Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) Executive Committee:
One of the most noteworthy aspects of AGM life that sets us apart from most other schools, is the level of parent participation and involvement. This participation is most evident through the work of our PTO executive. Our dedicated group of PTO parents host multiple social and fundraising events throughout the year, and serve as an important liaison between school staff and the parent community.
Natalie Peters, Chair:
My name is Natalie and I am a parent of a Pre-K II student, Enzo, and a first grader named Christopher. It’s an honor to be on the PTO for my third year. Being a part of this incredible group of parents has allowed me to experience firsthand the tremendous level of commitment and support all of our AGM parents give every day. It is inspiring to see the day-to-day, behind-the-scenes of AGM, and the unique level of dedication of Armenian school parents and educators. Having moved to California from Florida a few years ago, I understand what a rare privilege it is to have a primary-school Armenian education not available in most places in the country. I hope to enrich and support this education, and keep it ongoing, for as many children as possible.
Samantha Megrin, Co-Chair:
I have been an AGM parent since 2012. I have 2 children at AGM, Landon in 3rd Grade and Hudson in 1st. This is my 4th year serving in the PTO and I continue to enjoy being a part of such a wonderful experience in getting to know all the faculty, parents, children and most importantly being a part of AGM!
Houri Guldjian, Treasurer:
My name is Houri Guldjian and I am the PTO treasurer. I am a mother of three children including a 5th grade daughter, 1st grade son and an 18 month old daughter. I held the PTO treasurer position during the past three years at AGM. My background is in accounting and finance and I enjoy volunteering for the school and creating the best possible learning environment for our children. I am looking forward to another successful year at AGM and working together with all parents and the community to provide our children with the best resources to learn and grow.
Maria Poladian, Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator:
Mommy of two- Leela, in 1st grade and Nayira, in Prek2. Born and lived most of my life in Lebanon, I moved to California in 2010. Back home, I was never challenged with the harsh reality of ‘loosing’ my identity, as in the case, here in the US. I realize that I should not take this lightly and but make an extra effort in assuring my children not only preserve their identity but live it, while speaking the language, knowing the history, and reading its literature. As such, sending them to AGM is just the first step to many more, while being a member of the PTO for the second year, is just another.
Alis Mirzakhanian, Homeroom Parent Liaison:
I have been a proud AGM mom since 2015. My sons are currently in PK -2 and first grade. This is my first year participating in the PTO. I look forward to getting to know all of you at the many wonderful events we have planned for the year ahead. Go Eagles!
Ell Basmajian, Social Media Chair and Alumni Affairs:
I am a proud parent of three AGM students, who are sitting in the very classrooms I myself learned in and are eating Armenian lunches from the same lunch lady that I enjoyed back then! Coming to this school as a parent for the first time was like returning home. The nostalgia of this place, paired with its inspiring agents of advancement, quickly ignited my desire to get involved. If all our children graduate AGM with the same friendships and memories I experienced, which have been an integral component of my foundation, then we have successfully done our jobs as PTO and ambassadors of AGM.
Liza Kofdarali, Advisor:
My name is Liza and I am a proud parent of 3 children. I was born in Lebanon and moved to California when I got married. I am very involved in the Armenian community and proud to be Armenian. Two of my children are in college and my daughter, Marie-Liz, just started 4th grade here at AGM. We decided to choose AGM because my daughter enjoyed Armenian Saturday school, which she attended for 6 years, more than she enjoyed her other school. We wanted her to be more integrated in the Armenian community and learn the language and culture on another level every single day of the week. I am very happy to be apart of PTO and I am so excited to work with all the parents, students, and faculty this year.