Welcome New Director Lorette Avanessian
The St. Mary’s Richard Tufenkian Preschool and Kindergarten’s end-of-the-year applications held on June 15 and 16 on the Glendale Excessive Faculty auditorium, highlighted the achievements of scholars with performances of songs and poems, bid farewell to the college’s present director, Arsine Aghazarian, and welcomed future director Lorette Avanessian.
Faculty Board members offered their end-of-the-year message to the scholars, dad and mom, the Mother or father Help Committee, academics, college administration, and supporters of the college. Every speaker is praised by Aghazarian for her extraordinary contribution to the betterment of Tufenkian Preschool and Kindergarten for almost 30 years.
Aghazarian was offered with commemorative presents from the Faculty Board, the Mother or father Help Committee, the academics and college students, and proclamations from elected officers US Congressman Adam Schiff, California State Senator Anthony Portantino, California Assemblymember Laura Friedman, and Glendale Mayor Ardashes Kassakhian. The kindergarteners even sang a tune for Aghazarian, written in her honor by the college’s music trainer Ani Hovagimyan. Moreover, it was introduced that the entrance yard of the college can be devoted as “Oriort Arsine’s Backyard,” in honor of her dedication to the out of doors classroom philosophy.
Most notably, on the kindergarten commencement, Western Prelate Bishop Torkom Donoyan bestowed upon Aghazaryan the “Mesrob Mashdots” medal, on behalf of His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Nice Home of Cilicia. Donoyan praised Aghazarian “as a pedagogue for nearly three a long time within the instructional discipline of the Armenian neighborhood.”
Aghazarian, who has a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Training, turned the director of Tufenkian Preschool and Kindergarten in 1993. From the start, Aghazarian labored tirelessly to raise the college by introducing cutting-edge employees coaching, structural enhancements to match the superior curriculum , and progressive instructing methodologies. She has been persistently devoted to offering a research-based curriculum that embraces the entire baby. Beneath Aghazaryan’s management, the college adopted the rules of the Nationwide Affiliation for the Training of Younger Kids (NAEYC) and acquired its first accreditation in 1999, which it has maintained to today with exceptionally excessive scores. She has made Tufenkian Preschool and Kindergarten not solely a shining star within the Prelacy system but in addition the early childhood training neighborhood of the better Los Angeles space.
With a view to lead the college in superior instructing and curriculum, Aghazarian repeatedly improved her personal coaching and training, receiving a number of certificates together with, Outside Classroom Specialist Certificates, CLASS Classroom Observer Certificates, ECERS Classroom Evaluation Certificates, MAEYC Developmentally Acceptable Apply Certificates, Reggio Emila Coaching , Teacher Credential, and Director Mentor Certification.
1000’s of youngsters have had their first tutorial expertise below the tutelage of Aghazarian, having not solely been instilled with the foundations for educational success, but in addition with the Armenian language, historical past, tradition, faith, and spirit. Aghazarian has been a trailblazer for Armenian early childhood education schemes.
Faculty Board chair Artin Shaverdian successfully captured the college neighborhood’s sentiments about Aghazarian’s tenure ending when he acknowledged on the Kindergarten commencement, “She has earned us accreditation after accreditation and the best scores on all state recognition platforms. However all that fails compared to the indescribable feeling she has created at Tufenkian—the sensation of dwelling, of household. What a marvel to have your first instructional expertise to be at a spot that appears like dwelling. Or. Arsine has been a real present to our faculty and her absence can be famous every day.”
As Tufenkian Preschool and Kindergarten bid farewell to Aghazarian, it additionally welcomes its new director, Lorette Avanessian. Previous to her appointment, Avanessian began her profession with Tufenkian Preschool and Kindergarten as a member of the college administration employees, and rose via the ranks, serving as a Program Coordinator and Assistant Director. Avanessian acquired her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UCLA and her Grasp of Training from USC. She additionally has a Little one Improvement Program Director Allow, Pupil Personnel Companies Credential, Outside Classroom Specialist Coaching Certificates, Reggio Emilia Worldwide Examine Tour Certificates, and she or he has repeatedly attended the annual Early Childhood STEM Convention offered by Caltech Kids’s Heart since 2015.
Marina Manoukian, a long-standing member of the college’s board mentioned, “Aghazarian will really be missed. She has left an indelible mark on our faculty and its future. And, I’m assured in Avanessian’s expertise and training, in addition to the mentorship and coaching she acquired from Aghazarian, and stay up for the way forward for our faculty.”