St. James Armenian Apostolic Church of Los Angeles

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ANNIE BALIKYAN

VANDENHEUVEL  
Cultural Art Teacher, all grades. 


Annie is the mother of 2 daughters and has been an exceptional addition to our program.


ANAHIT POGOSSIAN

Armenian Language

Teacher





As a senior at UCLA studying linguistics and psychology with a minor in Armenian studies, Anahit has a particular interest in language and the role language plays in culture.  She is very passionate about her culture and is very involved in the Armenian organizations on campus.  She also loves to dance!  She has participated in Armenian dance since she was four years old and is now directing and choreographing the Armenian dance group at UCLA.

JESSE ARLEN

Armenian Language

Teacher





Currently a PHD student at UCLA in Armenian Studies, Jesse researches Medieval Literature, Theology, and Culture, particularly among Armenian and Syriac Christian communities. He did not grow up speaking Armenian, but learned it in college, and now has a passion for teaching Western Armenian and promoting its use in the diaspora. He lives with his wife Meghan, a talented artisan.