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 to 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 to 3 boys at Merdinian School
  • Merdinian alumna

Psalm 9:1-2
I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.



Hasmik Douzjian

Office Assistant

Joined Merdinian In 2013

  • AA Degree in Accounting


Marijan Kevorkian

PreK Director/Teacher

Teaches Kindergarten 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 the 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
Hi! I am the Technology/Curriculum Coordinator for Merdinian School and also a proud Merdinian parent. I have taught 4-8th grade at Merdinian throughout the years and online at the college level for over 13 years. Honestly, technology and the digital world never really interested me until I started thinking about how I could combine my love of teaching with my creative, artistic side. I found that traditional textbooks and teaching styles were too boring and limited, so I began exploring how I could drive technology into the classroom. What I learned was that the more informed I was about Ed Tech, the more I understood how powerful it can be. I now have the unique opportunity to use my passion and skills to train teachers on how to leverage technology to drive instruction in the classroom.

MA English Rhetoric/Composition, 2007

MS Management, 2008

BA Liberal Studies 2004

TESOL Certified 2004

Certified and specializing in the following areas:
Joined Merdinian in 2008-2010, 2016, and 2019