Elizabeth Papelian

Getting to know Liz Papelian

This fall, we are interviewing a few of our new faculty, as we welcome them to the Saint Mark’s community. Today, we feature Liz Papelian, our new third grade teacher. Liz grew up in Monterey Park, California. She earned her B.A. from UC Irvine and later moved to New York and earned a Masters from Columbia University, while also teaching college-level language courses. “My first week in New York, I met my New Yorker husband and made him move to Los Angeles with me. We have been together for over 16 years”, says Liz.

Liz shares the highlight thus far has been how welcoming and kind the Saint Mark’s community has been. She looks forward to making life-long connections with students and their families and to teach skills students will use not only in elementary school but for the rest of their lives.

What attracted you to Saint Mark’s?  

My family strived to find a school where each child is respected and empathy and kindness are fostered through modeling and instruction. We believe a connection between teacher and student and social-emotional education are as important as academics. After speaking to current Saint Mark’s parents, we realized the Saint Mark’s philosophy aligned with ours. Once our kids were registered as new students, we were excited to take part in the Saint Mark’s family. We believe the community and school involvement are integral for our kids and their school. What better way to serve than being a teacher at their school?

What has been a highlight so far?

The highlight thus far has been how welcoming and kind the Saint Mark’s community has been.

What are you looking forward to this year?

I am looking forward to making life-long connections with my students and their families as I’ve had the pleasure of doing in the past. I am also looking forward to teaching skills my students will use not only in elementary school but for the rest of their lives.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy traveling, hiking, playing volleyball, Netflix, reading, and spending quality time with family.

What book are you currently reading?

Mindfulness of Teachers -Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

Child Development books – Anything that can help me be a better teacher/parent.

Share a little known fact about you, something that we might not find on your resume.

I speak three languages: English, Armenian, and Turkish.

Tell us a little bit about your background. Where did you grow up?

I was born in Monterey Park, CA. to immigrant parents. I attended the same private school in Pico Rivera for 14 years. As a result, I have created life-long friendships. One of those friends is the sister of one of our Saint Mark’s board members. She is the wonderful individual who introduced me to Saint Mark’s.

After earning a B.A. from UC Irvine, I moved to New York and earned a Masters from Columbia University while also teaching college-level language courses. My first week in New York, I met my New Yorker husband and made him move to Los Angeles with me. We have been together for over 16 years.

Who is your biggest role model?

My father, Simon, is my biggest role model. Making a mental and emotional connection with his children was extremely important to him. He always made us feel loved, supported, and understood. A wonderful role model for a teacher and mom.