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Ms. Zubeda Kazi - Director Ms. Zubeda is the director of the school. she is a mother of three children, and has two grandchildren. She has 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, her 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 - Special Subjects Teacher Ms. Amani Abdulbaki Chalati is a mother of 1 daughter. She is certified as an early childhood and school age educator and she's been teaching for almost 20 years. She likes teaching the age 31/2 – 12 years old group because she value their building blocks of education and love the energy and excitement that small children display. She wants 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. 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. Runa - Toddlers Teacher Ms. Runa has a BS in Mathematics, and has been teaching for 18 years. She enjoys teaching toddlers because at this age she gets to teach them new everyday simple skills and see the excitement on their faces when they learn it. She wants her students to learn basic manners and respect that will help them later on. She speaks Pashto, Urdu, and English.
Ms. Michele- Kindergarten Teacher Ms. Michele comes from a large Italian and Irish family. She loves to read, travel and cook. She has her BA and clear credentials in Elementary Education with emphasis in Language Arts. As an experienced and seasoned teacher, she has taught elementary and as well as middle school grades. Her goal is to work with the children and share the joy of creative learning in a playful and engaging way while helping the young minds to become leaders of the future.
Ms. Noor- Special Subject Teacher Ms. Noor started working at Pillars since 2019, She has BA in Accounting and Finance. She enjoy working with children and she believes that the after school program has given the children the freedom to express their creative side, think, and discover new talents. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family. She speaks Arabic and English
Ms. Hasina – PreK Teacher Ms. Hasina has been teaching at Pillars since 2014. She has her BA in Liberal Studies from CSU Long Beach and her Master Teacher’s Permit through California CTC. 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, and spending time with her family. She speaks Pashto, Farsi, English, German, and Urdu.
Ms. Banan - Special Subject Teacher Ms. Banan Has Bachelor degree in Accounting from Jordan. She has 12 units in Child Development and loves working with kids and being around them. She has a 16 year old girl and 11 year boy. She loves to read in her free time.
Ms. Jowan - Toddler Teacher Ms. Jowan has been teaching the toddlers class at Pillars academy since 2018. She is a graduate of Saddleback Collage. She enjoys teaching our youngest students because of their natural curiosity and joyful spirits. She speaks Arabic, Kurdish, and English
Ms. Rawan, is thrilled to be embarking on teaching at Pillars Academy. She has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. With a heart full of enthusiasm and a dedication to shaping young minds, she aims to create a joyful and supportive classroom where every child feels valued and excited to learn! During her free time she enjoys shopping, being outdoors, trying new foods, road trips, as well as spending time with her family. Ms. Rawan speaks Arabic and English.
Ms.Rihab - Office Manager Ms. Rihab has certificate in Child Development from Lebanon, she also studied Psychology for 3 years while working as a teacher. In addition to participating in several training sessions related to her major as "Raising Children using Neuro Linguistics technique (NLP).
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