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Mrs. Sato Sanikian
Sato Sanikian began her teaching career in 1996 as a Business teacher at Selma High School. During her tenure as a teacher, Mrs. Sanikian was junior class advisor, taught an evening Business course at Fresno City College, and was voted by the senior class to hand out diplomas at graduation. In June 1999, Mrs. Sanikian was one of six teachers publicly recognized by her principal at Selma High School’s graduation ceremony for her ability to promote student achievement. In July 1999, Mrs. Sanikian became an administrator serving as Coordinator of Valley Regional Occupational Program for five high school districts (Kings Canyon, Kingsburg, Parlier, Sanger, and Selma) in charge of curriculum development, staff development workshops, and student discipline. In 2002, Mrs. Sanikian returned to Selma High School as a Learning Director.
During her 13-year career as Learning Director, Mrs. Sanikian influenced and closely guided over 6,000 Selma High School students to graduate, apply to colleges (career-technical schools, community colleges, CSU, UC, and Ivy League universities including Harvard, Princeton, and Yale) and military, and prepared them for their future careers. While she was a Learning Director, Mrs. Sanikian taught an evening Business course at Selma Adult School for two years. Mrs. Sanikian was instrumental in highlighting student success stories. Some examples include her origination and implementation of our annual College Acceptance Breakfast, C.P.R. (College Preparedness Rush) for Juniors, and Sophomore Bear A.T.T.A.C.K. (Acknowledging the Tremendous Academic Contributions of Kids). All of these programs are still in place at Selma High School. Mrs. Sanikian led the charge to increase college preparedness rates of students at Selma High School. As a result of collaboration by the entire Learning Director team, college preparedness rates more than doubled in a three-year period.