Meet the Teachers
Bahar Abbasi Ortakand
• Associates degree in Child Development.
• California State teaching credential ( child development teacher permit )
• French Language Arts from Switzerland.
• Member of NAREA( North American Reggio Emilia) www.reggioalliance.org
• Speak four languages (Farsi, Turkish, English and French )
• Proud Mother of Persian/ English speaking daughter
We encourage our daughter Ava to follow Iranian culture and customs, which is an important value in our life. I have over ten years of experience working with preschools and met many second-generation Iranian parents who encouraged me to teach their children Farsi. I have a child development degree and eight years of experience with school-age and preschool children. My passion for teaching, love of being around children, and the fact that I’ve earned my Child Development degree have all encouraged me to share my Iranian heritage, language and culture with both Iranian and non-Iranian communities. It led me to establish Farsi classes in April, 2013 which have quickly been recognized by local Iranian- American families. Our classes give students the opportunity to explore based on their curiosity and interests. Not only will they gain valuable knowledge and the chance to define their own beliefs, they will get the chance to experience art, morals, customs and other habits with an American/Iranian influence.
I am currently working at Baharestan Kids Preschool as an assistant. I really enjoy working with young children and teaching them the Persian language, our culture and heritage. I speak Persian and English, and I have B.S. degree in Nursing from Iran. I moved to the U.S.A. 13 years ago with my two kids, Parmeeda 11 years old and Bardia 9 years old. They speak Farsi fluently which is so important to me. I enjoy walking, dancing and traveling to new places.