Steven W. Medeiros, earned a B.A., magna cum laude, in English from Yale, an M.A. in English and American Literature from Middlebury (including a semester's study at Lincoln College, Oxford University), and an Ed.M. in Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has also completed post-graduate study at the University of California - Berkeley (Extension) and Northeastern University, and earned a Certificate in International School Leadership from the Principal's Training Center.
Currently the Dean of Academic Affairs and the Institute for Innovation and Creativity at ACS Athens, Mr. Medeiros has been at ACS Athens since 1981. He has been a teacher of English, Humanities, IB Theory of Knowledge, IB Art History and IB Theater Arts He has been recognized for excellence in teaching by the University of Chicago and Tufts University. He served as Principal of the Academy for six years and of the Middle School for three. In addition to his duties as teacher and principal, Mr. Medeiros has held a variety of professional positions at ACS Athens, including English Department Chair; Writing Project Coordinator: Academy Assistant Principal; acting Elementary School Principal; IB DP and MYP Coordinator; Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Human Resources; and Assistant Superintendent.
For over ten years, Mr. Medeiros served as lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Laverne, Athens, and as adjunct faculty member in the writing program of the University of California - Berkeley (Extension). As co-founder and co-director of the Athens Writing Project and National Writing Project Teacher Consultant, Mr. Medeiros has led numerous seminars and workshops in teaching/learning/writing/thinking connections for teachers from around the world. He has represented the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges as a member of 11 accreditation Validation Teams, serving as team chair six times. One of his most memorable intellectual experiences was the semester he spent studying and writing poetry in a workshop led by Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.
MaryAnn Augoustatos is an educator. Her field of specialty is high school mathematics and international school administration. Born and raised in Manhattan, New York and being of Greek descent she has spent 32 years as an educator at the American Community Schools of Athens Greece ( ACS Athens). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Masters of Arts in Education. She is a certified International School Administrator and has received her secondary mathematics teaching certification from the State of New York.
She is currently the Director of the Learning Commons at ACS Athens, an entity in our school that she was instrumental in co-establishing. The Learning Commons is the center of student and faculty collaboration, learning, research and knowledge construction at ACS Athens. This learning space provides our students and faculty with state of the art facilities, such as a media studio, a math and science studio, a writing/research studio, an incubator of students’ creative ideas and more. These spaces are staffed with professionals having expertise in the fields of Mathematics, all Sciences, Writing, Research, Literacy, STEAM education, and Media. Students and faculty function as architects of their own learning as they pursue their intellectual curiosities. As referred to by a faculty member, the Learning Commons is becoming the heartbeat of education at ACS Athens.
Prior to being a Director of the learning Commons, she spent almost a decade as a Middle School principal at ACS Athens.
Upon entering ACS Athens she taught mathematics for 20 years and spent 16 years of her instructional career as the Mathematics Department Chair having created the position of Elementary School Math Specialist and the ACS Athens Mathematics Competition as a few of her highlights. Her teaching experience consists of High School Mathematics courses throughout all academic levels with an emphasis on IB and Honors level courses. Two years prior to becoming Principal, she assumed the position of JK-12 Technology Department Chair concurrently.
Ms. Augoustatos has also served as a team member on the Committee of Institution-wide Accreditation of the Middle School Association of Colleges and School (MSA). Additionally, She is currently a chair of the Middle States Association and has conducted visits for the organization. For years, she also held the position of JK-12 Academic Department Chair Council Coordinator and began a completed and full curriculum review process for all courses school-wide.
Ms. Constantinides was born in Cairo, Egypt. She earned a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education and French Language at McGill University; she received an M.A. in Exercise Physiology from the same institution, an M.Sc. in Sports Administration from Louisville University and an MBA from University of Indianapolis.
Ms. Constantinides is an ACS Athens Alumnus (class of '79) and returned to ACS Athens as a Middle School Physical Education teacher in 1986. She holds the position of Athletic Director since 1998.
Ms. Constantinides was the event manager in a number of International Sports projects, such as the McDonalds Classic in Paris, the NBA Jam Tour in Greece, the NBA 3 x 3 tour in Greece. In addition, she has worked in the Sydney 2000 Olympics, was the Venue and Competition Manager for Softball in the Athens 2004 Olympics and was the appointed Technical Delegate for Softball in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as the venue and sport manager for the Special Olympics that took place in Athens in July 2011. She was the Assistant Technical Delegate of the World Summer Special Olympic Games of 2015 in the sport of softball.
She was a member of the ISST Executive Board from 2006-09, a member of the International Softball Federation Executive Board from 2008-09, is presently on the Executive Board of the SCIS Conference (Sports Council of International Schools) and is the recipient of the “Women and Sport” Award by the International Olympic Committee.
Marietta Garbis was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She completed a program of Business Studies at Lasalle College in Montreal.
She has been at ACS Athens since 1992, and has served as the Academy Attendance Officer and in administrative support roles in the Academy and Middle School offices and Student Services. She is currently the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the Institute for Innovation & Creativity.
Linos Meitanis was born and grew up in Athens Greece. He studied Cinematography at the Stavrakos film school in Athens. He has worked in the film industry as a camera assistant and later as a Director of Photography both in documentaries and feature films. During the same period, he designed lighting for dance and theater performances. He also worked for the Thessaloniki Film Festival in an educational program for children around Greece.
During the Olympic Games in 2004, he worked for the US television network NBC. Mr. Meitanis has worked as technical production coordinator for the Athens Festival at "Scholeion" venue, for the European Song Contest in 2006 and at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens Special Olympics World Summer Games 2011. He has been the Theater Manager at the Theater at ACS Athens since September 2006.
Varvara Voulgaraki is a native of Greece. She was born and raised in Athens. She has attended seminars in cultural management and exhibition curating throughout Europe. She has studied stage management at LAMDA (London Academy of Music And Dramatic Art.)
Ms. Voulgaraki earned a degree in History and Archaeology from the Philosophy School of the University of Ioannina. She speaks English and Italian. This is her third year as Stage and House manager at the Theater at ACS Athens.
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.