By Rachel Lee
Engineering and AP Statistics teacher Mr. Michael Kassarjian, one of our newest educators at LCHS, is thoroughly excited to greet his students.
Prior to arriving at our school, Mr. Kassarjian was deeply embedded in the American education system. He received his Bachelor’s in Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA and his Master’s in Ceramic Science at Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Kassarjian then shifted his attention from engineering to teaching, and earned his teaching credentials at UC Irvine. He worked within a nonprofit educational organization before catching wind of LCHS.
“I thought if I could make a difference in middle school and high school math, then there would be more students going into science, which is my ultimate goal,” said Mr. Kassarjian. “It was obvious when I came [to LCHS] that students were coming to school ready to learn.”
In terms of teaching here at LCHS, Mr. Kassarjian believes that AP Statistics will teach students to become American citizens who will build a better society for future generations. He encourages more people to take AP Statistics, undeterred by the “advanced” stigma around the subject.
“I love how passionate he is about Statistics and how he wears a tie everyday,” said Asher Fausett (12), a student in Mr. Kassarjian’s third period class. “He does a good job of making interesting activities.”
These “interesting activities” stem from Mr. Kassarjian’s firm belief that students are children and still need time to develop their skills. He is alarmed by the amount of homework students are given, saying, “I think we are giving so much homework that it’s preventing students from having fun. We’re doing something wrong if homework is taking precedence over something as simple as sleep.”
Mr. Kassarjian’s door is always open to students passionate about the STEM majors or simply tired from the stress of academics. If you ever want to talk about statistics, engineering, or even ties, feel free to drop in at Room 214 and say hello!
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