When twin sisters Ani and Armineh Mikaelian were hired at Clark Magnet High School four years ago as math-teaching pair, colleagues had such a hard time distinguishing them, the two teachers were referred to by their classroom locations.
“The biggest difficulty for the office staff is both first names start with an ‘a’ — Ani and Armineh,” said Barbara Melone, secretary to Clark Magnet Principal Doug Dall. “Bless the principal, he had one in this building and one in the other building. This was inside Mikaelian and [that was] outside Mikaelian.”
The idea was to create a little bit of separation between the pair, who had been hired simultaneously, Dall said.
“It didn’t work,” he noted.
Four years later, the sisters are teaching in the same building in the same hallway, just two doors apart from each other. For Ani and Armineh — both of them products of Glendale Unified schools — it is an ideal arrangement that allows them to fulfill their dream of educating within their own communities, supporting and inspiring each other.