Degrees and Certifications:
BA History Fordham University MST Social Studies Adolescent Education (7-12) Fordham University New York State Professional Certification Social Studies 7-12
Welcome to Mrs. Vasilopoulos's Social Studies Class!
It is with great joy that I recently returned to the academic community of Saint Demetrios School as an educator after attending Saint Demetrios as a student many years ago. I joined this prestigious and historic community with the hope of instilling the love for learning within young minds and cultivating character within young hearts. Saint Demetrios Cathedral has been and is my home parish as I was born and raised in Astoria, where I continue to live with my husband and newborn daughter. I am honored to join the community I was baptized and married in to become part of a greater learning family whose dedication and talents will help foster the continued progress and success of our children.
My love for teaching began when I was only five years old while my love for history was cultivated in my high school years highlighted by a perfect 100 on both the Global History Regents and the U.S. History and Government Regents. Moreover, I earned the distinction of graduating as class Valedictorian. I hold my New York State Professional Certification in Social Studies Adolescence Education and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Teaching both from Fordham University. I was also recognized as the sole recipient of the Fordham History department’s Honors Award in my graduating class.
Over the course of my ten year experience in the field of education, I completed fieldwork at three NYC public schools and two tutoring centers before joining a parochial school in Brooklyn as the Middle School Social Studies Teacher. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I served as Middle School Dean (Director), Coordinator of Student Activities, and School Trip Coordinator where I organized and led carefully planned one day trips to destinations like Lancaster, Hershey, and Philadelphia among other field trips. I led Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings, implemented Inquiry Design Model in Social Studies teaching, and advised and mentored Middle School teachers on best practices, Project Based Learning (PBL), educational methods, lesson planning, technology use, and administrative matters. I also coordinated fundraisers and student enrichment events including Presidential Debate activities, International Day festivities, and student government elections. Furthermore, as the 8th Grade Homeroom teacher, I coordinated the high school application process, Ring Ceremony, and Graduation festivities. Parents, students, and colleagues alike appreciate my care, dedication, professionalism, and thorough work. I cherish the opportunity to guide the students I am entrusted with, while striving to inspire them each and every day.
Academic excellence can only be achieved with persistence and dedication. During the year, each student will learn facts, expand knowledge, think historically, write effectively, and analyze accordingly. Through our interactive activities, students will have the opportunity to become active members of a living history. Our class will be an exciting journey and adventure where our students will become the protagonists and stars. Throughout the lessons, they will take on different roles and perspectives as they become journalists, authors, artists, and citizens living in various places during different eras. In this way, students will remain engaged and better understand the people who lived and made history. Bringing history alive is an integral element of learning and making history relatable for all students. All this will be fulfilled in the midst of lasting friendships and respectful collaboration within a nurturing environment that inspires learning, instills values, and builds character.
This past year recorded a new stepping stone of success in each student’s development and educational journey. Everyone learned something new, something they did not know before, something that challenged them to inquire about the past, present and future. I am proud of the progress of each student and anticipate even better study habits, note-taking skills, cooperation, and disciplined behavior in the 2019-2020 school year.
I would like to thank each and every one of you in advance for your anticipated involvement in your child’s education. I look forward to work diligently in guiding your children on an exciting and enriching journey through history. May we have a wonderful and productive school year!