Foteini Dilinta is a teacher/artist from Athens, Greece. She graduated (with distinction) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki’s High School of Visual and Applied Arts. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education (title: “Art in Education”) from the University of Nicosia. During her studies, she was awarded with a scholarship in the International University of Thessaloniki for winning at the International Competition of Industrial Design. She has a five-year experience in education; since 2012 she has been working as a teacher in Goulandris’ Museum and Greek Children’s Art Museum and, since 2013, she has been working as a teacher in Public Schools of Crete. Furthermore, she has worked as a trainer in a Public Institute of Vocational Training of Athens. Foteini has organized children’s art workshops in Art Centres, children’s art exhibitions and she, along with other teachers, was also responsible for the supervision of programs “Eleni: Be inspired; be creative” and “The Little Prince”. She has participated in several arts’ exhibitions as well.
My name is Stavros Tsarnas. I graduated from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, department of Primary Education. As soon as I joined the University of Athens, I started working as a volunteer for the Archdiocese of Greece, firstly as a supporting teacher in one of its foundations S.Y.D Maria Kokkori and later offered secretarial and organizational assistance in seminars, events and conferences organized by the Archdiocese. At the same time, I started working as a teacher in public schools as well as a private tutor for primary school students. At the weekends I was a member of X.O.N in Piraeus, responsible for educating the children and organizing festivals, plays, choirs as well as excursions. During the summer holidays I was also a summer camp group leader for XAEE XON. After the fulfillment of my military service in 2015 and until I joined the University of Edinburgh for my postgraduate degree in MSc Education, I worked as an educational counselor for ESOLNET, an educational organization in Greece responsible for organizing exams in order to certify the knowledge of students in English. I have never stopped teaching as I do believe that the main goal for an educator is not only to provide knowledge but also moral values in order to broaden the horizons of the students.
Maria Melissourgou was born and raised in Athens in 1989. In 2012, she completed her undergraduate studies in the department of classics in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. In the meantime, she studied opera singing in the Estoudiantina Music School, where she obtained her degree from in 2015. At the moment, she is a postgraduate student in the department of Classics at the university of Edinburgh. She has also collaborated with the department of Folklore at the university of Thrace for the publication of a fieldwork project on the island of Naxos in 2016.
Iliana Litra graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her undergraduate degree was in Modern Greek Literature and Language. After completing her MSc studies in Ancient Philosophy with honors, she decided to pursue an Academic career in Education in Edinburgh. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh (department of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences) in which she also tutors several courses, such as Ancient Greek Philosophy, Virtue Ethics, Morality and Value and History of Philosophy. She has been nominated twice by her students for the “Best PhD student Who Tutors” award. After all, teaching has always been her passion and she has been an active tutor for several years before visiting Edinburgh. She worked as a freelancer tutoring Greek students in Primary, Secondary and High School. Her goal is to successfully complete her PhD and follow a career as a teacher in several levels of Education.
Grew up in Zakynthos –Greece and graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Department of Ancient and Modern Greek literature). She then earned her MA in International and Comparative Education from the University of Leicester-U.K . Prior to coming to the UK, she worked in Thessaloniki for children’s summer camps as a senior educational manager, as a private Greek language tutor and as a teacher in ‘Filoxeneio’ –‘Papafeio’ – orphanage and institution of abused and neglected children. After her MA she moved to Scotland where she worked as a nanny, as a teaching assistant in Leith Walk primary school and as a Behavior and Pupil Support Assistant in Holy Rood R. C. High School. She speaks Greek, English, French and Spanish and she is currently taking sign language classes. She has also participated in dyslexia, autism and behavior management courses. In her free time she is reading, cycling, cooking and doing scuba diving.
Ioanna-Melina Tsiknaki was born in Athens. From 2009 to 2014, she studied Medieval and Modern Greek Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). Both throughout her student career and continuing to her graduation, she has worked in private secondary education while also attending pedagogical and school psychology courses, methodological approaches to the teaching of Modern Greek literature as well as Greek palaeography workshops. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Edinburgh, completing her postgraduate degree (MSc in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies) specializing in Renaissance Literature and History of Art. Her dissertation focused on the influence of Ancient Greek and Roman mythology on Modern and Contemporary fairytales. She has also undertaken volunteering at the National Library of Scotland from 2016 to 2017. She is fluent in English and Italian and conversational French. In her spare time she regularly writes for the website Timesnews.gr, where she discusses current affairs on art and culture.
She was born in Luxembourg and grew up in Greece, in a small island named Kos, with a Greek father and a Luxembourgian mother. This had given her the advantage of having two mother tongues. In addition to that, from her very early years she attended the German school in Kos and that’s why she is almost native in German having also completed formal extensive studies afterwards. She graduated with honors from the University of the Aegean -where she entered with a scholarship- , with a Degree in Primary School Education. While studying, she worked voluntarily in an educational centre for children with special educational needs, in Rhodes. After graduating, she worked as a substitute primary school teacher for one year, but because of the continuous movements required when working as a substitute teacher in Greece she decided to follow a different path. Thus she started teaching Greek and German in various Language Centres in Kos and Thessaloniki as well as tutoring privately. In 2016 she followed her husband in Cardiff, where she worked at first as a teaching assistant and then as a substitute teacher in Primary Schools and in Schools for children with autism. She moved to Edinburgh in December 2017. Her hobbies are baking, reading, travelling and spending her free time with friends and family.
Danae Chatzigianni was born and raised in Athens, originally from Epirus. She graduated from the American college of Greece with distinction. Her undergraduate degree was in Greek Philology, department of Linguistics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. During her studies she was awarded an IKY scholarship (Erasmus exchange program) and she attended a semester at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. In 2014 she was accepted at the University of Edinburgh where she completed her Msc in General and Comparative Literature. Her dissertation was in Literature and politics; how the historical novel can curtail nationalistic views. She has been an active private tutor for several years including preparation for Panhellenic National Exams and A levels. She is passionate about teaching; she believes that only through education we can hope to a better future for next generations. She feels nostalgic for the Aegean blue and she finds pleasure in listening to music, writing poems and short stories, cooking and travelling. Her philosophy can be summarized in the lyric “la mer la mer toujours recommencée” meaning the sea always starts again.
Evina Vryoni was born and raised in Athens. Always fascinated by the beauty of Greek language and culture, she completed her studies in Greek Philology in the Philosophy School of the University of Athens with Distinction. Soon her passion for teaching Greek brought her to new pathways, these of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Therefore, in 2017, she moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, in order to attend the MSc in Language Teaching, an interdisciplinary Masters degree of the Moray House School of Education and Linguistics and English Language department of the University of Edinburgh. Her main area of interest is Interlanguage Pragmatics and her research focus is teaching Pragmatics to students of Greek. Her teaching experience includes working with children of all ages and adults. For 2 years she worked with students facing learning difficulties, such as dyslexia and ADHD, after having completed relevant courses and training. Her hobbies are cooking, dancing, music and reading.