Arabic Lead Instructor
Ms. Areana Chen, Chinese Lead Instructor
Ms. Areana Chen has received her B.A. degree in Medicine from Jinan University, Canton, China, and a Master of Science in Experimental Medicine from the University of Alberta, Canada. Ms. Chen has experience in implementing world language pedagogy. She is a fellow of California World Language Project (CWLP), ACTFL trained and she prepares and conducts CSET preparation workshops for Mandarin Chinese teachers. Ms. Chen has been the Chinese Language Group Lead in the STARTALK teacher training programs at LARC since 2013. She has experience working with high school students. For over 16 years she has been teaching K-12 public school students, and for about six years, adult students through intensive courses in the United States, at different proficiency levels. In addition to that she is the director of North America Chinese Education Service, and since 2011 she has been the College Board Certified AP Chinese Language and Culture instructor. In 2013, she was the honored speaker in South California Chinese School Association Teacher Conference.
Dari Lead Instructor
Ms. Forouzesh Baradaran, Persian Lead Instructor
Ms. Baradaran has a B.A in Mathematics from the University of Birjand, Iran. She has experience in implementing world language pedagogy. She is a fellow of the California World Language Project (CWLP) and ACTFL trained. Ms. Baradaran has been the Persian Language Group Lead at the STARTALK teacher training programs at LARC since 2013. As the group lead, she assisted the Persian language group participants with developing thematic lesson plans that include activities in the target language. Ms. Baradaran is the Persian teacher at the STARTALK Persian Summer Camps offered by LARC since 2010. Ms. Baradaran currently teaches Persian to different group ages at the Iranian School of San Diego. Ms. Baradaran was recognized as the “teacher of the year” by the San Diego Iranian School in 2015. She is a published author and her Persian workbook is being used by the Persian school.