Arpi Alexanian (Chahenian)
Class of 2000
Arpi is a Class of 2000 alumna. After KZV she attended Mercy High School in San Francisco, graduating in 2004. Arpi attended San Francisco State University. She graduated in 2008 with a major in European History and a minor in Middle Eastern History. She continued her graduate education at Santa Clara University and in 2011 graduated from the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, with her teaching credential in a single subject-History for high school. Growing up Arpi played basketball with Homenetmen San Francisco and on her high school junior varsity team. This led her to become a coach for Homenetmen's 8-10 years old girls' team for two years. As an undergraduate student at SFSU, Arpi was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society for History Students. From 2011 to 2019 she moved to Paris, France where she taught English as a second language for 8 years to undergraduate and graduate students in a private University in Paris' 8eme arrondissement.
Currently, Arpi is the 5th Grade homeroom and the 8th-grade Social Studies teacher here at KZV. She chose this path because she loves kids and she loves teaching. She says that history is her greatest passion and teaching it to kids is the next best thing to writing about it. What she loves most about her job is that she gets to go to work at her second home. Her colleagues are like her family members and her students are her kids, and the bond she shares with her students is like no other. She says it's interesting working side-by-side with the women who taught her, Or. Nazik, Mrs. Nahabedian, and Mrs. Andonian. She still can't refer to them by their first names.
Arpi is married to Raffy whom she met while in Paris. She has two children, Levon is in Yellow Group and Vicken will be turning 1 very soon. She says that it's the most heartwarming feeling knowing that her son is learning and growing in the same institution that made her who she is and molded her formative years. Her favorite part of KZV was the lifelong friends she established, the Christmas hanteses, chicken burger hot lunch days, and walking back and forth on the blacktop with Baron Panossian as he got his "daily exercise" during recess. She says that she hopes to further continue the tradition of Mrs. D's fabulous Social Studies Fair productions and instill a love of history in her students as well!