MONROVIA, Calif.—On June 25, the Monrovia Unified School District Board of Education appointed Dr. Tamar Kataroyan as the new principal of Mayflower Elementary School in Monrovia, Calif.
Dr. Kataroyan started her early years in Fresno, Calif., where she attended the Armenian Community School of Fresno. At a young age she was a very active member of Homenetmen and AYF Fresno Chapters, and was a participant in the yearly Navasartian games. In high school Tamar played both varsity basketball and tennis and was named a 4-year scholar athlete. Due to her accomplishments, she earned a full ride Division 1 scholarship to the University of California Irvine. She graduated from UCI as a scholar athlete in 2001 earning a bachelor’s degree in both economics and sociology with a minor in management.
Tamar began her educational career teaching 3rd grade at Ari Guiragos Armenian School in Orange County. During her first year of teaching, Tamar knew education and helping the youth was her passion. She continued her career by earning her Masters in Educational Administration, along with her teaching and administrative credentials from Fresno State University. During that time she was a high school teacher and varsity basketball coach at Clovis East High School in Fresno.
Shortly after, Tamar became an administrator at Glendale High School. She served as a Dean of Attendance for one year and an Assistant Principal at both Crescenta Valley High School and Glendale High for 7 years.
Tamar continued to pursue her educational path and earned a Doctoral degree (Ed.D) at the University of Southern California on May of 2013.
During her years in the Los Angeles area, she was an active member in the Armenian Community. She joined the Los Angeles Homenetmen Basketball team winning 9 championships at the Navasartian games. She also participated in several Pan Armenian World and Pan Homenetmen Games in Yervan, New Jersey and Greece. She was named the Most Valuable Player by the Central Homenetmen organizing committee in Athens, Greece.
Dr. Kataroyan is an energetic, hard-working, kind hearted individual who truly has a passion and heart for helping kids and those around her.
We congratulate Dr. Kataroyan for her newly appointed position as principal and wish her success in the years to come.