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Meet Our Faculty

Happy Minds Kids Academy strives to employ dedicated and experienced teachers who have chosen the field of Child Care, because they love working with children and share our vision and goal to ensure a safe, happy, loving and nurturing environment geared to providing a variety of stimulating and enriching activities each day.

All teachers at Happy Minds Kids Academy meet or exceed California State educational requirements for Child Care Centers and Preschools. This includes course work in Child Growth and Development, Child Family and Community Relations, Planning & Curricula. Most of our staff members are Child Care Credential Holders from the California Department of Education. All of our staff members are First Aid and CPR certified.

Administration

Ms. Fas-hana Afaz

Ms. Fas-hana Afaz
Founder/Executive Director

Ms. Yvonne Smith

Ms. Yvonne Smith
Director

Infant & Toddler Room Teachers

Ms. Manuela Saldivar

Ms. Manuela Saldivar

Ms. Sally Vazquez

Ms. Sally Vazquez

Ms. Sahar Razi

Ms. Sahar Razi

Ms. Kathryn Warner

Ms. Kathryn Warner

Ms. Zohreh Lotfi

Ms. Zohreh Lotfi

Ms. Terri Nelson

Ms. Terri Nelson

Ms. Crystal Llamas

Ms. Crystal Llamas

Ms. Israa Sheikhly

Ms. Israa Sheikhly

Jaymie Chavez

Jaymie Chavez

Ms. Rajaa Dawood

Ms. Rajaa Dawood

Ms. Aziza ElHakkaoui

Ms. Aziza ElHakkaoui

Ms. Solana Plunkett

Ms. Solana Plunkett

Ms. Yvonne Elliott

Ms. Yvonne Elliott

Preschool Teachers

Ms. Madelyn Tarr

Ms. Madelyn Tarr

Ms. Rozie Amini

Ms. Rozie Amini

Ms. Diane Genet

Ms. Diane Genet

Ms. Mercedes (Ita) Hernandez

Ms. Mercedes (Ita) Hernandez

Ms. Saghi Loftdar

Ms. Saghi Loftdar

Ms. Farah Mehrabi

Ms. Farah Mehrabi

Ms. Zena Habib

Ms. Zena Habib

Ms. Fowzieh Hashtari

Ms. Fowzieh Hashtari

Ms. Zinah Ahmed

Ms. Zinah Ahmed

Ms. Jackeline Ricon

Ms. Jackeline Ricon

Pre-Kindergarten Teachers

Ms. Rashmi Kothari

Ms. Rashmi Kothari

Ms. Stephanie Villegas

Ms. Stephanie Villegas

Support Staff

Ms. Clarissa Llamas

Ms. Clarissa Llamas

Ms. Gail Smith

Ms. Gail Smith

Ms. Niema Abdelhay

Ms. Niema Abdelhay

Ms. Rawan Amoudi

Ms. Rawan Amoudi

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Would you like to meet our teachers? Send your appointment request online.

Contact Information

  • Address: 24000 Alicia Parkway, #35 Mission Viejo, CA 92691
  • Phone Number: 949-455-1212 Fax Number: 949-455-1274
  • Email: happymindskids@gmail.com

Phone: 949-455-1212

We are conveniently located in the Gateway Center, at the northwest corner of Alicia Parkway and Jeronimo Road, within close proximity to the I-5 Freeway.

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