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New AP English Literature teacher

Mrs Hambarsumian Beginning today Mrs. Hambarsumian will be taking over Mrs. Bouziden's AP English Literature and ERWC classes. As you know, Mrs. Bouziden left Pasadena High School a few weeks ago because her husband received an excellent job offer in another state. We will miss Mrs. Bouziden but are very excited that our very own Mrs. Hambarsumian will be teaching the AP English Literature classes.

Mrs. Hambarsumian's reflections on her move....As I reflect on the last twenty years of my career and look ahead to the next couple of decades, I am reminded of the brilliance of the journey, something it can often be very easy to lose sight of. I have been teaching since 1997. I began teaching in Australia in a small town called Home Hill; the high school contained 300 students and I was able to know each one of them by name. I then moved back to my small home town to teach at my Alma mater. I taught there for the next five years. I moved to the U.S. in 2004 and began teaching at John Muir High School in September of that year. It was quite a steep learning curve for me considering the difference in the size of school and that it was my first U.S. school. In 2005, I moved to PHS and have been here ever since. For the last 6 or so years (I've actually lost count) I've been blessed to work with a most amazing team of teachers in the CAMAD program. These wonderful individuals have become family which makes this transition bittersweet.

James Cook University in North Queensland, Australia is where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Sociology and English. This was followed up with a Graduate Diploma of Education at the University of Queensland in the state's capital, Brisbane. In 2013 I completed my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in reading from Concordia University, Portland. This was a tough time for me since I was working full time, and had two small children at home. Luckily, I was blessed with the support of my husband Edmond, and my two bright and beautiful girls, Grace and Erin.

When I'm not working, I am mostly a homebody who spends time with my family. I lead a girl scout troop in Sunland which has allowed me to become a more active member of my local community and has taught me a great deal about exactly what our youth are capable of when they set the bar high for themselves and have a supportive village at their back. I love to read, but don't get as much time for it as I like. I am currently the mother of a teen and preteen and we have probably way to many pets than is advisable for one small family (a dog, two cats, two guinea pigs, two hamsters). I love life, my family and my students and am passionate about what I do everyday. I appreciate the faith that has been placed in me to take over the AP Literature classes. I will greatly miss my CAMAD family, but look forward to meeting my new students and engaging in a new curriculum. I am grateful for the opportunity to reflect and feel such gratitude for my journey thus far. I can't wait to see what happens next.