Shirley Saryan Biography



  • Born August 10, 1953
  • Married to Leon
  • Parent of Ani and Armen

Public Service & Elected Office

  • Board of Public Works Member, June, 2005-April, 2006; Vice-Chairperson, April, 2006-present
  • Citizen Member, City of Greenfield Library Board
  • Citizen Member, City of Greenfield Public Celebration Comm, Secretary
  • City of Greenfield 5th District Alderperson, June, 2005 - present
  • Community Center Ad Hoc Committee, Chairperson, June, 2009 - present
  • Finance & Human Resources Committee, Chairperson, April, 2009 – present
  • Land Use Steering Comm Aldermanic Representative, 2006-2007
  • Legislative Comm Vice-chairperson, June, 2005-April, 2007; Chairperson, April, 2007-April 2009
  • Park & Recreation Board, 2008-present
  • Public Library Board Aldermanic Representative, June, 2005-present

Volunteer Activities

  • Brownie Troop Assistant Leader
  • Church Ladies' Auxiliary Vice-Chairperson, secretary; youth group advisor
  • Greendale Playschool Board of Directors, Vice-Chairperson; Chairperson
  • Greenfield High School Band Parent Committee
  • Greenfield High School Post Prom Parent Comm
  • School District of Greenfield Ad Hoc Testing Comm Parent Representative
  • St. Hagop Armenian Church, St. John the Baptist Armenian Church, Organist; Choir


  • Illinois State University- B.S., Education
  • Northeastern Illinois University- M.A., Special Education
  • UW-Milw- Professional Education Cert, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services

Work Experience

  • Teacher: Kenosha SD; Spec Ed Dist of Lake Co, Ill; Milwaukee County Child & Adolescent Treatment Center
  • Special Education Diagnostic/Program Support Teacher: Oak Creek School Dist, 1990-present

Professional Organizations

  • Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders
  • Council for Educational Diagnostic Services, National Publicity Committee Chairperson
  • Wisconsin Division for Children with Learning Disablities, President


  • Kenosha Tremper High School, Teacher Perfect Attendance certificate
  • Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District Special Recognition certificate
  • Wisconsin Division for Learning Disabilities Outstanding Service and Past President Award


  • Wisconsin DPI Task Force on Specific Learning Disabilities Criteria, 2005-2006


  • Acting - Oak Creek Community Theatre, Racine Theatre Guild
  • Armenian Folk Dancing - Milwaukee Folk Fair
  • Piano