what we do?
WhizkidMe is a kids virtual classes platform that offers 100 plus classes across 25 subjects for one low price of $39.99 per month. All our instructors are on our payroll and adhere to our exacting standards for delivery of enrichment content for kids.
As start-up stories go, and ours is no different, we started with that “a-ha moment”!
We started with a simple question, how can parents give their kids the opportunities to learn and evolve without breaking the bank? We believe that parents should not have to compromise on a child’s enrichment just because the classes are so expensive.
And so the WhizkidMe business model was born – unlimited classes for one low price of $39.99 per month. For comparison, each class in other virtual kids online portals is priced separately, anywhere from $150 to $300 dollars for a 8 week session. That’s almost $20 per session on the lower end. And that’s only one topic or subject. If you want your child to take 3 subjects, that’s anywhere from $200 to $400 a month. Our one low price for unlimited classes translates to unheard of savings over other platforms.
We are in this to change lives. We know how much of an impact our programs can have on children. In helping shape them into talented individuals. And we don’t want to stop until we have touched as many lives as possible. And so we invite “you”- our parent community to join us and be a part of this revolution. We need you to be engaged, give us feedback, help us improve. Because very step we take in moving WhizkidMe to a better place is a step taken towards opening doors to learning and enrichment for our next generation of do’ers and achievers.
making whizkids is what we do, who we are
we take this responsibility seriously. we make it our mission to give your kids the tools and the knowledge they need to surface their inner most talents and make those talents the very fabric of what they are made of.
Through our carefully curated content, we not only hope to pique curiosities, but to mould tomorrow’s creative thinkers and leaders.
join the journey
It is no secret that children have the untold potential to learn, adapt, and be creative. As parents and guardians, we have a responsibility to help them realize that potential – that is at the core of WhizkidMe. We have built a platform that makes “interest-based learning” accessible to every child. Through our carefully curated content, we not only hope to pique a young person’s curiosity but to shape tomorrow’s creative thinkers and leaders. WhizkidMe strives to point children toward their passion or career through our classes and the interactions we facilitate.
We hope to accompany your child on a journey of exploration and learning where they embrace new experiences, explore new possibilities, and become even more amazing human beings. Through it all, we will never lose sight of why we do what we do: to give every child the opportunity to realize their creative potential.
MaryJo Rosania-Harvie leads WhizkidMe’s content development. She has been an art educator and artist for over 20 years. She is certified in K-12 Art Education and Educational Administration in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where she has been a public & charter school Supervisor, Assistant Principal, and Principal. MaryJo has a Master’s in Fine Arts from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a BFA, teacher certification from Kutztown University.
In May 2022, she will receive her doctoral degree in Transformational Teaching and Learning also from Kutztown. MaryJo lives in Bethlehem, PA, with her two funny and energetic black cats, her very talented 10-year-old son, and her creative husband. In her free time, MaryJo can be found spending time with her family, painting, drawing, cooking, paddle boarding, writing, walking, taking and editing photos, and spending lots of time outside. She has dedicated her career to art education. She is confident that creativity is the best way to connect kids to the transferrable skills of problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking.
Meet A Few Of Our Whizkid Makers
Deana Neibert, a native Oklahoman, spent the first 18 years of her adult life teaching theatre. In Oklahoma, she was the drama and stagecraft teacher at Edmond Memorial High School where she was a member of the International Thespian Society. While at EMHS, Deana directed over 30 plays and musicals. In 2010, her husband, Lee was offered a job as a theatre professor at USC Upstate. Deana then moved to South Carolina where she was the managing director of the Spartanburg Youth Theatre. Although Deana spent many hours designing and painting sets, making props, and sewing costumes, she decided to trade the stage for a paintbrush. In 2016, Deana decided that she was ready to study art full time and attended USC Upstate in order to become certified to teach art. Deana currently teaches art to children at the YMCA, in local schools as an Artist in Residence, and teaches privately. Deana also teaches art to special needs adults at USC Upstate. Deana’s latest artworks have been in shows at USC Upstate, The Chapman Cultural Center and The Kentucky Derby Museum. Deana is thrilled to join Whizkidme family and cannot wait for you to visit her classes.
Ballet, Hip Hop
Ms. Alisha started her dance training at the age of two; building solid foundations in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and contemporary. She later went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. During her time in college, Alisha discovered her love for teaching. She has taught ballet-tap, jazz, hip-hop, and creative movement classes for children of all ages.
Jenée is a dance enthusiast, who has a passion for the art of ballet. Introduced to the world of dance at the early age of 2, she instantly knew she had a connection to it. She went on to train with companies including American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to deepen her knowledge of technique, choreography and performing arts. As she began to learn more of the operational aspects, she worked closely with organizations like Capezio, The School at Steps and Bronx House School for Performing Arts. Jenée prides herself on being able to create an environment that embodies strong work ethic & creativity through all things dance. Her goal is to spread the message of love, growth and unity. She has dedicated her life’s mission to helping change people’s lives for the better and looks forward to doing so through dance with WhizkidMe.
Ashton D. Jones, a proud native of Tulsa, OK, is a talented pianist, choral conductor and lyric baritone. Ashton has most recently appeared as a member and soloist with the Jason Max Ferdinand Singers on the "Live from London" Voces8 platform. As an opera singer, he has appeared as Monsieur Pandolf from Massenet's Cendrillon, Masetto from Mozart's Don Giovanni, and Bluff from Mozart's The Impresario, amongst other roles. Ashton has also performed with the Houston Ebony Opera Guild Chorus and Houston Symphony Grassroots Chorus. As an educator and music teacher, Ashton has taught private piano and voice lessons to children and adults of all ages. Mr. Jones has also taught high school and middle school choir. Jones currently serves as the Assistant Conductor and Coordinator of the COGIC Chorale, of the International Music Dept. of the Church of God in Christ, the Vocal Assistant at Olathe North High School, and the Artistic Director of the Voices of Hartford. Mr. Jones earned the Bachelor of Arts in Music, vocal performance from Texas Southern University (TSU). His principal instructors were Dr. Jolie Rocke, voice, and Dr. Lucian Zidaru, piano. During his tenure at TSU, Ashton held positions as student conductor and student accompanist for both the TSU concert choir and opera workshop. Mr. Jones earned the Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Professor Ruth Golden. Ashton is currently attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City, serving as a Graduate Conductor in pursuits of a second Master of Music degree in choral conducting and the Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal performance.
Caleb is a firm believer in gamifying learning, evident by his technological journey beginning with Minecraft, where he was enamored with building Redstone contraptions and creating mod-packs. This journey cumulated with him completing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. His passion for working with children began during his freshman year in university, where he taught introductory coding classes at various schools in downtown Boston. Over the years Caleb’s affinity for teaching and repertoire has only grown, resulting in experience teaching Scratch, all the way to advanced Python and Game Development.
Voice, Life Skills, Dance Fitness
I am Wendy Elizabeth Hernandez Martinez born in Guatemala City. I value life and a healthy lifestyle through healthy practices and through my artistic expression (singing, dancing, choreography, filming, fitness, traveling, cooking, hiking, being in nature and teaching, etc.) I am a loving, friendly, outgoing, energetic, resilient, compassionate and creative person. I graduated as a Summa Cum Laude at the San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in Cinema. I also finished two AA degrees with honors; one in Liberal Arts and the other one on Film Production. I received awards for three of my short films including: “Top 10 best Short Films”, “Best Short Film” in the entire university and the third was feature on a local magazine. I have the experience in working with children from Kindergarten to High School, in an academic setting as well as an artistic one. I was a theater director’s assistant for more than five years, assisting on musical numbers (choreographing, dancing, singing, acting, blocking etc.) and other performances. As a freelance artist, I have choreographed a variety of hip-hop, Latin and theater dance performances and taught dance fitness lessons through in person and Zoom classes. I have also created and scripted my own performances and special event shows that were well received and loved by different audiences. I believe that arts are an important part of a healthy lifestyle and overall wellness. As through arts, we are able to express and know ourselves, to build self-love, confidence and character, while also having fun! I’m excited to get to know you and share with you my experience, knowledge and love for arts through Whizkidme. See you soon!
Luke Ferrell is a New Jersey based theatre teaching artist and stage director and an undergraduate theatre arts, history, and education student at Rutger University. He has extensive experience in teaching students ages 6-18 in the areas of acting, musical theater, and technical theatre. Luke has directed several productions both at his university and in community theatre and educational theatre programs. His unique approach to stage direction includes a collaborative process of crafting in which the actor engages in a variety of exercises to gain a comprehensive understanding of the world of the character in the context of the actor's own experience and truth. Luke primarily aligns his instruction and coaching with the American Stanislavski System of acting but sees the value in drawing on a variety of acting methodologies to best cater to the most effective and truthful portrayal of the work.
Victor Colon is a martial arts instructor with over 10 years of experience in Karate, Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Victor has a black belt in Judo, a black belt in Karate, a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is currently on the Puerto Rico National Judo Team. Victor has won many championships like the National Puerto Rico judo champion, and the National Puerto Rico Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion. He also is the Assistant Judo coach for University of Puerto Rico.
Amaya Gomez McPherson
Growing up, Amaya always loved to perform. Whether it was on the football field with her color guard team, in the gym tumbling, or on the stage dancing for recitals and musicals, she loved the spotlight. She began working with children in non-profit arts organizations and has found working with youth is where her passion lies. Amaya is trained in ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop. After receiving her Bachelors in performing arts at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles, CA, she has continued to teach, not only to kids but to adults as well!
My name is Rebecca Mercier. I am an ACE certified Group fitness instructor, with 3 years of experience teaching dance and fitness to kids from preschool all the way up to middle school. I specialize in Hula hoop fitness and hula hoop dance. Being able to teach has always been a dream of mine and ever since I was able to make that into a reality, I am inspired every day by my students to become better and better at my job. That is why I continued to learn and now I also teach Beginners ballet, creative movement, and sports! While I was expanding my skills my life took a bit of a turn when I met my (now) husband. He lived in Germany at the time and before long we ended up getting married. We decided that we would live part of the time in Germany while also having a place to live in the USA (Florida to be exact). While this was an exciting and happy time I was also devastated because it looked like my dreams of continuing on as a teacher were over! But that’s when I met the team at Whizkidme! I am now so excited to once again have the opportunity to teach and inspire kids every day as a Whizkidme Coach!
Acting, Public Speaking
Blair Cadden is a Boston-based director, theatre-maker and teaching artist. She holds a BA in Theatre from Wofford College and an MFA in Directing from Boston University. Blair is originally from Charleston, SC, where she was the co-founding Artistic Director of the theatre company 5th Wall Productions. Blair has taught acting and public speaking to students of all ages, from kindergarteners to young adults, at Lexington Children's Theatre, Spartanburg Youth Theatre, Boston University, and more. Whether it sparks a lifelong love of theatre, or simply brings more confidence and creativity to their everyday lives, Blair is so excited to share her experience and passion with the young people here at WhizKid.me!
For over 25 years, I have learned how to perform the art of magic from over 60 different top notch magic instructors, gaining an understanding of teaching as well. I have performed shows for countless audiences all over the US and on 3 other continents! Though I have shared my unique and fun style of magical entertainment with thousands upon thousands of people, the one thing that brings me just as much joy is sharing performance tips, necessary educational information and the secrets of how to present simple beginner magic tricks to children. I am excited to be a part of WhizkidMe so that I can use this platform to help children learn the skills required to present some AMAZING things to their friends and family! The ability to perform magic gives kids self confidence, builds hand-eye coordination skills, and a helpful grasp of basic social skills, while helping them to overcome shyness, too. Simply put, magic is a great way to make friends and earn respect from peers. It is also just a lot of FUN! Please join me, Zack Percell of TnZ Magic, to learn how to become a magical entertainer!
Ralph Ghnatios FIDE certified Instructor. He has been teaching chess for more than 8 years mainly to kids between 6 and 12 years old. He has also helped build and implement several chess programs in schools and after school programs by introducing kids to chess competitions and FIDE tournament regulations. As a player, Ralph has been playing chess for more than 24 years. He started playing competitive chess tournaments in 2011. He has played several international tournaments around the world, including US open, Asia Zone 3.1, Beirut Open, 11th Mediterranean championship and many more. He has also represented his country in several online and on-board tournaments. As his club's team's captain, he has also helped his club advance from Second club division to first division.
Neil Russell Bilon
Neil is an internationally recognized dancer with years of experience teaching to different age groups in varied dance styles. He has taught Hip Hip, Funk, B-boying and Lyrical Choreography. He has taught children of all age groups in dance academies in the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong as a dance teacher and as the Director of Programs. He was also the Rhythm Conductor for Guinness World Record Breaking Event where 188 Choir members played 188 Gongs. He is also affiliated to Team Package Makers (2 time VIBE Ph Champions), Legit Status Philippines ( Hip Hop International Gold Medal Winners 2019) and Soulstice Philippines (R16 South East Asia Finalist). He can’t wait to share his passion for dance.
Ashley is a RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance and a certified breathwork and mindfulness coach, as well as a certified kids yoga instructor. She loves to share how to make yoga FUN; and to introduce kids to a healthy lifestyle and help with their mind, bodies and even socialization. She works with kids of all abilities and ages. She believes everyone should be themselves, no judgment, and to be kind. She has taught in many different settings, in gyms, private events, international online platforms, etc. Some fun facts are: She loves to hang out with her rescue dogs. Her favorite holiday is Halloween. Ashley loves to take photos of wildlife. Ashley can’t wait for you to join her in class!!
Shanice started dancing at the age of 3 in New York City. By the age of 9 she started to tour the world with a children’s dance company and model. At 11 years - she began to compete internationally as a dancer. And at 14 years -she then began dancing for various music artists, politicians, and award shows. Now Shanice loves to teach and coach younger generations, as well as spread her passion for nutrition education.