Ms. Perakis was raised in Newport, Rhode Island. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary and Special Education from Salve Regina College and a Masters of Arts in Special Education from Lesley College. She is currently working on a post graduate degree on Improving Student Learning and Quality of Teaching in International Schools from Buffalo State SUNY University. Ms. Perakis holds several teaching certificates including certificates for teaching students with mild-moderate-severe learning differences and handicaps.
For the past ten years, she has co organized the ACS Athens Annual Learning Differences Conferences, a continuing effort to raise awareness on the subject of educating children with learning differences. Ms. Perakis has also served as a team member on the Committee of Institution-wide Accreditation of the Middle School Association of Colleges and School (MSA), and on the study and research group at John Hopkins University for bringing the CTY program to Greece.
Since 2010, Ms. Perakis has been selected to serve on The European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Special Education Needs (SEN) Committee. She is also the Vice President for the Professional Special Education Society in Greece, a founding member of the Hellenic Institute for Study and Research of Learning Disabilities and serving on the IB Special Education Needs (SEN) Committee, as well as, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Education committee for Learning Differences.
Natalia Maravegias is an alumna of ACS Athens. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the American College of Greece, where she also worked as a research lab assistant. She received her M.Sc. in Health Psychology from the University of Nottingham. Further, she has worked as a Shadow Teacher for two academic school years at ACS Athens from 2013-2015. This year she will be working in the Educational and Diagnostic Testing Center.
Cynthia Ouaijan is an ACS Athens alumna, attending various ACS schools across Europe and The Middle East. Ms. Ouaijan holds a Bachelor's degree from the American University of Beirut in Psychology; an M.Sc. degree in Forensic Mental Health Science from Kings College London, The Institute of Psychiatry; and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis. She is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Clinical Psychology Program at California Southern University, and is completing a psychoanalytical program in the US.
Ms. Ouaijan has also completed training in administering Educational and Psychological Measurements with Dr. Michael Castleberry and Dr. Imran Riaz, professors at the University of George Washington, accredited by the State University of New York.
Currently, Ms. Ouaijan is working as a clinical psychologist in her private practice and has founded the CK Mentoring Program for Youths, which aims to help youths develop to reach their full potential by providing them with personalized support. She also conducts parent support group meetings and parenting seminars.
Ms. Ouaijan works at ACS Athens as a licensed clinical psychologist and a diagnostician in the Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center.