Staff of the Ionios School IB Diploma Programme

Dr. Meletis Meletopoulos, Head of Lykeion
Meletis Meletopoulos graduated from Athens College in 1981 and obtained a Bachelor in Political Science in 1986 from the University of Geneva as well as his PhD in Economic and Social Sciences in 1993. In 2003 he completed a second PhD in History in the University of Athens.  He has a rich background in teaching Politics, History and Economics in higher education institutions, including the University of Geneva and the University of Crete, the Greek National School of Public Administration, Police Academy and Air Force War School. He started his teaching career in 1990 at Ionios School and has taught in Athens College, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Doukas, and Moraitis schools since then. He has been the Head of Ionios School Lykeion since September 2015 where he has worked on and developed the Lykeion and IB DP policies. He is an accredited IB examiner in Economics from 2017.
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Dr. Anna Maria Kokla
Anna Maria Kokla holds a PhD from the University of Piraeus and she is an accredited IBO examiner. Since November 2016 she has been the IB DP Coordinator at Ionios School. Anna started her career in the Technological Institution of Athens and ASPETE (S.EL.E.T.E/ School of Pedagogical and Technological Education) teaching Applied and Further Mathematics. Following that, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Statistics in the University of Piraeus. From 2000 to 2013 Anna was Head of Lykeion and Coordinator of Schools in Psychico IB College Greece. In addition, Anna has attended a plethora of seminars and conventions, as well as professional development courses in Greece and abroad. She is a published author of scientific papers and articles.

Mandy Watkins, IB Diploma Coordinator
Mandy has a BSc in Biology and a second BSc in Psychology with the emphasis on linguistics, both from the University of London and a Masters in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Aston University.

Originally from Cardiff, she has taught English at a variety of schools in Greece including The British Council, Athens and has been the head of English at Ionios for 16 years.

Her research interests include classroom management, power and language and visible thinking.

Maria Sideri, IB Librarian and Information Scientist
Maria Sideri is a Librarian and Information Scientist. She graduated in 2005 from the Technological and Educational Institute of Thessaloniki. Maria then obtained her Masters’ degree in Library and Information Science (LIS), with an emphasis on New Information Technologies, from the Ionian University.

Maria’s work experience began at the Academic Library of the University of Macedonia and was then employed at the Library of the Konstantinos Karamanlis Foundation as a Librarian and then at the Academic Library of the School for Tour Guides, in Athens. She has also attended several seminars regarding Information Science.

Maria’s hobbies include sports, photography and traveling.

Valenia Barla, Modern Greek A HL/SL, Greek Ministry Language and Literature, CAS Coordinator
Valenia obtained her B.A. in Greek Language and Literature from the University of Ioannina (2000). After visiting Paris and studying there for a few months as an Erasmus student, she decided to proceed with postgraduate studies on Ancient Greek Tragedy at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). In her M.A. (2001) she studied the concept of sacrifice in the work of Euripides “Iphigenia in Aulis”. In her subsequent PhD (2007) she examined the influence of Euripides on Greek authors of the Hellenistic and Roman era. While in Paris, she joined (2002-2003) the French middle school LAKANAL, where she taught French grammar and Latin.

Following her return to Athens, Valenia taught Greek as a foreign language at the French Archaeological School and worked at the General Secretariat for the Use of Olympic Works, as editor of publications aimed at promoting the use of facilities constructed for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. From 2007 to 2011 she taught Modern Greek and Ancient Greek literature and grammar in various private institutions of secondary education. From 2010 to 2012 she worked in the American Programme of I.S.A. as a teacher of Greek and French and in the IB Department of this School, teaching French and supervising Extended Essays in Modern Greek.  

Valenia joined the Ionios IB in September 2014 and is a certified examiner for the IBO since 2016. She speaks fluently Greek, English and French.

Her hobbies include reading, travelling, swimming and pilates. She also loves theatre and, over the years, has been translating a number of Ancient Greek tragedies to Modern Greek, a demanding task that she thoroughly enjoys, more so, as she tries to keep as closely as possible to the content and spirit of these classical works.

Athina Fokas, English A Language and Literature SL/ HL
Athina Fokas holds a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) specializing in the area of English as a Second Language and a BA in English Language and Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University, U.S.A.  She is a U.S. state certified teacher in the areas of English and English as a Second Language.                
Athina began her career in the United States having taught at university level and later furthered her experience working with different age groups and levels in multicultural school environments.  She has held the positions of Master Teacher at university level, Director of English as a Second Language and Head of Staff Development.  In her most recent position, Athina was Dean of Students and Head of English as a Second Language at the International School of Athens, Greece.

Her hobbies include travelling, reading, writing, snorkelling/scuba diving, mountain biking and gardening.

Jean-Marc Auzépy, French HL/SL Ab Initio
Jean-Marc Auzépy holds a BA in Philosophy and a Master's degree in French Language and Civilization to which are added two other diplomas obtained in France. Today he works in close collaboration with the Examination Department of the French Institute in Athens, being an invigilator and an examiner as well as a proofreader authorized by the Centre international d'Etudes Pédagogiques (CIEP) for the DELF, DALF and Sorbonne examinations in the French language.

Coming from the city of Avignon in France, renowned for its annual theatre festival, Jean-Marc came to Greece in 1996 and has since been teaching French as a foreign language in various institutions in Athens. He has also been involved in the correction and illustration of books of French language.

Amongst his numerous passions one may count pictorial art, joinery and sports.

Valia Gkotsi, IB English B SL/HL, IB Deputy Coordinator
Valia holds a BA in English Language and Literature (major in Literature and Civilization) from the University of Athens. After completing her undergraduate degree in 2008, she studied at the University of Warwick, UK, focusing on how Drama helps foster acquisition of ESL (English as a Second Language) and obtained her MA on Drama and Theatre Education in 2010. She also holds a Diploma on Creative Thinking from the University of Athens (2014).

During her studies, Valia has worked voluntarily with various groups in Greece, Portugal, England and Brazil, teaching English and English through Drama. She also attended several seminars on drama techniques, teaching methodologies and creativity through the Arts.

Since 2005, Valia has been working as a translator and a teacher of English and Theatre in public and private institutions, engaging students through Drama Clubs and other activities. She has also delivered seminars on Theatre & Drama in Education and on English Teaching Methodology through Drama & Theatre in conferences in Greece and abroad. She was the Vice-Chair of T-Net's (Greek Association for Theatre in Education) and the Chair of TESOL Greece (Greek Association for Teachers of English Language).

Valia joined the Ionios IBDP in September 2011. She teaches English B SL & HL and is a certified IB examiner of this subject. She speaks Greek, English, Portuguese and German. She has a passion for travelling, theatre and cinema and her hobbies include yoga, pilates and photography.

Charalampia Inglezou, Spanish HL, SL Ab Initio
A Greek and Spanish educated and qualified language teacher of Spanish as a second language with 10 years work experience both at school institutions and a private tutor, registered under the Directorate of professionals in private secondary education.
Charalampia obtained her B.A in Spanish Language and Civilization from the University of Athens. Then she travelled to Salamanca (Spain) to get her Master Degree in Teaching Spanish as a foreign Language focusing on the use of Latin-American literature in the teaching process.

She is also a member of Hellenic education evaluators and a certified examiner of DELE educational diplomas. Recently she did an intensive course in international learning and teaching and she obtained the IB Certificate in teaching and learning from the university Camilo José Cela in Madrid.  She likes travelling, reading and dancing flamenco and she is really interested in the Spanish culture.

Dimitra Kalligeri, Classical Greek HL/SL & Greek Ministry Language and Literature
Mrs Kalligeri obtained her BA in Classics at the Philosophical School of the University of Athens in 1997 and then she proceeded with postgraduate studies in Ancient Greek and Latin Language and Literature (UCL/1999) and in Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature (KCL/2000). In 2014 she was retrained in Special Educational Needs at the University of Athens and currently she is a PhD candidate in Modern Greek Comparative Literature at the University of Peloponnesus.

She has taught Modern Greek as a foreign language for several years, worked at the Ministry of Culture in the 1st Ephorate of Pre-historical and Classical Antiquities, acted as an examiner for the International Ancient Greek Language Competition and worked as an assistant manager during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. In 2009 she joined the International Baccalaureate community as a teacher of Modern Greek Literature.

Mrs Kalligeri is an IBO certified examiner of Modern Greek Literature since 2013 and joined the IB Department of Ionios School in 2017 as a teacher of Classics. She speaks fluently Greek, English and Italian. Her hobbies include attending life drawing classes, theatre and reading. Over the years, Mrs Kalligeri has published most of her research work in various journals of Classics and Modern Greek Literature and she has attended many seminars, workshops and conferences both in Greece and abroad.

Eugenia Meri, German B HL/ SL Ab initio
Eugenia Meri attended the Music School of Athens in Pallini and then she studied German Language and Literature at the University of Athens, Greece, as her Bachelor Degree. She obtained her Master's Degree is in German Literature, Theater, Art and Music. Since 2009 she has been teaching German Language and Literature in different institutions.

Eugenia speaks Greek, German and English and her hobbies include chess, sports, music and literature.

Evelpidis Economakis, History HL/ SL, TOK Teacher Year 2
Dr Evelpidis Masten Economakis was born in Cairo, Egypt to a Greek father and an American mother. He received his Ph.D. in History at Columbia University where he studied under two of the leading lights in the field of Russian history, Prof. L. Haimson and Prof. M. Raef. He was also a student of German history and studied under F. Stern. Prior to receiving his doctorate, which involved being one of the first westerners to work in Russian archives in the early and mid-1990s, Dr Economakis studied at Tufts University where he received his B.A. summa cum laude. Dr Economakis's native language is English and he is fluent in Greek, French and Russian.  

With over twenty years experience teaching history at universities and high schools in the United States and Europe, Dr Economakis has a long list of publications, both academic and literary. His first book, “From Peasant to Petersburger” was published by Macmillan in 1994, and he has written extensively for Geist, Canada's top literary magazine.  Other journals that have published his work include, among many others, Slavic Review, Russian and East European Review, and, Journal of Family History. Last year, Dr Economakis began the HMS (History Made Simple) series published by Alpha Academic Press. These heavily illustrated books, written under the pen name Kurt E. Breitner, present the story of different countries in a simple, engaging and enjoyable manner, and are selling very well on Amazon. The most recent addition to the HMS Series is The History of the Mafia.

Dr Economakis began to teach ToK in 2008 and his passion for this subject finds reflection in the outstanding results his students have achieved. He has received numerous awards and distinctions over the years, including that of most popular teacher. In 1995, Dr Economakis was the personal interpreter for Ms. Tipper Gore, then Second Lady of the United States. Recently he took a sabbatical from his teaching responsibilities and accompanied a leading Russian businessman around the world, visiting places like Brazil, Switzerland, Germany and France in the capacity of interpreter.  

Dr Economakis, a former Ionios student himself, grew up in Athens Palaio Psychico neighborhood and Lausanne, Switzerland. He is currently living with his Russian wife and two children in beautiful Rafina. He enjoys travelling, chess, vintage motorcycles, skydiving and generally learning about life. Oh, and teaching, of course!

Eleni Intzidi, Philosophy SL/ HL
Eleni holds three degrees from British Universities; a BA in Politics and Philosophy from the University of York, an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from UCL and a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Law. She has previously worked for an environmental organisation in Brussels and a law firm in London. She also has experience in teaching Greek and French at beginner level.
She recently returned to Athens to follow her passion for education, while she is at the same time furthering her legal studies. She enjoys climbing, reading and travelling and she hopes to live and travel around the world.

Since 2016, she is teaching Philosophy at the IB of Ionios School, a course that she has also completed while an IB student herself.

Cleopatra Karnaki, Psychology SL/ HL
Cleopatra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the American College of Greece (Deree College) and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Lesley University Boston, Massachusetts. She is also trained in Person–Centered Counselling (post graduate diploma in counselling from University of Strathclyde – ICPS). In the past she has worked as an Optimal Match teacher at ACS Athens contributing to Middle School and Academy students’ enhanced learning. Moreover, Cleopatra has offered counselling services at the Day Care Center (Delfinakia) and Hatzykyriakion Institution and worked voluntarily at the Craniofacial Center of Greece, where she provided psychological support to patients with craniofacial abnormalities. Furthermore, for a number of years she was a course instructor at Athens College as part of its educational program for adults. Cleopatra also joined the After School Program of the Institute of Innovation and Creativity at ACS Athens, where she fervently provided students with support in completing their homework and achieving their academic goals.

She has been working privately as a Special Educator for more than twenty-five years, aiding children and adolescents who face diverse difficulties at school by creating individual educational plans. She also works privately as a counsellor and, additionally, she organizes and participates in conferences, seminars and lectures. Cleopatra has also run workshops facilitating parent groups in order to further develop their communication skills with their children in association with different municipalities in Attiki District (P.Phychiko, Ag.Paraskevi, Glyka Nera). Moreover, since 2007, she is a lecturer at the undergraduate and graduate program οf the Psychological Department of Central Lancashire University (in association with the I.C.P.S. college). Ιn 2015 she joined Ionios School as an IB (International Baccalaureate) psychology teacher.

Her research interests are directed toward the development of self-esteem as it is considered to be a major component of the personality. Additionally, she is studying the effectiveness of the therapeutic relationship and how it facilitates the learning process of students with LD, since it focuses on the emotional aspects and often their lack of motivation. In her free time she enjoys writing children stories.

John Landrakis
Mr. Landrakis holds two Masters Degrees, one In Industrial Engineering (1985) and one in Operations Research (1985) from the Polytechnic Institute of New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics (1985) from Queens College of the City University of New York, in USA (1982). During his studies, he worked as an assistant project manager and as a project Manager for the Dynamic Industries Inc., in New Jersey, USA and as a High school Mathematics teacher at Saint Andrews Academy of Holly Cross, at Whitestone, in New York, USA. In Greece, initially, he worked as a lecturer of Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Mathematics and Quantitative methods  as well as an administrator, holding the positions of Departmental head and Assistant Dean of the Business Department, in Southeastern College, for seven years, In Athens, Greece. Then, he has worked as a lecturer in Management, Marketing and Quantitative Methods and as a Dean of studies for six years, in MAC & Parsers School of liberal studies, in Athens, in Greece. Meanwhile, he worked as a lecturer and Senior lecturer at the University of Indianapolis, at the Athens Campus, Greece, teaching Operations management and quantitative methods. In addition, he has worked for sixteen years at the IB Department of Athens/Psychico College as a Business and Management teacher, Mathematics teacher (IB Math and SAT Math) and as a TOK teacher, for nine years at Ι.Μ. Panagiotopoulos as an IB Business and Management teacher and at the International school of Athens (ISA) for three years as an IB Business and Management teacher, and he is currently an IB Business Management teacher since 2014 at Ionios IB School, in Athens, Greece.

Moreover, he has taught at different vocational institutes in Greece, delivered IGCSE and GCE Business studies for 5 years and he has delivered in-company seminars focusing on productivity, human resources Management and entrepreneurship while he is a moderator for the subject of Business and Management (IB) since 1999. Finally, he has worked as a special advisor to the Deputy Minister of Tourism, in Greece for a year and he acts as an advisor to small and medium sized businesses since 2000, in Athens, Greece.

Marietta Remoundou, Psychology SL/ HL
Dr. Marietta Remoundou  (CPsychol) holds a BA in Psychology from DEREE, the American College of Greece, and obtained her PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology from the University of Birmingham, England. She has strong academic experience in psychobiology, cognitive psychology and research methods.  

Dr. Remoundou is accredited by the British Psychological Society and is registered as an accredited psychologist in Greece. In the context of her continuous professional development she was trained in Behavior Therapy for Anxiety Disorders (EPIPSY) and followed a Diploma in Positive Psychology.

Marietta is an IB Assistant Examiner for Psychology and joined the Ionios IB in September 2015.

She appreciates the marvels of teaching at all levels along with the challenges that always considers as an inspiration for life. She enjoys arts, travelling and photography.

Nickolas Siscoglou, Economics SL/ HL
Dr. Nickolas Siscoglou has completed his academic studies in the USA attending City College of NY, Embry-Riddle Aero University, NJIT and Walden University.  He has been awarded a BS in Aerospace Engineering, MS in Industrial Engineering, MBA and PhD in Management.  He has worked in the states for many years in the Pharmaceutical industry, namely with Bristol Myers-Squibb and Roche and later on upon his return to Greece in GAP Pharmaceuticals. He has also served as a freelance corporate trainer.  His teaching experience spans 20 years, having taught business courses in the undergraduate and graduate level. Currently, in addition to Ionios School he is also a professor of Business at Deree College.

Dimitrios Alexopoulos, Computer Science SL/ HL
Dr. Dimitrios Alexopoulos received his PhD (2009) and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (2002) from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). Since 2002, he has been engaged in the design and development of B2B and B2C applications and services, and cooperates closely with companies like Intracom, Intrasoft, OTENET, OTE and COSMOTE. Since 2003, he teaches computer science related courses to students of all levels, including but not limited to Java, SQL, databases and overall development of web sites and business applications. From 2010 to 2014 he worked as an adjunct lecturer at the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (Α.Σ.ΠΑΙ.Τ.Ε.), teaching Control Systems. He has participated in several seminars and development workshops such as Liferay Developer & Administrator, Oracle ATG Developer and Administrator, and Social Analytic to name a few. Since 2010 he has been working for COSMOTE as Enterprise Architect, in addition to designing and developing corporate applications for ΟΤΕ.

Apostolos Tatas, Chemistry SL/ HL
Born in Sydney and raised in Athens, Apostolos acquired his BSc Hons degree in Chemistry from the University of Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh. Following completion of his studies, he returned to Greece and gained work experience in the industry as a food chemist as well as in the sustainable processing of industrial waste.

For the past few years, he has been successfully tutoring and undertaking the exam preparation of students for the needs of the IB and the Lyceum and since 2017 he has enrolled the teaching staff of IB in Ionios School.

Philip Walker, IB Physics SL/HL, Laboratory Technician, Science Coordinator and IB Ionios School University Counselor
Philip Walker was born in Hong Kong and completed his secondary education at the International Island School of Hong Kong. He then went on to the UK, where he completed a Science Degree at East London University, followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Leicester University, specializing in Integrated Science and Physics teaching. He also holds a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate.

Being a keen traveler, he then embarked on an international teaching career around the world for 22 years. He has taught, among others, at King’s College, Madrid, the International School of Frankfurt, The British International School in Jeddah, and the International School of Geneva.

Philip’s hobbies include scuba diving, underwater and dry land photography, swimming, sailing and trekking.

Sarah Levi, IB Mathematics SL/ Mathematical studies
She has studied Physics in the Kapodistrian University of Athens, obtained a MSc in Meteorology and completed a second Bachelor degree in Environmental Science in the University of Aegean.

After working in various research programs involving environment, geophysics and mathematical modeling, teaching and training gained her interest and dedicated herself in helping students accomplish their goals.

She is teaching Mathematics in the IB program since 2007 supporting students while offering high quality preparation for the IB final examinations.
Nicholas Steven Stathakis, IB Mathematics HL, Further Mathematics HL
Nicholas received his B.A. in Physics from Harvard University in 1984. After a year-long scholarship at the University of Munich, he pursued further studies at Columbia University. There he received his M.A. (1987), M.Phil. (1988) and Ph.D. (1990), all in theoretical physics. He continued with research work there, SLAC, NASA and other research institutions.

He joined the HAEF IB in 1997 where he remained until 2010 teaching Mathematics HL/SL. In 2011-2012 he taught at I.S.A. IB Mathematics SL and Mathematical Studies SL. As of 2011 he also teaches GCE A-Level Further Mathematics at Doukas GCE Department.

His primary research interest is on mathematical methods of physics, primarily the interplay of algebraic geometry and quantum field theory. Outside academia he enjoys competitive chess.

Julie Kamerow Skalkos, IB Visual Arts SL/HL, TOK Teacher
Originally from Washington, D.C., and residing the better part of 30 years in Athens, Mrs. Julie Kamerow Skalkos is the holder of a B.A. degree in Fine Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park, 1979, with a major degree in the Studio Arts and a minor degree in Art History. She has taught the Visual Arts, World Arts and Cultures, and Theory of Knowledge courses within the International Baccalaureate diploma program since 1993, at the American Community School, Panayiotopoulos School, Psychico, and Athens College, as well as other art courses in private schools both in Athens and the United States. She is also a certified IB Visual Arts Examiner in the IBDP. Julie has exhibited her work both in the United States and in Greece, and currently works out of her studio in Glyfada, Athens. Primarily a painter, she has free-lanced Fine Art commissions as well as Graphic Arts. Her work is part of private collections both in Greece and the United States.

Alexander Tzavellas, IB Music SL/HL
Alexander Tzavellas was born into a musical family in Aberdeen, Scotland. After relocating to Greece he was accepted into the Athens Conservatory program where he completed his musical studies and was awarded his Soloist Music Diploma. During this time he also studied sound engineering and recording that led to various musical collaborations with well-known artists and, later on, to lay the foundations for his own music production company. Alexander also attended the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded a Masters in Music. Various awards and first prizes have been acquired by Alexander over the years as pianist and composer. Other fields of study include Performance Psychology and a degree in Business and Administration.

Today, Alexander teaches music, music technology, composition, improvisation and specializes in IB Music. He is known for his performances and master classes in music in various countries around the world.

Manolis Nicolandis, Greek Ministry History Year 1 & Year 2
Manolis Nicolandis was born and raised in Athens. An alumnus of Ionios School, he obtained his BA at the Philosophical School of the University of Athens in 1998. He continued his studies at the postgraduate level and received his MA in Classics from Royal Holloway, University of London in 1999. His areas of interest include mainly history (especially the Peloponnesian War and 20th century Greek history) and Ancient Greek Language.
He has taught Ancient Greek to foreign PhD students (2012-2013) and has organized courses of Modern Greek for foreigners (2003-2004). Manolis has also tutored Open University students in the areas of Greek history, literature and civilization (2003-2008).
He speaks Greek, English and French and is currently learning Spanish. His hobbies are reading, chess and basketball.