Meet Our Staff

Anahit Salmanyan (Vice Principal)
Anahit was born in Yerevan, Armenia and moved to the United States in 1991 with her parents and siblings. She was raised in Los Angeles and moved to Fresno with her family in 2005. She attended California State University, Fresno and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Pathology in 2007. She is married to Armen and has three children, two sons and one daughter. Her kids also attend CKACS. In her leisure time Anahit likes attending church with her family, reading, traveling, and helping out at her family restaurant. Anahit has is currently working on her Masters Degree in Education. This is her second year at CKACS.

Shoghik Jierian - Pre-K (Arev Class)
Shoghik was born in Baghdad, Iraq. In 1977 her family moved to Athens, Greece and they settled in Fresno in 1984. She attended Fresno City College and received an Associate of Arts degree in Child Development. She is currently taking courses to keep her current with the latest advancements in Early Childhood Education. She and her husband Ara have two sons, Vache and Sevag (both of whom are alumni of CKACS). Her granddaughter Clara is also attending CKACS. Shoghik is currently the Preschool Supervisor at CKACS.

Kristine Tarakjian - Pre-K Aide (Arev Class)
Kristine was born in Yerevan. She attended high school in Armenia as well as three years of Medical Nursing courses. She got married in 2004 and moved to the United States. She has two daughters, Mary and Lisa. She has been part of the CKACS family and faculty for eight years.

Talar Hovagimian (Pre-K)
Talar was born in Syria and moved to the United States with her parents and younger brother in 1990. As a family, they attend St. Paul Armenian Church. She has a 13-year-old son whom she loves very much. He is currently a student at Fresno Christian School. In her leisure times she enjoys reading, dining, meeting and conversing with new people she meets, traveling and spending time with her family. She has been teaching pre-school for the past 15 years. She graduated from CSU Fresno with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies in 2004. In 2013, she received a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Fresno Pacific University.

Yevko Karoglanian (Pre-K)
You have been a familiar face on campus for many years, both in the classroom as well as running our after-school program. Where do you see our school headed?
I'm very excited about the changes we have seen this year and the things that seem to be ahead for our school. I'm praying for God to give our teachers, staff and Board of Education all the strength and the power to keep our school on the path we're on and bringing in even more and better changes.

Cindy Sahatdjian (Kindergarten)
Cindy was born in Fresno, CA. She graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Pre-Health Sciences. Cindy has worked in the pharmacy field for about 5 years and decided to change careers and pursue her true passion; teaching. She is currently working toward her multiple subject credential with a masters in Special Education. She is married to Matthew and has two twin boys on the way! She is very excited to be a part of the CKACS family!

Haykuhi Hakobyan (Pre-K Potty Training)
Haykuhi was born in the Republic of Armenia and moved to the United States with her family in 2010. She lives in Fresno with her husband and two daughters. Aside from teaching at the Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School, she also teaches at the St. Paul Armenian Apostolic Church’s Saturday school. Both her daughters Gayane and Mari go to Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School. In her free time Haykuhi enjoys baking, traveling and working with her children’s extra-curricular education. Haykuhi has been working at Charlie Keyan for 2.5 years, and volunteering at St. Paul’s Saturday School since 2010. She has a bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies, with a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in Elementary Education.

Manoush Sarkis (Pre-K Potty Training Aid)
Manoush Sarkis is the preschool aide and a very active mother of three wonderful children, who attend CKACS.  She is a firm believer in the Armenian traditions and values that the school has provided and continues to provide to children of this community. Manoush earned her secondary education, high school, diploma from Syria in 2006. She worked as a substitute teacher’s aid at CKACS for almost a year in 2014 where she developed the love for caring for children.  She is currently working towards earning her certificate in Early Child Development Education because she is a firm believer that early education is the foundation for the development of a well rounded child. She wants to make sure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve.

Andrea Wheeless (1st Grade)
Andrea graduated from Clovis High School, and from there went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Education/Reading and Language Arts from California State University, Fresno. She also holds a valid California Clear Teaching Credential with a supplemental authorization in English. She is married to Scott and has two sons, Brett and Jack.

What is the most important things you would like your students to accomplish?
I. Become Responsible (self-sufficient)
II. Realize they are capable
III. Think beyond the answers

Nataly Soghmonian Wairdian (2nd Grade)
Nataly was born in Syria and moved to America at the age of nine. She loves exploring and learning new things! She graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. However, her passion quickly turned towards educating children and CKACS gave her the opportunity to further her dream.
Favorite Quote:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

Kelsey Prince (3rd Grade)
Mrs. Prince was born and raised in Fresno and attended the Armenian Community School of Fresno (ACSF). She graduated high school at Fresno Christian and immediately started taking classes at Fresno City College. She is currently on track at National University to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. She discovered her passion for education and seeing children succeed through volunteering in youth programs at church and mission projects. Mrs. Prince married her husband, Stephen Prince, in 2013. Mr. and Mrs. Prince should be considered for temporary residency at the most magical place on Earth since they visit Disneyland on their weekends off!

Gayane Avetisyan Tarkanian (4th Grade)
My name is Gayane Avetisyan Tarkanian. I was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in a family of repatriates who returned to their homeland from Iran and Mush respectively. My parents put great emphasis on education, hard work and preserving our national heritage. In 1985 I graduated from Yerevan State Pedagogical University and got my Bachelor’s degree in teaching. I worked as a journalist in the Education department of Kanch newspaper. However, certain events and political turmoil in Armenia and my personal life, marched me down the path of teaching. I graduated as a valedictorian from Teaching English language department of AUA. Immediately after graduating, I was hired to work at the American embassy school in Armenia as Language Arts teacher. A year later, I was hired to work at American University of Armenia as a teacher of English Language. Although I enjoyed my job, I never stopped studying and improving my own skills. I believe that the best teachers are those who constantly upgrade their knowledge and skills. In 2001, I was granted a full scholarship from Edmund Musckie program and entered University of Pennsylvania. In 2002, I got Master of Science in Education and returned to Armenia to teach at AUA. I met my future husband at the University and three years ago I got married and moved to Fresno. I was hired to work as a teacher of English as a Second language and a tutor in 2017. I enjoyed my job and tried my best to help Armenian children to learn and preserve their heritage. I was also teaching Armenian dances as an after school activity. By the end of the academic year, I was hired as a full time teacher.

Laura Geuvjehizian (5th/6th Grade)
Laura was born in Pasadena, CA and moved to Fresno, CA in 1990 with her parents and three sisters. She graduated from University of Phoenix with a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Marketing. Laura has worked in the capacity of Director of Sales & Marketing for many years, decided to change careers and pursue her passion of teaching. She is currently working towards her teaching credential in Math. She has also taught Sunday School for 20 years at Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church and currently at St. Gregory Armenian Church. Laura is excited to be a part of the CKACS Family!

Margarit Dumanyan (Eastern Armenian)
Margarit was born in Yerevan, Armenia. In 1973 Margarit graduated from the Hakob Paronyan School #59. After graduating from high school she started working at her alma mater, at the same time continuing her education at Yerevan State University in the Chemistry Department. She graduated from the university with straight As and received a qualification of a researcher and teacher. In 1980 she began her career by teaching Chemistry, Biology, Armenian language and literature. Margarit married Hakob Idjyan and they were blessed with two children, Ani and Gevorg. In 1992 the family moved to the United States and settled in Fresno. Margarit attended Fresno City College where, in 2002, she completed an Associate of Science Degree in Mathematics. She started the St. Paul Armenian Church Saturday School and has been its principal for the past 21 years.

Maral Markarian (Western Armenian)
Maral was born in Syria, and then attended the Levon and Sophia Hagopian College in Beirut, Lebanon and received an Associate of Arts degree in Mathematics. She attended the Neshan Palanjian College and received a degree to teach Armenian language. She is married to Paul and they have two children, Razmik and Careen (both of whom are CKACS alumni).

Vartui Diarian (Art Teacher)
Vartui was born in Armenia and moved to the United States with her parents and sisters in 1992. In Armenia she graduated from the Armenian State Pedagogical University AF. KH. Abovyan in 1989 as a teacher of painting and drawing. Later she attended the Architectures House and got a certification in making tapestries called “Gobelin”. In 1993 she married Garo, a sargeant in the United Stated Army, and after he retired in 2001 they moved to Fresno. They have two teenage sons who are proud alumni of the Armenian school. She attended Los Angeles City College and Barton Community College in Fort Riley Kansas. Currently she is taking two courses in Graphic Design/Illustrator and Photoshop at the Clovis Community College in order to enhance her knowledge in Art.

Danny Mendoza (Instrumental Music)
Danny started playing musical instruments in 5th grade. At age 11 he was playing on various television shows, telethons. He attended CSUFresno and upon graduating he traveled and played in numerous bands in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Reno, etc. He also studied with master teachers at the Dick Grove School of Music and the Berkeley School of music in Boston Massachusetts. He now teaches private students and also at Patrick's School of Music. He is busy playing in many musical bands of all styles(jazz, hardrock, country, etc.)

Sossy Yemenjian Wairdian (Administrative Assistant / Bookkeeper)
She was born in Beirut Lebanon, moved to the United States in 1976 with her parents. Sossy attended Fresno City College and received an AA degree in Mechanical Drafting. Sossy has worked in Retail Management and HR for over 8 years. In 1997 she started working at ACSF (Armenian Community School of Fresno). Sossy is married to Vahe has two boys Asadour & Raffi who are alumni of ACSF. This is her 20th year at CKACS.

Personal Quote:
“ACSF/ CKACS has been my second home, can't imagine working at a better place seeing those happy faces every morning. Love my CKACS family.”

Viktoria Tsolokian (Choral Music)
Viktoria was born in the Republic of Georgia and moved to Mestamor Armenia when she was a toddler. She went to a Russian school in 1984 and after a year got accepted to a classical music school. After graduation she got accepted to Performing Arts College in 1992 and attended the Performing Arts College for 4 years. She officially completed all the courses and graduated in 1996. She worked 3 years as a piano teacher and accompanist from 1996-1999. She moved to the United States in1999 and got married in August and became self-employed from there on. She has 2 daughters and a husband.

Bayzar Sakayan (Kitchen Cook)
Bayzar Sakayan was born in Beirut Lebanon. She moved to United States with her husband and two sons, Manoug & Anto. Both of her sons have graduated from (ACSF) Armenian Community School of Fresno. She is passionate working with kids, she loves to cook and serves the kids with a smile on her face.