BYMS Welcomes Ms. Cherchian

Ms. Chercian is a new teacher at BYMS.


Bernardo Yorba Middle School welcomes Ms. Cherchian, a new seventh grade social studies, Gear Up, AVID, and Video Production teacher for the 2020-2021 school year.

Ms. Cherchian majored in political science and minored in psychology at California State University of Long Beach (CSULB). She received her teaching credential through the CSULB Single Subject Social Science program. She previously taught at Doig Intermediate in Garden Grove as a student teacher. 

Ms. Cherchian didn’t always know that she wanted to be a teacher. In an interview with Matador Messenger she said, “I always knew I wanted to work with (awesome) kids, and to try to make a difference. It was not until  2016 where I volunteered my entire summer to run day camps in the impoverished and rural  villages of Armenia where I realized I wanted to be a teacher.”                

She stated that one of the most challenging parts of being a new teacher this year is that we can’t all meet in person. However, Ms. Cherchian said, “On the bright side, all of us are going through the same thing. So it is always rewarding to experience my students helping each other out problem solve—whether it’s with an assignment, a computer/tech issue, etc. I feel the sense of camaraderie and that has been rewarding.”

Ms. Cherchian likes to have fun inside and outside of school. Some hobbies she enjoys are playing and watching basketball, volleyball, and running. She also likes to play her guitar and canon, cook, and watch movies in her spare time.

A word of advice Ms. Cherchian would like to give to students is to ask for help. She stated, “The most important and useful advice, in my opinion, is for students to always ask for help any time they feel unsure about something. Whether it’s for an assignment, directions for a task, or if you simply need someone to talk to. All of your teachers are here to help you and support you! We all want our students to succeed. So, I ask all of my students to NEVER HESITATE to reach out for help or for clarification. Send an email, go to check-in periods, whatever you can! This will also show your teachers you care—which is a tremendous thing!”

A quote that she finds meaningful is, “If you stumble make it part of the dance.” Ms. Cherchian explained, “This quote not only guides me in my teaching, but guides me in my life in general. To me, it means that no matter what comes your way, no matter what might knock you down at first, you need to keep going; keep moving forward, and take those little stumbles as learning opportunities and character building life-lessons.” She believes that life is a dance and the more we practice the better we’ll get. Ms. Cherchian has learned to embrace her stumbles because reflecting on them helps her to be a “better dancer in life”.