Faculty Bios

Fern Deliyannis

Debate Coach

BA, in Speech and Language Pathology, Brooklyn College (City University of New York); MS in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Boston University

Fern Deliyannis has been an English Language instructor at Pierce – The American College of Greece for 33 years. EFL and ESL level courses taught include British and American Literature, Public Speaking, as well as senior electives in Current Issues and Literature and Film. Ms. Deliyannis has been Faculty Co-Advisor to the Pierce Forensics Club (coaching Debate, Original Oratory and Impromptu Speaking) and to the Harvard Model Congress Europe program. She has been elected twice president of the Panhellenic Forensics Association (2004-2008, 2012-present). The PFA currently has 22 member schools, both private and public, from Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras.

Ioli Despι

Human RightsSession

MA in Information Communication Technologies in Education, King’s College London; Bachelor’s degree in Greek Philology, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Olga Despi is a Pierce graduate and has been teaching Modern, Ancient Greek Language, and Greek History at Pierce for the last years. She created the Human Rights club three years ago with a co-teacher and then she took over the photography club. She never stopped being a Human Rights defender and she is participating at the educational program for human rights “Speak Truth to Power”. She has studied Greek Philology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with a specialization in Linguistics and she has an MA in Information Communication Technologies in Education from King’s College London. Her research focuses mainly on Greek Education and ICT. Nonetheless, she has attended many seminars and conferences regarding special education, and history in an effort to continue personal progress and training.

Maria Foteinopoulou

Emotional Intelligence Session

MSc in Psychology from MMU, BSc in Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) from UCL

Maria Foteinopoulou is an IB DP Psychology teacher at ACG and an official IBO examiner. She has extensive training in Applied Behavioral Analysis specializing in Autistic Spectrum Disorders and has attended various courses in the fields of Special Education, Counseling and Positive Psychology. Her work experience reflects her academic interests, as she has been a lead member of a multidisciplinary team working with children with severe communication and behavioral difficulties in an early intervention program and continues to support children that face various difficulties conducting individual and group therapy sessions while providing support for their families. Further interests include working with vulnerable groups through different volunteering organizations, with her most recent activity-taking place in Nepal.

Nektaria Glinou

Emotional Intelligence Workshops

BA, Deree-The American College of Greece in Psychology, MA in Special Education, Ed.M.  Instructional Practice in Special Education, PhD in Health and Behavior Studies, Columbia University

Dr. Glinou has been working at the American College of Greece since 2006, as the Pierce school psychologist with responsibilities ranging from individual psychotherapeutic intervention for students and parents, to in-class seminars and teacher training programs. In 2010, she undertook additional responsibilities as developer of international interdisciplinary educational programs.

Violetta Gyra

Theater Acting Lectures

Violetta Gyra is a graduate of the Greek National Theater, and a lifetime member of the Actors Studio Theatre Company, New York. She is credited in film, television and theater productions in Europe and the Americas.  Her credits as a production manager include EVROS WALK WATER II by Rimini Protokoll, Onassis Foundation Stegi, 2017; Dreaming Collectives by Rimini Protokoll, Staatsschauspielhaus, Dresden 2017; Faust by Katerina Evangellatos, HIGHWAY PRODUCTIONS, 2016; and 1984 by Katerina Evangellatos, LYKOS PRODUCTIONS, 2016. She has also created an original, site-specific play entitled ROADTRIP (1, 2, and 3) which took place within moving cars. The play ran during the years 2011, 2012, and 2015 in Greece. Lastly, Gyra also has an ongoing collaboration teaching different acting workshops with kinitiras studio in Greece, and at The American College of Greece, the Pierce Leadership Academy, and Millfield School, Wells, UK.

Maria Korda

Human Rights Session

BA in Greek Philology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

MA in Trilingual Professional Translation (French-English-Greek), Marc Bloch University of Strasbourg

Maria Korda has been a member of the Pierce Faculty since 2015, teaching Modern and Ancient Greek Language and Greek History. Currently, she is the Faculty Advisor of the Greek Sunny Days Publication for the Pierce Gymnasium. She is participating at the educational programs of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet), as well as at the educational program for human rights “Speak Truth to Power”. In 2012-2015, she worked as a translator in the Editions Department of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO). In 2007-2012, she worked as a Scientific Assistant in the Hellenic Parliament, where her work focused mainly on human rights issues.

Artemios Miropoulos

Leadership Stories Sessions

Managing Partner Author – Speaker – Developing Leadership Worldwide Background and Expertise, BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute of Technology, Athens

Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, London

ΜSc in HR and Performance Management from the University of Leicester.

Artemios Miropoulos worked a total of eight years in the Sales and Marketing departments of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Goods and as National Sales Manager with Beiersdorfin Greece. Since 2008, he is the Managing Partner of Linkage in Greece, the world’s fastest growing Leadership and Organizational Development Corporation and has been a member of the Faculty of the “Global Institute of Leadership Development” (G.I.L.D.) in the U.S. In 2015, he published his first book “The Nameless King-15 Stories of Leadership from Ancient Greece” and has been invited in many occasions as a keynote speaker and a workshop facilitator on the topic of Leading on Values through storytelling. Artemios joined Response International, a premium Greek HR Consulting company,as a partner in 2000. He led the Learning & Development team and managed the company’s SE Europe expansion. Within a 6-year period, he established HR Development offices in Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria together with the operations of Stanton Chase Executive Search. He is a Linkage accredited professional coach and has worked with senior and middle management teams of numerous organizations on Leadership Development Academies, Culture, Talent, Executive Assessment and Coaching Programs. His clientele include Accenture, Bayer, Friesland, Generali, Johnson & Johnson, ISS Facility Management, Intralot, Intrasoft, Kosmocar, MarfinBank, Mercedes Benz, Motorola, Pfizer, Piraeus Bank, Roche, Sap Hellas, Siemens, TUI, Volkswagen Audi and others. He has initiated the foundation of the Hellenic Association for Customer Service and is the President of The American Chamber Leadership Committee.

Μaria Salliari

Theater & Drama Modules & Workshops

Diploma, The Athens Drama School, G. Theodosiades, B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Postgraduate Diploma in Acting, GSA-Guildford School of Acting

Since 2007 Ms. Salliari has been the theatre coach of the Pierce Greek Drama Club, the Pierce Summer Camp drama club, and the Forensics Club (oral interpretation of literature in English) at the American College of Greece.

Yannos Tsatalis

Theater & Drama Modules & Workshops

Ptychion in Modern and in Ancient Greek Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Mr. Tsatalis has been a member of the Pierce faculty since 1991, teaching Modern and Ancient Greek Language. He is creator of the “Greek Drama Club”, of the Days of the Arts Club and of the festival by the same name at Pierce. He is head of the Ancient Greek Language Department at Pierce.  During his studies, he has delved into theater (Ancient Greek drama and modern theater) and has participated in many theater conferences. He is currently pursuing his MA in Communication & PR strategies at Deree-The American College of Greece.