Dr. Julie Crain is an experienced administrator with over 30 years serving public and private education students and communities. She was formerly the ACS Athens Academy principal who returned to Kansas to finish retirement eligibility. However, during those three years she gained valuable, first-hand experience working with middle school students that she is now able to offer to ACS Athens in the role of Middle School Principal.
Dr. Crain holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kansas, and three additional academic degrees in education and liberal arts from accredited universities in Illinois and Kansas. She is a licensed teacher, principal and superintendent. Whether it is a student or teacher, getting to know the person is the key to understanding at what rates and styles they learn, according to Dr. Crain.
She is married for 37 years to Dr. Thimios Zaharopoulos who lives in Athens and they have two sons.
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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. 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.
She is currently a sixth and eighth grade Social Studies teacher.
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 fifth 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.
Mr. Descargar was born in the Philippines and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. double major in Global Economics and Language Studies.
He taught English in Spain as a language assistant in various primary and secondary schools while pursuing his graduate studies. He holds an MSc. in Political and Social Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and a Master in International Education at the Franklin Institute of American Studies at the University of Alcala in Madrid.
Mr. Descargar received his professional educator certificate in Social Science (Grades 6 - 12) in Florida, where he lived for several years before moving to Greece. At Broward County Public School District, he taught middle school social studies and obtained endorsements for Gifted and Talented education, and ESOL (K to 12). He was very active in the district’s professional development and received professional training in technology integration (i.e. Canvas, Microsoft Education, 21st Century Learning, Nearpod, Newsela, etc.) and subject area content. He has also attended conferences about the Korean War (Orlando, FL) with the Korean War Legacy Foundation, and the U.S. Civil War with the Gilder Lehrman Summer Institute at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA). He is also a member of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).
In his previous school, Mr. Descargar sponsored student government, coordinated the 8th-grade prom, led a professional learning community (PLC), and served as a Canvas Champion Ambassador (onsite point-person faculty member for technology integration).
This year, he will be teaching EFL 1, 7th grade, and 8th grade social studies at ACS Athens.
Zacharo Diamanto Gialama was born in Chicago but mostly raised in Athens, Greece. She is an ACS alumna (2011) who then went on to receive 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.
From 2016 Ms. Gialama has worked as the Elementary School Writing Studio Coordinator and as a 6/7th grade Social Studies teacher. Last year, she taught full-time in the Middle School where she continued to teach 6 th grade Social Studies with on section of 7th grade. She also coordinated the MS Talent Show, featuring 13 Middle School students and a MS faculty dance!
This will be her third year as Middle School faculty where she will teach 6/7 th grade Social Studies and two classes of Drama. However, this will be her first year as the Performing Arts Coordinator. Her main goals include creating an annual MS Talent Show and a performance reflective of our school’s dedication and appreciation for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Gialama aims to inspire students using an interdisciplinary approach of weaving writing into history and drama in every way possible.
Venie Gaki was born in Ioannina, Greece and holds a Master Degree in Applied Linguistics from the Hellenic American University (HAU) and a Bachelor in Classics from the University of Ioannina, Greece. 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 has been a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certified instructor since then.
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 both English and Greek to Elementary School, Middle School and High School students. In addition, Ms. Gaki has also taught Latin through the IIC.
For the past 7 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.
Venie 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.
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.
Last year, Ms. Jasonides taught EFL and 8th Grade Social Studies at ACS. Her goal for her students is to build their skills to engage in informed discussion and decision-making by highlighting the relevance of historical patterns in their own lives.
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.
Artemis Kakaris was born in Los Angeles, California. She attended ACS Athens from 2002 and graduated in 2012. She began her undergraduate studies at Chapman University and transferred a year and a half later to the American College of Greece from where she holds a BA in English and American Literature. She also holds a MSc in Literature and Modernity from the University of Edinburgh. Her professional teacher training was completed through the University of West Florida's online TeacherReady program and she has received a professional educator certificate in English (Grades 6-12).
Last year, she taught ESL for grades 9 and 10 for the Youth to Youth Educational and Social Integration Programs. She was also the academy yearbook advisor. In previous years, she has worked at ACS Athens as a substitute teacher and proctor for the AP Exams, SAT and ACT tests.
This year she is teaching 7th grade Language Arts and continuing to teach ESL for the Youth to Youth Educational and Social Integration Programs.
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 22 years. She has taught students with learning differences and disabilities ranging from Junior-Kindergarten to the 12th grade.
This is her 15th year at ACS Athens in the 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, and ADHD conferences across Europe. 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 Affairs Department. She is an advocate for early intervention, for focusing on each child’s best interests and for building each child's confidence to become the architect of his or her own learning.
In his thirteenth 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, 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, Middle School Counselor for 5 years, and past Interim MS principal, he is now the Counseling Coordinator for grades K-12. A 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.
- Degree in Mathematics, 2003, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
- Master of Science in Economic Mathematics, June 2006, National Technological University of Athens, Greece
- IB MATH TEACHER - MATH INSTRUCTOR/TEACHER, 2005 - Present, American Community Schools of Athens
- Math Instructor - Private Educational Institutions: Metehmio, Epignosi
- Senior Supervisor - Athens 2004, Olympic & Paralympic Games
- SAT Math Instructor for High School students - American Community Schools of Athens (ACS Athens)
- Instructor for Middle School & High School students for the “Gateway Program” - American Community Schools of Athens (ACS Athens)
- Computer science instructor for the Summer Camp program - American Community Schools of Athens (ACS Athens)
Ms. Katsiyianni is a student-centered Math Teacher with 10 years of experience, delivering teaching expertise, as well as optimising student success, progress, and learning outcomes for 6th -12th graders. Qualifications include Degree in Mathematics and MSc in Economic Mathematics. Creative and resourceful in adapting instructional strategies to meet unique student needs. Passion for education and an unwavering commitment to optimise student and school success.
Open-minded in order to implement the best practices in class and always seeking for the best professional development opportunities for the benefit of her students. She possess several technical skills, including MS Office Suite, Moodle classes, Skyward, Google classroom, use of Interactive whiteboards, Geogebra, MATLAB, MathType, SPSS, Minitab, E-Views, C , and FORTRAN. Ms. Katsiyianni has also participated in many educational conferences and workshops. Among them the NESA conference in Instabul in 2015, where she presented her work: “Hooked on Mathematics”.
Ms. Katsiyianni has also participated in ACS Athens initiative to publish a book on its revolutionary blended teaching methodology titled Revolutionising K-12 Blended Learning through the i2flex Classroom Model (Avgerinou, Maria D., and Stefanos Gialamas, 2016).
- Avgerinou, Maria D., and Stefanos Gialamas. Revolutionising K-12 Blended Learning through the i2flex Classroom Model. Information Science Reference, 2016. Co-Author for the Chapter: “Hooked on Mathematics”
- QUALIFIED TEACHER STATUS (QTS) for the United Kingdom
- Teaching license in Secondary Education of Mathematics in the EU under the Council Directive 2005/36/EC
- MoodleMoot Conference in National Technological University of Athens Designing, implementing and evaluating K12 Blended Learning through the Quality Matters Framework: A Step-by-Step Approach (Nov 29-30, 2018)
- 9th International Conference in Open and Distance Learning Conference’s main subject: “Learning Design”
- Conference organised by “Ellinogermaniki Agogi” in Athens, Greece Conference’s main subject: “Innovation and Research in ODL and in ICT”
- NESA Conference, Istanbul, Turkey - Presentation title: “Hooked on Mathematics (Mar 20-23, 2015)
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).
Ms. 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. He 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 6, science 7, and science 8. He also has been running 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 was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He 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.
In 2020 during the 3-month quarantine, Mr. Kourtis joined the "Home base PE summit" and participated in 12 webinars with PE professionals from all around the globe.
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.
Mr. Chris Kourtis 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.
Maria Laiou holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Baldwin-Wallace University in Ohio and has completed coursework towards a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership with Capella University. She joins ACS Athens as the Interim Middle School Counselor for 2020-21 with more than 15 years of service in academia, having held advising and leadership positions in Career Services, Student Affairs and Retention at Deree - The American College of Greece. To Ms. Laiou, the most incredible part of being an educator, is having the privilege of guiding students through the amazing adventure of discovering who they are and how their individual traits and talents will help shape our future.
Maria Laiou was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and Athens, Greece.
Trina Langsenkamp holds a Masters degree in Arts in Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Art Education from The Ohio State University. She has a K-12 visual arts education licensure and certification from the state of Ohio.
This is Ms. Langsenkamp's fourth year teaching Visual Arts at ACS Athens. For three years, she worked as the K-5 Visual Arts teacher and Elementary Yearbook Coordinator. Currently, she teaches Print Publications 1 and 2, Design, Drawing and Painting and Graphic Arts at the Academy as well as Studio Arts at the Middle School. She is also the Academy Yearbook Coordinator and an adjunct teaching fellow for the ACS Athens Virtual School.
Previously, Ms. Langsenkamp worked as an Artist in Residence for Project Zero (PZ) at Harvard University. During the residency, and in conjunction with PZ's Out of Eden Learn project, she developed methods and practices for integrating mindfulness into the arts curriculum.
Ms. Langsenkamp is currently a freelance painter whose work primarily focuses on abstraction and landscapes. In 2019, she presented work at international art fairs, such as Art Athina and Art Thessaloniki with Epsilon Gallery. In 2018, she was a resident artist at The Mudhouse in Agios Ioannis, Crete. In 2015, she presented at the Ohio Art Education Association conference on her work with sensory engagement in art making and was recipient of the 2015 Fergus Fellows Award. Ms. Langsenkamp's interest in international arts education began when she studied in Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. She later studied at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, where she worked directly with arts educators in public, private and non-traditional education sectors.
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. Anna Mancl attended North Central College in Naperville, IL, and earned degrees in Music and Chinese. During her time at North Central, Ms. Mancl’s primary instruments included cello, piano, and voice. She also completed the Residency in Teacher Education (RITE) program of Wisconsin. Ms. Mancl taught middle school string orchestra for two years in Wisconsin prior to teaching at ACS Athens.
Ms. Mancl discovered her strong interest in education while studying abroad in Beijing, China. There, she taught English in a 6th-grade classroom at a low-income school. Ms. Mancl further explored teaching by helping to provide enrichment classes throughout her college career. During that enrichment program, she had the opportunity to work with students who were facing adversity in Chicago.
In her spare time, Ms. Mancl enjoys creating, arranging, and participating in music herself. She stays involved by singing in local choirs, playing in pit orchestras for musicals, and she hopes to join a symphony orchestra. Aside from music, she enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures as well as spending time with family and friends.
This will be Ms. Mancl’s first year teaching at ACS Athens, and she is excited to be teaching middle school and academy music.
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.
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.
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. Nikolopoulos was born in Athens, Greece. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and he is currently finishing his Master’s on Computer Applications at the University of West Attica. Prior to ACS Athens, Mr. Nikolopoulos has worked in various private educational institutions working with kids from ages 12 to 18. In addition, he has worked as a professor at the University Independent Studies of Technology.
Mr. Nikolopoulos is excited to be joining the ACS Athens community and believes highly in meeting all the students’ needs while inspiring them to reach their full potential. Furthermore, he wants students to understand the importance of Computer Science and how this connects to their everyday life.
His interests include reading books, watching movies, and is a member of a Movie Club. Mr. Nikolopoulos is also a member of the Forest Fire Protection Volunteers and often acts as a volunteer guard on the mountain of Ymittos.
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.
Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Theodora Panteli holds an A.D in Science from Jacksonville College and a B.A with a major in English Literature, Global Culture & Rhetoric, a double minor in Theater Studies and Philosophy, Politics & Law from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
She spent her senior year working as a Teaching Assistant for Harpur College and the Departments of English and Theater Studies. For the past 7 years she has been working as Learning Specialist.
This would be her third year in ACS and the Academy. For the past two years she was the Guidance counselor for 11th & 12th grade advisory while this year she will be the guidance counselor for 9th and 10th grade advisory. She is also a certified IB CAS advisor, offering guidance to IB students and providing them with opportunities to complete the requirements for CAS successfully.
She was a professional athlete for 14 years and the first Greek female athlete to ever be awarded with a full athletic scholarship(NCAA D1). She was a member of the Greek National Team and the captain of Binghamton women’s basketball team.
Theodora, is also working as a sports journalist for NovaSports Channel while she is also finishing her MSPsy- in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Ms. Papageorgiou holds a B.A. in Greek Literature with a 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.
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 served as Department Chair of Mathematics and Technology and as 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.
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 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. Katerina Saini studied and received her bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Patras, Greece. She earned a Master's degree in Special Education from Bridgewater State University, MA, in 2014.
For five years, she taught mathematics and special education in the United States to grades 6 to 12. She holds a Massachusetts teaching license in both Special Education and Mathematics for Grades 5-12. Throughout her career, she had the opportunity to teach students from different educational and cultural backgrounds and she is experienced in developing different strategies and approaches by identifying each student’s unique learning style. She has also worked as an instructional skills coach for the after school program Coaching for Change.
She has been a member of ACS Athens since 2019 as a Substitute Teacher and Math/Science Studio Assistant. In addition, she co-designed and co-taught the Summer Scholars Academy Course "Math Explorations" addressed to Middle School students. This year she is also teaching Algebra 2 and Trigonometry in the Academy and Pre Algebra in the Middle School.
Ms. Saini was born and raised in Athens, Greece, loves music and dancing.
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. Evdokia (Evi) Sotiropoulou holds a Masters degree in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She hasa teaching license in Massachusetts and is certified to teach Visual Arts K-12.
Ms. Sotiropoulou 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. Sotiropoulou 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.
This will be Ms. Sotiropoulou’s third year at ACS teaching 8th grade Design and 6-8th grade Art Studio.
Ms. Sotiropoulou's 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. Evangelia Theofilou obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2016) and her Masters Degree in Environmental Health from the Medical school of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2018) with the highest degree in her class.
She has worked as an analytical researcher in the National Center of Scientific Research "Democritos" and at the University of Birmingham about toxicological topics like the "Cancinogenic impact of aflatoxins in peanuts" and "Skin toxicity from anticancer therapies".
Apart from teaching analytical & environmental chemistry laboratory courses to younger scholars at the university, the last few years she teaches chemistry to middle and high school students.
She is a holder of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status-UK) and speaks Greek,English and French. She likes swimming, dancing and traveling.
Since last September, she has been working at ACS Athens as a Math/Science Studio assistant and as a permanent substitute teacher.
Apart from these roles, this year she is teaching Science for Grade 7 in Middle School.
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. Andriana Armodorou holds dual citizenship from Greece, and from the United Kingdom where she lived for 14 years. She has been a member of ACS Athens since October 2019. She worked in the Optimal Learning Program (OLP) as a proctor making sure that the accommodations based on every individual student’s needs fit were in place for academic tests and assessments. She supported Middle School and Academy students reach their optimal learning potential by creating a friendly and stress-free testing environment.
Ms. Armodorou obtained 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 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 also geared towards 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 and is in her third year of 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 third year as a member of the OLP Department in which she has supported students across all schools and has worked closely with teachers in order to promote inclusive practices in the mainstream classroom. She is excited to take on her new role as Middle School and Academy OLP Specialist.