About us
Fanari Academy is a non-profit organization incorporated in July 2006 in the state of California. The organization was established with an objective to offer Greek classes for all ages.
Classes are conducted by qualified teachers. They are working with a curriculum sponsored by the Greek Department of Education specifically designed for children learning Greek as a second language.
Fanari Academy is a parent driven organization, comprised of parents that want to create a strong academic environment for Greek and non-Greek speaking children.

The Best Team! Our Teachers

Our faculty consists of highly qualified teachers from the United States and Greece.
Matina Deligianni (School Director)

Artemis 1st grade
Anastasia Karaglanis

Artemis Certificate B II

Eva Beli Constantin
(School Interim Director)

Matina was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. Since her early childhood she wanted to be a teacher. At the age of 18 she started studying in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki at the faculty of pedagogy in early childhood education. After graduating she took part in the exams of ASEP in which her high scores resulted in her immediate assignment as a kindergarten teacher in a public school. She served two years in a school at Chios island and 3 years in a school in Kavala where she was also the director of the school. She came to California in 2012 and she started working as a Greek teacher at Fanari Academy teaching multiple classes and supporting the school in all of its activities. In the year 2013 Matina was assigned to be the school director and she also obtained the “Routes, teaching Modern Greek as a foreign language” certification. For the last few years she participates in the exams of the Greek language certification as an examiner.
Evanthia Beli Constantin is a founding member of Fanari Academy. She is from northern Greece. She graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki majoring in physical education with a specialty in Ethnic Greek dance. Eva taught in Greek public schools and directed children's dance groups before moving to California with her family in 2003.  She taught greek at Belmont Holy Cross Greek school for two years and then at Fanari Academy from fall of 2006 at its inception to spring 2012. Her two daughters, now high schoolers, were among the first students at Fanari and achieved certification in Greek language proficiency. 

Anastasia received her Ph.D. and Masters in Education from the University of Southern California. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Capodistrian University of Athens, at the Department of Pedagogics. In Greece, she taught for several years at the elementary school level in the private and public sector. In terms of educational research, her work has focused on quantitative methods, standards and assessment development. For the past three years, she has worked as a research associate at the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education. Prior to that, she was a research associate at the Center for Research on the Context of Teaching at Stanford University. Previously, she worked as a research assistant at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at UCLA, and at the Writing Project at the University of Southern California. 
Athina Drouvalakis

Artemis Pre K - A
Artemis Pre K - B

Katerina Sakkoula

Artemis Certificate B I
Apollonas 1st grade
Filareti Tzalla

Artemis 5th grade
Apollonas 2nd grade
Athina was born and raised as a first generation Greek in the Greek community of Melbourne, Australia. She graduated high school with her proficiency certificate in the Greek language. Athina received her PhD in medicine from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and came to Stanford for her postdoctoral studies. Her professional experience includes working in a start-up, a consulting firm, and as an instructor at CSU East Bay (formerly CSU Hayward). She has taught at every level, from preschool, elementary, middle, high and college/university, in both the private and public sectors of education. Regarding the Greek language, she has taught at the preschool and elementary levels, tutoring middle and high school, and the adult education level. Her focus on the Greek language has been on dialect, grammar, spelling, composition and culture. Coming from a strong academic background with established experience in teaching at all levels, and with great student rapport, she brings a wealth of knowledge, ability, and stimulation for teaching the Greek language. Her dedication and belief in a solid foundation of education is complemented by her belief that each student learns differently, such that her instruction is tailored to the needs of each individual student. Her belief that learning should be fun, stimulating and fruitful is evident in her class dynamics. Greek being her fist language and mother tongue, and living the Greek culture, she identifies herself as a Greek. Since becoming a mother, her passion and commitment for teaching the Greek language has been reinvigorated especially in a community so far from Greece. She strives to pass the passion, warmth, inspiration, and education of the Greek language and culture to our next generation of Greeks aboard!
Filareti, a Greek native, moved to the Bay area in 2014 and works at Fanari Academy ever since. She is a child-adolescent psychologist. Filareti holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Aristotle University Thessaloniki and a Master’s degree in Mental Health from King’s College University of London. Her professional experience draws back in 2007 and includes working with children and families in various settings: private practice, schools, after-school programs, family services and international child care organizations. While her work primarily focused on evaluating and treating the psychological needs of children, adolescents and their families, she developed significant interest in combining psychology and education. Being able to identify a student’s cognitive skills, learning profile and incentives in all grades, she spent 7 years counseling students, parents and teachers on study skills, school performance and other related topics. Filareti strongly believes that creating a safe, structured educational environment that focuses on open communication and mutual respect, is key to facilitate a child’s learning.

Katerina is a dedicated, resourceful and goal-driven professional with a solid commitment to the social and academic growth and development of every child. Before her journey into education, Katerina held the position of Marketing Manager for International contracts at WIND Hellas headquarters in Athens for 14 years. She relocated to the Silicon Valley in 2010, taking her proven abilities in problem solving, people management and motivation. Her love and admiration for the Greek language and culture led her to begin a new direction with teaching Modern Greek.
Katerina is an enthusiastic educator, committed to creating a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating and encouraging to students, providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential. After graduating High School in Glyfada Athens, she continued her education and received her BBA in Marketing/Management & Finance Accounting from the European University of Switzerland and her Master’s degree in Marketing and Communications from the University of Leicester. Katerina obtained her Certificate in Teaching Modern Greek from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is a native speaker of the Greek language who also speaks English, French and Italian. Katerina’s goal is to ensure each and every student has the foundation and the ability to not only read, write and speak Greek, but also use the Greek language as the springboard to help fulfil their passion of learning throughout their life.
Marianna Konstantopoulou

Artemis Advanced
Apollonas Certificate
Eirini Englezou

Artemis 2nd grade
Sofia Petini

Artemis K

Sofia Petini was born and raised in Athens where she graduated from Papagou Highschool. She studied at AKTO interior design and then worked for eight years in multiple Greek magazines (DOL, Liberis publications). She is married and has two daughters. She moved with her family to France for five years and then moved to California since summer 2015.
Marianna was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She received her BA in Philosophy, Pedagogics and Psychology from the University of Ioannina from where she graduated second in her class and won honorary scholarships from the Foundation of State Scholarship for all four years of her undergraduate studies. She was also awarded a MA degree in History and Philosophy of Sciences and Technology from the University of Athens with magna cum laude. Between 2003 and 2013 Marianna worked both as a full-time and part-time teacher of Greek language in private educational organizations and offered private lessons, leveraging her specialty in modern Greek literature and written composition. In 2007 she joined the administration of the National Technical University of Athens as a full-time employee, position that she left in 2016. Among her interests are writing, poetry and reading. She’s married and has one daughter.

Eirini was born, raised, and educated in Greece. She holds a degree in French Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She specializes in teaching foreign languages. In Greece, she has worked as a teacher in various schools of foreign languages, and has gained valuable experience in education. In California, she has been a volunteer teacher in the Greek School of Belmont. Eirini is a mother of two girls and enjoys playing, studying, and spending quality time with them. She loves children and enjoys contributing to their education as well as helping them develop new skills.

Board of Directors

Fanari Academy is a parent driven organization, and The Board of Directors is a reflection of that. It is comprised of parents that want to create a strong academic environment for Greek and non-Greek speaking children.
  1. Dimitris Fotakis (Chairman of the Board)
    Dimitris was born and raised in Patras. He came to the US in 1985 for graduate studies. Dimitris holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras, Greece, an M.S. degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from George Mason University and an MBA from San Jose State University. Dimitris has lived in the Bay Area since 1991. He has worked for a number of technology companies and has founded a few start-up companies. Dimitris is currently VP of Operations and Technology at Portus Inc. He has three kids, all students at Fanari. His vision for Fanari Academy is that of a strong, independent school that promotes greek language and culture via high quality instruction and fosters a thriving community for students and their families.
  2. Vangelis Kokkevis (Secretary)
    Vangelis was born and raised in Athens. He came to the US in 1989 for undergraduate studies. Vangelis holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from Brown University and a Masters of Science from University of Pennsylvania. Vangelis has lived in the Bay Area since 2001. He has worked for a number of technology companies and is currently a Staff Engineer at Google. Vangelis is married and has two kids, both students at Fanari.
  3. Tasos Anastasakos (Treasurer and CFO)
    Tasos was born and raised in Greece. After graduating with a Diploma degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Tasos came to the US for graduate studies and received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston. He is currently a Principal Scientist at Yahoo! Labs. Tasos has one child attending Fanari Academy.
  4. Tasos Constantin (Co-founder, Facilities Director)
    Tasos is a pharmacist born and raised in San Jose, California. He lived in Greece for many years while working for European pharmaceutical companies. After moving back to the USA with his young family, the need for a quality Greek language and cultural program for the children became apparent. He is a founding member of Fanari Academy and believes that the Greek language should be taught by trained teachers and include exposure to the culture and customs of Greece.
  5. George Paparrizos (Communications / PR Director)
    George was born and raised in Athens. After spending 7 years in Germany, he came to the Bay Area in 1996 for graduate studies. Giorgos holds a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Aachen (RWTH) and an MBA from the Haas School of Business. George is currently a Staff Product Manager at Qualcomm Inc., a leader in wireless technology.
  6. Stelios Diamantidis (Marketing Director)
    Stelios is a hi-tech business executive and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Greece, Stelios came to Silicon Valley in the mid-90s for graduate studies and later held engineering positions with industry leader Silicon Graphics. Returning to his native Greece, Stelios founded and led Globetech Solutions, a pioneer in chip design verification technology. He is currently a Senior Product Manager at Synopsys, a leader in electronic design software. Stelios holds an MSEE from Stanford University, CA. He has two children, both students at Fanari.
  7. Leonidas Galanis (Board Member)
    Leonidas was born and raised in Greece, while spending 1 year in DR Congo and 4 years in Germany where both his parents taught in the Greek elementary school. He came to the US after finishing his undergraduate studies in Computer Science at the technical university of Athens in 1998. He holds an M.Sc. and a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in the Bay Area since 2004 and currently works at Facebook.

Be a member of our school!

Are you looking for an opportunity to enchance young children's lives through language and cultural teaching? Do you speak Greek and want to help others learn your beautiful language? Do you have permission to work legally in USA? Then we have a position for you. Take a look at our current open positions listed below.

Greek Language Teacher
We have openings for all age groups (children to adult classes). Applicants must be fluent in Greek and have a University degree. Native speakers with a Greek University degree would be ideal for the positions. The love of the Greek language and desire to teach children is a prerequisite.
Classes are held on weekday afternoons 4:30-6:30pm, and Saturdays 9:00-1:00pm. Classes meet once or twice a week depending on the age group. Compensation will be between $20-$30 dollars per hour.

Greek Language Teacher Assistance
We are looking for people that speak Greek and are interesting in working with young kids. Teacher assistants provide instructional and clerical support for classroom teachers, allowing teachers more time for lesson planning and teaching. Teacher assistants tutor and assist children in learning class material using the teacher’s lesson plans, providing students with individualized attention. Teacher assistants also supervise students in the schoolyard, or on field trips.
Applicant muts have a good command of the Greek language and being able to work with young kids as well as teenagers.
Classes are held on weekday afternoons 4:30-6:30pm, and Saturdays 9:00-1:00pm. Classes meet once or twice a week depending on the age group. Compensation varies based on experience and qualifications.

Computer & Greek Language Instructor
Fanari Academy is seeking a qualified computer & Greek language instructor to teach at its Sunnyvale(CA) based school. Applicants must hold a degree in computer science or related field and speak fluently Greek. Some teaching experience is desired as well as programming skills. This position is designed to enhance teaching Greek with the integration of computers. Strong communication skills and the ability to use existing software and plan, develop and implement new software for teaching Greek is desired. The applicants should enjoy working with young children. Contact us through this form