The Board of Regents of the Prelacy Armenian Schools announced the appointment of Sossi Shanlian as the new Principal of Holy Martyrs Ferrahian Armenian School Encino campus.
Shanlian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, with an emphasis in psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Education, as well as a California Multiple-Subject Clear Credential. She is also certified by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
Shanlian has more than 17 years of experience in the field of education both as a teacher and as an administrator. She has served within the Armenian Schools in Southern California as a teacher at the Armenian Community School of Fresno (1999-2001), Armenian Sisters’ Academy (2001-2007) and as a teacher/Preschool Director and a Lead Administrator/Principal at Sahag Mesrob Armenian Christian School (2007-2012). From March of 2013-2015, Shanlian has served as the Principal at Woodland Hills Private School. Most recently she has been a Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) provider for LA County Office of Education (LACOE), mentoring secondary school teachers.
Shanlian has been an active member of our community. She has been a member of the Armenian General Athletic Union (Homenetmen) for many years. Currently she is a member of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Pasadena Chapter.
“After an extensive search and a rigorous interview process to find the best qualified candidate for the principalship of the Ferrahian Encino campus, we are happy to inform the community about the appointment of Mrs. Sossi Shanlian as the Principal of Holy Martyrs Ferrahian Armenian School Encino campus. Mrs. Shanlian’s educational experience and management skills fulfill the needs of the school. The Armenian schools in Southern California are a familiar environment for Mrs. Shanlian and we have great confidence in her administrative and educational capabilities. We strongly believe that with the cooperation and collaboration of the faculty, the School Board, the parents, and by working closely with Mr. John Kossakian, who will now be the Principal of the North Hills campus, Holy Martyrs Marie Cabayan Elementary School, Mrs. Shanlian will succeed in advancing the educational growth of our students at Holy Martyrs Ferrahian Armenian School Encino campus” said the Board of Regents chairwoman Lisa Gaboudian.
The Board of Regents congratulates Sossi Shanlian and the Holy Martyrs Ferrahian Armenian School community and wish them continued success in their mission.