Staff of the Ionios School IB Diploma Programme
Dr. Meletis Meletopoulos, Head of Lykeion
Meletis Meletopoulos graduated from Athens College in 1981 and obtained a Bachelor in Political Science in 1986 from the University of Geneva as well as his PhD in Economic and Social Sciences in 1993. In 2003 he completed a second PhD in History in the University of Athens. He has a rich background in teaching Politics, History and Economics in higher education institutions, including the University of Geneva and the University of Crete, the Greek National School of Public Administration, Police Academy and Air Force War School. He started his teaching career in 1990 at Ionios School and has taught in Athens College, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Doukas, and Moraitis schools since then. He has been the Head of Ionios School Lykeion since September 2015 where he has worked on and developed the Lykeion and IB DP policies. He is an accredited IB examiner in Economics from 2017.
For further information go to www.meletopoulos.gr
Dr. Anna Maria Kokla
“Anna Maria Kokla holds a PhD from the University of Piraeus and she is an accredited IBO examiner. Anna started her career in the Technological Institution of Athens and ASPETE (S.EL.E.T.E/ School of Pedagogical and Technological Education) teaching Applied and Further Mathematics. Following that, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Statistics in the University of Piraeus. From 2000 to 2013 Anna was Head of Lykeion and Coordinator of Schools in Psychico IB College Greece. Since November 2016 she has collaborated with Ionios School, where she currently is the Maths Coordinator. In addition, Anna has attended a plethora of seminars and conventions, as well as professional development courses in Greece and abroad. She is a published author of scientific papers and articles.”
Maria Sideri, IB Librarian and Information Scientist
Maria Sideri is a Librarian and Information Scientist. She graduated in 2005 from the Technological and Educational Institute of Thessaloniki. Maria then obtained her Masters’ degree in Library and Information Science (LIS), with an emphasis on New Information Technologies, from the Ionian University.
Maria’s work experience began at the Academic Library of the University of Macedonia and was then employed at the Library of the Konstantinos Karamanlis Foundation as a Librarian and then at the Academic Library of the School for Tour Guides, in Athens. She has also attended several seminars regarding Information Science.
Maria’s hobbies include sports, photography and traveling.
Stella Antonellou, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator
Stella Antonellou is a High school teacher with 29 years of experience who works in the Lykeion of IONIOS SCHOOL since 1995. She is teaching Classics, Mondern Greek Language and Literature. Currently, she is also Assistant Head of Ionios School Lykeion. Stella Antonellou is the administrator of the school’s and the students’ account in Panhellenic School Network. She obtained a B.A. from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Classic Philology (School of Philosophy). She has attended seminars and workshops in Psychology and ICT in education. She has written and edited 10 school books published by IONIOS SCHOOL for the students (3 of them have been co-authored). She speaks English and German. She enjoys traveling, reading and photography.
Ioanna Adamopoulou, French B SL/HL & Ab initio
Ioanna Adamopoulou holds a BA in French Language and Literature from the University of Athens and a diploma of “Cours Special des Tracucteurs” from the French Institute of Athens. She has followed extensive seminars regarding teaching methods, psychology and linguistics.
She has extensive teaching experience having taught French in the primary and secondary education since 1987, in the French Institute, the Arsakion Schools, the Moraits School and in the Public School. She has participated as examiner in Delf and Dalf exams.
She speaks French, English and German.
Dimitrios Alexopoulos, Computer Science SL/ HL
Dr. Dimitrios Alexopoulos received his PhD (2009) and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (2002) from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). Since 2002, he has been engaged in the design and development of B2B and B2C applications and services, and cooperates closely with companies like Intracom, Intrasoft, OTENET, OTE and COSMOTE. Since 2003, he teaches computer science related courses to students of all levels, including but not limited to Java, SQL, databases and overall development of web sites and business applications. From 2010 to 2014 he worked as an adjunct lecturer at the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (Α.Σ.ΠΑΙ.Τ.Ε.), teaching Control Systems. He has participated in several seminars and development workshops such as Liferay Developer & Administrator, Oracle ATG Developer and Administrator, and Social Analytic to name a few. Since 2010 he has been working for COSMOTE as Enterprise Architect, in addition to designing and developing corporate applications for ΟΤΕ.
Amalia Arseni, Theatre Studies SL/HL
Phd candidate in Modern Greek Literature in the National University of Athens (2017-) and Theatre teacher at Athens College (HAEF). Has earned a Master of Arts-2015 from University of London, Birkbeck College and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and a Bachelor of Arts -2013, in Theatre and Film Studies from Smith College, USA 2008- 12. She also holds a diploma in Classical Acting from LAMDA, UK, and a diploma as an Exceptional Young Talent from the Atelier Jeunesse au Theatre of Cours Florent in Paris, France . She is working as a theatre actress in Athens and has performed in more than 50 performances in the National Theatre of Greece, Theatre of Neos Kosmos, Theatro Ilisia etc.
Dr. Valenia Barla, Modern Greek A HL/SL, CAS Coordinator
Valenia obtained her B.A. in Greek Language and Literature from the University of Ioannina (2000). After visiting Paris and studying there for a few months as an Erasmus student, she decided to proceed with postgraduate studies on Ancient Greek Tragedy at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). In her M.A. (2001) she studied the concept of sacrifice in the work of Euripides “Iphigenia in Aulis”. In her subsequent PhD (2007) she examined the influence of Euripides on Greek authors of the Hellenistic and Roman era. While in Paris, she joined (2002-2003) the French middle school LAKANAL, where she taught French grammar and Latin.
Following her return to Athens, Valenia taught Greek as a foreign language at the French Archaeological School and worked at the General Secretariat for the Use of Olympic Works, as editor of publications aimed at promoting the use of facilities constructed for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. From 2007 to 2011 she taught Modern Greek and Ancient Greek literature and grammar in various private institutions of secondary education. From 2010 to 2012 she worked in the American Programme of I.S.A. as a teacher of Greek and French and in the IB Department of this School, teaching French and supervising Extended Essays in Modern Greek.
Valenia joined the Ionios IB in September 2014 and is a certified examiner for the IBO since 2016. She speaks fluently Greek, English and French.
Her hobbies include reading, travelling, swimming and pilates. She also loves theatre and, over the years, has been translating a number of Ancient Greek tragedies to Modern Greek, a demanding task that she thoroughly enjoys, more so, as she tries to keep as closely as possible to the content and spirit of these classical works.
Dr. Christos Chadjichristidis, IB Physics SL/HL
Christos earned his Diploma in Physics from the University of Athens in 2001. He then moved to Durham University, where he pursued an M.Sc. (2002) in Elementary Particle Physics followed by a Ph.D. in γ-ray Astronomy (2009) while working full-time as a Research Associate. Christos' doctoral work attracted a PIPSS Defence & Security Grant for the development of a novel transmissometer. During his Ph.D., he was also the recipient of The Ogden Trust Scholarship and worked in Tudhoe Grange School towards enhancing physics teaching and learning. Christos returned to Greece in 2010, where he served as a Lecturer in Science Education at Athens University's Pedagogical Department and Lecturer of Physics in Patras University, University of Crete, and the Technical University of Crete between the years 2010-13. He then moved to Saudi Arabia to teach IB DP HL/SL Physics at the KAUST Schools for four years. In 2017, Christos became a Senior Lecturer at the Physical Science Division of KAUST University, where he teaches four Graduate Courses ranging from Mechanics to Physical Chemistry. Christos' academic work yielded 65 refereed articles in Physics, including three papers published in Nature and three in Science, and has an h-index of 44. His research interests are now focusing on Physics Education Research. Outside Academia, Christos enjoys traveling and sailing.
Dorina Chatzilia, English A: Language & Literature SL/HL
Dorina holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from York St. John and an MA in English Language and Literature from the European University of Cyprus. Upon her time in the UK, her work on Shakespeare was included in literary journals and she wrote for literary magazines and newspapers. She has previously worked as a copywriter and an academic writing coach.
A firm believer of lifelong learning, Dorina has attended a plethora of lectures and seminars revolving around literature and linguistics, both in Greece and the UK. She has completed the IBDP herself and has always shared its principles and values. Consequently, she aims to create an inclusive learning environment that allows students to flourish intellectually and think critically.
Having lived and worked in three different countries, Dorina enjoys travelling, learning foreign languages and writing.
Dr. Evelpidis Economakis, History HL/ SL, TOK Teacher Year 2
Dr Evelpidis Masten Economakis was born in Cairo, Egypt to a Greek father and an American mother. He received his Ph.D. in History at Columbia University where he studied under two of the leading lights in the field of Russian history, Prof. L. Haimson and Prof. M. Raef. He was also a student of German history and studied under F. Stern. Prior to receiving his doctorate, which involved being one of the first westerners to work in Russian archives in the early and mid-1990s, Dr Economakis studied at Tufts University where he received his B.A. summa cum laude. Dr Economakis's native language is English and he is fluent in Greek, French and Russian.
With over twenty years experience teaching history at universities and high schools in the United States and Europe, Dr Economakis has a long list of publications, both academic and literary. His first book, “From Peasant to Petersburger” was published by Macmillan in 1994, and he has written extensively for Geist, Canada's top literary magazine. Other journals that have published his work include, among many others, Slavic Review, Russian and East European Review, and, Journal of Family History. Last year, Dr Economakis began the HMS (History Made Simple) series published by Alpha Academic Press. These heavily illustrated books, written under the pen name Kurt E. Breitner, present the story of different countries in a simple, engaging and enjoyable manner, and are selling very well on Amazon. The most recent addition to the HMS Series is The History of the Mafia.
Dr Economakis began to teach ToK in 2008 and his passion for this subject finds reflection in the outstanding results his students have achieved. He has received numerous awards and distinctions over the years, including that of most popular teacher. In 1995, Dr Economakis was the personal interpreter for Ms. Tipper Gore, then Second Lady of the United States. Recently he took a sabbatical from his teaching responsibilities and accompanied a leading Russian businessman around the world, visiting places like Brazil, Switzerland, Germany and France in the capacity of interpreter.
Dr Economakis, a former Ionios student himself, grew up in Athens Palaio Psychico neighborhood and Lausanne, Switzerland. He is currently living with his Russian wife and two children in beautiful Rafina. He enjoys travelling, chess, vintage motorcycles, skydiving and generally learning about life. Oh, and teaching, of course!
Charalampia Inglezou, Spanish B HL/SL & Ab Initio
A Greek and Spanish educated and qualified language teacher of Spanish as a second language with 10 years work experience both at school institutions and a private tutor, registered under the Directorate of professionals in private secondary education.
Charalampia obtained her B.A in Spanish Language and Civilization from the University of Athens. Then she travelled to Salamanca (Spain) to get her Master Degree in Teaching Spanish as a foreign Language focusing on the use of Latin-American literature in the teaching process.
She is also a member of Hellenic education evaluators and a certified examiner of DELE educational diplomas. Recently she did an intensive course in international learning and teaching and she obtained the IB Certificate in teaching and learning from the university Camilo José Cela in Madrid. She likes travelling, reading and dancing flamenco and she is really interested in the Spanish culture.
Eleni Intzidi, Philosophy SL/HL & University Councelor
Eleni holds three degrees from British Universities; a BA in Politics and Philosophy from the University of York, an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from UCL and a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Law. She has previously worked for an environmental organisation in Brussels and a law firm in London. She also has experience in teaching Greek and French at beginner level.
She recently returned to Athens to follow her passion for education, while she is at the same time furthering her legal studies. She enjoys climbing, reading and travelling and she hopes to live and travel around the world.
Since 2016, she is teaching Philosophy at the IB of Ionios School, a course that she has also completed while an IB student herself.
Manolis Nicolandis, Classical Greek SL
Manolis Nicolandis was born and raised in Athens. An alumnus of Ionios School, he obtained his BA at the Philosophical School of the University of Athens in 1998. He continued his studies at the postgraduate level and received his MA in Classics from Royal Holloway, University of London in 1999. His areas of interest include mainly history (especially the Peloponnesian War and 20th century Greek history) and Ancient Greek Language (especially the Attic dialect of the 5th and 4th cent. BC). He has taught Ancient Greek to foreign PhD students (2012-2013) and has organized courses of Modern Greek for foreigners (2003-2004). Manolis has also tutored Open University students in the areas of Greek history, literature and civilization (2003-2008). Since 2017 he has been teaching Modern and Ancient Greek as well as History at Ionios School. He speaks Greek, English and French and is currently learning Spanish. His hobbies are reading, chess and basketball.
John Landrakis, Business Management HL/SL
Mr. Landrakis holds two Masters Degrees, one In Industrial Engineering (1985) and one in Operations Research (1985) from the Polytechnic Institute of New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics (1985) from Queens College of the City University of New York, in USA (1982). During his studies, he worked as an assistant project manager and as a project Manager for the Dynamic Industries Inc., in New Jersey, USA and as a High school Mathematics teacher at Saint Andrews Academy of Holly Cross, at Whitestone, in New York, USA. In Greece, initially, he worked as a lecturer of Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Mathematics and Quantitative methods as well as an administrator, holding the positions of Departmental head and Assistant Dean of the Business Department, in Southeastern College, for seven years, In Athens, Greece. Then, he has worked as a lecturer in Management, Marketing and Quantitative Methods and as a Dean of studies for six years, in MAC & Parsers School of liberal studies, in Athens, in Greece. Meanwhile, he worked as a lecturer and Senior lecturer at the University of Indianapolis, at the Athens Campus, Greece, teaching Operations management and quantitative methods. In addition, he has worked for sixteen years at the IB Department of Athens/Psychico College as a Business and Management teacher, Mathematics teacher (IB Math and SAT Math) and as a TOK teacher, for nine years at Ι.Μ. Panagiotopoulos as an IB Business and Management teacher and at the International school of Athens (ISA) for three years as an IB Business and Management teacher, and he is currently an IB Business Management teacher since 2014 at Ionios IB School, in Athens, Greece.
Moreover, he has taught at different vocational institutes in Greece, delivered IGCSE and GCE Business studies for 5 years and he has delivered in-company seminars focusing on productivity, human resources Management and entrepreneurship while he is a moderator for the subject of Business and Management (IB) since 1999. Finally, he has worked as a special advisor to the Deputy Minister of Tourism, in Greece for a year and he acts as an advisor to small and medium sized businesses since 2000, in Athens, Greece.
Dr Dimitris Limnios, Chemistry SL/HL
Dimitris graduated from Pierce College in 2003 and obtained his Bachelor degree in Chemistry in 2008 from the University of Athens. In 2010 he received his MSc degree from the Department of Organic Chemistry of the University of Athens. In 2013 he defended his PhD thesis on “asymmetric synthesis” at the University of Athens. He continued as a post-doc researcher at the University of California San Diego, under the supervision of the distinguished Professor Edward Dennis, and at the University of Athens. In 2014 he was honoured by the American Chemical Society for his contribution to Organic Chemistry (ACS Editors' Choice®). In 2016 he received the “Χίλδεγαρδ” award from the Academy of Athens for novel research in Organic Chemistry. In addition, he has many publications in high impact factor journals and has attended a plethora of international symposia. He started teaching Organic Chemistry to junior students at the University of Athens in 2017. Having discovered his passion for teaching, he joined Ionios School in 2019, teaching Chemistry to IB DP students.
Yannis Mygdanis, IB Music SL/HL
Yannis is a composer, pianist, and music educator. He holds a master's degree in Music Education (M.Mus.) from the European University Cyprus, a bachelor's in Music Studies (B.Mus.) from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, as well as a master's degree in "Information Systems" (M.Sc.) and a bachelor's in Computer Science (B.Sc.) from the Athens University of Economics and Business. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in Music Education at the European University Cyprus, while he is completing his third master's in Advanced Teaching (M.Ed) at the University of the People in cooperation with International Baccalaureate (I.B.).
He obtained his music diploma in Piano and Electronic Organ (DipLCM) from the London College of Music and the Music Theory diploma (AmusTCL) from Trinity College London. He has also completed his music studies in Advanced Theory (Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, and Band Conducting) and received the diploma in Choir Conducting and Composition with the grade of 'Excellent & First Prize.'
As a speaker, he has participated in a number of international scientific conferences on music, education, and technology topics, and his articles have been published in conference proceedings and scientific journals. He has organized numerous workshops focused on the incorporation of music technology in the classroom. His educational music application for tablets called Synth4kids has been used as an instructional methodological tool subject in various educational researches and workshops.
Yannis is also a member of the Greek Society for Music Education (G.S.Μ.Ε.) as well as the International Society for Music Education (I.S.M.E.). Since 2011 he has been working as a music educator at the Municipal Conservatory of Amaroussion and is in charge of the Conservatory Music Ensembles, and since 2017 he has been teaching classical and contemporary piano at the Municipal Conservatory of Ilioupoli.
He has written music for theater, short films, fairy tales, and music Greek and foreign poets. The music scores of his works 'Toccata for piano' and 'Thymises for prepared piano' have been published by Poeta Publications. In 2017 he released his first album entitled 'Ideal Voices,' a song cycle for two singers, narrator, and small symphonic ensemble, based on poetry by C. P. Cavafy from Entypois Publications. In 2019 Protasis Music and Bo-Synthesis release the digital singles "Small Suite in Red Major" in Y. Ritsos’ poetry and "The word is dead ..." in poetry by E. Dickinson, while in 2020 his latest digital single "On living..." in poetry by N. Hikmet’s poetry.
For further information visit: www.yannismygdanis.com
Dr. Eustratios Papoutsoglou, Biology SL/HL & Environmental Systems & Societies SL
Eustratios (Stratos) is a biologist with a Bachelor degree in Marine Biology (1994) as well as an M.Sc .in Shellfish Biology, Fisheries and Culture (1996) from University of Wales, Bangor and a Ph.D. in fish nutrition (2004) from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He worked as a Lecturer in the Agricultural University of Athens from 2005 until 2018, where he lectured on Ichthyology, Fish nutrition, Aquaculture, Aquaculture and the Environment in undergraduate and postgraduate students. He pursued research focusing on the factors that affect fish feeding behaviour and nutrition, feed assimilation and fish welfare, supervising more than 40 undergraduate and postgraduate projects (experimental and literature-based), has presented his findings in 9 national and international symposia and has 12 publications in national and international journals.
Main areas of interest include sustainable aquaculture, recirculating aquaculture systems, aquaponics, neuro-hormonal control of fish nutrition, new candidate fish species for rearing, fish welfare and stress, invasive animal and plant species in the Mediterranean Sea.
Dr. Nickolas Siscoglou, Economics SL/ HL
Dr. Nickolas Siscoglou has completed his academic studies in the USA attending City College of NY, Embry-Riddle Aero University, NJIT and Walden University. He has been awarded a BS in Aerospace Engineering, MS in Industrial Engineering, MBA and PhD in Management. He has worked in the states for many years in the Pharmaceutical industry, namely with Bristol Myers-Squibb and Roche and later on upon his return to Greece in GAP Pharmaceuticals. He has also served as a freelance corporate trainer. His teaching experience spans 20 years, having taught business courses in the undergraduate and graduate level. Currently, in addition to Ionios School he is also a professor of Business at Deree College.
Julie Kamerow Skalkos, IB Visual Arts SL/HL, TOK Teacher
Originally from Washington, D.C., and residing the better part of 30 years in Athens, Mrs. Julie Kamerow Skalkos is the holder of a B.A. degree in Fine Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park, 1979, with a major degree in the Studio Arts and a minor degree in Art History. She has taught the Visual Arts, World Arts and Cultures, and Theory of Knowledge courses within the International Baccalaureate diploma program since 1993, at the American Community School, Panayiotopoulos School, Psychico, and Athens College, as well as other art courses in private schools both in Athens and the United States. She is also a certified IB Visual Arts Examiner in the IBDP. Julie has exhibited her work both in the United States and in Greece, and currently works out of her studio in Glyfada, Athens. Primarily a painter, she has free-lanced Fine Art commissions as well as Graphic Arts. Her work is part of private collections both in Greece and the United States.
Dr. Nicholas Steven Stathakis, IB Mathematics: analysis and approaches HL, SL
Nicholas received his B.A. in Physics from Harvard University in 1984. After a year-long scholarship at the University of Munich, he pursued further studies at Columbia University. There he received his M.A. (1987), M.Phil. (1988) and Ph.D. (1990), all in theoretical physics. He continued with research work there, SLAC, NASA and other research institutions.
He joined the HAEF IB in 1997 where he remained until 2010 teaching Mathematics HL/SL. In 2011-2012 he taught at I.S.A. IB Mathematics SL and Mathematical Studies SL. As of 2011 he also teaches GCE A-Level Further Mathematics at Doukas GCE Department.
His primary research interest is on mathematical methods of physics, primarily the interplay of algebraic geometry and quantum field theory. Outside academia he enjoys competitive chess.
Lida Terikoglou, Psychology SL/HL
George Tsifetakis, Computer Science SL/HL
George studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and got his Bachelor degree in 2004. Two years later, in 2006, he got his first postgraduate degree (MSc) on Automatic Control Systems and Robotics from the same Institutio. He got his second postgraduate degree (MEd) on Educational Science from the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (ASPETE) in 2017. He has been a teacher in adult education and a professor in various Technological Institutes (Merchant Marine Academy of Aspropyrgos, Technological Institute of Chalkida, School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, Metropolitan College) from 2005 to date. He has been working in Ionios School from 2018 to this day, where he teaches the Computer Science course for the IB Diploma Programme, the Technology lesson at Gymnasium and the IT lesson at Demotic. He is very interested in Information Technology and Sciences in general, and in particular in the field of Automatic Control Systems (Modern Optimal Control Theory, Constrained Control Systems, Real Time PID Controller Tuning and Artificial Intelligence). In relation to the Greek education system, he is a proponent of using Open Source Software and Hardware and Information and Communication Technologies in the classroom. In addition, he is in favour of using Educational Robotics in programming classes, for example teaching programming using platforms like LEGO Mindstorms, Arduino microcontroller and Raspberry microprocessor.
Dimitris Vasilakis, English B SL/HL
Dimitris Vassilakis is a bilingual teacher of English whose experience in TESOL/EFL spans over a decade. He has lived in the USA and the UK for a number of years. He has studied at the Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, the University of Brighton and the University of Athens. He holds a BA in Language Studies with Linguistics and has also got a Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Teaching Studies. Dimitris has attended a number of lectures and seminars on a variety of issues revolving around TESOL/EFL (teaching methods and techniques, learning difficulties, motivation). His main objective when in the classroom is to make the learner feel welcome and also a respected member of the group. Currently, he teaches English at the Ionios School high school. In the past he has taught classes of students preparing for English language certification exams and has also worked as an examiner for examination boards based in Greece. In addition, he has worked with international students on intensive courses of English in summer schools in the UK and in China.