Faculty Bios

Antonopoulos, Nikos

Pottery Workshop

Bachelor’s degree in Economics, University of Piraeus.

Born in Tripoli, Nikos Antonopoulos has owned a ceramic art workshop in Markopoulo Mesogaias since 2002. He studied Economics at the University of Piraeus, but in 1983 was attracted to the art of clay. He states that clay and its art is his «great love.» He has attended various seminars on ceramic techniques. His wife Danae works with him as a painter and, recently, their son Dionysis has also shown an interest in the art of clay.

Giannopoulou, Georgia

Data Analysis

Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, University of Patras.

Georgia Giannopoulou completed her undergraduate studies at Department of Mathematics of the University of Patras. She has done postgraduate studies in S.T.E.M. (Master of Science). Moreover, she is a certified teacher of English and holds a certificate of Computational Mathematics and Informatics from University of Patras. She is a secondary teacher of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Deliyannis, Fern

Debate Coaching

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. 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 also been President of the Panhellenic Forensics Association (PFA) since its founding in 2004 (2004-2008, 2012-present). The PFA currently has 22 member schools, both private and public, from Athens, Thessaloniki, and Patras.

Doukakis, Spyros

STEM Approaches

BSc in Mathematics, University of Patras; BSc in Informatics, Technological Educational Institute of Athens; MSc in Computer Communications and Networks, Leeds Metropolitan University; MSc in Basic and Applied Cognitive Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Athens University of Economics and Business; MSc in Education, Hellenic Open University; PhD in Digital Technologies and Education, University of the Aegean;Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuroeducation, Ionian University.

Dr. Spyros Doukakis is a secondary education teacher of Mathematics and Computer Science at Pierce – The American College of Greece, as well as the Coordinator and E-tutor of the Pierce e-tutoring program. In addition, he is the Academic and Development Advisor at Pierce. Moreover, he holds the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor in higher education, and he is a certified teacher’s trainer. He has worked as a special advisor and scientific researcher for several projects of the Ministry of Education. For his work, he has been awarded by the Harvard Club of Boston, the University of Athens, and the Ministry of Education. He is the co-author of more than 80 articles in journals, conferences proceedings, and book chapters.

Froustis, Ellen

Social Change Sessions

BSc, Arizona State; MSc in in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis; M.Ed Special Emphasis Counseling, University of La Verne, California.

Ellen Froustis is the Pierce University Counselor. She has qualifications as a UK Education Agent, career and psycho-educational testing and Adlerian therapy.  During the last 15 years, Ms. Froustis has served as a school counselor and Psychology instructor at local universities and IB Schools, initiated extensive student service-learning projects in Greece, published articles and presented workshops on youth leadership development and civic engagement. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit, EIMAI—Center for Emerging Young Leaders, and is the Regional Director of Peace Jam Greece, a youth leadership development program for schools that brings together youth ages 14-21, with Nobel Laureates of Peace for civic literacy, global awareness and community engagement. EIMAI was awarded by Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Mechu Tum of Guatemala the 2016, Hero Award, one of five global winners of the «Billion Acts of Peace Campaign» for a project that benefits unaccompanied refugee youth. She also has received the following distinctions for civic engagement projects with youth: Loukoumi-Make- Difference Award (2016); International Best Practices in Character Education (2014), Arete Award (2011), Nesa Civic Responsibility Award (2008, 2007).

Gyra, Violetta

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’s also created an original, site-specific play entitled ROADTRIP (1, 2, 3) which took place within moving cars. The play ran during the years 2011, 2012, and 2015 in Greece.

Her theater credits include: Timeline project by V. Adamou, Spike heels in Circle in the Square, NY; Waxing West, Death of a Salesman, Gorky’s wife by E. Penga, kinitiras studio; Superheroes by E. Penga, dir. Patrick Morris, kinitiras studio; ELECTRA The Rewrite by Edward Pomerantz, Athens Fringe Festival (Electra)’ EXTRAordinary one woman show; Why Madonna and not me? by Μ. Κokoris, dir. Kalatzopoulos, DI.PE.THE.Veroias; Viva la Compagnia, Tejas Verdes, and many more. She has also appeared on TV and film, both in LA and Athens.  She had guest-starring roles on prime-time television dramas Ihni (MEGA) and Istories tou Astinomou Beka (ALPHA) 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.

Kantaros, Andreas

3D Printer Sessions

BA in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina; MA in Management of Energy Systems and Protection of Environment, University of Piraeus, National Technical University of Athens; PhD in Design and Characterization of 3D Structures for Biomedical Applications Piraeus University of Applied Sciences.

Dr. Antreas Kantaros is a graduate of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering School at the University of Ioannina. He has a master’s degree in Organization and Administration of Industrial Systems, specializing in Management Systems, Energy, and Environmental Protection received from the Chemical Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens and the University of Piraeus. In 2015, he received his PhD from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Technology of the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences, where he completed a fellowship thesis on the design and characterization of biocompatible implants made with 3D printing.

Dr. Kantaros has published several articles in international peer-reviewed journals, and delivered many speeches in national and international scientific conferences and workshops in the field of the 3D printing. He has also worked as Personal 3D Printing Solutions Specialist in ANiMA S.A. where he handled technical support and quality control, as well as the product promotion process and 3D printing services. He has also worked as a Trainee Engineer in Public Power Corporation (DEI) in materials testing and the Environmental Chemistry and Special Material laboratories.

Katsoulis, Stylianos

Computer Science, Engineering, and Robotics Sessions

MSc in Quantitative Analysis in Sports Science, Ptychion in Electronics and Computer Engineering (Polytechnion)

Stelios Katsoulis was born in Athens. He graduated from the Technical University of Crete (Chania) and has worked for almost a decade as computer science teacher in primary and secondary public schools throughout Greece. Since 2014 he is a member if the Pierce faculty teaching technology, engineering, robotics and computer science. He is the founder of the Pierce «System Solar Racing» Solar Formula Car Engineering Academy.

Koltsaki, Elena

Mediation Sessions

PhD in Law

Dr. Elena Koltsaki is a practicing lawyer-mediator and sits as a regular member at the Mediators’ Accreditation Committee at the Greek Ministry of Justice. She is currently the lead mediation trainer of the biggest public Mediators’ Training Institute in Greece (Bar of Athens).  She is the co-founder and co-owner of the Greek Mediation Institute, one of the leading Greek not-for-profit organizations for the promotion of mediation, and works as a mediation expert and consultant on several European and International projects with ADR Center – Member of Jams International (Italy). Dr. Koltsaki has over 20 years of experience in counseling, negotiations and litigation and has been an Expert Advisor to the Hellenic Parliament since 2004. She is also a Research Associate of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Athens.

Dr. Koltsaki is an accredited civil, commercial, family, and workplace mediator in the UK, USA, and Greece, with extensive and advanced training in mediation and negotiations (UK, USA – Harvard Negotiation Institute). Furthermore, she teaches law and ADR in Greece and Cyprus, lectures in national and international trainings, and has trained over 800 mediators worldwide. She also has extensive experience in designing and delivering specialized training programs. She is a board member at INADR (Chicago), a member of the General Sub-Committee of the International Mediation Institute (IMI) Appraisal Committee (Netherlands) and a pioneer in peer mediation programs in Greek schools.  She regularly participates in international competitions (ICC Paris, Oxford, Chicago) both as a professional judge and as a coach representing university teams with distinctions, and recently organized the first International Mediation Tournament in Greece for Students at The American College of Greece (INADR, May 2016).  She works in Greek, English, and French, and has some understanding of German and Spanish.

Salliari, Μaria

Theater Acting Modules

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

Since 2007, Salliari has worked at Pierce – The American College of Greece as a theater coach of the Greek Drama Club, the Pierce Summer Camp drama club, and the Forensics Club (oral interpretation of literature in English). She has attended theater workshops for professional actors and directors (theater direction with Nikita Milivojevic; dramatic storytelling techniques with Konstantinos Arvanitakis; Creative Collaboration: Art and Social Inclusion by the British Council) and has earned a scholarship from the Athens Festival to participate in Joseph Houben’s Devised Theatre Workshop. She is a professional theater and TV actress, and has also been employed as voice-over actress in English and Greek.

In 2008, she founded SYNTELESTES, her own theater company, devised and performed in TZIZ! Neoplasmatic Hysteria (2008) and GARNISH (2009). She also coaches the company theater workshop and has directed Gnorimies(2011), Thailanders (2012), Animals (2013), Sempreviva (2014) and Play On (2015). Since 2008, she has been employed to develop and lead various workshops for teachers, including: «Movement, Creative Dance and Physical Theatre» at Kinitiras Studio (2015), «Drama as a Tool for Foreign Language Teaching» (2015), and «Activities with Drama» (2011, 2013) organized by the Directorate of Secondary Education (MINEDU), «When Cervantes Entered the Classroom» (2012) at the 7th Athens International Conference: «Bonds of Solidarity» organized by the Greek TIE Network, and others.

Stamatellos, Giannis

Ethical Dilemmas and Games

MA in Ancient Philosophy and Classics, University of Wales Trinity Saint David; PhD in Philosophy, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Dr. Stamatellos is the Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Pierce, and an instructor of Philosophy at Deree – The American College of Greece. He has been teaching Ethics and Business Ethics at the Department of History, Philosophy, and the Ancient World, and also teaches the courses «Digital Citizenship: Netizens and Cyber Selves», and «Mediated Lives: Avatars, Cyborgs and Digital Selves,» in the context of the International Honors Program. In 2010-2012, held a post-doctoral fellowship position at the Center for Neoplatonic Virtue Ethics (CNVE), at the University of Copenhagen, and in 2011-2014, he was an external research associate at the project «Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies,» at the University of Oxford. He has worked as a philosophy teacher and instructor in the private sector, both at the pre-academic and academic levels, with specialization on computer ethics, epistemology, and ancient philosophy. He has published the book Computer Ethics: A Global Perspective (Jones and Bartlett 2007) and two more books on ancient philosophy, Plotinus and the Presocratics(SUNY 2007), and Introduction to Pre-Socratic: A Thematic Approach to Early Greek Philosophy.  He has also published a variety of papers and articles on philosophy and classics. Currently, he is co-editing the volume Plotinus and the Moving Image: Neoplatonism and Film Theory (to be published by Brill in 2017).

Stamateris, Evangelos

CSI, Forensic Science

MSc in Environmental Biology from the University of Edinburgh in 2005, Ptychion in Biology Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Evangelos Stamateris graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a Ptychion in Biology in 2004. He received a MSc. in Environmental Biology from the University of Edinburgh in 2005.  He worked at the Institute of Stem Cell Research of the University of Edinburgh from 2005 to 2007 and at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens from 2007 to 2010. He has published research work in the fields of Stem Cell Technology and Gene Therapy. In 2010 he discovered another challenging and fulfilling discipline, that is to teach Sciences in young students. Since then he has been teaching Biology and Chemistry in secondary education schools. He joined the Pierce faculty in 2014.

Soulas, Dimitris

The Chemistry of Breakfast Workshop

BSc in Chemistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; MSc in Polymer Science and its Applications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; PhD in Polymer Science and its Applications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens;

Dr. Dimitris Soulas was born in Athens and finished the 2nd Lyceum of Zografos with honors. He followed his childhood dream and became a chemist, which later on led him to the complex but fascinating world of polymer chemistry. His dissertation was on the development and physicochemical characterization of silicone-based drug delivery systems.  From 2005 to 2012, he worked for 7 years as a collaborating researcher and as a post-doctoral research associate at the National Centre for Scientific Research «Demokritos» on the development of osmotically activated drug delivery systems and on the experimental and computer simulated study of the performance of multi-layer controlled release devices.  He is the author of 11 papers, published in scientific peer-reviewed journals with over 60 citations and his work has been presented in various international scientific congresses.   He is a member of Pierce faculty since 2013, teaching chemistry in Lyceum and Gymnasium and recently in the newly founded in Pierce, IB Diploma Program.

Tsatalis, Yannos

Theater Acting Modules and Final Performance

Bachelor’s degree in Modern and in Ancient Greek Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Yannos Tsatalis has been a member of the Pierce faculty since 1991, teaching Modern Greek and Ancient Greek. He created the Greek Drama Club, the Art Days Club, and the Arts Days Festival at Pierce, and now Tsatalis is the Head of the Ancient Greek Language Department. During his studies, he learned Theater (Ancient Greek Drama and Modern Theater). He has also participated in several theater conferences, and is currently a graduate student at Deree – The American College of Greece, in the Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations.