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Meet Our Team

Our CCC youth workers love working with kids and our kids love our youth workers. Our leaders have varying backgrounds and experiences working in youth programs. Most staffers have degrees or are in pursuit of degrees in education and child development. All of our staff have passed a thorough background check, have current CPR and First Aid certification and meet the qualifications required by California Licensing requirements.

Mrs. Maria – Program Director

Maria is a Laguna Beach native and has been with CCC for the past four years. She has her Degree in Early Childhood Education and has obtained a Child Development Associate Teacher & Program Director Permit. For the past 10 years she has enjoyed working with children of all ages and learning new things through the children she encounters daily. She enjoys spending her free time with her two boys and husband, going on road trips or the beach.

Ms. Sandra – Assistant Director

Sandra has worked with children for six years. This is her fourth year with CRA. She truly enjoys working with children.. When she is not at school, a few things she enjoys are trying new recipes and cooking for her family, playing with two new kittens and long nature walks.

Ms. Katie – AM Care Lead & Nature Specialist

For the last 6 years, Katie has worked at various outdoor educational settings and environmental nonprofits, teaching topics such as animal biology, zero waste, conservation, and ocean acidification to K-12 students. This is her second year at CCC as the nature specialist and as CRA’s sustainability coordinator.

Chef Iffat – Culinary Specialist & 1st & 2nd Lead

Iffat is a resident of Irvine and a mother of two, Iffat always had a love for children. This passion grew as she finished her AA in Liberal Arts with a focus on child development. While completing her undergraduate in Psychology, she found out that her first born had severe allergies to multiple food groups. This required her to learn new things and challenge traditional recipes with substitutions. In this process, Iffat found her new passion and enrolled in a culinary program. Now, Iffat is an Orange Coast College Advanced Culinary Arts graduate who works to teach kids the importance of a healthy diet at Community Care Club.

Ms. Angelica – Garden Specialist

Angelica was born and raised in Santa Ana, Orange County. As a young child, Angelica would spend her summers on her grandparent’s ranch in Hidalgo, Mexico, exposing her to the outdoors and ranch living. Angelica graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Psychological and Social Behaviors, a minor in Anthropology, and a certificate in Global Studies. Angelica has been with CRA since 2020 as a Garden Instructor and the Green Champs Team. The team is dedicated to creating an outdoor classroom that focuses on sustainable, horticultural, and restorative practices on campus with all students. Angelica currently runs CRA’s compost programs redirecting local and school-wide renewable energy.

Mrs. Tia – Performing Arts Specialist

Tia is so happy to join the CCC team! She has traveled all over Southern California, Louisiana, & Japan teaching performing arts workshops. Tia is excited to be teaching Acting, Singing, & Dancing classes. She enjoys seeing the kids take what they learn from her class, apply in their other classes and on the playground. Tia likes video games, board games, movies, & tv. She loves Star Wars, Comic-Con, D&D, & Pokemon!

Miss Aylin – Media Specialist

Aylin has been working with the Community Care Club since 2018. She enjoys working with children and helping the students explore their curiosity and creativity. During her free time, Ms. Aylin enjoys going on hikes and spending time with family and friends. She is currently attending CSUF and plans to get her BA in Sociology.

Miss Jaed – 1&2 Lead

Jaed joined the CCC team in 2020, and prior to that has been working in childcare for over 5 years. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree and plans to go on to earn her teaching credential. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach and painting!