Ms. Neneroglou-Petaloti Katerina studied at the School of Early Childhood Education of the Technological Educational Institute(TEI) of Thessaloniki. During her studies she attended the Katholieke Hogeschool Zuid-West-Vlaaderen in Belgium, and also did her internship at “Il Pratone ex IPPAI” Genova, Italy. She studied the educational approaches of European countries, as she attended training courses in Montessori schools (Italy) and Frene schools (Belgium). She has been awarded the Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Diploma by the North American Montessori Center. She also participated in Reggio Emilia’s study group “Dialogues on Education”, while she made an announcement on her experiences of the Italian educational system to an International Congress in Thessaloniki in 2014. She was awarded a Master’s of Arts (MA) in Interior Design/ Childcare Design at the University of Central Lancashire, and is currently pursuing a Degree in Greek culture at the Greek Open University. In addition, she has specialized in Special Education and Learning Difficulties – Dyslexia as she worked with children with disabilities in preschool age through Play Therapy and Art Psychotherapy.
Ms. Neneroglou- Petaloti Nancy completed her studies in Psychology and Counseling Psychology (BSc Psychology, MSc Psychology and Counseling) at the University of Sheffield. She has shown a particular interest in the relationship between human psychology and physical health, focusing on research into modern emotional situations and feelings such as in alexithymia, social anxiety and depression symptoms. She trained in Clinical Neuropsychology of Major Depression and Schizophrenia (BPS Learning Centre). She was involved in research into the relationship between parents and children in divorced and non-divorced families. She specialized in ‘Educational Psychology’ (UOA), and attended a Master’s course in ‘Special Education’ (University of Macedonia). She has worked in the field of Special Education, while working as an online counselor providing psychological support.
Ms. Vivi Alexandridou studied at the Department of Preschool Education of the University of Ioannina. During her studies, she focused on play and its dynamic role on children’s learning and development. In the course of her practice, she first implemented the innovative program: “Forest Kindergarten”, which has been presented in seminars of modern teaching approaches and innovative preschool educational programs. In addition, she has earned experience and specialized in outdoor activities, while working as a kindergarten teacher in educational contexts that support learning in the nature. She has also provided support to children with special needs, while she is involved in creative writing after participating in relevant seminars.
Ms. Zoumpatianou Thalia Stella attended the School of Early Childhood Education of the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki. During her studies, she completed her internship at the ‘‘Kinder Barcelona’’ multicultural alternative nursery and kindergarten, working with bilingual or trilingual children. The philosophy of this school is inspired by Dr. Emmi Pikler’s principles. Additionally, she attended the educational programs of several nursery schools in Greece and Spain. This extensive research work constituted the content of her thesis entitled: “The Psychological Effects of Setting limits on Early Childhood Children’s Life. Parents’ and Pedagogues’ Opinions. Comparative Data from Greece and Spain”. She is a holder of Montessori Infant/Toddler (0-3) Diploma, awarded by North American Montessori Center as well as a certified baby swimming teacher by Birthlight international network. She has worked on physical expression on early childhood, further deepening practices on body, mind and feelings communication through movement and body parts coordination
Ms. Elena Euderidou attended the School of Early Childhood Education, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he developed a particular interest in group empowerment, experiential education, theatre and dramatic play as well as music pedagogy. In order to enrich her knowledge and experience through opening to diversity and the acceptance of the “other”, she continued her studies at the joint Greek-French Postgraduate Programme “Didactiques du plurilinguisme et politiques linguistiques – Diffusion des langues et cultures en contexte multilingue”, “Multilingual educational approaches and language policies. Diffusion of languages and cultures in multilingual and multicultural context”, conducted by the Department of Early Childhood Education and the Faculté des Langues of the Université du Maine. This offered her the opportunity to travel to France, come in contact with the French educational system through practical exercises and then work there at the International Montessori school.
Athina Fousteri holds a diploma in Architecture (University of Thessaly, 2016) and a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2020). Since January 2019, she is a PhD candidate in the School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as a fellow of the Onassis Foundation. During her studies, she has developed interest in children’s participation in design and education, along with the design of toys and outdoor spaces for playing. Since 2016, she has been designing and implementing educational programmes for young children relating to Art, Architecture and Design. She has co-curated workshops and participatory design projects for children, collaborating with organizations and municipalities. Athina is also a collaborator at the Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth and a researcher in the scientific team Design Lab for Kids. She takes part often, in conferences, workshops and exhibitions, as a participant and as an organizer as well. She is qualified in planning and implementing pedagogical museum activities for children, for adult education and playground design.
Ms Maria Aslanidou studied at the School of Early Childhood Education of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. During her studies she specialized in the field of aesthetic education. She completed her practice, developing an insight into intercultural education, through the parameters of intercultural diversity and acceptance of the “other”. This subject acted as a stimulus for further study, thus she completed her diploma research and thesis entitled “The Management of Religion and Religious Diversity at school. Views of future teachers”.The latter became the subject of research and presentations by PhD students and professors in speeches and lectures on ” Intercultural Education at school “. In addition, she specialized in “Kinesiology in preschool age” and “Yoga kids” at the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She completed a postgraduate course entitled “Special Education” at the University of Nicosia, a joint degree with the University of Patras.
Ms. Vassiliki Ioannidou graduated from the Department of Early Childhood Education of the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki. She participated in the Erasmus programme for studies in Norway, where he was able to do an internship in a kindergarten focusing in outdoor activities. She completed her thesis titled “Outdoor activities in the preschool centres of Norway”, part of which she presented in the context of the International Conference on Preschool Education. Through the Erasmus Plus programme, she worked at the Escuela Infantil Reggio in Madrid, whose philosophy is inspired by the principles of Reggio Emilia, Dr. Emmi Pikler and the Practica Psicomotriz Aucouturier.
Ms. Panagiota Agapiou attended the Department of Early Childhood and Special Education of the Public Institute of Vocational Training at Evosmos. During her studies, she did her internship in Reggio-Thessaloniki, Reggio Emilia approach. Through her contact with the work of the pedagogues, she embraced the elements of the Eclectic Pedagogy philosophy and methodology applied in our school.
Ms. Nasia Papadani is a graduate of the School of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and of the Department of Early Childhood Education of the Public Institute of Vocational Training at Thermi. During her studies, she completed her practice in Reggio Thessaloniki, Reggio Emilia approach, where she came in contact with innovative methods of education. In addition, she holds a certification by Gordon Hellas with the subject “Effective teacher, effective parent with the aim of interaction, treatment and contact of preschool education children”.
Mrs Olga Ntina holds a Diploma in Preschool Education from Epanomi Public Vocational Institute. She later pursued her BA in Early Childhood Studies in the Metropolitan College of Thessaloniki. Ms Olga became intrigued by Maria Montessori’s educational approach during her teaching career in Brussels. Her interest led her, some years later, to move to London and enrich her skill set by undertaking an AMI Montessori Assistants Course. Finally, after working for two years in a Reggio Emilia inspired school in Singapore she became passionate about this thought-provoking method.
Η κα Στρογγύλη Τσιώτσιου Εμμανουέλα φοίτησε στο Τμήμα Προσχολικής Αγωγής του Αλεξάνδρειου Τεχνολογικού Εκπαιδευτικού Ιδρύματος Θεσσαλονίκης. Κατά τη διάρκεια των σπουδών της, πραγματοποίησε την πρακτική της άσκηση στο πολυπολιτισμικό σχολείο “Montessori Children’s House” στη Σόφια, δουλεύοντας με δίγλωσσα και τρίγλωσσα παιδιά. Η εμπειρία αυτή λειτούργησε ως ερέθισμα για περισσότερη μελέτη, με αποτέλεσμα να πραγματοποιήσει τη διπλωματική της έρευνα και εργασία με τίτλο. “Η ανάπτυξη της ενσυναίσθησης σε ένα μοντεσσοριανό περιβάλλον: προσωπικές αντιλήψεις μοντεσσοριανών παιδαγωγών”. Επιπροσθέτως, έχει παρακολουθήσει σεμινάρια σχετικά με την προσέγγιση Reggio Emilia, μεταξύ των οποίων το online e-learning webinar από το δίκτυο Reggio Children με τίτλο: “Children and Music”. Παράλληλα, ξεκίνησε τις σπουδές της στο Δημοτικο Ωδείο Θεσσαλονίκης στα θεωρητικά της μουσικής ενώ ολοκλήρωσε τις σπουδές της και είναι κάτοχος του πτυχίου Ειδικής Αρμονίας του Αλεξάνδρειου Ωδείου Θεσσαλονίκης. Τέλος συμμετείχε με το πρόγραμμα Erasmus Plus για δέκα ημέρες ως team leader της Ελληνικής ομάδας στο project με τίτλο “Thinking Outside the Box” στην Ουγγαρία το 2018.