Meet the Staff

Christina Papakosta

I was born and raised in Athens, Greece. I finished my high-school education in Greece, before moving to Canada in 1989. I enrolled at the University of British Columbia in 1996, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Double Major in English and Spanish. In 2003, I began a Master of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies with a focus on Language and Latin American Literature, which I completed in 2006. In the summer of 2010, I decided to pursue a Bachelor of Education Degree with the intent of teaching in the public school system. I have currently completed my certification requirements as a high-school teacher in English Language Arts and Spanish, and I am employed as a substitute teacher by the Delta School District. In 2003, I was offered a teaching position at the Hellenic Community of Vancouver. I worked at the Community’s Greek School until 2010 teaching mainly grades 2, 3, and 4, as well as dance. I also worked as a teacher for the Pythagoras Greek School from September 2010 to June 2012. Over the years, it has been my passion to teach and promote the Greek language and heritage to my young students. Learning languages has always been an interest of mine, and transmitting that interest to my students has always been my vision as a language teacher. In working as a teacher with Socrates, my main goal is to help children of Greek descent understand the importance of learning Greek as a means of maintaining our heritage, traditions, and identity.

email: ourania@socratesgreekschool.org

 

       

Ourania Zoubos

I was born and raised in Karditsa, Greece. When i was growing up,i lived in many parts of Greece including the island of Corfu and the city of Athens. I went to elementary and highschool in both places.
I moved to Vancouver right after highschool where i finished my highschool education in English at the Vancouver Community College. When my daughter started Socrates Greek school, i became involved on the board and was the secretary for the school for about six years. I was also the president of the school commitee for two years.When my daughter was a little older, i decided to go back to school and earn my Early Childhood Education degree. I finished top of my class, winning the Academic Excellence award for my work with young children and my understanding of early childhood education. When Socrates Greek school needed a teacher, i was hired to work with the young grades and i'm still working for the school for seven years now. I also work full time at the Jewish Community Centre for five years as an Early Childhood Educator for Aleph preschool. The last two years i was promoted to a senior supervisor for Aleph preschool. My class consists of forty students.
I addition, in 2008 i took a course called, Key Elements of School-Age Child Care, an overview of how to work with school age children. At the Jewish Comm. Centre i am also working in the after school care program, children of school age, Kindergarden to grade seven.
I love to dance and i have been in dance groups ever since i was little in Greece and here in Vancouver, the last twelve years with Dimitrios Dance School. I have been performing since elementary school in Greece. I enjoy teaching dancing to my little ones at Socrates Greek school.

email: ourania@socratesgreekschool.org

 

       

Helen Loukopoulos

After many years of teaching for Socrates I have enjoyed working with the many children and families that I have come across. My passion has always been to promote the Greek language and culture, to not only my own children, but to other children of immigrant families in Vancouver. After completing high school in Athens, I decided to pursue a diploma from DIDACTA technical school in Athens. After I got married, my life led me to immigrating to Canada in 1976, and it is here that I decided I was interested in working with children, and maintaining my Greek heritage.
I started working for Socrates in 1989. I have gained a tremendous amount of work experience while working directly with children and families. I have also taught at Aristotle Greek School in Vancouver for several years. I have spent countless hours creating a curriculum for all grade levels, which was approved by Mr. Papanikolaou in 2000, the Greek representative that was responsible for Greek Language Schools in Canada. I have attended many workshops that were put on by Heritage Language Association of B.C. in Vancouver, an organization that promotes cultural identity and language. I appreciate all the hard work and time parents have put into maintaining this important Parent Association School for our current and future students.

email: helen@socratesgreekschool.org

 

       

Sophia Roumeliotis

I am excited to work with your children this year, and look forward to continue learning how to best support your children with learning the Greek language. I have included a little bit about myself, my work experience, and my future goals.  I graduated from SFU in 2001 with a Bachelor degree in Human Geography and a Certificate in Urban Studies. After graduating from SFU, I worked as a Front Desk Receptionist and Regional Administrative Assistant for Manulife Financial. I also worked as a Underwriter Assistant for ING Insurance for one year. I later decided to pursue my education and become an Information Records Specialist working for an engineering company called Fluor Canada. I really enjoyed working for Fluor for three years; however, my life took a turn in 2008, when I became a mother of twins. Due to my dedication to my children, I decided to resign from my position to become a full-time mother.
Throughout the years, I have worked part time for Socrates as a substitute teacher in Surrey and Vancouver. Having young children of my own, and being around many family members that are teachers including my husband, has given me a basic understanding of how to communicate positively with children and care for them. Learning a secondary language has always been important to me and teaching for Socrates has given me the opportunity to help children understand the Greek language and culture. As a former graduate of Socrates Greek School, I have learned the importance of maintaining the cultural connection.  It is this connection that brings to life stories and traditions that will allow children to carry with them for life.  My future goals are to continue working with children and families and promote the Greek language and heritage, while working for a school that I believe has always supported our Greek identity.

email: sophia@socratesgreekschool.org