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About Us

About Us

Treasuring a Language & Celebrating a Culture 

Since 2007

A registered 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization, Chicago Persian School offers in-person and online Persian language and art classes to interested children and adults, regardless of their race, religion, nationality, or ethnic background. Chicago Persian School is a non-religious, non-political community organization that strives to create an inclusive learning environment for its diverse students' interests and needs. Our highly qualified teachers aim to create a rich and engaging learning experience for students by using innovative teaching methods and a holistic curriculum that is developed based on modern language acquisition research. 

Mission & Vission

Mission & Vission

Our mission is to preserve and promote the Persian language and culture by providing accessible, inclusive, and high-quality educational opportunities, creating relevant learning tools, and forging community partnerships. 

Upholding Persian Language and Culture

Developing Educational Resources

Forging Community Partnership

Our Team

Board of Directors

The affairs of the school are managed by its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors' primary duties includes the setting of general institutional policies & procedures, strategic planning, assessment of the school’s effectiveness in implementing its mission, and ensuring the school’s financial sustainability. Members of the Board do not receive any stated salaries for their services.

Meet The Leadership Team

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Shadi Ashani

Board Member

Since 9/2021

R&D Manager Sound & Vision

Wolfram Research

M.S. Computer Science

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Houshang Darabi

Board member

Since 8/2016

Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Ph.D. Industrial Engineering

Rutgers University

M.S. Industrial Engineering 

Sharif University of Technology

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Shahin Ghaheri

Board member

Since 6/2019

Production Manager

Midwest Service Center

M.S. Project Management

Northwestern University

M.S. Energy Engineering

Azad University

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Soraya Kendy

Board Member

& Treasurer

Since 10/2007

Account Payable Specialist

Berry Global, Inc.


M.S. Economics

Western Illinois University

M.S. Business/Managerial Economics

Western Illinois University

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Negar Mansourian-Hadavi

Chair of the Board

& Principal

Since 10/2007

Project Management for the Student Success Initiatives, Director

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering 

Northwestern  University

M.S. Project Management

Northwestern University

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Shiva Mohsenzadeh

Board member

Since 8/2017

J.D. Doctor of Law 

University of Huston Law Center

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Past Board Members

  • Ladan Saied (1/2016-10/2019)

  • Mansour Razminia (1/2016-6/2017)

  • Gilda Amini (10/2008-9/2016)

  • Mojgan Sorouri (6/2013-8/2016)

  • Reza Sanai (8/2012-1/2016)

  • Azam Roohani (1/2008-8/2012)

  • Farah Hashemi (10/2007-8/2012)

Meet The Administrative Team

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Afsaneh Haddadian

Operations Coordinator

University of Washington


Ph.D. International Studies

University of Washington

M.A. Political Science

Wright State University

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Soudeh Mansourian

Fundraising Coordinator

Managing Director of HR Services

United Airlines



DePaul University


M.A. Management

Azad University

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Shirin Vossoughi

Community Partnership

Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences

Northwestern University 


Post-doctoral Fellowship

Stanford University & Exploratorium

Ph.D. Education



Ed. M. Education


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Elnaz Zargham Koranlou

UX/UI Designer

Freelance User Experience and User Interface Designer 

M.S. Real Estate Development 

University at Buffalo (SUNY)

M.S. Project and Construction Management

Shahid Beheshti University

B.S. Architecture

Shahid Beheshti University

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