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 Antigone Nounou, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, Extended Essay Coordinator
Antigone studied physics at the University of Athens, high energy theoretical physics at Imperial College, and philosophy of physics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She held teaching and research positions at the University of Patras, University of Minnesota, National Hellenic Research Foundation and University of Athens, and was a visiting fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and Max Plank Institute in Dresden. In addition, she has worked as project manager, senior researcher and strategist in a number of projects with significant, positive social impact for a private companies, charitable foundations and municipalities in Greece. Her relation with secondary education started in London, where she worked as private tutor while finishing her Ph.D., and continues to date, with her work as coordinator of the IB Diploma Programme at Ionios School.
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.
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.
Marcus De Baca, English B SL/HL
Marcus attended San Diego State University in the USA where he earned a BA in English (Comparative Literature and Creative Writing). He went on to receive California Secondary Teaching Credentials in English, Psychology, and as a Resources Specialist for the Learning Handicapped. He has taught 20 years of public school in the United States and 24 years as an IB instructor and university counselor at private schools in Greece. He is also the author of 14 e-books of popular genre novels available on Amazon.com under his pen name, Califia Montalvo.
Dr. Valenia Barla, Modern Greek A HL/SL, Greek Ministry Language and Literature, 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.
Dorina Chatzilia, English A: Language & Literature SL/HL
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.
Dimitra Kalligeri, Classical Greek HL/SL & Greek Ministry Language and Literature
Mrs Kalligeri obtained her BA in Classics at the Philosophical School of the University of Athens in 1997 and then she proceeded with postgraduate studies in Ancient Greek and Latin Language and Literature (UCL/1999) and in Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature (KCL/2000). In 2014 she was retrained in Special Educational Needs at the University of Athens and currently she is a PhD candidate in Modern Greek Comparative Literature at the University of Peloponnesus.
She has taught Modern Greek as a foreign language for several years, worked at the Ministry of Culture in the 1st Ephorate of Pre-historical and Classical Antiquities, acted as an examiner for the International Ancient Greek Language Competition and worked as an assistant manager during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. In 2009 she joined the International Baccalaureate community as a teacher of Modern Greek Literature.
Mrs Kalligeri is an IBO certified examiner of Modern Greek Literature since 2013 and joined the IB Department of Ionios School in 2017 as a teacher of Classics. She speaks fluently Greek, English and Italian. Her hobbies include attending life drawing classes, theatre and reading. Over the years, Mrs Kalligeri has published most of her research work in various journals of Classics and Modern Greek Literature and she has attended many seminars, workshops and conferences both in Greece and abroad.
Cleopatra Karnaki, Psychology SL/ HL
Cleopatra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the American College of Greece (Deree College) and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Lesley University Boston, Massachusetts. She is also trained in Person–Centered Counselling (post graduate diploma in counselling from University of Strathclyde – ICPS). In the past she has worked as an Optimal Match teacher at ACS Athens contributing to Middle School and Academy students’ enhanced learning. Moreover, Cleopatra has offered counselling services at the Day Care Center (Delfinakia) and Hatzykyriakion Institution and worked voluntarily at the Craniofacial Center of Greece, where she provided psychological support to patients with craniofacial abnormalities. Furthermore, for a number of years she was a course instructor at Athens College as part of its educational program for adults. Cleopatra also joined the After School Program of the Institute of Innovation and Creativity at ACS Athens, where she fervently provided students with support in completing their homework and achieving their academic goals.
She has been working privately as a Special Educator for more than twenty-five years, aiding children and adolescents who face diverse difficulties at school by creating individual educational plans. She also works privately as a counsellor and, additionally, she organizes and participates in conferences, seminars and lectures. Cleopatra has also run workshops facilitating parent groups in order to further develop their communication skills with their children in association with different municipalities in Attiki District (P.Phychiko, Ag.Paraskevi, Glyka Nera). Moreover, since 2007, she is a lecturer at the undergraduate and graduate program οf the Psychological Department of Central Lancashire University (in association with the I.C.P.S. college). Ιn 2015 she joined Ionios School as an IB (International Baccalaureate) psychology teacher.
Her research interests are directed toward the development of self-esteem as it is considered to be a major component of the personality. Additionally, she is studying the effectiveness of the therapeutic relationship and how it facilitates the learning process of students with LD, since it focuses on the emotional aspects and often their lack of motivation. In her free time she enjoys writing children stories.
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.
Eugenia Meri, German B HL/SL & Ab initio
Eugenia Meri attended the Music School of Athens in Pallini and then she studied German Language and Literature at the University of Athens, Greece, as her Bachelor Degree. She obtained her Master's Degree is in German Literature, Theater, Art and Music. Since 2009 she has been teaching German Language and Literature in different institutions.Eugenia speaks Greek, German and English and her hobbies include chess, sports, music and literature.
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 HL, Further Mathematics HL
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
Elisabeth Theodorou, Theatre Studies SL/HL
Elisabeth Theodorou is a pedagogue, actor, producer and director. She studied at the University of Tours, FLE and holds a Performing Arts Diploma by the Ministry of Culture (New Hellenic Theatre Drama School ). She obtained a Master Degree in French Literature: Symbolism in Modern Theatre from the University of Athens before leaving for Paris in 2011, in order to follow a professional route in acting and teaching.
In Paris, she pursued a Master II in Arts du Spectacle at the University Paris VIII and procured funds to produce her first French theatrical play, Roberto Zucco, in 2013. The same year she was selected to represent Greece at the European Capital of Culture, Marseille-Provence and has continued ever since with original productions for adults and children combining video art and theatre in France and Greece.
Furthermore, she formed a non-profit association "4elements" that focuses on artistic and pedagogical projects and worked for the French Ministry of Education in socio-pedagogical programs teaching human rights, citizenship and European values.
Wanting to bring these projects to Greece, she began her journey back home introducing creative learning techniques through theatre. She collaborated with UNESCO, Nea Genia Ziridis (Acting: French Language and Human Rights, 2017) and Moraitis School (Devised Theatre: Εmpathy, Tolerance and Anger Management 2018). As a director, she staged Roberto Zucco in Athens, in 2017, Μια πόλη μα ποιά πόλη in 2018 and a musical version of Oscar Wilde’s story The Happy Prince in 2019.
Since September 2019 she has been working at Ionios School teaching Theatre in the IB and French in High School.
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.
Alexander Tzavellas, IB Music SL/HL
Alexander Tzavellas was born into a musical family in Aberdeen, Scotland. After relocating to Greece he was accepted into the Athens Conservatory program where he completed his musical studies and was awarded his Soloist Music Diploma. During this time he also studied sound engineering and recording that led to various musical collaborations with well-known artists and, later on, to lay the foundations for his own music production company. Alexander also attended the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded a Masters in Music. Various awards and first prizes have been acquired by Alexander over the years as pianist and composer. Other fields of study include Performance Psychology and a degree in Business and Administration.
Today, Alexander teaches music, music technology, composition, improvisation and specializes in IB Music. He is known for his performances and master classes in music in various countries around the world.
Dimitris Vasilakis, English B SL/HL (from September 2020 onwards)
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.
Dimitris Vayenos, Biology SL/HL
Dimitris obtained his Bachelor degree in biology at Virginia Commonwealth University, U.S.A and his Master degree as a scholarship-recipient in biology at Long Island University (LIU), N.Y, U.S.A. He taught biology at LIU as Adjunct Faculty Member as well as at Legacy High School, N.Y, where he was biology instructor to children with special needs. Currently, he works on a Ph.D. at the Department of Water Resources and Environment of the National Technical University of Athens. His Ph.D. thesis is titled: “Study of the cyanobacterial photosynthesis: Source of energy friendly to the environment”. He has presented his experimental work to several conferences and he was member of the organising committee of the international conference “Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability – 2015” Chania, Greece. Currently, alongside his teaching duties at the IB Diploma Programme, he also teaches biology at New York College, Athens.
Philip Walker, IB Physics SL/HL, Laboratory Technician & Science Coordinator
Philip Walker was born in Hong Kong and completed his secondary education at the International Island School of Hong Kong. He then went on to the UK, where he completed a Science Degree at East London University, followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Leicester University, specializing in Integrated Science and Physics teaching. He also holds a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate.
Being a keen traveler, he then embarked on an international teaching career around the world for 22 years. He has taught, among others, at King’s College, Madrid, the International School of Frankfurt, The British International School in Jeddah, and the International School of Geneva.
Philip’s hobbies include scuba diving, underwater and dry land photography, swimming, sailing and trekking.