Esther emigrated from Armenia in 1987 and has lived in Los Angeles since then. She received her BA in Comparative Literature and BS in Biology from UC Irvine. She then went on to earn a Masters in Science Education from CSUN. Mrs. Dabagyan is committed to democratically run schools that empower students with agency in their lives and community. She has been at STEM Academy since 2010 as a founding teacher and transitioned to her role as Principal in 2020.