Erick S. Ramirez
Humanities Department Chair
• Master of Arts in English, La Sierra University
• Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Vocal Performance
Mr. Erick S. Ramirez joins Orion International Academy after having taught internationally for many years both in Europe and Asia. He was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He attended La Sierra University in Riverside, CA where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Vocal Performance, and a Master of Arts. He loves learning about music, and reading anything that comes his way.
Discovery and communication are probably my two biggest passions. I strive to learn all I can: whether it’s a new recipe, how to surf (I’m still pretty bad, but getting better), playing the guitar, or learning a new language. I try to help my students embrace a broader worldview where they seek to participate rather than simply being observers. I look forward to working with the Orion students, and hope they will also challenge me to keep learning about the world around me.
Science Department Chair
• Master of Science in Medical Genetics, Tehran University
• Bachelor of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology, Tehran University
Arvin Ghazarian was born in Tehran, capital of Iran. As a kid he was fascinated by science and flight, and dreamed of becoming a pilot. But over time his interest switched from the air to the living world, and he decided to become a doctor. After taking an advanced biology course at high school, he rediscovered his true passion and decided to become a geneticist, despite being accepted to medical school. He graduated from Tehran University, the highest-ranking university in Iran with a bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology, and decided to earn a master’s degree in medical genetics. In order to do so, he had to be among the top 3 in a nationwide entrance exam, which he ended ranking second. During his master’s program, following a short conversation with his professor/mentor one afternoon after class, he changed his whole course of life and instead of graduating as a geneticist and becoming a scientist, he decided to move to The United States and become a science teacher. In order to do so, he had to move to Vienna, Austria, where he lived for almost a year. After moving to The United States in 2011, Mr. Ghazarian immediately started working for several companies as a tutor and eventually he started a full-time teaching career at a small private school in Los Angeles, California.
Apart from teaching, Mr. Ghazarian also writes educational books, with a focus on test-preparation. He has written several books on biology, and one of his e-books, which is on genetics, is available on Apple store and has sold internationally. Arvin Ghazarian is proud to be among the first group of scientists who have shown the anti-cancer properties of soybeans due to a specific chemical, called genistein, which has been shown to block the spread of human lung cancer cells to other parts of the body, and have published their results as an article in a scientific journal. Mr. Ghazarian’s hobbies include watching cartoons and movies, long walks on the beach, driving, listening to music, and dining at various restaurants. His long-term goal is to become part of the inner circle at Collegeboard, and start creating the Advanced Placement (AP) tests as well as training AP teachers, and also start a company that creates online apps and games that teach science.
Fun Facts About Mr. Ghazarian:
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Drink: Water
Favorite Car: Lamborghini Gallardo Performante
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Show: South Park
Favorite Book: Harry Potter series
Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings
Favorite Topic to Teach: AP Chemistry
Favorite City: Santa Monica
Favorite Animal: Dog
Favorite Student: All his students!