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 Coordinator
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 Coordinator 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.
Ms. Bernie joined the CLC staff in 2016 as a preschool teacher. She graduated from North Orange Community College in 2016 with an Early Childhood Education Certificate and received a Bachelor of Secondary Education with a major in English from Jesu College in the Philippines. She is state certified in CPR and First Aid.
Ms. Raven joined the CLC staff January 2017 as a preschool teacher. She will have her Associate of Arts degree from Cerritos College in Liberal Arts and will transfer to Cal State Long Beach in Fall 2019 to obtain her BA Degree in Liberal Arts and Social Behavior. She has completed 12 units of Child Development.
Ms. Lamya joined the CLC staff in 2017 as a preschool teacher. She graduated from Fullerton College in 2016 with an Early Childhood Education Certificate and completed over 30 units in General Education at Cypress College. She is state certified in CPR and First Aid. Previously she worked for an organization in Iraq as a teacher for children including some with special needs.
Ms. Amal joined the CLC staff in 2017 as a preschool teacher. She graduated from Orange County Community College in Anaheim in 2014 with an Early Childhood Education Certificate and completed an Early Childhood Educators Mini Conference in 2016. She is state certified in CPR and First Aid. Previously she worked as a High School Teacher for 18 years in Alexandria, Egypt and worked as a volunteer at the Archangel Michael Sunday School.
Ms. Sruthi, our Kindergarten and Transitional-Kindergarten teacher received Masters Degrees in Education, English, and Computer Science. She is currently completing her Early Childhood Education Certificate at North Orange County Community College. She taught both Elementary and High School for three years in India, and joined the CLC staff in April 2018. She loves sports, doing crafts, and is always on a quest to meet new people and learn about their cultures and languages.
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.