Rebecca Pou Abreu is a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience working within the community as a Clinician / School Counselor. I view counseling as a collaborative process that creates insight, growth, and expansion towards achieving one’s personal goal and living life with greater meaning, purpose, and vision.
I strive to create a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which children and families can be supported in their efforts to change and grow as well as becoming reconnected to their strengths and dreams.
Evelina Antonopoulou: Evgenia (Evelina) Antonopoulou was born and raised in Greece. She graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Philosophy with a Bachelor in Psychology with orientation in Clinical and Social Psychology. She later acquired an M.A.in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis, Indiana U.S.A. She continued her studies and pursued her European Certificate of Gestalt Psychotherapy, (Postgraduate training in Gestalt therapy) and in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as in the Psychological Traumatotherapy by the method EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. She holds a Proficiency in the Greek Language. She has 20 years of experience working as an educator and psychotherapist. She worked in the Children’s Laboratory, Prognosis, Diagnosis, Treatment, in Greece which was a Speech, Writing, and Behavior Center from 1999-2014 and she had also her own private practice. She has been a substitute teacher in Archimedean since 2016 for the AA and AUC. Her intention is through the teaching of Greek Language and the benefit of bilingual education to inspire each student to reveal his/her cognitive, behavioral, and psychological potential, his/her uniqueness, and authentic love for life and knowledge!
Natalie Bolivar teaches fifth grade reading, language arts, and social studies at Archimedean Academy. Born and raised in Miami, Ms. Bolivar is an enthusiastic and committed teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with an endorsement in ESOL and Reading. After discovering her passion for teaching through working at Miami Dade County Public Schools and gaining pedagogical knowledge at Florida International University, Ms. Bolivar is prepared for the challenges and pleasure of educating students in a diverse and ever-improving learning environment.”
Dr. Boukas graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. In 1998, he then received his PhD in Computer Science from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He then accepted a full time lecturer position in the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering at the University of Aegean, researching computer science. He was responsible for parallelization meteorological forecast code for the National Meteorological Hellenic Center (same non parallel code run in Olympics Atlanta ’96), and created the parallel Princeton Ocean Model and parallel effort of the Climate Model MESSy (Max Plank Inst. of Chemistry). He has been with Archimedean Academy as a Math professor for several years with experience in lower and upper elementary.
Born and raised in a family of Miami-Dade educators, Jose Carbia has dedicated his career to modeling the art of thinking. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Florida International University while expanding his educational experience through county-wide substitute teaching. This preparation well served subsequent work as a middle and high school teacher of ELA and Social Studies where his efforts and proven performance led to increased test scores which enabled a transition to teaching logic and crafting an advanced reading curriculum for charter schools. Now he strives to animate the 5thgrade Philosophy for Children program at the Archimedean Academy, introducing young scholars the foundation of academic pursuits.
After working in the exciting and fast-paced world of the fashion industry as a Fashion Designer, I started this amazing teaching career in Medellin, Colombia my home town in a renowned college called EAFIT. After teaching there for a year, I was referred by a friend in the year 2000 to a catholic bilingual private school called Cumbres a worldwide organization led by the Legionaries of Christ (Everest Academy in Michigan, Overbrook in New England, Oaklawn in Wisconsin), so I eagerly happy accepted. I worked in the Elementary and Middle School teaching English and Science for almost 10 years where I won several honorable mentions as “English Teacher of the Year.” Then, I was offered the position to be the Coordinator of the English Department, this was a more administrative position where I had the chance to overview the school from a different perspective and serve the teachers on the English team. My functions were to observe classes, design exams, create and teach strategies to help our English department grow and enhance the learning of this second language in this strict and hardworking school. My experience there came to an end in the year 2008 when my family and I decided to come back to Miami. I applied for my daughters here at Archimedean because of a wonderful Greek friend that I have that recommended the school to us with no reservations. The doors were widely opened by Mrs. Moysidis to whom I owe the honor of being here today. I started as a substitute teacher for the Middle school, and sooner than later I was being called by Mrs. Simpson to fill the position of an Art teacher in the Elementary. Before I knew it, Mrs. Demopoulos also offered me the position for the Painting and Drawing Elective in high school where I have also been teaching for the past 4 years. I have been with the Archimedean family since 2009 serving the Safety Patrol Team, Year Book Club, and leading fundraisers during special occasions of the year. I feel honored and grateful to all three schools, which have helped me reinforce my educational philosophy to teach, educate, and form the “being.”
Maritza Coogan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a major in child development. Mrs. Coogan is a certified and experienced Substitute Teacher with 15 years of experience. Professor Coogan enjoys working with young scholars, while supporting them in reaching their full potential. Ms. Coogan believes that every child is a unique individual and it is important to get to know them well. Mrs. Coogan has worked for Archimedean for the last two years. Mrs. Coogan is currently seeking to obtain her certification as a SPED educator.
Nikoletta Drymona was born and raised in Greece, the country that gave birth to the greatest philosophers. She graduated with a doctorate degree in Fine Arts. Ms. Nikoletta moved to Miami 5 years ago and since then she has been part of the Archimedean family. Professor Nikoletta feels delighted to share her knowledge and passion for the Greek Language with her scholars.
Alexandra Georgiou is the 4thgrade Greek Mathematics teacher and the Mathematics Coordinator for the Archimedean Academy; she is also the coach for the ArchiMath Club. She graduated from the University of Thessaly in Greece with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She later moved to USA, where she pursued a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. She has been in Archimedean Academy since 2010, her passion is to inspire and challenge children to love learning, as Albert Einstein said: “the value of education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.”
Mrs. Goffman was born in Chile and raised in the United States. She pursued her Bachelor´s degree in Educational Psychology with a major in science. She knew that she wanted to serve her community by working with special needs students in Chicago, Illinois. While she decided to combine her educational and psychology background she became certified in classroom accommodations and curriculum modifications. When she moved to Florida she worked in a special needs school as well. This year she decided to face a great new challenge by joining the ¨Archimedean Academy Family¨.
Kathryn Hemingway was born and raised in Burlington, North Carolina. Upon the completion of her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University, she moved to Miami, Florida to begin her teaching career. This is her seventh year of teaching. She has taught first, second, fourth, and fifth grades. This is her second year teaching Language Arts. Last year, Ms. Hemingway completed all of the coursework for both her Reading and ESOL endorsements. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida International University. Her primary goal as an educator is to foster a love of lifelong learning for all of her scholars.
Laura Hernandez is committed to scholar success inside of the classroom and in life. She believes that scholar success is created through meaningful relationships. A 2001 graduate of Florida International University, Laura has a BS in Elementary Education. Currently a Science and Social studies teacher, Laura uses scholar collaboration and hands on learning to motivate scholars and foster a love of science and for their state, Florida. In addition, she is one of the coaches for the 5thgrade Science Club in which she prepares scholars for SECME and Science Olympiad competitions.
Sandra Kishinevsky was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She graduated from Florida International University in 2002, with a bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. In 2007, Sandra completed a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She has been a teacher at the Archimedean Academy since 2002, and currently teaches third grade reading and language arts. She holds a Florida Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education with an ESOL endorsement.
Mrs. Anna Konsta is a Greek Language Arts teacher in First Grade. She was born and raised in Greece. She acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Sciences with major in Biology from University of Illinois at Chicago. Mrs. Konsta worked as a biologist in Greece, Chicago and Miami. She has been a member of the Archimedean Family since 2006 teaching Greek Language from Kindergarten through 8th grade. She is certified by the State of Florida in Elementary Education and ESOL Endorsement. In addition she holds certifications’’ In Teaching Modern Greek as a Foreign Language” from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and University of Crete in Greece.
Ms.Kordy is from the empire of Persia, where they believe in the art of education especially mathematics. She graduated top of her class from the University of Tehran with a masters degree in Mathematics and further expanded her education as she went on to become a certified teacher by earning her professional certification in elementary education with ESOL endorsement. Ms.Kordy has been teaching in Archimedean Academy for 16 years. She received a 10 year service and commitment award from the Archimedean Academy Board. Ms.Kordy’s approach towards education is that we must love the children and teach them with authenticity. She believes a teacher must also reflect, affect, and touch the lives of his/her scholars.Math is not a difficult subject, but an interesting subject and Ms.Kordy utilizes her passion for teaching to help scholars discover the mathematical universe.
Panagiota (Yiouli) Koulouri was born in Athens, Greece and moved to Miami, Florida in 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from the Deree College of Greece and a Master’s degree in International Shipping from the University of Plymouth, UK. She joined the Archimedean Faculty in 2016 and since then, has taught Greek Language, Science and Social Studies and also worked as a collaborative teacher for ESE students. She is currently teaching 1st grade and aims to inspire the love for Science and instill curiosity in her students.
Mr. Kralievits was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and earned his B.S. in Physics from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. As a student, he worked as a research assistant in a physics lab. He moved to Miami over thirty years ago, and managed his own company specializing in medical media before joining Archimedean Academy in 2006. Since his time here with 4thand 5thgrade Greek and American Mathematics, his students have continued to earn the highest scores in the state on the Florida Standard Assessment (FSA) and Florida Comprehensive Aptitude Test (FCAT). Outside of the classroom, he is actively involved in the Greek community and is the father of two very successful twins.
Adrienne Lazo is a third grade Science and Social Studies teacher at Archimedean Academy. After acquiring her bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Florida International University in 2004, she embarked on her teaching career. She has been a member of the Archimedean faculty since 2011 having taught Reading, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. She is certified by the state of Florida in Elementary Education with an ESOL Endorsement. She is currently working towards her Master’s in Educational Leadership.
Daisy Lozano teaches second grade reading and language arts at Archimedean Academy since 2012. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University in Early Childhood Education with an ESOL Endorsement. Her passion is teaching literacy and motivating children to become independent and purposeful learners. She has been part of the number one 2nd grade reading team in Miami Dade County based on the S.A.T scores. Mrs. Lozano has demonstrated that she can successfully motivate and inspire her students to a purposeful educational experience that includes rigor, consistency, and high expectations.
Ms. Marquez was born and raised in Cuba. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and Worlds Ahead Graduate from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music and a Master’s in Choral Studies. Ms. Marquez has performed as a professional choral singer in countries such as Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, and the U.S. For more than 20 years, she has taught voice, piano, and music theory to students of all ages, pre-k through college.
Ms. Marquez joined the Archimedean family in 2014 teaching general music in Archimedean Academy and the elective Chorus class in Archimedean Upper Conservatory. She is the founder and choral director of the Archimedean Academy Chorodia. Ms. Marquez is a member of NAfME, FVA, FEMEA, DCMEA. Her goal as a teacher is to help the shaping of well-rounded professionals that understand, support, and value the arts.
In the words of Nelson Mandela “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Ms. Martin knew she wanted to “Change the world” as young as elementary school age, when she would set up her bedroom as a classroom and give her two younger siblings spelling tests. Ms. Martin’s professional journey began when she graduated from Barry University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education, and immediately began the Master’s in Reading program, graduating in 2006 with honors. From that time on, Ms. Martin has worked with students with varying degrees of learning capabilities, and has been inspiring and shaping young minds at Archimedean Academy for the past 5 years.
Ms. Mesimeri has been teaching the 4thGrade Greek language in Archimedean Academy for three years. She is from Greece, she has been teaching scholars in primary school, at all levels, for 20 years. She received a bachelor’s degree in the Department of Primary Education from the Democritus University of Thrace and a master’s degree in special education from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki. She participated in numerous conferences and seminars on research, teaching and special education. She believes that every child can reach their learning potential, with high expectations, the necessary support and opportunities, and a caring classroom.
Since 2009, Maria Morales has taught at Archimedean Academy instilling the values of creativity, originality and critical thinking in all her students. She serves as the Elementary Science Olympiad/SECME Head Coach and guided her team to 1st place in the 2018 Elementary Science Olympiad Competition. With a B.A. in Child Psychology, her goal as a teacher is to instill an appreciation for learning in all her students. She aspires to encourage students to welcome the challenge of a difficult problem and find joy in uncovering multiple solutions. Ms. Maria serves a Math Interventionist and believes every child can succeed.
Jenny Oropeza was born in Key West, Florida and raised in Miami, Florida. She has been a part of the Archimedean family since 2012 and has been teaching since 2007. Ms. Oropeza teaches third grade English Language Arts. She acquired a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Florida International University and received a master’s degree in Reading Education from Barry University. She holds a Florida certificate for Early Childhood, Elementary, Reading and ESOL education.
Mr. Elias Papadopoulos is a Greek Math Teacher and a member of Archimedean Academy since 2015. He was born and raised in Greece and graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (Specialty: Applied Mathematics-Computer Science). He acquired a Master of Science in Telecommunication Systems Management/Μarketing & Design from Anglia Polytechnic University, London, U.K.
Then he was trained in ERP Systems (Exact Software-Financial-Logistics-CRM) at Exact University, Delft, Holland.Mr. Papadopoulos has a wide Professional Background as a Teacher of Mathematics & Marketing (Public Schools, Grades:1 through 12 and Public & Private Vocational Training Institutes, Athens). Also, he was a Principal and Academic Director in Public & Private Vocational Training Institutes, Athens. During his employment, he represented various international companies (PANASONIC, SAP…etc.) in Private Sector as a Sales & Marketing Manager and also provided support as an External Cooperator in MARCONI RADAR SYSTEMS Ltd. – London, U.K.). Finally, he worked and achieved well-known experience in the Greek MINISTRY OF EDUCATION (Financial Division-Department of Public Investment). His main objective is the development of a scholar’s mind and soul through the art of Mathematics…
Mrs. Pappa comes from Greece, where she taught elementary students as well as those in Special Education for over 20 years using her Master’s degree in Primary Education and Bachelor’s degree in ESC. She has experience working with children both in and out of the classroom, not only as a teacher but also as a coach and a volunteer with the Service Civil International (SCI) organization, of whose Greek branch she was the President for a number of years. She also has experience working in the Youth Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, where she worked for the interest of children and youth in Education. She has also worked extensively to educate children about Human Rights. She has worked at Archimedean Academy since 2012, over the years teaching both Greek Mathematics and the Greek Language. Ms. Pappa, who is also an author of many books, both in Greek and in English, strives to strengthen and release the creative power of the minds of her students and all children through her novels and her classroom guides, as well as book projects about Greece, that were created together with her students as part of Greek language class.
Ms. Ariana Paraskos was born in New York and moved to Miami when she was 7 years old. She has been teaching pre-k and primary aged children since 1999. In 2004 Ms. Paraskos graduated from Barry University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She also received an ESOL endorsement which helped prepared her to teach children whose first language is one other than English. In 2010, she graduated Barry receiving her master’s degree in Reading K-12. Currently, she has 21 years of experience teaching young children, and she has loved every one of them. For the last few years, Ms. Paraskos has been a PreK-4 teacher and the Assistant Director at a private preschool in Miami. She cannot wait to share her love of reading and the collection of children’s books with her classes. She believes that reading to children is one of the greatest gifts we can give to them. In her classroom, your child will be exposed to many books throughout the year and gain a strong foundation in literacy that will prepare them for many years of learning.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss
Nataly Parra graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education grades K-6 with an ESOL Endorsement and three years later she earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Teaching has always been her passion, so she enjoys working with children while instilling an enthusiasm for learning. Mrs. Parra started working as an educator 9 years ago as an intermediate self-contained professor. One year thereafter, she became the Assistant Principal of a charter school and later she was appointed the principal of the same school. In 2016, she was one of the nine principals in the state of Florida receiving the “Florida TaxWatch Principal Leadership Award”. After being an administrator for 5 years she decided to go back to what she truly loves doing, where she enjoys it the most; teaching in the classroom. As a reading professor her goal has always been to ignite in young children the desire to read daily.
Vanessa Peña graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education grades K-6 with ESOL Endorsement from Florida International University. Ms. Peña has also become endorsed in Reading, is working on completing her gifted endorsement and is ESE certified. She was currently accepted in graduate school at FIU and will earn a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Summer of 2021. Ms. Peña has taught various elementary grades in the last six years for both charter and public schools and is looking forward to a challenging yet successful school year ahead with her scholars at Archimedean.
Dorlaine Quinana was born in Cuba and left to Costa Rica when she was 13 years old. She came to the United States at the age of 18. Ms. Quintana graduated Cum Laude from Nova Southeastern University bachelor’s degree in Pre-K/Primary Education with an ESOL endorsement. Two years later, Ms. Quintana received a Master’s Certificate in Reading. She has a vast experience in all content areas and levels since she has taught all grade levels from Kindergarten to 4th grade. Ms. Quintana feels blessed to introduce scholars to the wonders of learning
Michelle Ramos is a 2ndgrade Reading, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies teacher. She has taught 4 years at Archimedean Academy, and she has eight years of experience in grades second through fifth in charter and private schools. Ms. Ramos completed both undergraduate and graduate studies at Nova Southeastern University. She has a Bachelor in Elementary Education with an ESOL Endorsement and completed graduate school in Educational Leadership. Her philosophy is to provide an interesting and challenging learning environment where her students will flourish socially and academically to develop independent learners who have a love of learning and are truly life-long learners.
Ms. Regan, a Miami native, graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Criminology. After spending over a decade in Commercial Real Estate managing several portfolios in the Washington, DC, and Miami markets, she decided to switch careers and transitioned into the education field. As a Reading ELA and Social Studies teacher, she has found that her love of language and history have fit in nicely with the culture at Archimedean Academy
Monica Rodriguez graduated with honors from Florida International University in 2005 obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education K-6 with an ESOL Endorsement. In 2018 she obtained the Exceptional Student Education K-12 Certification and is the final process of completing her gifted certification. Mrs. Rodriguez has been privileged to be part of the Archimedean family since the 2011-2012 academic school year. During this time, she has held numerous responsibilities including first-grade reading/language arts teacher, science/social studies teacher, reading interventionist, grade-level chair, EESAC Committee member, gifted renewal specialist at the elementary level, interim ESE Specialist, and new teacher mentor. Most recently, she has taken on the role of ESE Specialist for Archimedean Schools. She believes the fundamental goal of teaching is to foster the love of learning in all children.
Jason Schimer is a Physical Education teacher in Archimedean since 2012. While attending Florida International University, Jason was also a Martial Arts Instructor for 7 years and coaching Track and Field for local high schools. Several of his athletes were able to perform at the colligate level while obtaining scholarships for their excellence in their athletic specialty. Upon graduating from Florida International University, with honors, he has dedicated his focus on helping children gain a lifelong passion for athletics, health, and fitness.
Mrs. Anelise Schlindwein teaches American Math to 2ndgrade and has been part of the Archimedean family since 2015. She received a BA in Business Administration and after working in corporate for 10 years, pursued her career in teaching. She now holds a K-6 Elementary Education Certificate as well as a K-12 ESOL Certificate. Amongst her achievements are her students being in 1stplace on the Stanford Achievement Test-10 for three consecutive years in Miami-Dade District. Above all, Mrs. Anelise believes that a teacher’s job is to inspire young thinkers to question, make connections, and to progress, while cheering with every success.
Ms. Silvestros attended a Greek-immersion school, and Greek schools in Cyprus, in addition to studying Greek Language during her university tenure. Her experience in world-travel and love of languages, led her to the multicultural University of Miami, where she received her B.S and M.B.A degrees, leading to a career in international business. She also holds Greek Language E.DIA.M.ME certification through the University of Crete, and FL K-6 Elementary Certification. Her ardor for academics and Greek Language led her to an instructional career at Archimedean Academy, where she currently also serves as 2ndGrade Department Head Strategist. She believes that by encouraging her scholars in a nurturing, and academically challenging environment, they find purpose in their instruction, and aim to reach their highest potential; as both scholars and teachers, emulate the mission and vision of the Archimedean School
Mrs. Eirini Taratsa comes from Aigio, Greece where she was born and raised. She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education Sciences in Early Childhood Education from Democritus University of Thrace. She has been working in Greek kindergartens since 2000 and has been a member of the Archimedean family since October 2019 teaching the Greek Language in Kindergarten. She loves young children and wants to make them love the Greek Language through play and new ideas. Children are a source of inspiration to improve ourselves!
Mrs. Tsilivakou comes from Athens, Greece, where she was born and raised, and studied Interior Design. After having worked for several years as an Interior Designer, and as a teacher for Decorative Arts, in Greece and abroad, she decided to alter her professional aspirations, by becoming a certified teacher. For the past four years, she has taught Greek Mathematics and Greek Language at Archimedean, while this year she teaches 5thGrade Science. Having worked in various professional, multilingual, and multicultural environments has made her effective, cooperative, open-minded, and motivated to succeed. Her goal is to reinforce the personal, social, and academic development of her scholars!
Born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador in South America, Mrs. Varela came to the United States to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Finance at Florida International University, followed by an MBA in International Business from the University of Miami. Upon graduating, Mrs. Varela gained valuable work experience in prestigious financial firms such as Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers. Mrs. Varela paused her career to raise her three children, becoming then actively involved in her children school’s PTO as Treasurer and Chair member. Her involvement in the school environment seeded the desire to play an even bigger role in children education. Mrs. Varela took the first step towards an education career becoming a substitute teacher for the AA and AMC. Later, Mrs. Varela was offered the opportunity to join the Archimedean Academy.
Jorge Vasquez: In 1985, I got my Licentiate in Recreation, Sport, and Physical Culture, at the Superior Institute of Physical Culture “Manuel Fajardo” in Havana Cuba.
My graduation project was an investigation about “Influences of Track and Field as a program on my students”.
From 1981 until 2003 I worked as a PE Teacher with K-12 students.
In 2005, I left my country and come to the United State. Miami Dade Country gave me a Bachelor Degree and the possibility to apply for the Educator Certification.
In 2006 I started to work in Our Lady of the Divine Providence Catholic School teaching Spanish. I also worked at Fits Kids Corporation as a Coach.
In 2007, I started to work as a Physical Education Teacher at Archimedean Academy, where I am still working.
This year my first book, (The children and the fishes) written and illustrated by my self goes on sale on Amazon, and the second part is coming soon.