Academy Faculty & Staff
Dr. Crain grew up in Southern Illinois in a large Italian family with two brothers and two sisters. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Radio-TV and a Master of Science in Journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in school administration from Pittsburg State University; and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Kansas.
She is a licensed school district superintendent K-12, licensed principal 7-12, and licensed teacher in the areas of American History, English, Journalism, Political Science/Government and World History 7-12. She spent two years teaching full-time college, eight years teaching English in Kansas public schools, nine years as an associate high school principal, and seven years as a high school principal. Her most recent principal role was at Shawnee Mission West High School, in Overland Park, KS. She has also worked as an IB Coordinator. This is her second year as ACS Athens Academy Principal.
Dr. Crain and her husband, Dr. Thimios Zaharopoulos, have two boys and have lived and worked in Greece in the past.
Ms. Tokatlidou was born and raised in Drama, Greece. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the School of Law and Economics at the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki. She continued her studies in Toronto, Canada, where she completed her Master of Arts in Economics and all but the thesis requirement for the Ph.D. program in Economics. She has recently completed her M.B.A and has received her Certificate for International School Leadership.
Ms. Tokatlidou has been a member of the ACS Athens community since 2005. Initially, she was a faculty member teaching IB Economics. Since September 2008 she has been the Director of the IB program and as of September 2010, the Director of the IB and AP programs.
Ms. Tokatlidou believes in personal growth through education and continuous training and has published in various scientific journals.
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Ms. Filippou was born in Athens but raised in Chicago, Illinois. She has worked at ACS Athens since 1997, and has served as Admissions Officer; she has also held various administrative support roles at the school.
She is currently the Administrative Assistant to the Academy Principal.
Ms. Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Douglass College, an Master of Science from Rutgers University in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia University in Finance.
She is the library manager for the Elementary and the Academy / Middle School Libraries.
Ms. Arnold was born and raised in Germany and moved to Athens in 1996.
She holds a Bachelor Degree of German Linguistics and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she graduated with honors. Ms. Arnold also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Education and Media from the University of Rostock in Germany.
She specializes in teaching German as a foreign language. In addition to German and English she also speaks Greek and French.
A member of the ACS Athens faculty since 2010, she participated in our educational i2Flex program in 2013 and developed a specific Blended-Learning concept for her German classes, adapting our ACS Moodle template accordingly. Using the i2Flex model, she teaches the Middle School and High School students German, as well as develops e-learning concepts for foreign languages in general, which will be applied to her academic research.
Ms. Arnold co-authored a chapter in the 2016 publication "Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning through i2Flex Classroom Model." In addition, she provides professional development (presentations, workshops and webinars) to other foreign language teachers in Greece and abroad.
Born in Montreal Canada but raised in Greece, Angela E. Chamosfakidis graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, Pedagogy, Psychology (concentration in Psychology).
For her graduate studies she attended McGill University in Canada where she received a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology with a research focus on teachers’ expectations of children of divorce. She taught for several years in primary and secondary schools in Montreal, Canada, before returning to Greece in 2003.
Upon her return she accepted a position at KETHEA where she provided educational and counseling services to adolescents and young adults with substance abuse problems, for over 10 years. As part of her professional development in the field of addiction, she received a post graduate certificate of specialization in the "Administration and Social Planning in the field of Drug Addiction" by the Athens School of Public Health in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.
She holds a teaching certification by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and the Greek Ministry of Education.
Ms. Chamosfakidis is passionate about teaching and learning and committed to supporting students and their individual needs. Her mandate lies in Learning by Doing.
Myrto Cogevinas was born in Athens but grew up on the island of Corfu. She is a licensed psychologist, with a B.A. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford and an M.Sc. in Occupational Psychology from the University of Surrey. She completed her studies with a post-graduate specialization in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at the Eginition Hospital (part of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). She has previously worked as a company psychologist and as a school psychologist.
This year, Ms. Cogevinas will be an academy guidance counselor for students in grades 9-12.
Mr. Justin Cramer grew up outside of Kansas City, Missouri. He went on to Buena Vista University where he earned his B.A. in General Science with an emphasis on Biology, and Secondary Education. He taught at Centerville High School in Centerville, Iowa for three years teaching a variety of science subjects including Earth Science, Biology, Environmental Science, and Chemistry for grades 7-12. He moved back to Kansas City and taught at William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri for five years teaching Biology, Physical Science, and Astronomy. He earned a M.A. in Secondary Education Administration from University of Central Missouri in Education and has aspirations of becoming a school principal.
This is his second year at ACS Athens and he will be teaching ninth grade Biology and AP Environmental Science. His goal as a science teacher is to help students find at least one scientific fact that amazes them. He looks forward to working on that goal at ACS Athens.
Outside of school Mr. Cramer enjoys being active, playing sports (and watching his beloved sports teams), watching movies, listening to music, traveling, visiting the beach, and reading.
Mr. Dimitropoulos is a Physical Education Teacher and Coordinator for Physical Education. Mr. Dimitropoulos was raised in Athens, Greece. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Physical Education from the University of Physical Education and Sport Science in Athens and then received his Masters Degree in Sports Management, through a program ran by the International Olympic Committee, from University of Lyon, France.
Mr. Dimitropoulos has worked as the Baseball Competition Manager for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and has also observed the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He has published a book on baseball.
He has also worked as a basketball coach in Greek Professional League and has attended a number of basketball clinics in Greece as well as in the States.
Mr. Dimitropoulos is a certified lifeguard and an emergency responder (CPR/First Aid for adult/child/infant).
Mr. Patrick Dougherty grew up in Lisbon, North Dakota (small town 70 miles Southwest of Fargo, ND). He received a B.A. degree in Social Science Education from North Dakota State University, while also playing baseball for the Bison. He taught and coached at Eagle High School in Eagle, Idaho for one year teaching 12th grade American Government and 9th grade Global Perspectives. He also coached Freshmen Baseball. He moved back to North Dakota where he taught at Enderlin Area Public School in Enderlin, North Dakota for three years teaching 12th grade Problems of Democracy, 11th grade U.S. history, 10th grade World History, and 7th grade World Geography. Additionally, he coached Varsity Girls' Basketball and Varsity Baseball. While in Enderlin he started taking Master courses and will be earning his M.A. degree this Fall semester in Educational Leadership. His aspirations are to continue to grow as an educator and become a principal and superintendent.
His goal is to develop a joy for learning so students can be active, lifelong learners and well-rounded citizens. He is looking forward to the new experiences and opportunity that ACS Athens has to offer.
Outside of school, Mr. Dougherty enjoys participating and watching a wide variety of sports, being active, watching tv shows and movies, listening to audiobooks/podcasts, and traveling.
Ms. Drogaris is originally from New York, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College, Oberlin Ohio, a Master of Science from the Athens University of Economics and Business, where she graduated with honors and Master of Science in Educational Theory and Practice from the Arkansas State University.
Before coming to teach at ACS Athens, Ms. Drogaris was a teacher at William E. Grady High School in New York. Upon moving to Greece, she held various positions in international business including Manager of Sales and Marketing for an American multinational for the Middle East and African regions. She decided to return to her true love which is teaching and is very happy to be back in the exciting and fulfilling field of education. She is teaching four sections of IB Economics SL/HL and one section of Business Economics Standard/ Honors. Ms. Drogaris is an IB Examiner and involved in student activities such as Forensics and Student Council.
Ms. Exintavelonis earned a B.A. in Philosophy – Education - Psychology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and an M.A. in Sociology of Education with Distinction from the Institute of Education, University of London. Upon completion of her postgraduate studies, she worked as a learning support assistant at the City of Westminster College in London, UK. When Ms. Exintavelonis returned to Greece, she joined the Center for Intercultural Education (Κε.Δ.Α.) at the University of Athens, where she developed research programs for the educational and social integration of foreign students and repatriated Greeks. Her research focused on exploring and addressing the needs of multicultural schools in the fields of Language, Literature, and Culture.
A member of the ACS Athens faculty since 2005, Ms. Exintavelonis currently teaches IB Theory of Knowledge in the Academy and Greek Language Arts in the Middle School. She has also taught Greek in the Elementary School, as well as World Literature and ESL in the Academy.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she has been a member of the ACSTA Executive Council, Forensics Duet Acting Coach, and Advisor of the Middle School Greek Club and National Honor Society.
Ms. Falidas earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the City University of New York at Queens College in 2002. In 2005 she earned her master’s degree in Mathematics from the City University of New York at Queens College and her master’s degree in Mathematics Education from the City University of New York at Hunter College.
Ms. Falidas holds a permanent New York State teaching certificate and she has worked in New York City public and private schools from 2002 to 2006. In addition she worked as lecturer for the Mathematics Department at LaGuardia Community College in New York. Ms. Falidas has been a teacher of Mathematics at ACS Athens since 2007.
At ACS Athens she is member of the National Honors Society committee and an advisor for the Mathematics Literature Club. She is currently an external examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization in Mathematics, a member of Thales and Friends and a member of the Scientific Association for Mathematics Education.
Ms. Fesl was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She attended University of Cincinnati where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics. She continued her education at Cincinnati earning her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. In addition to her studies, Ms. Fesl played on the varsity volleyball team. She captained the 2008 and 2010 Big East Championship teams and was named an All-American in 2010. While in Cincinnati, she taught Geometry and Algebra at Turpin High School. After college, Ms. Fesl moved back to Chicago to continue her teaching career. She taught at DePaul College Prep, a private school on the north side of Chicago, for the past three years. Ms. Fesl taught Algebra, Algebra II and Trigonometry, Geometry, and Probability and Statistics. This year she will be teaching Advanced Math 7, Geometry and Algebraic Topics, and Statistics and Business Math.
Ms. Fesl enjoys being active, running, playing volleyball, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. She loves all sporting events and particularly enjoys watching her Chicago teams.
Dr. Firigou is a foreign Language Teacher (French) and the Coordinator of Foreign Languages. She earned a Bachelor’s in French Literature from the Greek Capodistrian University of Athens and in 2008 she received her master's degree in the History of French Civilization again from the Capodistrian University of Athens. Dr. Firigou defended successfully her doctorate thesis in History of French Civilization on July 2012 and received her doctoral degree. The thesis title was “Antonin Proust et son voyage en Grèce”.
She has been working in the ACS faculty community since 1999 and has taught both in Middle School and High School. She is an IB teacher and an IB examiner in French language.
For many years, she has been the advisor of the High school French Club. She has established different educational collaborations between ACS Athens and other institutions worldwide. She is a life-long learner and she always strives for better results.
Sofia was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. She attended school in Florida where her love for English grew and she decided to become a teacher. Upon her return to Greece, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Ethniko and Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon. During her last year of studies, she worked for the Permanent Representation of Cyprus in the E.U during their presidency in the European Council. Due to her love of teaching, she expanded her education and received a Master of Arts in Developmental and Learning Disabilities form Deree-The American College of Greece.
She has worked as a teacher for the past years and is a firm believer that all students can reach their highest potential through differentiated learning strategies. She is also an ESB Oral Examiner. This year she joins the OLP team and the ACS Athens team as an Optimal Learning Program specialist in the Academy.
Stefanos Gialamas for the past eleven years is the President of the American Community Schools of Athens, Greece. He holds a B.Sc., an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Mathematics.
Prior to his arrival at ACS Athens he served as the Provost of the American College of Thessaloniki, Greece. He has also served for several years as Dean of Academic Leadership Development, Dean of the Mathematics and Science Programs, and Dean of Education in several colleges and universities in USA.
He has taught graduate and undergraduate mathematics, computer, management and leadership courses at universities in Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, and in Greece. His professional work includes Leadership Development, Faculty Development, Innovative Approaches in Teaching and Learning, Knot Theory, Mathematics and Arts, the History and Philosophy of Mathematics, and Mathematics Education. He has published more than 100 articles in both English and Greek languages, four books, a chapter book, and many other manuals.
Ms. Grigoropoulos was born in Athens, Greece, and raised in Maryland, U.S., where she graduated from high school and attended the University of Maryland. She later returned to Greece where she graduated from University of La Verne with a B.Sc. degree (double major in Marketing and Business Management).
While working as a full time employee in Barclay’s Bank, she received a M.A. degree in International Management. She is a certified teacher in ESOL K-12 and in Business Studies 6-12 in the United States.
She teaches EFL, Language Development and Science, in Middle School and Business Management (IB) in the Academy. She is also an IB examiner for Business Management.
While holding various positions in the banking sector, in the retail and wholesale business as well as, in the services sector, she has also been teaching ESL for 22 years. Ms. Grigoropoulos began her career at ACS Athens as a substitute teacher and has served in various positions besides being a classroom teacher; i.e. full time shadow teacher and after school program instructor. She was a contributing author for the book published on i2Flex, "Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning through the i2Flex Classroom Model" and is in the process of pursuing her Ed.D. She enjoys painting, sports, and traveling.
Ms. Grigoropoulou was born and raised in Athens until the age of 9 at which time she moved with her family to the State of Maryland where she attended school. Upon her return to Greece, she attended and graduated from ACS Athens, in June of 1989. She began her undergraduate studies at the University of La Verne where she earned Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Psychology in June 1994. She started working at the family business and at the same time married and had her two children. She started her graduate studies in 2005 at the University of Indianapolis where she earned a Master's of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Mental Health Counseling and graduated in June of 2007.
She has held various positions at ACS Athens starting as an intern in 2006, Middle School Counselor, Shadow teacher and After School instructor. She has done volunteer work in two Elementary schools in Maryland in the years 2007 to 2010 while living there with her family. She has attended various seminars and workshops in Greece including ACS Athens Learning Differences Conference of 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2014. She is a member of the American Counseling Association.
Mr. Hoc was born in Canada and raised in Greece, where he completed the IB Diploma Programme before attending the University of Toronto for his undergraduate studies. Mr. Hoc holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts with double majors in History and Drama from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in Politics and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London.
After working at the American University of Paris, Mr. Hoc returned to the University of Toronto to begin his Ph.D. while teaching a second-year undergraduate course and working as a senior consultant in the area of performance optimization for a private firm. Upon returning to Greece, Mr. Hoc stood as a guest lecturer at the Athens Campus of New York College before joining ACS Athens in 2014.
Mr. Hoc has had the pleasure of working with learners across grade levels, both throughout the academic year as well as during the ACS Athens Summer Camp. Since joining ACS Athens Mr. Hoc has served as Supervisor and Coordinator of the LEP After School Support Programs offered through the Institute for Innovation and Creativity, and has supervised IB Extended Essays in Human Rights, Economics, and History.
Kathy Jasonides holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been a member of the Academy faculty at the American Community Schools of Athens, Greece, since 1974.
Since retiring from full-time teaching in 2008, Ms. Jasonides has continued to team teach the Honors Humanities courses and also serves as Chair of the Division of Language and Literature. In addition to the two-year Honors Humanities program, Ms. Jasonides and her teaching partners have developed three additional online Humanities courses which offer the highlights of the program’s interdisciplinary approach, including the field study opportunities, to both ACS Athens and non-ACS Athens students who are not enrolled in the regular program.
She has co-authored articles on field study as a strategy for interdisciplinary study and has participated in presentations at NESA conferences and the ACS Athens Conferences on Learning Differences. She recently co-authored a chapter in the 2016 publication "Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning through i2Flex Classroom Model."
Dr. Karampelas was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He holds a B.Sc. in Physics, a Master of Science in Astrophysics and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, obtained from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). At NKUA he has also been a laboratory supervisor.
Dr. Karampelas is involved in the European Space Agency's Gaia space mission and he is collaborating with the National Observatory of Athens. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union and the International Astrostatistics Association. He is the author or co-author of about 30 publications in scientific journals on Astrophysics, Data Mining and Machine Learning, a referee of scientific articles, and a code developer in various programming languages.
This is his first year at ACS Athens, when he will be teaching Science at the Academy. He likes music and writing.
As a chemistry and biology teacher at ACS Athens since 2004. Ms. Kassem earned a B.Sc. Science (Biology/Chemistry) from the American University of Beirut and a M.Ed. from the University of LaVerne, Athens. She taught biology and chemistry for IGCSE, A level, AP, French Baccalaureate and IB classes in many international schools in Beirut, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Athens.
In addition to teaching Ms. Kassem worked as an academic advisor for curriculum development of science at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi, as Head of Science in International Schools in Abu Dhabi and Athens and has been an IB Biology examiner since 2000 and an AP Biology examiner since 2014. In 2015 Ms Kassem was selected by the IBO to be a team leader for IB biology examinations.
Ms. Katsiyianni was born and raised is Athens, Greece. She holds a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics, from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, specializing in Applied Mathematics. She holds a Master of Science in Economic Mathematics, from the National Technical University of Athens.
During the past 12 years she had the opportunity to teach Mathematics to students of different levels and she has been challenged to accommodate their special needs.
She has taught Geometry, PreCalculus and Algebra II and Trigonometry to Academy students and she is also an SAT instructor.
This year Ms. Katsiyanni is teaching 6th & 8th grade Math.
Ms. Kormaris was born in Corfu and raised in Greece (and Cyprus). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies (Ancient and Modern Greek Literature and Latin) from The National Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Mastery Diploma in French (C2) from The Paris- Sorbonne University (specialization in European Union). She has also earned a MBA at the University of Indianapolis in Organizational Leadership.
She has been a faculty member at ACS Athens since 1998 teaching Greek at Middle and High School and mainly Greek IB Literature or/ and Language and Literature classes. She has been Greek Coordinator and Greek Department Head. She is the Advisor of the UNESCO Club at the school. She is an approved member of Validation Team in Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Dr. Panagiota (Yulla) Lamprou received her Ph.D. from Temple University in educational psychology with a focus on special needs, educational policy and leadership. She has been involved in the field of special needs in various professional roles for the last 18 years. Her undergraduate studies involved theater and drama as a path to understanding and teaching differences and during her master's degree she advanced her studies in the field of reading and writing difficulties.
Dr. Lamprou's international work experiences include: undergraduate and graduate lecturing in various universities and colleges (e.g. Temple University, LaSalle University in the USA, Metropolitan College of Athens, Greece) in educational psychology, special education, modern Greek language, qualitative research and writing, and supervision of thesis writing; Head of Student Support Services at the International Community School of London (ICS); policy consultant (most recently wrote the policy for autism accreditation of ICS by The National Autistic Society -NAS of London); scientific collaborator and consultant in research for the Ministry of Education in Athens; and independent consultant advising children and parents.
Dr. Lamprou's experience in educational leadership and teaching has offered her great insight and expertise on issues of diversity, inclusion and differentiation. She has trained teachers and support staff on the topics of inclusion and differentiation and has presented twice in the ACS Athens conference on differentiation strategies and learning styles. She is certified by the New York and Pennsylvania states for elementary education K-6 and special education K-12 and as a reading specialist by the state of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include: inclusive systems, how to change mentalities and perspectives to embrace differences, differentiation. She is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the American Psychological Society (APA). She has lived in the USA, France, the UK, Belgium and currently lives in Athens. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, running, swimming and learning new languages (she is currently studying Italian).
Born and raised in Mexico, Ms. Legorreta has been a faculty member at ACS Athens since 2008 teaching IB and AP Spanish in the Academy.
She holds a Bachelor degree in Communications and Spanish Linguistics and Literature. She also has a Master’s degree in teaching Spanish as a foreign language including special training for both AP and IB programs.
Mr. Lianos was raised in both New York and Athens. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, University College and an M.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester.
Prior to joining the ACS Athens faculty he has worked as a freelance editor, and was part of the Macmillan Hellas editorial team where he edited, wrote and managed English language learning courses. He was also the Culture and Entertainment Editor at the weekly English language newspaper The Hellenic Star.
Mr. Lianos will be teaching IB Language & Literature Year 2 and American Literature for the Combo 10 class. In addition to teaching in a classroom setting, he has also worked in the ACS Athens Writing Studio where he assisted students on a variety of written assignments and guided them to become more effective, confident and independent writers.
As an alumnus, he is very familiar with the unique educational environment ACS Athens has to offer.
Anna Makris was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and is alumna of ACS Athens. Ms. Makris has completed a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and a Master of Science in Psychology.
Through Academic Advisory, Ms. Makris is working with Junior and Senior students, assisting them with the university application process as a whole. She is also the IB CAS coordinator, offering guidance to IB students concerning the requirements of CAS and providing them with opportunities to complete these requirements successfully.
Mr. Medeiros was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA.
He earned a B.A., magna cum laude, in English from Yale, an M.A. in English and American Literature from Middlebury (including a semester's study at Lincoln College, Oxford University), and an Ed.M. in Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has also completed post-graduate study at the University of California - Berkeley (Extension) and Northeastern University, and earned a Certificate in International School Leadership from the Principal's Training Center.
Currently the Dean of Academic Affairs and the Institute for Innovation and Creativity at ACS Athens, Mr. Medeiros has been at ACS Athens since 1981. He has been a teacher of English, Humanities, IB Theory of Knowledge, IB Art History and IB Theater Arts He has been recognized for excellence in teaching by the University of Chicago and Tufts University. He served as Principal of the Academy for six years and of the Middle School for four. In addition to his duties as teacher and principal, Mr. Medeiros has held a variety of other administrative positions at ACS Athens.
One of his most memorable intellectual experiences was the semester he spent studying and writing poetry in a workshop led by Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.
He is co-teaching IB English Literature, Year 2 this year.
Ms. Merrill was born in Oklahoma, but raised in the beautiful state of Alaska. She moved to Minnesota after high school where she received her bachelor's degree in Graphic Communications and Digital Design. After a short period as a graphic designer, she returned to Alaska. Her love of the outdoors and providing knowledge led her to become a tour guide on the Alaska railroad for four seasons. This not only allowed her to share her love of the state with others, but also provided her with ample opportunity to travel and work as a freelance designer.
Eventually, Ms. Merrill returned to Minnesota to earn her Master’s in Art Education from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. In addition to being an art educator, she is also an artist specializing in graphic design, photography, layout, typography, painting and drawing. She has done contract graphic design and illustration work for businesses and individuals for the past 7 years. Prior to teaching at ACS, she taught visual and media art at an Arts Magnet and IB school in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
This is her first year at ACS Athens and she will be teaching Drawing and Painting I & II, Digital Photography and Middle School Art Studio.
Ms. Minoudi was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has worked at Kalograia, a center of foreign languages in Thessaloniki, where served as a teacher and Administrative Assistant.
Ms. Minoudi joined the ACS Athens community in 2013. She has worked in the Middle School as the Discipline and Attendance Coordinator and has taught Greek Language Arts to Greek native speakers in the Elementary and Middle School.
She is passionate about teaching and interacting with students so as to motivate them and play an active role in their academic and social growth during the challenging years of adolescence. This year, Ms. Minoudi will be serving as the Service and Citizenship Coordinator in the Academy.
Mr. Nelson has been teaching in the Social Studies department at the American Community Schools of Athens since 2000. While at ACS Athens he has taught American Studies, European History, IB History and Theory of Knowledge. Prior to teaching in Athens, he taught for twelve years in secondary schools in the Oregon, USA.
Mr. Nelson has a Master of Arts in Education from Western Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Pacific University. He specializes in Cold War studies, American history and sociology. He currently teaches American Studies, where he applies his vast experience with curriculum design. Mr. Nelson is also an accredited National Trainer/Facilitator for the National School Reform Faculty in Bloomington, Indiana and specializes in Collaborative Group Processes and work in Critical Friends Groups.
Additionally, Mr. Nelson is the ACS Athens Representative to the NESA organization; he has coached Cross Country for the past twenty years, and is an advisor of the Model United Nations. He enjoys frequent travel, snowboarding, and running.
Born and raised in Greece, Theodora Panteli holds an Associate Degree in Science from Jacksonville College and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English Literature and Global Culture (with a concentration in Rhetoric) and a double minor in Theater Studies and PPL (Philosophy, Politics and Law) from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
She spent her senior year in college working as a Teaching Assistant for Harpur College and the Department of English, General Literature and Rhetoric. For the past 5 years she has been working as Learning Specialist helping high school students achieve their college dreams. She specializes in teaching organizational skills, study skills, critical reading skills, writing skills, and test taking skills.
As an Advisory Specialist, she works with 11th and 12th grade students, coaching and guiding them in a variety of study and test taking skills, assisting students in the preparation of university applications, college essays/ personal statements. She is also the IB CAS advisor, offering guidance to IB students concerning the requirements of CAS and providing them with opportunities to complete these requirements successfully.
Mr. Papageorgiou was born in Melbourne, Australia. He completed his Bachelor of Science Education (B.Sc.Ed) at The University Of Melbourne (Institute of Education). Subsequently he was employed by the State of Victoria as a Secondary High School teacher where he taught Year 12 Information Processing Management, Year 7 Mathematics and was responsible for Pastoral care. After moving back to Greece he has taught computer science and ITGS for nearly twenty years for the IB Diploma Programme. During this period he obtained a Masters degree at the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece, in GeoInformatics.
At ACS Athens he is teaching Computer Science and IB Computer Science.
Mr. Papageorgiou enjoys swimming in the pool, listening to the radio and visiting historical places.
Mr. Parakatis is a faculty member of the Mathematics/Technology Department at the American Community Schools, Athens. He has his B.Sc. in Physics from York University,Canada, B. Ed. from the University of Toronto, Canada and M.Sc. in Medical Physics from University College London, UK.
Mr. Parakatis has taught Physics and Mathematics in Canada and in Greece. This will be his 10th year teaching at ACS Athens. Nicholas Parakatis has served as department chair and has taught students mathematics in the IB level, at the Academy and at the Middle School. He has served on the accreditation team as the Quantitative Team Leader and has participated in many ACS Athens Math Department sponsored events such as the Mathematics Club, the Annual ACS Mathematics Competition, and the AMC 10/12.
His interests include astronomy, team sports, music and traveling. Mr. Parakatis is a member of faculty that was present at mission control, during the launch of the Rosetta Mission, by the European Space Agency. Nicholas believes that caring and concern over content and curriculum is one of the keys in helping students remain interested in school therefore helping them achieve their academic goals.
Born in Zimbabwe, Africa and raised in Athens, Mr. Pelidis earned his BA in Education from Boston College, Master in Education in Counseling Psychology from Keene State College of New Hamphire, and a C.A.G.S. in School Counseling from Boston University. Mr. Pelidis has worked at various school districts both in Boston, MA and New Hampshire.
Mr. Pelidis has over 20 years of counseling experience, teaching students in Middle School, High School, Undergraduate and Graduate School levels.
He is a US certified school counselor, who also enjoys his affiliation with the Adlerian Institute of Athens, where he continues to develop his practice in Adlerian psychology. Mr. Pelidis is a member of ASCA -a membership that helps him stay current with recent counseling trends in America. This year, he will be teaching grade 9 Advisory, grade 10 Advisory, Psychology and Sociology.
Ms. Pisanias, has been teaching in the Modern Language Department at ACS Athens since January 1995. She has been teaching Modern Greek IB A2 since the inception of the program.
Ms. Pisanias holds a Bachelor of Arts in Greek and French Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a Masters in Translation from Université de Mons-Hainaut & Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium and a Masters in Education from the Hellenic Open University. The post graduate courses she has taken are in the areas of Child Development, Cross-cultural Education, School Administration and Distance Learning. The subject of her thesis was “Communication and Interaction between students in Distance Education”. She has represented the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges as a member of an accreditation Validation Team.
While at ACS Athens she has been advisor of the Greek Literary Magazine, the Greek Club and several class Councils.
Evelyn Pittas earned her B.A. in English Literature, from Gwynedd-Mercy College and her M.A. in English Literature, from Kutztown University and Lehigh University. She has also earned her Teaching Certificate from the state of Pennsylvania and attended numerous workshops and conferences in IB, Learning Differences, Writing for teachers, and Leadership for the 21st Century. Currently an IB English teacher at the Academy and the English Department Coordinator, Ms. Pittas has been at ACS Athens since 1997. She has been a teacher of Language Arts, English 9A2, English 10, English 11, English 12, Themes in World Literature, IB English A2 and is currently teaching IB English A: Language and Literature HL and SL Year1 and Year 2. She has taught English for the IB Diploma since the late 1990s and has been an IB Examiner at the Higher Level since 2004.
In addition to her responsibilities as teacher, Ms. Pittas has been involved in a variety of positions at ACS Athens, including Forensics Oratory Coach, Coordinator and Judge at Pan-Hellenic Tournaments, 10th and 12th grade Student Council Advisor, Blue and Gold School Newspaper Advisor, MUN Advisor, Activities Coordinator, Bonding Day Coordinator, Graduation Coordinator Assistant and is a member of the National Honor Society committee. She also served on the ACSTA Executive Council as President and the Federation Executive Council as Vice President.
Her mission as a teacher is to develop confidence in each and every student so that they will seek knowledge, question answers, and believe in their own abilities to become life long learners. She supports her students, listens willingly, and provides a loving environment so they can understand the bliss in learning and take pride in their accomplishments.
Chrysoula Ploutou earned her Bachelor's degree, in Psychology and Elementary Education from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Her Master's degree in Education was also achieved from Clark University. She acquired her Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Special Education from Fairfield University. Ms. Ploutou is a certified licensed teacher in the state of Connecticut. Ms. Ploutou has taken online courses through the Professional Development Institute and has received college credit from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Most recently she was certified in formal and informal measurement and diagnostic techniques receiving college credit from Buffalo State, State University of New York.
Ms. Ploutou has been a teacher in the public school system in the United States and in international schools in Greece since 1997. She has taught JK, K, first, second, fourth grade and was a Middle School/ Academy Optimal Learning Program Specialist. Currently she is the Optimal Learning Program Coordinator, supervising all three schools, Elementary School, Middle School and Academy through the department of Student Affairs. This year, Ms. Ploutou is also a part time Academy Optimal Learning Program Specialist and will be providing in class support services to students in the Middle School and Academy through the Inclusion program.
This is Ms. Ploutou’s ninth year working at ACS Athens and her seventh year working in the Optimal Learning Program. She is providing students with strategies to acquire the skills necessary to be successful in school and in their lives. She encourages differentiation in the classroom in order to make learning meaningful, focusing on students’ strengths and talents.
Elena Politi was born and raised in Athens, Greece and is an Australian citizen by descent. She holds a physics degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a M.Sc. in Informatics and Telematic Services from Harokopio University.
Ms. Politi has taught physics and chemistry at secondary level for over eight years. As a teacher she promotes conceptual understanding of science topics and is enthusiastic about utilizing different technology tools in the classroom.
Ms. Politi has been with ACS Athens since 2015 and she will be the Science Lab assistant of the Academy.
Dr. Prodromidi earned a B.Sc. in Cell & Molecular Biology from the University of Essex, UK. She then continued her graduate studies at Imperial College London, UK, where she obtained a M.Sc. in Immunology and a Ph.D. with a full scholarship in Renal Medicine and Stem Cell Biology. She has worked in research and her scientific work has been presented in conferences world-wide, and has been acknowledged numerous times with international awards, such as the Best New Scientist (2006, UK). She has also published articles in scientific journals and co-authored books.
After the completion of her post-graduate studies and since her return in Greece, Dr. Prodromidi has worked both as a research scientist and an educator. To her, teaching means inspiration, creativity, and even challenge to pass on knowledge and ethos to every student. Her teaching experience ranges from middle school students through university students. Recently, she co-authored the book entitled "Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning through the i2Flex Classroom Model" contributing to this novel pedagogical approach introduced by ACS Athens.
Ms. Artemis Repouli holds a B.A. in European & International Studies from University of Piraeus in Greece. She completed her M.A. in International Business at Leeds Metropolitan University in UK and has had various administrative roles within companies in both Athens and London.
She is currently a member of the Student Affairs Department and holds the position of Registrar.
Ms. Rocha earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor each in French and Spanish from Chatham College, Pittsburgh, P.A. and an Master of Arts in Education with a special emphasis on Foreign Language Instruction from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
She has also participated in post graduate studies at American University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland in the fields of cultural anthropology and linguistics.
Ms. Rocha has taught both French and Spanish, all levels, including, AP, IB and immersion levels for Baltimore County Schools prior to joining the ACS Athens faculty in 2007. In addition, Ms. Rocha has taught several Continuing Education courses in both French and Spanish and ESOL for the Community Colleges of Baltimore County.
Ms. Rocha has served as Department Chair and has been involved in curriculum development and writing within the Baltimore County School System. She currently teaches Spanish, standard level and IB for both the Middle School and the Academy students. She has also led her students on trips abroad, and looks forward to such opportunities with the students of ACS Athens.
Dr. Romanos earned his Chemical Engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens (N.T.U.A.) and a Ph.D. from the same School in the field of computational materials science and engineering (computational chemistry).
While pursuing his Ph.D., he worked as a lab assistant at N.T.U.A. for four years and he was a teaching assistant, as well as a system administrator in unix/linux computer clusters.
He has participated in various conferences and has publications in scientific journals in the fields of thermodynamics, materials science, process design and computational chemistry. He has a very good knowledge of programming languages in various operating system environments.
At ACS Athens he is teaching Chemistry at the Academy.
Ms. Stavroula Salouros was born and raised in New York. She earned a B.Sc. in Physical Education from Adelphi University where she attended on a Coston Crouse scholarship. She then continued at Adelphi University and she received an M.A. in Health Education.
Ms. Salouros holds a New York life certification license "K-12" in both Physical Education, and in Health Education. She has been at ACS Athens since 1999, where she has taught in all three education levels, and has collected great experiences from all of them. She has written and published a cookbook with her health classes, has written various articles for the ETHOS magazine, and she has attended training on many various programs. She has also attended various professional development seminars on learning differences, on early childhood education, and on Physical Education.
Ms. Salouros has coached at all three school levels, with most recent being the JK/K after-school soccer team, and she is certified as an emergency responder (CPR/First Aid for adult/child/infant). She is presently teaching Health Education in the Academy, and Physical Education in both the Academy and the Middle School. Furthermore, Ms. Salouros is an active believer and participant in subject-integrated projects and in school wide spirit.
Ms. Salouros has a passion for teaching and she aims to instill in her students the skills and knowledge necessary to enhance their lifelong personal health and wellness. Her philosophy is: "Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. We are all learners, doers, teachers.”
Mr. Samad is the Arabic teacher for both ACS Athens’ high school and middle school. He was born in Ammatour-Lebanon. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arabic language and literature from the Lebanese University of Beirut (Lebanon).
Mr. Samad worked as Head of the Arabic Department at Campion School in Athens, Greece from 1981 until he joined ACS Athens in 1994. He has been with ACS Athens as an IB faculty member for 17 years. He has also served as the Advisor of the Arabic Club in Middle and High schools.
Ms. Sandravelis grew up in Illinois and has been living here in Greece for almost five years. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies with a double minor in Business Administration and Pre-Law Studies from Eastern Illinois University, USA. She also completed a Master of Art in Teaching from National-Louis University, Chicago Campus, USA. She has taught middle school Language Arts in Florida, where she also served as Grade Level Content Area Facilitator as well as a Team Leader.
She is currently entering her fifth year here at ACS Athens. Throughout that time she has served as Yearbook Coordinator, Language Arts Bowl Coordinator, and Co-Advisor for United Nations Day. Additionally, during the 2015-2016 school year she co-presented the work done on The Refugee Project by the Middle school at the annual NESA conference in Bangkok. She joined the ACS Athens community in 2012, and is currently teaching ninth grade Europe and the World: Literature, Writing Seminar and Speech.
Dr. Sax holds a Bachelor's degree from Hampshire College (U.S.A.) in Psychology and Child Development. She graduated from New York University (U.S.A.) with a Clinical Master's degree in Clinical Social Work; Children, Adolescents and Adults. She has completed her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology and Supervision in Counselor Education at Argosy University (U.S.A.).
She has been a Psychology Lecturer of Child Psychology, Life-Span Development, Cultural Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Advanced Psychopathology, and Group & Music Therapy. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor at the Hellenic American University in Athens, teaching graduate students of the Psychology Department. She is also a licensed psychotherapist who has been in private practice for over twenty years with children, adolescents and adults.
From September of 2006, she was working at ACS Athens Elementary as the Counselor for grades PK-5. Since 2011, Dr. Sax has been the coordinator of the Psychology Intern Program with the Department of Student Affairs. As of 2012-13, Dr. Sax has also been providing PK-12 school wide services as Counseling Psychologist, via the Wellness Center.
Dr. Sax also presents her work at Professional Conferences within the ACS Athens Community and throughout Europe and has published articles on her research interests and clinical work in the field. She currently is a member of the editorial board and peer reviewer of the American Journal of Applied Psychology and The International Journal of Elementary Education of SciencePG.
Sophia Stella Soseilos was born in Bonn, Germany, did her High school years in Nicosia, Cyprus and completed her BA Fine Arts Education degree at the University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa. After that, she enrolled in the Drama Department of the same University doing Theater Design. Since then she has worked in South Africa, Greece and Cyprus as an Artist, Art Teacher, Interior Designer and Stage Designer for numerous theaters and TV set productions.
She is, at the same time, a qualified and experienced Art Teacher with international teaching experience both as a private and school teacher. Simultaneously Ms. Soseilos is a writer. She is currently finishing an M.A. in Creative Writing. Her short stories are published in two books.
Ms. Soseilos is in ACS Athens since 2012. In addition to teaching, she is the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator.
Dr. Stamati earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees while completing the accelerated program in Applied Mathematics and Studies of Science from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. She then went on to complete a second Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics, majoring in Mathematical Analysis. Having identified a distinct passion in her field, Dr. Stamati successfully earned her Ph.D. in Systems Theory from the National Technical University of Athens on a full scholarship from the Papakyriakopoulos Foundation. She has published numerous articles in academic journals such as IEEE, Transactions on Automatic Control and many more. During her Doctoral Dissertation, she lectured in various schools, such as the School of Applied Mathematics and Studies of Science of the National Technical University of Athens and the School of Technical Education of Engineering Officers of the Hellenic Army.
After attaining her Ph.D., Dr. Stamati worked as a visiting professor in the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, at the Department of Economics, as a Scientific Associate in the Technological Institute of Piraeus, and as an Instructor in the School of Greek Navy cadets. She has taught Calculus, MATH 100, Linear Algebra, Optimal Control, Higher Mathematics and Programming Software such as MatLab and Mathematica. She has also participated in Research programs focused on the design, development and implementation of mathematical algorithms.
Dr. Stamati is enthusiastic and eager to share her love of mathematics, and she aims to transfer this enthusiasm to her students on a daily basis. Her motto is, "The only way to learn Mathematics is to do Mathematics" - Paul Erdős.
Ms. Thanopoulou received her degree in Theater Studies from the National University of Athens and a Master of Arts in Physical Theater from the universities of Surrey & Royal Holloway University of London.
Ms. Thanopoulou is a trained dancer and performer and has participated in numerous theater and dance productions since 2001. She started teaching drama in various schools of East London, UK in 2004 and since 2007 she has been teaching Drama and Theater at ACS Athens. She teaches in the Middle School and the Academy, directs two IB Theater student productions a year, runs a dance club and coaches the Duet Acting team for the Pan-Hellenic Forensics tournaments and generally does everything she can to propagate her two passions, Education and the Arts.
Dr. Toumpakari was born and raised in Athens and attended the University of Athens where she studied Mathematics. She holds an M.Sc. in Applied Statistics from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago in an area that combined mathematics, statistics and theoretical computer science. She is interested in the statistical study of epidemics and has been involved in research projects at the Childhood Cancer Research Group in Oxford.
While a graduate student at Chicago, she occasionally taught at Thurgood Marshall Middle School, she mentored gifted teenagers at a math-themed summer camp and lectured regularly at the University of Chicago. After her graduation she took up a teaching post at Columbia College Chicago. She has also been an A-levels tutor during her stay in the UK.
Ms. Toumpakari is teaching IB Higher Level Math, AP Calculus and Geometry with Algebraic Topics Honors.
Dr. Tsokos is a Science Teacher and Division Chair of Science / Mathematics & Technology. Dr. Tsokos was born in Cyprus. He attended the University of Birmingham in the U.K with a full scholarship and was awarded a double Honors degree in Physics and Mathematics. At Birmingham, he received the Nora Calderwood Prize for highest achievement in the final examinations. He obtained a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University in the USA.
Dr. Tsokos has served as Assistant, Deputy and Chief Examiner for IB Physics. He is the author of Physics for the IB Diploma, Series and Differential Equations, IB Physics in a nutshell and about 20 research papers dealing, mainly, with Quantum Chromodynamics. In one paper he showed how the high temperature limit of chiral gauge theories leads to the appearance of topological mass terms for the associated gauge fields. His main interests are Physics, Mathematics and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
He has been a faculty of ACS Athens for 15 years.
Ms. Wang is originally from Taiwan. She obtained her Bachelors Degree from National Taipei Institute of the Arts, where she studied Piano Performance, Violin Performance as well as Chinese Language and Literature. She has won the 2nd prize in Taiwan Piano competition. Ms. Wang also trained at Luebeck Musikhochschule in Germany, and obtained her Masters Degree in Piano Performance.
Each summer Ms. Wang travels to Taiwan and participates in the seminar “Chinese Language Research”. In the summer of 2009, she obtained a certification following 2 month course “Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language” from Tunghai University.
In Taiwan and Germany, she worked as teacher, teaching Chinese Language and Piano Performance. She has 11 years of experience teaching Chinese and 25 years of experience teaching Piano Performance.
Angela Zamanis was born in Canada and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications with a double major in Political Science from McGill University. She also holds a Certificate in Communicative English Teaching from the Hellenic American Union and is licensed by the Greek Ministry of Education to teach English as a Foreign Language.
She is a native English speaker and an experienced EFL/ESL teacher who has worked with students of all levels from many different countries both in Canada and in Greece for more than 25 years. She taught intensive English immersion programs to international students in Canada and has worked with private language schools in Greece. She is an ACS Athens graduate and as such she has a deep understanding of the school and its educational philosophy.
She is currently teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL 1) to non-native speakers in the Middle School and English as a Second Language (ESL 3, 4, 5) in the Academy.
Ms. Zavacopoulou was born in London, but was raised in Athens and attended a British international school. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern European Studies, a four-year course with majors in History, French and Italian from University College London, and a Masters degree in Journalism from University of Westminster, London.
A qualified secondary school teacher, she taught French and Spanish in an inner city London school through Teach First, a ground-breaking graduate training program that combines two years teaching in challenging London schools with business and leadership training. She also worked as a substitute teacher in over 20 different London schools in long-term and short-term placements for a further two years.
She joined the ACS Athens team in 2010 and started working in the Writing Center, where she helped and advised students on a variety of written assignments. She has since been involved in many aspects of school life: she co-coaches the ACS Athens Academy and Middle School debate teams and has participated in the Mentorship Program. In 2013 co-taught the Writing in Action course as part of the Summer Scholar’s Academy and co-presented a workshop at the NESA Conference. Last year, she co-presented a paper at the ICODL Conference and also co-authored an article, "Humanities Program: An Innovative Classic," that was published in the book "Revolutionizing K - 12 Blended Learning Through the i2Flex Classroom Model." This year she is team-teaching Humanities Honors, and teaching IB Theory of Knowledge and the IB Theory of Knowledge Senior Seminar.
Having a strong passion for education from a young age, Chara Kouppa obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Being an advocate for global citizenship, she received an Erasmus scholarship and moved to Slovenia to complete her undergraduate studies at the University of Ljubljana.
In 2013, Ms. Kouppa moved to Scotland where she completed her Master of Science in Inclusive and Special Education at the University of Edinburgh by which she was awarded with a scholarship. Ms. Kouppa had been working in Edinburgh for the past 2 years; she has worked as a shadow teacher supporting high school students with a wide range of additional support needs and as a Social Studies Teacher in a Scottish special school.
This is her first year at ACS Athens hoping to create a caring learning environment within which her students will be able to reach their full potential.
Ms. Tsopoglou-Gkina was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Biology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master of Science in Environmental Biology from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, where she worked on a biodiversity related published research.
Ms. Tsopoglou-Gkina's previous experience extends from running numerous Environmental Education programs to teaching Biology at a vocational school for assistant nurses.
This is her first year as a Science/Math substitute teacher at ACS Athens and she cannot hide her excitement! Her contribution to the scientific spirit and the vibrant school community inspires her.
In her free time she enjoys dancing, traveling and reading.
Ms. Baty was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada and raised in a small town nearby. She obtained her Registered Nurse diploma at the Miseracordia Hospital in Winnipeg, Canada and also holds accreditation as an R.N. in the state of Colorado, USA.
Prior to coming to Greece, Ms. Baty spent many years helping to manage patient health at a doctors' clinic in Canada. She joined the ACS Athens family in 2014.
At ACS Athens her responsibilities include the examination and treatment of children who become ill or injured; the performance of student health appraisals and screening; and the maintenance of accurate and current health records for all students.
Ms. Katerina Peristerakis was born in Athens, Greece and has received a First Aid certification from the Hellenic Red Cross. As the Health Office Assistant she provides basic first aid for minor illnesses and injuries, accompanies students to the hospital if necessary, attends meetings, performs screening tests and overall manages the office.