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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


Nassim Abdi

Board member

Since 10/2023

Cofounder and CEO 


Ph.D. International Education Policy, Women’s Studies 

University of Maryland

M.E. Educational Administration and Leadership Studies

Bowling Green State University

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Shadi Ashnai

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 and Department Head, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

University of Illinois 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

University of Illinois Chicago

Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering 

Northwestern  University

M.S. Project Management

Northwestern University

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Shirin Vossoughi

Board Member

Since 01/2024

Associate Professor, Learning Sciences

Northwestern University

Post-doctoral Fellowship

Standford University & Exploratorium

Ph.D. Education


Ed.M. Education


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Contact the Board of Directors at

Past Board Members

  • Shiva Mohsenzadeh (7/2017-1/2024)

  • 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)

  • Shiva Mohsenzadeh (8/2017-12/2023)

Meet The Administrative Team


Lida Ghasemzadeh

Assistant Principal


Illinois College of Optometry


Azad University


Hilma Mohimani

Operations Coordinator

Software Engineer

Zebra Technologies

Computer Engineering

University of Illinois Chicago

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Mahshad Nourmohammadi

Marketing Coordinator

Global Marketing

Shure Incorporated

M.S. Marketing Analytics

Illinois Institute of Technology


Semnan University

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Elnaz Zargham Koranlou

UX/UI Designer

UX/UI Designer

UTech Business Solutions

M.S. Real Estate Development

University at Buffalo (SUNNY)

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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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