Evangelos Papadopoulos

GCE Coordinator - IB Deputy Coordinator

Evangelos Papadopoulos was born (1975) and raised in Athens. He is a graduate from Lancaster University (1997) where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. In 1998 he completed his Master’s in Statistical Analysis and Operational Research from the same University. He is also licensed as a GCE Examiner for Further Pure Mathematics (2010).

From 2000-2009 he worked as a teacher of Mathematics and Information Technology in “Papadopoulos Preparatory school” while in 2005 he also undertook the management of the preparatory school (Director of Studies), supervising teaching and learning processes to ensure implementation of school standards. At the same period (2000-2009) he worked as a teacher of Mathematics for A-levels at Foundation College of Athens. Also during 2000-2002 he worked for the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens (Department of Early Childhood Education) as a Supervisor for the Educational Research, holding the responsibility for the analysis of the research data.

Since 2009 he works in Dοukas School as a Mathematics teacher at Lyceum while recently (2013) he was given the intimate position of the Class Advisor.

In 2010 he also started teaching Mathematics at GCE’s Department of Dοukas School. In 2010 he was also given the position of Math teacher at the I.B. Department where he also serves the position of CAS Coordinator.

Since 2009 he works as an Examiner for the Oral National Examinations for Children with Dyslexia.

He had been an official volleyball player (1992-2000) thus volleyball is still one of his beloved recreational hobbies along with underwater fishing.

Nina Aloyan

Nina Aloyan is a lecturer of Humanities, teaching GCE A levels of English Language and Literature, as well as History, IELTS, Academic English and Russian. Having completed her studies in English Language/Literature and German, Russian languages, in year 2000 she won a scholarship program to study political sciences and history in Athens/Greece. She has over 15 years of teaching experience. The knowledge of five languages gave her the opportunity of finding teaching positions in different countries including Greece, gaining experience by working in international and demanding multicultural environment. In 2003 she got a teaching position in Meridian International School of Kiev teaching children of elementary and high school, where she spent 2 years. In 2005 she returned to Greece and started teaching here. In 2010 she embarked upon teaching A levels at Foundation College, Athens and in the year 2013 she joined our team at Doukas School.

Recently she became Bath Spa University representative in Athens/Greece.

Moreover, she was seven times Champion of Rhythmic Gymnastics and member of National Team of USSR.

Professional Qualifications:

Greek language and culture-National Kapodistrian University of Athens BA in Political Sciences and History –Panteion University Athens

MA in English Language and Literature- student exchange program University of London

Dr. Panagiotis Kalpaxis, Ph.D.

Panagiotis Kalpaxis graduated from Ionidios Model School in Piraeus and entered the Physics Department of the University of Athens in 1982. He obtained his GCE A-Levels in Physics, Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics in 1984. He was awarded his Bachelor of Science in Theoretical Physics from the University of Kent, UK in 1987 and attended a term of Tripos III at the University of Cambridge in 1988. Panagiotis concluded his academic studies in 1992 when he obtained his PhD in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Kent.

He has worked as an instructor in the Physics Laboratories in the Technological Educational Institute in Athens Greece for 11 years between 1994 and 2005 as well as teaching Physics at the HAEF from 1995 to 2005. Panagiotis has been with us at Doukas School since 2006 teaching Advanced Level Physics in our GCE program.

In addition, he has been teaching Physics in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Psychico College, and the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation (HAEF) since 1998. Dr. Kalpaxis is an assistant examiner and moderator for the International Baccalaureate Organization since 2000.

Dr. Nicholas Steven Stathakis, Ph.D.

He was born in Athens in 1961, attended Athens College and graduated in 1980. Despite successful entry to Medical School in Athens, he chose a scholarship to study Physics at Harvard University. He received his A.B. in 1984 and then he studied as a state scholar for one year at the University of Munich. In 1985 he returned to the States and completed his M.A. in 1986, M.Phil. in 1988 and his Ph.D. in 1990 all in Theoretical Physics (Quantum Field Theory and Cosmology) and all at Columbia University. He then held research and teaching positions at Columbia and SLAC (Stanford University).

Later, Mr. Stathakis returned to Greece and worked in a Foundation College. In September 1997 he joined the Mathematics Department of the IB program of Athens College where he primarily taught Mathematics HL and SL. During the year 2011-2012 he worked in the IB Department of the International School of Athens teaching Mathematical Studies and Mathematics SL. As of September 2012 he works at the Mathematics Department of Ionios School IB program primarily teaching Mathematics HL and SL.

He joined the GCE Department of Doukas School in September 2011 where he teaches the Further Mathematics course (FP 1/2/3, M 2/3, S 2 or M 4).

His research interests are confined to applications of Algebraic Geometry to Quantum Field and String Theory. His hobby is competitive chess.

Andreas Striftaras

Andreas Striftaras holds a degree in Economics from the University of Piraeus (2000), with postgraduate studies (MBA) at University of LaVerne in Athens (2002). He has worked in the marketing department of Interamerican (financial company) and as a sales inspector in Elinoil (oil company). 
He has been teaching Economics since 2003, and works in Doukas school since 2009, as a teacher of Economics and Management. He has participated and has given several lectures in educational conferences on both economics and career orientation issues, while he holds the position of Manager in the Career Services office of the Private School “Elliniki Paideia” for the last 7 years. He is a member of Economist Union Teachers of Greece.
He has been awarded for 2 years (2011, 2012) by the Ministry of Education, in the competition "Excellence and Innovation in Education”, for the development of educational and entrepreneurship-business projects.
In 2013, he participated as an assessor in the “1st student entrepreneurship competition” organized by chambers in Central Greece. 
Since 2007, he works as an examiner for the Oral National Examinations.
In 2014 his students at the entrepreneurship club of Doukas School went to the final of the business contest organized by “Junior Achievement-Greece”.
He has also recently started the collaboration with the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, as a student and career mentor.

Dimitra Papaevangeliou 

Dr Dimitra Papaevangeliou was born in Athens in 1970. She studied Biology at the University of Ferrara in Italy and continued her career in cancer research through working at the National Hellenic Research Foundation and receiving her PhD from the Biochemistry Department of the Medical School of Athens. She afterwards completed her Post Doctoral studies for the University of Athens at Aghia Sofia Children’s Hospital working on cancer proteomics. 

She worked in the Quality Departments of two pharmaceutical companies. She has been the Lab Manager of the National Hellenic Research Foundation Stem Cell Bank where she also got interested in Quality and European Standards (ISO 15189) in the Clinical Laboratories. She became a Lead Assessor for the National Hellenic Accreditation System where she works as an external collaborator since 2008. She also worked as a Quality Manager for two diagnostic laboratories in Athens and as a member of the quality team at Hygeia Hospital.

During all these years she never stopped teaching Biology to University students along with Genetics and Human Anatomy.  As of September 2016 she works as a biology professor for the bilingual program of Ziridis School. She also joined the GCE Department of Doukas School in September 2016 where she teaches the Biology Course. 

Katerina Verykiou

Katerina Verykiou was born in Athens in 1968 and graduated from the 1st Lyceum of Lefkas in 1986. She travelled to the United Kingdom where she obtained her first Honours Degree in Philosophy at the University of North London. She furthered her academic development by obtaining a Master’s Degree in Classical Civilization from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Her experience in teaching started with positions over 2 years (1992-1994) in Greek community schools. Over this period she taught at the Anglo-Hellenic Association Centre of Hellenic Studies, the Independent Greek Educational Institute of Barnet (Manor Hill Greek School) and at the Greek School Potters Bar in North London, mainly in Greek Language and Literature for “A-Level” at high school level.

Upon her return to Greece in 1994 she continued her teaching career at various colleges and schools, such as the Centre of Advanced Science Education (C.A.S.E) in central Athens and Kifissia, the International Scientific Centre, Southeastern College (American University), covering courses in Language and Literature as well as in Classical Civilization, History and History of Art.

She joined our team in 1997; since then she has taught at Doukas School and Byron College and between 2003 and 2013 she was at I.M. Panagiotopoulos School teaching in the International Baccalaureate department.

Laline Pierrakos

Laline Pierrakos studied painting at the Wimbledon School of Art in London, graduating with a BA in Fine Art. She obtained a diploma in the restoration of paintings on canvas from  the Istituto Spinelli in Florence in 1999 and thereafter worked in the restoration studio of Hamish Dewar Ltd. in Piccadilly, London.

Subsequent to this, she executed murals and stencilling decorations for a number of private residences in Athens. In 2006 she co-founded the art gallery Aleph in Athens and has since been responsible for the hanging and overall set-up of numerous exhibitions there. She has been teaching Fine Art as part of the GCE and Foundation programmes at Doukas School since 2008.

Panos Zerefos

Panos Zerefos was born in Athens in 1977. He studied Chemistry in the University of Athens and was awarded his M.Sc. diploma in Analytical Chemistry in 2004 specializing in gene mutation detection. He continued his career in research in the respective field with greater focus in state of the art bio-analytical methodologies for proteomics applications and in 2010 received his Ph.D having worked for Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens and Biomedicum Helsinki in Finland.

During this period he was also involved in teaching positions as an assistant lecturer for Pharmacy students in University of Athens and as a research associate for NCSR Demokritos for the manufacturing of lab-on-a-chip microfluidic devices.

From 2010 to 2012 Dr Zerefos worked as a post-doctoral fellow for Biomedical Research Foundation and Mosaiques Diagnostics in the University of Glasgow. In parallel he was involved in the accreditation of the newly founded IB department at Ionios School and later, from 2011 he taught Chemistry in the respective program. Since 2014 he is also in charge of the IB Chemistry at Costeas-Geitonas School.

Aria Christopoulou

Aria Christopoulou has lived in UK for 13 years. She is a Counselling Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society and Health Professionals Council. She studied psychology at the University of Wales, Swansea. She then went on to complete a Masters in Counselling Psychology at Regent’s School of Counselling and Psychotherapy in London and continued with a PostMA in Existential Counselling at City University London, followed by a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at City University.
She has worked in a variety of mental health services in London and Essex. She  has extensive experience of working with adults with a variety of emotional and psychological problems, e.g. stress, depression, bereavement, anxiety,  and with adults who have physical health problems and have difficulties coping with these. 
Whilst practising as a Counselling Psychologist, Aria worked in community mental health teams , primary and secondary care, providing specialist services to adults facing severe & enduring mental health conditions.  She has worked in the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist and trained in psychometric and neuropsychological assessments , as well as Family therapy.  Aria has worked in inpatient psychiatric settings, in mental health recovery units as well as in community projects as a Counselling Psychologist providing specialist psychological assessments. 
In addition, she has experience of working with adolescent and young people facing emotional, psychological and behavioural difficulties that may be related to schooling, family life, health problems, managing friendships, or developmental difficulties. In parallel to her clinical career, Aria entered the field of education initially as a teacher in Greek schools. She became a member of London's Greek Parents Association, who organises and co-ordinates all greek schools throughout London in which she has offered private tuition in Psychology throughout her stay in UK as well as in both London and Athens. 
Upon her return to Athens, Aria is very active in the professional arena; since 2012 she works exclusively with people in the media area , managing  and providing psychological services to journalists and their families within the Journalists Health Care Fund , EDOEAP, applying scientific knowledge and delivering evidenced based psychotherapeutic practice in her clinical work with journalists. She also undertakes clinical client work in her private practice. 
Aria Christopoulou is chartered as a Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, an accredited member of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology and registered as a Counselling Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK. 
Her professional interests include: education, mental illness and life transitions. 
She enjoys relaxing with spearfishing & sailing, while tennis keeps her fit.  

Christina Venardou 

Christina Venardou was born in Athens in 1979 and holds a degree in French Language and Literature from the French Department of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (1998-01); during her senior year, Christina received an Erasmus scholarship for undergraduate students and attended the University of Nanterre X in Paris. 

She also holds a postgraduate degree (DEA) in Linguistics from the University of Toulouse Le Mirail (2004) where she focused her research on the comparative and critical analysis and study of five European languages (French, English, Greek, German & Spanish). 

Upon her return to Greece, Christina cooperated extensively with various preparatory schools (2004-today) and taught French at Doukas School (2007-11) and Costeas-Geitonas (2015-today), successfully helping students prepare and obtain diplomas of all levels. 

Since 2005, Christina is also an accredited Examiner of the Institut Français for the diplomas of DELF A1-B2 and Sorbonne B1-C2.

Finally, as part of Christina’s focus towards continuous improvement and development as an educator, she has actively attended and continues to participate in numerous seminars and workshops, covering a wide array of educational subjects.

Christos Iliopoulos, Ph.D.

Christos is a teacher of Theory of Knowledge (IB) and Government & Politics (GCE) at Doukas School. 
He holds a PhD in Political Philosophy and Theory from Loughborough University (UK), where he explored the political elective affinities of Friedrich Nietzsche. He has also received a MA in Political Science and Sociology from the National University of Athens, and his BSc in Applied Physics and Mathematics from the National Technical University of Athens (Greece) – MSc equivalent, where he majored in Optoelectronics & Laser Physics as well as Nuclear Physics & Elementary Particles. His academic interests include philosophy of science, political theology, as well as the resignification of philosophical concepts through the practices of social movements. He has participated in conferences, workshops and seminars of academic and educational interest and has published a number of relevant papers and articles. He is currently member of the World Philosophy Network, the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO), the British Postgraduate Philosophy Association (BPPA) and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

Additionally, Christos is a teacher of Theory of Knowledge (IBO Examiner), Physics SL and coordinator of Creativity-Activity-Service in the IB programme at Costeas Geitonas School (CGS), where he also coordinates the Students Debate Club and runs the Duke of Edinburgh International Award as a certified Leader, Supervisor and Assessor.  Moreover, he is a teacher of Political Theory and Philosophy in the context of the CGS Academia Course.

Other interests include Streetwork, Refugee Support, Kung Fu, Chess, Reading, Travelling, Story-telling and Singing.

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