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


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. Lauzau

First Grade Teacher


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Ms. Vazquez

First Grade Teacher

Ms. Vazquez is a bilingual educator with a Master of Arts in Education, English Language Learners, from Ashford University and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Bilingual Studies, from Kean University. Ms. Vazquez taught elementary to high school for over 12 years in Florida Flagler and Broward School Districts. She is certified by the Florida Department of Education on Elementary, Spanish, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). She led multicultural events and educational field trips. Ms. Vazquez was Student Teacher of the Year (2001), Project Bilingual Teacher Grant Recipient (1999) and a member of the Dean’s List (1998-2001) at Kean University (2001).



Ms. Lauzau

Second Grade Teacher

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Ms. Carpenter

Second Grade Teacher

Ms. Carpenter moved to south Florida from Massachusetts where she worked at an independent school for academically gifted children for fifteen years.  She taught kindergarten and first grade at The Sage School in Foxboro, MA, as well as holding an administrative role as the Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations. Most recently, Ms. Carpenter worked as the Director of Admission at The Greene School in West Palm Beach.  After a few years in administrative roles, she has chosen to return to the classroom.  She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Ms. Carpenter loves living in south Florida and is thrilled to join the Wellington Preparatory School family.


Ms. Helper

Third Grade Teacher

Ms. Helper is a passionate elementary educator. She is originally from New Jersey where she attended The College of New Jersey and graduated Cum Laude with her bachelors in Elementary Education and Women and Gender Studies. She also has five years experience teaching in the Princeton Public Schools in grades 2, 3, and 4. While teaching she also completed her masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Digital Learning and Teaching from the American College of Education. Ms. Helper believes that the way to motivate students to do their best is to make learning fun, interactive and mainly build up the students’ confidence within themselves. Success is contagious within her classroom.


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. Samuels

Fifth Grade Teacher

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Ms. Gomez

Art and Spanish Teacher

Ms. Gomez received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from El Instituto Superior de Arte. She has studied many different forms of art during her educational career. Some accomplishments include 2008 First Place for Contemporary Art from The Contemporary Art Foundation, Portugal; 2011 The International Award of Art ISOLE, Italy and the Becca III Milenio scholarship, Spain. She is also endorsed by the Department of Education to teach Spanish.


Mr. Wojtowicz

Violin Teacher

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