Melissa George grew up in the Monterey countryside of California. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature from California State University Chico in 2001. This program included one year of study at the University of Granada in Spain in 1998-9. Melissa earned a Master of Education in International Education Administration from Endicott College in 2015. Her coursework was completed in Leysin, Switzerland. In 2018, she completed her certificate of International School Leadership with the Principals’ Training Center in Rome.
Ms. George taught for 10 years in both California and Montana in grades Kindergarten to 12. She has worked internationally for the past 8 years; Primary Years Program (PYP) teacher in grades 3-5 at Medan International School in Indonesia, grades 6-10 Middle Years Program (MYP) Spanish teacher and grade 7 Year Head at the International School of Dusseldorf in Germany, Middle School Assistant Principal at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India. Melissa has coached cross country, track & field, swimming and triathlon in the U.S.A. and internationally. In 2016, her Boys’ Varsity Cross Country team took first place in the Northwest European Council of International Schools (NECIS) competition in The Hague.
Ms. George presented for five years (2012-17) at the European League of Middle Level Education (ELMLE) conference on topics such as technology integration, interdisciplinary learning and formative assessment. At the International Baccalaureate Africa, Europe, Middle East (IBAEM) conference in The Hague in 2015, she presented on Gamification and Game-based learning.
Ms. George is a qualified school accreditation team member with New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). In addition, she was a school accreditation coordinator at the American Embassy School in New Delhi with the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS). Previously, Melissa has worked on school reviews and self-study processes with Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
Outside of school, she enjoys gardening, trail running, reading, travelling, and cooking.
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. Artemis Repouli holds a B.A. in European & International Studies from the University of Piraeus, Greece. She received an M.A. in International Business from Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingom and has had various administrative roles within companies in both Athens and London.
Since January 2015 she has been a member of the Office of Student Affairs in the position of Registrar and since September 2016 she is serving as the SAT/ACT Coordinator and the school Registrar for Middle School and High School divisions.
Ms. Abdel Samad holds a Bachelor’s degree in "Journalism and Communication" and a Master's Degree in Journalism from the “Universite Libanaise”.
Ms. Darine Abdel Samad joined the ACS faculty starting Summer 2018 as a teacher of Arabic in the Middle School and Academy. She is a professional Arabic journalist and has been a news anchor and a television host on two prominent television networks in Lebanon; Future Television “al-Mustaqbal” and NBN “National Broadcasting Network (Lebanon)”. She has also been a public speaker at major academic, social and professional events; like “LBC TV”, “Al Sharq Radio” and a number of NGOs and Academia. As a teacher her goal is to promote active learning among students; as she did in her Arabic language teaching at “La Cite National” school academic year of 2000 - 2001.
Ms. Darine Abdel Samad joined the ACS faculty starting Summer 2018 as a teacher of Arabic in the Middle School and Academy.
Ms. Abdel Samad was born and raised in Beirut. She is married and has a son and a daughter. Her hobbies are reading, traveling and exploring new cultures.
Ms Andrikopoulos earned a Bachelor Degree in Science Education with a major in Mathematics from Melbourne University, Australia 1983.
Ms. Andrikopoulos has been teaching at ACS Athens since 1990. She has taught Science and Mathematics at all levels - elementary, middle and academy. She has held Math Bowls, Math Clubs, Mathematical Olympiad Programs and SAT classes for interested and motivated students.
Through many enriching experiences during her teaching career, Ms. Andrikopoulos has published articles on "The Art of Teaching Mathematics" and "Brain Research and Cognitive Thinking". She is also an active participant and school presenter at NESA Conferences in Europe and Asia, AERO Mathematics Conferences in Europe and USA, ICODL and EDEN-OSOS Conferences in Athens Greece.
Ms. Andrikopoulos has also published a series of mathematics books "Mathematics A Thematic Approach Books 1, 2, 3" for upper elementary and middle school students to help them consolidate, use and apply mathematical concepts. She has also published a mathematics book "General Knowledge Math Refresher
to help educators prepare easily and thoroughly for their Teaching Certificate.
As a scholar and educator, her research in the recent years involves finding ways to enhance conceptual understanding in mathematics. Her Action Research work mainly focuses on Cumulative Assessments, Student-Designed Culminating Projects, Instructional Rubrics, Best Fit Differentiated Instruction Models, Cultivating positive mindsets to demonstrate Sustainable Development Goals to address global challenges.
Ms. Andrikopoulos has also created films as she implements various processes with her students in and out of the classroom on Project-Based Learning.
Ms. Andrikopoulos is currently a Middle School and Academy mathematics teacher in the Youth to Youth Program and is continuing to develop and implement curriculum initiatives.
Ms. Andrikopoulos was born in Melbourne, Australia.
Eirini Antoniadou has studied Classics at the University of Athens and holds a certificate in Special Education by the same university. She also has a master's in Special Needs from the University of Nottingham, UK and has completed two years of training in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy at the Hellenic Institute for RECBT.
Ms. Antoniadou 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 Beginning Greek program for adults. This is Eirini’s fourth year in the Optimal Learning Program (OLP) and she is excited to continue working with Middle School students in the OLP classroom as well as promoting inclusive practices in the regular classroom setting.
Ms. Arnold earned a Bachelor Degree of German Linguistics and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2007, where she graduated with honors. Ms. Arnold also obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Education and Media from the University of Rostock in Germany in 2014.
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. Also, she has been an IB Group 1 Examiner for German A Language and Literature HL since 2018.
Ms. Arnold was born and raised in Germany and moved to Athens in 1996.
Mr. Arsenikos was born in Athens, Greece. He was raised in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a Master in Environmental Chemistry and Technology obtained from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. During his undergraduate and postgraduate studies, he participated in numerous oceanographic and environmental programs.
He has been in education since his early academic years teaching science to students of all levels. Since 2010 he has been responsible for the creation of multiple e-learning projects in chemistry and math for elementary, middle and high school students.
Mr. Arsenikos deeply believes in hands-on learning as a vital component in the process of fostering scientific thinking in students.
He is excited that he'll be able to share his love for science at ACS and support students to creatively discover on their own, new ideas and concepts.
Ms. Christina Bakoyannis earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree with a Major in Biochemistry from McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1996). She then received a Master of Education, Special Emphasis Degree from La Verne University California (2007). She holds an Equivalency Degree in Biology from the University of Patras and is a certified teacher from the Hellenic Ministry of Education.
Over the course of the years, Ms. Bakoyannis has held the position of science department chair and coordinator. She has participated in AERO Science workshops as well as NGSS workshops. For many years she has served as a NESA Virtual Science Fair (NVSF) Coordinator and has been 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. In 2016, she co-presented at the 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. In 2018, she co-presented at the NESA Spring Educators' Conference an ACS Athens Middle School case study titled "Ethos Education through Collaborative Leadership".
In 2018, Ms. Bakoyannis became a certified Critical Friends Groups coach (National School Reform Faculty). She has served as a facilitator in the ACS Collaborative Learning Communities which promote teacher collaboration and professional growth, and has also attended the Teaching, Learning, Writing and Leading workshop at ACS Athens.
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 currently teaching 6th grade science and science EFL 1.
Ms. Bakoyannis was born and raised in Montreal, Canada.
Ms. Chen was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She earned a Ph.D. Degree from Immunology Department of National Taiwan University in 2007. She was a leader of Master and Ph.D. students and taught them experimental techniques, preparation of grants, and thesis writing in Chinese and English.
After graduation, she worked several years as a European representative for a Taiwanese Pharmaceutical company. She also was a Chinese-English freelance translator. After a few years work, she realized that teaching was her true goal. She believes in inspiring students not only academically but personally. She is a person full of passion for the teaching profession and is a qualified Chinese teacher with several year experiences teaching children and adults in Athens, Greece.
Her interests include reading, movies, traveling and cooking. She is happy to share her Chinese literature knowledge with students and will assist students to develop writing skills.
Ms. Justine Cox completed her B.S. in Elementary Education with minors in Middle School Mathematics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.
For the past 5 years Ms. Cox has worked at a new, small, predominantly Muslim charter school in Minnesota. While at the school, she did a little bit of everything from teaching elementary school and 6-8 mathematics, to leading the STEM club and organizing school book fair.
Ms. Cox is excited to be teaching 6th - 7th grade mathematics at ACS, where she hopes to give students many hands-on and real-world experiences to explore math. When she is not teaching, she loves to read, watch K-dramas, and volunteer with Special Olympics. Coming to Athens is Ms. Cox’s first experience in Europe.
Ms. Cox was born in Wisconsin and grew up in West Virginia and Minnesota.
Mr. Descargar was born in the Philippines and grew up in a bilingual household in a multicultural neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. He studied at the University of California at Santa Cruz where he earned his B.A. double major in Global Economics and Language Studies with concentration in modern Romance languages (Italian and Spanish). He spent part of his sophomore year of college on a study abroad program in Siena, Italy.
In 2008, Mr. Descargar’s journey into teaching began at the North American Cultural Ambassadors program, sponsored by the Ministry of Education of Spain, where he served as a language assistant in a bilingual elementary school in the Community of Madrid. While serving as a language assistant, he became an advocate for cultural exchange and international education. He pursued an international graduate program at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and received his MSc. in Political and Social Sciences with emphasis in Current Democracies. He subsequently participated in the Teach and Learn Program at the Franklin Institute of American Studies at the University of Alcala, which led to a master’s degree in International Education.
After many years of living, studying and teaching in Spain, Mr. Descargar moved to Florida (U.S.A) where he received his professional educator certificate in Social Science (Grades 6-12). He taught middle school social studies at Broward County Public Schools District and received endorsements in teaching Gifted and Talented (K to 12) and ESL (K to 12). He was very active in the district’s social studies department and has participated in many professional development workshops and seminars in the district and throughout the country. Recently, he was selected to participate in the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Summer Institute on the U.S. Civil War at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville).
In his previous school, Mr. Descargar was the student government sponsor, Canvas Champion Ambassador, and professional learning community (PLC) lead. He is very excited to join the ACS Athens community this year and will be teaching 7th and 8th grade Social Studies.
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.
Zacharo Diamanto Gialama was born in Chicago but mostly raised in Athens, Greece and is an ACS Athens graduate. She received her bachelor's in Political Science with a minor in Creative Writing from The George Washington University in D.C. During her time there, she worked at the Greek Embassy and for RAINN, an organization that helps and supports survivors of abuse. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Fiction from Chapman University in California. Her thesis ended up being the start of the novel she is currently working on called Eros.
Ms. Gialama has been at ACS through a variety of ways. From student to graduate, from the ACS Athens summer camp as a Hip Hop / Dance teacher to proctoring IB exams. She has worked with faculty members on a variety of projects, such as a student-based documentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In 2016, she started in the ACS Elementary School Writing Studio, where she supported and guided students in Grades 1-5 in developing their reading and writing skills. Last year, Ms. Gialama continued with the Writing Studio for grades 3-4 and taught 6th grade Social Studies. This will be her second year as Middle School faculty, where she teaches all of 6th grade Social Studies and one class of 7th Social Studies. Her main goal is to inspire students using an interdisciplinary approach of weaving writing into history in every way possible. All subjects are part of each other in one way or another.
Ms. Venie Gaki holds a Bachelor in Classics from the University of Ioannina, which she earned in 1996. 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 in 1998 and is a TESOL certified instructor. Ms. Gaki has a passion for linguistics and will soon acquire her Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from the Hellenic American University as she is currently writing her dissertation on intercultural communication in the classroom.
Ms. 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, Middle School and High School students.
For the past 5 years she has been a member of the EFL / ESL Department in ACS Middle School, teaching English to speakers of other languages, who need support in order to feel more confident with their speaking and writing skills. Having studied Classics, she is a certified teacher of Social Studies and she is currently teaching the EFL 2 Social Studies course in Middle School. She has also taught Ancient Greek privately, but also Latin through the IIC in ACS, Athens.
Ms. Gaki believes in constant professional development; therefore, she tries to attend seminars, conferences (ECIS, AERO) and exhibitions in order to be updated with the latest publications, methodologies and approaches in teaching English to speakers of diverse linguistic backgrounds. She has been a member and presenter at TESOL Greece since 1993.
Writing is one of her favorite occupations as this is something that makes her feel more creative. She has written several plays, poems, song lyrics and texts (in both Greek and English) through which children's understanding and consolidation of the language they learn is reinforced. For the EFL Social Studies classes, she has simplified the material students are presented with in Middle School.
ACS Athens has published three of her books which have been taught at the Elementary School for a few years now; a listening and speaking activities book and two textbooks for Elementary School children who learn Greek as a foreign language. Her dream is to see all her work published one day!
Ms. Gaki was born in Ioannina, Greece.
Ms. Jasonides was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and attended ACS throughout her K-12 career. Upon graduation, she moved to New York, where she received her undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in art history and anthropology. Her graduate studies in the history of art were conducted at New York University. She has taught interdisciplinary college courses at the New School for Social Research in New York City, as well as English as a Second Language to individual and corporate clients.
She is thrilled to return to ACS, the source of it all, and give back to the community that fostered and helped flourish her academic and social development.
Ms. Gorack went to college at Western Illinois University where she received her undergrad in bilingual/bicultural education. She is currently studying for her masters degree in integrated curriculum.
After graduating from Western Illinois University she began her teaching career in a first grade bilingual classroom. During her years of teaching she has taught kindergarten to 8th grade ESL/Bilingual students in various subjects. This is now her 3rd year as the 7th grade LA teacher at ACS.
Ms. Gorack was born and raised in Algonquin, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
She is a certified soccer coach and has been coaching girls and boys soccer for the last 7 years. She has been the JV girls soccer coach at ACS for the last two years and is excited to begin her third year coaching. Ms. Gorack enjoys playing all sports but soccer and Gaelic football are her favorites. When she isn't playing sports or coaching she enjoys traveling and trying new foods.
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 20 years. She has taught students with learning differences and disabilities ranging from Junior-Kindergarten to 7 th grade.
This is her 13th year at ACS Athens with the Elementary Optimal Learning Program (OLP). For the first 12 years, she was the Elementary School Optimal Learning Specialist, and is now working as the Coordinator for OLP. 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 of 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. She played an active part in the development and establishment of the ACS Athens Diagnostic Center, and continues to collaborate closely with both the Center and the Counseling component of the Student Services Department. She is an advocate for early intervention, for focusing on each child’s best interests and for building confidence toward learning.
In his tenth 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 6 years, Mr. Kalogridakis is in his 4th year with 6th - 8th grade students, as the Middle School Counselor. Past advisor of the National Honor Society, Model United Nations club, and Student Council advisor, he is also an active coach of after school recreational teams under the Athletic Department.
Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Ms. Melina Kolimpiri is a graduate of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Philosophy, with a specific major in History and Archaeology. She also holds a Diploma in “General and Specialized Translation from English into Greek” awarded by the Hellenic American Union, as well as certificates in German and Italian Languages.
Ms. Kolimpiri has worked for twenty years in Greek Private Schools and Institutions as a teacher of Ancient and Modern Greek Language, Literature and History. She has completed numerous seminars in teaching methodology as well as educational programs and classroom effectiveness workshops.
Furthermore Ms.Kolimpiri engages in professional text editing and proofreading publications in Psychology and Poetry.
Her personal and pedagogical philosophy is focusing on self-improvement and life-long learning; values which are then practiced within the classroom.
Ms. Athanasia Kotsiani earned her Bachelor degree in Physical Education & Sports Science from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, specializing in swimming (2004). She holds a Master in Education and Creative Learning from Democritus University of Thrace (2014).
She joined the ACS Athens faculty in 2005 teaching Physical Education in Middle and High School. Currently she is teaching 8th grade Physical Education. She has been coaching the ACS Athens swimming teams (MS or HS) since 2005 and working in the after school swimming program since 2004. She also has been the Cross country team coach (2016 & 2019). Besides her teaching background Ms. Kotsiani is a certified lifeguard, international swimming official, a (level D) wall climbing operator/supervisor and an emergency responder (CPR/First Aid for adult/child/infant).
Mrs. Kotsiani was born and raised in Athens, Greece.
- B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering with Distinction, 1989, Clarkson University
- M.A. Secondary Science Education with Honors, 2001, City University of New York
- Cambridge ESOL Level 7 in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Delta) (QCF), 2013, University of Cambridge
Mr. Koudounis has worked for General Electric Aerospace, in the Edison Engineering program, designing flight and engine controls for military and commercial aircraft. He has taught science and mathematics in the public school system in New York City. His has had the opportunity to teach English for Academic Purposes at Universities in the UK and China. He has prepared students, for all levels and types of exams in order for those students to successfully attain certificates of English language acquisition and proficiency. He currently teaches science 7 and EFL2 Science. He also runs the Lab for All at ACS. He is certified from the state of Florida in Teaching Physics 6-12.
Mr. Koudounis was born in Sparta, Greece and raised in New York. He completed Elementary School in New York. He attended Middle School and High School in the Greek Public School System. His higher education was completed in the USA and the UK. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, dancing, and gymnastics.
Mr. Chris Kourtis studied Physical Education and Sports Science at the University of Athens, where earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 2003 specializing in Tennis.
He has been actively involved in teaching Physical Education at ACS Athens since 2009, at all three school levels. Currently, he is teaching 7th grade Physical Education.
In 2018, Mr. Kourtis was recognized from Stanford University for exceptional teaching and his dedication as an educator and a mentor.
Besides his teaching background, Mr. Kourtis, is a certified lifeguard, a (level D) wall climbing operator/supervisor and has successfully completed the Emergency First Response Course that follows current guidelines for emergency patient care.
He has been coaching tennis since 2001 and in 2007, joined the ACS Athens Tennis Academy coaching team. He is also the coach of the ACS Athens Middle School Tennis team.
Mr. Chris Kourtis was born and raised in Athens, Greece.
Anna Makris was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and is an alumna of ACS Athens. Ms. Makris is a Licensed Psychologist and has received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto with a double major in Psychology and Sociology as well as a Master of Science in Psychology from Kingston University. In addition she is trained in psychoeducational diagnostic testing and is one of the founding members of the Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center at ACS Athens.
She began 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 Counseling Coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs.
Ms. Eleftheria Maratou completed her studies in Childhood Education at St. John's University. In 1987 she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and in 1989 graduated with a Masters degree in Education and a minor in English Literature from the same institution. Ms. Maratou has acquired her permanent teaching license from the State Education Department of N.Y. for grades 1-6 and also holds an English 7-9 extension to teach English Literature.
Ms. Maratou started her career in the Educational field teaching High School English Lit. to grades 9-12 in the Queens, N.Y. school system. Ms. Maratou has also worked as an ESL teacher here in Athens. She has prepared students from ages 12 to adult, for all levels and types of exams for those students to successfully attain certificates of English language acquisition and proficiency. She is an MLA examiner in affiliation with the Hellenic American Union here in Greece.
Ms. Maratou and has been teaching at ACS since 2013 where she taught 5th grade and was an advisor to the ES Student Council. She has attended many educational institutes and workshops. She believes that teaching provides an opportunity for continual growth and learning. Ms. Maratou inspires confidence in her students to become critical-thinking individuals.
At the 2019 NESA conference in Thailand, she presented a workshop of her work on teacher strategies for implementing a growth mindset in the classroom. She has also written an article on this topic for the Ethos magazine. Eleftheria has also contributed to the 2016 ACS Colloquium with demonstrations of student learning. Students explored Colonial America through research-based creative writing and use of technology to produce a character avatar. She has co-written an article for the school magazine, "Ethos" on her Colloquium presentation. Ms. Maratou has mentored student-teachers, and she has been part of the New Colleagues Program, mentoring new teachers at ACS. In addition, she is also an NSRF-certified CFG coach.
Teaching for Ms. Maratou is very fulfilling and rewarding. She believes that each student has something unique and individual to bring to the classroom. Her goal is to provide students with the necessary tools and guidance to facilitate autonomous learning and self-expression. As an educator, she encourages her students to explore, experience, and understand the subject matter introduced to them.
Ms. Eleftheria Maratou grew up in New York.
This is Ms. Maxwell's third year teaching at ACS Athens and she currently teaches technology for grades 6-8. Ms. Stephanie Maxwell has past teaching experience with 7th grade Science in the US. She 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.
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. Minoudi earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is certified in Special Education and Information Services and Communications. She has worked at Kalograia, a center of foreign languages in Thessaloniki, where she served as a teacher and Administrative Assistant. Ms. Minoudi was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Ms. Minoudi joined the ACS Athens community in 2013. She has worked in the Middle School as the Discipline and Attendance Coordinator, as well as the Middle School Yearbook Advisor for two years. In 2015 she joined the Elementary School and Middle School Team, where she taught Greek Language Arts to Greek native speakers. Ms. Minoudi has participated in the 2016 ACS Athens Colloquium and has attended several Learning Difficulties Conferences at ACS Athens. Furthermore, she has served as the Service and Citizenship Coordinator in the Academy, as well as CAS Advisor to IB Students, providing them with guidance in order for them to complete successfully their CAS Projects.
She is passionate about teaching and interacting with students so as to motivate them and play an active role in their academic and social growth. Ms. Minoudi is very excited to be teaching Greek in the Elementary and Middle School this year.
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.
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.
Mr. Pakos was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from University of Ioannina and a Master of Science degree in Computer Communications And Networks from Leeds Metropolitan University.
He worked for major IT companies for several years, before he decided to officially enter into the field of education.
He believes in motivating and inspiring students not only to achieve academic goals but also personal ones.
His interests include trekking, reading, movies, traveling, and woodcarving.
Mrs. Irene Papadakis was born and raised in Honduras in a multicultural family with a Greek and Honduran descent. She holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy from the American College of Greece. She worked previously in educational settings as a teacher assistant and as a learning facilitator to academic support and encouraged students through their learning process.
As a counselor she has work individually and in groups with children and adolescents in school and university settings as well as with adults from diverse populations.
Mrs. Papadakis has participated in Deree's Psychology Symposium as a presenter and has also conducted a workshop to inform students about the importance of fostering healthy relationships. Her main research focused in the area of child abuse and vicarious traumatization of help providers. Her thesis research title "Helping Helpers Heal: Predicting Vicarious Traumatization among Mental Health Professionals working with Refugee Populations" has been accepted for international psychology research conferences in Prague and in Paris.
Ms. Papageorgiou holds a B.A. in Greek Literature with major in Ancient Greek Literature and Latin from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Ms. Papageorgiou was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Ms. Papageorgiou has taught the Language Arts and Advanced classes at ACS Athens Elementary School since 2007 and also teaches Greek in the Middle School. She has taught at the Elementary Writing Center guiding students between grades 1 -5 with their writing. Furthermore, Ms. Papageorgiou has taught the Greek Isotimia Program of ACS Athens high school for several years. She has also worked in a publishing house for two years as an editor of Greek Language and Literature text books.
Ms. Papageorgiou has published articles in Ethos magazine on Greek language instruction and celebrations. She has also attended many educational conferences - seminars on Teaching, Technology in Education and Learning Differences.
Danai Papaioannou earned her Bachelor's degree in Greek language and literature from the University of Athens. Upon the completion of her studies, she enrolled in a one-year program at the same university, which resulted in a certificate in Special Education, seeking to gain deeper knowledge in inclusive practices. Ms. Papaioannou also completed extensive training in Mindfulness, as she firmly believes that training our attention to experience the present moment with greater curiosity and kindness helps to provide new possibilities to identify and overcome difficulties. In August 2018, she finished a Master's degree on Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health from King's College London.
Ms. Papaioannou has been a member of ACS Athens since 2015. She has worked as the Student Affairs Officer promoting learning through service and has also served as the Administrative Assistant of the office. This will be her second year as the Academy/Middle School OLP Specialist, supporting students to develop their talents and build collaborative relationships in their learning environment. She will be also working in the Learning Commons as the Enhancement Programs Coordinator.
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. (teaching subjects: Physics and Mathematics) 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 of Mathematics and Technology and is currently an IB examiner. He has taught students mathematics in the IB level, in the Academy and in the Middle School and has taught SAT preparatory Mathematics at ACS.
Mr. Parakatis has served on the accreditation team as the Quantitative Team Leader and has led many ACS Athens Math Department sponsored events such as the Mathematics Club, the Annual ACS Mathematics Competition, the SAT/ACT 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.
Ms. Maria Perez 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 the Alcala 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 1 in the Middle School and in Academy. Ms. Perez was born in Burgos, Spain.
Mrs. Rocha earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor each in French and Spanish from Chatham College, Pittsburgh, P.A. and a 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 and is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Applied Linguistics at the Hellenic American University.
Mrs. Rocha has taught both French and Spanish, all levels, including, AP, IB and immersion levels for Baltimore County Schools prior to joining the ACS Athens facultty.
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 for both the Middle School and the Academy students. She has also led her students on trips abroad on cultural immersion trips.
Ms Labrini Rontogiannis holds a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology at McGill University (1994) and a Bachelor of Education, specialization in Science and English Literature, also from McGill (1998). She has also received a M.Ed. specializing in Educational Technology through an online program at the University of Calgary (2011).
Ms. Rontogiannis was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and moved to Athens in 2004. She taught for a number of years at a public school in the Greater Montreal area. She 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 both Language Arts and Science in the Middle School and Academy.
Ms Rontogiannis has also taken part in many professional development opportunities both in Athens and abroad, as well as presented her own work at a number of conferences. In 2014, she presented at the ICALT conference in Athens, and was the recipient of the Best Poster Award. She has also designed and implemented both the Online Summer Health course that she has been teaching since 2014, as well as the eighth grade i2Flex Health course that she designed and taught in 2016.
This year Ms Rontogiannis is very proud to be involved with two courses within the ACS Athens Virtual School; Environmental Science and Health.
Irini Rovoli holds a B.A. in Education from the University of Athens, School of Philosophy, and an M.A. in the Psychology and Education of Children with Special Needs from the University of London, Institute of Education. She also pursued advanced piano studies in the National Conservatory of Athens and studied Drama at Veaki Drama School, Athens.
Ms. Rovoli began teaching at high school level at the Hackney Community School in London and in the Greek public sector at Varibopi Athens High School for Repatriated Greeks. She joined ACS Athens in 1995 and has been a teacher of Greek in the Elementary and Middle School ever since. She also taught 5th grade English Language Arts class and has served as Team Leader. In 2017, Ms Rovoli was also assigned the role of Elementary Interim Vice Principal.
Ms. Rovoli actively contributed innovations in the Greek language curriculum of the elementary, including content design for grades JK-5 and the elementary school Greek national celebrations. She co-authored an article in the British Journal of Educational Psychology, and has published articles in the Institute of Education Alumni magazine, NESA News magazine, and ACS Athens Ethos. As co-advisor of the ACS Athens Elementary Turtle Club, she presented this innovative environmental initiative on student leadership and action through Project-Based Learning at the ECIS Conference in 2012 in Athens, and at the NESA International Conference in 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. Her presentation at the ACS Athens Colloquium 2016 was her original work on rhyming grammar rules for the Greek language learners.
In 2013, Ms. Rovoli became a certified Critical Friends Groups coach (National School Reform Faculty). She is currently a facilitator in the ACS Athens Collaborative Learning Communities, and attended the ACS Athens Faculty leadership workshops of 2017 and 2018 as well as the NESA 2018 International Conference in Athens, Greece. Ms. Rivoli speaks Greek, English and French.
Ms. Sidiropoulou earned a B.A. in Philosophy - Education - Psychology; then a M.Sc. in Teaching Methodology and Assessment from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and M.Ed. in Adult Education at the Greek Open University, both with Excellency.
She has worked as a Greek Philologist 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. Authorship is one of her main interests and has produced educational material for French and Arab officers; assessor of Greek Language Center since 2009 and certified adult trainer by the Ministry of Education. 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. She has attended a series of workshops related to the History, Greek Language, Teaching Methodology and Educational Technology. Recently she presented an academic paper on OPTIC Approach in the International Conference of “Mindfulness”.
A member of ACS Faculty since 2015, Ms. Sidiropoulou taught the Greek Language Arts Courses in Middle School and 9th grade in High School. She is also teaching the Greek Youth-to Youth-Program.
Ms. Sidiropoulou believes in lifelong education and personal development and enjoys researching various topics sharing the results with Ethos magazine.
Ms. Evi Sotiropoulos was born and raised in Athens, Greece and moved to the United States seven years ago for her studies. She is an ACS Athens Alumni of 2011, attending the school from junior kindergarten to 12th grade. She received her B.F.A. in Illustration from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
After graduating, Ms. Sotiropoulos worked as an art teacher at a Greek-American bilingual school in Arlington, Massachusetts and discovered her passion to teach art. She then decided to continue her studies and received her M.A. in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. She earned her teaching license in Massachusetts and is certified to teach Visual Arts K-12.
Ms. Sotiropoulos' ultimate priority as an educator is to create a student-centered classroom, where her students feel comfortable to design and express themselves freely.
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 since 2001 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. She has been working at ACS Athens since 2014, initially, as an EFL aide and, subsequently, as an EFL teacher.
Her experience in previous schools also includes coaching students of the Forensics Club, setting up lesson plans for the first and second-grade afternoon program, editing the elementary school magazine and completing the Harvard online course “Visible Thinking”. She is currently participating in a two-year growth plan that focuses on the collection of data in order to better assess the needs and record the growth of the EFL and ESL population.
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. 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.
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 and hopes to one day be published.
Mr. Zervas spent two years in the ACS Athens Writing Studio for elementary, middle school and high school and taught 6th and 8th grade Language Arts last year. He is currently teaching 8th Grade Language Arts and enrolled in a master's program for applied linguistics.
Ms. Tsopoglou-Gkina holds a Biology Bachelor Degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) majoring in Environmental Biology (2011) and a Master of Science in Environmental Biology from Utrecht University (the Netherlands) (2013). She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Western Macedonia (Greece) conducting research in the field of Biology Education.
Ms. Tsopoglou-Gkina has been working in education since 2014, with experience in Environmental Education programs, as well as teaching Biology. She has been a member of ACS Athens since 2016 as a Science and Math substitute in residence, while this year she will also be teaching Health in the Academy.
Ms. Andriana Armodorou holds dual citizenship from Greece and the United Kingdom, where she lived for 14 years.
She did her Masters in Health Psychology at Middlesex University in London and her Bachelor degree in Psychology at the University of Plymouth in Devon, UK. For her Masters placement she worked as a patient advisor at Edgware Community Hospital in London and for her Bachelor degree's placement she worked for a year as a Social Support Worker at the national Centre with Young people with Epilepsy and associated conditions in Surrey, UK.
While in London, she worked at Broadfields Primary School as a Specialist Unqualified Teacher for children with Autism (Pathological Demand Avoidance, Asperger, ADHD) in a specialist provision within a mainstream school. She worked as an Autism advisor for the mainstream children and offered the children with low self-esteem Psychological Support to promote emotional and social balance. She also taught dance lessons using improvisation based on the curriculum for the mainstream children. At Broadfields Primary School she was the initiator for Autism Awareness across the mainstream school, and for parents. She was trained in Macaton sign language and delivered sessions across the provision setting. She also introduced Reverse Inclusion to allow neurotypical children to explore Autism. She created and designed a sensory friendly program called "Senscape" delivered on a theme based environment for children with Autism to meet their sensory needs, make them feel safe and regulated.
In addition, she worked at the Annunciation Catholic Infant School in London. She offered learning, emotional and speech and language support to mainstream children who had a diagnosis (Autism, Down Syndrome, Global Delay and Learning Difficulties).
Michela Martines holds dual citizenship from Italy and Norway. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Sussex. For her academic achievements, she received a full scholarship to complete her Master's degree from the same university in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health. She is currently continuing her studies through a four-year training and supervision program in Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with children, adolescents, parents and educators at the Hellenic Institute for RECBT.
Ms. Martines has been a member of the ACS Athens community since 2017. She has held various positions including elementary school counseling intern, shadow teacher and substitute teacher. This is her second year as a member of the OLP Department.