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.
Ermioni Konari graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, with the degree of Greek Philology in 2013. Two years later she graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters in Developmental Linguistics, where she focused on bilingualism and its cognitive effects. During her Masters, she met her supervisor Prof. Antonella Sorace and started volunteering for her centre, Bilingualism Matters. After her graduation she started working as a Pupil Support Assistant at Queensferry High School to familiarize herself with the Scottish Curriculum, while waiting for the GTC provisional Registration to be approved. After eight months, she moved to Broughton High School, one of the best State Schools in Scotland, to gain some more experience in the Scottish Curriculum and in different teaching strategies and styles. At the moment, Ermioni Konari is teaching Modern Greek at the Hellenic School of St. Andrew and works as a Learning Assistant at Broughton High, teaching mainly pupils with learning and behavioural difficulties.
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.