Lina Arslanian


Joined Merdinian in 1998 as a parent and a Science/Math teacher

  • BS in Biology-Chemistry, American University of Beirut, 1979
  • MEd in Curriculum & Instruction, American Intercontinental University, 2011
  • Research Assistant, American University of Beirut, 1979-1984
  • Science/Math Teacher, Manoogian-Demirdjian School, 1984-1995
  • Science/Math Teacher, Merdinian School, 1998-2012
  • Curriculum Coordinator, Merdinian School, 2007-2011
  • Principal since 2011

My goal is to assist students attain quality education in an inviting learning environment where they are challenged to think critically and communicate their thoughts articulately.

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” (Chinese Proverb)


Sandra Bessos

Business Manager

Joined Merdinian In January, 2014

  • BA in Education, Haigazian University, Beirut, Lebanon, 1985
  • Certification in Taxation, UCLA extension program, December 2015
  • Worked as a Bookkeeper for the past 25 years

It has been a pleasure joining the Merdinian Family where I feel very much at home having been raised in the same Evangelical community and sharing similar values.


Shogher Shanoian

Administrative Assistant

Joined Merdinian In 2018

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration –Management Option with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership, California State University, Fresno 2009
  • Proud parent of Merdinian School
  • Merdinian alumna


Hasmik Douzjian

Office Assistant

Joined Merdinian In 2013

  • AA Degree in Accounting


Marijan Kevorkian

PreK Director/Teacher

Teaches K Red Homeroom

Joined Merdinian in 2013

  • AS in Child Development , Glendale Community College, 2004
  • BS in Human Services, University of Phoenix, 2011
  • MS in Education/Early Childhood Studies, Walden University, April 2014
  • Permanent member of Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society
  • Permanent member of Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Member of National Association for the Education of Young Children

Every child has been blessed by God with unique potential. As a Christian educator, I am dedicated to the development of the “whole” child, spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially in an individually responsive and culturally sensitive manner.  “No one has yet fully realized the wealth of empathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should unlock that treasure.” –Emma Goldman


Betty Nazarian

Technology and Curriculum Coordinator
Subject:  English (6th Grade)
Joined Merdinian in 2008-2010, 2016, and 2019.