What kind of epiphany does someone experience before becoming a teacher?
How does an optician, from adjusting frames ends up adjusting brains?
Why it's important to have a balanced literacy classroom?
The answers to these profound questions we attempt to find today with Sophia Tsinakis, Literacy Coordinator at ACS Athens. A native of Houston, Texas, Ms. Tsinakis holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology - with a minor in Art Therapy - from Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts. She has earned a Master's in Elementary Education and a K-12 English Language Learners endorsement at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
While teaching in Nashville, Tenessee, she was a finalist for the Teacher of the Year, recognized as a Literacy Leader by the District Director of Literacy, was interviewed and observed by the National Public Radio program, Mind/Shift, and one of her guided reading lessons was filmed by the district as an example of exemplary reading instruction.
Sophia Tsinakis arrived at ACS Athens in 2018 and transitioned in her capacity as Literacy Coordinator in 2020, through which she facilitates the development of an ongoing collaborative literacy learning culture that aligns reading & writing curriculums.
With Ms. Tsinakis, today we discuss:
One of the staple characteristics of American schools is inclusion. Cultural inclusion, ethnic inclusion, and of course learning inclusion. It’s an attribute that defines the American educational philosophy, which is at the center of the ACS Athens mission. The values served by the school have been closely related to this inclusion for many many years. Since the early eighties, our guest today has offered her services to the cause of inclusion, the right to learn of every child, and assisting students with learning differences at a fundamental level. Christianna Perakis Evloyas or Ms. Perakis as everyone has called her all these years before she retired in 2019, has left her mark not only to her students, who left the school to become successful members of society, but also to the way of thinking of every teacher and the entire educational philosophy of ACS Athens. Chris Perakis continues to be involved through our Diagnostic Learning Center, advising those who assess and evaluate students, not whether they can learn, but how they can learn in a better, more meaningful, and impactful way for their lives. With Chris Perakis, we discuss: What is learning inclusion Learning Differences: What's in a term Developing lifetime friendships with your students The taboo of admitting a learning difference for your child How did 9 annual conferences change the way a community sees differentiation Can someone with learning differences be successful in life The role of the shadow teacher, and Teaching and life-long learning ...
Early Childhood is a particularly significant period in the development of a child, when it grows to become an emotionally and physically healthy individual. It's admittedly the gateway to the Elementary School and its more formalised educational programs. It benefits children in unique ways, as it provides development of skills, cognitive stimulation and social integration. ACS Athens has invested heavily during the past several years on developing robust and meaningful program for children 3-5 years old, with the latest being the re-design and re-construction of an ideal environment for unstructured play, the new Early Childhood playground. We have with us today the Principal of the Elementary School, Sophia Moros, who has been the driving force behind the transformation of the Elementary School of the past few years. In September her role changes, which she explains herself in our conversation. With Sophia Moros, today we discuss: The Sights and sounds of an Early Childhood classroom The critical elements for children 3-7 years of age Identifying the critical skills needed by the students at different grade levels Transitioning from a state-side public school district to an international school abroad. Teaching with the potential in mind, not aptitude for a test The value of Reading - on a graduate level degree Leading the growing development of the Early Childhood program as it opens the gate to the Elementary School Innovation, adaptability and agility, - the effects of COVID in the Elementary school Celebrating the opening of the Early Childhood Playground. Sparking the imagination in the unstructured play time ...
Today with us is Ada Gianneskis, ACS Athens parent and elected member of the Board of Trustees of the school. Ms. Gianneskis is a marketing and communications executive with 20 years of experience and is currently the Communications Director of House Market SA (IKEA franchise for Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria). Ms. Gianneskis has an MBA degree from Southern New Hampshire University, with specialization in sports marketing. She is also a member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee of the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce. With Ms. Gianneskis, we discuss: Having difficult conversations with your children while cultivating their empathy Trust as a family contract as children live through COVID Parents responsibility to Learn what their children already know Wearing two hats, when it comes to being involved in school governance Students not Hiding behind the musts, as they consider their future Following your true calling How to highlight your work ethic in an interview Taking a step back when deciding on graduate or post-grad studies; and What makes a good communicator ...