My family immigrated to the United States when I had just turned 10 in 1989 from the former Soviet Union. Armenia was one of the countries in the Soviet bloc. In the late 1980's, there was some turmoil across Soviet Union as communism was on the brink of a collapse. My family and I moved to the U.S., along with thousands of other families, mainly to escape the communist regime.
When we moved to the United States, we first lived in Anaheim, California, then moved to the City of Glendale, which was approximately 40 miles away. I attended Roosevelt Middle School and Glendale High School. Upon graduating, I attended California State University in Los Angeles, and took some courses at Glendale Community College.
It took me a total of five years to obtain my bachelor of science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance (and a minor in math) mostly because I had to work full-time during the entire period. I lived with my family during my college years. We moved to Ontario, California, in my first few years in college. After my dad passed away from a sudden and unexpected heart attack, my brother, my mother, and I did what we could to work and keep the mortgage and bills paid while I was attending college. My sister was too young to work at the time as she was still in middle school.
I graduated from California State University in 2003, working in the financial/insurance/accounting industries. I also started a small business providing financial assistance to the community. The business is still active and profitable to this day, but on a very small scale of operations.
Even though the journey to finish my bachelor's degree was difficult due to the financial burdens and the loss of my beloved father, I learned time-management, personal efficiency, goal-setting skills, and organizational skills that helped propel me for the next stage in my life.
In 2008, despite having years of successful experience working in the private sector, I decided that I was not happy. I did not get as much value out of my work as I would have liked. I started the process of applying for jobs in the public school systems. In 2008, despite a terrible job market in the time of the recession, I became employed as a senior clerk typist. A year later, I became a senior secretary, then bookkeeper. It was while I was a bookkeeper at Fontana High School that I decided to work on earning my credentials to become a math teacher. It was still very difficult during those years to find employment but I managed to get a teaching position at Kaiser High School in Fontana, California.
Between 2013 and 2017, I made quite a few accomplishments. I did a lot in a short period of time. I was:
Full-time high school math teacher
Small business owner
Earner of second master's degree
Earner of school administrative credentials
Recipient of a doctoral degree (first in her cohort of 53 individuals to finish that year with no revisions)
Teacher (2 to 3 days per week at the adult school)
Parent Involvement Coordinator
Department Chair of Mathematics
Instructional Leadership Team Coordinator
Recognition programs coordinator
I did all this out of necessity and with help from my husband. I knew how things can get done if there is desire, grit, efficiency, and organization. The skills I developed in that process were life-changing and continue to propel me ahead in my journey.
I am now sharing my experiences and lessons using books, my website, social media, videos, presentations, and podcasts as a means of communication.
I have lived in the City of Rancho Cucamonga, California for the past 16 years with my husband. We have 2 children and a dog. Most of my family members reside in the Los Angeles area.
I belong to several local organizations and love giving back to my community when I can. My work, my family, my friends, website, and books keep me quite busy. I set goals and do quite a bit of planning throughout my day to achieve the most that I can, and make a difference in the lives of others.
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