| Khayam Persian School Foundation (Irvine, California)|
Khayam Persian School | About Us:
To bring young Iranian-Americans closer to their rich heritage and culture by way of learning their heritage language. Specifically, to teach Iranian-American children the elements of the Persian language (speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing) and Iranian cultural traditions.
About Khayam Persian School
Since 1982, Khayam Persian School Foundation has taught speaking, reading, and writing of Persian (Farsi) to Iranian-American children in the Orange County, California area. Through our program, children learn an elementary level of speaking, writing, and reading. We are a non-profit (501) c (3), non-religious, and non-political organization.
Our after-school classes are held once a week at three different locations. Students' ages range from 6 to 12 years old. We have also joined the Irvine Public Schools Foundation in offering after-school classes at Irvine Unified School District schools. Our summer course is a 6 week intensive program for learning elementary Persian and is combined with traditional Persian dance lessons.
By participating in special cultural festivals (e.g., the Persian New Year festivities ("Norooz") and Mehregan Festival of Autumn customs), we aim to strengthen our students' knowledge and promote deeper understanding about their cultural heritage.
Khayam Persian School Foundation Board of Directors:
Hoori Ghahremani, President
Hoori Ghahremani founded Khayam Persian School Foundation in 1982 and has directed the organization since its inception.
She began the organization out of her concern that, by not learning their mother tongue (the Persian language), Iranian-American children were losing touch with their Persian speaking relatives and becoming disconnected from their rich cultural heritage.
She believes that language strongly reinforces cultural and familial connections, and aims to empower children to actively engage with their cultural heritage and community by helping them to develop strong language skills.
Babak Nabili, Secretary
Mr. Nabili is a marketing professional in the technology industry, with 20 years of technical and business experience in various computer and semiconductor companies. He has had many years of volunteer service, including serving on the Board of Directors of NIPOC (Network of Iranian-American Professionals of Orange County, www.nipoc.org), Society of Iranian Professional of Houston, and the Mehregan Organizing Committee in Orange County. Mr. Nabili has served on KPSF's board since 2005.
Dr. Hossein Hosseini
Dr. Hosseini is a strong advocate for Iranian-American civic participation, having served as President of NIPOC - Network of Iranian-American Professionals of Orange County, the largest non profit Iranian American organization in Southern California, and on the board of the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC).
He brings to the Khayam Persian School Foundation board an expertise in the field of marketing and many years of experience in non-profit leadership in the Iranian-American community.
Dr. Hosseini studied statistics at Shiraz University and Harvard University, earning his Masters and PhD degrees at Iowa State University.
Presently, he serves as Director of Consumer Relationship Marketing at Avery Dennison Office Products, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Pasadena, California.
Mr. Zarrinkelk is the founder and partner of the first and largest Iranian CPA firm in Orange County (www.zkco.com). He has served on the Board of Directors of the California Society of CPAs and NIPOC, and has been an active participant in numerous humanitarian and cultural fundraising events. He has been a KPSF board member since 2005.