Arminé Manukyan
Principal

Arminé Manukyan was born in Armenia into a family of educators, and has had a passion for education her entire life. She graduated from Yerevan State University with a Master’s Degree in Education and Human Development, and received her second Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from UMASS Boston. She is also a licensed Principal with the MA Department of Education. Arminé became the Principal of the Erebuni Armenian School in 2008, after volunteering for many years as a teacher. While teaching, she sets high expectations for the students; she challenged them and created a positive atmosphere to make learning more fun. Arminé is a strong advocate of strengthening student-teacher-parent relations.

She has many years of educational leadership expertise and business acumen.

Ms. Manukyan’s work has been multi-faceted and student centered from the start. Her experiences as an educator, have led to the development of methods that serve to inspire and motivate students and teachers in classrooms, and beyond toward community collaboration.

She has written 2 textbooks which are being used by the teachers.

She always knew that she has passion and love for education, and working in Winchester School District helped her fall in love with school leadership. She realized once again where her heart is.

Ms. Manukyan knows every single student by first and last name. She believes that it’s a real positive, personal way to connect with the students.

Alina Khudaverdyan

Alina Khudaverdyan
Teacher

I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences. I have 8 years of teaching experience in Armenia and US. And I began at Erebuni Armenian School in 2011. I had my internship and gained my practical experience in Yeghishe. Charents School in Yerevan, where I used to teach English. Also, I provided English private classes in Armenia, and I provide Armenian private classes in the US.

My goal as a teacher is to provide a safe and developmentally appropriate atmosphere for all students, attend to children’s basic needs, create safe and nurturing learning environment, organize and lead activities such as arts and crafts, reading, singing, and dancing, care about my students by forming personal connections with them beyond the lessons I teach in the classroom.

My greatest role is to be a role model: to inspire and encourage my students to strive for greatness (despite their age), and teach them through experience and commitment how to realize their full potential to become the best they can be.

I love seeing the children’s individual development grow and blossom into unique personalities. Children are always eager to learn new challenges and I like to grow with them.

I am a mother of 2 kids, which is my most important and responsible role of my life,  and I work in teaching/education field because of my love for children. My favorite things to do with the children are reading to them, art, science, outdoor play.

I enjoy cooking, shopping and traveling with my family.

“A great teacher can leave an indelible mark that lasts a lifetime, and for many of us, some of our most important decisions were inspired by our teachers”.

— Alina Khudaverdyan

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Annie Kalaydjian
Teacher

I am  a graduate of the American University of Beirut (AUB) where I studied Nursing and Business Administration.  I also attended courses at the Middlesex Community College to learn about Computers in Business.  I have a long history of work in various schools and in various capacities and my career has centered around education of children.  I also worked at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research in Cambridge, and have experience in Payroll management. I am a long term employee of the St. James Armenian Church where I employed as Administrative Assistant and have taught at the St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Armenian School for over 25 years;  I  have been recognized for  many devoted years of volunteer work and remained active in cultural activities in the Armenian community. I am fluent in English, Armenian and Arabic.  I am married to Alex and we have a son, Nareg.

Armine Sargsyan

Armine Sargsyan
Teacher

I studied at the Yerevan State Pedagogical University, Faculty of Preschool Education. I used to be a substitute teacher in Armenia, maintaining a positive learning atmosphere in the classroom. My teaching passion I inherited from my mom, who has been a teacher for about 39 years.

I joined the Armenian Erebuni School in 2010.

My first goals include: to establish a welcoming and supportive learning environment; to help children develop self-confidence and identity that positively relates to their families and our culture; to develop independent learners who have a love of learning. It’s a wonderful blessing for me to see our children grow and bloom throughout the years as we follow them through their school days.

As a teacher I have an objective of teaching basic reading and writing skills to my students. This involves identifying and learning sight words, recognizing letters and sounds, and providing instruction through matching and sorting exercises and games. By the end of the school year, students should be able to read aloud from age and reading-level appropriate books and materials.

I take my job seriously and work hard to keep my students interested in learning. And as they say, teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.

I have 2 kids who attend St. James Erebuni School. My hobbies include cooking, shopping and traveling.

Azatuhi Markarian

Azatuhi Markarian
Music Teacher

I was born in Armenia, where I lived my lovely childhood. Music has always been my passion and I was always surrounded with artists and musicians. I received my musical education at Yerevan Aslamazian Musical School.

In 2000, I graduated Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences and moved to Lebanon, where I continued my musical education at Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music. I worked as a piano teacher for a while in one of the musical centers in Beirut, then in 2004 I worked as a music teacher at Armenian “Haratch” National School in Ainjar, Lebanon. I was teaching music to elementary grade students, leading a chorus, organizing school cultural activities and performances…

In 2011 I moved to Boston with my family. Currently I work at Dana Farber Cancer Institute as a Revenue Integrity Specialist and, also I am the organist of the St. James Church.

I am married and have three kids with whom I like to spend my spare time by visiting museums, classic concerts or events, parks or other attractions…

“My goal is to teach Armenian music to the students and make them love our language, culture, national songs and traditions…”.

Elen Gevorgyan

Elen Gevorgyan
Teacher

I have graduated from the Yerevan State University, Faculty of Romance-Germanic, English lang. department. I did my internship with the students in 5th and 7th grades and that was my first experience working with kids. After graduating, I started working in National Centre for Vocational Education and Training Development /NCVETD/ of the National Institute of Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia. During my working years I conducted the training of the pedagogical staff of preliminary (craftsmanship) and vocational educational institutions on “Organization and Implementation of Learning Process with Competency Based Modular Curricula”. I was one of the authors of Competency Based National Educational Standards and one of the organizers of the Olympiad 2011 for the students of vocational educational institutions. I was actively involved in formal and informal education related workshops, paper developing procedures.

I have been living in Boston  since 2013. Teaching at Erebuni School is a great opportunity for me, firstly, to educate an Armenian generation living abroad and, secondly, to discover my potential created during different periods of life experience. My main goal will be with combining my professional knowledge and modern interactive teaching methods to promote students in obtaining Armenian education and maintaining national identity.

I am married and have 2 daughters. My hobbies are: reading, self-developing, involving myself in active projects, organizing work-related events, parties, exploring and implementing new ideas.

Elen Tonoyan

Elen Tonoyan
Teacher

I’m an instructor of Armenian Language at St, James “Erebuni” Armenian School. Upon graduating from high school, I chose to continue my education at the Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan where I received my Masters of Arts and graduated with high honors. I was a part of the Faculty of Culture & Arts and was bestowed the ability to educate children and be given the title of Headmaster at any Performing & Applied Arts Institution. In 2007, and through 2010, I was invited to teach at the same institution in the Faculty of Culture. Worked directly with the faculty supervisor to ensure exceptional instruction for all students. Overall, from 2003-2010 I educated students from ages 4-21 in various disciplines. In 2010 I joined the “Erebuni” Armenian School as an instructor of Armenian Language.

Since then, I have a growing passion to instill Armenian culture, language and history in students in America. I am passionate about the Armenian language and especially the Armenian culture. It is my goal to instill this same passion and cultural discipline within my students, offer them an engaging curriculum, and help them develop and grow into responsible, respectful and ethical Armenian. As well as, improve a student’s ability to learn and feel safe and comfortable, and create an atmosphere for both learning and emotional development.
As a parent and a mother of two children, it is very important for me that my children be inspired to achieve their outmost potential. I also find equal importance for my children to become thoroughly educated about our culture, our language and our history.

During my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with my children, which may include visiting museums, reading at the library, playing educational games and visiting kid friendly places. I also enjoy traveling and discovering new cultures and ways of life. Aside from educating students, another area of expertise which is more of a hobby for me is design; I mainly create artistic edible sculptures as well as designing fresh flower arrangements and making unique baked goods.

Overall, I am an individual who values education and culture and I hope to instill these values in as many children as I have the opportunity.

Emma Karoyan

Emma Karoyan
Teacher

I was born in Yerevan. I graduated from the Yerevan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philology in the field of translation studies: French and Armenian languages. After graduation, I continued my education at the International Scientific Educational Center of National Academy of Sciences of Armenia (NAS). I graduated from Department of Psychology with honors and received my Master’s Degree in Psychology.  While in NAS, I did my internship at Stress Center, and I worked in the school with hyperactive and difficult students. I’m also certified in providing first aid and CPR.

I want to work with kids because they are real and I love them, they know how to love unconditionally. I wish that the kids lived in a world of beauty, games, stories, music and art. I’ll develop their creativity, hard work and patience.  We will focus on interactive and hands-on activities in our classroom.

I’ll teach them to communicate, make friends, and learn to respect people.  I really enjoy reading and cooking. I’m very interested in ancient architecture and can spend hours reading and researching about it.

If you have any questions, concerns that you would like to share with me, please contact me.

Hripsime Mkrtchyan

Hripsime Mkrtchyan
Teacher

My passions are teaching, inspiring and challenging children to love learning. I am a life long learner myself. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics at Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov and in Journalism at Yerevan State Cultural College. I have a Master’s degree in Translation from Armenian to English and vice versa at YSLU after V. Brusov, and Master’s Degree in ESL Teaching at Cambridge College, MA. I have a broad experience in teaching, journalism and case management.

I am very excited to be teaching at Erebuni Armenian School and hope to positively influence all my students to love learning. I have 2 sons who attend St. James Erebuni Armenian School.

Lilit Petrosyan
Teacher

I am a graduate of Yerevan State Linguistic University named after Valery Bryusov (Romance-Germanic Faculty)

I have gained my teaching experience doing my practicum at the public schools in Yerevan.

I am delighted to be a part of  St. James Erebuni Armenian School to teach our students about the Armenian language, literature and history.

I love working with people, especially with kids. I come from a family of educators: my grandmother was a teacher of Armenian Language and Literature, my dad is an engineer, my mom is a biochemist and my sister is a linguist. I love and enjoy being a parent. I love the nature, love my community and I love to recite Armenian Poetry.

I have one daughter.

Mariam Karapetyan

Mariam Karapetyan
Teacher

I am a Speech Pathologist, and prior to coming to the US, I worked as a teacher at a local school where I lived in Armenia. In addition to working at school, I provided speech and language aid to individual students who needed the services.

Coming from a family of teachers, contributed to my decision to become a teacher.

I have earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education at the Armenian State Pedagogical University.

I am married and have two children. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and reading. I have a passion working with kids, therefore, I am excited to join St. James Erebuni Armenian School.

Mayda Yetimian

Mayda Yetimian
Teacher

I am  a graduate of the Hussissian Institute for Armenian Studies in Beirut Lebanon, where I received my formal education on Armenian language, literature and history. I also attended courses at the Middlesex Community College to learn about Computers in Business. In addition, I studied at the American Armenian International College in California, to learn more about Multilingual Cross Cultural Teaching Methods.  I  was employed by the A.G.B.U. Armenian School in Boston as Executive Secretary and Bookkeeper. and at the same time, taught Armenian language classes for Grades 4 and 5.  I have been teaching at the St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Armenian School for numerous years, and was a Superintendent of the school also. I have been recognized for my devoted years of service by the School Board and the St. James Church.  I remain active in Cultural activities at A.G.B.U., I am multilingual and currently is employed at Bank of America as an Officer, Loan Administrator for Special Assets Group.

Naira Arsenyan

Naira Arsenyan
Teacher

I received my Master’s Degree majoring in history when I graduated the Yerevan State University of Armenia. During my years in school, I was the director of a Cultural Museum in Armenia focusing on preserving historical monuments. After graduating, I got a teaching job. I taught Civil Rights and World History at the No. 4 High School named after “Levon Shant” (formerly M. Gorky) Later, I continued to further my education by taking courses in order to build a foundation for the judicial system.  Since 2009, I have worked as an Armenian language and history teacher at St. James “Erebuni” Armenian school. With my vast amount of experience as an educator and the love of being around children blending together, it allows me to thrive in a school setting. Currently, I am  employed at the Harmon Law Offices. I have 2 children. My daughter Adel assisted our pre-school teachers for many years.

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Nelli Harutyunyan
Teacher

Bio coming soon.

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Olga Movsisyan
Teacher

My name is Olga Shahbazyan. I am delighted to be part of the St. James Erebuni Armenian School.

I was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. After graduating the high school, I decided to study languages, mainly English, Russian and German. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Languages and Social Sciences and graduated with High Honors. I started working with kids while doing my internship in some of the public schools of Armenia. Throughout my college years I started tutoring kids and after graduating had the privilege to have a few private students who were interested in learning English. I moved to Boston in 2005.

When my daughter started attending the the St.James Erebuni Armenian School I felt like I had to help the school in some kind of a way. Moreover, I wanted to give back to the community and be part of it. Started as a substitute teacher and loved it, since I had the chance to teach pretty much all the grades. I love working with these amazing and talented students since I get to see how they start without even knowing the Armenian letters and later they are ready to graduate the school knowing so much about their language, their heritage, history and motherland. Being a teacher is not an easy job! You have to be a role model for them and you have to show your own passion towards your history and culture so you can inspire them. My goal is to try and help them grow into loving our mother language, our rich history, customs, and be proud members of the Armenian community. It takes time and a lot of effort to implant the first “seeds” and watch them “grow” but the outcome is what we work so hard for.

I am a mother of two kids who are also students in this amazing school. I spend my free time with my family and friends. My hobbies are reading, dancing, going to the beach on beautiful summer days and enjoying life. I love traveling and experiencing different cultures, their food and customs.

I feel blessed to have the opportunity to teach such a beautiful and talented generation of kids and I am hoping that one day some of these amazing students will come back to Erebuni School as teachers themselves.

Rita Meneshian
Teacher

I am originally from the Holy Land, the city of Jerusalem-Yerusaghem.

I grew up in the very close Armenian Community of the Armenian Quarter attending the beloved Serpots Tarkmanchatz-Holy Translators School. 

My passion to teach started at a very young age. I remember having my friends and neighbors as my students while I used to act as their teacher, and the funny part was that they used to like us play as “Teacher, teacher” and never argued over it as to  who was going to be the teacher, because it was always me.

Years went by, graduated with honors from the same High School, the only one in the Holy Land. Off to Bir-Zeit College aiming for to become a dedicated Certified Teacher.

Things worked out that while I was in College our School was desperately in need of teachers, so I began as a part time teacher for Arithmetic, Science, Armenian Language, and even Classical Armenian (Krapar), Arabic which turned into a full-time position.

The desire within me to teach was more vibrant now than ever! So excited to share my Armenian Language wealth with our Armenian American Children… Therefore I continued my teaching on Saturdays with so much enthusiasm…Those 25+ years have been amazing! Spending my Saturday Mornings  instilling the Armenian Spirit in our adorable little ones has been so gratifying beyond words.

We can survive no matter what the circumstances… My mother is/was a perfect example of that… She is/was my inspiration… All I am I owe it to my Dearest, Sweetest, Kindest and most precious Mother who raised me selflessly and “hardworkingly” as a true Armenian advising: “Never give up, try to be optimistic, thank God for every little thing He Has Granted you, be content since things can be worse, just look at the bright side of things, don’t depend on other people, work hard and be honest”

Always reminding them to value our Golden Mother Tongue and never forget it as Silvia Gaboudigian wrote: Everywhere you go, whatever you do, even if you forget your  own Mother, please do not forget your Mother Tongue!

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