Staff

Ms. Zubeda Kazi - Director I am the director of the school. I am a mother of three children, and have two grandchildren. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Early Childhood Education, Certificate of Proficiency in Computer Science and Director permit form California Teaching Credentials. As each child is unique, my job as an educator and a director of the school is to help them discover their individuality and work alongside them to maximize their strengths.

Ms. Amani Chalati - School Supervisor, Special Subjects Teacher My name is Amani Abdulbaki Chalati . I have a 19 years old daughter. I am certified as an early childhood and school age educator and I have been teaching for almost 20 years. I like teaching the age 31/2 – 12 years old group because I value their building blocks of education and love the energy and excitement that small children display. I want to help children with special challenges and develop special relationships with them.

Ms. Faieza – Special Subjects Teacher In 2015, Ms. Faieza was named one of the Best 25 Teachers in Orange County by Parenting OC Magazine. She loves to introduce her students to the Quran and the Arabic language. She enjoys seeing their excitement when they learn new surahs, letters, and words, which they then get to share to with their families. She finds teaching through music and movement is the best way to engage with her young students. Ms. Faieza speaks Arabic and English.

Ms. Lara

Ms. Lara – Kindergarten Teacher Ms. Lara has been a credentialed California K8 teacher for over 20 years. She received her Bachelors in German from UCLA, and later her K8 Multiple Subject teaching credential with CLAD and ESL specialties from CSU San Marcos. She is currently working on her Master’s degree. Her favorite lessons are small group activities, so rich interaction with the children is possible. Ms. Lara speaks English and conversational German.

Ms. Niran – Lead PreK Teacher Ms. Niran has her BS in Electrical Engineering and her California Teacher’s Permit. Her teaching philosophy is grounded in play-based learning, with respect for each student’s uniqueness and individuality. Her goal is to make each child feel special. She especially enjoys working in as Islamic school where there are many different cultures and backgrounds. She loves taking walks along the beach and spending time with her family. She speaks Arabic and English.

Ms. Soheila Behzadnia - Preschool Teacher My name is Soheila Behzadnia. I have four children, no grandchildren yet!. I have a Masters in Education from University of Florida and Master Teacher's permit in California. I have been teaching at Pillars Academy since 2015. I like to teach preschool age groups because I can communicate well with them as they are so playful, full of love, love to play and eager to learn.

Ms. Runa Arghandehwal - Toddlers Teacher My name is Runa Arghandehwal. I have 2 children, a son and a daughter, and one grandchild. I have a bachelor's degree in Mathematics. I have been teaching for 16 years. The main reason I enjoy teaching the toddler age group is because I get to teach them new everyday simple skills and see the excitement on their face when they learn it. I want my students to learn basic manners and respect that will help them in future to become a better person.

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Ms. Hasina – PreK Teacher Ms. Hasina has been teaching at Pillars since 2014, and working with children at public and private schools since 2004. She has her BA in Liberal Studies from CSU Long Beach and her Master Teacher’s Permit through CCTCD. She has a passion for early childhood education, where she can watch the children learn and grow. In her free time, she loves reading, road trips, hiking, and spending time with her family. She speaks Pashto, Farsi, English, German, and Urdu.

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Ms. Abeer Biracha - Infants Teacher My name is Abeer Biracha. I have two children who are both in college. I have a BS in Microbiology and also have teaching credentials for early childhood education. I have been teaching for 10 years. I like teaching infants and toddlers because I believe this is the age that they begin to learn social skills, friendships and emotional growth and I would like to make a difference in their lives by teaching these valuable lessons.

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Ms. Nousheen Qureshi - Office Manager My favorite age group is 3-5 yr old. Being an After School teacher, I enjoy watching the children play and work together. I am able to observer their different skill levels and various needs within the diverse age groups. I like to teach them to get engaged in different activities with more focus and interest.

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Ms. Fiona Rashid - Office Manager