Faculty and Staff

Principal's Message

 


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As the proud new principal of Ari Guiragos Minassian Armenian school, I welcome all of you to become a part of the magic that occurs on our campus every single day.
 
A.G. Minassian has been a pillar of the Orange County community for the past 31 years, and continues to thrive as an upstanding educational institution that celebrates a rich Armenian heritage. 
 
Our faculty and staff spare no effort to challenge our students and encourage them to reach their fullest potential. We take pride in shaping well-rounded individuals, who soon become invaluable citizens and leaders of the world. 
 
A.G. Minassian gives utmost importance to a bilingual education, and teaches 21st century global skills that prepare our students for success. The school halls and classrooms foster a vibrant culture for life-long learning, and we continue to grow around this narrative.
 
Our path to excellence is a collective journey, where parents are truly invested in their children’s educational experience. I welcome all of you to embark on this journey with us.

Ms. Sanan Shirinian

Principal

 

Administration

We are extremely proud of our faculty and staff at Ari Guiragos Minassian Armenian School. Our teachers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our school. Read on for more information about each of our wonderful teachers and dedicated administration.

 

Margo Baghjajian, Administrative Assistant
Margo Baghjajian
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Mrs. Baghjajian has been with A.G. Minassian since 1989, as the school secretary. Her voice is usually the first you hear when you contact our school. She is responsible for many duties and interacts on a daily basis with the children, staff and parents. Margo's organizational skills and dedication to our students are a tremendous asset to the school.

 

Pre-Kindergarten Faculty


Astrid Ashkarian, Outdoor Activities Coordinator, Pre-K II
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Mrs. Ashkarian began her teaching career as a music and dance instructor. Through the years she has held various teaching positions, most notably working for 12 years as a head Preschool teacher. She has received her Degree in Early Childhood Education and has been at A.G. Minassian since 1998 as our Pre-KII teacher. Currently, Mrs. Ashkarian is the Preschool Outdoor Activities Coordinator as well as the Pre-KII co-teacher.
 
Talin Artinian, Assistant Teacher Pre-K 1 / Kindergarten & 1st grade Armenian Teacher
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Miss Artinian has been with A.G. Minassian Armenian School since 2001. She is the Armenian language instructor for Kindergarten and 1st grade as well as "Mayrig & Me" class and as an assistant teacher for Preschool. Her previous experience includes teaching Armenian religion and language in Syria. In 2005, she completed her certification in Early Childhood Education.
 
Talin Wartan, Preschool Director, Teacher, Pre-K2

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Talin Wartan has been a Pre-KII Teacher's Assistant from 1999-2007. She has received her Degree in Early Childhood Education and recently she obtained her Preschool Director Degree. Currently Mrs. Wartan is the Preschool Director & Pre-KII teacher. She taught Kindergarten and first grade Armenian language at ARS "Sevan" chapter Saturday School 2008-2013.
 
Araksia Petrossian, Teacher, Pre-K1 (B)
Araxia Petrossian
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Mrs. Araksia Petrossian joined A.G. Minassian Armenian School in 2013 as a preschool teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a teaching credential from Komitas State Conservatory in Armenia. She completed her Early Childhood Education at Long Beach City College. She holds Master Teacher and Site Supervisor permits granted by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Her experience working with children of all ages is evident in her enthusiasm and love towards her students.  
 
Tsolaire Tamoukian, Teacher, Pre-K1 (A)

 

 


 

Grade School Faculty


Heather Macklin, Teacher, Kindergarten
Heather Black
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Mrs. MacKlin joined  AGM family in 2015 as our Kindergarten Teacher. She spent part of the 2014-2015 school year as a substitute teacher in Ohio before moving to California last Fall. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University, where she graduated from in May of 2014. She is currently working towards obtaining her Professional Clear Multiple Subject Credentials for California.  

 
 

 

Shantel Easley, Teacher, 1st grade

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Miss Easley is very excited to be joining the Ari Guiragos Minassian staff as the first grade homeroom teacher and the third grade language arts teacher. She has specialized in first and third grade for three years, in a diverse range of classrooms, and is beaming at the thought of continuing that emphasis. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, as well as a Multiple Subjects Credential from Concordia University Irvine. Miss Easley has worked in education for five years and with children for twelve. She has donned many hats, from an after school homework helper, to a Sunday school teacher, to an RTI teacher, to a substitute for both the Irvine and Anaheim City Unified School Districts, and finally to her own long term substitute and summer school classrooms for Irvine Unified. Her goal as a teacher is to have every student reach their highest potential through a classroom focusing on the culture of respect and collaborative, as well as individual, growth.

 

 
Samantha Meyer, Teacher, 2nd grade
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My name is Samantha Meyer and I will be teaching second grade. I was born and raised in Southern California. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Adolescent Development. I then furthered my education and experience by completing my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. I have worked in education for three years. My passion and enthusiasm for educating has led me to working with children with special needs for both public and private settings including Irvine Unified and Brea-Olinda School District. It is my goal to educate and encourage a sense of community in my classroom.

 
 
 
 
Alina Aslanyan, Teacher, 3rd grade
Alina Aslanyan
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Ms. Aslanyan joined AGM in 2013 as our 3rd grade teacher.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a  life science concentration from California State University of Northridge. She then obtained a Master’s degree in Education with a psychology emphasis from Pepperdine University in 2009.  She has previously taught middle school Science at Rose and Alex Pilibos for 4 years. Prior to that, she served as the youth assistant sports supervisor at the Burbank YMCA for 6 years. Alina has also been a part of the Los Angeles Chapter for Homenetmen both as a coach and an athlete. 

 
 
Ani Sarkissian, Teacher, 4th grade
Ani Shahinian
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Ani Sarkissian has been employed at AGM since 2012 teaching third and fourth grade students. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master's degree in Education (with a Psychology emphasis) from Pepperdine University in 2010. Previously, Ani taught fourth grade at Ferrahian for 12 years. She has also worked at Asbarez Daily Newspaper as an editorial assistant, as well as an English language news anchor at Horizon Television.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ani Geloian, Armenian Teacher, 2nd through 6th grade
Ani Gelloyan
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Mrs. Ani Geloian has been employed at AGM since 2004. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Haigazian University as well as a Bachelor’s degree from American University of Beirut. Mrs. Geloian has taught the Armenian language and Armenian History at various educational institutions. She teaches the Armenian language in Armenian Relief Society “Sevan” Chapter since 2006 and is currently the principal of the school. She is a member of the Hamazkayin "Siamanto" Chapter and A. R. S. “Sevan” Chapter.

 
 
 
Gohar Alexanians, Teacher, Music
Gohar Alexanians
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Mrs. Alexanians  joined AGM in 2008. She is a graduate of the Russian Music School of Yerevan. She moved to United States in 1991, and has been a private music instructor for the last 15 years. She holds BA degree in Social Science from CSU Chico. She has been teaching music and art at A.R.S. "Sevan" Chapter Saturday School since 2004. 
 

 
 
Other
 
Anahid (Anna) Der Parseghian
Ms. Parseghian joined AGM in December of 2009 as a volunteer in the Library.  She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music from New England Conservatory, Boston, MA., a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature from Concordia University, Montreal Quebec, Canada.  Followed by a Master's Degree in Library Science from Concordia University in Montreal.  Over the years she has worked in a variety of positions at a number of university and technical libraries.  Her latest post was as a Branch Manager with the San Diego Public Library System, from which she retired in 2006.  She is responsible for our school's Library operation including acquisition, processing, and circulation services.
 
Margo Bartoumian, Cafeteria Coordinator
MargoBartoumian Mrs. Bartoumian has been providing hot Armenian lunches for students since the establishment of our school. Whether its letsoug (dolma) or the occasional pizza (so its not Armenian, but the kids love it!), her meals are tasty and nutritious. She is currently the owner and operator of Ararat Restaurant in Anaheim, California.

 

 
 
 
 
 

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