Faculty

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Mayda Baboomian
Teacher.
Teaches Armenian and Armenian History
Grade(s) 4th, 6th, 7th, & 8th

Aline Bezdikian-Shirajian
Teacher.
Teaches 3rd Homeroom; 7th Social Studies
Grade(s) 3rd & 7th

Alice Derkevorkian
Music Department Chair;Teacher/Assistant Teacher.
Teaches Music
Grade(s) Preschool-8th
* Joined Merdinian in 2014

Lena Ekmekjian
Religion Department Chair; Teacher.
Teaches Armenian and Armenian History; Religion
Grade(s) K, 2nd, 6th, 7th, & 8th

* Joined Merdinian in 2012

*  BA in Christian Education (Major), Armenian Studies (Minor) & Teaching Credential, Haigazian University (HU) and Near East School of Theology (NEST), Beirut, Lebanon. 1995

*  Junior Youth Director, Armenian Evangelical Churches, Lebanon, 1995-1997

*  Teacher, Shamlian-Tatikian Armenian Evangelical Secondary School, Beirut, Lebanon, 1995-1997

*  Teacher, Armenian Evangelical Martyrs’ School, Kessab, Syria, 1997-2002

*  Certificate of Training, Haggai Institute for Christian Leadership, Dubai, UAE,  2007

*  California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential – Equivalency for credential outside of the United States, 2012

*  “Pokrig Serdigner” TV program presenter, International Christian Family Network (ICFN)

*  “Children, Let us Sing for Jesus” Audio-Visual DVD, Director (Christian & Patriotic group songs), 2009

*  Board of Directors (member at large), Armenian Evangelical Union of North America (AEUNA) since 2012


Allison Hammond
Math/Science Department Chair; Teacher.
Teaches Math and Science
Grade(s) 5th-8th
* Joined Merdinian in 2015

Ninel Iranosian
Teacher.
Teaches 2nd Homeroom; 6th Social Studies
Grade(s) 2nd & 6th
* Joined Merdinian in 2014

Zorik Isajane
Teacher.
Teaches PE
Grade(s) K-8th

Ashkhen Ispendjian
Armenian/Armenian History Department Chair.
Teaches ASL
  • Joined Merdinian in 1983
  • Education/Language Teaching Methods, French Institute of Education, Beirut, 2 years
  • Oriental Studies, specializing in Armenian Language, Literature, and History, Saint Joseph University of Beirut, 4 years
  • Armenian Language Elementary Teacher, Aramian Armenian School, 1957-1965
  • Principal, Armenian Karaguezian School, 1970-1982
I have been a proud member of the Merdinian family for over 30 years.  I am the Armenian Language and History teacher, Mrs. Ashkhen Ispendjian, or better known as “Digin Ashkhen.”
I was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon form Armenian Genocide survivor parents.  They both believed in education and through hardship did everything possible to lead their children to become educators (4 out of 5). 
During my last High School, I was told by my teacher-principal that I would become a teacher.  I was awarded a 4-year full scholarship for college education. And in return I had to teach in an Armenian school for 4 years.  Back then, I did not imagine I would teach for 50 years  and I never thought I would love my job.  But, I did.  It became my joy, my pride, my challenge in life, or more importantly my life.
I believe in what I do:
*  Give back all I have learned to my students
*  Teach Armenian kids their language
*  Make them proud of their ethnic identity and cultural heritage

Sona Kassardjian
English/Social Studies Department Chair, Teacher.
Teaches English; Social Studies
Grade(s) 5th, 7th, & 8th
  • Joined Merdinian in 2004
  • BA in Liberal Studies and Single Subject Credentials, CSUN, 1998
  • MA in English Literature, CSUN, 2003
  • Elementary and Junior High School teacher, LILA, 1997-2001
I have lived in Los Angeles almost all my life. I am very fortunate to have a very loving family and supportive friends around me constantly. I believe the family unit is the most important and primary learning ground in a child.
I have always been interested in teaching and had the desire to become a teacher even as a child.
My love of literature, particularly the Enlightenment Age, is the reason why I chose to concentrate my Masters in English Literature. In addition, my passion for the modernization of parent-child relationships in 18th century led me to my masters’ thesis using Jane Austen’s novels. Jane Austen is the most venerated novelist of our time.

As unusual as it may sound, for me, teaching is inherent. People have always said that I have chosen one of the toughest fields. I believe this field is where I feel most productive and beneficial. It feels absolutely right, and it is absolutely right for me!


Manuella Kossayan
Art Department Chair; Teacher.
Teaches Art
Grade(s) 1st-8th

Margarit Meghroyan
Teacher.
Teaches Armenian, Armenian History
Grade(s) 1st, 3rd, & 5th

  • Joined Merdinian in 2007
  • MA in Philology, Yerevan State University, Armenia, 1979
  • 9 years of teaching in Armenia
  • Supervisor, Academy of Science of Republic of Armenia
  • Editor, TV station in Armenia
  • Friday and Saturday Armenian schools, 2000-present
  • Hovsepian Armenian School, 2002-2006
I was born in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan.  I got married in 1975 and have one son.  I still do not have grandchildren; hopefully God will provide us with that wish.  My family and I moved to America in 1995.  Since 2000 I have worked at several Armenian day and Saturday schools.
My love of children makes my job more worthwhile.  My approach to teaching is friendly and relaxed which makes my rapport with students, parents, and colleagues more agreeable.

A mistake is only a mistake if you don’t learn from it; if you do, it’s called “experience.”


Mary Mekikian
Teacher.
Teaches 4th Homeroom, 6th English
Grade(s) 4th & 6th

Armine Nalbantian
Teacher.
Teaches K Y Homeroom; Religion 4th & 5th
Grade(s) K Y, 4th, & 5th
* Joined Merdinian in 2013

Betty Nazarian
Teacher.
Teaches 1st Yellow Homeroom; 5th Social Studies
Grade(s) 1st, 5th

Fredrick Sayadian
Computer Department Chair; Teacher.
Teaches Computer; Science
Grade(s) K-8th
  • Joined Merdinian 2012
  • BA in Sociology with Pre-Med studies, Queens College CUNY
  • Has taken MA courses in Education and Special Education from Touro College
  • Has taken courses on Basic, Visual Basic, and C from Queens College
  • A+ certified from Cisco Academy and has taken some courses on Cisco Networking Courses
  • 6th - 8th Computer Teacher, Frank Sansivari I.S. 73 School NYCDE, 2005-2007
  • 6th – 12th Computer Teacher, AGBU MDS, 2007-2012
  • 12th Grade Business Math Teacher, AGBU MDS, 2011-2012
  • Lego Robotics Coach, AGBU MDS, 2010-2012
My philosophy is to make sure our future Alumni be prepared for the future by being independent, not to back down on any challenges and obstacles they might face in their lives, and to be the people that make positive changes in our community. 

Ani Virgili
Teacher.
Teaches 1st R Homeroom; 5th Science
Grade(s) 1st R & 5th
  • Joined Merdinian in 1998
  • Bachelors in Psychology, CSUN, 1997
  • Certification of Clearance, 2000
  • Additional courses towards Masters Program in Education
  • Lead teacher in multiple subjects, kindergarten to 8th grade
I have always had a passion for helping children. Growing-up I knew that my future career would involve adolescents. In 1997, I graduated California State Northridge with Bachelors in Psychology, in hopes to become a child psychologist.  After working as a teacher at an Armenian school, I knew that educating Armenian children was what God had intended for me.
My philosophy in teaching is to keep things simple. I believe in creating and maintaining an environment which allows and encourages children to discover, solve problems, and think independently. I develop activities and games to teach children skills in a way that makes learning pleasurable.

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