I was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia until my family immigrated to the United States when I was 15 years old in 1990. Being new to United States and not knowing the language brought many challenges to my path, both personally and academically. However, I overcame those challenges through hard work, dedication, perseverance, and being surrounded by teachers and adults who believed in me more than I believed in myself. My teachers’ belief that I can be successful inspired me to become an educator who reciprocates the mind set of believing in my students, supporting them, and providing them with ample resources to not only succeed academically, but also become positive contributors to society.
I began my teaching career after graduating from the University of California, Irvine with a B.S. in Biological Sciences in 1999. Right after I graduated, I began searching for careers in the field of medicine and scientific research only to find my home in teaching. In 2001, I was given an opportunity to begin my career as an educator at Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale, CA. Overall, I have 11 years of teaching experience at the middle and high school level. I taught subject matters such as mathematics, life science, physical science, biology, anatomy, physiology, and robotics. I enjoy teaching because it not only gives me the opportunity to pass down knowledge, but also provides me with the means to make a difference in a child’s life.
In addition to my experience as an educator, I also have more than eight years of experience holding leadership positions in several non-profit organizations and founded my own non-profit organization in 2013.
My personal motto is “YES, WE CAN!”. I believe that with dedication, perseverance, hard work, and proper resources anyone CAN and WILL be successful in life.
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