Staff

Miss 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.

Miss Joanne I received my Bachelor of Education degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and since receiving my degree I have taught for 17 years. I have taught most grades but I have mainly focused on kindergarten through 2nd grade. I have been blessed with a wonderful family, a husband and my son Ben who is 19 and my daughter Jillian who is 18. Teaching at Pillars Academy has been a great experience for me.

Miss Faeiza I have a diploma in teaching from the Teaching Training Institute of Baghdad, Certificate in Early Childhood Development and Certificate in Montessori method of teaching. I have been teaching for more than 30 years. I love teaching toddler through PreK age groups as they are exploring their new world and are excited to learn through songs, play and music. I truly enjoy providing the Islamic foundation to our future leaders and always love seeing them thrive.

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Miss Hasina My name is Hasina Noorzoy and I am one of the Preschool Teachers at Pillars Academy School. I have been at Pillars Academy since 2015. I have a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from California State University of Long Beach and my Master Teachers Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Department. I have been working at public schools and private schools since 2004. I have three beautiful children. In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking and picnicking

Miss Amani 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.

Miss Farah My name is Farah Jukaku. I have two kids Hasan and Husain. Hasan is 6 yrs old and studies at Pillars Academy. I have a Bachelors Degree is Mass Communication: Journalism. I have been working at Pillars Academy since 2018. The best thing about my job is that I get to interact with all the children on a daily basis. The hugs I get early in the morning make my day. I like to study and watch movies in my free time.

Miss Niran Salam, My name is Niran Ibrahim. I have three children. I have a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters Teacher Permit in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching as a PreK lead teacher for about 5 years and was a PreK assistant before that. I love teaching this age group because they are always asking questions, wondering and want to explore more about the world around them.

Miss Soheila 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.

Miss Runa 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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Miss Abeer 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 Raneem Faisal Working with young children requires a lot of patience, flexibility and love. Since I have two boys at home, i bring this attitude naturally in the class. I make sure that I take care of each child by addressing each of their social and emotional needs and they receive the best care and love from me.

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Ms Nousheen Qureshi 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.