Marc S. Posner
Monday, April 04, 2011
Mark Majarian is Cypress College's 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year -- and was surprised by students who notified him of the honor on Tuesday.
He is a full-time instructor in the Fine Arts Division, where he teaches a variety of classes in the Theater Arts. In the selection process, Majarian received high praise from his students for the dedication, enthusiasm, and passion he displays.
Majarian also becomes the campus nominee for Orange County Teacher of the Year honors -- a process sponsored by the James Hines Foundation through the Orange County Department of Education.
He was selected from a list of several deserving nominees for this award, each of whom were observed by members of the Associated Students in their classrooms. He was then moved forward for consideration of this honor. A committee composed of students, faculty, and administration selected Majarian for the award.
In his biography, Majarian says he has "been learning from students and teaching at Cypress College for thirty years. My students and I received the OC Weekly Best of 2008 for our Cypress College New Play Festival."
Majarian identifies notable playwright collaborations with Doug Cooney's Long Story Short, Mickey Birnbaum's "Big Death Little Death," and with Cody Henderson, whose play "Cold Tender" won the 2002 OC Weekly award.
In addition, Majarian was responsible for the development of the Cypress College New Play Festival.
In congratulating Majarian, Dr. Kasler said: "We are all very proud of you and thank you for the outstanding work you continue to do working with students. The students are fortunate to have you as their teacher and we are fortunate to have you as a colleague."