Julia Tokatlidou, Virtual School Principal

Ms. Tokatlidou completed her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the School of Law and Economics at the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki in 1981. She continued her studies in Toronto, Canada, where she completed her Master of Arts in Economics and all but the thesis requirement for the Ph.D. program in Economics. In 2013 she received her M.B.A from the University of Indianapolis as well as her Certificate for International School Leadership.

Ms. Tokatlidou has been a member of the ACS Athens community since 2005. Initially, she was a faculty member teaching IB Economics. Since September 2008 she has been the Director of the IB program, since September 2010, the Director of the IB and AP programs, and since September 2014 she has been the Vice Principal of the Academy. As of September 2019, Ms. Tokatlidou will be serving as the Principal of The ACS Athens Virtual School.

Ms. Tokatlidou believes in learning and citizenship development through service and innovative projects as well as in personal growth through education. She spearheaded the ACS Athens Youth to Youth Educational and Social Integration Program addressing the social and educational needs of unaccompanied minors in Athens through a student to student partnership learning model which has been running since January 2017. The program now includes the Part-time Youth to Youth and Business to Youth programs run on Saturdays which involve numerous student and faculty volunteers, and the full-time Youth to Youth program for 18 unaccompanied minors which is now in its second academic year.

Ms. Tokatlidou, as an educator, strives for life-long learning unconfined by physical proximity, global citizenship, effective risk-taking, and ethical decision making. She has led various workshops and has published in numerous scientific journals.

Ms. Tokatlidou was born and raised in Drama, Greece.

email: tokatlidouj@theinstitute.gr

phone: 30 210 6393200 ext. 248

Dr. Maria Avgerinou, Director of eLearning

Maria D. Avgerinou, Ph.D. holds a B.Litt. in Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (GR), an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and Psychology from the University of Bath (UK) with research focus on Visual Literacy, Assessment, and Mixed Research Methods. She holds postdoctoral diplomas on eLearning Design, Implementation, and Evaluation from the Institute of Education, University of London (UK), the University of Hull (UK), and more recently from Indiana University (US). For the past 20 years, as a certified online educator and a former academic in American, British, and Greek universities, she has taught, published, and presented extensively on the research and practice of online and blended learning, action research, and visual literacy for education and training with particular emphasis on teacher education and professional development.

As an international scholar, Dr. Avgerinou has been active in a number of professional associations such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), the European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN), and the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA). In recognition of her contribution especially to the field of Visual Literacy, Dr. Avgerinou has received various awards, most notably IVLA's Research Award (2009), and the Braden & Beauchamp Award (2001, 2010). In 2012, she was elected the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Visual Literacy (JVL/Routledge), the oldest international academic journal in the field. Furthermore, she currently serves as a Master Reviewer for Quality Matters® (MarylandOnline/US), and an external specialist for the European Commission's Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices.

Dr. Avgerinou has been with the ACS Athens community of learners since 2013 first, as the Director for K12 Educational Technology and eLearning (i2Flex), and the Lead Researcher; and more recently as the Director of eLearning and Senior Fellow at the ACS Athens Institute. She is a proud mom of two Elementary School children, and an enthusiastic member of ACS Athens’ Tennis Academy.

email: avgerinoum@theinstitute.gr