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Ms. P. Simakos
I was born and raised in Piraeus, Greece. I studied Educational Psychology in Greece and the United States for my university studies. I worked as a teacher of Greek language in the United States at the primary and secondary level since 1984. In addition to my work in language aquisition, I have contributed to the propagation of Greek culture through theatrical performances with my students, organizing and directing a variety of theatrical productions, including classical Greek theater.
Pedagogically, I believe that language transmission and authentic learning occurs in manifold manners, including through the immersion of students in the cultural treasures of the Hellenic heritage, such as its songs, chorodrama, folklore, lived traditions, as well as the Orthodox Christian faith, the Greek theater, performances for Greek national holidays and feasts. In addition to rigorous instruction, I also believe that the affective filter of the classroom plays an equally important role in the development of a student. Endeavoring to develop emotional, along with academic intelligence in my students, I seek to inspire them to continually strive to better themselves as Multiple Language Learners. My educational philosophy can be summarized by my favorite motto “knowledge is a window to the sun.” My personal motto is “life’s greatest journey is from the mind to the soul.
To provide a well-rounded Greek language program which instills a sense of pride in Hellenism, Orthodoxy, and Greek American Identity and Community
I teach a variety of Greek language courses to address the needs of all learners. In all my courses I offer all levels of language competency from beginners to advance. From the beginning level, students learn to speak, read and write in Greek in a motivating and challenging environment. Students also learn about the Greek culture, heritage, Greek orthodox religion, history and literature through engaging activities and projects and through their participation in cultural events.
I also prepare students to participate in the Examination for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek (Ellinomatheia Test), the only official title of proficiency in Modern Greek valid worldwide. Our Greek language program is recognized by the Greek Ministry of Education and NYSED. Additionally, students who pass the Ellinomatheia B1 exams, can receive the seal of biliteracy.