Over the past two decades, Ara has held numerous leadership and teaching positions within K-12 and higher education, including his most recent role as Upper School Dean of Boys at Cranbrook Kingswood School, which he has held since 2010. Before joining Cranbrook Kingswood, Ara co-founded and developed the curriculum for a summer Chinese language program for children ages 5-12. He received his B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from Ursinus College, and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology and M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Additionally, he earned an Ed.D. in Education Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.