Rita Derhartonian was born in Pasadena, California, and lived in Washington state temporarily before relocating to Franklin. Her love for teaching began early on when she took a job tutoring elementary and middle school-aged children. She loved challenging her students and sharing their joy as they learned new concepts and advanced. She received a BA degree from UCLA and continued on to CSULA where she took teacher credentialing classes. The Derhartonian family feels so blessed to have found TCA in their new hometown, so Rita felt it was time to return to her love of teaching and officially join the TCA family as well!