Art, Music, Spanish, and PE

Atala offers a wide range of curricular activities at no additional charge. Where many public and private schools are cutting subjects like art, music, and physical education, we know that by having these classes in our school curricula and not just relegated to an after-school program, our children build on the skills they learn in these courses to improve their work in math, science, and reading.

Mr. Fernando Vallejo and Ms. Hope Sperling are our art teachers. They cover topics such as the color spectrum, painting, sketching, sculpture, and recycled art.

Srta. Yelena Borrero serves as our Spanish teacher and works with all our school students bi-weekly. She presents cultural topics, conversational Spanish, and with our older children Spanish reading, writing, and grammar.

Mrs. Karena Sklavonous is our amazing yoga teacher. In addition to her teaching, she also leads an staff yoga class.

Mr. Alex Johnson is our wonderful toddler, preschool, and elementary music teacher. Alex  is an Orchestral Percussionist and a recent graduate from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Music and German language. No stranger to the concert stage, he has had the opportunity to graduate from the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy. He also has been under the tutelage of world-class percussionists, such as She-e-wu, Dr. Ney Rosauro, Elizabeth Galvan, Keith Aleo, and Matthew Nichols. Born in Massachusetts, he moved to Miami where he learned the true meaning of Latin Percussion, listening to the music on the streets of Miami, he gained an appreciation for Latin drumming. Although Latin Percussion is an important skill, his passion lies with Orchestral Percussion. With that, he has had the opportunity to play with some important groups, such as The Band of the United States Air Force Reserve, the Miami Music project, where he was principal percussionist, and the Frost School of Music Honor band, and the Florida Atlantic University Orchestra where he was also principal percussionist. Alex is also interested in world languages and he is fluent in Spanish and Italian and is currently teaching himself Russian.