Wendy Neiman, Director
Wendy joined the CLC staff in 1979 as the lead preschool teacher and created the academic program that was designed for the pre-kindergarten students. She received her Associate of Arts degree from Coastline Community College in Child Development and volunteered as a preschool aide in the Fountain Valley school district. Wendy became co-director of the CLC in 1983 and assumed the role of Director in 2007.
Steve Neiman, Educational Consultant
Steve graduated from California State University Northridge with a BA in Psychology and then attended California State University Los Angeles and received a Master of Science in Counseling including a credential in school psychology. Upon graduation he taught several graduate courses for the guidance-counseling department at California State University Los Angeles and lectured at several conferences on assertive discipline for children. In addition he devoted six years to the Fountain Valley and Placentia school districts where he served as a school psychologist.
After spending many years counseling individual children, groups of children, parents, and whole families, he decided a preschool was the ideal way to utilize his knowledge and experience. Steve began serving as the Director of the CLC in 1978 until 2007. Since 2007 he has served as the Educational Director at the CLC.
Anita Bhasin, Assistant Director
Ms. Anita graduated from the University of Kashmir in India with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received another BA in Education the following year. Working with children for over 30 years, she joined the CLC in 1987. In addition to her teaching duties, Ms. Anita is an Assistant Director helping enroll new students and various administrative tasks and is State Certified in CPR.
Ms. Ileana joined the CLC staff in 2003 as a preschool teacher. Previously she had worked as a teacher’s aide for preschool and elementary children in her native country Ecuador. She received her Early Education Master Certificate from North Orange County Community College and is State Certified in CPR.
Ms. Marisa joined CLC in 1994 and has been working with preschool children for over 24 years. She received her Early Childhood Education Certificate and Childhood Supervision Certificate in 1991. With over 40 Early Childhood Education units from California State University Long Beach and Cerritos College, she is also a certified teacher by the State of California and is State Certified in CPR.
Mr. Clay has returned to the CLC after 13 years with Head Start and graduating from college. He earned a degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. Prior to graduation Clay was a familiar face at the CLC during fall 1985 to the summer of 1990 teaching preschool and kindergarten and during the 1994-95 school year.
Ms. Debbie joined the CLC in 1982 and has taught kindergarten, first, second, third , and fourth grades. She graduated from California State University Fullerton with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. During her internship at Pacific State Hospital she taught in a classroom for gifted children. For the past fifteen years she has taught music and theory class at a music conservatory and also conducts a small symphony that enters state and national competitions.