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Learning Differences Conference 2013

Bios of Additional ACS Athens Faculty & Staff

 

  • Eirini Aliferi

Eirini Aliferi was born in Athens, Greece where she completed her undergraduate studies earning a degree in Early Childhood Studies.  She completed her studies in United Kingdom before returning to Greece in 2005. She has worked in a multitude of positions in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

She joined ACS Athens as a shadow teacher in March, 2014 and her research has focused on differentiated learning.


  • Dimitris Chourmouzis

Mr. Dimitris Chourmouzis was born and raised in Athens, Greece.  He attended University of Hertfordshire (UH) in UK where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  He continued his education at Hellenic American University of Athens (HAU) earning his Masters in Clinical Psychology.  In addition, Mr. Chourmouzis is qualified and accredited to work as a Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapist and he is a fellow of the Hellenic Institute for Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (RECBT; Affiliated Center of the Albert Ellis Institute, New York, USA) in Athens, Greece.

Mr. Chourmouzis has been working as Shadow Teacher in the ACS Athens community since 2010.   His goal as Shadow Teacher is to help students with learning differences develop at least one skill for learning so they can be active and life-long learners.  He looks forward to working on this goal at ACS Athens.


  • Iliana Eleftheriou

Iliana Eleftheriou earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education (1-6) from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and later, pursued a Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs from University of East London.

She is currently working as a shadow teacher at ACS Athens.  Additionally, she collaborates with private Psychoeducational Centers, as a Special Educator.  She aspires to cope with learning challenges in inclusionary settings, where, she believes, every difference could be regarded as a tool for personalized academic achievement.


  • Janet Karvouniaris

Born and educated in the United States, Ms. Karvouniaris was a member of the ACS Athens faculty from 1979 until 2014.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Miami University (Ohio) and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Western Michigan University.  Her extensive post graduate studies include the areas of history, education and writing across the curriculum.  During her 35-year career at ACS Athens, she taught European History, Sociology, Contemporary World History, Theory of Knowledge, IB History and Humanities Honors.  She has also taught Middle School Social Studies/Language Arts (MACOS).  Ms. Karvouniaris was Chair of the Social Studies Department from 1990 until 2006.  She served as Division Chair for Humanities and Arts from 2011-2013.

A firm believer in life-long learning beyond the classroom, she has organized many interdisciplinary field study experiences for students in Greece and abroad.   Based on these experiences, she and her teaching partner have presented workshops on field study as a strategy for individual inquiry at NESA and Niarchos Foundation Learning Differences international professional conferences.

She is a member of the international chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the honorary organization for professional educators.

After her retirement in September of 2014, she joined the ranks of Emeritus Faculty.


  • Alexandra Katsiki

Alexandra Katsiki is a Greek Literature Teacher and an Educator & Instructional Designer who works as an independent tutor in Athens and as a shadow teacher at the American Community Schools (ACS) of Athens.  She has six years of experience in teaching Greek Literature private lessons in middle school students and one and a half year of experience working in the field of special education, and more specifically working with children with learning differences (dyslexia and AD(H)D) in a tutoring level in collaboration with the Hellenic Institute for Rational – Emotive and Cognitive – Behavioral Therapy (Marousi, Athens).

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Pedagogy, Psychology (PPP) with major in Pedagogy, from the Kapodistrian University of Athens, and a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Educational Effectiveness and Instructional Design from the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands.  She is currently a trainee in Rational - Emotive and Cognitive - Behavioral Psychotherapy and Education for Children and Adolescents at the Hellenic Institute for RECBT of Athens.


  • Jasmina Mohamedali

Jasmina Mohamedali was born in Bulgaria, Sofia and raised in Greece, Athens.  She holds a Bachelor Degree of Science in Psychology (B.Sc.) from the State University of New York Empire State College.  Ms. Jasmina also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Counseling of Psychology (MA) from Lasalle University in Philadelphia (USA).

She did her training in PG Child Hospital Aglaia Kuriakou, in the Oncology Department of Athens.  In the Oncology Department Ms. Jasmina would inform, support both children and parents with the procedures of medical and psychological aspects.  Play therapy, Counseling, Observations and emotional maturity and empathy were applied for both children and parents.

Ms. Jasmina, applied as a volunteer in the Optimal Learning Program at ACS, in the year of 2014. In 2015 she became a member of the Shadow Teacher Team and worked with a student in the Middle School.  In addition, she also works in the Homework Club Support Team of ACS Athens since 2014.  This is her second year at ACS Athens, and feels happy to be part of the schools environment.


  • Derick Ocampo

Derick Ocampo holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in sociology from the London School of Economics.  He is originally from the US and is of Colombian parentage.  He has spent most of his years living abroad in far-off places, such as India, Brazil and France.  He has extensive professional experience as a public affairs consultant for organizations lobbying the European Union in Brussels and has also worked in academia as a research coordinator and education development project manager.  In addition, Derick has been involved in several development projects in the Global South, and is committed to service, whether inside or outside of the classroom.

Currently, Derick teaches 6th and 8th grade social studies in the Middle School at ACS Athens.  His understanding of the social sciences, his real-world, practical experience in related professional fields and his passion for teaching allows him to present the content covered in class in a way that is both relevant and interesting to students.  He hopes that his global perspectives can help students at ACS Athens gain a greater appreciation for the world around them, encouraging them to see themselves as future leaders ready to take on humanity’s greatest challenges.


  • Dr. Evangelia Prodromidi

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.  At ACS Athens, she teaches IB Biology and IB/AP Environmental Science in the Academy.