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 over three decades 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 , an Artificial Intelligence lab 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. The Learning Commons is commonly referred to as 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 and almost two decades as mathematics department chair.
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. During her principalship, she began and completed a full curriculum review process for all courses school-wide at ACS Athens.
Additionally, Ms. Augoustatos is a chair of the Middle States Association. She has been on multiple team visits as a team member and chair serving the Committee of Institution-wide Accreditation of the Middle School Association of Colleges and School (MSA) in the Middle East and Europe. At ACS Athens she is currently chairing the re-accreditation process school wide through MSA's Sustaining Excellence protocol.
John Papadakis is the Director of Enrollment Management and Technology at ACS Athens since 2006.
He's in charge of the operation of the Suheil Sabbagh Media Studio at the Learning Commons and is involved in the strategic implementation of the Media Literacy program and initiatives throughout the school.
Since 2021, he's a member of the executive team of ACSAthensGlobal, the official platform connecting the global alumni community of the school.
John Papadakis is the certified Data Protection Officer of the school (email: email@example.com) since 2018 overseeing the compliance of the school with GDPR. He received his DPO certification from TÜV Austria in 2018.
He has also served as the managing editor of the International Schools Journal, published by ACS Athens, between 2019 and 2023.
After 14 years in the United States, where he served the American K-12 education in different capacities as a Math teacher, educatiional technologist, tutor, and administrator, he returned to Greece with his family in 2001.
His academic studies include an Executive M.B.A. degree from the University of Indianapolis (Athens Campus), a B.A. in Communications/Electronic Media/Broadcasting from Columbia College Chicago, and an associate degree in Electronics Engineering from Triton College, IL. He has extensive experience in radio/TV production and has worked as an editor/staff writer in weekly ethnic newspapers based in Chicago, IL. John Papadakis was the Director of Communications and Operations of the Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) – North and South America Region, based in Chicago, from 1995-2001, covering and promoting the educational, civic and cultural activities of the ethnic Greek community on the American continent.
After his arrival to Athens in 2001, he was involved in technology projects as a training consultant and as a project manager in new media related projects (e-commerce, online Content Management Systems, web 2.0, etc.).
Previous business ventures include: a TV satellite company operating as a Dish Network dealer and distributor of Greek satellite TV channels in the Midwest; a weekly radio program promoting the activities of the Greek American community; and various business technology and communication consulting services to organizations and businesses in the Chicagoland area.
John Papadakis is a life-long learner, music lover and global minded citizen of the world.
Ms. Pappas was born in Montreal to a Greek father and a French-Canadian mother. While growing up in a multicultural society such as Montreal, she was exposed to diverse cultures giving her a broad perspective on attitudes, behaviors and ways of thinking.
Ms. Pappas completed her primary education in French and thereafter continued in English. With her family, she moved to Greece for 4 years and attended ACS Athens. It was a great experience and she has fond memories. After completing high school, another move brought her back to Montreal where she graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor in Sociology. During her studies, she gained experience as an EFL teacher and a preschool educator. She envisioned opening a preschool that centered around meaningful, child-centered educational activities. Shortly after, she founded a large preschool in Laval, Quebec, which is still in operation today. This center was amongst the first to incorporate computers and a bilingual curriculum into its program. Much hard work and planning was involved in order to make it successful. Ms. Pappas obtained a Master in Education from the University of Montreal as well as a Graduate Degree in ECE from Concordia University..
In 2003 Ms. Pappas moved to Greece. Always in the field of education, she taught IB psychology and uptook several translation contracts as a freelancer. From 2004 - 2020 she also taught all levels of EFL in private schools as well as Business English in large companies, NBG and Alpha Bank.
From 2004 and to this day, Ms. Pappas occupies another administrative position She is the link between the customer and furnished rental properties catering mostly to embassy staff. Ms. Pappas oversees their functioning, prepares rental contracts, coordinates and outsources maintenance contracts.
She is a proud mother of three and happy to be part of the ACS Athens community. She hopes to make a meaningful contribution to the school she so much loved as a teenager.
Ms. Pappas believes that education, hard work, and good principles are the key to success.
Ms. Alexopoulos is a Greek American ACS Athens alum who went on to the United States where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in a school and fell in love with teaching. She later moved to Houston TX and obtained her Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Houston and is now certified to teach general education from Early Childhood to 6thGrade and Special Education from Early Childhood to 12th Grade.
During her time in Texas, Ms. Alexopoulos worked as a General Education and Special Education teacher in the public school system where she primarily worked with students on the Autism Spectrum and students with developmental disabilities. Other than her special education experience Ms. Alexopoulos worked in a kindergarten classroom and gained experience teaching all subjects in a general education classroom.
After living and working in the United States for several years she decided to return to Greece and work as a Kindergarten teacher at a bilingual kindergarten. As she considers ACS Athens her home she is now back as permanent substitute for the Elementary school.
Vana Alexopoulou is the Media Production Specialist of the ACS Athens Media Studio. A Photographer and a Filmmaker, she was born in Athens where she earned a diploma in Conservation of Works of Art before continuing her studies towards a BA in Photography and Audiovisual Arts from the Technological Educational Institution of Athens. She went on to study in London where she was awarded an MA (Merit) in Documentary Practice from Brunel University. Currently, she is studying towards a Ph.D. at the University of Sussex, (Creative and Critical Practice) where her research focuses on migration and displacement, as well as digital media and web platforms.
She has worked as a filmmaker and photographer in Greece, Spain, and the U.K. for various television programs (‘Remake’ ERT, etc.), films (‘Strella’ by Panos Koutras, etc. ) and theater productions (‘Factoria Estival de Arte SL Madrid’, etc). She has also participated in many Photography and Videoart exhibitions (Athens Photo Festival, HPC, etc). Her films have been officially selected in various International Film Festivals (Portobello London Film Festival, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, DocFest, etc).
Furthermore, she has worked as a Research Associate (Video Producer) in the Laboratory of Integrated Systems in the National Centre of Scientific Research, “Demokritos”. In addition, she has teaching experience and has delivered various workshops as a Film Tutor/ Media Producer, including classes at the BFI, London (‘Documentary Filmmaking for Teenagers’, etc.).
Since 2021, she is the producer/editor of the Institute's Knowledge Series and is part of the production team of the ACS Athens Media Studio, guiding and assisting the community of the school with multimedia classroom and personal projects.
Theodore “Teo” Ananiadis was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Athens, Greece where he graduated from ACS Athens. He attended Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida where he received a Bachelors in History with minors in Anthropology and Political Science. He also obtained extensive experience in archeological fieldwork and academic research practices. Following graduation, Mr. Ananiadis received his teaching certification from the State of Florida in Secondary Social Studies. Mr. Ananiadis is also teaching Middle School Social Studies at grade 8 and is ecstatic about returning to Athens to rejoin the ACS Athens community to not only give back to the institution he attended but to also begin his career in the challenging and diverse educational environment ACS Athens fosters.
Ms. Bellou obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in English Language & Literature from the University of Athens. She specialized in the history of American Literature. Ms Bellou received special training in English phonetics and in the creation of lesson plans suited to students’ needs. In addition, she received training in Special Education at the University of Aegean.
She is presently a postgraduate student in “Economics of Education and Management of Educational Units”. Her choice for her master’s degree stems from her passion for leadership as well as from aspiring to guide and help students throughout their learning process.
Her love for the English language started at an early age. She felt adept in communicating in English from an early age and overtime grew to love reading American literature books in her free time. Soon after obtaining her Bachelor’s, she began working in private schools. She taught all levels ranging from kindergarten youngsters to adults. Moreover, she worked with students who have special needs. To her, this experience helped her grow as an individual.
Her love for children and her will for wanting to provide help to those who need it, motivate her to keep being a cheerful , kind and optimistic teacher!
“We’re educators. We’re born to make a difference.”
Rodia Constantinidou holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, Massachusetts, USA), an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from the State of Florida, as well as an Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Mathematics Education from Florida International University (Miami, Florida, USA). She also attained the Florida Professional Educator’s Certification in the areas of Elementary Education, Mathematics Grades 5–9, and Mathematics Grades 6–12, with an endorsement in Gifted Education.
She has extensive experience as a Mathematics teacher, having worked at Archimedean Middle Conservatory in Miami, Florida for 17 years. There she taught mathematics to grades 4 through 8, including General Mathematics, Algebra 1 Honors, Algebra 2 Honors, and Geometry Honors. She also held leadership positions such as Lead Teacher, Mathematics Department Chair, and Mathematics Coach for competitions. Furthermore, she served as the School Assessment Coordinator for all Florida standardized testing.
Prior to becoming a Mathematics teacher, she worked as a civil engineer in Cyprus and Massachusetts, as well as a preschool teacher at a Child Development Center in Florida.
Born in Italy, Dr. Marco V. Crivellaro holds a BA and a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Ferrara (Italy), an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno (U.S.A), and a Master in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Seattle, Washington (U.S.A.) A licensed teacher, and a certified ESL instructor, he's also a member of the IATI (Italian Association of Translators and interpreters), and of the IAMPETH (International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting).
A polyglot, he has worked in Italy, the U.S.A., France, Monaco, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore teaching Comparative Literature, History (with an emphasis on the Renaissance and American History), Ancient Greek, Latin, Classical Civilization, Literary Humanities, Western Civilization, Italian Literature, Art History, Philosophy, and English as a Second Language.
Dr. Crivellaro's interests primarily focus on the cultural continuity of the classical heritage in the modern and contemporary society. He joined ACS in 2018 as a Social Studies Substitute Teacher and Writing Studio Assistant, since the year 2019-2020 he coordinates the library and its activities. He has designed and taught an online Summer course on IB research and academic ethics has conducted seminars about how to do academic research and how to use information and reference management software, and a course of Italian for Native Speakers. As the MS and Academy Librarian, he has created the ACS Virtual Library (comprehending books and periodicals accessible in electronic formats) and implemented the Dewey Decimal Classification throughout the whole printed collections of the H.J. Sabbagh Library.
His goal as the ACS Librarian is to make the Library a multitasking hub for academically reliable and ethically conducted research.
In his fifteenth 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 graduate work in Clinical Psychology and International Counseling certification.
Having worked as an Academy Counselor for 6 years, past Interim MS principal and Counseling Coordinator for grades K-12, he is now in his 7th year as our Middle School Counselor. 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.
Ms. Dimitra Kardampiki holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Patras, Greece. Dimitra believes that mathematical skills are not only a fundamental part of academics, but are also the building blocks of critical thinking in school and beyond.
In the last few years, her work has entailed both classroom and private teaching in all grades and hi-tech teleconferencing services. Apart from teaching, Ms. Kardampiki has quite a versatile background; has lived in many countries, excelled both in dance and basketball and has received a plethora of awards in chess.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and having traveled extensively has given her a more diverse outlook on life. She speaks both English and Greek fluently.
From November 2020 up to June 2022, she worked at ACS Athens as the Math/Science Studio coordinator as well as co-teacher for the Diving Deeper program.
From September 2022 she has been working as a Middle School Mathematics Teacher grades 6 to 8.
Dimitris Konstantopoulos holds a BSc in Physics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA).
He is very passionate about teaching and generally about imparting knowledge to younger generations. He has extensive experience in the private sector as an instructor in different levels, from Middle School to the University level.
Apart from teaching, Mr. Konstantopoulos has other passions. He loves music and studies the electric guitar at Nakas Conservatory. He is proud to be part of a band where besides playing the guitar, he also has a wide repertoire of songs he sings.
Mr. Konstantopoulos highly values the effort to perpetually progress in terms of knowledge, a philosophy he is looking forward to sharing with all ACS Athens students in his second year in the school as a permanent physics substitute teacher.
Ms. Liakou studied to be a Dental Technician at Sivitanidios Schools in Athens. Although this choice in studies seemed to be the right one, it soon proved to be one she felt no passion for. Over time, she decided to change career paths and attended technical courses at IEK XINI geared towards secretarial support.
Ms. Liakou eventually uptook a secretarial position at Radio Korasidis and at the company Micromedia Sharp. She gained experience in working with the public thereby refining her communication and teamwork skills. Ms. Liakou has a sense of duty and a keen eye for detail. She speaks Greek, English and Italian.
She is a mother of a 13 years old son and she believes that:
“Education does not end after school years."
Ms. Androniki Manoli earned her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Pedagogy, and Psychology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2015). She holds a Master’s degree in Special Educational Needs from the University of Leeds, UK (2017).
Ms. Manoli has been working at ACS Athens since 2021 as a Shadow Teacher and a LEP Instructor. This is her first year as OLP Elem/MS/Academy Inclusion Specialist, supporting students in OLP in all three schools by collaborating closely with faculty in a co-teaching model to ensure that differentiation is being implemented.
Prior to that, she worked as a Special Educator in the UK where she practiced evidence-based interventions for students with neurodevelopmental disorders. She has also worked at the Amsterdam International Community School as a Learning Support Teacher, where she built expertise in differentiation and inquiry-based approach. During her undergraduate degree, she volunteered at SOS Children’s Villages by implementing psycho-educational activities to enhance the emotional, social, and cognitive skills of children aged 4-7 years old. While in the UK and the Netherlands, Ms. Manoli taught Greek as a second/ foreign language.
Ms. Manoli has also attended several seminars and professional development workshops some of which include, ECIS, “Applied Behavior Analysis”, “Refugee and Immigrant Education and Support: Intercultural Views and Practical Applications”, “Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Intervention”, among others. She speaks Greek, English, and Spanish.
She is adept at creating a positive difference in her student’s learning development by promoting a socially just, multicultural classroom environment that delivers meaningful and long-lasting results for a diverse range of needs and interests. She is passionate about implementing inclusive teaching strategies as differentiation empowers all students to reach their maximum potential. Finally, Ms. Manoli is fond of surfing, hiking, and art exhibitions.
Ms. Jasmina Mohamedali holds a Bachelor’s Degree (B.Sc.) in Psychology from New York College and an M.A in Clinical- Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. She has worked in the PG Child Hospital Aglaia Kyriakou Oncology Department, Athens (Greece) as a Counselor supporting both children and parents.
Ms. Mohamedali has been working at ACS Athens since 2014 as a Shadow Teacher in the Middle School and Academy. She has also taught in the Learning Enhancement Programs at ACS Athens in assisting in the After School Homework Support Program. She has been working with students who have learning differences and is knowledgeable in addressing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s and other learning differences. She is experienced in implementing different strategies by selecting different educational practices in connection to academic instruction and behavioral interventions in meeting the students needs. Currently, she is working as a Shadow Teacher in Middle School and providing educational services.
Ms. Mohamedali has a positive incentive approach for finding alternative interventions, strategies and tools that can help students with learning differences achieve their full potential academically, socially and behaviorally.
Mr. Athanasios Palos-Papantonopoulos was born in Sydney, Australia and raised in Athens, Greece.
His studies include a Certificate in Audio Description 2008 ADA London, EAVE post graduate studies in Cinema production 1994 and Interactive Media 1995, B.A in Cinema CCNY City University 1984, a diploma in Television BBC London 1980, an HND diploma in Cinema 1980. Teacher for Cinema & TV courses from 1986 to 2003 in Cinema & TV School ‘Papantonopoulos’. TV producer from 1987, Co-founder of AKTIS AVteam from 1999.
Accessibility producer for films, television programs and ebooks from 2000.
Media Director for the AHEPA in Greece.
Member of the Board of Directors at the Association of Greek alumni of American Universities.
Founding member of the Movement of artists with disabilities.
Member of the Emancipation movement for the disabled: «Zero Tolerance».
Ms. Helen Seretis has received her Master's degree from the University of Miami in Counseling and her School Counseling Professional Educator's License from National Louis University. Most recently she has become a Licensed Professional Counselor, passing the NCE (National Counselor Examination). Helen has served both as an elementary and high school counselor for a total of nine years, in Illinois and at ACS Athens. This is her sixth year at ACS and she is excited to continue her role as a Writing Studio Specialist, guiding students with their college entrance essays, IB essays, capstone project and other writing assignments
Ms. Sitarenios earned her degree in Child Psychology at the University of Rome ("La Sapienza" in Italy) and later pursued her Masters at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Given her educational background, she has been working in education for many years.
Upon moving back to Athens, Ms. Sitarenios happily embraced her role as a Permanent Substitute at ACS Athens. Ms. Sitarnios is currently enhancing her expertise through a post Master's program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
As a half Greek half Italian, she is fluent in a total of four languages. She shares her life with her Dutch partner and their two daughters. Ms. Sitarenios is committed to education, and loves working with children.
She feels privileged to be part of the ACS Athens community.
Ms. Stavropoulos earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Science Education. After graduating, she taught in Michigan public schools in the first-grade and fifth-grade. She loved her experience however her dream was to pursue international education.
Ms. Stavropoulos’ career in international education began while she studied abroad in Italy. She taught English language classes within the local Italian community and saw the power of creating community in the classroom. This experience, as well as her Greek heritage, motivated her to pursue teaching opportunities in Greece. In 2019 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship where she became an English teaching assistant at Athens College. Through her scholarship she assisted in the English language department and acted as the school’s cultural ambassador by sharing American traditions and customs with Greek students. The Fulbright program gave her opportunities from collaborating with teachers from around the United States to attending a Media Literacy Conference in Bulgaria where she learned techniques and best practices for teaching media literacy.
Ms. Stavropoulos is proud to be part of the ACS Athens community and excited about her new role as the Writing Studio Coordinator. She looks forward to connecting with all of the students!
Mr. Simos Sylaidis was born in Gutersloh a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and raised in Athens, Greece.
His studies include an HND diploma in Direction of photography in Cinema & TV 1979.
Editor, compositor for AUDIOVISUAL SA.
Technical manager for AKTIS AVteam from 1996.
Accessibility editor for films and television programs.
As hobby, he is a scratch builder scale modeller.
Ms. Evangelia Theofilou obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2016) and her Masters Degree in Environmental Health / Toxicology from the Medical school of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2018) with the highest grade in her class.
She has worked as an analytical researcher in the National Center of Scientific Research "Demokritos" and at the University of Birmingham about toxicological topics like the "Carcinogenic impact of aflatoxins in peanuts" and "Skin toxicity of anticancer therapies".
She is a holder of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status-UK) and speaks Greek, English and French. She loves traveling and her dream is to travel all around the world.
She has been working at ACS Athens since 2019 as a Science and Technology teacher and in the math/science studio assisting students in Chemistry and Biology.
This year, she will be teaching Science 8, Computers 6 and 8 in Middle school.
Ms. Thoma holds a B.Sc. in Physics and a M.Sc. in Environmental Physics & Meteorology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). While enrolled in the Bachelor’s Program, she carried out an Internship at the Hellenic National Meteorological Service where she had the opportunity to dive deeper into the various aspects of weather forecasting, including the methodology of data collection and processing.
Ms. Thoma has been in education for more than fifteen years, since her early academic years, teaching Physics and Mathematics at all levels. She also has experience in the IB Diploma courses of Mathematics and Physics.
She has been a member of ACS Athens since October 2020. This year she will be teaching Math 6 and Pre Algebra 7. In previous years, she held the role of a permanent substitute teacher and worked as a Math/Science studio assistant, providing support to students with varying skill levels and individual needs in both high school and middle school Mathematics and Science classes. Also, she taught Physics 1 in High School and had an assisting role in the Academy’s Math class “Geometry with Algebraic topics”. Moreover, she was a long-term substitute teacher in Middle school, teaching all the science classes for several months. In addition, she has co-organized and co-taught the “Mad Scientists” course in the 2021 Summer Camp.
Ms. Marina Maria Zilotis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pure Mathematics and a MSc in Information and Communication Technology from the University of The Aegean. Her thesis on «Information Security Culture in the context of Electronic Governance» received very good reviews and “prophetically” addressed issues that turned out to be pertinent in the later years during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Ms. Zilotis was born and raised in Athens. Apart from English and Greek, she also speaks very good Spanish and French. She aspires to continue learning foreign languages and getting more familiar with the cultures they represent.
Ms. Zilotis knew she wanted to be an educator since her early years. During her studies she undertook courses including Teaching Geometry, Teaching Mathematics and Teaching Algebra, as well as courses on how to implement New Technologies in Education. Soon after obtaining her undergraduate degree, she tutored Middle School and High School students in MYP and IB programs. In 2020 she felt blessed to be working with extremely talented students in Acadimos. She eagerly prepared them to enter and excel in country-wide competitions.
During the pandemic she was given the opportunity to create and implement online interactive courses for her students thereby combining both of her degrees in an effort to enrich the learning process and use new technologies and advancements to the benefit of the academic community.
Ms. Zilotis is a passionate person who loves animals, nature, people, tennis and the water, and never misses a chance to be near them. She is happy to be working as a Math Studio Coordinator and a Math Permanent Substitute (Guest) Teacher in ACS Athens.