Meet Our Teachers

Our school’s teachers are fully qualified in Education and they all have Enhanced DBS certificates. In addition, they have successfully undertaken training in the following:

   ✅ Awareness of Child abuse and neglect core;

   ✅ Awareness of domestic violence and abuse;
   ✅ Safeguarding Children and Young People from Abuse by Sexual Exploitation;
   ✅ Safeguarding Children in Education;
   ✅ Understanding pathways to Extremism and the prevent programme;

 

The Hellenic School of Manchester is always encouraging all teachers to continue their professional development which helps towards the creation of effective Educational Plans to meet their classroom requirements. 

Vasiliki Tofarou

Head Teacher

Mrs Vasiliki is a qualified Primary Teacher. In 2009 she received her bachelor in Education and 2 years later she finished her master's degree in Special and Inclusive Education both at the University of Cyprus. For 7 years, she has successfully worked in one of Cyprus’s best English Schools and she specialised on children with autism. Since September 2016 she has been the Primary teacher for KS1 children at the Hellenic School of Manchester as well as a SEN Teaching Assistant at a Primary School. As of September 2019 until 2020, Vasiliki was the Head Teacher of the Hellenic School. As an educator, she takes pride being hard working, enthusiastic, caring and loving. Vasiliki is always seeking to develop professionally and she sets the development of the social skills and effective education of children aged between 4 – 12 years old as her top priority.

Vanda Sotiriou

Deputy Head Teacher

Ms Vanda studied Classics at the University of Athens and continued MA studies in Applied Linguistics at the University of Essex in the UK. Moreover, she completed a M.Ed at the University of Athens and she attended several seminars regarding education. In Greece, she was teaching for several years Ancient Greek, Modern Greek Literature, Latin, History and English as a Second Language. She was also teaching Modern Greek as a Second or Foreign Language to foreigners at a programme from the Greek Ministry of Education.

In the UK, she is working in a Primary school and at the Hellenic school of Manchester.

Christina Fotaki

Miss Christina has studied Education at University of Ioannina and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has also specialised in Special Education by completing a certificate in ‘Special Needs and Education” from Aegean University. In Greece, she has experience as a private SEN teacher to students with Learning Disabilities-Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism in primary and preschool as well. In addition, Christina has worked as a private tutor with primary students supporting them with their daily school obligations. She has attempted a various of seminars about education and innovative teaching methods. Currently, she is working in a private nursery in Manchester and also in Hellenic School of Manchester. It is worth noting that she always works with passion and loyalty for the children’s edification.

Dimitra Tsourou

Ms Dimitra studied Classics at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a master's degree with distinction in Contemporary and Modern History from Panteion University of social and political science. She was also a contributing researcher on the project ‘’Balkan Crossroads’’ (Columbia University). She has a diploma with distinction in freelance & feature writing and English history from London School of Journalism. She had been an appointed secondary education teacher and examiner in Greece for 11 years. She also completed the annual seminar for further specialization entitled:'' Contemporary topics of Special Education in Secondary Education''. She has worked as a Modern and Classical Greek language teacher – specializing in GCSE & A-level- in the UK since 2017. She is also a contributing author in Adelaide Literary Magazine, New York.

Effimia Agiorgiotaki

Mrs Effimia Agiorgiotaki is a qualified Primary Teacher. She received her bachelor degree with first class honours from the department of Primary Education in the Democritus University of Thrace and has worked several years in primary schools with different age groups. She is hard working and passionate about Greek language, literature and history and she wants to make sure every student achieves their full potential.

Georgia Sarafi

My name is Sarafi Georgia, I am 37 years old and a graduate of the Kindergarten Department of the University of Western Macedonia, Florina. In Greece I have worked as a kindergarten teacher and baby sitter. For the last 5 years or so I have been living and working in Manchester, England, from where the last 2.5 in nurseries as an early years practitioner.

Maria Tikkirou

I studied Primary Education at the University of Cyprus (2008) and hold a Master of Arts in Information Communications Technology (ICT) and Education from the University of Leeds (2010). After completing my Master’s Degree, I started working in all day afternoon schools in Cyprus assisting students to complete their homework. I also worked at a private institute teaching English as a second language for four years. Between 2013 – 2016 I was an Enrolment Student Advisor at the University of Nicosia Online, providing guidance and advice to students who were interested in studying online. Since 2016 I have been working as a primary public school teacher in Cyprus. In addition to my professional development, I completed 5 levels of Greek Sign Language lessons at the Adult Education Centres of the Ministry of Education and Culture. I am organized, enthusiastic, cooperative and take pride in my work. I am looking forward to meeting my new students in the UK.

Maria Tsitsi

Mrs Maria studied Greek History and Ethnology in Democritus University of Thrace and majored in ancient Greek. Currently she is a student in the “Education and Learning” course in University of Bolton. She worked as a private tutor for 10 years in Greece, helping primary school children improve their skills in Greek and preparing adolescent students for their exams in modern and ancient Greek, history and Latin. She also worked as a volunteer teacher in schools as well as in Roma and refugee camps. She took part in various seminars regarding education in multicultural environments and university researches in Greek folklore and history studies.

Melina Gousiou

Mrs Melina holds a degree in Classical Philology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with merit. She has also specialised in Special Education by completing a diploma in ‘Special Education: Learning Disabilities-Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Mental disorders, Autism, Parental Guidance’. She holds an Executive MBA (EMBA) from the University of Piraeus with honours and finally in 2017 she was qualified as a middle leader by being awarded the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML). She is fluent in Greek, English, French and Spanish. She has many years of teaching experience in private and public primary, secondary and tertiary education in Greece and in England where she has been living since 2014. She is a teacher of Greek, history and geography in England, Head of sociology and psychology for Level A and GCSE courses and teacher of English as a foreign language to adult and minor students in Greece and in the UK.

She is the author of digital material for the GCSE sociology course for Seneca and she has co-authored the guide for preparing A Level pupils for their exams in Modern Greek.

Nancy Gounari

Miss Nancy was born and raised in Athens, Greece with origins from the beautiful island of Crete and the Peloponnese. She got her Bachelor in English Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian Athens University. She has 13 years of experience teaching English as a foreign language in various private schools in Athens. She has also worked as a private tutor to students aging from 5 to 65 years old for the same amount of time gaining valuable experience to a differentiated approach to teaching. Furthermore, she has worked in a private kindergarten in Athens as head of the English language department.

Deeply passionate for motivating children to learn, instilling in them the joy of learning and nurturing independent thinkers. Nancy has experience in teaching students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD and has attended seminars on teaching students with learning difficulties.

Last but not least, she Volunteered in a children’s charity in Athens( The smile of the Child); working with traumatized and abused children helped her understand better children’s psychology and made her more conscious of the safeguarding risks that children may face.

Currently, Nancy works as a primary teacher in English primary schools.

Sofia Bezertzi

Mrs Sophia is a qualified Primary School teacher with ten years’ experience in different ages, conditions and abilities.
Enthusiastic and engaging educator who encourages pupils to achieve their full potential and parents to be part of children’s progress.
She has worked in different types of Greek primary schools and in a variety of ages from 6 to 12 years old. She has taught all of the primary lessons such as language, literature, history, maths, geography, arts and especially science. Also, she loves to involve her students in projects and work on them. She likes to build and develops professional relationships with school staff, pupils and parents.