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.
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 University of Piraeus in Greece. She completed her M.A. in International Business at Leeds Metropolitan University in UK and has had various administrative roles within companies in both Athens and London.
She is currently a member of the Student Affairs Department and holds the position of Registrar.
Darine Abdel Samad has joined the ACS faculty this year as a teacher of Arabic in the Middle School and Academy. Ms. Abdel Samad was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and holds a Bachelor's degree in "Journalism and Communication" and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the "Universite Libanaise".
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. Abdel Samad is married and has a son and a daughter. Her hobbies are reading, traveling and exploring new cultures.
Ms. Akrivou has been working at ACS Athens since 2007 as a Social Studies Teacher in the Middle School. She has also taught Language Arts and English as a Foreign Language at ACS Athens.
Ms. Akrivou was raised in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in History from the University of Indianapolis. She then studied Political and Human Geography at King’s College, University of London, where she received her Master’s degree (MA) in Environmental Politics and Globalization.
She worked for a public relations firm and also worked for various English language institutions. Having also worked for various non-governmental organizations concerned with environmental education, she decided to officially enter into the field of education. She has been trained in the United States to teach, and is certified by the State of Illinois. She completed her Masters degree in teaching at National-Louis University in Chicago. In addition to this, she was chosen to represent ACS Athens at the Spring 2011 NESA conference in Thailand. She served as the ACS Athens Division Chair of Social Studies & Arts JK-12 (2013-2014). Her extracurricular activities have included her acting as an academic mentor and a coach for the JV girl's soccer team.
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. Andrikopouloshas 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 and Instructional Rubrics. 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 teacher and the mathematics coordinator at The American Community Schools of Athens in Greece, monitoring the development and implementation of curriculum.
Ms. Anderson was born and raised in the United States and moved to Greece in 2004. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Douglass College, a Master of Science from Rutgers University in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia University in Finance.
She worked for Exxon Research and Engineering, J.P. Morgan and Company and owned and managed Integrated Solutions a company that did billing for hospital doctors before she moved to Greece.
She is the library manager for the Elementary and the Sabbagh Libraries. She teaches a library class to all Elementary School students and a research seminar in the Middle School Technology classes. She co-coordinates the ACS Literacy Festival and the ACS Debate Team and edits the Elementary School Literary Magazine.
Ms. Anderson has attended various local conferences on educational practices. She has participated in several webinars on using database resource. She presented a poster on a Big 6 Research Project for Middle School students at the ACS Colloquium.
Eirini Antoniadou has studied Classics at the University of Athens and holds a certificate in Special Education by the same university. She is currently pursuing a master's in Special Needs at the University of Nottingham.
Eirini joined ACS Athens in 2012. She has held various positions such as Middle School Citizenship Coordinator, Student Affairs Officer and Academy OLP Specialist. She has also taught the Greek "Isotimia" program as well as the Survival Greek program. This year Ms. Antoniadou will be providing learning support to Middle School students in the OLP classroom.
Ms. Arnold was born and raised in Germany and moved to Athens in 1996.
She holds a Bachelor Degree of German Linguistics and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she graduated with honors. Ms. Arnold also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Education and Media from the University of Rostock in Germany.
She specializes in teaching German as a foreign language. In addition to German and English she also speaks Greek and French.
A member of the ACS Athens faculty since 2010, she participated in our educational i2Flex program in 2013 and developed a specific Blended-Learning concept for her German classes, adapting our ACS Moodle template accordingly. Using the i2Flex model, she teaches the Middle School and High School students German, as well as develops e-learning concepts for foreign languages in general, which will be applied to her academic research.
Ms. Arnold co-authored a chapter in the 2016 publication "Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning through i2Flex Classroom Model." In addition, she provides professional development (presentations, workshops and webinars) to other foreign language teachers in Greece and abroad.
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.
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.
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.
Venie Gaki was born in Ioannina, Greece and holds a Bachelor in Classics from the University of Ioannina. During her university years she attended a one-year course in Classics at the University of Liverpool, UK. She also holds a certificate in Advanced Methodology in Teaching English as a Second Language acquired at the Hellenic American Union in Athens, Greece. She is a passionate linguist and will soon acquire her Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics from the Hellenic American University.
Venie Gaki has rich experience in teaching both Greek and English as a second language in private schools and has been a member of ACS Athens faculty since 2007 where she has taught Greek and English to Elementary School students, Middle School and High School. She is teaching English to speakers of other languages (EFL, English as a Foreign Language and ESL, English as a Second Language in Middle School) 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 Social Studies course in Middle School. She has also taught Ancient Greek privately, but also Latin through the IIC in ACS Athens.
Venie Gaki believes in professional development and has been a member and presenter at TESOL Greece since 1993. She has written several plays, poems, lyrics and texts (in both Greek and English) through which children's understanding and consolidation of the language they learn is reinforced. 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!
Zacharo Diamanto Gialama was born in Chicago but mostly raised in Athens, Greece. She came to ACS Athens in 2006 and graduated in 2011. She received her bachelor's in Political Science with a minor in Creative Writing from The George Washington University in D.C.
She also received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Fiction from Chapman University in California.
Ms. Zacharo has worked at ACS through a variety of ways. She started working at the ACS Athens summer camp ten years ago, she has worked as a volunteer and for the past few years, she has been an English/Dance teacher. She has also proctored IB exams and worked in the administration with faculty members on a variety of projects.
In general, Ms. Zacharo's work experience ranges from working in the service industry to working as an administrative assistant for the Greek Embassy in D.C., to working at RAINN, an organization that helps and supports survivors of sexual abuse.
She was the narrator and a co-creator of a student-based documentary for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A year later, they were all privileged enough to travel to those areas and get live footage for a second one. Finishing the second documentary is a long-term goal.
Ms. Zacharo has also written articles for Kathimerini and The Daily Caller. Currently, she is working on a novel called Eros. It's almost done! The first ten pages of it have been published on Eunoia Review with the title Two Boys.
Last year, she was the Elementary School Writing Studio Coordinator. She offered writing support to grades 1-5. This year, she will be splitting her time between teaching 6th grade Social Studies and the ES Writing Studio.
Ms. Zacharo's main goal is to inspire and teach students through writing and all forms of literature. She also believes that, "To teach is to learn twice," Joseph Joubert.
Leonidas (Leo) Gontzes is a historian and a political analyst born in New Jersey and raised both in the U.S. and Athens, Greece. Mr. Gontzes has a Bachelor's degree in History from Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia, USA), and two graduate degrees in European History from University College Cork (Cork, Republic of Ireland) and Diplomacy, with an international conflict management concentration, from Norwich University (Northfield, Vermont, USA). He has been teaching History, Government and Politics, and International Relations at several international institutions in the Greek capital and abroad since 1999 at secondary school level as well as on the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has taught at New York College since 2001 and at Empire State College (State University of New York) since 2007. Moreover, he has held the office of Associate Dean heading New York College's International Relations Department since 2008. His responsibilities have also included the office of Academic Director of Graduate Studies at the New York College Educational Group in Athens, Greece, for a total of ten years (2006-2016).
His papers include: "Re-Examining the 1925 Bulgarian Incident", "To what extent has the United States used the international economic system in order to exert power in global politics?", 'Evaluating peacekeeping, peacemaking, and peace enforcement in Kosovo", "Security and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Kosovo", "Organizing and conducting a future military intervention in Bosnia-Herzegovina". He has co-authored articles for CNN Greece on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, and has appeared several times on Greek and Arab television, as well as Radio France International, as a political analyst vis-a- vis U.S. and Greek political developments.
She is also a certified soccer coach and has been coaching girls and boys soccer for the last 5 years. 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.email: email@example.com
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 degree with double majors in History and Drama from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science degree 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 Coordinator of the Learning Commons After School Enhancement Programs offered through the Institute for Innovation and Creativity, and has supervised IB Extended Essays in Human Rights, Economics, and History.
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.
Alexandra Katsiki received her B.A. in Philosophy - Education - Psychology with a major in Education, from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She also received her MSc in Education - Educational Effectiveness and Instructional Design, from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Last but not least, this year she completed the Four-Year Training and Supervision Program in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Children/Adolescents/Parents/Educators, from The Hellenic Institute for RECBT.
Alexandra Katsiki, joined ACS Athens in 2015 and she has held various positions such as Shadow Teacher, part-time Volunteer EFL Teaching Assistant and Substitute Teacher. During her work as a Shadow Teacher, she coordinated the creation and presentation of a group poster about the "Role of the Shadow Teacher" at the ACS Athens Colloquium, in 2016. Alexandra Katsiki continues being involved in conducting research and writing articles about Inclusive Education and Parallel Support, in collaboration with the Shadow Teachers team.
This is her fourth year at ACS Athens and her second year as a teaching assistant in Middle School Optimal Learning Program.
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.
Maria Kokkinou was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She attended ACS Athens as a student in grades 7 through 12 and thoroughly enjoyed her time at the school. Ms. Kokkinou went on to study Social Work at the University of Leeds in England, and has worked in this field both in England and Greece. She has now returned to work at ACS Athens as the Wellness Specialist. Ms. Kokkinou is committed to promoting and overseeing the emotional, social and academic well being of students.
Sevasti Koniossis was raised in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BA in History and Education, and an MA in Education from Brooklyn College, as well as a Professional Teaching Certification in New York. Ms. Koniossis has experience teaching a diverse student population in secondary education since 2005 in New York and Athens. She has been at ACS Athens since 2010, teaching Language Arts, Social Studies, and within the Optimal Learning Program.
Ms. Koniossis believes that each student is blessed with special qualities and strengths that need to be cultivated. She likewise holds true that each student needs to be challenged in a personalized way within the classroom; she applies differentiated teaching strategies in order to allow students to work on their own readiness level and enjoy learning.
Ms. Koniossis is the advisor of the Service Leaders Club in the Middle School and co-advisor of U.N. Day, which has transformed into a yearlong service-learning experience. Furthermore, as an NSRF certified Critical Friends Group Coach, she believes that a caring educational community builds the proper framework for transformational educational experiences.
Ms. Koniossis shares a strong conviction that educators can inspire students to become leaders with servants' hearts. She has been directly involved with humanitarian work for nearly a decade, serving socially excluded peoples such as the homeless, young people with substance abuse problems, Roma children, and refugee families and children. She feels a calling to empower her students to serve those who are suffering in their local and national community through meaningful opportunities in the Service Leaders Club. Ms. Koniossis was the recipient of the ACS Athens Arete Award for Civic Responsibility in 2016 for her contribution to the Middle School Refugee Project.
Ms. Koniossis facilitated a two-day workshop for educators at the ECIS inspirED Conference in Vienna in 2017 titled "How do we encourage students to feel responsible for and engaged with their community?" In 2018, she collaborated with Ms. Meyer and Ms. Bakoyiannis to create an ACS Athens Middle School case study titled "Ethos Education through Collaborative Leadership" and they were chosen to present at the NESA Spring Educators' Conference.
Ms. Koniossis is excited to evolve and grow as an educator, through the knowledge she gains from her students, administrators, colleagues, and the overall ACS Athens community.
Ms. Kotsiani Athanasia was born and raised is Athens, Greece. She earned a Bachelor degree in Physical Education & Sports Science from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, specializing in Swimming. She holds a Master in Education and Creative Learning from Democritus University of Thrace.
Ms. Kotsiani is a certified lifeguard, international swimming official and an emergency responder (CPR/First Aid for adult/child/infant). She joined the ACS Athens faculty in 2005 teaching Physical Education in Middle and High School. She is in charge of the ACS Athens Aquatics and after school swimming program. She has been coaching the ACS Athens High School swimming team since 2005.
Mr. Koudounis earned his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Clarkson University and worked for General Electric Aerospace designing flight and engine controls for military and commercial aircraft. He also has an M.A. in Secondary Science Education and taught science in the public school system in New York City. His DELTA Cambridge Diploma has given him the opportunity to teach English for Academic Purposes at Universities in the UK and China. He currently teaches science grade 7.
In his free time, he enjoys traveling, dancing, and gymnastics.
Mr. Chris Kourtis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He studied Physical Education and Sports Science at the University of Athens where earned his B.A. 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.
He 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.
Mr. Chris Kourtis has been teaching tennis since 2001 at several tennis clubs and in 2007, joined the ACS Athens Tennis Academy coaching team. He is also the coach of the ACS Athens Middle School Tennis team.
He has attended several seminars organized by the National Federation of Tennis Instructors.
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.
Mr. George Maltas was born in New Jersey, in the U.S.A. He is the holder of a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Studies with a minor in Cultural Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Applied Sociology. All degrees were completed at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (USA).
Mr. Maltas has been a teacher for more than 25 years. In 1985, he taught Modern Greek Language to 3rd Grade students at St. Nikolas. He did the same in 1991 but this time for 5th Grade students at The Annunciation (Greek orthodox churches located in Baltimore, MD). In 1992, as a graduate student, he was Teaching Assistant in Anthropology at U.M.B.C.
In 1993 he started working as an EFL teacher for both children and adults in Greece. From 2004-2015 he was not only an EFL teacher but also the Director of Studies in a large Private EFL school in Athens. In 2016, he was invited to talk in a summer undergraduate Political Science course, taking place in Greece, on Ancient Greek Philosophers by the Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York.
His B.A. was recognized by the Hellenic NARIC (ΔΟΑΤΑΠ) in 2015 through examinations, which he passed with honors, held at the University of Athens in Greece, Department of Archaeology and History of Art. He is registered and licensed to teach in the Approved Private Sector Teachers in Greece. In 2007 he was certified to teach English to adults in Greece, recognized by the Greek Manpower Employment Organization.
He has attended ACS seminars on Creating Respectful & Productive Learning Communities, Creative Writing and is currently participating in a Leadership course. He is also a volunteer in the Youth-to-Youth HOME project at ACS. From time to time (1986-7, 1990, 1991, 2015) he occupies himself with translation. In his career, Mr. Maltas has been honored with a UMBC research assistantship for a trip to China (1985), the presidency and vice-presidency of the International Students’ Association at UMBC (1987 and 1988 respectively - elected office), becoming a member of the UMBC Chancellor’s Committee for Affirmative Action (1988), awards for outstanding service by the UMBC Student Government Association (1987 and 1989) and a presentation of TEFL at Proficiency level for EXTRA TV Channel in Athens, Greece (2002).
Mr. Maltas is a fervent supporter of what Aristotle said about children that Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.
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.
Ms. McDonald grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb just outside of Chicago. She was born to an elementary school teacher and to a college professor who immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica. She attended Illinois State University where she earned a B.S. in Business.
After graduation, she worked several years as a financial advisor for a Fortune 500 investment firm. Realizing that teaching was her true passion she attended Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. where she completed her teacher's certification for Secondary Math Education.
Soon after she accepted a position at Proviso West High School where she taught various math courses from grades 9 through 12. Her major emphasis was Geometry, where she served as Geometry Lead. She received tenure in 2016. Ms. McDonald also completed a M.A. in education from Benedictine University.email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. She 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 served as a teacher and Administrative Assistant.
Ms. Minoudi joined the ACS Athens community in 2013. She has worked in the Middle School as the Discipline and Attendance Coordinator and has taught Greek Language Arts to Greek native speakers in the Elementary and Middle School. In addition, she has been the Middle School Yearbook Advisor for two years. Over the past two years, she 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.email: email@example.com
Ms. Papageorgiou was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds a B.A. in Greek Literature with major in Ancient Greek Literature and Latin from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Ms. Papageorgiou worked many years as a teacher of Greek and taught students of all grades (elementary through high school). She has also worked in a publishing house for two years as an editor of Greek Language and Literature schoolbooks.
Ms. Papageorgiou teaches the Language Arts and Advanced classes at ACS Athens Elementary School since 2007 and is also currently teaching Greek in the Middle School. She has also taught at the Elementary Writing Center helping students between 1st-5th grades with their writing. Ms. Papageorgiou has also taught the Greek Isotimia Program of ACS Athens High school for several years.
Ms. Papageorgiou has published articles in Ethos magazine on Greek language instruction and celebrations. She also has attended many educational conferences – seminars on Teaching, Technology in Education and Learning Differences.
Mr. Parakatis is a faculty member of the Mathematics/Technology Department at the American Community Schools, Athens. He has his B.Sc. in Physics from York University,Canada, B. Ed. (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. Perez was born in Burgos, Spain and studied Fine Arts at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao. Later she moved to Greece and in 2011 she graduated from the Department of Spanish Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece with Honors. In 2014 she did a masters degree on "Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language" at 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 2 and Art Design in the Middle School and Spanish 3 and Ib initio 1 in Academy.
Jennifer Polizos, comes to ACS from Jeju, South Korea. Jennifer, her husband and two children have been working throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East for the past 10 years. Jennifer was born and raised in Michigan, USA where most of her family still resides. After high school Jennifer moved to the east coast where she received a Bachelor's of Art in History and a Bachelor's of Science in Special Education at Felician University in New Jersey. Jennifer also received her Masters in Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, focusing on integration of technology in the classroom.
Ms. Polizos's educational philosophy is simple: create an atmosphere where students learn to become facilitators of their own learning. Construct a student centered approach where cultures of thinking happen routinely and different developments emerge through the needs of each child. Jennifer likes to see her craft develop and take journeys creating self-growth as an educator.
Ms. Polizos's professional experiences has given her opportunities to indulge in many school wide initiatives. From implementation of writing across the curriculum to development labs in which effective learning can take place with innovative techniques. With eighteen years of experience in teaching, Jennifer has had the opportunity to collaborate with teams of teachers across the globe; working on reading/writing strategies across the curricula, incorporating MTV routines to create a culture of thinking in the classroom, and growth development of new innovative ways to help with differential instruction. Jennifer has also help her communities by writing a grant to support technology implementation in the classroom.
Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge from around the globe and is excited to learn more about the innovative techniques that ACS has to offer. Jennifer looks forward to becoming an active member of ACS community, while enriching her teaching philosophy.
Born and raised in Greece by a Greek/American family, Ms. Psoma holds a BA in Greek Language and Literature, with a specialization in Linguistics, from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Master of Arts in Translation from the University of New Hampshire in the US. She has a teaching license from the Greek Ministry of Education for both English and Greek and also speaks German and learns Arabic. She has been in Education since her early academic years, teaching Ancient and Modern Greek, Latin, and English language to students of all levels. In her second year as the Writing Studio Assistant, she is helping with the College Essays, Personal Statements, and the Research Programs. She also teaches Greek in Middle School (Greek LA 8) and Academy (Greek 6) to native speakers. She firmly agrees with L. Wittgenstein’s phrase that "the limits of my language are the limits of my world" and strongly believes that knowledge in ACS Athens has no limits, making her even more proud and excited to be a member of the ACS Athens Community.
Ms. Rocha earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor each in French and Spanish from Chatham College, Pittsburgh, P.A. and an Master of Arts in Education with a special emphasis on Foreign Language Instruction from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
She has also participated in post graduate studies at American University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland in the fields of cultural anthropology and linguistics.
Ms. Rocha has taught both French and Spanish, all levels, including, AP, IB and immersion levels for Baltimore County Schools prior to joining the ACS faculty in 2007. In addition, Ms. Rocha has taught several Continuing Education courses in both French and Spanish and ESOL for the Community Colleges of Baltimore County.
Ms. Rocha has served as Department Chair and has been involved in curriculum development and writing within the Baltimore County School System. She currently teaches Spanish for both the Middle School and the Academy students. She has also led her students on trips abroad, and looks forward to such opportunities with the students of ACS.
Ms. Labrini Rontogiannis was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and moved to Athens in 2004. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology at McGill University and a Bachelor of Education, specialization in Science and English Literature, also from McGill. Ms. Rontogiannis 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.
Irini Rovoli was born in Athens, Greece. She grew up in a military family and lived in many places in Greece. Ms. 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 in London first and then in the Greek public sector. She joined ACS Athens in 1995 and has been a teacher of Greek in the Elementary and Middle School ever since. Ms. Rovoli actively contributed innovations in the Greek language curriculum of the elementary (content design for grades JK-5 Greek curriculum and the elementary Greek national celebrations). She also taught 5th grade English Language Arts class and has served as Team Leader. Last year, Ms Rovoli was also assigned the role of Elementary Interim Vice Principal, a rich professional experience that broadened her perspective and deepened her appreciation of ACS colleagues, students and parents.
Ms Rovoli has published articles in the British Journal of Educational Psychology, Institute of Education Alumni magazine, NESA News magazine, and ACS Athens Ethos. As co-advisor of the ACS 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 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 Collaborative Learning Communities which promote teacher collaboration and professional growth, and has also attended the Teaching, Learning, Writing and Leading workshop at ACS Athens. Her educational interests include teacher collaboration, student creativity, language development and learning differences.
Ms. Stavroula Salouros was born and raised in New York. She earned a B.Sc. in Physical Education from Adelphi University where she attended on a Coston Crouse scholarship. She then continued at Adelphi University and she received an M.A. in Health Education.
Ms. Salouros holds a New York life certification license "K-12" in both Physical Education, and in Health Education. She has been an educator for twenty-two years and at ACS Athens since 1999, where she has taught in all three education levels and has collected great experiences from all of them. She has written and published a cookbook with her health classes, has written various articles for the ETHOS magazine, and she has attended training on many various programs. She has also attended various professional development seminars on learning differences, on early childhood education, and on Physical Education. The most recent have been: training and certification in wall climbing, ECIS Physical Education Conference at Zurich, where she also presented, and the INNP (developmental test battery and exercise program) training and certification.
Ms. Salouros has coached at all three school levels, with most recent being the JK/K after- school soccer team, and she is certified as an emergency responder (CPR/First Aid for adult/child/infant). She is also a member of SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators.) She has been at ACS Athens for nineteen years, taught at the Academy and Middle School levels for ten years, taught at the Elementary level for nine years, and she is currently on her twentieth year teaching Physical Education in the Academy, and Health Education in both the Middle School and Academy. Furthermore, Ms. Salouros is an active believer and participant in subject-integrated projects and in school wide spirit, and she has served as the 7th and 10th grade student council advisor, as school wide house system point coordinator, as founder and coordinator of various social committees, and she has planned and held various special events for the entire Academy and Middle School student body.
Ms. Salouros has a passion for teaching and she aims to instill in her students the skills and knowledge necessary to enhance their lifelong personal health and wellness. Her philosophy is: "Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. We are all learners, doers, teachers."
Dr. Sax holds a Bachelor's degree from Hampshire College (U.S.A.) in Psychology and Child Development. She graduated from New York University (U.S.A.) with a Clinical Master's degree in Clinical Social Work; Children, Adolescents and Adults. She has completed her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology and Supervision in Counselor Education at Argosy University (U.S.A.).
She has been a Psychology Lecturer of Clinical Interviewing and Consultation, Child Psychology, Life-Span Development, Cultural Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Advanced Psychopathology and Group & Music Therapy. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor at the Hellenic American University in Athens, teaching graduate students of the Psychology Department. She is also a licensed psychotherapist who has been in private practice for twenty -four years with children, adolescents and adults.
From September of 2006, she was working at ACS Athens Elementary as the Counselor for grades PK-5. Since 2011, Dr. Sax has been the Coordinator of the Psychology Intern Program with the Department of Student Affairs. As of 2012-13, Dr. Sax has also been providing PK-12 school wide services as Counseling Psychologist, via the Wellness Center. Additionally, Dr. Sax provides all clinical supervision to faculty and staff of the Counseling Office, as well as the Educational Testing Center.
Dr. Sax also presents her work at Professional Conferences within the ACS Athens Community and throughout Europe and has published articles and book chapters on her research interests and clinical work in the field. She currently is a member of the editorial board and peer reviewer of the American Journal of Applied Psychology, The International Journal of Elementary Education of SciencePG and The International Journal of Progressive Education. She is a member of the European Branch of the American Counseling Association and RSA Fellow (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).
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 where she 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.
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 currently 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 for more than twelve years at private schools in Athens. She is particularly interested in English Language acquisition at the primary stages of learning with a special emphasis on speaking activities. Ms. Stephanidou is currently teaching EFL1 and EFL2 Language Arts.
Ms. Natasha Stratoglou was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She holds a B.A. in French Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a M.Sc. in Management of Cultural Institutions from the Greek Open University. Post graduate work also includes studies in Human Development at the University of La Verne, Athens, Writing Across the Curriculum at the University of Berkeley (extension), Education at the University of Athens. She has been at ACS Athens since 1990, where she has taught in all three education levels all levels, French and Greek. She has served as Foreign Language Coordinator in the Middle School, Middle School Yearbook Advisor, French Trip advisor, French Club and Greek Club advisor and Cairo Exchange advisor.
She is a member of the Greek Applied Linguistics Association. She has attended IB Middle Years Program conferences in Athens and Istanbul, several Learning Differences Conferences held at ACS Athens, two NESA conferences in Athens. She has presented her work in two conferences for graduate students of Museum Studies organized by the University of Athens, Museum Research section.
In April 2016, she presented her work on the "Effective implementation and positive influence of the i2Flex methodology in a multi-level Language class" in the ACS Athens Colloquium.
Through her experience and knowledge she supports, encourages and inspires children. She is an enthusiastic, motivating teacher that creates diverse, exciting and provoking challenges to promote learning.
Ms. 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.email:
Ms. Tsopoglou-Gkina was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Biology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master of Science in Environmental Biology from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, where she worked on a biodiversity related published research. She has started her PhD thesis in the field of Biology Didactics, researching students' conceptions of gene function and heredity.
Ms. Tsopoglou-Gkina's previous experience extends from running numerous Environmental Education programs to teaching Biology at a vocational school for assistant nurses.
She is excited to contribute to the scientific spirit and the vibrant school community of ACS Athens in her dual role as a Science/Math substitute and Math Studio teacher.
In her free time she enjoys dancing, traveling and reading.