed and professional certificates in Elementary Education k-6, English 6-12.

Ms. Segal

Second Grade Teacher

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Ms. Helper

Third Grade Teacher

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Ms. Gayoso

Fourth Grade Teacher

I love being a teacher! For over 25 years I have enjoyed teaching students in various grade levels. I spent the last ten years at Wellington Christian School as an elementary teacher specializing in mathematics. Prior to that, I taught Third and Fifth grade for the Palm Beach County school system.

I have a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and hold a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate.

I am so excited to join the Wellington Preparatory family. My goal is to motivate your child to succeed. I want my classroom to be a place your child wants to be and, most importantly a place where they feel loved.

Ms. de Biedma

Spanish Teacher

Ms. de Biedma is the Wellington Preparatory School Spanish teacher.

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Ms. Brown

Violin Teacher

An experienced educator, Bonnie Brown has been teaching private and group Suzuki violin lessons for ten years. Bonnie began playing the violin at the age of eight, learning by way of the Suzuki method. Bonnie earned her master’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa and earned double bachelor degrees in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy from the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has had the honor of studying Suzuki books and principles with Susan Kempter, Timothy Durbin, Charles Krigbaum, Martha Shackford, and John Kendall.

Also an active performer, Bonnie has performed in music festivals in Brazil, Italy, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Colorado. Bonnie has been a member of Orchestra Iowa in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Quad City Symphony in Rock Island, Illinois and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, in Tallahassee, Florida. She also has performed with the Valdosta Symphony in Valdosta, Georgia, Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, Florida, and Santa Fe Symphony in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Currently, Bonnie performs with the Palm Beach Pops, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, The Kravis Pops Orchestra, Orchestra Miami, as well as other musical groups in the area.