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Our Staff: Highly Educated, Trained, & Passionate Individuals

The Fair Chance team believes in making a difference.
We have worked successfully with students with special needs for many years and believe in making a difference.

We have some amazing student volunteers that we have worked with for many years. These young men and women are gifted with kindness and compassion, we have taught and nurtured them to take care of our special students and watched them grow. We respect and admire our volunteers and we see the respect and admiration they have for our students. These volunteers will engage our students in conversations, socialize and hangout with them, take them out in the community, model age appropriate behaviors, and have fun with them. Our volunteers and are as compassionate as our staff!!

Shirin Kamal

Shirin Kamal:
Founder & Managing Director

Shirin Kamal has a master's degree in business administration (MBA) and a bachelor's degree in engineering. In addition to that, she holds California Teaching Credentials in Special Ed. She has been involved with the California Education system for more than 15 years.

Shirin has successfully managed several Special Education programs from elementary to high school levels. She has led autism programs and has helped students with ADHD/ADD, learning disabilities, and Asperger's Syndrome achieve remarkable academic success. Shirin believes that every child is gifted and with the right coaching, he or she can be instilled with confidence to reach his or her full potential.

Shirin has a proven track record of success in her field. Her students have shown tremendous growth. She has developed this state-of-the-art curriculum after years of research and experience in this field. She has used all the right interventions, techniques, and strategies. She strongly believes in the Fair Chance model and guarantees student success. 

Diane Mazaroff

Diane Mazaroff:  Co-Founder & Director of Operations

Diane is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science. She comes from a family of educators and was instilled with the love of education from an early age. Diane is a firm believer that every child can learn and excel if provided with the right tools, environment, guidance, and encouragement. 

She has successfully worked in the field of special education for last 7 years and is a strong advocate of equal educational and enrichment opportunities for all students. She firmly believes that every individual can develop appropriate social and communication skills when given the right learning environment and opportunity. She is confident in the model and curriculum of the Fair Chance program.

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Debbie Hibbs:
Autism Special Educator

Debbie has worked as an autism specialist para-professional for over 15 years. She has worked with all ages and functional levels. She is very passionate about making a difference in the life of students with special needs students.

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Don Couch:

Program Coordinator at San Ramon High Site

Don has a bachelor's degree from Chico state and a master's degree from University of Phoenix. Don is a credentialed mild/moderate special education teacher. He has taught at Dougherty Valley High School, Los Cerros middle school, and currently at San Ramon Valley High School. Don lives in the community with his wife and two little girls. He loves working with students at Fair Chance in an engaging and inclusive environment.

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Katie Chinn - Special Ed Teacher

Lourdes Abregano- 
Autism Specialist Paraeducator

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