Support Staff

Hasmig Shahinian

Librarian/Substitute Teacher

Joined Merdinian in 1999

Ever since joining the Merdinian Family, I have been a part of the student’s educational development through the library.  As a librarian, I feel a close connection with the students who come to study, do research, and checkout books.  I’ve had the opportunity to go through hundreds of wonderful pieces of literature and pass the information to students who appreciate and look forward to reading their new adventure.

The school library has flourished over the past 10 years with the implementation of the Follett Software Library automation program.  This allowed the circulating and cataloging of books to be more efficient and structured the library.

I have also headed all the book fairs at the school. The book fairs were a vital means to get hundreds of new titles, enriching our library shelves.  Whether Armenian or English book fairs, these introduced a plethora of new adventures for students to dig into. The library is the greatest paradise that one would like to escape to, and I am thrilled to be a part of it and continue to do so.

Always remember to emphasize the significance of reading to your children.
“What is a great love of books? It is something like a personal introduction to the great and good men of all past times. Books, it is true, are silent as you see them on their shelves; but, silent as they are, when I enter a library I feel as if almost the dead were present, and I know if I put questions to these books they will answer me with all the faithfulness and fullness which has been left in them by the great men who have left the books with us.” –John Bright


Nora Chitilian Kalachian

School Counselor

Joined Merdinian in 2015






Massis Karamian


Joined Merdinian in 2002