Mary Tascian-Williams, Sahag-Mesrob Armenian Christian School’s principal for academic year 2016-2017, a native of Romania, has been in the field of education for over twenty years as an administrator, Vice Principal, teacher, Librarian, College Counselor, Master Teacher, English Department Chair, and Adjunct Instructor teaching Curriculum and Instruction at University of Phoenix. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Pepperdine University, two Bachelor degrees; one in journalism and one in political science from Cal State Northridge. She attended the Educational Doctorate Program at Pepperdine and completed All-but-Dissertation (ABD) in Education and Organizational Leadership. Simultaneously with teaching she held auxiliary duties as Student Counsel Advisor, Testing Coordinator, Newspaper Advisor, and National Honors Society Advisor. Her subject matter teaching experience includes Advance Placement (AP) English Language, and AP English Literature, Honors English, World History, World Geography, Civics, US History, Journalism, Social Studies, and Spanish I.
Mrs. Tascian-Williams has language fluency speaking, reading, and writing in English, Spanish, and Romanian. She speaks Armenian fluently. Her language proficiency enabled her to work in diverse communities and schools throughout Los Angeles County. She worked as a bilingual Spanish teacher teaching all subjects in Spanish. She taught AP Literature and Language at Inglewood High School. She worked for Crystal Stairs in the 181st Street Projects in South Central Los Angeles teaching English and Creative Writing. She taught SAT Preparation for three years on the Campus of USC in the University of Southern California Neighborhood Academic Initiative Program (NAI). Mrs. Tascian-Williams’ other experiences include working off campus in College Fairs representing the University of Southern California (USC) , being selected on numerous occasions as an SAT Essay Reader for the Educational Testing Services. She served as a visitation team member on four Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visitation team visiting and evaluating private elementary, Middle, and High Schools. She is the published author of Technology in the Classroom for the 21st Century and editor of the books “The KGB and The Armenian Church” and, “Martyr Forever”.
Mrs. Tascian-Williams personal mantra is, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” a quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. Her educational philosophy; “All children are capable learners and are God’s gift to humanity. The secret to education, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, lies in respecting the students”. She resides in Azusa with her husband and daughter.