Meet the Principal

Principal's Message

Our Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School students are an invaluable asset. They are growing and learning about new topics every day. Their ability to listen and analyze information they are receiving is becoming more and more sophisticated. We are in a position to make sure that this growth stays on target in this ever-changing world.Zar 2016

Our part in keeping this institution vital and on the cutting edge of technology and educational practices is what allows our students to keep pace, at the very least, and outdo students in nearby schools. Our community must work together to ensure that we continue on for another century and beyond.

It is so invigorating to work with so many talented parents, teachers and members of the community with a common goal. Each day as I enter the school grounds I sense the enthusiasm our students feel when they see their classmates and teachers. This daily energy boost creates an environment where everyone is working at their highest level.

As we approach our fortieth year, let us continue this cycle of continuous improvement and achieve our goals for the next forty years, and beyond. Please come by and visit our school, experience the excitement of our students and teachers as they explore together the academic and social issues that will make our students ready to be part of the local, and global, community.

Zaroohi K. Der Mugrdechian
Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School

About Our Principal
Zaroohi Der Mugrdechian was born and raised in Fresno and taught for over 37½ years for Fresno Unified School District.

She attended Roosevelt High School, and California State University, Fresno, where in 1972 she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science, with an emphasis in Geography. She received a Standard Life California Credential for Elementary Education.

She then attended Fresno Pacific University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Education, Language Development. She also earned a certificate in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL), and a Clear Language Development Specialist Certificate from the State of California.

Within Fresno Unified School District she was on the Core Curriculum committee, Superintendent’s Committee, Kindergarten Assessment Committee, District Committee for Science Materials Development-Kindergarten Level, and was a mentor teacher.

At her school site she was thoroughly involved as: a School Site Council Teacher Representative; School Building Committee member; Kindergarten grade level chair, member of the technology committee, a curriculum representative, a master teacher for students teachers from California State University, Fresno and Pacific College, a member of Bilingual Advisory Committee and Faculty club member and officer.

She belonged to the California Kindergarten Association, Fresno Area Reading Council, Fresno Teacher’s Association, California Teacher’s Association, National Educators Association.

She has been a member of the American Association of University Women, Orchid Society, Armenian General Benevolent Union (Fresno Chapter), Nees Park Place Board, Arax Dance Group, St. Paul Armenian Church (Ladies Society, Parish Council, Sunday School, and Western Diocese Delegate), Western Diocese Christian Education Council - Chairlady and Community Genocide Commemoration Committee, Fresno.

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