As someone who looks beyond the simple utility of math and into the beauty of that universal language, majoring in mathematics as an undergrad came from a place of love. When it comes to the big decisions of his life, Hratch has always adhered to a simple rule: follow your heart. His heart led him to realize that, though he loved doing mathematics, what he loved more was sharing it with people. And so after receiving his B.A. in Mathematics from UCSB, he decided to return to the home of The Gauchos in order to pursue a teaching credential for secondary mathematics and a masters in education.
Hratch was drawn to SPA because of his desire to teach mathematics in a community that respects and values artistic expression. As a musician who plays the guitar, piano, and produces electronic music, he understands firsthand the importance of developing students’ artistic capabilities. He has a passion for all things music, and his love for music is deeply tied with his love for mathematics. Hratch Melkonain is ecstatic for the opportunity to combine these two great passions as part of the SPA family!