Sherikian said teaching is Kevorkian’s gift and her calling.
“She is a wonderful teacher, appreciated by all parents — not only me,” she said.
Kevorkian put her art and teaching skills to use when she organized an arts and crafts night in January at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, where she volunteers.
The house provides affordable accommodations to families with severely ill children receiving treatment from hospitals in the area.
Kevorkian set up tables covered with art supplies and baked homemade cookies for the night, which, she said, gave parents time to spend with their children.
“When the families are so busy with devastation, it’s nice to be able to take that time to do something like that,” said Jennifer Cohen, the house’s volunteer manager.
Holding an associate’s degree in teaching and child development from Glendale Community College, Kevorkian said she is going back to school for a bachelor’s in human services from the University of Phoenix in Pasadena. Her volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald House fulfills an internship requirement for her studies.
Her ultimate goal is to attain her master’s in school counseling from Phillips Graduate Institute in Encino and become a high school or college counselor, she said.
“As humans we can learn every second of our lives. It’s a never-ending process,” she said, adding that she learns from her 5- and 6-year-old students every day about how people think and interact.
Through her emotional involvement with families at the Ronald McDonald House, Kevorkian said she has become stronger and learned that one person can make a difference.