Meet Our Staff

Sossy Wairdian (Administrative Assistant / Bookkeeper)
wairdian@ckacs.org
Sossy 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.

Shoghik Jierian (Pre-K)
jierian@ckacs.org
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).

Talar Hovagimian (Pre-K)
hovagimian@ckacs.org
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.

Anahit Salmanyan (Kindergarten)
salmanyan@ckacs.org
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 has worked at Central Unified School district with a variety of students since her move to Fresno. She is married to Armen and has three children, two sons and one daughter. Her two sons 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 plans to pursue a Master's Degree in Education.

Andrea Wheeless (1st Grade)
wheeless@ckacs.org
Andrea attended Clovis High School, and from there went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education/Reading and Language Arts from California State University, Fresno. She also holds a valid California teaching credential. She is married to Scott and has two sons, Brett and Jack.

Nataly Soghmonian Wairdian (2nd Grade)
soghmonian@ckacs.org
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 Bachelors Degree in Biology. However, her passion quickly turned towards educating children and CKACS gave her the opportunity to further her dream.

Kelsey Prince (3rd Grade)
prince@ckacs.org
Kelsey 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 Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. Kelsey discovered her passion for education and seeing children succeed through volunteering in youth programs at church and mission projects. Kelsey married her husband, Stephen Prince, in 2013 and currently lives in Fresno.

Darrell Downing  (4th Grade)
downing@ckacs.org
Darrell was born in Santa Cruz, California and raised in Merced and Fresno. He graduated from Hoover High School in 1970, and then attended CSU Fresno, graduating with a degree in Philosophy of Religious Studies, and minors in classical history and Latin. He went on to marry and have three children; they have lived on 5 acres of land in the foothills of Burrow Valley, 36 miles east of Clovis, for 22 years. Darrell was a teacher at the John Muir Elementary School where he taught an enrichment program for 14 years in which the arts and theater were used to serve the student body and enliven student academics. He retired from Fresno Unified School District after 25 years of service.

Karla Duarte (5th Grade)
duarte@ckacs.org
Karla was born in Santa Barbara and raised in Ventura. She later moved to Bakersfield where she attended California State University of Bakersfield. In 2015, she graduated with a Bachelors in Liberal Arts and a Single Subject Matter in Mathematics.Recently, she moved to Clovis and started teaching at CKACS.  Karla enjoys learning and improving her teaching skills.

Ed Stresino (6th Grade)
stresino@ckacs.org
Ed was born in Glendale, California and raised in Burbank, California. He graduated from St. Francis highschool in La Canada, Flintridge. He then attended UCLA, graduating with a degree in History, and went on to Cal State Northridge to receive a Masters in Mass Communications. He recently moved to Clovis, California after marrying. Ed was a Substitute Teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District where he taught Pre-Kinder to 6th grade for 20 years.

Margarit Dumanyan (Eastern Armenian)
dumanyan@ckacs.org
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)
markarian@ckacs.org
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.)

Roza Pashayan (Choral Music)
Roza was born in Kapan, Armenia.  After graduating from High School she went to College and received a Degree of Soloist of Ansembles and Choirs.  She graduated as Valedictorian.  Then she moved to Yerevan and toured with the Radio and Television Chamber Ensemble as soloist.  In 1988 she joined the Armenian State Academic Choir under the direction of Hovhannes Chekijian.  They toured many of the world's leading stages.  At that same time she sang in the St. Hripsime church Choir in Echmiadzin.  In 1994 she moved to Fresno.  She is the current choir director at St. Paul Armenian Church.

David Ruiz (Custodian)