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.

Srbui Fereshetyan - Office Manager

Lusine Agadzhanyan - Office Aide

Lena Ohanian - Office Aide

Shoghik Jierian - Pre-K Teacher (Advanced)
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 (Advanced)
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.

Manoush Barbarian - Pre-K Teacher (Potty Training)

Manoush Sarkis is  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.

Irina Tadevosyan - Pre-K Early Teacher Aide

Lilit Vardanyan - Pre-K Teacher (Potty Training)
Lilit Vardanyan was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia and moved to Los Angeles in 2004. Lilit is married and has two sons and a daughter. While living in Los Angeles, Lilit volunteered at at the school her children attended. She moved to Fresno in 2016 with her family. In 2017, she started working as a teacher aide at Fresno Unified School District until she got hired at CKACS. Lilit loves working at CKACS and being around children. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Pedagogy and Methods of Education. Lilit enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Marine Tumasyan - Pre-K Teacher Aide (Potty Training)

Talar Hovagimian - TK/Kindergarten Teacher
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.

Vera Agopian - Tk/Kindergarten Aide

Haykuhi Hakobyan - TK/Kindergarten Teacher
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.

Naira Ghazaryan - TK/Kindergarten Teacher Aide

Andrea Wheeless - 1st/2nd Grade Teacher
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.

Susan Lao  - 2nd/3rd Grade Combo Teacher

Susan was born and raised in Sacramento. She graduated from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Multicultural Studies.  She is  new to Fresno. She moved to the area in  early  2021. She excited for this new journey and happy to call Fresno her forever home. In her free time, she loves traveling and exploring the different cities within California.  She also enjoys reading and journaling in her free time. One of her favorite quotes: As Dr. Seuss once said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

Anna Bayburdyan  - 4th Grade Teacher
Anna Bayburdyan graduated from Yerevan State Linguistic University (YSLU) Department of Foreign Languages in 2008. She received her MA in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), American University of Armenia (AUA), in 2011; and a Graduate Certificate in Translation, AUA, in 2016. Since 2011 she had been working at AUA as an EEC (Afterschool English Program) professional development coordinator and instructor. She also worked in Gevorgyan Theology Seminary as an English Lecturer and in AUA Extension as a TOEFL IBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet Based Tests) and General English Instructor. Her major interest is teaching communicatively, and she is applying different types of interactive activities and games in the teaching process thus making the learning process more enjoyable. Anna Bayburdyan has participated and presented papers in a number of conferences EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Testing and Assessment, Armenia, 2011; TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) Qatar 8th International Conference, 2012; TESOL Arabia 2015, 2016, 2017; ALLT (Applied Linguistics & Language Teaching) 2018, Dubai; Harvard Academic Forum 2019, Boston. She moved to the US in 2019. She is excited to be a part of the Lions family at CKACS!

Phillip Bergen - 6th Grade Teacher

Mr. Bergen grew up on a farm near Buttonwillow (20 miles West of Bakersfield).  That’s where he began studying this amazing world we live in.  In sixth grade, his huge collection of skulls gathered from wild animals in the area and his ability to show others how you could know all about an animal’s life just from its skull won him a Science Fair trophy.  He loves Science still.  After graduating from FPU and CSUF (both here in Fresno) he taught college prep Physics, Chemistry and Biology in the British school system (in Zimbabwe, Africa) for three years.  After that, he came home where he taught Science again (along with Reading and Social Studies) for three years at Richland Junior High—but this time he taught these subjects in Spanish so that kids who didn’t speak English wouldn’t get left behind.  Then he went on to Burkina Faso, West Africa where he helped translate the key parts of the Bible into a previously unwritten language in order to share the Bible story with the Nanerige people.  Last April, his work there was done.  After sharing the Word of God with community leaders, people decided that they had found a better way to live.  There are now hundreds of new believers organized into churches with brand new pastors and it was ok for Phil and his wife Carol to finally come home.  That brings us to today.  Phil is so happy to be able to go back to teaching kids again.  He is ready to help his students in any way that he can, eager to show them how fascinating this world is.

Kyle Wheeler - 6th Grade Teacher

Kyle says he became a teacher to make sure that the energy he puts into his work is used to help people be their best. He uses his experience as a professional musician, a video producer, a truck driver, and warehouse manager (ond others) to connect the learning students do in the classroom to real-world examples.  His daughter is 26 and lives in San Francisco working as a costume designer.  His son is 15 and attends Sierra H.S. as a Sophomore studying ranching and playing football.  He is a board member of Jazz Fresno and he plays in the Jazz Composers Orchestra.  He also enjoy motorsports and automotive hobbies.  "I look forward to learning more about my new school community!"

Margarit Dumanyan - Eastern Armenian Teacher
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 Teacher
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 Teacher

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.)

Viktoria Tsolokian - Choir Teacher
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.

Lucy Shamilyan - Cook

Lindsay Juarez - Custodian