Dr. Suzie Abajian, a member of the Board of Education in South Pasadena has been selected as a one of Congresswoman Judy Chu’s 12 women of the year from across the San Gabriel Valley.
She will receive a 2018 Congressional Women of the Year Award.
Abajian began her career in education in 1999 as a Mathematics teacher at South Pasadena High School. She has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), an M.A. in Teaching Mathematics and a B.A. in Mathematics from Occidental College.
Over the sixteen years of her educational career she has served as a field supervisor for the Teacher Education Program at UCLA, an educational researcher at UCLA, and a Mathematics professor at Loyola Marymount University. She is currently a professor of Education at Occidental College, her alma mater.
As Dr. Abajian has made South Pasadena her home, she has served the community through her volunteer work on executive boards of local non-profits, including Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Action (WISPPA) and Vecinos de South Pasadena. In 2014, she was appointed to the screening committee for the Pasadena City College Superintendent/President.
The Congressional Women of the Year Award, now in its 9th year, honors women from Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, Bradbury, Claremont, Glendora, Monterey Park, Monrovia, Pasadena, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Temple City, and Upland.