by Mary LaViolette


About the Author


Paul’s sister, Mary LaViolette-Ange, attended 10th grade at ACS 1963-64, spent 1964-65 at Chatelard School in Les Avants, Switzerland, then graduated from Wellesley College and from the MBA program of Baruch College.  She is a DC area Realtor residing in Annandale, VA and also spends time in Karytaina in the Peloponnese. Her son Tony Nicolopoulos, a retired US Army officer, resides in Madrid, Spain.




Paul Alex LaViolette is an astrophysicist, general systems theorist, and inventor who thinks outside of the box.  He is president of the Starburst Foundation, conducting interdisciplinary research in physics, astronomy, climatology, systems theory, cognitive psychology and ancient mythology.  Theories he has originated and published in these fields provide explanations to many unanswered questions.  Because of the broad scope of his contributions, he has been termed a Renaissance Man.  After graduating from ACS in 1965, he received a BA in physics from Johns Hopkins, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Portland State University.


In 1970 he interrupted his MBA to complete two years of alternative service at Harvard School of Public Health.  While there, as a researcher in respiratory protection, Paul invented an improved pulsation dampener for air sampling pumps which today is used on all air sampling pumps used by miners and also invented and patented a new type of life-support rebreather apparatus.  



Some of Paul’s firsts include:

He was the first to show predator-prey oscillation behavior in stock market trends such as the Dow Jones Average.  He originally wrote the paper for a business school finance class and later published it.  Predator-prey market theory has now become a fruitful field of academic investigation.

While at Portland State University (PSU), Paul served as a solar energy consultant to the United Nations (UNITAR) and to the Club of Rome contributing to their fourth Report, where he was the first to show that a 1000 megawatt photovoltaic power plant would be cheaper to build than a nuclear power plant.  His findings received much press attention in the U.S. and created a media splash in Greece.  Later, Paul consulted the Greek government and ΔΕΗ on solar energy.  


During Paul's first year at PSU, he developed a feeling tone theory of brain function based on the work of psychiatrist William Gray.  This theory explaining the process of creative thought formation, received considerable publicity and attention from various universities.  On its basis he consulted Hughes Aircraft Corporation on ways to improve innovation in the company's work force and later learned that the advice had saved Hughes $40 million. 


Also while at PSU, Paul served as editor of a book of essays by systems theorist Ludwig von Bertalanffy.  In the years that followed, Paul published five books presenting various novel discoveries he had made: Subquantum KineticsGenesis of the CosmosEarth Under FireDecoding the Message of the PulsarsGalactic Superwaves, and Secrets of Antigravity Propulsion.  This last book, his most recent, was one of his publisher’s best sellers, initially ranking second in Amazon’s aerospace technology category.  In it he reverse engineers the B-2 bomber’s propulsion system as well as technologies that power highly classified advanced craft.  His books have been translated into German, Hungarian, Czech, Russian, and Greek.  His books in Greek include: Γενεση του Κοσμου and Γη Πυροβλητος.  He also has many scientific publications which are available on his websites etheric.com and starburstfound.org.


Paul is the originator of a novel approach to microphysics which resolves many long-standing problems in physics and renders previous unified field theories obsolete.  This methodology called “subquantum kinetics” has had 13 of its predictions later verified by scientists’ observations.  He was the first astronomer to disprove the expanding universe theory by showing its inability to fit observational data in a consistent manner, and has shown that subquantum kinetics provides a viable alternative to the big bang cosmology. 


Among other things, LaViolette’s physics refutes Einstein’s special theory of relativity and entirely replaces general relativity.  Experiments he conducted with colleague Guy Obolensky showed evidence that electric fields can travel faster than the speed of light.  Paul also has demonstrated that black holes cannot exist and that what astronomers claim are black holes are actually very massive stars which are creating and emitting tremendous amounts of matter and energy at a prodigious rate.  Needless to say Dr. LaViolette’s theories advocate a complete overhaul of physics and such changes do not come quickly.  The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer has said: “All truth passes through 3 stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”  Hopefully Paul’s physics theory, which has received considerable attention, will reach the third stage soon.  


Contrary to standard belief, Paul has shown evidence that the energy of a light wave is not constant over long periods of time.  On the one hand, he has shown that photon energy gradually decreases when traveling between galaxies, producing a “tired-light” redshift effect which fits cosmological data better than the big bang theory.  On the other hand, he has shown that light waves traveling within galaxies actually gain energy over time, i.e., blueshift their frequency.  Based on this, he is the first to show that this effect spontaneously creates an excess energy within planets and stars which he terms “genic energy”.  He informed NASA about his photon blueshifting prediction and urged them to look for a blueshift in their spacecraft transponder signals.  NASA scientists  confirmed his prediction when they discovered that microwave tracking signals transmitted to the Pioneer spacecraft were returned to Earth at a higher frequency.  This subsequently became known as the “Pioneer effect”.  Paul is also credited with discovering that the masses and luminosities of both planets and stars conform to the same logarithmic relation, indicating that red dwarf stars and planets are both powered by genic energy, and that standard theories which claim that stars are powered entirely by nuclear energy are incorrect.  His prediction that brown dwarf stars should conform to this same planetary-stellar relation was also later confirmed by scientist’s observations.  LaViolette’s theory opens up new possibilities for energy technology: it prompts a complete rethinking of physicists’ sacred First Law of Thermodynamics as it leads to the understanding that so called “over-unity” or “free energy” devices can actually work and make low cost energy available without violating the “laws of physics”.


Paul is also the originator of the galactic superwave theory which proposes that cosmic ray outbursts from the center of our Galaxy periodically trigger major shifts of the Earth's climate. His findings about superwaves have been spotlighted in documentaries airing on the Discovery and History channels.  In testing this theory, he became the first to discover high concentrations of cosmic dust and gold in ice age polar ice.  He is also the first to discover superconducting cosmic dust particles (composed of a tin-lead alloy) in 49,000 year old Greenland ice.  This dust event constituted the largest influx of dust to fall onto the Earth in the last 450,000 years.  One of the particles he imaged holds the record of being the largest monomineralic cosmic dust particle yet found.  Mass spectrometry analysis of the dust, which he conducted together with an Australian cosmochemist, led to the world's first discovery of anomalous isotope ratios in tin, an indication of its extraterrestrial origin.  In 1988 he requested samples of polar ice from the Russian base in Vostok, Antarctica, becoming the first U.S. glaciologist to receive polar ice samples from the former Soviet Union.  His request led to the creation of the current US-Russian ice core exchange program. 



Paul’s 1983 prediction that interstellar dust has recently entered the solar system was confirmed ten years later by data received from the Ulysses spacecraft.  He was also the first to show evidence that the last ice age was ended by a global warming episode due to an over-active Sun.  He has uncovered evidence establishing that the Pleistocene large animal extinction was caused by an extreme solar flare outburst which produced a terrestrial conflagration 12,900 years ago, an event that is chronicled in many ancient myths including the ancient Greek myth of Phaethon.  Paul is also the originator of the glacier wave flood theory which provides a reasonable scientific explanation for the widespread continental floods that occurred throughout the ice age and substantiates ancient myths and legends about the Great Flood, such as Plato’s flood myth.  His glacier wave theory also presents a credible explanation for the sudden freezing of the ice age mammoths in Alaska and Siberia, and for how lignite deposits came to be formed, such as those currently being mined in Megalopolis.  More recently he has established that the extinction of Neanderthal man was due to an extreme solar flare event which occurred during the passage of a major superwave.



Also Paul has shown that the locations and pulse characteristics of the most unusual radio pulsars mark key galactic locations and exhibit geometric relationships suggesting that they may be communication beacons artificially engineered by extraterrestrial civilizations.  He is also the first to suggest that radio pulsars could be part of a galactic GPS network for space navigation, something that NASA is now actively investigating for deep space travel.  His findings appear in the journal Astrobiology and Outreach, as well as in his book Decoding the Message of the Pulsars.


Dr. LaViolette has also made many contributions to the field of archaeoastronomy.  

He was the first to decipher a message encoded in the Scorpius-Sagittarius zodiac constellations warning of the passage of a galactic superwave 15,900 years ago.  He is also the first to work out the significance of the ancient Greek myth of Astraea and of the zodiac mosiac displayed in the Beth-Alpha Synagogue, both of which record the occurrence of a solar conflagration which struck 12,750 years ago.  His work has provided new understandings of the ancient Minoan bull-leaping ritual, the Pleiadean rites, and the meaning of myths connected with the Taurus and Orion constellations. 


In addition, he is the first to decipher the astronomical significance of the South American Indian Barasana cosmology which refers to cataclysms originating from the Galactic center.  Paul has elucidated the astronomical and geological importance of myths and legends from numerous civilizations a few of which include: the Hopi legend of the Blue Star; ancient Egyptian mythology’s punishing Eye of Atum-Re; the vengeful Eye of Horus; Horus’ nearly fatal scorpion sting and the battle between Horus and Set; Plato’s stories of Atlantis and of Phaethon and the Sun Chariot; the Mayan Popul Vuh creation myth about the Heart of Heaven; the Nordic legend of Ragnarok; and the Yurucare Indian conflagration legend.  All of these and more are explained in his book Earth Under Fire.



Aided by his background in general system theory and physics, Paul was able to successfully decipher the lost science said to be encoded in the lores of the Tarot and astrology.  He has found that the first 11 major arcana of the Tarot and the 12 signs of the zodiac both use symbolic metaphor to present an advanced science of matter and energy creation.  He has shown that the systems-genesis concepts they encode were discovered by modern science only in the last 50 years.  He is also the first to discover that this same advanced creation science is metaphorically encoded in certain ancient creation myths from various parts of the world, such as: the Egyptian myth of Atum and the passion of Osiris; the Olympian creation myth, Plato's story of Atlantis, and the myth of Castor & Pollux; the Babylonian and Sumerian creation myths; the I Ching, and others.

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ACS Athens Elementary School Winter Festival

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Grades JK – 2: 10:00 a.m.
Grades 3 – 5: 13:00 p.m.

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Calling all Macedonians: Welcome to the ACS Alumni House Games activities project.If you would like to play along, contact John Affolter on Facebook with your name and graduation year and you will be placed on the Macedonian roster. Then every time you submit completion of an activity, your points will be recorded to your account and to your house overall points.

A team of ACS Academy students came first in the 1st aerospace competition of the Greek Physicists Association.

They are going to design, build, and test a scientific apparatus to study the behavior of foams and emulsions under microgravity conditions at 100 km altitude inside a Blue Origin's capsule, a true STEAM investigation. Upon the flight's completion, the apparatus will be returned to the team for the subsequent data analysis.

More precisely, they are going to study 3 different mixtures (traditional Greek products) in parallel, a) extra virgin olive oil with water, b) petimezi, and c) ouzo with water and soap.

The students conducted research on the topic, built prototypes, and presented their proposal in a professional way in front of a committee and the other participating Schools at Stanley Hotel, Athens, November 11th.


The team: 
Sofia Sofocleous, Barbara Simonetou (leaders/managers), Dimitris Athanasopoulos, Xufeng Bai, Ming Guo, Alexandros Dragovic (research), Jason Somoglou, Alex Vlantis (development), Dr. Karampelas, Dr. Kerkines, Dr. Prodromidi, Ms. Poulou, Mr. Arsenikos, Dr. Tsigaridi (faculty).

1st place for the ACS team in the aerospace contest

Jason Katsaros created the necessary 3D designs. Nefeli Naoum, Sabrina Saboya, and Vasilis Tsourekas created the required artworks for the finals (of very high quality). Pantelis Sfinias has been part of the team for a while.

This is going to be the second ACS space mission with Blue Origin: Another team of Academy students are already working since many months to build an experiment for the study of the viscosity of honey under microgravity conditions, with the launch to be scheduled between late February and late April.


Stanford University recognizes ACS Athens faculty Chris Kourtis

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ACS Athens' own tennis instructor, Chris Kourtis, received Stanford University recognition for his exceptional teaching, his dedication as an educator and a mentor and for his contribution to the future of his students, to Stanford University itself and to the ACS Athens community. Stanford University shared with our school the letter of recognition signed by Richard H. Shaw, Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid. The letter contains a statement signed by a former student of Mr. Kourtis and a member of Stanford Class of 2022: "Mr. Chris has taught me to appreciate the small details of life. From receiving World Cup Stickers as a gift to hitting hours of rallies on the tennis courts, I have been blessed with the greatest memories with him throughout my eight years of growing up under his guidance. He is always surrounded by kids of all age, attracted by his ability to make every little experience memorable. I thank him for all he has done for me, as my mentor, my coach and most importantly my friend."


ACS Athens President Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, in communicating this outstanding remark with the rest of the faculty, states: "ACS Athens is proud of its faculty and the impact it has on our students. We are honored by this manifestation of excellence.




Congrats to Anastasis Protopapas for Benaki Museum displaying his work!



ACS Athens Alum AJ Ginnis competing for the World Cup on the US Team!

Have you checked out alum Demetre Koumanakos’ radio station on www.829.gr?

ACS alum Bill Sinunu's book Living Without Borders(Korean Edition) is selling in Seoul's largest book store!

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Congrats alum Dianne Harper Boyer!


"This month marks my 10 year anniversary as the PR/Marketing Manager at K. Carroll Accessories. What better way to celebrate than having the "Harper Crossbody" be named one of "Oprah's Favorite Things 2018". I couldn't be prouder of our team's accomplishments!"

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Proud of our alum Greg Pattakos presenting at the annual American Heart Association meeting in Chicago. Discussing the future of TAVI/TAVR transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

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Congratulations ACS Alum Paul A. Katz Katsouris for receiving the Young Lawyer of the Year Award in Dubai!



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December 4 the movie  Holly Star premiered, co-produced by alum Tom Stamatios Hiotis,


DON'T MISS IT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!


see trailor






 


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Education


David Marder attended ACS Athens from Sept. 1972 to June 1980 while his father was working at the U.S. Embassy in Athens. While at ACS, he served as the president of the sophomore class, a member of the debate team, and attended the Model United Nations at The Hague. "I wasn’t a member of any ACS athletic teams, but did play football for the mighty, mighty Kifissia Packers."   Upon completion of David's junior year, his family moved back to the US, where he graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy.  He continued his university studies at  Dartmouth College and Boston University Law School.



Career


David is currently a partner at the law firm of Robins Kaplan LLP in Boston practicing in the field of business litigation. He handles cases in the fields of finance, intellectual property, employment, and other high-stakes business matters, including a heavy emphasis on securities litigation.  His law firm claims that "he has won respect for his skilled representation of individuals and organizations in dozens of investigations and actions brought by the SEC, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and state securities regulators. He has defended clients against insider trading allegations, as well as investigations and cases relating to revenue recognition, gifts and gratuities, options backdating, suitability and many other issues.  He also represents plaintiffs and defendants in private securities actions, including litigation and arbitration." 


David claims:  "my experience at ACS definitely gave me a strong foundation for my legal career.  I am particularly convinced that my participation in extra-curricular activities, such as debate and forensics, honed my advocacy skills."


Awards


David was named a “Patent Star” and “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine and was recognized as a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" many times.

He is  active in numerous legal associations, and currently serve as a co-chairman of the litigation committee of the Boston Patent Law Association.

 



Family



"I have been married for 30 years to my wife, Margaret.  We went to Greece on our honeymoon.  I have three children: Tommy, Becky, and Hannah.  My sister, Cindy, is also an ACS alumnus and lives in N.Y.




My years at ACS were the most formative ones of my life.  The education I received was on par with that provided by any of the finest schools in the U.S., and I had the added benefit of being exposed to other students from a large variety of cultures and backgrounds.  I forged lifelong friendships with people that I still count as my closest friends.  My only words of wisdom would be to make sure to participate in everything that ACS has to offer.


"Horsing around" on campus with best friend Greg Kinnear. 



FINAL WEEK FOR ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS 


APRIL 6, 2019 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Submit your nominations by October 31, 2018

Great time had by all at the Cape Charles Reunion on October 12.  Congratulations to organizers Dora Sullivan, Katerina Clifton and Denah Lord Shabal 

For more photos visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2056592237914930/

ACS Athens is glad to announce its nomination to 2018 @peaceandsport Awards that reward organizations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to peace, in the world through sport! 

ACS Athens applied to the Regional Peace-Through-Sport Initiative Of The Year for The Color of Peace@peaceandsport.
Please click here for more info. 





Thanks for your support, Everyone!




ACS Athens Alum Ellen Froustis supporting fire victims. Can you help?

Please view our campaign to support the neediest 15 families who lost everything in the Mati Fires and are in need of help.

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Click here to support GreekFires:15 Families in Most Need organized by ELLEN FROUSTIS


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Visit ACS Athens Alum Tessie Theodoridis'

La-Z-Boy Greece...time to get cozy for the winter!


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Looking for handmade jewelry and other items? Visit alumStratos Jenke's place in Monastiraki! Visit Byzantium.gr


ACS Alum Eva Symeonidou

invites us to her Mary Rose Bazaar.





From ACS Athens Alum Alkistis Agio

Please tick "going" (from now) because the seats are limited to 12 only : )

6 Master Classes!

Leadership Development with The Alkistis Method




A message 

from ACS Athens Alum Jan-Pal Mouzakis Gagnum, Director 


Dear ACS Alumni Community,


I'm the Regional Director for a US-based education company called Atlantis. We run educational programs for US pre-med college students during the summer and winter months. In cooperation with our hospital partners, students spend 3-4 weeks in the summer, and 1-2 weeks in the winter months on a program that places them in a public or private hospital where they practice clinical observation with doctors across a range of specializations.


We are always on the lookout for high quality candidates for our Site Manager position. Site Managers assume the responsibility of all aspects of a program, which involves logistics preparation, planning and execution, managing groups of college students, running excursions and group meals, and ensuring a high quality experience in the hospital with our hospital partners.


Our next operating season begins this winter where we will run various programs beginning in early December and going through January. If you or anyone you know are interested, please reach out to me atjonpal.g@atlantisglobal.org, or check out the details of the job posting at https://atlantisglobal.org/smapply.






APRIL 6, 2019


 


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Overlooking the major plain in Eastern Crete near Zeus’Cave. Pictured left to right are Stefan, Rafael Prieto, Ted Girdner, Pat Girdner and Michael Reilly


attended ACS Athens from 1964 to 1966, the last two years of my high school education. My father, Teodor Lopatkiewicz, a U.S. Foreign Service Consul, was sent to Athens to serve at the embassy when I was half-way through my high school in McLean, Virginia. Academically, I participated in the school's honor program and was the class salutatorian. My extra-curricular interests at ACS Athens focused on the school newspaper, which in those days was called the “Sophist.” I helped found the paper and served as its first editor-in-chief. I was also active in the drama club, and performed in and helped stage several productions. I do not remember being particularly popular and certainly was not voted any of our class “superlatives”!


The Sophist, May/June 1966 issue


Following graduation from ACS, I returned to the United States and enrolled in the University of Virginia.  My family returned to Athens for my father’s second tour of duty at the Embassy.  As a result, my younger brother, Ted, who also attended ACS, ended up spending a total of four years there, longer than I did.  My younger sister, Viki, was actually born in Athens, but was too young to attend school there.

After graduating from the University of Virginia, I completed my higher education by attending Harvard Law School, which established the basis for my career as an attorney.


Career


I believe my experience at ACS Athens strongly informed my subsequent development as both a student and a professional. When my family first moved to Athens, I was quite traumatized, as I had spent four years in junior high and high school in northern Virginia, and was settled in with a circle of friends there. High school is traumatic enough for most teens, and being relocated to another country half-way through did not help my sense of self esteem!


Happily, I quickly realized that living abroad as a young adult was an exciting opportunity, providing access to travel to exotic locations and the chance to study with peers from a rich variety of diverse backgrounds. Athens in the mid-1960s was an important military and diplomatic post for Americans, and also the locus of significant private sector energy interests. A significant percentage of the student population at the school at that time was comprised of Greeks and students from the middle east. And although the cold war was still at its height, my classmates included the children of Russian, Yugoslav and Polish diplomats.


During the time we lived in Athens, we enjoyed a sense of security which we lack in today's world. As students, we frequently traveled on our own by bus (this was prior to the metro) into Athens and Pireaus for social or business reasons. Groups of students would also frequently visit the islands together, and it was not uncommon for us to go on outings to archeological and historical sites with our professors from school. Looking back on that period, I realize that these experiences added to a robust education. When I returned to the United States for my higher education, I found my surroundings prosaic and even confining by comparison. I knew I wanted to integrate my international background into my studies, which helped influence my majoring in government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia.


I remain today in active legal practice. My first assignment as an attorney was with the Air Force, where I held the rank of captain as a result of my enlistment in ROTC at university. The Air Force deferred my entry into active service during my law school education. I was then fortunate enough to be assigned to the Air Force General Counsel's Office at the Pentagon during the closing years of the Vietnam war. Following my active military duty, I entered private practice and worked at a succession of three law firms. Initially, I specialized in government contract law, since I was trained in that field at the Pentagon. However, because of my interest in practicing in an international arena, when the chance arose I changed my specialization in the law to telecommunications, a burgeoning field in the 1980s with significant international opportunities. For the past seven years, I have served as general counsel of Eutelsat America Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of a french-based, global satellite company.


Civic Life and Awards


As background for the few awards I have received, I should first explain my involvement in charitable and civic activities. Throughout my legal career, I have played an active role in supporting artistic and cultural non-profit activities. I have been particularly active in the Polish-American cultural community, as a result of my ethnic background (three polish grandparents, and one from Ossotenia). For many years, I served as pro bono legal counsel to the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC), a national NGO, and also served as an elected director and first vice-president of that organization. I also served one term as President of the Polish-American Arts Association of Washington, DC. I also served as pro bono legal counsel to the Gala Hispanic Theater in Washington, DC, for many years, and more recently helped found and provide legal support to the Washington Opera Society, a local non-profit arts group.



I'm pictured with George Meany, President of the AFL-CIO from 1978 when I was president of the Polish-American Arts Association and we co-sponsored with the AFL-CIO, an exhibit on the underground ‘flying’ universities that secretly provided liberal education in Poland during the period of Communist rule.


During the course of this work, I received distinguished service awards from both the ACPC and Gala Theater. In 2012, I received the Cross of Merit for service on behalf of the Polish diaspora in the United States from the Government of the Republic of Poland.


Family


My parents were both native Pennsylvanians of Polish ancestry. My father served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.  In his subsequent career as a consular officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, he served in a number of European and Latin American posts.. He served in a number of European and Latin American posts. My older brother and Iwere born in the United States, while my younger brother and sister were born in Vienna, Austria and Athens respectively during my father's service overseas. My sister, Viki, followed in my father's footsteps by pursuing a career at the State Department.



With my mother, Verna Lopatkiewicz, and my sister Viki and brother Ted in approximately 1997


Since 1980, I have lived with my partner-in-life, Michael Reilly, in Washington, DC. While we have no children of our own, Michael has a son and four grandchildren, all of whom constitute part of our extended family. My father passed away in 1993. My mother, Verna, now 95, resides near Washington in northern Virginia. I am fortunate to have all of my siblings and their spouses living in the D.C. metropolitan area where we all have the good fortune of helping look after our mother.


ACS Athens provides an unusual opportunity to learn in a sophisticated and diverse environment. I hope today's students recognize the privilege they have in studying there and are making the most of their time at the school. For the American students there, in particular, it is a unique experience that will hopefully prepare them to be better citizens.


I wish I had had the opportunity to stay in closer contact with a larger number of my fellow students from ACS. I enjoy the few opportunities we have had in catching up with one another at intermittent reunions. I have been fortunate in keeping in close contact with one of my classmates and ongoing friends – Ted Girdner. “This past May, my partner and I and our close friend, Rafael Prieto, enjoyed an unforgettable visit back to Greece with Ted and his wife, Pat. I have also maintained contact with my former classmate and friend, Diana Gondek, now living in Boston, and very recently reestablished contact with another friend, Sheri Simpson (now Reidl) who lives and works in northern Virginia. This latter connection is thanks to Facebook, whichperhaps the school and our alumni could make better use of in maintaining contact with each other.



Pictured left to right are Rafael Prieto, Michael Reilly, Stefan and Melina Vassiliades




We are now accepting nominations for the 


ACS Athens' 

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS EVENT 

on

APRIL 6, 2019 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Submit your nominations by October 31, 2018

Nomination Form

click here for criteria



Thanks for your support, Everyone!







Yanna Darilis of New Greek TV of New York, interviews Dr. Peggy Pelonis, ACS Athens' Dean of Academics and Student Affairs, about the successful educational model of the American Community Schools (ACS) and the great initiatives which engage students as future global citizens.


The HOME Project  

A Dream Enabled by The Shapiro Foundation 

www.theshapirofoundation.org

Orientation Day at American Community Schools couldn’t happen soon enough. Now, all of them are ready in all practical and mental aspects of every day student life, and looking forward for the first day of classes, the first day of a new beginning.


#nochildalone #educationforall #ACS #theshapirofoundation


John Affolter has taken on the task of heading the House Committee: Trojans-Athenians-Spartans-Corinthians!


and introducing the Macedonians Houses - Macedonian


"We currently have 212 alumni signed up into their respective houses and will be moving forward with that soon. (It is not too late if you feel the urge to have some fun).


There are two issues before the “House Committee” that need feedback from all alumni who are interested in a fun revival of our beloved house competition when we were at ACS. 


Issue #1: We have just begun to think about what kind of activities we could have over the course of a school year. We need your thoughts. We realize that 60’s alum, have different abilities/needs/interests. format: 

1. Graduation year 

2. House affiliation 

3. Explain activity. 


We will be collecting them and using the ideas to create a plan. Thanks much in advance!


Issue #2: We will need help with organizing the houses by finding alum who are willing to represent their house through the year. The goal is to get at least one male and one female representative come forward to serve as a communication/activity coordinator for each respective house. 

The responsibilities include getting out the activity information and collecting results for the House Committee. It would be great if there were representatives for (60’s) (70’s) (80’s) (90’s) (2000’s). If you are interested in getting in on the fun and becoming an Alumni “ House Captain”, jump in and submit your: Name, Grad year, house."

Please respond with suggestions! Submit to info@acsathensglobal.org



GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community                         

Alum and Attorney Nicholas Karambelas on the Greek Bailout!

Nick discusses Greece's Economy and its Future Struggles

CGTN's Elaine Reyes speaks with Nick Karambelas, a founder of a law firm specializing in international business, and a part of the legal counsel for the American Hellenic Institute, for more on Greece's economy and the end their bailout program




Parthenon Huxley

August 30 at 7:26 PM

Purchase the new album HERE and have it signed to you personally: https://www.parthenonhuxley.com/p-hux-store

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Introducing this new album by Christos Tambouratzis
featuring ACS alumnus Bill Kalantzakos. Bill has written lyrics for most of the lyrics for songs and does vocals for two of them. The album was released on July 2nd in the U.S. by 

German record label We Love Music and is on sale on all digital music sites such as itunes, amazon, spotify etc. 

YOUTUBE.COM

LOVES GOT ME Christos Tambouratzis Feat Bill Kalantzakos


For those John Demos (aka Quad Father) fans who haven't had a chance to purchase his Shadows of Silence book, 


Ebay has the English/Greek version!

EBAY.COM

John Demos, Shadows of Silence 9789608744226 | eBay

One of Greece’s leading photographers, John Demos captures the spirit of the people. He pictures the traditional life of Greece. Consciously or unconsciously, ancient myths are reenacted.John Demos is an active promoter of photography in Greece. | eBay!


Last chance to sign up!


CAPE CHARLES GOES GREEK!

ACS GREAT ROUNDUP 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Cape Charles, Virginia

Details here

https://www.acsgreatroundup.com/



Want to mix and network with fellow Greeks, October 12 -14, in New York City?

Think National Hellenic Student Association (NHSA) of America's Fall 2018 Convention.

Tickets out soon!

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Job opportunity at ACS Athens, effective immediately!

Position Title: Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center Specialist 
(Clinical Psychologist)

Reports to: Dean of Academics & Student Affairs
Educational & Diagnostic Center Coordinator

Summary Description: The Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center Specialist, is responsible for carrying out psycho-educational evaluations, ensuring an efficient and effective approach in identifying students unique learning profiles and helping them excel and reach their full potential within the school environment and beyond. Clinical experience in working with children and adolescents as well as extensive knowledge and experience with psycho-educational evaluations is vital for the testing center.

Job Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Establish and promote an environment that is welcoming, confidential, safe and respectful to all students, parents and teachers
  • Maintain a positive and friendly attitude
  • Work efficiently and effectively regarding procedures 
  • Keep office organized to ensure efficient and effective service delivery
  • Provide all necessary information regarding the testing process to parents upon inquiry 
  • Become familiar with all necessary documentation required initially; ex. (consent form, intake form, other questionnaires used per case) 
  • Meet with parents and take notes for intake meeting so as to gain better understanding of a student’s developmental background
  • Be able to review and understand previous assessments of students
  • Conduct in class observations
  • Coordinate testing schedule with teachers and student
  • Be able to build a good rapport with the students
  • Review referrals and perform pre-assessment activities
  • Conduct and administer psychological and educational assessments such as: (WISC, WJ, Conners, Bender Gestalt, Key Math, GORT, TOWL etc.)
  • Conduct clinical interviews
  • Score assessments
  • Provide accurate diagnosis and interpretation of results (i.e. learning difficulties, social-emotional well-being)
  • Know the context of the DSM 5
  • Write up reports and maintain accurate records regarding each students’ case
  • Meet with parents and student in order to discuss the findings and proposed interventions
  • Collaborate with faculty, OLP specialists, counselors, CST, and all others to gain pertinent information needed regarding the students that will be evaluated
  • Collaborate with Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Vision Therapists, psychologist, and other internal/external professionals
  • Be able to identify the assessments that need to be used based on the specific needs of a student
  • Display ethical and professional behaviors at all times
  • Display understanding and empathy towards students and parents
  • Have effective communication skills with parents and students
  • Use excellent presentation skills, written and oral English skills when communicating with students, parents, teachers, and the ACS Athens community
  • Keep the Center coordinator informed in all matters
  • Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing information when needed
  • Attend required meetings and extra school sponsored functions and events
  • Perform any duties that are within the scope of employment and certification as assigned by the supervisor (s)
  • Continue professional development and update knowledge on psycho-educational testing

Requirements: 

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist;
  • A minimum of two years previous experience in testing;
  • Certification/License;
  • Extensive experience and training in psycho-educational assessments;
  • Excellent command of oral and written language in English;
  • Excellent command of oral and written language in Greek;
  • Able to effectively and accurately interpret and provide diagnosis upon; completion of a psycho-educational evaluation;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Work collaboratively and efficiently within a team;
  • Be able to work within an international and diverse academic setting;
  • Be Technology savvy (ie. Word, excel, skyward, moodle, etc.);
  • International work experience and knowledge of the American Educational philosophy;
  • Expertise and experience in assessing students with LD, including literacy, math and emotional difficulties

www.acsathens.gr



 


© 2018 ACS Athens Global Association




We are now accepting nominations for the 


ACS Athens' 

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS EVENT 

on

APRIL 6, 2019 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Submit your nominations by October 31, 2018

Nomination Form

click here for criteria




Thanks for your support, Everyone!







Yanna Darilis of New Greek TV of New York, interviews Dr. Peggy Pelonis, ACS Athens' Dean of Academics and Student Affairs, about the successful educational model of the American Community Schools (ACS) and the great initiatives which engage students as future global citizens.


The HOME Project  

A Dream Enabled by The Shapiro Foundation 

www.theshapirofoundation.org

Orientation Day at American Community Schools couldn’t happen soon enough. Now, all of them are ready in all practical and mental aspects of every day student life, and looking forward for the first day of classes, the first day of a new beginning.


#nochildalone #educationforall #ACS #theshapirofoundation


John Affolter has taken on the task of heading the House Committee: Trojans-Athenians-Spartans-Corinthians!


and introducing the Macedonians Houses - Macedonian


"We currently have 212 alumni signed up into their respective houses and will be moving forward with that soon. (It is not too late if you feel the urge to have some fun).


There are two issues before the “House Committee” that need feedback from all alumni who are interested in a fun revival of our beloved house competition when we were at ACS. 


Issue #1: We have just begun to think about what kind of activities we could have over the course of a school year. We need your thoughts. We realize that 60’s alum, have different abilities/needs/interests. format: 

1. Graduation year 

2. House affiliation 

3. Explain activity. 


We will be collecting them and using the ideas to create a plan. Thanks much in advance!


Issue #2: We will need help with organizing the houses by finding alum who are willing to represent their house through the year. The goal is to get at least one male and one female representative come forward to serve as a communication/activity coordinator for each respective house. 

The responsibilities include getting out the activity information and collecting results for the House Committee. It would be great if there were representatives for (60’s) (70’s) (80’s) (90’s) (2000’s). If you are interested in getting in on the fun and becoming an Alumni “ House Captain”, jump in and submit your: Name, Grad year, house."

Please respond with suggestions! Submit to info@acsathensglobal.org



GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community                         

Alum and Attorney Nicholas Karambelas on the Greek Bailout!

Nick discusses Greece's Economy and its Future Struggles

CGTN's Elaine Reyes speaks with Nick Karambelas, a founder of a law firm specializing in international business, and a part of the legal counsel for the American Hellenic Institute, for more on Greece's economy and the end their bailout program




Parthenon Huxley

August 30 at 7:26 PM

Purchase the new album HERE and have it signed to you personally: https://www.parthenonhuxley.com/p-hux-store

_________________


Introducing this new album by Christos Tambouratzis
featuring ACS alumnus Bill Kalantzakos. Bill has written lyrics for most of the lyrics for songs and does vocals for two of them. The album was released on July 2nd in the U.S. by 

German record label We Love Music and is on sale on all digital music sites such as itunes, amazon, spotify etc. 

YOUTUBE.COM

LOVES GOT ME Christos Tambouratzis Feat Bill Kalantzakos


For those John Demos (aka Quad Father) fans who haven't had a chance to purchase his Shadows of Silence book, 


Ebay has the English/Greek version!

EBAY.COM

John Demos, Shadows of Silence 9789608744226 | eBay

One of Greece’s leading photographers, John Demos captures the spirit of the people. He pictures the traditional life of Greece. Consciously or unconsciously, ancient myths are reenacted.John Demos is an active promoter of photography in Greece. | eBay!


Last chance to sign up!


CAPE CHARLES GOES GREEK!

ACS GREAT ROUNDUP 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Cape Charles, Virginia

Details here

https://www.acsgreatroundup.com/



Want to mix and network with fellow Greeks, October 12 -14, in New York City?

Think National Hellenic Student Association (NHSA) of America's Fall 2018 Convention.

Tickets out soon!

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Job opportunity at ACS Athens, effective immediately!

Position Title: Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center Specialist 
(Clinical Psychologist)


Reports to: Dean of Academics & Student Affairs
Educational & Diagnostic Center Coordinator

Summary Description: The Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center Specialist, is responsible for carrying out psycho-educational evaluations, ensuring an efficient and effective approach in identifying students unique learning profiles and helping them excel and reach their full potential within the school environment and beyond. Clinical experience in working with children and adolescents as well as extensive knowledge and experience with psycho-educational evaluations is vital for the testing center.


Job Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Establish and promote an environment that is welcoming, confidential, safe and respectful to all students, parents and teachers
  • Maintain a positive and friendly attitude
  • Work efficiently and effectively regarding procedures 
  • Keep office organized to ensure efficient and effective service delivery
  • Provide all necessary information regarding the testing process to parents upon inquiry 
  • Become familiar with all necessary documentation required initially; ex. (consent form, intake form, other questionnaires used per case) 
  • Meet with parents and take notes for intake meeting so as to gain better understanding of a student’s developmental background
  • Be able to review and understand previous assessments of students
  • Conduct in class observations
  • Coordinate testing schedule with teachers and student
  • Be able to build a good rapport with the students
  • Review referrals and perform pre-assessment activities
  • Conduct and administer psychological and educational assessments such as: (WISC, WJ, Conners, Bender Gestalt, Key Math, GORT, TOWL etc.)
  • Conduct clinical interviews
  • Score assessments
  • Provide accurate diagnosis and interpretation of results (i.e. learning difficulties, social-emotional well-being)
  • Know the context of the DSM 5
  • Write up reports and maintain accurate records regarding each students’ case
  • Meet with parents and student in order to discuss the findings and proposed interventions
  • Collaborate with faculty, OLP specialists, counselors, CST, and all others to gain pertinent information needed regarding the students that will be evaluated
  • Collaborate with Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Vision Therapists, psychologist, and other internal/external professionals
  • Be able to identify the assessments that need to be used based on the specific needs of a student
  • Display ethical and professional behaviors at all times
  • Display understanding and empathy towards students and parents
  • Have effective communication skills with parents and students
  • Use excellent presentation skills, written and oral English skills when communicating with students, parents, teachers, and the ACS Athens community
  • Keep the Center coordinator informed in all matters
  • Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing information when needed
  • Attend required meetings and extra school sponsored functions and events
  • Perform any duties that are within the scope of employment and certification as assigned by the supervisor (s)
  • Continue professional development and update knowledge on psycho-educational testing

Requirements: 

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist;
  • A minimum of two years previous experience in testing;
  • Certification/License;
  • Extensive experience and training in psycho-educational assessments;
  • Excellent command of oral and written language in English;
  • Excellent command of oral and written language in Greek;
  • Able to effectively and accurately interpret and provide diagnosis upon; completion of a psycho-educational evaluation;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Work collaboratively and efficiently within a team;
  • Be able to work within an international and diverse academic setting;
  • Be Technology savvy (ie. Word, excel, skyward, moodle, etc.);
  • International work experience and knowledge of the American Educational philosophy;
  • Expertise and experience in assessing students with LD, including literacy, math and emotional difficulties

www.acsathens.gr



 


© 2018 ACS Athens Global Association




ACS Athens' Next 

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS EVENT 

is Scheduled for:

APRIL 6, 2019 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.



Dear ACS Athens Community Members:


It is with great pleasure that I announce the 2nd ACS Athens Alumni Achievement Awards event that will take place on April 6, 2019. 

   

Over the past decades ACS Athens alumni have exhibited great leadership with ethos, including serving humanity in all areas of society.  We will continue to celebrate and recognize ACS Athens alumni leaders at the 2nd Global Achievement Awards event that will take place in Washington, D.C. on April 6, 2019.   

The two awards that will be given to ACS Athens alumni will be: 


 Lifetime Achievement Award   recognizing an alumnus (over 40) whose accomplishments in the public, private or non-profit sector have made an outstanding contribution to the community and serve as an example both professionally and ethically.




Upcoming Young Leadership Award recognizing an alumnus (aged 40 or under) who shows promise in his/her field by providing inspiration and leadership to students and other young alumni.  The recipient has to have shown significant leadership either in their professional career and/or community, public or humanitarian service



The Nominations Form and all relevant information about these two awards can be found at the ACS Athens Global site (www.acsathensglobal.org).  Nominations are accepted only through this site.  If you have not yet signed up as a member, please do so. 


I encourage you to read the guidelines for this new initiative and to participate by nominating someone you believe has the qualities outlined above and should be considered for these two awards. 


I believe that this awards initiative will become tradition for ACS Athens and a truly wonderful way for us to recognize our alumni as they leave our institution to go on to become successful citizens of the world with ethos. 


 Sincerely,



                                                                      


Guest Column


Reflections of an ACS Graduate '11

by Member and Guest Contributor Anastasi Sharp


“It’s the end of an era,” my brother Ilia mused one morning, addressing me, my brother Alexander, and my friend Jason. We are all alumni of ACS (the American Community School of Athens), a K-12 school in Greece. In a few months he would be the last of my family’s current generation to join those ranks.


It was December 21st, 2017: a cold Greek day in a country of mesmerizing warmth. We were making our annual pilgrimage to our school, gravitating back to the mothership where both my parents, aunts, brothers, many friends and I had once lived, worked, thought, played and voyaged.


There were others who did the same that day, 40 to be exact . Thee were enough names to fill a sprawling board in the famed cafeteria with our names and where we had attended school since we graduated. That warm, familiar place still appeared to be a crossroads of the school. Any combination of people is possible there. You could find an administrator waiting on the sandwich line while a coach rushes by to ask for ice to aid an injured knee, only to run into an Optimal Match specialist he hasn’t seen in a while, but will soon sit on a panel with to discuss the i2Flex method  on a livestreamed webcast.

There were few free hands in the house. It seemed each person hand held a cup of fragrant hot chocolate in one hand, and the other held either a kourambie (buttered biscuits sprinkled with powdered sugar) or a melomakarono (honey cookies). The annual spectacle of students, math instructors, librarians, secretaries, and athletes belting out Jingle Bells began to unfold before my eyes.


Among the faces I recognized were children of fellow alumni, with whom I share something important: the experience of growing up here. They may remember the rite of passage of crossing the street that once physically separated the elementary school from the rest of ACS. Perhaps they remember the homework packets, school plays to apply their knowledge of Greek mythology and seeing where it was first set in stone on the Acropolis. Perhaps they remember decorating the inside of their first locker, or treading lightly through a middle school dance.


Perhaps they had an early Eureka moment, mine was learning the power of great design as I watched an egg parachute I had designed in my Design Technology class floating elegantly from the balcony our class had dropped its projects from. Perhaps they remember the intimidation of a great challenge, and the joy of rising to meet it. The moment my eighth grade ears heard that my film review for the Blue and Gold Magazine made me the youngest ever contributor comes to mind. Perhaps they remember the rigor of obtaining an IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma , which taught me a critical thought process that I still use every day.


Maybe they remember the sense of teamwork they fostered with friends across the classroom desk, between free shots in the back field (or, in my case, between strokes in a swimming team race), behind the debating podium, between bites at a lunchtime yearbook meeting, or between takes in the student newsroom.


I could not shake the question in my mind as I read the names of those who returned: What is the force that brings them back? What is it about ACS that we flip back to as we plan the sentences in our stories of our lives that have yet to be written?

I know I cannot possibly account for the experience of so many who saw ACS in so many ways across so many generations. I hope I can make a small contribution to a discussion about a group of people who have roamed our world—and solar system—and still report back to mission control. Here goes.


1. 
Mentorship

As I looked back through my history at ACS, I tried to remember the first of many times when I felt a hand of guidance on my shoulder; the hand that never held out an answer, but offered glimpses of new, unexplored ideas and possibilities. It allowed me to see have Eureka moments for myself, and delight in the joy of discovery and the satisfaction of stones no longer unturned.

The earliest one I can recall was early in my first year at ACS. We had just been sent off for recess. We may have just completed the unit on the American settlers or nutrition. I recall writing a story about a magical box that gave you whatever you needed at that time. After I thought I had scribbled the story on a set of notebook papers with margins for illustrations on top I dropped it on the assignment pile. I could not contain my excitement for completing the story , or so I thought.

I exclaimed. “I can’t believe such a small box could be so powerful.”

“Did you use the word small?” asked my teacher. “No,” I said.

“Well, you should,” she added, explaining the power of adjectives to show rather than tell. I penciled that word in and continued.

“Anyway, so about that small, plain box.”

“Did you write plain?”

I saw where this was going, and, hoping for some recess, dreamt up this in vivid detail, and as quietly as I could.


My teacher’s line of questioning still runs in the back of my mind, like the inner voice that tells us the picture on the wall is crooked, and more importantly, gives us the conscience to set it straight. Advice, often unsolicited, and not speaking from the agenda of a set curriculum but with the voice of conscience that transcends disciplines in our world that defies disciplines, what Dr. Gialamas calls the Global Morfosis Paradigm. 



 


That hand of guidance returned time and time again both to sharpen my tastes (which eventually led me to a Masters Degree in Advertising) and embolden my creative spirit. In high school, I was frustrated with the lack of consolidation in my IB Visual Arts process books (journals that track creative projects from inspiration to execution.) I was encouraged to take a new approach. I knew, from the first time I dared set pen to paper (now stylus pen to tablet) I was cartooning and storyboarding, even before I knew what those things were. Why not tell my process as a story? After all, as I discovered, my natural impulse is to storyboard. Rather than parrot off passages of cave art from a textbook, why not cast a cave painter as the narrator of prehistory? So I did, with the encouragement of my teacher, who gave me source material along the way, including Scott McCloud’s indispensable Understanding Comics  . Had my approach been rejected, my process could have remained disorderly. Because I was given the fuel, my best practices had liftoff. This process has carried through to my recent work as a creative strategist in my advertising portfolio , which I am currently showing around New York as I continue on the Great American Job Search. 

I know these are only my stories. There may be as many other tales of mentorship as there are hairs under the graduation caps every year. I have read stories of teachers who inspired their children to return to this school as teachers. I have seen teachers who mentor not only as teachers, but also as athletic coaches, debate moderators, student magazine editors, book club coordinators, student council advisors, math club proctors, and conference panelists at the strike of the 3:45 PM bell. 


Those restless guiding hands remind me that the day comes to a close but teaching and learning never do.

2. Reflection and Remix



I believe ACS encourages those creative leaps that bring the world of the imagination out in the stratosphere within reach. By understanding the world as we know it (what it is and how it works), we can then question and rebuild it.


As I wrote in an earlier post , the unexpected association of unrelated ideas is the mental clay whose form is as flexible as the limits of human imagination. The process of remix has given us some of the greatest ideas and inventions we depend on today, like the way Larry Page and Sergei Brin envisioned Google  by imagining web links as a series of bibliographical citations that endlessly link back to other sources. Those mental leaps simply changed our world.  


I think the long-standing Truman Trial in the famed 10th grade “Combo” (American Studies / Literature) class encouraged remix. The need of former US president Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb rested in the hands of my team of lawyers and our witnesses as the entire school tuned in online  and in person. With the gravity of this case upon us, I felt we had a personal stake in the course of history where our role could have been passive. The engagement with such a charged case reminds me of the difference between coasting along as a passenger and steering the starship. Sitting at the captain’s helm gave me and my team pause before every argument we added to our case, and every cross examination I did. The stakes were high, so the lessons of the trial remain unforgettable.


The intricacies and curveballs the case threw at us, like the resurrection of Machiavelli as a defense witness, have conditioned my brain to a state of remix. This openness to new ideas and associations have helped kick my ideas into hyperdrive. The time where my advertising class studio team envisioned LEGO blocks as the portal to a digital in-store experience  comes to mind. Had my school not taught me to be open to new connections, I may have never made them.

I know this kind of thinking still abounds at ACS. I am so impressed to read about student revelations on the famed Humanities trips, and other excursions that ask the big questions and ask what makes a place like Greece unique. Each of the many excursions reminded me that Athens is a place of limitless remix where the past, present, and future are in constant conversation. The sprouting of student work on student portfolios and blogs seems to encourage the free flow of knowledge and reflection across the disciplines, both for the students, and their global viewership. Dr. Gialamas’ knots come to mind as the symbols of the infinite feedback loop of reflection and rethinking in learning.


I believe Ilia would never have devised the 1.50 Club had ACS not taught him to search for new ways to see his world. It was a simple insight that € 1.50, a typical price for an iced Greek coffee, can buy a boxed lunch for a student in need. That alone ignited a powerful partnership with DIATROFI , an initiative within the impactful PROLEPSIS  organization that has helped feed food-insecure children all over Greece.


3.  
Community



The “C” in ACS for me is as inseparable from the experience as the letter is from its title. Community at ACS has an international perspective. It means your language teacher may have another degree in concert music from a country that neither you nor she is from. Community means that your athletic, forensic, and university-related travel itinerary reads like the content of your European geography quiz. Community means that the nationalities of your friend group read like a U.N. delegation.


I am proud to be woven into this school’s rich community-wide culture that I think informs my perspective today. I found an outlet through that community in the TEDx Youth Talks  when I was so thrilled to have rediscovered comics as the engine behind my creative process, I decided to give a talk that took the audience through my process. I remember following the expressions of the faces I recognized in the front rows of that darkened theater; students, parents, and teachers I had grown up around, experiencing each epiphany like their own. When it was my turn in the audience, I found myself in as much awe of the stories I heard as my own. Everyone watching the stage from their seat or living room heard stories of space elevators, the power of smiling, at-risk outreach in Greek villages from friends, teachers, and faculty. As often happens at our school, the line between teacher and student faded. Learning soared.


I felt that same community focus in ACS’s Summer Leadership Institute . When other participants and I began defining our ideas and perceptions of leadership, I originally defined leadership as the work of visionary individuals. But as we walked the halls of the University of Richmond and Washington DC area churches, museums, political offices and murals where leadership was a function of responsibility to a community, I began to see the common ground between leader and follower.


I remember a moment where that distinction melted entirely. We were in the ACS library, a few days before we flew to DC for the second part of our training. We did a dance routine in shiny top hats trying hard to put our best left foot forward. I wondered at the time about the relevance of this activity to leadership, but stepping back into our unfortunate chorus line, I remembered that we were in a row formation, where the back rows mirrored the front. There were leaders, there were followers. We all served the dance, which bonded that little cross section of our community, and our (mercifully) small audience.


In my experience, I believe the small moments define the meaning of community at our school as much as the turning points: The collective gasp of relief in an IB or SAT exam when we realized the material we studied is what appeared on the test; the cheer and laughter of student athletes, coaches, and parents as they view the annual Sports Banquet slideshow ; the insights that crackled across the auditorium while we watched a Yannis Simeonides’ brilliant rendition of Plato’s Apology after we had all read it over the summer ; The buzz in the Incubator  or the state-of-the-art Sabbagh Media Studio where ACS comes together to flex its creative muscles; The snap of the camera shutter that captured the cover of the ETHOS Magazine  where my brothers and I were photographed with several dozen children of alumni who also attended ACS; the notification that invites young ACS alumni to their very first NHSA (National Hellenic Student Association)  convention where Hellenic ACS alumni have thrived in their respective communities around America and passed the torch onward.


Before we went home on that cold, yet warm Greek day, I looked back at the constellation of alumni signatures across that cafeteria wall, and the inspiring young people about to join their ranks. I looked back at the mentors among them, and the very process of reflection they had taught me, the examined life they encouraged me to live. My years at that school helped to make sense of the moments that came after, including this one.


In a way, Ilia was right. In a way, it was the end of an era. A generation of my family at ACS would end with him. But I knew, after years of returning, that we may drift, but our everything we learned and learned to love about our school keeps us in orbit.


See this article on Anastasi's website or hear it on his podcast


Our thanks to Anastasi for his article. Please feel welcome to submit your article, professional advice, opinion or analysis, career commentary and/or announcements. - The Editor.




Thanks for your support, Everyone!



ACS Athens Summer Camp: June 18-July 6, 2018. 
Learning the English language through exciting and fun activities!

Registration is now open; visit: www.acs.gr



IIC Summer Scholars' Academy at ACS Athens


Challenging, engaging, and fun learning opportunities for Academy and Middle School students offered by the Institute for Innovation and Creativity (IIC) at ACS Athens, June 25-July 6, 2018. ACS Athens Academy students can earn high school credit while pursuing an intellectual passion, exploring a new subject or learning new skills. Middle School Students can let their imaginations lead them as they develop creative and critical thinking skills and expand their craft as writers or as mathematical problem solvers​.​


Click here for more information. Feel free to contact Mr. Steve Medeiros, Dean of Academic Affairs, if you would like more information about any of the courses. Contact Ms. Marietta Garbis, IIC Assistant, at garbism@acs.gr or 210-6393-200, ext. 200 for enrolment.


​THE PROGRAM IS ALSO OPEN TO CHILDREN OF ACS ATHENS ALUMNI AND QUALIFIED ATHENS AREA STUDENTS WHO ARE ​NOT ACS ATHENS STUDENTS. ENGLISH FLUENCY AND A GOOD ACADEMIC RECORD ARE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION.



GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community                         

Alums! You must stop byAlex Mamalis' amazing burger place in Marousi!

www.biggiesburgers.gr




ACS Athens AlumMonica Madias-Theodorou


Opens New Store in Glyfada!


nullPar. Leoforo Vouliagmenis 65Β
Glyfáda, Greece 16675  Telephone: +30 21 0969 0202



Enjoy ACS Athens Alum Mim Adkins' Beautiful Work at www.mimadkins.com



The poetry of ACS Athens Alum John Tripoulas featured in The Iowa Review

Available for purchase here





ACS Alum Alexander Voutsas’ Exhibit of the Old Airport, Opened May 11. 



ACS Athens Alum Kazuaki Shitamori's spectacular catering services on Tinos! Kazoo.gr





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


 


© 2018 ACS Athens Global Association











ACS Athens

On my first day at ACS, as a 3rd grader, I was disgruntled, frightened, and home-sick. Over time, the inclusive dynamic of the faculty and staff and the tight-knit nature of the ACS community helped me grow and expand as a learner, a friend, and a wholesome member of the community.


My parents sent me to ACS Athens, knowing the long-standing reputation, credibility, and ability of the institution to foster my education throughout all the crucial periods of my childhood and adolescence. They were not aware of the even greater impact ACS Athens would have on me – shaping me into a citizen of the world. I studied, exercised, discussed, argued, and grew up alongside Greeks, Americans, Egyptians, Norwegians, Israelis, Brazilians, Koreans, Italians and South Africans, and that is to name just a few of the over 50 nationalities represented within the ACS Athens community. In a class of fewer than 100, in a school of fewer than 1000, I was immersed in a tremendous diversity of culture, experience, talent, and friendship.


This diversity permeated into my personal life as I sought to become well-versed in both the humanities and the sciences, as well as in sports. I participated in the JV and Varsity swimming team, and I fondly remember the two trips we took, first to Warsaw, Poland, and then to Budapest, Hungary, for the ISST swimming competition. In high school I then traveled with the German class to Switzerland on an educational trip. Before most students anywhere in the world are allowed to drink, drive, or vote, I was traveling across Europe and becoming friends with people from across the world.


Furthermore, I ran for student council in my Middle School years and went on to become president. It was in that capacity that I met with the leader of the Middle States Association delegation, responsible for re-accrediting the school. He went on to announce at the faculty assembly that he had met the future Prime Minister of Greece (me). I was deeply grateful for that unsolicited endorsement, though I had no intention of running for high office. However, I have continued to strengthen my involvement in civic engagement and leadership.


My involvement and immersive commitment as an active member of the ACS community was and has been recognized to this day. During the 8th grade graduation, I was awarded the original seal of the Spartan House (Go Spartans!). And although I moved at the end of the 10th grade to the U.S., my long-standing affection for the school, along with my standing among the faculty and students, saw me walking with them during graduation!




Middletown High School, University of Maryland - College Park, University of Maryland School of Medicine

After leaving Greece, I attended Middletown High School, a public high school in rural western Maryland. My class size was triple what I had been used to, with 96% white demographic, of which almost 50% had never been outside the state. It was an adjustment! But ACS had done wonders in preparing me. I flew through 6 AP courses with honors, making friends in the year above me as well as my own.


At the University of Maryland – College Park, I was confident that I was going to study something in Biology, graduate, go to medical school, residency, finish by 27, and move to Greece. There’s a saying in Greek. It involves planning and God laughing.


One failed calculus exam (which had no impact), a 3.83 GPA with a B.S. in Neurobiology and Physiology and a minor in Modern Greek later, I knew two things: I didn’t like basic research and I liked Cavafy. But I had never actually sat down with my advisors and discussed a strategic plan for my medical school application until the end of my junior year.


Upon graduating, I applied to medical school, went on a Euro-trip with my two best friends from ACS (unforgettable), and then got rejected.




So, I took a gap year. I first shadowed a surgeon and anesthesiologist. This experience taught me more than I had ever expected. I stayed at the cardiology emergency room at a public hospital, actively participating for over 15 hours during the εφημερίες (on-call). I then moved to Chicago (twice – staying with 2 different classmates from ACS), raised and trained a puppy, started working as an office manager turned quality manager at a small air force supply chain management company, APS. I re-applied to medical school, focused on my essays, had an All-Star basketball team of editors, and got in.


Now I’m going through the first year of fierce, never-ending motions of what is said to be the routine medical school experience at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. It’s a whirlwind experience of obscene information in pursuit of consummate knowledge, playing on x2 speed.


The National Hellenic Student Association

I am currently serving as President of the National Hellenic Student Association (NHSA) of North America, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes Hellenism. Initiatives include a virtual Stock Market Competition, an upcoming beach clean-up in Athens, a blog on recent and relevant topics, and internships with CLEO, an epidemiological center in Greece set on combatting hospital-acquired infections and promoting the judicious use of antibiotics. Coming soon are also an academic network, academic scholarships, and more! Check out http://www.nhsaofamerica.org/.




My first experience with NHSA was meeting the then President at a birthday party of a very good friend from, you guessed it, ACS! After introductions, it was a few short weeks until I went to a Convention, became interested, and was offered the position of Fundraising Director. Not a year later I ran for Vice President, helped re-write the Constitution, re-structured the Board, and began re-building. In the fall of 2016, I was elected President of NHSA. In addition to the aforementioned, I successfully pushed NHSA to have its first ever conventions in the West (Los Angeles, CA) and the South (Atlanta, GA), helped found a growing Board of Trustees, and set up new initiatives to attract a larger and more active audience.




Advice


Be compassionate – your happiness depends on it – never stop caring for, empathizing with, and understanding that which you have not experienced. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama



Be curious, your freedom depends on it – never stop asking questions, reading, learning. “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.” – Thomas Jefferson




Be courageous – your dreams depend on it. “You will never do anything in this world without courage.” – Aristotle. If you want proof look only as far back as Thucydides: “The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.”



But don’t forget:

Remember your family and friends. You chose them. Stand by them. Travel with them. Make new ones.

Be a responsible citizen of the world.






ACS Athens

ACS Athens has a unique, highly diverse learning environment that fosters open-mindedness and cooperation and that strongly emphasizes our role as citizens of the world. I graduated from ACS Athens in 2011, having attended for 13 years, and continued my education at Northwestern University, from where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a second major in Economics.


The reason I attended ACS was to receive a well-rounded education that would best prepare me to continue my studies in the United States and to become a citizen of the world. One of the most important things ACS taught me was the importance of being a balanced and well-rounded individual – my ‘senior superlative’ in the yearbook was “most likely to major in everything”. At ACS I always tried to maintain a balance between academics and extra-curricular activities. During my last 4 years at ACS, I participated in math competitions, I co-founded the Math-Literature club, I was a member of the Tennis Academy board, I served as president of the National Honors Society, I was part of the German club, I wrote articles for the Tennis Academy and for Blue and Gold, and I played for the Varsity Tennis Team.


The recognition I received at ACS Athens reflects this value. A characteristic example is that I was awarded the highest academic achievement awards in multiple classes and won multiple medals at the tennis ISST and SCIS tournaments, which led me to be awarded with the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year award in 2010.


Northwestern University and Early Career

When I started my undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, I was still undecided with respect to what I would major in. I knew I enjoyed math and physics, which is why I had applied for admission to the school of engineering, but I did not know what engineering really meant or what type of engineering I might like. Therefore, in order to try to get a sense of what I would like to do, I adopted a strategy of postponing core classes at the very beginning, and instead I registered for several different engineering courses that I thought I might like, which led me to computer engineering. However, it still took until my 3rd year for me to find the specific field I wanted to focus on.


Halfway through my 3rd year at Northwestern, in early 2014, I started working part-time, ahead of my summer internship, as an FPGA engineer at a propriety trading company in Chicago, Eldorado Trading Group. I had taken a few classes on FPGA design by then, which I had enjoyed, but it was this internship that helped me realize that this was the work I wanted to do. Following my summer internship, Eldorado Trading covered my final year’s tuition and I gradually transitioned to full-time with them. A few years later, in May 2017, the company closed and sold the technology I was working on to DV Trading, which is where I moved and where I am working now. My future goals are to pursue a Master’s and/or MBA degree, while continuing to work in this field of engineering, and eventually I hope to return to Greece.

Beyond providing me with solid fundamentals and helping me become the person I am today, ACS Athens helped me in another important, though less direct, way. Having ACS as my second home for 13 years, I grew up always knowing and expecting that I would be studying and likely working abroad and far away from my home and family. In addition, at ACS I met many families that moved around the world a lot for work. As a result, I did not have trouble acclimating to the US and I am comfortable applying for universities and jobs without restricting myself to a certain city or country.


The National Hellenic Student Association



I serve as the Director of Operations on the executive board of the National Hellenic Student Association of North America (NHSA), an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes Hellenism in the United States and Canada. Our mission is to provide educational, professional and social opportunities to university students and young professionals through networking events, speaker series, social events, and bi-annual conventions in the fall and spring. This year we will launch our first academic scholarships aimed at undergraduate and graduate students who embody the values of leadership, education and culture.


Advice


Don’t be afraid to try your hand at different things from the first chance you get; it will help you discover what you are best at and what you most enjoy. Even if you think you already know what you want to do, you might be surprised by what you discover. Apply for summer internships, university research assistant positions and jobs from as early as possible, join clubs and organizations that interest you, and explore your interests, but remember to keep a balance among all aspects of your life. Always make sure to leave time for friends, travel and vacation! Stay optimistic and don’t be afraid of change!


We are all citizens of the world.





Thanks for your support, Everyone!



International Education in Greece 

VIEWS FROM THE INSTITUTIONS 



ACS Athens: Sustaining Excellence in Improving Learning

Incubator of Students’ Creative Ideas (ISCI) at ACS Athens


Stefanos Gialamas, Ph.D


MaryAnn Augoustatos, M.Ed


Today, more than ever, academic institutions need to identify ways to inspire their students to acquire skills and competencies that are essential for becoming critical thinkers and decision-makers. Therefore, there is a need for a new trajectory in the teaching and learning at the K-12 environment. This trajectory needs innovation, creativity and freedom from the fear of failing. Students must be the driving force for such learning and Educators the guiding energy. 


One of the most significant obstacles K-12 Educators are facing is that students have difficulty identifying the real-world application of the concepts they are learning, or how these concepts and applications are relevant to their interests and studies. “When am I ever going to use this?” or “Who cares? In the real world, I can Google anything I need.” Versions of this sentiment have echoed through the walls of classrooms for years. This is simply because students so often do not appreciate or become excited by something they do not see as relevant and meaningful in their potential careers and daily lives. Thus, the way an academic institution designs its curriculum and teaching methodology is what makes the difference in students’ learning and ultimately in their lives. MORE


The Color of Peace

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) organization and ACS Athens aim to celebrate the transformative power of sport and its great potential in advancing positive social change. In collaboration with the "April6.org" platform and under the high patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, ACS Athens will host a memorable event on Friday, April 20 2018, dedicated to promoting peace through sport while honoring those who have lost their home because of war.


"THE COLOR OF PEACE" EVENT: 
On April 20, 2018, ACS Athens will host a soccer match between unattended refugee minors involved with the "Youth 2 Youth" program and ACS Athens students. Together these children comprise over 65 different nationalities. Prior to the day of the event, educational activities and instruction addressing the significance of peace and its’ promotion through sport (ie. the meaning of Olympic truce) will take place throughout all the grades (K-12).


One of the most enjoyable aspects of the celebration is the "Stress Ball Races" to be organized by Elementary, Middle School and Academy respectively. These culminating events will involve students, parents and faculty who can obtain one or more stress balls in the color of their House (small donation requested) with all proceeds going to the "Youth to Youth Program". Each stress ball will be numbered and that number will be associated with the sponsor who donated the money (2€/stress ball). The Principal of each school will grab the first 5 stress balls at the bottom of the slide and those winners will receive 100 points for their House. Flyers with information about these separate races will be posted soon by each school.


ACS aims to promote collaboration between cultures and student athletes as well as to educate all of its stakeholders about the idea of sport promoting healthy competition and unity across the globe. The event is addressed to the greater ACS Athens community. Therefore, the final celebration prior to the soccer match will include a series of music acts as well as motivational speeches by celebrities. At the end of the day the entire student body will raise white cards to transmit the powerful message of peace.


The main event will take place from 1:25pm until 3:45pm on Friday, April 20. Video link





GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community                         


Power Presence for Women: Unshakeable, Unstoppable, Unforgettable Paperback – April 16, 2018

by alum Janet Ioli (Author)

Power Presence for Women It is an exciting time for women. We have an opportunity as never before to stand up and reject outdated models of power and show up in the world differently. We have an opportunity to demonstrate what a truly powerful presence looks and feels like when we are around it. • This presence is not insecure, egocentric, domineering, fearful, or competitive. • It does not seek to conquer, control, and be seen. • It is not sourced from scarcity or from winning and losing. • Instead, this presence seeks to understand, accept, lift, and unite. It is grounded in a secure, non-egocentric place that is not fragile or easily derailed by fear of its loss. You can’t lose it—because the source of this power is limitless and always accessible if you simply know how to tap into it and let it flow. Even successful, high achieving women confess that they are haunted by thought habits that disempower them. Trailer 



Congratulations to Katerina Stathopoulou

Woman of The Year 2018, Special Gategory: Woman in Shipping.

Γυναίκα της Χρονιάς 2018, Ειδικό Βραβείο: Γυναίκα της Ναυτιλίας Katerina Stathopoulou


John Demos invites former ACSers in Athens come toAURION for audition of magnificent audio systems. 







Read about ACS Athens Alum 

Kathy Capous Chrisovergis

You can follow the link for the English version of the article published in HR Professional Magazine from Boussias Communications


ACS Athens Alum George Koutsoukos presents...


HEALTHY LIFE FESTIVAL • April 20 - 22, Hellexpo


Interested? Link


If you are in CO, NM, WY or beyond, there's an opportunity for BRAT BONDING at the legendary Edelweiss Restaurant in Colorado Springs April 28th. Parents/kids/friends welcome. (Registration form on the Colorado Brats Club FB site.)  


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


 


© 2018 ACS Athens Global Association




I didn’t realize it at the time, but the school’s diversity was fundamental in shaping my mindset to learn and appreciate differences. My leadership experience in the student council contributed to building my self-confidence and commitment to leadership and service. Participating in and winning Oratory and Oral Interpretation in Forensics competitions built my ability to build and articulate a point of view and sharpen my public speaking skills.


The International Baccalaureate program helped me strengthen my analytical and critical thinking skills and the friendships I built at ACS have remained ingrained in my psyche as deep, lasting, and meaningful connections. I also had the privilege of being the Prom Queen in my senior year, and felt honored by my classmates’ votes.


Education has been a continuing journey for me, as I see myself as a lifelong learner. I have earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Maryland, a Masters degree in Business and a Masters degree in Public Administration (I wanted both the corporate and the government leadership bases covered.)  I went on to pursue a Doctorate degree in Adult Learning and Human Development at Virginia Tech, but did not complete my dissertation despite completing much of the coursework. 


Career/Affiliations

I have been fortunate that my career has led me to draw upon those strengths and skills I cultivated and started to develop in my years at ACS. Over the years I have worked at several Fortune 200 companies, including CIGNA, Gannett/USA Today, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman. I have had the pleasure of holding leadership positions in the Leadership Development and Talent Management areas and build strategies and programs to continuously build leadership capacity. I am a highly trained and International Coaching Federation certified executive coach, with experience working with thousands of leaders on their development over the years. I just completed my second book, “Power Presence for Women” which is based on my experience coaching women executives over the years.


I still work as an executive coach with Northrop Grumman and have a successful coaching business, Janet Ioli International.  (www.janetioli.com) I contribute to Forbes on leadership topics and am a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. In addition, I was invited to write for Huffington’s Thrive Global on well-being topics. I write a popular weekly blog called “Maximize Your Impact” that reminds us all to be at our best. I recently completed a post-graduate certificate program in Positive Psychology and Well-being coaching as I find that personal well-being is the foundation to all other success. I am also on the faculty of the Key Executive Leadership Program for government executives at American University.


I have designed and led many leadership programs over the years, but I must admit that I find deep personal fulfillment working with women. I facilitated the Women’s Leadership program for a large division of Northrop Grumman for years, speak on women’s leadership topics, and recently spoke at the California Women’s Conference, originally founded by Maria Shriver.  


I am fortunate in the respect that my job is also my calling. Helping people step more fully into their own personal power, and realize that leadership and power is not about authority or a title, is something that provides a fulfillment I cannot describe. I love to see people let go of disempowering thinking and do things they were afraid to do. What is so strange is that in my senior year at ACS, I wrote an original oratory that won first place in the Forensics tournament.  It was really a motivational speech, whose theme was about letting go of the definitions of success others had created for you, and learning to define it for yourself. It was about letting go of disempowering stories and worrying about what others think of you, and creating your own destiny.

Ironic isn’t it?  That speech at ACS was the foreshadowing of my future career!  Moral of the story:  what whispers to you early on is probably something to follow.


Family

I met my life’s partner and husband, Frank, at Northrop Grumman. We have been married for 15 years, and joke that it was better late than never. I have a step-daughter, Nicole, who is 18 and in her first year of college. Frank and I moved from the DC metro area to Newport Beach, California about 2 years ago. My sister Kathryn Oliver (class of 88) lives in Virginia, and is as kind and wonderful as she always was growing up.  Emily Dimitratos’ (class of ’81, now Debeniotis) and I have been friends since I was a sophomore at ACS. She also lives in Virginia and I am the godmother of her daughter Ariel. It was hard moving and leaving friends and family on the East Coast. Although there is much I miss about living on the East Coast of the United States, I love living by the beach and the outdoor lifestyle the weather promotes. We enjoy being outside and California reminds me a lot of Greece in that way.




My father was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer on his 6oth birthday, and died two years later in 2000. Emily Dimitratos’ first daughter, Gabriella, died suddenly at age 10 in 2009. Those unexpected deaths made me realize how precious, short, and unpredictable life is. As a result, I have an urgency about every moment and a passion for health, wellness, and fitness. I am an advocate of healthy eating, exercise, and taking care of yourself. Mental health is also so important, and stress is a killer. Learning to set boundaries and make your own well-being a priority is paramount. 


I spent so much time worrying about the wrong things, and wasting precious energy filling my own mind with self-doubt. The incredibly successful, high-achieving clients I work with every day waste time and energy doing the same thing. Nothing stands in your way to do and be what you want except for the scripts you have running in your own mind. 

Take time to get to know yourself, what you are good at, and what you love. Don’t compare yourself with others or try to be like them, as you will never be a good copy of someone else. Be curious, be compassionate, listen, ask questions, keep learning, and be fearless. 



If you are interested in receiving my free blog and videos with topics to maximize your impact, sign up at  www.janetioli.com





ACS Athens is happy to announce the appointment of alum Melina Vassiliadis as Alumni Liaison Officer! For any requests from the school, alums can contact Melina at vassiliadism@acs.gr.


Watch the finals of the Panhellenic Forensics Tournament, held at ACS Athens!


ACS ATHENS – 2ND PLACE SWEEPSTAKES CUP!


First Among Equals in Group Discussion: 

Asteris Dougalis


First Among Equals in Impromptu Speaking: 

George Dougalis


Finalists in Impromptu Speaking:

Io Grivea,
George Trochopoulos &
George Dougalis


Finalists in Group Discussion:

Asteris Dougalis &
Marilina Bitsikas


Honorable Mentions in Group Discussion:

Madina Abbasova,
Maria Christodoulou &
Spyros Koliopoulos


4th Best Speaker for Debate:

George Dougalis


Debate Team (George DougalisIo GriveaTina GriveaVioletta Alargoff Anagnostou & Ilia Ioannides) did not break to Quarter Finals for 1 Speaker Point!


Over 400 students from 19 schools competed in this year’s Pan Hellenic Forensics Tournament this past weekend, which was hosted by ACS Athens.





Congratulations to the ACS Athens boys and girls varsity teams for first place 

in the International Youth Basketball tournament! Exciting games to the end!



The ACS Athens IB 2 Art class will display students' final work at the ACS Athens Theater Lobby 20th - 29th of March. Opening reception will be held on Tuesday, Mar 20.





GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community                         

Look for ACS Alum Kal Maleh in his latest Movie!


Congrats ACSer Renee Acker Crouser!


“I am so very honored to have my painting"Jazzy Blues" accepted into the Southeastern Pastel Society's 201818th International Exhibition! This exhibition takes place at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia in May. Congratulations, also, to Kay Ridge for the acceptance of "Solo" and to Herly Terant for"Ariela"! I'm thrilled!”


 

 


ACS Athens Alum Leah Sirkin’s Current Project

"Mirabai: The Barefoot Princess, I aim to bring life and relevance to the dramatic story of the girl who fell in love with a god."


Leah invites you to listen to two songs from her current project here. Thanks to Tano Brock for recording/arranging! 








 


 ACS Athens alum Scott Parazynski in Houston on March 16!


Come say hello and get your signed copy of THE SKY BELOW at Brazos Bookstore in Houston on Friday, March 16th at 7pm!











 

Sand Dunes & Scaffolds


One of the new works of ACS Alum and Faculty Farida El Gazzar at The Armory Show in New York last weekend, 8-11 March 2018 at Booth 609 / Kalfayan Galleries / Pier94. Other contemporary Artists featured: Antonis Donef, Farida El Gazzar, Panos Tsagaris and Kostis Velonis.


Office Furniture Sale!

A very large variety of office furniture for sale: all are in excellent condition, finely made by Dromeassa in Greece, part of their 2008 euro line.

DESKS • BOOKSHELVES •  CABINETS • STORAGE CLOSET • CHAIRS • FRONT RECEPTION DESK • LOTS MORE!


Price for all 5.000 euros  •  Please contact: 2108316738

If you are in CO, NM, WY or beyond, there's an opportunity for BRAT BONDING at the legendary Edelweiss Restaurant in Colorado Springs April 28th. Parents/kids/friends welcome. (registration form on the Colorado Brats Club FB site.)  




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





Education

I attended ACS Athens from 2006 until 2009, and I must say those years defined my path to success, as I understand now the significance of American education, and its importance to becoming an open-minded and creative thinker. ACS offers a school setting where students of different upbringings and backgrounds come together weaving a tapestry of diversity that fosters acceptance and unity, and this is one of the most genuine experiences one can have that has a significant impact in adulthood.   


One of the memories in my mind till today is the class I had with Mr. David Nelson who taught social studies. Mr. Nelson was one of the kindest teachers I have met and had an amazing talent when it came to teaching. His class was the one that provided me with the knowledge of the American and European history from a social perspective, and gave me insight on how the world operates in a way. Overall, ACS had some of the most inspiring teachers I had encountered, and motivated me to become an active member of the community.


 As part of the ACS Athens community, I was active in sports, as I was part of the volley team, as well as the tennis team. I was always excited when it came to sports, but my main hobby had always been playing the piano. The piano played a key role in my life, and it is this creativity that I embrace today in my work.


Career

After graduating from school I was indecisive concerning my educational and career path, and so I decided to take a year off, and invest my time in new experiences. That was one of the hardest years, as I seemed to be a very confused 18 year old. From an early age, one could tell that education was not my forte, neither were my social skills, but as time went by I gained interest in finding out more about myself, and that was one of the greatest relationships I created; with myself.


As a year went by I found my family business appealing, and so I started working under the same roof with my family; a rather difficult task for many. During that time I enrolled for a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Business, and a year after, I registered for a diploma in Shipping at the ICS Shipbrokers Association. To my own surprise, the combination of business, psychology and shipping studies started forming a vague but innovative idea in my head.



This idea, came from all the knowledge, courses, and experience from work, targeting a very essential issue in the shipping industry: the human element. The human element as it came to my attention is the number one factor implicated when it comes to accidents at sea, one of the most significant factors that the industry should pay attention to. Starting from a simple idea, I began to research the industry and try to understand how the field of psychology might interact with the shipping industry while observing the readiness of the industry to accept the idea of applying psychology to shipping. I started attending maritime events. However, the very first insightful event was the POSIDONIA 2016, where I could finally gain an overall perspective of ship owners’ views on the importance of the human element in maritime accidents.


From an idea, I started forming the business, which I named Innovative Maritime Emotional Intelligence Center (IMEQ CENTER). At this point I had decided that the most effective way to deal with the wellbeing of the seafarers would be prevention, thus implementing a pre/employment mental health assessment prior to boarding the vessel. I began to form a team and build an online platform, where seafarers could remotely take the assessment. From 2016 until today, I have managed to build three services targeting the mental health of seafarers, collaborate with Ship Owning Companies, Agencies, and Insurance Companies, while gaining a global credibility and reliability with number one marketing exposure to the industry.



My main goal for the future is to see my company expand to other locations, and create the largest community of mental health professionals whose main interest would be the wellbeing of seafarers.  


Awards

In 2006, nominated 3rd place in Greece, awarded at HON Hellenic music contest in piano

In 2009, honored to become a Volunteer Pianist in the issuer Gala Dinner and Auction Event at the Hotel Grande Bretagne, which was organized by ACS ATHENS.

In 2017, selected within the top 5 business women worldwide at the GIWA AWARDS under the category of Shipping.

Finally, in 2018, winner of #SEUA17 Greece in the category of e-Health. As winner of Institute of Entrepreneurship Development, I won the right to represent my country at a European level in European Finals in Brussels in 2018.


Civic Life

PeaceJam (2013-2015)

 I volunteered in a program called “PeaceJam Greece Youth Leadership Conference” Certification at the American Farm School, Thessaloniki. The program’s mission was to spread peace all over the world and help people.

Teacher Assistant

PIKPA organization of children with special needs (2010-2011).



Publications

  •  “Who is Who in Greece” 2018 Book Published
  • Fpower, Empowering Female Leaders of Greece
  • Elnavi Newspaper
  • Akti Miaouli Piraeus Newspaper
  • Platform.gr Online Magazine
  • Tradewinds Newpaper Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide
  • It’s Possible Online Magazine
  • Epixeiro.gr Online Magazine
  • Nou-Pou Magazine
  • Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide Newpaper

Family

My family played an important role in my career. It was not just the work relationship we had and still have, or the experience my family business offered me in preparing to make my dreams come true; but the emotional support they have provided me. They stood by me, through the difficult times of being rejected by universities, schools, even activities in my life, and still believed in me, when I would say: “You will see, I will do something great one day and that day is close”.


Today, I am managing my own business, having my mother Penelope, a clinical psychologist, as Vice President. My father, Andreas Kaloulis, runs his own company, KAIMS, along with my brother Harry Kaloulis.




Regarding family in 2018 I have wedding plans with my partner Karim Ansarifard.


 My advice is, do not be afraid, be optimistic, believe in yourself, embrace even the minuses.

Many of my classmates may have a vague and rather controversial memory of me. I was never a good student as I struggled academically; focusing on one thing at a time was pretty much disaster for me. However something that I found out throughout the years, was that we need to embrace every part of ourselves, whether a bad or good personality trait. At the same time, an important piece of advice I wish I was given earlier in my life, is that we can always turn the negatives of our personalities into positives. Just to set an example, I was always reacting to conventional rules. That was and is a part of my personality. However, as I entered adulthood, I discovered that my reactivity transcended into a creativity. While everybody was advising me to follow conventional paths, university with a steady and secure future career etc., I pursued my path and established my own business. My advice is, do not be afraid, be optimistic, believe in yourself, embrace even the minuses. Everything comes at the right time but carefully look for the signs given.






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. Facebook has served us all well socially, but has no professional emphasis and is not attached to the School. Why 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 continuing to explore our global community through promoting your businesses and professional lives, and building on the legacies of our shared experiences at ACS Athens.



The following article, by Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, is courtesy of the Greek edition of The Economist magazine. For the enjoyment of our Greek-speaking readers:











From the Office of Student Affairs


ACS Athens Welcomed Alums at Annual Hot Chocolate Gathering!

Every year, the ACS Athens community holds a hot chocolate gathering for ACS Athens, students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents and of course, alumni. On the day before the holiday break hot chocolate is served while many sing karaoke, laugh and converse.

This year alumni left their mark by signing their name, ACS Athens graduation year, and the college/university they attended. Forty alumni participated in total! It was a simple and yet creative way to record the event and will, no doubt, become a yearly tradition. Most importantly however, seeing ACS Alumni at the event ranging from the class of 1965 to the class of 2017 was heartwarming.

ACS Athens educates students from 62 different nationalities and 98% of our graduates are accepted into their best fit universities, mainly in the U.S. and U.K. Even though alums are all over the world, it is truly wonderful to see them coming back to where it all began.

Some of you have called ACS Athens home, where you come to see your past teachers; your mentors and many of your friends. Some of us have come back to work at the same campus where we grew up; an environment that encourages diversity and out-of-the-box thinking.

We want to encourage all alumni to come back and visit, either at our hot chocolate event or anytime. Come by not only to sign our banner, but to also see how ACS Athens continues to grow and develop. Yet, one thing stays the same, even though the years go by, we still gather and celebrate like one big family.



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ACS Athens Alum Dina Kotsiopoulos
Whatever you need in photos, ID photos. etc.
Tel. 210-6005-582
Elpidos 8 Aghia Paraskevi



Alum Marko Papasifakis performs at The Zoo 
This legacy ACS Athens band can be enjoyed by all at The Zoo.



Looking for Real Estate in Florida? Contact Chris Poulos


ACS Athens Alum 

George Georgilas’ 

Joke in Halandri is no joke!


Hello everyone! Toula Hubbard and Demetra Simon-Athanasopoulou are launching natural health care in GREECE and are looking for your support in spreading the word AND welcome you if you'd like to be a part of this venture, or a referral partner on this venture. 

Ask us about it! Please like our page too. Thank you!


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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







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




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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!



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.


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.



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HARD ROCK CAFÉ ATHENS

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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.


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