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Primary
Barakos Hill (above Ribas), Varkiza, Greece
Kindergarten
4 Demesticha st., 166 72 Varkiza, Greece
Nursery
9A Kalimnou st., 166 72 Vari, Greece
Kindergarten
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“Everything I needed to learn about life, I learnt at my first school!”
Dr. Billie Konstantara has redesigned education! Her team has the knowledge, experience, expertise, and relentless motivation to encourage our children to believe in themselves, share and be fair. To admit their mistakes and apologise with courage. To create friendships, defend themselves and respect every creature no matter how different they are. To overcome obstacles, hope and make an effort!
Programme

Our programme offers the most advanced methods of knowledge transfer

The educational material is adapted to experiential learning, play, discovery, and differentiation which make learning enjoyable for the children! The enriched learning, the modern pedagogical methods based on the “International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme”, the “Theory of Multiple Intelligences” (H. Gardner, Harvard University), and the advanced methods of knowledge transfer, create a learning environment that increases the children’s abilities and skills.

Entertaining activities, experiments, and role-playing, help the children discover and cultivate their multiple intelligences and talents.  STEM, physical education, music, foreign languages, emotional education, philosophy, science, mathematics and art, compose our programme.

And all this in the bilingual environment of an IB World School!

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School bus
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After school clubs

The clubs’ activities begin every October and they provide an ideal environment in which children can nurture their social skills and confidence.

Art
Annie Riga is a visual artist and educator based around Europe. She completed her BA in Fine Art at Falmouth…
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Cinema lab
Panagiotis is a graduate of the Athens School of Fine Arts specializing in Painting, and he works at DES primary…
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Music
Machi Doriza is a graduate with a first prize in a piano diploma. She is a soloist and an A…
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Lego STEM
Evan studied maths in Samos and specialised in fluid dynamics at the University of Manchester. The main goal of LEGO-STE(A)M…
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German
Frau Maria Sanozidou was born in Germany and from a very young age she knew the profession that suited her!…
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French
Mania Armeniliou  graduated from the Greek French School “Jeanne & Arc” and then completed her university studies with a scholarship,…
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Spanish
Antonis has graduated from the Hellenic Open University-Department of Spanish Language and Culture and is a postgraduate student at the…
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Russian
Sofia Lazaridou is a graduate of preschool education. She has been collaborating with DES for the last 6 years, since…
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Taekwondo
Athanasios is a graduate of the European Taekwondo Union’s Training School, a C class taekwondo trainer, and holds a black…
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After school activities
Art

Annie Riga is a visual artist and educator based around Europe. She completed her BA in Fine Art at Falmouth University UK and then completed her master’s degree at St. Joost Academy in the Netherlands. Annie has previously run after school workshops and weekly art classes at DES and other educational institutions.

The purpose of this English speaking, after-school art class program is to awaken the student’s imagination and creativity while sharpening fine motor skills and building confidence.

The students will be introduced to a wide range of art activities,  including ceramics,  drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and collage. Within these mediums, they will learn about the elements of art:
line, shape, colour, space, texture and value and how to combine these elements to make visually creative artworks. There will be references to different artists and art historical movements relating to the activities. A weekly class will be held throughout the school year. We will explore various artistic realms, such as still life, animals, people, landscapes, and abstract concepts.

By the end of the course, the young artists will take home a fantastic portfolio of completed artwork which they are proud to sign, display, and share. The program will be specially adjusted for the kindergarten school students, by placing emphasis on more basic artistic skills while keeping it equally challenging and enriching!

After school activities
Cinema lab

Panagiotis is a graduate of the Athens School of Fine Arts specializing in
Painting, and he works at DES primary school as an Arts teacher. He is a certified arts educator that has been organizing art workshops for children and young adults in Germany and Greece for the past two years.
“Via my training in the educational Animart seminar and personal fascination with narration, I would like to invite you on a journey to bring our own characters and movies to life! With the use of traditional materials and techniques alongside new technologies the aim of the Cinema Lab workshop is to develop our creative problem solving and story-telling skills and at the same time strengthen our imagination.”

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Music

Machi Doriza is a graduate with a first prize in a piano diploma. She is a soloist and an A piano teacher and teaches “introduction to music” to our little friends for the last 20 years taking part in concerts in Greece and abroad.

She works at the National Conservatory and other music schools.  She is a member of the Greek Pianists and EEMAPE. She organises concerts, choral performances as well as performances of small groups and also takes part in concerts at the Athens Concert Hall.

The aim of the lesson is for the children to discover the music within them.

After school activities
Lego STEM

Evan studied maths in Samos and specialised in fluid dynamics at the University of Manchester.

The main goal of LEGO-STE(A)M classes is to help and motivate students to explore the world around us intuitively from multiple perspectives using LEGO for the most part.

By
I) dealing with real-world problems,
II) modelling real-world constructions and phenomenae,
III) investigating various properties of each structure,
students will become naturally familiar with scientific concepts, sometimes even beyond the curriculum, through engaging hands-on activities and teamwork.

After school activities
German

Frau Maria Sanozidou was born in Germany and from a very young age she knew the profession that suited her! She wanted to be with children, to share their magical world… a world full of laughter and joy. She studied pedagogy and worked for several years in Germany before she moved to Greece and the colorful world of DES. With advanced students and beginners Frau Maria will embark on an interesting journey of knowledge full of fun.

After school activities
French

Mania Armeniliou  graduated from the Greek French School “Jeanne & Arc” and then completed her university studies with a scholarship, obtaining her degree from the Department of French Language and Literature of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

She continued her studies by obtaining the Higher Diploma of French Studies Paris-Sorbonne C3. She continues to this day her further training with the aim of continuous improvement.

Mania has been working at DES for the last 12 years at all levels of education. For the last 2 years she is part of the group of certified IB teachers. The goal of the lesson is the experiential learning of French through educational and fun activities. Children come into contact with the sound of a foreign language and acquire knowledge through a playful process while strengthening their concentration and memory.

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Spanish

Antonis has graduated from the Hellenic Open University-Department of Spanish Language and Culture and is a postgraduate student at the Jaen University, Spain.

The goal of his lessons is to acquire both elementary knowledge and correct pronunciation as well as love and interest in the Spanish language and culture and the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America.

All this can be achieved experientially through play, activities but also music and videos.

After school activities
Russian

Sofia Lazaridou is a graduate of preschool education. She has been collaborating with DES for the last 6 years, since her beginning in the field of education. Starting this year she has joined the after school activities team as a Russian language teacher as she has a Russian origin and this language is her mother tongue. The objective of the lesson is to teach the basic elements of the Russian language through creative activities so that the children they can conquer pronunciation
and learn to communicate.

After school activities
Taekwondo

Athanasios is a graduate of the European Taekwondo Union’s Training School, a C class taekwondo trainer, and holds a black belt 4th DAN WT.

Athanasios has attended seminars regarding nutrition, pedagogical approach and first aid (Lifeguard Hellas), champion’s techniques and
competitive WT.

His love for this sport began at the age of 8 and with persistence he soon became a championship level athlete with many Panhellenic and International medals. His experience as a trainer began in 2007. He had the opportunity to build strong foundations as he worked with renowned taekwondo coaches and later moved on to create the Taekwondo Athletic Club of Vari in 2014, of which he is head coach.

Athanasios has worked with children for many years, he is aware of a child’s needs and the primary goal is for the child to have a pleasant time during the lesson through the appropriate games and exercise adapted according to their age, thus giving him them necessary stimuli that will help them in their development as a person and as an athlete. Self-confidence and self-esteem, always combined with self-control, respect and discipline, are virtues necessary for today’s society, which makes Taekwondo a sport suitable for everyone!

Team
Dr. Billie Konstantara
CEO/Founder

I was born in Germany. My father was a mechanical engineer, and my mother an interpreter of languages. From a young age, I loved to learn! I finished school in Kastella and university in Thessaloniki and Germany, where I completed my thesis at the Department of Psychology at Otto Friedrich Universität Bamberg. I have worked in the field of education since 1989. During my career, I developed an intense activity in research activities, assignments, seminars and conferences in pedagogy and psychology with a specialization in emotional and multiple intelligences. DES is the result of this long and arduous journey. DES is the school where children love to be themselves and love to learn!

Katerina Vavala Administration

When I was little, I gathered the neighbourhood children and taught them dance, painting, drama, and a thousand other things!As you can understand, this always gave me joy, and I never stopped doing it! Now I am even happier because I receive love, vitality and hope from the children, and all this gives me courage! I would not change their hugs for anything in the world!

Evi Alexiou Administration

From a young age, I had a weakness for animals, and I was very interested in psychology! I studied to be a social worker, and I have the luck and joy to work in an environment that offers stimuli, skills, knowledge and shapes personalities with principles and values! Let’s all continue together to provide the best to our little travelers; after all, they are our future!

Aliki Chortaroudi Kindergarten teacher

When I was a child, I always told my mother that I would become a kindergarten teacher because I loved children. Finally, I grew up and made my dream come true. I admire the children’s sincerity and endless laughter. They give me joy and happiness when I am with them. After so many years of being an educator, I could not imagine myself doing anything else.

Alexandra Liapi Kindergarten teacher

I loved my childhood, and my professional life has led me back to it. I bend down to say good morning and hug my little friends every day! I am constantly learning new things by their side, and in their own way they help me develop as a person!! Time stops when I am with them, and at the same time it is filled with moments of purity, diversity, and true love!!

Maria Sanozidou German kindergarten teacher

I was born and raised in Dusseldorf, Germany, where I studied pedagogy, and I have been a kindergarten teacher for 26 years. I am quite often asked why I have chosen this profession. Every day is different for a kindergarten teacher; every day is like a little adventure. Every day, through the children’s inspiration, we create beautiful ideas together. Every moment in the day, my children generously offer me their smiles and love.
For me, it’s not just a profession, it’s a magical world that never ends!

Anthi Chatzigiakoumi English teacher

I always believed that dreams come true! The last few years my two big dreams, basketball and children, are 24/7 in my life! I am a part of them and they are a part of me. I enjoy every moment teaching, playing, and having fun. I want to bring inspiration as well as be a role model to my students. I feel confident that nothing can stop me from achieving all my goals …and scoring more points!

Aimee Pirie English teacher

I am a native English speaker from England. My objective from early on in life has been to be a dedicated educator who inspires children of all ages and abilities. I feel that with my theatrical and teaching background I can cultivate creative, confident and enthusiastic learners who are ready to take on the world around them. As teachers, we possess a tremendous power and a great responsibility to shape the new generation into kind, compassionate, confident and intelligent young people capable of achieving their dreams.

Evan Chinis Stem / Maths teacher

I teach mathematics and STEM. I have always been fascinated by the wonders of nature, so I naturally fell in love with science. Soon I realised what a powerful tool maths is to understand the world around us and gravitated towards mathematics for further studies.

Mahi Doriza Head of DES music department

In this picture you can see my first music students! I had my dolls all set and ready for a music lesson at the age of 4. After 38 years of playing piano and 23 of teaching music, I have to admit that when words fail, music speaks louder than anything!

Evangelia Kamnioti P.E. teacher

I am a graduate of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science (T.E.F.A.A.) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, specializing in Greek Traditional Dance. I am a mother of 2 girls, and my interest in children led me to attend the educational programme “Special Education” of the University of the Aegean (Center for training and lifelong learning). For the 6th year I am the physical education teacher at DES nursery and kindergarten. In my spare time I like to be involved in sports and dance.

Christina Kationi Ballet teacher

I studied classical ballet and contemporary dance and have always remained faithful to ballet.
As I get older, I think I made perhaps the most important decision in my life because I couldn’t have done anything else in my professional life! I enjoy what I do, and I truly love it; I love sharing it with the kids! When I was studying my teacher had told us ” to become a good teacher you have to make your students better than you, otherwise there will be no evolution in dance…” and all these years this is what I have been doing! My goal is to get the best out of my students so that they can help in the evolution of the whole world!!

Regulations

Regulations are important as they help a school establish rules and procedures and create standards of quality for learning and safety. Rules provide a sense of predictability and consistency for children, thereby promoting physical and emotional safety. Rules help guide actions toward desired results

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