Meet our Teachers

Maria Davou

Director of Studies/English teacher/ Teacher Educator

There is nothing more despicable than respect based on fear

Maria Davou is a teacher, teacher trainer and researcher. She has a BA in Philosophy, Cambridge DELTA, an MA in TESOL, St Michael’s College, Vermont, US and has studied for a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Lancaster University, UK. She has completed EdD courses at the University of Exeter, UK and is now completing her PhD in Athens. She holds an ESRC research award. Her research area is Second Language Acquisition. Her research interests include Language Development, Language Assessment, Multilingualism, Language Teaching and Pedagogy. She is also studying for an MBA in Educational Leadership at the University of Cumbria.

She studied SLA with Suzanne Flynn at MIT, Boston, US and completed an ALTE course on Speaking Assessment with Linda Taylor at the University of Valencia and an EALTA Summer school at the University of Sienna. She has more than twenty-five years experience in teaching, teacher training and syllabus design in Greece, the UK and the US. In Greece she has taught at the Teacher Education Centre, Hellenic American Union and is currently a professor for the Master’s in Applied Linguistics, Hellenic American University. She also teaches for the MA in Creative Writing at the university of Western Macedonia. She works as an educational consultant and an accredited trainer for private schools, publishing houses and Ministries of Education around the world.

Maria has been working as an oral examiner and an item writer for several exam boards. She has given a number of talks in conferences all over the world (AAAL, EALTA, ALTE, ALTAANZ, IATEFL, TESOL among them).

Maria strongly believes that teachers need to re-consider their role in education and learn a lot from their learners. She promotes educational values that have to do with freedom of the individual, student-centered methodologies, respect for the rights of children and the student’s voice in the classroom and the community, multicultural and multilingual environments. Maria has co-developed the innovative language education framework Deeper Learning. She is a co-founder and Trinity CertTESOL tutor for QUALIFY. Maria works against fascism, racism, nationalism, fanaticism, violence and hate speech.

Angelos Evangelidis

Deeper Learning coordinator & Glossomatheia Hub Director

Nigh, sy to see and bye, for ever lie to frye and hide.

Angelos holds a BA hons in Philosophy from the American College of Greece and an rMA in Comparative Literary studies from the University of Amsterdam. He has also studied for a BSc at the National Technical University of Athens. He has completed a study abroad program in King's College of London and attended on scholarship an Honor’s Summer School at the University of Stanford, California.

He is interested in neuroscience, neuro and cognitive linguistics and the interaction between the human brain and the environment. Angelos has attended a variety of seminars on applied linguistics and has completed the Cambridge TKT course with success. He attended the Summer School on brain dynamics in Turkey.

He has also completed the course “Novel Writing” in Patakis School and is a published author. He is fully bilingual, loves communication and fun activities and believes language learning is a natural process that should be done in enjoyable ways.
He is the developer, designer and coordinator of the multi-awarded language education program Deeper Learning and he trains teachers all around Greece on it. He has presented his research on Deeper Learning in international conferences around Europe.

He also works as a teacher trainer for Glossomatheia Lab, teaching Creative Writing.
He has been teaching in Glossomatheia since 2011. He is also interested in Oral Language Assessment and has worked as an international examiner for Languagecert qualifications.

Vicky Souitsmez

Head Teacher, English Teacher

Mistakes are proof that you are trying!

Vicky entered the fascinating world of teaching more than ten years ago and has been working for Glossomatheia since 2008. She has done training courses and attended seminars on language and background to language learning and teaching, lesson planning and use of resources for language teaching, managing the teaching and learning process.

She is a holder of the TKT Certificate (Teaching Knowledge Test) & the KAL Certificate (Knowledge About Language) held by the University of Cambridge with an excellent grade. She has also attended an Academic Writing and ESP (English for Specific Purposes) Course.

Last but not least, she’s a CELTA holder (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) also held by the University of Cambridge. Vicky is an experienced teacher in all levels and believes that learning is a never-ending process and it can be fun!!!

Danai Patsaoura

Inquiring Minds Coordinator

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ― Mahatma Gandhi

Danai is a graduate student of the faculty of English Language and Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, minoring in linguistics. She has an MA in Linguistics at Radboud University in the Netherlands, following specialisation in second/ foreign language acquisition, and an MSc in child studies at Linkoping University in Sweden. She has completed her Montessori training for children aged 6-12 (7th AMI- Association Montessori Internationale) and the past few years she has been working in Montessori kindergartens and Elementary schools as an English-speaking teacher.

She holds the Teachers Knowledge Test (TKT) and the TKT-Knowledge About Language (KAL) Certificate, held by the University of Cambridge. She is also a CELTA holder (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, University of Cambridge).

She has successfully attended an ESP (English for Specific Purposes) and Academic Writing course and a number of seminars based on psychological aspects of learning, learning differences, and alternative ways of teaching (through games, music, and songs).

She has been working in Glossomatheia as an ESL/EFL teacher since 2013.Her main interest is second language acquisition in children and the application of teaching methodologies that enhance the language learning process. She believes that teaching a foreign language should not be considered as another subject in school curriculums, but as another means to further explore the world we live in.

She loves travelling, music, literature, and theatre, while she strongly believes that by learning a foreign language our mind is opened to new ways of approaching life.

Francesca Xenaki

English teacher

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them – Walt Disney

Francesca is fully bilingual and has graduated from the University of Athens specializing in English Language and Linguistics. She has also completed her MA degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Liverpool, UK.

Her research interests include Digital Technologies for language learning as well as Communicative Testing and Assessment of speaking performance. Over the years she has worked as an English teacher in various schools in Greece and the UK.She has acquired the CELTA certificate with an excellent grade, as well as the TKT (Core modules: 1,2,3) and KAL (Knowledge about Language) certificates, all issued by the University of Cambridge.

She also, regularly, attends conferences, participates in workshops and seminars to keep learning new things and be up-to-date with the newest trends and findings of the field. Francesca believes that languages should be learned in a natural and enjoyable way simulating real-world communicative situations.

Her aim is to teach lessons that inspire her students to explore the multi-functionality of the English language. She has been a Girl Guide volunteer for more than 15 years, supporting young girls and boys reach their full potential as leaders and active citizens of the world. She loves children, volunteering, reading books, arts and crafts swimming, travelling and going to the cinema.

Virginia Blani

Head Teacher, English Teacher
Virginia is a graduate of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Athens and holds a Master's Degree in Translation Studies from the University of Manchester.

In 2018 she completed her PhD at EKPA on teaching and the evaluation of the production of written speech (Writing). In addition to English and Greek, he also speaks German. She has worked as an English teacher in the private sector since 2006, in Vocational Training Institutions, at Police Academy and the Fire Brigade Academy.

Her main interests are teaching English mainly to children, the development of the skill of written production, issues related to the teaching of English for Special Purposes and the translation of technical texts. She has been involved in the design of a Fire brigade textbook that is currently being used as the main textbook for teaching English Fire Terminology at the Fire brigade Academy.

She has been a research assistant at the Research Center for Language Teaching and Language Assessment (RCeL) of the University of Athens and participated in the preparation of the State Certificate of Language Proficiency (CPG) exams for English.

Eleni Evangelidi

Inquiring Minds Coordinator

Her motto is , "Think of what you want, not what you are afraid of."

Eleni holds a BA (hons) in Psychology from the American College of Greece, with a minor in Biology and she was also a student at the Math department at the University of Patras. She is currently completing her MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam.

She is a holder of Cambridge TKT with excellent marks and the Trinity CertTESOL (level 5) teaching qualification. She has been working as a teacher in Glossomatheia for 5 years and has worked as an Activity Leader at Brighton College, UK. She is a senior teacher for pre Junior and B1 level classes.

Eleni is fully bilingual. She is interested in Educational Psychology, Neuropsychology and more specifically in issues related to memory and learning. She has presented her work on Epigenetics at the International Medical Education, Health Science and Patient Care Conference, 2020.

She is the designer and coordinator of the English language program 'inquiring Minds', an approach promoting learning English through thematic exploration of developmentally appropriate questions based on learner age.

She has attended several workshops on Teaching English Methodology as well as Special Education programs, learning differences or difficulties. She is a dancer, an athlete and into arts and music.

Kelly Papazoglou

Head Teacher, English Teacher
Kelly is a graduate student of the Faculty of Classics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and she holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Educational Psychology from the American College of Greece (Deree).

She has also attended a specialization program on Special Education offered by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and she has experience in differentiated instruction.

She has conducted a research project on gamification of learning, since she believes that having fun is necessary in the learning process. She likes learning foreign languages, playing the guitar and dancing rock n roll!

Natassa Manitsa

English Teacher

"We can be Heroes, Just for one day..."

Natassa Manitsa holds a BA in Educational Psychology, a Diploma in Translation and British Studies, a Diploma in Marketing & Communications, a Diploma in Digital and Social Media Marketing, and an MSc in School Psychology.

She has been an English teacher, a school owner, a keen blogger, a radio producer, a site chief editor, a teacher trainer, an author, and a translator for more than 25 years. She has travelled extensively, delivering seminars and workshops all over Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

For the last 15 years, she has been the Media & Communications Manager of Express Publishing, a Senior Teacher Trainer, and the Chief Editor of the Teacher’s Corner site of Express Publishing. She is also the creator, producer, and co-presenter of the educational podcast Teacher’s Coffee.

She believes that LIFE is the question and LOVE is the answer.

Rea Balali

English Teacher

Do What You Love. Love What You Do.

Rea is an enthusiastic, passionate and loving educator. She studied Childhood and Youth Studies at the Open University, Milton Keynes in the UK and holds a CertTESOL from Trinity College London and a TEFL Certificate from the British Council, Greece. She completed the Montessori course Child Psychology and Development held at the AMI Training Centre in Athens and attended observation sessions at the Maria Goudeli Montessori School of Athens.

She has been teaching EFL for more than twenty years. Her broad experience ranges from teaching Young Learners to Adults, from Exam and General English to Business English and English for Specific Purposes (ESP). In the last years she has been working for Brooke House College Summer School teaching ESL to kids from multicultural backgrounds in the UK.

She regularly attends TESOL seminars and conferences and has a keen interest in Inclusive Practices in Education, Digital Literacies and Gamification, Multiple Intelligences and Teaching Grammar Lexically.

Rea is a great communicator and aims to create an engaging, highly inspirational, and inclusive environment that enables students to grow their love of learning, feel empowered and reach their potential. She loves dancing and drawing. She is a proud mother of a fantabulous teenager, a dreamer, a life-long learner, and a digital immigrant with an eye into the future.

Andriani Argyropoulou

English Teacher

''The best way to predict your future is to create it.''

Andriani has a BA in English Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She completed the student practice teaching and mentor training program at Arsakeia – Tositseia Schools of Ekali.

She has attended a specialization program on Learning Difficulties and Behaviour Problems at postgraduate level. She is an eager learner so she continues her training in Special Education through a distance learning seminar offered by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is also a certified instructor of the psycho-pedagogic test for learning difficulties, AthenaTest.

She has been teaching English since 2006 in all levels ranging from young learners to adults. She has a great experience in teaching English as a foreign language to students with ADHD, autism, and dyslexia.She has worked in several language schools as well as in private schools such as MairyArgyri – Laimou Kindergarten and Primary School.

She strongly believes that there are no boundaries in learning and she is trying to prove this every day to her students and herself. That was her motivation to study the Sign Language too. She loves challenges, travelling, dancing, reading books and any kind of experience that will help her improve as a person and an educator.

Eimie Koyios

English Teacher
Eimie was born in the USA. She has studied English Language and Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and has taken part in a student practice teaching and mentor training program regarding methods and practices in TEFL-ELT, at Arsakeia-Tosotseia Schools.

She has been teaching English as a foreign language since 2009, in levels ranging from young learners to adults and has been working in language schools and private schools such as Argyri Laimou Schools. She is a certified oral examiner for exam bodies such as Cambridge Assessment English.

She has participated in seminars on teaching students with ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning difficulties such as Special Education and ICT : Psychometric Tools and Intervention Methodologies (N.C.S.R DEMOCRITOS) and has attended various TESOL seminars on differentiated instruction.

Marcia Attart

English Teacher
My name is Marcia Attart and I am a teacher of English, (English Language and Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens).

I have been teaching English in foreign language schools from a young age, while attending teaching methodology courses and seminars, mainly focusing on differentiated instruction.

Since I have always loved English, I try to pass this love on to my students, through my work. I believe that every student has unique strengths and gifts which should be recognized and embraced in order for them to bring out their best.

I love psychology, learning foreign languages and reading, as well as exercising in any way that brings me close to nature.

Eleni Kalpia - Ilia

Head Teacher, English Teacher
Eleni has a BA in English Language and Literature from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and an MA in Applied Linguistic - TESOL from Hellenic American University, USA for which she received the President's Award for Academic Achievement.

She also holds an Advanced Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Hellenic American College and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Diagnosis and Intervention of Specific Learning Difficulties accredited by Pearson. In addition, she is a certified oral and written examiner for Hellenic American University English examinations and has attended numerous seminars and workshops relevant to her field.

Eleni is interested in enhancing learners' creativity, autonomy, and love for the English language as a means for self-expression, connection with the world, and intercultural communication.

She is into poetry and creative writing with participation in publications during her undergraduate studies and has also participated in group photography exhibitions.

She likes comedy, playing music, singing, and travelling.

Leta Pyrri

English Teacher
Leta has started teaching English since she was still a student when she used to help younger learners with their homework.

She has attended numerous courses and seminars about the English language, teaching and classroom management. She worked for many years at Oxford University Press, Greek office, and she has a deep knowledge of the ELT industry.

She was a school owner of a branch of a great foreign languages school chain for over five years. This has helped her gain great knowledge of the foreign language field in Greece. She is a CertTESOL holder from the Trinity College London.

Leta has been in the ELT for more then two decades. She loves teaching affectionate juniors, enthusiastic schoolchildren, interested and interesting teenagers and stressed adult students equally.

Χρύσα Πατσαούρα

Καθηγήτρια Αγγλικών
Η Χρύσα έχει αποφοιτήσει από το τμήμα Αγγλικής Γλώσσας και Φιλολογίας του Εθνικού και Καποδιστριακού Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών. Είναι επίσης κάτοχος του πιστοποιητικού Trinity CertTESOL, ενώ παράλληλα παρακολουθεί ένα κύκλο σεμιναρίων στην ειδική αγωγή και εκπαίδευση από το Πανεπιστήμιο του Αιγαίου.

Εργάζεται ως καθηγήτρια Αγγλικών από το 2009, με εμπειρία σε όλα τα επίπεδα, και έχει παρακολουθήσει πολυάριθμα σεμινάρια επάνω στην ψυχολογία και την ενίσχυση της δημιουργικότητας μέσα στην ξενόγλωσση τάξη. Πιστεύει ότι η εκμάθηση της ξένης γλώσσας πρέπει να αποτελεί μια ευχάριστη και ξεχωριστή εμπειρία για κάθε μαθητή.

Λατρεύει τα ταξίδια, τον χορό και την ζωγραφική.

Giannis Athanassiou

English Teacher
Giannis was born in London. He is a graduate of the faculty of Law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy of Law. He is studying Philology, as a second Bachelor’s degree, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Yannis participated for three years in the Workshop of Creating Writing that is organized by Patakis Publications. Short stories of his have been published in literary magazines and edited volumes. He is interested in the role of literature in education and the revamping of its teaching methodology, so that it can stimulate the interest of learners, while contributing in a deeper understanding of the taught language.

He believes that if you teach a subject you are passionate about, you can make learners fall in love with it.

Nadia Grigoriadou

English Teacher
Nadia's journey started from Thessaloniki and Anatolia College, which hammered English into her head for good.

She, then, left for Corfu to study translation at the Ionian University, where she loved foreign languages and began exploring new horizons. After working as a translator for some years, she realized that what she was really passionate about was being with children, communicating, exploring, and asking questions about the world with them.

She has worked in English language schools, primary schools, and kindergartens as an English teacher and a STEM instructor, exploring the world through play, experiments, constructions, the connection with nature and other cultures, but mainly through communication itself.

She truly believes that we only learn something if we love it. And that's what she's been trying to do. Impart her love for what she does, and motivate learners to learn along with her.

Elena Papadopoulou

English Teacher

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

Elena Papadopoulou was born in Athens. She studied English Language and Literature in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has also studied two semesters abroad (Erasmus+) in the University of Lodz, Poland, in the department of Literature and Film.

Elena started writing when she was seven years old. She participated in the Creative Writing Workshop “Scripta Manent”. Her short story “An Angel is Born” was published in a local newspaper in 2017. She is now an editor, author and administrator for the literary blog Moonlight Tales.

She managed to combine (and hopes to continue to do so) her passion for literature and her love for children and teaching through a series of lessons in Polish schools and her internship in Glossomatheia.

Mata Marra

English Teacher

She grows plants in her garden named " Voltaire".

Mata Marra studied ballet, classical indian dance, contemporary dance and yoga. She attended workshops on puppetry and drama in education. Αs a dancer, choreographer and teacher she has worked with the national theater of Greece, museum of Greek children's art,Porta theater, morfes ekfrasis theater, theatrical group of deaf " crazy colours", ancient orchesis study group, public and private schools, Gaia museum and more.

She has given seminars to educators on the use of creative movement as a learning tool. She has written articles for the “Contemporary Kindergarden” magazine. She teaches english language through arts, in kindergartens.

She loves Glossomatheia s Deeper Learning program and she attends it every year. She loves nature and she explores how body movement can make us deeply understand the world

Peggy Karagianni

English Teacher
I've travelled a thousand worlds, been to many places.The people i met as many as the grains of the sand..A world filled with the scent of paper.

Peggy Karagianni has been teaching for more than twenty years. She holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Twentieth century English Literature from the University of Sussex).She has recently graduated from the Open University holding a BA in European Studies.Loves books ,travels and languages...

Amalia Chaziraki

English Teacher

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” Xun Kuang

Amalia has been teaching English for more than ten years and hopes to continue for many more. She started teaching with the traditional methods, then changed perspective after working at American Community Schools as a shadow teacher and an EFL teacher. From then on, she continues to evolve as a teacher.

For the past few years she is working in the field of experiential education, on a bilingual program for pre-schoolers, called Young Vines in Stamata. She believes that outdoor education should be included in all school programs for all ages.

She is a university of Athens graduate, specialized in English-French translation. She is now completing the CertTesol from Trinity College and she is on the first year of her MA in “The Teaching of English as a foreign/international language”.

Penny Karakou

English Teacher
Penny is a teacher who talks the language of children and teenagers. She has studied Business Administration in University of Piraeus and she has the Diploma CerTESOL (level 5) for teachers of English from Trinity College. In 2021, she has successfully passed the exams in the university of Athens and she is currently studying English Language and Literature.

She has attended plenty of seminars and training programs about methodology, practical approaches, CLIL, new technologies, online learning and many more. She never stops learning new things. She has also complete her training about neurolearning science in education and now she is considered to be edicational coach.

Throughout all these years, she has taught all levels of language and she is very familiar with exams as being an oral examiner and a test marker for national organizations. Being an active athlete herself, she likes all kinds of group games and she is a team spirit. She loves challenges. She likes playing games in the classroom with her students. Finally, she loves shopping, chocolate, the summer and her cat. Always positive, she sets goals and go for them.

Vasiliki Gyftopoulou

English Teacher
Vassiliki has studied at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in the department of English Language and Literature. She has taken part in teaching practice and has been familiarized with the PBL framework. She has also worked as a freelance translator.

She is inspired by the motto “to teach is to learn twice over”. For her, teaching is not only about the dissemination of knowledge; it is also about sharing ideas and creating a safe space for expressing oneself, through meaningful interaction.

She loves learning foreign languages, dancing and travelling. She is a movie buff, adores playing board games and nature related activities.

Katerina Aspioti

Head Teacher, English Teacher
Katerina is a graduate student of the faculty of English Language and Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.She has been teaching English to adults, teenagers and young learners for almost 11 years.

She has attended a variety of seminars on teaching methods and creativity in the language classroom.

She considers herself to be a lifelong learner, with an inherent love for the English language. For her, learning is a transformative process through which both students and teachers explore how to impact and change the world around them.
She encourages students to express themselves, think critically, and learn through play.

She loves learning foreign languages, travelling, reading books and setting new goals.

Maria Elioti

English Teacher
Maria is a graduate student of the faculty of English language and literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

She has successfully completed the practical teaching course of the faculty at Glossomatheia. She is greatly interested in the general involvement in different fields through the foreign language learning process and in building children’s awareness of social, scientific and environmental issues.

She believes that foreign languages can become a part of the student’s linguistic identity when they come in contact with the target language’s culture and interesting topics that allow for its natural acquisition.

Maria loves literature and writing, nature, philosophy and science, so she wants to incorporate them in her lessons!

James Androulakis

English Teacher
James, a new member in the world of teaching, sets his goal in creating unique memories with his students, centered on the entertainment and happiness of learning a language that gives you the ability of communicating with the whole world, as well as the oportunity to meet different people and cultures.

He attends online classes at Trinity CertTESOL of London.

Pelina Petrocheilou

English Teacher
I studied at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, at the Faculty of Russian Language and Philology and Slavic Studies. I am also a holder of Trinity CertTESOL (level 5) teaching qualification.

For me teaching is not just a work but a passion that I always wanted to fulfill. I love working with children while making the learning process fun, interactive and adjustable to every student’s need. Creativity and patience are key words of me.

I love traveling and exploring the world, learning about different cultures and language.

Ian Osborne

English Teacher
Ian has dual British/Greek nationality and is trilingual (English, Greek and Italian).

Born in Athens, Ian spent his early years in England. He later attended the Italian School of Athens, where he completed his primary and secondary education. He is currently enrolled as a student on a BSc in Physics & Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, UK.

Ian recently received the Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL), which is an internationally-recognised initial teaching qualification (Level 5) for teaching English worldwide.

Ian believes that the most important aspect of learning English is speaking and he likes to focus on developing students’ oral skills. He’s very interested in pronunciation teaching and helping learners to speak naturally and fluently.

Although he is studying physics, he has a broad range of academic interests ranging from literature and philosophy to history and politics - he enjoys how these various disciplines relate to and influence each other.

In his free time, he loves listening to music, hanging out with friends, watching Friends on TV, and playing underwater rugby.

Elfia Mpezou - Vrakatseli

Francais & English Teacher

The time you enjoy wasting is not a wasted time

Elfia a étudié à NTUA à Athènes et à l'Université de Toulouse, en France. Elle enseigne la langue française depuis trois ans et elle est spécialisée dans l'éducation des petits enfants.

Elle est aussi responsable, avec Angelos, du club de journalisme de notre école. Elle a fini l'école primaire "Montessori"- ce qu'il l'a aidé à définir ses principes pédagogiques- et puis, elle a étudié à Pierce College.

Elle croit en l'apprentissage expérientiel et elle enrichit la leçon d'informations culturelles, de jeux, de projets, de multimédia et d'activités. Elle s'occupe également de la musique (études théoriques supérieures), de la danse et du cinéma.

Elle aime voyager, lire des livres, apprendre des langues étrangères, regarder des films français et, bien sûr, la cuisine française.

Panagiotis Georgantas

English teacher

Encourage your kids because you have no idea what they are truly capable of

Panagiotis is an undergraduate student of English Language and Literature at the Hellenic American University and a holder of Diploma in Translation.

He has successfully completed the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test) and he is a holder of KAL (Knowledge about Language) held by the University of Cambridge.

He has also worked as a freelance translator andhe has attended various educational seminars on teaching children with learning difficulties and how to recognize and manage children with ADHD (ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER) as well as many webinars held by British Council – Teaching for Success/Exploring English/English in Early Childhood.

He loves being around the sea and has many hobbies including reading, music and surfing.

Harry Mavroulias

English teacher
Harry moved from Patras to Athens, in 2017, to study at the department of English Language and Literature, focusing mostly on the sector of Literature. Four years later, he completed his studies, along with his teaching practice at Glossomatheia.

He is currently attending the MA Programme “English Studies: Literature and Culture”, specializing in Representations of Marginality and Exclusion.

Through the past years, he got involved with theater –as an actor, in two drama clubs- and took up acoustic and classical guitar lessons. He also developed a strong interest in Anglophone poetry (even as a poet), prose and cultural studies. Moreover, he did volunteer work as an activist with Colour Youth and participated in online (and off-line) training sessions and seminars related to the assertion of equality, visibility, intersectionality and other humanitarian topics.

As for the classroom, he believes that, similarly to any safe space: Safety and inclusion should be priorities in the educational process. And what if we can learn, while making the world a better place?...

Penny Kontaras

English teacher
I am Penny Kontaras, Greek- Canadian, graduate from the American College of Greece. I have a BA in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling. I have further pursued my studies in child and adolescent psychology. I have had training in learning difficulties and I have attended seminars in teaching young learners.

I have been teaching English from a very young age to children of all ages both in private tutoring as well as in schools. In the last few years I have focused on young learners and early school years education.

As I was raised in a bilingual environment I have always considered the learning of a foreign language as an open window to a new world, to a new culture, to something different that invites us to explore. It is this exploration that I want to share with my students. Children are the greatest teachers. I learn from them every day. Given an environment of acceptance, love and trust -which we as educators should be able to provide- children will manifest their immense potential and the greatness of their existence. This is exactly our job, to facilitate their journey to knowledge and self -awareness. Every child is different, every child is unique and that is a challenge that keeps me engaged and motivated.

I hope I can work in this field for many years to come and become a better person and educator. Besides English I speak French, German and a bit of Spanish.

I love traveling the world, exploring and learning new things. I also love music, theatre and walking in nature with my children.

Christina Rocha

English teacher
Christina is a Greek Mexican American who earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor each in French and Spanish from Chatham College, Pittsburgh, P.A. and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with a special emphasis on Foreign Language Instruction from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

She has also participated in post graduate studies at American University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland in the fields of cultural anthropology and linguistics and is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Applied Linguistics at the Hellenic American University. Christina has been teaching French, Spanish and ESL since 1999, all levels, including, AP, IB and immersion levels for Baltimore County Schools prior to teaching in the private sector internationally in Athens, Greece. Ms. Rocha has served as Department Chair and has been involved in curriculum development.

She currently teaches Spanish and ESL .

Stella Alikioti

English Teacher

The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.

Stella is a BA graduate from New York College with special merits in Business English. She has been working as an online and onsite TESOL tutor ever since 2010.

She has attended seminars and training courses on SEN (special educational needs), CLT (communicative approach teaching), Mono and Multi – lingual ESL classroom approach and Teaching throughDrama in Melbourne, Birmingham and Hellas.

She has completed and acquired certificates on the core modules of TKT 1, 2 & 3 held by the University of Cambridge, as well as, the specialist module TKT KAL with an embedded ESP course (English for Specific Purposes).

Stella is an English CELTA qualified teacher (Cambridge English Language Assessment). She likes drawing, Chinese cuisine and philosophy, meeting new people.

Eirini Bakogianni

English Teacher

“There is no failure! Failure is only feedback!”

Eirini has a BA in English Language and Literature from the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki, Greece with emphasis to Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.

She completed her MSc in TESOL with Merit from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She also has worked for the British Council as an English language assistant in Spain, where she worked as an English teacher for 2 years.

Eirini has attended a wide range of seminars/ conferences about alternative ways of teaching through music, drawing, creative play, CLIL etc., as well as the role of Educational Psychology and its applications in the classroom.

She is deeply interested in learning more about Forest Pedagogy and has attended experiential seminars in a natural environment. Furthermore, Critical Literacy and Pedagogy in the Greek classroom (which is her dissertation’s subject) is of her great interests and an issue of further future research. Eirini loves kids, travelling, self-awareness books, board games, dancing and people who know how to love and have no fear!

Danae Chatzigianni

English Teacher

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela

Danae is a graduate of the faculty of Linguistics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She holds a Master’s degree in General and Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh. She lived in Edinburgh for five years, studying and working. A few years ago she moved back to Athens.

She is currently finishing her second BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Athens. She always knew that education was her calling. She has a long teaching experience in all levels ranging from young learners to adults. When she was in Edinburgh she worked as a teacher in the Hellenic School of St. Andrews as well as in secondary public schools.

As a teacher her aspiration is to contribute to the holistic development of her students, to ensure their academic progress and support the accomplishment of their goals. She also aims to further her personal development by working in a professional and collegial environment. Enthusiasm, passion, creativity and patience are amongst the key qualities that define her as an educator.

Irina Tzanakaki

English Teacher

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

-Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Irina Tzanakaki graduated from Athens College and is currently studying Communication, Media and Culture in Panteio University.

Starting both her Greek and English learning almost at the same very young age, she is considered bilingual, viewing language as a way of different thinking and not a matter of translation or a set of prefixed rules. She also has some experience in podcasting as she was the main students’ interviewer for an English school podcast.

She is a writer and a poet both in English and Greek, currently preparing her first poetry book.
She advocates for a liberal set of values such as Pro- LGBTQ+, BLM and anti- racism, freedom of speech and freedom of expression translating that into her work.

She is very much into literature, music, and cinema, believing the world is a much better place when viewed from the lenses of Art.

Panagiota Vampoula

English Teacher

“Whatever you do in life, if you support it with passion and embrace it with love, it is certain that your goal has been accomplished!”

Pat has been teaching English since 1992.She is a DOTE RSA(Diploma for Overseas Teachers of English), CELTA, Introductory Methods Course and Translation from and into Greek Certificate.

She has attented numerous seminars e.g.Classroom Management, the Methodology of the English Language Teaching, Students’ Learning Difficulties, Technology in the English Language Teaching, Online Teaching, and Teaching English to Students with Dyslexia (University of Athens). She has worked as a Director of Studies,she has done volunteer teaching in multilingual classes and she has worked as an English teacher in Bradfield College in the UK.

She is a Speaking Examiner for the Hellenic American Union (HAU) and Esolnet Hellas and an Online Speaking and Writing Examiner for OIETC, an examination body in the UK. She is also a CertTESOL Course Tutor for Qualify .

Pat has a strong personality but she is a sensitive person as well, she is passionate with her work, she likes setting new goals and evolving she loves reading, cooking, meeting her friends, taking care of her family and relaxing by the sea while enjoying the sunset.

Maria Fournari

English Teacher
Maria is an English teacher and a student of the National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, where she studies Spanish Language and Literature.

She has worked in a language school in Uk for three years. She speaks four languages ( English, Spanish, French, german). She loves learning languages and her next goal is to learn Arabic. She prefers the interactive lesson and she uses all the new teaching methods in her lessons.

She loves travelling, gaining new experiences and learning about new cultures, dancing, books and movies.

Maria Dellatola

Head of French Department
Je m’appelle Maria Dellatola et je suis enseignante de français et chef d`études de la section française de “Glossomatheia”.

J´ai achevé mes études universitaires à la faculté des lettres d´Athѐnes dans la section des Lettres Françaises. En vue de perfectionner mes connaissances, j´ai suivi un stage de formation de FLE (français langue étrangѐre) à l`université de Stendhal 3, à Grenoble, en France.

En suivant toujours l`évolution des pédagogies éducatives les plus modernes, j´adapte les méthodes d´enseignement aux directives du cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues.

En conciliant mon expérience professionnelle, mes compétences pédagogiques ainsi que mon investissement personnel, je fais des efforts pour que mes élèves apprennent à bien travailler dans un cadre agréable et qu’ils fassent du progrès.

Popi Charmanta

Professeure de Francais
Je m’appelle Popi Charmanta et je suis enseignante de français. Je suis licenciée de la Langue et Littérature Française de l’Université d’Athènes et détentrice du diplôme Sorbonne II.

Depuis 2000, j’enseigne le français dans tous les niveaux ayant comme but principal de faire les élèves aimer la langue française et connaitre la civilisation de la France. Dès mon petit âge j’ai compris ma vocation à l’apprentissage des langues étrangères.

Je parle aussi anglais et espagnol. J’aime beaucoup les enfants et je fais tous mes efforts pour qu’ils ouvrent leurs horizons afin de les initier à la culture française.

Katerina Toumpanaki

Professeure de Francais
Devenir enseignant c est exercer un metier passionant et exigeant.
Ayant obtenu mon diplome de Lettres et langues francaises en 2004, universite Kapodistriakon d Athenes, j ai decide de preparer un Master Recherche sur la Litterature francaise.

Diplomee en 2005 Master Recherche " La litterature et ses marges" Universite de Nantes departement des lettres modernes.

J etais donc certaine que j avais choisi une orientation loin d etre une tache aisee. Depuis plusieurs ans je travaille comme prof Dans des ecoles de Langues et je donne des cours a des enfants comme aussi a des adultes.

Transmettre son savoir, partager ses connaissances et mettre en contact mes eleves avec la France, la culture, le people et son histoire est une mission de la plus grande importance.

Amalia Pothoulaki

German Teacher
Amalia ist Absolventin der Abteilung für Deutsche Sprache und Literatur an der Nationalen und Kapodistrischen Universität-Athen. Anschließend hat sie ein Masterstudium im Gebiet der Linguistik in Düsseldorf aufgenommen. An der Heinrich-Heine-Universität, wo sie studiert hat, hat sie auch als Tutorin gearbeitet und Erstsemestern beigebracht, wie sie wissenschaftliche Arbeiten verfassen sollen. Darüber hinaus war sie in der Sprachschule Inlingua und bei der staatlichen Bildungseinrichtung Volkshochschule als Deutschlehrerin tätig.
<br Ihre Erfahrung mit der deutschen Sprache hat bereits mit ihrem siebten Lebensjahr begonnen, als sie die Entscheidung traf, in die Privatschule Ellinogermaniki Agogi zu gehen. Im Laufe ihrer schulischen Laufbahn hat sie die Zertifikate DSD II (Deutsches Sprachdiplom C1) und C2 (Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom) erworben. Sie geht davon aus, dass eine Fremdsprache nur im Rahmen der kommunikativen-empirischen Methode beherrscht und entwickelt werden kann. Schüler werden aktive und kritikfähige Individuen.
<br Die Rollen der Lehrenden und Lernenden lassen sich nicht mehr differenzieren, sondern voneinander ergänzen. Ihre Hobbies sind Lesen, Musik und Kino. Ihre größte Leidenschaft ist aber Deutsch und dessen Vermittlung an andere.

Paraskevi Gonidi

German Teacher

Das Glück ist das Einzige, das sich verdoppelt, wenn man es teilt.

Paraskevi Gonidi ist eine ausgezeichnete Absolvent der Fakultät für frühkindliche Bildung der Nationalen Kapodistrias-Universität in Athen.

Sie hat ein sechsmonatiges Praktikum im griechischen Parlament absolviert. Zudem, besitzt sie die Diplome “Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)” und “Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom”.

Auch, hat sie Kenntnisse in der russischen Sprache. Sie beschäftigt sich nicht nur mit Psychologie und spezieller Ausbildung, sondern auch mit Einführungsseminaren für kreatives Schreiben. Sie liebt Kunst und Literatur.

Alex Tsalkitzis

German Teacher
Alex Tsalkitzis ist Absolvent des Fachbereichs für deutsche Sprache und Literatur an der Nationalen und Kapodistrias-Universität Athen. Er ist griechisch-deutscher Herkunft. Er hat sich mit Theater, Tanz und Geigenspiel beschäftigt.

Er praktizierte auch die Kampfkunst Taekwondo. Er hat an akademischen Seminaren in Psychologie, Sonderpädagogik und Philosophie teilgenommen.

Er interessiert sich für Linguistik, Übersetzung, Fotografie, Musik, Philosophie und das Erlernen von Fremdsprachen. Er engagierte sich ehrenamtlich bei Vision Network Athens für die griechisch-deutschen Beziehungen.

Er glaubt, dass in einer Klasse alle Schüler akzeptiert werden sollten und sie sich sicher fühlen sollten. Was die Fremdsprache anbelangt, glaubt er, dass sie erfahrungsmäßig und empirisch gelernt wird.

Panagiota - Christina Veroni

Teacher of Spanish
Panagiota- Christina Veroni se graduó del departamento “Lengua y Literatura española” de la Universidad Nacional y Kapodistríaca de Atenas y del departamento de “Dirección de Cine” de la Escuela de Cine y Televisión L. Stavrakou.

En el contexto de sus estudios académicos , hizo una pasantía de tres meses en el programa “Liceo de Epidauro” del Festival de Atenas y Epidauro.

Ha asistido a seminarios de Civilización japonesa y de Enseñanza de la lengua española.

Además, ama el cine - lo ejerce profesionalmente, como también, la literatura y la música.

Natalie Minioti

Italian Teacher
Mi chiamo Natalie Minioti e sono nata ad Atene. Ho studiato la lingua e la letteratura italiana all’ Università di Salonico e allo stesso periodo ho frequentato in Italia corsi estivi sul perfezionamento della lingua italiana.

Ho insegnato l’ italiano parecchi anni ad Atene e per un certo periodo facevo traduzioni dall’ italiano in greco.

Gli ultimi anni ho fatto un master sul dramma greco antico e ora sto per finire il mio dottorato sulle rappresentazioni teatrali contemporanee al teatro greco di Siracusa in Sicilia.

Nikolaos Kourousis

Teacher of Chinese
Nicholas comes from a Sino-Greek family therefore both Greek and Chinese are his basic mother languages.

He has studied and worked in Ludong University of Yantai, China and is currently teaching at the university of Piraeus for the postgraduate students of International and European Studies.

He has his own travel agency Gang Long Travels and works with many companies as a translator, a guide and an intermediate.

Stefania Koukourakis

English Teacher, Korean Teacher & Japanese Teacher
Stephanie is a graduate of the Business with Shipping department at Greenwich University in London - in collaboration with New York College. She was won over by languages though and for the past four years she has been teaching Korean at the Korean School of Athens 아테네 한글학교 , as well as in foreign language centers.

She holds five out of the six certificates of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) and, along with her postgraduate studies in Applied Linguistics, she is currently in the process of obtaining the sixth and higher certificate. In addition to Korean, she holds three out of the five certificates of Japanese Proficiency (JLPT) and is also learning Spanish and Chinese.

She has attended seminars on Japanese calligraphy and participated in Korean speech contests from which she has gained important awards. At the same time, she volunteers as a Korea Supporter for the Korean Embassy in Greece, to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
Her aim is to constantly enhance her knowledge on foreign language teaching and to help students achieve their learning goals through a pleasant and interactive environment.

Anastasia Papageorgiou

Teacher of Russian & English

Давайте поговорим по-русски! (Let’s speak Russian!)

Αnastasia was born in Athens.She studied at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, at the Faculty of Russian Language and Philology and Slavic Studies.

She is bilingual and has participated in various student conferences on foreign language teaching, linguistics and music in Greece and abroad. She has also attended seminars regarding the methodology of teaching russian and non-formal education.

She loves traveling, learning foreign languages, tasting different dishes and listening to different kinds of music from around the world. Τeaching makes her happy and energetic!

Despoina Orfanidou

Japanese Teacher
デスピナオルフャ二ドゥと申します。私は外国語が大好きです。私は英語、フランス語、日本語を話します。アテネ国立大学でフランス語を勉強しました。私には翻訳の修士号があります。私はストラスブール大学で修士号を取得しました。子供の頃から日本文化が大好きでした。私は7年間日本語を勉強しています。日本語のスピーチコンテストにも参加しました。現在、N2レベルの試験の準備をしています。去年からフランス語の先生として働き始めました。今年は日本語も教えています。私は漫画、旅行、エキゾチックな料理が大好きです。

Ilias Malaxos

Teacher of Greek as a Foreign Language
Ilias is a graduate student of the Faculty of History-Archeology and History of Art at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with a major in Byzantine History and history of Art.

He has worked on various archaeological excavations throughout Greece and has also worked as a tour guide and digitizer for the Benaki Museum's historical archives. In the last three years, he is a teacher of Greek as a Foreign Language.

He firmly believes that learning the Greek language, as in other languages, can be an entertaining and a creative journey.

At the same time he has experience as an administrative assistant in foreign language centers. He enjoys learning languages, cycling, traveling.

Eleanna Petta

Teacher of Greek as a Foreign Language
From Beijing to Shanghai is a million steps ... if you do not do the first step you will never reach.

I am a graduate of the Departments of Philology and Sciences of Preschool Education at the University of Patras. I have attended specialization programs in Intercultural Education and in the Teaching of Greek as a Second / Foreign Language by institutions such as the University of the Aegean.

I have been actively involved in the teaching of the Greek language for the last 15 years. I have worked in secondary schools and research programs of the University of Patras with the subject of learning the Greek language in foreigners and returnees, as well as in Roma populations. I was a teacher trainer in language teaching as well as in the creation of educational material.

I know the braille language which is addressed to people with vision problems.I consider the Greek language a special skill such as a window to the world, to culture and in a better future.

I have participated in conferences and I have attended numerous seminars (special education, school psychology, child psychology, counseling, etc.)

Afroditi Papantinou

Administration Coordinator

‘’Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.’’ – Albert Einstein

Afroditi is a graduate of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens.

She is an experienced secretary and Personal Assistant for large educational institutions, expert in all aspects of educational administration, who knows how to solve all kinds of problems with her smile!

She is responsible, kind, positive and cooperative. She loves her job but above all she loves children and she communicates perfectly with them.

Afrodite Economou

Administration Officer
My name is Afrodite Economou and I study Business Administration at the University of Piraeus and I minor in Psychology at ACG.

I’m part of the admin team of the school. I used to be a student at glossomatheia and I loved the approach of this school. I also loved the people, who are my coworkers now, and the great environment the school has.

I’m very happy that I am a member of glossomatheia’s team.

Εlectra Panteli

Administration Officer
My name is Electra, I am a Musicology student at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a graduate of the Experimental Music School of Pallini.

I have a degree in piano performance, I love classical music and literature, education and human interaction.

I am very happy to be a part of the admin team in Glossomatheia for its supportive and cooperative environment that I used to experience as a former student and its high level education system.

Konsatntina Sarantou

Administration Officer
Konstantina studies Psychology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

She is a graduate of the Music School of Pallini and for many years she has been a choir member, having participated in many concerts and artistic events.

She likes music, literature, theater and artistic activities and she loves working with children.

Despoina Fragkou

Teaching Assistant
Despoina is studying in Panteion university of Social and Political sciences in the department of communication media and culture.

In the last few years she has been working as a teacher assistant in Glossomatheia. She has certificates in English and French language.

She has a special relationship with Glossomatheia because she is been a student for many years. She loves children and creative activities.

Maria Davou

Director of Studies/English teacher/ Teacher Educator

There is nothing more despicable than respect based on fear

Maria Davou is a teacher, teacher trainer and researcher. She has a BA in Philosophy, Cambridge DELTA, an MA in TESOL, St Michael’s College, Vermont, US and has studied for a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Lancaster University, UK. She has completed EdD courses at the University of Exeter, UK and is now completing her PhD in Athens. She holds an ESRC research award. Her research area is Second Language Acquisition. Her research interests include Language Development, Language Assessment, Multilingualism, Language Teaching and Pedagogy. She is also studying for an MBA in Educational Leadership at the University of Cumbria.

She studied SLA with Suzanne Flynn at MIT, Boston, US and completed an ALTE course on Speaking Assessment with Linda Taylor at the University of Valencia and an EALTA Summer school at the University of Sienna. She has more than twenty-five years experience in teaching, teacher training and syllabus design in Greece, the UK and the US. In Greece she has taught at the Teacher Education Centre, Hellenic American Union and is currently a professor for the Master’s in Applied Linguistics, Hellenic American University. She also teaches for the MA in Creative Writing at the university of Western Macedonia. She works as an educational consultant and an accredited trainer for private schools, publishing houses and Ministries of Education around the world.

Maria has been working as an oral examiner and an item writer for several exam boards. She has given a number of talks in conferences all over the world (AAAL, EALTA, ALTE, ALTAANZ, IATEFL, TESOL among them).

Maria strongly believes that teachers need to re-consider their role in education and learn a lot from their learners. She promotes educational values that have to do with freedom of the individual, student-centered methodologies, respect for the rights of children and the student’s voice in the classroom and the community, multicultural and multilingual environments. Maria has co-developed the innovative language education framework Deeper Learning. She is a co-founder and Trinity CertTESOL tutor for QUALIFY. Maria works against fascism, racism, nationalism, fanaticism, violence and hate speech.

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Angelos Evangelidis

Deeper Learning coordinator & Glossomatheia Hub Director

Nigh, sy to see and bye, for ever lie to frye and hide.

Angelos holds a BA hons in Philosophy from the American College of Greece and an rMA in Comparative Literary studies from the University of Amsterdam. He has also studied for a BSc at the National Technical University of Athens. He has completed a study abroad program in King's College of London and attended on scholarship an Honor’s Summer School at the University of Stanford, California.

He is interested in neuroscience, neuro and cognitive linguistics and the interaction between the human brain and the environment. Angelos has attended a variety of seminars on applied linguistics and has completed the Cambridge TKT course with success. He attended the Summer School on brain dynamics in Turkey.

He has also completed the course “Novel Writing” in Patakis School and is a published author. He is fully bilingual, loves communication and fun activities and believes language learning is a natural process that should be done in enjoyable ways.
He is the developer, designer and coordinator of the multi-awarded language education program Deeper Learning and he trains teachers all around Greece on it. He has presented his research on Deeper Learning in international conferences around Europe.

He also works as a teacher trainer for Glossomatheia Lab, teaching Creative Writing.
He has been teaching in Glossomatheia since 2011. He is also interested in Oral Language Assessment and has worked as an international examiner for Languagecert qualifications.

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Vicky Souitsmez

Head Teacher, English Teacher

Mistakes are proof that you are trying!

Vicky entered the fascinating world of teaching more than ten years ago and has been working for Glossomatheia since 2008. She has done training courses and attended seminars on language and background to language learning and teaching, lesson planning and use of resources for language teaching, managing the teaching and learning process.

She is a holder of the TKT Certificate (Teaching Knowledge Test) & the KAL Certificate (Knowledge About Language) held by the University of Cambridge with an excellent grade. She has also attended an Academic Writing and ESP (English for Specific Purposes) Course.

Last but not least, she’s a CELTA holder (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) also held by the University of Cambridge. Vicky is an experienced teacher in all levels and believes that learning is a never-ending process and it can be fun!!!

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Danai Patsaoura

Inquiring Minds Coordinator

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ― Mahatma Gandhi

Danai is a graduate student of the faculty of English Language and Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, minoring in linguistics. She has an MA in Linguistics at Radboud University in the Netherlands, following specialisation in second/ foreign language acquisition, and an MSc in child studies at Linkoping University in Sweden. She has completed her Montessori training for children aged 6-12 (7th AMI- Association Montessori Internationale) and the past few years she has been working in Montessori kindergartens and Elementary schools as an English-speaking teacher.

She holds the Teachers Knowledge Test (TKT) and the TKT-Knowledge About Language (KAL) Certificate, held by the University of Cambridge. She is also a CELTA holder (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, University of Cambridge).

She has successfully attended an ESP (English for Specific Purposes) and Academic Writing course and a number of seminars based on psychological aspects of learning, learning differences, and alternative ways of teaching (through games, music, and songs).

She has been working in Glossomatheia as an ESL/EFL teacher since 2013.Her main interest is second language acquisition in children and the application of teaching methodologies that enhance the language learning process. She believes that teaching a foreign language should not be considered as another subject in school curriculums, but as another means to further explore the world we live in.

She loves travelling, music, literature, and theatre, while she strongly believes that by learning a foreign language our mind is opened to new ways of approaching life.

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Francesca Xenaki

English teacher

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them – Walt Disney

Francesca is fully bilingual and has graduated from the University of Athens specializing in English Language and Linguistics. She has also completed her MA degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Liverpool, UK.

Her research interests include Digital Technologies for language learning as well as Communicative Testing and Assessment of speaking performance. Over the years she has worked as an English teacher in various schools in Greece and the UK.She has acquired the CELTA certificate with an excellent grade, as well as the TKT (Core modules: 1,2,3) and KAL (Knowledge about Language) certificates, all issued by the University of Cambridge.

She also, regularly, attends conferences, participates in workshops and seminars to keep learning new things and be up-to-date with the newest trends and findings of the field. Francesca believes that languages should be learned in a natural and enjoyable way simulating real-world communicative situations.

Her aim is to teach lessons that inspire her students to explore the multi-functionality of the English language. She has been a Girl Guide volunteer for more than 15 years, supporting young girls and boys reach their full potential as leaders and active citizens of the world. She loves children, volunteering, reading books, arts and crafts swimming, travelling and going to the cinema.

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Virginia Blani

Head Teacher, English Teacher
Virginia is a graduate of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Athens and holds a Master's Degree in Translation Studies from the University of Manchester.

In 2018 she completed her PhD at EKPA on teaching and the evaluation of the production of written speech (Writing). In addition to English and Greek, he also speaks German. She has worked as an English teacher in the private sector since 2006, in Vocational Training Institutions, at Police Academy and the Fire Brigade Academy.

Her main interests are teaching English mainly to children, the development of the skill of written production, issues related to the teaching of English for Special Purposes and the translation of technical texts. She has been involved in the design of a Fire brigade textbook that is currently being used as the main textbook for teaching English Fire Terminology at the Fire brigade Academy.

She has been a research assistant at the Research Center for Language Teaching and Language Assessment (RCeL) of the University of Athens and participated in the preparation of the State Certificate of Language Proficiency (CPG) exams for English.

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Eleni Evangelidi

Inquiring Minds Coordinator

Her motto is , "Think of what you want, not what you are afraid of."

Eleni holds a BA (hons) in Psychology from the American College of Greece, with a minor in Biology and she was also a student at the Math department at the University of Patras. She is currently completing her MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam.

She is a holder of Cambridge TKT with excellent marks and the Trinity CertTESOL (level 5) teaching qualification. She has been working as a teacher in Glossomatheia for 5 years and has worked as an Activity Leader at Brighton College, UK. She is a senior teacher for pre Junior and B1 level classes.

Eleni is fully bilingual. She is interested in Educational Psychology, Neuropsychology and more specifically in issues related to memory and learning. She has presented her work on Epigenetics at the International Medical Education, Health Science and Patient Care Conference, 2020.

She is the designer and coordinator of the English language program 'inquiring Minds', an approach promoting learning English through thematic exploration of developmentally appropriate questions based on learner age.

She has attended several workshops on Teaching English Methodology as well as Special Education programs, learning differences or difficulties. She is a dancer, an athlete and into arts and music.

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Kelly Papazoglou

Head Teacher, English Teacher
Kelly is a graduate student of the Faculty of Classics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and she holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Educational Psychology from the American College of Greece (Deree).

She has also attended a specialization program on Special Education offered by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and she has experience in differentiated instruction.

She has conducted a research project on gamification of learning, since she believes that having fun is necessary in the learning process. She likes learning foreign languages, playing the guitar and dancing rock n roll!

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Natassa Manitsa

English Teacher

"We can be Heroes, Just for one day..."

Natassa Manitsa holds a BA in Educational Psychology, a Diploma in Translation and British Studies, a Diploma in Marketing & Communications, a Diploma in Digital and Social Media Marketing, and an MSc in School Psychology.

She has been an English teacher, a school owner, a keen blogger, a radio producer, a site chief editor, a teacher trainer, an author, and a translator for more than 25 years. She has travelled extensively, delivering seminars and workshops all over Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

For the last 15 years, she has been the Media & Communications Manager of Express Publishing, a Senior Teacher Trainer, and the Chief Editor of the Teacher’s Corner site of Express Publishing. She is also the creator, producer, and co-presenter of the educational podcast Teacher’s Coffee.

She believes that LIFE is the question and LOVE is the answer.
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Rea Balali

English Teacher

Do What You Love. Love What You Do.

Rea is an enthusiastic, passionate and loving educator. She studied Childhood and Youth Studies at the Open University, Milton Keynes in the UK and holds a CertTESOL from Trinity College London and a TEFL Certificate from the British Council, Greece. She completed the Montessori course Child Psychology and Development held at the AMI Training Centre in Athens and attended observation sessions at the Maria Goudeli Montessori School of Athens.

She has been teaching EFL for more than twenty years. Her broad experience ranges from teaching Young Learners to Adults, from Exam and General English to Business English and English for Specific Purposes (ESP). In the last years she has been working for Brooke House College Summer School teaching ESL to kids from multicultural backgrounds in the UK.

She regularly attends TESOL seminars and conferences and has a keen interest in Inclusive Practices in Education, Digital Literacies and Gamification, Multiple Intelligences and Teaching Grammar Lexically.

Rea is a great communicator and aims to create an engaging, highly inspirational, and inclusive environment that enables students to grow their love of learning, feel empowered and reach their potential. She loves dancing and drawing. She is a proud mother of a fantabulous teenager, a dreamer, a life-long learner, and a digital immigrant with an eye into the future.

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Andriani Argyropoulou

English Teacher

''The best way to predict your future is to create it.''

Andriani has a BA in English Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She completed the student practice teaching and mentor training program at Arsakeia – Tositseia Schools of Ekali.

She has attended a specialization program on Learning Difficulties and Behaviour Problems at postgraduate level. She is an eager learner so she continues her training in Special Education through a distance learning seminar offered by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is also a certified instructor of the psycho-pedagogic test for learning difficulties, AthenaTest.

She has been teaching English since 2006 in all levels ranging from young learners to adults. She has a great experience in teaching English as a foreign language to students with ADHD, autism, and dyslexia.She has worked in several language schools as well as in private schools such as MairyArgyri – Laimou Kindergarten and Primary School.

She strongly believes that there are no boundaries in learning and she is trying to prove this every day to her students and herself. That was her motivation to study the Sign Language too. She loves challenges, travelling, dancing, reading books and any kind of experience that will help her improve as a person and an educator.

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Eimie Koyios

English Teacher
Eimie was born in the USA. She has studied English Language and Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and has taken part in a student practice teaching and mentor training program regarding methods and practices in TEFL-ELT, at Arsakeia-Tosotseia Schools.

She has been teaching English as a foreign language since 2009, in levels ranging from young learners to adults and has been working in language schools and private schools such as Argyri Laimou Schools. She is a certified oral examiner for exam bodies such as Cambridge Assessment English.

She has participated in seminars on teaching students with ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning difficulties such as Special Education and ICT : Psychometric Tools and Intervention Methodologies (N.C.S.R DEMOCRITOS) and has attended various TESOL seminars on differentiated instruction.

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Marcia Attart

English Teacher
My name is Marcia Attart and I am a teacher of English, (English Language and Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens).

I have been teaching English in foreign language schools from a young age, while attending teaching methodology courses and seminars, mainly focusing on differentiated instruction.

Since I have always loved English, I try to pass this love on to my students, through my work. I believe that every student has unique strengths and gifts which should be recognized and embraced in order for them to bring out their best.

I love psychology, learning foreign languages and reading, as well as exercising in any way that brings me close to nature.

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Eleni Kalpia - Ilia

Head Teacher, English Teacher
Eleni has a BA in English Language and Literature from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and an MA in Applied Linguistic - TESOL from Hellenic American University, USA for which she received the President's Award for Academic Achievement.

She also holds an Advanced Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Hellenic American College and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Diagnosis and Intervention of Specific Learning Difficulties accredited by Pearson. In addition, she is a certified oral and written examiner for Hellenic American University English examinations and has attended numerous seminars and workshops relevant to her field.

Eleni is interested in enhancing learners' creativity, autonomy, and love for the English language as a means for self-expression, connection with the world, and intercultural communication.

She is into poetry and creative writing with participation in publications during her undergraduate studies and has also participated in group photography exhibitions.

She likes comedy, playing music, singing, and travelling.

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Leta Pyrri

English Teacher
Leta has started teaching English since she was still a student when she used to help younger learners with their homework.

She has attended numerous courses and seminars about the English language, teaching and classroom management. She worked for many years at Oxford University Press, Greek office, and she has a deep knowledge of the ELT industry.

She was a school owner of a branch of a great foreign languages school chain for over five years. This has helped her gain great knowledge of the foreign language field in Greece. She is a CertTESOL holder from the Trinity College London.

Leta has been in the ELT for more then two decades. She loves teaching affectionate juniors, enthusiastic schoolchildren, interested and interesting teenagers and stressed adult students equally.
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Χρύσα Πατσαούρα

Καθηγήτρια Αγγλικών
Η Χρύσα έχει αποφοιτήσει από το τμήμα Αγγλικής Γλώσσας και Φιλολογίας του Εθνικού και Καποδιστριακού Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών. Είναι επίσης κάτοχος του πιστοποιητικού Trinity CertTESOL, ενώ παράλληλα παρακολουθεί ένα κύκλο σεμιναρίων στην ειδική αγωγή και εκπαίδευση από το Πανεπιστήμιο του Αιγαίου.

Εργάζεται ως καθηγήτρια Αγγλικών από το 2009, με εμπειρία σε όλα τα επίπεδα, και έχει παρακολουθήσει πολυάριθμα σεμινάρια επάνω στην ψυχολογία και την ενίσχυση της δημιουργικότητας μέσα στην ξενόγλωσση τάξη. Πιστεύει ότι η εκμάθηση της ξένης γλώσσας πρέπει να αποτελεί μια ευχάριστη και ξεχωριστή εμπειρία για κάθε μαθητή.

Λατρεύει τα ταξίδια, τον χορό και την ζωγραφική.

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Giannis Athanassiou

English Teacher
Giannis was born in London. He is a graduate of the faculty of Law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy of Law. He is studying Philology, as a second Bachelor’s degree, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Yannis participated for three years in the Workshop of Creating Writing that is organized by Patakis Publications. Short stories of his have been published in literary magazines and edited volumes. He is interested in the role of literature in education and the revamping of its teaching methodology, so that it can stimulate the interest of learners, while contributing in a deeper understanding of the taught language.

He believes that if you teach a subject you are passionate about, you can make learners fall in love with it.

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Nadia Grigoriadou

English Teacher
Nadia's journey started from Thessaloniki and Anatolia College, which hammered English into her head for good.

She, then, left for Corfu to study translation at the Ionian University, where she loved foreign languages and began exploring new horizons. After working as a translator for some years, she realized that what she was really passionate about was being with children, communicating, exploring, and asking questions about the world with them.

She has worked in English language schools, primary schools, and kindergartens as an English teacher and a STEM instructor, exploring the world through play, experiments, constructions, the connection with nature and other cultures, but mainly through communication itself.

She truly believes that we only learn something if we love it. And that's what she's been trying to do. Impart her love for what she does, and motivate learners to learn along with her.

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Elena Papadopoulou

English Teacher

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

Elena Papadopoulou was born in Athens. She studied English Language and Literature in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has also studied two semesters abroad (Erasmus+) in the University of Lodz, Poland, in the department of Literature and Film.

Elena started writing when she was seven years old. She participated in the Creative Writing Workshop “Scripta Manent”. Her short story “An Angel is Born” was published in a local newspaper in 2017. She is now an editor, author and administrator for the literary blog Moonlight Tales.

She managed to combine (and hopes to continue to do so) her passion for literature and her love for children and teaching through a series of lessons in Polish schools and her internship in Glossomatheia.

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Mata Marra

English Teacher

She grows plants in her garden named " Voltaire".

Mata Marra studied ballet, classical indian dance, contemporary dance and yoga. She attended workshops on puppetry and drama in education. Αs a dancer, choreographer and teacher she has worked with the national theater of Greece, museum of Greek children's art,Porta theater, morfes ekfrasis theater, theatrical group of deaf " crazy colours", ancient orchesis study group, public and private schools, Gaia museum and more.

She has given seminars to educators on the use of creative movement as a learning tool. She has written articles for the “Contemporary Kindergarden” magazine. She teaches english language through arts, in kindergartens.

She loves Glossomatheia s Deeper Learning program and she attends it every year. She loves nature and she explores how body movement can make us deeply understand the world
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Peggy Karagianni

English Teacher
I've travelled a thousand worlds, been to many places.The people i met as many as the grains of the sand..A world filled with the scent of paper.

Peggy Karagianni has been teaching for more than twenty years. She holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Twentieth century English Literature from the University of Sussex).She has recently graduated from the Open University holding a BA in European Studies.Loves books ,travels and languages...

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Amalia Chaziraki

English Teacher

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” Xun Kuang

Amalia has been teaching English for more than ten years and hopes to continue for many more. She started teaching with the traditional methods, then changed perspective after working at American Community Schools as a shadow teacher and an EFL teacher. From then on, she continues to evolve as a teacher.

For the past few years she is working in the field of experiential education, on a bilingual program for pre-schoolers, called Young Vines in Stamata. She believes that outdoor education should be included in all school programs for all ages.

She is a university of Athens graduate, specialized in English-French translation. She is now completing the CertTesol from Trinity College and she is on the first year of her MA in “The Teaching of English as a foreign/international language”.
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Penny Karakou

English Teacher
Penny is a teacher who talks the language of children and teenagers. She has studied Business Administration in University of Piraeus and she has the Diploma CerTESOL (level 5) for teachers of English from Trinity College. In 2021, she has successfully passed the exams in the university of Athens and she is currently studying English Language and Literature.

She has attended plenty of seminars and training programs about methodology, practical approaches, CLIL, new technologies, online learning and many more. She never stops learning new things. She has also complete her training about neurolearning science in education and now she is considered to be edicational coach.

Throughout all these years, she has taught all levels of language and she is very familiar with exams as being an oral examiner and a test marker for national organizations. Being an active athlete herself, she likes all kinds of group games and she is a team spirit. She loves challenges. She likes playing games in the classroom with her students. Finally, she loves shopping, chocolate, the summer and her cat. Always positive, she sets goals and go for them.
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Vasiliki Gyftopoulou

English Teacher
Vassiliki has studied at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in the department of English Language and Literature. She has taken part in teaching practice and has been familiarized with the PBL framework. She has also worked as a freelance translator.

She is inspired by the motto “to teach is to learn twice over”. For her, teaching is not only about the dissemination of knowledge; it is also about sharing ideas and creating a safe space for expressing oneself, through meaningful interaction.

She loves learning foreign languages, dancing and travelling. She is a movie buff, adores playing board games and nature related activities.

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Katerina Aspioti

Head Teacher, English Teacher
Katerina is a graduate student of the faculty of English Language and Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.She has been teaching English to adults, teenagers and young learners for almost 11 years.

She has attended a variety of seminars on teaching methods and creativity in the language classroom.

She considers herself to be a lifelong learner, with an inherent love for the English language. For her, learning is a transformative process through which both students and teachers explore how to impact and change the world around them.
She encourages students to express themselves, think critically, and learn through play.

She loves learning foreign languages, travelling, reading books and setting new goals.

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Maria Elioti

English Teacher
Maria is a graduate student of the faculty of English language and literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

She has successfully completed the practical teaching course of the faculty at Glossomatheia. She is greatly interested in the general involvement in different fields through the foreign language learning process and in building children’s awareness of social, scientific and environmental issues.

She believes that foreign languages can become a part of the student’s linguistic identity when they come in contact with the target language’s culture and interesting topics that allow for its natural acquisition.

Maria loves literature and writing, nature, philosophy and science, so she wants to incorporate them in her lessons!
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James Androulakis

English Teacher
James, a new member in the world of teaching, sets his goal in creating unique memories with his students, centered on the entertainment and happiness of learning a language that gives you the ability of communicating with the whole world, as well as the oportunity to meet different people and cultures.

He attends online classes at Trinity CertTESOL of London.

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Pelina Petrocheilou

English Teacher
I studied at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, at the Faculty of Russian Language and Philology and Slavic Studies. I am also a holder of Trinity CertTESOL (level 5) teaching qualification.

For me teaching is not just a work but a passion that I always wanted to fulfill. I love working with children while making the learning process fun, interactive and adjustable to every student’s need. Creativity and patience are key words of me.

I love traveling and exploring the world, learning about different cultures and language.

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Ian Osborne

English Teacher
Ian has dual British/Greek nationality and is trilingual (English, Greek and Italian).

Born in Athens, Ian spent his early years in England. He later attended the Italian School of Athens, where he completed his primary and secondary education. He is currently enrolled as a student on a BSc in Physics & Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, UK.

Ian recently received the Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL), which is an internationally-recognised initial teaching qualification (Level 5) for teaching English worldwide.

Ian believes that the most important aspect of learning English is speaking and he likes to focus on developing students’ oral skills. He’s very interested in pronunciation teaching and helping learners to speak naturally and fluently.

Although he is studying physics, he has a broad range of academic interests ranging from literature and philosophy to history and politics - he enjoys how these various disciplines relate to and influence each other.

In his free time, he loves listening to music, hanging out with friends, watching Friends on TV, and playing underwater rugby.

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Elfia Mpezou - Vrakatseli

Francais & English Teacher

The time you enjoy wasting is not a wasted time

Elfia a étudié à NTUA à Athènes et à l'Université de Toulouse, en France. Elle enseigne la langue française depuis trois ans et elle est spécialisée dans l'éducation des petits enfants.

Elle est aussi responsable, avec Angelos, du club de journalisme de notre école. Elle a fini l'école primaire "Montessori"- ce qu'il l'a aidé à définir ses principes pédagogiques- et puis, elle a étudié à Pierce College.

Elle croit en l'apprentissage expérientiel et elle enrichit la leçon d'informations culturelles, de jeux, de projets, de multimédia et d'activités. Elle s'occupe également de la musique (études théoriques supérieures), de la danse et du cinéma.

Elle aime voyager, lire des livres, apprendre des langues étrangères, regarder des films français et, bien sûr, la cuisine française.

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Panagiotis Georgantas

English teacher

Encourage your kids because you have no idea what they are truly capable of

Panagiotis is an undergraduate student of English Language and Literature at the Hellenic American University and a holder of Diploma in Translation.

He has successfully completed the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test) and he is a holder of KAL (Knowledge about Language) held by the University of Cambridge.

He has also worked as a freelance translator andhe has attended various educational seminars on teaching children with learning difficulties and how to recognize and manage children with ADHD (ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER) as well as many webinars held by British Council – Teaching for Success/Exploring English/English in Early Childhood.

He loves being around the sea and has many hobbies including reading, music and surfing.

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Harry Mavroulias

English teacher
Harry moved from Patras to Athens, in 2017, to study at the department of English Language and Literature, focusing mostly on the sector of Literature. Four years later, he completed his studies, along with his teaching practice at Glossomatheia.

He is currently attending the MA Programme “English Studies: Literature and Culture”, specializing in Representations of Marginality and Exclusion.

Through the past years, he got involved with theater –as an actor, in two drama clubs- and took up acoustic and classical guitar lessons. He also developed a strong interest in Anglophone poetry (even as a poet), prose and cultural studies. Moreover, he did volunteer work as an activist with Colour Youth and participated in online (and off-line) training sessions and seminars related to the assertion of equality, visibility, intersectionality and other humanitarian topics.

As for the classroom, he believes that, similarly to any safe space: Safety and inclusion should be priorities in the educational process. And what if we can learn, while making the world a better place?...

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Penny Kontaras

English teacher
I am Penny Kontaras, Greek- Canadian, graduate from the American College of Greece. I have a BA in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling. I have further pursued my studies in child and adolescent psychology. I have had training in learning difficulties and I have attended seminars in teaching young learners.

I have been teaching English from a very young age to children of all ages both in private tutoring as well as in schools. In the last few years I have focused on young learners and early school years education.

As I was raised in a bilingual environment I have always considered the learning of a foreign language as an open window to a new world, to a new culture, to something different that invites us to explore. It is this exploration that I want to share with my students. Children are the greatest teachers. I learn from them every day. Given an environment of acceptance, love and trust -which we as educators should be able to provide- children will manifest their immense potential and the greatness of their existence. This is exactly our job, to facilitate their journey to knowledge and self -awareness. Every child is different, every child is unique and that is a challenge that keeps me engaged and motivated.

I hope I can work in this field for many years to come and become a better person and educator. Besides English I speak French, German and a bit of Spanish.

I love traveling the world, exploring and learning new things. I also love music, theatre and walking in nature with my children.

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Christina Rocha

English teacher
Christina is a Greek Mexican American who earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor each in French and Spanish from Chatham College, Pittsburgh, P.A. and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with a special emphasis on Foreign Language Instruction from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

She has also participated in post graduate studies at American University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland in the fields of cultural anthropology and linguistics and is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Applied Linguistics at the Hellenic American University. Christina has been teaching French, Spanish and ESL since 1999, all levels, including, AP, IB and immersion levels for Baltimore County Schools prior to teaching in the private sector internationally in Athens, Greece. Ms. Rocha has served as Department Chair and has been involved in curriculum development.

She currently teaches Spanish and ESL .

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Stella Alikioti

English Teacher

The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.

Stella is a BA graduate from New York College with special merits in Business English. She has been working as an online and onsite TESOL tutor ever since 2010.

She has attended seminars and training courses on SEN (special educational needs), CLT (communicative approach teaching), Mono and Multi – lingual ESL classroom approach and Teaching throughDrama in Melbourne, Birmingham and Hellas.

She has completed and acquired certificates on the core modules of TKT 1, 2 & 3 held by the University of Cambridge, as well as, the specialist module TKT KAL with an embedded ESP course (English for Specific Purposes).

Stella is an English CELTA qualified teacher (Cambridge English Language Assessment). She likes drawing, Chinese cuisine and philosophy, meeting new people.

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Eirini Bakogianni

English Teacher

“There is no failure! Failure is only feedback!”

Eirini has a BA in English Language and Literature from the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki, Greece with emphasis to Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.

She completed her MSc in TESOL with Merit from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She also has worked for the British Council as an English language assistant in Spain, where she worked as an English teacher for 2 years.

Eirini has attended a wide range of seminars/ conferences about alternative ways of teaching through music, drawing, creative play, CLIL etc., as well as the role of Educational Psychology and its applications in the classroom.

She is deeply interested in learning more about Forest Pedagogy and has attended experiential seminars in a natural environment. Furthermore, Critical Literacy and Pedagogy in the Greek classroom (which is her dissertation’s subject) is of her great interests and an issue of further future research. Eirini loves kids, travelling, self-awareness books, board games, dancing and people who know how to love and have no fear!

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Danae Chatzigianni

English Teacher

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela

Danae is a graduate of the faculty of Linguistics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She holds a Master’s degree in General and Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh. She lived in Edinburgh for five years, studying and working. A few years ago she moved back to Athens.

She is currently finishing her second BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Athens. She always knew that education was her calling. She has a long teaching experience in all levels ranging from young learners to adults. When she was in Edinburgh she worked as a teacher in the Hellenic School of St. Andrews as well as in secondary public schools.

As a teacher her aspiration is to contribute to the holistic development of her students, to ensure their academic progress and support the accomplishment of their goals. She also aims to further her personal development by working in a professional and collegial environment. Enthusiasm, passion, creativity and patience are amongst the key qualities that define her as an educator.
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Irina Tzanakaki

English Teacher

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

-Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Irina Tzanakaki graduated from Athens College and is currently studying Communication, Media and Culture in Panteio University.

Starting both her Greek and English learning almost at the same very young age, she is considered bilingual, viewing language as a way of different thinking and not a matter of translation or a set of prefixed rules. She also has some experience in podcasting as she was the main students’ interviewer for an English school podcast.

She is a writer and a poet both in English and Greek, currently preparing her first poetry book.
She advocates for a liberal set of values such as Pro- LGBTQ+, BLM and anti- racism, freedom of speech and freedom of expression translating that into her work.

She is very much into literature, music, and cinema, believing the world is a much better place when viewed from the lenses of Art.

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Panagiota Vampoula

English Teacher

“Whatever you do in life, if you support it with passion and embrace it with love, it is certain that your goal has been accomplished!”

Pat has been teaching English since 1992.She is a DOTE RSA(Diploma for Overseas Teachers of English), CELTA, Introductory Methods Course and Translation from and into Greek Certificate.

She has attented numerous seminars e.g.Classroom Management, the Methodology of the English Language Teaching, Students’ Learning Difficulties, Technology in the English Language Teaching, Online Teaching, and Teaching English to Students with Dyslexia (University of Athens). She has worked as a Director of Studies,she has done volunteer teaching in multilingual classes and she has worked as an English teacher in Bradfield College in the UK.

She is a Speaking Examiner for the Hellenic American Union (HAU) and Esolnet Hellas and an Online Speaking and Writing Examiner for OIETC, an examination body in the UK. She is also a CertTESOL Course Tutor for Qualify .

Pat has a strong personality but she is a sensitive person as well, she is passionate with her work, she likes setting new goals and evolving she loves reading, cooking, meeting her friends, taking care of her family and relaxing by the sea while enjoying the sunset.

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Maria Fournari

English Teacher
Maria is an English teacher and a student of the National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, where she studies Spanish Language and Literature.

She has worked in a language school in Uk for three years. She speaks four languages ( English, Spanish, French, german). She loves learning languages and her next goal is to learn Arabic. She prefers the interactive lesson and she uses all the new teaching methods in her lessons.

She loves travelling, gaining new experiences and learning about new cultures, dancing, books and movies.
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Maria Dellatola

Head of French Department
Je m’appelle Maria Dellatola et je suis enseignante de français et chef d`études de la section française de “Glossomatheia”.

J´ai achevé mes études universitaires à la faculté des lettres d´Athѐnes dans la section des Lettres Françaises. En vue de perfectionner mes connaissances, j´ai suivi un stage de formation de FLE (français langue étrangѐre) à l`université de Stendhal 3, à Grenoble, en France.

En suivant toujours l`évolution des pédagogies éducatives les plus modernes, j´adapte les méthodes d´enseignement aux directives du cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues.

En conciliant mon expérience professionnelle, mes compétences pédagogiques ainsi que mon investissement personnel, je fais des efforts pour que mes élèves apprennent à bien travailler dans un cadre agréable et qu’ils fassent du progrès.

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Popi Charmanta

Professeure de Francais
Je m’appelle Popi Charmanta et je suis enseignante de français. Je suis licenciée de la Langue et Littérature Française de l’Université d’Athènes et détentrice du diplôme Sorbonne II.

Depuis 2000, j’enseigne le français dans tous les niveaux ayant comme but principal de faire les élèves aimer la langue française et connaitre la civilisation de la France. Dès mon petit âge j’ai compris ma vocation à l’apprentissage des langues étrangères.

Je parle aussi anglais et espagnol. J’aime beaucoup les enfants et je fais tous mes efforts pour qu’ils ouvrent leurs horizons afin de les initier à la culture française.

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Katerina Toumpanaki

Professeure de Francais
Devenir enseignant c est exercer un metier passionant et exigeant.
Ayant obtenu mon diplome de Lettres et langues francaises en 2004, universite Kapodistriakon d Athenes, j ai decide de preparer un Master Recherche sur la Litterature francaise.

Diplomee en 2005 Master Recherche " La litterature et ses marges" Universite de Nantes departement des lettres modernes.

J etais donc certaine que j avais choisi une orientation loin d etre une tache aisee. Depuis plusieurs ans je travaille comme prof Dans des ecoles de Langues et je donne des cours a des enfants comme aussi a des adultes.

Transmettre son savoir, partager ses connaissances et mettre en contact mes eleves avec la France, la culture, le people et son histoire est une mission de la plus grande importance.

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Amalia Pothoulaki

German Teacher
Amalia ist Absolventin der Abteilung für Deutsche Sprache und Literatur an der Nationalen und Kapodistrischen Universität-Athen. Anschließend hat sie ein Masterstudium im Gebiet der Linguistik in Düsseldorf aufgenommen. An der Heinrich-Heine-Universität, wo sie studiert hat, hat sie auch als Tutorin gearbeitet und Erstsemestern beigebracht, wie sie wissenschaftliche Arbeiten verfassen sollen. Darüber hinaus war sie in der Sprachschule Inlingua und bei der staatlichen Bildungseinrichtung Volkshochschule als Deutschlehrerin tätig.
<br Ihre Erfahrung mit der deutschen Sprache hat bereits mit ihrem siebten Lebensjahr begonnen, als sie die Entscheidung traf, in die Privatschule Ellinogermaniki Agogi zu gehen. Im Laufe ihrer schulischen Laufbahn hat sie die Zertifikate DSD II (Deutsches Sprachdiplom C1) und C2 (Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom) erworben. Sie geht davon aus, dass eine Fremdsprache nur im Rahmen der kommunikativen-empirischen Methode beherrscht und entwickelt werden kann. Schüler werden aktive und kritikfähige Individuen.
<br Die Rollen der Lehrenden und Lernenden lassen sich nicht mehr differenzieren, sondern voneinander ergänzen. Ihre Hobbies sind Lesen, Musik und Kino. Ihre größte Leidenschaft ist aber Deutsch und dessen Vermittlung an andere.

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Paraskevi Gonidi

German Teacher

Das Glück ist das Einzige, das sich verdoppelt, wenn man es teilt.

Paraskevi Gonidi ist eine ausgezeichnete Absolvent der Fakultät für frühkindliche Bildung der Nationalen Kapodistrias-Universität in Athen.

Sie hat ein sechsmonatiges Praktikum im griechischen Parlament absolviert. Zudem, besitzt sie die Diplome “Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)” und “Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom”.

Auch, hat sie Kenntnisse in der russischen Sprache. Sie beschäftigt sich nicht nur mit Psychologie und spezieller Ausbildung, sondern auch mit Einführungsseminaren für kreatives Schreiben. Sie liebt Kunst und Literatur.

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Alex Tsalkitzis

German Teacher
Alex Tsalkitzis ist Absolvent des Fachbereichs für deutsche Sprache und Literatur an der Nationalen und Kapodistrias-Universität Athen. Er ist griechisch-deutscher Herkunft. Er hat sich mit Theater, Tanz und Geigenspiel beschäftigt.

Er praktizierte auch die Kampfkunst Taekwondo. Er hat an akademischen Seminaren in Psychologie, Sonderpädagogik und Philosophie teilgenommen.

Er interessiert sich für Linguistik, Übersetzung, Fotografie, Musik, Philosophie und das Erlernen von Fremdsprachen. Er engagierte sich ehrenamtlich bei Vision Network Athens für die griechisch-deutschen Beziehungen.

Er glaubt, dass in einer Klasse alle Schüler akzeptiert werden sollten und sie sich sicher fühlen sollten. Was die Fremdsprache anbelangt, glaubt er, dass sie erfahrungsmäßig und empirisch gelernt wird.
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Panagiota - Christina Veroni

Teacher of Spanish
Panagiota- Christina Veroni se graduó del departamento “Lengua y Literatura española” de la Universidad Nacional y Kapodistríaca de Atenas y del departamento de “Dirección de Cine” de la Escuela de Cine y Televisión L. Stavrakou.

En el contexto de sus estudios académicos , hizo una pasantía de tres meses en el programa “Liceo de Epidauro” del Festival de Atenas y Epidauro.

Ha asistido a seminarios de Civilización japonesa y de Enseñanza de la lengua española.

Además, ama el cine - lo ejerce profesionalmente, como también, la literatura y la música.

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Natalie Minioti

Italian Teacher
Mi chiamo Natalie Minioti e sono nata ad Atene. Ho studiato la lingua e la letteratura italiana all’ Università di Salonico e allo stesso periodo ho frequentato in Italia corsi estivi sul perfezionamento della lingua italiana.

Ho insegnato l’ italiano parecchi anni ad Atene e per un certo periodo facevo traduzioni dall’ italiano in greco.

Gli ultimi anni ho fatto un master sul dramma greco antico e ora sto per finire il mio dottorato sulle rappresentazioni teatrali contemporanee al teatro greco di Siracusa in Sicilia.

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Nikolaos Kourousis

Teacher of Chinese
Nicholas comes from a Sino-Greek family therefore both Greek and Chinese are his basic mother languages.

He has studied and worked in Ludong University of Yantai, China and is currently teaching at the university of Piraeus for the postgraduate students of International and European Studies.

He has his own travel agency Gang Long Travels and works with many companies as a translator, a guide and an intermediate.

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Stefania Koukourakis

English Teacher, Korean Teacher & Japanese Teacher
Stephanie is a graduate of the Business with Shipping department at Greenwich University in London - in collaboration with New York College. She was won over by languages though and for the past four years she has been teaching Korean at the Korean School of Athens 아테네 한글학교 , as well as in foreign language centers.

She holds five out of the six certificates of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) and, along with her postgraduate studies in Applied Linguistics, she is currently in the process of obtaining the sixth and higher certificate. In addition to Korean, she holds three out of the five certificates of Japanese Proficiency (JLPT) and is also learning Spanish and Chinese.

She has attended seminars on Japanese calligraphy and participated in Korean speech contests from which she has gained important awards. At the same time, she volunteers as a Korea Supporter for the Korean Embassy in Greece, to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
Her aim is to constantly enhance her knowledge on foreign language teaching and to help students achieve their learning goals through a pleasant and interactive environment.

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Anastasia Papageorgiou

Teacher of Russian & English

Давайте поговорим по-русски! (Let’s speak Russian!)

Αnastasia was born in Athens.She studied at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, at the Faculty of Russian Language and Philology and Slavic Studies.

She is bilingual and has participated in various student conferences on foreign language teaching, linguistics and music in Greece and abroad. She has also attended seminars regarding the methodology of teaching russian and non-formal education.

She loves traveling, learning foreign languages, tasting different dishes and listening to different kinds of music from around the world. Τeaching makes her happy and energetic!

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Despoina Orfanidou

Japanese Teacher
デスピナオルフャ二ドゥと申します。私は外国語が大好きです。私は英語、フランス語、日本語を話します。アテネ国立大学でフランス語を勉強しました。私には翻訳の修士号があります。私はストラスブール大学で修士号を取得しました。子供の頃から日本文化が大好きでした。私は7年間日本語を勉強しています。日本語のスピーチコンテストにも参加しました。現在、N2レベルの試験の準備をしています。去年からフランス語の先生として働き始めました。今年は日本語も教えています。私は漫画、旅行、エキゾチックな料理が大好きです。
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Ilias Malaxos

Teacher of Greek as a Foreign Language
Ilias is a graduate student of the Faculty of History-Archeology and History of Art at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with a major in Byzantine History and history of Art.

He has worked on various archaeological excavations throughout Greece and has also worked as a tour guide and digitizer for the Benaki Museum's historical archives. In the last three years, he is a teacher of Greek as a Foreign Language.

He firmly believes that learning the Greek language, as in other languages, can be an entertaining and a creative journey.

At the same time he has experience as an administrative assistant in foreign language centers. He enjoys learning languages, cycling, traveling.

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Eleanna Petta

Teacher of Greek as a Foreign Language
From Beijing to Shanghai is a million steps ... if you do not do the first step you will never reach.

I am a graduate of the Departments of Philology and Sciences of Preschool Education at the University of Patras. I have attended specialization programs in Intercultural Education and in the Teaching of Greek as a Second / Foreign Language by institutions such as the University of the Aegean.

I have been actively involved in the teaching of the Greek language for the last 15 years. I have worked in secondary schools and research programs of the University of Patras with the subject of learning the Greek language in foreigners and returnees, as well as in Roma populations. I was a teacher trainer in language teaching as well as in the creation of educational material.

I know the braille language which is addressed to people with vision problems.I consider the Greek language a special skill such as a window to the world, to culture and in a better future.

I have participated in conferences and I have attended numerous seminars (special education, school psychology, child psychology, counseling, etc.)

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Afroditi Papantinou

Administration Coordinator

‘’Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.’’ – Albert Einstein

Afroditi is a graduate of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens.

She is an experienced secretary and Personal Assistant for large educational institutions, expert in all aspects of educational administration, who knows how to solve all kinds of problems with her smile!

She is responsible, kind, positive and cooperative. She loves her job but above all she loves children and she communicates perfectly with them.

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Afrodite Economou

Administration Officer
My name is Afrodite Economou and I study Business Administration at the University of Piraeus and I minor in Psychology at ACG.

I’m part of the admin team of the school. I used to be a student at glossomatheia and I loved the approach of this school. I also loved the people, who are my coworkers now, and the great environment the school has.

I’m very happy that I am a member of glossomatheia’s team.

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Εlectra Panteli

Administration Officer
My name is Electra, I am a Musicology student at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a graduate of the Experimental Music School of Pallini.

I have a degree in piano performance, I love classical music and literature, education and human interaction.

I am very happy to be a part of the admin team in Glossomatheia for its supportive and cooperative environment that I used to experience as a former student and its high level education system.
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Konsatntina Sarantou

Administration Officer
Konstantina studies Psychology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

She is a graduate of the Music School of Pallini and for many years she has been a choir member, having participated in many concerts and artistic events.

She likes music, literature, theater and artistic activities and she loves working with children.
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Despoina Fragkou

Teaching Assistant
Despoina is studying in Panteion university of Social and Political sciences in the department of communication media and culture.

In the last few years she has been working as a teacher assistant in Glossomatheia. She has certificates in English and French language.

She has a special relationship with Glossomatheia because she is been a student for many years. She loves children and creative activities.

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