MEET THE TEACHERS
Olga is a first generation Greek, born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and holds a B.Ed. degree in Secondary Education from the University of Alberta with a major in Social Studies and a minor in ESL. With 12 years of teaching experience, Olga has taught, at the secondary level, English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Food Studies, Health and Leadership classes to both academic and special needs students. The push factor leading Olga to teach at and lead the Hellenic Heritage Language School is the importance language and culture plays for students in creating and maintaining a sense of identity, belonging and community within a multicultural and multilingual society.
Jonathan ‘Ιωνάθαν’ was born into a Greek-English family and moved from the UK to Athens at age 5. Throughout his life he has been exposed to the Greek language and culture. Jonathan studied Hospitality Management on the island of Corfu and later obtained his MBA. Jonathan has lived in Edmonton for 8 years and now works for a local Civil Engineering firm. Jonathan also has prior experience teaching English and Greek. He enjoys the exposure to our community and loves sharing his knowledge of the language and country with his students. He believes our role is to provide students with a sense of the culture and language and allow them to embed that in their identity in whatever form that is. We all need to stay in touch with our heritage and you never know where life will take you some day.
Stelios is a local Edmontonian, who was born and raised here, but has lived in Greece twice during his life; once as a child and again as a teenager. Having been born to a Greek father, he was exposed to the Greek language at a very young age and was later introduced to the Greek culture while living in Greece. With this experience in mind, he brings this knowledge to the classroom. He also brings experience of having taught a foreign language at the kindergarten level as a homeroom teacher for three years while living in east Asia. Having over 10 years of business and marketing experience and a Master’s degree from the University of Sheffield, Stelio brings this developed creativity and professionalism to his teaching.
Natasa is a native of Greece, born and raised in Larissa and moved to Edmonton seven years ago. She is currently employed as a Social Worker at a local school and brings all of this passion and care of her students to her classroom on Saturdays. As a champion of the Greek community and culture, Natasa embodies the Hellenic spirit for which she exudes in all of her classroom activities. During each and every class, Natasa gets her students excited about learning Greek by piquing their likes and interests and incorporating these into the program of studies. Lastly, Natasa takes pride in putting her utmost effort in organizing our school’s celebrations and theatrical productions.
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