SCIENCE, PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Z areh Demirdji has been working with schoolaged youth for over 12 years, and is entering his sixth year teaching in high school. He has a very fresh view on the the way that teaching is done.
“I believe that the role of today’s educators is not just to be the disseminator of information like educators of the past,” he says, “but instead the conduit through which students learn how to learn in order to be able to sift through what is accurate and reliable information.”
That forward-thinking attitude no doubt helped him create two courses that are taught using video games as the central learning tool. His classroom is one in which he aims to give the students a different experience every day.
“The one constant in all my classes is my enthusiasm and passion for the subjects I teach.” “I also believe that education is dynamic and ongoing, and that individuals learn best when what they are learning is related to what they enjoy.” One of his most enjoyable experiences at school each year is graduation night. On this night, each graduate is given the chance to say some words during convocation. “Getting to hear their genuine gratitude is always joyous and humbling.”