About Us

Wonderville.com is the flagship product from Learning Core. It offers an easy way for classrooms to connect, collaborate, share media, and access “Smart Galleries” full of enrichment content for kids.

Wonderville is and always will be 100% FREE for teachers. Here is what it does:


Mark Eastwood: CEO, Founder

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Mark has played an executive Product and Technology role at a number of early stage to mid-size start-ups including eToys, Rent.com, Business.com, and DexKnows.

Jessica Nord, MD: Family Health Advisor, STEP Certified Parent Educator

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History: AB Harvard, MD UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Lawrence H. Leach: Technology, Internet and Mobile Application Development

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History: eToys, Disney, Time Warner Interactive, Scour, Rampt

Pam Abrams: Industry and Educational Advisor, Parenting Expert, Industry Relations

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History: Scholastic, eToys, Sesame Street Workshop, Child Magazine

Daniel Nord: Mobile Gaming Advisor, Level Strategy, User Engagement & Viral Mechanics

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History: EA Mobile, IAC, Quisic

Erik Hovanec: Internet Strategy Advisor, Product Strategy

History: LeisureLink, Overture, Green dot, HealthDesk


Shirley Grantham

Teacher, Writer, Editor and Educational Consultant for over 30 years. In addition to writing hundreds of articles for grades preK-12, her work experience includes McGraw-Hill, Curtis Publishing and Children’s Television Workshop. Shirley holds a B.S. and M.S. in Education from Butler University.

Dani Alexis Ryskamp

Writer specializing in educational content, lesson plans and curriculum development in language arts. Some of her recent projects include lesson plans keyed to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts for grades K-12. She holds a B.A. in English, summa cum laude and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Judy Hasday

Writer and media specialist for over 25 years. She has written over 25 books and numerous juvenile articles ranging from Davy Crockett to Madeline Albright. Her work history includes Chelsea House and Jobson Publishing. Judy has an ED.M. from Temple University.

Sandra Fleming

Literacy specialist for 30 years. Designs and implements academic skills programs for students from pre-readiness through the high school level. She’s been a classroom teacher, online tutor and Girl Scout troop leader. Sandy holds a Masters in Education from Indiana University at South Bend.

Heather Long

1st grade teacher and writer from Austin Texas. She has 10 years of teaching experience, and specializes in Elementary Education, Special Education and ESL. Heather holds a M.A. in Special Education from University of Texas Austin.

Renee Fried

Communications Director for a Los Angeles independent school before embarking on her writing career. She’s created content for pre-K through 12 as well as marketing materials for parents and teachers. She Holds a B.A. in Child Development from UCLA.

Thea Evita Guaniao

Writer and teacher, residing in Los Angeles, California. Her educational background is in Child and Family Studies, and K-8 Education. Evita is currently working on her Doctorate of Education at Cal State University, Los Angeles.

Carissa Wodehouse

Writer, editor, and site curator who has written for numerous projects ranging from eBooks, eco lifestyle and cross-cultural content. Carissa is a constant traveler, splitting her time between Mexico City, Portland and San Francisco. She holds a B.A. in English from Lewis and Clark College.

Ralph Tropf

Writer and playwright, as well as the Executive Producer of The All Roses Company in Los Angeles. He has worked on various writing projects for Fox Television, Sony and Neopets.com, and has written content for kids of all ages. Ralph currently teaches for the Los Angeles Community College District. He holds an M.F.A. in Theater Arts from UNLV.

Kirsten Anderson

Writer/Editor. Most of the material she is written is Science based which makes her our go-to writer in those areas. She holds a M.A. in English and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

Kimberly Hutmacher

Author of 25 books for children as well as the writer of many articles for educational publishers like Capstone Press and Rourke Publishing. Kimberly teaches a writing course for adults called “Beyond Jack and Jill: A Study in Great Children’s Poetry”, has taught at a Homeschool Coop, and teaches workshops sponsored by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Kimberly holds a degree in General Education.

Blake Buford

Emmy Award nominated writer and TV news producer from Los Angeles, California. Currently, he is the Editor in Chief of Journalizm.org. Blake specializes in newspaper writing, which makes him perfect for the fact-based articles on our site. In addition to his writing and editing endeavors, Blake is an active volunteer and advocate for animal rescue in LA and has worked with disabled children in Peru. Blake holds a B.A. in English from U.C., Santa Barbara.