Greg was born in Athens, Greece but lived in the United States from ages 2 to 10. When he was ten years old his family moved back to Greece and therefore was enrolled in ACS Athens, as he "had become accustomed to the American style of education."   Greg attended ACS Athens from the fifth grade until graduating in 1998 where he completed the full I.B. program in the Academy and "found it to be a great experience."  

"Upon graduating ACS, I attended Tufts University in Massachusetts for my undergraduate degree in Biology, Georgetown U. for medical school, as well as general surgery training and Texas Heart Institute / Baylor College of Medicine for my cardiothoracic surgery training.  I also spent two years in Ohio at the Cleveland Clinic where I performed clinical research and Iconcurrently completed a master’s degree in clinical research at Case Western Reserve University."


Greg is  currently a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Hygeia Hospital in Athens, Greece and performs coronary bypass surgery, aortic valve and mitral valve repair and replacement, surgery for aortic aneurysms, as well as transcatheter valve replacements. 

"I recently presented a poster at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery meeting which received second place out of 51 entries. The title was “Time to Re-examine the Benefits of Deep Hypothermia: Higher Temperatures During Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest are Associated with Lower Rates of Stroke and Bleeding in Aortic Surgery."

Greg is married and has three children ages 6, 4 and 1. His sister, Faye Pattakos, was also an ACS alumnus, class of 1994.


Greg and his wife.

As a supporter of the International Orthodox Christian Charities, Greg contributes to a group that provides support to many deserving people throughout the world, including Greece.

His classmates speak of him fondly, Maria Karachalios recalls:  "Greg was always on top of his game in school and had fun being naughty at the same time...on Greek Club field trips and in Middle School, he was always debating and questioning authority."  Leia Leriotis says "we were together in chemistry class,   He was naturally good at it, and always seemed to have a grasp on things."

When asked what advice he would offer to young ACS Athens graduates, Greg stated "as cliché as it sounds, it seems like just yesterday that I was graduating ACS and so my advice for your graduating seniors is to hang in there and be persistent. Don’t quit and if you have a horrible day just be happy that, statistically speaking, tomorrow will be better.  80% of success is just showing up every day."



As we begin 2018, we thank our members and urge you to encourage others register on www.ACSAthensGlobal.org 

This directory is the only contact information listing the school has for its Alums. Yes! Facebook has served us all well with keeping in touch socially and finding each other, but should we only rely on Facebook? Please register and ask your classmates to do so. It’s free! The list is private and will not be used by anyone else. 

We look forward to a new year of exploring our global community through promoting your businesses and professional lives, and continuing to build on the legacies of our shared experiences at ACS Athens.



Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, President, introduces the official ACS Athens Video:

"We are very proud to be a member of such a unique, authentic and innovative academic institution. We are proud of tomorrow's leaders, guided by Ethos to make the world a better place for all people. Enjoy our story!"



Click here to view




GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community



Farida El Gazzar is on our radar...

Farida Exhibits at Sotheby's Art Institute's Art Basel Miami Beach. 

With over 300 galleries exhibiting over the course of just 5 days. Farida El Gazzar was one of 7 artists from the fair identified by Betty Briceño to keep on your radar!

ACS Alum Pandora Bethea 

 “With Eyes Wide Open” 

Pandora's book launch party last December 16th introduced her new 
poetry book, published by Paragrafos Publishing. It took place at The Zoo in Athens, and musical moments were provided by pianist Manolis Papasifakis.



ACS Athens Alum and parent Fotis Vlachos, owner of Salamat Asian Market and Asiana Oriental Food Trading Co. Ltd., Athens' Oldest Asian Market

"We wish to thank all our dedicated customers, foreign residents in Greece, diplomatic missions, and Greek natives likewise, for trusting and supporting us for over two and a half decades! We are proud to announce that our 25th anniversary has been marked by the launching of our e-shop www.salamat.gr this year. 

Our bilingual on-line store offers a vast selection of Oriental food products & utensils from Japan, Thailand, Korea, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and other Asian countries. Now, you can make your purchases, using a faster, hassle free service, delivered to your premises. 

Our product range is constantly growing and we are open to any requests, which are to be sourced for and included in one of our future imports."

 SALAMAT Asian Market – 24, Korinthias Str., 115 26 Athens. 

Tel: 210-7796766 / info@salamat.gr.


Amalia Melis is happy to announce the 2018 Aegean Arts Circle Writing Workshop in Andros Greece 
with award winning writer/writing professor at University of Pennsylvania Kathryn Watterson "Kitsi". June 27th-July 7th 2018 http://aegeanartscircle.blogspot.gr 
Please share with your writer friends.


ACS Athens Alums 
Philip and Byron Vassiliades
hit the Greek media once again, profiled in Man of Status. A great profile of two deserving and accomplished young men, and a good read for Greek speakers at www.manofstatus.com

Congratulations to Krystal White!

A MOST SUITABLE APPLICANT was selected from among its peers to air on PBS's flagship station Channel THIRTEEN/WNET last November 18th!  
Krystal's 3-minute comedy co-starred the "astronomically aces and hunky dory" Pete Gardnerand Johnny Wactor. The winning short aired during the station's classic feature films that Sunday night. 



Congratulations ACS Athens Alum

Antonis Barbagiannis

ARISTON Flowers, NYC for winning 

Best of Weddings from The Knot

2018 Pick!



ACS Athens reaches out to alumni for key positions for the upcoming school year

ACS Athens is looking to hire a number of highly qualified, certified and innovative educators for the 2018-20 academic years. Currently, we are seeking to hire: 

Elementary School faculty (several classroom teaching positions)

Elementary School Assistant Principal; Elementary School

Library/Media/Literacy Specialist; Middle School Technology teacher

HS Guidance Counselor

Qualified ACS Athens alumni and friends of ACS Athens are invited to apply and/or to share this announcement with other qualified/interested candidates they may know.

Mr. Steven Medeiros (medeiross@acs.gr), Dean of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Peggy Pelonis (pelonisp@acs.gr), Dean of Student Affairs, will be in the US in late January and early February, beginning on Jan. 21, and will be able to interview prospective candidates in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Chicago. 

Candidates interested setting up an interview in one of these cities (or via Skype, for those further afield) should send a letter of interest and a current CV to both Dr. Pelonis and Mr. Medeiros by January 19, 2018.

To learn about what is going on at ACS Athens today, visit our website at www.acs.gr.



ACS Athens Making Global Connections!


Elmhurst College and Greece-based American Community Schools (ACS), considered one of the leading K-12 international schools in Europe, have signed a partnership agreement that opens the door to a variety of future collaborations.

The partnership agreement is the foundation for other agreements that will ease the path for ACS graduates to attend Elmhurst, and also will facilitate academic, cultural and research exchange programs for students and faculty.

ACS President Stefanos Gialamas, who traveled to campus from Greece for the signing ceremony on Nov. 29, said he values the “long friendship” he has had with Elmhurst College. He added that the partnership agreement is a concrete, promising outcome of the strong relationship and shared values between the two institutions.

Gialamas said 65 ACS students have been spending their weekends tutoring refugee children, and he hopes to send some of them to Elmhurst “so that they may be able to dream, and to make a better and more peaceful world.”

Elmhurst College President Troy D. VanAken noted that these kinds of agreements “really are just the beginning, and create a framework we can build upon. I’m anxious to see where we can take this.”

The College is experiencing its highest enrollments in history, he added, and partnership agreements give the College greater potential to build on those enrollments, “not just in terms of quantity but also quality.” While both Elmhurst College and American Community Schools are doing well on their own, the partnership promises “mutual benefits for the students we serve.”

In October, Elmhurst and the Singapore-based KinderWorld Education Group signed partnership agreements that will smooth the path for students enrolled in KinderWorld schools, in southeast Asia, to attend the College. Closer to home, Elmhurst also has signed guaranteed admission agreements with College of DuPage, Triton College, Moraine Valley Community College and College of Lake County.

On December 9, students of ACS Athens, the Hisar School of Istanbul, Youth to Youth students of the HOME Project together with adults from the respective institutions gathered at the shelter on Filipidou street to celebrate three unique and meaningful events: 


  • The 1st anniversary of the Youth to Youth Program, a holistic and comprehensive educational program for the unaccompanied minors, designed and delivered by ACS Athens faculty and student volunteers in collaboration with the HOME Project Organization. 
  • The name giving to the home of our Youth to Youth students, and the name is “Socrates”
  • The establishment of the Learning Incubator (Κυψέλη Γνώσης) for the delivery of online synchronous teaching Donation (Δωρεά) of Panagiotis S. Gialamas

"No pictures can capture the feelings of joy, happiness, security, respect, fulfillment and love, all shared in this very simple celebration. This was a good reminder of how much we receive from giving!"  

Julia Tokatlidou, ACS Athens Academy Assistant Principal, IB Coordinator. 

 

The Inaugural ISCI INNOVATION SUMMIT


Organized by the ISCI (Incubator of Students’ Creative Ideas) and together with student guests from the Hisar School of Istanbul, Turkey, students are teaching students. Excitement resonated as students participated in the multiple student-designed and student-led workshops which took place at the Learning Commons at ACS Athens!



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Two great alumni events are slated for 2018. Both are reprisals of reunions earlier this year, successful on account of their volunteer organizers. Keep updated on details of these exciting events:


CAPE CHARLES GOES GREEK!

ACS GREAT ROUNDUP 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Cape Charles, Virginia

Details here

https://www.acsgreatroundup.com/



ACS VEGAS 2018!

July 12 - 14. 2018 

 at the Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Details here







Joanne Pappas Nottage tells the story of how her personal journey has brought her to a fulfilling professional destination. In her own words:


Education

I was born in Athens and then we lived in Oak Park, IL where my sister and brother were born. Our parents wanted us to spend more time with our grandparents while also getting to know Greece - the people, culture and language, so we moved back to Greece when I was 8. They enrolled us at ACS Athens to provide us with the best opportunity for success in the future. I am very grateful that my parents gave us the opportunity to live in Greece and attend ACS!



Brother George, sister Helen and Joanne


To this day, I talk about how my time at ACS shaped my perspective on diversity. Being at ACS, living in Greece, and meeting people from all over the world with unique experiences and stories to tell helped me become the person I am today.  I value diversity and believe that we have so much to learn from each other! What an amazing experience! 


We had exceptional teachers, a supportive community, and wonderful activities at school, in Greece, and elsewhere in Europe for a well-rounded academic and social experience. While at ACS I nurtured my love of learning and curiosity, building character strengths to get involved in a wide variety of activities – everything from playing on the basketball team, to Model United Nations, senior class president, yearbook sales and advertising, forensics, National Honor Society and more. I was thrilled to be voted Most Likely to be Remembered and Most Likely to Succeed my senior year.


After graduating from ACS Athens, I went on to get a BS in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA in Marketing from Golden Gate University.



Joanne with husband David Nottage


Career

My career has been rewarding, challenging, and an ongoing learning experience filled with fun and success as a chemical engineer, a technical sales representative, a corporate marketing/business development executive and the founder of my own marketing strategy consulting firm.


Despite my success, my personal health transformation, which began 4 years ago, inspired and motivated me to find a way to help others on their journey to better health. While working, I enrolled at the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy and became a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) to inspire and empower people to take charge of their health.


Why? I feel better now than I have in years and am thriving despite multiple autoimmune diagnoses! My symptoms, autoimmunity, and journey to Functional Medicine began in early childhood. I went from being an active, enthusiastic child with rosy cheeks to a pale child that got winded after walking a few blocks to the grocery store in Greece.


Eventually I was diagnosed with a damaged heart valve as a result of Rheumatic Fever, my first autoimmune diagnosis. However, I never let that slow me down! Until, fourteen years ago when I had open heart surgery to replace my mitral valve with a life-saving mechanical valve!


I pursued the path of conventional western medicine for years with many excellent doctors — yet my overall health continued to decline. As a problem-solving chemical engineer, I wanted to understand what was happening and why. After developing new symptoms and more diagnoses, I finally found my path to better health by adding a Functional Medicine approach. 


Functional Medicine is a personalized, science-based approach that identifies and treats the underlying causes of disease instead of simply treating the symptoms. Our focus is on how food and lifestyle can support our bodies to function well so we can optimize our health.

Now I am passionate about empowering people who are living with food sensitivities, an autoimmune diagnosis or other health challenges to take charge of their health and address the causes of their symptoms so they can regain their health, thrive and enjoy life again!

I work with people one-on-one and in groups and give talks to create awareness for this exciting new approach that changed my life! I work with clients in person or virtually using the phone or Zoom, an on-line, HIPPA compliant, video conferencing platform. 


My approach is to partner with my clients to help them understand how lifestyle interventions and food as medicine can address the causes of their symptoms. Along the way, I cheer them on while providing information, resources, support, accountability, and tips from my experience and training to help them make sustainable, positive changes that support their health and vitality.


My message is clear: there is hope and you can improve your quality of life!


As a Health Coach, Speaker and Founder of Embrace Functional Health, LLC, I advocate for a collaborative, integrative approach to better health using Western Medicine, Functional Medicine, lifestyle changes and other complementary approaches.


Please email me at joanne@embracefunctionalhealth.org if you want to learn more about how Functional Medicine might help you or someone you love. 


Recent Speaking Engagements and Workshops

·         National Alopecia Areata Foundation, Annual Conference, Am I Okay? Yes, I Am! Or I’ll Fake It ‘til I Make It, a workshop to help people cope and thrive despite their diagnoses.

·         Scleroderma Foundation, Chicago Chapter, Patient Education Conference, Feel Your Best: An Insider's Guide to Thriving Despite an Autoimmune Diagnosis!

·         Northwestern University, Alumni Association Webinar, Feel Your Best! An Insider's Guide to Overcoming Health Mysteries.


Personal Interests and Charitable Work

I have always been motivated to give back to my community because I am blessed with a loving family, wonderful friends and an abundance of opportunity in my life.  I have supported nonprofits with both money and time as a volunteer, board member, board president, pro bono consultant, speaker and workshop facilitator.  Much of my work over the years has been focused in the areas of Health, Education and Women’s issues. 

While on my healing journey, I learned how to meditate along with prioritizing time for my health and wellness! I work hard to make time to practice yoga, walk on the beach, play tennis for exercise and stress relief, and to spend quality time talking and laughing with my friends and family!  When on vacation, typically in Greece visiting my mom, Antonia, and her sister, my Aunt Sylvia, I eat delicious gluten free Greek food, drink yummy wine, read novels, swim in the sea and try to catch up with ACS friends when I’m not hanging out with Mom and Aunt Sylvia!


Family

My husband, David Nottage, and I have been married for 25 years.  We met sailing in Hawaii, got married in Greece and now live in San Francisco by the beach. About 4 years ago, David left his corporate position and now runs his own business, Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli.


I’m grateful that my sister, Helen Pappas, Class of 80, and my brother, George Pappas, Class of 81, both live here in San Francisco.  Helen is married to John Johnston and they have a smart, handsome, and charming son (my Godson) Nicholas Johnston. We’ll miss him when he goes off to college next year, but we’re excited to see him pursue his dreams!

George worked in San Francisco after college for some time and then went back to Greece and fulfilled his requirement to serve in the Greek military. Later he opened a restaurant and then an OPAP establishment and café.  Eventually he came back to San Francisco and now he works with David at Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli.

I will forever be grateful for the time I had in Greece and at ACS!  The teachers, friends and experiences shaped me, gave me joy and prepared me for a lifetime of opportunity.  Truly memorable moments to cherish!  I look forward to spending more time in Greece, traveling to new places, and sailing more often while helping as many people as I can get healthy or stay healthy! Cheers, OPA and Mahalo! 



Top: Joanne with Mom

Middle: Joanne with her aunt

Bottom: Sister Helen and son Nicholas Johnston












Appointment of Ms. Annie Constantinides to The Board Of  Trustees for the IAAAC 

Ms. Annie Constantinides was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the IAAAC (International Association of Athletic Administrators & Coaches) on September 1, 2017. As a IAAAC Trustee Member Ms. Constantinides can hold the position for a five year term with the responsibility of supporting the objectives of the IAAAC. 


Ms. Constantinides will have all the privileges and responsibilities of being a Board Member of the IAAAC.


Ms. Constantinides will be spearheading the IAAAC Sport – In International School Journal. She brings to the IAAAC over 23 years in Athletics as a college athlete, teacher, coach, athletic director, and published researcher with valuable experience in the area of college placement for international school athletes.









Dr. Peggy Pelonis, Dean of Student Affairs, presenting at the Alliance for International Education Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Promoting international mindedness with research for professional development in international schools through the University of Bath, UK and using an ACS Athens professional development mode.



GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community


HARD ROCK CAFÉ ATHENS

www.hardrock.com/athens
Now offering all ACS ATHENS GLOBAL Members a special discount of 20% on food, coffees & soft drinks. Discount is valid up to Dec. 30, 2017. You must present your ID card to receive this discount.


Become a member at ACSAthensGlobal.org, and visit the Global BizNET page. Email us at info@acsathensglobal.org to receive your membership card by email.



ACS Athens Alum Peter Hunt promotes his latest book 

The Lost Intruder


(photo courtesy Rob Wilson).










Alum George Dedemadis specializes in Civil, Commercial and Criminal Law.

He invites all ACS alumni to the office for any case they may need help with. He has already had many clients that were students at our school.




George has recently published a novel called “Styx”:

"Styx is a philosophical narrative concerning the facets of modern day life that have been forgotten in the humdrum of our everyday existence. The main hero is Andrew, an attorney of the Athens Bar, although he could have been any successful professional. The book begins with an examination of Andrew’s life as a university student, and how he held high so many ideals. At the height of his success, he realizes that he has sacrificed everything he holds dear to reach that station in life. while “chasing” after the woman of his dreams. For the remainder of the book he desperately attempts to recapture all that he has lost.”


Contact Information:
George Dedemadis BA (Econ), LL.B.
Attorney at Law

13-15 Sifnou Street
Athens, 11254
Greece

Tel./Fax: + 30 210 202 9594
Facebook Webpage: https://www.facebook.com/dedemadislaw/
Email: george@dedemadis.eu, gdedemadis@hotmail.com


ACS Athens Alum 

Alexander Voutsas

one of three photographers featured in an exhibit depicting architectural landscapes


Nov 14 - Jan 20

in 

Chania, Crete!

Click here


































WOW! What a Kickstart!

ACS Athens Alum Parthenon Huxley's new album was over 75% funded...after ONE day!

If you'd like to join the fun and get rewarded for backing Hux's new album, please go here:

New Parthenon Huxley Album

"ABOUT TIME YOU MET: 

FAYE PALMQVIST

FOUNDER OF SWEET ELEMENTS" 

- AboutTimeMagazine, UK

ACS Athens Alum Faye Palmqvist... making it big in London! Read her interview here!


See how Stratis Camatsos's vision became reality with his return to his grandparents' land. 
As an entrepreneur in the Olive Oil production business, Stratis demonstrates  recycling with roots and wings.
Saturday, November 11.
For more information:




Thanksgiving Dinner at 

Speranza Italian Dining owned by Alums Sonia and Astrid Speranza

Come and celebrate Thanksgiving with us this year! There will be turkey and trimmings... all with an Italian twist! Be sure to book in advance as seating is limited!

Filonos 90 & Filellinon 9, 18536 Peiraiá, Attiki, Greece

Details here!



First Grade Teacher
(Maternity Leave Replacement)
ACS Athens, a student-centered international school, embracing American educational philosophy, principles and values, is seeking to recruit a First Grade teacher to teach Elementary School students. The teacher reports to the Elementary School Principal.

DUTIES:

• Provides learning experiences while creating an environment that is conducive to student learning and involvement;
• Monitors students' understanding of the curriculum effectively and adjusts instruction, materials, or assessments when appropriate;
• Evaluates, utilizes innovative approaches, and refines instructional strategies, including the effective use of technologies available to teachers such as interactive boards, to increase student learning, involvement, and confidence to learn for the social, emotional, and academic well – being;
• Demonstrates appreciation for and sensitivity to the diversity among individuals and strives to ensure equitable opportunities for student learning;
• Demonstrates positive and effective classroom management skills;
• Maintains and improves professional competence through attendance of professional development events;
• Shares responsibility for accomplishing the goals and priorities of his/her grade /team/ department;
• Plans for student field trips that are aligned with the existing curriculum;

• Other duties, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Teaching License or equivalent in Elementary Education;
• Academic degrees from an accredited University/College in Elementary Education;
• At least two years of relevant teaching experience, required;
• Ability to clearly and effectively communicate, both orally and written, in English to students (native speaker fluency required);

• Commitment to remain current in content knowledge and teaching strategies.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
To be considered for this vacancy, please reference job title and your last name in the subject line (e.g. RE: FIRST_SMITH), and submit in English:
• Cover letter, which should include a statement of your educational philosophy;
• Resume, which should contain applicable license/certification information and;

• The contact information for three professional references.

Submit the above required information to jobs@acs.gr.

Deadline: November 17th.

ACS Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, or disability in admission to, access to, employment in, or treatment in its programs and activities. ACS Athens is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in our workplace. The school system’s educational philosophy and HR goals, including the goal of equal employment opportunity, will be considered in filling all positions.


Third Grade Teacher (Substitute position – until June 2018)
ACS Athens, a student-centered international school, embracing American educational philosophy, principles and values, is seeking to recruit a Third Grade teacher to teach Elementary School students. The teacher reports to the Elementary School Principal.

DUTIES:

• Provides learning experiences while creating an environment that is conducive to student learning and involvement;
• Monitors students' understanding of the curriculum effectively and adjusts instruction, materials, or assessments when appropriate;
• Evaluates, utilizes innovative approaches, and refines instructional strategies, including the effective use of technologies available to teachers such as interactive boards, to increase student learning, involvement, and confidence to learn for the social, emotional, and academic well – being;
• Demonstrates appreciation for and sensitivity to the diversity among individuals and strives to ensure equitable opportunities for student learning;
• Demonstrates positive and effective classroom management skills;
• Maintains and improves professional competence through attendance of professional development events;
• Shares responsibility for accomplishing the goals and priorities of his/her grade /team/ department;
• Plans for student field trips that are aligned with the existing curriculum;

• Other duties, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

• Teaching License or equivalent in Elementary Education;
• Academic degrees from an accredited University/College in Elementary Education;
• At least two years of relevant teaching experience, required;
• Ability to clearly and effectively communicate, both orally and written, in English to students(native speaker fluency required);

• Commitment to remain current in content knowledge and teaching strategies.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

To be considered for this vacancy, please reference job title and your last name in the subject line (e.g. RE: THIRD_SMITH), and submit in English:
• Cover letter, which should include a statement of your educational philosophy;
• Resume, which should contain applicable license/certification information and;

• The contact information for three professional references.

Submit the above required information to jobs@acs.gr.

Deadline: November 17th.

ACS Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, or disability in admission to, access to, employment in, or treatment in its programs and activities. ACS Athens is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in our workplace. The school system’s educational philosophy and HR goals, including the goal of equal employment opportunity, will be considered in filling all positions.





Two great alumni events are slated for 2018. Both are reprisals of reunions earlier this year, successful on account of their volunteer organizers. Keep updated on details of these exciting events:


CAPE CHARLES GOES GREEK!

ACS GREAT ROUNDUP 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Cape Charles, Virginia

Details here

https://www.acsgreatroundup.com/






ACS VEGAS 2018!

July 12 - 14. 2018 

 at the Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Details here














Mark Wolper describes how his ACS Athens experience shaped his friendships and his future:

"ACS defined who I have become. Partially because it was in Greece, but mostly because of the education, the community, and because it fostered a consistent and magnificent expansion of my interest in learning. I am a lifelong learner because of ACS.


I began my education at ACS in 2nd grade in 1967 and continued all the way through to graduation in 1979.  It is funny to look back and think about how much trouble I got into back then, yet STILL got an amazing education. I was not the athlete in school, although I did play soccer. I was not the brainiac, although I did get really good grades. I was not the most popular, but I did make many lifelong friends. What I enjoyed the most was MUN, Forensics and Drama. I think these are all reasons I ended up in the profession that I have successfully found myself.


Mark with Craig Celnicker and Mike Donahue, in Athens (top) and in China (bottom).






I am a film and TV producer and have a production company at Warner Bros. I followed my father’s footsteps into the entertainment biz. Mostly I do television, TV drama series that are very successful in the United States like Bates Motel and the new ROOTS. But, I also do big mini series, like Thornbirds, North and South, Salem’s Lot. And sometimes I even do reality tv shows like Penn & Teller: Bullshit and Bait Car. These shows have brought me 9 Emmy nominations, recognition from Cannes, Sundance and even a Peabody. No, I am still working on an Academy Award!


Far more important than all of these things is my family: my amazing wife who is an amazing mother, and our three kids who keep me young, balance, happy and technologically embarrassed. 


As a testament to true connections with ACS and Greece, my wife and I married in Greece (up in Arachova), and baptized all our children in Greece. My mother and father still live there and we visit most summers. All the kids want to move there! Both of my brothers, Michael and Richard as well as my sister Leslie (all younger) grew up in Greece, like me. In fact my sister married a Greek and, until just recently, lived in Glyfada. It is very likely that I will end up back in Greece. Who knows, maybe even teaching at ACS. Someone please offer me a job!


Mark, wife Amy and their three children



I do serve on the board of trustees for ACS Athens and love every minute of hearing about and contributing to the continued success and growth of the school. I want EVERY kid that goes there to have the same experience I had. More importantly I want them all to become “lifelong learners” as I have.


I love to fly, skydive, camp, scuba, ski and scuba. I even combine flying with charitable work, flying sick patients to hospital for an organization called “Angel Flight”. The skiing is a result of my living in Greece and loving Arachova and Delphi so much. Yes, for those of you who don’t know, you can ski in Greece!


What is really interesting to me is that most of my closest friends and best memories are not from college years as appears to be the common experience. My friend group is all the people I grew up with in Greece: Greg Kinnear, Chris Maratos, David Geha, Scott Parazynski, and several others. Some of who, as you may have noted, also ended up in Los Angeles in my same industry. I don’t think this is a coincidence as much as it is representative of the powerful influence and impact ACS had on all of us, and the bonding power of that experience. To have traveled the world (China, Russia, Netherlands, Egypt, and all over Greece) with ACS and these guys sort of makes you a family. I guess I feel like ACS is part of my family and Greece is the home we lived in together."



Throughout the years, Mark has been one of the school's biggest supporters, both financially and educationally.

In addition to serving on the Board, he has lectured the IB Theater Arts class and has contributed two of his films for school fundraisers. The mini-series The Mists of Avalon held its world premiere at the Athinaida in Athens, in 2001. Mark flew in with props from the film which were auctioned off at the Gala dinner. Funds raised were donated to the building of the ACS Athens Theater. 







Mark also kindly donated his 2006 movie The Year Without a Santa Claus, starring John Goodman, which filled the ACS Athens Theater at the PTO Christmas Bazaar.      -Editors






















A delegation from ACS Athens including, Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, Director MaryAnn Augoustatos and 6 Academy students visited Hisar School in Istanbul, Turkey 

 in September in order to experience their IdeaLab and benefit from the technological experience of their students. The purpose of the visit was to get inspiration and ideas for our own incubator project currently underway at ACS Athens. Here's the announcement made on the Hisar School website:



ACSAthens published its first commemorative history book, “ACS Athens 1945 - 2017: Serving Humanity” 

We hope you will enjoy every page!  Secure a copy of this book here.



GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community


HARD ROCK CAFÉ ATHENS

www.hardrock.com/athens
Now offering all ACS ATHENS GLOBAL Members a special discount of20%on food, coffees & soft drinks. Discount is valid up to Dec. 30, 2017. You must present your ID card to receive this discount.


Become a member at ACSAthensGlobal.org, and visit the Global BizNET page. Email us at info@acsathensglobal.org to receive your membership card by email.



Don't miss the NYC Premiere of ACSer Tom Stamatios Hiotis' movie Swing Away


Rooting for ACS Athens alumChristiana Sioka on The Voice of Greece. See her blind audition here!





I live in light...

 Lighting creations by ACSer Marco Issaiadis now available at 193 Kiffisias in Maroussi


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Submittal Requirements. Each article submitted needs to be provided as follows:


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AYA/ACS/BASE Great Round Up,  Monterey, October 6-8, 2017

Alumni and Friends of ACS Athens in the New York Metropolitan Area are invited to join Dean Sirigos at an informal networking reception 


Kellari Taverna, 19 West 44 Street in Manhattan

6-8 PM Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Kindly inform alumni who might not see this notice. Please RSVP to Dean Sirigos or 347-452-3502 by Friday, October 20.





Constantine was 'stung by the showbiz bug' from a very young age.  It is by no means coincidence or luck that he is on Broadway: his determination was apparent from his high school years.  He came to ACS Athens “fresh off the boat” in 1995 from the Greek public gymnasio in Chania, Crete into the Boarding Unit.  While at ACS, he was cast as the lead (Tony) in the school production ofWest Side Story,his “first role in a proper musical.”  Constantine says “in a rather serendipitous full circle moment, the Director of that production, Patricia Mongelli, came to see me on Broadway last week as Gleb Vaganov inAnastasia.” 


Playing the part of Gleb Vaganov in Anastasia


In his second year at ACS Athens, he organized and MC’d the Talent Show and also sang ‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Miserables “about thirty years too young,” he claims.  During those years, he also took singing lessons from John Modenos, one of the most famous Greek opera singers at the time. 


In his senior year, Constantine attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, a premier prep school in the US.  He received hiscollege-level musical training at Manhattan School of Music, in New York City. 


“I have been a Broadway actor in New York City for the past 13 years. The other Broadway production I appeared in was in the original revival cast ofEvitastarring Ricky Martin.  I have toured with Emmy and Tony Award winning actress (and the original Glinda inWicked), Kristen Chenoweth.  Together, we have performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Sanger Theater in New Orleans, the Smith Center in Las Vegas and on tour in Australia, including the Sydney Opera House.  I have performed all over the country, originating roles in new musicals and in revivals of beloved chestnuts.”


Performing with Kristen Chenoweth


“I am currently doing double duty, performing inAnastasiaeight times per week on Broadway, while attending Parsons School of Design, pursuing a degree in Interior Design. It’s a lot, even for this multi-tasking New Yorker, so I budget my time down to the New York minute!”


Cast of Anastasia            


"Father/Daughter" photo.

Constantine’s family has established the Germanacos Family Foundation, headed by his mother Anne, which focuses on bridging the divide between Palestine and Israel through the arts and education, as well as supporting national public radio programs, and educational programs in the US. 




Betsy Morgan as Clara and Constantine Germanacosas Fabrizio. Photo by Alex Weisman

Constantine is the proud recipient of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of Fabrizio in the five-time Tony Award winning musical,The Light In the Piazza.  He was also nominated for Denver’s Henry Award for his portrayal of Vincenzo in two-time Tony Award Winning Kathleen Marshall’s production ofThe Unsinkable Molly Brown.


Family

“I love to travel (35+ countries so far!), expanding my cultural horizons and visual references. New York is an epicenter of contemporary art, so I make it a point to visit art galleries at least once a month.  I have a beautiful Vizsla dog, Roman, who takes up much of my free time, and a (yes) beautiful boyfriend, Jason who takes up the rest! He is from New Orleans, also an actor, currently performing in the musicalChicagoon Broadway and is simultaneously pursuing a career in film and television production and directing. In fact, he just finished shooting a video today with the pop singer, Brandy, here in New York City.”   


Constantine’s father is Greek (Spartan) and Cypriot and grew up in Wales.  His mother is a “fourth generation San Franciscan and is Jewish.”  He has two older half-siblings who live in Athens.  His younger brother, Alexander, is finishing his degree in social therapy and lives in San Francisco.  His parents have homes in San Francisco and outside of Chania on Crete, dividing their time between the two. 


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With Peggy Pelonis, Steve Medeiros, Belina Korovessis in NYC

Among all his fond memories at ACS Athens, Constantine recalls two people who left an “indelible mark” on him during his time at ACS Athens.  “As a part of the boarding unit staff, Ms. Belina Korovessis intuitively offered me friendship and mentorship, which were desperately needed by my closeted, awkward, theater nerd self!  On my behalf, Mr. Steve Medeiros graciously stood up to some school bullies that threw homophobic epithets my way.  His bravery to do so in Greece in the mid-90s, when homosexuality was not widely accepted, astounded me and still does.  In a deeply moving effort, both of these remarkable individuals came to see me inAnastasiaon Broadway earlier this summer.  I would not be where I am today without their generosity and kindness.”


 You can find Constantine on Instagram @constantineroman.



In our June issue, we featured William (Chip) and Aliki Ammerman. 

We regret to inform our readers that since then, William Ammerman passed away at the age of 80.  

Rest in Peace, Mr. Ammerman.


Photo provided by his son, Phllip Ammerman






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Publication by ACS Athens Faculty and Administrators now in Stanford University Library here

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ACS Athens alumni and community members who would be interested in enrolling their children at ACS Athens: read about this new Thomas Gialamas 

3 year full scholarship



ACSAthens published its first commemorative history book, “ACS Athens 1945 - 2017: Serving Humanity” 

chronicling the evolution of ACS Athens and its impact on the community and society. With a nostalgic twist, seven decades come to life through over 500 vivid images and narrative, evoking memories and giving way to the promise of an exciting future. 

Written by Amalia Melis and designed and illustrated by Leda Tsoukia, this commemorative history book offers insight on how, over its 70 year journey, ACS Athens has evolved into a leading international academic institution. 

Civic engagement, academic curiosity, commitment, trust and community energy, are just a few of the words that describe ACS Athens - an institution where young minds are shaped and students emerge as well-rounded, educated, and ethical global citizens who are productive members of any society in which they choose to live.

We hope you will enjoy every page!  Secure a copy of this book here.




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Check out ACS AlumAlkistis Agioritis’ 

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The 3 Greatest Secrets of Finding Happiness & Fulfillment (Eudaimonia), as taught by Socrates. 

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"I’m so excited to be a co-author of this book! Beautiful stories that will inspire you in so many ways...I'll be sharing how I made my own "shift" to a more fulfilling life. This book is going to be amazing!"

- Lorraine Tilbury

 #YourShiftMatters



Proud to announce that ACS Athens Alum and javelin thrower

Giannis Kyriazis 

came in 6th in the World in the World Track and Field Championships this summer!






ACS Athens Alum Alexander Venetakis recovers a 26-year-old swimmer, after an exhaustive all-night search by land, sea and helicopter

A security alert went out in the port of Mavro Lithari on Sunday night when three friends of a 26-year-old foreigner informed authorities that their friend had been lost at sea. The 26-year-old disappeared after taking a boat out for a swim near the island of Arsinoe. Portsmen immediately began a search which concluded when Alexander Venetakis rescued the swimmer in the area of Saronida, in his boat, the KATHY. Bravo, Alexander!



Congratulations Ellen Froustis for inspiring youth through EIMAI! Story of Nobel Laureate headlining PeaceJam Youth Conference in Athens here


Congrats to ACSers Byron and PhilipVassiliadis!

One of the largest PV systems of Net Metering in Greece has been competed!

This great project was carried out by Antipollution S.A. under the supervision of GREEN S.A. and was completed in 26 July 2017.


The PV system that was built on the roofs of Antipollution S.A. in Aspropyrgos is 200kW. This means that after this investment, 40% of the energy consumption of the Antipollution plant, where the project was installed, will now come from green energy. This reduces pollutant emissions as well as factory footprint.


The completion of the project took 3 weeks.  Link to video available here.



Kudos to alumsCallie and Faye Bochisfor their success! Olive Branchis one of Chattanooga's most under-rated eateries! Read the whole reviewhere 




The amazing work of ACS Athens Alum Mano Cris!

Check out the great video showcasing Mano's Robot Series here









Check out ACS Alum Diana Wynnberry’s latest collectionhere


I am an ACS Athens alum seeking to rent my home in Kifissia. The address is Eleon and Kiffisoula, 165 sq m in size, occupying the entire 3rd (top) floor. Available for viewing in September, and for rent October 1st. The house has three bedrooms: master size plus two main bathrooms, balcony towards the bedrooms plus a washing room. In the sitting room there is a fireplace with a sliding door separating the dinning room with a big veranda, a kitchen with its own balcony plus store room. The heating system is autonomous. Solar panels provide hot water. Garage is underground, and provides space for two cars with remote for opening and closing door. A luxury apartment and family house.

Please contact me, Thelxi, at 693 333 4009, or at Thelxi Trochalis 


Share! We are calling forarticlesandblog submissionsthat cover the professional practices of our members.  If you have a professional perspective you’d like to share with other ACSAthensGlobal members, please email us atinfo@acsathensglobal.org

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Electronic form using standard editable text, like Microsoft Word. Please include your name, and an email address at which you’d prefer to receive professional contact, if desired. Feel free to include biographical details like professional designations, digital photographs, and availability for follow-up contact.

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All Class Reunion,Baltimore, MD, September 21-24, 2017

AYA/ACS/BASE Great Round Up,Monterey, October 6-8, 2017




The 

Ammermans


We take a fond look back at two faculty members, whose dedication and sacrifice many of us reflect upon so fondly and gratefully.  They have no idea of the impact they have had on our lives...



"I am probably the luckiest man alive.


Let me explain.


I was born in Bristol, and went to local schools. I studied English at the University of Connecticut with the intention of becoming a high school teacher. My first teaching job was in New York State; then I drove my TR3 to California where I taught for a year. But the world was calling.


I took the boat in New York and landed in Cherbourg. Paris was the best introduction to Europe I could possibly have. Then I went to Germany in search of my roots. My money was running out, though, and I had to look for a job. A taxi driver told me to look for a job at the Frankfurt International School, and I was lucky to find a vacant position teaching 4-5th grade. Things really didn’t work for me in Frankfurt. I was the only 'Yank' at the school and the 'Brits' forgot the American Independence Day and what that entails. I did some sight-seeing, notably the Berlin Wall and East Berlin. However, the “price wasn’t right,” as they say, and I decided to leave in mid-year and go to India to drive an ambulance. I moved slowly through the Italian Alps and down to Ancona, where I took a boat to Piraeus.


Greece! It was a sunny and warm day in January, and the oranges were cheap. I decided to stay for awhile. But I had no money, and a trip to ACS had no results. I was staying with a Greek family, and was able to get some private lessons. I still had too much free time, however. I thought of dropping in an English class held at the auditorium in the University of Athens. Yes! A British professor was lecturing on “Great Expectations.” He did not mind my attending his class, and I could stay out of the cold.


That’s where I met Aliki, and decided to stick around for as long as I could.

In September I went to Rhodes to organize a “school” for 6 students, children of employees who ran the Voice of America radio station. It was actually a home-schooling operation, only the parents were not able to carry it out, so they hired me. I came back to Athens during the Thanksgiving weekend to meet Aliki’s parents.

The next day, President Kennedy was assassinated. There are no words to describe the shock that hit us all, as we heard the news on the radio.


But life goes on. In the summer Aliki and I were married, and in September I got a job teaching 4th grade in the Middle School, under Principal George Pimenides. This was the beginning of my ACS experience, a journey which took me through the Academy English Department, then the Counseling Office, Assistant Principal, Principal, and teacher again at the end. A total of sixteen years!

Learning station in the dome.


The dome was designed by Matt Pauley and made by his students in the shop. My thoughts go back to those years when I was the Principal of the Academy. My assistant Bruce Hunt and I had to run a school of over 800 students. Space was a problem, and so were suitable programs for a diverse student body. We had to think of a balanced program, one that could accommodate all students. Along with the regular courses, we offered advanced courses for those who wished to be academically challenged. We were the first school in Greece to introduce the IB program. We also had courses for the students who did not plan to continue their studies: mechanical drawing, shop, home economics, typing and shorthand. We even designed a work-study program for some students so they could get some idea of what it was like to “go to work.”


My involvement at ACS went beyond running the Academy. I liked to act in school plays, and took part in some Academy productions; The Diary of Anne Frank comes to mind among others. I also took part in a Childrens’ Theater Group production. I was the grandfather in Taro To Kame, an original play created by the Elementary school children through improvisation. After hearing a Japanese fairy tale, the children wrote the script and composed the music under the direction of Carol Waterman. Inara Papasideri designed and made the costumes and the sets, other members of the group did the lights, designed the program, sold the tickets, and helped in any way that was needed. It was a beautiful performance in the Zirides School Theater in front of big audience.


With so many students, and their parents; and so many teachers and staff, Bruce and I spent long hours at school. We were there at 7 o’clock every morning, and rarely went home before 7 in the evening. Often, we had to go to school on weekends, to do the things we could not do during the week. Our families suffered because of our schedule. After four years at the post, I decided I had                             enough. I resigned, and went back into the classroom where it’s possible to have some rewards                             along with the difficulties.


The following year, my friend David Larsen, the Executive Director of the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, resigned and recommended that I apply for the position. I did, and I was selected. I ran the Foundation for the next twenty years. But that’s another story.

What do I remember most from my days at ACS? It was open and flexible to innovative ideas and the administration was willing to give you a chance for advancement, if you had the qualifications and will to work hard. My advancement through the ranks attests to that. I was lucky to work with people like Bruce Hunt, Nick Econopouly, Stanly Haas, John Dorbis, Jean Nicolaou, Nicole Maglivera, Jack Marlow, Steve Smith, to name just a few. How can I ever forget Ron Davenport, coach Constantinides, and Bill Keyser, Dite Allsebrook and all those teachers who passed through, but left something behind? How can I forget students like Arthur Anderson, Charlie Eliot, Matt Barrett, and Ritsa Panagiotou, to name just a few?


Sometimes I’m thinking: what is a Bristol boy doing here? And I realize again and again how lucky I was that day when I wandered in the streets of Piraeus wondering what to do next. It was the beginning of a new journey, my Greek journey. I met great people; I had a family; I had a challenging and successful career. And, I had the chance to live a beautiful life here in Greece.

I am probably the luckiest man alive."





"I was born and grew up in Greece. I was a top student up to the age of sixteen, and then Algebra II and Trigonometry hit me in the face. I never recovered from the shock. Luckily, I had to take entrance exams to attend the University of Athens, and they did not include math in any form or level. Literature and the Law were my interests, and I labored all summer long preparing for the exams. The first results posted were those of the English Department. It was the second year of the department’s operation, and the professors were eager to go to work. They were the first to begin classes. So I thought I’d give it a try while waiting for the Law School exams. I liked it. Three weeks later, the Law School posted the results, and I had passed; but no matter how much my father insisted that I study Law, I was already hooked on Byron and Yeats. I stayed in the English Department, and this was the decision that formed my future life. I never regretted it.


In my third year, and during a lecture on Great Expectations, I met Chip. It was friendship at fist that grew into a deep affection over the next few months. Our relationship was based on the same interests: books and reading, conversation and exchange of ideas, movies, music, the love for travel. We decided to get married, and this was my second life-forming decision.


When I graduated from the University of Athens, I got a job teaching English in a Greek public school. What a disappointment! Classes with 60 students each, very few of whom wanted to learn English. I saw 1200 students every week. 1200 hundred papers to correct and grade. Did I want to spend my life traveling to the other end of town to prove that I could not and wished not to teach? At the end of the school year I quit. Chip and I went to Chapel Hill where he earned an MAT and I worked at the circulation desk. We could have stayed in Chapel Hill. I was accepted at the Classics Department, and Chip could easily get a job. But with the military takeover of April 1967 I was concerned about my parents and we returned home.

At the Athens College Theater ticket booth with Bessy Froustis. Stan Demetral and Barbara Zolliker standing in the back


Back in Athens, Chip worked at the ACS Academy. I enrolled at the University again, where I attended classes in the Archeology Department; my favorite course was on Mycenean Greece taught by the stellar archeologist Professor Marinatos. I also got a job as a library assistant at the Middle school library run by Lynn Dorris, and the Academy library, run by Ellie Fousekis. I loved working in the libraries and learned a lot about the operation of each.

Jack Rogers and daughter Anita perform Greek folk songs in the Library


The next year was pivotal in my life. The new Elementary School building was finished, and there was a reorganization of the system. Grades K-4 moved to the new building and formed the Primary Education unit. Grades 5-8 formed the Middle School. The High school remained the same. I was asked to work in the Elementary school.

It was not just a move to a new building. It was a move to a new Open Space educational system: there were no walls to separate the classes. At the same time, a new program in Math was adopted called IPI Math, or Individually Prescribed Instruction in mathematics. Every student enrolled in the Elementary school sat at a big open space to work on a math booklet. Students worked at their own level and not necessarily at their grade level. Teachers and aides supervised the lot. I was in charge of the booklet distribution. The rest of the day I worked in the Library, which was located at one end of ground floor, next to the stage.

And who was the mastermind of this experiment? Hurley Hanley, a man of vision and courage. A Principal who ate lunch with the students in the playground! An innovator, a friendly and a kind man.

For me it was an amazing transformation. Being the baby of my extended family, I grew up among adults, and could only communicate with that age level. Now I began for the first time to understand, and like, young children. Based on this experience I decided that I wanted to become a children’s librarian and at the end of the year I applied to the library school at Peabody College. Chip also enrolled for a higher degree in Education. Our year at Peabody was busy and easy. We got new degrees, and our first son, Philip.

The year after that, I got a part-time job at the ACS Elementary Library, and this was the beginning of my long career in the school.

We had a second son, Alexander, and when the time came they both attended ACS. I worked under 11 principals and tried different new programs, like: IPI, brought in by Hurley Hanley; IGE (Individually Guided Education) introduced by Lee Howard; and Edupraxis, a literature program that promoted independent reading introduced by Roger  Vanderhye.



Greek class fieldtrip at the Dionysos Theater with Sissy Christodoulides


The students are working on a guide Sissy and I prepared for the trip.

What was it like for me in those days? The most important aspect in my career was the professional freedom and encouragement I enjoyed. The administration approved my ideas and suggestions for programs beyond the established routines, not to mention a reasonable yearly budget for new books. My primary goal was to develop a great book collection, and to promote reading for research and pleasure. I read thousands of book reviews every year in order to buy the best new publications. 


I developed a good collection of books about Greece to support the Greek studies program. I designed lesson plans and taught students how to use the library and its resources. I promoted books and reading through story hour, displays, learning stations, author visits, but most importantly through individual guidance. I could not have done any of this, if I did not have great teachers to work with. We worked as a team to promote books and reading, Greek culture, science programs, fieldtrips, holidays. The library was a tool of learning and an integral part of the educational process in the school. Anything we wanted to do beyond the prescribed curriculum was approved and supported by the administration. It was a dream!


I was lucky to work with Nick Econopouly, my mentor in issues of cultural adjustment prevalent among new ACS students. He helped me find ways to promote my own culture throughout my career. He and Chip co-authored a book with case studies of cultural adjustment titled Peanut Butter and Yogurt, published by Scott Foresman in 1971.


I was also lucky to work under John Dorbis, a supportive leader who worked in quiet ways; and, with Roger Vanderhye, who was not as tough as he wanted us to believe at first, but had a tender and caring heart. Like Hurley Hanley, not only he came with new ideas, but he also respected and supported those teachers who wanted to try ideas of their own, outside the prescribed curriculum.



Re-enactment of the Panathenaic Procession – the end of a unit on ancient Athens


It was a pleasure to work with great teachers like Jane Thomas-Mantarakis, Mary Kouyoumtzoglou, Kathleen Nisirios, Cheryl Makris, Nassie Benetatos, Carol Waterman, and Inara Papasideri. They always supported library programs like the Reading Marathon, fundraising for the Acropolis Museum, the re-enactment of the Panathenaic Procession and scores of others. Becoming a member of the Children’s Theater Group to help Carol Waterman and Inara Papasideri produce original plays, was one of the top experiences I had during my tenure at ACS. 




Working on the script of The boy who could sing pictures with Carol Waterman and Judy Delarosa

My adult life has been full of surprises. When I started my journey on the day I attended my first class at the University of Athens, I thought I had my path all marked out. I never factored in Chip, a change in career, and the bi-cultural life that fell to my lot. I never expected to have two wonderful sons: Philip, who ferociously keeps his independence in a competitive world, and Alexander, who is “a very hip YO and a wonderful teacher,” in the words of his students. The challenges I faced were sometimes hard, and not always welcome; but oh, what a triumph it was to overcome them!


In closing this narrative I would like to thank all those administrators and teachers who supported my ideas and programs. But most of all, I want to thank those thousands of students who accepted the library as an extension of their classroom. To those of you who sat at the dome to hear me read a story to you; and to those of you who accepted my recommendation for a book to read, I say “Thank you, for being part of my life.”


Retired... and still active.


Steve Medeiros, Dean of Academics, Peggy Pelonis, Dean of Student Affairs and 12 ACS Athens students at the ACS Athens Summer Leadership Academy at Widener University.    Exploring our ethical competencies and potential with gifted teacher and scholar Dr. Arthur Schwartz. 


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ACS Athens alumni and community members who would be interested in enrolling their children at ACS Athens: read about this new Thomas Gialamas 

3 year full scholarship

 

ACSAthens published its first commemorative history book, “ACS Athens 1945 - 2017: Serving Humanity” 

chronicling the evolution of ACS Athens and its impact on the community and society. With a nostalgic twist, seven decades come to life through over 500 vivid images and narrative, evoking memories and giving way to the promise of an exciting future. 

Written by Amalia Melis and designed and illustrated by Leda Tsoukia, this commemorative history book offers insight on how, over its 70 year journey, ACS Athens has evolved into a leading international academic institution. 

Civic engagement, academic curiosity, commitment, trust and community energy, are just a few of the words that describe ACS Athens - an institution where young minds are shaped and students emerge as well-rounded, educated, and ethical global citizens who are productive members of any society in which they choose to live.

We hope you will enjoy every page!  Secure a copy of this book here.



Coming to Athens this summer?  Check out ACS Athens Alum Lefteris Kaldis' Emmantina Hotel in the Glyfada area... http://www.emmantina.gr/en/



Upcoming Shows Produced by ACS Athens Parent Vanessa Adam




ACS Athens '16 graduate Lila Boutari




Congratulations Perennial Champion ACS Athens alum Sofia Constandinidou for winning the Gold Medal in the Table Tennis Doubles event at the World Senior Games!



ACS alum Victoria Elmacioglu

"Watch the latest Bake Dance episode on either FB or YouTube. Please subscribe to my channel, share if you like it and let me know your thoughts and comments!"

Near Bridgeport, CT? You must drop by Nick and Gus Vlamis' place for a yummy meal! www.hotdog1.com



Share! We are calling for articles and blog submissionsthat cover the professional practices of our members.  If you have a professional perspective you’d like to share with other ACSAthensGlobal members, please email us atinfo@acsathensglobal.org


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Electronic form using standard editable text, like Microsoft Word. Please include your name, and an email address at which you’d prefer to receive professional contact, if desired. Feel free to include biographical details like professional designations, digital photographs, and availability for follow-up contact.

Sources referenced must be cited. All articles must be the author’s original work.

All Class Reunion, Baltimore, MD, November 21-24, 2017

AYA/ACS/BASE Great Round Up, Monterey, October 6-8, 2017


 








Excellence and Pride Blend with Glow of Fellowship at ACS Athens Alumni Award Dinner by Dean Sirigos


NEW YORK - One of Manhattan’s most enchanting spaces was filled with appreciation, inspiration, and fellowship on April 30 when the American Community Schools (ACS) Athens hosted its first Alumni Awards Dinner at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park.


Guests who learned about the school for the first time that day marveled at the affection among alumni and faculty for the Halandri-based school and for one another that was reflected in conversation at tables and on the video screens. A video and photo montage highlighted special moments - from its 1945 founding through the past 12 years under the presidency of Dr. Stefanos Gialamas - of the distinguished PreK-12 school based on American principles and whose language of instruction is English.


Pride was also the order of the day as two beloved alumni were honored. Dr. Scott Parazynski (below), a member of the US Astronaut Hall of Fame, received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Nick Karambelas, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees in the USA.


Dr. Anna Kaltsas (below), an infectious disease specialist with teaching appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, was presented the Emerging Young Leader Award by Timothy Ananiadis, Vice Chairman of the Board for Greece.


One of the highlights was a moving address by George Logothetis, Chairman and CEO Libra Group, the international conglomerate whose website leads with words that also reflect ACS’s mission: “Responsible. Thoughtful. Global.”



Emcee Yanna Darilis, President and Managing Partner of New Greek TV, set the tone as she moved the program forward with enthusiasm and grace. There was humor too. Suheil Sabbagh, chairman of the ACS Board of Trustees, welcomed the guests and declared “ACS has attained such heights that “the sky is the limit now...thanks to the leadership of Dr. Gialamas – and my guidance,” triggering laughter and applause.

Left. MC Yanna Darilis

Below: ACS Athens Board Trustees Tim Ananiadis, Suheil Sabbagh, ACS Athens President Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, Honoree Dr. Anna Kaltsas, Honoree Dr. Scott Parazynski, Global Trustee Nicholas Karambelas


Above: Dr. Gialamas, President of ACS Athens


During his remarks Gialamas noted that “ACS Athens today is a different institution from what many of you remember. There are students from 62 nationalities. Our vision over the last ten years is to develop tomorrow’s leaders with Ethos – to serve humanity. We believe there is no economic crisis... We believe there is a crisis of ethics, of principles and values,” and he declared “tonight we couldn’t have a better example of serving humanity than Mr. George Logothetis.”


The progress ACS Athens has made under Gialamas did not come easily, he said, “because you have to leave the comfort zone of preaching and move into the uncomfortable zone of doing.” He credited “a very open minded and supportive Board of Trustees.”



Above: Academic Dean Steve Medeiros, Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Peggy Pelonis, and Artie Gyftopoulos, Board Trustee, Atlantic Bank VP   Below: Helen Maravegias and Chris Perakis, committee members.



He took a moment to acknowledge “key people who made “quite a difference over these past 12 years and helped me to make a difference, citing Dr. Peggy Pelonis, Dean of Student Affairs, Academic Dean Steve Medeiros, Cathy Makropoulos, Chris Perakis, and Helen Maravegias – and thanked Yanna for “for making this evening so wonderful.”

The heart of the evening was the presentation of the Alumni Awards. Timothy Ananiadis, who is also General Manager of the Hotel Grand Bretagne, thanked Gialamas, faculty and staff on behalf of the Board before introducing Kaltsas.


“I am very humbled to be the first recipient of this award” Kaltsas said with emotion, and first thanked her parents, who beamed with pride as they looked on.


Above: Timo De Ridder, Dr. Kaltsas, Mr. and Mrs. Kaltsas and Theo Barbagiannis.


“I’m a full-blown product of ACS from first to twelfth grade…The spark started there,” she said, adding that her love of learning was nurtured by her teachers. “It was my ACS teachers who provided me with the love, the patience, and the inspiration to pursue a career in medicine. There are so many that to name only a few tonight would be unfair to many others. And they all inspired me to be a better teacher myself, as I too struggle to be an inspiration to others.”


The compassion that was also nurtured at ACS Athens complemented her passion for learning, and she extended her thanks to her patients, from whom she learns every day as they battle cancer and other diseases.


Kaltsas concluded philosophically by noting “in the end we have five or six people who will remember us, but teachers have thousands of people who will remember them for the rest of their lives. I thank each and every one of mine.”

Nicholas Karambelas, an alumnus and Vice Chairman of the Board in the USA, began on a humorous note by wondering out loud how he came to be selected for the Board, evoking laughter among classmates when he said, “back in 1971 no one would have predicted this.”

Karambelas spotlighted the life and achievements of Dr. Parazynski (Class of ’79) who went on to attend Stanford University and Stanford Medical School and in 1992 was selected to join NASA’s astronaut corps.


Looking at the crowd that filled the landmark Boathouse, Parazynski, a physician and inventor whose life includes five shuttle missions, seven space walks and climbs to the summit of Mt. Everest, said “I have never been more proud to be an alumnus of ACS.”


Parazynski said, “I’m thrilled to be here – primarily to honor the teachers and staff who helped launch my career. These are legendary teachers who inspired and challenged me,” and then read off a long list of their names and sports coaches’ who had enriched his life.


He acknowledged his parents, who were present, saying “They always supported me and were catalysts to my native curiosity.” He said of his wife, Meenakshi Wadhwa‏, “she looks like a super model but she is actually a world renowned planetary geologist and my best friend in the universe.”


Above: Mr. Ed and Mrs. Linda Parazynski, Dr. Wadhwa and Dr. Parazynski 


He then sang the praises of Greece and spoke of how wonderful it was “coming of age in the cradle of civilization, from where I was able to travel around the world and interface with different cultures – it shaped all the interactions of my life,” and added “seeing the Earth from space has been a rare gift for me…ACS gave me the keys to the space shuttle and I am so grateful.”


Parazynski concluded by saying “There are so many reasons to be hopeful for the future, especially with institutions like ACS Athens, and in closing I gratefully accept this wonderful recognition on behalf of the teachers who enabled me to live out my boyhood dreams.”


While he did not study there, elements of Logothetis’ presentation reflected the spirit of ACS Athens and the lives of its alumni.  He began by saying, “I am grateful to you, Dr. Gialamas, for all you and your staff do, for the positive impact on the lives of many. ACS is an oasis of possibility and opportunities in a sea of economic crisis…a worthy blend of the best of Greece and America, a bridge between both countries that breeds socially conscious and virtuous young men and women.”


He continued with a story: “Many years ago a young boy arrived in Greece having grown up in Tanganyika …whose family fled as refugees from a ravaged, starved and destitute Greece in 1945.” He paused and noted: “Greek blood is refugee blood.”


“This young boy was sent to ACS - and it changed his destiny. He entered a world he never experienced, from seeing sliced bread, to drinking Coca Cola, and having teachers give credit to kids. An occasional bravo does wonders to kids’ confidence,” he emphasized.


“That boy was my dad.” 


“By the 1970s that same boy made something out of nothing. He built a shipping company…and what he saw and learned at ACS, he instilled in his family and his children.”


Logothetis made a fascinating connection between Aristeia - excellence, and deinopatheia, described as “the highest degree of suffering before death. Aristeia had a moral dimension in ancient Greece, the ability to constantly inhale injustice – yet never waver from exhaling goodness and grace.”


"The humanitarian response, despite their own suffering, of the Greeks today – especially young children - to the refugees, instantiates the connection."


“Maybe the purest form of aristeia” he said, “is simply, giving, listening, and showing compassion to those who ‘deinopathoun’ - the merger of two ancient Greek words in a modern way.”

Above: Guest speaker George Logothetis, CEO and Chairman of Libra Group


Logothetis praised ACS Athens - staff and students alike – for being part of the humanitarian response to the refugee crisis by welcoming and educating unaccompanied refugee children. “Greece is on the front lines and ACS Athens is on the front lines,” he said, “and I’m very proud of the work we do together, including the Libra Group’s Home Project which recently built five shelters in 120 days for 120 children."


Logothetis praised Kaltsas and Parazynski for “living exemplary lives every day – thank you for your service to humanity.”


Darilis concluded the program by noting that with all its growth and attainments through the years, ACS Athens “remains a community school, a school that embraces others, and provides a place of belonging, often, a home far away from home. We hope you will continue to be a part of this journey,” and she thanked the event’s organizing committee, including Paola Bruno (below left), Belina Korovessis (below right), George Kantrantzos,  Helen Marvegias, Chris Perakis, Maria Sewell, Christopher Nicolelis, Yanna Darilis and Dean Sirigos.  Special mention to Artie Gyftopoulos for his contribution to making this event a success!


The evening before the awards dinner, Greek Consul General Dr. Konstantinos Koutras hosted a special reception for ACS Athens at the consulate that was an occasion for Gialamas and the Board of Trustees to honor four Americans who have presented commencement addresses at ACS Athens: Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis, President of the Boston Museum of Science, Dr. Edward Burger, President, Southwestern University, Dr. Julie Wollman, President of Widener University, and Dr. Hank Cram - President of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools where ACS Athens is accredited.

Koutras said, “This is a wonderful event for a very important school that has raised educational standards of Greece. I congratulate ACS Athens for taking the initiative to honor these important people, who become the best possible ambassadors of Greece in the USA. I learned today that all the Americans that we have met who have relationships with ACS Athens adore Greece – and I congratulate ACS Athens for that.”


 “It was a wonderful element of the celebratory weekend to welcome important officials,  presidents and provosts of universities from all over the USA who came to celebrate the success of ACS Athens,” Gialamas said. “It is a wonderful honor for us that the Consul General had the great kindness to invite us to the consulate. I personally thank Dr. Koutras, who has the sensitivity for, and understanding of the importance of bringing leaders of American universities and institutions closer to Greece. “


ACS Athens takes pride in having doubled enrollment during the past 12 years, the growth of its scholarship program, its academic programs, which expanded in unique ways, including the development and implementation of an educational paradigm called Global Morfosis, and in its partnerships with universities in the US and Europe that have led to a plethora of joint programs.




The OWL would like to acknowledge

 

Dean Sirigos 


for contributing this article to our Newsletter. 


Thanks again, Dean!





To view all photos:
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ACSAthens published its first commemorative history book, “ACS Athens 1945 - 2017:Serving Humanity” 


chronicling the evolution of ACS Athens and its impact on the community and society. With a nostalgic twist, seven decades come to life through over 500 vivid images and narrative, evoking memories and giving way to the promise of an exciting future. 

Written by Amalia Melis and designed and illustrated by Leda Tsoukia, this commemorative history book offers insight on how, over its 70 year journey, ACS Athens has evolved into a leading international academic institution. 


Civic engagement, academic curiosity, commitment, trust and community energy, are just a few of the words that describe ACS Athens - an institution where young minds are shaped and students emerge as well-rounded, educated, and ethical global citizens who are productive members of any society in which they choose to live.

We hope you will enjoy every page!  Secure a copy of this book here.


A Closer Look at a Great Evening!

On Friday, July 29, 2016, the ACS Class of 1996 attended their 20th Year Reunion in Melissia organized by Mark Frangos and Spyros Gezerlis.

Tania Tanas, May Zeibak and May’s husband Alexander Greco

Thanos Zachos, Vasilis Vogiatzis, Rena Perrakis and Katerina Nikolopoulou


Rena Perrakis and Chloe Benetatos


Mark Frangos, Geraldine Verhagen, Afrodite Xigorou, Phaedra Louca and Nick Karachalios


The Baezas, May Zeibak and Chloe Benetatos


Spyros Tourloukis and Alex Margaritis


Mark Frangos and Afrodite Xigorou


Demetris Pantazis and Greg Cartsos




Directed by ACSer George Vatistas!

The Hobbyist. A short neo-noire thriller centered around a mysterious druggist visited by Sangstrom, a seemingly ordinary man in search of an undetectable poison. Yet, Sangstrom winds up getting more than he bargained for from the sagacious alchemist.




ACSer  Renee Acker Crouser 's first exhibit at Art's Clayton Galler in Jonesboro



www.TripElina.com

Use it to organize a trip to Greece! Brought to you by ACSer Xenia Vassiliadis.



Share! We are calling for articles and blog submissions that cover the professional practices of our members.  If you have a professional perspective you’d like to share with other ACSAthensGlobal members, please email us at info@acsathensglobal.org


Submittal Requirements. Each article submitted needs to be provided as follows:

Electronic form using standard editable text, like Microsoft Word. Please include your name, and an email address at which you’d prefer to receive professional contact, if desired. Feel free to include biographical details like professional designations, digital photographs, and availability for follow-up contact.


Sources referenced must be cited. All articles must be the author’s original work.

All Class Reunion, Baltimore, MD, November 21-24, 2017

AYA/ACS/BASE Great Round Up, Monterey, October 6-8, 2017


 


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Education

My journey through ACS began in 1985 when I attended the 6th grade and it carried me all the way to my senior year in 1992. At the time, I had felt completely uprooted from my hometown in East Meadow, New York. However, the warm, international environment at ACS helped me adjust and inevitably I grew to love Greece and my roots here. Although I later wished to study journalism, I eventually studied Sociology at Deree College.


From my years at ACS, ingrained in me are the teachings and words of several teachers such as Ms. Liakos in the Middle School, Ms. Karen White, Ms. Jasonides and Mr. Medeiros in the High School. Their encouragement, knowledge, wisdom and enthusiasm are one of a kind. I truly believe that my love of writing was enhanced by some of their comments on my essays and projects. One comment by Karen White on a short story I had written was especially inspiring as I began believing in myself and in a “talent” that I kept well-hidden. (Above left is a photo of her enthusiastic observation!)


Career

Following a short-lived attempt to become a journalist, I realized that I preferred to write my own stories.  After having grown up in an environment and in an educational institution such as ACS that encourages reading and literacy, I began exploring the educational system of Greece.  Once I realized how much it lacked the stimulation that fiction has on students’ lives, I began writing books for children in Greek.  Even though at the time I wasn’t yet a mother, I was very drawn to children.  So, I was very happy to merge my passion for writing with my love of kids.  As of now, I have written and published over 40 children’s books in Greek (and several in English) since 2001.  I also published my first adult novel in 2016 with Psichogios Publications.  It is the first of a trilogy and I recently completed book number two.

Awards

My first book, "Unique Melpo" was awarded by the Greek Chapter of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) in 2002 while in 2003 it was translated into English by the title, "Unique Monique" (Kane/Miller, 2003).  "Unique Monique" was awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book Award in the United States.  Apart from being a Kane/Miller best-seller, it was also a feature book for the PBS Kids children's series, "The Reading Rainbow". 

In 2004 my novel for children, "The Lemon Trees" was nominated for the National Book Award.  And my second children's novel, "Swimming in Deep Water" was shortlisted for the National Book Award in 2006.


For four consecutive years (2012-2016) my children’s books have been nominated for the much-acclaimed Anagnosti award.

In 2017 I was nominated for the “Writer of the Year Award” hosted by the Greek magazine Votre Beaute. Several of my works have been translated into English, Chinese, Korean and Albanian.


Civic Life

Because of my love of literature, I am an active member of several literary organizations, such as IBBY Greece, The Women’s Literary Team and SCBWI (The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).  I was the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Greece from 2010 to 2014.  I was also a “godparent” for UNICEF for over ten years.


Family

I have three beautiful children, Alexander (14), Jacob (12 ½) and Nefeli (9).  My brother, Nick Rousakis, is also an ACS alum from the class of ’90. 


Above: Maria Rousakis' first adult novel, the first of a trilogy.


Comments

One last thing I would like to share with the ACS community and especially with this year’s graduates is a bit of advice written on the last page of my book, “The Lemon Trees”:


“Life changes into many colors, into many different seasons. Don’t be afraid to live each and every one of them. Don’t be afraid.”




(from the UDaily, University of Delaware) 

From an article by Alison Burris, April 19, 2017 

University to host public forum on plight

of Syrian refugees in Greece

Near the town of Lehaina, Greece, an abandoned holiday resort has become a temporary home to 238 Syrian refugees who have fled their homes at a time of war. The mayor of the town and his wife saw the plight of the refugees and established the L&M Refugee Center.


The experiences of the children of these and other refugees will be the subject of discussion at a public forum at the University of Delaware on Friday, April 28.

Children in Crisis: The Plight of Refugees in Greece,” hosted by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), is open to the UD community, local educators and school administrators, legislators and the public.


Two educators from the University of Patras in Greece and the president of the American Community Schools of Athens will explain the challenges faced by the children in these camps. Presentations will begin at 4 p.m. in 104 Gore Hall, and will be followed by a reception.

The discussion will focus on the educational and mental health needs of refugee children from various cultures now in Greece, and local and global responses. The significance and implications of the refugee crisis for the U.S. will also be addressed, as well as how we can work together to assist current efforts.


Leading the discussion will be three scholars from Greece, including:

• Eugenia Arvanitis, assistant professor, University of Patras, who has been working with Syrian children, collecting and sharing their narratives to determine how the refugee children reconcile their challenges in time of strife; describe their flight and arrival in this place; conceptualize the concept of home, when they currently have none, and visualize their future.


When asked his views on returning home to Syria, one of Arvanitis’ subjects said, “It’s difficult to go back in Aleppo because everything is destroyed. After 20 years maybe, if it was rebuilt. I was watching the news from the war in Syria, but I’m very tired to do that now. It’s really horrible to imagine what is happening. I just talk with my friends on the social media and they tell me their news… My friends didn’t go to the school for one month but now they carry on.”

Over the last few years, Arvanitis has focused on culturally responsive pedagogy and teachers’ intercultural training using interactive WEB2 platforms. She also coordinates the Forum on Intercultural Dialogue and Learning.


• Pandelis Kiprianos, professor, Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education, University of Patras, has an extensive record in writing articles and books on the comparative history and sociology of education in Greece, with particular emphasis on migrants and ethnic minorities.


• Stefanos Gialamas, president of American Community Schools (ACS) Athens, an international K-12 school that embraces American educational philosophy while offering a diverse experience to help students thrive as responsible global citizens. Gialamas will discuss his initiatives to provide educational opportunities for refugee children living in nearby camps.

Gialamas has published more than 100 articles, three books and other manuals. Due to Gialamas’ leadership, ACS is actively involved in providing educational opportunities for refugee children living in camps outside of Athens, Greece.


In 2016, UD entered a partnership with ACS. This semester, two UD early childhood education students are serving a semester-long student teaching placement in Athens.

For the UDaily article on the partnership, click here.


Jason Hustedt, associate professor in HDFS, and Matthew Weinert, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, will moderate the discussion.

“During this forum, we will discuss how refugees dwelling in transitional spaces can become a productive advantage to our societies – if we dare to include them,” said Arvanitis.  “Allowing these children to talk about their circumstances empowers them to exert some control over their circumstances, while offering powerful testimonies which refutes the prevailing discourse of suspicion and hostility.”


ACS Athens is very happy to announce that the ACS Athens Summer Youth Camp 2017 program and registration are now open!

In its second decade of operation, the Camp offers an ever-evolving program of fun, educational, indoor and outdoor activities for children 4 - 14 years old. A fabulous opportunity for kids to spend a few of their summer days learning English, playing, making new friends and engaging in exciting projects!

Summer Youth Camp 2017 will take place from June 19 - 30 (Session 1) and from July 3 - 7 (Session 2).

Please visit us or contact us at Phone: 210.6070.294 / 289, or at 

emailsummeryouthcamp@acs.gr, or Ms. Ria Pateraki at: paterakig@acs.gr








ACS Athens Alum Constantine Germanacos is part of the cast of  Anastasia on Broadway! The play began previews March 23 at the Broadhurst Theatre!


MAY 4

The Steve Shiver Band (Bill, Tim, Steve) -Hilltop Grille, Athens

Thu 6 PM · Hilltop Grille · Athens, GA, United States

MAY 19

Steve Shiver Duo (Tim & Steve) at Swamp Guinea

Fri 8 PM · Swamp Bar & Grill · Hartwell, GA, United States

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

ACSer Karin Striebel is looking for an English speaking young girl who would like to work at their boutique hotel in the summer in Zakinthos from around the 1st of June to the end of September. Waitressing...guest service....E700/month.

In the meantime... Want to vacation in Zakinthos? Check out Karin's Hotel...



We manufacture open steel trailers of various types and sizes in southeast Michigan servicing dealerships in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.

For your custom order, find us here or call

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We hope to grow this scholarship in recognition of our strong students who honor the school with their excellence, and to support alumni parents who continue their legacy at ACS Athens by enrolling their children at the school.

Click here for more information and how to donate 



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Submittal Requirements. Each article submitted needs to be provided as follows:

Electronic form using standard editable text, like Microsoft Word. Please include your name, and an email address at which you’d prefer to receive professional contact, if desired. Feel free to include biographical details like professional designations, digital photographs, and availability for follow-up contact.


Sources referenced must be cited. All articles must be the author’s original work.

 

All Class Reunion, Baltimore, MD, November 21-24, 2017

AYA/ACS/BASE Great Round Up, Monterey, October 6-8, 2017


 


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Reserve your seats - only days left before reservations close. Come to ACS Athens' first ever Alumni Awards, honoring Dr. Scott Parazynski '79 and Dr. Anna Kaltsas '96


Christos Mastoras

Class of '93


Entrepreneurial


Adventurer


Christos first came to ACS Athens in the 3rd grade after moving from New York with his family.  At the time, Kifissia hosted an Elementary School branch.  In high school, he was on the Dean's List and served as the Vice-President of his senior class and active in a number of activities. He went on to graduate in 1993 after earning his IB Diploma, and High School Diploma with Honors. He earned his Bachelor of Science in International Relations at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service cum laude in Washington, DC, where he also served as President of the Hellenic Club, Teaching Assistant in Modern Greek and was selected for the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society for Academic Excellence. Soon after, he received his MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007. While at MIT, Christos was elected President of the MIT Venture Capital & Private Equity Club, Class Senator, Teaching Assistant for Organizational Behavior, and began his own business as owner & managing director of Sloan Gear.


Since then, Christos has continued to build an impressive career (20 years of experience in the US, Europe and the Middle East) in investments, consulting and operating roles in tech / digital and telecom.  He is currently the Founder & Managing Partner of Iliad Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early stage tech startups in MENA which he founded in Dubai in 2014.  While in Dubai for 10 years, he headed Business Development of Yahoo Maktoob, and was a consultant with Booz & Company. Christos was co-founder, seed investor and Board Member of GlamBox, an e-commerce startup based in Dubai founded in 2012.

Christos Mastoras serves on the boards of several startups and as a mentor to entrepreneurs with Endeavor and MIT Enterprise Forum. Before completing his MBA in Boston, he had lived and worked in New York and Athens. 


Family


Christos is married, currently living in Dubai with his wife Keke who is a Legal Advisor for Emirates Airlines. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown Law. Keke is an accomplished professional who recently helped engineer the agreement for new Emirates Athens-NYC direct flight. As well, she is an accomplished cook and dinner party host.  "We got married in 2013. I feel fortunate to share my journey with her, she is so supportive of my entrepreneurial endeavors and we share the same Greek heritage and common links to the US."


Christos' sister Eleni also graduated from ACS (Class of ’99). She lives in Athens and is the Director of Administration at Ilias Lalaouni Jewelry Museum where she has built a career in museum & gallery management and art history. Eleni earned a MA, at City University following a BA, at the University of Kent. Eleni and Chriso are close and fortunately, he gets to visit Athens often to spend time with her and their mother who live in Kifissia, to enjoy beautiful Athens together. "I am grateful that my parents chose ACS for my education after we moved to Athens from the US.  From my mother, I inherited my love of history and my sense of humor. From my father, I inherited my love of travel and desire to explore the world, and the value of hard work in achieving one’s ambitions. My father passed away in 2014, but his legacy and memory lives with us every day”.  
Christos visits Greece often and spends every summer there: enjoying the Aegean, Mathraki-Corfu (Christos' family’s origins) and Kardamyli in Mani (Keke’s family’s origins).

 

Living in Dubai

Once Christos completed his MBA at MIT he moved to Dubai to join the consulting firm Booz & Company.  "I initially did not imagine I would stay long in Dubai – but I am here 10 years later and for the years to come.  I fell in love with the Middle East region and the people – their warmth and hospitality, and the cultural affinities made me feel at home. The Arabs genuinely respect Greeks and their history and are welcoming to those who appreciate their culture. It is truly fascinating to see how many similarities we have between the two cultures."  From a business perspective, Christos feels that " the economic growth and business potential is immense in MENA. It's an exciting time to be an investor and an entrepreneur in a part of the world which is booming, with many opportunities to build something new from the ground up, in an emerging market." Christos also enjoys the lifestyle: "Dubai is a cosmopolitan city with people from all over the world and great weather (summer is almost year long, and we go to the beach almost every weekend unless it is too hot), as well as a short trip away from some great destinations nearby. We’ve made some great friends here, and it feels like home away from home." 


ACS Impact


Reflecting back on his educational experience at ACS Athens, Christos believes that it was essential to who he is and how he has developed personally and professionally.  "ACS provided me with a global perspective and international outlook, while helping me preserve my identity and heritage.  It offered me a broad and balanced US education which stimulated my intellectual curiosity from a young age. It pushed me to always do my best and always learn in the process. It gave me an open mind, taught me the importance of being tolerant and respecting others from all walks of life and cultures."


I learned the value of “Arete”, the pursuit of excellence”, from one of my favorite teachers, Ms. Marca Daley, IB English.


According to Marca Daley's recollection: " In his junior year he was so shy he sat in the back of the class and never spoke. I felt it wasn't fair that I was the only one to see his insightful ideas through his writing, so we worked out a deal and made a 'plan' for him to share his ideas in class.... "siga siga" it worked!  A year later, at the end of senior year he told me that that plan had changed not only his participation (and grade!) in English class but also his life on campus ... (It wasn't me, but Christos who made the effort; I just instigated the plan)  I still have the ancient Greek vase he gave me as a gift when he graduated."   

"Going forward, my goal is to grow my company in Dubai and to have an impact on entrepreneurship in MENA.  Ultimately, I hope to somehow contribute to my beloved Greece which is always on my mind.  Eventually one day I want to move backenjoy family life there and the basic beauties of Greece – as Odysseas Elytis said ‘If you deconstruct Greece, you will in the end see an olive tree, a grapevine, and a boat remain’".





Christos' devotion to ACS Athens led him to serve on the Alumni Association Board as Vice President from 2003-2005.  He held the position of  President for the Georgetown University Alumni Club of Greece (2004-2005) – and currently serves as Vice President of the MIT Club of UAE – Dubai, UAE.  He is frequently invited to speak on investments, entrepreneurship and technology at leading conferences across the MENA region.  In 2015 and 2016 he was selected by Forbes as a Leading Business Leader in the UAE and founder of one of the most promising startups!



  • ACS is a community where I made great friends and met teachers that had a lasting impact on me – proud to be an ACS graduate.
  • I met my best friend and best man Darko Madey (also Class ’93) at ACS and many other friends I am close to ever since. 
  • My advice to future graduates: Life is a journey, not a destination - nothing is impossible, pursue your dreams and enjoy every step.





Serving Humanity: The mission of Significant Educational Institutions


Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, Ph.D. 

President, American Community Schools of Athens

Significant institutions foster the culture of their community serving humanity by building on the following three pillars: 


1st Acquiring skills and knowledge by formal learning within the classroom and through a holistic curriculum.


2nd Adopting principles and values encouraging everyone to use them as a moral compass in their daily life.


3rd Inspiring the assumption of responsibilities and accountabilities beginning with one’s home, academic institution and the community.


To read more of Dr. Gialamas' article featured in Ekathimerini's English language newspaper, March 18 - 19, please click here.  

                             

ACS Athens is very happy to announce that the ACS Athens Summer Youth Camp 2017 program and registration are now open!


In its second decade of operation, the Camp offers an ever-evolving program of fun, educational, indoor and outdoor activities for children 4 - 14 years old. A fabulous opportunity for kids to spend a few of their summer days learning English, playing, making new friends and engaging in exciting projects!

Summer Youth Camp 2017 will take place from June 19 - 30 (Session 1) and from July 3 - 7 (Session 2).

Please visit us or contact us at Phone: 210.6070.294 / 289, or at 

emailsummeryouthcamp@acs.gr, or Ms. Ria Pateraki at: paterakig@acs.gr


ACS Athens Alum Constantine Germanacos joins the cast of  Anastasia on Broadway! The play begins previews March 23 at the Broadhurst Theatre!


Congrats ACSer Producer David Geha on your Emmy nomination!

'Extra' Nominated for 2017 Daytime Emmy Award! “Extra” received a fourth consecutive Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Entertainment News Program.




Writer Friends: A few spots left for the 2017 Aegean Arts Circle intensive writing workshop to be held in Andros this summer from June 24th-July 3rd. 


Open to aspiring and published writers. Generous writer/instructor Linda Lappin will return to Andros to work with our small group again. Share with your writer friends.

Questions about 2017 Aegean Arts Circle Writing workshops?

Write to: info@aegeanartscircle.com or amalia@aegeanartscircle.com



White Pegasus, successful trail riding business for sale(owner moving abroad). 

With great clientele basis, in touristed area (UNESCO world heritage site, GEOpark and reknown area for its natural beauty) treks and trails well known and in beautiful landscapes, horses extremely well behaved, kept in a semi-natural herd state, grazing freely, most born and raised by me (one owner). Also open to possibility of selling horses to new location. Must be a nature and horse lover. Contact through website. Thank you.




Two unique flats for rent, both with great views in Ano Kifissia, parking, fireplace, air:

Flat 1: 120 sqm, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, powder room, big kitchen

Flat 2: 160 sqm, 2 bedrooms, office, bathroom, powder room, big kitchen with bar

Available as either furnished or unfurnished  Contact Stelios Stipidis 6972 666799



Proceeds from the Alumni Awards evening will support the John Aravanis and John A. Marder Memorial Alumni Scholarships.We are hoping to grow this scholarship in recognition of our strong students who honor the school with their excellence, and to support alumni parents who continue their legacy at ACS Athens by enrolling their children at the school.

Click here for more information and how to donate 



Share! We are calling for articles and blog submissionsthat cover the professional practices of our members.  If you have a professional perspective you’d like to share with other ACSAthensGlobal members, please email us atinfo@acsathensglobal.org


Submittal Requirements. Each article submitted needs to be provided as follows:

Electronic form using standard editable text, like Microsoft Word. Please include your name, and an email address at which you’d prefer to receive professional contact, if desired. Feel free to include biographical details like professional designations, digital photographs, and availability for follow-up contact.

Sources referenced must be cited. All articles must be the author’s original work.

Check out this year's Alumni Events 

Alumni Achievement AwardsNYC, April 30, 2017  

All Class Reunion, Baltimore, MD, November 21-24, 2017

AYA/ACS/BASE Great Round Up, Monterey, October 6-8, 2017

 


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