Student Affairs Faculty & Staff
Ms. Pelonis was raised in Los Angeles, California. She earned a B.A. in English Literature and Psychology from the American College of Greece, an M.Sc. degree in Counseling and School Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and an M.B.A. from the University of Indianapolis.
She holds a Marriage, Family Child license from the State of California, as well as a School Counselor Certification.
Ms. Pelonis is also a National Certified Psychologist and holds a diploma in Clinical Hypnosis. She is currently completing a doctorate at the University of Bath, UK.
As founder of ISOS Counseling & Ed. Center she leads psychotherapy trainings for professionals in the Mental Health field in Europe. Ms. Pelonis is also a university Masters’ level lecturer and has authored numerous journal articles, chapters, magazine & newspaper articles and two books on coping with change; Change in the Journey of life (2001) and Yparho Allazo (Living Changing) (2007).
Ms. Perakis was raised in Newport, Rhode Island. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary and Special Education from Salve Regina College and a Masters of Arts in Special Education from Lesley College. She is currently working on a post graduate degree on Improving Student Learning and Quality of Teaching in International Schools from Buffalo State SUNY University. Ms. Perakis holds several teaching certificates including certificates for teaching students with mild-moderate-severe learning differences and handicaps.
For the past ten years, she has co organized the ACS Athens Annual Learning Differences Conferences, a continuing effort to raise awareness on the subject of educating children with learning differences. Ms. Perakis has also served as a team member on the Committee of Institution-wide Accreditation of the Middle School Association of Colleges and School (MSA), and on the study and research group at John Hopkins University for bringing the CTY program to Greece.
Since 2010, Ms. Perakis has been selected to serve on The European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Special Education Needs (SEN) Committee. She is also the Vice President for the Professional Special Education Society in Greece, a founding member of the Hellenic Institute for Study and Research of Learning Disabilities and serving on the IB Special Education Needs (SEN) Committee, as well as, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Education committee for Learning Differences.
Anna Makris was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and is an alumna of ACS Athens. Ms. Makris is a Licensed Psychologist and has completed a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in Psychology from Kingston University. In addition she has also been trained as a diagnostician and is one of the founding members of the Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center at ACS Athens.
She started working at ACS Athens in 2012 as an Academic Advisory Specialist and IB CAS Coordinator, assisting Junior and Senior students with the university application process as a whole. Ms. Makris is currently the Academy Counselor for students in grades 9-12.
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 is also a part time Academy Optimal Learning Program Specialist and will 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.
Dr. Panagiota (Yulla) Lamprou received her Ph.D. from Temple University in educational psychology with a focus on special needs, educational policy and leadership. She has been involved in the field of special needs in various professional roles for the last 18 years. Her undergraduate studies involved theater and drama as a path to understanding and teaching differences and during her master's degree she advanced her studies in the field of reading and writing difficulties.
Dr. Lamprou's international work experiences include: undergraduate and graduate lecturing in various universities and colleges (e.g. Temple University, LaSalle University in the USA, Metropolitan College of Athens, Greece) in educational psychology, special education, modern Greek language, qualitative research and writing, and supervision of thesis writing; Head of Student Support Services at the International Community School of London (ICS); policy consultant (most recently wrote the policy for autism accreditation of ICS by The National Autistic Society -NAS of London); scientific collaborator and consultant in research for the Ministry of Education in Athens; and independent consultant advising children and parents.
Dr. Lamprou's experience in educational leadership and teaching has offered her great insight and expertise on issues of diversity, inclusion and differentiation. She has trained teachers and support staff on the topics of inclusion and differentiation and has presented twice in the ACS Athens conference on differentiation strategies and learning styles. She is certified by the New York and Pennsylvania states for elementary education K-6 and special education K-12 and as a reading specialist by the state of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include: inclusive systems, how to change mentalities and perspectives to embrace differences, differentiation. She is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the American Psychological Society (APA). She has lived in the USA, France, the UK, Belgium and currently lives in Athens. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, running, swimming and learning new languages (she is currently studying Italian).
Dr. Sax holds a Bachelor's degree from Hampshire College (U.S.A.) in Psychology and Child Development. She graduated from New York University (U.S.A.) with a Clinical Master's degree in Clinical Social Work; Children, Adolescents and Adults. She has completed her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology and Supervision in Counselor Education at Argosy University (U.S.A.).
She has been a Psychology Lecturer of Child Psychology, Life-Span Development, Cultural Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Advanced Psychopathology, and Group & Music Therapy. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor at the Hellenic American University in Athens, teaching graduate students of the Psychology Department. She is also a licensed psychotherapist who has been in private practice for over twenty years with children, adolescents and adults.
From September of 2006, she was working at ACS Athens Elementary as the Counselor for grades PK-5. Since 2011, Dr. Sax has been the coordinator of the Psychology Intern Program with the Department of Student Affairs. As of 2012-13, Dr. Sax has also been providing PK-12 school wide services as Counseling Psychologist, via the Wellness Center.
Dr. Sax also presents her work at Professional Conferences within the ACS Athens Community and throughout Europe and has published articles on her research interests and clinical work in the field. She currently is a member of the editorial board and peer reviewer of the American Journal of Applied Psychology and The International Journal of Elementary Education of SciencePG.
Ino Korbaki holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (B.A. PSY) from the American College of Greece and Master's Degrees in Clinical Psychology (M.A. CPSY) and Applied Sociology/Human Resource Management (M.A. SOC/HRM) from the University of Indianapolis.
Ino brings in a wealth of experience in global education, education administration and teaching. She has held administrative positions in the areas of Student & Academic Affairs, Admissions & Development and Human Resources. She has taught for several years courses in public relations and psychology.
She is/was an active member and Board Vice President of Hellas Employee Assistance Programs (Hellas EAP) as well as member of APA (American Psychological Association) and CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).
Danai Papaioannou was born in Athens, Greece and she holds a degree in Classics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. During her studies at university she completed a two-year program in Hellenic American Union on the Principles and Practices of General Translation from English to Greek.
As the Student Affairs Officer Ms. Papaioannou promotes learning through activities, community service and a variety of projects that students have the opportunity to involve themselves in.
In addition, one of her passions is volunteering for organizations and she is currently an Experience Coordinator at TEDxKids@Ilissos. This year Ms. Papaioannou is starting an M.Sc. in Neuroscience and Psychology of Mental Health at King’s College.
In his eighth year at ACS Athens, Mr. Kalogridakis was born and raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey. 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.
Myrto Cogevinas was born in Athens but grew up on the island of Corfu. She is a licensed psychologist, with a B.A. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford and an M.Sc. in Occupational Psychology from the University of Surrey. She completed her studies with a post-graduate specialization in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at the Eginition Hospital (part of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). She has previously worked as a company psychologist and as a school psychologist.
This year, Ms. Cogevinas will be an academy guidance counselor for students in grades 9-12.
Sarah Kaldelli earned her Bachelor’s degree, in Elementary Education from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, U.S.A. Her Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education was achieved from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. She has also acquired her Degree Equivalency from the Greek Ministry of Education.
She has worked in international schools in Greece, and in the Greek private school sector for the past 19 years. She has taught students with learning differences and disabilities ranging from Junior-Kindergarten to 7th grade.
This is her eleventh year at ACS Athens with the Elementary Optimal Learning Program. She has experienced many diverse professional development opportunities such as ECIS, NESA, the Learning Difference Conferences at ACS Athens, ADHD conferences and the ACS Athens Colloquium 2016. She also routinely benefits from online coursework through The University of Phoenix. She has been a mentor to those seeking teacher certifications and to those doing internships during their academic studies. Additionally, she has authored and co-authored articles for the ACS Athens Ethos magazine. Ms. Kaldelli also has experience in assessment tools, and has thus been a member of the ACS Athens Diagnostic Center. She is an advocate for early intervention, for focusing on each child’s best interests and for building confidence toward learning.
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.
Sofia was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. She attended school in Florida, U.S.A where her love for English grew and she decided to become a teacher. Upon her return to Greece, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Ethniko and Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon. During her last year of studies, she worked for the Permanent Representation of Cyprus in the E.U during their presidency in the European Council. Due to her love of teaching, she expanded her education and received a Master of Arts in Developmental and Learning Disabilities form Deree-The American College of Greece.
She has worked as a teacher for the past years and is a firm believer that all students can reach their highest potential through differentiated learning strategies. She is also an ESB Oral Examiner. This year she joins the OLP team and the ACS Athens team as an Optimal Learning Program specialist in the Academy.
Natalia Maravegias is an alumna of ACS Athens. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the American College of Greece, where she also worked as a research lab assistant. She received her M.Sc. in Health Psychology from the University of Nottingham. Further, she has worked as a Shadow Teacher for two academic school years at ACS Athens from 2013-2015. This year she will be working in the Educational and Diagnostic Testing Center.
Born in Zimbabwe, Africa and raised in Athens, Mr. Pelidis earned his B.A. in Education from Boston College, Master in Education in Counseling Psychology from Keene State College of New Hamphire, and a C.A.G.S. in School Counseling from Boston University. Mr. Pelidis has worked at various school districts both in Boston, MA and New Hampshire.
Mr. Pelidis has over 20 years of counseling experience, teaching students in Middle School, High School, Undergraduate and Graduate School levels.
He is a US certified school counselor, who also enjoys his affiliation with the Adlerian Institute of Athens, where he continues to develop his practice in Adlerian psychology. Mr. Pelidis is a member of ASCA- a membership that helps him stay current with recent counseling trends in America.
Born and raised in Greece, Theodora Panteli holds an Associate Degree in Science from Jacksonville College and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English Literature and Global Culture (with a concentration in Rhetoric) and a double minor in Theater Studies and PPL (Philosophy, Politics and Law) from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
She spent her senior year in college working as a Teaching Assistant for Harpur College and the Departments of English (General Literature and Rhetoric) and Theater Studies. For the past 6 years she has been working as Learning Specialist helping high school students achieve their college dreams. She specializes in teaching organizational skills, study skills, critical reading skills, writing skills, and test taking skills.
As an Advisory Specialist, she works with 11th and 12th grade students, coaching and guiding them in a variety of study and test taking skills, assisting students in the preparation of university applications, college essays/ personal statements. She is also one of the IB CAS advisors, offering guidance to IB students concerning the requirements of CAS and providing them with opportunities to complete these requirements successfully.
Theodora has been a professional athlete for the past 14 years and she was the first Greek female athlete to ever be awarded with a full athletic scholarship (NCAA Division 1. She has been a member of the Greek National Team and has served as the captain of Binghamton women’s basketball team. This year, she will also be an active coach of after school recreational basketball teams (Grades 3rd, 4th & 5th), under the Athletic Department.
She is currently studying to get her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Hellenic American University while she is working towards completing the required 100 of training in order to become a Psychoeducational Diagnostician.
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.
Since January 2015 has been a member of the Student Affairs Department holding the position of Registrar and this year she will also be the SAT and ACT testing coordinator.
Vicky Koumbouni was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada and is an alumna of ACS Athens. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from the American College of Greece and went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Media and Communication Studies at the University of Indianapolis. In addition, Vicky is a certified EFL teacher from the Greek Ministry of Education, and this year she completed her Professional Diploma in Human Resources Management from the Hellenic Management Association.
Vicky has 7 years of experience working in the Human Resources Division of a multinational company in Greece and more than 10 years of experience teaching English as a Foreign Language to Greek children. This year, Vicky will be the Administrative Assistant at the Office of Student Affairs.
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.
Christina Feskos was born and raised in Athens, Greece. Through her school years Christina was a professional water polo player and was a part of the National Team of Greece.
Furthermore, Christina earned her Bachelor’s degree, in Elementary Education from The National and Kapodistrian University of Greece. Her Master’s degree in Special Education was achieved from The Metropolitan college of Greece.
For the past two years, Christina has been teaching English as a foreign language. She has currently joined the ACS Athens family as an Optimal Learning Aide in the OL Program.
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.