Degrees and Certifications:
Finance (ΒΑ 1981) from the Higher Industrial School of Piraeus Finance (MA 1990) from New School for Social Research, New York Pedagogical (MA in Education 2010) from Adelphi University, Garden City Various Courses in Bilingual Education, Learning Difficulties and Technology in Education
Welcome to First Grade. I am your Greek Teacher, K. Fountas. I look forward to a great year with you!
When I was two years old, my parents moved to Athens from central Greece. After graduating from high school, I attended the University of Piraeus and graduated four years later. I came to the United States years ago as a college student. I studied Political Economy at the New School for Social Research and graduated with an M.A. Degree. During my studies at New School, I was working as a teacher at a Greek-American parochial school teaching the Greek language and culture. Many years have passed since then, and I am still teaching. I find teaching exciting.
For the past 8 years, I have been teaching Greek at the School of St. Demetrios, in Astoria. At the present time, also I serve as a Principal in the Greek Afternoon School of St. Demetrios in Jamaica. As teacher of Greek the in the Parochial Greek Schools, I was able to teach children, both Greek and non-Greek speaking, from the ages of 5-17 years old. In these demanding roles I participated in planning the overall structure of the whole lessons, in addition to preparing lesson plans for my own classes. I have also worked with much older children at Greek Afternoon and Saturday Schools. During my time at those different schools I learned a great deal from the classes and as a teacher I hope to continue discovering and learning along with my students.
Having gained life experience, I now want to share my knowledge and experiences with the young students of today and help them prepare the Greek path for their future. I am continuously curious and open minded, hardworking, enthusiastic, able to work with others. I believe that teaching makes a lasting contribution to a young person and it is important for them to acquire both knowledge and skills. Everybody has the ability to explore and develop an understanding of the power of the Greek language. I am aware of what a difficult skill this is but also how important this skill is in Greek Community. As a teacher, my own enthusiasm and dedication to my younger students has allowed me to use my skills to encourage the children to love Greek. Conveying my own enthusiasm for Greek subjects helps the students develop more confidence and a better understanding of spoken and written Greek.