Mr. Polizos was born and raised in New Jersey, USA. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University in Political Science and History. As an adult, he relocated to Colorado, USA where he worked as an educator and earned his Masters in Education from GCU.
Mr. Polizos has been an educator at international schools on four continents. Aside from the US, he has taught in Syria, Zambia and most recently in Korea. He is joined in Athens by his spouse, who is also an educator, and his two school age children. Outside of school, he enjoys spending time on mountain and rivers and listening to podcasts.
This year, he will be team teaching Grade 9 Europe and the World: Literature and History and IB Theory of Knowledge.
Mr. Polizos recommends everyone reads the Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way Paperback by Amanda Ripley.
Ms. Tokatlidou was born and raised in Drama, Greece. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the School of Law and Economics at the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki. She continued her studies in Toronto, Canada, where she completed her Master of Arts in Economics and all but the thesis requirement for the Ph.D. program in Economics.
In 2013 she completed her M.B.A andreceivedher Certificate for International School Leadership as well as he M.B.A. from the University of Indianapolis.
Ms. Tokatlidou has been a member of the ACS Athens community since 2005. Initially, she was a faculty member teaching IB Economics. Since September 2008 she has been the Director of the IB program, since September 2010, the Director of the IB and AP programs, and since September 2014 she has been the Vice Principal of the Academy.
Since January 2017 Ms. Tokatlidou has been leading the ACS Athens Youth to Youth Educational and Social Integration Programs addressing the social and educational needs of unaccompanied minors in Athens through a student to student partnership learning model. The programs include the Part-time Youth to Youth and Business to Youth programs run on Saturdays which involved numerous student and faculty volunteers, and the full-time Youth to Youth program starting this academic year.
Ms. Tokatlidou believes in learning and citizenship development through service, and in personal growth through education. She has published in various scientific journals.
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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.
Ms. Athanatou was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Business Administration from Texas A&M International University in Texas, USA, where she graduated with honors. She completed a Master of Business Administration in International Trade and a Master of Business Administration in Management from Texas A&M International University in Texas, USA.
She is a resident of Kropia, Attiki and has been elected to the Municipality council where she serves as a member in the Economic Commission and as a Chair for the Committee of Tax Revenue.
Ms. Athanatou has completed an online workshop with IBO specializing on Counseling for the IB Diploma. She is currently a CAS Adviser.
Ms. Persia Apostoli earned a B.A. in Medieval and Modern Greek Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, an M.A. in Modern Greek Studies from Kings’ College, University of London and a Ph.D. in Medieval and Modern Greek Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has taught Modern Greek and European Literature at IB Geitonas School, at the University of Peloponnese, the University of Patras and the Hellenic Open University and has also participated in several research programs on her field.
Ms. Persia Apostoli is teaching IB Greek Language and Literature in the Academy.
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.
Since 2017 Ms. Arnold has been working as an accredited TestDaf examiner. TestDaf is one of the mandatory language proficiency tests for foreign students who want to enter a German university.
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 both in the Middle School and the Academy. She is presently teaching 6 th grade science and IB Environmental Systems and Societies.
Over the course of the years, Ms. Bakoyannis has held the position of science department chair and coordinator. She has also served 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 21 st century paradigm shift in science learning" in 2014 and "Art Communicates Science" in 2015. In 2016, she co-presented at the annual NESA Conference the work done by the Middle School on the refugee/migrant crisis. This work was also presented at the ACS Colloquium with teachers and students engaging in a reflective dialogue on stage.
Born in Montreal Canada and raised in Athens Greece, Angela E. Chamosfakidis graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, with a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy, Pedagogy, Psychology (concentration in Psychology). For her graduate studies she attended McGill University in Canada where she received a Masters degree in Educational Psychology with a research focus on teachers' expectations of children of divorce. Upon her return to Greece in 2003, Ms. Chamosfakidis accepted a position at KETHEA where she provided educational and counseling services to adolescents and young adults with substance abuse problems, for over 10 years. As part of her professional development in the field of addiction, she received a post graduate certificate of specialization in the "Administration and Social Planning in the field of Drug Addiction" by the Athens School of Public Health in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Since joining ACS Athens Ms. Chamosfakidis had been teaching IB Psychology and Theory of Knowledge. She also serves as the Curriculum Coordinator of the Youth to Youth project, an ACS Athens initiative to attend to unaccompanied refugee minors' learning, social, and emotional needs. Ms. Chamosfakidis is passionate about teaching and learning and committed to supporting students and their individual needs. She has more than 18 years of hands-on teaching experience and her mandate lies in Learning by Doing. She holds a teaching certification by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and the Greek Ministry of Education and she is a certified IB Psychology examiner.
Ms. Coklas was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.A in Psychology from DePaul University of Chicago with a minor in History (1197), M.A in Education (specializing in Curriculum and Design) from St. Xavier University of Chicago (2000), and her Teaching Certification from the State of Illinois. Ms. Coklas has also studied at the University of Indianapolis (Athens campus): which has brought her closer to earning an M.B.A.
Ms. Coklas has been in education since 2000. Back in Chicago, Ms. Coklas was the co- founder and co-creator of the Oak Lawn/ Hometown school district's Mentor program. She was invited to speak/ present workshops at several Tri-State area Conferences on the importance of Mentor Programs for beginning teachers and Classroom Management. She has been an active administration and faculty member of ACS Athens since 2008. Her first position was the Assistant Director of the IB program for 2 years. She then moved to the Elementary School where she taught 5th grade for 7 years. In 2017, she took the challenging position of being a shared educator in both the Middle School Social Studies and Academy Combo History courses. She is currently teaching IB Psychology Year 1 and the 10th grade Combo (History/Literature) course.
Ms. Coklas has traveled to London, Vienna, and the United States as a representative of ACS Athens in order to establish affiliations for our graduating students to various universities (including but not limited to Oxford University, New York University, University of Chicago, etc.). She deeply appreciates and respects the superb level of education our school provides and will support our students (at any grade level) to achieve their goals and future endeavors.
Ms. Coklas' passion for teaching comes from the outstanding educators she has had throughout her life. She remembers feeling safe, loved, and inspired. This is what she wants her students to feel. Without love, without feeling secure enough to be who you are and express your thoughts in a "safe" setting, and without inspiration, learning cannot take place. Her goal has always been to be a small, yet important factor in her students becoming educated individuals that inspire leadership and be a positive force in changing the world to become a better place. She believes if we all work together, this can happen, one person at a time.
Ms. Coklas was a proud member of the ACS Athens 2016 Colloquium where she presented a student demonstration of &"Exploring Colonial America through Research Based Creative Writing."
Ms. Dadidou was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Economics at the University of Macedonia, where she also earned her MBA.
She attended the London School of Economics - LSE and received her MSc in Management with focus on speculative attacks in the Forex market.
She has worked as a stock market analyst and broker and as a project manager in the Budgeting & Planning section in the IT department of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Organizing Committee. In 2005 she co-founded a technology consulting firm, serving companies in the maritime, financial and retail sectors.
Ms. Dadidou has written the novel "Abacus, a game of greed" ("Abacus, ένα παιχνίδι απληστίας", Kedros publishers, 2012), a financial thriller about the greed games that fed the last international economic crisis. She has also published short stories as well as economic commentaries and articles.
Ms. Dadidou believes that learning is an active process that lasts a lifetime, and her educational goal is to inspire students while supporting them in the learning process.
Ms. Drogaris is originally from New York, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College, Oberlin Ohio, a Master of Science from the Athens University of Economics and Business, where she graduated with honors and Master of Science in Educational Theory and Practice from the Arkansas State University.
Before coming to teach at ACS Athens, Ms. Drogaris was a teacher at William E. Grady High School in New York. Upon moving to Greece, she held various positions in international business including Manager of Sales and Marketing for an American multinational for the Middle East and African regions. She decided to return to her true love which is teaching and is very happy to be back in the exciting and fulfilling field of education. She is teaching four sections of IB Economics SL/HL and one section of Business Economics Standard/ Honors. Ms. Drogaris is an IB Examiner and involved in student activities such as Forensics and Student Council.
Ms. Falidas earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the City University of New York at Queens College. She earned her Master's degree in Mathematics from the City University of New York at Queens College and her Master's degree in Mathematics Education from the City University of New York at Hunter College.
Ms. Falidas holds a permanent New York State teaching license and she has worked in New York City public and private schools .In addition she worked as lecturer for the Mathematics Department at LaGuardia Community College in New York. Ms. Falidas has been a teacher of Mathematics at ACS Athens since 2007.
At ACS Athens she is member of the National Honors Society committee and an advisor for the Mathematics Literature Club. She is currently a member of Thales and Friends.
Dr. Fyrigou is a foreign Language Teacher (French and Greek). 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. Fyrigou 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 Grece".
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. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor at the Hellenic American University in Athens, teaching undergraduate students in the department of interdisciplinary and intercultural studies.
She has established different educational collaborations between ACS Athens and other institutions worldwide. Dr. Fyrigou was one of the first faculty who participated and completed successfully the pilot program at ACS Athens, which started in 2013-2014 academic year. She has designed, developed and implemented a course in French language and culture based on the i2flex methodology and innovative teaching and learning approaches.
She recently authored a chapter in the 2016 publication "Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning through i 2 Flex Classroom Model." The title of her chapter is "Evaluating the i2flex educational experience via the Community of Inquiry (CoI 2000)" Tonia Fyrigou has also presented her work in different colloquiums and conferences.
Dr. Tonia Fyrigou is a life-long learner, an open mind person with ethos and values with innovative ideas who always strives for excellence in education.
Dr.Hristakos completed his B.Sc. in physics at the University of Lancaster in the UK. He then continued his graduate studies in experimental physics (M.S) at the University of New Hampshire in the USA. Following this he successfully defended his Ph.D. in experimental low temperature physics at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. Dr. Hristakos worked as a post-doc research scientist at the Centre des etudes atomiques in Saclay-France and at the University of Tuebingen in Germany.
He has taught IB physics at ACS for a decade and he has also worked as an AP physics teacher at the American School of Dubai. He is currently the Director of Science at ACS Athens.
Mr. Lianos was raised in both New York and Athens. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, University College and an M.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester.
Prior to joining the ACS Athens faculty he was an editor at Macmillan Hellas and the weekly English language newspaper The Hellenic Star.
He has been a member of the faculty since 2014 and will be teaching American Literature Combo 10 and IB Literature Year 2. He has also held a position at the ACS Athens Writing Studio where he guided students to become more effective, confident and independent writers.
Born and raised in Mexico, Ms. Dennisse Legorreta has been a faculty member at ACS Athens since 2008. She is the school's Modern Language Coordinator and the IB/ AP Spanish teacher in the Academy. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communications and Spanish Linguistics and Literature. She also has a Master's degree in teaching Spanish as a foreign language including special training for both AP and IB programs.
Ms. Legorreta is convinced of the importance of using student's likes such as the use of technology, online and non online games, acting, singing, dancing, debating and playing in the development of language skills and language acquisition. Therefore, she utilizes different techniques using the I2Flex methodology to create fun activities in order to achieve the program learning outcomes helping students develop critical thinking and retain knowledge.
Outside of school, Ms. Legorreta enjoys being with family and friends, dancing, playing sports, watching movies, listening to music, traveling and reading.
Dr. Karampelas was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He holds a B.Sc. in Physics and a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, obtained from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), were he has also been a Physics and Astronomy laboratory supervisor. Dr. Karampelas has been a post graduate researcher at NKUA and the National Observatory of Athens, and a visiting researcher at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, Granada, Spain, and the Institut d' Astrophysique de Paris, France. He is involved in the ongoing European Space Agency (ESA) "Gaia" Space Mission and he is a member of the International Astronomical Union and the International Astrostatistics Association.
Dr. Karampelas has participated in numerous ESA and NKUA research programs involving Astrophysics, Data Mining and Machine Learning, were he has also contributed in code development and research proposals' writing. He is a co-author of more than 40 publications in scientific journals.
Dr. Karampelas has been in education since his early academic years teaching Science and Mathematics at all levels. He has been a referee of articles and a conference speaker, both in Science and Education. This is his third year at ACS Athens, were he will be teaching Physics for the IB and the 10th grade students, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).
He likes music and writing.
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 degree in Economic Mathematics, from the National Technical University of Athens.
During the past 13 years, Ms. Katsiyianni, 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 Honors, PreCalculus and Algebra II and Trigonometry Honors and regular as well as IB to Academy students and also Advanced & regular Math 6, Advanced & regular Math 7, PreAlgebra and Algebra 1 to Middle school students. She is also an SAT instructor.
Last year she was teaching IB Mathematical Studies SL and Algebra 1 in Academy school.
This year Mrs Katsiyianni will be teaching IB Math Studies Year 1 & 2 and Algebra I to the Academy and Middle School students.
Dr. Kerkines was born and raised in Athens, Greece and studied Chemistry in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA) where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree, followed by a Master's and a PhD degree in Physical/Quantum Chemistry in 2003. His professional experience in Academia as a postdoctoral researcher spans over 10 years, working in Greece (UoA, National Hellenic Research Foundation) and the USA (Emory University) with a focus on the quantum theoretical study of materials for modern energy applications as well as of novel main-group and transition-metal chemistry. While working in Atlanta, GA, he received the Atlanta Area Chemical Physics award for his postdoctoral research.
He has been author or co-author of over 30 scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals and has presented his work in scientific conferences in 12 countries. He has received scholarships from the Association of Hellenes from Egypt, the Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation, as well as the Marie Curie Foundation, and has worked at CERN (Geneva, CH) as a visiting scientist.
Since 2012, he has worked in education as a content creator in e-learning courses and phone support for students from 4th to 12th grade (Chemistry, Physics, Math, Geography, Biology) and has been teaching Chemistry since 2000. He was an invited presenter at the Athens Science Festival 2016 / Cafe Scientifique Athens . He has also worked as a quality control head in a cosmetics company.
In his spare time, he enjoys lifting weights and building websites.
Dr. Kerkines is excited to bring to the classroom his mix of experiences. This year, he will be teaching IB Chemistry 1 and 2, as well as IB Environmental Systems and Societies 1.
Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Theodora Panteli holds an A.D in Science from Jacksonville College and a B.A with a major in English Literature, Global Culture & Rhetoric, a double minor in Theater Studies and Philosophy, Politics & Law from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
She spent her senior year working as a Teaching Assistant for Harpur College and the Departments of English and Theater Studies. For the past 7 years she has been working as Learning Specialist.
This would be her third year in ACS and the Academy. For the past two years she was the Guidance counselor for 11th & 12th grade advisory while this year she will be the guidance counselor for 9th and 10th grade advisory. She is also a certified IB CAS advisor, offering guidance to IB students and providing them with opportunities to complete the requirements for CAS successfully.
She was a professional athlete for 14 years and the first Greek female athlete to ever be awarded with a full athletic scholarship(NCAA D1). She was a member of the Greek National Team and the captain of Binghamton women’s basketball team.
Theodora, is also working as a sports journalist for NovaSports Channel while she is also finishing her MSPsy- in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Evelyn Pittas earned her B.A. in English Literature, from Gwynedd-Mercy College and her M.A. in English Literature, from Kutztown University and Lehigh University. She has also earned her Teaching Certificate from the state of Pennsylvania and attended numerous workshops and conferences in IB, Learning Differences, Writing for teachers, and Leadership for the 21st Century. Currently an IB English teacher at the Academy and the English Department Coordinator, Ms. Pittas has been at ACS Athens since 1997. She has been a teacher of Language Arts, English 9A2, English 10, English 11, English 12, Themes in World Literature, IB English A2 and is currently teaching IB English A: Language and Literature HL and SL Year1 and Year 2. She has taught English for the IB Diploma since the late 1990s and has been an IB Group 1 and Extended Essay Examiner since 2004.
In addition to her responsibilities as teacher, Ms. Pittas has been involved in a variety of positions at ACS Athens, including Forensics Oratory Coach, Coordinator and Judge at Pan-Hellenic Tournaments, 10th and 12th grade Student Council Advisor, Blue and Gold School Newspaper Advisor, Model United Nations Advisor, Activities Coordinator, Bonding Day Coordinator, Graduation Coordinator Assistant and is a member of the National Honor Society committee. She also served on the ACSTA Executive Council as President and the Federation Executive Council as Vice President.
Her mission as a teacher is to develop confidence in each and every student so that they will seek knowledge, question answers, and believe in their own abilities to become life long learners. She supports her students, listens willingly, and provides a loving environment so they can understand the bliss in learning and take pride in their accomplishments.
Ms. Pisanias, has been teaching in the Modern Language Department at ACS Athens since January 1995. While at ACS Athens she has taughtboth Greek Language B classes and Greek Language & Literature classes. She has taught Modern Greek for the IB Diploma for more than 20 years and currently she is teaching Modern Greek IB Language A: Language and Literature.
Ms. Pisanias holds a Bachelor of Arts in Greek and French Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a Masters in Translation from Universite de Mons-Hainaut & Universite Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium and a Masters in Education from the Hellenic Open University. The post graduate courses she has taken are in the areas of Child Development, Cross-cultural Education, School Administration and Distance Learning. The subject of her thesis was "Communication and Interaction between students in Distance Education". She has represented the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges as a member of an accreditation Validation Team.
While at ACS Athens she has been advisor of the Greek Literary Magazine, the Greek Club and several class Councils. Since September 2017 she is the Coordinator of the Greek Language Department.
Dr. Prodromidi earned a B.Sc. in Cell & Molecular Biology from the University of Essex, UK. She then continued her graduate studies at Imperial College London, UK, where she obtained a M.Sc. in Immunology and a Ph.D. with a full scholarship in Renal Medicine and Stem Cell Biology. She has worked in research and her scientific work has been presented in conferences world-wide, and has been acknowledged numerous times with international awards, such as the Best New Scientist (2006, UK). She has also published articles in scientific journals and co-authored books.
After the completion of her post-graduate studies and since her return in Greece, Dr. Prodromidi has worked both as a research scientist and an educator. To her, teaching means inspiration, creativity, and even challenge to pass on knowledge and ethos to every student. Her teaching experience ranges from middle school students through university students. Recently, she co-authored the book entitled "Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning through the i2Flex Classroom Model" contributing to this novel pedagogical approach introduced by ACS Athens.
Sophia Stella Soseilos was born in Bonn, Germany, did her High school years in Nicosia, Cyprus and completed her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts Education from at the University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa. After that, she enrolled in the Drama Department of the same University doing Theater Design. Since then she has worked in South Africa, Greece and Cyprus as an Artist, Art Teacher, Interior Designer and Stage Designer for numerous theaters and TV set productions.
She is, at the same time, a qualified and experienced Art Teacher with international teaching experience both as a private and school teacher. Simultaneously Ms. Soseilos is a writer. Her short stories are published in two books. She holds a Master’s degree in Creative writing from the University of Western Macedonia, in Greece.
Ms. Soseilos is in ACS Athens since 2012. In addition to teaching, she is the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator.
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 has also received 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 taught Language Arts in the Middle School and Academy and Science in the Middle School. She has coached Girls Junior Varsity and Varsity Volleyball teams for a number of years, at ACS Athens and in Montreal Public Schools. This year Ms. Rontogiannis is teaching 8th grade Science and AP Environmental Science.
Dr. Evangelos Syropoulos holds a BA in English Language and Literature, an MA in English Literature and Culture, and a PhD in Musical Theatre from the School of English of Aristotle University, Greece. He has taught drama/theatre courses and essay writing at Aristotle University, Ghent University (Belgium) and Goldsmiths College (University of London). His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals in Greece, Belgium, and the UK.
As Writing Studio Coordinator, he draws on his vast experience in writing, both scholarly and creative (musical plays, film scripts, and pop lyrics), in order to help the students realize their full potential as young writers. This year, he additionally teaches IB English A: Literature, Year 1, IB Theory of Knowledge Senior Seminar, and Film Writing/ Production. He has also co-coached the ACS Athens Academy Duet Acting team and participated in the Mentor Program and the New Colleagues Mentor Program. Dr. Syropoulos is a College Board-certified AP Capstone teacher, receiving his training at McBride High School, Long Beach CA, in 2017.
Dr. Toumpakari was born and raised in Athens and attended the University of Athens where she studied Mathematics. She holds an M.Sc. in Applied Statistics from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago in an area that combined mathematics, statistics and theoretical computer science. She is interested in the statistical study of epidemics and has been involved in research projects at the Childhood Cancer Research Group in Oxford.
While a graduate student at Chicago, she occasionally taught at Thurgood Marshall Middle School, she mentored gifted teenagers at a math-themed summer camp and lectured regularly at the University of Chicago. After her graduation she took up a teaching post at Columbia College Chicago. She has also been an A-levels tutor during her stay in the UK.
Ms. Toumpakari is teaching IB Higher Level Math and Geometry with Algebraic Topics
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.
Dr. Liana Tsigaridi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics, from the University of Patras, with the highest grade of the graduation year and award from the State Scholarships Foundation, a M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, from the Technical University of Athens, a second M.Sc. in Astrophysics, from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and a Ph.D. in Astronomy, from the NKUA, in the field of Galactic Dynamics on a full scholarship from the Leventis Foundation.
Dr. Tsigaridi has participated in many Research Programs funded by the Academy of Athens in collaboration with the Research Center for Astronomy and Applied Mathematics (RCAAM), with publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presence in numerous conferences. She has also participated as a visiting researcher in the project ‘Galactic Potential Extraction' at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Munich, Germany. She is a member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.) and the European Space Agency (ESA).
In parallel with her academic studies Dr. Tsigaridi has also completed degrees in Music and Dance. She plays the Piano and the Viola and has been a member of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Athens since 1991.
This year she will be teaching IB Mathematical Studies Level 1 in the Academy. She also continues her role as the Math Studio Coordinator. Her personal goal is to share her passion for Mathematics with her students.
Dr. Tsokos is a Science Teacher and Division Chair of Mathematics & Technology. Dr. Tsokos was born in Cyprus. He attended the University of Birmingham in the U.K with a full scholarship and was awarded a double Honors degree in Physics and Mathematics. At Birmingham, he received the Nora Calderwood Prize for highest achievement in the final examinations. He obtained a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University in the USA.
Dr. Tsokos has served as Assistant, Deputy and Chief Examiner for IB Physics. He is the author of Physics for the IB Diploma, Series and Differential Equations, IB Physics in a nutshelland about 20 research papers dealing, mainly, with Quantum Chromodynamics. In one paper he showed how the high temperature limit of chiral gauge theories leads to the appearance of topological mass terms for the associated gauge fields. His main interests are Physics, Mathematics and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
He has been a faculty of ACS Athens since 1995.
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 11 years of experience teaching Chinese and 25 years of experience teaching Piano Performance.