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
Music is the universal language that inspires and evokes emotions; it is spiritual and it is the ultimate spark for the imagination. Today's episode of the Owlcast is all about Music. Anna Mancl, Middle School and Academy Music Teacher, came to ACS Athens a year and a half ago, with her suitcases and her cello. A classically trained musician, she talks to us about her journey in life and through music. With Ms. Mancl, today we discuss: Being the pioneer of the family in pursuing a music career Improvising at a young age and regulating emotions through music Tough choices - piano, cello, or voice? Transferring skills as a musician to those of a music teacher Motivating music students that believe they’re not talented enough Students discovering they can make music ...
Nicholas Karambelas is a graduate of ACS Athens in the 70's who left to become a successful law professional in the U.S., but has never really left the school. His current capacity as the Chairman of the US Board of Trustees of the school, along with his love for Greece and his Greek-American identity, put him in a unique position to serve the mission and vision of the school. A third-generation Greek American, he takes pride of his emotional attachment to Greece and the intellectual approach to the Greek national issues as a Greek American. With Nick Karambelas, today we discuss: The changing profile of ACS Athens from an almost exclusively American school to a totally international school Fond memories with dear friends The role of the houses as an American school tradition Intellectual curiosity as a key quality transitioning to colleges Having an analytical mindset as a law professional His passion for history and archeology The role of the Greek American Omogeneia in shaping the American nation The 1821 revolutionary war of independence through the eyes of Omogeneia His view of ACS Athens as a member of the Board of Trustees ...
It’s not every day that artists exhibit their art to the public. Sometimes artists go through their entire life before they get the inner strength to expose their work to the critique of others. The fact that a 16-year-old student artist gets this opportunity, is by itself remarkable. 11th grader James Lane is our guest today. With James today we discuss: What happens when Art runs in the family; Expressing the metamorphosis from destruction to resurrection; Making art while being a full-time student; From coolness to an existential need; Being bestowed or endowed with a talent for art; Getting opportunities to explore Art through the school art program. ...