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Mr. Norayr Daduryan

Director of the Armenian Academy | Armenian DLIP Teacher

Mr. Norayr Daduryan was born in Istanbul where he studied Philosophy in my native city. Prior to joining Blair High School, Mr. Daduryan had been teaching Armenian Language and Literature at Armenian private high schools. Besides teaching, he has also enjoyed being the coordinator and guide for Junior class summer Armenia trips, focusing on language immersion and cultural discovery. His teaching philosophy is student-centered, and it includes finding metaphors in literary pieces, including studies of fine arts and music in order to better understand them. Mr. Daduryan is also a columnist in two Armenian newspapers, where he writes weekly Armenian word etymology stories. His hobbies include translating poems, collecting antiquarian books, and collecting old postcards with handsome handwritings. During his free time, Mr. Daduryan loves to play sports like swimming, volleyball, and table tennis.

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Ms. Jenny Yessayan

Armenian DLIP Teacher

Ms. Jenny Yessayan Aintablian was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She reads and writes fluently in English, Armenian, Arabic, and is proficient in French. She worked at St. Gregory Hovsepian Armenian School in Pasadena from 2007- 2020, starting as an Armenian as a Second Language (ASL) teacher. She earned her Child Development Certificate in 2010 and received her B.A. degree in Armenian Studies in 2019. She has attended international programs with an intensive focus on the Armenian Language and Culture. Among the many seminars, she has attended include the “EduArmenia’s 2020 Educational Seminar” designed specifically for educators in the diaspora. In addition, she has substantial training in 21st-century education strategies and skill development. She has vast experience as an educator, from elementary to middle school grades covering various subjects in Armenian; such as Armenian Language Art, History, Religion, and ASL. She has assisted in updating curriculum, organizing cultural events, and celebrations of the Armenian holidays. She has been an active community member, including participating in international telethons for humanitarian aid for Armenia, and believes this rich background has prepared her well for high school instruction.

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Ms. Taleen Nazarian

Community Assistant

Taleen Nazarian received her Bachelor's in Political Science and Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine. From a young age, Taleen has been involved in the Armenian community and has sought ways in order to support the betterment of Armenian institutions in the diaspora. As the Community Assistant of the Armenian Academy, Taleen is ready to serve all families, address any needs and concerns, and ensure all students' success at Blair High School. She believes that the Armenian Academy allows the unique opportunity for all students to learn about the Armenian language and culture and graduate with a deep and lasting appreciation for their Armenian heritage.