Our Staff

Nadia Yokarini-Kotsonis

Nadia Yokarini-Kotsonis
Principal

Hi my name is Nadia Yokarini-Kotsonis and I was born and raised in Greece. I was born in Drama but moved to Athens when I was 10 years old. I lived and studied there until I graduated College. A few years after I graduated college I moved to the United States in 2005. I graduated from National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece with concentration in: Social Theology, Philosophy and Psychology. I’m proficient in English with a certificate from the University of Michigan. I was teaching in a private institution for 4 years in Greece the modern Greek language for adults and children.

I started teaching in the Greek Language School of Columbus in 2012 modern Greek covering the necessary basics for comprehending the verbal, oral, and written Greek language using the curriculum of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of USA. After 4 years of teaching I transitioned to the Academic Principal position for our Greek Language School.

My mission is for the children and adults that join our school to learn the language, our culture and heritage in a fun way so they can pass it on in generations ahead.

Joanna Tsitroulis

Joanna Tsitroulis
Teacher

Hello Annunciation Families! Χαίρετε! My name is Joanna Tsitroulis and I am so looking forward to joining the Greek Language School team this Fall. After three decades in education, one can see teaching is a passion of mine. I have taught French and Greek for several years, but my main certification is in the Education of the Handicapped K-12. It is currently my honor and blessing to work with students who have a variety of needs in Circleville, Ohio. Circleville is also where I live with my son Andreas, 20, and my daughter Efthimia, soon to be 18. It is hard to believe they were dedicated in this very church two decades ago! I am originally from Montreal, Canada where most of my family still lives. My parents emigrated to Canada from villages in Lakonia (Μολάοι) and Messinia (Ακριτοχώρι). Speaking Greek, English and French fluently means sharing language is something I enjoy with all ages and I know we will have a fantastic year together!

Katerina Alden

Katerina Alden
Teacher

Hi, my name is Katerina Alden, and I am a rising junior at Ohio State. I am currently studying Sociology and Modern Greek language on the Pre-Law track. Growing up, I spoke both Greek and English at home while attending Greek School at Saints Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Now, as a Greek School Teacher myself, I love being able to help my students reconnect with their ancestral language and culture. I am so excited to continue teaching during the 2024-2025 school year!

Elena Lioudis

Elena Lioudis
Teacher

My name is Elena Lioudis. I just finished my second year at Ohio State University, where I am majoring in Microbiology and Modern Greek with a minor in Molecular Genetics. For the past five years, I have tutored students in various subjects, and began teaching the youngest class at Greek School this year. I grew up attending Greek school in Cleveland, and am excited to be able to share the language with all of the children.

Stavriani Koutava

Stavriani Koutava
Teacher

I am Stavriani Koutava, and I am 31 years old. I was born in Kalamata, Greece, where I spent my entire childhood. I moved to Athens to study at the Athens University of Economics and Business, where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. I lived in Athens for 11 years and built my career in marketing, working for large corporations. In 2021, I got married to my husband and relocated to the US as he pursued his residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Now my husband, our 15-month-old daughter, and I call Columbus our new home. In my free time, I love taking long walks with my family, cooking, and trying out new recipes. I also enjoy engaging with my daughter and exploring the world with her through different activities. I am very excited to join our Greek School as a teacher for the next school year, to help immerse children in the Greek language and culture. I am always proud of our Greek community members for supporting one another and thriving.

Athan Vouzianas

Athan Vouzianas
Adult Teacher

My mission – To “create for good” in our community by solving problems with my knowledge and skills. And to enable myself and the people I interact with to become disciplined, synthesizing, creating, respectful, and ethical citizens using transformative teaching and learning.

What I Do – I teach mathematics, physics, and engineering with a passion for liberal arts and social responsibility to students in higher education. I also teach Greek to adult students. I find the continuity of the Greek language from its ancient to modern forms to be intriguing to my students. In class I combine my knowledge of ancient Greek and fluency in modern Greek, with the scientific and the engineering design processes to create an immersive teaching & learning experience for my students and I.

I keep reminding myself – not all things I know I learned in school; the world was built on imagination, inquiry, and creativity – not on data and statistical analyses; then came data, which (sometimes) enables imagination, inquiry, and creativity.

My motto – if you want to be successful, tie what you do with something bigger.