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World Languages

World Languages Department

Reza Abedi Brandon Cosenza Abir Hussein Sandy Mesa

Reza Abedi

Dept. Chair

Brandon Cosenza Abir Hussein Sandra Mesa

Jennifer Ralph

 

Scott Sink Silvia Zamora-Balderrama  
Jennifer Ralph Scott Sink Silvia Zamora-Balderrama  

 

Contact Information
Reza Abedi ex: 11881 Foreign Language Teacher, Athletic Wrestling Coach
Brandon Cosenza ex: 11891 Foreign Language Teacher/ Foreign Language Dept Chair/ Athletic Softball Coach
Abir Hussein ex: 11892 Foreign Language Teacher
Sandra Mesa ex: 11882 Foreign Language Teacher
Jennifer Ralph ex: 11883 Foreign Language Teacher
Scott Sink ex: 11890 Foreign Language Teacher
Silvia Zamora Balderrama ex: 11884 Foreign Language Teacher

TEACHER BIOGRAPHIES

Reza Abedi

Coach Abedi’s amazing journey to Dana Hills High school began in Kermanshah, Iran where he was born to a family with four boys and six girls. All ten Abedi siblings were athletic, but Coach Abedi would reach gold medal status. His official wrestling career started at age ten, but Coach Abedi recalls “growing up on the mats as soon as I could crawl.” Following the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Coach Abedi was enlisted in the Iranian Air Force and qualified to be a member of the elite Iranian Military Wrestling Team. He traveled with the team to Caracas, Venezuela in 1982 where he earned his gold medal as the Military World Champion. Disillusioned with the state of post-revolutionary Iran, Reza and three other Iranian wrestlers escaped after this tournament with the help of American wrestlers. The complete story of Coach Abedi’s escape, and return to rescue his family, can be found on Amazon in the non-fiction narrative American Wings, Iranian Roots.  

From Venezuela, Coach Abedi moved to Spain where he coached the National Team.  He came to America in 1985 where he attended college and was an NCAA All-American as a freshman. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Spanish, Health and Physical Education. Also he received his master’s degree in education from National University. He began coaching high school wrestling in 1992 and took over the Dana Hills High School wrestling team in 1994.  At that time, the team had seven wrestlers. Coach Abedi has built the program to compete for League, CIF and State.  His team, over now with over seventy wrestlers, has placed consistently in league, CIF, Masters and state competitions. He teaches Spanish at Dana Hills High School and in 2000, his colleagues nominated him as the Teacher of the Year. 

He resides in Laguna Niguel with his son Kian, a college student and an assistant coach for the Dana Hills wrestling program. Kamron, his older son, is a lawyer in a firm in Philadelphia. They both graduated from Dana Hills High School.

Brandon Cosenza

 

Abir Hussein

 

Sandra Mesa

 

Jennifer Ralph

 

Scott Sink

 

Silvia Zamora Balderrama