Middle School Faculty & Staff
Ms. Meyer grew up in Northeast Indiana and has one older sister. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education - Social Studies education and an English minor from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and an Educational Leadership Studies - School Administration (M.S.) from Oklahoma State University. Ms. Meyer values being an instructional leader who can help motivate students to become passionate about learning.
She is a licensed school administrator for secondary and middle-level principal grades 5-12, and licensed in the areas of US History, Oklahoma History, Government, Economics, World History, and Geography. She spent two years as an adjunct professor at a community college in Kansas, eight years as a classroom teacher focusing on AP World History, and is beginning her fourth year in administration. She has also worked as a Middle School Discipline Dean. This is her first year as ACS Athens Middle School Principal.
Ms. Meyer enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her dog in her spare time and is excited to join the school and community. She was a member of the tennis team in college and enjoys participating and watching a variety of sports.
Ms. Jenny Kosmas was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in “Hotel Management” and a Master’s degree (funded by the EU) in “Innovation Studies” from the University of Huddersfied, UK.
Ms. Kosmas has been working at ACS Athens as an Administrative Assistant since July 2006. She is married and has a son and daughter.
Ms. Akrivou has been working at ACS Athens since 2007 as a Social Studies Teacher in the Middle School. She has also taught Language Arts and English as a Foreign Language at ACS Athens.
Ms. Akrivou was raised in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in History from the University of Indianapolis. She then studied Political and Human Geography at King’s College, University of London, where she received her Master’s degree (MA) in Environmental Politics and Globalization.
She worked for a public relations firm and also worked for various English language institutions. Having also worked for various non-governmental organizations concerned with environmental education, she decided to officially enter into the field of education. She has been trained in the United States to teach, and is certified by the State of Illinois. She completed her Masters degree in teaching at National-Louis University in Chicago. In addition to this, she was chosen to represent ACS Athens at the Spring 2011 NESA conference in Thailand. She served as the ACS Athens Division Chair of Social Studies & Arts JK-12 (2013-2014). Her extracurricular activities have included her acting as an academic mentor and a coach for the JV girl's soccer team.
Dora has been teaching at ACS Athens since 1990. She has taught Science and Mathematics at all levels-elementary, middle and academy. She has acted as core leader, team leader and held a math bowl and math club for middle school students. In the elementary school, Dora held after-school Olympiad classes for interested and motivated students. In the academy she held after-school preparatory SAT classes.
Dora has participated in a number of professional development conferences. She has been involved in NESA conferences and in 1998, wrote a paper on “The Art of Teaching Mathematics”.
In 1999, she presented a successful workshop in Cairo, Egypt on “Brain Research and Cognitive Thinking, and in 2009, she attended another conference in Cairo, involving standards of mathematics-Aero Mathematics-. In 2010, Dora presented a workshop at the “Learning Differences Conference” at ACS Athens, inviting other teachers to share fun and creative projects that inspire her students.
In 2015, Dora presented another inspiring workshop “Hooked on Mathematics” at the NESA conference in Istanbul on effective ways of engaging students through the implementation of the i2Flex model. The i2Flex model was demonstrated through a plethora of hands on and web based activities, investigations, projects and discussions whereby students have the flexibility to be divergent and creative thinkers.
As a Mathematics coordinator, she is involved in monitoring the development and implementation of curriculum initiatives.
Dora has also published a series of Mathematics books “ Mathematics A Thematic Approach” for upper elementary and middle school students to help them consolidate, use and apply mathematical concepts.
Ms. Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Douglass College, an Master of Science from Rutgers University in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia University in Finance.
She is the library manager for the Elementary and the Academy / Middle School Libraries.
Eirini Antoniadou has studied Classics at the University of Athens and holds a certificate in Special Education by the same university. She is currently pursuing a master’s in Special Needs at the University of Nottingham.
Eirini joined ACS Athens in 2012. She has held various positions such as Middle School Citizenship Coordinator, Student Affairs Officer and Academy OLP Specialist. She has also taught the Greek “Isotimia” program as well as the Survival Greek program. This year Eirini will be providing learning support to Middle School students in the OLP classroom.
Ms. Arnold was born and raised in Germany and moved to Athens in 1996.
She holds a Bachelor Degree of German Linguistics and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she graduated with honors. Ms. Arnold also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Education and Media from the University of Rostock in Germany.
She specializes in teaching German as a foreign language. In addition to German and English she also speaks Greek and French.
A member of the ACS Athens faculty since 2010, she participated in our educational i2Flex program in 2013 and developed a specific Blended-Learning concept for her German classes, adapting our ACS Moodle template accordingly. Using the i2Flex model, she teaches the Middle School and High School students German, as well as develops e-learning concepts for foreign languages in general, which will be applied to her academic research.
Ms. Arnold co-authored a chapter in the 2016 publication "Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning through i2Flex Classroom Model." In addition, she provides professional development (presentations, workshops and webinars) to other foreign language teachers in Greece and abroad.
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.
She has been a member of the ACS Athens faculty since 2000 and has taught middle school science and high school biology and chemistry. She is presently teaching 6th and 7th grade science.
Over the course of the years, Ms. Bakoyannis has held the position of science department chair and coordinator. She also serves as a NESA Virtual Science Fair (NVSF) Coordinator as well as a co-advisor for the United Nations Day in the middle school.
She has co-presented workshops at the ACS Athens Annual Conferences on Learning Differences titled "All for One, Science for All" in 2010, "The NESA Virtual Science Fair: the 21st century paradigm shift in science learning" in 2014 and "Art Communicates Science" in 2015.
Foteini Chatziantoniou was born in Athens and raised in Karpathos. Ms. Chatziantoniou holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology with a major in Pedagogy, from the the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and an M.A in Technologies of Learning and Communication from the European University of Cyprus.
Since 2012, Ms. Chatziantoniou has been employed in these areas and has gained extensive experience in teaching and tutoring kids of all grade levels. In parallel she has actively participated in various seminars and lectures regarding Special Abilities Education. Specifically, she has participated in seminars with a focus on the following subjects: Psychological Health and Modern Society, Learning Disabilities: Dyslexia, Team/Collaborative Teaching And Knowledge, Educational Methodology and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
Ms. Chatziantoniou, also, has participated in the 4th Karpathian Folklore Convention, organized by the University of Athens and the Karpathian Cultural Institute. Ms. Chatziantoniou is excited to be teaching the Greek Language through up-to-date methodologies and a personal way of approaching students in order for them to love and succeed in language learning.
Ms. Georgia Exintavelonis earned a B.A. in Philosophy – Education - Psychology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and an M.A. in Sociology of Education with Distinction from the Institute of Education, University of London. Upon completion of her postgraduate studies, she worked as a learning support assistant at the City of Westminster College in London, UK. When Ms. Exintavelonis returned to Greece, she joined the Center for Intercultural Education (Κε.Δ.Α.) at the University of Athens, where she developed research programs for the educational and social integration of foreign students and repatriated Greeks. Her research focused on exploring and addressing the needs of multicultural schools in the fields of Language, Literature, and Culture.
A member of the ACS Athens faculty since 2005, Ms. Exintavelonis currently teaches IB English A Literature in the Academy and Greek Language Arts in the Middle School. She has also taught Greek in the Elementary School, as well as World Literature, Theory of Knowledge, and ESL in the Academy.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she has been a member of the ACSTA Executive Council, Forensics Duet Acting Coach, and Advisor of the Middle School Greek Club and National Honor Society.
Rhodell Theodore Fields was born in Germany and was raised between the U.S and Greece. He studied piano and theory at the National Conservatory of Athens – Greece and then moved to the U.S where he earned his Bachelors and Master’s degree in Music Composition from the University of South Florida. He taught Music Theory, Orchestration and Advance Oral Skills for music major students at the university level for three years.
In 2008 he was one of only five finalists for the terminal DMA Music degree at the world’s top music institute, the Juilliard School. As a pianist, he has been a performer with a long roster of well-known artists both in Greece and abroad. As a composer, he has been commissioned numerous works and his compositions have been featured and performed in numerous international events. His large orchestral works can be found in worldwide CD and digital media distribution.
Dr. Firigou is a foreign Language Teacher (French) and the Coordinator of Foreign Languages. She earned a Bachelor’s in French Literature from the Greek Capodistrian University of Athens and in 2008 she received her master's degree in the History of French Civilization again from the Capodistrian University of Athens. Dr. Firigou defended successfully her doctorate thesis in History of French Civilization on July 2012 and received her doctoral degree. The thesis title was “Antonin Proust et son voyage en Grèce”.
She has been working in the ACS faculty community since 1999 and has taught both in Middle School and High School. She is an IB teacher and an IB examiner in French language.
For many years, she has been the advisor of the High school French Club. She has established different educational collaborations between ACS Athens and other institutions worldwide. She is a life-long learner and she always strives for better results.
Venie Gaki was born in Ioannina, Greece and holds a Bachelor in Classics from the University of Ioannina. During her university years she attended a one- year course in Classics at the University of Liverpool, UK. She also holds a certificate in Advanced Methodology in Teaching English as a Second Language acquired at the Hellenic American Union in Athens, Greece. She is a passionate linguist and therefore she also teaches a course in Latin through the IIC.
Venie Gaki has rich experience in teaching both Greek and English as a second language in private schools and has been a member of ACS Athens faculty since 2007 where she has taught Greek and English to Elementary School students, Middle School and High School.
She is currently teaching English as a Foreign and as a Second Language to non-native speakers in Middle School; she is the instructor of EFL 1, 2 and ESL 1 and ESL.
Venie Gaki believes in professional development and has been a member and presenter at TESOL Greece since 1993. She has written several plays, poems, lyrics and texts (in both Greek and English) through which children's understanding and consolidation of the language they learn is reinforced, along with simplified concise editions of Social Studies Units for EFL students.
ACS Athens has published three of her books which are currently taught at the Elementary School; a listening and speaking activities book and two textbooks for Elementary School children who learn Greek as a second language.
Ms. Grigoropoulos was born in Athens, Greece, and raised in the U.S. state of Maryland, where she graduated from high school and attended the University of Maryland for her first university years. She later returned to Greece where she graduated from the University of La Verne with a B.Sc. degree (double major in Marketing and Business Management and many courses in English and computer technology).
While working as a full time employee at Barclay’s Bank, she received a M.A. degree in International Management. She earned her teaching credentials in the United States and is certified to teach ESOL K-12 and Business Studies 6-12.
She teaches EFL, Language Development and Science in the Middle School and Business Management (IB) in the Academy. She is also an IB examiner for Business Management.
While holding various positions in the banking sector, in the retail and wholesale business, and in the services sector, she has also been teaching ESL for 22 years. Ms. Grigoropoulos began her career at ACS Athens as a substitute teacher and has served in various positions besides being a classroom teacher; i.e. full time shadow teacher and after school program instructor. She was a contributing author for the recently published book i2Flex, "Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning through the i2Flex Classroom Model" and is in the process of pursuing her Ed.D. She enjoys painting, sports, and traveling.
Lyndi Henderson was born and raised in Michigan. She holds a B.Sc. in Social Studies Education from Grand Valley State University and a M.A. in Educational Supervision from Western Carolina University. She has a professional teaching certificate in the state of Michigan for social studies grade 6-12 and psychology grades 6-12. Ms. Henderson found her passion for teaching during high school when she was given an opportunity by her math teacher to assist with freshmen level classes as a teacher aide. Her understanding of and passion for teaching are rooted in her upbringing, as her mother was a teacher for 35 years.
Ms. Henderson previously taught at Colegio Bolivar in Cali, Colombia, for five years. Her desire to see the world and teach a variety of students has led her to join the ACS Athens community. She looks forward to traveling throughout the region, including visiting family members in Malta. In her free time she enjoys soccer, jewelry making, reading, and spending time with her dog, Lucy.
Mr. Hoc was born in Canada and raised in Greece, where he completed the IB Diploma Programme before attending the University of Toronto for his undergraduate studies. Mr. Hoc holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts with double majors in History and Drama from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in Politics and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London.
After working at the American University of Paris, Mr. Hoc returned to the University of Toronto to begin his Ph.D. while teaching a second-year undergraduate course and working as a senior consultant in the area of performance optimization for a private firm. Upon returning to Greece, Mr. Hoc stood as a guest lecturer at the Athens Campus of New York College before joining ACS Athens in 2014.
Mr. Hoc has had the pleasure of working with learners across grade levels, both throughout the academic year as well as during the ACS Athens Summer Camp. Since joining ACS Athens Mr. Hoc has served as Supervisor and Coordinator of the LEP After School Support Programs offered through the Institute for Innovation and Creativity, and has supervised IB Extended Essays in Human Rights, Economics, and History.
Mr. Kalogridakis was born and raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey and has nearly a decade of experience at ACS Athens.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Rutgers University in NJ, then his Masters of Arts in Teaching from Boston University, and holds both Massachusetts and New Jersey teaching certifications. He has also completed extended course work for a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis.
Having worked as an Academy Counselor for the past 6 years, Mr. Kalogridakis now works with 6th - 8th grade students, as the Middle School Counselor. Past advisor of the National Honor Society, Model United Nations club, Student Council advisor, he is also an active coach of after school recreational teams, under the Athletic Department.
Zoi holds a B.A in Early Childhood Education from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has also completed some courses in the field of Psychology during her stay at the Italian University of Padova such as Learning Disabilities and Psychology of Emotions. She is currently studying to get her M.A. in Information and Communication Technologies in Education and her Certificate in Special Educational Needs from the British Council.
Last year, as a Middle School Optimal Learning assistant, she carried out the action research: "Co-Teaching: How to change Teaching & Learning - The experience of classes with students receiving OLP support," which was presented at ACS Colloquium 2016 Conference and was also published in Ethos magazine, Fall 2016.
Zoi has worked with students of various ages and she is passionate about motivating them to succeed and developing their organizational and social skills by focusing on students’ strengths and individual styles of learning.
Ms. Katsiyianni was born and raised is Athens, Greece. She holds a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics, from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, specializing in Applied Mathematics. She holds a Master of Science in Economic Mathematics, from the National Technical University of Athens.
During the past 12 years she had the opportunity to teach Mathematics to students of different levels and she has been challenged to accommodate their special needs.
She has taught Geometry, PreCalculus and Algebra II and Trigonometry to Academy students and she is also an SAT instructor.
This year Ms. Katsiyanni is teaching 6th & 8th grade Math.
Sevasti Koniossis was raised in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Arts in Education, both from Brooklyn College, as well as a Professional Teaching Certification in New York. Ms. Koniossis taught on various levels such as inclusion, honors and ESL at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, and has been at ACS Athens since 2010 teaching English and Social Studies, as well as in the Optimal Learning Program.
Ms. Koniossis shares a strong conviction that educators can inspire and challenge students to always strive for personal progress and become caring and compassionate world-citizens. Between 2007-2011 she volunteered at an organization called Passage to Life in Downtown Athens, ministering to refugee families and young people struggling with substance abuse. Since 2015, Ms. Koniossis has been active in getting ACS Athens teachers and students involved in supporting refugees in Greece. She hopes to inspire her students to become leaders with servants’ hearts, always sensitive to the needs of those around them.
As the Optimal Learning Specialist for Middle School students, she drew on her own expertise with inclusion classrooms, differentiated learning, individual learning plans, and students who learn differently. Ms. Koniossis is excited to return to the classroom, teaching Language Arts and Social Studies and further apply differentiation instruction methodology.
Ms. Koniossis is excited to evolve and grow as an educator, through the knowledge she gains from her students, colleagues, and the ACS Athens community.
Ms. Kotsiani Athanasia was born and raised is Athens, Greece. She earned a Bachelor degree in Physical Education & Sports Science from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, specializing in Swimming. She holds a Master in Education and Creative Learning from Democritus University of Thrace.
Ms. Kotsiani is a certified lifeguard, international swimming official and an emergency responder (CPR/First Aid for adult/child/infant). She joined the ACS Athens faculty in 2005 teaching Physical Education in Middle and High School. She is in charge of the ACS Athens Aquatics and after school swimming program. She has been coaching the ACS Athens High School swimming team since 2005.
Mr. Koudounis earned his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Clarkson University and worked for General Electric Aerospace designing flight and engine controls for military and commercial aircraft. He also has an M.A. in Secondary Science Education and taught science in the public school system in New York City. His DELTA Cambridge Diploma has given him the opportunity to teach English for Academic Purposes at Universities in the UK and China. He currently teaches science grade 7 and technology for grades 7-8.
In his free time, he enjoys traveling, dancing, and gymnastics.
Ms. Stephanie Maxwell moved to Athens this year, and this is her first year teaching at ACS Athens. She currently teaches technology for grades 6-8. She has past teaching experience with 7th grade Science in the US. Ms. Maxwell is originally from Florida, but has lived in Arizona and Colorado as well. She studied engineering at Arizona State University and has a B.Sc. degree in biomedical engineering.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, dancing, traveling, and camping.
Ms. Merrill was born in Oklahoma, but raised in the beautiful state of Alaska. She moved to Minnesota after high school where she received her bachelor's degree in Graphic Communications and Digital Design. After a short period as a graphic designer, she returned to Alaska. Her love of the outdoors and providing knowledge led her to become a tour guide on the Alaska railroad for four seasons. This not only allowed her to share her love of the state with others, but also provided her with ample opportunity to travel and work as a freelance designer.
Eventually, Ms. Merrill returned to Minnesota to earn her Master’s in Art Education from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. In addition to being an art educator, she is also an artist specializing in graphic design, photography, layout, typography, painting and drawing. She has done contract graphic design and illustration work for businesses and individuals for the past 7 years. Prior to teaching at ACS, she taught visual and media art at an Arts Magnet and IB school in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Ms. Merrill returns to ACS Athens as a teacher of Drawing and Painting I & II, Digital Photography and Middle School Art Studio.
Mr. Mikros was born in New Jersey and raised both in the United States and Greece. He earned a bachelor’s in History from Kean University in Union, New Jersey, and a Post Bachelor’s degree in Physical & Health Education (K-12). He is certified by the State of New Jersey to teach Physical Education and Health. He worked as a substitute Physical Education teacher in public schools in the United States before moving to Greece.
Mr. Mikros is an emergency responder (CPR/First Aid for adult/child/infant) and a member of AAHPERD (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.)
He has been a member of the ACS faculty since 2005 and is the coach for both the Junior Varsity Boy’s soccer and Middle School Track & Field Teams.
Ms. Monahogiou was born in New York City and raised in the suburbs of Long Island. She graduated and attained a Bachelor's Degree from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook. Maria moved permanently to Athens, after having graduated from the university.
She worked at two foreign language institutes as an English teacher upon her arrival to Greece. She also owned an English daycare and Kindergarten center, where she taught and ran the business in the northern suburbs of Athens.
She has been working at ACS Athens since 1994. She has worked with the ESL Department in both elementary and the middle school, where she was assisting and teaching. She is currently the Middle School Attendance Officer and will be assisting the Middle School Main Office.?
Her talent and hobby is singing and she shares her passion at school when performing in various ACS Athens concerts and talent shows. She also keeps occupied outside of school as a member in various choirs.
Keren O'Connor is from Chicago, Illinois. She holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, from Loyola University Chicago. Ms. O'Connor was an event coordinator when she started volunteering at a tutoring program for under privileged children. It was then she realized she had a love of teaching.
She went back to school and earned a Masters in the Art of Teaching from National Louis University. She is certified to teach by the State of Illinois and has subject area endorsements in Language Art, Art and Social Science. She has also participated in continuing education, attending the Reading Institute at Teachers College at Columbia University. She has worked for the Chicago Public Schools and the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute.
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.
Mr. Parakatis is a faculty member of the Mathematics/Technology Department at the American Community Schools, Athens. He has his B.Sc. in Physics from York University,Canada, B.Ed. from the University of Toronto, Canada and M.Sc. in Medical Physics from University College London, UK.
Mr. Parakatis has taught Physics and Mathematics in Canada and in Greece. He has been teaching at ACS since 2001. Nicholas Parakatis has served as department chair and has taught students mathematics in the IB level, in the Academy and in the Middle School. He has served on the accreditation team as the Quantitative Team Leader and has participated in many ACS Athens Math Department sponsored events such as the Mathematics Club, the Annual ACS Mathematics Competition, the SAT Math Club and the AMC 10/12. As part of his Action Research Nick Parakatis focused on encompassing implemented changes in standardized testing (SAT/ACT) in the ACS Athens scope and sequence by creating sample assessments that can accompany daily lesson plans. Mr. Parakatis shared his findings At the ACS Athens Colloquium 2016.
His interests include astronomy, team sports, music and traveling. Mr. Parakatis is a member of faculty that was present at mission control, during the launch of the Rosetta Mission, by the European Space Agency. Nicholas believes that caring and concern over content and curriculum is one of the keys in helping students remain interested in school therefore helping them achieve their academic goals.
Maria was born in Burgos, Spain and studied Fine Arts at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao. Later she moved to Greece and in 2011 she graduated from the Department of Spanish Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece with Honors. In 2014 she did a masters degree on "Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language" at theAlcalá de Henares University in Madrid, Spain.
She did various seminars on "Creative teaching to teenagers" and "Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language" and also received training to be an examiner at the Cervantes Institute examinations board.
As an educator she has experience working in private language schools in Athens, teaching Spanish to both teenagers and adult students (2008-2015), as well as an Art teacher in a summer schools to children of different ages.
She has been working in ACS Athens since 2015, and is currently teaching Spanish 2 and Art Studio in the Middle School.
Chrysoula Ploutou earned her Bachelor's degree, in Psychology and Elementary Education from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Her Master's degree in Education was also achieved from Clark University. She acquired her Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Special Education from Fairfield University. Ms. Ploutou is a certified licensed teacher in the state of Connecticut. Ms. Ploutou has taken online courses through the Professional Development Institute and has received college credit from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Most recently she was certified in formal and informal measurement and diagnostic techniques receiving college credit from Buffalo State, State University of New York.
Ms. Ploutou has been a teacher in the public school system in the United States and in international schools in Greece since 1997. She has taught JK, K, first, second, fourth grade and was a Middle School/ Academy Optimal Learning Program Specialist. Currently she is the Optimal Learning Program Coordinator, supervising all three schools, Elementary School, Middle School and Academy through the department of Student Affairs. This year, Ms. Ploutou will also be providing in class support services to students in the Middle School and Academy through the Inclusion program.
This is Ms. Ploutou’s ninth year working at ACS Athens and her seventh year working in the Optimal Learning Program. She is providing students with strategies to acquire the skills necessary to be successful in school and in their lives. She encourages differentiation in the classroom in order to make learning meaningful, focusing on students’ strengths and talents.
Elena Politi was born and raised in Athens, Greece and is an Australian citizen by descent. She holds a physics degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a M.Sc. in Informatics and Telematic Services from Harokopio University.
Ms. Politi has taught physics and chemistry at secondary level for over eight years. As a teacher she promotes conceptual understanding of science topics and is enthusiastic about utilizing different technology tools in the classroom.
Ms. Politi has been with ACS Athens since 2015 and she will be teaching science for 8th grade.
Ms. Artemis Repouli holds a B.A. in European & International Studies from University of Piraeus in Greece. She completed her M.A. in International Business at Leeds Metropolitan University in UK and has had various administrative roles within companies in both Athens and London.
She is currently a member of the Student Affairs Department and holds the position of Registrar.
Ms. Rocha earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor each in French and Spanish from Chatham College, Pittsburgh, P.A. and an Master of Arts in Education with a special emphasis on Foreign Language Instruction from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
She has also participated in post graduate studies at American University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland in the fields of cultural anthropology and linguistics.
Ms. Rocha has taught both French and Spanish, all levels, including, AP, IB and immersion levels for Baltimore County Schools prior to joining the ACS faculty in 2007. In addition, Ms. Rocha has taught several Continuing Education courses in both French and Spanish and ESOL for the Community Colleges of Baltimore County.
Ms. Rocha has served as Department Chair and has been involved in curriculum development and writing within the Baltimore County School System. She currently teaches Spanish, standard level and IB for both the Middle School and the Academy students. She has also led her students on trips abroad, and looks forward to such opportunities with the students of ACS.
Ms. Labrini Rontogiannis was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and moved to Athens in 2004. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology at McGill University and a Bachelor of Education, specialization in Science and English Literature, also from McGill. Ms. Rontogiannis recently completed a M.Ed. specializing in Educational Technology through an online program at the University of Calgary.
Ms. Rontogiannis has been teaching at the ACS Athens Middle School since 2005 and she takes pride in getting involved in all aspects of student life; both in and out of the classroom. She has coached the Girls' Varsity Volleyball teams for a number of years, at ACS Athens and in Montreal Public Schools.
Ms. Stavroula Salouros was born and raised in New York. She earned a B.Sc. in Physical Education from Adelphi University where she attended on a Coston Crouse scholarship. She then continued at Adelphi University and she received an M.A. in Health Education.
Ms. Salouros holds a New York life certification license "K-12" in both Physical Education, and in Health Education. She has been at ACS Athens since 1999, where she has taught in all three education levels, and has collected great experiences from all of them. She has written and published a cookbook with her health classes, has written various articles for the ETHOS magazine, and she has attended training on many various programs. She has also attended various professional development seminars on learning differences, on early childhood education, and on Physical Education.
Ms. Salouros has coached at all three school levels, with most recent being the JK/K after-school soccer team, and she is certified as an emergency responder (CPR/First Aid for adult/child/infant). She is presently teaching Health Education in the Academy, and Physical Education in both the Academy and the Middle School. Furthermore, Ms. Salouros is an active believer and participant in subject-integrated projects and in school wide spirit.
Ms. Salouros has a passion for teaching and she aims to instill in her students the skills and knowledge necessary to enhance their lifelong personal health and wellness. Her philosophy is: "Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. We are all learners, doers, teachers.”
Mr. Samad is the Arabic teacher for both ACS Athens’ high school and middle school. He was born in Ammatour-Lebanon. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arabic language and literature from the Lebanese University of Beirut (Lebanon).
Mr. Samad worked as Head of the Arabic Department at Campion School in Athens, Greece from 1981 until he joined ACS Athens in 1994. He has been with ACS Athens as an IB faculty member for nearly 20 years. He has also served as the Advisor of the Arabic Club in Middle and High schools.
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.
Ms. Sidiropoulou was born and raised in Athens. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy – Education - Psychology and a M.Sc. in Teaching Methodology and Assessment from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with Excellency. She is attending the M.Sc. in Adult Education at the Greek Open University and the M.Sc. in Management of Educational Ιnstitutions at the University of Piraeus.
She has worked as a Greek Philologist, teaching Modern Greek, History, Ancient Greek and Latin Language in the public sector preparing native speakers for the Entrance Exams. As a part of her professional development, she holds a Specialization on Teaching Greek as a foreign language at the Department of Primary Education, University of Patras which allowed her teaching Modern Greek to non native speakers, both students and adults. Teaching experience includes position as a Lecturer in The Higher Military Educational Institutions where she produced educational material for French and Arab speaking officers; assessor of Greek Language Center since 2009 and certified adult trainer by the Ministry of Education. In the last years her field of teaching was broadened with the Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, where she conducts demonstrations on Teaching Methodology and Assessment to teachers, so that they acquire the Pedagogical Competence.
Ms. Sidiropoulou believes in lifelong education and personal development and enjoys researching various topics.
Julia Stephanidou has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Athens and an M.A. in World and Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University. She has taught English as a Foreign Language and English as a Second Language at the elementary, middle and high-school levels for more than twelve years at private schools in Athens. She is particularly interested in English Language acquisition at the primary stages of learning with a special emphasis on speaking activities. Ms. Stephanidou is currently teaching EFL1 and EFL2 Language Arts.
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 also 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, 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.
Ms. Thanopoulou received her degree in Theater Studies from the National University of Athens and a Master of Arts in Physical Theater from the universities of Surrey & Royal Holloway University of London.
Ms. Thanopoulou is a trained dancer and performer and has participated in numerous theater and dance productions since 2001. She started teaching drama in various schools of East London, UK in 2004 and since 2007 she has been teaching Drama and Theater at ACS Athens. She teaches in the Middle School and the Academy, directs two IB Theater student productions a year, runs a dance club and coaches the Duet Acting team for the Pan-Hellenic Forensics tournaments and generally does everything she can to propagate her two passions, Education and the Arts.
Ms. Wang is originally from Taiwan. She obtained her Bachelors Degree from National Taipei Institute of the Arts, where she studied Piano Performance, Violin Performance as well as Chinese Language and Literature. She has won the 2nd prize in Taiwan Piano competition. Ms. Wang also trained at Luebeck Musikhochschule in Germany, and obtained her Masters Degree in Piano Performance.
Each summer Ms. Wang travels to Taiwan and participates in the seminar “Chinese Language Research”. In the summer of 2009, she obtained a certification following 2 month course “Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language” from Tunghai University.
In Taiwan and Germany, she worked as teacher, teaching Chinese Language and Piano Performance. She has nearly 15 years of experience teaching Chinese and over 25 years of experience teaching Piano Performance.
Angela Zamanis was born in Canada and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications with a double major in Political Science from McGill University. She also holds a Certificate in Communicative English Teaching from the Hellenic American Union and is licensed by the Greek Ministry of Education to teach English as a Foreign Language.
She is a native English speaker and an experienced EFL/ESL teacher who has worked with students of all levels from many different countries both in Canada and in Greece for more than 25 years. She taught intensive English immersion programs to international students in Canada and has worked with private language schools in Greece. She is an ACS Athens graduate and as such she has a deep understanding of the school and its educational philosophy.
She is currently teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL 1) to non-native speakers in the Middle School and English as a Second Language (ESL 3, 4, 5) in the Academy.
Mr. Bobby Zervas was born in Chicago and attended DePaul University. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English he started working as a law clerk and spent several years working in the legal field. He contemplated attending law school but realized it was not for him.
In 2013 Mr. Zervas moved to Greece to pursue teaching and be closer with his family. He is an aspiring writer, although his main concentration is short stories, he is currently working on a novel in the hopes of one day being published.
Mr. Zervas spent the last two years in the ACS Athens Writing Studio for elementary, middle school and high school assisting students on all steps of the writing process from journals to major course assignments. This year he will be teaching 6th and 8th grade Language Arts and begin a master’s program in applied linguistics.
Ms. Baty was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada and raised in a small town nearby. She obtained her Registered Nurse diploma at the Miseracordia Hospital in Winnipeg, Canada and also holds accreditation as an R.N. in the state of Colorado, USA.
Prior to coming to Greece, Ms. Baty spent many years helping to manage patient health at a doctors' clinic in Canada. She joined the ACS Athens family in 2014.
At ACS Athens her responsibilities include the examination and treatment of children who become ill or injured; the performance of student health appraisals and screening; and the maintenance of accurate and current health records for all students.
Ms. Katerina Peristerakis was born in Athens, Greece and has received a First Aid certification from the Hellenic Red Cross. As the Health Office Assistant she provides basic first aid for minor illnesses and injuries, accompanies students to the hospital if necessary, attends meetings, performs screening tests and overall manages the office.
Having a strong passion for education from a young age, Chara Kouppa obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Being an advocate for global citizenship, she received an Erasmus scholarship and moved to Slovenia to complete her undergraduate studies at the University of Ljubljana.
In 2013, Ms. Kouppa moved to Scotland where she completed her Master of Science in Inclusive and Special Education at the University of Edinburgh by which she was awarded with a scholarship. Ms. Kouppa had been working in Edinburgh for the past 2 years; she has worked as a shadow teacher supporting high school students with a wide range of additional support needs and as a Social Studies Teacher in a Scottish special school.
This is her first year at ACS Athens hoping to create a caring learning environment within which her students will be able to reach their full potential.
Ms. Tsopoglou-Gkina was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Biology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master of Science in Environmental Biology from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, where she worked on a biodiversity related published research.
Ms. Tsopoglou-Gkina's previous experience extends from running numerous Environmental Education programs to teaching Biology at a vocational school for assistant nurses.
This is her first year as a Science/Math substitute teacher at ACS Athens and she cannot hide her excitement! Her contribution to the scientific spirit and the vibrant school community inspires her.
In her free time she enjoys dancing, traveling and reading.