A Little About Us
Gandomak is a Persian language school that serves families in Washington DC and Northern Virginia. We provide a full immersion language and cultural experience for children from 18 months to 7 years old. Our education is play-based and community focused, which builds confidence and social skills together with creative self-expression. During our classes, children will participate in various activities, including arts, music, storytelling, games, dance, and movement. Our lesson plans are designed to develop children’s language skills as they improve their understanding of the Persian alphabet and literacy in a fun atmosphere.
About Our Founder
Golbarg Zafari founded Gandomak in 2019 after directing and developing Yekibood Persian school in Virginia for four years. She holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University with nearly a decade of experience teaching children of all ages. Golbarg’s passion is to create an environment where children and parents can come together to build a community while learning Persian and connecting with their heritage. Her goal is to create a safe, approachable, nurturing, and joyful school that enhances each child’s creativity and curiosity. Because when children have opportunities to make choices in an inspiring and exciting environment, they become motivated and interested to learn.
Maryam moved to the US from Iran in 2014. She has experience engaging with diverse cultures by ways of living in various countries, including the UK. She holds a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK. Since moving to the US, she has received a Bioengineering Certification from the University of Maryland. Maryam has been with this institution for over a year.
Throughout her whole life, Maryam participated in several afterschool activities. She understands the joys of such educational environments to building life-long friendships and lasting skills. Maryam enjoys working with kids and considers her time teaching them extremely rewarding. Maryam hopes to create the same joyful environment for the kids attending Gandomak to ensure they, too, reflect on their time and friendships fondly.
Maryam enjoys cooking, playing tennis, exploring new areas as well as going on road trips with her friends.
Shima is a passionate educator, born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and currently residing in the United States since 2017. She received her undergraduate degree in law from a prominent university in Iran. However, it was her mother, who was a dedicated teacher in Iran, who ignited her interest in teaching.
Upon relocating to the Washington, DC, area, Shima began working at Gandomak in 2019, applying her teaching skills to promote the bilingual education of Persian-speaking children. She also taught pre-kindergarten at the YMCA for two years and gained valuable experience working with young learners.
Currently, Shima works as a general instructional assistant in Fairfax County public schools, where she continues to expand her teaching skills and expertise.
Shima’s love for teaching and dedication to her students extends beyond the classroom. She is an avid reader and enjoys exploring new cultures and cuisines.
Nima was born in Shiraz, Iran. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Painting from the University of Isfahan. Nima has held several solo and group art exhibitions in Iran and the US. Nima’s poetry book, “He is Always a Man”, was published by H and S Media Publisher in London in 2016. Nima has over seven years of experience teaching art to children both in Iran and the US. Nima believes in empowering children and enabling them to communicate their thoughts and emotions through art.
As an artist, Nima’s paintings are influenced and inspired by his experiences working with and teaching to kids.
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