Faculty

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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

Sossy Nakkashian
Assistant Teacher.
Grade(s) 1st & 2nd

Aghavni Nalbandyan
Assistant Teacher.
Grade(s) PreK I R
  • Joined Merdinian in 2007
  • AA, Los Angeles Valley College
  • Volunteered at Victory Boulevard Elementary School, 3 years
I have been in the United States since 2003. My passion to understand children and desire to make a difference led me into furthering my studies in child development.

 â€œEducation is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” - John Dewey


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

Marine Petrosyan
Teacher.
Teaches PreK II Yellow Homeroom, PreK II Math and Art
Grade(s) PreK II
  • Joined Merdinian in 2006
  • AA Degreein Child Development
  • 7 years as teacher assistant, Ferrahian School
 
In 1986 I moved to Los Angeles from Armenia. I am married and have 2 children.  I like working with children; that is why I chose this career.

" If you do not have expectations, no one can disappoint you."


Mariam Petrosyan
Assistant Teacher/ Teacher.
Teaches Art & ASL
Grade(s) K

Lusine Safaryan
Teacher.
Teaches PreK I Blue Homeroom
Grade(s) PreK I Blue
  • BA in Liberal Studies, CSUN

  • Multiple Subject Credentials, CSUN

  • Merdinian School Parent

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” â€• Benjamin Franklin

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” â€• Dr. Seuss


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. 

Hasmig Shahinian
Librarian/SubstituteTeacher.
  • Librarian
  • Joined Merdinian over a decade ago
Ever since joining the Merdinian Family, I have been a part of the student’s educational development through the library.  As a librarian, I feel a close connection with the students who come to study, do research, and checkout books.  I’ve had the opportunity to go through hundreds of wonderful pieces of literature and pass the information to students who appreciate and look forward to reading their new adventure. 
The school library has flourished over the past 10 years with the implementation of the Follett Software Library automation program.  This allowed the circulating and cataloging of books to be more efficient and structured the library.
I have also headed all the book fairs at the school. The book fairs were a vital mean to get hundreds of new titles, enriching our library shelves.  Whether Armenian or English book fairs, these introduced a plethora of new adventures for students to dig into. The library is the greatest paradise that one would like to escape to, and I am thrilled to be a part of it and continue to do so.
Always remember to emphasize the significance of reading to your children.

“What is a great love of books? It is something like a personal introduction to the great and good men of all past times. Books, it is true, are silent as you see them on their shelves; but, silent as they are, when I enter a library I feel as if almost the dead were present, and I know if I put questions to these books they will answer me with all the faithfulness and fullness which has been left in them by the great men who have left the books with us.” - John Bright


Arpi Tamamian
Teacher.
Teaches PreK I Yellow Homeroom
Grade(s) PreK I Yellow

* Joined Merdinian In 2015

* AA in child Development, Glendale Community College

* BA in Human Services, University of Phoenix

* Preschool teacher since 2006

* "Children must be taught how to think,not what to think."  Margaret Mead


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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