Elementary School Faculty & Staff
Sophia Moros was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois where she completed her studies at St. Xavier University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Literature and a Master of Arts Degree in Reading.
Sophia began her career teaching second and third grades in Illinois (1998 – 2001), but after attaining her M.A. in Reading she worked as a Reading Specialist (2001-2005) between grades K-8 and had the honor to work with Sony Corporation Education to implement an interactive reading program called Lightspan. Through the use of the Sony Playstation she used educational software as her main tool to successfully bring the lowest twenty-fifth percentile students up to state standards. She has also worked as a Reading Literacy Teacher to ESL students (2007-2008), between grades K-6, and worked closely with colleagues in order to reach literacy goals through team teaching strategies. After 9 years of teaching Sophia seized the opportunity to study at Trinity College, Barcelona and earned both a TESOL Certificate and Business English Certificate. She also taught temporarily at this institute before deciding to move to Athens where she had accepted a position as the Director of English Studies in a large private language school.
With sufficient international experience and an open mind to possibilities, Ms. Moros began working at the American Community Schools, Athens in 2009 and had since created a nurturing, creative and empowering environment to her elementary aged classroom.
During this time, her professional growth included taking online certification classes focused on Dyslexia through Buffalo State University of New York (2010), participated in AERO International training for mathematics standards (2011), took part in European Council of International Schools (ECIS) conferences –the first in Athens, Greece (2012) and presented in Zurch, Switzerland (2015). In addition to this, she presented at the 9th Annual Learning Difference Conference to showcase an ACS Athens Elementary School initiative program she and Ms. Stavi Dimas created for second grade, called "iteach2!.” In April 2016 she had the privilege of presenting alongside Dr. Andreas Tsokos, the Academy Science Teacher and Division Chair of Science / Mathematics & Technology, at the ACS Athens Colloquium, in order to demonstrate how Conceptual Mathematics builds computational accuracy.
By June 2016, Sophia was already enrolled in an Academic Leadership Course for Standards-Based Curriculum in Arlington, Virginia U.S.A. in order to pursue her career goal of becoming principal. She takes great pride in being a member at ACS Athens and is always looking forward to implementing best practices and aligning curricular advances to the classroom. It is with this boundless enthusiasm and great honor she embraces her new role as the Elementary School Principal for the 2016-2017 school year.
Irini Rovoli was born in Athens, Greece. She grew up in a military family and lived in many places in Greece. Ms. Rovoli holds a B.A. in Education from the University of Athens, School of Philosophy, and an M.A. in the Psychology and Education of Children with Special Needs from the University of London, Institute of Education. She also pursued advanced piano studies in the National Conservatory of Athens and studied Drama at Veaki Drama School, Athens.
Ms. Rovoli began teaching at high school level in London first and then in the Greek public sector. She joined ACS Athens in 1995 and has been a teacher of Greek in the Elementary and Middle School ever since. Ms. Rovoli actively contributed innovations in the Greek language curriculum of the elementary (content design for grades JK-5 Greek curriculum and the elementary Greek national celebrations). She also taught 5th grade English Language Arts class and has served as Team Leader.
She has published articles in the British Journal of Educational Psychology, Institute of Education Alumni magazine, NESA News magazine, and ACS Athens Ethos. As co-advisor of the ACS Elementary Turtle Club, she presented this innovative environmental initiative on student leadership and action through Project-Based Learning at the ECIS Conference in 2012 in Athens, and at the NESA International Conference in 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. Her presentation at the ACS Colloquium 2016 was her original work on rhyming grammar rules for the Greek language learners.
In 2013, Ms. Rovoli became a certified Critical Friends Groups coach (National School Reform Faculty). She is currently a facilitator in the ACS Collaborative Learning Communities which promote teacher collaboration and professional growth, and is also attending the Teaching, Learning, Writing and Leading workshop at ACS Athens. On January of this year, Ms. Rovoli was honored to become the Elementary Vice Principal and is excited to work towards our growing elementary school’s goals. Her educational interests include teacher collaboration, student creativity, language development and learning differences.
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.
Ino Korbaki holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (B.A. PSY) from the American College of Greece and Master's Degrees in Clinical Psychology (M.A. CPSY) and Applied Sociology/Human Resource Management (M.A. SOC/HRM) from the University of Indianapolis.
Ino brings in a wealth of experience in global education, education administration and teaching. She has held administrative positions in the areas of Student & Academic Affairs, Admissions & Development and Human Resources. She has taught for several years courses in public relations and psychology.
She is/was an active member and Board Vice President of Hellas Employee Assistance Programs (Hellas EAP) as well as member of APA (American Psychological Association) and CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).
Ms. Chryssoula Xiggi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She holds a Teaching English License in ESL recognized by the Greek Ministry of Education and a Certificate in Translation (English – Greek general and specialized translations).
At ACS Athens she has held the following positions: Middle School Counseling Secretary, Middle School Principal’s Secretary, Registrar, and Assistant to the IB Director. She currently holds the position of Administrative Assistant to the Elementary School Principal and she provides the translation services at ACS Athens.
Ms. Korinna Kokkali was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her studies at the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign, where she graduated with honors in her education courses. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and received her certification from the State of Illinois. In addition to her degree, she also holds approval for Special Education.
Ms. Kokkali has been teaching children in both first grade and primarily in Junior Kindergarten since 2001. Having first worked in the Chicago Public School system and then moving on to ACS Athens in 2006, she has had much experience working with young children who come from a diverse background, many of which were students who spoke English as a second language. This will be her eleventh year teaching Junior Kindergarten with ACS Athens.
Ms. Kokkali is always pursuing new and innovative methods of facilitating the learning process so that she can enhance and improve her own teaching style. She has attended many conferences since attaining her certification, including the annual conference on Learning Differences and Innovative Summit held at ACS Athens, as well as the ECIS conference which was held in 2012. In 2015-16, Ms. Kokkali conducted and concluded an action research project on how she could facilitate her students’ conceptual understanding of number sense through a variety of methods, techniques, and activities. She then had the opportunity to present her findings and conclusions with two of her colleagues at the ACS Colloquium on Sharing Best Practices.email:
Ms. Georgia Mentes holds a Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education from the University of Crete. She completed her Master’s degree in Developmental and Learning Disabilities at the American College of Greece, in Athens, while also being granted approval for teaching English as a Second Language from the Greek State.
Ms. Mentes has experience working with Elementary School children within both Greek and American educational systems. During the academic year 2014-2015, she has worked at ACS Athens as a Shadow Teacher and a Substitute Teacher and has worked with the Institute for Innovation and Creativity’s After School Homework Support Programs, as well as the Optimal Learning Program. Before that Ms. Mentes had also worked part -time as a Special Educator at a private center in Athens.
Ms. Mentes is passionate about researching the most current trends in education and applying those that better accommodate her class’ needs. Within the last two years, she has attended the 10th Learning Differences Conference in ACS Athens, as well as a workshop titled "Teaching and Learning through Art" in The American College of Greece. She also conducted a poster presentation at the 2016 ACS Athens Colloquium, based on her research "Applying Occupational Therapy Strategies in the Junior Kindergarten Classroom." Prior to 2015, Ms. Mentes has attended numerous conferences and has pursued a training program on Organization and Administration of Education at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, through which she was awarded a graduate certificate.
Ms. Mentes is also passionate about teaching young children and making a difference during the early stages of their education. She is part of the ACS Athens Early Childhood Program since 2015.
Ms. Eleftheria Ferentinos has been a part of the ACS family and the Early Childhood Department since 2002. She was born in New York and holds a Bachelor's degree in Science from St. John's University.
Ms. Ferentinos is certified in Early Childhood from the state of Florida. As well, she has completed the educator preparation institute at NCATE, the accredited Professional Education Unit of the University of West Florida.
Ms. Ferentinos attends the ACS annual Conference on Learning Differences. Also Ms. Ferentinos attended the ECIS conference held at ACS Athens. Ms. Ferentinos participated in the ACS Athens Colloquium where she presented, along with Ms. Kokkalis and Ms. Lamprou, strategies of conceptual and constructive teaching in mathematics for Early Childhood. Furthermore, Ms. Ferentinos through her Action Research, researched ways of effectively teaching writing in Kindergarten while using the Writing Workshop method.
Ms. Ferentinos is passionate about helping children grow during the early years and is continually looking at elements of effective teaching. This will be her third year as a Kindergarten teacher with ACS Athens.
Ms. Laura Kollintzas was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and moved to Athens, Greece at the age of 5. She is an ACS Athens alumni student, attending the school from kindergarten all the way through to 12th grade. Ms. Kollintzas graduated from Deree College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and continued her studies in Great Britain, where she received a Post Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Studies, from Roehampton University in London, and a Masters in Early Childhood Education, from UCL-Institute of Education in London. Further, Ms. Kollintzas is a Certified Elementary Teacher for grades Pre-K to 6, from the state of Florida. Her work experience in the elementary grades consists of five years teaching in pre-k and kindergarten, including one year of volunteer work, and 1 year in the second grade where she did her teaching preparation practicum in collaboration with the University of West Florida.
Over the years, Ms. Kollintzas has participated in a variety of seminars and conferences. More specifically, she has attended a number of seminars while studying at UCL-Institute of Education, topics which included "EPEE Project Findings", "Transitions and Children's Working Theories", and "International Early Years Provision." Additionally, Ms. Kollintzas attended the 2012 ECIS conference, focusing on "The Changing Landscape in Early Childhood Education." Other seminars include "School Management and Leadership", a yearlong series of seminars and training in "Teaching through the Arts", and seminars held by UCL-Institute of Education, titled "For teachers by Teachers-Learning through Observing Each Other." Finally Ms. Kollintzas attended the 2016 ACS Colloquium and had the opportunity to observe numerous inspiring presentations which involved the innovative approaches which ACS Athens and its faculty implement in order to holistically educate their students.
Ms. Kollintzas is very passionate and enthusiastic about teaching, and considers her role as an early childhood educators to be crucial and vital in creating future global citizens. Her priority and goal as an educator is to promote and sustain an environment which nurtures happy, secure, and confident children, and motivates students to develop into life-long learners.
Ms. Christina Birbil is a Greek-American who was born in Spain and grew up in Spain, Italy, England, South Africa, Mexico, the United States (Austin, TX. and New York City) and Greece. A true citizen of the world and a self-professed (Adult) Third Culture Kid, she understands the make-up of our student body as she, too, has traveled the world attending international schools.
Ms. Birbil graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a minor in Philosophy. She then pursued her teaching career while simultaneously receiving her Master’s degree in Education from The University of La Verne. With her Graduating Thesis, entitled The Socio-Emotional Benefits of Animals in the Classroom, and her Black Belt in Mixed Martial Arts, Ms. Birbil puts forth a select brand of empathy and perseverance into her life’s work.
In the fall of 2012, Ms. Birbil introduced Captain Chip (her tripawd rescue puppy) into the first grade arena and the ACS Athens community at large. As a pioneer, Captain Chip became the mascot of the elementary school and an inspiration both academically as well as socially. In 2013, Ms. Birbil and Mr. Koutsopoulos joined forces and created what is now known as the Dogs in Learning program. ACS Athens is now entering its fifth year in the program and an entire elementary school of faculty and students (1st-5th grades) who have worked with Captain Chip, as well as the Dogs in Learning program. Captain Chip continues to be both an integral part in classroom learning and an inspiration to all.
Throughout her career, Ms. Birbil has participated in various professional development training programs and seminars, including a PYP training seminar in Burgos, Spain; a NESA conference in Athens, Greece; and several Learning Differences conferences hosted at ACS Athens campus.
In June of 2012, she completed her Critical Friends Group Coaches Training and is an accredited facilitator for the National School Reform (NSRF). Ms. Birbil is currently one of four group facilitators here at ACS Athens, helping to create a trust-based community through collaborative group processes in which colleagues reflect on their practices, share ideas and promote problem solving.
In the spring of 2015, Ms. Birbil and Mr. Koutsopoulos (along with K9 companions) presented the ACS Athens Dogs in Learning Program at the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) conference in Zurich, Switzerland. At the ACS Athens Colloquium in 2016, Ms. Birbil and her first grade students held an interactive demonstration for visitors, "Captain Chip – A Canine Literacy Partner: Demonstration of a novel Early Elementary school literacy project." Also, at the ACS Athens Colloquium, Ms. Birbil and Mr. Hoc presented a Morphosis talk on Constructivist/Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning, illustrating "Design Time: An ACS Athens Elementary School Genius Hour."
Ms. Vicki Klimou was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. There, she completed her Bachelor of Arts with a major in French Literature and Linguistics and a minor in Psychology (2006) at Simon Fraser University. She also obtained her teaching certification diploma from Vancouver as well.
Prior to coming to Greece, Ms. Vicki Klimou taught at the Kindergarten and Preschool level. She came to ACS Athens in the 2008-2009 school year as a JK Aide. She then taught French in the Middle School for three years from 2009 to 2011. She then moved back to the Elementary school to teach Junior Kindergarten from 2012-2014 and is now very excited to be teaching first graders!
Ms. Klimou is also very active in other areas of ACS. She has taught the beginner’s Greek course at the Institute for Innovation and Creativity since 2011. She has coached the JV Girls Soccer team and Assisted with the Varsity Girls Soccer Team since 2010, and has also coached Elementary soccer in the after-school programs.
Ms. Elizabeth Ktorides attended ACS Athens K-12 and is excited to return as a teacher to the ACS Athens community. She continued her studies at Bard College in Upstate New York where she received a B.A. in Literature in 2005. Ms. Ktorides has received EFL teacher training from CELTA run by Cambridge and received her teacher training and certification from the University of Western Florida.
After finishing her studies at Bard University, Ms. Ktorides moved back to Greece and began her career as an educator through tutoring. She also worked as a Shadow Teacher at ACS Athens for 4 years. Looking for change and adventure, Elizabeth moved to Bratislava, Slovakia where she taught pre-school for 3 years at the American School, QSI. At QSI Ms. Ktorides participated in the Professional Development Conferences both as an attendee and as a presenter delivering a presentation about Behavioral Differentiation and a two-day workshop titled Playing as Learning in Early Childhood. Additionally, Ms. Ktorides has also attended a number of conferences on Learning Differences at ACS Athens. Ms. Ktorides is delighted to be back at ACS Athens and very enthusiastic about teaching the 1st grade.
Ms. Lamprou was born in Connecticut and shared her childhood between the United States and Greece, her native country; however, she also lived in London. Her experiences in different countries has provided her with strong observation skills, an understanding of different cultures and an acceptance of all people.
Her education covers the education sector with a focus on special needs, with a B.A. in elementary and special education from Holy Family University (Philadelphia, PA) and with an MIS. (Master's in Information Systems and Technology) from Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pa). She has worked in schools, information systems, and in the advertising field.
She has worked closely with her professor and advisor, James Dullea Ph.D. at Drexel University where she also researched and published an article in the Data & Knowledge Engineering (DKE) journal, entitled 'An Analysis of structural validity in entity-relationship modeling'.
Christina Marinou was born in Athens, Greece. She grew up in a military family and was given the opportunity to travel around Europe. She graduated from Brussels' American School (Department of Defense Education Activity) and studied Informatics and Telecommunications at the National and Kapodistrian University. At that time, she decided that she was very interested in working with children so she switched her major to Early Childhood Education (summa cum laude). Christina has also completed a course on Special Education Needs offered by the British Council. She has received psycho educational training under Dr. Castleberry (George Washington University) and she is currently completing a M.Sc. in ICT for Education at the University of Athens, University of Thessaly and Technological Education Institute of Piraeus.
Christina has worked as a preschool and an ESL teacher in private schools (K-9) and public schools (K-2), helping students to build skills and independence, develop character and achieve positive outcomes. She has volunteered in several municipalities, introducing children to STEM education, as she is a member of the Greek Union of Scientific Information and Communication Technologies in Education. While at ACS Athens, Christina has worked as an assistant to the Optimal Learning Program (OLP) for both Elementary and Middle School and as a Science teacher (a “Mad Scientist”) in ACS Athens Summer Youth Camp. She also got engaged in a Co-Teaching model in Science 7 ESL and published articles in several journals of educational research, as well as an article in Ethos Magazine. In April 2016, she presented, "Co Teaching - How to change Teaching & Learning: The Experience of classes with students receiving OLP support" at the ACS Athens Colloquium.
This is her second year at ACS Athens, where she has been given the opportunity to embrace the value of the student as an individual learner and an architect of his own learning and is now very excited to be teaching first graders, doing her best to provide her students with powerful tools to improve their ability to learn.
Ms. Safaris was born and raised in Calgary-Alberta, Canada of Greek decent. She is a proud Greek-Canadian whose deep-rooted love of Greece gave her the strength to leave everything she knew and loved in Canada to move permanently to Athens-Greece in 1992. Her belief that education has no boundaries, no color and no limits gives her the courage to teach children of all ages anywhere. Adapting, changing and improving the method of teaching have been a personal way of life for Ms. Safaris that matched nicely with the ACS Athens Elementary School’s style.
Ms. Safaris graduated from the University of Calgary and received her Bachelor of Education Degree with a minor in Child Psychology. She received her Permanent E.C.S. Diploma in 1990. She then went on to work for the Calgary Board of Education for four years and taught from Kindergarten to Grade 3.
On April 22nd, 2016 Ms. Safaris presented her 3-year study at the ACS Athens Colloquium. As ACS Athens services an influx of ESL/EFL students her paper was based on the question, "How can constructivist learning help students close the learning gaps in Mathematics for ESL students?." By merging best practices between math and language teaching, her innovative courses provided experiences that bridged gaps for her literacy students. This proved to increase their conceptual math knowledge, while expanded their communicative competence in English, and ultimately prepared them for success in future math coursework.
Ms. Safaris has also served as a Mentor Teacher for students from American, European and Greek Universities. She has also joined in other research papers aiding University students with their Masters or Doctorate papers.
Following the various NESA Conferences or Workshops specifically Ms. Erma Anderson’s mathematical training seminars. She values the contact between ACS Athens and a mathematical consultant as it enhances her teaching and personal growth as a teacher.
Other work experiences Ms. Safaris has had are in the fields of Publishing, HR., PR, Administration, Sales and Marketing which has added a wide variety of experiences to her knowledge and growth as a person. Never having separated herself from educating the young, she constantly seeks out new ideas and ways to excite and encourage children. She taught 1st grade for the first two years at ACS Athens and has been teaching 2nd grade for the last two years going on her third year this year.
Ms. Safaris is both honored and excited to an ACS Athens Educator.
Ms. Angela Kiki Spiliot earned a B.Sc. in Education, and a M.Sc. in Education at St. John’s University, School of Education, in New York City. She taught Technology for two years in New York then moved to Rhode Island, where she continued to teach Technology K-12 in Newport. She holds a United States Life Teaching Certification, from the Common Wealth of Massachusetts. Ms. Spiliot has taught Kindergarten through the 12th grade, Adult after school Technology Programs, Microsoft Office and at the University level, Technology in Education.
She was an American Community School high school student of Athens, who graduated in 1983. She moved back to Athens, in 1989 where she began teaching Information Technology and was the Information Technology Coordinator K-12 at ACS Athens.
She has also taught for ten years at the University of Laverne, Athens, in the Masters Program 1990 - 2000. She led Master candidates towards their degree in M.Sc. in Education & Psychology. Ms. Spiliot has attended many educational seminars in the Athens area and overseas in the past 26 years which include Constantinople and Morocco. These seminars have improved her specific educational techniques and have translated into great success stories for her students. Her knowledge on the field of Technology has also taken her on Greek TV, where is has spoken about the positive and negative aspects of Technology and the Child. One of her strengths is "using technology in the classroom to build self-esteem”. Building positive self-esteem into her students is a major aspect of who she is, whether she is in the second grade or in a computer lab.
Teaching 2nd Grade in the Elementary School since 2012 has brought an abundance of joy into her life. Her love for teaching is evident and widely seen every day from her students. She builds character, love, support and ethics. She finds each child’s strengths and builds on that. Her role model is, Teacher Tom. She was ecstatic when he came to Greece to conduct a seminar. It was a Learning Goal for her that sprung her even more energetically into the 2nd Grade! Her "Happy Hats Writing in Style with Juicy Words," has developed into a finite, fascinating positive adventure for new and upcoming writers! Her students participated in the Athens ACS, colloquium, where they showcased their work, live, to other international schools that were present.
Ms. Spiliot promotes a positive energy surge in her class. You will hear her say, "Power Energy," and her students in return will respond with, "Wooooooooooooo" holding up their arms showcasing their strong arm muscles, which in fact represent their energetic and positive mind and soul. Her daughter Ioanna, had said "my mom opens her handbag and a positive day springs out!"
She is a advent biker, canyon adventurer, rock climber, snowboarder and is still trying to Master Kite Surfer.
Ms. Marina Stamati was born and raised in Athens. She graduated from ACS Athens with a full academic scholarship and began her studies in English Language and Literature at the University of Cyprus. Due to her excellent academic performance, she received a second scholarship to attend a course in Modernist Literature at the University of Edinburgh. Falling in love with education, however, Ms. Stamati decided to shift the focus of her studies and attended the University of Dundee, receiving a First Class Honors Degree in Nursery and Primary Education.
Ms. Stamati is a registered teacher by the General Teaching Council for Scotland and has completed her teaching practices in Greek private schools as well as other International Schools.
This is her first year teaching in ACS Athens and is excited to be teaching 2nd grade!
Ms. Dimas was born and raised in Washington D.C., USA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, in Art History from the American College of Greece with High Distinction and a Master’s degree in Museology with a concentration in Museum Education. Ms. Dimas is certified to teach grades PK-3 from the state of Florida, and has completed the educator preparation institute at NCATE, the accredited Professional Education Unit of the University of West Florida. Prior to joining the ACS Athens Faculty, Ms. Dimas worked with school and family groups at the Hellenic Children’s Museum in Plaka, Athens, specializing in inquiry-based learning and constructivism.
Ms. Dimas has contributed to ACS Athens across the grade levels. She spearheaded the “iteach2” project together with Ms. Moros in the second grade and the Writing in Action workshop with Ms. Amalia Zavakopoulou for middle school students. Last year, Ms. Dimas had the opportunity to act as advisor to the Forensics interest group, Group Discussion, where she worked closely with high school students to realize their potential as conscious and active members of an ever-changing global community.
Ms. Dimas is challenged and inspired by the spontaneity and love of learning she witnesses in her students every day. After teaching kindergarten for two years at ACS Athens, she is delighted to be part of the third grade team this year.
Venetia was born and raised in New York, New York. She obtained her B.A in English Literature with a focus on Secondary Education and minor in Media Studies at Hunter College City University of New York. Her interest in the global community has led to her studying Spanish at Universidad Antonio de Nabrija, Madrid and completing a course in cultural studies at Deakin University in Australia.
After obtaining her TEFL certificate, she worked as an English teacher for the Association Culture Linguistics Education in Italy. Here she primarily taught children aged 5-12, developing her versatility as a teacher for children of various ages, needs and backgrounds.
Venetia is an ACS Athens alumnus herself, and subsequently gained experience working at ACS Athens as a Shadow Teacher, Substitute Teacher and Academic Coach. With her longstanding passion for primary education, she is ecstatic to be undertaking the role of a 3rd grade teacher.
Derick Ocampo was born in Secaucus, New Jersey, and spent several years of his childhood in Colombia before moving back to the United States. He has also lived and worked in India, Brazil, the UK, France and Belgium.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Minor in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. He then went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics.
In 2009, Derick spearheaded an education development project in Cartagena, Colombia, sponsored by Harvard University’s World Teach and the Colombian Ministry of Education. After successfully bringing this project to scale, Derick went on to work as a public affairs advisor for a pan-European think tank and an industry association in Brussels. In 2012, Derick moved to Athens to work as a research coordinator for the Euro-Atlantic group at the Institute of International Relations in Panteion University.
Derick’s passion for and experience in the education sector eventually brought him to the ACS Athens family, where he started off as a 6th and 8th grade Social Studies and History teacher. Currently, he is teaching 3rd grade in the ACS Athens Elementary School. His understanding of the social sciences, his real-world, practical experience in related professional fields and his enthusiasm for education enables him to present the content covered in class in a way that is relevant, exciting, interesting and intelligible to students of all backgrounds and with different educational needs. He hopes that his global perspectives can help his students at ACS Athens gain a greater appreciation and knowledge of the world around them, encouraging them to expand their horizons and take their education into their own hands.
Ashley Martinez is from Kansas City, Missouri, USA. She completed her Bachelors of Sociology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2008), and her Masters of Elementary Education at Rockhurst University in Kansas City (2012).
During her undergraduate work, Ashley worked as an in-home paraprofessional for children with mild to severe autism. Once she completed undergraduate work, she began working in schools as a paraprofessional. That is when she went back to school for her masters and teacher certification grades 1st - 6th.
Overall, Ashley has been teaching elementary school for 5 years. During her time in the United States, she has worked as a 3rd and 4th grade teacher, the 4th and 5th grade team lead, the math department head, and coached middle school girls’ basketball. In addition to these experiences, Ashley has attended many professional development seminars and trainings, and contributed to the ACS Colloquium Demonstrations of Student Learning.
These experiences combined with her education and training have equipped her to help your student reach their fullest potential. Ashley is looking forward to an exciting year in 4th grade.
"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." Sydney J. Harris.
Ms. Lia Sinouris is originally from Athens, Greece. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in 20th Century European History from Connecticut College, USA, (spending semesters abroad in India and the Czech Republic) and completed her postgraduate studies in Special Education (Inclusion Studies) in London, England, at the Institute of Education. Her International Teacher Certificate was obtained from ECIS and the University of Cambridge (International Examinations). She is currently working on earning her Equivalency Degree from the Greek Ministry of Education.
Her "teacher calling" began 15 years ago where she tutored students with learning differences; she encouraged their learning styles and assisted them with their academic responsibilities. Since then she has worked in various international schools in Athens and remains fascinated with the realm of international education as she believes it provides the platform for authentic and innovative learning. She has previously worked at ACS Athens in the Optimal Learning Program for three years a nd avidly supports each student’s unique capacity to create magic and think outside the box. This year will mark her second as a member of the 4th grade team.
Throughout her academic career Ms. Sinouris has attended numerous conferences and seminars related to her areas of interest including the Learning Differences Conference hosted by ACS Athens and other professional development conventions (in Teaching Math, Teaching Reading and Spelling, Developmental Disorders, and Co-Teaching). Her participation in the 2016 ACS Athens Colloquium involved collaborating with another teacher to explore the effects of planning time within a partnership model. Learning in an intercultural context, dimensions of language and student transition are ongoing research interests. Her educational philosophy is found on the notion that we do not all learn in the same way.
Ms. Sinouris is overjoyed to be embarking on another learning adventure with the 4th graders this year and hopes to be able to leave a positive mark in all her wonderful students' lives.
Ms. Evi Evloyias was born and raised in Athens, Greece. Her background is bi-cultural and she is a native speaker of both English and Greek. She completed her studies at Wheaton College, MA and graduated with honors from Deree College with a B.Sc. in International Business and European Affairs with a minor in Economics.
Ms. Evloyias is certified to teach grades K-6 from the state of Florida, and has completed the educator preparation institute at NCATE, the accredited Professional Education Unit of the University of West Florida. Ms. Evloyias believes in keeping up to date with teaching and learning and has attended numerous professional development training seminars and conferences during her time with ACS Athens. She recently participated in the 2016 ACS Athens Colloquium; where with her team presented, Exploring Colonial America through research-based creative writing: a 5th grade project. She has attended all the Learning Differences Conferences that have taken place at ACS Athens and has also worked closely with the OLP department. Ms. Evloyias has also participated in math workshops led by Erma Anderson on Conceptual Mathematics as well as science workshops led by Dr. Abour Cherif on Spurring Creativity in Science. She has also been an advisor for the Honor Code in the Elementary School.
Ms. Evloyias is an ACS Athens alumni and started working at ACS Athens as a Shadow Teacher for six years, both in the elementary and middle school. This experience has given her a unique insight into the longitudinal educational experience of students in elementary, knowing both where they have come from and where they need to be when they reach Middle School. Ms. Evloyias has previously also taught 5th grade and this is her second year teaching 4th grade.
Ms. Evloyias loves teaching and inspiring students to learn; she is eager for this school year to begin. She is a strong believer of what Ignacio Estrada had once said, "If a child can't learn the way we teach maybe we should teach the way they learn."
Ms. Coklas was raised in Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.A in Psychology from DePaul University of Chicago, M.A in Education (specializing in Curriculum and Design) from St. Xavier University of Chicago, and her Teaching Certification from the State of Illinois. Ms. Coklas has also studied at the University of Indianapolis (Athens campus): which has brought her closer to earning an M.B.A.
Ms. Coklas has been in education since 2000. Back in Chicago, Ms. Coklas was the co-founder and co-creator of the Oak Lawn/ Hometown school district's Mentor program. She was invited to speak/ present workshops at several Tri-State area Conferences on the importance of Mentor Programs for beginning teachers and Classroom Management.
She has been an active member of ACS Athens since 2008 and is currently teaching fifth grade.
Ms. Coklas has traveled to London, Vienna, and the United States as a representative of ACS Athens in order to establish affiliations for our graduating students to various universities (including but not limited to Oxford University, New York University, University of Chicago, etc.). She deeply appreciates and respects the superb level of education our school provides and will support our students (at any grade level) to achieve their goals and future endeavors.
Ms. Coklas' passion for teaching comes from the outstanding teachers she has had throughout her life. She remembers feeling safe, loved, and inspired. This is what she wants her students to feel. Without love, without feeling secure enough to be who you are and express your thoughts in a "safe" setting, and without inspiration, learning cannot take place. Her goal has always been to be a small, yet important factor in her students becoming educated individuals that inspire leadership and be a positive force in changing the world to become a better place. She believes if we all work together, this can happen, one person at a time.
Ms. Coklas’ was a proud member of the ACS Athens 2016 Colloquium where she presented a student demonstration of "Exploring Colonial America through Research Based Creative Writing." She intends on continuing her Action Research in the area of writing.
Ms. Kynigou was raised in England. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University and then qualified as a teacher at the London University, Institute of Education.
She taught at St Pauls Primary School, London, UK and at TASIS Elementary School, Athens before joining ACS Athens in 1990. She has actively developed curriculum innovations for Early Childhood, 4th and 5th grade levels over her 26 years teaching at the school.
In addition to her teaching role, Ms. Kynigou is the Coordinator of Professional Collaboration and Learning at ACS Athens, and regularly presents at school-wide curriculum development seminars. She is the co founder and co-coordinator of the ACS Athens Collaborative Learning Community, a forum for professional reflection, problem solving and growth. She and David Nelson presented about the CLC during the recent ACS Athens Colloquium.
Ms. Kynigou is also an accredited National Trainer / Facilitator for the National School Reform Faculty (NSRF). She specializes in creating trust-based communities through collaborative group processes and facilitating Critical Friends Groups in which colleagues reflect on their practice, share ideas and promote problem solving. In addition to her CFG training, she also attended the Adaptive Schools training held during the 2015 NESA Spring Educators Conference for advanced training in facilitation techniques.
Ms. Kynigou first represented ACS Athens at TESOL, Athens 2008 presenting on teaching language arts skills through research. At the NESA Spring Educators Conference 2010, she presented a workshop on the creation on the 5th grade play, which she was also invited to present at the Constructionism 2010 conference at the American University of Paris. During the ACS Athens 6th Annual Conference On Learning Differences, 2011, she presented "Me and My Shadow" with Ms. Angelik Grigoratos: a workshop about building student success through teacher/shadow teacher collaboration. She attended the 2012 Jefferson Overseas Schools Technology Institute and the NESA Spring Educators Conference in 2013. She has been a frequent contributor to the school Ethos Magazine, writing about using blogging and a writing workshop approach to teach writing. Most recently, in collaboration with Helen Sarantes, Elementary Technology Specialist, she has written a chapter, "Setting the Stage for i2Flex, The View from the Elementary School," for the newly published "Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning through the i2Flex Classroom model" by Maria Avgerinou and Stefanos Gialamas.
Ms. Kynigou maintains the fifth grade blog (O.W.L.) where students can share their learning experiences and publish their personal writing.
Ms. Eleftheria Maratou grew up in New York and is of Greek decent. She completed her studies in Childhood Education at St.John’s University and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and has also received a Masters degree in Education with a minor in English Literature from the same institution. Ms. Maratou has acquired her permanent teaching license from the State Education Department of N.Y. for Nursery, Kindergarten and grades 1-6 and also holds an English 7-9 extension to teach English Literature.
Ms. Maratou started her career in the Educational field teaching High School English Lit., to grades 9-12 in the Queens, N.Y. school system. The age groups of her students have varied throughout her 25 years of teaching, thus enabling her to gain experience with different levels of learning. Ms. Maratou has also worked as an ESL/EFL teacher here in Athens. She has prepared students from ages 12 to adult, for all levels and types of exams in order for those students to successfully attain certificates of English language acquisition and proficiency. She is a member of TESOL and a CaMLA examiner in affiliation with the Hellenic American Union here in Greece.
Ms. Maratou and has been teaching 5th grade at ACS since 2013. She absolutely loves teaching this age group and as an educator, she inspires confidence in her students to become healthy, critical thinking individuals. Eleftheria is the advisor to the Elementary School Student Council, which provides students with opportunities to develop awareness and understanding of community issues, to explore the responsibilities that come with leadership and the challenges of teamwork.
Ms. Maratou believes that teaching provides an opportunity for continual growth and learning. Ms. Maratou has attended many educational institutes and workshops. She has attended a presentation about bullying by internationally known author Barabara Coloroso. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 she attended workshops by NESA consultant Erma Anderson on implementation of common core standards into the Math curriculum and understanding Math conceptually. In 2013 she attended the Institute on "Transformative Approaches to Teaching Students with ADHD," by Tuckman–Dendy. In April of 2015, Ms. Maratou attended a workshop run by Dr. Arbour Cherif on "Spurring Creativity in Science." In 2015 she had mentored an ITEPS student from Stenden University, Holland. Also, she is part of the New Colleagues Program here at ACS.
Eleftheria has also contributed to the 2016 ACS Colloquium with demonstrations of student learning where students explored Colonial America through research based creative writing and use of technology to produce a character avatar. She has co-written an article on the Colloquium presentation, which can be found in the current issue of the school Ethos magazine.
Teaching for Eleftheria is very fulfilling and rewarding. Ms. Maratou believes that each student has something unique and special to bring to the classroom. Her goal is to provide students with the necessary tools and guidance to facilitate autonomous learning and self-expression. As an educator she encourages her students to explore, experience and understand the subject matter introduced to them.
"Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I may remember, Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin.
Ms. Accari is the Arabic language teacher at the Elementary school. Born in Latakia, Syria, Ms. Accari became a certified elementary teacher by the University of Latakia. She has a rich experience in teaching all levels of the Arabic language and has been at ACS since 1990.
Ms. Accari has attended various international and local conferences on language teaching, assessment and education practices.
Born in Alexandria, Egypt, and raised in Kuwait and Athens, Farida El Gazzar, an ACS Athens alumna, graduated from Vakalo School of Art & Design, in Athens, and then moved to London where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Hons degree from Kingston University, and her Master of Arts degree from the Royal College of Art.
Prior to joining the ACS Athens faculty, she gave seminars for portfolio preparations and art drawing classes to ACS Athens students in collaboration with AKTO School of Art & Design.
From 2003 to 2007, she was co-founder of the creative team WARDA. Ms. El Gazzar was an artist-in-residence in Cairo 2008, and in Bahrain 2009, where she gave workshops to local artists.
She is represented by Kalfayan Galleries, Athens-Thessaloniki and has exhibited in Greece and abroad. She is an artist and freelance illustrator. Among her clients, she has collaborated with the National London Theatre, Hayford & Rhodes, the Greek Ministry of Environment, ATHENS 2004, Cornell University Press, DOL; Lambrakis and Kathimerini publications. Her works are with institutional collections such as The Barjeel Art Foundation and major private collections in Europe, the USA and the MENAM.
Ms. Elli was born and raised in Athens. She is an artist and an art-teacher. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Painting (2002-2008) from the Fine Arts School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where she graduated with a first class degree and distinction. From 2009 till 2011 she continued her studies in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she completed a Master’s Degree of Fine Arts in Painting at the Edinburgh College of Art - University of Edinburgh. For her studies in Scotland she received the Alexander Onassis scholarship.
In 2010 she was awarded the Andrew Grant Prize for the production of outstanding artwork and the Barns Graham traveling scholarship to Italy. In 2011 she earned the John Kinross Scholarship for art production and research in Florence, Italy from the Royal Scottish Academy. She has also worked as an Artist in Residency in Chicago, (2010). Some of her artworks belong to the permanent collection of the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh and to the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and she has taken part into more than thirty art shows.
This is her second year at ACS Athens. She will be teaching Art in grades 1 to 5.
Katarina’s upbringing in a military family, and consequent travels to multiple countries, led to her love of adventure and appreciation of different cultures. She spent most of her undergraduate college time in Lincoln, Nebraska, but also enjoyed studying in Mexico and working in New York with individuals with disabilities. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008 with degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education, and an Art Endorsement.
Katarina taught in Nebraska for seven years, fulfilling the roles of Special Education Teacher, 3rd Grade Teacher, and 4th Grade Teacher. She is thankful for the her experiences in the Papillion-LaVista School District where she learned to implement the workshop model into Reading, Writing, and Math instruction to work with smaller, differentiated groups. She also enjoyed the practice of Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST), continuous staff development, and collaborating in Professional Learning Communities.
In 2015 Katarina graduated with a Master of Arts in Language Teaching, with a Concentration and Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Through her Masters program and other volunteer work, she enjoyed tutoring and working with refugees of all ages.
This is Katarina’s second year teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at ACS Athens. In the Spring of 2016 Katarina co-led a workshop at the ACS Athens Colloquium, sharing strategies used in the ESL classroom.
Ms. Papageorgiou was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds a B.A. in Greek Literature with major in Ancient Greek Literature and Latin from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Ms. Papageorgiou worked many years as a teacher of Greek and taught students of all grades (elementary through high school). She has also worked in a publishing house for two years as an editor of Greek Language and Literature schoolbooks.
Ms. Papageorgiou teaches the Language Arts and Advanced classes at ACS Athens Elementary School since 2007 and is also currently teaching Greek in the Middle School. She has also taught at the Elementary Writing Center helping students between 1st - 5th grades with their writing. Ms. Papageorgiou has also taught the Greek Isotimia Program of ACS Athens High school for several years.
Ms. Papageorgiou has published articles in Ethos magazine on Greek language instruction and celebrations. She also has attended many educational conferences – seminars on Teaching, Technology in Education and Learning Differences.
Ms. Natasha Stratoglou was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She holds a B.A. in French Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a M.Sc. in Management of Cultural Institutions from the Greek Open University. Post graduate work includes studies in Human Development at the University of La Verne Athens, Writing Across the Curriculum at the University of Berkeley (extension), Education at the University of Athens. She has been at ACS Athens since 1990, where she has taught in all three education levels, all levels of French and Greek. She has served as Foreign Language Coordinator in the Middle School, Middle School Yearbook Advisor, French Trip advisor, French Club and Greek Club advisor and Cairo Exchange advisor.
She is a member of the Greek Applied Linguistics Association. She has attended IB Middle Years Program conferences in Athens and Istanbul, several Learning Differences Conferences held at ACS Athens, two NESA conferences in Athens. She has presented her work in two conferences for graduate students of Museum Studies organized by the University of Athens, Museum Research section.
In April 2016, she presented her work on the "Effective implementation and positive influence of the i2Flex methodology in a multi-level Language class" in the ACS Athens Colloquium.
Through her experience and knowledge she supports, encourages and inspires children. She is an enthusiastic, motivating teacher that creates diverse, exciting and provoking challenges to promote learning.
Helen was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She earned her B.Sc. in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has thirty years of experience in teaching technology at the elementary school level and has witnessed the transformation of computers from the simple 64-kilobyte home computers to the current high speed devices of today.
Ms. Sarantes is an active participant in a research study for the development of the new educational search engine, Choosito! Her current teaching focuses on using technology as a tool for learning which is critical for students’ lives in the 21st century.
Her professional growth includes attending various NESA and ECIS conferences and is a frequent contributor of articles for the school Ethos Magazine. In April 2016, she presented, "A Demonstration of Student Learning" at the ACS Athens Colloquium.
Ms. Sarantes was nominated for the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) 2016 Outstanding Teacher Award and is a co-author for the recently released book, "Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning through the i2Flex Classroom Model." Her contribution focused on, "Setting the Stage for i2Flex: The View from the Elementary School."
Ms. Apostolou was born in Greece and started playing the piano at a very early age. After completing her school and music studies at the conservatoire in Greece she went on to higher education in the UK and graduated with a Bachelor of Music, a Masters in Ethnomusicology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
Having worked in UK public schools for many years as a music teacher Ms. Apostolou returned to her home country to share her passion for music and education with people who experience life in Greece.
This is Ms. Apostolou's fifth year at ACS Athens where she is the music teacher in the elementary school. She takes great joy sharing her musical knowledge with her students. She also enjoys helping them develop their skills and experiences in a creative and stimulating environment that are adjusted to their needs and age from Kindergarten through Grade 5.
Efi Karatopouzi was born in Greece having a Greek Australian Citizenship (Australian mother.) Was raised abroad until she finished first grade. She studied Physical Education in Athens sports and science University, where she earned a B.A. specialized in Track and field. She is an official Archery coach - track and field and National Nordic coach. She has been a fitness teacher for several years working in sports clubs for adults and children. Worked as a volunteer for abused children in Zannio institution as a physical education teacher. She finished one year of educational seminars on child psychology in University Aigaiou. She has worked as a Physical Education teacher in Kindergarten for the last 3 years believing that learning skills and physical activity from this age makes children stronger and balanced in body and mind. In 1993 she worked as a track and field coach at ACS Athens.
She is co-founder, co-creator on fitness exercise in fitness Nordic. She is a writer of a kids book on exercise; a new way to make kids' fantasy work with creativity by listening and exercising.
She is in the process of completing her Master's degree in Athletes Rehabilitation.
Efi Karatopouzi has been a member of the Greek National Track & Field team for 15 years and has competed in national and international competitions abroad.
Mr. Chris Kourtis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He studied Physical Education and Sports Science at the University of Athens where he earned his B.A. specializing in Tennis.
He has been actively involved in teaching Physical Education at ACS Athens since 2009, at all three school levels. Since 2013, he has been teaching at the Elementary School level.
He is a certified lifeguard, a (level D) wall climbing operator/supervisor and has successfully completed the Emergency First Response Course that follows current guidelines for emergency patient care.
Mr. Chris Kourtis has been teaching tennis since 2001 at several tennis clubs and in 2007, joined the ACS Athens Tennis Academy coaching team. He is also the coach of the ACS Athens Middle School Tennis team.
He has attended several seminars organized by the National Federation of Tennis Instructors.
Sana has been a chemistry and biology teacher at ACS Athens since 2004. She 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 she has 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, Sana was selected by the IBO to be a team leader for IB biology examinations.
In 2015, she took the challenging task of teaching science in the elementary school, servicing grades JK to grade 5. She has developed an inquiry-based science curriculum, the goal of which is to provide plenty of opportunities for the children to experience things in a hands-on way in order to encourage and increase their curiosity and to instill in them the lifelong love for science.
At ACS Athens Colloquium she presented the approaches and methods applied during inquiry-based lessons and had two demonstration sessions with elementary school students doing different science activities. In addition to this, she published the article “What Are We Doing Today” in the Ethos Magazine of Winter 2015.
Sarah Kaldelli earned her Bachelor’s degree, in Elementary Education from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, U.S.A. Her Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education was achieved from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. She has also acquired her Degree Equivalency from the Greek Ministry of Education.
She has worked in international schools in Greece, and in the Greek private school sector for the past 19 years. She has taught students with learning differences and disabilities ranging from Junior-Kindergarten to 7th grade.
This is her eleventh year at ACS Athens with the Elementary Optimal Learning Program. She has experienced many diverse professional development opportunities such as ECIS, NESA, the Learning Difference Conferences at ACS Athens, ADHD conferences and the ACS Athens Colloquium 2016. She also routinely benefits from online coursework through The University of Phoenix. She has been a mentor to those seeking teacher certifications and to those doing internships during their academic studies. Additionally, she has authored and co-authored articles for the ACS Athens Ethos magazine. Ms. Kaldelli also has experience in assessment tools, and has thus been a member of the ACS Athens Diagnostic Center. She is an advocate for early intervention, for focusing on each child’s best interests and for building confidence toward learning.
Ms. Anderson was born and raised in the United States and moved to Greece in 2004. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Douglass College, a Master of Science from Rutgers University in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia University in Finance.
She worked for Exxon Research and Engineering, J.P. Morgan and Company and owned and managed Integrated Solutions a company that did billing for hospital doctors before she moved to Greece.
She is the library manager for the Elementary and the Sabbagh Libraries. She teaches a library class to all Elementary School students and a research seminar in the Middle School Technology classes. She co-coordinates the ACS Literacy Festival and the ACS Debate Team and edits the Elementary School Literary Magazine.
Ms. Anderson has attended various local conferences on educational practices. She has participated in several webinars on using database resource. She presented a poster on a Big 6 Research Project for Middle School students at the ACS Colloquium.
Ms. Meleki is an ACS Athens graduate of 2001. She has been working at ACS Athens Elementary School as a Media Assistant since 2003.
Ms. Katsipi has been working for twenty one years at the ACS Athens Elementary School as a Junior Kindergarten Aide and a Day Care supervisor. She holds a Diploma in the Tourist Business from T.E.I of Patras.
Ms. Themeli has been working at ACS since 1983. She has worked as an Aide throughout the Elementary School. She is currently an Aide at the Junior Kindergarten for ACS Athens Elementary School.
Ms. Demoulini is an ACS Athens graduate. She has been a teacher's aide at ACS Athens Elementary School for thirty years.
Ms. Maglara has been a Kindergarten Aide and a Day Care Supervisor at ACS Athens Elementary School since 1983.
Panagiota Koutoulakou holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and Greek Language and Literature, at the Department of Language and Linguistics from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Ms. Koutoulakou has experience in teaching and tutoring kids since 2010. She has taught in various Private EFL Schools in Athens. Except English, she also speaks French, German, Spanish and Chinese. She has attended a number of Seminars regarding modern teaching, technology in teaching and lesson planning.
Finally, in 2012, she participated in an Ethnographic Research carried out by the National University of Athens titled "Investigating Young People's Everyday Literacy Practices of English in Greece".
Mr. George Maltas was born in New Jersey, U.S.A. and came to Greece when he was five. He is the holder of a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Studies with a minor in Cultural Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Applied Sociology. All degrees were completed at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (USA).
George has been a teacher for more than 25 years. In 1985, he taught Modern Greek Language to 3rd Grade students at St. Nikolas. He did the same in 1991 but this time for 5th Grade students at The Annunciation (Greek orthodox churches located in Baltimore, MD). In 1992, as a graduate student, he was Teaching Assistant in Anthropology at U.M.B.C. In 1993 he returned to Greece and after joining the Greek Army, he started working as an EFL teacher for both children and adults. In 2016, he was invited to talk on Ancient Greek Philosophers, in a summer undergraduate CUNY course, taking place in Greece.
His B.A. was recognized by the Hellenic NARIC (ΔΟΑΤΑΠ) in 2015 through examinations, which he passed with honors, held at the University of Athens in Greece, Department of Archaeology and History of Art. He is registered and licensed to teach in the Approved Private Sector Teachers in Greece. In 2007 he was certified to teach English to adults in Greece, recognized by the Greek Manpower Employment Organization and, in 2015, he was certified to teach adults through the Greek National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance. From 2004-2015 he was not only an EFL teacher but also the Director of Studies in a large Private EFL school in Athens.
From time to time (1986-7, 1990, 1991, 2015) he occupies himself with translation. In his career, Mr. Maltas has been honored with a UMBC research assistantship for a trip to China (1985), the presidency and vice-presidency of the International Students’ Association at UMBC (1987 and 1988 respectively - elected office), becoming a member of the UMBC Chancellor’s Committee for Affirmative Action (1988), awards for outstanding service by the UMBC Student Government Association (1987 and 1989) and a presentation of TEFL at Proficiency level for EXTRA TV Channel in Athens, Greece (2002). George is a fervent supporter of what Aristotle said about good habits that are formed at youth make all the difference.
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.
Theo Koutsopoulos, after graduating from High school in Athens, traveled to the U.S. and attended West Virginia Canine College (Accredited College U.S.A.), where he received a diploma in Professional Dog Training. He successfully completed his study in the areas of obedience training, protection training, advanced tracking (man trailing), schutzhund training, kennel management, vet care, business ethics and management and more.
Upon returning to Greece, he started his own dog training school exclusivek9 that is still in operation. For nearly 20 years, he has trained dogs and their owners with great success in basic and advanced obedience, property protection, personal protection, non-criminal tracking, training for dog shows and training canine units for civil disturbances.
During 1997 – 2003 he became a full member of the Schutzhund Club (the 1st working dogs’ club in Greece) and passed the Sch H3 – IPO3 exam in 1999. Following his training at the Canine Behavior Centre in London, Theo was the first dog trainer to introduce the concept of Animal Behavior and Behavior Modification in Greece.
Theo is the co-owner and director of Pallini Kennels - Athens Pet Resort a state of the art center for pet care, a leader of its kind in Greece. The establishment includes boarding facilities for dogs, the exemplary Centre for Dog Training and the first dog Hydrotherapy Unit in Greece.
In September 2014, Theo started the Professional Dog Trainers Institute, the first state-approved school for dog trainers in Greece. Together with his team of skilled instructors they teach students the standard and proven methods, but also innovative dog training techniques. The curriculum includes theory and application on basic and advanced obedience, dog psychology and behavior modification, personal protection, property protection, training for k9 units, kennel management, tracking, veterinary care and more. The school will offer certification in the field of dog training.
Xenia Vafopoulou, graduated from The American College of Greece earning a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications. She continued her studies at the University of Westminster where she earned her MA in Arts (Master in Public Relations and Public Communications).
She worked in the Marketing and PR department in two educational organizations, until she decided to follow her dream and earned her diploma in Professional Dog Training from Exclusive k9/Athens Pet Resort and is currently working as a dog trainer.