Ms. Tatarian grew up in Lakeville, Massachusetts with her parents and younger sister. She attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, where she graduated with a degree in Biology in 2013. After graduating from Wesleyan, Ms. Tatarian interned in a lab studying bees in New Haven, CT for two summers, while also working as a Math tutor in a learning center. Eventually, Ms. Tatarian began teaching Math in New Haven, focusing largely on providing online learning assistance and small-group interventions to scholars. In her free time, she enjoys singing in a choir, cooking, biking, and spending time outdoors. Ms. Tatarian is excited to move back to Massachusetts to be closer to her family and to join the New Bedford community.
Why did you choose the Alma team?
I chose the Alma team because Alma’s values align with my own. The sense of positivity and joy throughout the school and the level of expectations to which scholars are held are impressive.
What do you hope to contribute to Alma?
I hope to contribute a love of learning and a sense of growth mindset—that we all can and will learn and grow every day with hard work, despite any challenges that arise.
What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?
My top goals during my first year are to build strong relationships with scholars and to maintain high student achievement in math.
What teacher made a difference in your life — how?
Mrs. Denise Haskins, my high school geometry, calculus, and choir teacher, made a difference in my life by giving me opportunities to excel in every subject she taught. She recruited me to join Math Team, where we challenged ourselves with math beyond the scope of what we learned in class, and to join selective choirs both at the school and regionally. She always maintained high expectations and did not allow her students to settle for less than their best.
Why did you become involved in education?
I became involved in education because teaching (Math, especially) is what I love doing most. I also feel a responsibility to give scholars the same opportunities and experiences that I had as a student, as I was extremely fortunate to have committed and impactful teachers.
Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?
I attended college at Wesleyan University. I admire Wesleyan students’ commitment to activism and social change; the rigorous academics; the diversity of the student body; and the range of opportunities for extracurricular activities at Wesleyan. While I was at Wesleyan, I was afforded such opportunities as working in a lab studying caterpillars, playing on a club rugby team, and singing in an A cappella group!
What is your favorite place?
I tend to become pretty attached to whatever place I’m currently living in, but my absolute favorite place is San Francisco, where I interned at California Academy of Sciences one summer.
What is your favorite book?
This one is tough! I love so many kinds of music, including whatever is currently on the radio, but here are a few artists I’ve been listening to lately: Fleet Foxes, Beyonce, Lorde, and the Beatles.