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. 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.

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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. 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 - Office Manager