Dr. Stepan Mekhitarian serves as the Director of Innovation, Instruction, Assessment and Accountability at Glendale Unified School District, where he was awarded the Robert A. Sanchis Award of Excellence in 2020. Stepan previously served as the Coordinator of Data and Blended Learning in Los Angeles Unified School District and has been passionate about instructional technology and data-driven decision-making since his first year as a public school teacher. He has a wide breadth of experience in classroom and leadership positions and holds degrees from UCLA, Harvard, and Loyola Marymount University. Stepan’s doctoral research at LMU’s Educational Leadership for Social Justice program focused on the skills and training needed to effectively implement blended learning across schools and systems. He is a Google Certified Trainer, a Microsoft Innovative Educator, and a Blended Learning Universe Expert Advisor and served as lecturer for the Instructional Technology for School Leaders course at Loyola Marymount University.