Institute of Innovation and Creativity Staff
Steven W. Medeiros, 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 three. In addition to his duties as teacher and principal, Mr. Medeiros has held a variety of professional positions at ACS Athens, including English Department Chair; Writing Project Coordinator: Academy Assistant Principal; acting Elementary School Principal; IB DP and MYP Coordinator; Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Human Resources; and Assistant Superintendent.
For over ten years, Mr. Medeiros served as lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Laverne, Athens, and as adjunct faculty member in the writing program of the University of California - Berkeley (Extension). As co-founder and co-director of the Athens Writing Project and National Writing Project Teacher Consultant, Mr. Medeiros has led numerous seminars and workshops in teaching/learning/writing/thinking connections for teachers from around the world. He has represented the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges as a member of 11 accreditation Validation Teams, serving as team chair six times. 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.
Ms. Alexopoulos is Coordinator of Special Projects & Public Affairs for the Institute of Innovation and Creativity and Office of the President. She first joined the ACS Athens team in 2012. Daughter of Greek immigrants, she is a native of Chicago, IL and has lived in Greece, extensively. Ms. Alexopoulos has earned two graduate degrees, both with high honors. Her Master of Business Administration degree was completed at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a decade later, she earned an M.Sc. in Marketing at The American College of Greece – DEREE, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology.
She has 15 years work experience with industry leaders diverse fields in both in the United States and Greece (including McGraw-Hill Higher Education, The Gap Inc., Nordstrom, The American College of Greece), in areas including retail management, project management, education, marketing and communications.
A native of Athens, Greece, Maria D. Avgerinou graduated from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens (GR), with a B.Litt. in Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature. For her graduate studies she attended the University of Bath, England where she received an M.Ed. in Educational Technology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and Psychology with research focus on Visual Literacy, Assessment, and Mixed Research Methods. Dr. Avgerinou holds postdoctoral diplomas on eLearning Design, Implementation, and Evaluation from the Institute of Education, University of London (UK), the University of Hull (UK), and more recently from Indiana University (US). She is also a Master Reviewer for Higher Education and K12 for Quality Matters, MarylandOnline (US). Dr. Avgerinou has been with the ACS Athens community of learners since 2013 as the Director for Educational Technology and eLearning (i2Flex). Most recently, her role has been extended to incorporate that of the Lead Researcher for 6-12 grades in the Learning Commons of the Sabbagh Library.
Having worked as an academic since 1995 at various British (University of Bath, University of London, University of the West of England, Southampton Solent University), American (Northern Illinois University, Saint Xavier University, DePaul University, Appalachian State University), and Greek Universities (Hellenic Open University), she has extensive experience teaching face-to-face and online especially at the postgraduate level with particular emphasis on teacher education and professional development.
As an international scholar, Maria has been active in a number of professional associations among others the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA), and the European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN). Her strong record of research activities, presentations, and publications evolves around Online and Blended Learning, Action Research, and Visual Literacy. In recognition of her contribution especially to the latter, Maria has received various awards from the IVLA most notably the Research Award (2009), and the Braden & Beaucamp Award (2001, 2010). In 2012, she was elected the co-editor in chief of the Journal of Visual Literacy (JVL), the oldest international academic journal in the field.
Ms. Perakis was raised in Newport, Rhode Island. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary and Special Education from Salve Regina College and a Masters of Arts in Special Education from Lesley College. She is currently working on a post graduate degree on Improving Student Learning and Quality of Teaching in International Schools from Buffalo State SUNY University. Ms. Perakis holds several teaching certificates including certificates for teaching students with mild-moderate-severe learning differences and handicaps.
For the past ten years, she has co organized the ACS Athens Annual Learning Differences Conferences, a continuing effort to raise awareness on the subject of educating children with learning differences. Ms. Perakis has also served as a team member on the Committee of Institution-wide Accreditation of the Middle School Association of Colleges and School (MSA), and on the study and research group at John Hopkins University for bringing the CTY program to Greece.
Since 2010, Ms. Perakis has been selected to serve on The European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Special Education Needs (SEN) Committee. She is also the Vice President for the Professional Special Education Society in Greece, a founding member of the Hellenic Institute for Study and Research of Learning Disabilities and serving on the IB Special Education Needs (SEN) Committee, as well as, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Education committee for Learning Differences.
Marietta Garbis was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She completed a program of Business Studies at Lasalle College in Montreal.
She has been at ACS Athens since 1992, and has served as the Academy Attendance Officer and in administrative support roles in the Academy and Middle School offices and Student Services. She is currently the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the Institute for Innovation & Creativity. She is also the manager of the ACS Bookstore.