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Learning Differences Conference 2013
Below is the list of presenters for the conference.  The speakers are grouped depending on their type of presentation, ie.  Institutes or Saturday Workshops...

 

Institute Presenters

Institutes (taking place on May 8th and 9th, 2014.)
(in alphabetical order by presenter's last name)

 

Author
USA

Chris Zeigler Dendy Ms. Chris Zeigler Dendy is an author (4 popular books, two videos) with 40+ years of experience as a teacher, school psychologist, & a mental health professional. Publications include: “Teenagers with ADD/ADHD,” (100,000+ sold), “Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD, & Executive Function Deficits,” “A Bird’s-Eye View of ADD/ADHD”, and “CHADD Educator’s Manual on ADHD”.

An architect of CHADD’s “Teacher to Teacher” training modules, Dendy presents nationally and internationally on ADHD and school related issues (over 45 US states plus Canada, Great Britain, Virgin Islands, and Saudi Arabia).  Like Tuckman, Dendy earns excellent reviews and is known for giving practical suggestions to help struggling students.  Dendy was inducted into the National CHADD Hall of Fame for contributions to the field.

 

Associate Professor of Education
George Mason University, Fairfax
USA

Eirini Gouleta Dr. Eirini Gouleta is an associate professor of education at the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), Center for International Education (CIE) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A.  Her areas of expertise include international education development, education policy and language of instruction, ESL, bilingual/multilingual and special education, teacher education accreditation, learning outcomes, curriculum development, program design, evaluation and implementation, counseling and collaborative consultation.  Taught courses on education policy, instructional methodology, language acquisition research, ESL/bilingual/multilingual, multicultural, and special education in higher education institutions in the U.S. and internationally including the World Bank Institute.  Taught K-12 students in the U.S. and Greece.  Consulted for and collaborated with donor countries, bilateral and multilateral organizations and agencies such as the World Bank, U.K. DFID, GPE, UNICEF, UNESCO, CIDA, USAID, SIL International, GIZ, Save the Children, NGOs, CSOs, Voice of America, and others.  Collaborated with national and provincial governments on educational reform in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the U.S. Conducted research, managed grants, published and presented in national and international conferences.  Served as the Regional Director of Phi Delta Kappa International for Washington DC and Virginia and currently serves as the associate editor of NABE’s publication Perspectives.

A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia and a certified teacher in the State of Virginia and in Greece, Dr. Gouleta received her doctoral degree from The George Washington University.

 

Professor of Classics
Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas
USA

Halford Haskell, Ph.D. Dr. Halford W. Haskell, Professor of Classics at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, is a recognized leader in incorporating innovative technology into the classroom.  He is a founding member of “Sunoikisis,” a national collaborative teaching and learning program overseen by Harvard University that has received generous funding from the Mellon Foundation.  He also is an inaugural professor in the “Paideia” program, which Southwestern University, under the dynamic leadership of its newly appointed President Edward Burger, is rolling out to provide intellectual coherence to its broad-based, interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum.

Previously, Dr. Haskell served as an officer at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and he has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Commission to support his work in Greece.  Currently, Dr. Haskell is spending a sabbatical year in Greece to develop the scholarly implications of his recently published book on Aegean Bronze Age trade.

 

School Visit Program Manager
Boston Museum of Science, Massachusetts
USA

Sharon Horrigan Sharon Horrigan has demonstrated a commitment to the school audience for over twenty years at the Museum of Science.  As School Visits and Youth Program Manager for the last 10 years, she has assisted hundreds of teachers in planning field trips to the Museum and has overseen the distribution of 125k scholarship funds annually for schools with demonstrated financial need of 35% or greater percentage of students on a free or reduced lunch programs.

Prior to her current position, Sharon has held the positions of Education Associate, Professional Development Program Manager and has coordinated district-wide partnerships with the cities of Boston, Cambridge, Salem and Somerville.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree, in Animal Sciences, from the University of New Hampshire and has completed graduate courses in elementary education, paleontology, earth sciences at Salem State College and Montana State University.

 

Teacher Enrichment Program Manager
Boston Museum of Science, Massachusetts
USA

Lesley Kennedy Lesley Kennedy has focused on the interplay between schools and museums and demonstrated a commitment to teacher development for 30 years at the Museum of Science.  As Teacher Enrichment Program Manager, she and her team engage approximately one thousand teachers annually in unique and creative workshops, institutes and residencies. A major component of this work is developing and maintaining partnerships with school district leaders and university educators. Another important focus has been on reflective practice with the intent of continuous improvement. Lesley’s program supports an additional one thousand teachers annually with services including materials circulation, research assistance, field trip planning and consultations.

Prior to her current position, Lesley held the positions of Teacher Educator, Senior Education Associate and Education Associate and has designed and delivered learning experiences for teachers, school children and public audiences on a wide variety of science topics.  She received a Bachelor of Arts, in Zoology, from the University of New Hampshire and earned a graduate certificate in Informal Learning from the Center for Informal Learning and Schools.

 

Ioannis Miaoulis, Ph.D.   Featured Speaker    Transforming STEM Education: Introducing Engineering for All Students, K-12

President and Director of the Museum of Science, Boston
Boston, Massachusetts
USA

Ioannis Miaoulis, Ph.D. In January 2003, Ioannis (Yannis) N. Miaoulis became president and director of the Museum of Science, Boston. Originally from Greece, Dr. Miaoulis came to the Museum after a distinguished association with Tufts University, where he was Dean of the School of Engineering, Associate Provost, Interim Dean of the University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. In addition to helping Tufts raise $100 million for its engineering school, Miaoulis greatly increased the number of female students and faculty, designed collaborative programs with industry, and more than doubled research initiatives. An innovative educator with a passion for science and engineering, Miaoulis championed the introduction of engineering into the Massachusetts science and technology public school curriculum. This made the Commonwealth first in the nation in 2001 to develop a K-12 curriculum framework and assessments for technology/engineering. At Tufts, he created courses based on students' and his own passions for fishing and cooking: a fluid mechanics course from the fish's point of view and Gourmet Engineering, where students cook in a test kitchen, explore heat transfer, and eat their experiments.

His dream is scientific and technological literacy for everyone. Miaoulis has seized the opportunity as the Museum’s president to achieve his vision, convinced science museums can bring government, industry, and education leaders together to foster a scientifically and technologically literate citizenry. One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science is ideally positioned to lead the nationwide effort. The Museum drew 1.6 million visitors in the fiscal period ending June 30, 2012, including nearly 211,000 school children, and served almost 97,000 more people in traveling programs. In 2012, the Museum's Planetarium show, Undiscovered Worlds, was named “Best Immersive—Fulldome Program” by the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. The Museum has also been recognized by Boston and Cambridge for its energy and sustainability efforts; ranked #3 of the 10 best science centers in 2008 by Parents Magazine, one of the top two most visited hands-on science centers on Forbestraveler.com's "America’s 25 most visited museums" list in 2008, and one of the top two science museums in the Zagat Survey's "U.S. Family Travel Guide." The Museum is also Yankee Magazine's "Best of New England -- Readers' Choice" for Cultural Attraction in Science and its "Best of New England -- Editors' Choice" for Best Sky Show; and El Planeta's Best Tourist Attraction for the Massachusetts Latino population.

With the Museum's Boards of Trustees and Overseers, Miaoulis spearheaded creation of the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) at the Museum in 2004. Supported by corporate, foundation, and federal funds, the NCTL aims to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people of all ages and to inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors, and scientists. The Museum of Science is the country's only science museum with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in both science museums and schools nationwide. Through the NCTL, the Museum is creating technology exhibits and programs and integrating engineering as a new discipline in schools via standards-based K-12 curricular reform.

Recognizing that a 21st century curriculum must include the human-made world, the NCTL advances technological literacy in schools by helping states modify educational standards and assessments, by designing K-12 engineering materials, and by offering educators professional development. The NCTL's curricula have reached over 48,800 teachers and over 4 million students in 50 states. Its Engineering is Elementary® curriculum is the model for a European Commission-funded initiative to introduce engineering in primary schools and museums in nine European countries and Israel. The Museum's Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibition, created with Lucasfilm Ltd., and funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is promoting technological literacy to over 2.7 million people in museums nationally and in Australia. In 2010 the NCTL won the Smaller Business Association of New England Innovation Award.

In 2004, the Museum began to explore with key supporters and foundations the possibility of a campaign to transform the Museum experience for the 21st century by building new exhibits integrating the natural and designed worlds, enhancing educational programming, upgrading the Museum's public spaces, and "greening" the Museum. More than 10,000 individuals, corporations, foundations, and the government helped the Museum raise $150 million during the campaign's quiet phase from 2004 to 2010. The Museum's single largest individual gift was a $20 million gift from Sophia and Bernard Gordon to educate young people to be engineering leaders and to create the Gordon Wing, home of the Museum's NCTL, Exhibits, Education, and Research & Evaluation teams. In addition to the NCTL, projects have included the Charles Hayden Planetarium, transformed into New England's most technologically advanced digital theater; the nation's first rooftop wind turbine lab; and upgrades of the Mugar Omni Theater. Campaign contributions included a $2 million gift from Genzyme Corporation in 2006, establishing the Genzyme Biotechnology Education Initiative, and a $1 million award for science education from Google in 2011.

Based on this success, the Museum's Board of Trustees approved a $250 million campaign in 2011 to transform its exhibits and galleries to tell the story of the natural and engineered worlds and their connections; to transform its public spaces and amenities, focusing on sustainability, to champion the growing integration of engineering into curricula, forming partnerships with museums worldwide; to develop an expanded role for science centers worldwide as conveners of forums on issues involving citizen discussion and deliberation to inform science and technology policy; and to use technology to enhance the onsite and online educational experience. As of April 17, 2013, with the Yawkey Foundation's $10 million gift, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center's $5 million grant, and others, the Museum had raised $212 million.

In the horizon: the Hall of Human Life, an ever-evolving 10,000-square-foot exhibit showcasing breakthroughs in biology and drawing on New England's research community; What is Technology, to help visitors understand what technology is as they use engineering skills to solve problems; and the Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River, a three-story gallery and exhibit using the river to engage visitors in understanding the natural and engineered worlds.

Meanwhile in 2008, enlivening the Museum's natural history roots, Miaoulis oversaw the unveiling of one of the world’s rarest dinosaur fossil finds, a near-complete Triceratops, on loan from an anonymous Museum enthusiast. Another element in Miaoulis’s vision is enhancing the Museum experience, especially for adults, females, and underserved audiences. In addition to opening Butterfly Garden and the 3-D Digital Cinema, he led the transformation of the Museum Café, supervised by catering and food service provider, chef-restaurateur Wolfgang Puck.

Under his leadership, the Museum has strengthened its financial position, diversifying revenue sources and increasing its annual operating budget by 60 percent. Since 2005, the Museum, with the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Exploratorium in San Francisco, has led the formation of a national Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) of science museums and research institutions and was recently awarded a second five-year $21 million grant by the NSF. In the fiscal period ending June 30, 2012, the Museum's Annual Fund reached $2.6 million, individual/family/library membership income totaled $6.0 million, and member households exceeded 54,000. Gifts and pledges for NCTL-led formal and informal technology education initiatives reached nearly $86 million, underlining the importance of the Museum’s strategy for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Miaoulis speaks often on science and technology literacy. He testified on the importance of K-12 engineering in 2013 before the U.S. House of Representatives Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee and in 2010 before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. He also built support for the first Engineering Education for Innovation Act, crafted by the NCTL and introduced in 2010 by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and House Representative Paul Tonko and in 2011 by them with Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe.

Miaoulis earned bachelor's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering and a master’s in economics at Tufts, and received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. He has published over 100 research papers and holds two patents. He has also been honored with the Presidential Young Investigator award, the Allan MacLeod Cormack Award for Excellence in Collaborative Research, the William P. Desmond Award for outstanding contributions to Public Education, the Boston Jaycees Outstanding Young Leader Award, and a Mellon Fellowship. A former WGBH Trustee, Miaoulis has co-chaired the Mass. Technology/Engineering Education Advisory Board. A 2012 recipient of the Science Club for Girls Catalyst Award, Miaoulis is also a 2011 winner of the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Ralph Coats Roe Medal. On the National Museum and Library Services Board from 2006 to 2012, Miaoulis has also served on the NASA Advisory Council and the NASA Education and Public Outreach Committee, receiving NASA's Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2009. A member of Mass. Governor Deval Patrick’s Commonwealth Readiness Project Leadership Council, he also serves on the Executive Committee of Gov. Patrick's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council and on the American Association for the Advancement of Science Committee on Science & Technology Engagement. Miaoulis is a member of the Boards of Trustees of Wellesley College and Tufts University and serves on the Lesley University Leadership Council.

 

Psychologist
West Chester, Pennsylvania
USA

Ari Tuckman Dr. Ari Tuckman has given more than 250 presentations and routinely earns excellent reviews for his ability to make complicated information understandable and useful.  He is the author of three books: "Understand Your Brain, Get More Done: The ADHD Executive Functions Workbook”, “More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD” and “Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD: A Practical, Easy-to-Use Guide for Clinicians”.  His “More Attention, Less Deficit” podcast has more than 100 episodes and has had over one million downloads.  He is a psychologist in private practice in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

 

Workshop Presenters

Workshops (taking place on May 10th, 2014.)
(in alphabetical order by presenter's last name)

 

Head of Student Support
International Community School, London
U.K.

Alan Andrew Alan Andrew is from the United States where he has earned degrees in Psychology (B.A.), Special Education (M.Ed) and School Psychology (Ed. S.).  During the past 20 years he has focused on supporting young people with learning differences in a variety of settings in the United States, Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom.  Alan is passionate about helping students to reach their potential by recognising their unique abilities and supporting areas of need. Alan has developed Special Educational programmes internationally in inclusive settings, and is dedicated to the continued advancement of the effective inclusive practice at ICS (International Community School, London).  Alan believes that international schools offer a unique opportunity of inclusion for students with learning differences and is happy to lead an excellent team of professionals as Head of Student Support at ICS.

Alan received a grant from the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) to develop the International Individual Learning Plan (IILP) which is widely used by international schools worldwide.  He is a former member of the ECIS SEN committee and is on the advisory board of Next Frontier Inclusion, an organisation whose purpose is to help other international schools develop inclusive practices.  Alan is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists, and holds USA licensure as a school psychologist and special education teacher.

 

Educator
International Programs School
Saudi Arabia

Holly Ackerman Holly Ackerman has been an educator for over 10 years in the United States.  While in the States, she was trained in a Response to Intervention program built on standards called Action 100Action100 components consist of: independent reading, small group instruction, and whole group instruction based on the U.S. Common Core Standards.  Holly was also extensively trained in Orton Gillingham, which is an explicit and systematic approach to teaching phonics.  This helped guide her action research while receiving her master's at St. Mary’s University.  She was also a part of the district's language arts curriculum writing team, helping to develop and implement a balanced literacy approach based on State Standards.  She just recently moved her family of four to Saudi Arabia for an experience in the international community.  She is currently a grade one teacher at the International Programs School in Saudi Arabia.

 

ELL Coordinator
International Programs School
Saudi Arabia

Cheza Al-Kudmani Cheza Al-Kudmani has presented at NESA and is a consultant at various schools supporting teachers and administrators as they develop and implement their literacy curriculum and best practices.  She started her career as a classroom teacher; working in various grades in lower and upper elementary.  She continued her education at Teachers College, Columbia University where she trained with Lucy Calkins (Creator of the Reading and Writing Workshop Model).

After receiving her masters as a Literacy Specialist, she continued her career at the American International School of Riyadh as a Literacy Specialist/Literacy Coach working with both teachers and students; she helped to transform the school’s literacy program by adopting the Workshop Model.  She is currently an ELL Coordinator at the International Program School in Saudi Arabia.

 

Educator
American Community Schools, Athens
Greece

Dora Andrikopoulos Dora Andrikopoulos, born and raised in Australia, has been a mathematics teacher for 30 years.

Through many enriching experiences during her teaching career, Dora has published articles on "The Art of Teaching Mathematics" and "Brain Research and Cognitive Thinking".

Dora is currently a middle school teacher and the mathematics coordinator at The American Community Schools of Athens in Greece, monitoring the development and implementation of curriculum.

 

Educator
American Community Schools, Athens
Greece

Christina Bakoyannis Christina Bakoyannis is a middle school science teacher at the American Community Schools of Athens.  She has been a member of the ACS Athens faculty since 2000 and has taught both in the middle school and high school.  She is presently teaching 6th and 7th grade science.  She also holds the position of NESA Virtual Science Fair (NVSF) Coordinator at ACS Athens and is currently in her sixth year working with this project.  Over the years, she has worked with 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to complete creative science fair projects that have a real-world application.

Ms. Bakoyannis was born and raised in Montreal, Canada.  She earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in the field of Biochemistry.  She then received a Master of Education, Special Emphasis Degree from La Verne University.

 

Psychologist, Business Advisor
Athens
Greece

Dimitris Boukas Dimitris is the founder of MetaMorphosis Human Relations Consultancy Ltd. and 1StepSuccess.com. He is a psychologist, business advisor and certified NLP trainer.

Dimitris Boukas holds an M.Sc. in Cognitive and Decision Sciences from UCL (University College London), a B.Sc. in Psychology and a minor in Computer Science from University of Laverne California.  He has also studied selectively areas of modern Applied Psychology, especially NLP (with its founders Richard Bandler, John Grinder and other trainers) and the systemic approach.

Dimitris’ passion is to travel all over the world to harvest the best techniques and practices.  Then he uses them to help people and businesses restructure their lives, overcome limitations and achieve results in professional, personal and health areas.  His range of expertise extends from one-to-one personal coaching to speaking to audiences of thousands.  Currently he is based in Athens, Greece.

He offers:

  • Business coaching as Certified NLP Trainer to entrepreneurs, startups, small and medium sized businesses
  • Personal and family coaching
  • Seminars on effective teaching techniques, to teachers of elementary and high schools

He is the co-author of three books: “The technology of change: Secrets that NLP reveals”, “Training excellence” and the best-selling book “Study the Easy Way”.

 

Educator
International School of Brussels, Brussels
Belgium

Veronica Bourke Veronica Bourke is Elementary School head of learning support at the International School of Brussels, Belgium.  She has been an international teacher for more than 25 years and has a strong interest and passion for understanding the learning profiles of students who present with learning challenges, with a particular interest in supporting students who struggle in the mainstream curriculum.  Veronica has co taught for over 7 years and finds effective and ongoing collaboration between all teachers central to student success.

 

Psychologist
International Community School, London
U.K.

Elizabeth Burns Elizabeth Burns arrived at the International Community School, London after working five years for Cambridge Public Schools in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States.  In her last role she served as the School Psychologist and also as the Chairperson for Special Education.  For this reason, Elizabeth has a great deal of experience working collaboratively with parents and fellow school and outside professionals in order to make sound and healthy team decisions regarding a child's educational and emotional programming and well-being.  Furthermore, Elizabeth is experienced at conducting multi-faceted psychological and educational assessments, consulting with parents, teachers, and other staff members around behavioural and/or social challenges that students may be experiencing, and working with team members to create thorough and thoughtful Individualised Learning Plans that meet each child's unique needs.

Prior to working for Cambridge Public Schools, Elizabeth served as a counselor (working both with individuals and in groups), a teaching assistant with high school students, a one-to-one special education aide, a tutor, and a nanny to several families. With each of these jobs, Elizabeth feels that she has taken with her a great love for the children she has worked with and holds many lasting and valuable memories of these children and their parents in her mind.

Her experience includes working with children on the Autism Spectrum, Gifted and Talented students, children with a variety of learning differences, developmental delays and intellectual impairments, and those with emotional and/or behavioural challenges.   Elizabeth’s philosophy for working with children with special or different needs is to see them as individuals with unique character, strengths, needs, and interests.  She feels that every child has the absolute right to feel safe at school and as a valuable and essential part of the community, within which they have the opportunity to experience success time and time again.

 

Educator
American Community Schools, Athens
Greece

Ginger Carlson Ginger Carlson has written and presented widely on the topic of creativity and how to nurture it in our homes and schools.  She is the author of Child of Wonder: Nurturing Creative and Naturally Curious Children and has been a keynote speaker and workshop leader for various school districts and organizations in the United States and internationally.  Ms. Carlson is currently the Elementary Assistant Principal at ACS Athens.

 

CEO of Green Dachshund Productions (U.S. based)
Athens
Greece

Laurel Colless Laurel Colless brings her literature, journalism and teaching background together with an international career in sustainable business and technology to produce the Carbon Busters Eco-adventure series and the Carbon Busters Clubs.  She is the founder and CEO of Green Dachshund Productions, a US based company created to entertain, educate, and inspire children and their caregivers to restore human oneness with nature.  Laurel Colless is a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Sustainable Communities; an international organization that mentors communities toward a better quality of life while maintaining healthy ecosystems.  She is currently living in Athens, Greece as the spouse of Finland's Ambassador to Greece.  She is also the proud mother of three little carbon busters at home – Olivia, Julia, and Doris the wiry-haired dachshund.

 

Author
USA

Chris Zeigler Dendy Ms. Chris Zeigler Dendy is an author (4 popular books, two videos) with 40+ years of experience as a teacher, school psychologist, & a mental health professional. Publications include: “Teenagers with ADD/ADHD,” (100,000+ sold), “Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD, & Executive Function Deficits,” “A Bird’s-Eye View of ADD/ADHD”, and “CHADD Educator’s Manual on ADHD”.

An architect of CHADD’s “Teacher to Teacher” training modules, Dendy presents nationally and internationally on ADHD and school related issues (over 45 US states plus Canada, Great Britain, Virgin Islands, and Saudi Arabia).  Like Tuckman, Dendy earns excellent reviews and is known for giving practical suggestions to help struggling students.  Dendy was inducted into the National CHADD Hall of Fame for contributions to the field.

 

Educator
American Community Schools, Athens
Greece

Stavi Dimas Stavi 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.  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 is now in the process of completing a specialization in Early Childhood Education.

Ms. Dimas has contributed to ACS Athens across the grade levels.  She spearheaded the Objects, Interpretation and Student Learning project with the second grade and the Writing in Action workshop with the middle school students.  This is Ms. Dimas’ second year teaching kindergarten at ACS Athens. She is inspired by the spontaneity and love of learning she witnesses in her students every day.

 

Educator, American International School & Adjunct Science Professor, Tel Aviv University
Israel

Stuart Fleischer Stuart Fleischer is presently teaching science at the American International School in Israel and is an adjunct professor at Tel Aviv University teaching ecology to overseas students.  Dr. Fleischer has an undergraduate degree in microbiology from the University of Tennessee and received his masters, specialist and doctoral degrees in science education from Florida State University.  He began teaching at WBAIS-Israel in 1991. Stuart's teaching career began in 1987 at Jupiter High School in Jupiter, Florida.

Dr. Fleischer became interested in embedding e-learning technology into his curriculum about 15 years ago when he participated in and consulted for an internet-based peace project called "Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries" which was created by Dr. Yossi Leshem and chaired by Nobel Prize winner Shimon Peres and former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore.  Since then, he has created a variety of projects, led workshops in 15 countries and consulted on innovative uses of online technologies in education for groups such as NESA, NAIS, NSTA and EARCOS.  Presently, Stuart Fleischer serves as the project director for the NESA Virtual Science Fair for 5th grade and the middle school grades and currently oversees 20 participating schools in NESA, AISA, EARCOS and NAIS.  The NVSF projects are sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Office of Overseas Schools.  Over the last 4 years, Stuart launched the GAIA Project (Global Awareness, Investigation and Action) in three countries.  This project is a grassroots environmental project where students become citizen scientists and tackle local environmental problems with the help of local and international scientists, educators and global diplomats.

 

Fotis Flevotomos, M.Phil.    Seeing with the Senses... and Our Memory

Visual Artist
Athens
Greece

Fotis Flevotomos Fotis Flevotomos is a visual artist whose work has been influenced by albinism's impact on vision.  In June 2012, Flevotomos was awarded a Fulbright Grant to explore the connections between art and low vision in collaboration with the New York Public Library.  Since then he has been developing an educational model that can be implemented in Greek museums and libraries.  “The Avenue that Leads to the Sea” was the first such multi-sensory workshop to take place at the Benaki Museum (Athens, November 2013) addressed to children who are blind or partially sighted and their families.

Fotis Flevotomos is a graduate of the Athens School of Fine Arts and holds an M.Phil. in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex (UK).  He has written articles for Leonardo (MIT Press), the website of the New York Public Library and the website of the Music Library of Greece Lilian Voudouri.  He has also organized programs for people who are blind or partially sighted in collaboration with the NYPL and staff from the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney and the Guggenheim in NYC.  His paintings have been displayed at various spaces and galleries in New York, Finland, Greece and Cyprus.

 

Associate Professor of Education
George Mason University, Fairfax
USA

Eirini Gouleta Dr. Eirini Gouleta is an associate professor of education at the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), Center for International Education (CIE) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A.  Her areas of expertise include international education development, education policy and language of instruction, ESL, bilingual/multilingual and special education, teacher education accreditation, learning outcomes, curriculum development, program design, evaluation and implementation, counseling and collaborative consultation.  Taught courses on education policy, instructional methodology, language acquisition research, ESL/bilingual/multilingual, multicultural, and special education in higher education institutions in the U.S. and internationally including the World Bank Institute.  Taught K-12 students in the U.S. and Greece.  Consulted for and collaborated with donor countries, bilateral and multilateral organizations and agencies such as the World Bank, U.K. DFID, GPE, UNICEF, UNESCO, CIDA, USAID, SIL International, GIZ, Save the Children, NGOs, CSOs, Voice of America, and others.  Collaborated with national and provincial governments on educational reform in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the U.S. Conducted research, managed grants, published and presented in national and international conferences.  Served as the Regional Director of Phi Delta Kappa International for Washington DC and Virginia and currently serves as the associate editor of NABE’s publication Perspectives.

A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia and a certified teacher in the State of Virginia and in Greece, Dr. Gouleta received her doctoral degree from The George Washington University.

 

School Visit Program Manager
Boston Museum of Science, Massachusetts
USA

Sharon Horrigan Sharon Horrigan has demonstrated a commitment to the school audience for over twenty years at the Museum of Science.  As School Visits and Youth Program Manager for the last 10 years, she has assisted hundreds of teachers in planning field trips to the Museum and has overseen the distribution of 125k scholarship funds annually for schools with demonstrated financial need of 35% or greater percentage of students on a free or reduced lunch programs.

Prior to her current position, Sharon has held the positions of Education Associate, Professional Development Program Manager and has coordinated district-wide partnerships with the cities of Boston, Cambridge, Salem and Somerville.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree, in Animal Sciences, from the University of New Hampshire and has completed graduate courses in elementary education, paleontology, earth sciences at Salem State College and Montana State University.

 

Educator
American Community Schools, Athens
Greece

Matina Katsiyianni Matina Katsiyianni, was born and raised is Athens, Greece.  She holds a Bachelor degree in Mathematics, from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, specializing in applied mathematics.  She also holds a Masters Degree in Economic Mathematics, from National Technical University of Athens.

During the past 10 years she had the opportunity to teach math to students of different levels and she has been challenged to accommodate their special needs.

Currently, she is teaching Academy students, sitting for the IB and SAT tests.

 

Teacher Enrichment Program Manager
Boston Museum of Science, Massachusetts
USA

Lesley Kennedy Lesley Kennedy has focused on the interplay between schools and museums and demonstrated a commitment to teacher development for 30 years at the Museum of Science.  As Teacher Enrichment Program Manager, she and her team engage approximately one thousand teachers annually in unique and creative workshops, institutes and residencies. A major component of this work is developing and maintaining partnerships with school district leaders and university educators. Another important focus has been on reflective practice with the intent of continuous improvement. Lesley’s program supports an additional one thousand teachers annually with services including materials circulation, research assistance, field trip planning and consultations.

Prior to her current position, Lesley held the positions of Teacher Educator, Senior Education Associate and Education Associate and has designed and delivered learning experiences for teachers, school children and public audiences on a wide variety of science topics.  She received a Bachelor of Arts, in Zoology, from the University of New Hampshire and earned a graduate certificate in Informal Learning from the Center for Informal Learning and Schools.

 

Professor at the University of Athens, Director of the Educational Technology Lab
University of Athens, Athens
Greece

Chronis Kynigos Chronis Kynigos is Professor at the University of Athens, Director of the Educational Technology Lab.  For more than 20 years he has been a thinker in out-of-the-box approaches to education based on the design and the uses of digital media to enhance social and experiential learning. He has worked with teachers-as-designers and students from primary and secondary education. He is currently starting his 9th European Research and Development Project, this time on enhancing social creativity in the design of media for creative mathematical thinking. He has lead the design and development of original digital media for mathematical expression, such as E-slate Turtleworlds, MachineLab, Cruislet, all to be found through the Lab site. He has also been the academic leader of an educational digital game park titled 'Polymechanon' which ACS students visited when it was active in 2010 and 11.

Apart from academic pursuits, Chronis has also been trying to longitudinally contribute to large scale initiatives in the Greek education system. He has lead an injection of experiential mathematical learning based on the uses of digital media through an in-service TPD process involving the training of 98 Mathematics Teacher Educators and 1300 secondary teachers (out of the 7000 in the country) so far (http://b-epipedo2.cti.gr/el-GR/).   He has also lead the interactive curriculum books initiative and the 'Photodendro' National Portal fro Mathematics involving the production of 1730 micro-experiments for years 3 through 11 (http://dschool.edu.gr/). You can find and contact Chronis through the Academia.edu and linkedin professional networking media.

 

Consultant / Lecturer
Athens
Greece

Panagiota Lamprou Dr. Lamprou was working until November of 2009 as the Head of Primary, Secondary and Life Skills Student Support Department at the International Community School (ICS) in London, UK.  She has been involved in the field of special needs education for the last 15 years, primarily in the United States and her expertise is inclusive education and educational policy.

She has lectured extensively on special education and educational psychology, conducted research in the field of special needs, and wrote policy for disadvantaged infants and toddlers who had complex special needs for the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In Greece, she has worked for the Ministry of Education as a scientific collaborator and consultant to the Minister of Education supporting the Ministry in decisions and organization of research programs.  In 2012, finishing her collaboration with the Ministry, she began part time lecturing at the Athens Metropolitan College teaching undergraduate and graduate levels, qualitative analysis in research and special education courses.

Dr. Lamprou is New York State & Pennsylvania State Board Certified in Elementary and Special Education & Pennsylvania State Board Certified as a Reading Specialist.  She is a full member of the American Psychological Association, a Graduate Member of The British Psychological Society, Member of The American Education Research Association, Council of Exceptional Children & International Reading Association and has been granted Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership within The British Psychological Association. She has lived in four different countries (USA, UK, France and Belgium).

Dr. Lamprou lives permanently and works in Athens since 2011.

 

Consultant
Athens
Greece

James Lee For nearly 30 years James Lee has been working with senior leaders and their teams to produce breakthrough results.  Having done research in the nature of leadership and teamwork he has been able apply the results of that research in his consultancy.  Literally, obliterating the constraints that are inherent in any organization, leading to consistent and continual results beyond the predictable.  James has delivered large-scale cultural shifts in Fortune 500 companies as well as the private sector and has been a keynote speaker on the subject of breakthrough thinking internationally.

James is passionate about people leading lives they love!  He is committed to eliminating the false causes of people’s lack of performance, which has them not have the lives they want, and in business the results they long for.

James did his undergraduate studies at California State University at Fullerton and completed an Executive MBA at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.  He has completed graduate programs in Finance at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

James currently lives in Athens, Greece.

 

Educator
American Community Schools, Athens
Greece

Sophia Moros 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. She has received her Masters Degree in Reading and has worked as a Reading Specialist from grades 3-8. During this time, Sophia was privileged to work with Sony Corporation Education to implement an interactive program, in order to successfully bring the lowest performing students up to state standards. She has also worked as a Reading Literacy Teacher for ESL students working with students 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 earn 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 ample international experience and an open mind to possibilities, Ms. Moros began working at the American Community Schools - Athens in 2009 and has since been creating a nurturing and empowering environment to her elementary aged classroom.  She takes pride in teaching and is always looking forward to implementing best practices into her classroom. Teaching is her passion and being exposed to the abundant opportunities at ACS-Athens, Sophia is able to follow her heart in a place she loves.

 

Educator
International School of Brussels, Brussels
Belgium

Tricia Mowat Tricia Mowat teaches grade six at the International School of Brussels, co-teaching in the areas of Literacy and Mathematics.  She has been working in international schools for the past twelve years, in Asia and Europe, and has co-taught with ELD and Learning Support teachers for five of those years.  Tricia is passionate about ensuring that all students receive the levels of support and challenge that they need, and finds collaborating and teaching with a specialist teacher to be a great opportunity to find creative ways of making this happen.

 

Educator
American Community Schools, Athens
Greece

Mary Petroutsa Mary Petroutsa was born in Los Angeles and raised in Athens, Greece.  She graduated from Athens College and she has a B.A. in English from Deree College, and a M.L.A. from University of St. Thomas, Houston.  She studied acting in Chicago at the Actor’s Center and at The Second City both in Chicago and in Los Angeles.

She has taught in schools in the United States and she has been working as an actress in Los Angeles and Greece, doing theater, TV and films.  In Greece she has worked with some of the most highly acclaimed directors and actors.

 

Instructor in Converging Communication Technology
Saint Louis, Missouri
USA

Cynthia Graville-Smith Cynthia Graville-Smith (M.Ed. University of Missouri), Instructor in Converging Communication Technology at Saint Louis University, serves as director of the digital media center for the Communication department and as a faculty member teaching digital media classes.  Cynthia is co-PI on the Collaborative Infographics for Science Literacy grant, a National Science Foundation funded project that includes an after-school science infographic design internship for high school students within the Department of Communication at SLU.

She earned her bachelor's degree in Interactive Media at Webster University and master's degree in Educational Technology from the University of Missouri.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, focusing on the use of participatory and social technologies in the learning process.  Before joining SLU, Cynthia spent several years in the museum field, leveraging digital pathways to engage and deepen the experiences of non-traditional museum audiences, particularly youth facing multiple risk factors. While Director of Learning Technologies at the Saint Louis Science Center, Cynthia led multiple institutional initiatives, including the Youth Exploring Science program's digital participatory initiatives, and the Community Science and Teaching Fellowship program.  She has presented her work on informal science, digital community-building and its impact on engaging underrepresented audiences in museum learning at several international, national, and regional conferences, including NARST, MaW2008, AAM, NSTA, and ASTC.  For this work, she was awarded the 2008 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for New Leadership in the Field by the Association of Science and Technology Centers.

 

Secondary Student Support Coordinator
International Community School, London
U.K.

Evi Takopoulou Evi Takopoulou is the Secondary Student Support Coordinator at the International Community School of London. Prior to joining ICS, she was an educational psychologist in primary and secondary schools in Athens for children diagnosed with special educational needs and has also practised as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Athens and has gained a 4 year diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. She currently holds memberships with: British Psychology Society (BPS), European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy (EABCT), British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Greek Association of Behavioural Modification and Research.

 

Psychologist
West Chester, Pennsylvania
USA

Ari Tuckman Dr. Ari Tuckman has given more than 250 presentations and routinely earns excellent reviews for his ability to make complicated information understandable and useful.  He is the author of three books: "Understand Your Brain, Get More Done: The ADHD Executive Functions Workbook”, “More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD” and “Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD: A Practical, Easy-to-Use Guide for Clinicians”.  His “More Attention, Less Deficit” podcast has more than 100 episodes and has had over one million downloads.  He is a psychologist in private practice in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

 

Vice President of the Hellenic Association of Dyslexia
Athens
Greece

Panayota Yanneli Dr. Yanneli is the Vice President of the Hellenic Association of Dyslexia.

She obtained her doctorate in Special Education from the University of Ioannina.  The title of her thesis was "Comparing The Linguistic Profile of Immigrant And Greek Preschooler in Kindergarten".  She has a master’s degree in the science of education, specializing in Specific Learning Disabilities (NIU, Northern Illinois University, USA).  She has a degree from the University of Athens (EKPA).  For the 20 last years, she has been teaching Greek as a foreign / or second Language (L1/ L2) in the French primary school of Athens (Lycée Franco Hellenique Eugene Delacroix).  During this time she has also been lecturing at the Athens Metropolitan College (AMC), in the department of Speech Therapy and Special Education, including lecturing in a graduate-level course, "How to Support Students with Dyslexia".

Ms. Yanneli is also a member of the AMC clinical committee and clinical lab coordinator for Specific Learning Disabilities.  She has participated as a lecturer in various Greek and international congresses and conferences and lectured in workshops addressed to educators of Kindergarten / primary and secondary education. She has written many publications in Greek and international journals.

Her research interests are mostly the study of simultaneous and successive bilingualism, acquisition of first and second language (L1 / L2), Specific Learning Disabilities, early intervention of Specific Learning Disabilities, bilingualism and SLD, differentiated instruction, phonological awareness.