Kitsiou, Niki, Faculty, 5th grade
Niki Kitsiou received her B.A. degree in Elementary Education, Grades 1 - 6, from the University of Crete, Greece. She specialized in Special Education through an Expertise Program in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She completed her M.A. degree in Language Education for Refugees and Migrants in the Hellenic Open University. Ms. Kitsiou is an ACS Athens alumni who attended from 10-12th grade on a basketball scholarship. She has worked as a teacher and as a researcher with multilingual and multicultural, refugee and migrant students in the context of refugee camps and NGOs. Ms. Kitsiou has also worked for 3 years at ACS Athens as a Shadow Teacher and at this time she was given the opportunity to co-present a workshop about sketchnote-taking and the importance of differentiated material on childhood education, at the ECIS Conference in Luxemburg, in 2019.
Her philosophy as a teacher is to guide her students to learn to think critically, work collaboratively and act boldly. She looks at each student's individual needs, values their creativity and ways of learning, as well as provides them with the skills to blossom through a safe and structured learning environment that values the human spirit and the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development of each student. In this environment, students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge and provided with the freedom and the tools to co-construct meaning through dialogic processes.
As a teacher, her goal is to make sure that her students believe in themselves, embrace their uniqueness, and work towards building a future that points the way to a more socially just world. She is overjoyed to be a 5th-grade teacher for another year!