A little bit about me…

I graduated from the Philosophical School of University of Ioannina in Greece with a Bachelor’s degree in History. At 2000 having a developing interest in emerging technologies and their integration in education I came to the United States and entered the M.S. program in Educational Technology of Iona College. I received my Master’s degree in 2002 and I was honored with the “Departmental award for Excellence in Educational Technology”.

Based on my academic performance and the recommendation of the faculty of the Computer Science Department, I was hired as an adjunct instructor (September 2002). After one year of teaching both graduate and undergraduate classes, I was given a full-time appointment as a Visiting instructor at 2003.

Family reasons though, forced me to go back to Greece at the end of 2004. In Greece, I worked for the Hellenic American Educational Foundation for 12 years from 2005-2017. During these years I taught History and Greek Language & Literature (modern and ancient) for Middle School always integrating technology into the curriculum as HAEF is a Pathfinder School, part of the Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Schools Program. I was also the department coordinator of Ancient Greek Language and Literature for Middle School for 3 years.

Finally, during these years I took part in many conferences presenting papers relevant to my main interest; the integration of technology in the classroom. You can read some of my publications at the Academia.edu page.

On the summer of 2017 my family and I relocated back to the United States. Since then, I have been teaching Greek to both kids and adults for the Holy Trinity Greek Afternoon School of New Rochelle and the Archangels Greek Afternoon School of Stamford, CT.  This year, on August of 2021, I was also appointed director of the Holy Trinity Greek afternoon School.

Educational Philosophy

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a wide variety of teaching experience from kindergarten (working at the Mohawk camp the summer of 2002 was not only a great experience but also amazing fun) to Graduate school, both in classes and in private lessons. So, I believe that a skillful educator should build good relationships with her students based on mutual respect and trust and set the tone for a classroom community. She must create a welcoming, safe classroom atmosphere that is accessible to all students and celebrates diversity. Only in an environment like that the students will have the freedom to express themselves and grow as human beings and learners. I also believe that students learn best through an interactive teaching style that demands their participation and challenges their abilities. So, my teaching philosophy has both traditional and radical roots. I believe that students should embrace technology for them to benefit and teachers should be open to introducing technology into their classrooms in order to improve and innovate their teaching practices.

LET’S TALK

Please, don’t hesitate to express here any worry or problem you have with your kids’ learning. If you are a student, this is also for you one of the many other ways to reach me!