What do you teach at RAS? Where did you teach previously?
Currently at Raffles American School I teach Physical Education (PE) to our elementary students. I have also taught in Phuket, Thailand and Boulder, Colorado, USA.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born in Athens, Greece. I moved to the U.S.A. when I was six years old. I learned English the summer before first grade, “Hooked on Phonics Worked for me.” I lived in Chicago for four years where I fell in love with the Chicago Cubs and I decided I wanted to be like Mike (Jordan). In 4th grade we relocated to a small mountain town in Colorado. It is here I discovered the Rocky Mountains, and where I learned to snowboard and mountain bike. After high school I decided to take some time off and travel. I worked as a bartender on a cruise ship in Hawaii, and I moved to New Orleans to help with Katrina relief. In 2009, I graduated from Metropolitan State University in Denver with a degree in Theater and Broadcast Journalism. Shortly after, I packed my car and moved to Hollywood, California in search of fame and fortune. After 6 years of waiting tables I decided to move to Thailand and give teaching a go!
What is the most adventurous holiday you’ve ever taken?
I went to a Costa Rican surf school a few years ago. Apparently in Costa Rica there are saltwater crocodiles. I found out the hard way. Pura Vida!
What is one accomplishment you are most proud of?
It was a childhood dream of mine to be on the show American Gladiator. In 2007 I had the opportunity. After waiting in the audition line for 13 hours, and getting through 4 rounds of auditions in the span of three months, I made my childhood dream a reality. Unfortunately, I broke my leg on the show. At least it wasn’t televised.
Who is someone you greatly admire and why?
I admire many people. As a person I admire my mom. As a traveller I admire Anthony Bourdain, and as an educator I admire Mr. Rogers.
What is your favorite thing about being a teacher at RAS?
First and foremost I love my students. I look forward to seeing their smiling faces every day, and they give me the motivation and energy to get through the difficult days. I love their enthusiasm, their inquisitiveness, their hugs and their eagerness to learn. Secondly, I’m fortunate to work with great colleagues, many of which I now consider my friends. We are fortunate at RAS to have a group of dedicated and passionate teachers. I’m lucky to work with a great team. I am also blessed to work for a great principal. I am excited to grow with the team and look forward to seeing what the future holds at RAS.