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Seven educators honored at Armenian Genocide Education Awards Luncheon
2019-04-03 09:53:44

Asbarez - Hundreds gathered for the third annual Armenian Genocide Education Awards Luncheon at the De Luxe Banquet Hall in Burbank on March 23 to honor and celebrate seven remarkable educators for their commitment and dedication to teaching the Armenian Genocide.

The luncheon, organized by the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region’s Education Committee, hosted close to 250 guests including elected officials, superintendents, dignitaries, educators from all across the state, the outstanding honorees with their friends and family, and the 2018 National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning as the keynote speaker.

This event celebrates educators who have creatively taught the subject of the Armenian Genocide within their school communities, across different courses such as social science, English language, arts, music, art, theater, and film. This year for the first time, two university-level educators were also honored.

“The ANCA-WR Board of Directors is so proud of our amazing Education Committee, which organized its third annual Armenian Genocide Education Awards Luncheon this year. This has become one of our signature annual events and is so important toward promoting Armenian Genocide education in public schools, recognizing and thanking teachers who take the time to teach about the lessons to be learned from this dark chapter in history and encouraging others to do the same,” said ANCA-WR Chair Nora Hovsepian, Esq.

This year’s honorees were:

Rubina Peroomian, Ph.D., UCLA
Armenian Genocide Education Legacy Award

Jack Fong, Ph.D., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Armenian Genocide Higher Education Award

Beth Hudson, Austin Independent School District
Armenian Genocide Education Award

Jose Lara, Dale Junior High School, Anaheim Union High School District
Armenian Genocide Education Award

Levon Marashlian, Ph.D., Glendale Community College
Armenian Genocide Higher Education Award

Naira Panasyan, Northridge Academy High School, LAUSD
Zaruhy “Sara” Chitjian Armenian Genocide Education Award

Vahe Tcharkhoutian, Eleanor J. Toll Middle School, GUSD
Zaruhy “Sara” Chitjian Armenian Genocide Education Award