All of our Teachers were born and came from the Philippines and have a Teaching background in working with children who are dual learners.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ms.Mari-Anne started Kabataan Culture in the middle of the pandemic in 2020. She felt that there were not many online enrichment programs that touched upon the Filipino heritage and knew that the Filipino community needed a space where FilAm children could learn about their heritage and learn to speak the Tagalog language.
Ms. Mari-Anne migrated from the Philippines back in 1992 and have since established a life with here family in Southern California. She is an alumni of Pacific Oaks College and has received her Masters in Educational Leadership and Human Development. She has been working with children of all ages in the non-profit and private sector for the past 8 years and is currently working full time as a Center Base Manager for a Nonprofit organization in Los Angeles, Ca.
She enjoys crafting and traveling with her husband Hyren, their son DJ and their two fur babies Oreo and Churro.
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Ms. Jan decided to join Marianne in building the organization due to her passion in the Filipino language. In the past, she has worked as a teacher for 2 years at Philippine Christian School of Tomorrow when she took a break from the corporate world of IT.
Jan migrated to the US in 2015 after marrying her Filipino husband who is based in LA. They now have 2 kids, who are both Tagalog speakers despite being born in the US.
On top of managing Kabataan Culture, she works full time in the IT Department of a construction company in San Fernando as the Field Services Coordinator. On her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, taking photos and home organization and decoration.
Director of Partnership – Lauren L. Bond focuses on the non-profit partnerships and fundraising of Kabataan Culture. Lauren brings ten years of experience in non-profit and cross-company partnership work to the organization. Ms. Bond has spent the last ten years working on committees and as VP of Programming for Alliance for Women in Media, SoCal Chapter (AWM). A nationwide women’s networking group focused on giving guidance to young women coming into the media industry and providing support to women pivoting their careers in the entertainment industry. During Lauren’s tenure with AWM, she focused on delivering monthly events and partnerships for the organization’s members and cultivating financial and community outreach partnerships.
Ms. Bond currently working currently as an executive for her production label BondGirl Entertainment. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband. They are active members of the Sincere Movie Club and enjoy hiking and surfing on the weekends. Lauren lends her time to charities such as Door of Hope and The LA Food Bank. She also mentors young women through her industry network and her alma mater California State University, Northridge. GO, Matadors!
Teacher Clarissa or Clang has been teaching kids and kids at heart for the last 7 years. She received her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the Philippines and has migrated here in the US. She spends her time with her husband and their baby girl Clara.
“I love to teach her Tagalog as well and share the rich culture of our roots. Kwentuhan tayo sa Kabataan Culture!”
Teacher Shiela , Is a professional licensed teacher in the Philippines. She was born and raised in Bacolod City but moved to Muntinlupa, a city in the Philippines when she was 12 years old. She is fluent both in Ilonggo and in Tagalog. She took up Bachelor in Secondary Education with a major in English in Polytechnic University of the Philippines Taguig Campus. Her first teaching experience was as an English Tutor to the Korean students who studied in the Philippines. After several months, she was hired at the Philippine Christian School of Tomorrow as an Elementary Teacher and moved up as Supervisor in her 15 years there. This is where she developed her teaching skills and love for kids. Recently she has become a full-time stay-at-home mom to her son Reign Shalom. Whenever she has free time she watches movies or listen to music. She is also interested in dancing and has a skill in doing choreography for a group of kids and adults. Nevertheless, she always had a passion for teaching children and is excited to teach her heritage to the students of Kabataan Culture.
Teacher Lana is an educator from the Philippines. She graduated from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines with a degree in Bachelor’s in Secondary Education Major in English and is currently taking her Master’s Degree at the Ateneo de Manila University under the program Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies.
Her first experience in teaching was at the age of 7 with her cousins where they played pretend school or so-called “teacher-teacheran”. Ever since then she has found herself teaching others in one way or another.
For a time, she taught different nationalities the English language. She also volunteered as a teacher in her local barangay where she tutored kids from ages 7-12. During her spare time, she likes to bake pastries and cakes, watch her favorite vloggers online or go party with her friends. She enjoys having a good cup of her favorite coffee, and babysitting her 5 nephews.