Parent and Family Engagement

Community Support Staff Headshots

IUSD is committed to creating positive educational environments in which students and families have a sense of belonging and feel connected to their schools, peers, teachers and our district. To this end, the District’s Student Support Services and Education Services departments provide a variety of services for all IUSD families, including parent workshops and education programs, community meetings, access to resources, language support and translations, and more!

We appreciate and recognize the important partnership we have with our parents and families. Through the Parent and Family Engagement programs, IUSD offers various avenues for all families to actively engage in the school community and contribute to their children's learning journey.  

Included in this article is information about our dedicated community support staff and IUSD Parent and Family Engagement resources. 

IUSD Student and Family Support

In addition to supports provided by IUSD schools, which includes administrators, teachers, mental health and counseling teams and many other staff members, we recognize that our families may need and appreciate targeted supports and resources.  

Kim Bates | Student Support Services

I am dedicated to supporting all families in IUSD through the coordination of parent workshops and classes. In my role, I oversee the support provided by our Community Liaisons. I am here to address any inquiries related to the IUSD Parent Center and provide assistance accordingly. Additionally, I manage district translation projects, supervise our interpreters and ensure their availability for district and site meetings. On an individual basis, I offer support to families facing attendance and truancy concerns. Along with the Irvine Unified Council PTA, I aim to align and coordinate parent engagement efforts for the benefit of our entire community. Visit our Student Support Services page to learn more or contact me at

Translation and Language Support

The District’s Community Liaisons serve the following language-based communities: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. Services include interpretation/translation, hosting parent workshops and assisting families, IUSD schools and staff to form important connections. The team strives to bring cultural awareness and empower parents in our communities to be engaged in their children’s education.  

Duha Al-Hakeem | Arabic

مرحباً بكم، إسمي ضحى الحكيم ، أخصائية التواصل بين المجتمع العربي ومدارس إرفاين. يشرفني دعم مجتمعي بتوفير الترجمة الشفوية والخطية، واستضافة ندوات توعية للأهالي ( IPEP) عدة مرات بالسنة. كذلك حضور دورات متعددة طوال السنة لتطوير مهنتي. إنني أسعى إلى تحقيق الوعي الثقافي في المنطقة التعليمية وتمكين الأهالي من المشاركة في تعليم أطفالهم.

الرجاء اضغط على الصفحة العربية لمزيد من المعلومات.

Visit our Arabic Community Page.

Shahrzad Farjadi | Farsi

Visit our Farsi Community Page.

Tamami Ota | Japanese

Visit our Japanese Community page.

Insun Kim | Korean

안녕하세요! 저는 지난 13년간 IUSD에서 한국어권 커뮤니티를 담당하고 있는 언어발달부서의 김인순입니다. 저는 여러분의 자녀가 IUSD 있는 동안 학부모님이 자녀의 교육 여정을 지원할 있는 준비와 역량을 키우도록 가정과 교육구를 연결하는 다리 역할을 하고 있습니다. 방문하셔서 유용한 정보와, 진행 중인 워크숍 자료를 살펴보시기 바랍니다. 저는 여러분의 자녀들이 모두 성공하기를 바랍니다!

Contact me at or 949-936-5276, or visit our Korean Community page.

Rosa Larra Nieto | Spanish

Bienvenidos al Distrito Escolar Unificado de Irvine. Mi nombre es Rosa Larra ( y soy su enlace con el distrito. Pueden contar con mi ayuda para interpretación y traducción e información sobre recursos que ofrezca el distrito escolar. 

También les animo a que visiten nuestra página La comunidad de hispanohablantes de IUSD para mantenerse informado de nuestras reuniones y otros eventos relevantes del distrito escolar de Irvine.

蔣兆青 Lichuan Chiang | Traditional & Simplified Chinese

您好!我是尔湾联合学区华语社区联络人蒋兆青,拥有美国教育硕士及图书资讯科学硕士学位。我的工作项目包括:学区层级各项翻译及口译服务、规划并举办教育专题中文讲座、创建并更新华语社区资源网页、协助家长了解英语语言考试结果、协助家长了解学区及学校各种学科项目、以及担任亲师之间的桥梁。如果您需要中文协助,请您访问华语社区资源网页 ( 以获得华语社区联络人的联系方式。

您好!我是爾灣聯合學區華語社區聯絡人蔣兆青,擁有美國教育碩士及圖書資訊科學碩士學位。我的工作項目包括:學區層級各項翻譯及口譯服務、規劃並舉辦教育專題中文講座、創建並更新華語社區資源網頁、協助家長了解英語語言考試結果、協助家長了解學區及學校各種學科項目、以及擔任親師之間的橋樑。如果您需要中文協助,請您造訪華語社區資源網頁 ( 以獲得華語社區聯絡人的聯絡方式 

Russian Language Support

IUSD is now also offering support for Russian speaking families. For more information on Russian language support, our Community Liaisons and Mental Health Specialists and Student Support Services, visit 

Community Support
In addition to translations and language support, IUSD offers community supports that include resources for students, parents, families and staff to help address various topics students and parents may face. 

Shalonda Ibrahim-Abubakar | Mental Health Specialist

My name is Shalonda Ibrahim-Abubakar, the Community Support Mental Health Specialist serving primarily the African American/Black population within IUSD. In my role, I serve as a resource to parents, students and staff to help reduce barriers to learning for students by:

  • Maximizing access to resources
  • Providing counseling services
  • Offering staff professional development and coaching
  • Facilitating multicultural engagement
  • Supporting the implementation of culturally responsive practices

Please reach out if you have questions or need support! My contact information is email:, phone: 949-936-5185. Visit our African American/Black community page.

Maureen Muir | LGBTQ+ Community Support

My name is Maureen Muir and I am the LGBTQ+ Community Support Liaison. You can contact me for any LGBTQ+ needs or resources for students and families. Please follow my Instagram: @iusd_lgbtq for more information. You can also contact me through my email,, or my office number 949-936-5189. Visit our LGBTQ+ community page.

IUSD’s dedicated staff are here to support our students and families. Please continue to visit regularly for the latest District news and information.